You asked, and we listened!! Now that we have all warmed up our styling savvy on celebrities, we are pleased to annouce our real-life styling contest – on uber-member FIONA (aka Justapuppy) her photo above top right. The contest works the same as the others ones:
It's so easy to enter! Just follow Justapuppy on ClosetCouture to get access to her closet. Then go to STYLE AN OUTFIT, click on the “switch user” button and choose “Justapuppy”. Then make outfits for her from both current items in her closet, and any other items you think she will like. Then Save them to her closet – and name them FOR FIONA.
Fiona and Closet Couture will pick the winner – the member who makes the outfit Fiona likes best wins a $200 gift certificate to SAKS FIFTH AVENUE.
Style Scene from Fiona:
WHO I AM: I live in London and my current style is fairly relaxed. I like to look smart for work, but my current job is not super corporate. I have a pretty active weekend lifestyle which can mean running around with my extended family and friends and the usual out and about activities.
WHAT I NEED: I find it hard to dress for the weekends, and often find myself wearing the same types of clothes from one day to the next – I'd love to have a 'weekend' look, and a 'work' look. I'd love help for any kind of outfit though – going out, dates, work and weekend!
WHAT I LOVE: I absolutely love the style of the Mad Men ladies (see above Betty Draper pic), but on a practical day-to-day level, I'd like to learn how to channel the looks of Pixie Lott, Natalie Portman (also above), and Reese Witherspoon. All three always look stylish, and feminine. I love the idea of wearing a 50s inspired look, or trying to get into the current nude tones, without looking pale!
ENTER NOW HERE
Contest ends at 6pm EST on March 3, 2010 – and you may enter as many times as you'd like.
Terms and Conditions here
By Shannon Hallenbeck
Following a particularly lovely lunch of grilled skirt steak on toasted bianca bread at the trendy Bryant Park Grill, I braved the cold and rounded the corner of Bryant Park to check in for the ADAM show by Adam Lippes. While waiting in line to enter the promenade, I chatted with Robert, a fashion photographer for H&M and Christian Dior, who was attending the show to support his friend who had worked to style a number of the runway looks. “I always look at the model’s shoes,” he told me. “The wrong shoes can ruin an outfit.”
Upon entering the promenade, Robert and I were ushered to adjoining seats overlooking the entryway to the runway. As the show started, models in bright red, black, and embellished tops came down the runway, with chunky snoods draped around necks and shoulders. The thick scarves were wrapped among a number of the model’s necks, and created a funnel effect to their otherwise tailored forms. The ADAM-inspired woman will be able to replicate a number of these looks through the classic method of layering tailored pieces.
The palette of greys, cream, black and red suit most most women, and the beautifully cut skirts and dresses will flatter most any figure, which we love and the knits and flannels will drape really well on straight and curvy figures alike.
All in all, this was a chic and wearable collection that though the temperature outside is still sub-zero, makes me already look forward to fall – and I loved the shoes!
By Shannon Hallenbeck (Shallenbeck)
Following a bicycle and buggy cab ride (which I do not recommend in the winter, or hardly think worth the twenty-five dollars for four blocks—lesson learned!), I arrived at the Exit Art building on 475 10th Avenue for the Elise Overland show. Chris had informed me beforehand that it would be best to find a spot nearest the end and at the right of the runway so that I might gain a better view for taking pictures of the models as they turned to strut backstage again. Taking her advice, I found myself not only at a preferable angle to the runway, but right across from Kelly Osbourne and Heidi Klum!
As the show started, I was instantly drawn to the fiery red evening dresses and black leather jackets coming down the runway. Her show consisted of corset-style dresses, dresses with a metallic sheen, cropped jackets with and without fur, and jackets with sewn-in belts issued forth. (There is a certain degree of practicality in jackets featuring sewn-in belts. While jackets with loose belts can look particularly chic, the last thing a busy woman on the go wants to do is buckle-down and have to hold on to her otherwise loose belt.
The inspiration was open heart surgery (see above graphic) – as one of Elise's friends gave her a DVD of a procedure for her viewing pleasure. Not sure if we would have made the jump from there to such lovely and wearable clothes, but glad she did!
During our mad sprint for a sammy at lunchtime, we ran smack into the former Project Runway star and winner of Season 1, JAY McCarroll! He was kind enough to pose for a moment, talk fur – only FAUX for him, thank you very much – and admire and stroke our glam iphone cover (gold – I had a Lady Gaga moment in the Apple store).
Wondering what Jay has been up to since his TV debut? We were too, and thus he directed us to his online store / boutique, called The Colony where his own designs are sold along with other items ” that I picked for their super style and uniquenessity!”
Remember Daniel Vosovic on Project Runway? He stole my fashion heart with his orchid-inspired ensemble which Michael Kors described as so chic….. and now he is back showing in NYC at Exit Art this afternoon. Daniel's presentation was lovely and not a traditional show format – rather he had his model's all out on risers and the guests could walk amongst them and really see the clothes. And what a lovely selection.
Above are some of my favorites, including my most most favorite look, the gray shawl lapel coat and trouser suit. This would look great on just about everyone, no matter your age or body shape. The black short sleeved suit is also a winner – with a shirt beneath the jacket for those not into the whole bare tummy thing (like me).
The marbled silks (like the rust-colored ones above) were beautiful in it's craftsmanship, but might be harder to incorporate day to day. The overall collection was lovely and chic, and very wearable. How would you wear these looks?
(Photo of the designer is top)
Since the shows last fall for Spring 2010, we have been craving a little nautical stripe action in our day to day ensembles. As we trudge through the endless winter storms and sleet, our thoughts turned to the questions: When is it going to be spring already, and when can we bust out the stripes?
For resort this year a strong list of designers added their nautical interpretations to their lineups, including Donna Karan, ADAM, Jeremy Scott and Band of Outsiders, among others.
Above are a few pieces we really like for resort / spring, all available here at ShopStyle:
T-Bags Striped Cardigan, $170
Classical Nautical Black Dress, $22.80
Nautical Striped Top, $17.80
Alexander Wang Nautical Frill Pullover, $425
Here's how I would wear them now if I just couldn't wait for spring: how would you?
IN THIS OUTFIT:
- Forever 21 Classical Nautical Dress
- Black Patent Manolo Blahnik Pumps.png
- Ysl Black Jacket
- Topshop Chain Print Square Silk Scarf.jpg
- Gold Patricia Von Muslin Cuff
- Mary Norton Black Clutch
IN THIS OUTFIT:
- Mcq By Alexander Mcqueen
- Prada Black Motorcycle Boot
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- The Row Short-sleeve Blazer
- Chain Laced Necklace
Coming to you live, on Closet Couture! One of our most stylish members, Shannon Hallenbeck, will be joining the Closet Couture editors in covering fashion week this season. Here is a link to his AMAZING closet – check out the outfits and you. will. die. This week and next, see our coverage on our blog here, and on our Twitter page for minute by minute updates and pics….
Our line up includes some terrific shows, including Jenni Kayne, Nanette Lapore, Malandrino, Adam, Tory Burch, Tibi, VPL, and more. We will be updating from the shows, and of course, live Twittering during the shows and posting our coverage as fast as our nimble fingers can. Look for street style, more Models in the Wild and other recurring features.
(And above are some of the invites we have received in the snail mail – they are all on heavy card stock and lovely….)