The new hemline so far has been added to jeans but the new trend sees this technique added to skirts, dresses and even tops and jackets this Spring. 

The best part about this trend is that it’s easy to replicate with a good pair of scissors and an idea. Plus it adds a dishelved look to an over-polished outfit. 

Now in above image, skirt three is a little over done but it has a rugid charm. So get those scissors and get cutting.
Happy Monday

Yvette ?

There comes a time when stocking up on a trend is a bad idea and I have ro admit the cols shoulder trend had a long run albeit in different forms.  This week kicks off our Spring Cleaning addition on our blog. We usually do a keep, toss and buy section but this time we are getting more specific. This week we will focus on trends that had their run and when it’s time to stop trending and start personal styling.

Okay, so you have alot of cold shoulder tops and if it is apart of your personal style then hit the clearance rack! If not, keep reading to see the trend replacing it.

Statement Sleeves

These bold sleeves have replaced the cold shoulder for the Summer go to trend. It has a romantic charm about it. It is also more versatile than the cold shoulder blouse which only looked good with jeans.

These sleeves are long with a set of even longer ruffles at the end. They are the most versatile and have been created in multiple price points.

This sleeve is morw upscale but the pufd on top of the sleeve can be found in short and long sleeves. We predict the short variety will be on every department store rack.

Hope it is Spring where you are, cuz it’s freezing here.
Happy Monday,

Yvette ?

(Fr left to right) Romance/Vintage, Casual, Glam, Classic, Punk

Feminine colors like pink, lime green and yellow are having a moment. Perhaps, it is the fight for perserve hard won rights we all took for granted or the nod to the importance of women in today’s society.

In any case, yellow is a hard color for some so we created this tonal chart so you can help put yellow into the darkest wardrobe. 

Light or pastel yellow

At the front of the spectrum, this color is a romance or pastel goth dream. It can be paired with white or blue and is easy to incorporate to a more lace and feminine clothing collection.

Yellow

Casual dressings can take standard yellow and wear with jeans or leggings and layer it to bring down the shine.

Gold

Glam Rock and other glam dressers already added this yellow to their wardrobe but try new matte pieces instead of mettallic ones.

Mustard

This color returned from the 80’s and we couldn’t be happier. Classic dressers rejoice and get this color in cool blazers for a upbeat suiting look.

Dirty Yellow

I don’t know what you would call this yellow but punks and rockers as well as goth can add this relatively dark mustard color without looking cheery. Traditionally, Black was a morning color and gothic clothing was just darker colors of acceptable colors of the day. So keep that in mind when adding deep tones to your wardrobe.

The trifecta of fast fashion rules the US but other countries have their own kooky cool vibe clothes on the cheap. We fell in love with Spain brand, Kling at a sample sale on Lexington Ave that I happened across while picking up dinner after work.


The brand features unique prints, soft silhouettes and affordable pricing that even in Euros is still 20 to 35 US dollars. There is a cool 70’s vibe that is odd for a Spanish company. 

So check out kling.es and fall in love too.

Back in October, most people already reported on Spring but who has the time to roll through the bookmarks, 6 months later to see what they said? We got you covered with our fashion reports at the speed of life which happens to be alot slower than fashion.

So what 10 things accessories you should try this Spring?

Earrings

We are looking at three earring trends this Spring: 

1. The Single Statement Earring


The trend is to wear 1 large bold earring which is a through back from Fall 2014 as a microtrend that just did not gain traction. 

2. The Ear Clip

A bobby pin on your ear? YSL contributed to this trend and others quickly followed.

3. Fringe Earrings

Still going strong from fall 2016, thus trend is ending towards Spring.

NECKLACES

4. Collars

Still here and thicker than ever. New versions spot chain and crystal motifs.

5. Large Pendants

Chains, cord and String hold large pendants for Spring 2017.

HAIRPIECES

6. Beaded Headbands

The new headbands sport 3d features.

7. Hairclips

The style is wearing more than one but not to the ends of Decora…

SUNNIES

8. Statement sunglasses 

We love oversized and flat specs that have been popping up all over the runway!!

BRACELETS

9. Stacking Bangles

Thick or thin  just more than two.

HANDBAGS

Holding your crossbody? Yep, it’s a style to let the straps dangle.

Fast forward and we can say that fall will feature these trends and yeah, we know not fear to skip summer and spring in one swoop but we promise next month we will get back to warm weather reporting.

The decades

50’s hoop dresses, 70’s bell bottoms and 60’s tulip dress? We are taking the best from these decades and bringing them into the future.

Red

The color of the season is indeed red and it was on every runway. Typically, a hard color to sell and wear we will see how this pans out for the fashion industry.

Red has been in style for sometime from the blood red of last fall to the current tomato red of Spring to come. This time red will come back in the colors wine.

Psychedelic Prints

Fr left: Alice & Olivia, Moschino, Ulla Johnson, Warm, Marc Jacobs

70’s prints are back and we love all the mix of colors fr Alice & Olivia to Warm showcasing bright big prints on the runway.

Happy Monday,

Yvette ?

My little pony makes a splash at this designers installation slightly before NYFW officially kicks.

She made the right decision as NYFW ended up opening during blizzard. The installation had cold finger foods and a gift bag featuring sponsors of the show.

The clothes themselves were themed to My Little Pony, an obsessively detailed cartoon meant to teach kids a set of virtues.

The Ups.. 

Sequin, sequin and more sequin was a feature of the show in dazzling colors from bright pinks to pastel blues. A hard sale in the normcore US culture but welcomed in fashion nevertheless.

Secondly, the prints that were inspired by My Little Pony were equally interesting. They ranged from Indian Patchwork and rainbows to a more generic lightening in turquoise. I loved pastel camouflage and the turquoise checkerboard that didn’t really fit into the theme but somehow worked.

Lastly, the collection was seasonless, pieces seemed to span summer to fall with little focus on spring or winter. We loved that some pieces could be layered for later.

The downs…

The men side of the collection seemed not to fit with the women side at all. I did like the pastel stripes and the use of bright hues rarely seen in men fashion but not My Little Pony at all.

Secondly, the collection heavily relayed on prints and sequin and there was few design elements beside  ruffle sleeves on dress put all the way in the back.

Lastly, if you are going to make jewelry, please put some effort into it, and if you have no time commission it. I heard that her friend  (who happens to be a jewelry designer) created the set for her. Why not commission the pieces from her?

The results is a Claire’s knockoff of glitter velvet ribbon and laser cut plexiglass charms in hard to tell the shape designs, stars, ponies, moons, rainbows and various Lucky Charms cereal shapes. She was better off just sticking to the printed velvet necklaces.

Apparently, the designer worked with several celebrities such as Katy Perry but no celebrity support here. I would like to see more from here in the future.

Happy Friyay,

Yvette E  ?

The show started late, half the invitations were wiped from the database and she double booked. The last show on Wednesday night was pure pandemonium and the clothes channeled it. The designer was sponsored by the CAAFD, a fashion non-profit that sends designers to fashion week so I knew the designer would be raw. The collection had numerous influences but no true unique message.

The 50’s

It feels like every designer an era this season to fill in thier collection and Vitjaz was no exception. The era did blend well with her gowns ( which no model she picked was able to walk in) but was a steep contrast to her sheer dresses which already were out of place.

The cuts were nice enough for everyday wear so that was a plus.
Draping

 The default technique to all designers, draping was widely used. The use of colors did carry the day in these looks

Sequins and Lace

The sequin infused lace was a welcome change of pace.Too sheer for everday wear, I could see these looks on the red carpet.

In the end, the show was okay if only she ditched the trends  (decades) and the draping and stuck with the metallic lace, the collection would be great. She just needs to get a signature style. And sheers for fall were a nice touch ( a little confusing cuz the season changed mid show).

I have been asked several times “it’s NYFW?” from passerbys curious about our colorful outfits. Even, a coworker said it was “usually quiet” for NYFW. So what’s to blame that fashion week started with a blizzard and ended in a dying gasp. Tomorrow is the end of fashion week and if you have no shows today or wondering why invites have dwindled, thank NYFW Men that runs just a week before NYFW (women) which means a lot of designers are co-eding thier shows. Here are 3 reasons that it may be more quiet this February NYFW:

COED SHOWS

Harper's Bazaar credit

Bottega Veneta’s Co-ed runway show


Most designers can not afford 2 shows back to back and most stores cater to both sexes to increase sales; so why put on 2 shows for the same stores and the same press? The introduction of Men’s fashion week has made the female focused one a little obsolete. 

Besides, the expense, there is also the time. PR agencies have to scramble for invites at the last minute, defaulting to the people that RSVPed for Men fashion week. That converts to less invites for bloggers and other online journalist.

NO PARTIES OR EVENTS

Unlike September, no one is marketing because sales are really good at the start of the year and it’s tax season. So, that means no shopping events, and no product launches to wake up a snowy and cold NYFW.

DESIGNERS ARE GOING ELSEWHERE 

Tommy Hilfiger invaded Venice Beach for s/s 17


Tommy Hilfiger went to California to showcase his Spring and Summer 2017 collection, recreating the unsuccessful Tommy Pier. No surprise since California gives 60% of Americas GNP. Yep, they have so much money, they fund other states. 

Besides, it makes sense to show a warm weather collection in a warm weather environment. 

So I hope September has more to offer…

Happy Hump day

Yvette E  ?

Desigual F/W 2017

It is humbling for a Spanish brand to gain inspiration from the West coast, but since Tommy Hilfiger held his fall show there; it may just be new inspiration and destination of the fashion elite. In fact, Desigual fall line captured West Coast cool in 3 distinct eras (60, 70, 50) and added Spanish New Wave, a punk culture that began in Spain in the 70’s.

Desigual runway f/w I 7

The collection was composed of embroidery, spikes, studs, plaids and patchwork; components that don’t always go together seamlessly but somehow click together like puzzle pieces in Desigual’s fall collection.

Desigual f/w 17

However, the handbags are up for sale and we loved the denium crossbodies with the floral embroidery. Desigual is known for their embroidery and this time they picked floral motifs; a nod to a couple years ago when designers picked floral prints in Winter. It wasn’t received well but  I think Desigual will fair better.