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NYFW | 5 Must-Knows

New York Fashion Week is officially on the radar today, running through Thursday, February 18th. The Fall 2016 season has already caused quite a stir, from Kanye West’s upcoming show-turned-concert, to immediate shoppable collections straight from the runway (yes, please). Here are the must-knows so you won’t feel left out, especially if you’re on the opposite side of the country like I am!

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Dreamy Summer Whites

Clean, fresh, and infinitely stylish, white is the shade when it comes to easy-breezy summer dressing. I’ve really been loving dreamy summer whites as the weather gets warmer in San Francisco, especially in head-to-toe looks. Airy and whimsical or boho with an edge, dressing in white for summer is always a good idea and you can do so in a variety of ways. Its romantic appeal looks good on practically everyone, and I’m particularly fond of white lace in flowing dresses or tops.

Here are 6 gorgeous looks from Free People to inspire your next romantic summer white look. Click the images to shop the looks online!






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Designer Inspirations at New York Fashion Week F/W 2015

Happy New York Fashion Week! Today marks the first day of New York Fashion Week F/W 2015. Prepping for the week is tough, from having an organized calendar with your favorite designers to follow, blog posts to write up of those favorite designers’ collections, and above all, determining the trends for the coming season, along with the inspirations behind each line.

After every fashion week comes to a finish, critics and enthusiasts dig deep into each collection, with the hopes of dissecting and then truly understanding the thought put into and inspiration behind each design. What typically ends up happening is the pinpointing of a certain trend, though that may not always be confirmed by the designers themselves. This time around, we’re lucky, as we’ll know just what to look for and where it came from. I was so excited to discover that WWD had spoken to several designers in order to find out exactly where the inspiration for their F/W 2015 collections came from. How wonderful is it to go into viewing a collection knowing just what the designer’s thought process is? There’s definitely a very unique source of inspiration for each designer for this season’s collections and I can’t wait to see them all starting today! Below are the collections I’m looking forward to seeing the most. What about you?

Edun: “Second Skin.”
Houghton: “A feminine take on a military influence.”
Adam Selman: “A rotten disposition.”
Charlotte Ronson: “The serenity of nature coupled with an abstract, urban nature.”
Costello Tagliapietra: “Colors deep within forested trails —
feeling grounded to earth, but with an air of something magical.”
Cushnie et Ochs: “33.800083, -84.451936. The Norfolk Southern Railway.”
Hellessy: “I was inspired by the elements of frost and fog. I imagined a modern 
day heroine from the film adaptation of Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’ navigating
 with elegance and sensuality through a terrible urban blizzard.”
Jason Wu: “Desire.”
kate spade: “Indulging in your cravings.”
Marchesa: “Opium Dream.”
Monique Lhuillier: “Strength and femininity.”
Nicholas K: “Gothic Cinema.”
Nicole Miller: “The dark world of mythic arts illustrations.”
Rebecca Minkoff: “Patti Smith and New York’s underground
 rock scene in the late Sixties and early Seventies.”
Sally LaPointe: “I was taken by Pina Bausch this season. Her ability
to both shock and inspire was the starting point for the collection.”
Tadashi Shoji: “Sky Voyage.”
Veronica Beard: “The Great Camps.”
Alexander Wang: “Heavy metal.”
Alice + Olivia: “Swinging London.”
Christian Siriano: “The dark and mysterious creatures and plant life from the Congo jungle… there are sleek burnout wool textured dresses, bold animal-print jacquard coats and liquid pantherlike evening looks. It’s elegant, powerful, but still romantic.
Dennis Basso: “Seventies glamour girl.”
Domonic Louis: “Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art.”
Donna Karan: “The power and poetry of the city.”
Diane von Furstenberg: “When tweed meets lace.”
Herve Leger: “One of the most iconic and enduring human structures: la Sagrada Familia, by Antoni Gaudi.”
Karen Walker: “Female time travelers.”
Mara Hoffman: “Wilder space (wo)man.”
Milly: “Sculptural shapes in prismatic hues, with a nod to postmodernism.”
Nanette Lepore: “Posh Rebel Girls Club.”
Victoria Beckham
Zac Posen: “Soft structure, embroidered texture.”
Can’t wait to see what they’ve come up with after looking through these inspirational snippets!
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2015 Pantone Color of the Year: Marsala

2015 is right around the corner, and a new year means many things; in the art and fashion world, it means a new color chosen by Pantone, the global color authority and provider of professional color standards for the design industries. Last year, I featured Pantone’s color for 2014 (and discussed the what Pantone is if you’re not already familiar), Radiant Orchid, which symbolized an invitation to innovation, and [hopefully] encouraged us to expand our creativity and uniqueness. A beautiful harmony of fuchsia, purple, and pink undertones, this past year has been filled with inspiring confidence and showcasing love and joy. How was it for you? If that doesn’t sound like your year, don’t worry, a new year also means new beginnings.

Okay, let’s get to 2015 already; introducing… Marsala. Pantone states the color as a “naturally robust and earthy wine red… [enriching] our minds, bodies and souls, exuding confidence and stability.” While the tone is rich and seductive, its versatility is great, equally appealing to both men and women along with being an excellent choice to decorate with in all sorts of ways from food to home interiors to weddings. I love the fact that it’s flattering against many skin tones and is sultry, yet subtle, enough as a great “go-to” color for beauty, providing beautiful highlight for the cheek and pops of color for nails, lips, and even hair. Take the hue even further with its texture; a matte finish highlights the organic and earthy and nature of Marsala while adding a sheen demonstrates glamour and luxury.

Confidence and stability are definitely what I need in 2015, with my recent new move to San Francisco and exciting adventures to come. I’m already a huge fan of Marsala and can’t wait to see the various ways everyone will be incorporating it throughout the year into home decor, beauty, fashion, and even food. Let’s see how various industries have already began using the color (below). For inspiration all through 2015, follow my Pinterest board where I’ll be pinning my favorite Marsala findings.

How will you be showing off this sultry, earthy hue?



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pretty in pastels

A delectable trend for the Fall/Winter season and one that I love seeing all-year-round, from mint greens and precious lavenders to soft fairy pinks and delicate sky blues, pastel hues are the perfect way to sweeten and warm up your winter. Although it may be easier to grab your trusty darker hued pieces during the colder months, this season, your best bet should be to sweeten your day up with tender, delicate shades of pastel.

I haven’t put together a styling guide for quite some time, so with this trend being a recent favorite of mine, I was instantly inspired to create one again.

Trending Shades

We know the basics when it comes to pastels, but this time around, the palette expands even further with a whole new vibe. For the F/W season, keep these in mind:

  • pink, including powder, champagne, pearl, and salmon.
  • peach, including apricot and ivory.
  • yellow, including lemon and french vanilla.
  • green, including moss, tea, mint, pistachio, and light sage.
  • purple, including lavender and periwinkle.
  • blue, including baby, sky, ice, and powder.

Complementary Shades
As you can see above, the pastel hues intended for the Autumn and Winter seasons are just as wearable as when incorporated during the Spring and summer months. Since we’re getting inspired for low temps, therefore warm layers, take this as a hint to mix & match pretty pastels with other trending pigments to build unexpected, lovely combinations. To achieve this, try the following:
  • mix pretty pastels with earthy tones like camel, beige, sand, and warm brown.
  • complement a shade of pastel with light or dark gray for a sleek, smart look.
  • spruce up the delicate pastel pigment with a touch of a contrasting shade; think sky blue paired with a rich red.
  • for a lux look, play up the pastels with crisp, clean whites; finish off the look with a sleek ponytail and a natural/bare face.
  • for an edgy meets girly look, tone down the pastel hues by pairing them with darker pigments including black, navy, and charcoal gray.
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I have no doubt that this trend will stick around for a while; it’s polished, pretty, and can be worn throughout the year in a variety of ways. What’s your favorite way to wear pastel?