Hot Hues

Reed Krakoff $590

Tory Burch $325

Spring is in the air in Chapel Hill and all I can think about is spring fashion! The doldrums of winter are finally behind us and it is time to reawaken our inner fashionistas. One of my favorite trends for this season is electric color. What better way to jump-start our spring fever than to pile on the neon yellows, pinks, oranges and greens? The designers seem to be telling us that we shouldn’t be afraid to go bold with these colors. They are meant to be mixed and matched, and nothing is “too much.” An easy way to achieve this look is to find radiant accessories that can be paired with any outfit to spice it up a bit. Neiman Marcus has a great selection of luminous accessories by top designers (you may want to look elsewhere for items that are less pricey). But these items give you a good idea of accessories to look for when out shopping for your new spring wardrobe. Good luck!

Dolce & Gabbana $2445

Kendra Scott $75

Oscar de la Renta $345

Oscar de la Renta $995

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Michael Kors- Fall 2012

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Plaid, fur and sequins–oh my! This season, Michael Kors plays up patterns and textures with oversized plaid ponchos, fur coats, cuffs and collars, and floor-length sequin dresses. What does he seem to be telling us? Drama is in. MK’s go-to colors for this collection are red and black. The combination of these sultry colors make even a turtleneck look sexy. MK’s plaids and furs are reminiscent of old Scotland. His silhouettes are conservative and textures are thick and durable. He puts sweaters on top of dresses. Many of the models sport thick, chunky socks with heels. Yet, there are no high heels in this collection–MK’s shoes have mid-sized heels and Mary Jane-like straps around the front. There are even a few clogs and military boots in the mix. This collection is all about durability with a hint of sassiness. I definitely think these trends will trickle down into mainstream retail. Who doesn’t love a warm chunky sweater? Thanks, MK.

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Diane von Furstenberg – New York Fashion Week Fall 2012

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Diane von Furstenberg’s Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear collection embodies the classic elegance of the fall. The collection features rich fall colors, lady-like silhouettes, and beautiful combinations of textures. She uses deep neutral colors such as maroon, red and black, in unison with varying pops of pink, bright yellows and greens. The silhouettes are elegant and simple, but also whimsical and playful. DVF adds edge to classic pieces by pairing sequins with fur and patent leather. In my opinion, this collection embodies the persona of a New York woman. It is very wearable, and the textures seem suitable for fall temperatures, yet there are pieces that are fun, quirky, and meant to give any woman a certain pop. DVF is a consistently beautiful designer, and this collection is no exception.

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Breaking the Symmetry

I don’t know if it’s the above average temperatures in Chapel Hill or the rapidly approaching New York Fashion Week that is making me excited for spring trends, but I’ve been anticipating the upcoming season by scoping out fashion websites for must-have spring pieces.

One of my favorite trends for the upcoming spring season is asymmetrical, solid-colored skirts and dresses. I’m talking maxi skirts with an edge. This look is the perfect combination of sexy and subtle. It’s conservative, yet reveals just enough leg to keep you guessing. Whether chiffon, cotton, or some other material, let’s face it—they’re fun, flirty, and perfect for the spring. Check out Miranda Kerr in this pastel pink Eva Brazzi dress. She looks gorgeous.

You can find this modern-age Cinderella look on websites like Anthropologie.com and Shopbop.com. Here are a few:

Anthropologie Skirt $138

Preen Skirt $462 Shopbop.com

Kevork Kiledjian Skirt $750 Shopbop.com

Blue Life Skirt $108 Shopbop.com

Topshop.com dress- currently not sold in the U.S.

The beauty of these skirts and dresses is that they are statement pieces. You really don’t have to do much else to make these outfits look good. In fact, for an awesome day look I would suggest pairing your asymmetrically-cut skirt with a simple top—a basic cotton tee will do! If you’re looking to dress this look up for a night on the town, try pairing it with a chunky, bright-colored necklace and some sexy heels. I’m telling you—it’s so easy! These pieces are sure to make you stand out in the crowd.

Jason Wu for Target

It is official: Jason Wu’s collection for Target will hit stores on February 5. The collection features the tagline “mischief is in the details” and embodies Wu’s signature style—clean lines, smart details and bright colors. The best part about this designer collaboration? Each piece in the collection ranges from $19.99 to $59.99 for clothing and $19.99 to $49.99 for accessories. What a bargain!

Target has released a new teaser for the collection featuring none other than an adorable black cat named Milu. See the commercial below:

Also, check out the massive billboard in NYC’s TriBeCa with Milu as the star. It’s simple and cute; I love it!

After looking over the entire collection on Fashionista.com (found here http://fashionista.com/2012/01/finally-jason-wu-for-target-the-complete-collection/) I definitely give it an A+. I love the simple and classic lines of the dresses. These pieces will be staples in consumers’ closets for years to come. They are perfectly suited for the target customer—practical yet chic, and definitely affordable! Here are my favorites: Will I see you at Target on the opening day?

Golden Globes 2012 Fashion Scorecard

I’m sure that most of you tuned in to the Golden Globe Awards 2012 on Sunday night…and if not, you caught all the recaps on Twitter! I have to say I think this was one of the best years for fashion at the Globes. I think everybody looking stunning!…or…most everybody. Here are my picks for best and worst dressed on the red carpet:

Best:

Emma Stone—Emma absolutely rocks this Lanvin dress and Cartier clutch. For me, she tops the list. The eggplant and red colors in her dress perfectly accentuate Emma’s red hair. The plunging neckline is sexy yet sophisticated. The studded belt gives the whimsical fabric of the gown a modern touch. Overall, I think she looks like a Greek goddess. Perfection!

Reese Witherspoon—Reese looks gorgeous in this red Zac Posen gown while still maintaining her down-to-earth, girl-next-door look. I think red is a great color for her. It gives her a “wow” factor that draws the viewer’s attention to the beauty of the dress and eliminates the need for statement jewelry pieces or dramatic makeup. And who doesn’t spend countless hours trying to replicate her “just-out-of-bed” blonde waves? Reese is a 10.

Sofia Vergara—Ok, let’s be honest…who doesn’t love her? She’s beautiful, funny, talented, and not to mention my personal favorite character on the hit show Modern Family. Sofia has got it all going for her. But how about on the red carpet? I’d say yes. She knows how to accentuate her curves, and this Vera Wang dress does it perfectly. I have to say, I think her hair looks a little flat. A few loose waves might have complimented the texture of the dress. But, she’s still on my hot list. Way to go, Sofia!

Claire Danes—This black-and-white J. Mendel gown looks stunning on Claire. She looks classic and elegant. This Homeland star and winner for best actress in a television drama is on the way to the top.

Worst:

Angelina Jolie—I know this selection might be controversial. People StyleWatch and other fashion blogs picked Angie to be on their “Best Dressed” lists. I have to disagree. I think the contrast between the red and the cream is too harsh. It makes her look like a comic book character…maybe a vampire? I also have a personal issue with cream-colored silk. I think it’s difficult to work with and often looks cheap and somewhat prom-y. I hate to bash on Angelina because normally I consider her a style icon. But for the Golden Globes, I think she fell short.

Nicole Richie—Not a fan of this Julien Macdonald dress. For me it seems cheap and makes her look older than she actually is. I also think she looks like one of the Real Housewives of New York. She could have done so much better to highlight her awesome bod! Maybe next time, Nicole.

Kelly Osbourne—Although I love Zac Posen, this dress is not right for Kelly. The shape is too harsh. It makes her look like a warrior in battle gear. Kelly has come so far in rebuilding her image. I think she would have done better in something a little more classic.

That’s the score for the Golden Globes 2012. Can’t wait to see our celebs at the next award show!

Falling for Fur

I went down to Athens, Georgia, last weekend to visit my brother who goes to UGA, and one thing I noticed down there was a surplus of fur vests. I couldn’t help but think that they looked so chic, especially worn with a plaid top underneath and lots of accessories!

I dug a little deeper to find some of these furry items and, of course, the store with the best selection for the cheapest price was Forever 21. Here are a few of my favorites:

Forever 21, $38.90

Forever 21, $37.80

Forever 21, $27.94

This season is all about mixing and matching textures (and colors, for that matter) so I recommend pairing your fur vest with some heavy metal. Try a gold cuff or a metal studded bangle like these from Forever 21:

Forever 21, $6.80

Forever 21, $12.80

While your mixing and matching, why not try throwing a fur vest over a sequined top? Check out this pairing by Alice and Olivia:

Alice & Olivia, $597.00, courtesy of Saks.com

This season is all about the element of surprise. Shock your friends by creating combinations of the most random pieces in your closet. Innovation is the key to looking trendy without having to pay the price of a new wardrobe! Happy innovating.