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Dipped in Blue

Happy Monday!

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.

Don’t like blue? Try black. Balance the wide leg with a cropped sweater and sneakers today. Tomorrow, try pointy-toe flats.

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Wearing: Kevin Shahroozi leather jacket // GAP turtleneck // Tom Ford sunglasses // Elizabeth & James wide leg pants// Saint Laurent sneakers

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Saint Laurent sneakers

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Get the look here:

 

Photos: Lydia Hudgens

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Navy Nuances

Us New Yorkers love to complain. Either its too hot, or during the deep freeze, über decides to raise its already sky-high rates, or the fact that the upcoming Superbowl crowds and impending 574,857,209,384th storm might wreak havoc on our city. Yesterday it snowed, and after asking on Twitter why frostbite wasn’t trending, I found it. Hashtag #itsfuckingfreezing. The smiles through my wind-blown hair will only last for so long. Let’s face it, winter sucks. The way I see it, I’d much rather sweat, than lose all feelings in my fingers care of a vicious cold front. Unless I’m skiing in the Rocky Mountains, that is.

The only road block presented here is a fashion conundrum. Trying to look chic in this weather is borderline irritating. Ditto repeating the same sweaters over and over. Sometimes I just want to wear all black, you know? But black can be draining and downbeat as much as it can be slimming and chic. And if not on these sunny winter days, when else can I try out a color scheme of navy blue in all its inky expensive-looking glory? Answer: never.

The good news is, I am abiding by my New Year’s Resolutions, trying not to shop, and although shoe options this time of year are bleak, I am sticking to self-taught layering tactics that lead to a simple fashion uniform that is unfailingly chic. And because black is a little outmoded, its navy or bust.

Navy blue

vanessa bruno cashmere sweater // moschino pant // iris & ink coat, get a similar one here // acne  pistol boots

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club monaco hat // tom ford sunnies // efva attling necklace // essie nail polish

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navy hat

navy coat

Navy coat

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Photos: Lydia Hudgens

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Shake It Up

It’s humid outside. It’s the beginning of August. And whether or not you are vacation-bound, your wardrobe choices may or may not be limited, but your sick of wearing the same uniform of all white and black. If this is the case, and you’re feeling a bit of the fashion blahs, I’m right there with you. Realizing though that denim is the ultimate blah-proof garment, jeans just aren’t always appropriate for work.

So what’s a girl to do? Don’t worry, The Fashion Hunter has you covered for just that moment, when fall fashion is just around the corner, but you’re just not quite ready to take the plunge. It’s just in this spirit that I add some well-needed color to my wardrobe with nautical stripes, paired with a bright orange skort and white platform laser-cut out sandals that are so comfortable, it’s mind-boggling.

And it’s not really a hump day Wednesday without throwing in a little shake here and there to get your day going. Style is how something moves, not what it looks like.

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Saint James Breton nautical T-shirt, She Inside orange asymmetrical skirt, get it here, and a similar one here, Chloé laser-cut ankle strap sandals, on SALE for $349. because even though flats are in, with these white platforms, you can never go wrong. Tom Ford aviators.

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Photos Jim D’Angelo

Still not sure? How about pairing above skort and top with a leopard top and black flats? I can totally see myself wearing that for fashion week. FASHUNZ week.

Get the look here:

Just a footnote, Angela’s has some of the best fall pieces going on. Margiela FTW. Check it out here. From my eyes to yours.

Happy Hump Day!

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Day to Night

As I was putting together a day into night outfit this week, I wanted a casual look for day that would seamlessly transition into a chic evening look with a nod to the coolness factor. I first thought of the multiple uses of this particular white cut-out eyelet shirt that I recently scored on Net-A-Porter. I have been was furiously searching for white cut-out anything on the internet recently, and when I saw this, I immediately fell in love. White cut-outs pants can be tricky, but an eyelet top is not. When I got around to styling it for NYFH, it became clear we could paint the shirt as the ultimate blank canvas and build around it for two different looks what could be a fun story idea.

In the snapshots below, I have featured a typical day in the life of the Fashion Hunter and how I might dress on a typical day. The top tells all: it lends a feminine twist to a rather sporty vibe. Keep in mind, I tried to make the fuss as seamless as possible with a quick 2 minute footwear change for an evening out. Cue the proverbial skin peeking through the eyelet top for effect.

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Outfit one, I’m wearing the one and only Isabel Marant top, get a similar one here, over Tibi black shorts, and Converse Chuck Taylor All Star High Top sneakers in washed neon. Super Sunglasses and a Reed Krakoff bag complete the sporty look. Fait accompli.

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And then, a quick footwear change, albeit more Sex and the City, less Cinderella, for those who love their glitter. I maintain my shopping rule of thumb–if I can’t picture it with at least three items I already own, I don’t buy it. Admittedly, these shoes were an indulgence but I have a million things to wear with it, (See: denim jeans, skirts, skorts, et al.) and they were on SALE (does that count?) That doesn’t mean that is was utter decadence. Add a black and white graphic bag for a bold statement, throw those Converse in the bag, stash the bag, and the look is more polished without the trivialities of getting dressed up for the night.

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Tom Ford sunglasses, Cuore & Pelle Caterina purse, Christian Louboutin shoes, oh my! And finally, you can’t go wrong on any given day or night with a bunch of bracelets and rings to filtrate your limbs. I’m loving dainty rings and watches these days.

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On my right hand, Dannijo Swarovski crystal link chain bracelet, by boe black beaded bracelet, catbird ring. On my left, Skagen watch, Jacquie Aiche rings, Reed Krakoff bag.

photos: Jim D’Angelo

What do you think of the versatile white shirt?  And on a more important note, what about the Isabel Marant X H&M collection coming this fall? Her style is so organic and now that it will be available on the streets for the masses, do you think it will lose its cachet?

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Craving Cat-eyes

Ready to rock out in a new pair of sunnies? Sunnies is most definitely a fake word that I found out whilst reading my Instagram and Twitter feeds, and  fashionable blogs like The Glamourai and I am not sure I even like it. It’s sunny, so what?  Even so, it sounds cooler than sunglasses, so let’s go with it for the sake of this post. I have recently done stories on mini bags, what to pack for the beach, and which bandeau to choose for this incredible spring that we are experiencing… La di da..ho ho hum. So its only natural to move upwards on the body towards the accessory that lay on the bridge of our noses. I must admit, I have collected a few pairs of sunnies over the years, but I’m not one to misplace these babies as I put a lot of thought into what goes in front of my eyeballs and on top my head when I’m indoors and want to be inconspicuous. The cat eye infatuation began when I saw a Warby Parker sunglass booth outside the Pulse exhibit at Art Basel back in December. I tried a few pairs on, but nothing hit me. It got me thinking that it is really important to try on lots of frames because although cat eye frames are having a moment, face shapes don’t change. I almost titled this post “Look at crazy me”.

Alexander McQueen sunnies: Get the look here from House of Harlow. Photo by Michael Crook

 

Here is my selection of cool sunnies from white to black, classic and fancy, to last you through the season. Which ones will you wear? I need to know. I happen to be loving the top right white shades. From left to right we go. Click here to buy the look. Missoni, Asos, Stella McCartneyHouse of Harlow 1960Rebecca MinkoffLinda FarrowThe RowTom FordKaren WalkerKaren WalkerMiu MiuElizabeth and James.

Get them while they’re hot. And sunny. See ya on the flip side slim shady~ !

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Absoleggy Fabulous for Spring

Hashtag #Absoleggy. I just made up my own word. Definition: a term used to describe a person with toned abs and long luscious legs. I am about to drop the bomb on you. The proper lady-like à la 1960′s suburban housewife trend is back in fashion, as you know by now, with longer hem lines, proper suits, retro florals, and mules that scream Spring 2012. On the contrary, lingerie was also central element. Here’s the bomb. It came in the form of bandeaus, and old-fashioned bloomers. These are proposed underpinnings for dressy stretch satin skirtsuits—or delicate, lacy slip dresses but are now worn solo. I am usually not daring enough to whip out my bra and drop my pants just for fashion’s sake and wear nothing on the streets. No, no, no. I would need the waif-like body of a 20-something model to pull that look off. I bet most of you would agree and are not interested in exploring that option. I would also refuse to bare an extra 3-6 inches of rib cage and butt cheeks. A trend I was fearful of until now, these lingerie looks— gals in bandeau tops and flippy skirts are just au courant. Get out your badge of confidence, (you will need it) take a few classes at Physique 57, (summer is coming) and I will take you to the wearable bra and panty section of my website for gentle perusal.

Left to right Donna Karan, Nina Ricci, Prada. Photos Style.com

Left to right Balenciaga, Dolce and Gabbana, Cynthia Rowley 

The premise here is simple: the skin-showing silhouettes this season on the midsection and the short shorts may have you terrified that your flaws (imagined or actual) are too visible to pull it off.  You can fret that everybody is going to be staring at you or.. you can laugh in the face of fashion and wear what you please. See below for ideas on how I hope to translate this look from the runways into my own closet. Ultimately, you drive your own car in the wardrobe department. Go ahead take a test-drive.

 

 Acne bomber jacketPrincess Tam Tam bandeauChristopher Kane skirtPineider clutchGiuseppe Zanotti heelsTom Ford cat eye sunglasses,

Mary Katrantzou biker jacketT by Alexander Wang muscle teeTopshop hotpantsProenza Schouler PS1 bagMaison Martin Margiela bootiesDannijo necklace

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What I wore day 8 NYFW

 Jes Wade top, Adam by Adam Lippes jacket, J.Brand waxed jeans, Poleci fur wrap, Pierre Hardy  leopard platforms, Devi Kroll eel skin clutch, Tom Ford sunglasses, Dannijo ring.

And…. it’s a wrap. In what seems to have been day number 750, here is what I wore on day 8 of fashion week. Check out all the many textures I am sporting: a patent leather jacket mixed with wool, a silk top mixed with leather details, and glitter-threaded socks. BIG theme during the fall shows. In what is going out as what I call a wimpy winter, fashion week was great this time around as I did not have to lug a heavy coat around the city. A true believer victim, I would have worn open toe shoes or bared my legs, but I let my fingers go naked instead. This pictures could have just as easily been taken last fall during fashion week given global warming. Nonetheless, the fashion parade has upped and moved on to Great Britain yesterday to hit the London shows and start all over again. One of my favorite places– remember this post? London always is calling my name. Moving on, there have been many incredible pictures coming through my dropbox that I think I might die.  This photo was taken right before heading to the Ports 1961 show by none other than Michael Crook. Check out her website right here www.michaelcrook.com. A shout out also goes to my friend and talented designer Jes Wade, who let me wear her hand crafted clothing this week. A private-client business only, everything is produced locally here in New York City. Check out her imaginative fashions, and visit her website here to book an appointment, jeswade. Last but not least, thanks to Tru Grace Fashion Lounge for all the fab statement rings!

Up next, street style, and an an homage to fur. Look for those in your inbox. Happy Saturday!

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Fall into these Fabulous Boots

 

Fall Boots. Photo: Where the Sidewalk begins

 

Ok,  I’m finally back from outer space and now is the perfect time. Time to pack up those open toe sandals, as our beloved boot season has finally kicked off…which makes me (almost) more excited than if  I found out I could get a monthly box of orange and black Laduree macarons delivered to my door. (It is Halloweek you know)

Whether tall or slouchy, short or tall, cheap or ultra-luxe, this season your feet will be covered with the hottest boot trends for Fall/Winter. Now comes the hard part: What kind do you buy? I break up my look on a daily basis by wearing all types of boots depending on the mood of the day.  Ranging from modern combat clompers to classic suede pistol boots, the choices of women’s boots for fall are seemingly endless, but trust me, it’s that perfect mix of utility and sophistication that scores top billings.

I have done some fancy footwork to show you six of my favorite looks. Here is the crème de la crème.

Riding Boots.

Why I love them?
The epitome of equestrian chic, riding boots rarely go out of style. You get plenty of  bang for your buck with this style boot without ever needing to saddle up. They are easy to wear, give you a long lean look, and fit over any skinny jean.

Riding Boots

Riding Boots by Michael Kors, Bottega Veneta, Tory Burch, Givenchy

 

 The Stacked Heel.

Why I love them?
With these boots it is easy to strut your stuff while actually being able to walk around town. They have a 70′s vibe written all over them. Pair them with leggings, skinny jeans, or a dress and you are good to go. And they are perfect for the vertically challenged like me. :)

Stacked Heel

Stacked Heels by BCBG, Prada, Ann Taylor, Gucci

Over the Knee.

Why I love them?

Sexy, sleek, and a little taboo, over-the-knee boots usually elicit a jaw-dropping reaction. Super sky high boots usually call for tight jeans instead of a dress or skirt to tone down the Pretty Woman factor.

 

Over the Knee

Over the Knee boots. Isabel Marant, KG Vivienne, Rick Owens

 

Isabel Marant finge boots

Isabel Marant finge boots

 

Lace-Ups.

Why I love them?
Lace-up boots complement the menswear trend that is going on right now. These boots also conjure up thoughts of mystery, seduction, a notion of witchcraft, perfect for this time of year. This masculine/feminine androgenous combination happens to be right in line with Fall’s fetishistic trend.

Burberry Lace Ups

Burberry Lace-Ups

 

Chloe Lace-Ups

Chloe Lace-Ups

 

Madewell suede desert lace-up boots

Madewell suede desert lace-up boots

 

The Ankle Wedge 

Why I love them?
This modern and edgy look is favored by trend setters like Halle Berry, Sienna Miller, and other celebs. They’re comfortable, stylish, and don’t require much thought. I especially love the wedges with the rubberized bottoms. When you want a little extra height, but aren’t in the mood for a pin-thin stiletto heel, architectural wedges are the natural choice.

 

Ankle Wedge boots

Ankle Wedge boots. Rachel Comey, Mulberry, Malene Birger

 

Fur and Shearling-lined  

Why I love them?
Nothing is cozier than warm feet on those cold days. It lends a slightly rugged chill out kind of vibe to any t-shirt and jeans ensemble (think Aspen après-ski or Sundance Film Festival-chic), but can also look unbelievably posh if worn with a loose flowy dress. Wrap up your feet in fur and your feet will thank you later.

 

Fur-lined boots

Fur-lined boots. Etro, Giuseppe Zanotti, Elizabeth and James, Loeffler Randall.

Whetever boot you choose, whatever look you love, find your style and love what you wear. In the next post I will share with you my current favorites.

Style is someone who figures out who they are and ultimately what works for them – Tom Ford

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