NYFW / Day Four

Fashion is all about trial and error. There are days that I pull looks out from closet, get dressed in 10 minutes, and head out the door looking exactly how I imagined. Other days, I glance in the mirror and wonder why I made the attempt of wearing platform brogueswhen they just don’t look good on me. It is then I realize, it’s ok to make mistakes because without them, one would never learn.

Fashion week comes and goes as quickly as a bird in flight trying to head down south for the winter. Unlike in the case of the  a warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrate, though, at Fashion Week, there are clothes. And there are friends. Not coincidentally, fashion and friends go well together as birds of a feather flock together, therefore fashion is a fun game I play with myself but is best played on a team.

In this game, some days are good, some days are bad and some are great. With the help of others, dressing up to attend Fashion week is just that and fundamentally should be fun with a capital F.

Last week I committed a fashion faux pas and wore a normcore version of myself, ( I threw on these Harem cargo pantsand 100% hated it. In between shows, I hightailed it over to Anthom, a new under-the-radar shop in Chelsea carrying super cool designers, and fell in love with this skirt. Magically, I put it on, and turned into Cinderella. Thanks to my new buddies, I was able to peacock as originally planned.

full skirt

I’m wearing: Drifter T-shirt // Ksenia Schnaider pencil line camo circle skirt, get it at ShopAnthom // Ajelandro Ingelmo sandals // SANG A bag, get a similar one here or here // Thierry Lasry sunglasses

flippy skirt

white circle skirt

circle camo skirt

circle camp skirt

Flash tattoos // Ettika bracelet

Photos: Lydia Hudgens

circle camo skirt

and that’s a wrap for today!

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Ten Things I Learned and Loved from New York Fashion Week

The lights have gone down on New York Fashion Week, but fret not, the London shows are happening right now, then Milan and Paris. Before we indulge in that conversation, here is a rundown of the past week’s most entertaining happenings.

If you haven’t done so as of yet, head on over to Refinery 29, Style.com, and Vogue.com to see the industry’s coolest customers. You bet there are the street style darlings, those wanting to flaunt next-level silhouettes, styling tricks, and statement pieces that have been waiting for months to flaunt. And, if you think fashion week is  just an excuse to peacock…well, it is. NYFW is also a crazy 7 straight days of clothes, models, cabs and a whole lot of who wore what, which can be a lot to take in if you have a life outside of stalking the Internet for updates. Besides the major lack of sleep, I know I probably missed some good stuff.

Here are your SparkNotes to get ahead of the game come next Spring, and don’t worry, the final exam is the end of the week.

1. The hottest designer right now is DelPozo. Why? The woman who wears Delpozo has a certain attitude, and she recognizes and knows how to appreciate craftsmanship. Check . Check. Check out this belted mohair coat, right this way.

Del Pozo

2. The hair sweep at Coach. Check out the very cool dramatic side part. Tucked a lot of hair behind your ear and then clip it with a barrette. I am definitely going to try this at home.

Coach SS 2015

3. Consider the kiltie. This deeply abstruse term of fashion which sounds like it should describe a pedigree of a dog, refers to the serrated flap of leather used to protect the laces on traditional styles of men’s country shoes. Long favoured by golfers, picked up a few years ago by Church’s, and then adopted by Prada (men’s), the kiltie has suddenly gone from arcane to everywhere. It was deployed at Oscar de la Renta earlier at New York Fashion Week, and at Proenza Schouler, the kiltie is a word you should know.

Proenza Schouler

4. Ugly Shoes aren’t going anywhere. You know those Velcro-strapped sporty sandals beloved by outdoorsy dads across the globe. Like it or not, the “ugly shoe” trend will be sticking around for at least another year. I pick these big clumpy heels on Cornish pasty lace-ups from the JW Anderson in London as the season’s winner. Birkenstocks on steroids. Get on board.

JW Anderson

5. Belt everything. Ties, and belts in all different sizes and requests were all over the runways, I especially loved this yellow belted vest over at Creatures of The Wind.

Creatures of the Wind Spring 2015

6. iPhone shenanigans. Finding out that the Apple store on 14th Street welcomes us show goers who lost Mophies or wasted battery on Instagram and Hyperlink edits with wide, open arms. Apparently I wasn’t the only one that led that parade.

7. Designers continued on the road of putting out beautiful tailored sportswear with an edge instead of reinventing the wheel. See: Altuzarra, Jason Wu, Calvin Klein.

Altuzarra Spring Summer 2015

8. Wear blue. Whilst spring is traditionally a time for florals and pastels, dazzling blue was seen at 29 shows at NYFW. And not just blue but Aquamarine, and Scuba Blue. There is a yes movement towards the cooler and the softer side of the color spectrum. I will have some of that with Toasted Almond on top. See the look below from Dion Lee. 

Dion Lee Spring 2015

9. Forget the clothes, the models are the real stars of New York Fashion Week. Kendall Jenner, the new new IT 18-year old star walked DVF and Tommy Hilfilger this season. There’s no stopping this one.

Kendall Jenner

10. Flash TattoosYou can be a goddess too, without the commitment. Floppy hats, and wearable tech also prevailed. Love this one a la Rebecca Minkoff.

Rebecca Minkoff

 

Kendall Jenner

What are your favorite trends from #NYFW? Write in the comments below… more news to come…stay tuned!

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Here’s The Skinny

Yes, it’s today! Today, 9.9 is my birthday. But I won’t cry, even if I want to, because I have much to celebrate. Just take a look back for a minute.

My birthday used to fall on the first day of school, and that was always a drag. Nobody remembered it was my birthday except for the teachers who mentioned it during class and there was no instagram or snapchat or Facebook to prove its worth. When I had a 9 to 5 job, there was the traditional office party consisting of oversized saccharine-filled cupcakes with the requisite number of candles, and a few bottles of cheap wine. Quite festive, but it blew over quickly.

Fast forward a couple of years, and my birthday seems to always coincide with Fashion week, for sure fashion month. They city has so much energy and vibrancy that I don’t mind heading to the shows on my day. It’s a Virgo party across the board in the fashion industry with insanely organized, overly hyper Type A people on and off-the-catwalk that like to strut their stuff. Frankly, we are all in this together so I will never feel alone.

For what I wore the first day of NYFW, flats like I promised I would, and paired those comfortable shoes with a vintage skinny silk scarf from Chloé, and all white as a base coat. Because it was 90 degrees this week, that’s why and it’s still summer on my calendar.

So what’s the skinny? Skinny scarves! They are a thing. Trust.

Cheers!

skinny scarves

white jeans

Wearing: Alexander Wang T-shirt // Tess Giberson vest // Frame denim white jeans // Flatform Birks // Timo Weiland backpack // Celine sunnies

skinny scarf and white jeans

white jeans

skinny scarf and white jeans

white jeans

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Photos: Lydia Hudgens

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NYFW Day 2

This fashion week started off with a bang leading off with several shows across the calendar beginning at 9AM. My suggestion would be a blanket start at 10AM, but I don’t run nor own the Fashion Calendar, the CFDA does. Whether you were invited, crashing, or just planning to camp out in front of Lincoln Center for some street-style action, I will be churning out quick reviews of the season’s trends. Keep checking back throughout the week for coverage of the trends and deposit them in the comments section, and don’t forget to follow my ass on Twitter, Vine and Instagram where I will be updating regularly.

Ta ta..Happy Fashion Week!

At Kaelen, it was all feminine and flirty with loads of fringe flying out of the hems of skirts and jackets, leaving the audience gasping for more. The tension between masculine and feminine has long been a Kaelen preoccupation, and while she maintained many of her chic boxy shapes for Spring, there was a newfound sex appeal to them. One of my all-time favorites, I can’t wait to see what is up her sleeve for fall.

Kaelen Spring 2015

Kalelen Spring 2015

Over at the Piers at Degen, there was a different more relaxed vibe. Beach bums unite! Teva sandals with socks! Who can resist a big beach party? Vibrant colors ruled the show and even though the show was short and sweet, I was glad they served wine this season to start fashion week off on a savory note.

Degen Spring Summer 2015

Bohemian was the word of the day for BCBG Max Azria where the girls seem to float into these cool obi pastel belts around their waists to break up boxy-shaped flimsy, deep v dresses and tops, paired with culottes, in similarly pale shades. This silhouette was used throughout that set the ethereal agenda. Focusing on longer lengths and gossamer fabrics, Azria whipped up gauzy blouses and fluttery scarf-print frocks. California, here I come!

BCBG Max Azria

BCBG Max Azria SS 2015

I then headed over to the Jay Godfrey presentation where the sexy back ruled supreme. The weather was hot and sticky but the basement of the Hudson felt much more comfortable and the girls looked so chill with the live music playing the background.

Jay Godfrey Spring Summer 2015

Thoughts on these?

 

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New York Fashion Week Diary Day 1

It’s really happening. New York Fashion Week is here, September 4, 2014, as early as it has ever been in the history of fashion. I was barely off the beach when my closet was calling me to check on its status, the school bells starting ringing, and just like that here we are.

This season, like no other, I will be wearing flats and sensible shoes because they are a thing, and  even though I am wearing them below, they beat out stilettos ten to one on the comfort scale running from show to show. Taking cues from the recent Resort collections and my current state of mind, I will be wearing culottes, and floor-grazing skirts, sheer tops, and skinny scarves, and for an easy head-to-toe ensemble, a simple jumpsuit. What I won’t be wearing? A blanket coat.

Click on all hyperlinks below to buy the look. That’s it–Happy fashion month. Bye!

black jumpsuit

Wearing head to toe: Mango jumpsuit // Ray-Ban sunglasses // Jennifer Zeuner choker chain necklace // Zara fringe bag, get a similar one here // Givenchy sandals

black jumpsuit

black jumpsuit

black jumpsuit

fringe bag

Balenciaga rings // Henri Bendel bracelet // Gabriela Artigas cuff // nOir rings

 

 

Photos: Lydia Hudgens

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Labor Day Sales Are On!

Summer sales are to women what children are to their mothers: always on their mind when they’re around, but definitely anxiety-producing creatures. But before you know it, they’re gone with your money and your heart. And there you are left with only memories of what you could have, should have, didn’t do. Oh the joys of motherhood!

I only relate to this because now is the time my friends…time to scoop up all your favorite things at the end of the season sales before they slip away. Who you do you know that doesn’t LOVE a good sale? Especially a sale that will lead right onto Fall? Nobody.

Right now everyone from Old Navy to adidas, to Sephora and Birchbox, Tibi and J. Crew, are clearing out summer merchandise to make room for fall. Surprisingly, I am finding some great basics, and transitional pieces on sale. I found a few great jumpsuits that could easily work into fall layered with a denim or leather jacket, some amazing pieces from J. Crew, and a slew of denim and leather jackets on sale.

See below for my top pics for what I am craving right now.

Labor Day Sale3.1 Phillip Lim mint backpack// Frame Le Garcon jean // rag & bone Nancy top / Tibi skirt use code HELLOFALL // Kelly Wearstler paper code LABORDAY // Sephora liner summer sendoff sale // Old Navy flannel shirt // Pamela Love ring and cuff enter code WHITE // Marc by Marc Jacobs watch // Tibi mules and loafers enter code HELLOFALL and finally Vans  found on sale at J. Crew with 30% off purchase of $125 or more with code 24HOURS

Happy Shopping!

 

 

 

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Labor Day Getaway

There are a few details that contribute to my happiness regarding hitting the road and getting out-of-town. First and foremost, I am an irrational packer, taking way too many things. Packing for me is quite paralyzing because I am afraid of anything awry. Second to this, I hate living out of a suitcase. The thought of a mobile closet doesn’t sit well with me — chiefly because I like to have options, and wear what I feel like wearing, not what is directly in front of me.

This last quick summer getaway Labor Day weekend though, things will be different. As the final weekend before September comes way too soon, the constant shlepping, packing and unloading, is getting gruesomely tiring. It has taken me till the 24th hour of August to realize that it just doesn’t matter to anybody else what I am wearing except me.

Finally, whether you are heading to Palm Springs, Maine, or Montauk, enjoy the moments, savor the smells, and take it all in for whatever its worth. I have my predictions for what will be happening on the streets come September, so I’m just planning now on what I am going to wear in the coming weeks.

denim shorts

 

Photos: Michael Crook

denim shorts

Here’s what I am packing for the long weekend: a white T-shirt, a denim shirt to tie over my shoulders in case it gets cool, denim shorts for morning noon and night, wedge sandals, a pair of white sneakers, and a bikini. And a bag to pack it all in.

Shop the look here and don’t forget the click on the photo to head right to the website. Happy Friday!

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Print Scapade

This has been one of the best summers, mostly because of the sensational weather. But there is a nip in the air and it feels like Fall and back to school, are right around the corner.

With that in mind, its time to edit my closet and move aside the summery florals. Now is the time for punchier, wackier prints to take center stage. Geometrics, swirls, crazy python prints, and multicolored digital mashups vow to keep this Fall weather feeling decidedly upbeat.

I am normally not a print lover but I love the take on this dress, the green and blue python-inspired Champs-Élysées dress featured below by Cluny. I have a feeling that I will continue my love of flats going forward as well.

Cluny dress
python print dress
Cluny dress // Super Sunglasses // Marni sandals
python print dress
green and blue python dress
green and blue printed dress
Super Sunglasses
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Happy Monday!
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End of Summer Uniform

I went Fall shopping yesterday. It was a mini disaster, not because there wasn’t a huge selection of choices, but because I am not ready to indulge in mustard-colored sweatersdark florals, and other fall favorites quite yet. I am a summer girl at heart and am still relishing the late summer sun before the autumnal breezes start coming in.

With fashion week coming up and leisurely summer weekends ceasing, I decided this past weekend to really check things off my summer to-do list. Things like replacing white sheets and towels for fresh ones, sorting through that huge pile of mail, and deep apartment cleaning.

But before I bid summer adieu, here is what I will miss.

1. Climbing out of the freezing cold ocean.

2. Exercising and then eating those calories outdoors.

3. Editing my closet  down to a science. Just kidding.

This season, I put away my white jeans and instead opted for gauzy sheaths.  Maybe it’s because everybody wore white denim 24/7 and they felt so over and done, so I retired my 10 pairs to the back of my closet. Until this week when I started wearing them again.

If striped tops and baggy white jeans would have to be my go-to uniform for fall, I would be fine with that. The best part of summer is being able to grab your uniform, whether it’s a white T-shirt and shorts or a dress from the night before, then slipping your feet into the nearest pair of sandals and heading out the door for the next 12 hours. Like I always said, white jeans are a year-round staple, not just a summer fling.

white jeans

Wearing: Bec and Bridge cropped top // Paige Denim jeans // Topshop Fang sandals // Chanel vintage bag // Jeepers Peepers sunglasses

striped shirt

vintage Chanel bag

striped shirt and white jeans

white jeans

striped top

There is a chance to squeeze in two long, languid weeks left of summer if you stay true to the autumnal equinox so tell me, for the love of a sunny weekend on the horizon, what are you going to miss about summer? Chime in!

Happy Friday!

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Photos: Lydia Hudgens

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Code White

End of summer = code white. I have been wearing white as planned the entire month, enjoying these blissful long summer days and end-of-August evenings, pairing stripes, or denim digs into my look. I wish I could extend the season, but I haven’t cracked the code on how to stay in white dresses past September. If you find a way, please alert the media.

When putting on said white summer dresses, I feel like such a lady, so I always make sure there’s something boyish in my look. I felt the urge to pair my white dress with white sneakers to add a playful element. See how to achieve this below.

white dress

white dress

Zara dress // SUPER sunglasses // Harvey Faircloth clutch // Saint Laurent sneakers

white dress

white dress

white dress and striped bag

Accessories by Forma de Ser // Chan Luu // Charlotte Lebeck ring

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Photos: Lydia Hudgens

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