#10 Miami fashion

I’m reporting from Miami this week and I don’t miss New York one bit. The sun is shinning and the weather is beautiful bringing out everyone’s best beach style. While everyone is dragging around in the rainy NY spring weather, here in MIA we are getting a sneak peek at what we should expect for this summer in NY. From body chains to bright sunglasses this is how a few of my friends chose to shift into Miami style.

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#9 New Fashion Show Formats

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screen shot from DigitalFashionShows.com / Source: KCD

With the fashions shows pilling up higher and higher each season, KCD, the PR firm that produces shows for top designers is now offering a new service where they produce entirely digital shows and make them easily accessible for exhausted editors and buyers. Stylist and designer, Rachel Zoe tested out the new format this past season. Rather than running around town in the crazy weather with her two kids, Zoe was able to take a break and watch the shows in the comfort of her own bed!
Many designers like Marchesa, Proenza Schouler, Anna Sui, Michael Kors, an Rachel Zoe herself are making their shows accessible by live-stream to the public. KCD’s Digital Fashion Shows, accessible only by password, plan to take the live- stream a few steps further. They are trying to replicate the live show experience as closely as possible through their industry portal with runway footage, behind the scenes peeks, and designer interviews.
The world is changing with all the new technology available and designers need to keep up!

#8 Lookbooks

The lookbook has evolved from a simple way for designers to organize their collection, to a full blown production with a huge set and models styled all the way down to their little accessories.
This season, Barney’s shows us lookbooks from their top designers latest Spring 2014 collections. ChloĆ©, Saint Laurent, and Fendi are just a few of the multi-page designer spreads we can flip through on the Barney’s website.
PLUS, you can shop the lookbook right there by clicking on your favorite pieces.

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Each piece in each lookbook is clearly labeled so readers know exactly what they are seeing and where they can shop the looks. We get to see designer pieces styled in a space that really gives us vibe and feeling for that season.
Because Springs is here and the sun is finally out, here’s a look at their Spring 2014 Swimwear lookbook:

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They showcase all if the awesome pieces they will be carrying this spring and make us dream about the going to the beach. From sunglasses, to beach bags, to caftans, to bikinis, Barney’s surly has us covered!
Check out all the spring 2014 lookbooks Barney’s has for us here:
http://www.barneys.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-BNY-Site/default/LookBooks-ShowAll

#7 ALEJANDRO INGELMO Trunk Show @ Hirshleifers

Hershleifers at Americana Manhasset has sent out their emails and post cards, making sure we are all ready for their event next week.

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Alejandro Ingelmo’s new Spring / Summer 2014 Collection will be available to view and shop, PLUS we get to meet the designer himself!
The designers new collection is full of crazy new futuristic styles and tons of scrappy sandals in a range of pastel hues. I’m sure Ingelmo will not be shying away from creating a show-stopper of a shoe moment!
Can’t wait!

Preview the collection here:
http://www.style.com/accessories/list?season=spring-2014&latestSeason=true&designer=alejandro-ingelmo&type=shoes&page=2

When:
Hirshleifers at Americana Manhasset
Thursday, April 3, 2014
2:00pm until 7:00pm

#6 Dior RTW Autumn-Winter 2014 Runway Video

Rihanna, Jessica Alba, Emma Roberts, Camille Rowe, and many more turned out for the Dior ready-to-wear show. Rad Simons had the stars and all their scenes tingling with the opening seconds of his Dior fashion show. The set was like a light-filled dream with the overhead landscape of spotlights radiating in an ever changing color spectrum.

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The video is very futuristic, from the electric music to the switch between fast passed and slow motion. The Dior women appears in the bright light of an urban space and walks with a powerful energy through an illuminated ‘city’.

I wanted to approach the idea of the city as an abstraction, it is how I perceive the world of the city in this collection

Raf Simons explains.

It is the idea of the romantic and the real, a world of possibilities

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#5 Window Shopping

I know I’m not the only one dreaming about warmer weather, and all the new spring windows are getting me more and more anxious!
Back home on Long Island this weekend I found some time to do some window shopping at the Americana. With a hot coffee in hand, I set out to piece together my spring wardrobe inspiration.

I started at my all time favorite, J. Mendel, where pretty pink pastels were showcased draped in winter white furs because spring is not here just yet.

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Next window down the Miracle Mile was Brunello Cucinelli where I saw more neutral, dusty tones, perfect for any day of the week.

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Around the corner at Intermix the huge window was full of black & white with touches of pale blue and an illusion of a bright blue spring time sky. What’s there not to love?

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The Prada window showcased an awesome blue coat paired with neutral handbags and sandals

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And more blue… I think I’m noticing a pattern!

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#4 Versace Fall/Winter 2014 Runway Review

With fashion week speeding by, it gets hard to keep up with all the shows in New York, London, Milan, and Paris. Thankfully, runway experts keep us updated with what’s going on overseas through their detailed recaps straight of the runway.
Suzy Menkes, writer at the NY Times, gives us a detailed overview of one of my favorite shows from all the way in Milan. Donatella Versace’s fall/winter 2014 show introduces a new modern glamour that we wouldn’t have recognized from the designer 5 years ago.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/22/fashion/donatella-versace-surprises-with-bias-cut-gowns.html?ref=fashion&_r=0

The fashion & style writers creative language makes us feel like we are sitting right there; front row at Dinatella’s show.
She gives us examples of silhouette and design with phrases like, the surprising “bias-cut”, “simple dresses”, “glamour gowns”, “military inspired”, “taut jackets” and “pantsuits.”
She describes the details throughout the show from “open seams,” to “sleeves ornamented with embroidery” and the intense image of “heavy metal gilded bracelets,” “decorative over the knee boots,” and “military headwear.” She even gives us the little details of the sprinkled “mighty ‘V’ for Versace” and “‘D’ for Donatella.”
She make us understand the importance of rich color though out the show with her detailed emphasis on “strong color,” especially “bright military red” and “blue!”
Menkes gives us a clearer image of fabric with her description of “bias-cut eventing dresses” and “exotic skin bags.”

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Scenes from the Milan Fashion Week photo diary of Sonny Vandevelde.

But what brings it all together is the writers creativejargon” that strings the entire article together and makes it so exciting to read. She uses language like “lavish excess,” “fancy effects,” “flashes of flesh,” “cut work cloth,” and “sexy sprit” to give us a true feel of the rung show. She also adds in words to complement her description of sihluette, design, fabric, and color like “decoration,” “sweeping,” “slithering,” “seductive,” “simple,” and “soft” to give us the true essence of what went down the Versace runway wit season.

#3 Fashion Trends on the Streets

Even with the tons of snow we have been getting in NY, New Yorkers haven’t sacrificed their style this fashion week.
The streets are full of style inspiration and these women are definitely influenced by the latest F/W 2014 shows. I love watching what people are going to surprise us with each new season and a few of my favorites have to be the awesome black & white trend especially with hints of metallics and foily silvers and chromes! I took a closer look at the accessories women on the streets of NY chose this week.

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Another new trend I’ve been noticing is the fur accessories, particularly HANDBAGS, which have been all over the runways.

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#2 Spring 2014: Sweater Stylin’

I live in my cozy sweaters all throughout winter and I am super excited to introduce spring knits to my warm weather wardrobe.

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Trina Turk, Altuzarra, Mara Hoffman

All over the spring 2014 runways, the easy, relaxed, yet stylish style can be perfectly paired with a flouncy skirt, tailored shorts, or even thrown over a light dress for a no-fuss, simple-chic look.

Abercrombie & Fitch , although not every fashionistas go-to shop, is right on point with this seasons trend.

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#1 Fashion Blogs I Enjoy

1. The Window

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Barney’s’ blog The Window is the perfect spot for style junkies whether they are Barney’s shoppers or not. They have so much to offer from designer interview to seasonal must-have lists. But what I love most about the blog has to be their occasional personality posts where they ask members of the Barney’s team like Senior Fashion Director, Tomoko Oguka and Creative Ambassador at Large Simon Doonan about their favorite tech accessories or NYE essentials!

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What else? The Window takes its readers behind the scenes with everything that’s going on at Barney’s. One of my favorite posts has to be their behind the scenes footage of the making of the Proenza Schouler window celebrating the past 10 years in fashion posed by Proenza Schouler.

2. The Coveteur

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The team at The Coveteur takes their readers where we have always dreamed about but never imagined getting a glimpse of. They give us an inquisitive view inside the homes and closets of the biggest, most talked about names in the fashion world and give us tons and tons to covet. Kate moss, Kourtney Kardashian, Anna Dello Russo, Bryan Boy, Margharita Missoni are just a few names among the vast collection of celebrity & tastemaker closets. The team even goes behind the scenes & up close and personal with names like Barbie, Carrie Bradshaw & the Mean Girls.

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PLUS, you can now shop a selection of items from each story.

3. The PurseBlog

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The PurseBlog has been around for as long as I can remember and they are still going strong. There is honestly no better place to go when you want to research the pros and cons of that bag you have been eyeing or to just research what the new season has to offer.

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They also have a “Look for Less” category where they place a Prada clutch side by a similar Alice & Olivia option at less that a quarter of the price. Another one of my favorite categories is their “The Many Bags of ________” series giving us a peek at the many bags A-List celebrities are wearing and where to buy them from. And just when you thought the site couldn’t get any better the unique voice gives us the occasional post on purse FAILS to help us steer clear of designer mistakes.