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Lounge In Luxury

Last month’s Spring 2015 fashion week is likely to set the styles we’ll be sporting by mid-Winter. I’m happy to announce that for once, labels are designing high-end garments with comfort in mind.

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Runways were packed with long, lean looks that read like the marriage of loungewear and black tie. Stand out looks included Rag & Bone’s loose leather tunic and trousers and Calvin Klein’s spacious matching tank top/long skirt sets.

Calvin Klein Spring/Summer 2015

Calvin Klein Spring/Summer 2015

Marc Jacobs sent out models in massive floor length skirts topped by a navy zip up hoodie that made an interesting mix of accessible streetwear and creative couture creation.

DKNY Spring/Summer 2015

DKNY Spring/Summer 2015

DKNY and The Row sent out models in all white, two piece ensembles that looked casually modern and faintly futuristic.

The Row Spring/Summer 2015

The Row Spring/Summer 2015

 

Models at Stella McCartney strutted in deliciously delicate, ultra luxe pieces straight from your dream pajama party.

Stella McCartney Spring/Summer 2015

Stella McCartney Spring/Summer 2015

If you’re not on the runway, I’d suggest pairing loose bottoms with a matching (or simply complementary) fitted top. All white is my favorite color scheme for this look, but if you’re not down with wearing so much of such a stark hue, go for your favorite neutral.

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Prabal Gurung, Nonoo, BCBG Maz Azria Spring/Summer 2015

If you do dare, head to toe white was one of Spring 2015 Fashion Week’s biggest hues and you’re likely to start spotting a crazy amount of starlets and street style bloggers rocking all white everything.

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.

 

Triple Tip Thursday

Fresh from NYFW Spring 2015: Colored Leather, Cinched Belts, and Dreamy Dip Dye!

1. Colored Leather

When black is too basic.

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Last week’s NYFW was revelatory in many ways. As a card carrying leather lover, I was delighted to see so many ensembles of my favorite material in every shade imaginable. In particular, Proenza Schouler’s bright to the point of borderline neon leather pieces made my heart skip a beat. A fabulously flexible material, leather can be constructed into clothes for any occasion or environment.

 

I’ll never surrender or stop loving a classic black leather jacket- it’s called a classic for a reason- but if you want to really blow the world away, go bold and get noticed in colorful leather!

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Just make sure to keep the rest of your ensemble neutral- runway models might be able to pull off head to toe fire engine red leather, but normal people might end up looking like lost costume party guests. 

2. Skinny Belt

Cinch everything.

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The one accessory you must acquire (although I hope you acquire more than one) for Fall/Winter 2014 is an elegant belt. Last week’s shows were dominated by looks cinched neatly at the waist, even though what lay beneath the belt varied wildly from show to show.

If there’s one thing all designers can agree on, it’s that belts are back and borderline mandatory. The belt to have is a leather waist-whittling piece, with a twist. Cinching, the new trend about to go blockbuster, demands a belt that’s anything but matchy matchy.

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For a street style friendly look, choose a belt that doesn’t match OR violently mismatch, but simply strikes and onlooker as slightly out of place. Like you just tossed it on as an afterthought before making your way out into the world, effortlessly stylish. If they only knew!

Put a glamorous twist on the skinny belt trend by adding jewel details.

 

3. Dip Dye

Luxurious boho chic is all about the color blend.

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Indie brands like Tia Cibani and Costello Tagliapietra plucked my heart and, ultimately, purse strings with softly dip dyed garments that strike me as the height of eco friendly chic.

Even the gas guzzling carnivores among us must acknowledge the subtle, let haunting beauty of luxurious fabrics dipped in heady hues and blended together in that oh so recognize dip dye manner.

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Don’t worry, I’m not advocating you to break out your bored college shirt creations! Tia Cibani mixed natural with structured elements by applying the dip dye to crisp, tailored pieces such as vests and shifts. The contrast between edge and blend is absolutely divine!

NYC Fashion Week 2014: A Packing Guide

To Pack or Not to Pack…

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Most packing advice articles would probably advise you to pack light, this one advises you to pack as much as you can. Other ones would advise you to pack neutrals, this one reminds you not to forget your statement pieces. Others would advise to bring comfortable walking shoes, this one would laugh.

Why?

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Fashion Week. Specifically New York Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, and during this World Fair-esque gathering of the most fashionable people in the planet, you must dress for the occasion.

The uniform?

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Don’t look uniform to the people around you. In this week celebrating the best American designers, the objective is to stand out.

Aside from the essentials, the most important part of packing for Fashion Week is loud, unique pieces you can wear to shows. We’ve created a list of a few items you should consider packing an extra suitcase (or four) for. 

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1. Lucite

There is something super sexy about Lucite. Yes, it’s modern and sometimes reads childish but there’s a certain sense of maturity when it’s done right.

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Though not technically Lucite, there’s something so daringly brave about a Lucite-like, see through purse- like a badass vulnerability.

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It’s clear that Lucite is a fashion week must-have. (Pun Intended) I mean, check out these lace and lucite nails!

 

2. Leather

“With their souls of patent leather, they come down the road. Hunched and nocturnal, where they breathe they impose, silence of dark rubber, and fear of fine sand.”  – Federico Lorca

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Leather “baddens” everything up. It doesn’t have to be a jacket or shoes- you could go with a skirt or even a jumpsuit.image1xl

 

3. Fur and Shearing

“In a meat-eating world, wearing leather for shoes and even clothes, the discussion of fur is childish.”   -Karl Lagerfeld

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Nothing says “I don’t care about Delta’s luggage policy, I would hire a Sherpa if need be it” than packing a luxurious fur coat for Fashion Week.

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4. Statement Bags

Sure they may need extra time to pack since you have to wrap them nicely for protection, and maybe even in a box to keep them from flattening, but who doesn’t love a statement bag?

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It is key that your bag doesn’t clash. Bringing statement pieces does not mean mindlessly throwing them on. I mean, it is still Fashion Week. Ask yourself, “what would Anna think?”

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5. Statement Sunnies

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“With my sunglasses on, I’m Jack Nicholson. Without them, I’m fat and 60.”                                                         -Jack Nicholson

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Personally, I think you should save sunnies for when you are outside. Unless you’re Anna Wintour, you’re a little tacky wearing them while watching a show, I mean do you really wanna compromise the beauty of the colors Diane Von Furstenberg is presenting you with?

TREND REPORT: GRAPHIC SWEATSHIRTS

It may have been a result of the cold weather in NYC, but we noticed a definite street style trend pop up during NYFW: the graphic sweatshirt.  Of course, graphic sweaters and tees have been a big trend for a while now, but the NYFW version was a little different that what we’re used to.  Fashionistas donned hoodies purchased from their favorite food stops (Hooters), movies (Ghostbusters), and streetwear brands (Adidas).  You might be wondering why such casual wear was snapped by street-style photogs; it’s because every graphic sweatshirt was matched with something a little more luxe.  Take note!

 

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Model Hanne Gaby Odiele stepped out in a Hooters sweatshirt- which would normally have no spot on a street-style roundup.  However, she expertly mixed the casual basic with high-fashion staples, like her long, black fur coat and chic little orange purse.  Orange has been a huge color on the latest runways (Narsico Rodriguez, Clover Canyon), and Hanne made it her own by pairing her trendy purse back to the “trashy” Hooters logo.  Chic and cheeky!

 

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The same method is what made this lady’s “Adidas” sweatshirt work.  Worn under a fur coat, the sporty screened print takes on a whole new vibe; it’s loungewear mixed with luxury, comfort mixed with couture.  Her quirky sneaks take the look to new levels of cool.

 

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A “Rodarte” hoodie isn’t exactly sloppy streetwear- it’s from one of the most high-end fashion houses, after all.  Still, this model knew she had to counteract the casual vibe of a hoodie (no matter how high-fashion) with something sleek.  Her tailored trousers and long suede coat elevate the laid-back piece, making it totally appropriate for NYFW.

 

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We’ve gotta give props to the street styler who dared to wear this Ghostbusters sweatshirt.  Who knew this 80s-tastic movie would be so at home at Fashion Week 2014??  When paired with a feminine, pleated wool skirt and an on-trend bomber jacket, the sweatshirt becomes modern and girly.  We kinda want to steal this look, ASAP.
What do you think- would you ever grab a graphic sweatshirt in lieu of your usual winter wear?

 

IT FACTOR FRIDAY: FURRY SLEEVES

There’s one particular trend emerging at New York Fashion Week that we’re overly excited about: fur sleeves.  We’ve been there, done that with fur coats, fur scarves, even fur gloves- but fur sleeves?  The concept feels fresh & familiar all at once.   So many runways showcased wool jackets & sweaters with texture-blocking in the form of fur!

 

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DKNY showed a wearable version perfect for NYC winter weather.  A water-resistant black parka got a luxe update from a fur-trimmed hood and fur sleeves from the elbow down.  Worn over a classic black suit, the look was the perfect evolution of classic New York standbys.

 

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Not only did Jason Wu texture-block, he colorblocked as well!  Wu’s fur-sleeved coat featured shiny blue material (so big for Fall) contrasted with black fur panels at the arms.  This coat would be right at home in a high-end ski resort, right?

 

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We LOVED the exaggerated fur sleeves at Milly!  The Milly show featured a black-and-white zip up jacket with a fur skirt AND fur sleeves.  The long fur extended past the fingertips, giving off a wild-woman vibe.  This might be our favorite of the bunch.

 

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Sally LaPointe’s fur-sleeved turtleneck sweater felt like so on-trend; a natural progression of the oversize-turtleneck-sweater trend that’s been so big lately.  In fact, we’re pretty sure the Man Repeller Leandra Medine scooped up this sweater right off the runway- she was spotted in something eerily similar the next day!

 

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What do you think of the fur sleeves trend?  Yay or nay?

STREET STYLE: NYFW LOVES PINK

New York Fashion Week is going strong, and this season’s crop of street stylers are doing their best to pull out all the style stops, despite the Polar Vortex.  From big furry coats to loads of layers, the emerging cold weather trends are positively inspirational!  Our fave street-style look to hit the blogs, though, is PINK!  A big trend for SS14, it’s safe to say the pink will still be an It color come Fall.  Here’s how the best of the best rock the soft hue:

1.  With basics

 

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Model Karolina Kurkova exited the shows in the pink blazer, collar popped.  Perfection!  She layered her pink piece over basic separates- a white button down, black pullover, and distressed boyfriend jeans.  Simple but still over-the-top stylish.

2.  Head-to-toe

 

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This pretty lady is rocking rose head-to-toe!  What makes this work is that she mixes up her shades: her a pale pink skirt, slightly darker hoodie, ombred coat, rose-petal purse, and black-contrasted oxfords all clash a little, which is good.  A pop of black (by way of her tights) ensures that this look is anything but overly-sweet!

3.  With pants

 

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Pink coats are all over the place and pink sweaters are everywhere, too- so the most out-of-the-box way to wear pink is with pants.  This lady’s wide-leg pair is super on-trend, especially when worn with a knee-length coat.  The oversized, menswearish proportions balance out the feminine hue.

4.  Layered up

 

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Don’t just count on your coat to make a statement- this style star made sure her pink coat was only one aspect of a well-thought-out outfit.  Her pale turtleneck topped with a graphic tunic, layered over leather pants and printed shoes would’ve been a hit by itself- but the pink coat adds another layer of intrigue!

5.  With a matching hat

 

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Don’t limit yourself to one pink piece.  If you love the color, go all out!  Match a rose-colored coat to a knit beanie for a hip spin on the trend.  Take a cue from this street styler and pair your pink with white- so classic and fresh!

6.  With powder blue

 

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One of our favorite color pairings is blush pink with powder blue.  Something about the mixture of soft pastel tones just works!  The easiest way to get the look?  Grab a pink coat and throw on a blue beanie.  Extra points for belting your coat!

How will you wear pink this season?

 

TREND REPORT: FAUX CROP TOPS

We’re merely days into New York Fashion Week, but a few big trends are already starting to emerge.  The most intriguing of the bunch is the faux crop top:  something that looks like it could be a crop top/skirt set, but is, in fact, one piece.

We saw the look take off on the Chanel Spring 2014 Couture runway, where Karl Lagerfeld presented crop tops that bared sequins instead of skin.  For Fall 2014, the look is a little bit more wearable and covered up.  So far, Sally LaPointe, 10 Crosby Derek Lam, and Erin Fetherson have presented their takes on the new trend; we can’t wait to see who else joins the party this week!

 

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Sally LaPointe Fall 2014

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Sally LaPointe’s faux crop tops feel elegant and fresh.  The designer stuck to black and white and showed the look in the form of a cocktail dress and a stunning jumpsuit.  Here, the “crop tops” swing out in a ‘60s mod silhouette- so on-trend.

 

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Erin Fetherson Fall 2014

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Erin Fetherson Fall 2014

Where Sally LaPointe’s take was sleek & modern, Erin Fetherson opted for her usual girly, romantic aesthetic.  A black and white ball gown is traditional but unique with the addition of the faux crop, and a floral minidress is a more casual version of the same concept.

 

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10 Crosby Derek Lam Fall 2014

Derek Lam took the look up a notch with his oxblood leather faux crop top dress.  Instead of sleek romance, Lam gives off edgy-glam vibes.  We’re obsessed.

What do you think about this new trend? Love or hate?

 

Trend Report: Beanies hit the streets of NYC, London, Milan & Paris

 

 

 

 

 

 

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From New York, to London, Milan, and now Paris, fashionistas across the globe are uniting on one trend that is sure to make a statement this fall: beanies. We’ve been seeing them on the runways and editorials, and they’ve officially hit the streets of Fashion Week! We’re personally an advocate of this playful look; with different colors, styles, and even fun ears (like the hat Marina Monroe wore to Jeremy Scott for NYFW), beanies make a youthful, yet fashionable statement and add more than just warmth to your outfit. And better yet, these hats are perfect for a bad hair day! They are great to throw on with just about anything in your wardrobe! The streets of Paris were filled with hats paired with couture jackets, heels, and purses, but are also great to compliment jeans and a sweater for a spring or fall day.

Trend Report: Beanies hit the streets of NYC, London, Milan & Paris

 

 

 

 

 

 

stylehaüs Creative Director Marina Monroe

 

From New York, to London, Milan, and now Paris, fashionistas across the globe are uniting on one trend that is sure to make a statement this fall: beanies. We’ve been seeing them on the runways and editorials, and they’ve officially hit the streets of Fashion Week! We’re personally an advocate of this playful look; with different colors, styles, and even fun ears (like the hat Marina Monroe wore to Jeremy Scott for NYFW), beanies make a youthful, yet fashionable statement and add more than just warmth to your outfit. And better yet, these hats are perfect for a bad hair day! They are great to throw on with just about anything in your wardrobe! The streets of Paris were filled with hats paired with couture jackets, heels, and purses, but are also great to compliment jeans and a sweater for a spring or fall day.