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Link Roundup


Diane von Furstenberg Invented the Wrap Dress for More Efficient Casual Sex– The Gloss

Spring Nail Polish Trends: Green is the New Neutral– Refinery29

Men march in Heels for Anti-Rape Message– Jezebel

What Ages Your Skin the Most– StyleList

A Dress Made of Toilet Seat Covers– The Frisky

 

How to Wear Now: Diane von Furstenberg Fall 2010 RTW Collection post image

Diane von Furstenberg was not short of sheen, shine and sparkle at her Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear show last week. As expected, she showcased new vibrant DVF-esque patterns, but used her magic touch to amp up the glam, transforming classic pieces into extravagant, yet fun, looks with eye-catching embellishments. Walk into the room in one of these pieces and heads will turn, guaranteed.

The models embodied glamour and sophistication in what would be simple pieces if Ms. von Furstenberg didn’t adorn it all with puffs of ruffles, chiffon rosettes and trim, velvet and metallic patches, crochet embroidery, and, of course, endless sequins. I’m usually not a fan of floral or paillette appliqué, but DVF does it well, always.

Textured accents stole the show and here’s how you can steal the embellished look before next fall. [Click here to keep reading…]

How to Wear Now: Tibi Fall 2010 RTW Collection post image

When I think of Tibi, I generally think of light fabrics, frilly accents, and vibrant patterns, what I’m used to seeing at Bloomingdales or Saks. I was in for a nice surprise when I checked out the Tibi Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear show at New York Fashion Week. Designer Amy Smilovic, played with soft and hard looks, combining delicate fabrics and feminine prints with artillery detail and military influence. She did the same with colors, mixing navy, grey, and olive green, with warmer tones like rose and burgundy. I loved that Smilovic incorporated edgier detail, like leather and studs, in a delicate way that kept the softness and femininity of the brand.

My favorite looks? The leather artillery pouch, the cropped silk pant with draping bow, and the endless layering over cotton tees (Tres chic and economical!) All looks I can see on front row attendee and ‘City’ girl, Olivia Palermo.

While the styles shown at Fashion Week are for the upcoming fall and winter seasons—grr, like seven months away—us online editors get a little antsy and like to use these flash-forward trends ASAP. So, we’re giving you Tibi-inspired runway styles you can wear right now. [Click here to keep reading…]

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2010 Pre-Fall– wwd.com
With some designers planning sweeping shows and intimate showroom presentations, this pre-season has metamorphosed into a season of its own. See 50+ collections.

Diane Von Furstenburg to Design Home Furnishings Collection– coutorture.com
Pleasing textile lovers everywhere, Diane Von Furstenberg has announced she is working on a collection of home furnishings as part of a licensing deal with Springs Global. The line reportedly will include bedding, bath, and tabletop.

Dannijo Jewelry Launches New Site and Hot New Collection– stylelist.com
The edgy-chic accessories line Dannijo (a favorite of Beyoncé, Blake Lively and Lake Bell) just launched an addictive new Website that’s part retail therapy, part inspiration.

You’ll See it Everywhere– nymag.com
NY Mag has sifted through the trends and determined what we’ll all be seeing, in some form, for the next four months, from round sunglasses to bangles to sparkles

After Hours at the Globes– fashionweekdaily.com
The inside scoop from the InStyle and Cartier post-globes bashes.

Trend to Rediscover: Clogs! post image

Trend to Rediscover: Clogs!


A few months ago, I started a post about clogs but faced some serious hesitation as to whether or not to actually run it. I really should have taken my own advice, but instead I allowed the fear that all of you would think I had lost my mind for endorsing such a silly style take over and I held off. Then Mr. Karl Lagerfeld had to go and show clogs during the Chanel Spring 2010 presentation and now this silly little style is gaining crazy momentum and is being hailed as the hottest spring trend.

As much as I worship Karl, I didn’t need his seal of approval because I honestly love clogs and could not be happier that they are making a comeback (even though I’d wear them even if they maintained their passe status!). Clogs are a great substitute for flip-flops in the fall and winter and can serve as your slip it on and wear-then-with-anything-go-tos. Rock your clogs with bare feet when it’s warm and with tights or funky socks when it’s cold.

If you share my sentiments and can’t wait to clomp around in a pair of clogs, then read on for the styles I’m currently crushing on! [Click here to keep reading…]

Shade to Crave: Electric Purple post image

I used to be little Ms. Neutral with my clothes. Black, white, and beige were the only shades I would touch, a common problem amongst women especially here in NYC where black will always be the new black. In time, I branched out and dipped my toes into some other colorful pools (as evidenced by my affinity for shade to crave posts) which has added a much needed burst of fun into my wardrobe.

Electric purple is one of the first bold colors I dared to try- it was an electric purple dress that I wore to a cocktail party for a new handbag line. I went up to the unbelieveably hot bartender to order a drink and he smiled and told me he noticed me the second I walked in the room. I asked why and he said: “I love it when girls wear that kind of purple. It’s just really bold and sexy.” No arguments here.

Purple was also a major trend on the Fall runways. We saw a whole range of purples from pastel to neon on everything in between, but my focus is definitely on the striking, electric shade. Like bold blue, electric purple is ultra flattering on all complexions and is just so inherently sexy. There is also no wrong way to wear this color. You can go the extra mile and team it with some other stand-out pieces, make your purple piece really pop by pairing it with black (just look at how a purple cardi took Mary-Kate’s LBD to a whole new level!), or temper it by wearing it with soft and subtle neutrals, which may be your best best for daytime.

Read on for my top electric purple pics! [Click here to keep reading…]

Wardrobe Must-Have: Boyfriend Blazers post image

The boyfriend blazer is without a doubt the number one fall- scratch that- year round must have. I have several boyfriend styles that I reach for time and time again. I’ll throw them over anything and everything- floaty dresses, skinny jeans and loose tees, mini skirts, denim cut-offs, the list goes on and on. There really is no more versatile item- look no further than the collage above for proof.

One thing to watch out for is too much volume, you don’t want to look like you’re being consumed. However, the jacket should be loose enough to allow you to move comfortably. To get the most wear and tear, look for a style that can be layered over a semi-chunky knit but will still look polished over a slim tee or tank. Other than that, there really aren’t many precautions to take because they is no wrong way to wear this staple.I always feel sexy and confident when I top off my looks with bf blazers which is why I’ve deemed this style a wardrobe must.

Read on for my top picks. [Click here to keep reading…]

Wardrobe Must: Chic Vests post image

Wardrobe Must: Chic Vests


I have a serious obsession with vests. No lie, I have about 10! Some are vintage (I LOVE vintage menswear styles- such a great way to go androgyny-chic), some are high-end, others are ultra cheap.

A vest is such a quick and easy way to update your look and is a piece that injects a certain fashion-forward flair, especially when worn over something unexpected like a hyper-feminine frock for instance. I have styles that help be add a bit of an edge to my look, some that are perfect for adding some sophistication, others that have a retro sensibility, and some classics that allow for loads of accessories.

Wear an edgy, embellished to update a basic look like Nicky Hilton. Team it with a sleek secretary blouse like Blake Lively for an updated interpretation of preppy-chic. Layer a denim vest over a floaty dress to channel the 70’s like boho-queen Sienna Miller. Use it polish up a sweetly slouchy style like Rachel Bilson. Or, belt it and wear it as a top like Whitney Port. There are countess ways to make this style staple work for you.

Read on for some of my favorite styles! [Click here to keep reading…]

Swimsuits For Your Body Type post image

Swimsuits For Your Body Type


Swimsuit season is in full swing, a time to flaunt that body you spent all winter working on. While working out and eating right are important,  it is also essential to be aware of what shapes and styles will be most flattering on YOUR body type.

I never used to think the shape of a swimsuit mattered, I mean your body will be exposed no matter what, so what difference could it possibly make? Turns out I was very wrong and over the years I have become somewhat of a dressing for your body expert and have come to realize the immense importance of shape, cut, and styles.

When it comes to swimsuits, something as seemingly minor as a thick strap instead of a thin one, or a high-cut bottom as opposed to a one that sits low on the hips can make a HUGE difference in the way your beach-bod looks.

Read on to find out which swimsuit shapes will work for your body type! [Click here to keep reading…]

Designer Dresses At Discount Prices post image

As temperatures continue to soar, the summer dress increasingly becomes the most essential item a gal can own. There are so many fantastic styles out there, from printed maxi’s to gauzy white dresses to flirty floral styles- some at reasonable prices and others not to much.

For the purposes of this article, however, I’ve selected five of my favorite styles from some of the top designers at seriously slashed prices!

Shop the looks pictured above after the jump! [Click here to keep reading…]

Harem Pants: Love Or Loathe?


Every so often a trend will come along that will divide the fashion community in two- the lovers and the loathers. This season, that trend is undeniably harem pants (AKA MC Hammer pants). We saw harem pants- best described as a hybrid between a skirt and cigarette pants- saunter down the runways of some of the biggest trend-makers, like Chloe and Alexander McQueen. Some fashion sites and magazines will encourage you to go out and rock them while others have been advising strongly against it. We wanna know what YOU think though, so share your thoughts!

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Get In On Gilt Group


I absolutely love sample sales- designer items at massively slashed prices, well you’d be a fool NOT to love them! Sample sales do have there drawbacks, however- rearranging your schedule to try and get their first for first dibs, elbowing your way through throngs of people to find what you’re looking for, trying to navigate with piles of clothing on your arm. It can all get pretty hectic to say the least, which is why I have done away with the madness of going to these meccas on foot in favor of shopping from the comfort of my own home with sample sale sites like Gilt Group.

At Gilt Group, you gain access to exclusive designer items, from the super high-end stuff, think Oscar de la Renta, Alexander McQueen, and Chloe to contemporary labels like Diane von Furstenberg, Vena Cava, Catherine Malandrino, etc., at massively reduced prices (I have a friend who snagged an Hervé Léger dress for $498 rather than the retail price of $1,250!) all from the comfort of your very own home. Gilt hosts new sales on accessories, clothing, and even beauty products daily featuring items which last as long as the items do, which isn’t very long considering how incredible the deals are!

If you haven’t already signed up, I think it’s safe to say that it’s time to get on that, like now! The site is invite only and we’re inviting you, so click here to join now!

And please report back to us on what items you snag, since we can’t afford to buy everything like we wish we could, we’ll have to settle for living vicariously through you!

Shade To Crave: Powerhouse Pink post image

Powerhouse pink is without a doubt the shade of the season and of all the bright colors making the round- as expected with the return to the 80’s- this one is my absolute favorite. While this color is undoubtedly striking, it isn’t obnoxiously loud or too dominating.

Powerhouse pink is a happy median between the sweet innocence of pale pink and the overt sex-appeal of radiant red and has a vibrant energy which exudes confidence. We saw pops of pink all over the spring runways- Badgley Mischka, Matthew Williamson, Christian Dior, and more- all of our favorite designers turned up the volume on their collections by throwing this killer shade into the mix. Pair your pink pieces with neutrals for a more modern look, metallics for a dose of glam, with black for a bit of edge- you really can’t go wrong.

I am not only advocating this shade because it’s trendy, it is actually incredibly flattering for just about any complexion, whether you’re super pale or ultra tan,  blond or brunette, this color was made to flatter and can’t help but make you feel sexy.

Check out my favorite powerhouse pink pieces after the jump! [Click here to keep reading…]

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Get Constricted in Python


In this economic climate it’s hard to limit yourself to those special finds you know will last through fad and trend. One you can be sure not to pass up is python. The pattern or skins are statement makers all on their own. In any form- bag, shoe, jewelry, real or fake- this print is dramatic enough to give a little hiss to even your most pared down, jeans-and-tee outfits.

Python was a major trend on the spring runways- from stunning Dior halter tops and cutting edge Prada skirts to statement making python handbags at Fendi, Marc Jacobs, Matthew Willamson, and more!

Rock a pair of python pumps to give your look a sexy twist like Lindsay Lohan, pictured above wearing Louboutins; pair a python clutch with a retro style like Nicole Richie (wearing a dress by Issa London) for a modern edge , or go all out in a python frock like Sarah Jessica Parker, who rocked a style from L’Wren Scott. From the red carpet to real life, python pieces are always a definite do.

Check out my top 10 python picks after the jump! [Click here to keep reading…]

Spring Must-Have: Lightweight Scarves post image

I firmly abide by the mantra ‘you’re never fully dressed without a lightweight scarf to complete your look’- a smile is always nice too. Lightweight scarves are an obvious year-round staple and are such great ways to instantly spruce up your look. With the recession and money-woes running rampant, fabulous items you can get maximum use out of are key.

A lightweight scarf is a great alternative to a basic cardigan for spring- it’s portable and so much more versatile. Drape a scarf around your neck to spruce up a basic jeans-and-tee look, loop it through your handbag for a unique touch, wrap it around your head for a funky boho look, tie it around your waist to wear it as a belt, you get the idea!

Check out 10 gorgeous lightweight scarves after the jump! [Click here to keep reading…]

A Worthy Investment: Grandpa Cardigans post image

When it comes to vintage goodies like pretty brooches and one-of-a-kind purses, Grandma’s closet is the way to go. With this season’s shift towards the androgynous, however, it might be time to raid grandpa’s closet as well. One wardrobe staple I’m currently obsessing over the grandpa cardigans- such an un-chic name for something so fabulous but even still. I love the whole boho slouchy feel (okay, really wish I had another word for boho at this point, but whatever!) and a loose knit is the perfect way to achieve the look. I am especially a fan of pairing the sweater over a tight silhouette like skinny jeans and a tight tank; it just has this accidental sex-appeal to it which I simply adore. This style will definitely come in handy over the next few months, when fickle-weather-behavior will be at an all-time high and temperatures can go from comfortable to freezing with the snap of a finger or when its warm outside, but freezing in your office. Or even when it’s a bit nippy out but you don’t want to wear a jacket.

See 10 fabulous cardigans after the jump.

[Click here to keep reading…]

A Worthy Investment: Chic Blazers post image

When it comes to fashion, there are certain items that are simply worth the investment and chic blazers absolutely fit the bill. I have racked up quite a collection of blazers within the past few months, all at varying colors and at different price ranges, and they have helped bring my personal style to new heights. First of, there is the whole androgyny-chic element that comes with topping your look off with the fabulous blazer. Blazers an add some polish and poise to your look or a bit of an edge, depending on what you’re going for. There are so many ways to wear this smart, brilliant style and with the seasons in transition, I think it’s time to stock up!

Read on for a selection of fabulous styles to choose from! [Click here to keep reading…]

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