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Top 5 Spring Fashion Trends

What I adore about Spring fashion is the combination of new and old. Every season, when the sun starts to come out, the layers start to come off. And every season I reach for a few tried & true favorites while I simultaneously begin to shop for some fun new pieces to mix in for the season.

So read on for tips on creating the perfect Spring/Summer wardrobe for 2015!

Ponchos & Capes:

You know I’m a cape girl through-and-through so I’m thrilled that this trend is making the Winter-to-Spring transition this year. So stay warm during the coming months by wrapping up in this season’s hottest silhouette – The blanket! ūüôā

Try this killer multi colored oversized scarf version a la Burberry – Minus the $$$ price tag.

Stripes:

Spring is all about prints. Whether it’s florals {groundbreaking!} or flirty gingham, fun – Eye-catching prints are a must.

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And my favorite print for Spring, and my go-to season after season, is stripes.

Try a classic striped t-shirt that goes with everything РEspecially a floral midi skirt РA bold black & white striped maxi for weekends, or a low-key cotton skirt for lounging.

Not ready to commit to a head-to-toe striped look? Try accessories like a fun striped tassel scarf!

Fringe:

One of the new trends for 2015 is fringe. Not new-new, obviously, but something to keep an eye on. I’m not an all-over fringe kinda girl, but a bold accessory or jewelry piece is the perfect way for me to mix this into my looks for Spring. Brightly colored tassel earrings, fringed leather cross-body bag,

Overalls:

One of the trends I’m loving yet again this season are the overalls, pinafores, and dungarees {depending on where you live…}

Spring Fashion Trends Stripes Fringe Poncho Cape Overalls Pinafore Wearable Technology Prints Mixing & Matching San Francisco Fashion Food Fitness Beauty Lifestyle Blogger Street Style Shopping Online Fashion

I was hesitant to try this trend – Loved seeing it on other people but wasn’t quite sure how to translate that to myself. They key is finding the piece the suits your style personality best – Whether that’s classic denim overalls, a flirty little pinafore, or boho-inspired floral romper.

Feeling bold? Try a sleek jumpsuit for an evening event. The jumpsuit is the new Little Black Dress after all.

Wearable Tech:

From high fashion activity monitors a la Tory Burch for FitBit to cozy pockets on your favorite frock for your lifeline, fashion is taking on technology this season.

I’m a fan of the oh-so-fashionable Frends headphones¬†and the new Under Armour Tech Shorts and the super cute To and From Tote with all sorts of upgrades inside!

What are YOU most excited for this season?

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New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 – Part III

This post is devoted to the lines that I’m just discovering¬†– Hey¬†I never claimed to be on top of everything –¬†and the designers are that just starting to hock their wares at New York Fashion Week. You can catch up on the earlier posts that you missed to see¬†reviews of dozens more fashion shows – New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 – Part I & ¬†New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 – Part II.

Veronica Beard:

This two-year old brand put out a lovely collection for Spring 2013 РTwenty-one looks that included colorful day dresses, loungewear, smart blazers, chic suits, and light outerwear.

You could see the Moroccan influence in the vivid colors and prints, and in the loose silhouettes and pajama-like styles of some of the pants, jumpsuits, and short suits.

Jil Sander Navy:

I’m not sure why, but I’ve never checked out the Loobook¬†for Jil¬†Sander Navy before – Thus its inclusion in the “new to me” Part III review¬†of NYFW – And I enjoyed what I saw. The collection was full of crisp fabrics, clean lines, and basic separates that are the building block for every modern woman’s wardrobe.

When I look at this Lookbook I see all the casual but chic and stylish pieces that you need РTennis skirts, sleeveless blouses, car coats, shirt dresses, patterned jackets, mod-inspired collarless shifts, and knee-length skirts РAll in navy, white, red & blue with stripes and florals thrown in for good measure and paired with sporty wedges, t-straps, and platform tennis shoes.

I look forward to seeing what this brand comes out with next!

Honor:

This was a pretty collection of pretty frocks in neutrals with hints of Spring-appropriate pink and green. Nature-based prints, lace, and brocades gave this collection a very sweet vibe РEverything looked fresh and ready for next Spring.

Light colors, delicate fabrics, and slightly oversized silhouettes gave many of the pieces the illusion that they were preparing to float away. In addition to satin pumps there were classic sandals in white and powder blue. I loved the shorts, pants, and high-neck blouses they were sweet and dreamy but still contemporary enough to imagine in your own closet.

Holmes & Yang:

Miss Katie Holmes continued to shed her Mrs. Tom Cruise title and joined with her long-time stylist to create a cute, functional group of looks for an early morning NYFW showing.

The clothes were chic and wearable with flats & heels, handbags, flowing silk maxi dresses & maxi skirts, slouchy cropped pants, cute day dresses, short suits, and plenty of fun prints and leather. The first look was my favorite, I liked the loose wide leg pants and the quilted motorcycle jacket.

Pierre Balmain:

While Balmain is the go-to brand for sexy, rock n’ roll fabulousness, its new sister line Pierre Balmain may become the go-to for chic, ladylike separates.

The 66 look collection featured Parisian black & white, pops of pink & yellow, peplums, lace, leather & eyelet, menswear, denim, all-over prints, and a great collection of blazers & jackets in varying lengths and fabrics. While Balmain pieces can often look more like couture than street wear, these clothes were ready to walk straight from the catwalk to the sidewalk!

Theyskens’ Theory:

I’m embarrassed to admit it, but I’ve never taken the time to look at Oliver Theyskens’ collection for Theory before. The shame!¬† And it was no surprise that I liked what I saw when I finally did.

It was a dark hued, wet looking group collection Рfilled with elegant suits, sleek leather, chunky knits, and some slouchy Alexander Wang-style separates, all paired with strappy heels and oversized, borrowed from the boys outerwear.

Thakoon Addition:

Cute. Feminine. Wearable. These were the first thoughts that popped into my head when I saw this collection РNothing innovative or provocative, just stylish, contemporary separates and dresses for the modern girl.

The eyelet and mini flower prints were Spring-ready and the bloomer-style short shorts and long, open sweaters gave the collection some fun silhouettes. I especially liked the print mixing and the striped, open sweater-sets.

Katie Gallagher:

NYFW newbie Katie Gallagher was quite the topic of discussion this season and stood up to the scrutiny by showing a black & nude collection full of draping, swimwear, and cutouts.

Peplums, sheer fabrics, chainlink belts, lace-up strappy sandals, asymmetrical hemlines, shrunken outerwear, bathing suits, retro bandeau tops, and textured fabrics kept the collection from being boring.

MM6 Maison Martin Margiela:

The perfect Paris-meets-New-York-City looks this season came from MM6 Maison Martin Margiela, new to NYFW and one of the hottest tickets in town.

Urban cuts, dramatic drapping, and loose silhouettes featured heavily in the Lookbook, with washed out greys, browns, and white, all paired with over-the-shoulder and messenger bags.

Charlotte Ronson:

Flirty florals, calming deep blues & greens, multicolored stripes, colorblocking, rompers, sheer blouses, mesh, jumpsuits, and cute shrunken blazers all made an appearance in the Ocean themed collection.

The separates here really stole my heart, I loved the print mixing & matching, the layering, and the sweet patterns that she used. I was also a fan of the handbags and ankle strap platforms that accompanied the looks. These are the perfect types of pieces for throwing on during the Spring & Summer РBathing suit cover ups, hot Summer nights, vacation clothes РCute, easy, and wearable.

Sources: Style.com, Fashionologie, The Stylist, & Tom & Lorenzo

Previous NYFW Collections: New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 ‚Äď Part I, New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 ‚Äď Part II, New York Fashion Week Fall 2012, Pre-Fall 2012 Part I, Part II, Part III, and NYFW Spring 2012 Round-Up.

Additional reviews, photographs, shows, and videos: The Huffington Post’s New York Fashion Week 2012: The Top 5 Trends, The IFB’s Spring 2013 Collectionson Pinterest, or The Stylist’s The Pit, Model Critiques And More: A New York Fashion Week Photographer Diary (VIDEO).

What was your favorite trend so far from the Spring 2013 collections? I think I have to agree with Mr. Blasberg¬†about one of my favorite emerging trends for next Spring¬†– “NYFW¬†trend: Long live the sexy secretary skirt! Low on the hips at Marc Jacobs, unzipped at Michael Kors, and in python at Reed Krakoff.” Looking forward to seeing how this trend is translated in London, Milan, and Paris.

Be sure to stay tuned for the fourth and final post from the tents at New York Fashion Week РThe street style, nighttime glam, and fabulous front row fashion of New York City.

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IFBCON – Trends, Styles & Inspirations

This week was the much-anticipated Independent Fashion Bloggers Conference РOtherwise known as IFBCON РHeld in New York City right before the start of the Spring 2013 Fashion Week.

“Looking back, what made this IFBCON¬†special was how authentic & original everyone and every panel was. True representation of the community.” – IFB

{Fashionistas waiting to get into the conference @ 8:30am on a muggy NYC Tuesday}

The words above uttered by IFB couldn’t be truer, this was an amazing & educational experience.¬†I mentioned here¬†that I wanted to share all of the fabulous fashion that I got a chance to witness at the conference, so share I will.

{Top Left: Bobbie Austin’s¬†Closet, Top Right: The Subtle Statement & Rachel The Stylish Wanderer}

The personal style of the fashion bloggers of IFBCON was utterly diverse, ranging from hippie inspired fringe and layers, to rock n’ roll studs and spikes, to mix-masters who seamlessly paired patterns, stripes, polka dots, or animal prints.

Needless to say, this conference was a people watching dream!

Heels, stacked bracelets,¬†and oversized bags were pervasive, but aside from that there were so many trends and styles that I’m almost at a loss for how to describe it all to you. Over-the-shoulder bags, spiked bracelets, fun tennis shoes, daytime sequins, camo, maxi & midi length skirts, pleats, round sunglasses, printed & brocade pants, peplum dresses, geometric prints,¬†pajama-inspired separates –¬†There was a¬†veritable¬†sea of beautiful colors, great textures, fun prints, and interesting fabrics.

Nearly as fascinating as the fashion bloggers themselves were the panelists and speakers that we were all there to see. Top bloggers, buyers, writers, brands, publishers, tech wizards, journalists, stylists, social media experts, authors, models – Basically, the best in the biz all there offering us advice, inspiration, motivation, and a vision of a possible future for ourselves.

{The one. The only. Iman}

Check out more outtakes from the conference here ‚Äď just log into Facebook to view

So in summary, I was lucky enough to spend two days with some of the greatest fashion-minded men and women in the industry. People of all ages, nationalities, races, and backgrounds who have one very important thing in common – An all-consuming passion for all things fashionable!

And what did I wear for this amazing event?

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{Left – Day 1 & Right – Day 2}

What’s your favorite fashion blog?

What questions would you have posed to fashion industry greats like Derek Blasberg, Coco Rocha, Iman, Kelly Framel of The Glamourai, Lindsey Calla of Saucy Glossie, Nicole Warne of Gary Pepper Vintage, Jessie Artigue of Style And Pepper, or Erin of Apartment 34?

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