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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.

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
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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
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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.

 

TREND REPORT: BAGS OF FALL 2014

Fashion Month is officially over.  After scoping the offerings from New York, London, Milan, and Paris designers, we see a few big bag trends on the horizon for Fall 2014.  The size of your bag (mostly smaller), the shape of your bag (structured) and even the way you hold your bag (forget about the strap!) is about to change!  Here are the biggest bag trends of Fall 2014:

 

Small trunk bags

 

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Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana, and Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2014

Louis Vuitton’s Petit Malle, or small trunk, is perfection.  We love how Nicolas Ghesquiere updated the standby LV logo bags by resizing the most enduring icon of Louis Vuitton’s legacy: the steam trunck.  The result is super cute, ladylike, and modern, and we can’t wait to get our hands on one (in our dreams- can you image the waitlist?).  Dolce & Gabanna showed similarly shaped bags with their collection, including one case embellished with bugs and sparkly flowers.  We’ll take one of each, please.

 

Quirk

 

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Moschino Fall 2014

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Chanel Fall 2014

Quirky, “ironic” bags were big this season, with Moschino and Chanel showing some of the best options.  Jeremy Scott’s inaugural collection for Moschino was polarizing to say the least (did you love it or hate it?), but we’re totally on board.  His “Happy Meal” bag is high on our Fall wishlist, and we can’t get over the “Soda” bag, either.  Karl Lagerfeld took things up a notch at Chanel with his “Chanel Shopping Center” concept.  A classic quilted Chanel 2.55 wrapped up like a slab of ground beef is particularly amusing, but we’re really feel the “Lait de Coco” milk purse- amazing!!

 

Utilitarian

 

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Alexander Wang Fall 2014

Alexader Wang was one of the first shows of Fashion Month, and he really set the bar high.  His utilitarian, multi-purpose purses were perhaps some of the best pieces in the collection, and we can see them being among the next crop of “It” bags.  Carabineers attached water bottles and utility carry-alls to one main shoulder strap- the perfect bag to carry through the Zombie Apocolypse.

 

Scrap the Strap

 

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Celine, Gucci, and Chloe Fall 2014

Designers decided to scrap the straps on their bags this season!  Celine’s version fits nicely on your arm, but requires a firm grip on bottom.  Gucci’s models scooped up tophandle bags and wore them up to the elbow.  Chloe’s extra-large clutch was hoisted up under the models’ armpits, and looks big enough to fit everything you’d ever need.

 

What were your favorite bags of the season?

THROWBACK THURSDAY: DOLCE & GABBANA FALL 2014

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Dolce & Gabbana’s Fall 2014 presentation was our favorite of the season.  The designers merged fairytale influences with 13th-century sensibilities for a collection that transported us to a place where fantasy and reality meet.  The popularity of shows like Game of Thrones and Once Upon a Time were clear inspirations for the real-life-meets-fairytale vibe that Dolce & Gabbana captured with this collection.

Little Red Riding Hood, Robin Hood, and Maid Marian made romanticized appearances, alongside influences from real-life knights in armor.  Dolce & Gabbana, always celebrating women and the womanly form, turned knighthood on its head, though, and used traditional headgear of high-ranking 13th century men as a means to elevate the women of today.  Beaded and sequined headpieces and gloves recalling chainmail armor accented some of the most gorgeous dresses of the season!

 

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Of the 70-something-look collection, many pieces stood out as future “It” looks.  The red fur hooded coats and capes were unbelievably cool, calling to mind a triumphant Red Riding Hood.  Cute fox appliqué detailing brought a sweet touch to an otherwise sexy statement!

 

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The fairytale theme stayed strong through a string of key-printed pieces, where short swing dresses and long gowns alike were covered in ancient lock-and-key prints.  The print gave off an air of romance- the key to our hearts.

 

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Colorful gowns featuring ribbon corseting and full sleeves made peasant dresses luxurious.  The cut was old-school, but sheer fabrics brought these looks into the modern world.

 

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Hooded capes and gowns represented the womanly nobility of the 13-15th-centuries, where hooded hats were de rigueur.  Bright, printed silks and voluminous skirts paired with fur-trimmed hoods would be at home in a historical fiction piece- we can’t wait to see how the street style set of today wears these pieces!

 

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Our favorite looks, however, were the ones that included chainmail-esque accessories- so  badass, a la Joan of Arc.  Repurposing a cornerstone of knighthood to be worn by a woman would have been such a scandal during the 14th/15thcentury; seeing a Dolce & Gabbana’s voluptuous women rocking the look today is empowering and exciting!

We loved that the romanticism of fairytale influences mingled with hardcore trappings of knighthood, making it clear that today’s woman is romantic & tough, sweet but dangerous (when she needs to be); a force to be reckoned with.  Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2014 proves that women are running the show nowadays :)

MARINA MONDAY: FASHION WEEK 2014 BEAUTY TRENDS

 

In this week’s Marina Monday post, Marina shares her favorite new beauty looks of the season.

I’ve been loving a lot of the new collections coming out of Fashion Month- Alexander Wang and Matthew Williamson have been my favorites so far.  Aside from tons of clothing inspiration, fashion month is giving me a new outlook on beauty too!  Two shows in particular stood out to me: Giles and Gucci.

 

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The Giles show was a fun mixture of 60s throwback and modern/moody.  While I loved the clothing parading down the runway, it was the eye makeup that really got me.  Dark black eyeshadow (my favorite) covered the lid, while bright blue eyeshadow lined the bottom rim.  This is such a fun take on my usual all-over-black eyeshadow routine, and I think I might have to try it.  The Giles blue is a little intense for me, so I’ll test the look with a dark navy on bottom.

 

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Gucci also got in on the 60s theme, and the makeup matched the clothes.  The eyeliner shown was a new take on the classic cat-eye; upper lids and lower rims were lined with black eyeliner, but the lines never touched in the outer corners.  The result was fresh-faced and eye-catching!  Since I normally line both my upper and lower rims anyway, I might try to switch things up in the near future by imitating the Gucci girls.

What’s been your favorite beauty moment of Fall 2014?

 

xxMarina

UNEXPECTED STYLE ICON: CHARLIE BROWN

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Yellow is poised to become one of Fall 2014’s most popular colors.  Virtually every designer is including at least one primrose piece in each collection, and the biggest street style stars are continually reaching for the sunny color to get them noticed!  There’s something special about the way that yellow is being shown this season, though, and it’s clear that many designers have turned to one unexpected style icon for inspiration: Charlie Brown.

 

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Alexander Wang Fall 2014

Yup, it’s true.  Our first indication that CB had hit the big time was at Alexander Wang’s Brooklyn debut.  He sent a yellow and gray zig-zag print shirt dress down the runway that felt oddly familiar.  Even though the rest of the collection was gorgeous- laser cut leathers, pops of neon, crazy bags- we couldn’t get this dress out of our heads!

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Bottega Veneta Fall 2014

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Bottega Veneta Fall 2014

Clearly, other designers felt the same way.  We next saw the look at Bottega Veneta, where a gray turtleneck was paired with a yellow skirt featuring a subtle zigzag pattern at the waist.  Total Charlie Brown!  The next Bottega look featured panels of black, white, and yellow in Charlie’s signature zig.

 

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Prada Fall 2014

Prada got in on the action, too, with a very Charlie Brown-esque sweatervest.  Chevron stripes in sunshine yellow sang against a dark black background.  We love how Miuccia styled the look of course, but we’d wear this piece with a pair of edgy leather bermunda shorts.

 

 

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Max Mara Fall 2014

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Emilio Pucci Fall 2014

Max Mara didn’t go all-out Charlie Brown, but a few looks were very reminiscent of the Peanuts character.  A silk yellow button down topped with a gray blazer/vest called to mind our cartoon friend.  Emilio Pucci, not leaning on CB’s signature colors, emulated his zigzag stripes on a sexy LBD.

 

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Fay Fall 2014

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Fay Fall 2014

Charlie Brown wasn’t the only Peanuts character to inspired the runway, though- Woodstock made a few appearances as well!  Snoopy’s cute little friend popped up all over the Fay collection.  A gray sweater dotted with yellow Woodstocks and tucked into a yellow skirt was total perfection.

What do you think of this unexpected style icon?  We’re in love!

 

TREND REPORT: TURTLENECKS

The recent street style during Fashion Month has made it clear that if there’s one thing your wardrobe needs right now, it’s a turtleneck.

 

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Turtlenecks were long relegated to conservative older women and Steve Jobs, but last year we saw a spike in turtlenecks at the Fall shows.  The trend continued through spring with shorter, sleeveless turtlenecks; and the latest round of runway shows and street style snaps prove that the look is here to stay!

 

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Who would’ve thought a turtleneck could be so versatile?  Wear one under Spring’s strapless dresses until the weather gets warm enough to wear a dress on its own- extra point for layering a blazer on top!  Or, use a tight turtleneck to lend some coverage to a crop top-and-high-waisted-skirt set like Yasmin Sewell.  Olivia Palermo wears the trend well underneath a tough leather jacket and a leather skirt- the coziness of her turtleneck sweater softens up the look and brings attention to her beautiful face!

Convinced yet?  If you don’t have a turtleneck in your closet already, get movin’!

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Following the controversial change of brand name from Yves Saint Laurent to Saint Laurent last year, all eyes have been on the brand to see how their image will be shaped and affect the product of their designs. When all is said and done, it has to come down to the clothes, and the fall 2013 Saint Laurent runway delivered during Paris Fashion Week. Going for a chic-meets-grunge feel, Saint Laurent featured plenty of leather, embellished dresses, patterned tights, floral, and flannel for unexpected combinations of textures and patterns. Described as “Grunge Nouvea”, the Saint Laurent collection highlighted mixing and matching unanticipated styles together, and definitely had a younger, more modern feel than the past runway shows that YSL has delivered. While the runway featured edgy and playful looks for fall, we can’t help wonder if the classic, modern designs that were associated with YSL are gone along with the name.

What do you think of Saint Laurent’s fall line?

 

PFW Saint Laurent F/W’13

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Following the controversial change of brand name from Yves Saint Laurent to Saint Laurent last year, all eyes have been on the brand to see how their image will be shaped and affect the product of their designs. When all is said and done, it has to come down to the clothes, and the fall 2013 Saint Laurent runway delivered during Paris Fashion Week. Going for a chic-meets-grunge feel, Saint Laurent featured plenty of leather, embellished dresses, patterned tights, floral, and flannel for unexpected combinations of textures and patterns. Described as “Grunge Nouvea”, the Saint Laurent collection highlighted mixing and matching unanticipated styles together, and definitely had a younger, more modern feel than the past runway shows that YSL has delivered. While the runway featured edgy and playful looks for fall, we can’t help wonder if the classic, modern designs that were associated with YSL are gone along with the name.

What do you think of Saint Laurent’s fall line?