Modesty is the New Chic

September 12, 2007

FoxNews | NEW YORK —  If the world needs another sign that Britney Spears’ look is yesterday’s news, check out New York Fashion Week.

Gone are the skin-centric, tummy-revealing and possibly private part-exposing trends that Spears and friends like Paris Hilton made ubiquitous. Instead, designers are embracing modesty, using sheer fabrics and lingerie looks to subtly hint at sexiness.

It’s an extension of the ladylike trends for fall; designers seem to have made the collective decision that a lot of skin isn’t in.

On Tuesday, Monique Lhuillier presented sophisticated, fluid looks that celebrate a woman’s shape without squeezing it. Carmen Marc Valvo showed tasteful swimwear with plenty of coverage, flattering pintucks and low leg openings. Even pantyhose made a comeback over the weekend at the Derek Lam show.

Of course, every rule has an exception. Marc Jacobs bucked the trend on Monday with plenty of glimpses of bras, slips and tap pants _ but the show was more of an artistic statement than a presentation of wearable fashions.

New York Fashion Week wraps up Wednesday after an eight-day preview of the spring-summer looks of 100 or so designers.

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Lil Mama’s Pink and Purple Baby Fantasy outfit.  Does this girl have a fetish or something

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Beyonce’s golden trash bag toga.  I know you are back to you thick, post-tour weight now but you can hide it in prettier, more flattering clothing, Beyonce.  You are really too fierce for this!

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Alicia Keys’ Latoya Jackson headband, Diana Ross hair, and S&M inspired outfit (photo to come).  Made me think of FAME!   The hips are out of control honey…that could be a big problem later.  She looked good on the red carpet though, a tad bit too much bronzer though.

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Synopsis: Rhianna was killing them all!! 

Lacoste Bags: I heart them

September 9, 2007

city croc lacosteLacoste City Croc Bag
The sporty and versatile City Croc large bowling bag from the Lacoste fall/winter 2007 collection is so a must have for this fall! Lacoste’s iconic crocodile logo stands as a symbol of the brand’s rich heritage and commitment to quality while ensuring you are always in style.
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Lacoste ‘Sailing Boston’ Satchel
Leather and cotton combine in a sporty yet sophisticated satchel, roomy enough to fit all the essentials.

Beyonce’s Sexy Snake Shoes

September 6, 2007

snake heelsI LOVE these shoes.  I need to know who the designer is for them.

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Aaneta Amuleta $449 at Couture Candy
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Stuart Weitzman Gray Gymbag $345 at Stuart Weitzman

cable knitI saw a black pair of sweater boots in Urban Outfitters today… so cute. I think these are going to be big in the fall. Kinda Ugg looking, the construction and fabric make them susceptible to dirt (in the knit weaving, as opposed to a smooth service like leather), and the soles on many of the pairs I’ve seen are simple rubber…that could wear down in harsh weather on city streets. However, they are very very warm and comfortable. Comfort + fashion= worth the drama! 🙂 These boots are perfect with a matching cable knit sweater and skinny jeans for a super casual day! They almost look like you’re wearing leg warmmers…and I love 80’s revival leg warmers!!!

sweater boots$109 – Comfortable knit boots from Livs! Soft cotton sweater knit upper in a tall mid calf height can be slouched. Hand knit with natural ventilation and comfort, rounded toe.
free people boots $299.95 – Free People’s Fairisle Lace Up Sweater Boot
Patterned fairisle sweater boots with cowhide toe and lace-up detail, by Carolina K.

New York’s Fashion Week may be a foggy memory of feathers, hats, and sequins, but we’re still sifting through the looks. We combed hundreds of shows to find fall 2007’s ten biggest trends, from silhouettes to shoes. Now you just have to find somewhere to wear them. – NYMag (Click here for photos from Fashion Week of these trends.)

(1.) Your silhouette will slim down.
Fall’s shapes are far narrower than spring’s bubbles and trapezes. Marc Jacobs and Calvin Klein led the slim charge, with belted coats and tailored dresses respectively.

(2.) You’ll channel the queen.
Tweed can be hard to pull off—it tends toward bulky, frumpy, and way too royal family. Thakoon handled it lightly on an elegant coat, while Ralph Lauren and Oscar de le Renta made it classic, not dowdy.

(3.) You’ll supersize your sweaters.
Chunky knits were all over the runways. Bruce showed how cozy can still look sleek, while Diane von Furstenberg kept it loose and comfortable with a floppy-collared sweater coat. Our pick, however, is Malo’s sweater: space age and warm at the same time.

(4.) You’ll get some new pants—finally!
After a year of dresses and leggings, pants are back, and in a big, big, big way. There were great slouchy menswear versions at Michael Kors and Proenza Schouler, slick stovepipes at Narciso Rodriguez, and sailor-esque pants at Zero Maria Cornejo.

(5.) You’ll zip it good.
What is it with the eighties? This season it was zippers. Behnaz Sarafpour trimmed hers in neon yellow, while Derek Lam kept his basic black. At Thakoon, the zippers were for pockets only.

(6.) You’ll keep your head warm.
Whether it’s wide-brimmed (Marc Jacobs), pulled low (Proenza Schouler), or little more than a spray (Donna Karan), you’ll be wearing a hat. Cover for warmth (Michael Kors’s fur) or for modesty (Vera Wang’s head scarf), but just cover with something.

(7.) You’ll dare to clash.
In what has become a 5 x 10 classic, navy and black reigned supreme: a black belt on a navy dress at Derek Lam, royal blue on cardigans at Marc Jacobs and Thakoon.

(8.) You’ll keep walking tall.
The platform trend remains, but it’s subtler. The shapes are more traditional this season: pumps, sandals, and so on. Everyone from Donna Karan to Derek Lam amped up their shoes, with platforms beneath the toe box that function like lifts.

(9.) You’ll be dazzling.
Sequins and paillettes were everywhere, and in a whole host of vibrant colors. They were silver and muted at Vera Wang, and Technicolor dreamy at Marc Jacobs. Tory Burch even showed how the look can work for day: beneath a toggled fisherman sweater paired with an easy pair of pants.

(10.) You’ll fly away.
What’s more fun on an evening gown than a mound of fluffy feathers? Not much, as dresses from Mizrahi, Malandrino, and Marchesa pointed out. Sari Gueron and Thakoon turned their cool, young eyes on the trend with pared-down takes.