Fendi Spring 2013

Fendi’s collection for Spring 2013, led by Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Venturini Fendi, features pieces that are luxurious, modern and impeccably crafted. With the mix of geometric shapes and delicate blouses, it is clear that the designers wanted the collection to focus on bringing different elements together. The variety of multi-level skirts also highlight how duality is easily wearable and can be achieved by the everyday woman. Spring fashion is shaping up to be all about graphic and architectural pieces.

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The geometric structures are enhanced by the use of color blocking, a trend that is obviously here to stay. However, the bold mix of white, black, teal, peach and yellow add a refreshing new angle. Leather, fur and ruffles in combination with this fresh color palette create elegant, sophisticated pieces with an athletic sensibility.

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In an interview featured on the Fendi website, Lagerfeld said his inspiration for this collection was more abstract than in pervious shows. Instead of pulling ideas from nature, this concept arose from modern art and 3-diemensional effects. This is clearly evident the accessories. From the high block heels that feature metallic-cube embellishments to the redesigned Baguette and Peekaboo totes, Lagerfeld, as always, keeps the 87-year-old brand relevant and trend setting.

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Fendi effortlessly creates futuristic pieces while still retaining the luxurious feel that we have come to expect. Any woman who prefers sportier dresses, modern silhouettes and 3-D accessories will flock to this collection.

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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

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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Thakoon – New York Fashion Week Fall 2012

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Thakoon Panichgul fall ready-to-wear collection was full of lady-like dresses and skirts with touches of pink, black, and red. Shown at the Plaza Hotel, the collection was definitely a beautiful sight. Thakoon stayed true to his classic designs such as a camel coat with a hot pink collar and a fuschia cocktail dress with a deep v-neck. The must-have item out of this collection is Thakoon’s mongolian fur sweaters that look so cozy and will definitely keep you warm during those cold winter months. With a red lip and a sleek chignon bun, you are instantly the Thakoon woman for the fall season.

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D is for…Designer Collaboration

JAIME KING AND NICKY HILTON IN A UK STYLE LEOPARD DRESS, $99; SEARS.COM SOURCE: FABSUGAR.COM

When I was flipping through my secret guilty pleasure US Weekly the other day, I turned to the infamous “Who Wore it Better?” section and I was excited to see two of my fave stars wearing one of my not-so-secret guilty pleasures: leopard print!

Both Nicky Hilton and Jaime King were pictured sporting an oogle-worthy, sequined leopard print dress at a party in Hollywood when the two (gasp!) showed up in the same dress!

I commend them both for two things: 1) laughing it off and posing together on the red carpet for a fun double-duo pic and 2) for sporting a fashion-forward dress with a retail price of (gasp again!) less than $1oo bucks! ($99 to be exact.)

The party was to celebrate the launch of UK Style — a collaboration between French Connection and (surprise surprise)…Sears! The collection features some fabulous fashion-forward items for the babe on a budget including a playful romper, an edgy-cool utility vest, and a wonderfully work-chic shirt dress. Shop these fab items below and other savvy styles from the collection at Sears.

CROSSOVER ROMPER, $25.99

UTILITY VEST, $28.99

TIE-WAIST SHIRT DRESS, $28.99

classic kicks covered in iconic prints

Everyone has a pair of Converses floating around in the back of their closet. With spring just within our reach, it’s the perfect time to check out the new collaboration between Converse and iconic Finnish brand, Marimekko. You are probably familiar with Marimekko’s bright, funky fabrics, which come in the form of everything from slouchy, shoulder purses to tablecloths to tunics. The Unikko fabric from the 1960s is the brand’s most recognized.

Unikko fabric

The kicks come in four different fabrics, with an assortment of fun colors. The fabric is from original patterns from the 1960s. They’re available in the All Star in hi-top or lo-top form, as well as in the Jack Purcell Helen style. Prices range from $75 to $85 a pair. My favorite is the Jack Purcells in the white and red print.

White and red Jack Purcells

Check out this video, which features a designer from Marimekko’s thoughts and some awesome footage of Helsinki, Finland, where Marimekko is based. Get your pair of these scrumptious, feminine shoes and welcome spring with open arms.

the perfect go-to fashion guide

If you’re looking for the perfect tool for keeping up with the fashion designers and innovators that have defined the last century, look no further than Phaidon’s purse-size book.

The Fashion Book

The Fashion Book is an A-Z collection of 500 designers, photographers, models and other iconic figures who defined fashion over the  past 150 years.

The A-Z format makes it easy to find things. Each entry comes with a photo or two and a short, but complete description of the history and trends behind the entry. And the book’s size makes it a perfect travel companion, whether you’re hopping on a flight, or heading to work.

McCartney, Stella

Vogue calls The Fashion Book “the fashion bible.” I’ve found it awesome for discovering new designers and photographers. Each time you flip through the pages, you’ll see something new and intriguing. If you are someone who loves learning about all things fashion, modern and past, this book is well-worth the $11.95 price tag.