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H&M’s Fall Studio collection is ripe for the picking

Do you hear that? That’s the sound of the hearts of a million fast fashion followers thumping with anticipation over the reveal of H&M’s Fall/Winter 2014 Studio collection lookbook, which was recently released.

H&M Studio collection is the beloved brands seasonal line, released on the heels of it’s biannual Paris Fashion Week presentation. That means it’s straight from the runway and into your arms — and with good reason. The fall collection is chock full of winter wear’s cozy knits and dark palettes, while still keeping it’s foothold onto the best of multi-seasonal summer separates like gauzy silk slip dresses, floral maxi’s and bra tops meant to tie into spring/summer’s midriff trend. They haven’t forgotten about the men either — think urban chic sportswear, leather, and big boyfriend sweaters ripe for picking from his closet and putting into yours.


H&M’s Fall/Winter 2014 Studio collection will hit select stores on September 4th — so mark those calendars!

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Trendsetting Tips: Pencil Skirt Party

If you had to pick just one staple in your oh-so-curated closet — one item that you simply could not do without, the answer is probably this season’s (and quite a few before it) go-to separate: the pencil skirt.  Universally flattering and always ready to go from boardroom to Bamm!, the pencil skirt is likely the most hardworking gal in your glamorous wardrobe, so let’s look at a few of our favorite and trend-setting ways to get more bang from your pencil skirt buck this fall/winter season.  And you didn’t think your pencil skirt could be any more versatile!

Karolina Kurkova

Karolina Kurkova, Olivia Wilde, and Alexa Chung — all fashion muses in their own right — covet their pencil skirts, regularly giving them props in the MVP department, and all of them are known to spice up this classic by choosing a skirt with variations of sheer paneling, pretty patterns, and sexy embellishments like over-sized zippers and embroidery.  There’s no need to stick to the classic mono-color pencils when a full array of colors, prints and bling are at your fingertips.

Jamie Chung

Lily Aldridge and Alexa Chung made waves on recent red carpets and runway shows by pairing their pencils with variations of the crop top — think a leather bra-lette or a classic white button-up tied at the midriff.   The high waist band on the most modern pencil skirts allow for a little show-and-tell, without looking like you’ve got a touch too much 90′s teen spirit.’

And finally, leather — it’s so of-the-moment right now.  Appearing on everything from jackets, to tops, to shorts, to… yes… pencil skirts, leather is a great way to up the urban ante on what you’ll likely be wearing all season long.

 

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Fall 2013 Trends: Leather

Dior Fall 2013

The fashion world is in a frenzy with this week’s kick off NY Fashion Week — which means one thing for those of us not sitting front row in the Big Apple: trend watch.  Celebrities and industry folk sit side-by-side, breath baited, watching as the haute couture reveal of the style savvy makes its way down the runway.  From office to evening, Fall has always been a dramatic fashion affair, and this years top trends are no different.

Last Thursday we prowled our way through the leopard trend that’s topping nearly everyone’s to-do list, so today we’ll let you in on another ‘L’ words that you’ll L-O-V-E to L-O-V-E for Fall 2013:  Leather.

Alexander Wang Fall 2013

Always a must-have topper in the Fall/Winter jacket department, this season’s leather is making it’s way on to shorts, skirts and particularly ladylike dresses by the likes of Dior, Michael Kors, and Altuzarra.  Think the unlikeliest of strapless waist cinchers and fitted pencil style frocks all done up in motorcycle black leather and you’ll get the surprisingly feminine idea.  Zip tops, leggings, and the typical boots, handbags, pumps, and belts and are also getting the leather treatment.  So prepare to rev your engines for that most rock-n-roll of textiles this season — it’s going to be an ultra-chic ride.

Altuzarra

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