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5 Trends from NYC Fashion Week: Fall 2015

NYC Fashion Week just kicked off, but it’s never too early to start trend forecasting!

I scanned looks from the hottest designers to debut (thus far) and found five amazing pieces everyone will be wearing come Fall 2015.

Don’t wait for the herd to catch on; jump on these trends now!

1. Tome: Vinyl

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Plastic is about to be everything. Models sporting shiny, vinyl miniskirts dazzled onlookers at Tome’s Fall 2015 Fashion Show. Once reserved for cheap flooring and records (RIP), vinyl looks sleek and futuristic paired with leather or lightweight knitwear.

2. Alexander Wang: Silver Buttons

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Delicate, glittering silver accents made a striking contrast to Alexander Wang’s black-on-black Fall 2015 Collection. Silver is already making a massive comeback in jewelry, but the rows of silver buttons Wang added to tough biker chic jackets made is clear that silver is the new it embellishment.

3. Rag & Bone: Lacy Camisoles

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In the early 2000s, I had an entire drawer of lacy camisole tops that I paired with everything and anything. Rag & Bone brought that middle school staple back to life at Fall 2015 fashion week. Worn over lengthy, gauzy t-shirts and paired with pencil skirts, the silky lace camisoles felt simultaneously fresh and classic. If you’re not ready for the cami version, Rag & Bone also showed a delightful slip dress with similar lace accents.

4. Rodarte: Asymmetrical Leather Minis

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Leather + Asymmetry = Razor Sharp Edge. The dynamic duo at Rodarte dazzled the fashion world yet again at New York Fashion Week: 2015. Inspired by avian migration, or  “leaving the city to a more pastoral place,” as Laura Mulleavy put it, the collection conveyed whimsy and strength. Party girls and fashionistas across the globe will delight in the feisty sex appeal of an asymmetrical leather miniskirt.

5. Thom Browne: Netted Veils

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14 Best and Worst Dressed of Golden Globes 2015

BEST

1. Emma Stone

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Emma Stone in a Lanvin jumpsuit with Ofira jewels.

Prediction based on this ensemble: Emma Stone will be THE Manic Pixie Dream Girl of 2015.

2.. Kate Hudson

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Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace and Forevermark jewelry.

Stomach slits and a plunging neckline rarely amount to good taste, but Kate Hudson and the seasoned pros at Atelier Versace make it more than work in this sleek white gown.

3. Sienna Miller

Sienna Miller in Miu Miu and Tiffany & Co. jewelry.

Sienna Miller in Miu Miu and Tiffany & Co. jewelry.

Embellishment inspired by magical fairy wonderlands done right. Sienna Miller would be a magnificent wood nymph.

4. Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore in Givenchy Couture.

Julianne Moore in Givenchy Couture.

Although accepting an award on Alzheimers, Julianne Moore did not forget how to dress. I wish I could say the same for the rest of Hollywood.

5. Chrissy Teigen

Chrissy Teigen in Zuhair Murad with Lorraine Schwartz jewels.

Chrissy Teigen in Zuhair Murad with Lorraine Schwartz jewels.

If you look up “jaw droppingly gorgeous”, a picture of Chrissy Teigan’s 2015 Emmy dress should appear. Simultaneously sophisticated and sexy, this sheer floor length stunner is sensuality embodied.

6. Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong'o in Giambattista Valli Haute Couture with Chopard jewelry.

Lupita Nyong’o in Giambattista Valli Haute Couture with Chopard jewelry.

Showing off her toned shoulders with a strapless neckline, Lupita looks gorgeous in royal purple yet again. I love the lush layers of fabric and color blending.

7. Felicity Jones

Felicity Jones in Dior and Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry.

Felicity Jones in Dior and Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry.

The new old look: a classic Dior silhouette is modernized with a deep emerald wash.

Worst

1. Claire Danes

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Claire Danes in a dress by Valentino and Lorraine Schwartz jewels.

Claire Dane’s odious Golden Globes outfit is the unwanted offspring of a tacky scarf and frumpy dress.

2. Keira Knightley

Keira Knightley in Chanel.

Keira Knightley in Chanel.

In a recent interview, Keira Knighley said it took 30 people to create this Chanel monstrosity. 30 people should be fired losing their jobs right about now. Also, who thought “there aren’t enough butterflies already in this look, let’s add a butterfly clutch”? Because that person should look into another field. Maybe one in an actual field.

3. Maggie Gyllenhal

Maggie Gyllenhaal in Miu Miu.

Maggie Gyllenhaal in Miu Miu.

Could Maggie Gyllenhall not find anyone to lend her jewelry? Like you didn’t want to slap anything, anything at all for a major televised awards show?

4. Melissa McCartney

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Melissa McCarthy in a black and white dress with a Carla Amorim ring and Doves by Doron Paloma earrings.

Who is the genius that put Melissa McCarthy in ruffles and a massive freaking bow? She’s a full figured woman, not a toddler.

5. Robin Wright

Robin Wright in Ralph Lauren.

Robin Wright in Ralph Lauren.

Is Robin Wright depressed? Is Ralph Lauren depressed? I’m genuinely concerned. This is concerning.

6. Jemima Kirk

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An albino bat crashed the red carpet.

7. Tea Length Triple Terror

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Julianna Margulies in Ulyana Sergeenko

Julianna Margulies in Ulyana Sergeenko

Julianna whipped this look up from some old curtains in her spare time because she’s really into DIY right now.

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Tina Fey in Antonio Berardi.

Tina Fey in Antonio Berardi.

Sprinkles is now designing formalwear.

Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington in Mary Katrantzou.

Kerry Washington in Mary Katrantzou.

Kerry Washington looks like an actual angel, which makes whoever put her in this tea length color blocked eyesore at minimum a lesser demon.

You don’t do ankle length with petite women and this is why: it cuts them off. Down with dressing adult women like American Dolls.

Gillian Jacobs in Veda Punch Floral Leather Jacket

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Gillian Jacobs couldn’t resist this extraordinary Veda leather jacket, and neither could you. The Veda Punch Floral Leather Jacket sold out in stores and online almost immediately, but we managed to stash a new XS away. Stylehaus has the only new Veda Punch Floral Leather Jacket left ANYWHERE and we’re making it available for purchase online for the first time EVER, so snap it up in our online store STAT.

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Top 10 Vivienne Westwood Quotes

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Vivienne Westwood is the Grand Dame of punk, Duchess of ginger, Countess of rebel chic, and Empress of edge. Widely recognized as the fashion force who single handedly brought modern punk new wave into the fashion industry, Westwood has evolved into a passionate advocate and outspoken activist determined to keep wit and social awareness in the increasingly white washed industry. Her street cred is impeccable. Westwood got her start in fashion in the 1970s, when she made clothes for Malcolm McLaren of the Sex Pistols at his infamous King’s Road SEX Boutique. Inspired by the political, musical, and aesthetic innovation of London’s new Punk scene, Westwood struck out on her own, opening one popular punk fashion shop after another. Eventually Westwood went global and became the one name Designer legend we know and revere today.

Even Carrie Bradshaw, SATC’s ultimate fashion icon, made a point of selecting Westwood when marrying Mr. Big in the SATC movie. When Westwood goes avant garde bridal, all other designers must bow down.

Over the years, Westwood has taken an increasingly active role in political activism, bridging the gap between fashion and policy with a varied collection of gorgeous pieces for the woman who has no fear.  The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, climate change and the civil rights group Liberty have all benefited from her tireless toil and innovative collaborations.

But don’t deify Vivienne Westwood yet; she’s still very much around and kicking. Here’s 10 of my favorite Vivienne Westwood quotes to inspire you to go bold or go home.

1. Vivienne Westwood on progress.

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2. Vivienne Westwood on mirrors.

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3. Vivienne Westwood on sex appeal.

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4.  Vivienne Westwood on what to buy next season.

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5. Vivienne Westwood on fashion magazines.

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6. Vivienne Westwood on investment.

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7. Vivienne Westwood on generosity.

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8. Vivienne Westwood on materialism.

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9. Vivienne Westwood on the importance of fashion.

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10. Vivienne Westwood on London.

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Top 10 Donatella Versace Quotes

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In honor of future holiday hangovers, here’s 10 gems from the queen of not giving a damn in diamonds: Donatella Versace. We may not envy her skin, but we sure as hell envy her style.

1. Donatella Versace on dreams:

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2. Donatella Versace on fairy tales:

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3. Donatella Versace on appropriate gym attire:

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4. Donatella Versace on comfort:

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5. Donatella Versace on self-medication:

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6. Donatella Versace on being a vampire:

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7. Donatella Versace on seduction:

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8. Donatella Versace on dressing for success:

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9. Donatella Versace on copying:

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10. Donatella Versace on natural beauty:

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Stylehaüs is making a major move

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As many of our clients already know, Stylehaüs has moved from The Grove to a private showroom in West Hollywood. Like all change, this one is bittersweet. When The Caruso Group handpicked Stylehaüs as The Grove’s first styling service, and made our CEO Marina Monroe The Grove’s Creative Director, we were honored beyond words. Now, two amazing years later, Stylehaüs has evolved from fashionable upstart to LA’s premier styling service.

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We began with a wild idea: to bridge the gap between retail and styling by giving anyone access to the personal styling experience previously enjoyed only by celebrities. Our crazy idea of a customized shopping experience accompanied by 24/7 fashion concierge support and exclusive access to next Season’s styles succeeded beyond our wildest dreams.

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From Melrose to The Grove, Stylehaüs grew into the fashion force you see today. Now, we’re busting up and out with another disruptive venture in the ever-expanding field of fashion technology. Present and future clients will still enjoy our full service styling and shopping services from a fabulous new private showroom in the heart of West Hollywood.

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As always, our number #1 priority is styling… Yet the face of fashion is changing, and Stylehaüs is destined to ride the cutting edge. Marina and the stylehaüs team are ecstatic to shift focus to fashion tech and editorial.

From one fabulous venture to the next, here’s to Stylehaus being the next big thing… Yet again.

Hair Decor: 7 Styles Straight From The Spring 2015 Runway

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Maximal impact, minimal effort
This week was the first time I grabbed a light jacket on the way to work, and I plan to mostly embrace Autumn’s cool aura with sophisticated and somewhat somber ensembles. Key word here is “mostly”. Serious fashion is maximized by a touch of levity, a whimsical flourish to add cheeky personality to even the most serious fashion statement. And what better place for fun flair than the tippy top of your hair? I got the idea from the Paris Spring 2015 Fashion Shows, where ornamental accessories added a touch of irreverent opulence to many a model mane. Inspirational items included a simple gold ring (Céline), graphic comb (Lanvin), gilded headband (Valentino), or a few fresh floral blooms (Dolce &Gabbana). The Spring of 2014 will forever be known (in my mind at least) as the Season of Guido Palau, who lovingly fastened gorgeous custom pieces into place at all three of those fashion houses. With Palau on the forefront, there’s a breath of fresh innovation flowing from the east and set to make a mark out west. 

Let’s break down the key details of Spring 2015’s designer hair decor. 

1. Celine

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On the Celine Spring 2015 runway, hairstylist Guido Palau accentuated models’ casually textured hair with golden barrettes personally designed by Celine Designer Phoebe Philo. Slender golden circles neatly held hair in chic half back hairstyle that offered a glimmer of glamour as each model turned and walked back down the runway. “The hair is pulled half back, which is a very classic style,” Palau explained to Allure Magazine, “We sprayed freshly washed hair with Redken Windblown, a texturizing spray, to add natural-looking movement… Then we placed the hair in this beautiful gold ring, which elevated the quite simple hairstyle into something super-rich. It’s kind of amazing what a hair accessory can do.”  Even cooler, these hair pieces are almost identical to the signature hardwear on Celine’s latest it-bag offering, a strappy leather pouchette forged of brown and black leather.

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2. Lanvin: Combs In Chignons

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AtLanvin’s 125th anniversary show, Palau tucked gold combs beneath classic chignons to “give them a bit of glamour.” The low placement and understated sophistication lent the hairstyle a graphic, structured edge. “It’s a nice way of using a hair comb,” Palau told Allure Magazine, “It gives the look a little bit ofchicness and glamour, and it also makes a simpleknot feel more special.” Simultaneously elegant and modern, the hairstyles at Lanvin beautifully straddled the fine line between honoring one’s fashion roots and looking forward to the next big thing. Best of all, these neat knots are easily replicated and accessorized by fashionistas from LA to NYC. Lanvin looked forward and reminded us that good taste will never go out of fashion. 

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3. Valentino: Mermaid Tiaras

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“It’s almost like she’s been in the sun for the first time,” Palau sad of the modern mermaid hairstyles he created for Valentino’s Spring/Summer 2015 Fashion show, “There’s a real softness to conjure up the spirit of the summer, with waves and a center part that hangs slightly over the ears.” After spraying damp strands with texturizing spray, the model’s hair was scrunched and set with a blowdry.Then, Palau curled sections at random and then gathered the hair into a deconstructed, beachy half ponytail. Good hairdressing aside, the real genius was once again in hair accessorization, this time with a gold shell studded tiara Ariel would have almost certainly gone mute for. This Season’s muse was The 18th Century Custom of a ‘Grand Tour’, or finishing school/summer vacation abroad hybrid during which elite young ladies would spend months promenading glamorously through Italy. I’m especially smitten with the way Palau wrapped pieces of hair around the accessory, as if human and ocean came together as one long-submerged wonder. 

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4. Dolce & Gabbana: Ruby Blooms

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“Feminine, soft, pretty—this is how girls want to look,” Palau told reporters backstage at the Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2015 Show. Dolce & Gabbana’s latest collection is Spanish inspired, specifically by Kingdom of Sicily’s rich aesthetic during Habsburg rule stretching from 1516-1713. Palau accentuated the designer’s matador red dresses and gold-embroidered flats with fresh ruby roses and carnations. After blowing it smooth, Palau gathered the model’s hair into romantic gatherings that sat low and a little loose. Those gorgeous, saturated blooms were randomly added along with lacquered ornamentation to strike the perfect balance of whimsy and passion.

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5. Fendi: Crocodile Tail Hair

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More “fierce” than “feminine”,  the Lagerfeld-designed leather flowers at Fendi Spring/Summer 2014 were attached to “crocodile tails” and pinned on top of the models’ messy, sexy ponytails. Yes: crocodile tail hair. Dreamt up by hairstylist Sam McKnight (presumably to give Guido Palau a run for his money), the crocodile tail begins as a low-slung, vastly volumized ponytail with tons of semi-messy texture. Then came the oversized leather flower dripping down into long tail shaped flap and ending just above the hair tips.

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6. Bottega Veneta: Floral Combs

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“It’s almost like gym hair,” Guido Palau said of the undone knots he created for Bottega Veneta’s Spring/Summer 2015 Runway Show. After working his usual texturing/blowdry magic, Palau wound the length of the model’s hair into a loose, après-sport bun with unfinished ends and a few face framing flyaways. The chic concoction was topped by delicate, jewel encrusted floral combs for an intoxicating hint of femininity.

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7. Missoni: Patterned Turbans

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For the Missoni Spring/Summer 2015 Runway Show, hairstylist Paul Hanlon topped sleek buns and ponytails with the label’s signature color saturated scarves. Missoni has long been a bastion of modern bohemia, and the inspiration for Spring’s sensual hairstyle is no exception. Novelist Zadie Smith was the muse for the bold faux-turbans Hanlon fashioned out of winding scarves and padded topknots seen on some of Missoni’s runway models. He began by winding the scarves an inch back from the forehead, and into a customized conical headwrapping that rested tightly over ballerina buns. “There’s a 1940s chic to it,” Paul Hanlon said of his creation “plus it’s great for the eyes!”. 

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