Fashion Week: Desigual Fall 2015 Celebrates Creativity

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JCPenney Sponsors Cinderella Movie Premiere

Last night in Hollywood JCPenney treated a group of bloggers to a glamourous night out at the world premiere… [more]

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Nordstrom and Piece & Co. Collaborate with 8 Designers for Spring

This spring, Nordstrom and Piece & Co. are collaborating on a new collection of apparel and accessories… [more]

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H&M Releases Coachella 2015 Fashion Collection

This week H&M has released a new fashion collaboration called H&M Loves Coachella  in connection… [more]

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Tips from Good Wife Costume Designer Daniel Lawson

The Costume Designer from TV's The Good Wife, Daniel Lawson, took to Twitter to give social media followers… [more]

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H&M Invites New Yorkers to Times Square for Oscar style nails

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H&M Nail Polish in Pretty Pinks

H&M is inviting beauty junkies an fashionistas into their new Times Square store this weekend for some pampering and nail care.  It’s been so cold in New York this month, some of you might want to enjoy some free nail care as a treat.  Here are the details.  Famed nail blogger Miss Ladyfinger will be on site February 21st and 22nd from 11:00am to 5:00pm to provide three custom nail designs and nail color changes while customers can show off their new looks on the H&M Manicam. Continue reading »

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Oscars 2015: Fashion Week’s Top Designers Break Down the Red Carpet Trends

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Best Actress Winner Cate Blanchett in Armani Prive (photo: Getty Images)

This week at New York Fashion Week ExtraTV interviewed a number of designers about their collections and what will turn up at this year’s Oscars on the red carpet.  Extra spoke to designers Jason Wu, Rachel Zoe, Naeem Khan, Jenny Packham, Michael Kors, Carmen Marc Valvo, Carolina Herrera, Reem Acra, James Mischka, and Angel Sanchez about award season trends.   Designer Jason Wu confessed he’d love to dress actress Cate Blanchett.  That would be interesting but I think Ms. Blanchett is married to Armani when it comes to the red carpet.  Read on to watch the video. Continue reading »

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Costume Designers Guild Awards 2015: Fashion & Film

Naomi Watts and Emily Rossum on the Red Carpet at the Custom Designers Guild Awards

Naomi Watts, Laeticia Hallyday and Emily Rossum on the Red Carpet at the Custom Designers Guild Awards

This week, I had the pleasure of attending the annual Costume Designers Guild Awards in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton.   This event honors the film costume designers who make the apparel or coordinate the costumes that help to give voice to characters in film. The Costume Designers Guild Awards is one of the most relaxed and enjoyable events during Oscar Award Season Week.   LaCoste honoree Naomi Watts looked beautiful in a flowing white Altuzzara blush white halter dress.  Hostess Emily Rossum held court in a blush Oscar de la Renta gown that screamed old Hollywood style.  Read on to hear about the designers honored by actors and their peers at the gala. Continue reading »

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Fashion Week: Badgley Mischka Fall 2015

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Fashions from the BADGLEY MISCHKA Fall 2015 Collection (images courtesy BADGLEY MISCHKA )

Yesterday  designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka showed the Badgley Mischka Fall 2015 Collection in the Theater at Lincoln Center.   For me Badgley Mischka is always Cinderella time–their gowns are like the ultimate dream for any woman.   This year’s collection  was The collection was inspired by Spain, and in particular the Spanish bull fighting customs.  The collection featured the baroque embellishment traditions of the matador combined with the severity and restraint of Modernist architecture – Blood and Sand meets The Fountainhead. This season, Badgley Mischka plays textures and dimension with prints and embellishment for a rich, informed luxury.  Models glided down the runway in wearing Amy Winehouse vintage styled beehives and heavily made-up eyes. Continue reading »

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Fashion Week Beauty: Backstage with Maybelline at DKNY

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A unique eye make-up style at DKNY Fall 2015 by Maybelline

If you saw any of the pictures or the runway show from the DKNY Fall 2015 show, then you know the models had distinctive make-up drawn around the entire eye perimeter.  Make-up artist Yadim showed us how to recreate the look with Maybelline products. Continue reading »

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President’s Day 2015 Sales & Deals

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President’s Day Sale

Some of us have the day off today and can indulge in a little President’s Day shopping. Of course if you head out to the shops, or prefer to shop online, you always want to get the best deals. Below are some of the sales on our radar at The Recessionistai s Presidents Day shopping worthwhile? Well, according to surveys the deals can be substantial.  Past research from  website Shop It To Me Now showed that  Presidents’ Day is the best holiday to buy compared to other U.S. holidays with an average discount of 47% off.   Many of the popular designers that we see on the runway now at New York Fashion Week, have collections that are now discounted in stores as part of the Presidents Day Deals.  For example, Neiman Marcus Last  call is having a great sale now on Diane Von Furstenberg which includes her trademark wrap dresses.  If you’re shopping today, take a good budget planning tool with you on your mobile phone to make sure you don’t overindulge.   I”ve been exploring mobile app Moven just for this purpose.  Moven keeps track of your checking accounts, charge cards and your overall spending, so you can see  if you should save or splurge. Read on to get our list of deals. Continue reading »

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UNIQLO Launches UU Kid’s Collab with UNDERCOVER

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The UU line features a monster character created by UNDERCOVER designer Jun Takahashi.

 

Stop by a UNIQLO store this Monday February 16 or on the brand’s website and you’ll see new items for kids. February 16. UNIQLO is launching a new children’s fashion collaboration with UNDERCOVER.  The cute collection features fashions in both kids and toddler sizes.  Toddler sizes* are available for the first time, in a collection with a total of 28 styles in 75 colors and patterns, including outerwear, cut-and-sew and shirts, as well as skirts, jeans and shorts. Many of the items this season feature a monster character created by UNDERCOVER designer Jun Takahashi.

The “UU” kids’ line, combining UNIQLO’s high-quality basics with UNDERCOVER’s street-inspired high-end fashion, features quality materials with unique designs and colors. Many of the items this season feature a monster character created by UNDERCOVER designer Jun Takahashi.

*Toddler sizes are 95cm and 100cm/XS, while kids’ sizes are 110-150cm/S-XL. Toddler sizes are only available at flagship locations and through the online store.

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Fashion Week: DKNY Fall 2015 , the New York Uniform

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DKNY’s Fall 2015 collection is inspired by menswear tailoring…and you guessed it New York City (images via DKNY)

On a freezing cold day, designer Donna Karan presented her Fall 2015 collection with warm coats and turtlenecks that ran straight up to chin level. The warm looking outerwear was presented in gorgeous colors like cyan blue and rich red.  As always with DNKY there was an ease to the entire collection. The clothes were good looking, but nothing pretentious or inaccessible to working women in New York or elsewhere.  Continue reading »

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Fashion Week: Desigual Fall 2015 Celebrates Creativity

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Model Behati Prinsloo in the finale at Desigual (photo courtesy of Desigual)

It’s true literally and figuratively: Desigual bought the warmth to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week for Fall 2015.   Colorful, energetic and above all positive the Desigual show is always a departure from the spartan runways and grim  faces of most runway models at New York Fashion Week. With this collection, Desigual and Monsieur Christian Lacroix decided to celebrate the world of creativity.  For  Fall 2015, Desigual showed a collection featuring geometric motifs in black and white, multi-colored cardigans with a Scandinavian feel and structured dresses dipped in watercolors.  There were also trademark Desigual floral skirts in printed tulle  and cocoon coats in true Lacroix style. The result was an eclectic and sophisticated mix that is like a fashion wake up call amid the traditional black, greys and reds on the Fall 2015 runways. Continue reading »

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Red Carpet Style Tips from Celebrity Stylist Negar Ali Kline

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My view from behind the camera at Costume Designer Guild Awards Red Carpet in 2012 (photo M. Hall)

In 2012, I attended the Costume Designer Guild Awards. I covered the event here on The Recessionista and also on The Huffington Post.  That year,  Hallie Berry was the LACOSTE Honoree at she stepped out on the red carpet in a gorgeous Ellie Saab red gown.  She was stunning.  When I first started going to Hollywood events and New York Fashion Week, I was more concerned about writing .  After all, I am someone who is primarily behind the screen. For a long time I was only  behind the blog.  Now, things have changed.  It’s the era of the selfie and social media and all of us need to pay more attention to how we look and our appearance, which is our personal brand.  Because of that, I asked stylist  Negar Ali Kline to give me some tips as I prepare to attend this year’s Costume Designer Guild awards as the guest of Carefree Liners. As I prepare to get ready,  Ms. Kline gave me some great styling tips.  These are things any woman can do to look and feel her best at a special event. Continue reading »

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