On the Street at LFW...Details

Emilio de la Morena AW 2013

One of the few shows I saw on the main stage, Emilio de la Morena attracted quite an eclectic crowd, which is appropriate for his eclectic collection. From 70's-looking boho prints to cut-out pieces with both structure and movement, Emilio de la Morena proved that he is a fashion force on the rise. 

J. JS Lee AW 2013

By far one of my favorite shows of LFW, J. JS Lee exuded minimalist chic in a way that was so refreshing for the quirky character of London. Sticking to all white, pastels, and black (a simple but light palette for a Fall collection), designer Jackie JS Lee played with proportion and tailored cuts that still had a lot of movement to conjure up designs that could be easily worn by actresses, models, fashionistas, and even us normal folk. 

LFW Day 5: Fashion Camoflauge

Unsurprisingly, fashion week is all about being seen. Editors, bloggers, and general fashion enthusiasts layer on trend after trend just for a shot at being featured on The Sartorialist. However, on the last day of fashion week, I decided to take a different approach: a simple approach. Instead of trying to stand out by wearing everything I own at once, I went for a rich, green monochromatic look- if Emmanuelle Alt wore color. What better way to stand out then to try to fit in with nature?

Marques' Almeida AW 2013

 The 90's are back! Feel how you want about it, but there was no denying it at Marques' Almeida's Fall 2013 presentation. Distressed denim, skirts over pants, oversized everything, grungy hair. And yet, he still managed to make it look modern and fashion-forward instead of just a repeat of an entire decade of questionable style. I particularly loved his touches of fur and his knit pieces, which added a bit of grunge-luxe to the collection. The wide leg pants and artfully crafted jackets aged the collection in a good way from teen spirit to rebellious young adult. Though I don't see myself wearing the skirt-over-pants look anytime soon, I'm excited to see what this brand has in store for the future; I predict dedicated followers of off duty models.

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What I Wore: LFW Day 2

Though I was too busy/absent-minded to get a photo of my Day 2 outfit, I am nonetheless proud of it. I went for almost all black with classic and trendy/edgy details. A black leather pencil skirt was made more casual by a gray t-shirt, beanie, and leather jacket. I accessorized with a little punch of leopard print, my go-to black booties, a necessary statement necklace, and a classic red pout. 

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On The Street During LFW

We all know that during fashion week, the real show is what happens outside the tents. This year, I got to play the role of street style photographer and snapped some of my favorite looks. I usually stayed away from the overworked, outrageous ensembles worn by people who were just trying to be seen. Instead, I was drawn to more simply chic outfits that were less...self-aware.

LFW Essentials

Though the London Fash Pack looks like they float from one show/party to the next without a care in the world, now that I've been to a show or two, I know that can't be the case. It's impossible to show up to LFW without suitable accroutements to make it through the day.
Great beauty products are essential. A heavy duty lip balm, like this one from Apivita, will keep you from (god forbid) looking chapped. Furthermore, a bright red lip is the perfect accessory to stand out in the crowd. For touch-ups, bring concealer and a perfume sample to keep you looking and smelling fresh. Finally, a small notebook is a great way to keep your schedule and ideas straight!
 
What would I do without my Tory Burch card case? It is essential for keeping my Oyster card, credit cards, ID, and some cash in an itty-bitty clutch, so I don't have to carry around my whole wallet.
I'm not sure that I've seen one person so far without a smart phone- that may sound so bourgeois, but it has really been such a life saver in terms of transportation schedules to and from the shows, instagram and twitter updates, checking blog stats, facebook, and quick pictures. Not to mention texting all my friends when I run into awesome fashion icons! 

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Jena.Theo Fall 2013

Yesterday, I had the honor of attending the Jena Theo Fall 2013 show at London Fashion Week. The presentation fits in perfectly with LFW, which has its own character distinct from NYC, Milan, and Paris. Quirky, whimsical, and yet still edgy, the creations of Jenny Holmes and Dimitris Theocharidis are made to be worn by London's coolest street stylers.
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LFW Day 1

London Fashion Week began today, and I am so excited to be attending! It's just as crazy as I expected- the hoards of people, the incredible street style, and not to mention the beautiful Fall 2013 collections. While I got some amazing street style shots and photos from the Jena Theo show, here are just a few moments to ease you into the whole experience. More will be coming soon, so stay tuned!

Fashion Week Cravings

Every fashionista has a certain image in mind of what she will look like at her first fashion week. Well, for me, that image changes by the second as I get inspired by all the amazing street style. Currently, I have attempted to formulate that image into, well, an actual spread. Though I can guarantee that my mind will change by the time I post this, I am currently inspired by bold mixed prints, awesome outwear, and sleek accessories for my future fashion week ensembles.
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NYFW Street Style Trend: Monochromatic Brights

As we attach ourselves to our computers to obsess over the daily fashion shows and next season's next best thing, it's impossible to miss the trends for this season that are sitting front row. These street stylers are all embracing monochromatic brights- picking one cool color and wearing it head-to-toe. Though I've never been one for matchy-matchy looks, these ladies pull it off with ease. Going for one bright color all over is an easy way to make a statement!
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My way:
 Keep the look from being too simple and matchy-matchy with an added print and another pop of color!Monochrome

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Velvety Goodness

As I get ready to attend some LFW shows (yes! I will be going!), I'm having the urge to prepare my body for the endless walking in heels, toting of fashionably inconvenient bags, and the inevitable frostbite I will receive from leaving my heaviest (and ugliest) coats at home. Thus, comfortable teal velvet jeggings, a cozy sweater, and low-heeled booties are lulling my body into a false sense of security. 


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So many fashion week emotions!

Thanks to my good friend Tom Lee for this wonderful Gif(t). Fashawn, indeed!

Some Pretty Photos to Inspire Your Fashion Month Style

As NYFW kicks off Fashion Month, us fashion addicts are about to inundated with a slew of photos of each collection, shots of the beautiful fashionites flocking to and from the shows, and countless looks from countless glamorous parties. To prepare, sometimes its necessary to detox and just take a break from fashion. Other times, its necessary to immerse yourself in recent street style photos to de-sensitive yourself to the inevitable feelings of sartorial inferiority. I prefer to take the latter approach, giving myself time to amp up my wardrobe in preparation by taking cues from these awesome street stylers.

Off Duty

Wednesdays are amazing because I have NO class. That means more time to explore London or just take it easy and relax. I did a little bit of both, taking in a movie, getting some work done, and taking some pictures. 

Hostel

As you may know, I spent this last weekend in Edinburgh. It was my first time staying in a hostel, and thankfully it was not at all like those scary movies where everyone dies. In fact, our room was quite cheery and decorated in pink and purple with butterflies- it made me want to throw on my peplum top and flit around the room like a crazy person.

On The Street in St. Andrews

This weekend, I took a wonderful trip to Edinburgh, and while I was there, popped up to St. Andrews (in search of my own Prince William, of course). The birthplace of golf and home to the prestigious University of St. Andrews, this small Scottish town is quite a posh place. It was so refreshing to run into young university students, like Maxwell (pictured below), who take style seriously and dress up for classes. I particularly love how he mixed the print on the bow tie with his polka dot scarf!

Cheerio, Old Chap

As I continue to explore the great city of London, I've become more and more inspired by the locals. Though the young, hip, street stylers are definitely my biggest influence, I can't help but be influenced by the more...traditional styles of London. And what could be more traditionally English than a pair of high-waisted plaid pants, London Gentleman style? Just give me a bowler hat, a cigar, and call me Winston Churchill (though I doubt Churchill ever rocked such sexy pumps).

Oscar Predictions: Jessica Chastain in Versace Couture

A face that has been everywhere in the last year, and in every designer from Alexander McQueen to Calvin Klein, Jessica Chastain is as versatile and bold in her fashion choices as she is in her movie roles. 

Coming off of a very light (and somewhat boring) Golden Globes dress, Jessica would really make a statement in a dress as dark and controversial as the movie she was nominated for: Zero Dark Thirty. This Versace Spring 2013 Couture gown (minus the shoulder pads) would be a winning look- vamping her up without going over the top. The cutouts and sheer hem add some sex appeal and take this dress beyond the basic black. 



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