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Oscar de la Renta {RIP}

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Fashion designer legend Oscar de la Renta passed at age 82 yesterday at his home in Connecticut. An inspiration to many, the Dominican Republic-born style mastermind brought class and sophistication to everything he did. After launching his very first personal label in 1965, Oscar watched his fashion empire grow into a $150 billion business. His shows never ceased to amaze me, with his recent Spring/Summer Collection for 2015 being one of my all-time favorites. Counted on by everyone from celebrities on the red carpet (Anne Hathaway, Emma Watson, and Sarah Jessica Parker just to name a few) to people like Michelle Obama, he was a truly a legend and his designs will never be forgotten. 

Best of his quotes:

Fashion is about the present and the immediate future. I think in terms of now.”

Being well dressed hasn’t much to do with having good clothes. It’s a question of good balance and good common sense.”

“I’ve lived every day to the fullest, and I’ve had a marvelous time. I’ve tried to be nice to the people I care about, and ignore the ones I don’t. I enjoy what I’ve done.”

“Fashion is about dressing according to what’s fashionable. Style is more about being yourself.”

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Layering Inspiration

Temperatures have truly been dropping, and as the weather gets colder the layers get heavier. For some of you, layering can still be tricky, especially when it comes to deciding which pieces to layer without it looking too bulky or overpowering. So, I am periodically going to chose a layered outfit that I think incorporates creative styling that’s flattering without being uncomfortable. The first one mixes closet basics in a new, unexpected way: 

By mixing a moto jacket with a chambray shirt, you achieve warmth without the extra bulkiness. A striped tee and leather skirt add interest and dimension! It is basics with a spin. 

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Trending {Deconstructed Denim}

The full-on Grunge era may have come and gone, but elements of this rock n’ roll time period dating back to the 80s still remain in style today. Hence, the comeback of deconstructed denim. Like all great trends, ripped jeans are back and stronger than ever for the fall, with a relaxed, downtown cool vibe and major street creds coming their way. I love this trend, because even the most feminine of blouses look fantastic juxtaposed with deconstructed skinnies. Just remember to keep the rips tasteful and not trashy! 

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How to Wear {Utility Jackets}

Anonymous said:
Hi Emma! Could you please show me how to style utility jackets and where to get them?

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Fall is prime time to break out a utility jacket to stay warm while still looking put-together. Utility Jackets are actually extremely easy to style, they go with basically anything from a dress and knee-high boots to leggings and an infinity scarf. They are very versatile! My favorite colors to wear with a utility jacket’s deep green hue are burgundy (oxblood), camel (tan), navy blue, white, and pale pink. Here are a few looks that really capture the many ways to wear this military-inspired shell;

Also, here are my favorite places that have utility jackets for you to purchase: 

  • Topshop (Nordstrom carries a lot of their brand!)
  • Urban Outfitters 
  • Madewell (pricey-er but the best quality)
  • Billabong
  • Target 
  • ASOS
  • American Eagle

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NYFW {Michael Kors}

I apologize for the overload of runway show reviews in the past couple of weeks, but I found this year’s round-up of shows to be particularly inspiring and unique. I think that as a teenager involved in fashion, it is easy to get wrapped up in more accessible forms of clothes, and we easily forget about the runway shows that are often the root of many everyday style trends.

So, that being said, here is yet another ingenious show that I present to all of you: Michael Kors! Known for his more traditionally chic, and streamlined pieces, Kors mastered the art of juxtaposition in his most recent show. By combining classic elements such as a basic white tee, with more whimsical add-ons, like the fantastical floral skirt overlay, we see a beautiful contrast of pieces that made this show truly one-of-a-kind. Simple meets surreal in this refreshingly mixed-and-matched collection that still managed to retain its crisp sophistication. 

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Hairstyles for {Thick Hair}

Anonymous said:
Hi there! Would you please do some easy hairstyles for thick hair? Thanks!

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The key to working with thick hair is to work in sections. Because girls with thick hair often struggle with things like up-dos, and just to taming their hair in general, it is important to remember to go section by section. For example, for a ponytail, take the front sections of your hair up into a ponytail first and tie it off. Then taken the bottom layers and tie them off directly under the top layer. Wrap a ponytail holder around both “mini” ponytails to bring it all together. Half-up half-down styles are also really easy to master with thicker hair. Here are some of the best hairstyles for you to give a shot: 

  1. Half-up Half-down
  2. Braided Back Front Sections
  3. Messy Ponytail (as described above) 
  4. Beachy Side Braid (use hairspray to hold it together) 
  5. Pinned Back Front Sections with Face Framing Pieces

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Trending {Double-Pearl Earring}

The pearl earring is a classic accessory that has been around for years. Classy and sophisticated, you can never go wrong with pearl studs. Yet, leave it to the innovative designers of the modern age to reinvent the whole idea of the pearl earrings. With the original design credited to fashion powerhouse Dior, the double-pearl earring has taken the industry by storm as an edgier and more unique take on a classic. It makes a statement without feeling too over-the-top trendy, and it is safe to say that I am hooked! Clearly so are the fashionistas below featuring the likes of Emma Watson and blogger Julia Engel: 

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PFW {Chloe}

New York Fashion Week has obviously come to an end, but there is not rest for the fashion. Paris Fashion Week is occurring full swing, with fantastic couture shows and outfits straight out of designers fantasies. Highlights include Jean Paul Gaultier’s last RTW show after 38 years, and one of my favorite shows from Paris, Chloe! Chloe truly blew me away with its stunning collection of airy and fresh looks that had beautiful movement and structure. The chiffon and micropleats felt so feminine, and colors like seafoam green and mustard made the looks pop. Chloe’s use of textures like eyelet, sheer paneling, denim, pleats, and suede was innovative and modern. The overall look was unique, and incredibly chic.  

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The Best of {Black Boots}

Anonymous said:
Hey Emma, I’m looking for a pair of booties or boots for my preppy style that are a reasonable price. I already have a pair of brown riding boots, but I’m looking for some type of black boot. Thanks

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Black boots/booties are a closet staple for anybody, no matter what your personal style is. They go with almost anything, and make the transition between seasons easy when it comes to footwear. Pair a pair of ankle booties with a sundress and cardigan, and suddenly you look autumn ready. Or try tall riding boots with leggings and short-sleeved tunic. No matter what you pair yours with, I believe it will be well worth your investment! Here are a few of my affordable favorites, both preppy and otherwise for you to try: 

Lucky Brand buckle riding boots / Anne Klein black bootie / Franco Sarto side zipper boots /Sole Society lace up high heel booties / Chinese Laundry black suede bootie / Nine West equestrian boots / DV by Dolce Vita heel ankle booties / Unisa shoes

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Fall Feeling

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With all of the boiling hot days this August and September, I was truly starting to doubt that fall would ever come. Yet, here I am, finally able to comfortably sport an oversized sweater and booties! A small fall fashion feat that has put me into the autumn mood. Which translates to lots and lots of layering like I did with this dress and knit combination. I love the juxtaposition of the big, loose sweater, with the more structured LBD. It was the perfect outfit for a (finally!) fall afternoon. 

Sweater- American Eagle Dress- Brandy Melville Boots- Urban Outfitters Necklace- AliKat (Similar styles at JCrew!) Ring- Etsy

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Inside Look at NYFW

I’m super excited to share with all of you an interview that a friend and I had with Gabriella Bower, a student an NYU, as well as an attendee at a few up-and-coming shows at New York Fashion Week. It is one thing to follow the shows on social media and stay up to date with all of the collections, but another to actually experience what the whole event is like. Fashion Week is so influential, and hearing about it first-hand makes it feel that much more relevant to my own style, and I hope that all of you feel that too. I hope to continue to post more interviewers from fashion insiders too, so stay tuned! 

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1. What was it like being seated at an actual fashion show?

I went to two shows this season: A Moi and Barbara Tfank. Neither were at Lincoln Center, because they were presentations versus actual shows. So instead of sitting everyone was standing, walking around, and were allowed to see the clothes up close. It was a very cool atmosphere to be in and both shows allowed for me to meet the designers quite easily.

2. Have you met anyone big in the fashion industry?

I met Tavi Gevinson after a Wednesday night performance of the Broadway play This Is Our Youth. She was super sweet, a little shy, but more than willing to sign my copy of New York magazine that she was the cover model for!

3. Even though you didn’t see a huge designer, do you think her work has potential?

A Moi’s designer Alejandra Alonso is definitely an up and comer, this was only her second fashion week collection. She is incredibly talented, has a unique vision for clothes, and everything was definitely ready to wear straight off the runway. I loved everything in her Spring//Summer 2015 collection that I saw. Her having potential is an understatement. The second designer, Barbara Tfank, is already pretty famous. First Lady Michelle Obama and Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton are fans of hers and have been photographed wearing her designs. I would not be surprised if we saw many of her Spring//Summer 2015 collection gowns on the red carpet.

4. With what you have seen on the streets of New York, what differs (if anything) from the streets of GE?

People in NY are always dressed up. The only time you see people in work out clothes is if they are physically walking to or from the gym. Lots of blacks and lots of layers too because I think weather in NY might be more unpredictable than Chicago’s.

5. Was there an atmosphere about the city at this time (with all of the celebs and action)?

In Greenwich, where NYU’s campus is, the atmosphere didn’t feel any different. As for the atmosphere within the showrooms and hotels where the shows took place, the atmosphere was amazing, creative, and contagious. I loved every second of being surrounded by such talented designers and beautiful models.

6. If you could describe New York Fashion Week in one word….

New York Fashion Week is….potential. Potential for the designers to stand out, for the models to be discovered, for the editors to publish amazing articles, for college students aspiring to make it in the industry!

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Classics Revisited

Stripes & Denim. Two words that are in every fashion enthusiasts vocabulary. Arguably two of the biggest staples when it comes to style, it is no secret that denim and stripes have classic and All-American connotations that embody these closet staples. They may not be new to most of you out there, but I want to take a minute to emphasize the revival and re-imagination of these simple, yet effect trends when put together.

Never underestimate the power of a basic striped dress + jean jacket combo. Nowadays, everyone from models off duty to fashion bloggers are trying their own twist on this tried-and-true combination. Try yours with statement pieces like big earrings or a bejeweled necklace for a unique twist! 

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New York Fashion Week Highlights

I already touched upon the incredible beauty of a show that Oscar de la Renta put on this week, but he most certainly was not the only one to blow me away. From hairstyles that reinvent the idea of even the simplest of styles to runway set-ups from our wildest dreams, it has already been an incredible success for the fashion industry. Here are some of my highlights from this week: 

Tommy Hilfiger’s Circus Themed Runway:

Polo Ralph Lauren’s 4D Holographic Runway in Central Park (Check out the link, it is one of the coolest things I have ever seen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugBbTiBmZ2g) 

ICB’s Incredible Paint Dripping Runway Backdrop 

Kate Spade’s Quirky Clutches 

Alice + Olivia’s Fantastic Prints

Thom Browne’s Amazing Garden Party Presentation 

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New York Fashion Week: Oscar de la Renta

New York Fashion Week. Even the mention of this iconic week-long event makes everyone from streetstyle bloggers to the designers themselves feel a thrill. As one of the biggest culminations of art, style, and even architecture, this event marks the success and epitome of innovative creativity for hundreds of designers as they put forth the latest and greatest designs. I decided to feature some of my favorite shows from this week starting off with my ultimate favorite: Oscar de la Renta

The show was a beautiful hodge-podge of fabrics like gingham, checks, eyelet, lace, and florals, all of which fell under a fresh color palette of soft pastels and crisp white. The whole collection felt like  breath of fresh air with feminine touches like vintage florals, feather and  perforated accents, and romantic silhouettes. It was a truly unique take on a spring collection with ensembles looking more like pieces of art than clothes. 

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Get Flashy

Introducing the latest trend in accessorizing: flash tattoos! I like to describe them as metallic hennas, because they are temporary tattoos that come in everything from wave designs to Egyptian-inspired motifs that last up to six days. They can be easily applied on your skin just using water and are the simplest way to make a statement of a flashy tattoo without the long-term investment.They truly look like two-dimensional pieces of jewelry.

I recently tested some out myself (I used one as an armband and an arrow on my forearm) and I was in love with the results. It’s the coolest new way to accessorize and packs range from $20-30 with the price being totally worth it. You can buy your own flash tattoos at www.flashtat.com