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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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: Neon Accessories post image

Trend to Try: Neon Accessories

Like it or not, we are slowly seeing the return of the ’80s. Shoulder pads, body con dresses, and even biker shorts. It can seem daunting – especially for those around back then! – but when approached with a fresh and modern eye, virtually anything can be seen as en vogue.

Neon is one of these trends that may be hard to pull off, but can be successful in small doses. If you’re scared of looking like a Post-It or a raver, skip the head-to-toe looks and go for a flash of color via the accessories route. Eye-popping hot pinks, electric greens, and acid yellows were all the rage this spring for DKNY, Doo.Ri, and Isaac Mizrahi. And I am still swooning after the Matthew Williamson day-glo python platforms. Neon perfection if it ever existed, I tell you!

The trick to making fluorescent work this decade is using it to accent neutral colors like cream, dove grey, navy and black. I love the idea of using a shocking accessory to add a jolt of electricity to classic and feminine silhouettes. Unless you want to look like a walking flashback, don’t do neon accessories with leggings, off-the-shoulder or oversized t-shirts, and anything too juvenile looking. Keep it simple and sophisticated.

If the Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs, and Versace Fall 2009 runway shows are any indication, it seems like neon will still be relevant next season. So buy these accessories today and wear them now and later. Glow on!

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Fashion Week Trend: Glamour-Goth post image

We saw lots of interesting trends for Fall 2009 during this past Fashion Week- some old (velvet, florals, neon color, sequins) some new (the 80’s, voluminous shoulders, endless mixing and matching of prints and textures) and some that were both old and new, like the return of goth. Black is always a dominant shade during the fall shows but this season, it was kicked up a notch and taken to seriously sexy territories with a prevailing gothic reference point interpreted in a way that was super sexy, not scary.

More on the fabulous goth-styles after the jump!

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