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Sereine Magazine Featured in the TiesDotCom’s Gentle Manual Blog

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Two weeks ago, Leah and I had the pleasure to be part of a panel of experts for men’s fashion accessories online retailer TiesDotCom’s blog,  The Gentle Manual . The subject of our discussion was on “Breaking the Rules” when it comes to men’s fashion.  It was the first time that we were asked to give our opinion on men’s fashion, and we sincerely enjoyed doing it. Take a look at what we have to say below on this matter.

12. Rule to Break: Men Should Never Wear Pink

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For a long time I was against the idea of men wearing pink because of it’s long standing history as a girls’ color. Recently, men have been incorporating this color very effectively into their wardrobe. A pink tie/bow balanced with a darker suit does wonders for a man’s style. A nice pink shirt balanced once again with dark pants can also be easily pulled off as long as they stay within the limit.”

– Leah Hogan | Sereine Magazine | @SereineMagazine

13. Rule to Break: Only Wear Black, Grey and Navy Suits

“Suit colors: Will only charcoal gray, navy or black do? While these colors should be the foundation for a guy’s wardrobe, adding a brighter color always adds a nice element. For interviews, depending on the industry, you can opt for a tan or wheat colored fitted suit. For casual time, seersucker is a good look even a nice breathable cotton in a pastel color (think baby blue, soft green even peach). Of course, you want to use good judgment and find a color complimentary to your complexion.”

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14. Rule to Break: Don’t Wear Suspenders Because They Are Old Fashioned

I would love to see more men embracing them [suspenders]! Instead of treating them as an old relic reserved for grandfathers, men can turn suspenders into something they can dress up for work with a nice suit or dress down for play and add contrast with a nice pair of sneakers or casual top. Many of them come in a variety of colors so they can have fun with different looks that suit their fashion aesthetic (preppy, edgy, classic, etc..).

-Roberte | Sereine Magazine | @SereineMagazine

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Zendaya for Flaunt Magazine

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Zendaya Coleman is the latest star to break out of the Disney caste to tackle more challenging roles in Hollywood. The actress and multi platinum selling singer has currently been named the face of Madonna’s Material Girl line  and was chosen to portray late singer Aaliyah in her biopic but has since dropped out of the project. Apparently Aaliyah fans are very protective of her image and who they want to play her but that shouldn’t take away from Zendaya’s talent. Here’s to hoping Zendaya maintains a positive image an branches out in a way that highlights her talents as opposed to another Disney star whose twerking skills or lack thereof overshadows her music! It was nice to hear the 17 year old wants to stay with Disney for now to appeal with her young fan base in her interview with the publication. Check out the recent spread by Flaunt Magazine below where she is rocking looks by J Brand, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu and Fausto Puglisi….

 

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Photo Credit: Frederic Auerbach

Special thanks again to The Confluence Group for providing this spread!!

See video of the shoot here.

 

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Event: Snowman New York SS14 Launch Party

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Hey all and happy Monday! Last week, I attended a launch party for Snowman’s SS14 line that took place in their Manhattan showroom. We reported on this cutting edge brand a few months back, so I was excited to be invited to view the clothes in person. The focus of course, is on quality and femininity as most woman want to maintain that fashionable edge while still keeping warm in frigid temperatures. I got a chance to meet the husband and wife design team behind the brand and they were more than gracious in opening up about their design and marketing processes and where they see the brand heading.  Here’s a sneak peak at what was on display and if you’d like to get your hands on one of these pieces, you can purchase here!

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On those cool crisp days when you want to keep things minimal, this shrug is a great piece.

I definitely have my eye on the olive, metallic vest with the fur trimmed hoodie…I could rock that for a few Fall’s to come for sure! Thanks again to Murrill for inviting us into the showroom!

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Interview: Emerging Designer Caroline Hayden

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Hello design mavens!
Every now again a designer comes along who strikes just the right balance between uber-feminine and very classic and as it turns out, Caroline Hayden fits that description. From flouncy tops, to flattering hemlines Caroline’s muse is a bit of a girly girl who is surefooted, focused and strong. I enjoyed that while not all of her pieces were necessarily fitted, they still managed to maintain a certain level of sensuality. The Minnesota based designer also makes custom evening and wedding gowns for her American and Canadian clients, who want that throwback to another era feel and simultaneously in need of modernity.  We touched base with Caroline to ask her a few questions regarding challenges she’s experienced, managing her brand financially and who she designs for. Check out the interview below!
Who is Caroline Hayden?
Caroline Hayden the brand is known for its modern, feminine looks. The label got its start designing custom evening and wedding gowns and now, with the inclusion of ready-to-wear, we’ve begun to consider the Caroline Hayden woman much more. Our ‘girl’ is equal parts no-nonsense and feminine, she is looking for investment pieces that she’ll love forever, and she is interested in how clothing makes her feel more than anything else. Caroline Hayden the person is a bit of a recluse. I love the fashion industry and have met a lot of wonderful people along the way but I’d take a quiet night at home with my family and dogs over a big party any day.
What are some of the biggest challenges that you have overcome as an emerging designer?
 
Living and working outside of the fashion bubble could be seen as a huge challenge but I see it as an opportunity. I’ve built good relationships with suppliers and factories here and abroad. Basically, I can do almost everything from my desk in Minnesota and while travel is necessary, no doubt becoming more routine as I continue to grow, I’ve been able to avoid distraction and high studio costs while growing the label at a steady pace.
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What advice would you offer new designers regarding money management when launching their brand?
In the beginning, do whatever you can to learn about the design process, including internships, searching the internet for information and news on the business of fashion, designer profiles, etc. You also need to figure out who your customer is and what your costs and price point will be. Know your brand, including financial needs and goals, before jumping into an official launch.
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How are you setting yourself apart from other designers?
I’ve never really looked at the fashion industry with the idea of either ‘fitting in’ or ‘standing out’. I enjoy staying up to date on both the creative and business end of fashion but, from a design perspective, I’ve always just done what feels good. Maybe that’s the secret to standing out- finding a balance of being creative and being smart with what will sell based on the current industry trends.
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How can interested buyers purchase your pieces?
Send inquiries to caroline@carolinehayden.com
Can’t wait to see what she does for Fall 2014! Thank you Caroline for sharing your fashion insights with our readers!
Photo Credit: Chris Barfield
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Emerging Handbag Designer: Leyla Yucel

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Today’s Emerging Designer feature comes courtesy of Leyla Yucel of Leyla Yucel Handbags. We love that her bags are not only intricately designed but functional for everyday use. We caught up with the young artisan to talk inspiration, money management and the woman she designs for ….

ABOUT LEYLA YUCEL

Leyla Yucel, the second of three children born to Turkish and Puerto Rican emigrants, was born in Brooklyn, NY, where she currently lives and works. She has worked in the design rooms of such brands as Kate Spade and Charlotte Ronson, in both creative and technical design roles.  In her own words, “As a designer, I think it’s very important to have a solid technical foundation.” Indeed, part of her preference for designing handbags over apparel is to have the freedom to utilize her extensive technical skills: “Bags are very sculptural and permit a lot of room for creativity but creating a structurally sound bag required extensive technical knowledge, which is a challenge I enjoy”.

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THE COLLECTION

Leyla Yucel takes pride in always having drawn inspiration from disparate sources: Art highbrowed and low, classical and contemporary; Turkish tiles and Italian Futurism; science fiction and science fact.  She neither labels nor discriminates, nor harbors preconceived notions but, rather, takes on their own merit and terms those things that speak to her.  To quote English painter John Constable: ““There is nothing ugly; I never saw an ugly thing in my life: for let the form of an object be what it may, — light, shade, and perspective will always make it beautiful.” For the styling of her bags – the details and the mood she wanted them to evoke – she took cues from Twin Peaks. Her selection of burgundy microsuede lining for the interior of the bags, the Chevroned wings on her Palmer bag, and even the styling of her campaign photo shoot all reference the final episode’s strong, surreal imagery and styling — the red velvet curtain, the hypnotic chevron floor, as well as the film noir, femme fatale look of the character, Audrey Horne.

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We love your pieces! What inspired you to pursue handbag/accessory design?

Thank you! I’ve found that my design process and my aesthetic lends itself well to handbags. I like how sculptural bags can be, and how much design can go into a single bag. There are many components to design – the structure, the hardware, the straps, the interior, and so forth. Also, there are a lot of technical and creative aspects to consider when designing a handbag, which I really like.

The fashion world is a very crowded place, everyone wants to be a designer! How are you setting yourself apart from the rest of the pack?

I hope that I’m setting myself apart by designing from a unique perspective: My references and inspirations tend to be unusual and eclectic varying from film and music by David Lynch to the science fiction by Philip K. Dick. I hope the resulting designs and projected style translates into a brand that is unique and desirable.

Managing a fashion brand can be daunting especially when it comes to the financial aspects. What advice can you offer up and coming designers regarding the business of fashion?

It is definitely difficult. I work for another designer full-time, which is how I’m financing my collection at the moment. For me, having a lot of technical skills and knowing Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop has saved me a lot of money. If you are looking to save money, you really have to do a lot of it yourself. However, you also have to know what you can do yourself and what you need to pay others to do–if you don’t have the skill, it is better to pay someone else that can do it properly.

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Who is the Leyla Yucel woman ?

She has a modern look and is curious, cultured and a bit edgy. She loves design and fashion and is in constant pursuit of the covetable (fashion’s favorite word).

How can interested buyers purchase your pieces?

Good question! 🙂 My bags will be available to purchase at retail in Fall 2014. If you’re an interested wholesale buyer, please do e-mail me at leyla@leylayucehandbags.com.

Leyla’s eponymous collection of designer handbags will make its debut during the Fall/Winter 2014 season. MSRP $568-$1012.

Thank you to Leyla and her team for helping to bring this feature together! As always, share you thoughts below on this designer and don’t forget to follow Sereine Magazine via social media on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Credits:

Photographer: Erika Hokanson

Model: Natalie Herzig

Makeup & Hair: Teresa Brown

Stylist: Ashley Palmer

 

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Emerging Brand: SNOWMAN NEW YORK

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The creators of SNOWMAN NEW YORK understand many women want clothes that compliment their curves and that outerwear should be no exception. Started by design team Jennifer and Baekkyu Suh, these pieces outpace other coats on the market including 90% down and 10% feather insulation, are lightweight, and cinches waistlines. At reasonable price points,  the coats range from $250 to $550 and can be a great investment piece.  I’d say the timing is just right in that NY is experiencing unprecedented cold weather ( I see you Polar Vortex!) and non-stop snow.  We caught up with the designers to talk about their inspiration behind the brand, what keeps them competitive, and what sets them apart. Check out the interview below….

Who is Snowman NEW YORK?

 SNOWMAN actively crafts the urban experience.  New York City culture defines our aesthetic, and our customers define NYC culture.  We supply an innovative, top quality fashion lifestyle for professional urbanites.  By giving prime construction a smart appearance, SNOWMAN is designed to sustain city life.    

 You feature New York as part of your branding. Why this city?

 SNOWMAN thrives off the cultural depth that characterizes the Big Apple. Every mood, every attitude, and every style can be found in this city.  The diversity and variety is unparalleled.  Myriad events and activities take place each day on each city block.  Freedom of expression is limitless, and SNOWMAN feeds off the endless assortment.  As an outerwear brand, it also helps that NYC is cold.  New Yorkers are always outside, scurrying from the subway to a show, and this inevitable outdoor time makes jackets very necessary.  All-in-all, New York City lifestyle is like no other – adventure and exploration are everywhere.

Our FW14/15 Collection is entitled “42” which relates to the history and flavor of 42nd Street.  Each style is meant to reflect the multi-layered past of Midtown Manhattan.  The SNOWMAN brand works to constantly engage with the New York cultural experience by exhibiting NYC edge through design.     

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We love it when fashion meets function! The coats feature major thermal down insulation without looking bulky. Who is the SNOWMAN NEW YORK woman?

 The SNOWMAN NEW YORK woman is always on the go.  Her days are active, and filled with the bustling culture of a New York lifestyle.  She is cool, confident, and empowered.  The SNOWMAN Woman is the chic New Yorker strutting down Houston, shopping on her way from work, hopping in a cab to a museum, and grabbing drinks before a big night out.  There is a little splash of her persona inside all of us.  She is the woman who wants to take on everything and does so with style.

 What is your strategy to stay competitive/relevant in this fast-paced world of design?

 Our secret is combining high quality with fashion.  The trick is finding the balance between functionality and aesthetic.  Everyone wants to look good, but they also want durable, utilitarian gear.  We create designs that no one has seen before and we craft them with top quality materials.  Once you have a great product, you must find the perfect price range.  But there is no fixed recipe.  We work to continuously perfect and master our brand positioning and relevance.   

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 For our up and coming designers, money management can be very anxiety inducing. Do you have any financial gems that has served you well since launching your brand?

 With any start-up company, there are a host of appealing initiatives and opportunities.  Of course you want new this, new that, and new everything.  The trick is to prioritize.  You must analyze the hierarchy of your brand’s needs.  Pay only for what you absolutely must have at any given time.  Just like the design process, budgeting is all about edits. 

 Where can interested buyers find you/make purchases?

 SNOWMAN is now available in New York, Chicago, Toronto, and Los Angeles.  We currently work with specialty boutiques such as New York Look, 3NY, and Malawi.  SNOWMAN has also forged a partnership with The Shops @ Equinox; we can be found at many of their New York Locations.  We also have an online store, snowmannewyork.com/collections/store, where you can purchase items from our current inventory.

Such a great brand! Special thanks to Murrill for facilitating this introduction.

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Emerging Designer Yoli Rapp and a Mobile Boutique

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When Yoli Rapp first thought of leaving corporate America, she never imagined owning a fashion boutique on wheels. But her growing dissatisfaction for the nine-to-five lifestyle soon became too intense to ignore. As a vendor at the Green Flea Market on the weekends, she began to listen to her own customers’ feedback and soon realized there was a missing opportunity in the mobile fashion truck market – one that sold new and used designer clothing, from Chanel to Yves Saint Laurent. She decided to give her vision a go in 2012 and created Le Fashion Coupe, a high-end mobile shopping experience. Operating Le Fashion Coupe and talking with real women, provided Yoli with insight into how they wanted to be styled. She began working on silhouettes full-time for her own designer line, Yoli Rapp, which launched in late 2013. The Yoli Rapp Collection is for the every woman – the mom, the executive, and the student looking for comfortable, sexy pieces that transition easily from day to night. They want to make our customer feel special by delivering looks that are simple and elegant but reasonable. Along with the Bohemian Luxe apparel collection is the Alma Di Piedra Collection, one-of-a-kind, handmade jewelry made of leather and semi-precious stones.

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Who is Yoli Rapp?

Yoli Rapp is the “typical” New Yorker – unfiltered, outspoken and passionate. She prides herself on being loyal and honest. That attitude is what, for the most part, helped Yoli obtain a loyal clientele. If something is not flattering, she will address it immediately. “If a customer purchases something from me that doesn’t look good on them, I feel it is my obligation to tell them and explain why. It’s not about making a quick sale. It’s about establishing a long-term relationship”.

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Can you tell us more about the collections?

The Spring/Summer 2014 collection was inspired primarily by the feedback I received from my boutique customers. Most lead hectic lives and were all in search of staple pieces, comfort, versatility and flattering silhouettes. The color palette was inspired by sand and sea. There are 3 fabric choices – super soft jersey, non-itchy metallic and silk. I purposely veered away from too many prints. Most women want solid colors, which they can mix and match with their existing accessories. The fit is what is the most important to me. When a woman wears Yoli Rapp, I want her to feel comfortable and sexy!

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I think your mobile boutique “Le Fashion Coupe” is such a fresh idea! Tell us more….

I was on a plane on my way to Chicago, when I came across a magazine that had an article about fashion trucks. At that time, my mother and I were working at a fantastic Flea Market on the weekends selling new and designer resale clothing. I recall thinking, “As soon as I get off this plane I’m calling my husband. I’m getting a truck!” Within a week, I purchased a truck and Le Fashion Coupe was on the road! It was an amazing experience for me.

How do you go about collecting designer pieces for your customers?

My boutique on wheels was the first to house curated items from Chanel, Gucci, YSL and Proenza Schouler to Rag & Bone. My customers ranged from 20-60 years old. I gained so much knowledge. I learned what silhouettes they preferred and why. I would watch to see what colors they were drawn to. Le Fashion Coupe was the platform I needed to venture out and start my own collection. The experience was priceless!

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As we know, fashion is often times 60% business and 40% actual fashion. Do you have any financial advice that has served you well in managing your brand that you can share with new designers?

Starting your own line can be very expensive….and lonely. I’ve made so many costly mistakes along the way. If I could turn back time I would do many things differently. My advice to new designers is “slow and steady wins the race.” First, purchase a book about starting a fashion business. This is your reference guide. A $30 investment goes a long way vs. hiring a consultant for $500 (or more!) just to have them tell you exactly the same thing. We sometimes become so enamored with fashion itself that we don’t think about the business side. Artists like to create, but at the end of the day, it’s still a business. Once you make your decision to move forward then you need to be frugal. Think about your customers’ lifestyle. This will eventually become instrumental; not only in your designs, but in your branding as well. Visit a few department stores to get a better understanding of who your competition is and what their price points are. Before you decide to buy even one piece of thread, make sure that the fabrics you choose have continuity. No sense in buying a fabric you are in love with to later find out that you can’t get more then 50 yards. Read as much as you can about manufacturing. Some may not agree with me, but I think fashion shows, when jumped into prematurely, are a waste of time and money. I would start small – allocate the dollars towards the samples, patterns, photo shoots, website development, social media, marketing and copy. Do a few trunk shows, markets and street fairs with minimal inventory. Pay close attention to how shoppers respond to your collection. Their feedback will help you edit your collections and build your confidence. Remember, negative feedback is not negative! When you eventually venture out and meet with boutique owners, equip them with as many selling points as possible. For example, my Dolman Sleeve Shift Dress covers the midriff, thighs and arms. Women are often searching for tops that cover these problem areas. It can be worn with heels, boots or sandals. Pair with simple accessories for a look that’s office-appropriate or with bold accessories for a glam, evening look. Grab some of the accessories they sell in the store  and show them how beautifully they can pair them with your pieces. They will love and appreciate the advice.

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Great advice! The world of design can be a very crowded place. How are you setting yourself apart from other emerging designers?

The world of design can be a crowded space, but there is truly something for everyone. I’m trying to pave the way with pieces that I believe women will wear and want in different colors and fabrics. I have a checklist that I created for each design based on customer feedback. If a design doesn’t meet the criteria, it needs to be scratched from the collection. For example, a silhouette can look absolutely beautiful in a size small, but would never work in a large. That needs to be scratched then because down the road, this may need to be sold in a pre-pack and a boutique owner is not going to want to get stuck with a surplus of inventory. I would have never known this if I wasn’t on the retail side. What I think sets me apart from other emerging designers is that my collection is primarily driven NOT by design, but by what’s going to really sell. If retailers see that your line is moving, they will purchase from you season after season.  Building long-term relationships are key.

How can interested buyers contact you?

Interested buyers can visit my website at:

http://www.wholesale.yolirapp.com or call the Los Angeles Blackout Showroom at 213.624.2477 to schedule an appointment to view the collection.

Thank you so much Yoli for sharing so many gems with our readers! Very special thanks to Beth for facilitating this introduction.

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Emerging Designer At New York Fashion Week: Danilo Gabrielli Fall/Winter 2014 Collection

Danilo Gabrielli is a NYC based brand incorporating feminine edge into classic style. Originally hailing from a small island off the west coast of Tuscany, Italy, he first launched his big stage collection during SS 2011. He is back during NYFW in his fifth season for AW 2014 and boy do these clothes look rich as the satin, silks and brocade fabrics add a touch of luxury. I love thoughtful, wearable clothes and these looks are a tad provocative without compromising taste.

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The collection seems to be a throw back to Medieval times, with tops mimicking armor and luxurious capes. This first look screamed Joan of Arc!

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I liked the muted use of color here, with randomly  (or intentionally) placed paint splashes. It totally works.

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This is a woman who means business, he really softens it up here. That sweater is everything and I want it. Now.

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I’ll take a pencil skirt any day of the week, the leather is a great touch for the fall/winter seasons.

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Ok SM family, weigh in! What do you think of the collection?

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Edwing D’Angelo’s Superbowl Fashion Show At Maserati

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Here at Sereine Magazine we are all about emerging designers but we also have love for some established designers as well that we like to feature occasionally. I am a big fan of Edwing D’Angelo and while we are awaiting to see his fall/winter 2014 collection tomorrow, I will leave you with this video that will give you an idea about the kind of work that he does. If you don’t know him, you are missing on something big. Not too many designers design for both men and woman and Edwing is among those that knows how to create great pieces that fit a woman’s and man’s body.

Celebrities like Tyra Banks, Angela Simmons and more are fans of his brand and there is no wondering why.

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New York Fashion Week Editors’ Trendy Looks

New York Fashion Week starts this Thursday and for the occasion, Fashionista listed on its website a few trendy pieces that editors/bloggers will be wearing while going from shows to shows.

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Beanies have been really hot recently and many celebrities such as Rihanna and Beyoncé have been spied wearing them.

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Lanvin trash bag.Will this slouchy piece be one of your must have this season?

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Gallery Sunglasses like these 3.1 Philip Lim by Linda Farrow.

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Pleated Midi Skirts like from left to right J.W. Anderson, Christopher Kane and Proenza Schouler.

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Little furry bags, key chains and earmuffs like these Fendi monsters.

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Black and white shoes

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Marc Jacobs’ moody tropical prints

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Greek fisherman hats

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Kenzo ‘s fish sweatshirts-The sweatshirt trend will continue this year. After its tiger and eye sweatshirts that were a huge hit for Kenzo last year, expect the fish sweatshirts to make a  big splash as well.

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Fuzzy Coats like these from left to right Stella McCartney, Balenciaga and 3.1 Phillip Lim.

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Edie Parker clutches like these hard-shell acrylic ones by Edie Parker.

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Pastel coats

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Do you agree with their selection ? If you plan on attending Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York, what will you be wearing? See the complete list at Fashionista.

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Super Bowl XLVIII: The Seahawks versus the Broncos

Are you guys ready for Super Bowl XLVIII  between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks ? Which team will win the coveted trophy tonight? I am living in Paris and even though I will not be watching the game live on TV, I will be checking out the results online and may the best team win. As s New Yorker and former New York City resident, I am a big Giants fan. Hopefully next season, they will make it to the Super Bowl.  In the meantime, a few of our favorite celebrities were out and about at various super Bowl events. Check  them out in action below.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick at the GQ Super Bowl Party 2014 at the Boom Boom Room.

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New York Giants Victor Cruz was at the GQ’s Super Bowl party 2014 at the Boom Boom Room.

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San Francisco 49ers tight-end player, Vernon Davis was also at GQ’s Super Bowl party 2014 at the Boom Boom Room

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Super model Jessica White showed us that she still got it.

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Super model Tyson Beckford was at the Shape Men’s Fitness Magazine Super Bowl event at Cipriani in New York City looking mighty fine.

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Mary J. Blige was all smile at the Shape And Men’s Fitness Super Bowl party in New York City.

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Super model Chanel Iman was also on hand wearing a white body con dress.

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New York Yankees baseball player CC  Sabathia with his wife Amber Sabathia were at the ESPN party in New York City.

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Actress Tika Sumpter which movie Ride Along was the number 1 movie and a box office success last week-end in the US was also at the ESPN party.

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Singer Ashanti was also spotted at the event.

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At any rate, which team will  you be supporting tonight? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Style: The 2014 Grammys Awards Red Carpet

It is pretty much winter here in Paris where I currently reside. While we are are trying to keep warm, on the other side of the pond,  it was sizzling hot on the 2014 Grammys Awards  red carpet last night in Los Angeles.  Who had your favorite looks of the evening and who felt flat?

Tamar Braxton was the lady in red in a Michael Costello creation

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Beyonce went for lace and sheer with a Michael Costello creation.

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Ashanti looked quite sizzling in a layered shoulder length hair style and cute little number.

Ashanti arrives at the 2014 Grammys Awards

Ciara the mommy to be showed everyone how to shut it down in a custom gold embellished Emilio Pucci dress.

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Amber Rose accompanied by her husband Wiz Khalifa showed us that she still got it by wearing a Naheem Khan gown. Hot!

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Rita Ora was also on the red carpet. I am not too crazy about her outfit but her face and hair looked nice.

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Miguel came in with girlfriend Nazanin which I think is gorgeous! I love these two together.

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I love Chrisette Michele but I am on the fence with her sartorial choice here. I hate this print ensemble on her. Nonetheless her hair is hot and her face is beat.

Chrisette Michele arrives at the 2014 Grammys Awards

Madonna will always be Madonna.  Her son David is a big boy now.

Madonna arrives at the 2014 Grammys Awards

Alicia Keys was the lady in blue.

Alicia Keys arrives at the 2014 Grammys Awards

and last but not least, Robin Thicke and wife Paula Patton made their way as well onto the red carpet. Once again Pauta is a miss for me. That zebra number is plain ugly.

Robin Thicke and Paula Patton arrive at the 2014 Grammys Awards

There you have it folks. Who had the best look of the night and who failed miserably to bring to

heat to the red carpet?

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Monique L’ Huillier Pre-Fall 2014

Monique Lhuillier Pre fall 14

L’Huillier pre-fall 14 collection  is all about ease, sophistication and modernized classics. Silhouettes are stripped down and sheer details are present throughout the collection. This collection is pretty much divided into three categories day, cocktails and evening wear.

Day wear evolves around layering and a mixture of rich textures in heavy crepe, jacquard , leather accents and cashmere outerwear.

Monique Lhuillier Pre fall 14

Monique Lhuillier Pre fall 14

For her evening silhouettes, it is all about beautiful interpretation of refined simplicity. Gowns are sleek and slim in rich jewel tones and feature updated details including cut-out lace insets and interesting contrast embroidery.

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See more looks from her collection below and tell us in the comment section below what you think of L’ Huillier Pre-Fall 14 collection.

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Lupita Nyong’o…The new face of MIU MIU’s 2014 Campaign

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Many media outlets have named her fashion’s “It Girl” and deservedly so. She has rarely made a misstep on the red carpet during her award show attendance marathon. Simply put, the girl is dope! The Kenyan born, Mexico raised, Yale School of Drama graduate came out of nowhere after her brilliant performance in Steve McQueen’s masterpiece “12 Years a Slave”.  Lupita really is a breath of fresh air in her  amazing beauty, fashion sense, unique talent and easy intelligence, minus any pretention. Not surprising that Miu Miu asked her to take part in this campaign. Unfortunately, Hollywood “It Girl” status is incredibly fleeting and the chosen lady is easily discarded to move on to the next one. But she has the acting chops and presence to be a mainstay on the acting scene for a really long time.

PS…She also killed it at the Golden Globe Awards ceremony last night…

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To Be Continued… the Fancy Sweatshirt Trend

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First of all, hey guys!! I know it’s been a minute but I will be back to posting intermittently and then more consistently. All the best to our readers for 2014. A big THANK YOU to Roberte for holding it down these past few months! So there were a few trends from last year that I will be continuing into the new year one of which is the fancy sweatshirt. If you’re in or around the NYC area, you know that we are experiencing sub-zero temps…yeah it sucks! I don’t know about ya’ll,  but I HATE being cold, but why sacrifice style to stay warm? I noticed quite a few brands using the traditional sweatshirt blueprint but adding stylish prints and graphics to them. I copped the below super cute sweatshirt from www.sheinside.com but I haven’t received it yet. Hope it fits! Thinking to pair it with a nice pair of dark grey jeans and oatmeal/taupe colored heels and chunky chain link necklace. What do you guys think? Are there any trends that you hope will continue into this year?

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Source: Sheinside

Let us know below!