Abiding by rules can be limiting, whether at school or at your job, yet with the restrictions come a sense of cohesiveness in our lives. Without those rules, most of us would be lost. The same does not apply to fashion rules which can equate to a pedestrian sartorial existence. Whether you feel obligated to store away your whites after Labor Day or believe you should only wear a gown with heels, put away those thoughts for a minute. Thankfully it only takes a little moxie to veer from convention to original, and if so inclined, to move towards an unorthodox way of thinking.
There are just so many ways to wear a simple shirt and a pair of pants but I find it so normore to wear what everybody else is wearing. Yes, I follow the trends, but I try to do so keeping true to myself. As I learned yesterday in the dressing room of life, not everybody can look fab in a maxi dress.
Fashion is also an art, meant to have trials and errors. I tested the untrodden waters of wearing a bralet over an old vintage shirt. I am still on the fence whether I liked it or not, but it empowered me to break some long-adhered-to fashion rules. My goal was to emulate the runway of the Dries Van Noten show, where life is a breezy fairy-tale aura, as if from some faraway time or place. But life isn’t a runway, and sometimes, the looks do or don’t translate on the streets.
In spite of the warmly welcome three days of strange spring-like heat we’ve been lucky enough to endure, the Weather Channel informed me that it is supposed to rain and snow this weekend. Yes, you will have to replace your blazers and leather jackets with heavier coats, sweaters and turtlenecks. Until then, let’s revel in this Spring-like weather and wear nothing but a bra outdoors.
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Photos: Lydia Hudgens
Fashion has a way of weaving itself into one’s life dictated by something as simple as our daily rituals. Brands are getting in on the action, creating content in the form of short videos as part of their seasonal advertising campaigns. Some brands are pushing the boundaries with novel narrative content, like Miu Miu and Alexander Wang using big budget directors. Looking at the current crop of fashion films, evidently Chanel’s “The Colours” got it right.
This morning, as I was reading BoF, a daily must-read, I thought this tidbit of information was fascinating. Black was primarily worn by servants and those in mourning until Chanel made the shade synonymous with elegance and used it to reveal “a women’s radiance”?
This fact is amongst other pearls of wisdom revealed in “The Colours” by Chanel, which, in three minutes, explains the history of each of Chanel’s iconic shades. Educational, yet fun and easy to absorb, the short clip is part of a chapter of the hugely popular “Inside Chanel” series, consisting of 12 original films that recount Coco Chanel’s life and the history of the house she founded.
If I had to live by one code, it would be the Chanel code. I live by these emblematic colors as evident in my wardrobe. Black. White. Beige. Gold. Red.
The short film below explains the five emblematic colors behind the storied house. It’s time to revamp my closet. Yet again. Watch.
I might as well face it, I’m addicted to my iPhone. Although I try to let go, the constant stream of information is my digital security blanket. It lights up in the palm of my hand, gives me notifications and likes!, and takes on a life as its own. Why can’t I, you, we, collective us, let go and just say no?
To be transparent, I’m trying hard to wean myself off this habit, and unplug. Anytime I find myself in a quiet moment, I find it almost impossible not to check my screen. Lately though, I have been putting it face down on a table when I am sitting with somebody, in an effort to resemble an engaged human being.
I don’t need to ask whether it rings true for anybody else. Just look at yourself and around you. We are all in a collective daze as we pass each other by.
Similar to the days of sneaking notes blatantly in class, no one seems to adhere to the rules. But if it really is having a legitimate effect on our relationships that matter, maybe it’s time to flush our phones down the proverbial toilet in the presence of friends, business partners, and loved ones who we’d like to stick around.
This weekend, I am going to try an experiment, to use my phone as little as possible. When I come up for air on Monday, I will let you know the blow-by-blow results.
How will I be able to control myself when e-commerce site Moda Operandi will be selling an 18-karat gold iPhone 6, on sale this Thursday, that is sure to be the perfect chichi gadget of the year. Ee Gads!
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Photos: Lydia Hudgens
Did this morning’s alarm clock hit you on the head like a hedge hammer? Check. Me too. It is very hard to adjust back to getting up at 7am, pumped and ready for the daily grind when the thermometer hits 40 degrees as a high, to first start thinking about getting dressed. What? I know what will go into my Matcha Tea smoothie, but can’t figure out what to wear. You with me?
I would so love to constantly be inspired by my wardrobe angel and have the garments in my closet come to me and figure it all out for themselves. But where’s the creativity in that? Getting dressed can be such a drag and sometimes you just want to throw in the proverbial towel and call it quits on this thing called fashion.
Everybody has a different lifestyle, places to go that demand different protocol. But if you practice at pulling things together, it can become clearer how to work your wardrobe to its maximum potential.
Here’s a first stab at how to dress this week tapping into fall’s trend for wide leg pants and monochrome dressing. Bright cobalt blue is on the color wheel for Fall, and I didn’t think I could pull it off especially by infusing an unlikely white to balance it out. And that wall? Swear it wasn’t planned.
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Photos: Lydia Hudgens
Just a quick reminder that it’s sale time on one of my favorite sites, SHOPBOP. Whether you’ve been holding out on your favorite basics for the upcoming winter season or lusting over a new bag for the past few months, there’s really no better time to pull the trigger than sale time at 25% off site-wide. Personally, I spend most of my time perusing through the site for good basics like striped tees and pajamas. And let’s be honest, I’m always looking for more stuff and my wish list is never-ending… here are just a few of my favorite picks! CHANEL CC bucket bag // AUDEN earrings // DANNIJO sami ear cuff // ALEJANDRA J sandals // ELIZABETH AND JAMES ring // T By ALEXANDER WANG // TORY BURCH leather belt bag // DITA VON TEESE sunglasses // PAULA BIANCO wrap scarf // KATE SPADE blue embossed croc watch// SALVATORE FERRAGAMO slip-ons
Fall is here and although this morning’s high of 50 degrees is as chilly as I want it to ever be, consider what is on the horizon. Old Man Winter. Ba humbug. Overall, it’s no fun to look at Fall without seeing a silver lining, which is in this case, how to start your wardrobe off with good basics and layer everything you own on top.
What does this mean? Pull those white shirts and denim jeans in the forefront of your closet where they will serve as a reminder that maybe they need a refresher course. Perfect timing because right now, what I refer to as the BASICS, crisp white shirts, turtlenecks, denim of all types, and outerwear is on sale right now through Columbus Day. Natch.
Ready to raid your closet?
First, identify your favorite jeans and put them on. Make sure they fit and flatter. Next, put on that white crisp shirt. Let it loose. Put on heels and a mini cross body clutch. Put a necklace on. Layer a sweater over the white shirt, a scarf over that, and consider a hat and an oversized coat.
And what a better way to celebrate the good times than a day off? You tell me.
Click below to get your basics on during the Columbus Day salesssss!
Here’s the scoop:
There you have it: now go enjoy!
Photos: Lydia Hudgens
Refreshingly down-to-earth or absolutely out of this world, however you take it, Fall is about warming up to new ways to wear last season’s must-haves, and updating with cozy knits, pops of color, slip dresses, and back to the 70′s fringe! Then Normcore was born. And here we are.
Here is my hit list of the most wanted trends. Choose wisely.
Deciding to wear a single color from head to toe takes commitment and a dash of daring. There is a reason most women seeking monochromatic outfits immediately gravitate towards an all-black ensemble. The color black does not make mistakes,” said Caroline de Maigret, model and muse, and author of “How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are,” a guide to French secrets, which she wrote with three friends. While it’s no secret that inky tones never go out of fashion, her advice — and there are some gems in the book — is a reminder that when in doubt, go back to black.
As a fair-skinned, golden blonde girl, an all-black look can definitely overwhelm my face, not to mention my small frame. Always testing new waters, I decided to try navy with black accessories instead. The blue hue often gets overlooked, but navy is a fresh alternative to harsh black. Plus, the shade is completely classic, and paired with black, it’s the subtle contrast that makes the navy stand out. I am also open to scarves in hues of blue like teal!, and gold accessories that enhance my hair color.
The look, relaxed but put together, is quirkier than your office-appropriate work wear, but polished enough for an unexpected encounter with the boss. Here are my looks to help you pull off a head-to-toe dark look.
Photos: Jeff Thibodeau
Transitions are always tough. I can tell you first hand that moving from place to place is hard at first and then quite rewarding. Switching one’s eating habits from caffeinated beverages and sugary confections, to eating raw, healthy, clean food can be quite a challenge. Transitional weather can also be a bitch. On this unofficial 15th day of in-between seasonal panic of not fall, but isn’t summer either, what are you/we to wear? A T-shirt and sandals, or a sweater and socks?
Street style looks from Paris definitely help out in this instance, but I try to rely on my gut instincts. I like to cover my legs keeping them warm, but also allow for you to continue to show off your how nice your toes look when your feet are still vaguely bronzed and pedicured. Here I am working the downtown chic angle on this season’s tomboy-cool overall trend, with this slouchy pair of black overalls, coated with a glossy finish, and sandals.
So, what do you wear during this transitional time?
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Photos: Lydia Hudgens
Its another…designer SALE! This time from my favorite online purveyor Shopbop. Click below on the arrows on the right hand side of the photos to see my favorite pics. ON SALE. NOW. GO! Or head to the site here and pick out boots, and all fall styles on sale before they are gone, Happy hump day!
I am enamored by everything that is Dries Van Noten. The sheer beauty of Van Noten’s Spring collection from Paris, lies in a lush woodland setting with all the models languishing on the mossy carpet as if you are witnessing a magical fairy-tale. Inspired by John Everett Millais’ Ophelia, the Pre-Raphaelite image that launched a million hippie fantasies, Van Noten re-created this surreal mood with lighting and a mossy forest floor.
The future over at Dries Van Noten looks light and bright, with sheer light fabrics, deep and muted colors contrasted with the organza silks and sequined t-shirts. I love the way masculine elements are weaved into Van Noten’s womenswear – the collection is truly a stylist’s dream.
A throwback to a Woodstock era, I can just hear the sounds of birds, the girls walked peacefully down the catwalk, laying down across the floor making us think of a painting of young girls in a field of flowers.
After this beautiful summer-like weather weekend who wants to go back to work? You can thank Monday for sending us back to the grind. Hard to adjust, I know.
How about I cheer you up with a go-to Fall outfit perfect for the here and now that won’t leave you broke. Why? Besides the excitement of fall finally being in the air, there are some incredible site-wide sales going on right now.
The benefits of this sale is that it is at the beginning of the season, not the end, so you can wear what’s hot, what’s new right now. If you feel the itch to bite the gold-plated bullet, do it now before those leaves change colors to full price.
BTW, did anybody use the iPhone 6 yet? It seems that it might be larger than the accessory it fits into, but I will be testing out that notion over here in the next week or so when mine arrives.
Click down below for one of my favorite looks for the here and now.
Madewell cropped pullover
Rebecca Taylor lace skirt
Eric Javits grosgrain hat
Alexander Wang messenger bag
Marc by Marc Jacobs watch
Alexander Wang ankle boot
Hurry! Here are the links to the sale items ending today.
Madewell Extra 30% off ALL SALE STYLES. USE CODE PINCHME
Rebecca Taylor: Up to $100 off with CODE RTSPEND14
Banana Republic 30% off with CODE BRTAKE30
After happily spending many languid summer days either barefoot on the beach or in the Birkenstock du jour, Fall came crashing in and ruined it. A harsh reminder that fall gets chilly, duh, and closed-toe options are the only way to go, I felt obligated to check in on my shoes and see how they are doing hidden away in their shoe boxes. The dilemma? As you know, Fall is a seasonal transition , ugly flats abound, and as I am now used to flats, going for broke and pulling a Carrie Bradshaw moment might not be the ticket this time around.
But as luck has it, at press time, they are almost sold-out everywhere. Except a few left here.
This season will be different. I just might decide to do the Birkenstock clog either in the standard style or the shearling-lined version. This way I am comfortable without breaking the bank, without contemplating anything and without the guilt. At least I won’t have any cuts, scrapes, Band-Aids, or pain to contend with on a weekly basis.
Carrie, are you with me? The jury is out.
Manolo Blahnik leopard-print sandals.
Photo, taken last Fashion Week by Lydia Hudgens
Ah, Autumn. I can almost sense the season up on us. Fall is the only time worth taking in oxygen in Manhattan as the autumnal equinox washes away the sticky remnants of summer and brings the crisp air in for a well-needed sense of renewal. And as of tonight at 10:29 PM, like it or not, it will be official.
What do I love about Fall? I love watching the leaves change color, football season, longer nights, the smells of burning logs, and a cup of hot coffee. In the Fall season, I, like countless other women I know, make sweeping vows to ourselves with the promises of new beginnings. Like New Year’s Resolutions though, these promises are meant to be broken.
This year, as the temperatures begin to cool and we begin to hibernate in our homes, and Zara on every corner is fully stocked with cable sweaters, boots and scarves, I am inspired to create my own far-fetched resolutions which most-likely be broken by the end of October. Starting with my wardrobe because that is currently in the chaotic state of getting a well-needed overhaul.
Here are my top five resolutions right now.
1. I will update my closet, but I vow to not just walk into a shop and buy whatever I love without thinking about said item. Do I really need it? I know pastels are having a moment! Will I wear it more than 10 times? I vow to remember what in currently in my closet, have a a list handy, and no repeating the same thing as last year.
3. I do need exercise clothes because I wear them 4 times a week to keep my body in shape, and if I didn’t change them often, I would smell. Really bad.
4. I vow to get at least 10 minutes of unfiltered sunshine for a daily dose of Vitamin A, not in the form of a little yellow pill, but that huge yellow glowing ball we call the sun.
5. I will drink at least one cup of coffee per day because I like the way it tastes and its more than just black water. Among the many health benefits, coffee helps me feel less tired, it increases my energy level, burns fat, increases my libido (not sure if that is true), and may protect me down the road from Alzheimer’s disease. It’s a win-win.
Frankly, on those cold fall mornings I find it hard to get out of bed, just like this AM, raring to go. Even worse, I can’t even get to my kitchen without several layers cloaking my body. But getting back to those boots. Let’s hear it for Fall.
Purging the closet? Who doesn’t like starting fresh!
What do you love about Fall? Tell me in the comments section. I want to know.
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Photos: Jeff Thibodeau
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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 brogues, when 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 pants) and 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.
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
Photos: Lydia Hudgens
and that’s a wrap for today!
Don’t forget you can buy the look here: just click on the photos below.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What are your favorite trends from #NYFW? Write in the comments below… more news to come…stay tuned!
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.
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Photos: Lydia Hudgens
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.
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.
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!
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.
Thoughts on these?
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!
Photos: Lydia Hudgens
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.
3.1 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.