Runway Rundown: Jenni Kayne’s Resort 2014 Collection!


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Young American designer Jenni Kayne always steps it up when her designs hit the runway & her latest Resort 2014 Collection is no exception. With strategic transparent paneling, that famous bralette top, chunky chain necklaces, & sleek leather pieces, this line is sure to attract daring celebs like Solange Knowles, Rihanna, & Rita Ora, as well as invite for some risk-taking on the red carpet. There’s a modern blend of minimalism & menswear at work here, covering a spectrum of styles including cocktail, sportswear, tribal, & classic. The brief, yet elegant line includes 15 memorable looks that I hope to see in action in the pages of my favorite fashion magazines.

Do you like Jenni Kayne’s new collection? Would you wear a bralette top? What’s your vacation style? For more from Runway Rundown, check out previous posts including Lela Rose, Alice + Olivia, Stella McCartney, Christian Dior, Bottega Veneta, &  Hervé Léger by Max Azria! Happy Styling!

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Runway Rundown: Lela Rose’s Resort 2014 Collection!


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While adding to my galleries of Resort 2014 Collections, I’m happy to share the latest images from Lela Rose, which remind me the delicate femininity of the 1960s, á la Mad Men. I love every piece of this line, especially the dresses with cinched in wastes & tea-length hemlines. I can see so many of these looks on all the most wanted celebrities of today, including Jessica Chastain, Lea Michele, Zooey Deschanel, Katy Perry, & Emma Watson. In the absence of Marchesa this season, I’ll take any look by Lela Rose to fill the glamour gap.

Which look is your favorite from the collection? Have you been following the Resort 2014 lines? Which designer so you think is the standout for the season? For more posts from Runway Rundown, check out Bottega Veneta, Hervé Léger by Max Azria, Burberry Prorsum, Gucci, Erin Fetherston, Rachel Zoe Collection, & Chanel! Happy Styling!

Basics For A Bargain: Leather Has Never Looked Better, Inspired By Mandy Moore, Sandra Bullock, Heidi Klum, & More!


Leather really had never looked better! Each summer I’m surprised to see many looks worn by celebrities with leather, as well as dresses that have recently hit the runway. Of course, most of these runway looks are for the upcoming fall / resort seasons, but playing the game of fashion always means that you’re looking ahead with your wardrobe. For example, here we have leather dresses that offer texture, femininity, elegance, & modernism from Barbara Bui Pre-Fall 2013, Alice + Olivia Fall 2013 Ready-To-Wear, Tibi Pre-Fall 2013, & 10 Crosby by Derek Lam Pre-Fall 2013.

Alice + Olivia, Tibi, Barbara Bui, 10 Crosby by Derek Lam.This also makes me think of recent red carpet appearances by some of my favorite celebrities who’ve worn leather dresses, including Naomi Watts in a leather dress by Alexander McQueen with jewelry by Jennifer Meyer at the Los Angeles premiere of Ray Donovan. Also, my girl crush, Mandy Moore, attended a Helmut Newton event in a leather LBD with gold jewelry & sexy ankle-strap heels. Byzantium actress Gemma Arterton showed off her shape in a curve-hugging letaher dress with 3/4 sleeves, black pointy toe pumps, & a metallic clutch at the film’s screening in London. Scandal star Kerry Washington walks the red carpet at an ABC event in a red Marc by Marc Jacobs leather sheath dress with black & gold accessories, including House of Lavande studs.

Naomi Watts, Mandy Moore, Gemma Arterton, & Kerry Washington.Shopping for leather, or faux leather in this case, dresses is tricky sometimes b/c you always want to make sure that it fits you properly & doesn’t require an abundance of care or cleaning. I found these chic options that are both timeless & edgy to mix & match with accessories like pointy toe pumps, platform sandals, a metallic clutch, or drop earrings. First, I selected the BB Dakota Kira perforated dress ($68.00) from ShopBop, which definitely plays up the lasercut trend with playful peek-a-boo holes. Also, I found the Sanctuary Clothing faux leather shift dress ($55.65) from Dillard’s. It’s especailly flattering with strategic colorblocked panels.

leather dressesMy third pick is from Forever 21, the studded faux leather dress ($27.80) is the most affordable, & also offers plenty of styling possibilities with a boyfriend blazer, cropped bolero, metallic belt, or suede knee boots. For a change of color, the Anne Klein faux leather dress ($42.99) from 6PM brings a gritty edge to any office look, especially if paired with strappy sandals or printed pumps.

When it comes to leather, we’ve also seen a great deal of separates, especially in the form of skirts & leggings, which always cause a stir on the runway. The mixture of the tough material in sophisticated silhouettes makes for a memorable show, especially with skirts of varying lengths for a date night, the office, or an instant update to other basics. I found trendy leather separates in collections from SUNO Resort 2014, L.A.M.B. by Gwen Stefani Fall 2013 Ready-To-Wear, Altuzarra Fall 2013 Ready-To-Wear, & Michael Kors Pre-Fall 2013.

Suno, L.A.M.B. by Gwen Stefani, Altuzarra, & Michael Kors.Celebrities continue to once again mirror the runways when on the street or red carpet with leather pieces to accent this look. Sandra Bullock heated up the premiere of The Heat in an affordable leather pencil skirt from ASOS with a button-down blouse & strappy leather sandals. Rashida Jones was all smiles in a striped top with a cobalt blue leather mini skirt, which she accessorized with a statement pendant, colorful clutch, & towering platform sandals. Project Runway judge / supermodel Heidi Klum looks every bit the style icon in a head-to-toe midnight blue look, including a zippered pencil skirt, blouse, pumps, & snakeskin bag. Lastly, the always effortless Zoe Saldana attends a Chime for Change event in a Gucci floral blouse with leather leggings, jewlery by Repossi, & strappy sandals.

Sandra Bullock, Rashida Jones, Heidi Klum, & Zoe Saldana.As for wearing leather bottoms, you have a chic choice of skirts or leggings. Of course, there are shorts out there, as well as cropped trousers, but here I’m focusing on recreating skirts & leggings as seen by the celebrities above. This starts with the Rhyme Los Angeles perforated vegan leather skirt ($46.99) from Piperlime, which not only serves the environment, but also offers an upgrade to your professional office look. Also, for a pop of color, I love the Glamorous PU patent faux leather mini skirt ($42.43) in wine from ASOS, which adds a futuristic vibe to any button-down shirt, studded tank, or scoop neck pullover.

leather separatesFor a flirtier look, BonTon‘s Blu Pepper lasercut faux leather skirt ($47.20) will instantly make a silk blouse & fishnets look like you’ve just stepped off the runways of Paris. Lastly, these faux leather zip leggings ($13.80) from Forever 21 are perfect for pairing with a printed tunic top, knit oversized sweater, & sequin mini dress.

Would you wear leather this summer? Which is your favorite leather look? Do you experiment with leather in different colors? This isn’t the first time I’ve featured leather looks on Style Darling, so if you’d like to read more to catch all the trends, check out previous posts including inspiration from Jessica Chastain & Lucy Hale, red carpet looks from Julianne Hough & Zoe Kravitz, & leather pant looks on Gwyneth Paltrow & Fergie! For more posts from Basics for a Bargain, check out little white dresses as seen on Jennifer Lopez & Angelina Jolie, luxury leopard & metallic flip flops, floral favorites on Dianna Agron & Selena Gomez, striped maxi skirts from Vince Camuto & BCBG Max Azria, & peplum looks inspired by Amy Adams & Cate Blanchett! Happy Styling!

Runway Rundown: Hervé Léger by Max Azria’s Resort 2014 Collection!


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We’ve seen so many trends in the new Resort 2014 Collections, including floral details, lace & feminine accents, glitz & glam, menswear inspiration, & classic American minimalism. However, the latest from Hervé Léger by Max Azria shows a futuristic approach to its signature figure-flattering lines for both swimwear & sexy dresses. There’s a toughness in the line that makes me think of a blend of bondage with utilitarian post-modernism, which I especially love in pastels like chartreuse, stone, & blush. Also, there are plenty of current graphic designs that combine elegance with risk-taking fashion, perfect for celebrities like tennis beauty Maria Sharapova, Glee actress Naya Rivera, Newsroom star Olivia Munn, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, TV personality Kelly Ripa, & Bond girl Olga Kurylenko.

Which looks do you like the best? Are you following any of the latest from the resort collections? For more posts from Runway Rundown, check out Bottega Veneta, Burberry Prorsum, Stella McCartney, Christian Dior, & Gucci! Happy Styling!

Runway Rundown: Bottega Veneta’s Resort 2014 Collection!


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Structure is no stranger to the runway, especially with the latest Resort 2014 Collection from Italian designer Bottega Veneta. I love the unconventional, yet modern looks in this collection, including the always stylish combination of menswear with brogues combined with sheath dresses & flouncy skirts. The graphic patterns are refreshing after seeing so much floral all over the place, as well as the solid black pieces & crochet tops. The line is aggressive, yet sophisticated, calling on celebrities like Diane Kruger, Chloe Sevigny, Emma Watson, & Leighton Meester to experiment with on the red carpet.

Which looks are your favorite from the collection? Where are you headed this summer? Which pieces most reflect your vacation style? For more from Runway Rundown, check out previous posts including Alice + Olivia, Stella McCartney, Gucci, & Burberry Prorsum! Happy Styling!

Runway Rundown: Burberry Prorsum’s Resort 2014 Collection!


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I could never sum my style up in one word; however among its description, the word “preppy” would definitely be there, especially since I’m a sucker for a cream cable knit sweater. While flipping through the throngs of Resort 2014 Collection galleries, I was taken with the latest runway looks from Burberry Prorsum, the epitome of preppy glamour for the modern jet-setting woman. This collection certainly helps transition our summer favorites into fall with touches of femininity in metallic brocade, as well as pastel separates in green & lavender. I can’t wait to mix up my figure-flattering pencil skirts with heavier knits, while also channeling a bit of menswear inspiration in shirts & outerwear. I love the idea of mixing anything military-esque details with softer, more luxurious basics like a sweater dress or textured jacket.

Which pieces are your favorite from this collection? Which lines are inspiring your latest wardrobe updates? For more from Runway Rundown, check out previous posts including Chanel, Rachel Zoe Collection, Christian Dior, Gucci, Tory Burch, Alice + Olivia, Erin Fetherston, Stella McCartney, & Christian Siriano. Happy Styling!

Runway Rundown: Stella McCartney’s Resort 2014 Collection!


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Stella McCartney is always one of those in-demand luxury labels, especially by celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Rihanna, Kate Hudson, Cameron Diaz, & Anne Hathaway! When I came across these amazing photos for McCartney’s latest Resort 2014 Collection, I loved the luxe, edgy feminine feel of the floral prints with emphasized metallic zippers, as well as splashes of animal-inspiration & youthful hearts. Not to mention that she’s seriously bringing back the blotted lipstick look, which is perfect for her younger fans like Emma Stone, Jennifer Lawrence, & Hailee Steinfeld.

Which looks are your favorite from the collection? Do you shop from the latest resort lines? Which celebrities do you follow for vacation style? For more posts from Runway Rundown, check out Christian Dior, Rachel Zoe Collection, Erin Fetherston, Gucci, & Tory Burch! Happy Styling!

Runway Rundown: Christian Dior’s Resort 2014 Collection!


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When I think of luxury designers, Christian Dior always comes to mind first, especially since I’m constantly reminded of the brand’s unforgettable designs worn by some of the most famous celebrities like spokes models Marion Cotillard, Charlize TheronJennifer Lawrence, as well as red carpet A-listers like model / actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, four-time Oscar-nominee Julianne Moore, & The Great Gatsby‘s Carey Mulligan.

In the latest Resort 2014 Collection, there are plenty of sleek, feminine details in the line, including nipped waistlines, pops of colorblocking, modern menswear cuts, & flowy hemlines. The hefty 58-image gallery below shares the entire collection, & some of my favorite pieces include the separates which can dress up a pair of jeans, skinny pants, or leather shorts. Also, I love the idea of jackets too, which make for perfect toppers to any vacation, office, date night, & casual look.

Which are your favorite Resort 2014 Collections? Which designers are you following on the runway? For more from Runway Rundown, check out previous posts including galleries from Erin Fetherston, Alice + Olivia, Christian Siriano, Rachel Zoe Collection, & Tory Burch. Happy Styling!

Runway Rundown: Erin Fetherston’s Resort 2014 Collection!


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I’ve been keeping an eye out for the latest & most glamorous Resort 2014 Collections. I’m most impressed with what designer Erin Fetherston has revealed, especially since she’s co-starring in the collection, which further proves that designers should design what they want to wear. I love the delicate, feminine details of lace paneling, as well as sweet cut-outs & sweetheart necklines. With Grecian-inspired draping & mod silhouettes, this line has virtually everything for any kind of Style Darling, including pretty prints & pops of aqua & red.

Which looks are your favorite? Which designers have you been watching? For more from Runway Rundown, check out previous posts including Alice + Olivia, Christian Siriano, Rachel Zoe Collection, & Tory Burch! Happy Styling!

Runway Rundown: Alice + Olivia’s Resort 2014 Collection!


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There are just so many resort collections to cover & only one Style Darling to do the job, however one of my personal favorites of the season is the latest Alice + Olivia Resort 2014 Collection, which features plenty of youthful, yet sophisticated separates & dresses that are red carpet-ready & perfect for upcoming magazine editorials. The line includes feminine details like lace, bows, A-line skirts, floral prints, & fun colorblocking schemes which are sure to attract the likes of Taylor Swift, Diane Kruger, Emmy Rossum, Kerry Washington, & Zoe Saldana.

I love these designs by Stacey Bendet, which seem to be inspired by the fun & flirty nature behind the Betsey Johnson legacy, with a mix of preppy Michael Kors in there too. I’ve been watching a lot of Johnson’s reality show XOX Betsey Johnson on the Style Network, finding her efforts to rebuild her brand pretty inspiring myself. Let’s hope that color is here to stay, even as we’re still delving into summer with fall trends quickly on their way.

Which looks are your favorites from Alice + Olivia? Which resort collections do you have your eye on? For more from Runway Rundown, be sure to check out previous posts including Christian Siriano, Rachel Zoe Collection, Tory Burch, Gucci, & Chanel! Happy Styling!