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Fashion Round Up: What you missed in fashion news this week

Learn about all the fashion happenings this week. Get all the news that’s fit for fashion right here. Haven’t had time to read your fashion bible? Don’t fret! See what you missed this week in fashion below.

1. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West make their official ‘couple’ debut in style at the Chanel Tribeca Film Festival Dinner last night. What do you think of the new couple?

2. Alexa Chung privatizes her Instagram account after getting negaive comments about her “anorexic looks.”

3. Beyonce voted No. 1 “Most Beautiful” on People’s 2012 “Most Beautiful’ List.,,20360857,00.html

4. Versace returns to the runway. After eight years Versace shows Couture Collection at the Ritz.

5. 3.1 Phillip Lim “shop-in-shop” opens at Saks Fifth Avenue.

6. UGG is opening a new flagship store in New York City, set to be located at 405 West 14th street in the Meatpacking District.

7. Big changes for cast members on America’s Next Top Model. The show’s newest cast member, Kelly Cutrone dishes a few hints on what is to come.

8. Sean Penn is returning to the Cannes Film Festival as ” the patron of this year’s edition of the Chopard Trophy, created by the Geneva-based jewelry and watch firm Chopard.”

9. Bill Cunningham honored at Carnegie Hall with the Medal of Excellence Award.

10. Time Inc. implements new social media policy for employees. Most likely to address the recent issues at ESsence Magazine.

And that’s a wrap! Is there anything else newsworthy you want to share? Post your links here!


Trendable: The “Fashionable” App

Following up with last week’s post on Instagram, I will be taking a look at another photo mobile app with a focus on fashion, “Trendabl.” The fashion app launched on March 26, 2012 and was crated by John Alagem, a University of Pennsylvania graduate who realized finance was not his calling, according to and launched the app after leaving his job at a hedge fund.

The app is being referred to as Instagram for fashion. Users can take photos of their entire outfits or particular items and edit the photos through filters, much like Instagram. In the next step users can pick up to three categories to tag the photo. The categories include all clothing and accessory items, from shirts to dresses, to swimwear, to jewelry. From there users can add a caption, as well as individual information about each item including, the color, store or brand, and price. Images can be shared on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr and followers can comment and like posts.

According to an interview in, Alagem “wanted to create a visually beautiful social media platform that allows users to share and discover the latest trends in fashion.” The fashion focus is what sets Trendabl apart from Instagram.“It was important to us to create an environment that encourages conversation between users, friends, brands, and tastemakers. Fashion has always been about showing off your style and that’s what we aim to accomplish,” states Alagem.”

For the app’s initial launch it received great buzz on outlets such as WWD and This could  be due to the app’s celebrity and fashion designer endorsors including, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Carolina Herrera, Barneys New York, Brad Goreski, DVF, Michael Kors, and Gotham Magazine, just to name a few.

While the initial buzz was rather big, it doesn’t appear as if that many other celebrities and brands have caught the Trendabl bug yet. Instagram was created over a year ago, but gained more popularity later on and after Facebook’s $1 billion purchase of the site last week, it’s only bound to grow. Like Instagram, I think this app will take some time to increase its reach. However, one advantage this app has over instagram is its e-commerce capabilities, which would be the app’s last of three phases. According to an article in WWD, “Alagem has plans to adopt it for other smartphones, but so far the iPhone app is the first of three phases Alagem has planned for Trendabl, the second being a website.”

What is so great about this app is that unlike Instagram, users can see exactly see where items can be bought and for what price. This makes finding the pieces we covet easy! However, one feature I don’t like about app are the filters. There are not enough options and the filters don’t appear to alter the photos appearance as much as the filters on Instagram.

Do you use Trendabl? What do you like and not like about the new app? Share your thoughts on the Trendabl here!

How to Instagram like a Fashion Pro

With Facebook’s recent purchase of Instagram for $1 Billion and the app’s expansion to Droid phones there is sure to be a whole lot more of Instagraming going on. Having become an Instagram user with the app’s intial launch, you could say I have quite a bit of “Instalove” for the app.

For those of you not on the Instagram bandwagon yet (or you recent Droid users), Instagram is  “inspired by the Polaroid camera. First, Instagram is for taking pictures, adding filters to make them look retro, and then for sharing them with sites like Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, and Facebook. And second, it’s a simple social network of other people’s photos. You can “like” or comment on the photos, and see what’s new. It’s easy and doesn’t take much time or effort. This is one of the reasons it has become so popular so quickly,” according to Business Insider.

Anyone can master the easy-to-use app with its basic photo filters; however, see a few of my tips below to create more advanced photos and the perfect spotlight to feature your fashionable life!

1. Multiple photos in one frame

Instagram + Photo Collage

Do you ever see your followers or following using multiple photos in one frame? If so and you want to join in you need to download one or two other apps. There are a variety of other apps you can use in conjunction with Instagram; however, I prefer Photo Collage and Diptic. These apps cost about $1.99 each but are definitely worth it. You can use them to upload multiple photos or the same photo and zoom in or out to highlight different parts of the photo. These apps are great for fashionistas who want to highlight parts of their outfits. As shown, in my second photo the three frames on Diptic allow me to give close-ups of my necklace and bracelets, as well a full body shot of my complete outfit.

2. Double filters

Double filter

Double Filter

Using multiple filters can create unique and interesting looks to any photo. I use multiple filters by either taking screenshots on my phone (holding down the top and middle, circular button simultaneously). Another way is to filter your desired photo and save it to your camera roll. Then choose the same photo and run the now filtered photo through the filters again, creating a double filter effect. Using a double effect for photos of clothing or accessories can enhance its aesthetic, creating a stand-out look and enhancing the appearance of the item itself.

3. Photoshop Express

Photoshop Express

Photoshop Express is a free app that allows you to alter your photos by using different frames, filters, altering brightness, color, and much more. While it’s not as extensive as the computer version, Photoshop Express allows you a lot of freedom to alter your photos in any way you like and it’s free!  See my example above.

4. Find and gain followers

Using hashtags on your photos will allow you to be more searchable to other users. Much like Twitter, hashtags can be used for anything you post.  For example, using the hashtag #chicago allows you to be found by anyone searching #chicago and allows you to view all other users photos that used that same hashtag.

5. Follwer Instagram fashion Insiders

Many brands and companies use Instagram to give followers behind-the-scenes looks at inside the company. Instagram was used highly during fashion week this season by editors and PR people alike. See some of my favorite users to follow below.

1. Free people (@freepeple)
2. Rebecca Minkoff (@rebeccaminkoff)
3. Bergdorfs (@Bergdorfs)

For more top fashion insiders  on Instagram see the article “The 11 Best Fashion Insiders to Follow on Instagram”

While I am not all that excited about Facebook buying Instagram, I am interested to see what is in store for the app because there are bound to be  changes. I would like to see Instagram access via the computer. What are your thoughts? Share your Instagram tips here!

Top 10: Summer Shoes

Are you ready for summer? I know I am! Having a glimpse of the warm weather to come just a few weeks ago in Chicago, I already got my feet ready for summer sandals and peep toe high heels with a fresh pedicure. See the list below for my top 10 summer shoes, accommodating every price range.

1. Vince Camuto ‘Persh’ Sandal

Owning the black and cream pair of these high-heels, I can tell you that they are more comfortable than they look! Not only that, but also I absolutely love them, especially in these bright summer colors. For only $129.95 they are a steal!

2. Everybody ‘Bardino’ Oxford

Do you want flats, but find sandals uncomfortable? Try these lovely grey oxfords to add some sophistication to your style! Or try them in a tan color for just $188.95.

3. J.Crew Rain Boots

Rain or shine you will be ready for summer in these bright red beauties. I discovered these amazing J.Crew rain boots on sale for just $40 in stores.

4. Prada Cutout Wing Pump

These unique sandals are sure to catch everyone’s eye with their unique design; however, their natural cream color add a refined, subtle tone to their appeal. At $990 these shoes are an investment, but also a great statement pair that can jazz up any simple outfit.

5. Mixed Media Heels

On a closer look these heels seem to embody the mixed prints seen all over the fashion runways this season! With python embossed peep-toe and a woven rafia heel, these shoes definitely keep things interesting to the detailed eye!

6. Zara High Heel Sandal With Buckles

Looking for two-toned? Look no further! At $89.90 these are the perfect pair at the perfect price! The natural camel and black tones create a chic finishing touch to any easy summer ensemble.

7. Zara Platform Sandal

Be pretty in pink this summer with these Zara platforms! I love this chunky, dimensional heel and the color is a great summer accent to any outfit. Pair them with pastels for a girly, flirty look or use them as an accent with a neutral palette such as creams or whites. Check out the lovely yellow color as well at

8. Miu Miu Sandals

Not enough glitter in your life? Fill up on your needed glitter dose with these Miu Miu sandals. Taking a variation on their coveted glitter booties, this pair is sure to bring some sparkle to your summer!

9. Sam Edelman Gigi

Looking for a summer basic? These sandals are a perfect fit! I always need a basic nude pair of sandals that I can literally throw on with everything and this pair was just the fix! Check out the Sam Edelman website to view other colors and pattern variations!

10. Steve Madden Sariah Beaded Sandals

Looking for a little more color this summer? Try these Steve Madden beaded sandals in orange and light blue for only $129.00.

Do you have a favorite summer pair this season? Share your favorite finds here!

Italian Fashion Trends

This week blogger, Caroline Kaszycki has Italy, fashion, and summer on her mind! Check out her question below and my ‘dolce’ advice!

Question:  Experiencing a semester in Rome has taught me a lot about the top-notch fashion culture in Italy.  What are some of the new trends in Italian fashion that Americans can start wearing this summer.

Like Caroline, I spent a wonderful four months in Rome studying not only the art of good pizza, the taste of sweet wine, and the perfect paths for gelato strolling, but also Italian fashion and design. Today, I will relate my Italian fashion knowledge to the latest Italian fashion trends straight from the Milan Spring/Summer Fashion Shows.

1. Lace

Prada RTC S/S12 Look 7

Lace was covering the runways this season, not only in Milan but also in Paris, New York, and London. From shirts, to dresses, to skirts, it was everywhere and personally I love lace! It’s such a feminine material that can be dressed up with pastels for a flirty look or it can be paired with dark leathers for an edgier appeal.

2. Floral prints

Dolce & Gabbana S/S12 Look 36

Floral prints are my favorite trend this season and these Dolce and Gabbana prints are great! Taking a twist on florals Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana used fruit prints, of typical fruits from an Italian outdoor market. The design duo took influence from the idea of a small Southern Italian town in the 1950s. While my mouth was watering for one of these delectable Italian dresses, it was the wicker basket purses that caught my eye. The promenet “Made in Italy” stamp made its name in the 1940s and 50s when fashion houses such as Ferragamo used Italian resources, hence the famous Ferragamo cork wedge. The use of wicker purse baskets is reminiscent of the beginning of Italian fashion.

3. Short suits

Pucci RTW S/S12 Look 6

Short suits were all over the runways this season–in every fashion city! However, it is Pucci’s sultry edition that is reminiscent of the days of the famous Sophia Loren.

4. Metallics

Max Mara RTW S/S12 Look 41

Shiny is in! Metallics are making way on the runway in everything from clothes to shoes! I love this sleek, shiny look from Italian house Max Mara, known for its high quality and clean lines.

5. Cars?

Prada S/S12 RTW Look 17

Yes car inspiration seemed to make a debut on the Prada runways, among other fashion houses. Vintage car themes seemed to meander their way through the collection with 50s style graphic themes, pastel colors, even bumper inpired heels! While Miuccia Prada took inspiration from vintage cars, the pastel colors, particularly the blue, reminds me of the Vespa, one of the most famous Italian designs.

Akris RTW S/S12 Look 6

Style Guide: Are you ready for all the “MadMen-ess”?

It’s just one day before all the “Mad Men-ess” begins! Heading to a Mad Men viewing party? Have nothing to wear? Don’t fret! Check out my ManMen style guide below to channel all your favorite female characters and be inspired to create your very own look and step out in Mad Men style! Joan Holloway: Joan is known for her voluptuous figure, but a master at pulling off sexy without too much skin. Try out this TopshopTwist cutout bodycon dress for an modern-day Joan look! Pair it with this Oscar de a Renta Marelia clutch to update the ensemble. Just add a pair of chunky black heels and you’re ready to go in Joan-style!

Topshop Cutout Bodycon Dress

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Betty Draper:

Photo courtesy of Puppy Love Preschool

Betty’s style just happens to be my favorite. I love her refined, chic looks. While her night attire is often elegant and stunning, I think it’s fun to incorporate her flirty daywear with my own staple pieces. I was inspired to play with her daywear looks after finding this amazing green lace tulip dress from Zara. The rich green pairs nicely with one of my favorite red bags, also from Zara, and my Sam Edelman T-strap wedges. I like keeping within the rich tones for the look and adding a pop of light cream with my go-to spring coat.

That's me! Photo filtered through diptic and instagram

While I didn’t get a chance to see this one in stores, I found this lovely floral frock with searching the Zara USA website. It’s another classic ‘Betty Draper’ that would pair nicely with flats or heels, a cardigan and vintage-inspired white glasses.

Zara dress

Peggy Olsen: In the most recent seasons, Peggy has really stepped up her style. Mimic Peggy’s new chic-ness with this Ann Taylor crepe shoulder ruffle sheath dress.

Ann Taylor Ruffle Sheath Dress

Pair the dress with this floral print cardigan from none other than the Banana Republic Mad Men collection.

Banana Republic Mad Men Collection cardigan rose print

Sally Draper:

Photo courtesy of

Not only are the adult clothes fabulous on this Emmy Award winning show, but who doesn’t love the adorable kids outfits. If only I dressed this cute as a kid. One of the best parts of the show has been watching Sally grow up and her personal style evolve. If you are brining your little one to a party, these Oscar de la Renta dresses are perfect for any “Sally wanna-be.” See for more beautiful floral patterns!

Oscar de la Renta Girl's Sleeveless Party Dress. Photo courtesy of

If your child is a bit younger, channel Sally’s younger years with this pretty, pink Oscar de la Renta Tavora dress.

Oscar de la Renta's Girl's Tavora Dress

Share all your post party looks here and show us your unique Mad Men attire!

Q&A: Behind-the-Scenes at Fashion Week with an Event Producer

With last week’s end of L.A Fashion Week and Japan Fashion Week kicking off to a great start this week, I thought it would be interesting to get an inside perspective of what producing a fashion show is really like. This week I had the opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes peek at fashion week from an industry insider, event producer, Brittney Escovedo. Get the inside scoop below!

What company(s) do you or have you worked for?
 I work for Seventh House, which is a fashion PR and event production firm.

What is your formal job title?
Production – Events and Lifestyle Assistant

How many years have you worked in the industry?
3 years

How many Fashion Weeks have you worked?
5 seasons

What exactly does an event producer do for Fashion Week?
We are responsible for everything from the conception of the fashion show to design and everything in between. We provide casting director options, stylist options, musical direction (whether that may be a dj or live performance), décor, lighting, sourcing a hair and make-up team, supplies for the show, seating cards, etc.

How far in advance do you start working on events before the actual event date?
It depends on the client and the scale of the event. Anywhere from a year in advance to 30 days in advance.

What does a Fashion Week ‘day’ look like?
A day during fashion week is a whirlwind… there are castings taking place, which is when models are fit in the clothing, full body  photographs are taken and then placed on a model board. Later when model options are sent out then the exact look for each model will be decided upon. Simultaneously, the stylist is working on the looks and determining the appropriate accessories, while the hair and make-up team is working on the test look. All the elements are inspired by the season’s inspiration/theme.

What is your favorite part about planning and facilitating shows and events?
For a fashion show, it is when everyone is seated, the lights go down and the show is getting ready to start. That is when is it all worth the blood, sweat, and tears. For an event, it would be when it’s over and the client is happy with the overall outcome and again that is when you know that it was all worth it.

What is one of your favorite shows you’ve worked on and why?
Odd Molly SS12 – it was very unique and we were able to really think outside of the box and create something beautiful in a limited space. We transformed what was a simple 50 x 50 black box and brought it to life, creating a garden feel with lush red roses, greenery and bright red apples.

My second favorite show would be the Erickson Beamon FW12 show. I love music and we had The Citizens Band perform and brought in a full stage, set, and truly created a 1920’s Parisian supper club. It was incredible and you felt that you were back in that time period, again in another limited space.

What is one of the most challenging fashion week events you worked and why?
My first fashion week season because I didn’t have any experience; it was the most shows and events I have ever done in a week. We had 17 shows and events in maybe five days.

What are five tips you can give about working Fashion Week?
1. Have integrity in your work
2. Give all that you have to offer, 100% of the time
3. Cultivate relationships and be fair to other people
4. Respect your client, despite how you feel about his or her ideas/position
5. Always be willing to do anything that you would ask someone else to carry out

What is your favorite part about Fashion Week?
The chaos of it all.

Least favorite?
Not sure, I love what I do… maybe dealing with the money because of the recession, budgets are quite small and limiting for designers. However, despite the limited budgets, we still work hard to satisfy the client and execute a beautiful show and/or event.

*This interview has been condensed and edited.

Fashion 4×4: How a fashionista makes use of a small place

As a city dweller, I have spent the last four years grappling with pint size closets and storage-size rooms. Having changed my apartment every four to six months between four different cities (including three different countries), I can truly say I have become an expert mover, packer, organizer, and most of all, I’ve truly gained that “make it work” skill.

From New York City to Chicago to Rome to Madrid, it’s not easy to be a fashionista in a city size place. But with a little creativity I have acquired a few great ideas on how to make a small space work and still look great!

Follow a few of my tips below to make your space work!

1. Hat boxes

These adorable boxes make the perfect storage space! Coming in all shapes, colors and sizes, you can pick just the right ones to match your style and space! I prefer the vintage ones that complement my style and add character to any place. I use mine to store hats (obviously), scarves, gloves, socks, and stockings. A variety of hat boxes can typically be found at antique or vintage stores. I inherited some beautiful ones from my grandmother.

I also like the modern vintage cardboard versions, often found at craft stores. I use these to hold papers, pens, stationary, mementos, and knick-knacks.

My vintage hat boxes! Photo filtered through Instagram and Photo Collage.

2. Shelves

This seems like an obvious one, but here’s the twist! Use shelves for everything other than your typical photo frame and book items. I use my shelves as storage for my favorite high heels. It’s the perfect way to show off your gorgeous heels. Rather than bury them at the bottom of your closet, use them as fabulous decorations!

Photo taken by me. Filtered through Photo Collage and instagram.

3. Empty shelf liner boxes

Shelf liners are an essential apartment piece for me. I love the inexpensive wallpaper style kinds found at Marshalls and T.J. Maxx. They add a nice touch to any drawer, as well as a lovely scent. They also just happen to come in beautiful divided boxes. Once I line my drawers, I use these boxes for jewelry, accessories, and intimates. They keep everything organized in the most stylish way.

Photo taken by me. Filtered through Photo Collage and instagram.

4. Creativity, just make it work!

Whatever room you are in you can always make use of the space you are given. Whether it be a built in furniture piece or simply high ceilings, use what you have. My current apartment has what I like to call great “window nooks.” The small wall spaces serve as a perfect place to store what else but more shoes, of course! While it’s a convenient creation, it does make it more difficult to get a pair out, therefore I prefer to store my “off season” shoes in the little nook.

Photo taken by me. Filtered through Diptic and instagram.

Are you a fashionista confined to a small, city place? Share your ‘how to make it work’ tips here!

Banana Republic and Estee Lauder: “Mad” for Fashion

Janie Bryant, Amy Smart, Kiernan Shipka. Photo from Associated Press.

There are only 11 days left before Mad Men’s Season Five debut on AMC next Sunday. The show has always been a hit, and many fans’ attraction stems from Mad Men’s fashion. Janie Bryant, Mad Men’s Emmy-award winning costume designer, draws viewers’ attention by keeping the show’s style timely but not dated.  Bryant has unveiled her third collaboration with Banana Republic’s creative director Simon Kneen in light of Mad Men’s new season, and Estee Lauder  followed the duo’s trend by teaming up with Mad Men for two of its most recent collections. Many shoppers are expanding their wardrobes and updating their cosmetic collections to get involved with the hype.

Mad Men’s 1960s vintage style has been influencing designers since the series began. In 2008, Michael Kors, who claims to be a Mad Men fan, imitated the show’s jewel-toned costumes, elegant furs and feminine silhouettes on the runway. In fall 2012, the trend continued as Prada incorporated Mad Men’s silhouette, high waists, A-line skirts and tweed fabric designed to flatter an hourglass figure. Prada models even mimicked the beehive hairdo viewers often see on the show.

Banana Republic’s most recent Mad Men collection first debuted on a Virgin America flight from JFK to LAX. But, the limited edition collection launched March 1 in stores and online, and it’s selling fast. Bryant and Kneen take the vintage 1960s looks and add a touch of modern flair. They’ve accommodated current fashions while still savoring and reincarnating the beauty of the 1960s’ past style.

Banana Republic fully represents the ‘60s woman with pieces ranging from full skirted, high waisted dresses made of floral sheath to pink or white cropped cigarette pants paired with triple toned pumps. To top it off, the handbags and jewelry perfectly accentuate the collection’s timeless appeal. Banana Republic has previously released Mad Men collections, but their latest collection lends itself to spring and summer’s country club scene of style and refinement.

Along with a 1960s-inspired wardrobe, fans and shoppers can also indulge in Estee Lauder’s limited edition Mad Men collections. Estee Lauder’s collection features a smooth, matte, coral tinted lipstick called “Cherry” for $25. Its orange- red hue is one of the spring fashion season’s hottest colors, so the period fashion piece fits in nicely with modern trends.

The brand also came out with a $40 pink crème rouge to complement those cherry lips. The rouge, named “Evening Rose,” is a drier blush, so it glides on smoothly and stays in place.

Both the lipstick and the rouge are sold on Estee Lauder’s website and at Bloomingdale’s for a limited time. The cosmetics are sold in a stylish Mad Men inspired white, gold and light blue floral print box with glamorous gold fabric cases holding the make up inside.

With timeless collections from both Banana Republic and Estee Lauder, Mad Men aficionados will be able to celebrate the show’s fifth season premiere in style.

Article by guestblogger Hannah Lutz.

Timeline: Changes at The House of Yves Saint Laurent

After seven years as the creative director of Yves Saint Laurent, Stefano Pilati is confirmed to be exiting the famed fashion house.

Speculations of the change began in late February 2012 and were confirmed upon the day of the YSL Women’s RTW Fall/Winter 2012 fashion show.

Pilati began with the house about seven years ago, succeeding the creative director of the time, Tom Ford. According to WWD, “Pilati had worked under the rumor of possible dismissal almost from the day he assumed the role of creative director seven years ago.”

His final show took place March 5, 2012 and received great reviews. Using dark undertones, the collection was very strong using “black silhouettes, cinched waists” and “leather feeding” Pilati created a “woman-in-control” aura. Items embodied strong shoulders and “ultrsleek and lean” skirts, dresses, and shirts, WWD reports.

According to WWD, Pilati showed “no signs of bitterness” with the departure stating,  “I accomplished what I’ve been asked to. I accomplished what I wanted,” he said. “I didn’t really see myself in 25 years at Yves Saint Laurent. It was an experiment, but I’m happy either way. “I’ve been here seven years, and my contract expires, and I’m fine to move on,”

Only days after his final show YSL justified specualtions confirming Hedi Slimane to be the new creative director.

WWD reports that Slimane will, “assume “total creative responsibility for the brand image and all its collections,” while continuing to pursue his career in photography.” Slimane wil start a the house after exiting YSL Rive Gauche Pour Homme a dozen years ago.

See the timeline for details.