Style & The City: New York and London Fashion Week 2015

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With all on eyes on New York and London as Fashion Weeks kick off, the Lyst data team has looked into what’s trending this month on both sides of the Atlantic. What are the top fashion brands and pieces actually being bought and worn in the two cities, and why? Which city spends the most on fashion? How do New Yorkers’ tastes differ to Londoners when it comes to jeans, shoes and jewelry?

NYFW vs. LFW Trends

NYFW vs. LFW Trends

 

 

New York Fashion Week Fall 2015: Marissa Webb

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Leather, lace, muted tones and flashes of brilliant color: These might seem like contradictions when found in a single collection, but Marissa Webb managed to combine them in effortlessly feminine ways throughout her minimalist Fall 2015 ready-to-wear presentation, taking full advantage of the modern woman’s predilection not to confine herself to a single style.

With a slew of black and white, office-appropriate ensembles in experimental silhouettes, it almost appeared as though Webb had chosen to present her latest Banana Republic collection; then, the color came. It trickled in slowly at first, with bubblegum pink coats and suits, but soon striking red dresses paraded down the runway, a scarlet oasis in a sea of black, white and grey.

Triple braids and Black and White

Triple braids and Black and White

Webb also solidified what every fashion blogger has long accepted: leather leggings and embellishments are here to stay. Much like in the Ralph Lauren presentation earlier in the day, they made a statement here, notably putting a fresh spin on black and white jackets (also in tandem with her current BR collection). Lace, too, had its moments, a black top with a sheer lace back coming to mind as a surprising detail almost midway through the presentation.

The grey soon returned, but interesting silhouettes and sheer skirts peeking out of textured jackets ensured the monochrome was far from boring. Click through the gallery to see the complete collection.

Wedding Dress 101

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Wedding Dress Neckline, Fabric, Silhouette and Train

Wedding Dress Neckline, Fabric, Silhouette and Train

New Year, New Look: Fashion Must-Haves for 2015

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Cool khaki
One of the easiest winter/spring looks is this season’s relaxed military style. Ways to incorporate the trend into your wardrobe include relaxed cropped trousers, a lightweight parka or a silky shirt, worn with sparkles.

Sparkle in sequins
The return of sequins to the fashion scene is fun and surprising. For the best way to wear it, look to Burberry, which has teamed delicate sparkly skirts with punchy denim jackets.

2015 fashion trends

Khaki wrap shirt and sequin pencil skirt

Tailored Tuxedos
It’s been around for a couple of seasons, but with the huge emphasis on the Sixties and Seventies this spring, the tuxedo suit or jacket now has added glamor. It’s either glitzy and sequined, or chic and block. Try a white, boxy style to add androgynous drama to a black dress or jumpsuit.

Monochrome Magic
Black and white fit in so well with the grown-up, tailored aesthetic for 2015. The best way to approach it is with good quality separates, which you can wear even when the monochrome trend is long gone.

Blazer, Black Jumpsuit and heeled sandals

Blazer, Black Jumpsuit and heeled sandals

Power flowers
This season’s flowers are big, bold and bright, including vivid, over sized prints at Michael Kors and pink-toned petals on a trouser suit at Victoria Beckham. But try to choose one outstanding item and keep everything else pared back to stop it looking too messy.

Floral dress and Heels

Floral dress and Heels

Daring dots
One of those utterly versatile prints that work as both a fun, feminine print and also a sophisticated classic, polka dots large and small are a big spring/summer trend this year.

At their most fun, they come as giant monochrome spots on girlish shift dresses, as at Dolce & Gabbana, but the more wearable version by Ralph Lauren featured white dots on navy in a flawless bias-cut gown.

Pair a bold polka print with a pretty blouse as shown, for a chic, but youthful look

Lace blouse, spot skirt, polka dot clutch and sequined heels

Lace blouse, spot skirt, polka dot clutch and sequined heels

Nautical stripes
For next season there is an abundance of seafaring navy, red and white stripes. You could also try an over sized double-breasted blazer. This top is flattering and works well tucked into trousers or skirts.

Pretty pleats
Update Fifties-style full skirts that have dominated for a few seasons with a pleated knee-length or midi skirt.

Statement jewels
As fabrics and colors simplify, try bold jewellery like this necklace.

Stripe top, pleated skirt, earrings, statement necklace, navy blue heels

Stripe top, pleated skirt, earrings, statement necklace, navy blue heels

 

 

 

What to Wear on Thanksgiving: Outfit Ideas

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Leave it to Brit actress Sienna Miller to take an oversize blouse and make it look fab—not drab—courtesy of a furry scarf. Just like your ideal Thanksgiving, the whole look gives off a festive yet easygoing vibe.

Leave it to Brit actress Sienna Miller to take an oversize blouse and make it look fab—not drab—courtesy of a furry scarf. Just like your ideal Thanksgiving, the whole look gives off a festive yet easygoing vibe.

The Perfect Pants

Everything about It Girl and model Atlanta de Cadenet oozes effortless cool. Here, she pairs a demure cropped cardigan with '60s-inspired plaid trousers. It's ladylike, modern, and a great choice for a family-centric fete.

Everything about It Girl and model Atlanta de Cadenet oozes effortless cool. Here, she pairs a demure cropped cardigan with ’60s-inspired plaid trousers. It’s ladylike, modern, and a great choice for a family-centric fete.

A Touch of Flair

We love how DJ Leigh Lezark adds holiday-inspired embellishment without looking like she borrowed her great-aunt's favorite sweater. Here's another way to keep embroidered sweaters looking modern: Follow Leigh's lead and tuck one into a chic pencil skirt (although you might need to skip that extra piece of pie if you want to keep it tucked in).

We love how DJ Leigh Lezark adds holiday-inspired embellishment without looking like she borrowed her great-aunt’s favorite sweater. Here’s another way to keep embroidered sweaters looking modern: Follow Leigh’s lead and tuck one into a chic pencil skirt (although you might need to skip that extra piece of pie if you want to keep it tucked in).

Cozy Pattern Play

Can't you just picture Blake Lively in this cool sweater-pants combo, making gourmet turkey (with all the trimmings) for hubby Ryan Reynolds? Not only do the patterns play well, she wisely chose patent flats to keep things comfy—a must-do when it comes to Thanksgiving Day dressing.

Can’t you just picture Blake Lively in this cool sweater-pants combo, making gourmet turkey (with all the trimmings) for hubby Ryan Reynolds? Not only do the patterns play well, she wisely chose patent flats to keep things comfy—a must-do when it comes to Thanksgiving Day dressing.

Pajama Power

Let's face it: We all want to lounge around and be as chill as possible on Thanksgiving, so why not just follow designer Rachel Roy's lead and wear matching pajamas? Dress them up by choosing a tailored set, then accessorize with glimmering chains and a luxurious clutch.

Let’s face it: We all want to lounge around and be as chill as possible on Thanksgiving, so why not just follow designer Rachel Roy’s lead and wear matching pajamas? Dress them up by choosing a tailored set, then accessorize with glimmering chains and a luxurious clutch.

Embellished Basic Black

Black sweaters are a no-brainer choice for family feasts—they always look polished. We suggest taking a slight departure, like Olivia Wilde does here, by adding some sparkly embellishment to your tried-and-true basics.

Black sweaters are a no-brainer choice for family feasts—they always look polished. We suggest taking a slight departure, like Olivia Wilde does here, by adding some sparkly embellishment to your tried-and-true basics.

Festive Red Trousers

Julianne Hough is just so cute it's hard not to copy every outfit she wears, like this embroidered top, bright red trousers, and clear clutch combination. We think it's a wonderful ensemble for Friendsgiving—just bring the green-bean casserole and you'll be a strong contender for best guest.

Julianne Hough is just so cute it’s hard not to copy every outfit she wears, like this embroidered top, bright red trousers, and clear clutch combination. We think it’s a wonderful ensemble for Friendsgiving—just bring the green-bean casserole and you’ll be a strong contender for best guest.

Laid- Back and Ladylike

Well, Kate Upton, if there were a winner in this array of Thanksgiving-ready outfits, it would be yours. The simple-yet-stylish dark denim. The relaxed-yet-refined tweed blazer. The icing on the cake: her chunky black bracelets—such great

Well, Kate Upton, if there were a winner in this array of Thanksgiving-ready outfits, it would be yours. The simple-yet-stylish dark denim. The relaxed-yet-refined tweed blazer. The icing on the cake: her chunky black bracelets—such great

Fall and Winter 2014-2015 Shoe Trends

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Shoes are the most essential accessory to create the most unique look and being aware of the most stylish interpretations is always a good idea you can opt for. Here are some of our favorite shoe trends:

Fabulous Heels

2014-2015 Shoe Trend #1: Fabulous Heels

Fall/ Winter 2014-2015 Shoe Trend #1: Fabulous Heels

Chunky Heels

Fall/ Winter 2014-2015 Shoe Trend #2: Chunky Heels

Fall/ Winter 2014-2015 Shoe Trend #2: Chunky Heels

Flats

Fall/ Winter 2014-2015 Shoe Trend #3: Flats

Fall/ Winter 2014-2015 Shoe Trend #3: Flats

Ankle Straps and Buckles

Fall/ Winter 2014-2015 Shoe Trend #4: Ankle Straps and Buckles

Fall/ Winter 2014-2015 Shoe Trend #4: Ankle Straps and Buckles

Platforms and Wedges

Fall/ Winter 2014-2015 Shoe Trend #5: Platforms and Wedges

Fall/ Winter 2014-2015 Shoe Trend #5: Platforms and Wedges

Manly Boots

Fall/ Winter 2014-2015 Shoe Trend #6: Manly Boots

Fall/ Winter 2014-2015 Shoe Trend #6: Manly Boots

Shoes with Sparkling Elements, Jewels and Beads

Fall/ Winter 2014-2015 Shoe Trend #7: Shoes with Sparkling Elements, Jewels, and Beads

Fall/ Winter 2014-2015 Shoe Trend #7: Shoes with Sparkling Elements, Jewels, and Beads

Boots and Booties with Cuts

Fall/ Winter 2014-2015 Shoe Trend #8: Boots and Booties with Cuts

Fall/ Winter 2014-2015 Shoe Trend #8: Boots and Booties with Cuts

Boots and Booties with Stiletto Finishes

Fall/ Winter 2014-2015 Shoe Trend #9: Boots and Booties with Stiletto Finishes

Fall/ Winter 2014-2015 Shoe Trend #9: Boots and Booties with Stiletto Finishes

Knee and Thigh -High Boots

Fall/ Winter 2014-2015 Shoe Trend #10: Knee and Thigh-High Boots

Fall/ Winter 2014-2015 Shoe Trend #10: Knee and Thigh-High Boots

 

Spring 2015 Hair and Beauty Trends from New York Fashion Week

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After heading backstage to cover New York Fashion Week for Spring 2015, we’ve been gathering up the photos, expert tips, and necessary products to get ahead of the curve on the beauty trends that will be huge for spring. Overall, there’s a shift towards achievable hairstyles like undone buns and braids, striking techniques for eye makeup, and understated nails that still manage to make you look twice.

From Jason Wu to Peter Som to DKNY, we’ve pulled the 10 spring 2015 beauty trends you should know right now. Get inspired, learn a few techniques, and most importantly, have fun!

Braids

Classic Fishtail and French Braid for Spring 2015

Classic Fishtail and French Braid for Spring 2015

Negative Space Nail Art

Nail Art Trends

Nail Art Trends

Bright Red Lipstick

Red-orange Lipstick NYFW

Red-orange Lipstick NYFW

Undone Knots

Top knots- works with all hair types

Top knots- works with all hair types

Nude Nails

Nude Manicures: Spring Fashion & Beauty Trend

Nude Manicures: Spring Fashion & Beauty Trend

Focus on the Eyes

Dramatic Eyes

Dramatic Eyes

 

8 Tips and Tricks to Make Eyelashes Look Longer and Thicker

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8-beauty-tips-to-grow-eyelashes-longer-and-thicker

Robbin Williams Dies At Age 63 of Apparent Suicide

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Robbin Williams dies in apparent suicide at age 63

Robbin Williams dies in apparent suicide at age 63

Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams, who dazzled in such wide-ranging dramatic and comedic roles as alien, nanny, therapist and cartoon genie during a four-decades long career, was found dead in his northern California home in a suspected suicide Monday. He was 63.

The Marin County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement that Williams was found unconscious and not breathing in his home around noon. The statement said the investigation into Williams’ death is ongoing, but the coroner “suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia.”

A representative for Williams said in a statement the actor had been battling “severe depression of late.”

“This is a tragic and sudden loss,” Mara Buxbaum said. “The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”

Williams’ wife Susan Schneider said in a statement she is devastated and asked for privacy.

“This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings,” she said. “I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”

Williams publicly struggled with addiction during his career and most recently went to rehab in June to “fine tune” his sobriety, his rep said at the time.

The rehab stint would have gone unnoticed, except that the comedian opted to pose with a fan for a photo at a Dairy Queen near the facility, and the picture eventually went viral.

Williams had spoken openly about his cocaine addiction, which plagued him during the ’70s and ’80s. Later, in 2006, he said he was an alcoholic and went to rehab to get his drinking under control.

From his breakthrough in the late 1970s as the alien in the hit TV show “Mork and Mindy,” through his standup act and such films as “Good Morning, Vietnam,” the short, barrel-chested Williams ranted and shouted as if just sprung from solitary confinement. Loud, fast, manic, he parodied everyone from John Wayne to Keith Richards, impersonating a Russian immigrant as easily as a pack of Nazi attack dogs.

He was a riot in drag in “Mrs. Doubtfire,” or as a cartoon genie in “Aladdin.” He won his Academy Award in a rare, but equally intense dramatic role, as a teacher in the 1997 film “Good Will Hunting.”

He also played for tears in “Awakenings,” “Dead Poets Society” and “What Dreams May Come,” something that led New York Times critic Stephen Holden to once say he dreaded seeing the actor’s “Humpty Dumpty grin and crinkly moist eyes.”

Williams also won three Golden Globes, for “Good Morning, Vietnam,” “Mrs. Doubtfire” and “The Fisher King.”

His other film credits included Robert Altman’s “Popeye” (a box office bomb), Paul Mazursky’s “Moscow on the Hudson,” Steven Spielberg’s “Hook” and Woody Allen’s “Deconstructing Harry.” On stage, Williams joined fellow comedian Steve Martin in a 1988 Broadway revival of “Waiting for Godot.”

Fellow stars were quick to express their grief upon hearing about Williams’ death.

Actor and producer Garry Marshall remembered his friend, stating, “Robin was hands-down a comedy genius and one of the most talented performers I have ever worked with in television or film. To lose him so young at the age of 63 is just a tragedy. I will forever be in awe of his timing, his talent and his pure and golden creativity.  He could make everybody happy, but himself. He was my friend and it is rare that you ever have a friend that is also a genius.”

President Obama also reacted to the news of Williams’ death, stating, “Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between. But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien – but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most – from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets. The Obama family offers our condolences to Robin’s family, his friends, and everyone who found their voice and their verse thanks to Robin Williams.”

San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee commented on the star’s death, as he was a longtime resident of the San Francisco area.

“Despite his success, he has never forgotten San Francisco. He was a philanthropist who gave generously, and he was a friend of the city,” he stated. “San Francisco is heartbroken by the tragic loss of Robin Williams who forever changed the world with laughter and joy.”

Williams is survived by his third wife Schneider and his three children, Zachary, Zelda and Cody.

Credit: Fox News

 

India Couture Week 2014 Highlights

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The newly revamped India Couture Week celebrated Indian talent in design. The fashion extravaganza treated the audience to the best of creative design and couture, with a few famous faces lending a hand on the runway.

India Couture Week 2014

India Couture Week 2014

India Couture Week is one of the most prestigious fashion events of the year. Nine of the most popular designers from across the country showcased their version of the ‘modern Indian story’.

The annual event is the product of the collaboration between Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) and Shree Raj Mahal Jewellers.

Day 1

Sabyasachi Mukherjee’s collection: ‘Ferozabad’

Sabyasachi Mukherjee’s collection: ‘Ferozabad’

The fashion extravaganza kicked off with Sabyasachi Mukherjee’s collection named ‘Ferozabad’. The stage was set up as a luxury train and models were acting as passengers.

They sashayed in beige and peach sarees, teamed with high-neck blouses, anarkalis, lehengas and shararas. Male models walked the ramp in bandhgalas, embroidered trousers and khadi coats.

After the show, the designer said: “I wanted to do something with a lot of very bright metallic work that I don’t normally do because my work is quite toned down, and I wanted to do it on unusual materials, like lehengas made out of canvas.”

Bollywood celebrity Rani Mukerji, strutted on the runway in a beige embellished zardozi saree. After modeling, the actress said:

“I feel really emotional seeing his collection. I hope that’s a good thing. I really enjoyed watching his collection. One could see the hard work, the blood and sweat he has put into every outfit. Every show of Sabyasachi is different.”

Day 2

Ram-Leela designer Anju Modi

Ram-Leela designer Anju Modi

Opening Day 2 was the Ram-Leela designer Anju Modi, who captivated the audience with sophisticated ensembles. He won the admiration of the critics by playing mix-and-match with the parts of the traditional bridal ensemble- lehenga choli and gharara kurti, thus creating a fresh looking hybrids of the styles of different regions.

The colour palette evolved from nudes, pastel pink and icy blue to deep red and navy, complemented with ivory. Models dazzled in dhoti pants matched with sherwanis, adorned with sheer asymmetrical hemlines. Superstar Kangana Ranaut was the show stopper, as she walked the ramp in a black lehenga and blouse, embellished with intricate resham work.

Two of the most cherished Bollywood beauties dazzled on the runway for Rina Dhaka’s show. Nimrat Kaur and Malaika Arora Khan looked divine in two of her outfits.

The designer’s collection was inspired by the iconography of the gota work of Rajasthan. The ensembles were embellished with intricate embroidery and layering. After the show, Nimrat Kaur commented:

“I am surprised with the way Indian garments are getting global appeal. You have so many different kinds of draping styles or how people wear things. Much like our culture, fashion is also changing.”

Day 3

Designer Monisha Jaising with her “World Bride” collection

Designer Monisha Jaising with her “World Bride” collection

Opening Day 3 was Designer Monisha Jaising with a collection titled “World Bride”. She showcased alternative bride gowns, inspired by the French Rococo style in the 18th century.

Romantic ball gown skirts, fitted lehengas, leme saris, slinky dresses and cigarette pants were teamed with corsets, lace blouses, asymmetrical tops and bandhgalas. The rich embroidery was combined with leather detailing, which gave a modern twist to the romantic appeal of lace.

Designer Varun Bahl accentuated the feminine figure with sharp silhouettes, mesh sleeves and linear cuts, incorporated in cocktail dresses, anarkalis, lehengas and sarees.

The day closed with the collection of couturier Rohit Bal. He allured the female audience with exquisite sari with cape, voluminous anarakalis, bandhgala jackets and lehenga in gold and ivory. Male models walked the ramp in brocade sherwanis, shawls and turbans fitted with brooches in the same colour palette.

Day 4

Manish Aurora's Collection: India Couture Week

Manish Aurora’s Collection: India Couture Week

Day-4

One of the boldest visionaries – Manish Arora, showcased his latest creations. His daring outfits were multi-coloured, embellished with neon sheer fabrics, Japanese chip embroidery and pearls, which symbolised the liberation of Indian women.

A major male Bollywood celebrities, actor Rahul Khanna, attended Gaurav Gupta’s fashion show at day 4. He commented on the event:

“Oh it’s good to be here in Delhi. I am coming back after quite some time, so yes, I feel good. Gaurav is a friend and I am glad I could make it see his show.”

Day 5

Manish Malhorta’s collection.

Manish Malhorta’s collection.

The penultimate day featured Manish Malhorta’s collection. The renowned designee quickly established red as the top bridal colour of the year. His show featured an exquisite selection of sarees in ruby and beige, embellished with zari embroidery. Some of the intricate pieces took his team months to complete.

The show culminated in the appearance of Bollywood celebrity Alia Bhatt on the ramp, dressed in a bright red lehenga. Later, she said:

“It’s like a dream-come true for me to walk in Manish’s creations. Two years ago, I was sitting in the audience at his show and Kareena Kapoor was the showstopper and I wondered when I would get to walk for him.”

Day 6

Rimple & Harpreet Narula Couture collection by Shree Raj Mahal Jewellers.

Rimple & Harpreet Narula Couture collection by Shree Raj Mahal Jewellers.

The finale on the last day was the Rimple & Harpreet Narula Couture collection by Shree Raj Mahal Jewellers.

This collection was soft and delicate in tones of beige, combined with nude and brown, highlighted with gold and silver. The designers were inspired by the Nomads of the Khyber Pukhtoon, Persia, Morocco and India and showcased subtle beauty.

Later in the day, the very last show was delivered by the Fashion Council of India presenting Shree Raj Mahal Jewellers. The collection was modelled by Muzammil Ibrahim, Aditi Govitrikar, Aanchal Kumar and Deepti Gujral.

India Couture Week showcased the collection of India’s most beloved couturiers. A constellation of A-list Bollywood icons took part in the grandeur of the 6-day fashion event.

The creative designs and the impeccable execution transcended the dramatic outfits in the realms of art.