Autumn Inspiration 2014

As I am sitting here sipping my pumpkin coffee (yes, hot coffee and yes, I’m sweating), I’m dreaming about bright orange and red leaves falling to the ground and cool, crisp air just cold enough to see my breath.  I’m also dreaming about that magical time of year where big warm scarves and sweaters accompany jeans and boots of all heights.  September, October and November – well, really fall in general is my favorite season of year.  The fashion, the cooler temps and the beverages all make for the coziest months of the year.  Mind you right now it’s in the 90’s and all of those layers are giving me a bit of anxiety but it’s all about painting the picture, right? Right!  So, I thought I’d share a little fall outfit inspo to get us all ready for when those coat-needing, chilly days arrive.  Enjoy!

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Wednesday Wishlist: Fall Must-Haves

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My favorite fashion season is approaching fast – yes, you guessed it, fall!  I need to gear up quickly and purchase some of these covetable items!  Cozy knit sweaters (an obvious fall staple), ripped skinnies, Chelsea boots, wide-brimmed hats, warm scarves and stackable rings are all on my must-have list.   What’s on your autumn wish list?

Altuzarra x Target

Let me ask you a question.  What’s better than the release of a new collection by one of your favorite designers?  A release of a new collection by your favorite designer… for less!  AMEN SISTER!

Coming September 14th to a Target near you (and on net-a-porter.com), Altuzarra will be releasing a fab, affordable collection with everything your closet needs this fall.  Office-appropriate separates like sharp blazers, blouses and perfectly tailored trousers make up most of the VERY reasonably priced collection with the most expensive piece coming in at $90.  But my personal favorites are the shoes – a gorgeous ankle strap heel and some to-die-for black leather ankle booties (like literally, these CANNOT be Target).  See my favorite looks below and see the full collection here!

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Altuzarra for Target Look 17

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Altuzarra for Target Look 23

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F/W 2014 Fashion Campaigns

August has arrived and that can only mean one thing to us fashion-forward folk: fall fashion is upon us.  There will be no more sweating the days away for much longer.  It is time for coats, boots and knit layers.  However, jumping the gun and throwing all of these pieces on in the still-sweltering heat will give you heat stroke and a few looks.  So, we’ll all just sit back and wait for the cooler temps while lusting over some fall campaigns.  See below for some of my favorites including Burberry (hi,Cara), Balmain (hi again, Cara) and Givenchy (Kendall, is that you?!)

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Why Comfy-Chic Is In – Thanks Marc Jacobs!

If you’re like me, you’re still re-living NYFW in your head.  Why you ask?  I love the thought of knowing that once next fall comes around, comfy-chic is in!  Yes, Marc Jacobs confirmed it and I am all about it!  Long johns, knit sweaters and long, oversize everything is what his Fall 2014 collection encompasses.  (And yes, maybe a half-nude Kardashian too, but please she’s had enough press time devoted to her.)

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While “comfort” may be in, this is still fashion week and there are still some glam-standards to uphold.  Marc Jacobs also incorporated shots of sparkle, ruffle and warm luxurious furs.  Needless to say, it still isn’t acceptable to walk out of the house in sweats (sorry) but Marc Jacobs is definitely letting us push that limit with this collection.

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Suno Fall 2014

Suno is mostly known for it’s bright prints splashed onto their clothing.  However, their Fall 2014 collection proved to be a bit different than the norm.  While prints were still present, they were much more demure than the usual loud and bright patterns we’re used to seeing.  This collection actually consisted of a lot of black, white and gray with some tribal prints, polka dots and structured lines running across skirts, dresses and coats.

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Suno-ites  also added some shine with metallic details.  Oversized, lace-up hooded ponchos were a staple in this collection as well as midi skirts and dresses with booties.  This was truly business casual done right with suit sets and the oxford-underneath-shorter-tops trend.  While not the norm, Suno definitely produced a solid collection!

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Rag & Bone Fall 2014

Warm coats, Cosby sweaters, a little sheer and slouchy boots.  Each of these elements has nothing in common but when you think about it, they actually do work together.  Rag & Bone figured that out before everyone else and introduced it in their Fall 2014 show.   The collection definitely gave off a rugged, masculine vibe in dark colors that are perfect for dreary fall and winter months.

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Add in the Fall 2014 trending fur, throw in prints and don’t forget the polished separates!  While Rag & Bone is one of the less flashy shows this season, completely devoid of metallic or sparkle (a popular trend popping up in many other collections), it still captures the perfect simple and minimalist style that devout Rag & Bone fans know and love.

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Cushnie et Ochs Fall 2014

What do you get when you mix a cow-girl and a whole lot of skin?  You get the Fall collection from Cushnie et Ochs.  With low dips, high slits and exposed skin via lots of lace, let’s just say if your goal is to stay warm come next fall, you should probably stay away from this collection… or just buy a huge cozy jacket to wear over these exposed outfits.  Maybe they were going for a more Southern-weather climate (the cowboy hats?  Not sure about those..)?

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I am basically in love with the great flared out shorter dresses that sauntered down the runway.  The jumpsuits, separates and longer gowns could be worn by a huge assortment of women – from the business woman to the red-carpet celebrity.  The colors stayed mostly on the dark side of things, except for the pop of  citrusy neon lime.  This whole collection encompasses true Cushnie et Ochs esthetic with cut-outs and ultra sexy looks.

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Rebecca Minkoff Fall 2014

Rebecca Minkoff mixed soft and feminine with a bit of edge this season.  Think blush pink mixed with a little leather, even a bit of metallic and throw on a beanie and some great booties to face the cold winter weather.  Minkoff’s models strutted down the runway in oversize menswear-inspired clothing and dark vampy lips (so happy that trend is not going anywhere!).

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This collection was not lacking the very popular fur trend this season.  Minkoff wrapped fur scarves around models necks while the rest of the outfits were quite simple – light and airy but with clean pinstripes.  The whole collection encompassed the true New York fashion girl and I can’t wait to get my hands on this collection – especially that cream, leather trimmed skirt.

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Jason Wu Fall 2014

For a collection full of midnight-hues mixed with full-on silk, look no further than Jason Wu’s Fall 2014 collection.   In addition to gorgeous satiny gowns, Wu also served up some great separates and oversized coats.  Slip on any of these looks from the runway and you’ll turn into one fierce woman!

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The thing I love most about this collection is that Wu managed to display very sexy looks while his models were covered almost head-to-toe in draped fabric.  Not many designers can pull that feat off! I’m banking on seeing pieces from this collection popping up all over the place (ahem, OSCARS!).

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