Plus, I would LOVE to have the bow-clad top.
The final days are closing in on us. Day 6 has come and gone and it wasn't one to forget.
Badgley Mischka showed this morning and was stunning. They always find a way to make their girl look timeless, chic and wonderfully feminine. Mark + James's pieces are detailed to perfection each season and Fall/Winter 2014 will be no different. From stunning shoulder detailing to all over beading, this collection will leaving you in awe. E! News' Guilanna Rancic, 30 Rock's Katrina Bowden (in my favorite Mark + James print) and model Petra Nemcova were flawless front row ladies during the show.
Marc by Marc Jacobs new designers Katie Hillier + Luella Bartley debuted their first collection with the line and received much praise. It was fun, edgy and full of flare. Skater, 90s, bold prints, but still pretty and powerful at times. Power girl meets 90s Clueless skater? Sign me up now. It was all over the place in the best way possible. It's similar to what my mind looks like on a daily basis, but maybe add a few dogs in the mix. I'm pretty much obsessed with the entire collection.
Plus, I would LOVE to have the bow-clad top.
Oscar de la Renta debuted with the help of Karlie Kloss. Not much needs to be said. Flawless, elegant, femininity in the form of clothing.
J. Crew's presentation showed off their RTW collection.
Carolina Herrera was at the Theatre where Karlie Kloss opened and closed the show. More black on black made its way down the runway, proving that black never goes out of style. Reds, prints and blues were also apart of the collection.
Tommy Hilfiger turned his location at 643 Park Avenue into a snowy mountain to match his ski wear inspired line. Perfect timing with Sochi 2014!
Milly by Michelle had an amazing beanie filled Pre-Fall collection and this Fall/Winter collection was just as brilliant. Furs, metallics, black on black, more neutrals and blush tones filled the runway as did this full ruffled skirt. I've found that I'm really into skirts and dresses recently, so all of these girly, flirty pieces being shown has me absolutely swooning. Can't I just own all of her Pre-Fall and Fall?
Karen Walker, not to be confused with the hilarious drunken supporting character on Will & Grace, debuted her Fall/Winter collection and it was right up my alley. I had not been aware of this designer before, but I certainly am now. Filled with navy, black and white prints, florals and reds, it is a winter's dream.
Zac Posen's collection was packed with full gorgeous gowns. Structure, capes and texture made this an unforgettable season for Mr. Posen. Coco Rocha modeled for his show and she was the epitome of the theme: ultra feminine and equally as edgy. Perfection. My favorite collection. I can't wait to see which gowns make it to the red carpet and who wears them. Excuse me as I post way too many photos.
Donna Karan was all about being fierce and sassy tonight.
Low cuts, high slights and higher boots. Yes, girl. Yes.
We've made it to the half-way mark! Day 4 has come to a close and already I can feel the pang of sadness that comes with the end of NYFW. Here are my favorites of the day:
Lela Rose kicked off day 4 at the Salon. This first gown is red carpet ready and the silhouette is flawless. She had a lot of color in her collection as well as following suit with the black and white trend. There were also more knee length coats for winter 2014.
David Tlale was at the Pavilion and I may have found my favorite look of the week so far. Full and flirty skirt with a sheer top and it's navy. Love it. I would find a reason to wear that outfit at least once a week.
DKNY had one of my favorite shows of the last four days! It was sporty, chic and badass. Flat bill hats, leather, black on black, tattoos and letterman inspired jackets made it down the runway.
Diane von Fürstenberg was on point yet again and stuck true to her style with bright colors, bold prints and wrap dresses.
Here are the highlights from Day 3 of NYFW:
Adeam continued the black trend. I mean, really, is all black ever out of trend? They also added one of my favorite colors to their Fall/Winter collection: blush! With all of the neutral tones we've been seeing on the runway, this shade will pair perfectly along side them.
Day 2 of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week has come and gone and the collections did not disappoint. Let's go through my favorites of the day, shall we?
Jewelry line Dannijo had a presentation last night after I posted my review of Day 1. It was too amazing to leave out of today's post. The line is designed by sisters Danielle and Jodie and I was fortunate enough to take a seminar with them and speak with them at Teen Vogue Fashion University this past October. Their concept was "#boxerina" fully equipped with a boxing ring, tutus, and pointe shoes. WGSN described it as "Grace meets gusto and feminine meets fun." If Dannijo wasn't on your radar before, you need to have them on it now!
Rebecca Vallance was not originally on my "must watch" list, but after seeing her pieces she definitely should have been. She had a presentation in the Hub this morning and I thought her collection was beautiful. Winter whites and sheers were on display for her Fall 2014 Ready to Wear collection. The pieces were simple, chic and very easy to translate from "runway to reality." Love love love it!
Nautica was next at the Salon and the men looked as if they were off to compete in slope style in Sochi. They must have gotten word that snowboarders have stolen many hearts because the men were wearing big coats, goggles and boots. No complaints over here. The Nautica men always impress. Grab a tissue, you're going to need one to wipe the drool off your chin.
Rebecca Minkoff was at the Theatre with her Fall/Winter 2014 collection. She had over-the-knee boots and a new taken on the beanie: furry, big and bright. A lot of her pieces seemed to be inspired by menswear, which I loved, because they were big, boxy shapes.
A few of my favorite looks and pictures from the day from other collections:
That's a wrap on Day 2! Which look are you most ready to rock?
I think mine is the sheer socks and heels from Misha Nonoo.
The time of year is upon us yet again, my dear fashion-obsessed readers: New York Fashion Week. I know in previous posts I have said that awards season is the most wonderful time of the year, but c'mon. For one thing, we know I love exaggerating when I'm excited and obsessed with something. For another, anything that deals with this much fashion related news is worthy of being deemed my most wonderful time of the year.
It's the picture-perfect post card some of us can only dream of: various halls and tents booming with music and statuesque models, snow lining the streets and falling from the sky, and the industry's biggest names traipsing around the city venue to venue giving photographers the best possible photo op for "Street Style" sections of websites, blogs, etc.
Here's some short-ish coverage on my favorite shows from Day 1.
Nicholas K's Fall 2014 collection kicked off the week at the Pavilion this morning at 9 am. The show was produced by none other than Kelly Cutrone's People's Revolution. Unfortunately, I could not live stream this show during class because my professor does not allow laptops in class. The torture! I was itching at the seams..clothing, seams, ha..to get my hands on photos from the show. The color palette was right up my alley: black, gray, navy. The future for Fall 2014 is looking bright (dark) already! I know no one was mad at the selection of male modes, either.
BCBG Max Azria followed Nicholas K at 10 am in the Theatre. Their color scheme was lighter than the first show, but still stuck to a relatively neutral palette. That's what I like to see BCBG. Fur was also on trend at the show lining coats and other pieces. Man Repeller tweeted during the show about the style of the new coats: "The mullet coat at BCBG asks this: am I willing to forfeit front leg warmth for toasty hamstrings? #nyfw"
Raoul has been named "the one to watch" and I couldn't agree more. Black and white, a line after my own heart, was on trend for this 10:30 am presentation at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse. One of my best friends, Melissa, works in their sales department, so this presentation was especially cool for me to look out for! She's worked so hard with them and I'm so happy it's all paying off.
Richard Chai showed at the Salon at 11 am. My favorite part of the collection were the knee length coats. I'm sure all of the attendees were dying to get their frozen-from-the-polar-vortex hands on one of these beauties. Joe Jonas was backstage while Bryan Greenberg and Zachary Quinto sat front row (Has anyone else seen people calling it "#FROW" now? Thoughts?) If I have any male readers, take notice of these fashion-forward men. Women, show these photos to your men.
New designers Creatures of the Wind took place at the Pavilion and had a unique set up.
Tadashi Shoji was up and again black was on trend. They also included beautiful reds that will look fabulous against our summer-is-over-I'm-pale-again skin. Or if you're like me, your year around skin.
Todd Snyder's men were on point this evening at the Pavilion. The concept was "Mod Gents" and Snyder updated the Mod sensibility of the early 60's. They also stuck with a pretty neutral color palette. Oh, the things we would do to be in that room right now. To see the clothes, of course!
In other fashion news, Net-a-Porter is launching a new magazine tomorrow called Porter. Giselle is their very first cover model and the the veteran model does not disappoint. Check it out on newsstands and stay in-the-know on all things fashion.
Who were your favorite designers of the day? Stay tuned for more MBFW coverage.
This color is near impossible to find in the same exact shade twice. I say this from experience! I have used this color, and many variations of this color, in my room two years in a row. It is very difficult to do, but when you find the perfect shade you've been looking for, it's like an old cartoon and hearts pop in and out of your eye sockets. Last year I used it as a duvet cover and this year I decided to paint––okay my mom painted, but I picked the shade!–– my desk and dressers this feminine hue. The infamous color is blush and lately I can't get enough of it. If it's in this shade, it's mine.
It's also becoming impossible to get away from now that it's February and Valentine's Day is upon us. Instead of being a Valentine's Day Grinch and sulking around, join the party! You can incorporate this color into your life in any way you want: clothing, jewelry, make up, candles, throw blankets, throw pillows, flowers, wall art, the possibilities are endless! Just remember that the beauty of the color becomes addicting and the repeated failure of finding the same shade twice is heart-breaking. You've been warned, dear reader.
Here are a few ways you can satisfy your crush on blush:
What are you going to do to put a little blush in your life?
That time is upon us yet again, ladies and gentlemen: the start of a new year. This will not be a post for the weak. We don't want anyone making a New Year's Resolution they can't keep! If you know you're going to let that new gym membership go to waste after the first of February (or let's be honest, mid-January), don't buy it! It is better to start the year off with a positive attitude and a new take on things. Start slow and easy! You cannot expect yourself to change your life in 3 days when that ball drops, and you shouldn't be putting that kind of pressure on yourself to do so. Now that my 30 seconds of motivation is over...Let's get on to what kind of things you should be putting on yourself this year:clothes, makeup, shoes. This is just a short list of a few of my favorite things that I want or have and think will be a perfect companion to you in 2014.
First on my list.. drumroll please..
You may not have entered the party with a significant other to kiss when the clock strikes midnight, but show up in one of these babies and you just might find one! They're flirty, fun and sophisticated. They're 100% silk, which makes for a beautifully saturated color. In various gem tones, patterns and lengths, you'll want to get your hands on at least one of these in 2014.
Fun Fact: PARTYSKIRTS was created by sisters Lauren and Mariel Armstrong simply because they couldn't find the perfect party skirt and now they've turned it into an amazing company!
They are a little pricey, but a classic piece like this will never go out of style. Sometimes investments need to be made ladies! Once you see the styles below, you'll know why I've been drooling over all of them, + why they're worth the small dent in your Visa (or AmEx girl, go 'head) statement next month.
TIP: Check out the "After Party" section of their website, www.skotapparel.com, for the skirts on sale!
Elizabeth and James Nirvana
(Black and White)
Our favorite TV twins are at it again! If you didn't know, Elizabeth and James is one of the lines Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have created. This is their first fragrance since the tween line they had at Walmart back in the day. (Don't lie. You owned at least half of it. I literally still have my MK&A hair dryer that my mom and I use at home 10+ years later. Sad? Maybe. True? Absolutely.)
Ashley said they had been working on the project for two years and that "black took about a year and a half to finalize, and to get to a place where we were happy." Naturally, there are two scents. Nirvana Black is, literally, a darker scent that mixes violet, sandalwood and vanilla. Nirvana White is florally, musky and mixes lily and peony. They don't hit stores until January, but Sephora just had a two week preview and I was lucky enough to test them before they went back in hiding until the new year. Personally, I favored Nirvana Black. I can't really decide why, but that will definitely be the one I purchase next month. A new scent might be exactly what you need in 2014!
Step away from that Bath & Body Works Body Mist (seriously) and splurge a little!
That's what this year should be about: treating yourself.
When you look (or smell) good, you feel good!
I'm not saying you need to go on a spree and max out your credit cards, not that I would judge you at all if you did, but even one special item can put a little spring in your step, whether it's at work or at school, and your positive energy can lead to great things!
Urban Decay Naked3
The latest Naked palette did not disappoint! All 12 rose-hued shades are never-before-seen and it is my favorite of the Naked trio. They'll make you want to never see another palette again! The shades range from shimmery pale pinks to a matte black with rosy flecks. I've found that the worst part about having this palette, is wanting to wear all 12 shades at once. Cliche, but so very true. If you're fair-skinned like I am, this palette was made for you! I also have the Naked2, but will now be reserving those shades for evening and night affairs and for when I get a little color in the summer (LOL JK I'm pale 365). If you have a darker skin tone, spring for the original Naked palette.
(of any kind!)
When I was 8 or 9, my best friend and I had matching fur jackets from The Gap. They were the color of my golden retriever Molly and absolutely huge. We were killin' it at a young age and now over a decade later I found myself searching for another fur jacket. I finally found the perfect one at H&M and at only $25! Don't worry: it's not nearly as big as my old one. If you don't think you can pull off fur, you're not trying hard enough. You can do it if you want to! Take a risk this year and jump into a pile of fur or, like I said earlier, start slow, and go with a vest.
They keep you feeling warm and looking great!
Well, that's all for now, kiddies. I hope that you enjoyed my little list and that you will let it help you create your own list of must-haves! Make a promise that you will treat yourself to something special in 2014 and have fun while doing it.
Happy New Year!
As the holiday season sneaks upon us and the temperature goes down (unless you're like me and living in the south where it was 81 degrees yesterday. yes, 81.) girls have one thing on their mind: boots! We all love them and we all wear them. They come in all shapes, sizes, heel height and color. You can dress them up and you can dress them down. They can keep you warm as you battle the chill of a late November night on the town. They're perfect!
As we get older, it's time to learn that there is more to boot fashion than the (unfortunate) standard UGG boot. Yes, they're warm, cozy and convenient, but are they worth the snow/slush/mud stains and the lack of shape they provide to your body from the knee down? I'll let you make the decision yourself after you peruse a few of these boot-iful (HAD TO.) alternatives.
These gender neutral (men, take note. we're begging you.) babies are my favorite and I have a studded pair and a more traditional pair that I've literally worn into the ground and refuse to throw away. I think they look even better "distressed" with my holes, ripped leather, splattered paint and burn marks that I just cannot part with them. They are the easiest way possible to make your outfit a little edgier. They complete almost any outfit for nearly any occasion. I can't keep my hands off them! There's no reason to stick to black, either. Colors are your friends, people! Brown, sand, blush, garnet, etc.
No one quite does a thigh high boot like Stuart Weitzman. All of these can be worn for a night on the town with your friends, a date night or a day in the office over a pair of black skinnies. (however, I would suggest a 3 inch heel or lower for the office. don't get carried away!) These boots keep you warm, keep you feeling sexy and flatter you.
I wear my H&M black suede ankle booties all year long. I don't care if they're suede and a little on the winter side. They're perfect for dressing up any outfit, and at a heel height of 3inches, keep me from looking too dressed up. These are the ultimate date night booties and will make your legs look fabulous! Paired with skinnies or tights you can't go wrong. Black booties are a staple we all should have, but don't forget to step outside of your comfort zone and buy a bright color, too. (I'm obsessed with my cobalt blue Aldo booties.)
What are your go-to boots this season? Are you ready to take a risk with a bright color or higher heel? It's your time to treat yourself to something amazing, and what's more amazing than shoes?!
It is officially taking the salons by storm: the pixie.
People may have done it prior to that night in August when Miley Cyrus tweeted her new 'do, but it didn't make headlines until now.
You know what twitpic I'm talking about:
And let's not forget the variations that followed...
It seemed the look skyrocketed from this point on, or maybe we just started noticing more women that already had it? Either way, a trend has emerged.
Check out a few of the women that were ballsy enough to chop off their locks:
Here on Minnie Maus Fashion Haus, we like to give credit where credit is due. And if we're being honest ,and humorous, here are the women who really started this trend.
(and one has thankfully left it behind)
What do you think about this hair trend? Would you do it?