I decided to take most of the weekend off from New York Fashion Week, but as well all know, fashion never sleeps.
Social media is a great way to follow along with fashion week and keep up with the must-see looks and trends. So, for the past couple days I have been following along with NYFW through some of my favorite fashion sources on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Instragam is a wonderful platform to get a full-circle glimpse into the fashion shows from styling backstage to the final walk. Although fashion week is first and foremost about the apparel in the upcoming collections, there is a great deal of time and energy put into each and every show from model selection to catwalk choreography to hair and makeup and countless things in between. Some of my most beloved beauty brands have been lucky enough to work with some famed designers on styling their shows. So, I’ve complied a number of Instagram images to showcase the highlights from the weekend: Day 3 and Day 4 of NYFW F/W 2014 from backstage to the runway!
Tibi’s beauty look consisted of a bold Bordeaux lip by Bobbi Brown, a unique mini Mohawk braid by Aveda, and nude nails with a touch of sparkle. The Fall 2014 collection features chunky layered looks in both soft pastels and bold hues. The menswear-inspired sweaters and outerwear look so lush and inviting for the cool weather months
Herve Leger’s beauty look featured a dramatic eye, a pop of color in a high pony by Bumble and Bumble, and a nude nail by Essie. The Fall 2014 highlights a balance of fitted silhouettes and movement in an array of colors from neons to blush tones to nudes.
Derek Lam’s beauty look showcased a deep smokey eye and a soft pink lip stain by Estee Lauder and a nude nails. The Fall 2014 collection is a mix of sporty yet chic over-sized menswear inspired ensembles and feminine yet structured looks. There is also a variety of color in the collection with both warm earthy tones and pops of pastel.
DIANE VON FURSTENBERG
The Diane Von Furstenberg show was my must-see show of the weekend. The Belgian American fashion designer is celebrating a milestone year commemorating her iconic wrap dress, which is her signature look that jump started her career in the fashion industry forty years ago at the young age of 26! During the pre-show, Diane Von Furstenberg explained the inspiration behind the famed wrap dress: the ballerina wrap sweater. In honor of the wrap dress and its inspiration, the beauty look for her Fall 2014 show, Bohemian Wrapsody, was ballet inspired makeup and hair buns. Before the show, the designer encouraged her models to “be strong, feel sexy, be you, and smile.” The DVF brand truly embodies my goal for 2014 to FEEL GOOD and LOOK GOOD.
The show kicked off with a number of black and white looks in classic DVF patterns. My favorite neutral piece is the black and tan fur jacket featured above. The rest of the Fall 2014 collection consisted of rich jewel tones in a number of iconic DVF prints and wrap styles. The show concluded with a special and memorable finale as each model took the runway in a gold wrap dress. Next the models congregated onstage with St. Vincent, who provided live music for the show as part of the AmexUnstagged partnership. As the models danced to the music, Diane Von Furstenberg hit the catwalk then joined the models and the band for a gold confetti filled finale. I think it’s safe to say that this show ended with the “happiness and joy of life” that DVF intended.
What do you get when you cross Bloomingdales with the NFL and CFDA?
So, what do you get when you cross Bloomingdales with the NFL and CFDA? The most haute couture football helmets you’ll ever see up for auction for a great cause. Not a football fan, ladies? Does the mere sight of your man’s favorite football jersey make you turn and run for a spa weekend? Get ready to become the NFL’s number one fan when you get a look at these helmets. Together Bloomingdales, the NFL, and the FDA recruited 48 of your favorite fashion designers to create one of a kind custom helmets for the big game. Betsey Johnson, Cynthia Vincent, Nicole Miller, Rachel Zoe, Vince Camuto… Have I caught your attention yet? The list goes on and on! Now through Tuesday, February 4, you can bid on your favorite helmet and 100% of the net proceeds will be donated to the NFL Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and safety sports, youth football, and communities nationwide.
The Controversial Campaign: Miley Cyrus for Marc Jacobs
I have a few disclaimers before I delve into the sensitive subject of Miley Cyrus and the Marc Jacobs Spring 2014 ad campaign. 1. I believe that ad campaigns are for models, and I do not advocate singers, actresses, or other such celebrities staring in ad campagins. 2. I am begrudgingly discussing Miley Cyrus on my blog for the third time. 3. All of this aside, I’m here to explore fashion, and as much as I hate to admit it, I think Miley Cyrus looks fantastic in the Marc Jacobs Spring 2014 campaign. I know I may be a little biased as a long time Marc Jacobs fan, but I think it’s no surprise that Miley and Marc have teamed up (again). The two have worked together in the past from their collaborative skin tee supporting the NYU Skin Cancer Institute to the countless Marc Jacobs ensembles Miley has sported a various events, such as the Met Ball. And, quite frankly, the bizarre sense of style Miley has adopted over the past year or two is completely well suited for a quirky Marc Jacobs campaign. These two seem like a match made in heaven to me! However, aside from the sheer controversy over Miley herself, there is also buzz surrounding the photographer of the campaign. Juergen Teller is known for shooting Marc Jacob’s ads, but he allegedly refused to shoot Miley, according to Women’s Wear Daily (WWD). Thus the whispers are spinning: is Marc’s loyalty to Miley greater than his loyalty to his tried and true photographer? Is it just me or are we making a mountain out of a mole hill here?
DVF: Wrapping Women Since 1974
Saturday, January 11 marked the opening of an exhibition forty years in the making: Diane Von Furstenberg Journey of a Dress. If you live in the LA area or have plans to go to LA between now and April 1, you absolutely must add this exhibit to your calendar. If you don’t, maybe you should book your next vaca – this display is not to be missed. Over four decades ago, DVF realized the American Dream at the young age of 26 by designing a modest knitted jersey wrap dress. Little did she know that her simple, feminine creation would have a profound and lasting impact on women’s fashion. Journey of a Dress features 200 mannequins clad in DVF wrap dresses along with countless photographs, magazine covers, and portraits of DVF herself plus much more. If you can’t make it to LA to experience this amazing event, head to the DVF site to share your wrap story, from first dates, to first jobs, special moments, and everything in between!
As part of my Holiday Gifting Tips, I’ll be scoping out deals and DYIs to help keep your wallet as full as your belly this holiday season. The holidays are the time to keep your eye on the deal. I believe that you don’t have to pay full price for anything (ever.), but this tip is especially essential around the holidays when you’re having to budget for gifts for friends, family, co-workers, and kids. In lieu of my typical Deal of the Day, for the next two months I’ll be sharing deals that are perfect to gift for all those special someones in your life. Today I’ve got deals for girlfriends and your man!
The Nordstrom half-yearly sale kicked off today with up to 40% off women and kids select styles. There are tons of awesome gifts for your girls under $25! Here are my picks:
1. Kate Spade New York Harlequin Crew Socks, $7.20
4. Diane von Furstenberg iPhone 5 Case, $23.98
5. Michael Stars Wild Frontier Infinity Scarf, $22.80
6. Jessica McClintock Graffiti Clutch, $20.98
If your man loves football as much as mine does, you can’t go wrong with a gift from the NFL Shop. Now through Sunday, November 10, take 15-40% off select merchandise! They literally have everything imaginable with your fella’s fave team logo. Here are three goodies I love for a serious steal:
1. Front License Plate, $25.46
2. Mouse Pad, $8.46
3. Chef Apron and Hat, $16.96