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Get a jump on fall fashion trends

Marc Jacobs

We realize it’s still sweltering, but fashion waits for no one and it’s time to start talking about fall. From coats to boots  and back again, fall trends are about bundling up without losing your stylish summer edge. So let’s dive in a take a sneak peek at some of the latest and greatest in the world of of-the-moment cold weather chic.

Stella McCartney

The rule of thumb for fall is oversizing. Everything is big, big, big. Think The Row’s chunky sweaters, the big bold robe coats from Chloe, Stella McCartney, and Altuzarra, even oversized frocks from Sarah Burton. Summer’s less-is-more look will turn to bigger-is-better before a single leaf falls.

Cushnie et Ochs

A decidedly Western appeal and an all out 60′s mod vibe was seen on the most recent fall runways, from Cushni et Ochs and Tibi’s cowboy chic hats and jackets, to Valentino, Gucci and Saint Laurent’s 60′s-inspired colorful shift dresses paired with black tights and over-the-knee boots.

Gucci

And finally turtle necks are taken to the extreme on the runways of Marc Jacobs, Helmut Lang and Chanel, with the cuts covering half the models faces and some going right up over their heads like a cowl. Covering up was never taken so literally as this over-the-top fall trend.

Helmut Lang

The idea of rocking any of this might be unappealing right now, but you’ll likely want to get a jump on things before the leaves start a fallen’.

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Must Have: Art School Edge

Jackson Pollock

Out of the gallery and onto your back, art-inspired prints are threatening to take over your wardrobe this season, starting with a strong showing at plenty o’ spring ’14 runway shows — Chanel, Prada, Celine*sigh. Equal parts edgy and elegant, bold brushstrokes and painted patterns are the prints to play with, dressing up shoes, shifts, handbags, skirts and blouses. Art class is back in session and the best-dressed canvas this summer should be you.

Celine

Zara

Chanel

Miu Miu

Raoul

Proenza Schouler

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Chanel Reveals A Very K-Stew Campaign

Not to be overshadowed by the red carpet’s latest darlings (we’re looking at you, Shailene and Lupita,) stoic celeb Kristen Stewart is poised to play her latest hand at designer muse, this time as the face of Chanel’s Paris-Dallas collection campaign.

Shot by Karl Lagerfeld himself, the pictures—of which the first images have been released—tell a pretty and stoic story of Texas-inspired couture, and seal Stewart as a dominating front of camera presence. No wonder she keeps booking all those tasty fashion/beauty campaigns.

The collection (and the rest of the campaign) will debut in May and will include a wearable array of Southwest-inspired pieces like cowboy boots, denim and leather jackets. Here are some images to help sate your appetite for the brand until that blessed launch day.

 

 

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Springs Brightest Bauble: Pearls

Pearls are back, and their a far cry from your Grandmother’s clutching days.

From red carpets to runways, these bold, white baubles are making the comeback of the season, appearing on the earlobes of celebrities like Margot Robbie and Emma Watson at the Golden Globes, adorning the accessories at Chanel S/S 14, and laying in long, luxurious strands at Thakoon S/S 14. Pearls are trending and are the perfect compliment to the wardrobe transition from winter into spring. Here’s a little eye-candy inspiration on how best to rock these little numbers!

Rihanna

Emma Watson

Thakoon S/S 14

Margot Robbie

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Chanel Taps Kristen Stewart As Latest Muse

Chanel’s Pre-Fall 2014 “Metiers d’Art” Show was rife with celeb-muses for Karl Lagerfeld to fawn over — Alexa Chung, Lily Collins, Dakota Fanning — but the brands celeb of choice was none other than moody-eyed Kristen Stewart who, as it turns out, has been tapped as the latest face of Chanel.

The actress continues to snap up the admiration of the fashion-world, having landed the current Balenciaga’s Florabotanica campaign, as well as the cover of V Magazine’s spring preview issue and a Vogue-editorial documenting her fashion-friendship with Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough of Proenza Schouler — it seems moody teen is the look du jour right now.

Stewart, wearing a pair of burnt orange leather pants and a crop top from the luxe label’s Spring 2014 collection, appeared on last night’s Dallas runway shows red carpet perfectly emulating the new line’s cowboy chic appeal.  Chanel’s new leading lady will star in the Pre-Fall collection’s campaign, set to launch in May 2014. 

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Trends: Fall 2013 Is Awash In Pink

Spring/summer’s bold tangerine has certainly enjoyed its time in the color-du-jour spotlight, but come fall, the orange hue will have to make way for next big thing.  Notably the single shade that stormed the recent runways: pink.

Roksanda Ilincic Fall 2013

Chanel Fall 2013

Typically reserved for spring dresses and baby girls, pink is buzzing for fall, from its most precocious iteration to a decidedly less-girly place on the color’s spectrum.  Critics raved over Miu Miu’s bold bubblegum and black polka-dotted numbers, Prada’s dark pink round-shouldered jackets, and Roksanda Ilincic’s saturated pale pink collection.  It seems everyone had something to offer on the color — J.Crew, Carven, Céline — from separates to outerwear and everything in between.  It’s official, come fall, pink is the new hue-to-do.

Céline Fall 2013

Prada Fall 2013

 

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A Sexy Spring Breeze: 2013 Resort Campaigns

Miu Miu Resort 2013

If you’ve spent any time at all rifling through the pages of your favorite haute couture fashion lately, you’ll have noticed that the 2013 Resort collections ads are out enforce. It is, after all, the time of year when the Chanels, Pradas, and Guccis of the fashion set start to reveal what’s next up to bat. And while we realize, a baseball reference doesn’t exactly play well here, the sheer numbers involved in the latest campaigns is enough to call this a competitive event. Here’s a sneak peak at Chanel’s Marie Antoinette-inspired Resort 2013, Donna  Karan’s soft-lit star Karlie Kloss, and Miu Miu’s super-model laden looks — the very best of the 2013 Resort campaigns.

Chanel Resort 2013

Prada 2013 Resort

Donna Karan Resort 2013

 

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Chanel Prepares To Gild the Lily With A New Collection

Forget about bronzer and highlights… it’s about to get a lot easier to look the part of golden summer goddess.

Chanel Bombay Express Collection (image courtesy Shefinds.com)

Taking a decidedly eastern tact, Chanel is set to launch their long-awaited 2012 Bombay Express Summer Makeup Collection… coming to your hot little mitts in June (That’s a scant 3 days away!) The collection naturally comes with some très French titles, including golden Poudre Compacte in Route de Indes de Chanel, charcoal Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in Nirvana, a rosy Joues Contraste Powder Blush called Brume d’Or, nude Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick in Empreinte, and golden Le Vernis Nail Polish in Diwali–so while Chanel isn’t exactly reinventing it’s formulaic wheel, they are adding a decidedly exotic look to it.

Originally created to pair with the luxe label’s Indian-inspired pre-fall runway look that we saw back in December, Bombay Express Summer Makeup Collection was presumably held back to build anticipation. Well, it worked. So here it is folks, let the summer gilding begin.

 

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Chanel Channels The Future

Chanel's Spring 2012 Collection

In the trend-focused world of nail polish, there is probably no more anticipated hue than Chanel‘s latest limited-edition offerings (this Spring it’s a sweet seasonal trio of April‘s creamy berry, May’s bubblegum pink, and June‘s creamsicle orange–each $26.) So why is it that Chanel seems so adept at gazing into the color zeitgeist’s crystal ball and launching repeated must-have polishes that virtually fly off the shelves? And just where do those colors cues come from?

New York Times T Magazine recently sat down with the luxe brand’s creative director of makeup, Peter Philips, who explained his trend-tapping ways as thus, “There’s really no logic. I observe and listen to women, and then I follow my heart and my guts. It’s not a factory. I’m not a chicken that lays an egg. I just try to seduce women into discovering something they want. Because if they don’t like it, they won’t wear it.”

All talk of chickens and seduction aside, Phillips knack of “observing women” has paid off well for Chanel, whose U.S. nail polish sales have grown a staggering 84 percent since he joined the brand.

Case in point, 2010′s Chanel ‘Particuliere,’ which in truth was a failed try at a purple taupe shade that just happened to pop. You know it… that truly unusual grey-beige hue that took the fashion world by storming the runways and then found itself swiped across the mani-pedi’s of the world’s most fashion forward ladies.

Even Chanel‘s most recent ‘June‘ creamsicle orange was inspired by the handle of a plastic grocery bag that Philips had saved for two years, sensing that there would be just the right time to use it.

The lesson here?: There is beauty and inspiration everywhere… you just have to open your eyes and your mind to see it.

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