Runway Rundown: Oscar de la Renta’s Fall 2015 Ready-To-Wear Collection from #NYFW!


Oscar de la Renta Fall 2015 Ready-To-Wear Collection.

In the first collection from the house of Oscar de la Renta since the legendary designer’s death last October, the essence of the brand’s legacy was reincarnated on the runway during New York Fashion Week. de la Renta’s successor, Peter Copping, paid homage to the fashion house with an acute eye for color in burgundy, navy, purple, & chartreuse. Also, the line featured a sophisticated mix of daytime separates, coatdresses, & classic ballgowns that would perfectly suit the upcoming red carpet at this weekend’s Academy Awards. In support, celebrities who gathered in the front row were “Style” singer Taylor Swift with model bestie Karlie Kloss, as well as the esteemed likes of Barbara Walters. Also, walking in the show was none other than runway darling, Kendall Jenner, who was flawless in one of the major statement gowns, featured above.

Do you think Copping’s debut for Oscar de la Renta honored the label? Which looks were your favorites? For more from Runway Rundown, check out more fashion week galleries including Delpozo, Marchesa, Valentino, Giambattista Valli, Alexandre VauthierViktor & Rolf, & Elie Saab. Happy Styling!

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Runway Rundown: Marchesa’s Fall 2015 Ready-To-Wear Collection from #NYFW!


Marchesa Fall 2015 Ready-To-Wear Collection.

Every fashion week season, I’m always super excited about what Marchesa is showing. During New York Fashion Week, designers Georgina Chapman & Keren Craig nailed their collection, which featured the elegances of the 1920s & Gatsby deco details, as well as romantic embellishments sure to wow on the red carpet on our favorite A-listers. Celebrity fans of Marchesa include Blake Lively, Olivia Wilde, Eva LongoriaKate Beckinsale, & Olivia Munn, among many fabulous others.  The line showcases everything gorgeous from lace to feathers to beadwork to florals, which is always reinvented & comes to life on Marchesa’s runway.

Which runway looks were your favorites? Who have you been most excited to see during fashion week? For more Runway Rundown posts, check out galleries from Delpozo, Viktor & Rolf, Elie Saab, Alexandre Vauthier, Christian Dior, & Atelier Versace. Happy Styling!

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Runway Rundown: Delpozo’s Fall 2015 Ready-To-Wear Collection from #NYFW!


Delpozo Fall 2015 Ready-To-Wear Collection.

Spanish design house Delpozo has made the most giant splash in a big way during New York Fashion Week, especially having recently been worn by some major red carpet A-listers like this weekend’s Academy Award nominees Keira Knightley & Julianne Moore, as well as Oscar-winner Hilary Swank, Mad Men actress Kiernan Shipka, supermodel Karolina Kurkova, it-girl Kate Mara, & Focus bombshell Margot Robbie.

The collection includes a dramatic mix of softness & richness in a rainbow of brights to neon to pastels, structure, knits, separates, & volume. The most stunning pieces include high-impact sleeves, crocheted floral details, & voluminous skirts.

What do you think of Delpozo’s collection? What were your favorite looks from New York Fashion Week? Which celebrities were you excited to see in the front row? For more Runway Rundown posts, check out galleries featuring Valentino, Giambattista Valli, Alexandre Vauthier, Viktor & Rolf, & Elie Saab. Happy Styling!

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Runway Rundown: The Michael Kors Spring Summer Ready-To-Wear 2015 Fashion Week Collection!


MIchael Kors Spring Summer Ready-To-Wear 2015 Fashion Week Collection

What better way to celebrate New York Fashion Week (#NYFW) than with some true American style brought to you by Long Island-native & Americana designer, Michael Kors & his gorgeous show for Spring Summer Ready-To-Wear 2015. I was taken away on a sunshine-filled & romantic adventure into his world, with the whimsy & crispness of the collection’s effortless throwback to the 1950s with cinched waists & fuller skirts. The Peter Pan-collar is certainly a big trend for spring, as well as easy neutrals with a pop of opulence, which can translate to daywear & party looks. Not to mention that these pieces are sure to hit the red carpet & editorials, attracting the A-lister likes of Blake Lively, Taylor Swift, Emma Stone, & Keira Knightley.

The following videos include a behind-the-scenes look at how the style comes to life through hair & makeup, an interview with the designer himself, as well as a dazzling runway presentation, sure to make any prepster or vintage queen giddy in their seats.

To shop for Michael Kors designs, be sure to check out retailers like Macy’s, Nordstrom, Dillard’s, Net-A-Porter, Neiman Marcus, & Harrod’s. However, don’t let the prices scare you off since the classic, clean looks from this runway are easy to inspire a budget shopper, especially with pieces like a staple button down shirt, a neutral leather belt, & dark denim separates.  

Which looks are inspiring your wardrobe? What fashion shows were your favorites this season? What’s the best trend you’re looking forward to for spring? For more fabulous posts, check out complete runways from Monique Lhuillier & Diane von Furstenberg, as well as bargain shopping inspired by Alice + Olivia, & 36 of the most stylish international September issue covers! Happy Styling!

 

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Runway Rundown: Monique Lhuillier’s Complete Spring Summer Ready-To-Wear 2015 Collection From New York Fashion Week!


Monique Lhuillier Spring Summer Ready-To-Wear 2015 Fashion Week Collection

In an ongoing effort to bring readers the best from New York Fashion Week (#NYFW), I’m very excited & inspired to share the latest from Monique Lhuillier, who continues to present a combination of modernity with classic femininity. The blend of flowy separates & evening gowns made for a really beautiful show. I love the soft, luxe pastels in this Spring Summer Ready-To-Wear 2015 line, especially when they’re shown with a little sparkle.

These looks are made for the red carpet & editorials in upcoming fashion magazines & I can’t wait to see which star wears one of these designs first. The videos capture a behind-the-scenes look at the collection, beauty prep, & an interview with Ms. Lhuillier herself.

Check out the gallery of gorgeous shots from the catwalk, as well as the slideshow. Also, to shop the designer’s current pieces & bridal collection, head over to Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, & Shop Bop. Which look is your favorite? What trends are you looking forward to for spring? How is this season’s fashion week inspiring your own personal style? Happy Styling!

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Cover Craze: 36 International September Issue Covers!


Last year when I posted the amazing September issues, I featured a mere 21, but even though we’re already into the ninth calendar month, I figured that in celebration of New York Fashion Week (#NYFW), I’d expand & look for more. My mailbox is bursting with the American issues of some of my favorite magazines, but I was also delighted to see A-listers like Claire Danes, Keira Knightley, Kate Bosworth, & Mia Wasikowska on international covers. To keep this post short & sweet, here’s what we have!

Ariana Grande for Seventeen Magazine September 2014-1

Ariana Grande for Seventeen

Aubrey Plaza for Nylon September 2014

Aubrey Plaza for Nylon

Blake Lively for Marie Claire September 2014

Blake Lively for Marie Claire

Brooke Burke-Charvet for Shape September 2014

Brooke Burke-Charvet for Shape

Cara Delevingne for Vogue UK September 2014

Cara Delevingne for Vogue UK

Chloe Grace Moretz for Allure September 2014.

Chloe Grace Moretz for Allure

Chloe Grace Moretz for Flare September 2014

Chloe Grace Moretz for Flare

Claire Danes for Marie Claire South Africa September 2014

Claire Danes for Marie Claire South Africa

Dakota Fanning for Lucky September 2014

Dakota Fanning for Lucky

Ellie Goulding for Cosmopolitan Poland September 2014

Ellie Goulding for Cosmopolitan Poland

Gisele Bundchen for Marie Claire Greece September 2014

Gisele Bundchen for Marie Claire Greece

Jessica Alba for Marie Claire UK September 2014

Jessica Alba for Marie Claire UK

Joan Smalls, Cara Delevingne, & Karlie Kloss for Vogue September 2014.

Joan Smalls, Cara Delevingne, & Karlie Kloss for Vogue

Julia Roberts for InStyle September 2014

Julia Roberts for InStyle

Juliette Binonche & Kristen Stewart for Interview Germany September 2014

Juliette Binonche & Kristen Stewart for Interview Germany

Kaley Cuoco for Women's Health September 2014

Kaley Cuoco for Women’s Health

Kate Bosworth for InStyle UK September 2014

Kate Bosworth for InStyle UK

Kate Upton for ELLE UK September 2014

Kate Upton for ELLE UK

Keira Knightley for InStyle Germany September 2014

Keira Knightley for InStyle Germany

Kendall Jenner for Teen Vogue September 2014

Kendall Jenner for Teen Vogue

Kristen Bell for Redbook September 2014

Kristen Bell for Redbook

Kristen Stewart for Elle September 2014

Kristen Stewart for Elle

Lady Gaga for Harper's Bazaar September 2014

Lady Gaga for Harper’s Bazaar

Lana Del Rey for Fashion September 2014

Lana Del Rey for Fashion

Linda Evangelista for Harper's Bazaar September 2014

Linda Evangelista for Harper’s Bazaar

Lucy Hale for Cosmopolitan September 2014

Lucy Hale for Cosmopolitan

Maria Sharapova for Self September 2014

Maria Sharapova for Self

Megan Fox for Cosmopolitan UK September 2014

Megan Fox for Cosmopolitan UK

Mia Wasikowska for ELLE Canada 2014

Mia Wasikowska for Elle Canada

Naomi Campbell for Interview September 2014

Naomi Campbell for Interview

Natalia Vodianova for Vanity Fair September 2014

Natalia Vodianova for Vanity Fair

Olivia Wilde for Glamour September 2014

Olivia Wilde for Glamour

Penelope Cruz for Harper's Bazaar September 2014

Penelope Cruz for Harper’s Bazaar

Rihanna for W magazine September 2014-1

Rihanna for W magazine

Rita Ora for Glamour UK September 2014

Rita Ora for Glamour UK

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley for Harper's Bazaar UK September 2014

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley for Harper’s Bazaar UK

Salma Hayek for Harper's Bazaar Mexico September 2014

Salma Hayek for Harper’s Bazaar Mexico

Happy Styling!

 

Accessories Access: How To Style The New Warby Parker Fall Collection!


New York Fashion Week (#NYFW) is upon us (certainly my favorite time of year), but what’s also exciting is to keep an eye out for the newest collections at our favorite & affordable retailers that don’t preview their designs on a traditional runway. I know when it comes to accessories, I generally lean toward scarves & jewelry, but one important & oh-so fashionable accessory for both men & women is a chic frame of eyeglasses- especially styles from Warby Parker‘s new fall line of eyewear. Hey, guess what? It debuts today! Sporting frames just because you have to is a thing of the past! However, a brand like Warby Parker is a long-awaited trendy gift for those of us with eyes needing assistance. I’ve been wearing glasses for over 20 years & was psyched when I was approached by the company to showcase the new styles right here on Style Darling

Warber Parker collection

In getting to know the brand a little better, I learned so much & was especially impressed with the company’s target unisex audience: “those who own their style, exercise their wit, & add life to the party. Personality is what makes a good pair of glasses great.” Not to mention that investing in one of these 9 new styles (in titanium & acetate), you’ll be investing ($95.00 for a single vision pair) in a good cause since Warby Parker donates a pair of glasses to someone in need with the help of their partnered non-profit organizations. Click here for more info on this very worthy cause!

When I got a good look at the promotional shots & different styles, my blog-ready brain was eager to pair up some of my favorite designs with outfits for various occasions. This includes a relaxed day look for when you’re running errands & an evening outfit, á la Zooey Deschanel‘s lovable character, Jess, on New Girl. Also, I must share my vision for wearing chic frames to the office, as well as when you’re headed out of town for a weekend getaway of luxury & style!

Warby Parker - Hardy Striped Pacific Day Look

My first outfit can be easily recreated with basic wardrobe staples so that the Hardy frames in striped pacific can be the star player. Keeping  a budget in mind, I choose a short-sleeve bike graphic tee ($14.99) in blue from JC Penney & Old Navy‘s flirt skinny jean ($22.00) in eyre. To top off the look, I love the luxe feel of the zippered faux leather moto jacket ($24.80) in camel from Forever 21. Additional accessories to finish off the outfit include the American Eagle ‘Boulevard’ brogue flat ($16.99) in cognac from Payless, Freemont zipper tote ($29.98) in black from Francesca’s, & the Jennifer Lopez textured concentric hoop drop earrings ($13.50) from Kohl’s.

Then switch things up in the evening with a blend of timeless pieces that can be mixed & matched with other separates, especially when paired with the 80s-inspired Coley frames in crystal. This includes the ‘Gorgeous Gems’ dress ($21.99) from Modcloth (now 70% off), cotton slub moto jacket ($39.00) from Dress Barn, & buckled faux suede booties ($29.80) in light grey from Forever 21. For some extra flair, since the Coley frames offer so much versatility, I styled the look with the Mossimo Supply Co. stud belt ($14.99) in grey from Target, a super cute novelty cat wallet ($14.95) in black from H&M, & lastly, Charming Charlie‘s fair & square earrings ($6.00) & big bash stretch bracelet ($10.00) in silver.

Warby Parker - Coley Crystal Night Look

 

For a professional & polished look when headed to work, I immediately thought of the Oliver frames in striped olive. The hue is spot-on for fall, & perfect for coordinating with neutrals like black, navy, chocolate, & charcoal. I was excited to style these frames with Dress Barn‘s solid cowl neck tank ($19.50) in olive, Jaclyn Smith’s tuxedo style knit jacket ($13.99) in black onyx from KMart, LOFT‘s ponte trouser pencil skirt ($69.50) in black, & DSW‘s Franco Sarto ‘Mumba’ pump ($29.94) in black.

Warby Parker - Oliver Striped Olive Work Look

Accessorizing when it comes to work looks can be tricky, especially when you want to impress your boss & colleagues, which is why I simply added the braided chain bracelet ($9.97) from New York & Company & the diamond texture full tights ($16.03) from Express. Both mixed metals & textured tights are staples for any fall wardrobe & allow for a sophisticated layered & interesting overall look.  

Warby Parker - Annette Petal Tortoise Weekend Look

Finally, my absolute favorite new design in the Wary Parker collection is the Annette frames in petal tortoise, which immediately makes me think of spectacle-wearing icons of old Hollywood. These are perfect for the weekend look since they capture the playful side of any Style Darling. I started building the outfit with the patterned cotton shirt ($29.95) from H&M, Old Navy‘s sweetheart gray super-skinny jeans ($34.94) in mudcave, & the Rocket Dog ‘Sayla’ vintage worn boots ($49.95) in mushroom from Zappos. For such a minimal outfit, I wanted to dress it up with some elegant & effortless accessories, which is what a weekend look is all about. For example, the gauzy crinkled infinity scarf ($9.99) from Charlotte Russe works well with the colors in the shirt. Also, I haven’t shared anything with pearls & here’s my chance with the pearl hinge bangle bracelet ($34.00) from BaubleBar & Ann Taylor‘s modern pearlized triangle studs ($29.50) in gold.

And since we’re still on the topic of glasses, I wanted to share some more notable designs in the collection, for their shape, colors, & androgynous appeal:

Warby Parker Fall Collection frames

The above styles include (clockwise, starting at upper left) Baxter Ti in sugar maple, Chandler Ti in English oak, Durand in whiskey tortoise, Greenleaf in woodgrain tortoise, Annette in striped sassafras, & Eli in crystal.

And if looking like a real life Clark Kent or the (insert your hometown here)-equivalent of Tina Fey isn’t enough, here are a few other incredibly attractive famous people to help inspire your frames fetish for fall! Whether you’re trying to recreate a vintage look, sport some menswear inspiration, or play with different trends, eyeglasses are a must-have, as seen on actress Anne Hathaway, musician / singer Alicia Keys, No Doubt frontwoman & fashion icon Gwen Stefani, R&B crooner Ne-Yo, mega hottie Ryan Gosling, & talented boy-next-door Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Anne Hathaway, Alicia Keys, Gwen Stefani, Neyo, Ryan Gosling, & Joseph Gordon Levitt.

Which frames are your favorites? How would you wear some of these new designs? What trends are you most looking forward to during this season’s fashion week? Who are your favorite spec-donning celebs? For more fashionable posts, be sure to check out Emma Stone’s Venice Film Festival looks, buzzworthy music videos from Iggy Azalea & Nicki Minaj, shoe inspiration from Tom Ford, & budget-friendly skirts as seen on Chrissy Teigen & Lily Collins. Happy Styling!

P.S.: Thanks to Warby Parker for the exciting opportunity to form a marriage of stylish eyewear with Style Darling! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Splurge Or Save… On A Lace Sweatshirt?


Even though I’m stuck in the thick of winter, along with the rest of the east coast, I’m still looking ahead to spring for some style inspiration. One of the favorite trends that started coming up during the winter & is making its way into stylish spring wardrobes in the lace sweatshirt. The feminine combination of elegance & casual makes for a fabulous way to reinterpret what it means to be chic. This is an essential separate for a casual Friday at the office, which can also be turned into a night our piece with leather leggings & ankle boots or skinny jeans & stilettos.

Keeping a budget in mind for any Style Darling shopping the sale rack, I wanted to direct your attention to a pair of lace sweatshirts, in different price ranges.

lace sweatshirtsThe lace sweatshirt ($110.00) to the left is from White House Black Market, & while it will make an investment in quality craftsmanship, it’s not exactly budget-friendly. However, on the right, the floral lace front tee ($44.50) @LOFT, which is a lightweight option, but still shares the same idea. To maintain the classy look of this shirt, mix these up with various accessories, like a string of pearls, stud earrings, & a headband, especially with modern bottoms like distressed jeans & ballet flats, menswear-inspired trousers & studded boots, or cigarette pants & ankle strap platforms.

What trends are you looking forward to this spring? What looks caught your eye during New York Fashion Week? Which pieces are your favorites to mix & match? For more fancy sweatshirts, check out designer duds like these from Tory Burch @Nordstrom & Valentino @Net-A-Porter! Other more affordable shopping options include sweatshirts from Delia’s, Macy’s, Bluefly, & Kohl’s. Happy Styling!