Burning Man Starts Now – Take Two

Konstantina Konstantinidi Nikolas Necklace $162.00Silvia Rossi Peacock Feather Necklace $671.00

Rebecca Minkoff Fringe Tassel Necklace $148.00Daniela Bustos Maya grey Plumas Necklace $165.00

Zoe Tassel Knecklace $69.00Boticca Dusty Pink Feather Necklace $80.00


Club Monaco Rosario Necklace $495.00Isabel Marant Gold Tone Crystal and Feather Necklace

Burning Man is back on. That is, the rain has stopped, the dirt/sand has dried up, and they are letting people into the grounds again. The festival had to close on opening day due to severe rain and thunderstorms, turning away thousands of RV’s and cars. Mother Nature is back on board and the music and festivities shall continue.

Yet, you don’t have to weather the crowds and all out craziness that ensues when thousands of people get together to experience a taste of the Burning Man vibe. This fall’s feather and tassel trend can let you participate (albeit, in a small way) without facing the all out madness of a festival.

Make a statement in Konstantina Konstantinidi’s vibrant blue and green feather Nikolas necklace, or try Isabel Marant’s somewhat subdued version in gold tone crystals and feathers. For a peacock look with no feathers, Silvia Rossi’s stunning necklace is made from rhodium plated brass, acrylic and plexiglas. Love it!!

While my preferred tassel versions were simpler and sleeker -  love both Rebecca Minkoff’s fringe tassel necklace, and Club Monaco’s leather and beaded one; Daniela Bustos’ maya grey Plumas version proves they can make a statement as well.

Check here for Burning Man traffic reports.

Konstantina Konstantinidi Nikolas Necklace $162.00 // Silvia Rossi Peacock Feather Necklace $671.00 // Daniela Bustos Maya Grey Plumas Necklace $165.00 // Boticca Dusty Pink Feather Necklace $80.00 // Isabel Marant Gold Tone Crystal and Feather Necklace // Club Monaco Rosario Necklace $495.00 // Zoe Tassel Knecklace $69.00 // Rebecca Minkoff Fringe Tassel Necklace $148.00

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Best Dressed At The Emmy’s

Anna Chumlsky In Zac PosenLizzy Kaplan In Donna Karan Atelier

Allison Williams In Giambattista ValliTaissa Farmiga In Honor

Julianna Marguilies Narcisco RodriguezMichelle Monaghan In Giambattista Valli Couture

I have to take a moment, get this off my chest before I can go onto the amazing fashion of last night’s Emmy’s. Everyone nominated in the Best Actor in a Drama Series (especially winner Bryan Cranston) are incredibly talented actors, yet I don’t understand how Matthew McConaughey did not win for True Detective?? Just thinking out loud.

On to the beautiful fashion of the evening. It was a great melange of classic, chic dresses, merged with slightly edgy dresses, and delightful touches of uniqueness. Thanks to Sarah Hyland in Christian Siriano, and Kiernan Shipka in Antonio Berardi, wonderfully representing the youth, we had moments of freshness and modern age dressing infused into the evening.

I applaud Taissa Farmiga’s choice of her Honor’s amazing black and white dress (looked as if blank ink had bled done her bodice) with a lace skirt overlay (a superb risk taking choice). Jessica Pare’s stunning choice of Lanvin’s uniquely hemmed gown, and the always breath-taking Julianna Marguilies in her chic and oh so sexy (from the back) Narcisco Rodriguez were visions in black.

At the total opposite end of the color spectrum were the classic, but no less gorgeous, white dresses of Anna Chumlsky in a short-sleeved, fish tailed gorgeous Zac Posen gown, and Michelle Monaghan in a long-sleeved, elegant beauty of a dress with a front high slit from Giambattista Valli Couture.


Kiernan Shipka In Antonio BerardiSarah Hyland In Christian Siriano

Julianne Hough In DsquaredJessica Pare In Lanvin

Anna Chumlsky In Zac Posen // Lizzy Kaplan In Donna Karan Atelier // Taissa Farmiga In Honor // Michelle Monaghan In Giambattista Valli Couture // Sarah Hyland In Christian Siriano // Jessica Pare In Lanvin // Julianne Hough In Dsquared // Julianna Marguilies Narcisco Rodriguez // Allison Williams In Giambattista Valli

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When Does Want = Need??

3.1 Phillip Lim Oversized Knitted Sweater $595.00ZARA DOUBLE BUCKLE SKIRT WITH SLIT $99.00

Gucci Leather Horsebit Knee Boot $1495.00Screen Shot 2014-08-23 at 9.51.37 PM

While I like to embrace every breath of summer that exists this chic look almost, emphasis on the almost, makes me yearn for crisp cool days where a sweater and boots like these are not only coveted but needed.

If how swiftly summer flew by is any indication, these days will be here soon enough. You will have to pardon my obsession with these Gucci boots (you have seen them more than once or twice on COS), but I am sooo obsessed with them. I think I need a tall and a short pair (in black) this fall/winter!

I’ve also fallen for the color combo of camel – love the Zara asymmetrical hemmed skirt, brown and grey — 3.1 Phillip Lim oversized chunky sweater (another fall must have). This irresistible color combo is classic and modern simultaneously!! Now, if I could only fall for a guy this easily!

3.1 Phillip Lim Oversized Knitted Sweater $595.00 // Zara Double Buckle Skirt With Slit $99.00 // J Crew Horn Hobo $268.00 on sale 25% off //Gucci Leather Horsebit Knee Boot $1495.00

P.S I forgot to mention in yesterday’s post, I’ll be going into much more detail regarding each fall trend in upcoming posts.

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Fall 2014 Biggest Trends

Sonia RykielChloe

Knits: whether head to toe, boyfriend size sweaters, or big chunky sweaters with uber wide turtlenecks, this is the year to invest in cozy, comfortable ultra modern knits.



Fur: Mixed with leather, colored, shearling, real or fake (be kind, wear fake), fur was everywhere on the runways. It can be a big investment, but believe me this trend will be around for quite some time. (Gucci & Sacai)

Louis VuittonSaint Laurent

Swinging Sixties: Fall’s retro trend emerged from the catwalks of Paris — Louis Vuitton, Saint Laurent and Valentino all imparted new life into the sixties dollybird dresses. Italy was in the vibe too, displaying Peacoats, full mini’s and ankle cropped pants.

CelineChristopher Kane

Slouchy Pants: Skinny pants aren’t going anywhere soon, but there’s a new relative in town. A more relaxed, roomier pant with a fresh new look yet still just as chic. (Celine & Christopher Kane)

Dries Van NotenPeter Pilatto

Pop Art: Prints aren’t going anywhere this fall, and you certainly can’t miss them. In fact, they might have you doing double takes. One might even frame them as Pop Art on your walls?? (Dries Van Noten)

Haider AckermanDVF

Dresses Over Pants: Speaking of not going anywhere. The dress over pants look has decided to stick around. I love how fall textures and fabrics give it a whole new vibe. I’m in love with this Haider Ackermann look.


Spiced Up Evening Wear: Leave it to designers such as Givenchy, Valentino and Mary Katrantzou to add a little (or a lot) of zest, spice and humor to evening wear. It’s nice to see evening wear that doesn’t all look the same. I wonder how many of thee beauties will make it to the red carpet? Also, look for lots of sheer evening wear this fall.

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Model Moment – Daria Werbowy

Daria Werbowy AG Jeans

One of my favorite models, Daria Werbowy (the other being Lara Stone) looks striking in this simple yet ultra chic look. I’ve been toying with the idea of getting loafers this fall, and Daria’s look in AG Jean’s fall ad has sealed the deal. I’m not one to copy an ensemble from head to toe, I like to put my own imprint on a look, conform it to my own style, but in this case I will make a concession!

Along with the deluge of the long-awaited Fall Fashion magazines comes the designers and brands Fall Campaigns. The only model featured in more campaigns this season than Daria, is Cara Delevignie who is everywhere (Chanel, Burberry, DKNY, Top Shop, Mulberry, YSL Beauty, Balmain…you get the idea).

Below are some of the favorites of Daria’s Fall Campaigns.


Equipment (above and below) photographed by the model herself.






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2 Heads Are Better Than 1

Gwyneth Paltrow & Diane Von Furstenberg

I’ve always been a big fan of Gwyneth Paltrow, never could understand the people who heavily criticize her every move. She’s a talented actress, has incredible style, a great mom, and in general a caring and thoughtful human being. And then there is goop, which I love!!

She may promote a lifestyle I can’t always afford, but many times I have found clothes I adore and beautiful places and hotels I not only didn’t know existed, but can’t wait to visit. I love her attention to organic and healthy eating, the fantastic recipes and beauty secrets she shares with her readers. I find goop to be a plethora of inspiration!

Her collaborations with many of my favorite designers have always been spot on trend; they’ve covered a wide variety of goodies — beauty, jewelry, shoes, clothes, home, and the prices vary from affordable to splurge worthy. Her latest collaboration inspired by her mutual admiration and friendship with Diane Von Furstenberg is set to debut on September 10th on goop.com. (Prices vary from $298.00 to $598.00) I’ve got my eyes on that jumpsuit for sure!!

DVF x Goop

Another fabulous collaboration soon to hit Target stores, Target online and Net-a-Porter ( September 14th) is Altuzarra for Target. By now I’m sure you’ve seen the entire collection. Here are the pieces that are on my wish list.

Ruby Red Velvet BlazerRuby Red Velvet Tuxedo Pant

Python Print BlouseGreen Python Sweatshirt

Black Over The Knee BootBlack Orchid Print Maxi Dress

Green Python Flounce SkirtBlack Tuxedo Pant

Black Ankle BootBrown Smooth Belt

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Trend Report — Shades Of Grey

3.1 Phillip Lim Oversized Knitted Sweater $595.00Zara High-Neck, Cable Knit Sweater $99.90

J Crew Collection Cashmere Sweater $278.00Balenciaga Chunky Rib-Kit Cocoon Sweater $995.00

Saint Laurent Fair Isle Sweater $673.00Stella McCartney Wool-Blend Sweater $804.00 on sale for $402.00

Not only are knits the trend of the season  – worn head to toe, in pants, skirts, dresses and jumpers the color to wear them in is grey. Light grey, charcoal or dove grey, which ever of the numerous shades you prefer its out there this season. And, in almost any silhouette – love the Balenciaga cocoon cardigan sweater – fabric style.

I’m tending to favor the over sized knits this year –3.1 Phillip Lim’s and Zara’s are two shining examples. I’ll wear them with everything from jeans to leggings to skirts – knitted and otherwise. But, I’ve always had an affinity for Fair Isle sweaters, and Saint Laurent’s fitted version is an easy to fall for!

Let the first sweater you buy this season be on trend in grey. And let us in on which version of grey knits you choose!

Clockwise: 3.1 Phillip Lim Oversized Knitted Sweater $595.00 // Zara High-Neck, Cable Knit Sweater $99.90 // Balenciaga Chunky Rib-Knit Cocoon Sweater $995.00 // Stella McCartney Wool-Blend Sweater $804.00 on sale for $402.00 // Saint Laurent Fair Isle Sweater $673.00 // J Crew Collection Cashmere Sweater $278.00

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The September Issue

September Issue

It’s that time again. My favorite time of year, besides, of course, the first day of summer, when all the September fashion issues start hitting the news stands. Culminating in the biggest and most anticipated among them, Vogue!!

I’m also pleased as punch to report that the cover features models over celebrities which has become to much of the norm as late, especially on the ‘new season’ fashion editions.

This September issues features ‘The Instagirls’ — Joan Smalls, Cara Delevingne and Karlie Kloss — alluding to their millions of followers on the platform. The cover is a pull out that also features’ Arizona Muse, Edie Campbell, Imaan Hammam, Fei Fei Sun, Vanessa Axente and Andreea Diaconu.

I pray this is one trend that will last a long while, and will see the return of models where they belong — on the COVER of fashion mags!!

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Monkey See

A Most Wanted Man

A Most Wanted Man, a thrilling and superb espionage film based on John Le Carre’s (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and The Spy Who Came in From the Cold) novel about the aftermath of 9/11 and the choices countries make under the guise of national security. Directed with a deft hand, Anton Corbijn (The Americans), subtly lays out the train of events that unfolds in a twist turning climax. With the aide of exquisite cinematography by Benoît Delhomme, and Australian screenwriter Andrew Bovell’s emotional storytelling, Corbijn delivers a film that’s as atmospheric as it is provocative.

Yet, the real star of the movie is Phillip Seymour Hoffman (in his final film), with one of his most nuanced and brilliant performances. Kenneth Turan sums up Hoffman’s expert portrayal of German intelligence officer, Gunther Bachmann, in his Los Angeles Times review, ” He manages to be simultaneously disheveled and determined, phlegmatic and emotional, a harsh interrogator and a warm paternal figure in a performance that feels completely natural, even off the cuff.”

The entire cast, which includes Rachel McAdams, William Defoe, Grigoriy Dobrygin, Robin Wright, as well as German actors Nina Hoss, Franz Hartwig and an underused Daniel Brühl, along with Homayoun Ershadi and Mehdi Dehbi, are well casted and excellent.

This a definite must see movie, and I imagine come award season, one that will be heavily nominated.

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DKNY x Cara

DKNY x Cara Capsule CollectionDKNY x Cara Capsule Collection

DKNY x Cara Capsule CollectionDKNY x Cara Capsule Collection

Today there aren’t many more models sought after than Cara Delevingne — Chanel, Burberry, Balmain, and over the last two years has been the face of four DKNY’s campaigns. Cara is also one of social media’s darlings with over a million followers! It’s no wonder the ‘It’ girl and the designer Donna Karen have collaborated on a capsule collection for DKNY.

The collection captures Cara’s tomboy vibe (along with the trend in athletic wear), and truly represents her personal style. Her mark is easily seen in the entire collab displaying her involvement in the design of the items. DKNY x Cara (24 pieces) includes everything from  jackets (my favorite part of the collection) — leather blazer and bombers, parkas — to running pants with a matching blazer, jumpsuits, chic and comfy logo tees (one with her darling mug on it, see above), crop tops, and sports bras stylish enough to wear outside the gym.

According to Fashonista, the prices for the collection will range from $70 to $370 and will be available at DKNY’s Madison Avenue store, Bloomingdale’s 59th St. store, DKNY.com and Shopbop starting October 15.

Check out some of my favorite pieces !

DKNY x Cara Capsule CollectionDKNY x Cara Capsule Collection

DKNY x Cara Capsule CollectionDKNY x Cara Capsule Collection

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