Sunday, September 29, 2013

Emmys Best Dressed: Turning Heads

This year's Emmys were full of beautiful fashion- we saw trends in the form of colors (blue was the big hit of the evening) and shapes (many stars opted for mermaid gowns).  However, my best dressed were the women whose looks had that special something: a stunning detail that stood out when they turned their heads.

In an elegant Prada gown, Michelle Dockery proved that bright hues and deep colors can play beautifully together.  The low-cut back and her sleek bob perfectly highlighted the oversized avant-garde bow-like detail.

Kate Mara again confirmed her place as a star who really 'gets' fashion in this gorgeous long-sleeved J. Mendel column. It's truly impressive how a dress with embroidered textures of varying patterns, and a skirt with high slit layers provided a look that was arguably the most modern and chic of the entire red carpet.  The side cutouts in the top were an unexpected construction detail.

Katrina Bowden made a lovely statement in a perennial red-carpet favorite, Badgley Mischka.  The navy gown looked simple from the front, however the back showed off the gorgeous art-deco embellishments that took her look to another level.  Styled perfectly with a clean bun and sparkling topaz earrings by David Yurman, she looked young and fresh.

What were your favorite looks at the Emmys?

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Cream of the Crop

Sometimes not all fashion trends are ones that we can see working for us, however the frequency of the top trend at New York Fashion Week's Spring/Summer ready to wear collections was unmistakable and refuses to be overlooked: the crop top.  Initial reactions to this midriff-bearing style are often that there is no way the average woman would be able to work this into her wardrobe.  I've seen countless iterations of this style on the runway, and I guarantee that there are ways to make this trend classy, and to make it work for different figures.

First, let's explore some of the daytime looks that can be achieved.  Rebecca Taylor showed the crop top's sporty side with a low-slung skirt and long Varsity jacket.  At Narciso Rodriguez, the look was chic yet casual with three-quarter length sleeves and a monochrome colorway.  Tracy Reese gave the crop a ladylike turn, pairing it with a lace peplum skirt.  The key to these daytime looks is to not go overboard with various colors or accessories- keep it simple to keep it stunning.

Perhaps the most intriguing way that this trend was displayed was how it was worked into evening looks.  Christian Siriano showed a spectacular chartreuse crop top that was balanced by it's own flowing train and matching ankle pants.  Oscar de la Renta's collection included a way that the crop top can work for those of us who don't actually want to bear our bellies: match a shorter top with high-waisted skirt or pants in a complementary silhouette.  And Monique L'huillier brought us what was previously thought impossible: a red-carpet ready crop top look!  She paired a bandeau with a high-waisted skirt in beautiful flowing silk that showed just a sliver of stomach, and created a gorgeous, modern and elegant style, appropriate enough for a black-tie affair.  So consider my mind changed: there are ways to make this trend work beyond the super-slim and super-casual looks we've seen in the past.  

Will you be working crop tops into your wardrobe for the coming seasons?  If so, what will you pair it with?

Programming note: don't forget that the Emmy's are this Sunday, so be sure to follow me on Instagram and Twitter @AngelHowlett for all of the major fashion moments as they happen!