6 New Designers That Need to Be on Your Radar

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Christian Siriano, Alexander Wang, Philip Lim…we all know they’re great, but they aren’t the only designers that need to be on your ready-to-wear wish-list.

Below you’ll find six of our favorite emerging designers — all modeled by Madison, our style contributor!

Karel Mills

Karel Mills was born and raised in France, graduated from a prestigious art and design school in 2005, and assisted Korean designer MOONYOUNGSHEE for four years.

After her experience working in the fashion industry, she decided to launch her own label in 2010.


We love the neutral colors and flowy pieces in her Spring/Summer 14 collection.

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Alax W Diamond

Alax W Diamond is a New York based fashion designer from Southern Thailand. His goal is to arm his wearers with strength and confidence. He expertly combines unique fabrics and cuts, creating ultra-modern pieces that are simultaneously edgy and feminine.

We love the mod vibe, bright colors, and structured pieces in his Spring/Summer 14 collection.




Since its launch in 2006 by Mikako Ishii, Ambali has developed into a global womenswear brand.

According to Ishii:

I design for the modern and suave woman. She is vibrant, cosmopolitan and never defined by any borders. She captures the beauty of zeitgeist through her impeccable style.


Kate Middleton would love this designer!



Catherine Litke is the talent behind LITKE. She was born in Poland and received her B.F.A. from New York University in 2010. Following her graduation, Catherine worked under some of the fashion industry’s top stylists and editors, and it was her extensive travel during this period that inspired her to create her namesake line of impeccably crafted pieces, all made in the United States.

Her line is a combination of classic minimalism and eccentric tailoring.


Cidenzi Mori

Joel Cidenzi, based in New York City, was born in Thailand and transplanted to Los Angeles, where he graduated from OTIS College of Art and Design. After graduation, he worked with big names such as Suwannagate and Rag & Bone. In 2012, he decided to go off on his own with his label, Cidenzi Mori.

During the Vietnam War, his hometown was a military base full of American military camps. For his Spring/Summer 2014 collection, he took inspiration from American GI’s in the 1970’s, and combined it with the city’s famous orchid farm to create a mix of strong and soft. The end result is a full blown collision of military and hippie!



Valentine Gauthier

Valentine Gauthier is an eco-friendly designer from France. We love the boho-feel of her most recent collection. Perfect for spring!


Valentine Gauthier is sold at Anthropologie, New York Look, and Satine Boutique in the U.S.



Which designer was your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!


Lights, Camera, Broke Fashion: Get That ‘High’ Fashion Look Without The Expense

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Typically, my favorite part of a magazine involves the last few pages, when there’s a beautiful editorial spread. All the models have their hair and makeup done in a unique way, and outfits are almost always stunning.

But once we look in the corner to find out where the clothes are from — and see the price — we quickly get depressed and shut the magazine.

In the past, I would go to these pages to get inspiration before a shopping trip, being well aware I could never afford what the models were actually wearing. Well, we at Broke & Chic teamed up with fashion photographer Marcus Cooper, makeup artist Kyle Harder and Redlight PR to show you that you don’t have to wear head-to-toe designer to look like a million bucks.

Just watch our NYC-based model, Ulla in action!

What was your favorite look? Let us know in the comments below!

*All styling by Amanda Raye of Broke & Chic

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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!



Sneak Peek: Marni for H&M

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This season, H&M has teamed up with Italian label Marni to give us some tasteful high street fashion at an affordable price. Marni is famed for their vintage-inspired prints, shapes and fabrics mixed with European bohemianism. This collaboration will surly be H&M’s most sought after designer collection yet!

This collection features sexy wooden pumps, classy polka dots, oversized necklaces and loud silk prints — it just radiates 1960’s mod.

Who wouldn’t want classic Marni designs with an H&M price tag in their wardrobe?! Item’s start at only $19.95 and end at $129. Get your paws on this collection March 8th at select H&M stores and online.

Marni for H&M Lookbook

What items are first on your list? We’re loving the metallic wooden heels!


Are you a Broke Girl that Loves Designer?

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You’re in luck! Check out Rent The Runway, a website dedicated to girls like you (and me)! Rent the Runway lets you access your dream wardrobe for all life’s special occasions at 90% off retail prices. Chose current season fashion from over 95 designers for every black tie gala, wedding, date, holiday or night on the town. Filter through the available dresses by price, style, occasion or even body type! They even have a stylist you can call if you need extra help!

Why it’s so Wonderful

  • You can wear those sexy runway dresses without the $1000+ swipe of your credit card!
  • They send you an extra size! Just in case the first one doesn’t fit!
  • It’s only $25 to add on another dress for the same dates!
  • It’s free to sign up!
  • The day after your event just send it back. THEY do the dry cleaning!
  • You don’t have to pay the return shipping!
  • Worried about spilling grape juice? Squirting ketchup? Sticking the zipper? It’s only $5 for insurance!
  • Rentals start at only $40!

Example: Runway to Celeb to YOU!

  • Lela Rose: Fall 2010
  • Retail: $1,395

Kristen Bell rocking the dress at an event!

Rent for $150 on Rent the Runway! (Retail: $1,395)