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Style Math: How To Wear Print (with help from Peter Pilotto for Target collection)

LeAura SpringAs you may already know I am a big fan of bold colors! I also have an affinity for prints.
I am huge admirer of Peter Pilotto. I have admired the otherworldly prints juxtaposed with soft sculptural shapes that are created by the design duo behind, Peter Pilotto. I found myself gravitating towards their pieces at Saks, but not quite able to drop that much cash on a silk scarf, sculptural organza skirt or printed sweater.

When I heard about the Target collab...I was excited but not sure what to expect, sometimes these collections simply miss the mark. Not this time! The pieces shown at the editors preview were amazing and captured the essence of the brand. Prince points, were on point!
Then I saw the commercial spot on TV, this is in the midst of the glitz an glamour of fashion week. Ask anyone covering fashion week, how unimpressive anything fashion realted becomes this time of year...Well my frozen heart melted when I saw this:

That's the party we all want to be at! Gorgeous ladies in fun dresses (and pants) unabashedly celebrating the new season and dancing to the music stylings of Sylvester (here's the video for the song: Sylvester 'You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)')

Sidenote: On September 20, 2004, Sylvester's anthem record, "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)," was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame. A year later, on September 19, 2005, Sylvester himself was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame for his achievement as an artist.

Back to the clothes! Target has these tremendous launch parties for theses designer collaborations. This time I was on assignment (covering something fabulous at New York Fashion Week) I went to Target to shop for a few looks and scored big time. Everything was under $45...I went a little crazy...but I have since worn everything at least twice and have the photos to prove it!

Most of the photos are with celebs including Dr. Mayim Bialik. I've been a fan of her acting since 'Blossom' and now she's all grown up and wrote a fantastic vegan cookbook. Let's not forget this actress, author and mom is also a neuroscientist!


I interviewed Rosie Perez in this Peter Pilotto for Target dress and Rosie gave me a compliment I quickly returned one! P.S. Shes so fabulous! Long story short, I plan to wear the crap out of everything!

About The Designers
Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos are the designers behind the PETER PILOTTO label. Pilotto is half-Austrian, half-Italian and De Vos is half-Belgian, half-Peruvian. They met whilst studying at Antwerp’s prestigious Royal Academy of Fine Arts in the year 2000. The design duo’s vision of womenswear embraces both new and classic perspectives on elegance. Otherworldly prints combine with soft sculptural shapes to form the handwriting of the design duo, something which evolves and is explored each season as opposed to being reactionary. Pilotto is focused toward textiles and print whereas De Vos concentrates more on silhouette and drape. However, the duo work beyond their individual perimeters to create something new, their process being very organic and beyond an integration of the two fields. PETER PILOTTO prefer to guard a little magic around their creations for the wearer’s own input. This is reinforced by the idea of the curiosity cabinet, which is something that holds stimulus for the duo. The curiosity cabinet is a metaphor for journey, their cultural mix and a collection of recurring things that enamour them, such as natural phenomena. The duo are particularly fascinated with a scientific view of nature, as reflected in the microscopic, encrusted, hyper-real prints of the collections.

Curves For Days: CURVExpo Hosts Lingerie Fashion Night ‘IN’ Event


Photo by Charles Roussel
CURVExpo’s Lingerie Fashion Night IN was held in Tribeca and we caught some of the sexy highlights.
Photo by Charles Roussel
CURVExpo, the largest international lingerie and swim show in North America, hosted its first Lingerie Fashion Night IN’ event on February 24th at Tribeca Skyline Studios. The evening featured an unprecedented, explosive lingerie runway show with a diverse group of models showcasing pieces from Fall/Winter 2014-2015 collections from the industry’s top brands.
Photo by Charles Roussel
Guests, including press, chief buyers and influencers, enjoyed specialty cocktails and stunning 360-views of the Manhattan skyline before clamoring to see a runway show highlighting the intimates industry’s best new pieces.
Photo by Charles Roussel
Luxe Parisian brand, Aubade Paris kicked off the show, and then over 130 looks followed from:
Photo by Charles Roussel
Curvy Couture, Natori, Josie, LOU, Marie Jo, PrimaDonna, Elle Macpherson, Stella McCartney, Pleasure State, Evollove, Leonisa, LEO, Coquette, Anita, Passionata, Vannina Vesperini, Simone Pérèle, Cleo, Masquerage, Panache, Betsey Johson, OnGossamer, Le Mystère, Triumph, B.tempt’d, Wacoal, Fantasie, Huit, Freya, and Elomi.  Maison du Papillon, Christine Lingerie, Donna Reis, Maison Lejaby, Empreinte, Ajour, Montelle Intimates, Lùli Lingerie, Cake Lingerie, Rago, Commando, Body Hush, Pluto on the Moon, Arlotta by Chris Arlotta, Oscalito, Sokoloff Lingerie, Dollhouse Bettie, Dear Bowie, Hipster G., Shibue Couture, Just My Size, Bali, Playtex, Barely There, Lilyette, Flexees, Champion, and Maidenform. The Platinum sponsors for Lingerie Fashion NightIN’ included Aubade Paris, Wacoal, Eveden, Wacoal, UGG Australia, and Hanes Brands.
 

Fashion & Tech Converge At London Fashion Week

NOKIA LONDON FASHION WEEK 2Nokia has partnered with exciting design duo, Fyodor Golan, for London Fashion Week, to create the world's first interactive skirt made up of Nokia Lumia 1520 smartphones.

The innovative skirt was designed by the Fashion Fringe winners and created by Kin and uses static pictures captured by the phone, or live feeds on the 80 screens that adorn it - allowing it to change around the wearer and their day.

Images on the screens change colour as the skirt moves, creating a shimmer effect simulating the realistic tactile character of actual fabric. This is achieved through a purpose built app that utilises global positioning, to ensure the shimmer happens in line with the models movement. It is believed that this is the first time a skirt of this kind has been created.

Annie Kearney, Nokia Brand Lab, said: "This unique project is about exploring the possibilities of smart technology and fashion coming together, as well as supporting new talent to create something special using the beautifully designed Nokia Lumia 1520."

NOKIA LONDON FASHION WEEKTo build the skirt, Kin worked interactively with a combination of software such as Python and C#. Initial drawings were sketched along side Fyodor Golan. The sketches were then developed using engineering tools and rapid prototyping tools such as 3D printing and laser cutting to evolve the initial design.  

Of their new collection and working with Nokia, Fyodor said: "This A/W 14 season we toyed with tradition against technology. We believe that you can create almost anything that isn't influenced by gravity. The colour changes as the skirt moves and the idea of making the screens react to the word around it via photographs and video is something that we do not think has been done before."

Speaking of their experience creating this skirt, Matt Wade from Kin said: "This is exciting new territory that pushes the boundaries of what is possible in fashion, designing and programming."

NOKIA LONDON FASHION WEEK 1Nokia have a long history of working within fashion, bringing David Bailey and Bruce Weber together to shoot together for the first time in history using the 41 megapixel Nokia Lumia 1020. Smartphones play an increasingly integral role within fashion, and more specifically on the font row of global fashion week shows, with designs online before they hit the end of the runway. The leading functionality, design and imaging capabilities of the Nokia Lumia 1020 and Lumia 1520 make them the perfect tool for the fashion world.

Nailed It: Vixens Rule The Runway At The Blondes Fall/Winter 2014 Show

Last night, at Milk Studios The Blondes set it off with their Fall/Winter 2014 Collection that was all about good girls gone bad aka The Vixen!
The beauty looks at The Blondes runway shows are always dramatic...these are looks for the stage, music videos or any momentous occasion really...they've worked with Beyonce, Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Lil' Kim and Nicki Minaj.This season I got an even closer look at one of the beauty elements that are so integral to The Blondes: The Nails by CND!
 

I went backstage right before the show and go the skinny about it. Professional nail care company CND unveiled 23 unique nail designs at The Blondes Fashion Show in New York City. The Blond girl this season is a true vixen – she knows the difference between right and wrong but chooses to err on the dark side.

The clothing and nails at the show expressed a modern twist on classic comic book villains, including Cat Woman, Poison Ivy and The Joker, and the results of this fashion collaboration truly took the art of nail design to an unprecedented level.
The total number of hours spent creating the 23 nail looks for the show: 850 hours!    “Our elite Education Ambassadors are hand selected for their talent and appreciation of art, from sculpture to color theory and beyond,” said CND Co-founder Jan Arnold. “Building upon this artistic foundation, our team created looks for The Blonds that tie in beautifully with our ‘Modern Folklore’ trend prediction for Fall 2014, lush with embellished, bespoke and handmade craftsmanship. We don’t paint nails backstage at Fashion Week – we transform them into mini-masterpieces.”

The nail designs showcased at The Blonds show reveal the pop culture element of CND’s Fall Fashion story for nails. The handmade works of art are sharp, strong, bold and intricate with extreme and pointed shapes.

 

CND’s artists handcrafted the nails and their dramatic embellishments with Retention+TM Liquid & Powder and BrisaTM Gel. Then, layers of high-shine color were applied using CND ShellacTM and VINYLUXTM. CND finalized the looks with unique embellishments, including jagged vintage jewels, Swarovski crystals, chains, pearls, leather, glitter, foil, velvet and more for a rich seductive finish. These ornate designs, created in the CND Design Lab, truly represent CND’s unique partnership with The Blonds and showcase their unrivaled artistry at New York Fashion Week.

“CND continues to amaze us with nails that raise the bar each season,” said The Blonds designers Phillipe and David Blond. “They bring so much passion and expertise to the table and the collaborative process is an inspiring experience. Each of our models walks down the runway showcasing two incredible looks – one on her body and one on her nails. You don’t see that at other shows.”

“As our exclusive designer partner this season in New York, we love that The Blonds truly appreciate our art form and allow us to push the artistic envelope even further as the years go by,” said Jan Arnold. “Their avant-garde aesthetic and creative energy provide the perfect canvas for our artistry. We look forward to making runway magic with them for a long time to come.”

Australian Designers Make Waves At New York Fashion Week At Fashion Palette Runway Show

FASHION PALETTE, Australia’s premiere platform for independent designers seeking exposure at New York Fashion Week showcased three outstanding talents.

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Australian designers continued to dominate New York Fashion Week. On February 11th at the Fashion Palette New York runway show three distinct designers Philippa Galasso, Tightology and Steven Khalil showcased their Fall 2014 collections.

Fashion Palette<br />Womenswear Fall Winter 2014 New York Fashion Week February 2014Fashion Palette, a premiere organization created to facilitate exposure and brand awareness for independent Aussie designers in the global marketplace showcased an array of emerging and established Aussie designers at Pier 59.

Fashion Palette<br />Womenswear Fall Winter 2014 New York Fashion Week February 2014

Following pre runway buzz on NYMAG.com’s designer inspiration mood board, and Pantone’s Fashion Color Report for 2014 - editors, bloggers and fashion buyers from around the globe were eager to see the Fall/Winter 14 collections turned out by designers, including established eveningwear designer Steven Khalil, up and coming designer, Philippa Galasso and contemporary legwear brand Tightology. Fashion Palette<br />Womenswear Fall Winter 2014 New York Fashion Week February 2014

Each collection stayed true to the designer’s signature form and did not disappoint.

Showing for the second time at NYFW, Philippa Galasso expanded her collection this season, adding long gowns, with beaded embellishments, leather and feather accents in rich hues of navy blue and emerald green.

Fashion Palette<br />Womenswear Fall Winter 2014 New York Fashion Week February 2014ABOUT PHILIPPA GALASSO: Philippa Galasso is the fresh, young talent behind the eponymous Philippa Galasso eveningwear label. Her collections, which originated in Sydney, Australia, have gained a global reputation for their mystical shades, cutting-edge shapes, striking lines and delicate fabrics. The designer’s quintessentially feminine silhouettes have been especially well received in France, where she showcased her collection at the ‘Festival de Cannes’ in 2012 and appeared in Elle Magazine Paris. Philippa — whose credentials include an Australian Wool Award and a diploma from Sydney’s prestigious Ultimo TAFe College — debuted her Summer 2014 collection at New York Fashion Week in September.

Fashion Palette<br />Womenswear Fall Winter 2014 New York Fashion Week February 2014

As always Steven Khalil turned out show-stopping gowns, in an assortment of colors from white to rose gold with laser cut accents, and in a departure from his usual look, he added a black long calf length dress with a full skirt in water washed French silk.

Fashion Palette<br />Womenswear Fall Winter 2014 New York Fashion Week February 2014ABOUT STEVEN KHALIL: Steven Khalil, a designer at the forefront of Australian eveningwear and bridal couture, creates sophisticated and romantic gowns with timeless appeal.  Fashion Palette<br />Womenswear Fall Winter 2014 New York Fashion Week February 2014The Steven Khalil brand is synonymous with luxury. His handcrafted gowns are a go-to for stylish stars, including Keira Knightley and Aussie celebrities Delta Goodrem and Kate Richie. Steven’s designs, renowned for their custom fit and superior quality, have attracted a client base from all over the world.Fashion Palette<br />Womenswear Fall Winter 2014 New York Fashion Week February 2014

Tightology chose to keep it simple, having the tights speak for themselves sending an intriguing fusion of bold prints and colorful patterns down the runway with models styled with severe hair buns parted down the middle by Cutler Salon and minimal makeup by AJ Crimson.Fashion Palette<br />Womenswear Fall Winter 2014 New York Fashion Week February 2014

ABOUT TIGHTOLOGY: Tightology established in 2009, Tightology is an Australian company devoted entirely to the production of original and contemporary legwear. The label, which offers its apparel in a variety of colors and patterns, has become a leading brand across the globe.Fashion Palette<br />Womenswear Fall Winter 2014 New York Fashion Week February 2014 Tightology fuses style with environmental consciousness by using fair-trade practices and sustainably sourced materials to create its must-have tights and socks. The label’s approach to design is a product of the team’s core belief —lead, don’t follow. Beyond creating unique designs, the brand also pledges to provide quality. Tightology offers playful, bold apparel suitable for all occasions.Fashion Palette<br />Womenswear Fall Winter 2014 New York Fashion Week February 2014 .

@Tide Pods and Tracy Reese Bring Designer Machine-Washable Fashions to the Runway @MBFashionWeek

During Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, Tracy Reese debuted her first-ever completely machine-washable looks as a part of her fall 2014 collection, inspired by her partnership with Tide Pods and the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Washable Fashion Initiative.

Understanding the growing demand for more accessible designer fashions that are easy to care for at home, Reese was motivated to work with Tide and incorporate machine-washable fabrics into her collection. For the first time, Tracy invited fans to influence the final designs that would walk the runway by re-pinning their favorite sketches using #WashableFashion on Tide’s Pinterest page.
 
Tide Pods and the CFDA launched the Washable Fashion Initiative with the goal of educating the fashion industry about the benefits and possibilities of creating more designer garments using machine-washable fabrics.
 
Last fall, Tracy was invited to an in-depth immersion at Procter & Gamble’s research and development facilities. While there, she learned about how the unsurpassed cleaning, brightening and consistent stain-fighting results of Tide Pods maintain the quality and integrity of clothing washed at home. With this, she had the confidence to create her first-ever machine washable looks using washable versions of fabrics including, cotton, acrylic, wool, polyamide, polyurethane, elastane, polyester, rayon, and spandex. Tracy knows that her customers will be able to truly care for the pieces at home with Tide Pods, keeping them in great condition for years to come.
 
“It was so much fun having the Tide fans help me select the designs for this collection. It was exciting to see them come to life at Fashion Week,” said Tracy Reese. “I know that my customers are making an investment when they buy designer garments. Tide Pods makes it easy for them to care for their clothing, without sacrificing the quality of the fabric. Having the right product on hand to care for your favorite designer pieces at home, like Tide Pods, allows you to keep those pieces looking great for years to come.”
 
“We were thrilled to see our fans embrace Tracy’s washable designs and the excitement they showed when choosing her final runway looks on Pinterest,” stated Karen Klei Schlosser, Associate Marketing Director, P&G North American Fabric Care. “Working with Tracy Reese has been great. She is a true believer in the idea of washable fashion and we can’t wait to see her washable pieces in stores!”
 
The Tide Pods-inspired washable looks will be available for purchase this fall, along with the rest of the Tracy Reese collection, at Tracy Reese boutiques and online at TracyReese.com. Those who purchase a washable piece from Tracy’s boutique in New York, or online via TracyReese.com, will also receive a free one-count sample of Tide Pods to use when caring for the garment at home. (Samples will be included with purchases shipped to the US and Canada only.)
 
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Vince Kicks Off New York Fashion Week With IPO Celebration

Vince will celebrated their recent IPO at The Standard Hotel’s iconic Boom Boom Room and Le Bain. 
Vince’s Chief Executive Officer, Jill Granoff, and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Sun Capital Partners, Inc., Marc Leder, will co-host the party.
The total number of fashion powerhouses and celebs in the building was cray!
DJ Chelsea Leyland, along with The Standard’s Resident DJ, held down the music all night.

Guests included:  Vince, Jill Granoff, Marc Leder, Karin Gregersen (President and CCO, Vince) Lisa Klinger (CFO, Vince), DJ Chelsea Leyland, Richard Baker (CEO, Hudson’s Bay Company), Liz Rodbell (President, Hudson’s Bay Company), Tony Spring (President, Bloomingdale’s), Jim Gold (President, The Neiman Marcus Group), Frank Doroff (Vice Chairman and GMM, Bloomingdale’s, Marigay McKee (President, Saks Fifth Avenue), Joshua Schulman (President, Bergdorf Goodman),Deborah Needleman (EIC, T: The New York Times Style Magazine), Linda Wells (EIC, Allure), Anne Fulenwider (EIC, Marie Claire), Susan Kaufman (EIC, People StyleWatch), Alexis Bryan Morgan (Executive Fashion Director, Lucky), Anne Slowey (Fashion News Director, ELLE), Stephen Mooallem (EIC, Interview), Stefania Allen (Co-Founder, Editorialist), Trish McEvoy, Bobbi Brown, Maria Bartiromo (Global Market Editor, Fox Business Network), Alyssa Milano, Mariska Hargitay, Katie Cassidy, Jessica Szohr, Caitlin Fitzgerald, Tiki Barber, Adrian Greiner, Nick Loeb,Julie Macklowe, Scott Lipps, Lily Kwong, Kate Foley and Athena Calderone.


 
 

Nail The Veronica Beard Runway Look With @Essie

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Veronica Beard’s Fall/Winter 2014 collection was inspired by 1970’s glamour with heavy
reference to David Bowie and the glam rock movement.

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Julie Kandalec for essie created a
layered nail look to compliment the designer’s retro-looking fabrics and flamboyant prints.

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essie nail products used:
ridge filling base coat
mink muffs
meet me at sunset
good to go top coat
 
essie Veronica Beard backstageGet the look:

1. Apply one coat of ridge filling base coat to clean, filed nails
2. Once the base coat dries, apply one coat of mink muffs and let partially dry
3. Next, apply one coat of meet me at sunset and let completely dry
4. Complete the look with one coat of good to go top coat

Will you be rocking this look for Fall 2014?

Let us know!

GLA-Class Struts Its Street Style At Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Lincoln Center is a buzz with the start of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week (#MBFW) as it gets underway from February 6-13, with a line-up of over 100 designers showing their fall 2014 Collections. Among the world's most renowned designers, Mercedes-Benz is showing off a trendsetter of its own, the all-new 2015 GLA-Class. Hitting showrooms this fall, this stylish, new SUV is part of an innovative category of vehicles offering a new gateway into the Mercedes-Benz brand.

The GLA-Class combines a fun, adventurous spirit with a design that begs to be noticed, similar to the famous NYC street style revered by the fashion industry. To help celebrate, Mercedes-Benz is bringing street style inside Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in a unique installation featuring photography by renowned street style photographer Youngjun Koo of KOO.IM.

Throughout the week, Koo will be hitting the streets of New York to capture urbanites sporting notable fashions. His photography will be printed and wheat-pasted into an interactive display surrounding the GLA-Class within the main lobby of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Images will be updated continuously throughout the day and will feature trendsetters from around the city.

Fashion enthusiasts can catch the mobile extension of the campaign at hot spots across the city and are encouraged to celebrate personal style by posting photos of themselves in front of the mobile unit using #MBFWStreetStyle for the chance to win invitations to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. At times, Koo will be along for the ride giving stylish New Yorkers the opportunity to be featured in the Mercedes-Benz display at Lincoln Center.

For more information about Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center, and for a schedule of shows and events, visit http://newyork.mbfashionweek.com.

Runway Hair Lust: Beautiful Byzantine-Themed Dolce & Gabbana Do’s

Redken Creative Consultant Guido created a soft, romantic Sicilian up- do that looked truly fit for a queen - or at the very least, fit for models dressed in the beautiful Byzantine-themed Dolce & Gabbana looks at the designer's Fall 2013 show in Milan.
But know that if "monarch" comes to mind, Guido did think "Italian princess" when he created this 5dg4look - but he added that it wasn't supposed to make a perfectly coiffed, straight-from-the-hairdresser's impression. He was thinking of the kind of woman with inherently beautiful style, who does her hair herself. Some of the models also wore gold, jewel-covered crowns in the show, but in case you aren't already envious enough of the woman that inspired this style, we have to add that with a look like the one Guido created today, she looked like the epitome of royal and romantic, crown or no crown.
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"This elegant style is another variation of the Dolce & Gabbana woman this season, playing on that Sicilian idea of softness, romance, and a certain cinematic, womanly beauty. I took inspiration from the idea of an iconic woman with a kind of natural Italian allure- think the actress Sofia Loren or the women in the 1960 film la Dolce Vita. There's a natural ease to her beauty, she's sexy but in a conservative way. It's not at all a messy look, and it's all about the details - I wanted it to have shine, but to not at all look greasy - just a soft, glossy finish."

Get the look with our step-by-step guide…


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Redken Products Used:
quick tease 15 backcombing finishing spray
shine flash 02 glistening mist
guts 10 root targeted volume spray foam

5dg1Guido, Redken Creative Consultant, works his magic backstage at Dolce & Gabbana.

5dg2Create the Look:

  • Apply guts 10 root targeted volume spray foam to damp hair from roots to ends and blow-dry with a round brush.
  • Add quick tease 15 backcombing finishing spray to the crown section by section, holding each section for a few seconds to let it dry before moving onto the next.
  • After the quick tease 15 has dried completely, backcomb hair with an oval boar bristle brush for light, airy volume throughout the crown.
  • Create a very small (1 inch) part that's slightly off center and then gently brush hair from front to back starting behind the 1- inch parted section in front, folding into a chignon flat against the head at the nape of the neck and securing with pins
  • Spray style with shine flash 02 glistening mist for a glossy finish.

 

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