How to Wear Now: Rebecca Minkoff Fall 2011 RTW post image

For her first show at the Theater, Lincoln Center’s largest venue, Rebecca Minkoff‘s Fall 2011 collection proved that she is a connoisseur of coolness. Inspired by former model Charlotte Kemp, Minkoff created a collection that embodied the spirit of a sexy, glamorous, rocker, bohemian girl, way too cool for her own good. A combination of hard-edge rock and glamour girl styles, the collection is both covetable and completely wearable.

In a style she calls “urban gypsy”, Minkoff combines the hard and soft aspects of her collection: the contrasting styles symbolized by leather and tweed versus chiffon, sequins, fur, and delicate lace; and the skinny jeans, leggings, chunky sweaters, leather shorts, versus long flowy skirts and dresses, fitted blazers, body con dresses, and trench coats. There isn’t any question that I could see myself walking down the street in almost all of these outfits… if I were cooler you might even see me in those lace leggings and leotards, but for now I’ll leave that to all the Gaga and Single Ladies fans out there.

My favorite look — and it is not even close — was the leopard print jumpsuit. Although leopard has been around for quite a few seasons now, I just can’t get enough of it and thankfully neither can Minkoff because this leopard jumpsuit just oozes coolness. There is no doubt that this jumpsuit would make anyone too cool for school!

If you’re like me and can’t wait to let your inner chic rocker bohemian gypsy out, read on for some super cool Rebecca Minkoff-inspired outfits! [continue reading…]

How to Wear Now: Proenza Schouler Fall 2011 post image

Proenza Schouler‘s Fall 2011 collection, stands far above many of its New York Fashion Week peers. Designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez undeniably have a knack for creating exquisitely tailored sophisticated, yet edgy, looks that make me feel as if I have died and gone to heaven, or rather to a Southwestern frontier 80s video game.

Inspired by colorful geometric South and Latin American textile designs and using computer engineered colorful tribal graphic fabrics in wool, knit, and velvet, McCollough and Hernandez took slouchy pants, chunky sweaters, and sheath dresses to a whole new level. Things only get better and better, with stand out turquoise and black and neon and yellow black silk fringed macramé ( yes, macramé) skirts paired with western button downs and bold necklaces… level up! The final five cocktail dresses, each using hand-painted velvet on transparent silk, were sexy, chic, edgy, giving the collection that final pow… and showing how the west or rather fashion week was won!

The collection was all about the details… and boy were there many of them: patent leather shearling coats, velvet jacquard dresses, strappy sandals, patterned clutch purses, leather shirts, and chunky knits (just to name a few). Every detail was perfectly in place creating a collection which I both love and hate — love, because really what is not to love and hate, because it will be torture waiting months for these pieces!

If you are feeling quite tortured like me check below for some awesome Proenza Shouler inspired styles that you can wear right now! [continue reading…]

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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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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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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…]

Trend to Try: Thigh-Highs post image

Trend to Try: Thigh-Highs

This weekend I took a bit of a fashion risk and sported a trend that isn’t really much of a trend right now but definitely should be: Thigh-highs! My love of thigh-highs was re-ignited during Fall Fashion Week at shows like Rag & Bone and Sass & Bide. I was kind of disappointed when this trend didn’t explode, but does something have to be insanely popular before we can try it? I think not.

Thigh-highs are the perfect alternative to tights right now, as winter slowly gives way to spring, and will add some understated sex-appeal to your look while still keeping your gams nice and warm.

The length of your dress of skirt is key when it comes to rocking this style and should hit about 1-2 inches away from where the thigh-highs end. You can use your knee-highs to make a basic look a more fashion-forward like Vanessa Hudgens, or to be a bonafide statement-maker like everyone’s favorite fictional fashion risk-taker Carrie Bradshaw!

It is also worth noting- since this is also a relationship and lifestyle site- that while most guys don’t really care for tights, they LOVE the thigh-highs. Trust me.

Read on to check out some FAB thigh-high styles.

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