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White Out

Fall is only 5 days away, even though it pretty much feels like the beautiful, brisk season all-year-around here in San Francisco (which I’m totally not complaining about). With summer coming to an end, I figured I would do a ‘white out’ post, featuring my favorite all-white looks from the Spring/Summer 2015 runway collections. I feel as if I predicted this trend for the coming Spring/Summer seasons, since I’ve been loving the look and have been wanting to do an all-white post for a while now; and when fashion week began, I noticed the abundance of all-white on the runway and instantly grew excited!

One of fashion’s (supposed) greatest faux pas is wearing white after Labor Day, and while the notion stems from standards dating back to the early 1900s, I don’t feel the need to conform to an outdated theory, especially considering I’ve developed a more minimalist, clean look into my wardrobe lately.

With that said, here are my favorite looks from the Spring/Summer 2015 runway shows, all in pure, crisp white hues.

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Top Trends for Spring/Summer 2015

New York Fashion Week came to a close last week and while (for a few reasons) not being too impressed with last year’s collections, I can definitely say the opposite for this coming Spring and Summer. Designers stepped way out of their comfort zones, bringing us a variety of unique shapes/structures, patterns, and themes to step confidently into next year. Think subtle nods to the 1970s, sporty yet pretty touches that don’t require a gym membership, a fresh spin on gingham prints, and much more.

I’ve outlined my favorite trends below that I spotted on the runways, from a minimalist and sweet to an athletic and bold approach.

A Delicacy

Carolina Herrera / Rebecca Taylor

Taking clues from the 1960’s with both delicate and large florals that look painted on garments, as well as pastel and neutral tones, designers including Carolina Herrera and Rebecca Taylor showcased a sweet and feminine collection. A trademark of the trend also includes lingerie detailing via gentle and soft embroidery, empire and A-line dresses, wide-legged shorts and pants, and cropped smocked tops and sweaters in linen and silk organza.

Marco, Polo!

Hugo Boss / J.Crew

I was never a fan of your typical polo, but ever since I incorporated a more simplistic vibe into my personal style, I can’t get enough blouses and pretty collared tops. Spring’s new crop top is the slouchy knitted polo – buttoned up or not. Think of yourself as the rebellious chick at the preppy country-club. As versatile as a T, the polos on the runways of ICB, J. Crew, and Hugo Boss are all covetable.

Great Gingham
Oscar de la Renta / Diane von Furstenberg


There are certain trademarks of the Spring season and one has its roots set in charming picnic-wear, aka that particular plaid known as gingham. I personally love incorporating the pattern all-year-around, and this Spring, designers opted for reds, blacks, and baby blues. The print maintains its sweetness, while getting a dose of spicy, with cut-outs like on Lela Rose’s deep plunge dress and Diane von Furstenberg’s sexy high-slit dress.

Simply Suede
Tommy Hilfiger / Ralph Lauren


We know by now that sleek leather is a staple during the warmer months, but designers chose to soften it up a bit for next Spring, playing with decadent suedes. Altuzarra took his signature button-down to luxe places in a camel hue paired with a bold, striped skirt, while Jason Wu went sultry with suede on a deep-plunge, high-slit dress.

Minimalist Sportswear
3.1 Philip Lim / Alexander Wang


For years now, we’ve seen a variety of full-on sportswear from Alexander Wang, but this time around, it’s about a touch of athletic influences played into a minimalist, girly look. From racing stripes to lace-ups, a simple detail here and there keeps the look fresh and sleek. The use of mesh and high-tech fabrics shows the marriage of innovation and technology, which I love when blending into fashion and everyday wear.

Stripes
Victoria Beckham / Altuzarra


Seen on nearly every Spring runway, stripes are making a major statement, but not only in the big-print sense. Designers are playing with position and placement, as well as sizing. Textiles at Victoria Beckham make a bold appearance while interesting shapes and mix-matching are showcased on the Altuzarra runway.

Modern Safari
Victoria Beckham / Ralph Lauren


Another look I was never a huge fan of in the past but have come to appreciate recently is safari, especially with the more modern approach designers have taken. This Spring, we can spot chic khaki trench dresses, fern prints, sleek cargo pants, and camo-inspired pieces that are anything but invisible. Instead of roughing it, these safari-inspired looks have an upscale, sophisticated aesthetic, as seen on the runways of Ralph Lauren and Victoria Beckham.

Power Shoulders
Zac Posen / Cushnie et Ochs


Another nod to the past, designers have found new ways to show off those shoulders, and no, it isn’t by adding shoulder pads! This season, we can put the power suits aside and let those sexy shoulders breathe with shoulder-baring looks. Whether off-the-shoulder or bold one-shoulder necklines, make this the key element to show off one of your finest assets.

Stay tuned tomorrow for a trend I didn’t list that I wanted to feature on its own, as I’m obsessed (and sort of predicted).

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Let’s Make "Fitness Pretty" Instead Of "Pretty Sporty" | Cynthia Rowley S/S 2015

I’ve loved the concept of stylish and pretty fitness attire ever since I started partaking in yoga and pilates, since I’m not a legging and sports-bra type of girl. What I love even more, is Cynthia Rowley’s idea of “making fitness pretty instead of making pretty sporty”. For Rowley’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection, she decided to separate her activewear looks from the ready-to-wear. The line includes elements like a metallic bike helmet, bags with gold whistles, black leggings and white tops with “Cynthia Rowley” adorned up the side in gold, and scalloped running shorts.

Rowley’s main line isn’t missing its athletic expertise though; for instance, red and white racing stripes lined a pair of black floor-skimming trousers. This season, the designer thought a lot about bold prints, including blown up ’60s florals on trapeze dresses and swingy tops in oversized lace. As for silhouettes, Rowley showcased cropped kick flares and billowy dresses, which worked exceptionally well with both athletic footwear as well as high-heel mules. While it was clear that the two collections are separate, the two lines go hand in hand beautifully.

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Game of Thrones Fashions on the Runway

So much smiling. So much crying. So much love. So much hate. Of course I’m talking about none other than (everyone’s favorite) HBO TV series Game of Thrones. As Season 4 came to a close this past weekend, we’re left impatiently waiting until next season to see who’s a new love interest and who dies next (among many other happenings). Aside from the agony that comes alongside each episode, we can’t put aside the incredible fashions seen on the show. Elle.com‘s Zana Bayne sourced through each episode and realized that several of the pieces worn by the actors on GoT could be taken straight from our favorite runway shows. Pretty remarkable. Take a look below at some of my favorite matches and view the rest on Elle.com.

 Cersei Lannister | Antonio Marras FW13
Daenerys Targaryen | Giambattista Valli FW09

 Daenerys Targaryen | Herve Leger SS14
Ellaria Sand | Jean Paul Gaultier Couture FW12

Margaery Tyrell | Kenzo FW13

Oberyn Tyrell | Etro FW13

Ygritte | Chanel FW10

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Versace Resort 2015

For the Versace 2015 Resort collection, Donatella Versace swapped her sexy bias-cut dresses for Fall for something more 1960s inspired. Taking flirty shift dresses with boxed silhouettes and iconic Versace prints and patterns, we’re looking at a sexy and sleek eye-catching collection. I especially love the yellow dress with the Medusa and signature Greek key figured prominently, while polka dots and miniature flags added a fun surprise to the top half. Other shifts included patchworks of glossy, multicolor, and rich looking python skin. In another turn, the geometric harlequin pattern peeking underneath a black leather blazer looked polished and sophisticated, especially when paired with sleek peep-toe go-go boots. Evening wear is never left out with Versace, and a favorite of included a black one-shoulder column dress featuring a thigh-high slit bordered in thick bands of rhinestones. It’s clear that the Versace lady always knows who she is and where she’s going. I adore the entire collection!