Fresh from the debut of her Ready-To-Wear Fall collection, Vera Wang has once again inspired beauty, sensuality and sophistication in her designs. Very seldom can you witness a design collection that takes your breath away, but once you do experience it, it’s sure to be a moment that you’ll never forget. The Vera Wang Fall 2013 Ready To Wear Collection, may not be ready to wear everyday however the beauty of being a woman is the versatility that you have to transform your look in any way, every day.
Let’s go back to London 2012 (not London Fashion Week per se’ – moreso London shop style). Last August, while shopping in a local London boutique I discovered a beautiful metallic, monochromatic brocade dress and instantly fell in love with it. Little did I know, the Vera Wang collection would be such a sophisticate interpretation of the growing and ever-present brocade trend.
Not to say that Vera Wang’s collection was inspired by my London Instagram flicks (that would be cool to think though…LOL) however, the textures and beautiful colors throughout the collection are elegant as they are sensually stunning.
Bountiful Brocade Parade: Beautiful patterns and intricate brocade details illuminate the runway in deep metallic hues and accents of deep purples, green and orange. The Vera Wang Fall Read To Wear Collection speaks sensual sophistication infused with an artful opulence without saying a single word.
Embellished prints and voluminous hip lines heightened by the moody jewel tones and plenty (plenty) of black was seen cascading down the runway. Only Vera Wang could bring such art and sincere style to a collection without sacrificing her commitment to strong, poignant trends. I am in LOVE with the classic look and feel that only richly decorative brocade fabrics can provide in design and lucky for me, there’s enough love in this Vera Wang Collection to go around.
View more from the Vera Wang Fall 2013 Ready To Wear Collection below:
Undoubtedly one of the hottest trends for the fall is the color Oxblood. I personally hate the name…why can’t I just call it burgundy or plum like it’s been since the beginning of time!?!?! HA! Aside for the disdain for the name, there is no questioning its presence in this falls lineup of “must haves.” Celebs and fashionistas have flocked to the trend rocking it in a variety of ways. This variety adds to the allure of the trend and it’s capacity to be worn with most anything and worn in almost any way.
Avant Garde fashion house Alexander McQueen took this trend and fused it together with classic fall favorite, leather! This amazing leather skirt, priced at $925 definitely makes a fall statement in traditional McQueen fashion! Wear it with cable knit tights and ankle booties to complete the look!
Unlike some trends, oxblood is not limited to a particular item like military jackets or coated denim. Oxblood can be worn as a clothing item (sweater, blouse, skirt, jeans), an accessory (shoes, purse, necklace, ring, scarf, hat), or as a beauty item (nail polish, lipstick) making it an affordable option for any budget.
There really is no wrong way to wear it as I’ve seen it rocked “all oxblood everything” or as an accent piece for an outfit. Need some style inspirations? Check out these outfits that cater to any budget.
Sequin Dress – Topshop – $130
Clutch – Dareen Hakim Le Icon – $305
Cuff – Dorothy Perkins – $17
But what if you’re not into leather skirts, dresses or tuxedo jackets? You can still be on-trend in oxblood skinny jeans! Super skinny jeans were all the rage this past summer and they are back for the fall season in oxblood and plum! Retailers from Wet Seal $29 to Mother the Looker $196 feature them so price is no barrier to this must!
Peplum Top – Chicwish – $43
Two Tone Jean Pants – Aqua – $68
Hoop Earrings – Miso – $8
Studded Black Bootie – Charlotte Russe – $39
Watch – Merona – $15
Black Boston bag – Mossimo – $30
No matter you taste, style or budget there is something this season that will woo a warm a nice plumy place in your heart this fall! So get out there, get creative and get into the trend because it isn’t going away anytime soon!
Channel your inner Zoe Saldana and boldly sashay your way into fall with the opulent and regal looking Baroque trend. All about detail and fancy accessories this look is for fashions most rebellious daredevils. Rich with embroidery, brocade and heavy beading, snagging this new trend is an instant way to look like old money.
There’s no better way to celebrate a change in seasons than to mix a little color with colder temp wardrobe staples. One of the best ways to mix up your look is by adding colorful leather to your wardrobe. Rock Star Rita Ora knows exactly how to tease the paparazzi with her amazing looks and eclectic wardrobe. Her bright blue jacket and red leather bag make her look trendy without trying too hard. Opting for less traditional colors in leather is an instant way to be among the fashion elite. Learn the DO’s and DON’T’s on how to snag this look.
Go for the Gold- or red! Brown and Black leather clothing and accessories are the norm. If you really want to turn heads, choose a bright color that will stand out. This is not the time to play coy.
Wear this trend with too many other colors or over the top prints. Rita perfectly paired her hot ticket leather with more subdued clothing. The result is a more balanced ensemble.
Treat your leather before you first wear them. Protect your items early against water, salt, and snow. This will give you more bang for your buck and keep your items looking good year after year.
Check out a few of these colorful options to mix and match within your wardrobe starting today. You’ll love the versatility that this pop of color will add to the bland colors of autumn. Which piece could you see in your closet?
On the heels of New York Fashion Week, fashion’s most exclusive event, Old Navy is throwing the year’s most inclusive fashion show. On Friday, September 14 from 4-8pm ET, Old Navy is inviting women of all shapes and sizes to model Rockstar Skinny Jeans at The Fit for Fall Fashion Show for All in New York’s Bryant Park.
Everyone who struts their stuff on the jean-shaped runway will walk away with a free pair of Rockstar jeans. (The colored denim line, available in 31 shades, retails for $34.50.)
“Our Rockstar skinny jeans offer the perfect fit for every body, and we’re inviting everybody to rock them on our runway,” saidMichelle DeMartini, senior vice president, Old Navy Adult Merchandising and Brand Licensing. “We’re doing a fashion show the Old Navy way, bringing the fun to all and turning our customers into models.”
Can’t make it to NYC on Friday? On Thursday, September 13, select stores in Atlanta,Chicago, Dallas, Lo
We are hours away from being consumed with one of the biggest fashion event of the year, New York Fashion Week, where the spring collections will take the main stage at Lincoln Center. In the spirit of fashion week we decided to take a look at some of the best shoes to hit the runway last Feburary when the fall 2012 collections were revealed.
Some of our favorite sole designs included…
Nicholas Kirkwood for Prabal Gurung: The pony hair back and geometric platform sealed the deal for this shoe being on of the best for the Fall Season.
Rodarte: Its nothing better that a visually interesting shoe. These Rodarte booties will definitley get you noticed with the unique print featured front and center on this shoe.
Proenza Schouler: Another great bootie with more of a mascline edge with a touch of houndstooth.
Altuzarra: These boots were made for strutting, so give a little kick these your fine thigh high Altuzarra Boots.
Which pair of these fashionable heels suite your fall fashion fancy?
Images Courtsey of: fashionbombdaily.com & style.com
Known for her killer style, King Bey makes rocking a vintage pair of frames look like child’s play. Regardless of the season retro inspired sun or prescription eyeglasses are the perfect way to add a bit of spunk to any ensemble. Before choosing your next pair of vintage frames, check out these few helpful hints.
Know the shape of your face; do you have a round, square, oval, or heart shaped face? Choose frames that complement your facial and bone structure.
Buy frames online until you are comfortable with what works best for you. Also if this will be your first pair of retro frames, start with a more settle pair before trying wild colors and lenses.
Look to old movies and photos for vintage frame inspirations. You can also explore your local thrift shops for one of a kind pieces.
The Row Tortoise Round Sunglasses, The Row Cat eye acetate sunglasses $445, Madewell Textbook glasses $49.50, House of Harlow Lynn animal-print acetate aviator sunglasses $74, Tom Ford Transparent Ali Round Sunglasses, Green $199
Not sure which sunglasses work best for your facial shape? Check out a few of these tips below:
Square: Frames to try – Oval and round frames, Glasses with temples that are center set or that connect at the top of the frame. Frames to avoid - Geometric and square shaped frames that accentuate angles of the face.
Oval: Frames to try - Most frame shapes work with oval faces. Frames to avoid - Frames that are too large for your features.
Round: Frames to try – Angular and geometric frames that sharpen facial features. Rectangular and horizontal styles make faces appear longer and thinner. Upswept frames that draw attention to top of face. Frames to avoid - Small frames that are out of proportion. Short frames that accentuate face length.
Heart: Frames to try - Bottom-heavy frames that add width to lower face. Styles with low-set temples to draw attention downward. Narrow, round frames that soften the forehead. Frames to avoid - Top-heavy styles that draw attention upward. Decorative temples that accentuate the broad upper face.
Are you looking forward to sporting your summer shades well into Fall? Which of these Autumn shades fit your personality best?
In addition to hosting a “Ready, Set, Engage!” Social Media Basics seminar over the holiday weekend at the 10th Annual AllState Tom Joyner Family Reunion, I also had the opportunity of co-hosting the “Fly On A Dime” Affordable Fashion panel with celebrity stylist Olori Swank & celebrity beauty artist Tia Hebron.
During this panel, several shopping ideas, tips & stories were shared including ways to extend your wardrobe, key pieces that every closet should have & the best time to shop/build your fashion collection.
Did You Know: One of the best times to build your fashion collection is in November? It’s true, the pre-holiday season boasts almost 6% deeper discounts than any other time of the year. (It’s even better than January which only offers average discounts about 4.5% higher.)
The top three “fashion investments” that every woman should invest in includes:
- Leather jacket
- Oversized watch
- Quality Bras & foundation undergarments
- Great pair of black stiletto heels
- Convertible wrap dress
- Statement scarf that you can wear all year long
- Stylish trench coat
- Well-tailored black blazer & slacks
- Waist cinching belt
Did You Know: The worst days of the week to shop online is Saturday & Sunday! According to Consumer Reports, Tuesday is the best day of the week to shop online. Most consumers find discounts exceeding 5% more than the average discounts found other days online.
- Before you shop, make sure you know your body type and what works best for your shape.
- Essence.com has a great tool online – The Fashion Closet that’ll help you out matching designers that specialize in specific body types.
- A great foundation will ensure that you look great all over – so make sure to invest in foundation garments.
- Overall, don’t be afraid to express yourself in fashion but do it wisely.
- Invest minimally in seasonal trends, instead opt for investing in quality staple pieces that you can wear for years to come.
The 10th Annual Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion attracts over 14,000 people over the Labor day holiday weekend in Orlando, FL. Filled with celebrity appearances and entertainment for the entire family – you can find out more by visiting http://familyreunion.blackamericaweb.com/ #allstateTJFR
Fresh of the Olympic high of gold medals & dreams of golden opportunities, comes the hautest trend in heels that you haven’t seen. GOLD. It’s a trend that has gone from jeweled accessories the soles of fashionistas everywhere. Many of fabulous designers have made this the go-to trend for fall and has designed an entirely gold shoe for their fashion lines.
Check out a few of our favorite gold soles below…
Coming in third place is Christian Louboutins latest booties in gold, the ‘Rock and Gold’ leather ankle boots. Punctuate your look with standout statement footwear in these Rock and gold ankle boots by Christian Louboutin. Perfect for adding that instant wow factor to any outfit, easily team these booties with a bold printed dress for maximum impact.
Coming in second place is Gianvito Rossi’s Metallic leather pointy-toe pumps in gold. Spice up your evening wardrobe this fall with Gianvito Rossi’s metallic gold stilettos. Sleek pointy toes add the perfect accent of attitude to your after-hours looks. Styled here with a Stella McCartney blazer and trousers, an Acne shirt and a clutch from Victoria Beckham.
Coming in first place is Manolo Blahnik’s Ankle Strap Pump in gold. A classic pointy-toe pump strikes gold with a modern mirror finish and sassy stiletto heel – this is the go-to pump that will take you from day to night.
Here are a few more honorable mentions found online — check them out and let us know when golden soles you plan on checking for this Fall! Would you invest in this new Fall trend, or not?
When it comes to fall shoe line releases, there’s nothing better than a little texture, embroidery & embellishing bling. The Sergio Rossi Fall 2012 collection offers a little bit of each, plus a whole lot of classic, statement designs that are sure to make these shoes staples in your closet for years to come. Check out a few of our favorite wild pairs from the Sergio Rossi Fall collection below:
Looking for a few of the more tame designs by Sergio Rossi Fall 2012 Collection, check out their collection site here.