Paris Fashion Week Top 5 Runway Shows

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It’s that time of the year again, fashion week is upon us. Well, more like fashion month actually. This whirlwind of fashion, art, and design inspiration has me wide-eyed over all the creativity and innovation I’ve been seeing, From New York to London, and Milan to Paris, fashion week is further proof of how magical and amazing fashion is. I’ve gotta say though that I am especially in love with Paris Fashion Week. Paris is the birthplace of esteemed and historic fashion houses like Balenciaga, Chanel, and Yves Saint Laurent to name a few, which is exactly why Paris Fashion Week is extra special for me. Here I give you a rundown of the top 5 shows I loved this Fall 2015 season.

Miu Miu

Miuccia Prada has consistently churned memorably playful and witty collection for Miu Miu, this Fall 2015 was no exception. 50s inspired silhouettes in a plethora of colors and textures sashayed down the runway. Cabochon statement necklaces and earrings adorned each look, and is sure to herald the comeback of these baubles this year so take note fashionistas. Knits, pleats, snakeskin, and check prints, there are just so much visual inspiration in this one.

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Balmain

Creative Director for Balmain, Oliver Rousteing, does it again. The signature modern Balmain look is all about glitz, rock n’ roll, and serious tailoring and detail of course. This collection was heavily inspired by the unapologetic glamour and pomp of disco era 70s. Rousteing’s take on the 70s consisted of micropleating, velvet, graphic stripes, oversized belts, and lots and lots of bright and bold jewel tones. A lot of red carpet stunners in this collection. Also noteworthy are the velvet heels in this show.

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Sacai

If you don’t know about up and coming brand Sacai, consider yourself informed. This brand helmed by Commes des Garcons and Junya Watanabe trained Chitose Abe has got the whole fashion world in a tizzy. Karl Lagerfeld, Anna Wintour, and Suzy Menkes all consider themselves fans of this brand. So you better get on board with Sacai’s unique silhouettes and forward thinking designs. I mean, how awesome is the cable knit embossed print on leather? Knit and leather have always made a good match, and Sacai takes this duo elevates it even further.

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Chanel

Chanel wows fashion fans once again with its brilliant Brasserie Gabrielle concept. Set in a traditional French brasserie, Karl Lagerfeld’s high concept design with futuristic tetrahedrons with tweed contrast perfectly with Parisian flair of the brasserie. His collection truly celebrates what’s great about Paris. My personal style picks from the show are the cap toe low block heels, tied ribboned belts, mosaic embroidery, and the distinctly contemporary bourgeois feel of the collection.

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Isabel Marant

It Girl fashion fave Isabel Marant stays consistent with what she’s always been known for, which is wearable designs that combine her signature edge with figure flattering silhouettes. High waist trousers, stripes and tribal prints dominated the collection. Touches of femininity like ruffles and nautical preppy buttons were also present. Note the striped sweater and high waist paper bag trouser combo, I reckon it’ll be a prevalent ensemble for the season to come.

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Which shows were your fave? It’s so hard to choose right? So many brilliant design and jaw-dropping shows this season!

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Flora and Fauna

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Sunshine and sea breeze on a gorgeous day, what more can you ask for? I love spending time outdoors. Soaking up some Vitamin D and taking a lovely and leisurely walk by the docks while breathing in the fresh air and looking at the gorgeous scenery; this is my idea of a picture perfect afternoon. Screen Shot 2015-02-15 at 8.09.00 pm

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Screen Shot 2015-02-15 at 8.08.42 pmIs there a better time to don a flowing chiffon floral print blouse? This gauzy and cool blouse has just the right drape and the fabric lets my skin breathe. The naturalistic floral pattern matches my environment and echoes the natural beauty surrounding me. Nature is truly inspiring and spending time outside makes me so happy.

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Pairing my chiffon top with white skinny denim further enhances its springtime appeal. The white denims have the perfect relaxed fit and lends itself very well to the ease of my overall ensemble. Finishing off the look with strappy heels, gives a bit of sophistication. The chunky heel of this pair keeps me from teetering and are so very comfy to walk in. Screen Shot 2015-02-15 at 8.07.59 pm

Instead of the usual red lip, I opted for a red-orange hue that matches the more earthy tones in my look. Screen Shot 2015-02-15 at 8.07.21 pm

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It can’t be a complete #OOTD without a statement bag? As you can probably tell my dear reader, I am very passionate about purses. I believe that bags can elevate a look and pull it together. My new acquisition from Valentino is no exception. The studded detail is so contemporary and trendy and so unexpected with the earthy color palette of the purse. The orange and olive green color play into the natural appeal of my floral chiffon blouse.

What would you wear for a day on the docks? I loved my outfit from this day, and I hope you love it too! Stay tuned to my blog for more of my personal style.

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Style Icon: Natalie Portman

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Natalie Portman’s beauty is understated and elegant. Her grace and carriage point to the grandeur and old world glamour of Old Hollywood. She’s conquered this century’s Hollywood too though. Starring in award-winning heavy hitters like Closer and Black Swan, as well as blockbuster hits like Thor, V for Vendetta, and Star Wars as Queen Amidala. This Harvard graduate is proof that beauty, brains, talent, and impeccable style is possible to have in one petite and sophisticated package.

Here’s my roundup of Natalie Portman’s best looks to date:

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Normally, a frock with ruffles all over would be a no-no for someone with a petite frame like Natalie. However, this red number from Lanvin makes an exception. All the ruffles are beautifully layered and draped making it an effortlessly elegant and incredibly flattering red carpet look. The short hemline is perfect for her frame. 54ac38fd14809_-_elle-natalie-portman-18-xl-xln

Natalie shows off her penchant for rosy hues in this pink and red jewel-toned gown. Her classic style is reflected in her great choice of subtle yet glamorous diamond bling. She kept it simple, and yet she made a super chic statement.

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Maternity style proved to be Natalie Portman’s strong suit. She wowed the crowd during her pregnancy by donning one amazing dress after another. The beautiful deep purple color, sexy slit, and off-shoulder silhouette enhance her beautiful figure and show off her baby bump in high style. 642ad1f9cb645874f1b919b2a9b1f651

Further proof that you can’t go wrong with black and white? This flawless daytime ensemble from Natalie Portman. The sleek and feminine black satin slingback heels and delicate diamond drop earrings are the perfect finishing touches to her stylish frock. When you have a great dress like this, you let it do the talking.
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Great style never takes a day off. Natalie look good even when sporting some off-duty casual threads. Blue jeans, a camel trench, and Cuban heeled boots gets elevated with a strong shot of color via a cobalt blue cashmere scarf. This is how you bundle up while still looking chic as ever. 012715-LOTD-natalie-portman-428

Clad in head-to-toe Dior, Natalie represented  the brand well. She is a Dior brand ambassador after all. From the tweed coat, cashmere sweater, and the beautifully embellished silk satin skirt, the mix of textures is what makes this outfit stand out. 022612-Natalie-Portman-350

One of her best Oscar looks and a noteworthy red carpet moment, Natalie Portman commanded attention in this Dior Haute Couture gown. The vintage feel, fitted bodice, classic Old Hollywood polka dot print all came together for an evening look that exceeded expectations. 102613-Natalie-Portman-350

A perfect picture of feminine style at its best, Natalie Portman continues to impress with her polished and ladylike style. The embellished floral tulle overlay of this fit and flare tea length dress makes it perfect either for a red carpet event or an afternoon at high tea. She finished it off perfectly with gold vintage inspired sandals. 1325880560-natalie-portman__largeNatalie tried her hand at subtle color blocking when she combined this bright and vibrant royal blue with a pair of deep purple peep toes. She showed off her gorgeous gams and flattered her petite frame with the short hemline and A-line silhouette of this frock. The origami bust detail combined with the tailored detailing in the buttoned front and pockets are features that make this dress a stellar standout.

Which look did you absolutely love?

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Style Icon: Gwyneth Paltrow

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Leggy, gorgeous, and eternally chic, Gwyneth Paltrow sure sets the bar high for Hollywood stars everywhere. Always perfectly coiffed and always dressed to kill, Gwyneth makes one wonder how she manages to look this good while being a mom, actress, and lifestyle guru. Owner and tastemaker at Goop, her personal passion project and online magazine that serves as a source for all things organic, natural, healthy, and on trend. She manages to keep fit through her lifestyle and her covetable radar for everything fashion forward. Steal some Gwynnie’s style and get inspired with this rundown of her 10 best looks:54bcdddc9491d_-_hbz-gwyneth-paltrow-best-looks-iron-man-2-la-0112-xln

Showing off her legendary toned legs, Gwyneth nails that elusive combo of casual and elegant. This pearly white short suit is fashion gamble that definitely paid off for her, making her look a cut above your standard red carpet looks. The edgy black booties are a nice finishing touch.

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Gwyneth isn’t particularly known for her penchant for color. She is often seen in chic and classic neutrals, which is why this orange number is extra special since it shows that she can pull off a bold look along with the best of them. This beautifully draped orange frock shows off her amazing bod in high style. The color clashing red booties completes this look with an unexpected hit of saturated color.

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This is Gwyneth at her best. The red carpet is where her best and most wow-inducing fashion moments happen and this gilded gown is one of them. Donning head-to-toe gold might prove to be a sartorial challenge for some, but Gwyneth has always proved herself to be the exception to the rule. This full-on glitz and glamour is dripping in sophistication, from the jeweled brooch on her waist down to her ankle-strap stilettos.

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This look is further proof of what we knew all along, a sleek black tuxedo jacket is a must-have for every fashionista. Here, Gwyneth wears it over a lacy one-piece and the jacket instantly adds a tailored touch and a fashion forward bravado to this look.

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Simplicity always equal elegance and if you pull it off like Gwyneth does, it is sure to land you on the best-dressed list. This sparkly green gown is made even more radiant when you let it be the center of attention. I love how she simply styled it with a diamond statement necklace and poker straight center parted hair.

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One of the most memorable Oscar dresses to date, this Tom Ford piece is one for the fashion books. This white gown-cape hybrid showcases Gwyneth’s love for both glamorous and simultaneously cutting-edge fashion. Again, her simple beauty look and minimal accessorizing makes this look extra winsome. Less is indeed more.

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Gwyneth knows that a strategic cut-out and bold color blocking are more than enough to make you stand out. Paired with textured waves and sexy high heels, she proves once again that a great dress is more than enough to prove your fashion mettle.

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Seriously, Gwyneth could be a poster girl/champion for the power and impact of simplicity, when done right of course. She does casual so perfectly polished. A cuffed blazer, classic white tee, boyfriend jeans, and strappy sandals is the formula for quick and easy chic.

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Gwyneth knows that a little of smoky eye and statement cut-out heels are all you need to elevate a white dress. Loose waves and dewy skin finish off this look, and reminds us that your hair, makeup, and skin are a big part of looking put together.

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I can’t round out this list without showing you Old Hollywood vintage glam Gwyneth. A blush toned gown with intricate detailing and a subtle mermaid cut makes for a showstopping red carpet statement. Red lips and diamonds complete this look with a classic glam flourish.

Don’t you just love how Gwyneth can make simple look extraordinary!

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Style Icon: Cara Delevingne

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If you thought that Brit model Cara Delevingne was big last year, expect her to blow up and become an even bigger star this year. Starring in the much anticipated onscreen adaptation of John Green’s “Paper Towns,” set to come out this summer, Cara D. will make the Hollywood red carpets her new runway. She’s already conquered pretty much every designer’s runway out there anyway, now she’s set her sights on a film career. This model’s career trajectory has been nothing short of stellar. She became a supermodel seemingly overnight, with her face on every major label’s campaign and her signature brows spotted on every important fashion show. She’s shown off excellent street style too. Here are my top 10 picks of some of her best style moments:2bf7117bb4d061a7b92707add703acbe

Who can forget this studded Burberry number that Cara wore during the Met Gala? She totally nailed that year’s theme of Punk Couture. With super smoky and dark eyes and multiple piercings on one ear, Cara ruled the red carpet that night.

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Her off-duty model style is what it’s all about. A slinky black sheath dress is a model style must. Perfectly complemented with a rich and luscious oversized camel coat, a black and white striped clutch, and black heeled sandals, this classic look offsets her fashionably undone bun.

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Now this is the Cara we know and love. Laidback, sexy, and completely cool, she expresses her signature tomboy chic and rebellious style even in the most casual of outfits. She accessorizes denim overalls and flip-flops with on-trend extras like a wide-brim hat, mirrored sunglasses, and a paisley one-piece.

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You didn’t think she’d wear a pantsuit in the “normal” way, do you? Cara flips the script on this tailored staple with a pair of bright and bold color blocked runners, and a bare cleavage accessorized with layered gold necklaces. Youthful and a little bit subversive, this look is precisely what makes Cara Delevingne a modern style icon.

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High-waist black skinnies with an oversized belt buckle? Yes, please. Cara certainly knows the power of contrast, the nude button-down against stark black, large accessory vs. tailored and skinny. It’s all about the mix. The edgy buckled boots are a great addition too.

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You can’t expect Cara to show up in an evening event in just a typical cocktail dress. She amps up evening dress by a couple of notches by flaunting her statuesque legs in a velvet blazer dress. Textured, luxe, sexy, and short, Cara definitely knows what she’s doing.

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Leave it to this newly minted style icon to take a vintage graphic tee to greater heights. She pairs her tee with prim and proper trousers and red satin court pumps. The red lip, studded clutch, and her bold brows complete this style statement and make it more than appropriate for a night out on the town.

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Her tomboy style and love for hats come together in this adorable street style look. From the buttoned-up gauzy blouse to the on-trend pastel blue shorts, she channels 60s Twiggy in this incredibly chic look. Throw in the black platform sandals and wide-brim hat and you get fashion perfection.

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I simply can’t get enough of Cara’s tuxedo looks. She manages to wear this tailored style staple in so many different ways, and she makes it looks fresh every single time. Her take, this time around, involves a double-breasted jacket detail, contrast lapel, wine stained lips, and zip-up booties. Can it get any better than this? This is edgy evening to a T.

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Don’t let Cara’s love for street style fool you. She can definitely glam it up if she wants or needs to. This look is evidence of that. A beautiful glittering column gown with a side slit combined with black details and accessories, this is definitely a recipe for a rebel chic red carpet look.

Do you love Cara’s style as much as I do? Sound off in the comments about your favorite look!

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Style Icon: Miley Cyrus

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Teen queen turned fashion and pop culture provocateur Miley Cyrus is a style icon in her own right. Having transformed before our eyes from Disney pop princess into a bona fide fashion insider, her recent collaboration with Jeremy Scott is further proof of her fashion prowess and unique style sensibility. She can go from red carpet glam to high street brash and bold fashion in a snap. This is what makes her so exciting, what Miley wears is always a clear reflection of her mood and where she is in her life. It is so transparent and simply thrilling to watch and observe. Let Miley inspire you to take fashion risks and wear things you never thought you would. Buck tradition and break all the rules while keeping chicness top of mind a la Miley.15

Here are my picks of Miley’s top 10 best looks:

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Miley does tailored in this red carpet look. Her cutting edge and modern take on the pantsuit involves bright yellow athletic piping and a mandarin collar top with sheer paneling. Wearing a black bra underneath a white top is a very Miley move that shows she’s no red carpet rookie. She can turn even a fashion faux pas into a moment of chicness. 

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You wouldn’t expect to see Miley in a Canadian tuxedo (read: denim on denim look), and yet here she is pulling it off excellently and putting her own twist to it, of course. The long white talons, royal blue minimalist sandals, and her spiky bleached blonde hair are outfit add-ons that are so Miley.

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A matching full tea skirt and crop top make for a ladylike ensemble. However, black and white perforated mesh detailing add a definitely daring spin on the matching set trend. I also love how Miley styled this look simply, opting to let these striking separates take center stage and keep the accessories and beauty look at a minimum.

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This casual street style look is signature Miley. Youthful, playful, and fun, the Converse sneaks, oversized white tee and flannel shirt combo is a little bit country and a little bit rock n’ roll. Just like Miley. Layered and chunky gold bling, a messy top knot, oval sunnies, and a black leather studded carryall  make this the quintessential young Hollywood pavement pounding outfit.

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This is the look that best captures Miley’s style of the moment. A little bit more grown up and polished, and plenty more fashion forward, this monochromatic look has elements of street like a leather motorcycle jacket and chunky heeled creepers that blend with classic black pieces for a stunning evening look.

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Want inspiration on how to style your graphic tee? Look no further than this look from Miley. A gilded satchel, leather mini skirt, and layered neck candy upgrade her tee from casual to an outfit fit for a night out or maybe a concert date. Take note of the extreme side part, and how a simple styling trick can have a huge difference in the overall vibe of your look.

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Now while this red carpet look may not be everyone’s cup of tea, it perfectly captures Miley’s no holds barred, take no prisoners view on fashion. She is obviously going to have a great time wearing this look, and at the end of the day it’s how your clothes make you feel that truly matters. It’s such a provocative look that still manages to look noteworthy, I love the embellishments and the color and texture it adds to the look.

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All white for the summer means extreme distressed jeans and cropped tops for Miley. With some chunky chain bling and creepers, she personalizes this all white look and gives it her touch of street style and funk.

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She wowed everyone in this red carpet look for this year’s VMA Awards. Equal parts edgy, chic, and incredibly fashion forward, this all leather ensemble is just what you would expect from Miley on a red carpet event. It’s young and fun while still looking sophisticated, and reveals just the right amount of skin. The metallic sandal is a great footwear choice that nicely rounds out this A plus red carpet style.

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Miley can go glam too. With slicked back hair, smoky eyes, and a splendid glittering column gown, it certainly displays her penchant for bold look-at-me styles. This gown is feminine and yet the green sequins elevates it from your traditional evening gown. The halter neckline is an excellent detail too.

Photos from WhoWhatWear and Pinterest

Which out of these looks bowled you over? Don’t you just love how Miley is such a fashion chameleon?

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10 Leather Looks to Steal

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Fall means sweater weather, which also means leather weather. The gusts of wind and that definite chill in the air is a sure sign that it is prime season to break out your best, boldest, and toughest leather looks.

Nothing can compare to the rock n’ roll glamour that leather gives. The texture alone is enough for you to want more leather love in your closet. It just adds some edge to any ensemble. Leather is a very timeless material that is your surest route to “it girl” style and coolness. You can never go wrong when wearing leather or using it as a complement or finishing flourish to either your casual daytime or sexy evening outfits.

Here’s a rundown of 10 celeb-approved leather looks to inspire you

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Quintessential Cool Girl/model Agyness Deyn schools you on how to wear vintage tees to your next nightout. Ditch that slinky dress and go for this edgy street look, where the leather pencil skirt upgrades this vintage tee for the red carpet. Finishing it off with metallic heels and a red minaudiere just adds that perfect dressy flair to this vintage tee and leather skirt look.
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Want to look polished and stylish for your next long haul flight? Follow Jennifer Lawrence’s lead and put a leather jacket over your comfy airport attire. A gray burnout tee, black denim, and sneakers is instantly elevated by a leather jacket with quilted detailing. This chic leather topper is the solution to not looking sloppy while traveling.

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Jamie Chung displays her  leather savvy by using leather in an unexpected way. Black leather is the standard go-to for leather looks. However, there has been a spike in the availability and popularity of more delicate hues for leather as of late. Pastel colors, like this light pink leather jackets is the perfect harmony of the toughness of leather with the softness of pastel pink.4490a365acd168f82d086ea4cf6bc9e5

A plain LBD gets a style uplift from leather. An all leather little black dress is miles away from your plain black dress. It’s more seductive, more mystertious, and more daring. Pair it with nude pumps, like Cameron Diaz did, to lighten up the overall look a bit. Minimal accessorizing is best as it lets your leather number stand out and make a major statement. 94998911b5537fe7fba577b39d2e6f7b

Miranda Kerr knows that if you love to wear head to toe black, leather should be your best friend. Adding leather into the all black mix differentiates each piece in your ensemble, and adds more visual interest and depth to your look. Texture is key when wearing a one-color look like this one. A leather carryall and leather leggings are the right textural accents to the black peacoat, sweater, and pumps. c31b190485b944850e2df9e5452ba7aa

Emma Stone wows in this bright, tomato red dress and nude pumps. Her leather jacket of choice has moto zip details and lapel as well as a double breasted buttons and silhouette that proves once again that leather motorcycle jackets are worthy investments for any fashionista. As you can see, this jacket improves her look dramatically and makes sure that her dress can go from day to night.
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This super adorable everyday outfit shows that you can look put together and casual at the same time. Kate Hudson does a great job in pairing her sporty gray crop top with an A-line leather knee-grazing leather skirt. The white pumps and black top handle purse keeps this look ladylike, while the sliver of midriff and leather keep things interesting and rebel chic. e7d9c304f932d02879a84f65c2e13243

This look could’ve been too plain or too simple, but this pair of leather leggings pretty much guarantees that Hillary Duff looks amazing while running her day-to-day errands. These leather leggings play off the check print knit sweater and cap toe heels and make those two pieces look more modern. e399adfad680d5e9315d16cb2e1f7493

Leather can go very dressy too, just take a look at Gwyneth Paltrow’s stunning evening ensemble. Leather and lace are two textures that pair very well together. The intricacy and daintiness of lace balance the visual strength of leather. Gwyneth knows that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Her crop top and lace midi with laced ankle strap heels are toned down with this deep plum leather jacket. fcb939dd38b2c8fa61db5fb2d3a2fee2Gwen Stefani loves a good motorcycle vest. Instead of following its typical use as a layering piece, she uses it as a chic statement all on its own. Zipped all the way up and paired with cropped boyfriend jeans, this leather motorcycle vest spells bad gal on-the-go. The pointed pink pumps give this look a much needed and surprising pop of bright color.

Which celeb looks did you love? I love them all! How do you plan on wearing leather this season?

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Buy Now: Must-Have Outerwear

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Fall/Winter season is all about the coat. Whatever you decide to wear underneath, a coat gets the most attention when you’re walking out on the streets. Your outerwear choice also speaks volumes about your style, and it is a valuable element that should always complement and add more chicness your cold weather outfits. If you happen to live in warmer climates, it is stylish and appropriate to invest in a raincoat to ward off the rains, or maybe even a lightweight coat for layering during slightly chilly days.  Outerwear is now an all-year round fashion enterprise and style staple, here are some of my picks for 10 must-have coats that will complete your fall/winter style:

440018_ou_xlBurberry Brit Cotton-Blend Twill Trench Coat from Net-a-Porter

Nothing is more classic and timeless like a Burberry Trench Coat. Instead of the more common and often seen khaki incarnation of this coat, select the navy colored trench coat option. Navy is a very hot color this season, and mixing your navy coat with a black ensemble displays your forward sense of style. Navy and black is no longer a fashion faux pas, but rather a style must-try.

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An olive colored twill parka with utilitarian details like drawstring and multiple pockets make this parka an easy pick for a piece that combines fashion and functions effortlessly. This parka is a street style staple that can be worn with practically every single piece in your closet. From floral dresses to denim and tees, this parka will look great when layered on top.

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A cape is an impossibly chic outerwear option that is also every trendy. This silhouette is very unique and will lend any look a sense of high fashion and couture feel. The check print detailing on the shoulder and inside lining of this cape adds to it trendy meets classic style. This can definitely jazz up your sweater and leggings uniform.

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PASKAL Atlas Coat from LuisaViaRoma

This coat from PASKAL combines three major trends of the season in one piece. It is a tailored blazer with cape like arm slits done in a pastel pink color. I can just imagine this coat providing a great color contrast to your neutrals or serving as a stylish alternative to your dark-colored coats.
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Jill Stuart Hooded Brushed Wool Coat from LuisaViaRoma

Little Red Riding Hood goes high fashion in this red Jill Stuart hooded brushed wool coat. Red is a classic color that goes perfectly with a plethora of colors and the shape of this coat has a vintage feel that will add a classy touch to any look. 
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Emporio Armani Cashmere Coat from LuisaViaRoma

Menswear inspired tailoring for women’s wear is yet another one of the hot trends that has invaded outerwear for this season. This luxurious cashmere coat has a streamlined and straightforward oversized blazer silhouette that is perfect for office dressing. It is also the ideal overcoat to wear over your LBDs and sparkly cocktail dresses for the evening.
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Erdem Bonnie Printed Neoprene Coat from The Outnet

The neoprene gives the feminine and girly digital floral print of this coat a sporty vibe. Neoprene is such a durable material that will withstand the elements while keeping you looing sleek. When you’re feeling a little bit down, the vibrant print of this coat will perk you right up. Inject a little bit of fun and playful print into your wardrobe, and let this coat transform your fall/winter style. 480730_fr_xl

Diane Von Furstenberg Logan Wool-Blend Coat from The Outnet

Two-toned and color blocked, this Diane Von Furstenberg coat boasts of two classic colors that when placed beside each other make for an even chicer piece. Like I said, blue and black is a color pairing that is being embraced by more and more designers and this coat is a strong argument for the blue and black trend.
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See by Chloe Wool Coat with Textured Collar from MyTheresa

The toggle detail of this See by Chloe coat doesn’t just add visual interest and appeal, it also adds rustic/country inspiration to this outerwear item. The blue contrast textural collar ups the stylishness of thie piece up a notch, and opens you up to more styling possibilities. Style this coat up with red opaque tights and biker boots for some serious street style cred.

P00103239--BUNDLE_1Dries Van Noten Wool Coat from MyTheresa

An abstract floral embellishment across this Dries Van Noten wool coat increases the glamour of your look while simultaneously keeping you cozy. There is no need for a lot of accessories when you have pieces adorned with high shine metallic appliques such as this one. Embrace the artistic print and pair with more dark wintery florals or with classic chunky stripes.

What are your top outerwear picks? Happy Shopping ladies!

Buy Now: Statement-Making Watches

Latest trends

You can’t count yourself a fashionable woman if you don’t have a watch to complete your look. You may not be a watch collector like some out there, but it is still very important for your personal style, especially for your work wear style, to have a great and stylish watch at your disposal. An elegant watch can pull together a casual look and can even add gravitas to your office wardrobe. There are so many fashionable, modern, and sophisticate timepieces that you are sure to find a watch that you will fall in love with.

Watches are a great investment and over time it increases in value. This purchase will also pay you back in dividends in how chic it’ll make you look. Watches are timeless accessories that will instantly increase your fashion points and bring your closer to style icon status. Here I give you a rundown of my picks of some of the best watches available:

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Larsson  & Jennings Vasa Gold-Plated Watch from Net-a-Porter

This new watch brand is a fashion blogger favorite due to its streamlined design and modern look. This particular style with its blue and white strap is a casual option and has a preppy vibe. This Larsson & Jennings watch will look stunning especially in the summer, paired with a little white dress and espadrille wedges or with a pair of dark denim skinnies and a breezy gingham top. This is the perfect timepiece to complete your country club chic look.

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Chanel Premiere Chain Watch in Gold from Chanel

When buying a watch, you can’t go wrong with classic brands just like Chanel. Chanel’s reputation as one of the oldest and most prestigious fashion brands is unparalleled, and you can be sure that the piece you’re buying is of the best quality and the most thoughtful and intricate design. This Premiere Chain Chanel Watch with its black lacquer dial and 18K yellow gold chain bracelet and clasp. This watch will go with everything in your closet and give it a touch of high glamour.

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Michael Kors Channing Silver-Tone and Croc-Effect Leather Watch from Net-a-Porter

Michael Kors watches’ signature is its line of gold pieces, but recently this brand has come out with more fashion forward watches with a bit of edge. This croc skin leather watch strap is so on point with the exotic skin trend of the moment. The beautiful deep royal blue color of this piece is perfect for the season, and is a great accent to dress up your cardigans and sweaters this fall. This color is an excellent complement to mustard yellow, oxblood, and hunter green.

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Givenchy Seventeen Stainless Steel Watch from MyTheresa

Givenchy’s foray into the watch game is a very successful one and is so reflective of the brand’s signature high fashion and high end edge. This Seventeen watch is made in Switzerland, and features a scratch resistant sapphire glass lens. The straps are removable and can be switched out to coordinate with any look. This watch’s understated design will definitely add some urban cool into any ensemble.

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Kate Spade Pave Interchangeable Strap Metro from Kate Spade New York

Consistent with Kate Spade’s signature flirty, feminine, and playful feel, this Pave Interchangeable Strap Metro has a glittered leather band that is guaranteed to perk up all your outfits and give it a fun and girly flourish. The 23k gold plated metal face inlaid with crystals and its interchangeable straps make this watch a no-brainer purchase as it effortlessly combines versatility and youthful chicness in one piece.

IMG_0258Sara Designs Leather & Chain Wrap Watch from ShopBop

If you’re looking for a luxe watch with a bit of a twist, reach for the multiple textures and bohemian fashion inspiration that you can find in this Sara Designs Leather & Chain Wrap Watch. Braided leather and rose plated gold chains adorn this watch, and will make sure that your timepiece is eye-catching every single time you slip it on your wrist. Play up the boho vibe of this piece by pairing it with printed maxi dresses and wedges.

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Movado Women’s Bold Watch 42mm from Bloomingdale’s

Movado’s minimalist watch design stands out above the rest, and you can certainly prove this by the double takes and inquiries you get once you wear this beautiful sleek black watch. Its minimal and stark face is Movado’s signature and gives it a definite distinctive and contemporary look. You can use this piece as a modern accent to punctuate your more colorful and printed looks.

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Nixon Small Time Teller Watch from LuisaViaRoma

A classic gold watch with a simple, straightforward, and sophisticated design, this Nixon Time Teller watch is a piece that will be the work horse of your accessories since it pretty much goes with everything and conveys a modern style. The blue face of this watch is a great way to give your outfit a color pop. Try pairing this watch with a blue blazer and jeans for a downtown street style look.

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Marc by Marc Jacobs Henry Skeleton Watch from Shopbop

The transparent detail in this Marc by Marc Jacobs stunning creation is what makes it different and its red color is also a brilliant addition to your accessory rotation. The red and gold in this watch design can also serve as a great complement to a host of colors, it is especially striking when worn with monochromatic outfits. Or you can even try it with a super trendy head to toe red look.

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Anne Klein Women’s Crystal Accent Tri-Tone Crisscross Bangle Bracelet Watch from Macy’s

The bracelet-like design of this Anne Klein watch will certainly lend itself well to dressier occasions. It can even serve as a great accessory to your work wear pant or skirt suits, as it will give it a delicate and subtle dash of feminine style. The tri-tone mixed metal look of this bangle watch also gives this design a more modern twist. This will also be just the right watch to pair with your LBD for a picture perfect date night look.

What are some of your watch picks? Have fun shopping ladies!

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Trend Report: Activewear Chic

Latest trends, Style Icons

Partly due to the resurgence and the resounding boom of the athletic/sporty style trend, activewear is increasingly taking the spotlight in the fashion industry. Gym clothes are now more stylish than ever, and it can actually pull double duty for you now, taking you from your workout to post-workout fetes or for laid-back weekend soirees. High-fashion designers are also getting into the activewear market with their own respective line of gym wear. There is now no excuse for you to take a break from looking chic, even when you’re breaking a sweat.

A significant addition to the plethora of stylish activewear options and brands is the upcoming collaboration that has fashion fans and Beyonce fans in a tizzy. Pop culture icon, style maven, and reigning queen of music Queen B, Beyonce announced recently that she will be coming out with an activewear line with high-street UK brand Topshop. Topshop has had a storied history of excellent collaborations with designers and style icons like Kate Moss and Christopher Kane. Her exciting collab with the brand will include clothing, shoes and accessories made for dance, sports, and fitness. She promises that her activewear line will integrate functionality and her signature streetwear vibe.

 

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 Another noteworthy designer/celebrity collaboration that attests to the trending of fashionable activewear is Kate Hudson’s newest activewear line, Fabletics. A partnership with shopping site, Just Fab, Kate Hudson’s line actually has friendlier price points than other dominant brands in the activewear fashion industry. Combining fitness with fashion is Hudson’s end goal for her premiere collection. She also designed the pieces with a variety of body types in mind. Most pieces retail for under $100, and are fashion forward enough to wear outside the gym. Here are some looks from her collection:

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The prestigious French fashion house Balmain has joined in on the activewear trend as well and of course, did a more luxurious and haute couture take on it. Leather sweatpants with tough biker details, sweatshirts in rich prints, and even tailored cotton sweatpants are all pieces that have been spotted on fashion industry insiders.

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Pierre Balmain Heather Grey XX Lounge Pants from SSense

Want more chic activewear pieces to incorporate into your daily looks? Here are some of my picks for sporty threads and athletic duds that’ll up your fashion cred and get you into this hot trend.

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Nike Liberty Windrunner Jacket from LuisaViaRoma

Nike’s collaboration with design print company Liberty of London produced this upgraded take on the hoodie. The paisley print on this piece looks vintage inspired and when married with the athletic vibe of the hoodie makes for a fashion forward addition to your closet. Wear this beautiful hoodie over a white dress and with striped slip-ons for an easy look for a summer afternoon. You can even use this hoodie to layer underneath a blazer for a surprising element to your fall uniform of boyfriend blazer, dark denims and ankle boots. You can also try layering a blue printed scarf in a similar shade with this hoodie to add some downtown cool to a typically sporty item.

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Fendi Creatures Hooded Shell Ski Jacket from Net-a-Porter

A part of Fendi’s Creatures collection this ski jacket debunks the thinking that winter style is bulky, unflattering, and the total polar opposite of chic. This fun and playful color blocked ski jacket will give your winter looks a punch of color. Perk up your all black looks with this piece, or you can even accent a pair of sleek black trousers with this athletic item.

475192_in_xlMover Stretch Jersey and Mesh Sports Bra from Net-a-Porter

The addition of mesh to this sports bra makes it trendier and adds a subtle hint of sexy. The mesh detail of this number takes this beyond the gym and makes it ideal for those night outs and parties. Quick styling tip, wear this sports bra with more feminine silhouettes to contrast with its modernity. Try this with a midi skirt with lots of volume, or even with tailored cigarette pants for a different take on cocktail dressing.

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Adidas by Stella McCartney Mesh and Stretch Jersey Dress from The Outnet

This cute and flirty dress has the right amount of swing and flow to it. Adidas and Stella McCartney has had a long partnership way before the athletic trend exploded all over the scene, and you can always count on this design collab for athletic pieces that have feminine details that update the standard sporty silhouettes. Pair this dress with a statement necklace, loose hair waves, and some white wedges for a winsome look, ideal for weekend brunches and afternoon jaunts.

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Y-3 Oversized Cotton T-Shirt from MyTheresa

This cotton T-shirts have athletic varsity stripes that take it from basic to trendy. You can wear this design with everything, if you want to lend it a more casual, sporty vibe. Wear it with printed skater skirts or denim cutoffs, it’ll look chic every single time.

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Nike Roshe Run Print Sneakers from MyTheresa

Sneakers are not just for running anymore, just take a look at any street style blog and you’ll see just how white hot this sneaker trend is. Worn with everything from sequined dress to LBDs, from tailored suits to floral rompers, sneakers are newest must-have footwear that are equal parts stylish, comfy, and versatile. These pair of Roshe Run sneakers have a black and white print that have a modern pop of neon. The streamlined design makes it easy to wear and incorporate into different looks.

Do you love this trend as much as I do? Sound off below for your stylish athletic picks!

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