Fashion

Fashion Week Street Style: What I Would Have Worn to Milan Fashion Week

This is my third Fashion Week-inspired outfit post. I’ve always wanted to visit Milan, but playing pretend in the alleyway behind my apartment is always a glorious adventure…

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IMG_0810Vintage Versace tee, American Apparel pleated skirt, Jean-Michel Cazabat “Elle” red leather pumps, Alice + Olivia piano bag, Nasty Gal “Nita” shades, necklace a la some random vendor at Bonnaroo Music Festival (—which tent? That tent!), and Zero Gravity “Bestie” iPhone 5/5S case.

As you probably know, it’s custom for Fashion Week attendees to dress based on the city they’re in and the designers they’re seeing—and designers typically debut their new work in their city/country of origin. For my NYC look, I wore a Marc Jacobs skirt; for London, I wore a Reiss hat. So for my Milan-inspired ensemble, I reached for my favorite Italian piece, my beloved vintage Versace tee—‘gotta love Mom’s hand-me-downs! It was an obvious choice, not only because Versace has been one of the most prominent Italian names in fashion for decades, but also because (as I mentioned previously) snapshots of Fashion Week street style revealed that dressing up graphic prints/tees is one of the freshest trends right now. A cool graphic tee can be surprisingly versatile, and I love the challenge of wearing one thing a million ways. I recently styled this outfit with some different accessories (and a lot more hair) at the press preview for the MFA Boston’s amazing Hollywood Glamour exhibit. (If you’re a fashion-enthusiast in Boston, this exhibition is a must-see.) To reboot the look for an imaginary day at Milan Fashion Week, I took cues from Italian fashion blogger/bona fide icon Chiara Ferragni’s girlish flair and penchant for quirky accessories. Who wouldn’t want to walk the streets of Milan in a twirly skirt and bright red heels? My new Alice + Olivia piano purse honestly doesn’t hold much more than a tube of lipstick, but I’m totally obsessed. It’s unconventional, but also has a simple color palette, making it the perfect statement piece for the plainest or funkiest of outfits. Plus, I have a thing for things that look like other things. And don’t forget about tech accessories—fun iPhone cases are the newest way to spice up your accessories, and I think Karl Lagerfeld and Anna Wintour  would approve of my sleek new case featuring their unmistakable, angrily fashionable faces. Stay tuned for my upcoming Paris post…

Photos by Rebecca Browne & Annie Goldman

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Still Wearing White

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IMG_0677The Hanger ‘Knit Pick’ crop top, LF Stores skort, handmade gold collar necklace a la Bonnaroo, Jeffrey Campbell sandals, vintage Chanel bag, ‘Nita’ shades.

Labor Day has officially come and gone, but the white-on-white look is here to stay. I don’t really know why that rule ever existed in the first place. If anything, summertime foods are the ones you’re most likely to get all over yourself. So, winter whites, here I come! Also, I know this is a little late, but I’d like to take this time to say how grateful I am for the return of the skort. Paris, Britney and Lindsay sure could have used them a few years ago…

Photos by Rebecca Browne

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Bonnaroo: A Really Good Time

Unlike some of the other high-profile music festivals, such as Coachella and Governor’s Ball, almost all of the eighty-thousand people who attend the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee camp out in tents for the four-day extravaganza. This in no way eliminates fashion from the Bonnaroo scene, but it presents a challenge to festival fashion-enthusiasts who want to endure Roo in style. Comfort can’t be neglected when dressing for Bonnaroo and other festivals of its kind. Please enjoy these photos from my Bonnaroo 2014 experience (taken by Matt McKenna, kind strangers, and yours truly) and my list of key items and products and styles for the festival fashionista.

IMG_3187On the road I wore the lightweight Groceries Apparel ‘Wolff’ top, coated high-rise J Brand skinnies, a vintage necklace, MARC by Marc Jacobs combat boots, and my Oliver Peoples sunglasses.

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IMG_3211American Apparel California Select vintage halter top, Carmar denim shorts, Birkenstock “Gizeh” sandals, and an authentic Wayuu bag: Structured, comfortable sandals like Birkenstocks are necessary for the more rigorous festival, where you’ll spend most of your time on-foot. Don’t make the mistake of relying on flimsy flip-flops.

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IMG_3235Vintage Oscar de la Renta silk kimono dress from Nasty Gal, printed turband from LF Stores, Chanel sunglasses.

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026_26Helmut Lang tank, Millau perforated faux leather running shorts, BAGGU printed tote, MARC by Marc Jacobs sweatshirt and combat boots. To maintain your hair at a festival, be sure to bring dry shampoo. Oscar Blandi makes some great products, but Oribe has a dry shampoo alternative that doesn’t leave visible residue in your hair. Since roots tend to get oily while ends dry out in the sun, give dry conditioner a try, focusing on the ends of your hair.

024_24Brixton ‘Joanna’ hat from Nasty Gal, crop top from Urban Outfitters, Millau shorts, MARC by Marc Jacobs combat boots: running shorts in fun prints or textiles and combat boots were the definite MVPs of Bonnaroo this year.

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IMG_3244Be prepared for and positive about the possibility of rain. Poncho from Urban Outfitters, sunglasses from Walmart.

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007_7Since most festivals are blazing hot during the day, the nighttime chill can come as a shock. Bring soft tops that you can tie up in the heat and let down for more coverage once the sun goes down.

002_2My soft, high-waisted boyfriend jeans were the unsung heroes of my festival wardrobe.

004_4Floral crown from GoJane.com, Quay Australia sunglasses.

IMG_3277 (1)Silk aztec-printed dress from LF Stores, Le Specs sunglasses: so you can sit and dance comfortably in lightweight frocks, try wearing white Nike Pro Combat compression shorts underneath.

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014_14“Chi Chi” top from Nasty Gal, wooden necklace and high-waist shorts from American Apparel, lilac headband from LF Stores, Chanel sunglasses.

011_11Wide-brimmed hats, fanny packs, and anything tie-dye are festival essentials.

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hello.jpgPlease excuse my awkward tan/burn lines and shoebee status, and just focus on this awesome Wildfox Couture halter bikini with rainbow briefs. A cute bathing suit top can easily serve as your outfit of the day. I really don’t think I need to explain the greatness of Adidas original Pool Side sandals, do I?

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IMG_3338A gel manicure is a must for the rougher festival scene, unless you want to spend your days staring at the dirt underneath your nails. Take it as an opportunity to try some fun new nail art. And if you hate to go without lip color, but also hate the feel of makeup caking and baking in the sun, try a Revlon Color Burst balm stain. It moisturizes and feels like a regular lip balm, and actually lasts longer than most lipsticks. Miley Cyrus and the ongoing 90s fashion revival caused the double-bun look be a popular choice at Bonnaroo this year. It’s playful, and keeps your hair out of the way.

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E.T.

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1Q1A9259Declared clothing alien crop top, Carmar high-waist denim shorts, Jeffrey Campbell ‘Nirvana’ boots, Christian Dior sunglasses, NARS Semi-Matte Lipstick in ‘Schiap.’

As usual, my mind is on Bonnaroo Music Festival and my heart is in 1996. Luckily, the festival is less than a month away. As I gear up for Tennessee, I’ve been accompanying some of my favorite grunge pieces with girly hints of pink and stacked scrunchies on my wrist.

Photos by Amanda Rosen

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Psychedelic Pizza Party

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1Q1A9031Bonnaroo Music Festival 2012 tie-dye tee, Carmar iridescent jeans, Jeffrey Campbell ‘ZOMG’ platform sneakers.

Recently I’ve been really inspired by the Spice Girls-meets-grunge pieces by brands like UNIF and Lazy Oaf, and the way that my favorite online boutiques, Nasty Gal and Dolls Kill, have been styling them. Bright lips, neon shades, glittery nails, and lots of pizza are the perfect accessories for this look.

Photos by Amanda Rosen

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Warby Parker Exclusive

1Q1A8532I was so excited when eyewear company Warby Parker asked me to review their new summer sunglasses collection, which debuts today! Sunglasses have always been my favorite accessory, and Warby Parker makes beautiful, fun, affordable frames for men and women—and for a great cause. For every pair of sunglasses sold, Warby Parker donates a pair to someone in need, and their sunglasses start at just $95. In short, Warby Parker offers you the chance to buy stylish sunglasses and help those less fortunate without going broke yourself. That’s what I call a fashion win-win-win.

1Q1A8543My current Warby Parkers are the ‘Madison’ in Rum Cherry, which are part of their permanent core collection.1Q1A8527Theory printed blouse, vintage Ralph Lauren Collection shell sweater, Maje shorts, Jeffrey Campbell ‘Purvis’ platform loafers, ‘Lone Rider’ wool hat from Nasty Gal.1Q1A8537

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I chose the ‘Madison’ frames because they feature a classic, flattering shape, and because this particular shade of burgundy-red is so versatile. Vibrant enough to bring a little life to my first, black and white outfit, yet understated enough to wear with more colorful looks without going over the top, Warby Parker sunglasses are perfect for people with eclectic style and taste.

Warby Parker’s new Spectrum Sun Collection, available starting today, achieves the same kind of cool with a classic, retro vibe and a fresh selection of colors. Every pair lends itself to endless looks for every occasion. Plus, their sturdy plastic frames will survive whatever craziness summer brings your way—a day at the beach, music festivals, the inside of your purse…

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The “Hall” in Cherry Blossum

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The “Minnie” in Eucalyptus

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The “Piper” in Revolver Black

After gushing over the whole new summer collection, I was able to narrow myself down three favorites, shown above, but I can’t seem to settle on one pair just yet. Each truly evokes the simultaneously adventurous and laid-back summer experience, and many looks from the summer line will carry over seamlessly into your fall/winter wardrobe. Stay tuned to see which pair I choose to take with me to Bonnaroo Music Festival in June, and be sure to visit the Warby Parker website to see the rest of the Spectrum Sun Collection, and to learn more about their charitable work. Warby Parker also has a store located at 83 Newbury Street here in Boston.

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Orange is the New Black

1Q1A8279Working in fashion retail, I noticed that many shoppers fear the color orange. I don’t know why, and I can’t be sure whether or not the majority’s aversion to all things orange contributes to my growing love for what I consider to be a very flattering, happy color.

As a huge portion of my earlier posts will show, I also love black and white. Who doesn’t? It’s a simple, yet bold, and reliably chic combination—but it can also become repetitive. Small pops of color, like these blood-orange Chanel sunglasses, will liven up and diversify your black and white winter wardrobe. Once the temperature creeps up to a tropical fifty degrees, I’ll start pairing these orange shades with outfits that rival real-life double-complete rainbows (—Can you say “Bonnaroo 2014”?)1Q1A8283Theory houndstooth jacquard sweater, harem trousers from Urban Outfitters, Maje black & plastic heels.1Q1A8286

Photos by Amanda Rosen

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