Neon Green with Envy

Fashion, Luxury, Runway, Style

There are so many great trends this season that it’s hard to choose a favorite, but black and white is definitely at the top of the list. Here are three of the best black and white looks from the Spring 2013 runways:

black and white spring 2013

Photos: Style.com

The Alexander Wang look (left) is very androgynous, but nonetheless fabulous. I am obsessed with the Chanel (center.) It’s so grandma-chic and instantly conjures images of the brand. One of my favorite things about Chanel is how true they stay to their style. A trained eye can usually tell if something is Chanel within the first few seconds of looking at it, which is exactly how it should be if your fashion house has been around since 1909. My favorite of the three is the Marc Jacobs sequin maxi dress (right.) It brings three trends, sheer, mixed prints and black and white, together to create an ultra chic gown. (Sidenote: I love that Marc Jacobs used flats on the runway…a man after my own heart.)

Although I love the simplicity of a completely black and white look, I fell in love with this Antonio Berardi neon blazer and it just fit perfectly. Black and White + Neon + Ombré = Sleek & Chic. I love the clean lines of this outfit. Although there is a clear grunge influence, thanks to the moto jeans and the graphic t-shirt, the jacket and accessories pull it together into a streamlined, grown-up grunge ensemble.

neon green in luxury

ANTONIO BERARDI jacket / PIERRE BALMAIN jeans / CÉLINE t-shirt / ALEXANDER WANG heels / MULBERRY bag / GEORG JENSEN cuff / ACNE sunglasses

Non-platform, ankle strap sandals have been hot for a while now and can dress up a casual look without making it look like you’re trying too hard. The cuff is so fabulous and when I wear a statement piece like this one, I try to keep the rest of the jewelry to a minimum. I think it lets both the outfit and that one piece really sing.

Faux Fur in Luxury

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If you ask me fur will always be in. It’s luxe, sexy, adds a level of texture that no other material can and covers a plethora of flaws. But there is one thing about fur that I’m not a fan of. That little detail about killing animals so that we can parade around in their pelts…not so sexy. So what’s a fashionista to do, not wear fur? How absurd. But you should try to go faux.

I’ve used fur in some outfits before [Alexander Wang puffer jacketpowder blue fur by The RowGucci fur booties] and faux fur has been featured on Crave as recently as yesterday. So why wear fur sometimes and others wear faux? There is no definite answer and it really depends on your personal beliefs. My belief is that sometimes a fur coat is just so amazing that you must have it on your body, but it’s important to try to substitute with faux as much as possible. That doesn’t mean it has to look cheap. There are many high quality faux furs out right now. Like this one by Meadham Kirchhoff:

faux fur in luxury

MEADHAM KIRCHHOFF faux fur / NSF shirt / TOPSHOP jeans / GIVENCHY bag / ASOS booties / GIVENCHY earrings / RAY-BAN Sunglasses

The colors and pattern are so playful and work perfectly with the striped denim. (Another example of mixing prints.)  On the runway though, they styled the faux furs a little…eccentrically for my taste:

Meadham Kirchhoff Fur Fall 2012 2

These are some patterns that I personally would never pair together, but the coats are still amazing and can stand all on their own:

Meadham Kirchhoff Fur Fall 2012

Check back soon for how to wear faux fur on a budget.

Leather Leggings with a Peplum on Top + Mixing Prints

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Pantone, the “world-renowned authority on color,” has recently named emerald the color of 2013. I’m not quite sure I buy into the idea of there being an authority on color, but I do know that the color of this Prabal Gurung peplum top is gorgeous. I would call it more of a forest, but it definitely falls into the emerald category. I paired it with oxblood leather leggings to stay on trend, and a vintage tweed Chanel jacket to stay classy and timeless. The Casio watch, Ray-Ban wayfarers and Alexander Wang leopard print bag add a modern edge to keep the ensemble looking chic. Finish the look with winter white point-toe wedges and you are ready for a warmish winter day.

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PRABAL GURUNG top / PAIGE DENIM leggings / VINTAGE CHANEL jacket / H&M heels / ALEXANDER WANG bag / SVPPLY earrings / CASIO watch / RAY-BAN sunglasses

Mixing patterns, like tweed and leopard print, is also very trendy right now. It’s being done from the red carpet to the runway, and even on the street:

Mixing Patters

Kerry Washington (one of my style crushes) wore this amazing Peter Pilotto dress to a Django Unchained premier and actually won best-dressed on E!’s Fashion Police.

Philip Oh of StreetPeeper.com took the middle shot of a casual, yet wonderful, mixing of patterns in New York City. (Note the leopard print: some say this is the neutral of patterns.)

Erdem‘s Spring 2013 RTW collection featured the mixing of many colors and patterns, and though this wasn’t my favorite look from the collection, it definitely makes a statement. I love how he chopped up the anatomical parts of a woman’s body with the mixing of patterns. But if you want to see my favorite look from the collection, here it is:

ERDEM Spring 2013 RTW

On trend and unwearable by almost every woman everywhere, but oh so stunning. The beadwork and transparency are so hot right now. I love the contrast of such a bland color as grey with the bright pink beadwork. Just amazing.

Flat is Back

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“Flatform” shoes are a hybrid cross between platforms and flats. They have been on and off the high fashion junket since 1750 when the first geisha slipped on her getas. We’ve come far since then:

The more updated version is from Jen Kao‘s Spring 2013 RTW collection. She used a lot of clean lines and athletic shapes drawing from modern Japanese fashion, while the shoes are a nod to the past. These are my favorite looks from the runway:

jen kao 2013

Images: Style.com

Kao’s not the only designer to find inspiration in the east. Emilio Pucci’s Spring RTW line also has a clear Asian influence. Though his shoes are more platform than flatform, they are still fabulous and very fitting with his play on Chinese fashion.

Though it was hard to narrow it down, these are my favorite looks from the collection:

Images: Vogue.com

The structure of the white jacket balanced the softness of the sheer organza perfectly. From the dragon sculpted wedges to the intricate embroidery, the details were all spot on. The white jacket is detailed with crystal adding a level of opulence. Several of the looks (like the black jumpsuit above) also had a sporty edge to them: another common theme on the runway this spring.

Stella McCartney is another designer who found inspiration in athletic shapes and flatforms. She used bright, bold colors and simple, no frills shapes to create an incredibly chic line:

Images: Style.com

These are three of my favorite colors right now. I’m obsessed with that shade of orange…so bright it’s slightly cartoonish, but that’s exactly what I love about it. The sheer overlay completely balances the almost overwhelming sleeves to create a gorgeous, fashion forward dress. She gave her flatforms lucite soles for a sporty chic feeling. They remind me of a water shoe crossed with a toeless loafer, and oddly enough…I think I like it:

Image: FashionPooch.com

Prada drew from similar inspiration to create an interesting line for Spring 2013. Some of the prints were less than desirable but I managed to find three favorites:

Images: Style.com

I love these furs. They’re sophisticated yet childish and appear to be inspired by the Japanese cartoon culture. The pink satin dress brilliantly merges the classic 1920s drop waist silhouette with the beautiful technique and fabric work of a kimono. The clean lines and styling give it a modern edge, but there is one thing I could do without. The shoes. I mean, I love a flatform, but come on:

Images: Imaxtree

They’re a little Zenon chic for me.

I always wondered when people would start dressing like the girl of the 21st century, I just didn’t think I’d feel so old when it started happening. Leave it to Prada.

Christian Dior: Spring 2012 RTW

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I love Dior’s Spring RTW line.  The styling was much simpler and more accessible than last years.  It felt easy and like anybody (with an obscene amount of money) could walk into a store, buy any one of the looks and know how and where to wear it.  The crimson lip also made everything really pop. (It even inspired me to wear a red lip last night!) All of the models seemed effortlessly chic.  The six looks below are some of my favorites from the show.

I’m obsessed with the first red dress.  It’s a modernized version of a classic 50s shape.  One of my favorite things about this dress is that she’s mostly covered up but she’s still oozing sex appeal.  (Most of the necklines were either high or in a deep, plunging V.  It was a nice contrast.)  The next dress is amazing.  A simple shape combined with a beautiful, and sparkly, pattern created a seamless look.  I could live with or without the hat, but what can you do, the dress is perfection.  The black dress is the perfect, reinvented LBD.  It’s not overtly sexy because of the high neckline, but the hourglass shape it gives the model combined with the sheer fabric over her thighs makes it sexy without seeming like you’re trying too hard.

The next look, worn by Karolina Kurkova, was the first to walk the runway.  It was the perfect ensemble to have walked first because it set the expectation for the rest of the show: beautiful and sexy without being overt.  The next dress is beautiful.  It would clearly need another layer under it to be worn in public, but it was definitely one of my favorite dresses of the show.  The accentuated waist combined with the lines drawing the eye down make the model seem extra long and lean.  I think that the next dress was my favorite.  Again, you’d have to add some fabric under the sheer to wear it in public but it’s such an amazing dress.  I love the single color and the sheer panels, which are being seen everywhere now.  My favorite part about the dress is the sheer cap sleeve.  Without them the look wouldn’t have had the same effect.