Best of Fashion Week Street Style: New York

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It’s astounding how different one city can be from another. The four fashion capitals, New York, Paris, Milan, and London, all have distinctive styles. I’m going to explore that with my series of blogs about Fashion Week street style.

Street style blogs have a cult following for a reason. It captures individual style and it captures the feeling, mood and personality of that particular moment. Where you live affects your sartorial choices, and I want to explore that through these blogs. I’ve curated images, which stand out for its sense of style as well as that unique New York feeling. New York is urban and straight forward, just like these stylistas. Here are my picks:

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Magazine editor Joanna Hillman isn’t afraid to wear two bohemian trends together. Billowy floral sleeves and fringe never looked this good together.

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I love this chic yet subtle take on color blocking. It’s a different way to dress up in warm colors when it’s autumn.

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Hanneli Mustaparta bucks the fashion rules dons a pair of floral overalls with gusto.

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Look closely and you’ll see 3 different kinds of graphic stripe in this look. So edgy.

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Model Lindsey Wixson nails Brooklyn cool in this ensemble. Love the brown belt and wide brim hat.

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The architectural feel of the check print and especially the shoes reflects the New York skyline. But just like the city, there’s an unpredictable element. How amazing is that pink furry clutch?!

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Make  a bold statement in Moschino.

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No shame in the matchy-matchy game. Start a new trend when you match your bright top with equally bright-hued sunglasses.

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There’s no reason why culottes can’t be done up in leather. That plus sheer sleeves equals edgy glamour.

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Editor Christine Centenera makes a strong case for pinstripes in this fashion forward look. Mostly black and navy, but never boring.

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Sweater dressing gets elevated with stark white masculine oxfords.

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This outfit is Upper East Side Gossip Girl style with a dash of modern. The white sneakers and ribbed turtleneck definitely put a trendy spin on the matching tailored blazer and shorts look.

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Nothing says downtown cool girl like an unexpected outfit pairing. A standard striped Breton shirt gets upgraded by a tiered ruffle skirt.

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Chiara Ferragni of the Blonde Salad blog looks adorable in this earthy 70s inspired look.

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Leandra Medine of the Man Repeller shows us her unique style yet again. Sequined Rugby shirts have never looked this chic.

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Stylist Liz Uy is an example of fashion excess done right. Printed platforms, oversized cuffed jeans, fringed clutch, and kimono tunic doesn’t sound like it should work, but it does.

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Irene Kim, Chriselle Lim, and Aimee Song = #squadgoals

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Go big or go home. Fringe plus voluminous culottes is the definition of full throttle fashion.

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Military green parkas are basically a staple in any city gal’s wardrobe. Here is a new and refreshing way to wear ’em.

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White T-shirt is a casual must-have. Knot it to the side and tuck it in, style it further with a printed blazer and you’ve got a winner.

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Contrast the trendiness of your It bag with a quirky vintage print and a ladylike classic bun.

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New Yorkers are always in black. Black + dark denim looks extra polished with the addition of a classic leather belt.

Photos from Harper’s Bazaar

Style Icon: Kendall Jenner

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Kendall Jenner stormed the runways with a purpose this year. Renaming herself, simply Kendall, she was determined to be taken as a serious, high fashion model this year. Often quoted saying that being a Kardashian has been the opposite of beneficial for her modeling career, Kendall’s stellar success this season is proof that she is slowly making her way up to Karlie Kloss modern supermodel status. The VS Angel rumors are a good indication of a budding and promising career in the modeling world.

Kendall had a lot of memorable turns at the runway this Spring 2015, and even more than that, she has shown that she has the fashion chops to pull of the ever elusive and highly coveted model off duty street style. I give you the rundown of her top 5 runway appearances and her top 5 off-duty looks.

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The gingham-filled Diane Von Furstenberg collection got a lot of mentions and accolades from the fashion press. Kendall’s runway look is one of the best in the show, this DVF frock is classically timeless and feminine.

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Kendall wowed on the Tommy Hilfiger show with a youthful and flirty bikini, with equally playful and adorable star tattoos.

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Almost unrecognizable in a blunt bob wig, Kendall stomps down the Marc Jacobs runway in golden and glimmering sporty slides that continue to echo that shower sandals/chunky flatform trend.

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Radiant and resplendent on the Ports 1961 show at Milan Fashion Week, this sheer gossamer ensemble looks gorgeous on Kendall. This look is perfect for summers on the Italian riviera.

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Of course Kendall had to walk down the Balmain runway. She’s best buds with Oliver Rousteing after all. Thin bands hold together this tough looking dress, with a definite rock n’ roll vibe.

Runway Images from Teen Vogue

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You can’t call yourself a bona fide model if you can’t pull off a classic white T-shirt, and make it look glamourous. Major style points for you Kendall, your strappy heels and leather leggings are the perfect pieces to go with your casually cool white tee.

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The best way to balance a sky high sexy side slit? With a boxy fur vest, of course.

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Ladylike with a touch of mod, this is the right way to do a matching printed pantsuit while still looking young and chic.

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Another model off duty style trademark? Wearing menswear-inspired footwear with almost everything. Kendall’s gold captoe monk strap brogues instantly upgrade her white trousers and slouchy tee outfit.

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Kendall flaunts her legs for days in the perfectly nonchalant afterparty outfit, an oversized tee worn as a dress with over-the-knee slinky suede boots.

Style Images from Refinery29

What looks did you love from Kendall? I loved watching her style evolution this year!

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Runway Review: Diane Von Furstenberg Spring 2015

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The presence of the iconic Diane Von Furstenberg’s wrap dress was conspicuously minimal during her Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear show this year. With only 2 wrap dresses that sashayed down the catwalk, this was clearly an indication of different things to come for DVF.

Less office wear and tailored separates for the modern woman and more spring/summer couture for the stylish jet set, this French Riviera inspired collection had fans of the brand swooning over more daring yet elegant details like thigh high slits, sheer skirt panels, bare midriff, and legs, legs, legs. Gingham was the print that filled the show, however, one should note that Von Furstenberg’s signature vibrant and feminine florals were still largely represented. Each piece is definitely meant for the relaxing and luxurious coastal life. Here’s my rundown of the 10 best looks from Diane Von Furstenberg’s Spring 2015 RTW:

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Lily Donaldson started off the show by making gingham look so worldly and glamorous. The classic wrap dress cut of this dress is made even sexier by the sheer details on the hem of the skirt.

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Big hair and smoldering smoky eyes a la 60s starlet and icon Brigitte Bardot makes this coat and dress pairing look extra seductive. I love the gingham combined with the artsy almost porcelain china-like pattern of the pale pink coat.

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Colorful and wearable prints are what DVF is all about, and the designer certainly shows off her flair for wonderful textiles. Note the ballerina pink mani-pedi, a recurring nail trend.

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One of the two pant looks shown in the show, high waist and flared denim definitely play into the vintage Riviera vacation feel of the collection. This look also reinforce industry rumors of the demise of the skinny jean. If it looks this good, count us onboard with the wide leg denim bandwagon.

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You can count on Candice Swanepoel to make a prim and proper skirt suit oozing with sex appeal. Well, the bare midriff and printed crop top is part of the allure too.

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Will this herald the rise of gingham accessories? This look is not a bad case for it, since the gingham tote and ankle strap heels make this white coat and shorts combo more playful and ladylike.

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Can’t go wrong with DVF classic, every woman should own one of her figure flattering wrap dresses. This piece is a sound investment for your wardrobe that’ll pay you dividends in timeless chicness.

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A sunny canary yellow printed maxi dress is the perfect ensemble for any summertime occasion. The thigh high slit gives this maxi an extra oomph.

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A three-piece coordinating set of orange and pink florals take a full skirt, cropped jacket, and bralet to a whole new level; more graphic and more current.

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No one can close a show as glamorously as supermodel Naomi Campbell herself. Tropical colors mix with delicate white chiffon in a loose silhouette creating a breezy frock that is perfect for those beachside parties and poolside drinks.

What do you think of DVF’s new direction and S/S 2015 collection? Hot or not?

All images from Style.com

Runway Review: Alexander Wang Spring 2015

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Credited as being chiefly responsible for the now ubiquitous athletic trend, Alexander Wang comes to the runway yet again with a new and refreshing take on sportswear meets high fashion. His love for sneakers and sporty pieces has birthed an ongoing fashion revolution as fashionistas and consumers alike continue to elevate sneakers, joggers, and hoodies into a higher level of chic.

This Spring/Summer 2015 season, Alexander Wang did not send models down the runway in sneakers. The footwear was still of sporty inspiration though, with woven fabric, mesh, and rubber used as materials for the heels that the models wore. The presence of sneaker culture was shown in the clothes themselves, as iconic sneaker designs and prints consistently showed up and shaped the design of the collection. Here’s my 10 favorites from the Alexander Wang Spring 2015 Runway:

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One would not equate the Alexander Wang brand to office style, but this particular look will look perfect for work. Both the white blazer and crisp trousers are tailored to perfection, and the woven heels add a color splash to this black and white look.

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Inspired by the hottest sneaks to storm the scene, the Nike Flyknits, this orange body con dress can be a graphic and more contemporary alternative to your LBD.

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Yellow, gray, and black; get inspired by how visually interesting all three colors look when combined together. The ribbing on the bright top is especially chic.

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A lightweight jersey maxi like this one can be a major statement, one that shows off your high level and haute couture chops. I can definitely see this modern stunner on celebs with edgy style like Rihanna or Miley.

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Wear your love for Jordans on your sleeve. Literally. The signature Jordan sneaker print is made into a sweater that’ll look just as good when paired with your everyday denim and ballet flats.

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Substitute your trusty leather motorcycle jacket for this structured mesh piece. The red piping is a detail that’ll make a difference on your outfits.

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Inspired by another iconic sneaker, the Adidas Stan Smith, this tennis skirt and polo ensemble is a new brand of preppy country club chic.

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The designer continues to make joggers a style staple as he shows this amazing gray joggers with front piping detail on the runway. Take a cue from this head to toe gray look, monochromatic need not be boring when it is rich in texture and athletic dressing need not be sloppy when pieces are as polished as this.

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The beautiful beading on this blouse is a work of art in itself. A piece like this one can make your look stand out instantly.

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Fearless and confident in his vision, the lines in this frock is jaw dropping and serves as an extraordinary design element.

How are you liking this collection? I personally love it! Have a great weekend ladies!

All Images from Style.com