Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Of Whonder Debuts During NYFW

We all know there are not many high end contemporary "curvy" designers in the fashion industry. Why? I really don't know because the average woman in the United States is a size 14. There are many mass market companies making all the moolah (such as Forever 21, ASOS Curve, Addition Elle,  etc.), but what about something a little more high end? I want more options then just the average, it's especially embarrassing attending an event and seeing your same dress worn by 3 other girls in the room.  I want to wear designer well made tailored clothing with cuts to perfection. 

Carmencita Whonder is doing just that, by taking it into her own hands. "Of Whonder", a curated line of high end contemporary clothing will debut February 12, 2014 during New York Fashion Week in a private presentation.  I am thrilled to hear this, and can not wait to wear her clothing. Every piece is well crafted to fit every body type with fresh innovative styles. She has put together an amazing team with years of experience, specifically designers/sewers/pattern makers from the curvy industry who really know what they are doing. 

I had the opportunity to get the inside scoop from Carmencita herself. She is the true definition of beauty and brains, not just another pretty face. Although she was never formally trained in fashion or design, Carmencita is a true business woman. She even worked for the US Senate! When I asked Carmencaita what inspired her to start Of Whonder she answered, "I have always been a strategist for underserving markets, I felt that there was a large gap and I saw an opportunity". Boy is she right! Carmencita had a difficult time finding high end tailored pieces that fit properly, and she knew other woman were going through the same thing. Her pieces are all about simplistic style, feeling sexy and confident in your own skin. 

From left to right:
Sheath Dress $558 | Cuff Top $498 | Capri Pant $525 

Check out her full line here. My fav look is the capri pant and asymmetrical top! I can't wait to see this brand sitting in Saks, Bergdorf, and Nordstrom along with the Helmut Langs' of the industry. Stay tuned for more pics from her NYFW preview! A special thank you to London Mischer PR for getting me the inside scoop. 


Monday, January 27, 2014

What to Wear?! #NYFW

The invites are coming in, anticipation growing, emails overloading… that can only mean one thing NEW YORK FASHION WEEK! This is my favorite time of the year, a time when our industry gets together and celebrates the blood sweat and tears of debut collections (one season ahead) before it hits the market.  Designers, publicists, and production teams work countless hours behind the scense prepping every detail for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week taking place at Lincoln Center.  What is the major question running through every fashionista's mind you ask? What am I going to wear?! Outfit planning for the shows can be stressful, you want to stand out without "trying to hard".  My main advice for fashion week goers is to play dress up in your current closet. The beautiful part about fashion is reinventing yourself and expressing your personal style.  

After going through my closet and trying on a million outfits for the approaching weeks, I have forecasted three separate looks that I can predict will be all the rage for Mercedes Benz Fall 2014 Fashion Week. The styles are "Street Chic", "Miss Match", and "Western Bohemian".  These three looks are what is happening right now, all different in style yet bold and noteworthy. I hope this gives you some inspiration and insight for your looks! Even if you are not attending the shows, you can still project these styles in your everyday look. 

One of the biggest trends from season to season at NYFW is miss matched prints. "Plain" people would think you got dressed in the dark, but there is actually an art in miss matching.  I love the combination of florals and plaids, camo and tribal, and geometric and abstract. This look gives you the ability to go 90's grunge, 70's casual, or mod mixed. I am loving this Aimee Kestenberg printed back pack, which is totally functional from show to show. 

I love this look! Whether you want to call it "trill" or "street" the hip hop music industry is curating some major influence on fashion and style. The best part about being "street chic" is it's supper comfortable! Muscle T's, graphics, metallic sneakers, chunky gold jewelry, fun quotes, snap backs and course my favorite hat- the beanie. Brian Lichtenberg T's are way fun and designer inspired. I am also obsessed with this "bad hair day" beanie from ASOS. 

The western boho look is all about floral prints, long skirts and dresses with side slits, dainty pendants, vintage inspired ankle booties, western brim hats, and of course midi rings.  The best walking example of this look is by one of my fav fashion bloggers, Natalie Off Duty. I love her leather "jett" booties by Modern Vice.  You can achieve this look without breaking the bank, these styles are from Forever 21 and ASOS. 

The countdown begins! 


Sunday, January 26, 2014

Taking It Back 2 Black

I really can't believe how time flys, Jan 26th and spring is right around the corner (can not come soon enough). The weather on the East Coast has been pretty tricky lately with warm days and then supper cold days.  I am getting down right sick of wearing sweaters and scarves, and ready for some bright pops of color… until then I am taking it back to black. You can never go wrong with a cute LBD [little black dress], this one has sheer sleeves and a sweetheart top which makes me feel sexy. I always choose dresses that have a small bottom flare because it is the most flattering for my body type, pear shaped.  I love the spike shoulder details on this motto jacket, it can be dressed up or down from day to night. My cut-out side buckle booties are from Forever 21, very comfy and without sacrificing style. A true city girl needs to be able to walk long blocks, jump on the subway, and  hail a cab in the snow. I don't care what you say but we all know that killer shoes can completely ruin your day.

 This "mercer" mixed metal cross pendant necklace and 14k matte gold plated bracelets are from Freida Rothman's Spring 2014 line, which is coming soon! These are my favorite piece from her new collection. One question I have been getting a lot lately is "where do you get your tights?!". I only wear one brand of tights, "original shaping tights" ASSETS by Sara Blakely. They are expensive but totally worth it! They are comfortable, warm, dark in color, and slimming… you can order them here.  The final detail to tie this look together is some revlon color stay red lippy. 

Get the look: Forever 21 | Jewelry: Freida Rothman | Tights: ASSETS by Sara Blakely
Thanks to my love for taking these pics! 


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

See & Be Seen: ENK Favs

It is sometimes overwhelming because there are so many fabulous brands and designers (established and upcoming) showcasing at ENK. After doing a few laps throughout the show and getting some fab booth inspiration, I took a few snaps of my favorite brands and displays.  These brands are doing something different, something noteworthy and eye catching. I believe that we should support each other in this industry and give credit where it is due. These designers are my hand selects & favs, they did an amazing job. Here is a little preview to their new collections, I'm sure you will agree these pieces are amazee….

Alexis Bittar
He has become a household name in fashion accessories, not only for his unique designs, but for the overall branding of the business. His collections showcased at ENK were bold and beachy, some of my fav pieces almost looked like sea glass.  

This booth caught my eye for all of the amazing colors and patterns. I am such a fan of their wrap watches and beaded body chains for spring. Not only do these bracelets and chains make a fun bohemian statement, they are also extremely affordable. 

This was my first time hearing of TT, I was passing by the booth when I saw this outrageous eye necklace. Her designs are so playful, I can picture this necklace in a high fashion editorial. After checking out more about the brand I noticed Kelly Osborn wears Tarina Tarntino and it all makes sense. So fun, you can tell this designer is a risk taker! 

Asha was one of my favorite booths at ENK from a merchandising/design stand point. I fell in love with their patterned wall paper and bright orange busts that complimented the jewelry so well. **I DIE** over these zodiac rings, they are amazing and you can tell why they are Asha's best seller. 

This is a handbag brand to be watched! All of the bags are great quality leathers and they have a fab price point. I especially love this black leather bag adorned with buttons, it has a rocker/vintage vibe. 

I have always been a fan of Ben Amun, they are pretty much sold everywhere (saks, shopbop, max & chloe etc)… not to mention their amazing press. I thought their booth was very well done too! I loved the logo in gold spray paint on their navy blue wall paper. They used empty frames and hung necklaces inside all over the walls.  My favorite necklace had a tribal patterned fabric and gold Egyptian inspired pendant. I would wear everything from this collection! 

This is a well known name in the handbag industry and I have to say, I am highly impressed by their new collection.  Treesjie updated their designs and took some chances with bold colors and patterns. I am wild about this floral print laser clutch in blue. 

Talk about branding… what an excellent booth! I loved the brand's consistency and vintage/victorian vibe. They had this great black chandelier, moose head on the walls, a fireplace, and handbags displayed on serving trays. My favorite piece was their charm champagne pendant necklace. 

This brand is known for their "hippy bling", and is represented by La Strada Showroom. I am feeling these aztec printed sneakers in yellow and blue. Kim & Zozi also have really cute leather beaded bracelets, the perfect date for your arm party. 

I think these are the cutest accessories for summer time fun, or a getaway to some tropical destination.
My fav LoLo pieces are their adorable sunglass cases, I want to own one of these bags in every color. 

Let's just say "evil eyes" for days, no negativity in sight! I am completely in love with these bags, they are so unique and make such a statement.  From satchels, to backpacks, to evening clutches, I can picture myself wearing everything in this line. My all time favorite piece in the entire ENK show is Sunita's lucky clutch. It is completely blinged out in black stones with luck symbols from every culture.  I can see this clutch on a red carpet, or worn with jeans for a casual cocktail in NYC. 

Stunning timeless pieces, they had a wonderful collection on display. Great use of stones, lots of gold, and amazing chunky bracelets. Julie Vos also had a unique booth,  loved the accent of blue and their  printed floors. 

Their booth caught my eye, I could not pass up seeing fab accessories on the runway during NYFW on a flat screen vertical TV (genius!) I adore the round stone sunnies, I would totally make them my everyday frames. 

Thank you to all of the fabulous designers for letting me snap photos of your booths! Hats off to you and all of your hard work, I am greatly impressed and love your designs.