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February 16, 2010

With New York Fashion Week in full swing, it’s difficult not to be inspired by the fall 2010 looks now! And when you really think about it, there’s no reason why fall looks won’t work sooner rather than later– especially while the weather is still on the cooler side. Why not shed a layer or two from styles like these vibrant Lacoste looks that hit the runway on Saturday and enjoy a little fashion premonition? Don’t forget that we’re still dressing up for American Heart Month; so, while you’re falling early, go red!

Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to foreshadow spring trends! So, whether you opt for acid hues, avian color-ways, scalloped edges, polished pastels, textured jewel tones, or the impending revival of light-wash denim, we hope you find the look that gets your heart a flutter this weekend!

February 10, 2010

Concerns about body image are, of course, nothing new in fashion; but it’s exciting to see those intimately involved in the industry meet to consider healthier, more realistic representations of women on fashion week runways! Last night, the Counsil of Fashion Designers of America invited guest speakers to discuss current body expectations and the drastic measures models take to meet them. The panel, called “The Beauty of Health: Resizing the Sample Size” included one of my favorite designers, Zac Posen, who expressed concern that fashion is currently fixated on ultra-frail frames. Since the fall shows start tomorrow, it will probably be awhile before we see any major changes on the runway. For the time being, we can all take heart in the fact that there are sample-size women and plus-size women around the world who wear the same shoe size! So, whether you’re rockin’ the runway or workin’ your curves –-or both– don’t forget to do it in some show stopping shoes!

If any of you are One Tree Hill fans, you couldn’t have missed this energetic, forcible, and very flexible lead-singer of Noisettes perform. Raised in London, Shingai Shoniwa and her band have taken the UK and US charts by storm with their album Wild Young Hearts this year. It’s hard to decide what we love most – her music or her style. Both have a retro feel, both are perfection created with daring choices and new combinations, and both are totally and completely her. She braves combining bright colors with more bright colors. She gives a proper nod to 50’s tailoring, but makes the look her own with unique accessories, and of course, her hair. She also pays homage to her Zimbabwean heritage on stage and off stage; all Shingai learned about fashion, she learned from her mother and grandmother, she tells the UK Times Online. “My mum and my grans are all very flamboyant. Even if I left the house very, very dolled up, I would always mess something up…[Clothes] have always been fun. And mum always knew how to turn copper into gold.” Well, we’re pretty sure that everything this talented singer touches turns to gold. Her self, her music, and her style are singular and we’re hoping she’ll inspire you to make a little noise and try something new.

PS – Check out the song Never Forget You at http://www.myspace.com/noisettesuk.

While we’re not sure who Jake is choosing, after last night’s home dates, it’s clear who our front runners are for favorite bachelorette style! Tenley is romantic and girly, and her ultra-sweet demeanor shines out with her smile and style as well. Gia (our personal fave) has simple, but certain, sex appeal in anything from a plain white tank and jeans to a sultry red dress. She’s super hot, but that comes in second to her genuine personality and all-around good heart. While we can’t promise Jake’s love, we can promise them true love with these picks that we think match their unique styles!

If you’re more of a Tenley, try the Mariah with a floral or patterned wrap-dress:

 

If you’re a Gia, pair the Kimball with skinny jeans, a fitted tee and a wrap coat:

February 9, 2010
I came across this picture, and while I’m not entirely sure when it originated, I am absolutely positive that I kind of love it now. (Glowing review, I know!) But seriously; looks that combine vintage or super-casual flare with nouveau edge are some of my current favorites. Maybe you’re not ready to flaunt your heather gray sweats in public with a modern shootie, but there are definitely other ways to refine ‘relaxed’ style into ‘clean-cut chic’. The contrast is what makes it work! Liquid leggings and a blousy sweatshirt; yes! A corset top with high-wasted, flared denim; yes! A mini skirt with an over sized blazer; done! As we move fashion forward, don’t be afraid to incorporate blasts from the past. After all, an educated homage is oh-so-modern!
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