The ponytail was the hair-do of choice for many designers this season at New York Fashion Week. From ready-to-wear and couture all the way to bridal, the ponytail was a must.
Some designers stuck with a high pony, such as Meskita and Doré, while others — including Leanne Marshall and Milly by Michelle Smith — went for an elegant low pony. Either way, each look shouted “sporty chic.”
Below are our favorite ponies from NYFW:
Meskita Fall 2014 collection boasts “clean shapes” with a “touch of sport,” so the lead hairstylists at NIOXIN gave all the models thick and full ponytails with lots of movement.
The runway show for Doré Designs was absolutely stunning. This was Dawn Smart’s first ready-to-wear collection and the models walked the runway with European flair, glossy lips and bouncy ponies.
Season five Project Runway winner Leanne Marshall debuted her Fall 2014 collection last Sunday. Instead of traditional bridal makeup, her models walked the runway with a strong smokey eye and a low pony.
Milly by Michelle Smith
The hair and makeup backstage at Milly was simple and straight forward so her clothes could do the talking! We think this hair look will be extremely popular this fall since it’s extremely easy to replicate.
What do you think of the emerging sporty chic trend? Let us know in the comments below!
So many of the beautiful looks that walk down the runway during Fashion Week aren’t wearable for the masses. How many of you have the okay from the boss to wear see-through gowns to the office? We certainly don’t! But don’t worry, we’ve scouted out the best.
Below are our favorite wearable looks from NYFW.
We could totally see Zooey Deschanel rockin’ this Erin Featherston dress on her way to the New Girl set!
This combo from SAUNDER is unbelievably stunning! All the looks from this runway show blew us away, but this one stood out the most.
This look would be perfect for both the office and date night with that special someone.
To watch a short video of this show, check out our Instagram!
2013 has been a great year for Broke & Chic. We’ve grown so much! We hope to grow even more in 2014 but as a treat, we decided share our most popular beauty stories of 2013.
1. 8 Cheaper Alternatives to Urban Decay’s Naked Palette
From a simple look using this palette’s Half Baked and Smog colors, all the way to a dramatic smokey eye using Creep and Hustle…the Naked Palette has my back. Unfortunately, it’s pricey. Lately I’ve been wondering what I’m going to do when it’s all gone. Will I just replace it? Or will I try to find a cheaper option?
Most of us don’t have the income to splurge on beauty products at stores like Sephora and Saks Fifth Avenue. Instead, drugstores and places like Target and Walmart tend to be the go-to for the average girl’s day-to-day needs, like makeup, face wash, etc.
Are you a fan of high buns? We are! They’re the perfect hair trend to rock when you want to look sleek and sophisticated in a hurry. Our problem with high buns is frizz and fly-aways around the hairline.
As a former beauty industry professional, I found that many older woman didn’t start using serums or proper anti-aging skincare products until they saw the physical signs: sagging skin, brown spots, wrinkles, etc. Prevention is key! Don’t wait.
What will be trending next year? It was all decided this September at New York Fashion Week.
But if NYFW still feels a bit like a blur, don’t fear; we spent that entire week attending shows across the city and now we’re ready to share our favorites! Below are the Broke & Chic NYFW Superlatives…
The designer behind this collection, Alessandra Meskita, was inspired by the captivating beauty and fierce maternal strength of the Brazilian deity Yemanja. She wanted her Spring/Summer collection to speak to the inner goddess within us all.
Kasia Roginska is the designer behind Karo Swimwear. According to Roginska:
My vision is to create something totally unique, a piece that’s not only a swimsuit. I want it to be a piece of art, something that makes woman feel elegant, edgy and sexy at the same time. Each piece has built in something that every female cherishes…jewelry.
Alon Livné is a young fashion designer from Israel. He trained at Alexander McQueen in London and worked at Italian fashion house Roberto Cavalli before going off on his own. He became a household name after winning the Israeli version of Project Runway.
His Spring/Summer 14 collection is not only unique, but very futuristic. All the models wore strong and structured silhouettes in stunning 1980’s inspired colors.
*Photos by Dan Lecca
Arden Wohl x Cri de Coeur
This eco-friendly footwear collaboration is bold, edgy and sophisticated.
Cri de Coeur, one half of this collaboration, is an accessory label founded by Julie Dicterow and Gina Ferraraccio. Their label is motivated by a love for high-fashion design and a desire to bring environmental awareness to the fashion industry.
Arden Wohl is a Renaissance girl: philanthropist, filmmaker, pastry check, and socially conscious activist. She’s famed for her eccentric fashion choices and can now add designer to her growing resume.
*The Arden Wohl x Cri de Coeur collection retails for under $500 and will be available in-store for Spring 2014.
Best in Menswear
This collection blew me away; It’s the perfect combination of classic and modern mixed with nautical and floral prints.
The founder of this menswear company, Ernest Sabine got inspiration for this collection by revisiting his experience living in Venice, Italy when he was younger and went with the theme “American gone Abroad.”
Honorable Mention: Kai-aakmann
This Korean label is just starting to emerge in the US, and the S/S 14 collection is perfect for all types of men; fashion forward, rock n’ roll, preppy and rugged. Everything was clean, with utilitarian elements thrown in for good measure. And the best part? All pieces are priced between $50 and $500.
*Image Courtesy of the Barbarian Agency
Jackie Fraser-Swan has done it again with her label Emerson. Emerson’s spring 2014 collection featured pretty and sophisticated silhouettes with a modern edge that went well with her Punk Rock Garden Party theme.
The collection was filled with black and white stripes, feminine floral prints, mixed textures and purple…lots of purple.
To finish off the look, models walked the runway with smooth long hair with a knotted twist at the top or purple flowers.
These gowns were beyond stunning — all of them were definitely red carpet worthy.
*Images Courtesy Of Fashion Palette
Honorable mention: Noon by Noor
I think this heavily-textured, floral, crop-top gown by “Noon by Noor” will go down in fashion history. What do you think?
*Image Courtesy Of Noon by Noor
Best Use of Metallics
Metallics are trendy, but they can be very difficult to wear for the un-trained style eye. Nicola Finetti not only made metallic easy to wear, but professional and classy (instead of edgy and clubby).
*Images Courtesy Of Fashion Palette
Most designs that grace the runways aren’t wearable for the average person, but Diego Binetti’s LOVE collection changes that:
Inspired by a love of different worlds, cultures, scenery and people, Binetti’s collection offers the consumer a window into the many worlds he has had the pleasure of exploring.
The collection has a very 1970’s Boho feel that would be perfect for the girl who likes that effortless-cool look.
Best Use Of Prints
This collection was just darling — very geeky chic. The prints ranged from bold to sophisticated, all modestly cut with extremely edgy accessories and outerwear to throw you off. The vision for this collection was “Parisian living in New York City.”
*Love this but can’t afford it? Be sure to check out Charlotte Ronson’s I Heart line at JCPenney!
Best New Designer
Lum by Lama Taher
Lama Taher is a fashion designer from Saudi Arabia. After studying in London for six years, she decided she wanted to take a break from academics and focus on her creativity. Her label Lum was born in 2010 and it’s absolutely stunning!
Lum’s mission is to design and provide modern simplicity and comfort combined with the elegance and grace of the Victorian era.
*Images Courtesy of Nolcha Fashion Week
Honorable Mentions: Leka and Studio 6th Sense
Leka is a Russian designer who gets her inspiration from modern architecture. Keep her on your radar if you love strong silhouettes!
Studio 6th Sense
Stephen Goudeau is the mastermind behind this label. Hailing from Louisiana, Goudeau makes sure all his designs are edgy, daring, style savvy and classy. His Spring 2014 collection is a breath of fresh air; the muted yellow and blue tones scream spring! My favorite look is below, but check out the whole collection here.
The Fashion Palette show held at Pier 59 in Chelsea was by far the most stunning and memorable show of all New York Fashion Week. It featured seven Australian designers: Samantha Wills, Akira, Nicola Finetti, Aurelio Costarella, Philippa Galasso, Steven Khalil and Mossee.
Most designs were either formal or formal day wear with the exception of one — Et Al, which was gothic-yet-seductive and more for the fashionista who likes to get double takes.
*Images Courtesy Of Fashion Palette
What was your favorite look from New York Fashion Week? Let us know in the comments below!
New York Fashion Week is a week long event that takes place twice a year in both February and September. Designers debut their new collections on the runway and trends are created.
The shows are always exciting but what excites me even is the fashionable attendees — celebs, bloggers, magazine editors, stylists and buyers. Every season, you’re bound to see the world’s most fashionable outside of Lincoln Center striking a pose for street style photographers. Instead of just watching yesterday, I decided to take a few photos of my own…
Below is what they wore on Sunday 9/8/13 — day four of NYFW:
Audrey Kitching struck a pose for me wearing numerous statement pieces — metallic pants, a neon shirt, a cow print bag, a bold necklace and fancy floral sunnies!
Metallic shoes and pink trousers? Yes!
Here we spotted crazy shoes and bold colors.
We even spotted the Hilton sisters! Paris opted for an edgy snake skin print dress while Nicky went for a cobalt blue dress and reflective sunglasses.
Totally fell in love with the mix of prints!
What was your favorite look from day four of Fashion Week? Let us know in the comments below!
The hottest fall trends were previewed way back in February during Fashion Week, but if you’re like most people, you were probably too busy longing for spring and summer to think about fall fashion. Don’t worry, however, as there’s still time to prepare!
Below are trends that have already started to emerge, as well as a few trends that you’ll start to see this September, all of which debuted at NYFW.
Fashion repeats itself approximately every twenty years, which is why the 90’s revival we’ve been witnessing this summer (platforms, crop tops, floral baby doll dresses…) isn’t really that surprising — Emerson was right on the money with plaid.
This fall you’re going to see the revival of plaid trousers, skirts, dresses and shorts. Instead of the grunge look; plaid t-shirts around the waist and light wash jeans, it’s going to be much classier. More office friendly.
According to the designer — Jackie Fraser-Swan:
For the Fall/Winter 2013 season, I was inspired by the idea of a beautiful post-apocalyptic world. With all the talk of 12/12/12, and “end of the world” movies coming out, I thought that it might be fun to play with that notion. In my story, the Earth would come back to life in a much more beautiful way than ever imagined.
Check out our Vine of the show:
Oxblood and Emerald
These are going to be the “it” colors this fall. As you may know, emerald is the color of the year and oxblood is usually the go-to lip and nail color for fall, but be prepared to see it on your clothes this year! Oxblood mixed with both grey and black was very prevalent at the 4 Corners of a Circle show.
The designer, Natsuko Kanno, wanted her collection to be a modern version of what the Samurai wore for battle in the 15th and 16th century. According to Kanno:
In today’s world and with traditional and modern battles still raging, one must go out into the world and fight for the life they want, find their own way, to make this world a better place.
Emerald ruled the Charlotte Ronson preview. Ronson is by far one of the hippest “Ready to Wear” designers out there for the younger set! Expect to see a mod twist of floral prints infused with the Pantone Color of the Year! Check out the energy of this preview by watching our Vine.
Black and White
This combo has never (and will never) go out of style, so if you’re not very adventurous when it comes to your style, you can never go wrong with this duo.
Norwegian fashion house, Nina Skarra debuted a collection filled with black, white and red in the form of perfectly tailored dresses and constructed jackets. If you could raid Pippa Middleton’s closet…this is what it would look like.
If you’ve been avoiding anything bold…now’s the time to get over your fear. Both Mara Hoffman and Paola Suhonen, the lead designer of Finnish brand Ivana Helsinki, debuted gorgeous collections filled with intense patterns and colors.
Hoffman’s collection is called “Mystics and Misfits.” Think orange, hot pink, yellow and turquoise mixed with worldly influences.
View the whole collection:
The colors in the “Rotterdam” collection by Ivana Helsinki were more on the earthy side; mustard yellow, dark blue and deep red. This collection was inspired by the pinup girls in Rotterdam, Holland in the 1960’s; nautical prints and color blocking with a 60’s mod twist.
On a budget friendly note, the Boohoo preview a few months back was filled with bold prints as well!
Black pea coats just aren’t going to cut it this fall. The Rebecca Minkoff fall 2013 collection was filled with coats with striking silhouettes, mixed textures and daring prints.
If you’re not brave enough to wear a plaid jacket or colorful coat with a fur collar, consider wearing a jacket that mixes leather and grey fabric. The mixed textures will give you an NYC edge.
Which one of these trends are you going to try this fall? Let us know in the comments below!
*A big thanks to Kim and Kristine for letting B&C cover two shows in their absence.
This uptown-chic faux hawk was by far our favorite hairstyle backstage at New York Fashion Week. When we asked celebrity hair stylist, Patrick Melville, the creator of the look, how to do it, we were shocked to learn that this intense hair-do isn’t difficult for us regular fashionistas to re-create at home.
The best part? Melville used only Aveeno products — we love seeing our favorite budget brands backstage!
One of the things I just love about dry shampoo is how versatile it is as a styling tool. For the Monika Chiang show, I applied the Aveeno Dry Shampoo to the root of the hair to create the texture and lift you see at the crown.
Below are five tips to create this faux hawk at home, a great look for a night out with the girls!
1. Wet the hair down with water, add a little volume spray at the root and apply a small amount of a styling glaze; blow dry hair with a paddle brush to help create shine.
2. Next, flat iron hair straight and apply Aveeno Pure Renewal Dry Shampoo to the root to create texture and lift. Next, use a tall comb to tease the root.
3. Take a paddle brush and smooth over hair for additional shine, your hair will still have a lot of volume up top.
4. Take a banana clip from the back of the head and tie it to create a faux hawk. Your hair on the side will be sleek, while hair on the crown will have volume.
5. Finally, tease the hair coming out of the banana clip to create texture, and spray a bit more dry shampoo at the end of the hair to create some separation to finish the look.
Think you’d ever try this look at home? Let us know in the comments below!
The first few days of New York Fashion Week were brutal. It was either snowing, hailing, raining, sleeting and at one time, there was a full-on blizzard outside.
Weather drama aside, we at Broke & Chic still managed to find super stylish peeps who picked fashion over warmth right outside of the tents at Lincoln Center. Below are the top 7 trends we spotted at NYFW!
1. Cobalt Blue
Blue is such a striking color, especially against the snow. These five ladies really rocked it.
2. Bold Prints
Asymmetrical, floral, stripes, it doesn’t really matter, as long as it’s bold! These three fashionistas really nailed the bold pattern look.
Get a similar pair of floral pants from Forever 21 here.
3. Evening Jackets
Evening jackets are an up-and-coming trend here in NYC. They usually have a bold print and aren’t meant for warmth.
If you love the evening jacket look, definitely stay tuned for Christian Siriano’s collection for HSN. It’ll be out this Spring! If you can’t wait that long, check this one out.
4. Metallic Shoes
Get ready, metallic shoes are going to be a must with every outfit this Spring!
5. Hot Pink Accessories
If your outfit feels a tad boring, a bright colored accessory will make it pop! Whether you make that statement piece your hat or clutch, you’re bound to turn a few heads.
When I think of Winter, the color white always comes to mind. It’s a shame when people think we should shun it after Labor Day. These three ladies decided to ignore the silly rule, and we’re happy they did. They look awesome!
Get a similar pair of black and white pants at Charlotte Russe for only $25.00!
Get a similar pair of white platform shoes from Ami Clubwear for under $50 here.
7. Charcoal Dress Pants
We think Coco Chanel would approve. These ladies look fierce!
What’s your favorite NYFW street style trend so far? Let us know in the comments below!
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!
Plum might be the lip color of choice for Fall but it’ll be all about deep red this upcoming Spring!
Also inspired by the 1940’s look, Moodie went with the classic chignon. His vision was “elegance in royalty”, giving the models a powerful look without being too over-the-top. He went with a center part to add even more of a statement.
The nails were done by Dashing Diva. They wanted a classic womanly manicure with an edge. They ended up using their Color fx in red.
The hair, makeup and nails tied in beautifully with the gorgeous designs of Naeem Khan. The collection was inspired by The Duchess of Windsor, exotic gardens, fiery skies, and the Arabian Sea.
According to Khan:
The focus of this collection is drawn from elemental beauty, and cultural landscapes: the intricacy of Moroccan art, geometric patterns, and delicate metalwork, as well as floral imagery, burning desert sunsets, and crashing ocean surf. These concepts were literally, and figuratively, translated into prints, beading, thread work and laser cut leather designs.
The collection has evoked to encompass daywear and separates keeping true to the high embellishment and timeless glamour.
Would you ever try the bold lip and strong brow look that graced the Naeem Khan runway?
I happend to walk by Rag & Bone earlier today and what did I see in the display window? Metallic jeans! At first I wasn’t 100% positive I liked them. But sure enough, a girl in Soho was rockin’ a pair in gold. Will this be the hot new thing this summer? They’re perfect for a night out, and will definitely make you stand out in a crowd!
Let the jeans do all the talking. Pair them with a simple black or white top and simple yet sexy heels. Add a black blazer for a more professional feel. If you don’t care for the jeans, try a pretty metallic skirt instead!
To find a Broke & Chic friendly pair you’re going to have to keep an eye out. H&M and Topshop would both be great places to start. If you’re okay with spending more than $40 try ASOS, Zara and Joe’s Jeans. Happy shopping!
What’s your honest opinion on this up and coming trend? Could you ever see yourself wearing a pair of metallic pants? Let us know in the comments below.
If you love all these looks but are afraid of the commitment and possible damage, then chalking is for you!
Chalking is a technique that can give you this unique hair without bleaching. Best of all…it works on dark hair too! It’s something fun you can do when you’re in the mood for a temporary change that can make a big impact.
What You’ll Need
Soft Pastel Chalk (no oil)
Water Filled Spray Bottle
An old t-shirt you don’t mind ruining.
1. Take a 1-inch strand of hair and wet it with a spray bottle (skip this step if you have blonde hair)
2. Apply gloves and take a pastel of your choice. Rub it on your hair strand until it’s at your desired vibrancy.
3. Blow dry the hair strand until completly dry.
4. Go over the strand with your flat iron. This will help set it in. Make sure it’s on its lowest setting.
5. Brush and style as usual!
This will wash out during your next shampoo, so do as many strands as you’d like!
*Warning* It might stay in your hair for a few shampoos if you have natural blonde hair.
Check out this video tutorial from the wonderful Kandee Johnson as well!
Beautiful Hair Chalking Results
What do you think of this rainbow hair trend? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!