Sunday, September 25, 2011

Spotted: Hottest NYFW Trends for Spring/Summer '12

So, I know this is insanely late being that NYFW has been over for a little while. I've been SO busy! But anyway, there were TONS of wearable trends that kept popping up for SS '12 during New York Fashion Week. Literally, there was something for everyone. From bold prints to pastels to the LWD (little white dress), the designers truely outdid themselves. So, without further adue, the hottest trends from NYFW:

Diane von Furstenberg, Vera Wang, Prabal Gurung, Anna Sui, DKNY
1. Bold Prints. Prints were seriously on just about every runway this season.

Sophie Theallet, J Crew, DKNY, Jason Wu
2. Pink. Be prepared to be pretty in pink this season.

Altuzarra, Derek Lam, Rachel Zoe, Rebecca Taylor, Rag & Bone
3. Crochet Sweaters. Behold: the perfect spring sweater!

Preen, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Vera Wang, Reed Krakoff, Jill Stuart
4. Pastels. Sugary sweet and perfect for Spring.

Sophie Theallet, Lela Rose, Christian Siriano, Suno, Jenny Packham
5. LWD. The LWD has slowly been replacing the classic LBD the past few seasons, and it has no intention of stopping.

Altuzarra, Prabal Gurung, Suno, Zac Posen, Herve Leger
6. Trumpet Skirt. Make some noise for this interesting hemline!

Anna Sui, Oscar de la Renta, Tory Burch, Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren
7. 1920's. Gatsby glamour and flappers galore.

Altuzarra, Proenza Schouler, Michael Kors, Michael Kors, Donna Karan
8. Safari/Tribal. Get ready to go on a trip with these fun collections.

Prabal Gurung, DKNY, Narciso Rodriguez, Jason Wu, Jenny Packham
9. Uneven Hemline. Can't make up your mind on the perfect length of a skirt? Why not wear them all at once!

Nanette Leporre, Christian Siriano, Rag & Bone, Jason Wu, Tracy Reese
10. Neon. 80's neon is back in a big way!

Vera Wang, Marchesa, Jason Wu, Suno, Rodarte
11. Peplums. Good thing this style is super flattering on everyone!

Sophie Theallet, Derek Lam, Vivienne Tam, Jenny Packham, Rebecca Minkoff
12. Orange. Orange you glad this is still a trend? It was huge last spring and personally, I'm glad it's sticking around!

Marc by Marc Jacobs, Diane von Furstenberg, Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang, Rag & Bone
13. Sporty Chic. I love howt his trend is comfortable AND cute.

Proenza Schouler, Jill Stuart, Ralph Lauren, Rachel Zoe, Rachel Roy
14. Short Suit. Here comes the new power suit!

Sophie Theallet, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Tommy Hilfiger, J Crew
15. Color Blocking. This is another trend that has been around for a few seasons now, so if you haven't tried it yet, now is the time!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

My New York Fashion Week Experience

This semester, I am interning for one of the top fashion PR agencies in New York. Because of this, I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to work at a few New York Fashion Week SS '12 shows! I am so grateful to have had this experience, no matter how exhausting it was. Normally, I sit at home or at the computer lab at school glued to the computer watching the livestream of shows or looking through all of the pictures. Instead, this time around, I got to be involved in the action!

Before the Proenza Schouler Show (I'm the third from the right in the center group)
Pic from The Daily Beast

I started my internship two weeks before MBFW began. So, I was able to see much of the preparations involved. I got to help with going through show request e-mails and sending the mass "yes" or "no" responses as well as helping adjust the seating charts. One of the biggest projects was delivering the invitations. Most of the editor invites went through a messenger service, but the invites that were going to editors from foreign publications had to be delivered to their hotels right before fashion week began. So, all of us interns trekked around the rainy city for three days to complete this mission. Totally exhausting, but totally worth it.

When it actually came time for Fashion Week, I was beyond excited. The day of each show consisted of making the press books, taping down the seating chart, and making sure we had everything together and ready to go. When we got to each show, I got to help tape down seating cards, put out programs, and help with gift bags. One part that I loved during set up, was watching the run throughs. Watching a run through complete with everything but the clothes just makes you so pumped up for the real thing. Once guests started arriving, it was my job to help everyone find their proper seats and eliminate as much confusion as possible. This was probably my favorite part aside from watching the actual show. I was in awe having the most amazing people in the fashion industry right around me... and asking me for help!

Me and another intern at the Proenza Schouler show

The first show that I was able to help at was Altuzarra. Way to start off my fashion week with a bang, right? This show had such a fun tropical jungle theme to it. The clothes, backdrop, and the tribal beat music created an amazing atmosphere that felt almost like another world. Tribal and tropical ended up being two of the weeks biggest trends too! I was also lucky enough to see in person Anna Wintour, Bee Shaffer, Leigh Lezark, Giovanna Battaglia, Emmanuelle Alt, Anna Dello Russo (who I'm obsessed with), Carine Roitfeld, and others. Oh, and I got to see Arizona Muse, Fei Fei Sun, AND Karolina Kurkova walk in the show. One word: fierce!

My favorite look from Altuzarra on

The next show that I worked was Zero + Maria Cornejo. This show was held at Milk Studios which was a major Fashion Week venue. The whole "MADE" for Milk Studios scene was really cool - and I even got free Luna Bars and Vita Coco Coconut Water because they were sponsors. Awesome! This show had a completely different vibe than the first show, but it was still totally amazing in a different way. The collection was filled with gorgeous draping and bright colors (another huge trend). Additionally, the incredible Bill Cunningham was here. He was the cutest and nicest thing ever in person which makes his talent that much better for me.

My favorite look from Zero + Maria Cornejo on

The last show that I worked was Proenza Schouler. I repeat, Proenza Schouler. I could have died happy after attending that show. The crowd was absolutely incredible. Seriously, Anna Wintour, Grace Coddington (nbd, just my idol), RACHEL ZOE!, Alexa Chung, Jessica Stam, Tory Burch, Pharrell, Lynn Yaeger, and Alicia Keys. I was in fashion heaven. The show itself was unreal. Proenza also showed a tribal theme and the mix of color and texture was amazing. My favorite pieces were the last few dresses which were bright, embroidered, sparkly, and STUNNING. Being at this show was like an out of body experience.

Too hard to pick just one ... My two favorite looks from Proenza Schouler on

I had such an amazing, exhausting, and fun first experience with fashion week. It was so memorable and taught me so much. Watching a fashion show live is such an exhilarating experience and I hope that I get to attend many more in the future!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Missoni for Target - Obsessed!

Part of the Missoni for Target display at my local Target

As everyone knows, Missoni for Target was available this morning! I got up bright and early to be there when the store opened at 8 AM. Apparently, everyone else in my area had the same idea because it was super crowded before they opened! However, once everyone dispersed through the store, it wasn't too bad. I beelined straight over to the shoe section to grab myself the cutest flats ever! They didn't have my size and I had to go a half a size up, so they're a teensy bit big - but totally worth it!

Next, I went over to the clothes selection to find the super cool Missoni for Target set up. It was hard to narrow it down to just one item (curse you, intern budget), but I ended up going with the black sweater dress. I loved the cardigans and the zig zag skirt as well, but the dress was too cute to resist. I plan on wearing it now with flats for the fall and with tights, a sweater, and boots for the winter.

Lastly, my mom really wanted one of the gorgeous silky scarves. Since she was working, I decided to be an amazing daughter and pick one up for her. It really had nothing to do with the fact that I plan on borrowing it once in a while. Nope, not at all...

We picked the one on the right!

If I had my own house, I definitely would have picked up some coffee mugs and serving trays. The prints are SO fun and would look amazing at a dinner party. I could also totally picture myself drinking coffee on a chilly fall morning by the fireplace out of the cute Missoni for Target coffee mugs (hint hint Mom, I know you're reading)!

I'm so happy with my purchases and although they aren't real Missoni, the quality didn't feel "cheap" at all. I wish I could have bought more because all of the patterns and colors are so amazing.

I read that the Target website crashed this morning and nobody has been able to get on to buy anything since. Also, many Targets are sold out of items already! I'm so thankful that I didn't snooze my alarm and got in there early!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Tips For Staying Organized

It's that time again... back to school! I'm always so conflicted at this time of year. Part of me is so disappointed that summer is over, yet another part of me is excited for a new year and new classes. This year is especially exciting because I am a senior! In addition to my senior year of college, I have taken on another internship at one of the top fashion PR firms in New York City. In order to keep myself semi-sane, I have to be VERY organized. I'm sure many of you have very busy schedules as well between school, internships, sports, clubs, sororities, etc. So, if you're in the market for some helpful organizational tips... look no further!

Michael Kors Watch
 Get a watch! I repeat... get a watch! Not only can they be very stylish, but they are also super practical. I know we live in the age of technology and we all have cell phones that tell us the time, but hear me out. A watch will always be right on your wrist so you can glance at it at a moments notice. Also, your cell phone battery can die! Having a watch on at all times can truly help to keep you on time and less stressed. This helps with organization because if you are always on schedule, you'll have more time to get other things done.

Post-it Flags
Post-it Flags! These little guys are honestly life savers! Whether I'm marking up a to-do list, reading through a textbook, or taking notes at my internship, these can always come in handy. They are so versatile and help you to mark off and remember important things. I love them because they come in a variety of colors so you can color-code your reminders for different parts of your life. Also, they are small enough to carry around with you and not take up too much space.

Vera Bradley Student Agenda
Use a calendar. Whether it is the calendar in your phone, on your MacBook, or your planner, it is important to write down everything that you have to do. Remembering everything can be difficult, so writing things down lets you keep room in your brain for those new Lady Gaga lyrics. I like to write down homework assignments and when they are due, important events for my internship, as well as club meetings and dates with my friends. I don't want to forget anything that I have to do, so writing it down helps me to remember as well as schedule my time.

Marc Jacobs Small Canvas Tote

Use the same bag for school every day. It makes it a lot easier to find things if you know right where to look. If you're constantly switching your school or work bag, it is also easier for things to get lost. Bonus: if you have a super cute bag, you won't mind using it every day! For this year, I picked up a cute Marc Jacobs tote in NYC to carry all of my school books in.

Some other tips:
- I am a big fan of the "to-do" list. It keeps me organized on a day-to-day basis. Plus, nothing is more satisfying then crossing something off the list that is completed!
- Try color coding your notebooks/binders/folders/etc per class. It makes finding things a lot easier!
- Mentally go over what you have planned for the next day in your head before you go to sleep. It also helps to get everything together and even pick out an outfit the night before if possible.

What are some other tricks that you use to stay organized?