Meet Jennifer Chun: Fashion’s Rising Star

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Jennifer Chun is a Manhattan-based fashion designer with roots in small-town Ohio. She had the opportunity to work at Michael Kors, Derek Lam and Brian Reyes before starting her own line in 2009.

Jennifer Chun had her first Fashion Week debut at the GenArt show back in 2011. Big names such as Rodarte, Zac Posen and Phillip Lim got their start there, so keep an eye out for Jennifer. One of her collections will be in your wardrobe someday!

A couple of weeks ago, Broke & Chic had the opportunity to attend Jennifer Chun’s Spring/Summer 2013 presentation in Soho. We we able to admire her beautiful Barcelona inspired collection as well as ask her a few questions!

Q&A with Jennifer Chun

What inspired you to be a fashion designer? 

JC: Growing up in a small town forced me to be creative with my clothes.  I didn’t really have the options to go shopping so I used to take my parents vintage clothes and alter them.  They really had some incredible things.

I loved how you paired British inspired shoes (creepers) with your classy collection. What gave you that idea? 

JC: I’ve always loved making something more preppy or tomboyish and the shoes really represented me.

In your opinion, what do you think fashion week means to “regular” people? (Those not in the fashion industry and those who live in small towns)

JC: I think it’s even more exciting now and more accessible than when I grew up in a small town.  Now you can go on websites or blogs to see what is going down the runway and in a matter of weeks you can purchase something similar from the trend based stores.

How did you challenge yourself as a designer during this collection? 

JC: This season was a really fun season for me because of the print and color combinations. I challenged myself this season by really pushing myself to keep my point of view strong while also making sure that the collection is balanced with wearability. I also challenged myself with developing my own print.

In your own wardrobe, what items do you think are worth the splurge and what items would you rather save on? 

JC: In my own personal wardrobe I think it’s important to splurge on great outerwear pieces because it is a staple for me and that’s also how I design.  I tend to save on really really trendy items such as certain prints or silhouettes that you know you can only wear a few times.

What do you think the number one trend will be this coming spring?

JC: I think it will be about layering pieces!

What do you think of Jennifer’s classy meets trendy collection? Let us know if the comments below!



What Trends To Expect Next Year, According To NYFW

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In the fashion world, we’re usually two and a half seasons ahead of the game. All of next year’s Spring and Summer trends have been decided by top designers at New York Fashion Week, and will continue to be decided in London, Paris and other extremely fashionable cities this September.

After spending time backstage and attending quite a few shows, we noticed a common trend between designers: blue and embroidery. For the past two seasons, we’ve seen a lot of sheer tops, studs and flatforms. These trends will carry us into Fall and Winter, but once the s/s ’13 season hits, we’re going to start heading into a different direction. No more super badass “it-girl” fashion for a bit. Sorry Nasty Gal!

Next year it’ll be all about laid back glamour. Almost every designer last week showcased a collection inspired by early and mid twentieth century glamour. Think Anita Page, Mary Pickford, and yes, Rose Dawson from Titanic. Some designers stayed glamorous, but with more of a Jackie O inspiration…with a dash of wealthy 1950’s housewife.

Let’s look a little closer at a few shows and presentations B&C attended over the past week:

Renzo + Kai

The Renzo + Kai presentation was beautiful. They mixed modern prep with 1930’s elegance perfectly. All the models wore stunning heels paired with feminine socks, while wearing heavily embroidered dresses, gowns and jackets. The whole collection reminded us of Rose Dawson meets a 1950’s housewife.

According to the designer:

The collection was inspired by the “Bon Vivant” attitude and the Cafe Society Generation of the 1930’s.

Fotini: Backstage & Presentation

This collection had french inspiration mixed with a dash of The Stepford Wives.  The Fotini S/S ’13 collection finds its roots in the muted color palette of 18th century French Painters. Watteau, Boucher, and Fragonard — all of these artists used delicate colors to create sumptuous looks. According the the designer:

The collection is designed for a woman of mystery, elegance and grace; someone who imagines she is sitting for Fragonard to paint her in The Swing with cupid and cherubim fluttering around her.

The hair was lead by Linh Nguyen of Cutler Salon. The nails were lead by Teresa King, and the makeup was lead by Deanna Melluso of Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. According to Melluso:

To go along with the designers French and Wisteria Lane influence we went for a fresh clean look meant for the simple girl in control.

Nguyen kept the hair long with tons of volume and soft curls (just like Bridgett Bardot), and the nails were painted a simple nude color.

Simple nude nails.

The final makeup look. Fresh and simple.

Milly by Michelle Smith

This was one of our favorite shows held at Lincoln Center. Both the Milly ready-to-wear and accessory collections had tons of black and white mixed with neon.

The designer says she was inspired by the concept of surrealism. Again, the model’s make up was left extremely simple, with a pop of neon on the eyes. The lips were made nude, and only bronzer was added to the cheeks.

 Whitney Eve

Broke & Chic got to spend time backstage at the Whitney Eve show. Whitney Eve was launched in 2008 by TV personality Whitney Port, and the collections evoke a girly nature with a touch of punchy sass. Growing up in Los Angeles and having lived in Manhattan, Port says she “blends the ease of California style with the sophistication and edge of New York City life.”

For hair, the models were given a messy up-do that looked sleek from the front, with white bobby pins criss-crossed on the side.

The nails were done by Zoya, using polish colors that matched the collection.

To get all the details about the makeup, we were able to have a quick chat with Kryolan’s lead makeup artist, Dominic Cruz. According to Cruz:

We went very simple. Nude lips, gold shimmer on the chin and cheeks, brown taupe on the eyes and dewey skin. We wanted a very translucent look.

Port says the collection was inspired by the crown jewels of London. The collection features prints that evoke precious stones and crystals. What do you think of it?

Clover Canyon

The Clover Canyon, Spring 2013 collection was inspired by the vibrant colors and textures from the American Southwest landscape. The allure of the open road, decked out cars, automobile metallic textures and the large open sky.

We got to have a quick chat with the lead manicurist, Gina Edwards for imPRESS Press-On Manicure by Broadway Nails. According to Edwards:

Since the colors of the collection are bright we all decided to go soft and whimsical for the hair, makeup and nails.

Edwards applied an imPRESS Press-On Manicure by Broadway Nails in ‘High Hopes’  — a pale and understated pink shade, for a whimsical take on the collection.

For the makeup, everything was kept pretty simple, except for the brows and cheeks…tons of bronzer! The hair, makeup and nails all blended with the collection so well!

All the flowers are embroidered on.

We have a hunch that Miranda Kerr would love these pants!

* A big huge thanks to Kristine Ayala of Beauty in NYC for sending B&C to cover Fotini, Whitney Eve, and Clover Canyon in her absence. She is a wonderful beauty and fashion blogger and I hope you all take the time to check out her awesome blog!

Trends to Expect

After paying close attention to these five collections on Day 6 of New York Fashion Week, we now have a good idea of what’s going to be trending in both beauty and fashion next spring.

Nude and Brown Pumps are going to be the shoe of choice for those nights out on the town. Both were prevalent for the Fotini and Clover Canyon presentations. If you’re girly yet daring, you might want to try wearing a cute pair of socks with your heels when March comes around!

Simple Makeup is going to be more common, so if you’re not a huge makeup fan, then 2013 is going to be the year for you! Barely there lipstick, gold eyeshadows, light bronzer, mascara and nude nail polish will be taking over your cosmetic bag. If you do like bold makeup, the deep red lip and bold brow will be in too!

Long Hair with Light Volume and Messy Up-do’s will be the hair-do’s of choice.

Embroidery is something that was in almost every collection this season. Beading and sequins will slowly but surely make their way into your closet.

The Colors for s/s 2013 are going to be blues and muted brights mixed with black, white and tans.

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What are your thoughts on these collections? Let us know in the comments below!



Have You Ever Heard Of Fashion Designer Barron Wise?

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Barron is a Harlem based Fashion Designer who’s been creating quality clothing in Harlem for over 10 years. His specialty, as he proudly claims, is “Couture for the Poor”

Barron first entered the fashion world in the early 1990’s. He made a splash with his collection of women’s evening wear and received rave reviews from magazines like Women’s Wear Daily and Essence. His recent fashion forays include men’s wear, wedding dresses and handmade designer bags. Always thinking of the people, Barron is constantly looking for new ways to satisfy Harlem’s ever-changing style.

Barron Wise has recently teamed up with a local tech startup, called Romio, to give away a custom-made dress. Every weekday until Friday (8/24), you can answer Barron’s questions on Harlem Q&A for a chance to meet with Barron and have him design your dream outfit!

It’ll be like having your own personal stylist for a day, go check it out! Not convinced? Watch this great video!


Broke Fashion: Meet Cathryn – A Girl With A Retro Fresh Style

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Meet Cathryn! She’s a 22-year-old Illustration student based in Richmond, Virginia with a retro fresh style. She dreams of big city life and her hobbies include knitting, drawing, sewing and cooking.

Q & A

B&C: How would you describe your style?

My style is mainly basics with retro splashes. I like clothing that accentuates my hourglass figure, so vintage silhouettes usually attract me. I usually prefer darker colors and neutrals, but recently I’m really loving nudes and pale pinks. I ALSO LOVE GLITTER. All the time.

B&C: You live down south, how do you stay fashionable when it’s 100° outside?

When it’s super hot, and the only real options are shorts and tank tops, a cute pair of shoes and a long chain are what I spring for just to spruce up the basics I use.

B&C: What’s your all time favorite item in your closet?

My favorite thing in my closet is a pair of white Steve Madden oxfords I bought at a Buffalo Exchange in Manhattan for about $25. They’re pretty dirty and jacked up, but they’re super cute and comfy!

B&C: What are your favorite stores to shop at?

I find a lot of cute things at H&M, thrift stores, and Target, actually.

B&C: What’s one trend you can’t stand?

 Trend I can’t stand? Cut off jean shorts where your pockets are hanging out from under the shorts! It looks straight STUPID.

Cathryn’s style impresses me so much because it’s all her own. The dress she’s wearing above…SHE MADE IT HERSELF! She found a dress at a local thrift store with a great pattern that happened to be too long and way too big; so, she cut the dress in half and used the fabric!

you really have to appreciate people that go the extra mile with their wardrobes. Her shoes happen to be from an Urban Outfitters sale a few seasons back. Get a similar pair here.

This photo was taken on a day that reached a high of 104°! It was sweltering! She made herself look cute, despite the heat by wearing a romper she found at Rumors Boutique for $15! She wore a red bandana to add some extra flair. Oh, and SPF 70!

What do you think of Cathryn’s great style? Let us know in the comments below! Want to see more? Follow her on Twitter and Tumblr!


Office Style: Black is Back

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Office Style is going to be a new weekly series on Broke & Chic (check out last week’s post.) Learn how to be fashionable in the office. Melissa, who spends eight hours a day at SocialChorus, will be your style coach!

Black is Back

Working at a startup has its perks. Unlimited granola bars for one, but being able to dress to meet a CMO one day and platform developers the next is super cool!  It gives me a chance to switch up my look, while still maintaining my personal style.

The easiest way to look sharp is Black. The LBD, black blazer, black bag, and black tights are all necessities. (Just don’t wear them all together!)

And remember to always have a black blazer in the office closet, because you never know when one of those casual days can get serious.

About the Author:

Melissa Murphy connects brands with influencers as Senior Manager of Influencer Activation and Collaboration at SocialChorus. Her campaigns with Fortune 500 companies like Tropicana, Intel and Toyota are awesome – she’s the ultimate PR turned social media maven. Murphy attended The Fashion Institute of Technology majoring in Marketing Communications, and was previously the Director of Communications for The Trump Grande Resort and Pop Artist Romero Britto. She loves meeting influencers (IRL), rocking a killer pair of heels, and a great party!  Follow her on twitter @MelMurphytweets

Meet Hillary:

My personal style includes a lot of basics, and I have a serious weakness for ankle boots and a great jacket. I’m willing to splurge on staples that can go with everything, and am a pro at finding designer goods at consignment shops. I’m a die hard classic rock fan, so I love clothes that can give a bit of a rocker edge, and have a collection of vintage band tees I wouldn’t trade for anything. My best style tip: when in doubt, I always wear all black, you never have to worry about being under or over dressed for any occasion!

  • Double Zip Denim Jacket: $800 Rick Owens drkshdw//

About Hillary:

Hillary Frazier (also known as Waffles Girl, Hillary Bankz), is a social media moderator at SocialChorus.She is also a blogger, and has served as an editor and content creator for Fashion Indie and Joonbug, and columnist at Cliche Magazine, Styleite, and theCelebrityCafe. She has also created select pieces for the Waffles Girls, most recently in a collaboration for Vitamin Water Canada.

When she isn’t blogging or searching for funny videos on YouTube, she designs jewelry under the name Findings.NewYork, that is sold at AlwaysNeverNY (and currently is purchasable by request via email!).

What do you think of Melissa and Hillary’s great style? Let us know in the comments below.

About the Photographer:

Marcus Cooper is a Moderation and Implementation Coordinator at Social Chorus. He’s the man behind the computer, assuring social media success for some big name brands. He’s a recent graduate from University of Tampa where he studied Advertising, Marketing and Digital Production.

His true passion, though, is photography, which he began in recent years after a life changing trek across Europe. His photos display his raw and understated talent and fine tuned eye for all things beautiful in life. Aside from social media and photography, Marcus loves traversing the city and discovering all it has to offer and he’s always looking for new and interesting people to meet.

Check out his website and give him a Facebook like!