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Ladylike and Loving It
Wednesday August 31, 2011 No comments yet
Listen up ladies, this season is dedicated to you! We’re channeling your demure charm with dropped hemlines, nipped-in waists and ultra-feminine details faster than you can say white-gloved beauty.

ladylike fashion?
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Whether it’s Audrey Hepburn, Charlotte York, or Blair Waldorf that speaks your style, ladylike fashion is coming your way. On the A/W 11 – 12 runways Gucci, Bottega, Veneta, Fendi and Alberta Ferreti amped up the girly appeal with softer fabrics and woman-loving silhouettes. On the red carpet, sexy starlets Jaime King, Carey Mulligan and Eva Mendes chose the ladylike look over its flesh-baring alter ego for a sweet sophistication. And we are loving the results! These ladies showed us how it’s done—a whole lot of proper without too much prim. The new femme fatale, if you will. So to all you ladies in the house, we are stepping out in your honor. Read on to see how we do it.

Take it down a notch. Similar to the stock market these days, hemlines are going up, then dropping down. Up then down. Right now, in the dress department,  we’re loving a little length. It gives a modernly modest touch that leaves us elegantly refined. Add panache to your ensemble with this ladylike number by Boutique. Pair with t-strap heels and white tights for an entirely feminine feel. 

Nip it in the bud. A ladylike silhouette often relies on an hourglass figure, but 
unfortunately, not everyone is blessed with those curves. Our advice? Fake it! Cinch your waist in this party favorite by Alfred Sung. Or hug your hips in this haute number by Jovani. Long gloves and a crisp clutch will bring it home in pure ladylike fashion.

Tie one on. This season, a feminine detail you won’t want to miss is the bow. Whether it’s imported from the 70s workplace as a bow-blouse, or adorned on an accessory for a 40s flair, we’re adding bows to our outfits like the icing on a cake. For a sleek and sexy way to bring on the bow, step into this ladylike frock by Boutique . All class with a touch of sass! 
 

Scala Homecoming 2011 Video
Monday August 29, 2011 No comments yet
Set to sparkle at homecoming? Then Scala's 2011 fall collection has your number. Get fierce and fabulous in a long-sleeve mini that's all aglow in the latest fall hues or unleash your inner gypsy in a golden frock that lights up a room with sparkle. Break out the daring eye makeup, put some feathers in your updo, and do homecoming the daring way.


 

Jovani Homecoming 2011 Video
Friday August 26, 2011 No comments yet
Want to make a stylish and flirty splash this year at homecoming? Then Jovani has just the dress for you. This year's Jovani homecoming lineup includes many short and sweet cocktail dresses. Ranging from flirty and sweet to club-ready and edgy, you can find what suits your fancy in lace, sequins, feathers, and tulle. Live it up, ladies, and do homecoming the Jovani way!


 

Fall '11 Trends: Pastel Power
Wednesday August 24, 2011 1 Comment
Think pastels and spring looks typically come to mind. But rethinking a pastel look for fall can help you look chic at a September wedding, or capture the look of a dreamy ‘50s ingénue for a homecoming dance next back-to-school season.
 
Pastels, like no other color palette, give an impressionist touch to your look, softening silhouettes and adding a dreamy, ethereal feel to designs. Look at the difference between this ultra-feminine Mon Cheri dress in peach versus a stronger royal blue: the pastel peach gives it a look worthy of an aristocrat in a 17th century portrait. The flesh tone is surprisingly sexy given the style as well; pair it with some nude pumps and smoky bronzed eye makeup for a smoldering look. 

fall pastels 

Few colors say ‘50s like mint green. This pastel has a cool, icy look that can take in into looks for the fall and winter months. This Mac Duggal formal design has an updated mermaid shape and elegant platinum beading.  This shorter, flirtier version is perfect for a first dance in shades of pastel green, aqua, or lilac.
 
Pastels can compliment fair skinned blondes or brunettes as well as those with darker skin tones. They pop at night like white, when it’s too late in the season or not the right occasion—like a wedding—to don a dress in white.
 
Pastel pink is a beautiful look for night, with an innocent look for a formal 15th birthday party or sweet 16. This retro and ultra-girly mermaid gown is fit for anyone’s inner princess with layers of tulle under a corset bodice.  Or, bring out your baby blues in a Cinderella-worthy style in powder puff blue.
 
Yellow has been a huge trend, and pastel yellow is a softer, more demure approach to the look. Take this gown into the cooler months for a formal occasion with brown or pewter pumps and a matching beaded clutch. 
 

Style Icon: Kate Moss
Monday August 22, 2011 No comments yet
Kate Moss is the cool girl with the care not attitude. If we could hand out grades based on stylish aptitude, she gets an E—Exudes. Exceptional. Effortlessness. As the face that never goes out of style, according to Time Magazine, Kate continues to intrigue with the blink of a smoky kohl eye.

Kate Moss wedding dress
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Making her debut on the runway with glamazons Cindy Crawford and Linda Evangelista, the 5’7’’ waif quickly found her strut, and surpassed the lifespan of the average supermodel. From cover girl to artist muse to designer to boho bride, the allure of Kate requires more than a pretty face. Her personal style has garnered more attention than any magazine could hope to achieve. She’s a trendsetter while ignoring all the latest trends. Let’s take a peek at some of the elements that make up Kate’s signature style.

Leather and lace: Kate brings an edge to every outfit. Sometimes in the obvious ways such as skin tight leather pants or a shaggy fur. Other times it’s unexpected such as when she took scissors to her Lanvin gown creating a shredded cloud of couture. Either way it’s undeniably cool. Dress like Kate tip: wear a downtown leather jacket over a full-length gown, add ankle boots and bed head hair. Get ready to rock and roll!

Vintage flair: Kate has a sixth sense for discovering vintage gems. When she was a teenager she’d scour the London flea markets for top notch quality and unreplicable silhouettes. She’s shared her knowledge as designer for both Topshop and Longchamp by incorporating those vintage treasures from her closet. Dress like Kate tip: buy a second hand blazer then pair with a printed mini and tights. Finders, keepers!

Bohemian rhapsody: The wedding of Kate Moss and Jamie Hince captured the free-flowing theme perfectly—see for yourself in the September issue of Vogue. In the cover story the bride confesses to a soft spot for the British television documentary series Big Fat Gypsy Weddings which sealed the deal for the supermodel / rocker marriage. The dress was exactly as it should’ve been—vintage inspired, slim fitting with sequins and delicate sheer paneling. Dress like Kate tip:  slip into a billowy bloused mini, layer pendant necklaces, a floppy hat and over-the-knee boots. It’s all in the romantic details.

Eclectic mélange: Ultimately, it’s how Kate blends all of the above that makes her a true style icon. Her look is effortless! She has said that she doesn’t think in terms of outfits, but rather throws together what feels right for the night. Dress like Kate tip: wear what you love, what works well on your body, and let the cool girl attitude shine through. 

 

Sleeve up for Fall
Thursday August 18, 2011 No comments yet
The first clue arrived in all-out glamour as Anne Hathaway, Angelina Jolie and Leighton Meester wowed us with their drawn out elegance at the Golden Globes. Following suit came the A/W 11 -12  fashion shows where Lanvin, Stella McCartney and Yves Saint Laurent expanded on the theme with inspired variations for the runway. But when Kate Middleton arrived at Westminster Abbey in full length gorgeousness, the deal was sealed. Long-sleeve dresses are in!

long sleeve dresses on red carpet

Totally tasteful and completely chic, long sleeves provide the perfect balance to a sexy frock. It's a refreshing response to the overly revealing dresses that sometimes plague the red carpet. Though several designers including Tory Burch, Rag & Bone and Pamella Roland went gorilla style for Fall with fur sleeves, there was a bevy of others who kept their sleeves clean. Here are a few of our favorite sleeve options for Fall. No fur necessary.

Call them balloon, pirate or billowy, these sleeves are floaty and fabulous. Easy to wear, especially when sheer, voluminous sleeves are meant to flatter in the most feminine of ways. This classy piece by Mignon is entirely appropriate for a black tie affair, or a red carpet event. To keep it chic, go easy on the jewels. Sparkly earrings and a cocktail ring set the tone for simple refinement.

Love them or hate them, you can't ignore them—the strong shoulder is here for Fall, and for this look you need a healthy sleeve. Think glamour with a rock star edge, the strong shoulder is often seen on Rihanna, Kate Moss and Mary Kate Olsen. Push the envelope in this glitterati of a dress by Issue NY, and get ready for girls night out!

If you love the strong  shoulder, but veer more in a ladylike direction, then pare down in this form fitting lovely by Janique. It's trim silhouette is minimalism at it's best while the below-the-knee hemline is modernly right. Add a touch of bling and a smart clutch for pure girly delight.

We couldn't talk about sleeves without mentioning lace, another must-have for Fall. This black lacy frock by Sentimental winks at the royal wedding gown while maintaining it's own degree of drama. Great for date night, this sultry number turns up the volume to hot hot hot.
 

Dress & Tell Winner July 2011
Friday August 12, 2011 No comments yet
It's time for another Dress & Tell winner! (Drumroll please...) The July 2011 winner is the lovely Kara, wearing a flashy-fun cocktail dress by Terani. The rhinestone embellishments are a big hit, and really, she just can't go wrong in that color. Congrats Kara, enjoy your $200 credit to NewYorkDress.com.

Dress & Tell winner
 

Terani Homecoming 2011 Video
Wednesday August 10, 2011 No comments yet
Nobody does posh quite like Terani, and this season's homecoming dresses are no exception. If you want to saunter into the Homecoming 2011 season wearing something sleek, embellished, and effortlessly sexy, then we have some styles for you to consider. Watch and see, but don't say we didn't warn you that these are hot!

 

Dressing for a Vegas Weekend
Monday August 08, 2011 No comments yet
Vegas is a city that can be equal parts class and crass—and depending on whether you are there for a romantic weekend at a luxury hotel or a wild, “what happens in Vegas, stays there” bachelorette party, you need to dress the part.

Vegas Weekend
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The good news is that, even if you are having a champagne and Cirque du Soleil-filled Vegas weekend, getaway, or even a marriage and honeymoon, the sky is the limit in terms of how much you want to dress up. Looks that would not fly in Chicago, New York and (maybe) Los Angeles—think spangled, sequined, lame and Lurex—are all par for the course in anything-goes Las Vegas. Having been to Las Vegas some 20 times, it is clear that the shimming lights on the strip make metallics the way to go when you choose your evening look.

For a night at one of the amazing five star restaurants in Vegas, a city as good for eating (and shopping) as for gambling, show your date you are worth your weight in gold in this spectacular gilded/golden metallic dress by Nicole Bakti. It is for a woman with confidence, but you can be confident that wearing it, even without any jewelry, will have all eyes on you as you stride the red carpeted casino floor like a Bond babe.

The Vegas club scene at hot spots like the new Cosmopolitan hotel consists of a very distinct look: dresses and skirts so short you mom might not have let you leave the house if she had seen you in them first. For a micro mini that will have you looking hot as the Vegas temperatures this ‘60s short micro mini fits in with the trend while the longer sleeves and elegant black color balance out the scanty hemline

Bring out your wild side and sparkle in this silver and black tiger-striped dress with sequin embellishments; it hits at a classy length while still standing out in Sin City

To stand out but still stay classy, this Tadashi dress is as sexy as it gets with sheer cut outs while maintaining a proper level of sophistication with an on-trend, one sleeve silhouette and a moderate hemline.

Depending on your look, opt for matching metallic or black shoes and bags. But remember: Vegas is the one place where over the top is always in style.
 

Go Body Con For Homecoming
Friday August 05, 2011 No comments yet
While our breezy outfits and carefree attitudes are enjoying every last bit of the summer sun, there’s a little voice within that reminds us to keep one sky-high heel forward in preparation for the next big thing. And that means Homecoming! The unofficial start to a new season that allows us to dress up in our favorite ensemble that’s hot enough to sizzle, yet cool enough for Fall. This year we’re coming up body con. The figure hugging silhouette plays up our best assets as seen by our favorite stars at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards. From Kristen Stewart’s edgy hardware to Reese Witherspoon’s sexy animal print, the body con look is making a comeback. And you don’t have to be a size 2 to show it off, as gracefully demonstrated by Kate Winslet. The curvier the figure, the more feminine the fit. Here’s how to do Homecoming in form fitting fabulousness.

Kate Winslet curvy body con dress

A surefire way to up the glam factor is with an embellished variation. If you’re looking to sparkle on the dance floor or simply shimmer in the night then you’ve got to choose this strapless number by Scala. Similar to the classic sexiness of Reese Witherspoon, the black and nude combo create total sophistication while the sweetheart necklines winks coyly to our favorite sweetheart, Ms Witherspoon. Style like Reese with nude heels and a simple gold cuff then become your own queen for the night.

If you’re looking to unleash the rock-chic within a la Kristen Stewart then this metallic mini by Faviana will do the trick. With a cross-body zipper and glitzy beaded trim you’ll create a jaw-dropping frenzy when you enter the room. Let the dress be your statement—style with minimal jewelry and ankle booties. Just looking for the Twilight starlet’s dress color and silhouette? Then go with this signature sweetheart by La Femme. Ramp up the fire engine red with a smoky eye and bold lip. You’ll be a shoo-in to the party, and a stand-out for the night.

For a chic and modern approach on Homecoming, try this lovely by Boutique. The bold blue gives a nod to Blake Lively at the MTV Movie Awards, and the stretch fabric will flatter and forgive in all the right places. Go all out in purple heels like the Gossip Girl, or keep it subdued with classic black. Either way, your hair should be sleek for a truly updated feel.

If you decide to go body con for Homecoming there are two must-haves to ensure success—superior shapewear and a strong dose of confidence. Use both and you’ll have a memorable outfit to showcase on your memorable night.

 

Sherri Hill Homecoming 2011 Dresses
Wednesday August 03, 2011 No comments yet
Even though it's just barely August, we can't help but think about the upcoming Homecoming 2011 season. We're getting ready to dance, dance, dance and glam the night away. Right now, we're turning the style spotlight on a long-time favorite, Sherri Hill, and her flirty, fun, young, and fashionably romantic designs. Here's some of the best of the Sherri Hill Homecoming 2011 collection.


 

Style Icon: Sarah Jessica Parker
Monday August 01, 2011 No comments yet
Oh SJP, how do we love thee? Let us confess it began with the unforgettable tutu dress that introduced us to the always awesome Carrie Bradshaw. With her daredevil approach to fashion, she went where no fashionista has gone before, and in the process set a new standard. She showed us that it doesn’t require typical beauty to become a style icon. Which is exactly what Ms. Bradshaw, and Sarah Jessica Parker have become.

Sarah Jessica Parker in maxi dress

Gracing the cover of Vogue six times including the August issue, the real life Carrie Bradshaw says that she is nothing like her character, but since playing the shoe-a-holic, she makes bolder choices as she reveals more in fashion. 

With a starring role in the soon to be released, I Don’t Know How She Does It, we are sure that Sarah Jessica Parker will continue to woo us with her high quality acting chops and superior sense of style. For now, let us count the ways that SJP makes us swoon, and see how you too can advance to her level of noteworthy style.

Take the road less traveled. At the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 premiere in New York City, SJP showed up in an easy breezy look. While her printed flowing maxi was totally red carpet appropriate, not many would pair it with a boyfriend blazer. And instead of carrying the red carpet friendly clutch, she chose a bucket bag. Take a walk on the wild side with this gorgeous maxi gown by Interlude. Add an oversized blazer and gathered handbag, and you’ll march to the same beat as SJP.

Be playful with accessories. In a dress that seemingly had a lot going on (asymmetrical, metallic, and belted!) the Sex And The City star draped a double strand necklace around her neck. Though less may be more for some, this outfit shows us that it’s fun to play with more. Try it out with this one shouldered frock by After Six. Don’t forget your belt and metallic heels!

If you’ve got it, flaunt it! Who says there’s an age limit to looking hot? Clearly not SJP when she strut her stuff in a sexy LBD with white booties. Here, the fit and trim actress takes a less is more approach, and with that body who wouldn’t! Get your sexy strut happening in this LBD by Mignon. Accessorize with ankle booties and a sassy attitude.

Wear what you love. Sarah Jessica is well rounded in her designer admiration. Despite her recent association with Halston Heritage, you’ll see her wearing all the big names without ever remaining exclusive to just one designer. For a Marie Claire cover, she returns to the color gold which she clearly has an affinity for. Try glamming it up like SJP in Sherri Hill’s golden mini cocktail dress. If you love it, go for it!

 
 
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