March 2, 2015

#NYFW Fall 2015 - Mara Hoffman

In the midst of this snowy and unusually cold winter we’re having in New York, I looked forward to see some more of Mara Hoffman’s signature colorful and vivid prints for her Fall 2015 collection during New York Fashion Week. And she did not disappoint. Adding another element to her designs for Fall 2015 by incorporating a theme of Star Wars to her collection, Mara Hoffman effortlessly blended boho-chic, for which she is known, with futuristic inspiration though her fabrics and intense detailing.

Referencing Luke Skywalker with a strong palette of whites, creams, and camels; the collection was also rich in geometric prints, and textures and details like embroidery, tufted chiffon, and gold beading.

Above and below are my fave looks from the collection. Especially love the coat below. The pattern, a "textural landscape", is perhaps in reference to the landscapes of Tatooine, the planet of Luke Skywalker. Made of tufted chiffon, it interestingly resembles cool.
 A gorgeous and flattering geometric print.
Another standout piece, love how this cream colored dress is elegantly relaxed yet chic with the keyhole cutout in the front and back and the tall boots.

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February 28, 2015

#NYFW - Street Style at Lincoln Center

Cassandra Bankson, Stacy Igel

Above and below, some street style looks outside Lincoln Center during New York Fashion Week a couple of weeks ago for the Fall 2015 collections...


February 26, 2015

#NYFW Fall 2015 - MONGOL

Sometimes it’s the show for which you have the least expectation, that impresses you the most. That was the case for the MONGOL Brand fashion show that debuted during New York Fashion Week for the Fall 2015 Collections. Founded by It girl, stylist, designer and entrepreneur Bayarmaa BayarkhuuMONGOL Brand's collection for Fall'15 was "inspired by traditional Mongolian costumes combined with urban casual as well as [an] entrepreneur lifestyle".

Unfamiliar to the brand prior to receiving my invite, I was excited to find that the looks were urban chic (even with an infusion of Mongolian heritage inspiration), the colors were vibrant, and the fabrics... luxurious.

The Details:
Love the sleek hair. Faux-hawk with a braid...

A beautiful contrast of modern metallic and a traditional fur lining.

Curious to see where Bayarmaa Bayarkhuu goes from here!

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February 22, 2015

Love that look - #NYFW Socks with Shoes Trend, Again

Wearing socks with dressy shoes like pumps or stiletto heeled sandals was another trend I saw last week on New York Fashion Week show-goers. This look was also seen in many street style photos (see below) last year during the shows for Fall 2014. At the time I thought the look was très chic but to be honest, that was probably because the wearer was either a model or in a setting where avant-garde fashion was expected to be seen. For most people, this trend could look more like you left the house half asleep or were in such a rush that you forgot to remove your socks. Either way, not really a great look for the average person in every day life. This season, however, I have to admit the socks with heels look is growing on me and I'm kind of loving it...

photo credit (2 photos above): Lee Oliveira

At the Hanley Mellon FW'15 Presentation last week, I met a show-goer working the trend (feet shown in first photo and full look below). Her look was elegant and refined with a pleated skirt and cardigan/cape. But with her ankle leggings and socks worn with pumps, the outfit was also effortlessly fashion-forward and subtly edgy with the simple detail of socks. I was inspired! :)


So, what do you think? Do you wear socks with pumps or sandals? If not, would you?

February 18, 2015


Clothing for a sophisticated and confident “woman on the go”, the HANLEY MELLON Fall/Winter 2015 collection focused on separates. The pieces were designed to be worn on their own or layered and combined with other pieces to enable a versatile and “full seasonal wardrobe”. The collection featured luxurious fabrics such as silk charmeuse and cashmere knits in rich colors of mustard, cabernet, toast, emerald and a very refined shade of blue called “blue moon”. 

Launched in Fall 2014, HANLEY MELLON debuted their second New York Fashion Week Presentation against a backdrop of fog rolling in over the docks of a passenger shipping company in reference to the migration of people through Antwerp to New York via the Red Line Shipping company in the 1800's. For this collection (#Antwerp Collection), husband and wife co-founders and creative team Nicole Hanley Mellon and Matthew Mellon “explored the theme of journeys, both physical and intellectual”. 

Co-founder Nicole Hanley Mellon being interviewed during the presentation.

Below are my favorite looks from the HANLEY MELLON FW'15 collection.