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Statement Leather: Lauren Stucky Fall 2014

Lauren Stucky, a hot young LA designer our clients adore, just dropped off the Lauren Stucky Fall/Winter 2014 Collection at stylehaüs! The carefully curated collection contains Stucky’s signature sexy leather statement pieces, sophisticated patterns, and ladylike structure. Check out the fabulous pieces, only at stylehaus! 

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You Go Gingham

Diane von Furstenberg, Altuzarra, Oscar de la Renta

Diane von Furstenberg, Altuzarra, Oscar de la Renta

Fall 2014 may be pushing plaid, but Spring 2015 will shout “tiny check please”! That’s right, gingham is not just for picnics, plucky orphan girls, or cheesy Italian restaurants.

Lela Rose, Altuzarra, and DVF

Lela Rose, Altuzarra, and DVF

The gingham of Spring has a sexy, swingy vibe, sans the faintest trace of that Little House on The Prairie meets Pollyanna pattern you were forced to read in Junior High.

Altuzarra, DVF, and Michael Kors

Altuzarra, DVF, and Michael Kors

Major designers such as Altuzarra and Diane Von Furstenberg exuded swinging 70’s with the cheeky geometric print splayed over dreamy dresses and posh twin sets. 

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Designers at Altuzarra told reporters that they were inspired by cult classics like Rosemary’s Baby to blend the sweetness of gingham with ultra sexy, half unbuttoned ensembles.

Here are 5 chic pieces to take gingham from the runway to the closet. 

1. Knitz by For Love & Lemons Hit the Slopes Mini Dress by Free People

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2. ‘Yoko’ Gingham Taffeta Bow Miniskirt by MARC BY MARC JACOBS

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3. Cut-out Gingham Shell Top from Topshop

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4. Timo Weiland Gingham-Front Crewneck Sweater from Barneys

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5. McQ Alexander Mcqueen Black Velvet Gingham T-Shirt from SSENSE

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All White Everything

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That “no white after labor day” proverb has never been less relevant than it will be in Spring 2015, when all white ensembles will roam the street style catwalk like chic predators. I’ve heard various rules for wearing all white over the years, none of which are worth repeating.

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The designers at Issey Miyake and Christian Dior certainly weren’t paying heed to proverbs when they send models out in all white ensembles that involved mixed textures, heavy layering, geometric cuts, and combining various shades of the seemingly stark hue for a staggering deep palate.

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White is often thought of as a “light” shade, but Spring 2015 will bring all white outfits of super sturdy fabric and heavy construction.

Fellow fans of the all white trend include Phillip Lim, Thakoon, Derek Lam, Carolina Herrera, Ralph Rucci, Prabal Gurung, Victoria Beckham and BCBG Max Azria, who all showed head to toe white looks for the Spring/Summer 2015 Season in New York and Paris.

 

Top 10 Miuccia Prada Quotes

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Fashion designer, entrepreneur, curator, intellectual, feminist, and icon: Miuccia Prada is a woman of many talents. Miuccia took over her grandfather, Mario Prada’s, family owned luxury goods company in 1978 with little more than vision and drive. Over the three decades that followed, Miuccia transformed Prada into a fashion powerhouse, leading the label to record-breaking commercial and critical success and eventually making Prada the globally admired fashion institution it is today.  An outspoken liberal thinker and feminist, Miuccia Prada does not court the spotlight, but she also doesn’t shrink from it. When Miuccia speaks, she speaks with insight, gravitas, and a wonderfully endearing lack of pretension.

Here are my 10 favorite Miuccia Prada quotes.

1. Miuccia Prada on being different

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2. Miuccia Prada on daring. 

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3. Miuccia Prada on cliche 

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4. Miuccia Prada on archetypes. 

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5. Miuccia Prada on beauty.

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6. Miuccia Prada on living the dream. 

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7. Miuccia Prada on language. 

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8. Miuccia Prada on older women. 

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9. Miuccia Prada on sensitive men and strong women. 

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10. Miuccia Prada on label whores. 

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Beyond Bandeau

Tempting bandeaux bewitched audiences at Paris Fashion Week for Spring Summer 2015.

On the runways at Balmain, Dries Van Noten, and Balenciaga. Via Style.com

On the runways at Balmain, Dries Van Noten, and Balenciaga.
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Bandeaus moved from glorified bra into acceptable outerwear last year, when girls from coast to coast gleefully embraced sideboob and gaping tank tops.

 

Manish Arora Spring/Summer 2015 Photo- Yanni Vlamos via Style.com

Manish Arora Spring/Summer 2015 Photo- Yanni Vlamos via Style.com

I adore this trend- possibly because it’s flattering for many body types and insanely comfortable- but didn’t anticipate it weaseling into high fashion anytime soon.

Barbara Bui Spring/Summer 2015 Photo- Kim Weston via Style.com

Barbara Bui Spring/Summer 2015 Photo- Kim Weston via Style.com

So imagine my surprise and delight when, after perusing the photographs from Paris Fashion Week, I noticed several designers showing classy version of the simple style.

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Zadig & Voltaire Spring Summer 2015
Photo- Kim Weston via Style.com

 

Balenciaga and Balmain both embraced the bandeau as a subtle accept on minimalist, flesh-flashing pieces.

Balenciaga Spring/Summer 2015 Photo: Monica Feudi via Style.com

Balenciaga Spring/Summer 2015
Photo: Monica Feudi via Style.com

Bandeaus at Balenciaga proved to be chic yet discrete layering pieces, nestling subtly underneath sheer, mesh, and netted dresses.

Balmain Spring/Summer 2015 Photo: Monica Feudi via Style.com

Balmain Spring/Summer 2015
Photo: Monica Feudi via Style.com

 

Balmain went bolder, using bandeaus as tops in their own right, and pairing them with classic black slacks and impeccably tailored blazers.

Dries Van Noten Spring/Summer 2015 Photo: Yannis Vlamos

Dries Van Noten Spring/Summer 2015
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Yet no designer out-bold bandeaued Dries Van Noten, who layered long bandeaux over- yes that’s right, over, not under- patterned blazers and see-through button ups.

Lounge In Luxury

Last month’s Spring 2015 fashion week is likely to set the styles we’ll be sporting by mid-Winter. I’m happy to announce that for once, labels are designing high-end garments with comfort in mind.

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Runways were packed with long, lean looks that read like the marriage of loungewear and black tie. Stand out looks included Rag & Bone’s loose leather tunic and trousers and Calvin Klein’s spacious matching tank top/long skirt sets.

Calvin Klein Spring/Summer 2015

Calvin Klein Spring/Summer 2015

Marc Jacobs sent out models in massive floor length skirts topped by a navy zip up hoodie that made an interesting mix of accessible streetwear and creative couture creation.

DKNY Spring/Summer 2015

DKNY Spring/Summer 2015

DKNY and The Row sent out models in all white, two piece ensembles that looked casually modern and faintly futuristic.

The Row Spring/Summer 2015

The Row Spring/Summer 2015

 

Models at Stella McCartney strutted in deliciously delicate, ultra luxe pieces straight from your dream pajama party.

Stella McCartney Spring/Summer 2015

Stella McCartney Spring/Summer 2015

If you’re not on the runway, I’d suggest pairing loose bottoms with a matching (or simply complementary) fitted top. All white is my favorite color scheme for this look, but if you’re not down with wearing so much of such a stark hue, go for your favorite neutral.

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Prabal Gurung, Nonoo, BCBG Maz Azria Spring/Summer 2015

If you do dare, head to toe white was one of Spring 2015 Fashion Week’s biggest hues and you’re likely to start spotting a crazy amount of starlets and street style bloggers rocking all white everything.

Boss Bomber Jackets

Be gone basic bomber!

Marni, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and  Tracy Reese via Stylecaster

Marni, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and Tracy Reese via Stylecaster

1970’s boho may be storming the runways, but one key piece for Fall 2014 comes straight out of the 80’s. I chose to write about bomber jackets this week for three reasons. 

3 Reasons To Wear A Bomber Jacket In Fall 2014

1. Bomber jackets are ridiculously comfortable.

Fearne Cotton, Ciara, & Cara Delevinge via Glamour.

Fearne Cotton, Ciara, & Cara Delevinge via Glamour

Now that Summer is finished, we can finally put away our exposed midriff and devote ourselves to pre-Thanksgiving stomach stretches. During Spring/Summer, I stretch my stomach inwards. But during Fall/Winter, sweet forgiving Fall/Winter, I vigorously challenge my stomach outwards and onwards, working through Eater’s Restaurant Lists with rabid enthusiasm. Bomber jackets are fabulous for disguising a post-eating frenzy bulge.

 2. Bomber jackets look cool in a super chill, I woke up like this way.

Rita Ora, Kristen Stewart, & Nicole Scherzinger via Glamour.

Rita Ora, Kristen Stewart, & Nicole Scherzinger via Glamour.

Effortless style is the epitome of chic. I never want anyone to look at me and think “she’s trying really hard,” even when “trying hard” is an understatement. Bomber jackets make me feel like an off duty model during New York Fashion Week, who are incidentally the biggest fans of bomber jackets. Models know what’s up with the bomber. 

3. Bomber jackets are a fabulous foil for transitional weather.

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Chloe Grace Moretz, Georgia May Jagger, & Rihanna via Glamour.

What is transitional weather? The weather you are currently residing in, no matter your longitude and latitude. Light laying is key at this time, and the bombers of 2014 are light enough to layer and roomy enough to accommodate more layers. 

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Molly Ringwald sulking stylishly in The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club may have bonded over youthful disillusionment, but they just as easily could have found common ground in the casual yet versatile bomber jacket, which was worn by virtually every mover and shaker to grace the neon screen between 1981-1989.

Zara, Gap, & By Malene Birger

Zara, Gap, & By Malene Birger

Bomber jackets are enjoying a rad renaissance thanks to the plethora of textures, patterns, shapes, and textures being used by designers high and low alike. One near-universal trait of Fall 2014’s bomber is light luxury. These jackets exude easy athleticism, and wear far less heavily than their Pretty In Pink era ancestors. 

Topshop, Monki, & Sandro

Topshop, Monki, & Sandro

Bomber jackets appeared everywhere during Spring/Summer 2015 Fashion week, on runways as different as Dior and Public School. Raf Simons’ cheekily blended retro-redux and dashes of norm-core with delightful curvilinear bomber-jackets in petite jacquard floral, emphasizing that bright bombers suit both men and women.

Public School Spring/Summer 2015 via Annex Magazine

Public School Spring/Summer 2015 via Annex Magazine

At Recent CDFA winner/hipster darling label Public School’s Spring/Summer 2015 Show, printed bomber jackets practically strolled off the runway and into fashionista arms. Not bad for Public School’d very first Women’s Collection. Alexander Wang paired bright, sporty bomber jackets with dress pants in a masterful stroke of mix and match.

Alexander Wang Spring/Summer 2015 via Getty.

Alexander Wang Spring/Summer 2015 via Getty.

Retail analytics company EDITD, which analyzes the biggest Fashion Week Trends based on mentions, dubbed bomber jackets the third biggest trend of Spring/Summer 2015 Fashion week, with 404 mentions. 

Bomber jackets might have an even bigger celebrity following than yoga. Fans include Rita Ora, Cara Delevingne, Georgia May Jagger, Rihanna, Chloe Grace Moretz, Ciara, Emma Watson, Emma Roberts, Lena Dunham, Fearne Cotton, and Kristen Stewart. 

Bombs awayyyy. 

Weekly Pull: Glut Of Glamour

Tomorrow will be October 1st, Autumn’s official West Coast Commencement. In my mind, Fall is THE ideal weather for ultra glamorous attire. No more stressing about sweat and situational comfort.

In Fall, you can basically assume that wherever you go (in Los Angeles), you will be comfortable in any outstanding outfit. Halloween’s impending splendor gets me plotting costumes at the faintest whiff of candy, but even more exciting are the designer pieces arriving daily. 

Here are two stylehaus ensembles to set free your inner silver screen siren.

 

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Silk Carmella Michelle Dress, $470, Safi Miran Clutch, PUR. 

 Fierce Farrah: 

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Lauren Stucky Silk Empire Cut Out Dress, $421

Suede Parade On Spring 2015 Runways

Gucci, Chloe, and Loewe.

Gucci, Chloe, and Loewe.

You’ll look sensational in suede separates.

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Who doesn’t love a 1970’s throwback? The soft and devilishly delicate form of leather is scheduled to make a comeback come Spring 2015. Jason Wu’s best look was a showstopping, semi-seafoam green dress with a deep v and high slit.

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Jason Wu

Michael Kors and Ralph Lauren sent out preppy but not prim suede suits in navy and forest green that I’m just dying to integrate into your workwear wardrobe. Derek Lam and Karen Walker had a more playful take, showing suede ensembles in pastel purple and sunny yellow.

Michael Kors Spring/Summer 2015

Michael Kors Spring/Summer 2015

2015’s suede designs are distinctive not just in their hue and material, but in their modest formality. Altuzarra, Ralph Lauren, and Jason Wu created office-optimal suede dresses ready to revive weary working women and animate ambitious upstarts. The matching suede sets seen at Michael Kors and Derek Lam mix the structure of a suit with retro cheekiness to delightful results.

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T Magazine of The NYT traced the linerage of next Season’s strong streak of suede:

The material was first spotted in New York at Derek Lam, but it really started to trend in Milan. At Gucci, the creative director Frida Giannini presented a boho-charged collection of floral, beaded minidresses, colored fur vests and the suede belted dress above, that looked straight out of the brand’s archives. Yesterday in Paris, the designer Claire Waight Keller introduced a similar silhouette on the Chloé runway: a shorter, belted jacket paired with shorts. And finally at Loewe, the British designer Jonathan Anderson used leather and suede heavily in his debut show for the Spanish luxury leather-goods brand — which peaked with this buff suede trench coat with wide-leg trousers. The bag reinforced the message loud and clear: suede is in.

Head to toe suede might seem intimidating at first, but don’t be discouraged: there are plenty of ways to make this look modern and convenient for any girl on the go. Since suede is naturally a loose, thin fabric, you’re going to want to add form with clean lines and solid structure.

 

How Anna Dello Russo made and lasted it

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I’ve got endless adoration for Anna Dello Russo, The Editor At Large (isn’t that a fabulous term?) and Creative Consultant for Vogue Japan. Anna Dello Russo’s genius lies not just in her infamous sense of aesthetic but in her longevity.

After spending an idyllic childhood in the Southern Italian City of Bari, young Anna went to (where else?) Milan, where she studied Design at the Elite Domus Academy and set herself apart as a distinct hybrid of creative and intellectual gifts.

Not content with studying only one subject, Anna returned to Bari and enrolled in a Masters program, eventually earning an M.A. in Italian Literature and Art History and sealed her fate of becoming a dazzling conversationalist.

There’s a wry old Hollywood saying that I’ve found pretty damn accurate.

The 3 Rules Of Making It

1. Have Talent

2. Know the right people

3. Be fun to be with.

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Anna had those rules down pat. She used them to rule Condé Nast Italia for 18 years with an impeccably manicured fist, first as fashion editor of Vogue Italia and as editor of L’Uomo Vogue. Today I’m totally channeling Anna Dello Russo (Italy’s answer to Anna Wintour) and keeping my focus as sharp as my wits. 

Anna’s move from Italian Vogue to Japanese Vogue was a bold and somewhat controversial choice. ‘Editor at Large’ is a position that can be interpreted one of two ways. 

The 2 Unspoken But Widely Accepted Definitions Of Editor At Large 

1. Famous and respected tastemaker who can’t be bothered with the nitty-gritty of running a magazine, instead focusing on being photographed looking fabulous, dolling out memorable quotes to fawning reporters, and enjoying the glam life.

2. Politely put to pasture. 

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I think it’s obvious which kind of Editor At Large Anna Dello Russo has turned out to be. When Anna made the move to Japanese Vogue, she used the freedom and lack of obligation that comes with being an Editor At Large to stealthily and stylishly infiltrate the buzzing Wasp next that is online media.

If Anna Wintour is the icon you want to worship from a distance, Anna Dello Russo is the legend you want as a mentor and cocktail hour companion. Anna Wintour can keep her gravitas; Anna Dello Russo has got charisma. Which she used to charm the pants off new media’s haute high priests, becoming a favorite subject of the street style photography megastars such as The Sartorialist and Jak & Jil. Anna used her strengths to straddle two very difficult and very different fashion stratospheres: New Media & Print Empire.

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The 3 Rules Of Making And Lasting It

1. Catch & Keep The Spotlight 

Anna Dello Russo is notorious for cutting edge to the point of crazy outfits. Lady Gaga is basically a tacky Anna Dello Russo impersonator sans Anna’s taste and sense of humor. 

2. Never Offend The People Who Pay You

Conde Nast MADE Anna Dello Russo, and Anna Dello Russo has never strayed. If you find a good boss who supports, respects, and pays you right, show loyalty and watch the world open up for both of you. 

3. Use Change To Your Advantage

Play up your strengths!

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Anna Dello Russo has been in the game for a long, long time. So long that I will not say out of politeness. Yet she still manages to be the coolest fashion chick in any town.

How?

By building upon the strengths she’d been developing for years. Instead of ignoring, then clumsily copying, the Street Style Epidemic, Anna recognized its potential. Everyone whose anyone had been gossiping about Anna’s ensembles for as long as she could remember, and she played into their fascination by dressing to shock and awe. Why not let the world have a look?