Obsessed: Sh*t Fashion Girls Say

P’Trique could totally be my best friend – we seriously speak the same language. Okay, so she kind of exaggerates, but for real don’t tell me you don’t say or at least think half of the same things. Shit Fashion Girls Say is one of my favorite videos P’Trique has done, considering it’s her first of the series uploaded to her YouTube channel, I think it’s most original and just downright hilarious, but true.

I totally said (and blogged!) the same thing she does in the video about getting bangs (doesn’t every fashion girl though?!)“I’m thinking about getting bangs…How do we feel about bangs?…Should I get bangs…I think I’m going to get bangs.” Thank God I actually ended up liking my bangs…oops did that slip out? It’s true, I braved the thought of change and decided to go for it. Promise to show them off soon!!!

 

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Betsey Johnson’s Fall ’12 Collection & Cartwheel

The one and only blonde-as-can-be Betsey Johnson wowed the scene at New York Fashion Week with her incredible collection of colorful vintage inspired garments. Not that it should come as a surprise – 69 year old Betsey Johnson has long been a favorite of the fashion world, with her career spanning nearly four decades! This Fall 2012 collection featured a wide variety of eye popping pinks, reds, and oranges transformed into lots of floppy hats, 60’s-esque shift dresses, and even bold pink and black striped pant suit. The soundtrack to her show was one of the most eclectic and nostalgic of combinations widely featuring remixes of a great many Beatle’s tunes. Per tradition, the incredibly enthusiastic designer graces us with one of her bi-annual cartwheel-split duos.

Some of my favorite pieces included:

This look of the tweed pant, chic military-esque coat with lots of shiny button detail, and accessorized with red gloves translates into what I imagine would be the London girl version of the Beatles – classy yet totally edgy. I’d rock it.

If you haven’t been able to tell yet, I love wearing black – so this entire outfit can just walk it’s way into my closet; right now! This comfy looking sweater has got just the right way of fitting her without swallowing her – and the added lines of the tights create a tall look, something us short girls always enjoy! (P.S. 5’5″ is short yes/no?)

I’m incredibly in love with the combo of hot pink and bright orange! (Even more I love that I already own hot pink tights and just got a pair of 5.5″ of Jessica Simpson shoes that would go great with almost any of Betsey Johnson’s Fall collection.) With multicolored plaid and large fur cuffs and collar, this coat creates an entire outfit alone – there’s just so many ways to wear it!

The intricate beading on the bodice of this top is incredible! It compliments the leopard coat in a way that only sparkles can! This coat is one of those timeless pieces that can be worn sexy (like here!) or dropped down to a more modest tone (add simple black heels instead of boots, and a less flashy top – perhaps a scoop neck ruffled blouse). You will notice this model is wearing large earrings….I think it was Neimann Marcus, they sent me an email about the trend of the ‘statement earrings’…so large gold earrings are IN.

The ultimate Party/Prom dress of the season – sequined v-neck sleeveless top with a full bouncy tulle tutu skirt and silk bow belt. Not only that but check out those shoes! I’m forever in love with leopard print shoes – flats are practical for most, so I’m looking forward to finding out where I can get my hands on these puppies!

Metallics were a trend we saw coming in early last year (think back to Spring/Summer ’11 collections)….I’m happy to report it’s going to stay around for a while longer, at leassst one more season!!! YAY! Sticking with the tights, Betsey Johnson knows how to make a woman’s legs look great – this time in white. Pairing it with the white leather jacket and hot pink turtleneck, this look is super 70’s!

Now this is bordering on 80’s style with the hot pink pinstripe separates suit. I’m the kind of girl that adores a good tailored piece, to have this jacket structured so well that it can fit different body type while still creating it’s own shape for the outfit and even more to have it paired with the form fitted skinny pant makes me so happy! And of course the fitted cap just creates a casual yet sophisticated look.

I love this fabric…it’s hard to tell though if this outfit is a one piece jumper or if it’s separates of a top and fitted pant. Either way, I love it! The coat reminds me of this amazing fur coat I tried on at an event on Rodeo Drive at Versace…(Oh I should post those pics!!!!) P.S. have you seen those super cute peep toe pumps with the pink and red band at the toes?? I NEED those! haha!

 

PERFECT Cartwheel!

Dana-Maxx & Polyvore Live

Since seeing Paula Patton on last night’s Golden Globes Awards red carpet in a daringly bright yellow gown it has inspired me to style and enter this outfit into Polyvore.com‘s latest contest Polyvore Live:

My tribute to Dana-Maxx

This outfit makes me smile so big! It’s bright, it’s young, it’s fresh, and it’s sophisticated! I am really excited about this contest because it allows me to enter into winning a trip to New York Fashion Week! The Polyvore Live event will take place on February 13th in New York City during IMG Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Each Polyvore Live designer will have up to 10 looks from their collection modeled by top bloggers during a full-scale runway show. How cool would it be to be one of their top bloggers? Perhaps one day I will be! :D The designers showing will be: Lauren Bagliore, Vengsarkar Budhu, Sergio Guadarrama, and Dana-Maxx Pomerantz; all Fashion Institute of Technology alumni. How great of an event?! Even if I don’t win, which of course I want to with all my heart, we’ll all be able to watch the show live on webcast here: http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/live it’ll be on Monday February 13th, 6:30 PM EST.

Cheers and wish me good luck! :) xo Kate

 

NY Fashion Week: Chardo Ralph Rucci

Chardo Ralph Rucci’s recent RTW Spring 2012 show in New York blew my mind! Truly his designs were more than fashionable, they were interesting and captured a younger side of his designs. Previous to his Fall 2011 many perceived his collections to be designed for women over 50. Rest assured that with the power he had at his Fall 2011 show back in spring, he continued to blast forward and cultivate his designs to appeal to a younger generation. Here, you can see a couple of his Fall ’11 pieces (my favorites!) that began to appeal to a more youthful client.

A shorter hemline, vintage inspired, and daring over-the-knee boots for the younger than 50 woman.

Another youthful look from Fall 2011 show.

You can see his looks from the Fall 2011 show were more suited for a 20-something year old to an early 40-something year old woman rather than a 50 year old woman. (Well let’s hope, because that second look with the mini skirt and over the knee leather stiletto boots is certainly not something I’d like to see Grandma wearing! Haha!) Let’s take a look at my most favorites from Rucci’s RTW Spring 2012 show in New York now:

Simple elegance with a classy bit of sheer playing peek-a-boo at the sleeves and hemline.

Sparkling sequins my oh my! Love the neckline to be cut so high - leaving the legs to do the talking or rather the walking!

Beautifully constructed - falls in the trend of using sheer materials on top.

Which of these looks were your favorite?

It’s New York Fashion Week!

It’s New York Fashion Week!!! :) Ahhh, now only if I wasn’t still in Los Angeles- but alas the life of a hard working girl. One day I’ll get there to NY Fashion Week – perhaps next year!? (Jeff was telling me his points on his credit card are getting pretty high and that we should be redeeming them soon! perhaps an all expenses paid trip to NYC?? lol, we’ll see!)

In the meantime, I’ve been scouring all the blogs and videos and sites physically possible to bring a bit of NY to me this week. I’ve found an amazing encyclopedia of sorts for this entire week. NYMag.com has some of the most detailed and extra beautiful details of all this week’s happenings. Be it the photos from all the shows, the back story of the designers, and even info about the models! (Now, personally, being the photographer who works directly with just about everyone — designers, MUAs, hairstylists, location managers, models, etc — I sometimes feel that as much as we love the models, we don’t give them enough credit and love. I feel a big connection with a lot of my models and even take photos with them right after my shoot…just a little personal thing I like to do!) :) So yes, NYMag.com is an amazing site, bottom line. From my scouring, I plan to bring you my most favorite looks yet as designed by up-and-coming, pre-existing, and very established designers from all over who are meeting in NYC this week. Enjoy!