Art Basel Miami Beach just wrapped up, and we’ve been poring over pictures from the week-long event (and cursing the lucky ones keeping warm in Miami) ever since. Art Basel is the biggest communal gathering of the art world, and happens three times a year: in Basel (between Germany & Switzerland), Hong Kong, and Miami Beach. This year over 250 worldwide galleries participated in the Miami Beach event, which drew about 75,000 visitors. On top of that, almost 4,000 artists showcased their work! Art Basel is one of the only times that modern masterworks of art mingle with pieces by emerging and relatively unknown artists. That meeting of old and new is what’s keeping the art world fresh and on its toes!
While Art Basel is ostensibly about art, the fashion world has been creeping in and taking over for a few years now. This year’s Art Basel was a full-blown fashion event, which makes sense- after all, fashion is wearable art, right? Celebrities, editors, fashion photographers, models, and designers all made appearances at this year’s Art Basel and showed off their quirkiest outfits. We’re obsessed!
Art Basel was the perfect excuse for the fashion community to break out their brights. We loved Harley Vierra Newton in her retro yellow dress, and want to try out the bright shade of pink that this street style star accessorized with piles of statement necklaces.
Jewelry designer and curator Kyleigh Kuhn impressed us with her impeccable taste! We haven’t seen too much of Kyleigh on the fashion scene yet, but the easy, breezy way she mixed separates at Art Basel has put her on our radar. We can’t wait to see more of her masterful stripes/florals mix!
Another jewelry-world fixture, designer Delfina Delettrez, wowed in this grey and white feathery confection, and we loved the addition of orange sandals. Orange and white is the color combo of the season- we’re taking a tip from Delfina and working this combo into our next outfit, ASAP.
Zoe Kravitz was another fave- she hit the romantic-goth nail on the head with this sheer black gown. Dark lips and tribal jewelry were the perfect accessories.
Lastly, this Mary Katranzou postage dress was perfect at Art Basel! Ultra-modern accessories like this lady’s futuristic sunglasses are an artsy touch.
Guys got in on the fashion action too! Style icon and fashion show fixture James Goldstein rocked his signature animal skin jacket/hat combo, while Pharrell and Timo Weiland rocked the camo trend. Both accessorized differently, though- Pharrell went with layers of chains on top of his tee, while Timo mixed prints like a pro in his polka-dotted button down.
We’re dreaming up our outfits for next year’s Art Basel Miami! What would you wear?
Nothing can take an outfit to a whole new level like a perfectly tailored blazer. No longer just for the office, blazers have expanded their reign to include so many different kinds: casual blazers, nighttime blazers, formal blazers, even sexy blazers. The hottest blazer of the moment? The boyfriend blazer.
Like almost everything in fashion, boyfriend blazers require a little balancing. That’s why we love the newest addition to the stylehaus stable of blazers! This piece, with its boyish fit, strong shoulders, and long lines, features sexy leopard print lining that peeks out from its sleeve cuffs. Boxy fit + leopard silk + bright orange raw linen = perfect mix of masculine and feminine!
Bethany’s obsessed with this blazer too, and we can’t get over the way she wore it. The boxy fit of this jacket is balanced out by her skintight leather pants, and a graphic tee counteracts the stuffy nature of a blazer. Her red shoes clash with the orange topper for a so-wrong-its-right color combo. Love!
Boyfriend blazers don’t come in just one shape though; what if your “boyfriend” is a military man? This military-inspired blazer is a tad more versatile than its orange counterpart, thanks to its neutral navy color and flattering, waist-cinching fit. Exaggerated lapels and brass buttons are what give this piece its masculine flare, but its hourglass shape is 100% feminine.
Bethany wore this blazer over her go-to leather pants, and opted for a printed silk tank underneath. The abstract orange and lavender pattern was a lighthearted contrast to the strict-looking blazer, which looks great buttoned or unbuttoned! Though Bethany went for a playful pairing, this blazer would look just as wonderful with wide-leg navy pants and a white blouse for the office, or with red accents for a patriotic look.
Now’s the time to add a boyfriend blazer to your collection, and you can get either of these here at stylehaus. They’re $595 each, and you can e-mail Jessica@stylehaus.com to order.
Welcome to Marina Monday!
Every week Marina, the founder and CEO of stylehaus, will share a bit of her life with us- anything from stylist tips, on-set photos, outfit pictures, and trends to watch. If you’re not a regular reader of MarinaMonroe.com, first of all you should be, and secondly, here’s a little bit about Marina: she’s been working the fashion industry for over a decade, doing everything from styling to e-commerce to designing. A New Yorker at heart (by way of Russia), Marina brings a much-needed rock-and-roll edge to the Los Angeles fashion community- you can pretty much always catch her in leather and booties!
Today Marina and her BFF (and stylehaus client) Olga get a little girly and shows us the right way to wear neon:
There are two approaches to wearing neon. One, use it as an accent color and wear with a heavy dose of neutrals. Or two, go all-out. Knowing Olga and I, which approach do you think we take? All-out, of course! Go big or go home.
There is a craft to layering neons, though. First of all, stick to one or maybe two bright colors so that your look is cohesive- too many neon hues will be hard for other people to look at and appreciate. Here, Olga stuck to one color (yellow), and I mixed highlighter yellow with bright orange.
Next, make sure that your outfit includes at least one color that’s not neon- I went with silver for my cocktail party look, and Olga went with beige to make her neon suit appropriate for everyday wear.
Finally, don’t go overboard on accessories. Neon hues make a big statement by themselves, so only wear extra pieces if they really add to the outfit. Here, Olga kept the accessories to a minimum with only sunglasses and a vintage Chanel necklace. The dark gold tones of both pieces acted as neutrals! A Proenza Schouler clutch in the same tone as her Porter Grey shorts suit was the perfect finishing touch.
I added a necklace and cuff to my outfit in order to incorporate my “non-neon” color, silver. A colorblocked clutch from Sass & Bide added a final dose of all three of my outfit colors!
And there you have it- three simple rules for making neon work!
Pre Fall collections have started to hit the Internet, and we’ve been taking note of new trends, continuing trends, and trends that have seen the end. Once trend that’s hitting full-force for Pre Fall 2014 is the sporty look!
Rag & Bone showed this style to perfection with their PF14 lookbook. Jogging pants in stiff cottons, leather, and slouchy knits took center stage, and were paired with chic athletic tees, stylized sports bras, and sneaker-esque chunky sandals. The look is one that the fashion crowd is sure to embrace. Why? Because it’s realistic!
These looks are reflections of a real fashionista’s life: a little fashion, a little workout. Many style-minded ladies these days recognize that a healthy and fit body is a necessary accessory, and split their time between fashion-forward ensembles and gym gear. Now, this split style personality can be avoided- sporty separates are transitioning between worlds with ease.
Stylist Janelle, an athlete as well as a fashionista, is loving this new style movement! She put together an outfit from stylehaus that’s sporty and stylish, and it’s making us want to hit the gym with her. Nylon jogging pants are a lightweight alternative to those of the leather variety (very trendy right now), and will take you from the gym to dinner without a hitch.
Janelle zipped a neoprene bomber-style jacket on top of her on-point harem pants to add a little flair. A jacket like this- with a crazy print and a fashion-forward fit- is one that’s practical for recreational wear and street wear. Zip it up over your workout clothes to lock in the heat, or wear it open over an LBD later that night! The possibilities are endless.
If you want to try the new sportswear trend, just remember to add at least one glamorous element to your outfit. Here, Janelle added high-heeled boots with gold hardware to up her fashion game, but anything from a statement necklace to a draped silk scarf will do the trick.
Will you guys be rocking the high-fashion gym rat look too?
We are admittedly obsessed with fur. Fur of all kinds: faux, real, animal print, fuzzy, sleek, long, short…and on and on. Our latest fur obsession? Colorful fur!
Luxurious furs executed in vivid colors were all over the Fall 2013 runways, most notably at Fendi, Tom Ford, Anna Sui, and Oscar de la Renta (to name a few). Designers weren’t partial to one color either; colorful fur showed up in bright blue, hot pink, forest green, canary yellow and every shade in between. Now that it’s finally starting to cool down in LA, we’re ready to shop the look!
The first place we looked was NastyGal.com- they just seem like the place to stock crazy-colored furs. We were right! We’re loving this kinda-grungy yellow faux-fur topper- it’ll look amazing with our leather pants and chunky boots, right? Grab yours here for $278.
Net-a-Porter was our next stop, for fur of the high-end variety. We fell in love with Karl Donoghue’s 60s-throwback mid-length coat, made of super-luxe shearling and lined with leather. Yum! This piece is exclusive to netaporter.com, so click here to add it to your collection.
While we love the collarless look, we didn’t really love that $3400 price tag. Topshop to the rescue! Their pale yellow collarless coat packs all of the punch for less of the price. At $170, it’s a no-brainer. Get it here.
If $170 is still too steep for you, don’t worry- there’s always H&M. While this piece isn’t quite colorful, it’s just as fun. A cropped zebra print faux-fur jacket will go with everything in your closet- and it’s $19.99 price tag leaves room for some bright fur accessories!
This look might be a bit much for you conservative types. Instead of a fuzzy coat, turn to colorful fur accessories for an easy-to-wear version of the trend. A cute fur beanie from ASOS is a stand-out look, while teal printed fur scarf from Nasty Gal is a tame take on the trend. Want something a little more quirky? Fendi’s Monster Baguette bag is the It Bag of season!
What do you think- are you going to indulge in the colorful fur trend this season?
It’s kind of crazy that the Pre Fall 2014 collections are starting to come out- aren’t we still in the midst of Fall 2013? The hardest thing about getting a sneak peek at the coming trends that fact the looks we’re lusting over won’t be available for about another year- but they’re so perfect for right now!
These are the Pre Fall 2013 looks that we’re most excited about:
Cavalli mixed a million trends into one look here, and it’s really doing it for us. Bermuda shorts? Check. Screened tee? Check. Leather, colorblocking, and statement heels? The gang’s all here! We’d love to wear this whole outfit, but if we had to choose just one piece it would be the unbelievably cool shorts. Could you do us a favor and release them early, Roberto?
Calvin Klein Collection
Three words: Furry. Pink. Coat. Three more words: Want. It. NOW!
The genius mix of textures in this black and forest green outfit is spot-on. A leather/suede purse pops against shiny, silk printed pants, but the luxurious black fur coat steals the show. We’d wear this coat with everything this winter! Guess we’ll have to wait until next year…
The dress is fine, but we want the boots. With a miniskirt and bare legs, with tights and cutoff shorts, with skin-tight skinny jeans…yum. Hand ‘em over, Alexander Wang.
And finally, another Just Cavalli look. These wide-leg leather pants are such a fresh take on leather legwear, and the sequined peplum top (in the color of the season: cobalt) is flashy but feminine. We want to wear this head-to-toe look on New Year’s Eve!
We’re going to try our hardest to recreate these Pre Fall 2014 looks with what’s available in stores (and our closets) right now, but we have a feeling we’re gonna have to indulge in the real deal next year!
What’s the one instance where wearing booty shorts at work is acceptable? When they’re part of a perforated knee-length skirt, of course! Stylist Jessica got cheeky the other day in her favorite item from the stylehaus sale rack, this daring a-line skirt.
What’s not to love? This high-waisted number nips in at the waist and flows over the hips in a flattering 50s style, but the chevron striped perforation is most definitely a modern touch! The pattern reveals the black hot-pants underneath (attached), making this skirt a charming combination of vintage sensibilities and modern sex appeal. Plus, it looks great in motion:
The skirt is the perfect piece to transition from day-to-night as well. Wear it with a button-up cardigan during the day, and ditch the cardigan for a strappy black tank top for a night out! Jessica paired it with her own striped tee and black pumps, but she’s dying to try it with a plain white tee and a leather jacket, and even with a cropped sweater and printed tights for winter!
stylehaus only has one left- a size 2- so if you love this piece as much as Jessica does, just give us a call at 323-655-5900 to reserve it. Once $288, it’s now down to just $144!
I can’t get enough of the latest Resort collection at stylehaus. The whole range is inspired by Cuba- the beauty of Havana, the movement of the city, and of course their famous cigars. Most pieces feature photorealistic prints of Cuban beaches and tropical plants, but this sweatshirt emblazoned with Cuba’s most famous cigar roller is by far my fave.
The woman is Mavis Toussaint Fuentes, and she’s got style. I love her giant sunglasses and her flower crown, not to mention cigar she’s smoking with straight-up attitude! The illustration of her is perfect too: it’s great that she’s mostly a black and white sketch with a few colors thrown into the mix- makes this piece so easy to wear!
I wanted Mavis to be the focal point of my outfit, so I paired this sweatshirt with black leather pants from Helmut Lang. My Balenciaga cutout booties went perfectly, and added a high-fashion edge to the somewhat-basic combo. I added my navy Celine bag to the mix for a pop of color, loaded on some rings, and I was good to go.
I recommend adding a few fun tee-shirts or sweatshirts like this one to your wardrobe- they spice up your basics in the best way, and make it really easy to put together a last-minute outfit!
Janelle’s style is super laid-back. She loves layering pieces in interesting ways and her outfits are always very fashion-forward, but there’s also something really effortless about the way she puts things together. Janelle has built a wardrobe full of amazing pieces that pack a lot of punch, so that she doesn’t have to spend too much time analyzing what to wear- there’s an easy glamour to every look!
When this sparkly knit tank came into stylehaus, Janelle knew it was just the kind of piece she needed. Just as easy to wear as a tee shirt, this tank features threads of silver and navy woven together to give off a metallic sheen, making this top wearable for day or night. Little details (like strands of silver thread) are what give a piece personality!
Janelle wore this tank with her own personality-filled jeans- distressed boyfriend jeans embellished with bad-ass spikes- for a look that was the definition of effortless chic. Her white pumps and silver jewelry were the perfect accessories!
Janelle (and the rest of us here at stylehaus) loves this tank for so many reasons: its subtle glow is ideal for the holiday season, the sexy slits up either side are surprisingly sexy, and the high-low hem gives it a modern edge. The tank looks great with jeans like Janelle’s, but would also work with a leather skirt, silver skinnies, or cutoff shorts.
Love it as much as we do? You can grab it at stylehaus for $310- just e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to order!
Say what you want about Kim Kardashian- no matter what your opinion of her, you have to admit that Kim brings one important issue to the forefront: curvy-girl fashion.
For as far back as I can remember, the high fashion world has been void of any positive role models who celebrate their curves and dare to wear the same things as sample size models. And while yes, it’s true that Kim K doesn’t have a “normal” body by any means- I mean, hello, her tiny waist and voluptuous kurves are anything but ordinary- Mrs. Kanye West is just about the closest thing to a relatable role model that the average size 8-to-14 American girl has.
There are so many rules in place on “dressing for your body type.” As an “average” American with a healthy amount of curves, I always try to follow a few rules that I’ve found to be true: accentuate your waist so you look as tiny as possible, don’t wear anything too bulky in order to avoid looking bigger than you actually are, avoid button down shirt because they’ll gap at the chest, say no to high necklines or risk the dreaded uniboob, etc etc. We’ve been brainwashed to do everything in our power to make ourselves look tinier, because someone decided that “tiny” = fashionable. But why? Why shouldn’t “curvy” or “pear shaped” or “plus size” be fashionable, too?
Not one to be held back, Kim simply doesn’t follow these rules and doesn’t try to look “tinier”– having a curvier body than most girls in fashion hasn’t stopped her from wearing whatever the hell she wants, and she’s all for accentuating her assets!
Seeing Kim Kardashian repeatedly break the rules (granted, I’m sure Kanye is behind her style transformation) has opened my eyes to something I should know by now: there are no rules. The rules are in place for one reason: to keep high fashion exclusive. The ‘You can’t sit with us’ mentality that pervades the style scene keeps fashion cool and in-demand; if everyone were able to pull of high-fashion looks, would fashion still be “cool”? Probably not in the same way it is today.
Stick figure models are the faces of fashion to keep the industry aspirational: consumers who are unhappy about how they look in what they buy will undoubtedly buy more. And when what we have to compare ourselves to are impossibly thin models and celebrities that don’t even live up to Photoshop standards themselves, how could we be happy with what we see in the mirror? I believe Kim’s healthy body image is giving girls a reason to love their bodies, even if they aren’t sample size.
Perhaps I’m attributing more wisdom to Kim Kardashian’s style transformation than I should. Kim might not even be aware of the impact she’s having, but the fashion choices she’s making right now are influencing a fresh generation of fashionistas in a really positive way. Do you have a big butt and wide hips? So what! Wear that body-con pencil skirt with pride like Kim K. Not sample size? Doesn’t matter- Kim wears fresh-off-the-runway Givenchy anyway. Afraid wearing white will make you look huge? Don’t worry about it- Kim has proved that all-white is OK.
We LOVE that Kim is bringing high-fashion couture concepts to the masses and showing them that fashion is accessible, no matter what size you are!
Kim Kardashian may the first high-profile rule-breaker, but we don’t think she’ll be the last. Hopefully she inspires a new crop of women in America to embrace their “average” bodies while embracing high-fashion- the two are no longer mutually exclusive.