Designer to Watch: Julia Korol

It’s always a a thrill to be introduced to a the newest crop of young designers, but rare to find one with the hand of a true artist. A great designer informs the way you will want to dress. A great designer can make ripples in the fashion world. A good example is the select few that hail from Paris, namely Raf Simons who has a fixation with nature and flowers with his work for Dior. For spring 2014, with the aid of a canvas that could emerge from a fascination with nature and abstracted perspectives of water and forestry, flowers and fauna, Spring comes bursting at the seams. And to be able to own the magical touch of an elemental approach to prints and apply it to a unique use of fabrics, is truly a gift.

For me, the designer Julia Korol, based in London, who just showed her first collection in Paris last month — nourishes the intellect as well as delights the senses. Julia’s prints are truly expressive, and they come at you with the brilliant combination of natural colors, organic motifs, and nature’s repetitions. Each composition is conceived as a work of art. The designs are a compilation of macro photographs and hand-drawn patterns reflected through the intricate mirror of a kaleidoscope. As you can see from these photos on a studio visit, she incorporates fabrics like neoprene, chiffon and satin that drape the body so beautifully. Check out the looks below.

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Julia Korol

Julia Korol

Julia Korol

Julia Korol

Strong silhouettes take these dresses to the next level, and reign supreme.

Julia Korol

Flip through these pics after the jump – you won’t be disappointed. These clothes just speak to me. What do you think? Weigh in!

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Cheap Thrills

With trends moving in and out faster than you can say “overalls,” it’s important to look inside your closet to ensure your main staples still have prime real estate. As the numerous threads of fashion continue to spin faster and faster by the minute on their looms, we as consumers are absorbed into their vernacular, and wear the result of several minds put together to realize a trend. And then it dies.

It’s when terms like ”shopping spree” and “guilt-free” don’t always go hand in hand, when the stars align and this affordable opportunity appears. I will only then happily indulge in a little retail therapy. And, this season, there is plenty out there that is easy on the eyes and the wallet.

Cue the looks down below. I have paired a camouflage tank top with a pair of slouchy black vegan jogging pants, a pair of Proenza Schouler pumps scored on Yoox,(frankly any high heels will do here) with an ivory wrap, preparing for the late afternoon chill. This look is primed for any occasion, be it a November snow flurry, an afternoon stroll, or a holiday party. Just don’t forget that holiday pedicure ladies!

Camouflage top and black slouchy pleather pant

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river island sleeveless high neck top, get a similar one here or here // silence + noise vegan leather jogging pant // proenza schoular sandals // theory sweatshirt

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Want to rock the trend but not sure how to wear camouflage? Here are my thoughts:

  • If you have a camo pant/legging – think of black, deep navy, chambray, white, light gray, or light pink tops to pair with them. A pink or white softens the ‘tough’ of the camouflage.
  • If you have a camo jacket, keep the rest of your look neutral underneath.  That’s a lot of print you are wearing already.
  • Use camo as a ‘pop’ in a tank under a sweater or jacket or on your feet with a fun pair of flats.  I’ve worn my camouflage flats with jeans and black skinny pants. Maybe I should pair them with white jeans or winter white cords. A camouflage scarf would be a fun way to dip your toe in the trend also.

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photos: Lydia Hudgens

Proenza Schouler sandals

Would you wear camouflage? Do tell. Happy Saturday!

Shop the look here.

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The Ultimate Score

Since the tender age of 5, I was told by my parents never to shop retail. The philosophy was simple. Why would they spend full price on an item for me when Marshall’s, the eponymous discount department store, offered the same designer dud for fractions less? Duh. Moving forward, through my teenage years and when I worked a 9-5 job, I used this knowledge to my advantage, shopping at sample sales when they came around twice a year for great pieces to add to my everyday wardrobe. Still today, way into my adult years, I still love a bargain, finding unlimited treasures at Century 21, dare I say Kohl’s (for workout gear), sample sales, big designer collaborations with department stores, and even better on the world-wide web, on Yoox.com.

The thing about discount shopping is, the urge to buy comes on suddenly– at %70 off how can it not be worth it– and you think to yourself how you can incorporate said item into your wardrobe. If the answer is a blatant no, don’t buy it. And that is precisely where to draw the line. I can recount numerous times where I’ve returned home from maaajor, in the Rachel Zoe fashion, shopping sprees only to realize I wouldn’t dare wear half the things I bought. What I did learn was to buy the things that have staying power. Pieces that matter. Mainly names with vowels at the end of the word. Gucci. Prada. Bottega Veneta. Baleneciaga. Marni. Chloé. Chanel. Well, Chanel is Chanel. You get the point. Even if they are expensive, well-made, hand-crafted bespoke shoes and bags will always be a good investment. It’s a rare moment when I whip out my first ever vintage Chanel bag that I bought in Paris on my semester abroad, and think, now why did I buy this for $349857843752908?

But, after yesterday’s Isabel Marant x HM haul, who is spending money? For those of you who missed the sale, this is for you. If I had seen this email from Nasty Gal just a day earlier that vintage Chanel would go live on their site at a steal maybe I wouldn’t have made the trek to Jersey just for Marant. Hard to say. This sale, aka the best collection of vintage Chanel to ever exist on this here planet earth, is happening right here right now. Investment people, investment.

Vintage Chanel

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Just click for yourself and see.

As of press time, most of the great vintage bags are flying out the invisible shelves of the site, but if you’re hunting for bargain, the time is now.

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Here’s a sampling of what you might find. Happy Shopping!

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Luxe Velvet

Okay, I’ll admit it. I barely use lipstick on an everyday basis, let alone don a luxury bag. You can usually find me in all types of denim on any given day. This holiday season, try stepping out of the proverbial box by adding a dose of shine to your life. In the same way as throwing on a smashing pair of earrings brings out the pop on your face, one of these luxurious black bags below would work as the perfect accessory for an evening out or to pair with jeans. I grabbed my favorite velvet bag yesterday and got so many compliments on it.

My favorite is the House of Harlow down below — for only $195, you can’t go wrong. Or… that Asos bag for $35???

Dressed up or down, these plush styles lend a festive touch to your winter wardrobe.

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Alexander McQueen The Edge Fold Evening Clutch 

Christian Louboutin Velvet Miss Loubi Clutch

B Brian Atwood bag

Opening Ceremony OC bag

House of Harlow 1960 bag

Nasty Gal Slink Velvet clutch

Asos cross body bag

Georgio Armani Bow Velvet Clutch

Dries Van Noten stamped velvet clutch

Remember Thanksgiving and Hanukkah are around the corner!

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The Countdown is On

In T minus one day, H&M’s highly anticipated Isabel Marant collaboration will drop and after months of waiting, I will be that girl on the queue at 7am on Thursday. With that cup of joe. The biggest question is will the clothes be as cool as the campaign images, or will the designer’s slouchy French aesthetic not translate at all? And really, does it even matter? I am still eager to see this collection, as is the 34th street H&M location as of this morning.

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The beauty of this launch is that it is launching e-commerce as well as in-store which is pretty exciting news. If the weather Thursday morning is anything like today’s, then I’m game to stay inside in my pajamas and shop from home. I may want to check out the brick and mortar version to really get a sense of how the collection looks and feels.

Here’s my hit list.

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I’m taking orders for anyone who speaks up quickly, hitting one of the outer borough locations, as there is a limit of four items per customer.

I’m pining for those boots and that grey coat. What about you? Hashtag #doit.

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Sporting a Fever

In the name of trying to save money for what may be a very costly month as Hannukah draws near, I have turned into a closet shopper. To define it more clearly, a closet shopper is one that might hunt for online sales done surreptitiously in a dark closet, where nobody could be found. Rather, I am shopping in my own proper closet. This doesn’t deflect on the fact that I had to recently purchase not one, but two steel rolling racks to accommodate all the new stuff that just keeps piling in. I don’t like the way the racks look in my bedroom– they look so utilitarian, and I’m just sick of buying stuff. Because my wares are now visible, I’m forced to examine each and every garment, organize them by color, and wear what I own, forcing a renaissance onto each said piece.

My husband says I must be sporting a fever, as he’s never seen me refrain like this. Then again, I might have the chicken pox, as I’ve been feeling a bit woozy after having found the spots on my body I was hunting for last week.

Speaking of spots, can a leopard really change theirs? Can one really change their habits?

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pierre balmain leopard jacket // alice & olivia maxi dress // asos cross body bag // schutz booties

Leopard spots

In today’s installment, I wore last spring’s maxi dress, paired it with this grey clutch that I bought on sale last year at 70% off at The Outnet, Schutz booties and this leopard jacket on major sale at Blue and Cream, one of my favorite shops. Now that it is a bit chilly out, I would wear a long sleeve maxi dress and pair it with a pair of moto booties.

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‘Tis the season to start showing some leg a la Angelina Jolie.

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Are you with me?

Photos: Jim D’Angelo 

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On the Wild Side

I love animal prints as much as the next “80’s Jersey Girl”, but over the past few seasons, my love for the animal motif — which includes, zebra, leopard, fawn, and Dalmatian prints, all of which I have once admired, had expired. Although I might have been over-thinking a trend, I ran away from the jungle, and retired the items in my closet. But suddenly this Fall, I seem to have found a new-found attraction to leopard, and I’m not alone.

Maybe it was the sheer staggering number of designers—including DKNYDiane von Furstenbergand Giambattista Valli—that put a cool, modern stamp on the wild motif.

Leopard print fall 2013

kate spade // DKNY // elie tahari 

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Maybe it was the photo of Sienna Miller looking so f*cking rad in her coat that made me want to go out and get a leopard coat ASAP.

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Maybe it was the recent post I did on the current combination of black and white graphics with animal print that made me go wild.

Maybe it was the fact that the spots are oversized, a bit hipper and cooler than in seasons past, and in hybrids that seem so fresh? I don’t know, but I’m ready to let the leopards back in to my life now for sure and after purchasing a pair of loafers, and a envelope clutch, they are like the LBD, but not.

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And finally, tell me this –what’s the Fashion Hunter if not wearing animal prints?
The only rule I follow is one animal print at a time… like all fine things… a little bit goes a long way.

Cull my selection below– click the arrow on the right and it will take you to over 30 items that are just right for now. Wear them on a weekend, to work, or to bed.

 

Tell me… Do you wear the spots?
Coming tomorrow on the blog, I will be wearing mine…Stay tuned!

Happy Friday! xx

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Dipped in Blue

Baby, its cold outside, and whether you like it or not, you’re body has to stay warm to shield us from the elements. Here’s the thing. As soon as the clocks Fall back, we have no choice but to cloak our bodies from now until March. A thin-blooded animal like me is literally freezing 24/7 so I am inclined to wear the most layers possible when outside, and then strip if necessary.

So I was excited to hear when fur, decadent colored fur, made such a strong statement on the Fall ’13 runways. Striped, dyed, embossed, and manipulated, the sheer amount of real animal fur I saw for this fall was more overwhelming than I can remember from seasons past. Look at Marni and Tom Ford. How about this Fendi charm? Or the bag ? I was game. Even better?  Whether real or faux, fur made their way onto a range of coats, dresses, tops, and accessories. Forget the usual black and brown hues. A startling 70% of the designers who showed during fashion month used fur in at least one look, and fashion insiders, hello Anna Wintour, embrace the trend.

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Fendi fall 2013

Sugar it’s not, spicy it is. Apparently, I have developed an attitude problem.

Timo Weiland Fall 2013

 timo weiland fur vest // vince top // j brand faux leather pants // zara loafers, get a similar pair here // super retrofuture sunglasses

Time Weiland Fall 2013

Time Weiland Fall 2013

Time Weiland Fall 2013

Will you embrace this trend? Yes? No? Okay, bye. Here you go.

Time Weiland Fall 2013

photos: Lydia Hudgens

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While You Were Sleeping

Happy Monday morning! Are you exhausted right now reaching for that third cup of coffee? Blame it on Daylight Savings Time, yup DST. Great if you’re an early riser, terrible when you leave your office and it’s pitch black. But while DST might be a legit excuse to “lose” an hour of sleep, it’s really not going to fly any other of the 364 nights of the year. It’s been proven by experts in the sleep field to find out there are negative consequences of not getting enough shut-eye.

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I’ve never been a champion sleeper. My sleep is fitful at best, and at least once a week I stare at the ceiling for a few hours, wondering desperately if the sandman has stood me up completely.

I know I am not alone. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 60 percent of Americans experience sleep problems almost every night—so many of us that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has declared insufficient shut-eye a public health epidemic. Chronic sleep deprivation, defined as getting fewer than six hours a night, has been linked to major problems. Our time between the sheets is when our cells divide and repair, memories are consolidated, and growth hormones are released.

Here are some reasons why you need to get the minimum of eight hours of shut-eye.

1. In the short-term, our metabolism slows, resulting in weight gain. The risk of depression and anxiety is higher. Short term memory is decreased. Poor performance on completing complex tasks. That means work, folks. Our immune function decreases, more chances to get sick. So when you are feeling bummed out that it’s cold and dark outside, go to sleep.

2. In the long-term, there is a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, and mortality rates. We want to live long right?

3. Our skin doesn’t have the time to repair, resulting in an increase in fine lines and discolorations, acne, weaker collagen, and enlarged pores. The concept of ‘getting your beauty sleep’ thing is really true,” says Chanel consulting dermatologist Amy Wechsler, MD. “Beta-endorphins and growth hormones are at their highest levels. You want to bathe your skin in as much of those good, healing molecules as possible.”

Get your Antioxidant on.

4. Get outside during the day. Sit in the sun for just 10 minutes every day. Even if you just run to the corner to get a kale salad, get out of your cubicle.

5. Pajamas are super hot right now, to wear in bed and out. So why not save yourself time and energy, sleep in your pj’s and you won’t have to worry about getting dressed in the morning. Alexander Wang showed the ultimate button-downs unbuttoned up-to-there over boxers, duh.

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Alexander Wang SS 14 

6. Coffee is the liquid drug equivalent of choice for most sleep-deprived human beings. There are plenty of health benefits, reduces the risk of early Alzheimer’s disease and certain cancers, and its an addictive elixir to boot. I love the smell and atmosphere that coffee brings to my kitchen every morning.

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6. Establish a routine. Go to bed at a normal hour during the week. And a good pillow doesn’t hurt.

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So, we’re left to embrace these ch ch cha cha..changes, David Bowie,

Turn off those electronic devices (That is actually working, BTW) Keep your room dark. Get an eye mask, it helps. And load up on pajamas, a sleep mask, Bach remedy night spray, sockssocks for your arms, and dream on. I just did.

Here you go:

 

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In the City That Never Sleeps

Today on the Fashion Hunter, I want to share some good news with you. First of all, I was featured this week in Bond Magazine  as a style consultant, fashion lover, stylist, and blogger alongside Christine Cameron of My Style Pill on tips of the trade, our favorite shops, and the rules us fashionistas live by.

New Yorkers and fashion are a breed upon themselves, and even when it’s not time to ring in the fashion parade that is Fashion Week, we have our excuses to wear our sunglasses, blow dry our hair, and bare our legs in such well-dressed soigné New York sartorial panache.

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tom ford sunglasses // voguec graphic sweater and leather sleeve jacket // j. crew cigarette pant // joie loafers // clare vivier clutch

See the article here:

How to Dress Like a New Yorker

The truth is though, we are all not immaculate giraffes and that’s not how we dress everyday (see recent New York Times article on Dressing Down). Although Manhattanites are a stylish lot, it is hard on any given day to find the cloths that stand out on the grey streets of the metropolis and that’s where the second part of this post comes in.
I know you know that I like to poke fun at fashion all while being a shrewd judge on what silhouette works on who, dissecting the trends, and showing you by the clothes I wear.

Next week, with the help of Closet Dash, a re-fashioning, resale business, ERA (Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator), and my good friend Susan Sandler, founder and President of PopUp Summer, I will be speaking on the topic “How to monetize and market your blog.” Blogging can be a lonely gig–mainly solo on your laptop, but here’s a chance to mingle with your favorite bloggers, and people just interested in learning about the business.

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Here are the details for the event.. come say hi. Hope you can make it!

ClosetDash is hosting another teach-in series for serious fashion bloggers on how to turn your blog into a business!

Mixing Business With Blogging

When: November 5, 2013
Time: 6-8pm
Where: 214 W 29th St, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10001

Join us for this EXCLUSIVE BY INVITE ONLY event where you will learn priceless

tips on how to monetize your blog while networking with your fellow bloggers!

RSVP HERE

The thing is shopping is fun, and its what I love. While I am normally dressed in my uniform, I have the willingness to wear a bright yellow coat, a wide-brimmed fedora, or just a simple white sheath. Here I am so taken by the likes of this graphic sweater, in enormously large checks, white pants, leopard loafers, and clutch.
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That’s what the Fashion Hunter is all about.
And last but never least, Happy Friday! See you after the jump… next Tuesday.
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