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Crushing on Cara: Cara Delevingne

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There’s no doubt that Cara Delevinge is at the top of her game and we have floor seats. With just under five million Instagram followers, this blonde hair green-eyed London socialite graces our presence on the runway and covers of every major fashion magazine. Gorgeous high fashion model by day, hipster grunge social butterfly by night, Cara hangs with the likes of big A-listers like Rihanna, Miley and Kate Moss. 2011 started off big with a feature in Burberry’s spring/summer 2011 campaign. Talk about setting the bar high.

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The many faces of Cara have hit social media in one big swoop. I mean that tongue of hers. It’s almost as famous as Miley’s. Quirky eye rolls and devil horn hands are just a few of Cara’s go-to looks for last minute photog moments. Can’t blame her for having fun and staying goofy in a world full of high fashion. The girl is only 21 ya know!

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Not only has this 5’9″ beauty strutted the runway for Oscar de la Renta, Jason Wu, Dolce & Gabbana, and Fendi, but she’s also landed a few acting gigs, including a part in the not-yet-released thriller The Face of an Angel. Did you know she also sings and plays the drums? Yea…she’s a multi-talented female who we follow to see what’s next.

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IT FACTOR FRIDAY: BIRDS

We don’t know how it happens, but every season a handful of designers happen to magically think up the same ideas.  Realistically, we know that each design team’s “trend forecaster” analyzes what will be popular for the coming seasons, and helps designers push out those pieces on the runway- but we’re still amazed by it!  For Fall 2014, a bunch of trends emerged- neon accents, fur sleeves, faux croptops, gloves- but one of our favorites was bird embroidery, seen everywhere from Cavalli to Valentino.  The look is a little retro and a lot romantic, and we want in on it ASAP.

 

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Alberta Ferretti Fall 2014

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Giles Fall 2014

Alberta Ferretti’s bird embroidery accented a moody-toned wool dress while flying over a skirted scene of greenery.  The look at Giles was a pop-art take on the same concept, with birds of neon orange and teal blue popping against solid backgrounds.

 

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Just Cavalli Fall 2014

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Valentino Fall 2014

Just Cavalli made the trend more majestic with a jacket that featured two phoenixes as jacket lapels, while Valentino’s take had all the glamour and romance of Old Hollywood.  Can’t you just see that flocked frock on the red carpet?

 

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Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2014

Dolce & Gabbana’s creation not only featured birds, but cartoon flowers, branches, and bugs as well!

 

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No need to wait for Fall 2014 to get in on this It Factor trend- the look is accessible right now!  Pixie Market is the place to go for affordable, trendy pieces:  their orange skirt is totally Giles (and only $34), while their crop top and black dress are a tad more wearable.   French Connection’s maxi dress recalls the romance of the runway for only $80, and Equipment’s embellished blouse ensures you’ll sparkle in the look.

Which one will you get?  We’re eyeing up the orange skirt, for sure.

 

THROWBACK THURSDAY: GLOVES

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These days, you rarely see someone sporting gloves for fashion’s sake.  To keep warm, sure; for Halloween, absolutely.  But wearing gloves simply to enhance an outfit?  Pretty much unheard of!

 

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Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope

All that is about to change, though.  We credit Olivia Pope (and her costume designer, Lyn Paolo) for the major comeback moment that gloves are experiencing right now!  Paolo, admittedly “obsessed by” gloves, single-handedly brought the accessory back into style through the vehicle of Scandal’s Olivia Pope.  Designers are clearly watching: gloves popped up on an incredible number of runways this season!

 

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Gloves through the years

Gloves, worn for necessity up until the 20th century, became a symbol of wealth & class through the 1920s and 1930s.  Sunburned hands showed that you belonged to the working class; thus, gloves became an inadvertent status symbol.  Many shapes & sizes were fashionable over the years:  short gloves were seen in many a 1920s silent film, and the 1930s saw a rise in leather kid gloves.  Long, slouchy gloves dominated the 40s; while long, slim gloves were the peak of chic in the 50s (think Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s).  Jackie O wore gloves like no one else in the 1960s, and after that gloves slowly lost their steam.  A few appearances in the 80s- Madonna and Michael Jackson- petered out to almost nothing until Scandal came around.

 

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AF Vandevorst, Acne, Chanel Fall 2014

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Dior Fall 2014

Fashion designers are embracing the new trend wholeheartedly, as evidenced by the strong showing of gloves for Fashion Month Fall 2014.  AF Vandevorst showed a modern pair, Acne was edgy with leather-on-leather, and Chanel put a sporty spin on long pink gloves.  Dior’s gloves were a total throwback to 50s/60s elegance, with pairs up-to-the-elbow and beyond worn with vests and short-sleeve coats.

 

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Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2014

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John Galliano Fall 2014

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Lanvin Fall 2014

Dolce & Gabbana threw it back a little farther with their chainmail-inspired gloves!  Galliano’s version was long, scrunched, and layered; Lanvin’s was long and slim.

 

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Rodarte Fall 2014

Rodarte showed gloved looks that were geek-chic, complete with berets, scarves, and horn-rimmed glasses.

 

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Rochas Fall 2014

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Rochas Fall 2014

 

Our FAVORITE glove looks, though, were from Rochas.  Brightly colored gloves were the focal point of almost every Rochas runway look, ranging from pale yellow to neon orange to bright teal.  Worn with oversize coats in various pastel shades and floral prints, the vibe was vintage with a modern twist.  Rochas even threw in a few fringed gloves, a little reminiscent of a glamorous Edward Scissorhands.

One one question remains: which gloves will Olivia Pope wear first?

GET THE LOOK: THE 3 BEST LOOKS OF PARIS FASHION WEEK

Paris Fashion Week is well underway, and we’re excited about the collections we’ve seen so far.  Most runway shows have nailed that effortlessly sexy vibe that the French are known for, whether it’s through tailored separates, oversized knits, or skin-tight leather.  Some of our favorite looks have more to do with proportions than pieces, which actually makes them super-easy to recreate right now!  Here are our top 3 looks from Paris Fashion Week and how to get them RIGHT NOW:

 

1.  Dior

 

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Dior’s show, which felt more Spring than Fall, was full of gorgeous colors, layered outerwear, and new proportions.  Our favorite look consisted of a long yellow vest worn over a plain white dress- so easy, yet totally fresh & exciting.  To get the look now, we’d wear this long white vest from Haute Hippie with a plain yellow tank dress from American Apparel.  Throw on some ankle-strap heels, like these from Forever 21, and you’re done!  Tres Dior.

 

2.  Jay Ahr

 

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This was the first time we’ve paid attention to designer Jay Ahr, and we’ve got to say that we loved his show!  The look that really struck us was this black and white number- the striped skirt, white fur jacket, and chic little booties are such a fierce combo.  Luckily, we were able to find some amazing pieces to recreate this vibe.  A Rachel Zoe striped skirt pairs perfectly with an affordable faux-fur jacket, and any black ankle booties will do.  See?  Easy!

 

3.  Isabel Marant

 

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Isabel Marant has made her name synonymous with “quintessential French style”, and her latest collection stayed true to that maxim.  The designer pairs overtly-sexy pieces with covered-up classics for a mix that’s understated and badass, and this look from Fall 2014 is our favorite.  Zara’s asymmetrically cut black leather skirt will help you nail the Paris vibe, and their oversized black sweater is a no-brainer.  We loved Isabel’s mesh “scarf” necklace, but this Allen Schwartz necklace is almost as cool.  Add some studded Steve Madden boots, and you’ve got a mix like Marant!

 

What’s your favorite look from Paris Fashion Week so far?

 

MARINA MONDAY: HUNTER GREEN

In today’s Marina Monday post, Marina shows us why hunter green is the color to watch for the new season:

 

I love hunter green, and for Pre Fall 2014 designers did, too.  The color is being hailed as “the new oxblood” (Lucky Magazine); I couldn’t agree more!  Hunter green is a new neutral that’s easily mixed and matched, like navy, dove grey, and oxblood.

 

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My hunter green Celine!

My beloved Celine bag is paneled with hunter green, and it’s hard for me to come up with an outfit that it doesn’t go with.  I’m excited that the shade seems to be the “It” color for fall (or at least pre-fall); here are my favorite hunter looks from the Pre Fall 2014 lookbooks.

 

Dior

 

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I love that Dior kept hunter touches to a minimum and used the color as an accent against more basic tones.  Hunter green works surprisingly well with oxblood and blue!  I’m dying to try this combo.  The turtleneck/necklaces at Dior were genius, and I’m craving the hunter green version.  Paired with jewels and a black dress, the look is spot-on.

 

Louis Vuitton

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Louis Vuitton used hunter green heavily in their Pre Fall 2014 collection.  The pieces, designed by the in-house team (who’s excited for Nicholas Ghesquiere’s debut for Fall?!), are luxurious but functional.  Wide-leg leather pants and a no-nonsense cape in the hot hue are on my must-have list for Fall!

 

Burberry

 

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Burberry presented a really wearable collection of gorgeous separates, many of which were shown in my new fave color.  I NEED these metallic hunter pants in my life- how chic would they be with a leather shift top??  I’m also digging the hunter green fur that Burberry paired with ballgowns and skinny trousers alike.  You know I love a fuzzy fur coat; maybe a green version will be my next purchase!

What do you think?  Is hunter green the new oxblood?

xxMarina

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?

 

One Color, One Bold Statement!

‘When in doubt, wear black’

‘When in doubt, wear red’

We’ve heard these ‘go-to’ style tips somewhere before, but we’re here to set the record straight: when in doubt… It’s quite all right to go all-out in your favorite color.

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Lately, we’re seeing more and more appearances of men and women rocking one color from head to toe; it may be the opposite end of the style-spectrum from clashing your busy prints, but you’ll make just as bold of a statement by doing so. Whether you’re dressed to the nines in a powder blue suit for that springtime wedding, or going casual adorned in your smartest street style for the afternoon, monochroming your look is a unique, eye-catching way to switch up your usual presentation.

 

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Although dressing in one solid color is striking enough, it’s the accessories on an outfit like this that will do the talking just as loud as the color itself! Be sure to adorn yourself in pieces that state the vibe you’re going for, and don’t be afraid to try something bold and oversized since the solid color will make your accessories stand out. In an extraordinary and colorful ensemble like this, you’re maintaining the perfect balance by commanding attention without over dressing your outfit!

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These Boots Are Made for…Summertime!

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Can we all take a moment to stop and appreciate the cutout boot?  Honestly, this has to be fashion brilliance at its smartest in the shoe department, and it practically has its own season after winter and throughout summer. With the breezy feel of sandals and the structure of a boot, it’s the perfect transitional shoe for the transitioning seasons. We’ve found ourselves addicted to almost every attempted style from stilettos, to brogues and even combat boots. We’ve seen them dressed up in skirts of various lengths or going casual-chic paired with skinny pants. This sandal/boot fusion is the slickest way to pull off heavier footwear in these hot summer months ahead, so check out some of our favorite styles and tell us how you wear yours best!

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Spring Trend: The Shorts Suit

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Olivia Palermo in Chanel

 

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Chloe Sevigny in Miu Miu

 

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Rachel Comey SS’13

 

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Karolina Kurkova in Elie Saab

 

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Porter Grey SS’13

 

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Zoe Saldana

 

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Tory Burch SS’13

 

One spring trend we are anxious to try for ourselves is the fun and chic shorts suit; the look has been spotted on the red carpets on some of our favorite celebrities, and they were all over the Spring/Summer 2013 runways. The shorts suit is a more casual take on the classic pantsuit that is perfect for the warmer months, and we love that it comes in so many different color varieties and prints! Karolina Kurkova demonstrates an example of how to color block the short suit, and we love Olivia Palermo’s adaptation on the menswear trend. For prints, we are lusting after Zoe Saldana’s look and the Tory Burch pattern that creates and fun and playful springtime look! The best part about buying the whole ensemble, is you can mix and match the pieces individually for plenty of outfit options, or wear them together for a fun look that screams spring!

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Trend Report: Sunglasses for Spring

 

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Fendi Spring’13

 

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Kate Spade Spring’13

 

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Miroslava Duma, Street Style NYC

 

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Street Style NYC

 

 

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Fendi Spring’13

 

We love to accessorize: it’s one of the best aspects of styling an incredible outfit! This season, it is all about statement sunglasses, and they come in all kinds of styles, colors and shapes to fit your unique style. Fendi designed some very modern shaped shades that came in bold colors, while Kate Spade opted for a more classic, ’50s style sunglasses. We also spotted plenty of street style fashionistas rocking these colorful metallic shades with bright colored lenses. No matter which style you choose, be sure to find one that compliments your style and you will be more comfortable wearing them all season long!

 

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