The 10 Prettiest Dresses at NYFW
Posted 3 weeks ago by Amanda Raye
Year after year, season after season, New York Fashion Week debuts the most stunning gowns and dresses.
Although we’ll most likely never get to wear one, we just had to share the 10 dresses that took our breath away as they graced the runway.
1. Gail Be
Just wow! Attendee’s actually started to cheer when this gown went down the runway.
2. Alon Livné
Alon Livné is already popular with celebrities so it’ll take no time at all for this gown to be at a red carpet event.
3. Erin Featherston
It’s simple, elegant and timeless.
4. Steven Khalil
Steven Khalil hails from Australia and blows us away every season! This metallic, laser-cut gown from his Fall 2014 collection really stood out.
5. Philippa Galasso
This Philippa Galasso dress is dark, mysterious and extremely unique! We could totally see this being worn by Lorde at a fancy red carpet event.
6. Leanne Marshall
This dress really stood out since the silhouette is stunning and the color is sweet and romantic.
The length of this gown is what caught our eye the most!
This velvet dress is extremely sexy. No one can mess with velvet!
9. Lela Rose
The color of this gown is what makes it so gorgeous. Magenta is such a playful color!
10. Dany Tabet
The perfect amount of sheer mixed with the perfect amount of sparkle and embellishment.
Which gown is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!
Trend Alert: Sporty Chic Backstage at NYFW
Posted 3 weeks ago by Amanda Raye
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!
Our Favorite Ready-to-Wear Looks from NYFW
Posted 4 weeks ago by Amanda Raye
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!
Charlotte Ronson’s F/W 2014 collection is dark, mysterious and oh-so romantic. The look below will be perfect for long walks in the park this fall.
Photo Credit: Dan Lecca
Our favorite from the ready-to-wear runway show for Manufacture NY was Abacaxi. This dress from her new collection would be perfect for a night out with the girls!
To make it more work friendly, simply add a black blazer.
Photo Credit: Udor Photography
Nolcha Fashion Week always has talented new designers, but Katty Xiomara really stood out since her collection was inspired by Peanut characters (Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the gang).
We’ve been crushing on Christian Benner’s work for months and fell even more in love at his runway show last night. Wouldn’t you just love that white leather jacket to be a part of your wardrobe?
This print from Gabrielle Arruda is just what the doctor ordered. Perfect for school, the office or a date at a trendy Lower East Side bar.
Which ready-to-wear look was your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!
5 Beauty Tips from Miss United States Herself
Posted 4 weeks ago by Amanda Raye
We had the honor of meeting Candiace Dillard at the Doré Runway show this past week. Candiace is a beauty queen that currently holds the title of “Miss United States.” How fancy!
It’s not everyday you meet a beauty queen, and that’s why we had to ask her a few questions! Below she shared with us her favorite beauty products and how she stays flawless on busy days:
- 1. Oil sheets are your best friend! Even if you don’t have oily skin, they’ll keep your foundation looking fresh.
- 2. Make your eyes pop by lining your upper lash line.
- 3. A good brow can change your life! See a professional regularly for a good shaping and start filling in your brows with a pencil.
- 4. Use clip-ins to create the illusion of longer, fuller hair. They’re way cheaper than extensions and won’t damage your hair.
- 5. Matte lipsticks can double as a stain when you set them with loose powder.
She can’t live without MAC’s Fix+ setting spray and bronzer in Gold Deposit. According to Candiace:
“The spray gets rid of the caky look by giving your skin a dewy finish.”
To learn more about Candiace, go here.
*Photo via Getty Images
6 New Designers That Need to Be on Your Radar
Posted 4 months ago by Amanda Raye
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 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.
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.
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 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!
Runway Report: NYFW S/S 2014
Posted 5 months ago by Amanda Raye
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…
This swimsuit and coverup collection is simply stunning — lots of neutral colors and sophisticated cover-ups that can double as luncheon attire.
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.
*Watch the show here.
*Photos by Dan Lecca
Honorable Mention: Karo
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.
*Watch the show here.
*Images Courtesy Of Emerson
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!
Street Style: Fashionable Duos at NYFW
Posted 6 months ago by Amanda Raye
Today is the last day of New York Fashion Week. To finish it off right, we did some street style photos outside of Lincoln Center. Just take a look at these fashionable duos!
Those Barbie pink lips and mint shoes…love it!
These two ladies look super classy, but to give some edge to their outfits they each added something special…a torn t-shirt and a studded clutch!
I think this is an actual couple. How cute are they?!
Those legs, those shoes, those pants…so jealous!
Pink hair and neon clothes…these two girls really stood out. If you love that neon lace dress, find a similar one here.
Which was your favorite fashionable duo? Let us know in the comments below!
NYFW: Here’s What They Wore on Day 4
Posted 6 months ago by Amanda Raye
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!
5 Trends to Expect This Fall According to NYFW
Posted 7 months ago by Amanda Raye
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.
Trend Alert: Are Capes The Next Big Thing?
Posted 12 months ago by Amanda Raye
As history buffs will know, capes were once quite popular during the 19th century for both men and women. Today, they’re still common as rain-wear in various military units and police forces, but have been missing from the modern fashion world. Now, things are changing:
Capes were all over the place during New York Fashion Week last February on both the models and attendees. Below you’ll see Gabriella Wilde after attending the Burberry Prorsum show on February 18, 2013.
Below is fashion model Malgosia Bela wearing a cape in the Vogue Italia Couture Supplement by Paolo Roversi for the March 2013 issue.
Do you think capes will eventually make an appearance at budget stores such as Forever 21 and Necessary Clothing? We’re on the fence. Wearing a cape could either look stunning or weird, there really isn’t an in-between.
What are you thoughts? Let us know in the comments below!
DIY: Recreate This Uptown-Chic Faux Hawk From NYFW
Posted 1 year ago by Amanda Raye
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!
First, Melville created lots of volume for his female version of the faux hawk using Aveeno Pure Renewal Dry Shampoo. According to Melville:
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 4 Best Nail Trends Backstage at NYFW Fall 2013
Posted 1 year ago by Amanda Raye
It’s no longer a secret: nail art is trendy. Over time, there’s always been a nail shape or color more popular than others, but now, nails have a new level of importance in the fashion industry.
Broke & Chic had backstage access at New York Fashion Week, and now we’re back to share the top nail trends from the likes of Emerson, Monika Chiang, Rebecca Minkoff and Charlotte Ronson!
1. Picture Frame Nails
Charlotte Ronson had a very 60′s mod vibe for her presentation on February 8th; the lead nail artist, Simcha Whitehill, wanted something just as unique as the era. She went with a simple black and white from Color Club.
How To: This look is easy to do on your own. To start, pick two different color polishes that you feel go together. Then, polish your nails as you usually would with the first color and wait a few minutes for it to dry. Then, with a different color, frame it. After that’s dry, take the first color you used and paint the tip.
Lace was used for the makeup backstage at Monika Chiang, but it was also used on the nails backstage at Emerson.
Before the show, the team of nail artists painted press-on nails with a lace design. They used press-on nails due to the short time span they had to work with backstage. But you, of course, can recreate this look on your own nail.
How To: According to Miss Pop, all you need is a dotting tool. You can find one at your local Sally’s for under $6.00. First, paint your nails using a pearl color. They used Pure Porcelain by Orly. After that dries, dip your dotting tool into a black polish and dot your nail three times. Then connect the dots!
3. Asymmetrical French Manicure
Nail artists from Lancome were the brains behind this look backstage at Monika Chiang. They ended up using Vernis in Love in Madame Tulipe and Vernis in Love in Noir Caviar. To add some glam, they added gold tips and gold rings to the ring fingers.
4. Oil Slick
Backstage at Rebecca Minkoff, the nails were done by Essie and the design was inspired by one of the metallic patterns used on her handbags. All five of the colors below were used on each nail to give that rainbow oil slick effect.
As Gold As It Gets
How To: Achieve the look yourself by putting a small drop of each color on your nail. Immediately after, take a clean nail brush and swirl the colors together so they cover your entire nail.
What nail look was your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!
*A big thanks to Kristine of Beauty in NYC for having us cover Rebecca Minkoff, Charlotte Ronson and Monika Chiang in her absence.