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5 Trends from NYC Fashion Week: Fall 2015

NYC Fashion Week just kicked off, but it’s never too early to start trend forecasting!

I scanned looks from the hottest designers to debut (thus far) and found five amazing pieces everyone will be wearing come Fall 2015.

Don’t wait for the herd to catch on; jump on these trends now!

1. Tome: Vinyl

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Plastic is about to be everything. Models sporting shiny, vinyl miniskirts dazzled onlookers at Tome’s Fall 2015 Fashion Show. Once reserved for cheap flooring and records (RIP), vinyl looks sleek and futuristic paired with leather or lightweight knitwear.

2. Alexander Wang: Silver Buttons

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Delicate, glittering silver accents made a striking contrast to Alexander Wang’s black-on-black Fall 2015 Collection. Silver is already making a massive comeback in jewelry, but the rows of silver buttons Wang added to tough biker chic jackets made is clear that silver is the new it embellishment.

3. Rag & Bone: Lacy Camisoles

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In the early 2000s, I had an entire drawer of lacy camisole tops that I paired with everything and anything. Rag & Bone brought that middle school staple back to life at Fall 2015 fashion week. Worn over lengthy, gauzy t-shirts and paired with pencil skirts, the silky lace camisoles felt simultaneously fresh and classic. If you’re not ready for the cami version, Rag & Bone also showed a delightful slip dress with similar lace accents.

4. Rodarte: Asymmetrical Leather Minis

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Leather + Asymmetry = Razor Sharp Edge. The dynamic duo at Rodarte dazzled the fashion world yet again at New York Fashion Week: 2015. Inspired by avian migration, or  “leaving the city to a more pastoral place,” as Laura Mulleavy put it, the collection conveyed whimsy and strength. Party girls and fashionistas across the globe will delight in the feisty sex appeal of an asymmetrical leather miniskirt.

5. Thom Browne: Netted Veils

thomThom Browne’s mafia-inspired Fall 2015 Collection was a magnificently melancholy triumph for the young designer. Each outfit demonstrated the power of mixing textures while remaining true to the show’s story arc. I was smitten with the ebony netted veils that subtly shielded the models faces. Bold? Yes. But trend setting means taking risks, and veils add nostalgic romance to any outfit.

Stylehaüs is making a major move

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As many of our clients already know, Stylehaüs has moved from The Grove to a private showroom in West Hollywood. Like all change, this one is bittersweet. When The Caruso Group handpicked Stylehaüs as The Grove’s first styling service, and made our CEO Marina Monroe The Grove’s Creative Director, we were honored beyond words. Now, two amazing years later, Stylehaüs has evolved from fashionable upstart to LA’s premier styling service.

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We began with a wild idea: to bridge the gap between retail and styling by giving anyone access to the personal styling experience previously enjoyed only by celebrities. Our crazy idea of a customized shopping experience accompanied by 24/7 fashion concierge support and exclusive access to next Season’s styles succeeded beyond our wildest dreams.

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From Melrose to The Grove, Stylehaüs grew into the fashion force you see today. Now, we’re busting up and out with another disruptive venture in the ever-expanding field of fashion technology. Present and future clients will still enjoy our full service styling and shopping services from a fabulous new private showroom in the heart of West Hollywood.

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As always, our number #1 priority is styling… Yet the face of fashion is changing, and Stylehaüs is destined to ride the cutting edge. Marina and the stylehaüs team are ecstatic to shift focus to fashion tech and editorial.

From one fabulous venture to the next, here’s to Stylehaus being the next big thing… Yet again.

Prep That Polo

 Pop lock and rock it!

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Designers found a fresh and fabulous way to play with the sporty theme trending for Fall 2014 and Spring 2015.

Tory Burch, Polo Ralph Lauren, Alexander Wang melded prep with street for a super wearable, fashion forward polo you can wear anywhere, anytime. The biggest do when doing a polo? Bright colors! Striking neon and saturated jewel tones distinguish the polo you want to wear from the polo you wouldn’t be caught dead in.

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Models at Tory Burch Spring 2015 wore mustard colored knit polos seared with white stripes, a clear reference to the 70’s chic that everybody’s raving about. Polo Ralph Lauren made my mouth water with bright orange sorbet colored polo shirts topping long, flowy skirts for a striking tangerine silhouette. Alexander Wang popped green polo collars over semi-sheer white knit shirts for a punch of high impact.

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Ines de la Fressange

The best part of next Season’s polo shirt trend? You can- and should- wear it now! Crisp October weather is the ideal time for breaking out that semi-preppy polo shirt.

Givenchy Orchid-Print Piqué Polo Shirt

Givenchy Orchid-Print Piqué Polo Shirt

Plus, polo shirts are crazy versatile. You can pair it with most any pant, tucking it it or let it all hang out. Polo pieces are generally quite light, and therefore ideal for layering under outerwear.

Missoni Rib Polo shirt

Missoni Rib Polo shirt

 

I’m especially partial to pairing a loose polo with relaxed trousers for a casual yet work appropriate ensemble! A low heel and delicate jewelry will polish of the entire look.

Beyond Bandeau

Tempting bandeaux bewitched audiences at Paris Fashion Week for Spring Summer 2015.

On the runways at Balmain, Dries Van Noten, and Balenciaga. Via Style.com

On the runways at Balmain, Dries Van Noten, and Balenciaga.
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Bandeaus moved from glorified bra into acceptable outerwear last year, when girls from coast to coast gleefully embraced sideboob and gaping tank tops.

 

Manish Arora Spring/Summer 2015 Photo- Yanni Vlamos via Style.com

Manish Arora Spring/Summer 2015 Photo- Yanni Vlamos via Style.com

I adore this trend- possibly because it’s flattering for many body types and insanely comfortable- but didn’t anticipate it weaseling into high fashion anytime soon.

Barbara Bui Spring/Summer 2015 Photo- Kim Weston via Style.com

Barbara Bui Spring/Summer 2015 Photo- Kim Weston via Style.com

So imagine my surprise and delight when, after perusing the photographs from Paris Fashion Week, I noticed several designers showing classy version of the simple style.

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Zadig & Voltaire Spring Summer 2015
Photo- Kim Weston via Style.com

 

Balenciaga and Balmain both embraced the bandeau as a subtle accept on minimalist, flesh-flashing pieces.

Balenciaga Spring/Summer 2015 Photo: Monica Feudi via Style.com

Balenciaga Spring/Summer 2015
Photo: Monica Feudi via Style.com

Bandeaus at Balenciaga proved to be chic yet discrete layering pieces, nestling subtly underneath sheer, mesh, and netted dresses.

Balmain Spring/Summer 2015 Photo: Monica Feudi via Style.com

Balmain Spring/Summer 2015
Photo: Monica Feudi via Style.com

 

Balmain went bolder, using bandeaus as tops in their own right, and pairing them with classic black slacks and impeccably tailored blazers.

Dries Van Noten Spring/Summer 2015 Photo: Yannis Vlamos

Dries Van Noten Spring/Summer 2015
Photo: Yannis Vlamos

 

Yet no designer out-bold bandeaued Dries Van Noten, who layered long bandeaux over- yes that’s right, over, not under- patterned blazers and see-through button ups.

Suede Parade On Spring 2015 Runways

Gucci, Chloe, and Loewe.

Gucci, Chloe, and Loewe.

You’ll look sensational in suede separates.

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Who doesn’t love a 1970’s throwback? The soft and devilishly delicate form of leather is scheduled to make a comeback come Spring 2015. Jason Wu’s best look was a showstopping, semi-seafoam green dress with a deep v and high slit.

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Jason Wu

Michael Kors and Ralph Lauren sent out preppy but not prim suede suits in navy and forest green that I’m just dying to integrate into your workwear wardrobe. Derek Lam and Karen Walker had a more playful take, showing suede ensembles in pastel purple and sunny yellow.

Michael Kors Spring/Summer 2015

Michael Kors Spring/Summer 2015

2015’s suede designs are distinctive not just in their hue and material, but in their modest formality. Altuzarra, Ralph Lauren, and Jason Wu created office-optimal suede dresses ready to revive weary working women and animate ambitious upstarts. The matching suede sets seen at Michael Kors and Derek Lam mix the structure of a suit with retro cheekiness to delightful results.

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Altuzarra

T Magazine of The NYT traced the linerage of next Season’s strong streak of suede:

The material was first spotted in New York at Derek Lam, but it really started to trend in Milan. At Gucci, the creative director Frida Giannini presented a boho-charged collection of floral, beaded minidresses, colored fur vests and the suede belted dress above, that looked straight out of the brand’s archives. Yesterday in Paris, the designer Claire Waight Keller introduced a similar silhouette on the Chloé runway: a shorter, belted jacket paired with shorts. And finally at Loewe, the British designer Jonathan Anderson used leather and suede heavily in his debut show for the Spanish luxury leather-goods brand — which peaked with this buff suede trench coat with wide-leg trousers. The bag reinforced the message loud and clear: suede is in.

Head to toe suede might seem intimidating at first, but don’t be discouraged: there are plenty of ways to make this look modern and convenient for any girl on the go. Since suede is naturally a loose, thin fabric, you’re going to want to add form with clean lines and solid structure.

 

Rave On For Spring 2015

via Refinery29

via Refinery29

We knew something was up with major blogger Bryan Boy attended Alexander Wang’s ultra hyped Spring 2015 show in EDM inspired attire: a neon-printed tee, stacked kandi bracelets, and a teddy bear pacifier.

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Bryanboy vs. ravers. Photos: Imaxtree, Getty Images, via Refinery29 #rave #trend

 

But that was just the start of this rollicking rave party! Cool kid label MBMJ sent out a collection inspired by ‘80’s ravers, with models strutting to flashing club lights and classic house tracks.

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via MTV

Jeremy Scott teamed up with Miley Cyrus to create an over-the top spectacle, replete with mixed media decor and artwork made up of what might be found on the floor of any Skrillex show.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Spring 2015 via Marc By Marc Jacobs

Marc by Marc Jacobs Spring 2015 via Marc By Marc Jacobs

 

The Cyrus-designed accessories that Jeremy Scott’s models walked in were strikingly similar to ‘Kandi’, the colorful beaded bracelets that ravers trade with each other at shows as a gesture of friendship.

Sophie Webster Spring 2015, Photo: Imaxtree #rave #trend

Sophie Webster Spring 2015, Photo: Imaxtree #rave #trend

So leave your minimalism in Summer and go forth, go neon, and go hard!

 

Fall 2014 Trend Guide

It seems like this season, we are celebrating and at this party, the hors d’oeuvres include color, comfort and music.

Fall 2014 Trend Guide

1. Get Cozy in Color

Fur, baby, fur! In a world where leather isn’t so frowned upon, we need to move on past the whole fur is mean thing. As Karl Lagerfeld says, “stressing over fur as a topic of issue is just childish.” I almost think fur is a requirement for fall, I think the leaves change colors when they sense the cozy plush being pulled from winter closets (or in Carrie Bradshaw’s case- the oven) everywhere. Fur doesn’t have to be so classic- it could be modern and fun and colorful.

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2. Vibrating Edges

Two colors “vibrate” because they are opposite hues on the color wheel.  Both colors are equal in value, equal in intensity, but opposite in hue. This combination will result in this badass, ironically edgy. 

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3. Let’s Knit Together

Knit took over everything this season. Fall 2014 will forever be known as the season of knit. I mean, why not? There’s a certain sense of beauty and seemingly unattainable elegance when knit is styled perfectly. Whether it’s a daringly form-fitting dress from Lanvin to an androgynous head to toe knit ensemble from Haider Ackerman or something simple but pristine like a nice, whimsical sweater from Nina Ricci.

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4. Let our Ensemble Dance

Fashion takes over Electronic Dance Music. Or is it that EDM takes over fashion? Fashion and music have always been BFF’s. I mean have you heard of Lady Gaga and Kanye? But this season, it doesn’t seem like music is wearing fashion, it is that fashion is wearing music.

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Fashion is a celebration, so celebrate. 

Sophisticated Schoolgirl: How To Rock The Plaid Mini

Screen Shot 2014-08-10 at 11.17.36 AM Plaid skirts can be chic, not childish. Inspired by Yves St Laurent Runway for Fall 2014 and the highly anticipated upcoming adaptation of ‘Outlander’ I’m teetering on the verge of tartan mania. Wear the sophisticated Scottish miniskirt with a wafting white box top or prim button up, Tall (but not too tall) boots, and a touch of androgyny for contrast. Your balancing details might include a chunky, menswear inspired timepiece or a sensible (if sensationally luxurious) structured handbag. When rocking the plaid mini, DO  mix and match plaid on plaid, and wear bold back glasses to hipster up your “school girl” vibe. DON’T wear over the knee socks- too Halloween- but below calf socks are preppy pretty.  I took 3 runway looks and created trendy yet timeless ready to wear ensembles guaranteed to score top marks in the school of life. 

INSPIRATION

1. Charles Anastase

Charles Anastase  

2. Balmain

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3. Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs

 

REALITY

1. School House Haute

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Bernadette Red Plaid Mini Skirt $29, MANGO Pebbled Bucket Bag $40, Otto New York Solid Gigi Top $282, Nine West May Jane Pumps $89

 

2. Academia Azure

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House of Holland Skirt $370, Topshop Crop Top $16, French Connection Blazer $69, Alexander McQueen Grey Loafers $645

3. Epic Emerald

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Jil Sanders Skirt $580, Gingham Plaid Crop Top $42, Cecilia Oxford Booties $259, Teen Vogue Glasses

     

Rogue Rubber

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Kenzo

Rubberized heels are all the rage.

Blame the inexplicable resurgence of blocky Birkenstocks and chunky Designer sandals that seem a dead ringer for your Mom’s Tevas: what was once categorized as the ultimate footwear faux pas is now the epitome of cool. Hipster alt-fashion has made a significant impact on high fashion, and the rad rubber worn by models at some of Fall 2014’s most fabulous shows are just a natural progression. The rubberized heels everyone you want to look like will be wearing next Season are a strangely appealing hybrid between the ‘ugly sandal’ trend and ‘cool kicks’ so popular amongst street style bloggers and the rappers they listen to.

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Like the sneaker wedge pioneered by Isabel Marant pioneered and subsequently copied by virtually everyone, rubberized shoes are a sportier way to wear heels while still saying “I’m not trying as hard as you”. Thick, sneaker-like soles with a matt, neoprene shellac stomped down the Runways at Prada, Tommy Hilfiger, Kenzo, DKNY, and Coach. Styles at Prada and Tommy Hilfiger paired accentuated rubber bases with chunky straps and dramatic details such as colorblocking and jewels.

Move over, sneaker wedge; there’s a new shoe sheriff in town.

And it’s made of rubber.

Here’s five fantastic shoes guaranteed inspire your need to rock that rubba. 

1. Rubberized Prada 

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2. Dior Does Rubber 

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3. Kenzo Neoprene Rubber Wedges

kenzo neoprene wedges $185

4. Nasty Gal Rubber Glam Rock

rise above platform $78

5. Preppy Rubber From Victor & Rolf

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Tight Knit

Knits so good your Grandma can’t deal

 From left: Stella McCartney, Marc Jacobs, Missoni, Calvin Klein and Hermès.


From left: Stella McCartney, Marc Jacobs, Missoni, Calvin Klein and Hermès.

Summer might be in full force, but style slows for no Season.

The Fall/Winter 2014 Collections recently debuted, and fashionistas are already scrambling to integrate key details into their warm weather wardrobe. One particularly wearable textile making appearances on many a runway? Knits.

Fall 2014: Helmet Lang; Edun; Public School

Fall 2014: Helmet Lang; Edun; Public School

From the Row, where Olsen twins continued their brave pioneering of old lady chic with luxe (if highly over the top) knitwear, to Alexander Wang’s neon take on mod knit mini dresses to Stella McCartney’s sophisticated head to toe knit suit, knits have never held less kitsch or more chic.

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The polar vortex may have subconsciously worked to make knits the story of New York Fashion Week, from ribbed leggings and sweater tanks at Marc Jacobs and Edun to all-in-ones at Michael Kors, and, at the Row, a bear suit of sorts: essentially, all the clothes you’ve always wished you could venture out of the house in, but never dared to try. There were dressed-up knits, too, like Calvin Klein Collections’s elegant mohair skirts and tops and the handspun details on Rodarte’s dresses. Layered looks went next-level with sweaters of multiple lengths and varied silhouettes piled on, topped with a very, very, very long scarf—all techniques that the lingering cold temperatures offer plenty of time to incorporate in wardrobes now.

Fall 2014: Iceberg; Viktor and Rolf; Tory Burch

Fall 2014: Iceberg; Viktor and Rolf; Tory Burch

The last result you might expect from layering knit upon knit might be a lithe, lean, and sleek silhouette, but the Fall 2014 shows blew our respective hive minds with piled on knits that accentuated, not disguised, our feminine curves.

Fall 2014: Derek Lam; The Row; Dion Lee

Fall 2014: Derek Lam; The Row; Dion Lee

Look for long & spacious knits in neutral shades, in particular Fall’s subtly sexy it-hue: soft grey. In order to attain that coveted look of long and lean, it’s imperative to select a form-fitting and light weight knit.

Repeat after me: bulk is bad, bulk is bad, bulk is bad. 

Check out 5 sleek knits from stylehaüs:

1. Astars

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Deep Blue Drape Cardigan, $105

2. Marna Ro

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Multi Thread Orange-lined Knit, $171

3. AS by DF

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Pale Cream Moto Sweater, $225

4. Otis and Maclain

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Edie Sweater, $128

5. AS by DF

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Sofia Cardigan, $245