Shop Fall’s Super Hot Embellished Trend Right Now

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Photo: Julien Boudet/BFAnyc.com

We’re still on a fashion high from the fall runway shows — yes, it’s hardly begun to be spring, but we’re already chomping at the bit for newer and better. That’s why we’re bringing one of fall’s hottest trends to you right now: Embellished and bejeweled pieces showed up on the runways at Armani Privé, Fausto Puglisi, and Givenchy for fall, but each of these gems is available right now, so get ready to shine bright like a diamond.

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Clockwise from left: J.Crew bucket hat; Mary Katrantzou Silverfloss crop top; J. Crew Collection wool gabardine top; Emilio Pucci embellished dress; 3.1 Phillip Lim white encrusted diamanté top; Preen black Starr jumper; Marni crystal-embellished calf hair sandals

Want more shopping?

Shop more sparkly pieces inspired by Gustav Klimt’s Adele Bloch-Bauer I, on view later this week at Neue Galerie, by clicking here.

Ready to dive into spring? Shop the season’s soft pastels, pretty dresses, and light-weight knits by clicking here.

9 Things to Know About Stuart Vevers’ FW15 Collection for Coach

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Ah, Coach. Easily one of the best shows of the day. Stuart Vevers‘ reinvigoration of the American heritage brand is going swimmingly — each season gets better and better.

Fall found us in a somewhat nostalgic and totally unpretentious zone, with star models like Binx Walton, Lexi Boling, and Sam Rollinson clothed in familiar silhouettes cut from luxurious materials — think the thickest shearling and fleece, and the most perfect leathers. Want the general gist of things? Here’s what’s what.

1. Think the basic principals of a school girl’s wardrobe in better materials and more generous, flattering cuts.

2. Stuart Vevers loves shearling every which way (and so will you.)

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3. Grungy, punky, prep, and still sophisticated.

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4. This is the ultimate cool girl hair of which we’re extraordinarily jealous — but lucky for you, we found out how to recreate it.

5. Bandanas are back.

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6. These pieces are the foundations of so many wardrobes, yet the styling feels entirely personal and meaningful — touches here and there tell stories of adventure and belonging.

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7. You will dream about those pristine leather jackets.

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8. Plaid, baby.

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9. And some luxe fur for good measure.

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All photos courtesy of Coach

 

 

Get Inspired by the 5 Chicest Street Style Trends from Milan Fashion Week

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All photos: Julien Boudet/BFAnyc.com

Fashion Week is not inspiration-poor; from the runways to the streets, we’re finding all kinds of reasons to reinvigorate our wardrobes. Get inspired by the 5 chicest MFW street style trends, right here.

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Shopping: 3 Ways to Dress Like You Just Got Back from Milan Fashion Week

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Milan Street Style. Photo: Julien Boudet/BFAnyc.com

The pitfall of the covetable fashion show? The items on display won’t be available for about six months. The least the shows can do is serve as inspiration, and it’s inspired that we find ourselves, especially by these three major trends: The Luxe Slouch, Monotone Color, and the Long Coat and Sweater.

Here’s how you can dress like you just came back from the shows (and stole all the best looks).

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What: “Baggier pants, luxury sweats, looser-fitting clothes all around. And LOTS of fur (sigh).” — Aaron Hicklin
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(Clockwise from left): Loro Piana beaver and suede-trimmed cashmere cardigan; John Smedley Milan cashmere sweatpants; Rick Owens drop crotch silk trousers; Jil Sander slouchy trousers; Baja East ikat graf hoodie; Baja East printed sweatpants trousers; J.W. Anderson striped wool-blend sweatpants; Heschung Zermat shearling-lined leather lace-up boots; Loro Piana Montgomery suede-trimmed beaver-lined cashmere jacket

Monotone Color
What: “There was a very monotone color palate this year, with the notable exception of Gucci. Grey predominated everywhere.” — Aaron Hicklin
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(Clockwise from left): Incotex reversible cotton sweater, J.Crew striped cashmere sweater; Billy Reid zipped sweatshirt, Club Monaco slim-fit cotton-flannel shirt; Acne Studios merino wool polo; Richard James linen and cotton blend shirt; Dolce & Gabbana sweatpants; A.P.C. wool blend flannel overshirt; Saint Laurent varsity jacket; Saint Laurent slim fit jeans

The Long Coat and Sweater
What: Sweaters and coats were worn long — sweaters well below the waist in many cases; coats below the knees. Notable exception: Calvin Klein, with cropped sweaters and bomber jackets.” — Aaron Hicklin
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(Clockwise from left): Rick Owens long hooded cardigan; H&M long sweatshirt cardigan; Maison Margiela long coat; Transit long cardigan; Comme Des Garcons Homme long corduroy overcoat; Maison Margiela long overcoat; Burberry Prorsum cashmere-blend cardigan; Acne Studios overcoat; Rick Owens long length hooded cardigan

Get the Hottest Beauty Look from the Spring Runways Right Now

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What was the biggest beauty trend we saw on the spring runways? Braids. Middle-parted plaits, cornrows, French…. they were all over the place, everywhere, and we liked it. For an updo that feels both cool and lady, we turn to Bibhu Mohapatra, whose models wore personalized variations on the look — that means you can be on trend, and still do you.

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Gather your supplies. You’ll need:
Hair gel, like Bumble and bumble’s Bb.gel
Shine spray, like Bumble and bumble’s shine on finishing spray
Bobby pins (a bunch of ’em)
Comb
Hair tie

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The Steps

1. Start with damp hair, working a dime to quarter sized squeeze of gel from roots to ends.

2. Separate out the top portion of hair, and from that, use the comb to section off hair to the desired plait or cornrow sections — whatever suits you best!

3. Start a French braid close to the forehead, continuing back along the section and to the end of the hair. Pin it in place for now. Repeat for however many sections you’ve created.

4. Comb the lower portion of hair into a low ponytail, securing with a hair tie. Wrap the loose end o the pony around the base, and secure it with bobby pins.

5. Wrap the loose braids from the top section around the bun you’ve created with the low ponytail, and pin into place.

6. Finish with shine spray to keep the style in place and looking fresh.

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Photographer: Jaesung Lee
Style Editor: Alyssa Shapiro
Hair Stylist: Jason Murillo

Makeup Artist: Dana Rae
Models: Chloe Wheatcroft and Sandra Rieder (Muse)

Chloe wears Infinite Tusk choker by Gabriela Artigas and edge cotton soft bra by Cosabella. Sandra wears the 14K Yellow Infinite Hook earring by Gabriela Artigas and Talco convertible logo soft bra by Cosabella.

Get Gorgeous Lashes and the Perfect Pink Pout as Seen at Altuzarra

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The beauty look at Altuzarra for spring 2015 is hyper feminine and pretty — there’s nothing that shouts girl! quite as sweetly as doll-length lashes and pouty pink lips. Makeup artist Dana Rae spills everything you need to know to get the look.

Gather your supplies. You’ll need:
An eyelash curler
False lashes (we like these) and eyelash glue
Nail scissors
MAC Haute & Naughty mascara
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The Steps

1. Curl eyelashes, holding at the bottom and then the center of lashes for about 7 seconds each.

2. Prep the lashes by using the nail scissors to cut the edges away, and keep about a 1/2 inch in the middle of the strip and apply to the center of the top lash line with lash glue.

3. Bottom lashes get a light Haute & Naughty mascara treatment, concentrating only on the bottom middle lashes. Leave the top lashes bare.

4. Make a mix using the lip/cheek palette for a pink that suits your skin tone, and apply with your fingers to the apples of the cheeks, blending in well. Dab onto the lips, adding more on to bump up the color to your preference.

It’s like spring come early!

Photographer: Jaesung Lee
Style Editor: Alyssa Shapiro
Makeup Artist: Dana Rae
Hair Stylist: Jason Murillo
Models: Sandra Rieder and Chloe Wheatcroft (Muse)

Sandra wears the 14K Yellow Infinite Hook earring by Gabriela Artigas and scarf by CG.

“Bigger, Better, and More Leather!” for Zana Bayne

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Models backstage at Zana Bayne. Photo by Sonny Vandevelde. 

Maybe it’s because it’s impossible to resist a cute baby, but more likely the romantic mood and beautiful styling of Zana Bayne’s spring 2015 collection did me in. However I got hooked, I am, and I had the pleasure of speaking with the designer about real life moments on the runway and what’s next for her brand. 

The collection felt like a growth and departure from the strict leather of previous seasons; there’s a lot of depth with the inclusion of the clean white pieces.

I have a totally romantic point of view when it comes to design. A lot of the initial inspiration, with the shirting and shirt dresses [a collaboration with Norisol Ferrari], was this idea of easiness and lightness, being able to bring something softer to leather. Which sometimes can come off really hard. So I wanted to bring something beach-y to the collection. One of the biggest inspirations was moonlit water on the beach at night. What would somebody be wearing in that setting? How would they be feeling?

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When I watched the show and saw these beautiful looks, it made me want to pack up the collection, move to a house by the water and fall in love… and then the baby at the end felt so perfect for that! I mean, that’s how it works in real life, right? How did the baby come to be in the show?

The model is Mollie Gondi, and that was her baby. I just thought it’d be a really beautiful way to end this romantic, fantastical show. I wasn’t really thinking so much about the symbolism as I was about the visual of just how impactful that would be. I like for people to draw their own narrative from having them [Mollie and baby Phoenix] in there. But I wanted it to be a really pretty, spring summer collection! I didn’t really realize how much having baby Phoenix at the end would really resonate with people. And it’s unexpected for a leather collection.

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There have been a few moments like that this season, where it’s not strictly models on the runway. Dustin Yellin walked at Nonoo giving his best white girl impression. That obviously had more humor and was less about symbolism… Travi$ Scott basically roughhoused down the runway at Mark McNairy. At your show, when cooed at the same time it was so funny.

I saw it over the monitor!

It was a nice connecting moment, everyone laughed at themselves after.

Yeah I think people are trying to find a way to bring more life to runway, and hearken back to the ‘90s runway where there was personality and a story. We’re all kind of trying to find a way to escape the fast walk and the same pacing. For me I love a little bit of attitude and sassiness… but even with the Gareth Pugh presentation, that’s another person trying to take something off the runway.

Opening Ceremony put on a play.

It’s something really special for people at the show. It’s a moment you’re experiencing.

What’s next, what do you hope happens for your brand?

After this we go into sales, bring everything to Paris…. Checking out the tannery over in Amsterdam, hopefully working on some leather innovations there. Visiting my friend who just had a baby — another reason why I had Phoenix in the show. I think in October we’re back in New York and starting on the new collection! I’m making pieces for a film this next week. I did a special installation for a fitness studio called Monster Cycle.

I’m really interested in focusing on the collection of handbags. There were five new styles for the show. We’re working on those. I’m trying to secure myself in as a luxury accessories label.

It does not stop from here. I’m glad it doesn’t stop. Bigger, better, and more leather!

Wear Organza to the Gym, It’s Time

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Photo: Justin Bridges

Ever since Chanel and Dior put sneakers on the runway — couture even — it’s been a mad dash to athletic-ize our work and play clothes. You can sweat in Givenchy, LPD, or Hood By Air to angle high fashion like Rihanna and Kanye West with a celeb-approved interpretation. Or take it to a pure New York place and go DKNY, who have owned the style of their home city of late. Check this organza jacket and logo hoodie. It’s chic and graphic, black and white — you’ll look killer in the office and you’ll kill it at the gym.

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Kat wears Air Force 1 sneakers by Nike, cropped tank and ankle pant by DKNY.

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Photographer: Justin Bridges
Fashion Editor: Alyssa Shapiro
Hair and Makeup: Margina Dennis
Model: Kat (Marilyn)

Special thanks to Pamela Bell.

Crop Your Tops: The Aughts Are Back

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Photo by Justin Bridges

Remember when bootcut jeans were everything? When flip phones reigned and a girl couldn’t take a meandering lap around the high school track without replying coyly, “Guess?” to any boy who asked who made those jeans?

The ’90s may have had a pleasantly tight grip on fashion for the past few years, but hints are popping up that it may be time to embrace change and move onward… if not to the newest styles, then at least up to the early aughts. Crop tops are fresh again, and there’s no better way to wear those abbreviated shirts than how they originally looked best; Guess did bootcut best then, and the 33-year old year old American company’s handle of the style remains solid now.

It’s hard to find a designer who hasn’t worked a crop top into a collection recently; from Alexander Wang to Carven, you’d really be hard pressed to find someone who isn’t catching the early aughties wave.

Still, it’s nice to know that the brand who was there the first time will be there for you when you need them again, and we’re all kinds of crazy about those logo tanks.

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Kat (Marilyn) wears Guess bootcut jeans and Nike Air Force 1 sneakers throughout. Get the look with this Guess striped sleeveless mock-neck crop top, the all-black version, or this Guess sleeveless double v-neck sweater.

Photographer: Justin Bridges
Fashion Editor: Alyssa Shapiro
Hair and Makeup: Margina Dennis

Special thanks to Pamela Bell.