Look We Love: Going Nude post image

Look We Love: Going Nude

While I, like many, love wearing black, in the past year I have found love on the other end of the spectrum with beautiful nude and neutral shades. And here’s a little fun fact: Neutrals actually have the same slim-down effect as their dark counterparts and going light head-to-toe can smooth out any rough patches and can make you appear longer and leaner.

In addition to being figure-friendly, neutral shades are also high versatile and have an ethereal quality that can’t help but make you feel pretty. As is the case with black, there are countless ways to wear your neutrals.

You can keep clean and simple by forgoing the accessories like Kate Bosworth, who let her blush-colored Calvin Klein dress stand alone,  or use your nude backdrop as a foundation for fun jewelry pieces, like Nicole Richie who accesorized her chic L’Wren Scott sheath with piles of fun pieces from her House of Harlow line.

Take the monochrome route with nudes head-to-toe (a major trend for Fall 2010, fyi) or contrast these soft shades with darks or brights.  I personally love juxtaposing soft neutrals with tough pieces (think biker boots, bomber jackets, boyfriend blazers, chunky knits patterned tights and so on), like Taylor Momsen who teamed an ethereal slip-dress with a pair of Giuseppe Zanotti biker boots. The most imortant thing to remember is to stay true to your personal style and wear your nudes in a way that makes you feel comfortable and confident.

As we transition from winter to spring, I think it’s time that we all brighten up with some stunning neutral shades. [continue reading…]

A Head Start On Style: Hottest Headbands post image

For lack of stating the obvious: The headband craze is everywhere, thanks to the success of certain racy, teen television show set on the Upper East Side. But among the giant frou-frou headpieces and bows, bows, bows, are some pretty glam headbands for those of us no longer in high school (think Nicole Richie, Sienna Miller, Mary Kate Olsen).

As a headband lover myself, here are some of my wish list accessories: [continue reading…]

Don’t Follow the Trends, Start Them: Tips To Become More Fashion-Forward post image

My mission when starting ANM wasn’t just to talk about style, but to encourage all of your to come into your own style-wise and to cultivate your own signature style, one that puts your creativity to the test and makes you feel truly amazing from the inside out.

I am not a fan of ‘trends’ in the conventional sense. I believe that mindlessly hopping onto any trend band-wagon negates what fashion is all about- expressing yourself and showcasing your individuality. Now if you legit love something, notwithstanding its ‘trend’ status, then I am all for wearing it. However, I will never advocate buying and wearing something just because it’s hot and then sending it to the back of your closet when it’s not.

Look at Chloe Sevigny, Mary Kate Olsen, Kate Moss, Agyness Deyn, and Rihanna– all ladies who don’t ever follow the trends, they dictate them. These gals don’t seem to care what other people are doing or what other people will think of what they are wearing. They wear what they love, they take risks, they break rules, and they OWN it. While all of them have very different and distinct styles, all are widely renowned and emulated for their unique styles.

So what separates the fashion-forwards from the fashion-victims? I have thought long and hard on the subject throughout my career in fashion and have uncovered some tips that will help you on your trend-setting way.

Read on to check them out! [continue reading…]

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

Nicole Richie Launching Contemporary Line– wwd.com
Nicole Richie has a new baby and a new contemporary women’s clothing line.

Winter Trend– vogue.co.uk
What is a snood and how can I wear it this fall/winter?

McCartney Designs Children’s Wear for Gap– wwd.com
Stella McCartney is yet again expanding her brand’s reach — and her latest target audience is the grade-school set.

Agyness Deyn Takes to The Screen– nypost.com
Is Aggy really hitting the big screen?

Tracing the Arc of Modern Fashion Photography– latimes.com
Irving Penn’s death marks the end of an era. What’s in store for fashion photography in the days and years ahead?

Summer Must-Have: Denim Cut-Offs post image

We’ve already discussed the return of the denim jacket, but there’s another retro denim trend that’s making the rounds and is an absolute must for summer: Denim cut-offs.

This season, cut-off shorts are shorter than ever, lending a bit of sex-appeal to this fantastically cool item. From dark to distressed from tattered and torn to structured and sleek, there are so may ways to rock this trend and incorporate it into your style.

Pair your cut-offs with a thin flannel top for a grungy 90’s-inspired style, with a boyfriend shirt like Agyness Deyn, a slim grandpa cardigan like Ashley Olsen, with a sharp blazer for a more polished look like Victoria Beckham and Kate Moss, with billowy tops like Lindsay Lohan and Nicole Richie, an embellished vest like Nicky Hilton, a lightweight scarf like Hilary Duff, and so on. Cut-offs are perfect for a day at the beach or can be dressed up for a night out with some funky shoes and statement accessories like Vanessa Hudgens who rocked her cut-offs at this year’s Kid’s Choice Awards.

However you choose to wear them, the fact that they’re an absolute must for your summer wardrobe remains the same!

Check out some of my favorite cut-off styles after the jump! [continue reading…]

Trend To Try: Boho World Traveler post image

The bohemian trend has been going strong for quite some time now, thanks in large part to fashion heavy-hitters like Nicole Richie, Mary Kate Olsen, Kate Moss, Sienna Miller and co. I will never tire of this style and I especially love the new ways designers are interpreting it.

For Spring ’09, it was all about the boho world traveler, and lots of designers like Diane von Furstenberg, Milly, Roberto Cavalli, and more found inspiration in far-flung, exotic locals. The boho looks this season are marked by beautiful beading, precise embroidery, and bold prints, adding a bit of jet-setter mystique to the laidback sensibility we have all come to love.

While we’ll be going in a bit of a different direction for fall, where the 80’s will reign supreme, I am all about going with what you love and I absolutely love the boho world traveler look, so in my world, it will never be outdated.

If you share my sentiments, and check out some fabulous wordly boho finds after the jump! [continue reading…]

Trend To Rediscover: Denim Jackets post image

I hope you all kept your denim jackets around because this 90’s trend has officially made a major comeback! I personally loved this style back then and still love it now, especially as a staple from spring and summer. Jean jackets are a fantastic alternative to a sleek blazer and can take you anywhere from the grocery store to a cocktail party, an afternoon barbecue, or a day at the beach.

As the style-setting celebs pictures above prove, a jean jacket can work with any ensemble. Pair it with a fashion-forward cocktail frock like Chloe Seviny, who wore a Wrangle jacket over a vintage Azzedine Alaia dress, or Emma Roberts, who topped off a fun Ruffian LBD with a Current/Elliott jacket. Throw it over a boho maxi like Jessica Simpson (wearing a Levi’s jacket over Diane von Furstenberg maxi), Nicole Richie (wearing a style by Paige Premium Denim) or supermodel Miranda Kerr (also wearing Levi’s). Throw your jean jacket over a romper to be a bit more fashion-forward, pair it with leggings and a tunic, a mini skirt, a maxi skirt– you get the idea!

From day-to-night, there really is no way to get this wrong!

Check out 10 totally fab denim jackets after the jump! [continue reading…]

Get Constricted in Python post image

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! [continue 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! [continue reading…]

Spring Must-Have: Boho Maxis (Inspired by Nicole Richie) post image

A beautiful, boho maxi dress is an absolute must for spring and summer, it’s fun, wearable, and super flattering. No gal knows how to pull off this trend quite like Nicole Richie , who is always a go-to fashion muse! Nicole isn’t afraid to run with a motif and her looks always have a strong 70s-inspired, hippie-chic feel. She tends to favor vintage maxis, but there are plenty of current styles that are equally fabulous.

A boho maxi isn’t season-specific and can be work in the cooler months with the addition of a chunky knit, sharp blazer, or cropped leather jacket as seen on Nicole above. You can style your look to summon the seventies like Nicole, give it a modern twist by adding in some statement pieces, toughen up this laid back style with some edgy add-ons, and so on. As is the case with any trend, be sure to wear it in a way that works for you and stays true to your personal style.

Check out 15 gorgeous boho-maxis after the jump! [continue reading…]

A Worthy Investment: Statement Necklaces post image

One of the quickest – and chicest – ways to update your wardrobe is by accessorizing. And the accessory du jour is the statement necklace. I, for one, can’t wait to pair them with everything and anything.

For spring 2009, designers are completely enamored with the exaggerated necklace. It made countless appearances on runways – Lanvin, Marni, and Marc, oh my! They came in all different shapes and styles (bib, collar, choker, ribbon, layered, twisted), but only one size: huge. The mantra seems to be go big or go home.

The amazing thing about the necklace is that it hits all the current trends yet is surprisingly pretty democratic. Invest in one gorgeous stunner or dabble in all the trends with wallet-happy picks from Target, Forever 21 or Banana Republic.

Luckily, there’s no wrong way to wear the piece of jewelry this season. Perk up solid tops and shift dresses with a dramatic, colorful neckpiece. For a more casual and unexpected take, try with jeans, the perfect white tee, and major heels. Voila, instant glamour. Despite the traditional school of thought that ornate jewelry should not be worn with busy prints, I say take a risk! The brave and courageous should follow the runway’s lead and layer over polka dots or boho patterns. However, please step away from the bangles, earrings, and rings. This look does not translate in real life.

Bottom line: it’s a statement any way you dress it. But for fashion’s sake, wear the necklace; don’t let it wear you!

Check out 10 amazing Statement Necklaces after the jump! [continue reading…]

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