Fall Couture 15

Couture fashion week allows designers to be infinitely creative: New fabrications paired with outrageous silhouettes results in some of the most stunning clothing around. Most important, couture is about fashion fantasy, and we are more than happy to dream!

Elie Saab

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Atelier Versace

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Vionette

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Zuhair Murad

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Rad Hourani

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Alexandre Vauthier

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Serkan Cura

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You’re a Fashion Fantasy!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Here Comes The Bride

From light, sheer fabrics to experimenting with color, here are the currently coveted bridal trends on the most gorgeous gowns to instantly upgrade the pretty-factor of your Wedding!

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Blush

This dress is simple and stunning!

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Catherine Deane Jewel-Belted Silk Lace-Sleeve Gown ($3,130)

Play around with embellishments! A little touch of sparkle adds instant glam to any gown.

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Alvina Valenta

The intricately beaded bodice and mermaid cut make this dress very intriguing!

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Philosophy Ruffled Silk-Chiffon Gown ($848)

Barely-there pastels are a pretty and oh-so-subtle way to play with color and the off-the-shoulder asymmetry of this dress lends to its ultimate femininity.

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Carolina Herrera

Glitter glamorously in a gold flecked wedding gown.

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Shoshanna Scarlett Lace Sheath Dress ($385)

A great alternative to a more traditional dress is one that is short and sweet!

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Gemy Maalouf

This gown is gleaming and gorgeous!

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Jenny Packham Open Back Long-Sleeve Beaded Gown ($6,725)

If you’ve ever dreamed of walking down the aisle as a glittering gray goddess, this is the dress for you.

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Heidi Elnora

Wrap yourself in a bouquet of “not just white” flowers!

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Zac Posen Hand Painted Tulle Strapless Ruffle Skirt Gown ($5,995)

If there’s one day you’re allowed to wear something unabashedly dramatic, it’s your wedding day!

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Lazaro

The cream color, curve hugging silhouette and creative embellishments make this dress a stunner!

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Reem Acra Lace Inset Draped Silk Georgette Dress ($3,995)

An updated look on the strapless dress, an illusion neckline creates a look that’s on trend, yet classic.

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David’s Bridal

Adorn yourself with intricate details on your wedding day!

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Temperley London Long Strappy Cambon Dress ($3,248)

The pleated tulle, diamanté embellishments, and delicate embroidery all lend themselves to one ladylike gown.

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Hayley Paige

Look beautifully elegant with a perfectly placed bow.

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Marchesa Embellished Lace and Tulle Gown ($5,950)

Tiny beads add a subtle glimmer to this dramatic gown fit for a queen.

Your A Beautiful Bride!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Resort 15’s Dreamy Dresses

Resort is colorful and creative and yields some of our favorite collections of the year. Here are the dreamiest dresses you need to see!

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Ralph Lauren

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Prabal Gurung

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Lela Rose

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Christian Dior

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Gucci

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Jean-Charles de Castelbajac

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Chloé

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Tomas Maier

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Christian Siriano

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Michael Kors

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Erdem

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10 Crosby

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Carolina Herrera

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Clover Canyon

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Michael Kors

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Matthew Williamson

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J. Mendel

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Issa

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Nanette Lepore

Have A Dreamy Season!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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3 Skirt Trends and How to Wear Them

The midi, mini and the maxi! Skirt lengths vary by personal style and this spring anything goes. Each hem length holds its own, when it comes to seasonal trends. If you want new ways to style your favorite type of skirt you’ll want to check out this inspiration from the spring 2014 collections and the tips on how to wear each one.

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For the workday: Try a midi! Just because the skirt is longer doesn’t mean it has to be stuffy or ultra-conservative. The length allows you to play with color and pattern like this Burberry lace number.

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On the weekend: Grab a mini. The temps are finally on the rise, so it’s time to let loose and have fun. Pair your skirt with a boxy top and contrasting flats, like Peter Som, and you’re ready to go from sunup to sundown.

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In the evening: Work a maxi. A full or pleated skirt, like this Proenza Schouler one, keeps you from looking matronly. The skirt’s full coverage allows you a little more leeway on top—think a cropped or cutout version.

How will you wear these skirt trends? Be sure to tag #StyleSalvation and @DannaDesigns on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to show me your style.

What hemline do you Favor?

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Flowers in Bloom

Flowers are blooming….In Fashion! Here are 20 floral outfits to awaken your Spring style inspiration!

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Sammi Gayle
​Nanette Lepore top and skirt; Christian Louboutin shoes.

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Taylor Tomasi Hill

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Oscar de la Renta S/S 14

Polka Dot Botanical Silk Faille Dress ($3390)

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Diane Kruger

Erdem Vala Eames Garden-Print Silk Jumpsuit ($1596); Charlotte Olympia Frog Prince Pandora Clutch ($995); Celine shoes.

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Street Style

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Dries Van Noten S/S 14

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Freida Pinto
Michael Kors dress.

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Harley Viera Newton
Honor top and skirt.

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BCBG Maxazria S/S 14

Runway Jude Dress ($648)

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Matthew Williamson S/S 14

Similar style here

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Elenora Carisi
Moschino coat and shirt; Michael Kors skirt; Benedetta Buzziches bag; Topshop shoes.

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Lupita Nyong’o
Carolina Herrera Resort 2014 dress.

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Giovanna Battaglia

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Joanna Hillman

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Alberta Ferretti S/S 14

Similar style here

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Alexa Chung
Miu Miu dress.

Get the Look

Suno Cropped Jacquard Top ($285) ​Crop tops are having a moment, so why not make it a floral one?

Zara Floral Print Trousers ($60) ​Lighten up your work wardrobe with these cheerful trousers.

H&M Patterned Coat ($50) ​Throw this over your favorite light wash jeans and you’re set.

Topshop X-Ray Flower Embellished Shift Dress ($200) ​In typical Topshop fashion, this frock has high-end fashion appeal.

Blessing-Co Sundance Floral Shorts ($30) ​These would be the perfect shorts to bring on a tropical vacation.

Pixie Market Muse Short Set ($65) A matching set for under $100? Hallelujah!

How are you Blooming?

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Trend: Printed Jackets

Spring is in the air but it’s still chilly outside. Cue: printed jackets!

Spotted on street stylers, celebrities, and runways alike. This lightweight outerwear piece has a slew of interesting prints such as florals, butterflies, kaleidoscope, cheetah, and more. Check out the style inspiration and then shop my picks to get the look yourself.

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Ellie Goulding

Style Tip: Incorporate your printed jacket into a tomboy look, complete with a backwards cap, Dr. Martens, and leather pants.

​On Goulding: Dr. Martens Boots ($120)

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Street Style

Style Tip: A floral print jacket plays nicely with a button-down blouse, chunky chain choker, and black jeans. Throw in a neon belt, for good measure.

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Emilio Pucci S/S 14

Style Tip: A flash of sheer and a bold belt will only accentuate your printed jacket’s It-factor.

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Street Style

Style Tip: Give your athletic look an upgrade with an animal-print jacket. It’ll pair perfectly with track shorts and sneakers.​

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Olivia Palermo

Style Tip: Snag a jacket in a girly print and pair it with a feminine, braided up-do.

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Street Style

Style Tip: Throw a printed jacket over your trousers and button-down blouse for a cool-girl work outfit.

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Hanneli Mustaparta

Style Tip: Get creative and pair an animal-print jacket with a crop top and slouchy jeans. Go an extra step, and add unique touches like slip-on sandals, and round sunglasses.

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Style Tip: Throw caution to the wind and drape your printed jacket over a bra top and a high-waisted, patent leather skirt. You only live once!

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Dries Van Noten S/S 14

Style Tip: Try your jacket over a ladylike dress and heels for a charming date outfit.

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Jaime King

Style Tip: A printed jacket is an ideal ensemble centerpiece. Pair it with low-key, black separates and ankle boots for an on-the-go outfit.

​On King: Mara Hoffman Quilted Bomber ($148); MiH The Bodycon Jeans ($215).

Get The Look

H&M Pilot Jacket ($40) ​Zip this all the way up and wear with leather pants. Can you say “model-off-duty” cool?

Mango Jacquard Bomber Jacket ($80) ​Rocking this colorful jacket will get you in the Spring spirit.

Scotch & Soda Silky Feel Bomber Jacket($149) ​If you have a tropical vacation coming up, wear this!

Need Supply Andre Bomber Jacket ($47) ​This moody print jacket is a great winter-to-spring transitional piece.

Zara Neoprene Bomber Jacket ($80) ​You’ve never seen such a unique hibiscus print before.

Spring in Print!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Nail It

It’s less intimidating to make a risqué statement with your nail polish than with a pair of pants. Your style of nail, or polish choice can transform your look instantly. If you’re looking liven up your nails this Spring, here are some of the best nails trends to try!

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Pastels, Of-course 

Featured in every spring nail collection this year, it’s clear pastels are going to be thriving this spring. Aren’t they always? Opaque pastels on your nails contrast the dark winter we’ve weathered and are a pretty accent to all your spring-inspired outfits.

Essie nail color , Deborah lippmann nail polish , Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear , L’Oreal Nail Polish

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Metallic Shift

It’s got a futuristic feel to it. The “galaxy theme” is a rising trend in fashion, and giving it a shot on your nails will be sleek and different for spring. Plus color-shifting polish is always cool to look at.

Formula X For Sephora , Sally Hansen Insta-Dry , Sally Hansen Lustre Shine , Orly Fx

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White Out

With opaque formulas that leave fingers looking sophisticated, immaculate and daring, white-hot nails are on the rise. White will compliment all your outfits and is a fresh trend you might want to try this spring.

Obsessive Compulsive , Sally Hansen , Essie nail polish , China Glaze Nail Laquer

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Highlighter

Bright colors are in for spring, especially on your fingers. While wearing full-on lime green or yellow might seem scary, it’s not as heart-stopping to have your nails rock it out. After months in less daylight and creating an infinite amount of black on black ensembles – the bright touch is a nice change of pace.

Orly , Butter London , Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear , O.P.I

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Half Moon

The look gives off an elegant yet edgy feel. The trend can be pulled off multiple ways and the design can be tailored to personal taste and style. You could be a pastel half moon, lime green, white, or aim for a darker shade. This is a great spring trend to experiment with.

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Non Traditional French

Not limited to black, pink, or horizontal lines. The nontraditional French can be nude and black, and a diagonal triangle or a matte black and black line for the French tip, as spotted at NYFW. Another interesting trend to channel your taste into.

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Striped

Nothing crazy here; we’re not going zebra. For the look, all you’ll need is your choice of base color and stripe color. NYFW went with black and white as their choice of stripe color but you can opt for whatever your little heart desires. Gather your inspiration and design your nails into something fun this spring.

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Nude Neautrals

With the creation of opaque formulas, neutrals have blossomed into a trend for spring. The look is classy and makes the statement something along the lines of “clean start for spring” – love it.

Butter London , Givenchy , L’Oreal , Insta-Dry , Zoya

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Sheer Color

The look is simple yet more interesting than the regular solid color. This trend is expected to be extremely popular for the warmer weather. OPI actually released a whole line of sheer colors you might want to try out this Spring!

American Apparel Sheer , Deborah Lippmann Gloss , O.P.I Sheer Tints Tinted Top Coat , Dior Nail Glow

Nail It!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Top Trends for Spring

Here are the top 12 trends you’ll want to try this Spring straight from the Runways. The best part, you ask? Get the look with key pieces from my stylishly curated shopping list and Spring into Style!

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Liquid Metal

For both day and night, liquid-like metallic fabrics give even the most understated pieces a moment in the spotlight.

Get The Look:

Jules Smith Rose Golden Americana Choker($114); River Island Metallic Mini Skirt ($47); Three Floor Behaviour Self Dress ($297), Blessing-Co Clear accent peep-toe booties ($55)

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Blurred Lines

An optical illusion will always be cool, especially in a black and white palette. Thankfully, it’s a huge trend for spring!

Get The Look:

Equipment Collarless Brett Clean Shirt ($248); Blessing-Co Diamond Print Skirt ($12); French Connection Kamilla Heels ($130); H&M Loose-Fit Pants ($30); Opening Ceremony Wave Crepe Pencil Skirt($365); Blessing-Co Check Leggings ($15)

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Good Sports

So many athletic references for Spring, one would think fashion was a competitive sport.   Raglan, mesh and sneakers came together on the runways as a mash-up of tennis, track, baseball and more.  Spring training starts here!

Get The Look:

BCBG Brooks Sweatpant ($158) in Heather Grey-Black; DKNY Nylon Baseball Cap ($65) in Wave Blue; Gap Neon Colorblock Sport Socks ($5) in Lilac Surge; Alexander Wang Ribbed Jersey Top ($425) and Ribbed Jersey Skirt ($395); Puma Women’s Mesh Tee ($30) in Black; Mango College Oversize Sweatshirt ($60) in Black

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Strap Happy

The schoolgirl staple, the backpack, has edged out the oversized clutch as the must-have bag for Spring. Clap your hands and say “Yeah!” because this carryall is hands free.

Get The Look:

Rebecca Minkoff Julian Backpack ($395) in Hot Red; Nasty Gal Take Me Away Mini Backpack ($58) in Black; MGSM Floral Backpack ($176) in Purple; Tory Burch Marion Backpack ($475) in Black; Blessing-Co Red Runner Backpack ($52)

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Globetrotter

You probably have plenty of travel destinations you want to cross off your list. Start channeling your inner globetrotter now. All you need is a little help from these chic pieces!

Get The Look:

Voz Collective Tribal U-Shape Wood Necklace($45); Topshop Tribal Border Wide Leg Trousers($90); Loeffler Randall Rooney Fisherman Sandals($395); Blessing-Co Rhinestone and Pendant Statement Necklace ($20); River Island Black Woven Tribal Dangle Earrings ($30)

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Feminine Masculine

Men’s shirting is back in the fashion spotlight this spring, courtesy of labels including Band of Outsiders, DKNY, Erdem, and more. This season however, it’s taking a softer turn with feminine features like lace inserts, and shirtdresses.

Get The Look:

Acne Studios Late Poplin Shirt ($220); New Look Macy Clutch ($25); Swear Charlotte Cut-Out Brogues ($255); Summer Fresh Lace Insert Top French Connection ($98), Rebecca Taylor Cotton Poplin Dress ($295)

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Garden Party

Florals are synonymous with spring, but this season designers are turning it up a notch with bigger, bolder blooms on everything from sportif silhouettes to statement-making footwear.

Get The Look:

Blessing-Co Neon Flora Bag ($36); Pixie Market Viola Floral Dress ($189); Gap Printed Pointy Flats ($40); J.Crew Collection Floral-Print Cotton and Silk-Blend Jacket ($300); Blessing-Co Sunnery Floral Jumpsuit ($45)

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Blue Streak

Navy, cobalt, indigo, teal, sapphire—you name it, blue is the hue to wear this spring. With so many ways to wear the color, this trend is sure to find a place in your wardrobe.

Get The Look:

Coach Bleecker Daily Leather Shoulder Bag($198); Madewell C’est Bon Pullover ($88); Ted Baker Epine Coat ($425); Blessing-Co Glam Military Dress ($35); Kenzo Palm-Print Triangle Bikini ($220), Tibi Fog Easy Vest ($525) in Navy/Black Multi and Fog Pants with Buckle ($398) in Navy

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Pack Mule

The shoe of S/S 14 is undoubtedly the mule. Seen on the runways of all four fashion capitals, it is the footwear style on everyone’s short list. Style options range from wedge to stiletto and everything in between.

Get The Look:

L.A.M.B. Sharon Mule ($275); Leather Wide Heel Mule Zara ($100); Guess Vandan Pointed-Toe Slides ($97); 10 Crosby Derek Lam Mule ($375); Topshop Gabi Mule Point Toe Shoes ($110)

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Into The Fold

Pleats  appeared on everything including dresses, jackets, skirts and tops. With all of the movement of a flowing gown, the surprisingly feminine design has been reimagined to look exceedingly hip.

Get The Look: 

Coach Madison Hobo ($398) in Pintuck Leather; Blessing-Co Khaki Pleated Dress ($36); Michael Michael Kors Pleated Stretch-Knit Dress ($160) in Green/Navy; BCBG Avi Pleated Gown ($498) in White; Blessing-Co Embroidered Maxi Dress ($30)

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On The Fringe

The favored trim of rock stars and bohemians make a much needed comeback this season with a decidedly western flair.

Get The Look: 

Junya Watanabe Fringed Cotton Shirt ($490); Express Suede Fringed Strap Heeled Runway Sandal ($98); Rebecca Minkoff Finn Clutch ($195); Blessing-Co Fringe Skirt ($28)Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply Calfskin-Suede Fringed Shorts ($298); Blessing-Co Festival Fringe Bag ($40)

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Stroke Of Genius

Modern art found its way onto every major runway this season. Painted pieces are definite must-haves. Check out the top pieces you’ll need to play the Picasso of your spring wardrobe.

Get The Look:

H&M Strapless Dress ($70); Topshop Limited Edition Floral Placement Print Tee ($100) in Cream; Blessing-Co Glam Girl Mini Dress ($35); Mrs. Jermyn Neon Natural Paint Party Clutch ($69) in Cream/Pink

Have a Stylish Spring!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Statement Bags…Literally

Feel like making a statement without actually saying a word? Well, according to the Fashion Week runways, come this fall, your totes and clutches will be doing the communicating for you!

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If you rearrange the order and add a verb, these 3.1 Phillip Lim bags with raised block lettering you could make a sentence.

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Kiwi designer Karen Walker honored the suffrage movement with her mod-meets-Victorian collection—including a few women power statement clutches.

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Kate Spade New York presented a colorful Shanghai and Tokyo travel-inspired collection, as you can see from this rainbow-lettered clutch.

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Just raise this pouch by Karen Walker the next time someone tries to pick you up at a bar. ‘Nuff said.

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And here is an empowering tote I recently won from Zooey Magazine. Live life bravely and kick ass!

What does your Bag say about You?

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Trend Report: The Pink Coat

The pink coat is gaining street cred and is this season’s must-have piece. Pink coats (of both the pastel and neon varieties) are the outerwear du jour of the stylish set. And not surprisingly, the trend was also big on the S/S 14 runways too! Check out how to incorporate the piece into your everyday wardrobe.

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Helena Bordon

The Brazilian’s effortlessly layered look—including, a Ralph Lauren turtleneck, Zimmermann dress, leather leggings and Prada pink coat is a standout.

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Aimee Song of Song of Style

Song took her J.Crew Stadium Cloth Cocoon Coat ($289) for a roll with a J.Crew stripe button-down shirt, Isabel Marant for H&M pants, and Saint Laurent’s Thorn Pumps ($685).

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Anna Dello Russo

A matching bubblegum pink Carven coat and Miu Miu Leather Bag (price upon request, 310.247.2227) perfectly speak to theVogue Japan Editor’s bold sensibilities.

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Natalie Cantell

Spotted during New York Fashion Week, the Australian model and blogger grounded her bright outerwear by simply adding a baseball hat.

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Leaf Greener of Miss Fashion Leaf Greener 

Greener nodded to her playful side with an embellished Christopher Kane coat.

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Karen Walker S/S 14

Walker’s Rebirth Trench ($630) in Tangerine—an of-the-moment riff on the classic—makes for the ideal lightweight spring layer.

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Shea Marie of Peace Love Shea

Shea braved New York’s freezing temps in a pink Dolce & Gabbana coat, worn with a Zara sweater, One Teaspoon’s Awesome Baggies Jeans($140), and Valentino’s Small Cheetah Rockstud Clutch ($1775).

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Celine Aargaard of Hippie, Hippie Milkshake

The Norwegian blogger bundled up in a luxe Vivikes belted coat paired with a Proenza Schouler bag during Copenhagen Fashion Week.

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Street Style

New favorite color combo: pink and gray.

Get The Look

J Crew Tall Double-Cloth Sabrina Coat ($180), Nasty Gal Charlene Wool Coat ($92), Blessing-Co Blush Pink Coat ($75), Topshop Tailored Lightweight Coat ($150)

Tickle me Pink!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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