Even though we're weeks away from consistently warm weather, fashion continues on with what's currently available within our favorite boutiques, what's being rocked on the runways as well as what's being worked on within design teams all over the world. Fall 2013 accessories have been showcased and of course I had to share what some of my faves are for the upcoming season when we're back in layers again! Check out key accessories in a number of categories from shoes (for men and women) and handbags. Check out some of my faves including Alberto Moretti, Attilio Giusti Leombruni, Bottega Veneta, Brian Atwood and Gucci for their current Spring collections as well as checking our friends at WWD for the Fall previews.
NYFW has come and gone and now other cities are rocking their runways with a number of designers. We enjoyed some phenomenal weather (even though during NYFW we were going to have rain for days) and then fall magically came when the runways went quiet. I love that we're now in fun layers and I've been rocking fun looks as I have also been wearing my line, Kimmie Smith x Sebago Spring 12! This fashion week season it has been super clear that orange is a hue that is going to be huge for Spring 12 for mens and womens. Good thing that we can all rock orange so his style will definitely incorporate the above look!
I love Balmain's peacoat - which is classic chic and who doesn't love the buttons, pair this with a simple shirt and a fan pair of jeans of his choice. I'm a huge fan of texture and hues so this Etro Houndstooth scarf is amazing and of course, you can't go wrong with Prada - these penny drivers are divine. Finish it all up with J Crew's weekender bag which is perfect for apple and pumpkin picking or just going away for a bit of a vacation.
Paul and I ended the night at Good Units at the Hudson Hotel (which is also in our neighborhood and is super convenient) with Eva Minge which is an amazing Polish designer that I became aware of last year! I knew that the show would have some interesting pieces as I know she is about the drama but being able to see the entire collection in a French runway style definitely allowed me to see the lifestyle components of the brand. The show had a bit of something for everyone with mens and womens fashions hitting the runway, fab black and white pieces and everything from work, casual, evening and lingerie was included. In addition, I loved seeing the models who represented a myriad of looks and ethnicities which is always something that I love seeing. Make sure that you look at the video which includes the final walk as well as to find out more images that we have included!
Although we have all see the Fall 11 campaigns, I had to share the DKNY Men's campaign which started popping up in July. I love that models Jon K, Patrick Kafka and Corey Baptiste were styled by Melanie Ward to go from various dress styles for work and then the weekend! There is such a casual cool and we see it through the eyes of Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. This is definitely a great collection for your guy to rock.
The summer is here and we're so happy about all the possibilities that it can bring! Last month (yes it is the last day of May so we're talking about April), we introduced you to two weeks of some of our favorite bikinis and paired them with fab looks! In addition, these bikinis will be at Curve in NY and/or Las Vegas! We love covering Curve in Las Vegas and can't wait to share all the amazing intimates, swimwear and men's underwear while we're there! But if you thought that we were going to stop talking bikinis, we had to include a post about Maaji Swimwear and pair it up just in time for the summer! In addition, we love that we are launching our nearly month long giveaway of Maaji Swimwear (we can't wait to see them at Curve Las Vegas)! THREE fab winners will be selected on June 28th by simply visiting Maaji Swimwear's amazing bikini site and selecting their favorite bikini and saying how they will accessorize it. Your favorite bikini and how you accessorize it will be included on this post within the comments section. We'll select our three favorite comments and the winners will have the opportunity to win their bikini that they included on their post based on availability. What we love is that this will take place right before 4th of July which is one of the biggest summer holidays! We're super excited to partner with Maaji Swimwear!
My last show of the night before I headed to my birthday festivities was Vassilios Kostetsos which presented mens and womens looks during his show. I felt that there was a definite Grecian vibe and many of the pieces were fab and perfect if you were spending a few weeks in Santorini! I love that every season I am introduced to a designer that I am not as familiar with and can't wait to see what he will present next season! Enjoy my two fave looks and if you want more, check out Elle.com
Life is interesting! Back in early 2008, I had the opportunity to be a part of the DVF x Bloggers photoshoot. This basically brought NYC's fashion blogggers together for am evening of special attention by the staff of DVF. What an amazing opportunity to have the Meat Packing District store/headquarters shut down as they styled us. Not only were their stylists there but various people from the corporate office as well. We nibbled, sipped and had our pictures taken. To this day, I am in love with this dress! I was one of the first people to get my picture taken and the sweetest photographer worked with me. I didn't know his name but thought he was nice.
Fast forward to yesterday when I received an email from Franco Lacosta (yes the famed photographer who has worked with DVF and various campaigns) the photographer who took my picture! So random and so welcomed! He wanted to let me know that he shot a series of calendars of Q Models and that this was the first modeling agency to have a calendar app! You too can have a Q Calendar in Womens, Mens and as a Couple! Above are some images and I suggest getting the app to get the full experience!
When it gets super chilly, I'm not a fan of cold weather; however, I love outerwear for a few reasons. I love coats - if it has to be chilly then it's fun to wear them. Then there are times that you're running around all day and as opposed to your coat being a secondary, it's definitely a primary. The reality is that when you're running from place to place and shopping, you're coat becomes an essential. Recently, I found out about a line that is new to me, Mackage which makes coats for men (my boyfriend is obsessed with Bruce) and women. I love that this a-line coat has a cute neck embellishment. This would be perfect for me to run around to in showrooms, shopping and events. So to that end, it's essential that these looks become accessorized complete with over the knee booths (this is a must when I'm out and about and sometimes it's nice to have a flat boot as opposed to heels). Boots add a bit of an edge look but also a little Paris chic as well. The fingerless gloves are a nice way to add a bit of a rocker chic but when paired with the coat and shoes it's a look that looks like it was super easy to put together and effortless. Finally, it's all about the bag! I'm all about wearing dark colors in the winter but there has to be something which has a pop of color whether it's a scarf or a bag and to me, the bag is essential. This red croc bag is the perfect way to standout and to beat the blahs and greys that can take place once we've been in this weather pattern for too long.
Happy St Pat's everyone! You know that you need to show some green love and your style. Guys, as opposed to wearing a green shirt, how about something that is truly noticeable? The Seamus McFlys by Bonobos are pretty sassy in green and you'll amazing wearing them. It's about time that guys sport something really snazzy. Available online, these pants are tailored and meant to fit! Men, you no longer have an excuses and you can always return them at anytime, for any reason without question. But I don't think you'll have to worry about that soon with 95% of their customers giving them a thumbs up for fit. Check out their collection and don't skimp on the green! These are definitely a great pair of pants!
I love it! Blume is known for the fact that they have customized items for women, men, babies and even your four legged friends! They have so many styles that are perfect to wear - all you need to do is decide what name you want to put on the apparel! What has really caught my eye is their election collection. I think they are so cute and they have great pieces for Republicans, Democrats and Independents - what's not to like. In addition to the vote you will give on Nov 4th, you can vote on their site about the shirts (what I also love is that these 3 images can be placed n various shirts). Take some time to check out the site and to order your Election Collection items and then of course, get some items that will be perfect for gifting as well.
I found out about Inhabit days before Fashion Week and fell in love with their pieces that definitely leave people lingering to get a second look of your outfit! I love that they are for men and women and are all about ultimate comfort to boot! During Fashion Week, I had the opportunity to wear one of her long tunics that had long sleeves and little holes for your thumbs. I could wear it everyday. Regardless of whether you're wearing the cotton or cashmere look, this is definitely something that should be increasing in your closet without a doubt! If you are into organics, they also have a section of the line that includes this as well. I love casual luxe which Inhabit is without a doubt
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