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

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H&M Releases Coachella 2015 Fashion Collection

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Tips from Good Wife Costume Designer Daniel Lawson

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Spring Fashion: Lilly Pulitzer for Target Lookbook

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Milly for Kohl's Lookbook: Head to Capri for Spring 2015

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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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New York Fashion Week Fall 2015 Live Stream from MBFW

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Darlings it’s freezing out, but the show must go on! Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is live all this week and you can watch it here on The Recessionista without venturing out into the cold.  Watch the show from the player below. Between live shows, you’ll see replays of previous shows. Enjoy! Continue reading »

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Fashion Week: Kanye West x adidas Originals YEEZY SEASON 1

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Models walk the runway at the adidas Originals x Kanye West YEEZY SEASON 1 fashion show during New York Fashion Week Fall 2015 at Skylight Clarkson Sq on February 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for adidas)

Last week at New York Fashion Week Kanye West and adidas Originals sent YEEZY SEASON 1 down the runway. The collection really looks like body stockings and Danskin tights. Fresh off his GRAMMYs rant about  Beck winning album of the year at the GRAMMYs, Kayne went off the reservation one more time on the runway..  YEEZY Season 1 described by West as the world’s first “solutions-based” clothing line, the individual pieces define a style that matches the relentless pace of contemporary lives. “I don’t want the clothes to be the life,” he says. “I want the clothes to help the life.”Presented during New York Fashion Week just before All-Star Weekend, the show was conceptualized by West in close collaboration with renowned contemporary artist Vanessa Beecroft.   I don’t know anyone who will run out and try to buy this shizz by Kayne do you?

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Fashion Week Beauty : Maybelline at Marissa Webb

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The make-up looks from the Marrisa Webb Fall 2015 show from Maybelline, inspired by Bianca Jagger at a boys club.

One of the things we love about New York Fashion Week is getting all the beauty trends & tips right off the runway.   Fashion can be expensive but the make-up used at the shows is always more reasonably priced.  That’s why we were interested in the Maybelline makeup used at the Marissa Webb Fall 2015.   The makeup at Marissa Webb Fall/Winter 2015 was kept soft and fresh to balance out the collection which was inspired by Bianca Jagger at a boys club.  Did someone say Bianca Jagger? Read on to learn how to get the look with affordable Maybelline products. Continue reading »

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Celebs Judge JCPenney Cinderella Design Competition

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Charlotte Ronson, Katie Holmes, and Nina Garcia at JCPenney’s Design Collaboration

Today in New York, Actress Katie Holmes and Designer Charlotte Ronson kicked off New York Fashion Week at a special brunch to promote JCPenney’s retail collaboration with Disney to promote the release of “Cinderella,” a live-action feature film inspired by the classic fairy tale debuting in theaters on March 13. The brunch featured a Project Runway style competition with nine students from the Fashion School at Kent State University  live sketching their interpretation of a modern day fairy tale look using Cinderella’s actual dress from the film as inspiration.  The sketches were judged by Katie Holmes, JCPenney Style Voice Nina Garcia and JCPenney designer partner Charlotte Ronson.  Continue reading »

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MADE Fashion Week Brings Together Fashion & Technology

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Fast & Technology will come together at a special MADE Fashion Week show this weekend.

This weekend , MADE Fashion Week is joining forces with Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks — 8-time NBA All-Star and co-founder of Melo7 Tech Partners, KATALYST LIVE, Intel and Accenture to launch FAST A/W15, a unique showcase that will bring to the forefront emerging technologies, key collaborators and innovations defining the future of fashion, sports and technology. Presented in MADE Fashion Week’s runway venue at Milk Studios, the first-of-its-kind event will invite cultural, sports, business and tech influencers to discover and interact with the latest sports-inspired devices, wearables, performance-enhancing consumer tech, and fashion-forward athletic apparel, as well as offer a unique look at what’s to come. Continue reading »

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Papyrus Unveils Haute Couture Art for New York Fashion Week

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Fashion illustrations in PAPYRUS Haute Couture boxed card collection by artist Bill Donovan.

Every year at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, Papyrus Greeting Cards has a beautiful display in the lobby of Lincoln Center at Fashion Week. I always enjoy stopping my their booth and picking a card from their assortment, and sending one to my little niece from Fashion Week.   This year, Papyrus is not only going to give out new fashion cards, they have a Mobile App coming.  This year Papyrus is doing fashion illustrations as part of a Haute Couture boxed card collection by artist Bill Donovan. The Haute Couture art graces the Fashion Week Event schedules, invites, lanyards and VIP bags and inspired a newly-designed Papyrus lounge for guests to interact and send style. Papyrus is also unveiling a new event-exclusive iPad app  at their booth in the Lincoln Center Foyer that posts selfies to an interactive map detailing where attendees are sending style all over the globe. The app also links to the Papyrus Facebook page, allowing fashionistas at home a peek inside the Event.   Continue reading »

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Refresh Your Skin with the Award Season/Fashion Week Facial

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Dr.Halland’s “Pure Glow Laser Facial” combines the best of technology and skincare to give you a healthy glow.

Are you looking for a way to rejuvenate and refresh dry winter skin? I was. On my last trip to New York, after working long hours on a special work project at Lincoln Center, I was exhausted and my skin was showing the strain.  I went to see Dr. Halland to try the Pure Glow Laser Treatment. This cosmetic laser treatment is the ultimate high powered facial. The treatment exfoliates the skin and removes redness and dark spots.  If you’re in New York for Fashion Week or if you are near New York, this is a beauty treatment that works and that I highly recommend.  I was very impressed with Dr. Halland.  This is a doctor who truly cares about patients. He spent time with me looking at my skin before he did the procedure and doing a thorough intake evaluation on my skin, my medical history and medications.  I’ve had other spot laser treatments on my skin for scars, and those who treated me were not as thorough or careful with my skin as Dr. Halland. Continue reading »

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