Wednesday, September 30, 2015

London Fashion Week Trend Report: Shoes Wisely

Sometimes it's more than just the clothes themselves that leave a resonating impression when reviewing the Fashion Week collections. For Spring/Summer 2016 in London, I noticed many designers showing unexpected shoes paired with dresses. Flat, often Teva-like walking shoes and sandals were marched down the runways with gowns and dresses. The coupling of romance and practicality was actually quite beautiful.

Christopher Kane answered the age-old question: how do you update an LBD? With a fashion-forward sneaker of course.

Christopher Raeburn featured floral dresses with dark sandals to ground them.

Emilia Wickstead's proper-yet-modern frocks were paired with bright pointed flats.

Flats embellished with fur and a strap were the base of Erdem's gauzy gowns.

Exotic and rich was the theme, but Jonathan Saunders let the black sandals do the walking with his dresses.

Osman proved that even on your wedding day, a flat shoe in an exciting color is stylish and shows personality.

Peter Pilotto's colorful designs were balanced with chic slip-on shoes.

Betting on juxtaposition, Preen's gilded dress with white flat sandals flaunted a confident and cool theme.

Simone Rocha showed chic calf-grazing dresses at a length just short enough to show the organically colored sandals they were paired with.

Bordering on ballerina-chic, Temperley London's romantic tulle dress looked effortless with strappy flats.

In a look that I am sure we'll see on an upcoming red carpet, Burberry paired a rich, yet fresh, sheer oxblood dress with a platform flat.

How can you not try this new trend out for yourself? Fashionable yet comfortable, pairing an unexpected flat shoe with a dress is fun, avant-garde and shows you are ready to party! 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Emmys 2015: Best Dressed

This year's Emmys red carpet was a display of so many different trends (off-the-shoulder gowns and black dresses were most prevalent), but I loved seeing such a variety of styles. My favorite looks were all ones where the styling was just on point and the choices in hair, makeup and jewelry (or lack thereof) landed these stars on my best-dressed list.

Despite the blazing Los Angeles heat, Aubrey Plaza looked so fresh in this slinky Alexandre Vauthier number with a high slit and deep v-neck. Her sharp bob was the perfect hairstyle for this look.

Maybe it's because I'm a new mom, but I can really appreciate fabulous maternity style. Cat Deely looked sexy in her glittering Monique L'huillier gown. I love that she left her hair in a bodacious, relaxed style and had a pop of garnet color in her nails and lipstick.

Emma Roberts looks ready to party with Gatsby in her romantic Jenny Packham dress. The deco brooch, and double-wrapped necklace add to the retro feel, along with her gorgeous platinum waves.

Lady Gaga never looked better than on the 2015 Emmys red carpet. She oozed glamour in this black Brandon Maxwell gown. Her flawless, clean makeup and perfectly-coiffed bob made her a total knockout. None of the red-carpet gimmicks and tricks that she is known for were needed here!

The shoulder-to-back detail on Sarah Hyland's burgundy Zac Posen dress was so modern and cool.  Paired with her mahogany touseled bob and singular sparkling bracelet, it was a look perfectly suited for the Fall season.

Fresh off the New York Fashion Week runway, Kerry Washington's Marc Jacobs dress was a big hit. Styled with a deconstructed faux-bob and glowing makeup, her fashion-forward look was fun and the most chic of the night.

These dresses were all gorgeous, but styled any other way, they would not have been standouts on the red carpet this year. Beauty and accessory choices really make the look complete and can take a gown to a whole different level. Who were your best-dressed at the Emmys?

Sunday, September 20, 2015

New York Fashion Week Trend Report: Give 'Em The Cold Shoulder

If New York Fashion Week's designers have anything to say about it, Spring/Summer 2016 will be all about the shoulders. In recent seasons, we've seen off-the-shoulder styles reign on the runways and in the streets, however the cold-shoulder look so prevalent at last week's NYFW leaves just the shoulders bare in a way that can be chic and flattering for anyone at any age or any size. Let's take a look at how this trend was interpreted by various designers.

Romantic in floral print at Calvin Klein Collection.

Christian Siriano's version highlighted the trend with an embellished detail.

At Creatures of the Wind, a sleeve in a different fabric and print was used beautifully.

A billowy Derek Lam gown brought the trend to evening wear.

Givenchy presented a modern coat with slouched sleeves.

The low-slung sleeves on this Prabal Gurung sweater make for a cool, relaxed vibe.

Proenza Schouler's LBD looks modern yet feminine with cold shoulders.

Gauzy and light, this Rachel Zoe dress gives a peek of shoulder.

At Rebecca Minkoff, the draping at the shoulders of this printed dress added to the boho-chic feel.

Exotic prints and strappy shoulders were on display at Reem Acra.

The shoulder cutout on this Vera Wang sweater gave this cute look an edge.

Simple in white, Wes Gordon's cold-shoulder top could be a Spring wardrobe staple.

Tuxedo dressing was given a twist at Yigal Azrouel, with the unexpected shoulder cutout.

From day to night and from glam to sporty, the cold-shoulder trend works for any style or occasion. Will you be trying this trend?