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In praise of feathered frocks

From sequins to beading and back again, ’tis the season for your cocktail dress to be decked out in the finest “tinsel” the season has to offer. For me however, one oh-so-glamorous adornment tops the rest: feathers. There’s just something to the way feathers flutter that says elegance and edge all in one soft little holiday package. Whether your dress is trimmed with a row of thin wispy strands or tricked out entirely, feathers are… well… fabulous. So in the spirit of the holiday, we’ve assembled some of our favorite feathered frocks from 20 to a.) prove our point, and b.) provide just enough push to inspire you to pull our your finest feathered dresses to accompany you to all those holiday soirées on this season’s dance card.

Julianne Hough

Olivia Palermo

Kate Bosworth

Emma Watson

Alexa Chung

Dakota Fanning

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Add a little pep to your step: must have red shoes

Bust that post-holiday mood (and even gloomier weather) but inserting a little pep-to-your-step in the guise of a pair of red kicks. Nothing says “sexy” like a pair of crimson heels or delicate ruby-hued ballet flats and — just our luck — donning a pair with everything from jeans and a sweatshirt to your little black cocktail best is a great way to glamorize your day-to-day wear. The fact that all the “it” girls are doing it simply gives us that much more reason. Here are some of our favorite red shoe moments of late.

Olivia Palermo

Jamie King

Elle Fanning

Hillary Duff

Kate Bosworth

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Trends: All-white ensembles for spring/summer

Solange Knowles

Since last weekend’s holiday, it’s offical — an all-white ensemble is both completely acceptable (as if any archaic rules are going to stop us) and absolutely of-the-moment. Wearing white on white, then even more white is the thing to do this spring for an effortless, chic look that manages fresh and fierce in equal measure. Pair your white jeans with a sheer cream button-up, a printed ivory pencil skirt with a bulky milk hued sweater, or a sexy cream wrap dress with white sandals — add a scarf or white and gold beads and voila! The epitome of elegance without looking like you tried at all. Here is some all-white inspiration from the celebs that are doin’ it and doin’ it and doin’ it well.

Naya Rivera

Kate Moss

Jennifer Lopez

Amber Heard

Bella Thorne

Olivia Palermo

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Trends: Denim Goes Beyond Your Boyfriend Jeans

Your favorite jeans have never exactly been out of style, but judging from the street, the runway, and even the red carpet scene, denim is having a serious moment.


Spring 2014 goes beyond your boyfriend jeans, as denim makes waves on shirts, skirts, dresses… and yes… overalls. Surprisingly versatile, in a bevy of washes, cuts and styles, denim can go from downtown to uptown in the click of a stiletto heel — making it a perfect base to experiment with the high-end-is-low-end look that’s so of the moment right now. Below, we’ve collected a smattering of denim-spirational snaps devoted to the beloved textile showing the new staple jean pieces you’ll be wearing this spring.

Denim Overalls:

Julianne Hough

Zoe Saldana

Denim Dresses:

Alexa Chung

Denim Shirts:

Kate Bosworth

Olivia Palermo

Denim Jackets:

January Jones

Denim Skirts:

Kirsten Dunst

*methinks a little red handbag is in order this season too…

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Trends: Thursday Is For Thigh-High Boots

Thank goodness, thigh-high boots are back.  (Honestly, we had no idea they left.)

Emilio Pucci Fall 2013

 

Everywhere I look, blogs and fashion mags are touting the merits of “the latest trend” — a pair of boots that climb up over-the-knee to the thigh.  Once considered too tough for everyday wear, the thigh-high is looking every inch the wardrobe staple it should be on the likes of It-girls Olivia Palermo, Lily Aldridge, and our own fashion-favorite Diane Kruger.  So it looks like the look is here to stay, which is fantastic news for my own tall, cool, suede pair.

Here are some of our favorite recent thigh-high snaps… see if you don’t agree!

Olivia Palermo

Miranda Kerr

Diane Kruger

 

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Must Have Monday: Skorts (Skirts + Shorts)

Zara's Culotte Short

Once reserved for school uniforms and sportswear, skorts (skirts + shorts) are actually making a comeback.  Micro-short mini in the front with shorts underneath, this summer-trend manages to annihilate the danger involved in… you know… bending over, while still pulling off a leg-baring, super-short look.

Chloe Sevigny

Pair with heels for a seriously leggy look, or play with a modern and less-body conscious top to defray the looking overtly sexy. Whether you take the trend grown-up chic, like Chloe Sevigny, or urban street like the horde of celebs who’ve embraced Zara’s culotte shorts (Olivia Palermo, Karolina Kurkova) the skort is one summer trend that won’t be ignored. 

Olivia Palermo


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Posh Beauty Expert of the Week: Celebrity Hair Stylist Nelson Vercher

nelson vercher

Nelson Vercher is the celebrity hairstylist that’s flown under the radar. He’s worked with some of the most sought after names in the entertainment industry including Jennifer Lopez, Kelly Rowland, Olivia Palermo, Kim Kardashian and Britney Spears. As if his list of celebrity clientele wasn’t enough to add him to the hierarchy of phenomenal hair stylists in the industry he’s also dominated in the fashion industry working with luxury brands such as Giorgio Armani, Prada, Zac Posen, Oscar de la Renta and his editorial work has been featured in the pages of such magazines as Vogue, Elle, Nylon, Italian Vogue, L’Officel, Wonderland, and Harper’s Bazaar.

Vercher gives us a bit of a look into his career and how aspiring hairstylists can also grow in this business:

 

When was the day you decided you wanted to be a hairstylist? Why?

Well, I was thinking about it from about the age of 15 and I grew up in a house full of sisters. But I got really serious about it at about 18, when I happened to walk past a Vidal Sassoon salon in Chicago and saw groovy kids working there and doing their thing. Right there and then, it became clear that hair would be it.

During your most difficult moments in your career how did you stay motivated?

Staying motivated can be very hard when things are not going right with your career. What I do is tell myself is I’m not done and theres much more of my work the world haven’t seen yet. I often do some of my best work during these moments, so pushing yourself creatively will help to keep you motivated. I know it sounds crazy, but it’s what I do. And try to eat really healthy and work out a lot!

If you could do any part of building your career over what would it be?

I don’t like to play the “what if” game, because there’s nothing you can do about what you did and didn’t do in the past. I think what happens, is supposed to happen. With that said, I would pay much more attention to the people working on set, such as the producers and those kind of people. The money people. I do it now, but it took years to start becoming a business man and I’m still working on it.

What has been your most memorable moment working in the beauty industry?
The most memorable moment of my career ? I don’t think its happened yet! But I will certainly tell you when it does. Something I thought about the other day and have thought about every day since, is that I am doing just what I set out to do in my career – and more. I’m super lucky and still excited by it!

What does beauty mean to you?
Beauty means to me global and not being afraid to be yourself no matter what that is.

If you were stranded on an island what top beauty products would you not be able to live without?
If I were stranded on an island, the product I would most need would already be there and that’s coconuts! You can use them for everything and eat them! And if not that, then Dr Hauschka sunscreen.

Finish this sentence: A woman is most beautiful when ___________.

A woman is most beautiful when she returns home very late after a fun night out! Nothing more boring to me than perfection.

What is your advice for anyone looking to break into this industry?
Start with great basic training, which can take up to 5 years. Never say anything anything to the person you work under – bite your lip. Be the last person to leave and with a little luck things should work out.

Learn more about Nelson and connect with him on Twitter and Facebook.

 

Stay tuned for next week’s featured expert as they dish on breaking into and succeeding in the industry!
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