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Date Night Outfit Inspiration

Have a hot date this weekend but can’t figure out how to look cute given the chilly temps outside? Problem understood. With that dating quagmire in mind, there lies a solution. The coat is the conversation piece, topping off the perfect cold weather evening ensemble underneath.

What inspires me on a night out is not so called investment pieces: my belted camel coat, or my oversized grey blanket coat, but a sexy fun piece that stands out in a crowd of basic. Did you ever think to wear a bubble gum pink coat? Whether headed out to dinner, an after-work party, (’tis the season folks) or a night out in the casinos, the evening calls for style and glamour. Full-length dresses are elegant, but too restricting and formal, and just too skimpy is inappropriate. Although it may not be exactly Las Vegas to where I would head, picking something that is elegant as well as comfortable is essential. I haven’t visited a casino in a long time, but fashion, like roulette is always a gamble. If I ever want to learn about roulette, I can here, but I do know that personal style takes nothing but practice, practice, practice.

With just ten pieces, here is how you marry the perfect cold-weather evening ensemble that fuses function with fashion, keeping you warm and just the right amount of sexy for a night out on the town.

Happy Friday!

what to wear on a date night

To shop the looks, just click the links below, or hit the pictures and go straight to the website.

DKNY baby-pink shearling coat // Saint Laurent lace-up boots / cashmere socks // Topshop Unique embellished cotton shirt // David Koma edgy pencil skirt // Acne blanket scarf // embellished sweater // CA & Lou arrow bracelet // a shot of pink on the lips and cheeks, I like this all-in-one lipstick that doubles as a blush from Stila, and to top it off, a monogrammed velvet clutch by the boss Saint Laurent 

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Alpha Chicks

What decade could you get away with wearing baggy MC Hammer pants one day and skin-tight leather ones the next? How about Members Only jackets, leg warmers and larger-than-life shoulder pads? You guessed it, The Aughts. Making a slight comeback on the scene for Spring, the no-no notorious 80′s seen at Balmain (hello stretch mini skirt), Dior, and Victoria Beckham for starters, the power suit is Spring’s big player. Landing on a laptop or boardroom near you, start taking some notes. See Balmain and Mary Katrantzou below.

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On the one hand, I would love to see Flashdance sweatshirts on everybody’s back. On second thought, no I wouldn’t. There really isn’t anything about apricot bows or miniskirts that have redeeming qualities. Madonna, I still love you. I would so much rather wear baggy jeans and flannel emulating a Dries Von Noten girl than a cut-out structured Thierry Mugler boardroom bitch. Why on earth did we want to make our shoulders look bigger? I can’t quite remember. Maybe it had something to do with woman’s lib and the assertion of power that women were beginning to have in the work place? Rank speculation. Whatever the reason, we wore shoulder pads often and we did so with pride.

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Without passing any judgements, girls if you liked the 80′s power suits, you’re in luck. I found a scaled down version from DKNY in a 2013 version, that you can pair with shorts, a skirt, or jeans. Let’s build a wardrobe around this blazer because you know how much I love blazers, right? Speaking of suiting, the fall collections had a wide-raging vibe of options from feminine numbers to androgyny so these are worthy investments FTW. Pumps of the highest order come to attention. Peruse below.

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Collage by Carina Gupta

Stripes are back are Tibi has this winning shirt. Boy. By Band of Outsiders color-block leather skirt, Burberry Prorsum red satin shoe.  Bright pink Jimmy Choo tube clutch, DKNY blazer, Loeffler Randall Pumps. And for the daring and willing, Topshop cropped top, DKNY stretch tuxedo shorts, and Miu Miu glitter High Top kicks.

 

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In the Pink

Perfectly timed to Valentine’s Day, anything you pluck from the photos down below would be perfect for a date. There were a number of Fall ’13 collections that came full of  sweet surprises. Sugary sweet cotton candy giveaways? I wish, as I am craving everything sugary just about now. How about shocking pink! The runways were mainly filled with blacks, whites, and not much in-between, perfect for the urbanite, but I can appreciate a bold pop of color. And some supersweet details abound — think heart-shaped sleeve cutouts at Honor, gold bullion embroidered ball gowns at Oscar de la Renta, pink suiting at Diane Von Furstenburg, and a simple statement dress at DKNY. These designers provided the girlie-girl with a more mod way to dress. Not into the full-blown pink lady? How about them Tabitha Simmons bright orange slash pink patent leather flats down below. I’m all in.

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All photos: Vogue.com

Happy Valentine’s Day! xxoo

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Denim on Denim

A far cry from the days of the Canadian Tuxedo, otherwise known as the “denim sandwich,” today’s denim-on-denim trend defines the meaning of casual chic. For Resort 2013, designers created plenty of interesting inspiring denim on denim looks that are not only trend-driven but totally wearable. So my denim jorts post came in handy, right?  The trick is in the mix, my friends. Pairing light washes with darker shades make the look ultra-ultra everything. Denim is clearly having a moment. And although you may not be able to wear those ripped cut-off shorts to work, hello, it is the fabric of our generation. From Derek Lam to Givenchy we go:

I started to wonder if I could embrace this trend right now, what would I wear? For one, I have plenty of denim in my wardrobe right now ranging from light to dark, snug to roomy i.e:  lots of ingredients to work with. See the collage below as a reference for your own tapestry on just some of the fashion hunter’s ideas on how to make your own denim sandwich.
clickety click—->IRO denim shirt, Maison Scotch straw hat or this Eric Javits UV wide-brimmed protector, RED Valentino denim wedge bow sandals, Mulberry Bow back dress, or get a smilier one here DKNY Sweetheart Dress, Jimmy Choo print denim tote, Kunstenaar Jacket, Anthropologie

Have fun with this one and do share what you came up with. I happen to be in love with the simple denim tie-front top. Happy Wednesday!
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Layering 101

I have yet to show up at an event naked, but it takes some brain work to get from shower to closet to what am I going to wear today to fully dressed to deciding on my location du jour.  I started this not so skillfully mined layering story with one piece in mind, the DKNY cape dress, the LBD. As plain jane as it may seem, it’s anything but. Simple, yet so much more. Its the perfect segue to the wonderful world of accessorizing. A black sleeveless crepe dress with long slits down the side. Worn just on its own I’d look like a nun.. well let’s not go there. The real reason I featured this dress is because it’s so practical, it screams BUY ME! And… if you blink, the dress will be gone. Poof! (I actually bought this cape tunic after getting off a long wait-list, and I usually don’t wait for fashion). This dress can be worn to the many upcoming holiday parties, New Year’s Eve, a job interview, heck, even a brunch date. So without further ado, here is the most coveted dress on twitter (wink, wink) the best investment you will ever make. I kid you not.

It started right here with a white Theory turtleneck, fitted, crisp, and of-the-moment being a short sleeve number which I coupled with black opaque tights. Sorry about the squinting; the sun was glaring as I was shooting sans sunnies.

And now the accessorizing begins. Bangles, bracelets, and fanciful glittery things. The more the merrier. And to throw the nun thought out of your mind, I added sherpa-lined biker wedged boots from Luxury Rebel, the ultimate rocker flavor of the day.

 Accessories left to right: silver leather, rhinestone cuff and leather stretch cuff, variety of bangles,all stylist’s own.

Turquoise skull earrings add an element of surprise purchased at a little shop somewhere.

Amazing vintage playing neckwear by Dannijo.

And now for a little bit of bad-ass:

I haven’t worn this vintage Adrienne Landau vest in a long time, but it was a fabulous find at Ina, the ultimate consignment shop down in Nolita. These turquoise arm sweaters exist for a well-needed pop of color and because it’s coooold outside. My new favorite rhinestone Dannijo cuff worn outside the sweater. Alexander Wang slouchy wool cap. And last but not least my Devi Kroll crushed leather hobo bag.

And in an instant, I have transformed the black cape dress into the above photo (using instagram) without even remembering where I started. Constructive post? I’ll say. Now go get dressed. Here’s to NOT being naked. Tis’ the season of the cape. It’s Monday after all.

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How to Wear Leather

Chic and stylish, leather is showing up everywhere and no longer just in the accessories department.  Leather is appearing on shirts, shorts, tops, dresses, and of course, jackets. With the plethora of styles showing up, (hello metallics, laser-cuts, colors, and trimmings) there’s a leather investment piece out there for everyone. No longer relegated  to some punkster’s wardrobe, now ultra feminine and glamorous women can get in on the leather craze too.

Check out the clean sleek new lines from the following designers.

VALENTINO FW 2011

VALENTINO FW 2011

 

VERSACE FW 2011

VERSACE FW 2011

 

THE ROW FW2011

THE ROW FW2011

 

Phillip Lim Laser-cut leather top

PHILIPPE LIM Laser-cut leather top

 

 Worn with shorts or a skirt

TIBI leather shorts

TIBI leather shorts

Or this great look…..

REBECCA MINKOFF Linda jacket with leather sleeves

REBECCA MINKOFF Linda jacket with leather sleeves

 

PARKER Leather skirt

PARKER Leather skirt


You don’t need a Harley  to jump on this season’s biker trend, but it sure wouldn’t hurt. Whether you pair yours with lace or spiked boots, you’ll have trouble making it through fall without a leather jacket. If that staple’s well covered in your closet, add pants courtesy of Rag and Bone or Helmut Lang or don a sexy shift. Think Marianne Faithfull’s “The Girl on a Motorcycle” or “Easy Rider “for inspiration—or just head to your local biker bar for total cultural immersion.

 

Easy Rider

ASOS Faux leather bomber jacket

 

Leather waistcoat Ann Demeulemeester

Leather waistcoat Ann Demeulemeester

 

There are few things as totemic as a black leather biker jacket. Even ZARA is in on this trend.

 

Rock n' Roll

Some of my favorite Rock n' Roll looks

 

ASOS Red leather peg pants

ASOS Red leather peg pants

 Kind of in-between rocker girl and sleek

 

Leather dress

DKNY Leather strip dress

 

Model spotted at NYFW

Model spotted at NYFW

 

One of my favorite looks from this season comes from Barbara Bui. There were great motorcycle jackets with zip-off fur hems. But a girl, warrior or not, cannot live by coat alone. Though a drop-dead chic one can score you a lot of mileage, these are pretty badass.

 

 

If you want a pop of color in your winter attire, try a proper leather  coat dress in tangerine orange, sky blue, or candy apple red from Loewe.

 

LOEWE FW 2011

LOEWE FW 2011

 You can also pair a silk dress with tough-girl accessories like these no-nonsense leather gloves from Vera Wang.

Vera Wang FW2011

Vera Wang FW2011

 

Channel your inner Fonzie. Urban Dictionary states a “Fonzie” is somebody that is cool. Of course, if you’re cool you already know that.

Stay Fabulous…Happy Days are here again!

 

 

Photo credits: Elle.com, style.com, asos.com, Fashion Imperitive.

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What to wear now


French Elle

French Elle

I have a hunch that you’re probably figuring out your fall wardobe right now—a tricky task for even the most seasoned shopper. Now that we are into October, (don’t let this Indian Summer trick you), it is time to look through your closet and determine what you have and what you need. Most of my favorite looks from the past runway shows are in stores now. As the weather begins to cool (believe me it will) and the leaves begin to turn it’s time to edit your look.

This season I am taking my cues from the new Bravo Show Fashion Hunters. Whether it is a classic Chanel suit or this season’s hottest Jimmy Choo shoes, the Hunters follows the fashionistas at Second Time Around as they go out searching the attics, closets and garages of New York’s elite.  There has only been one episode so far, but basically the premise of the show is this:  How do you get a killer wardrobe without spending a boat load of money? Tricky question, tricky answer. Start from the outside and work inwards. Trust me, I myself have many years of experience as a personal shopper and as a fashion stylist and that first impression is the most important!  It is easy to work with what you have if  what you currently own are great staples like cashmere sweaters, a myriad of jeans, blazers, basic tops, fitted skirts and on-trend dresses. I can’t promise you can do this yourself, but with these options below—including the must-have fall outerwear pieces like plaid and mohair, you will be on-trend. If you’re still feeling clueless, give me a ring –I do make house calls. :)

 

Me in my favorite fur poncho

Me in my favorite fur poncho and fedora

 

Capes and Ponchos

Why I love it?  The cape is the perfect transitional piece of outerwear.  This style showed up on many of the fall 2011 runways, and the latest versions are ”everyday” wearable.

How to wear it?  I wore mine to work last week  over tights and a dress. Toss one over a button-down shirt and relaxed jeans for the weekend. Pair it with a chic striped sweater and frock for work, or rock a dramatic cape with black leather leggings and edgy boots for a night out. So what do we think, ladies? Are you ready to tap into your inner Marcia Brady ?

 

Capes. Photo courtesy of the Budget Babe

Capes. Photo courtesy of the Budget Babe

 

Suno Cropped Mohair Cape

Suno Cropped Mohair Cape

 

Cool Capes

Cool Capes

 

Fun fuzzy chunky furs

Why I love it?
Memories of last year’s record snowfalls have inspired an avalanche of let’s-get-cozy clothing: Fur (both real and fake)has gone a bit mad this season with wildly bright colors (Gucci 2011) and shoes and goggles with fur pom poms (Alexander Wang). What makes these pieces so desirable is not only how functional they are, but how truly fashionable and cool they make you feel. Don this seasonal armor and you will shiver no more.

HOW TO WEAR IT
Your best plan of attack: Make a statement with an extraordinary coat—one with a lush collar or a shrug. Keep the look simple with trousers and a turtleneck (which are bigger than ever). You can also opt for a touch of plush with or a furry hat or fuzzy boot. Each will generate a little heat on its own.

 

Love this look

 

It just so happens that one of the top accessories trends for fall is also the most practical: a big, cozy cap, is sure to keep us warm and stylish during the upcoming chilly months.

 

Fur hat

Fur hat

 

Gucci Fall 2011

Gucci Fall 2011. Photo, Fashion Catalog Trend

Altuzarra

Altuzarra

 

And to top if off?

The Fedora. 

Why I love it?  Duh. To top off your look. But really. It is ULTRA 70′s glam. Work a fedora that Farrah would be proud of.  Floppy fedoras have been a mounting trend on city sidewalks, but their must-have status was made official this past fashion week.

How to wear it? Put in on your head and don’t forget to smile.

 

Fedoras

Fedoras

 

 

Fedoras FW 11. photo courtesy of demicouture

 

BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE.

Check out the show on Bravo:
http://www.bravotv.com/fashion-hunters 

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