Look We Love: Schoolgirl-Chic post image

Look We Love: Schoolgirl-Chic

School is back in session. Whether you’ve been hitting the books this fall or not, you can still incorporate a little schoolgirl chic into your look. Classic schoolgirl staples (pleated skirts, button down cardigans, knee-socks, blazers, etc) make excellent additions to any fall wardrobe and add a bit of sophistication with a playful spirit, depending on how you style the look (you definitely do NOT want to look like you’re channeling Britney Spears circa …Baby One More Time).

If you’re dubious about the concept of borrowing from the schoolgirls, just look at Alexander Wang’s Fall 2010 collection which demonstrated that smart staples like pinstriped separates, thigh-highs and backpacks can be sexy, avant-garde and grown-up.  And then there’s fashion muse extraordinary Alexa Chung who is renowned for her preppy style that blends school-girl sweetness with and edgy street-chic sensibility.

Yes, school-girl staples can be both sophisticated, sexy and sharp, so why not invest in a few this fall?

Read on for my favorite schoolgirl finds. [continue reading…]

Look We Love: Military Inspired post image

Military-inspired fashion has been around for quite some time and the fact that it continues to re-emerge has caused this look to transcend beyond the boundaries of a ‘trend.’ On the Spring 2010 runways, military-inspired pieces proved to be more versatile than ever and were used to create a broad spectrum of looks: classic, avant-garde, feminine, androgynous boho, edgy- there are just so many amazing directions to take.

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ANM Lust-Haves and Must-Haves post image

ANM Lust-Haves and Must-Haves

My life is heavily saturated with beauty and fashion. From spending hours on end perusing the merchandise on e-shopping sites, attending previews and beauty launches, being flooded with press releases, there is a lot out there to sift through.

Through my efforts, I often come across items that fill me with lust and items that are so amazing and useful that they have been deemed musts. I can’t always include these items in specific stories I’m working on so I’ve devised a new way to share my amazing finds: a regular lust-haves and must-haves post!

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Crop Tops: Love Or Loathe?

The crop-top seemed destined to be filed under the “what was I thinking” category along with many other other impossible to understand or explain styles of the 90’s. However, much to the chagrin or many, crop tops made a valiant return for Spring 2010 as seen on the influential runways of labels such as Twenty8Twelve, Alexander Wang, Erin Wasson x RVCA, Thakoon, and more.

And this trend got even stronger for Fall 2010, appearing on the runways of fashion heavyweights such as Dolce & Gabbana, Givenchy, and Missoni. So has the crop-top been given an unjustly harsh rep? Is there something fabulous about it that we’ve all been missing? On the one hand, this trend will definitely motivate you to stay in shape. On the other, would anyone, save for the cast of the Jersey Shore, really go out in public with your midriff showing?

Vote now and let us know what you think!

How to Wear Now: Alexander Wang Fall 2010 RTW Collection post image

Alexander Wang is known for his downtown, edgy-chic aesthetic and his pieces always have an undone, accidental-kind-of-cool quality to them. For Fall 2010, the master did it again with a collection that had everyone raving and wishing everything was available right now.

While he worked the sports-inspired angle for Spring 2010, this time around he reinterpreted the goth trend, giving it an androgynous, corporate-cool flavor, something only he could pull off. There were deconstructed suits, a plethora of pinstriped pieces, avant-garde lbds, crop-tops, cut-outs, sheer fabrics, lace flourishes, cutting-edge silhouettes, backpacks criss-crossed in front creating a bondage-feel, and innovative mixing-and-matching. High-hemlined skirts and dresses were teamed  with thigh-high socks (which, as you know, I’m a huge fan of), adding a whopping dose of rebellious sex-appeal to this season’s more grown-up sensibility.

The actual collection won’t be available for many agonizing months but you can still incorporate some of the trends and styles seen on the runway into your look right now. [continue 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. [continue reading…]

Style Muse: Leigh Lezark post image

Style Muse: Leigh Lezark

I first learned of Leigh Lezark last September during fashion week. The first time I saw her i just had to ask ‘who is that girl?’ Obviously she was someone: she sat front row at everything, she had a flock of photogs following her, her sense of style was just on a whole other level, and she just radiated attitude in that cool, not bitchy, sort of way. To my delight, I learned that Leigh wasn’t just another famous for being famous socialite, but actually one-third of the popular New York City-based DJ trio the Misshapes, and, due to her unique looks, now a model as well.

Over the past few months, Leigh has emerged as fashion’s newest darling. She’s edgy, daring, rebellious, and goes against the grain without being too outrageous. While she does have a tough-as-nails aesthetic, her style still has a sexy, feminine sensibility. Leigh has quickly become one of my top sources for style inspiration.

Read on for 5 tips to bring a little Leigh into your wardrobe!

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A Worthy Investment: A New Bag for the New Year and New You post image

Handbags are very personal items for women. It does more than just hold our belongings. It’s a symbol of identity, status and style so it’s important you find something that accurately reflects who you are. Why else do women spend a small fortune on an accessory?

To ring in the new decade, treat yourself to a fabulous new piece of arm candy. Pick something that conveys who you want to be in 2010. Aiming to be a better multi-tasker? There’s a convertible bag out there with your name on it. Trying to toughen up? Think hardware. Need motivation to use that gym membership? A chic new nylon tote should do the trick. Dying for a promotion at work? A gorgeous structured bag screams power and “I’m so on top of it!”

And for you high-achieving gals who want it all, there’s only one way…get all these bags! [continue reading…]

Celeb Style Inspiration: Whitney Port post image

From cute and casual to sexy and standout, Whitney Port’s personal style has undergone quite the makeover since we first met her on The Hills in 2006 as Lauren’s soft-spoken but super supportive Teen Vogue sidekick. Back then, Whitney’s style was very California-casual, ultra-femme, and very sweet.

In the time since, Whitney has grown up, toughened up, and abandoned sunny CA. for the harsher NYC. As she evolved, so did her sense of style. These days, Whitney likes to keep it edgy, bold, and sexy, but in that accidental I-didn’t-even-try sort of way.

Whitney loves to mix-and-match, from contrasting prints to disproportionate silhouettes to soft and feminine pieces teamed with high-voltage sexy ones.

No matter what she wears, she exudes confidence through and through and absolutely owns it. Both her attitude and absolute panache make this girl well worth drawing inspiration from.

Read on to learn how to get the city-chic styles pictured above! [continue reading…]

Wardrobe Must: Not-So-Basic LBDs post image

I believe that a closet should contain multiple LBDs (aka Little Black Dresses). I mean, things like shape and silhouette make a difference when in comes to creating a look and I have yet to find a single LBD that can suit all my needs.

This season marked a major LBD comeback and our favorite closet staple now comes in a variety of styles- the micro mini, the backless, the plunging neck, the long sleeved, the cut-out, the leather, the lace. While this style staple was once synonymous with simplicity and considered the perfect foundation for statement-accessories, the new LBDs do all the talking and don’t require additional flourishes.

A not-so-basic LBD puts a definate end to the ubiquitous closet-full-of-clothes-and-nothing-to-wear predicament and can serve as your fool-proof go-to time and time again.

Check out  my top picks after the jump! [continue reading…]

Weekend Links: This Week’s Top Fashion Stories post image

Alexander Wang: The Wang Factor– Vogue.co.uk
Alexander Wang talks muses, Marc Jacobs and making it in the fashion industry.

Yohji Yamamoto Files for Bankruptcy Protection
– wsj.com
Japanese fashion design firm Yohji Yamamoto Inc. said it had filed for bankruptcy protection Friday, marking the latest setback for high-end brands in Japan.

Celebrating a Lifetime of Tutus, Betsey Johnson Receives Medal of Honor– fashionwiredaily.com
Betsey Johnson receives the Medal of Honor for Lifetime Achievement by the National Arts Club.

Sportswear Carries Urgency of the Moment on Fashion Runways– nytimes.com
Designers return to sportswear in response to last year’s economic turmoil.

Think Pink– fashionweekdaily.com
Steve Sadove and Evelyn Lauder kick off the Key to the Cure shopping weekend at Saks

Style Muse: Noot Seear post image

Style Muse: Noot Seear

Canadian-born model turned vamptress Noot Seear is flashing bright on our radar with her Kate Moss-meets-Erin Wasson sense of style. Trading in her signature strut for a Hollywood script, Noot can be seen in the upcoming vampire flick New Moon in November alongside Twilight heartthrobs Rob Pattinson and Taylor Lautner. She’s not one to be in the tabloids and followed by paps (yet!) but with big screen exposure and her noteworthy signature style, we’re pretty positive that her star will continue to rise.

Noot’s closet is overflowing with rock and roll goodies such as flannels in every color, a rad vest collection, tapered leather pants, denim cutoffs, an assortment of vintage rock tees, and distressed leather bombers. Shoes are as follows: Chucks, dirty biker boots, vintage Chanel knee-highs, fringed ankle boots, two-tone creepers, and Canadian-inspired moccasins.

To add elements of Noot Seear’s look into your own wardrobe, take a peek at our top five style tips. [continue reading…]

Fall’s Newest Fetish: Luxe Leather post image

Leather is back in a big way. No longer exclusive to the biker babe, the new shapes are sleek and stylish, yet still maintain an edge. On the runway, Alexander Wang, Balmain and Phi showed the most memorable pieces, while a bevy of other designers did amazing looks too. For everyday wear, follow these tips.

Let the leather piece take center stage. Everything else should serve as a complement. If you go with leather bottoms, temper it with a floaty chiffon blouse or slouchy cashmere sweater and punctuate the look with a thick cuff. Though playing up the rocker vibe is a natural choice, I say it’s all about the unexpected pairings this season.

Of course, every girl needs a go-to motorcycle jacket in her repertoire. A leather blazer is a great option as well. A vest is also a great transitional item to wear over summer pieces now and heavier knits later. Throw these toppers over everything you own, from jeans to dresses, for instant street cred. It’s so chic when it almost seems like an afterthought.

Leather can cost you a week’s paycheck (or more), but if you find one must-have stunner, it’ll last forever and get better with age. The fit should be flawless. Find form-fitting pieces that aren’t skintight. It’s also crucial that the material does not look like cheap poly blend – even if it is. Don’t risk looking trashy (there, I said it). Luckily, there are great faux options out there; just scour Zara or Urban Outfitters.

Takeaway lesson: despite it’s intimidating looks, leather is pretty versatile when you’ve got a few stylish tricks up your sleeve. Any way you wear it, it’s got attitude. Motorcycle optional.

Read on for some of my top leather finds!

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Toughen Up Your Look With Lace Up Boots post image

While all things 80’s inspired are taking over, there are a few styles lingering that summon the spirit of the 90’s grunge era. The style I’m particularly loving is the lace up boot.

Lace-up boots have a certain irreverence to them that makes any look more fashion-forward. They are also incredibly versatile. Wear them with jeans, leggings, miniskirts, or even dresses, from floaty florals to body-con minis.

Use your lace-ups to complete an already edgy look like Lindsay Lohan or a hipster one like Emma Roberts. Toughen up a sweet floral frock with a distressed pair like Rachel Bilson or use them to add a bit of pizazz for a casual daytime look like Diane Kruger.

This style is definitely the one I’m most excited about for Fall. Read on for my top 10 picks! [continue reading…]

Rock On With Studded Accessories post image

Rock ‘n’ roll and fashion have always been inextricably linked, with the former being a consistent source of inspiration for the latter. A great way to add a touch of rock to your look with a studded accessories, a major trend right now that I have been a fan of for quite some time.

Studded accessories, be it bags, shoes, or jewelry, can inject the right dose of attitude into any look, adding that undeniable cool-factor. Offset the sweetness of an ultra-femme dress with a studded cuff or clutch like Nikki Reed (pictured above in Miu Miu). Update a classic LBD with studded pumps like Nicky Hilton or rock a pair of studded booties with just about any dress in your closet for an instant fashion-forward look à la Sienna Miller.

Now this trend definitely isn’t for everyone. I have been a fan of incorporating a bit of rock into my look for quite some time but I could never imagine some of friends sporting the heavy chains, leather cuffs (often embellished with studs or spikes), and all the other forms of edgy jewelry that I’m so fond of.

If you love the look and it speaks to you, than go for it. If it makes you uncomfortable or just looks wrong on you, then take a pass. Always remember, staying true to your personal sense of style will never be passé.

Read on for 10 ways to add a bit of rock into your look! [continue reading…]

Meet Intern Maria and Her 5 Favorite Designers post image

Ciao! As the fashion-savvy women we are, a handshake and a simple introduction just will not do. No no. How do we get to know each other? By designers of course! I chose my top five favorites and two delicious covet-worthy creations from each line so you could get a peek into my fashion sense. My personal motto: Love is in the details and so is style. It’s what separates the ordinary from the sublime.

I hope you find a sublime piece (or three) below for your own collection. I can’t wait to hear from you all, and I look forward to our stylish journey ahead.

Read on for my top five favorite designers and to see the pieces from each collection that I’m currently coveting!

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80’s Revival: Cross Body Bags post image

Cross-body bags were once reserved for moms and mailmen. But as with other ‘80s staples that are reappearing for the fall, savvy designers have given it a glamorous makeover. The new cross-bodies are made of buttery soft leathers, redone in contemporary shapes, and adorned in hardware.

What’s so appealing about the cross-body bag? The hands-free factor is liberating. I particularly opt for these styles when running errands or going out at night. I also love how they can instantly lend an outfit a relaxed vibe. Of course, as a fan of contrast, I prefer wearing these casual bags with girly things – frocks, florals and frills. Few things are chicer than a fabulous dress with a long chain bag draped on your shoulder.

To keep the silhouette polished and not juvenile, it’s key to choose a size that doesn’t overwhelm you. Look for shapes that lie effortlessly against your body, whether it be saddle, pouch, or bucket. Don’t wear it too long or it looks sloppy.
Convertible bags earn extra points for its versatility and multi-use purpose. You get two or more styles out of one great bag. Hey, it’s a recession. Shop smart and get more bang for your hard-earned buck.

Read on for my top 10 picks!
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Shade To Crave: Citrus Orange post image

Shade To Crave: Citrus Orange

From summer through fall, bold, vibrant, optimistic shades are all the rage. The one that is really starting to grow on me is orange- which can serve as an fun, and slightly edgy, alternative to powerhouse pink.

I used to hesitate when it came to orange for fear that I would look like a pumpkin. However, with more experimentation, and the right pieces, I totally warmed up to all forms of this citrus shade and learned that when done right, it can be a serious statement maker.

Blaze a trail in an electrifying neon shade- which conveys an unmatched sort of confidence. Rock a bold orange dress at a black tie affair to really stand out from the crowd- like Ashley Olsen who wore a striking vintage gown to this year’s CFDA Fashion Awards. Try a softer shade, like Vanessa Hudens who wore a Max Azria gown to the Kid’s Choice Awards, which allows for piled on accessories. I especially love the rich orange shade of the Bottega Veneta dress worn by Ginnifer Goodwin, which is fashion-forward but still classic and sophisticated.

You can keep it color-specific with a single orange piece, or merge in some other neon colors for a free-spirited sixties-feel. The most important thing to remember is to select a shade that makes you feel as good as you look!

Check out some of my favorite orange pieces after the jump! [continue reading…]

Trend To Try: Zippered Accents post image

Trend To Try: Zippered Accents

You know something has taken hold of the fashion world when you’re seeing it EVERYWHERE. It started on the runways, and now we’re seeing zippered accents all over the place- from streets to subways to red carpets, proving that zippers aren’t only functional, they’re seriously fashionable as well!

Zippers have made their way from fly’s, to being exposed on handbags, sandals, headbands, pants, shirts, dresses (like the amazing 3.1 Phillip Lim style seen on Kate Bosworth) and then some.

It’s a tricky trend and sort of hard to find on foot, so grab the nearest laptop and credit card and shop away at the online stores that carry the must have zipper pieces of the season. I have provided a handful of accessories and clothes that will have you zipping through the tabs on your browser to purchase.

Check out my top picks after the jump, happy shopping! [continue reading…]

Trend To Try: Micro Minis post image

Trend To Try: Micro Minis

When I really want to feel sexy, I always reach for leg-baring pieces. I mean does it get much hotter than a leg-baring ensemble with a pair of killer pumps? I think not!

With the 80’s trend slowly trickling in, the micro mini is making a major comeback. We saw fantastic leg-baring styles on the spring runways at 3.1 Phillip Lim, Louis Vuitton, Matthew Williamson, etc., and the leg-centric trend was even stronger at the fall shows.

Rock your mini with a boyfriend blazer for an androgyny chic vibe, with a floaty tunic for sexy yet demure stye; wear it with bare legs and killer pumps now and with opaque tights and a funky pair of booties come fall, anyway you slice it, this wardrobe staple is capable of upping the chic-quotient, not to mention the sex-appeal, of any look.

Check out some killer styles after the jump! [continue reading…]

Trend To Try: Rompers post image

Trend To Try: Rompers

The romper is the most controversial trend to come along in quite some time and elicits very strong reactions of both love and hate. I personally am on Team Romper and happen to love this fun style. The romper is a fabulous alternative to the minidress, which can sometimes be too risqué for day-time and is a great way to show off your gams without having to keep your legs melded together for fear of having a Britney moment.

The one piece, in both the form of a romper of jumpsuit, was a major trend on the spring runways and we saw incredible styles at Peter Som, BCBG, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Adam, and more!

The romper is super versatile- pair it with sandals for day and killer heels for a night out. This style is also super easy to pull off- just slip it on, throw on some cute accessories and you’re all set to go with a fuss-free totally on point look.

Check out my 15 favorite rompers after the jump! [continue reading…]

Designer Finds at Discount Prices post image

Spring has officially sprung. The sun is shining, the trees are blooming, and heavy winter clothes are being pushed to the side in favor of warm weather wears. Dresses, from short and airy to long and flowing, are absolute musts for spring and summer which is why I’ve rounded up 5 gorgeous picks at incredibly reduced price points for this edition of Designer Finds at Discount prices!

Shop the looks pictured above after the jump! [continue reading…]

Silhouette to Try: Sweetly Slouchy post image

A slouchy posture: not hot. A slouchy silhouette: UBER hot! This season is all about the no-muss, no-fuss, effortless slouch and I am eating it up! The spring runways were filled with slouch, a silhouette we saw at Chloe, John Galliano, Burberry Prorsum, Akris, Stella McCartney, Thakoon, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and many other trend-setting colections. From pants to tops to jackets to dresses, almost all of the collections were marked by a return to a more relaxed sophistication and easy-chic sensibility thanks to this care-free silhouette.

I have always loved this style and make it a habit to buy clothes a few sizes too big to achieve the effect. The key here is slouchy, NOT sloppy so opt for items that loosely drape from your frame rather than those that look like they’re drowning you. Another tip for rocking this look is to balance proportions- if you’re wearing a slouchy top pair it with some skinny jeans, if you’re going for slouchy bottoms, then team them with a slimmer top or structured jacket. It’s important to always remember to wear your clothes and not let them wear you.

Check out a fantastic selection of sweetly slouchy styles after the jump! [continue reading…]

A Worthy Investment: Hobo Bags post image

A Worthy Investment: Hobo Bags

Diamonds are great, but I would say that handbags are truly a girls best friend- they’re always by your side, they contain all your personal information, and they help you look and feel amazing! I like to invest in a new handbag every couple of seasons and this time around I put all my focus into finding the perfect hobo bag. Hobos are fabulous year-round but are especially lust-worthy for spring on account of their fun, carefree spirit and the effortless bohemian vibe they bring to any look.

Check out 12 fantastic hobos, including the styles seen on Lindsay Lohan and Lauren Conrad, after the jump! [continue reading…]

Celebrity Style Inspiration: Lindsay Lohan post image

Lindsay Lohan’s nocturnal activities have been known to get her into quite a bit of trouble- her night-time style, however, is always praise-worthy! When it comes to fashion, this troubled starlet is what all of us should be: confident, self-assured, and fully in tune with her personal taste and what works best on her. Lindsay’s style is heavily rooted in the edgy-femme juxtaposition- she strongly favors black, loves her leather, and always plays up her slim legs with micro-minis or her signature leggings.

During the day, Lindsay loves to rock the loaded on layer look which she usually teams with her ubiquitous leggings. For night, however, she tends to vamp it up a bit more, showing a little more skin with mini-skirts and body-con dresses. Lindsay is the master of balance and infuses even the sexiest silhouettes with sharp sophistication and a fantastic downtown-cool flavor. Not surprisingly, she’s a huge fan of Alexander Wang, the man who put street-chic back on the map with an aesthetic that is just so totally Lindsay (I actually think she might own every single piece from his latest collection, no joke!).

Get the amazing looks pictured above after the jump! [continue reading…]

My 5 Favorite Designers post image

My 5 Favorite Designers

You can tell a lot by a person based on the designers they favor, whether they’re funky and bold, classic and sleek, edgy and downtown, bohemian and laid-back, ultra-femme, a bit androgynous, and on and on.

Since we’re in the beginning stages of our relationship and still getting to know each other, I think it’s time to move the process along by sharing the designers that I simply adore and reach for time and time again. I’ll also throw in some of the items from each line that I am currently coveting.

More after the jump!

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