Runway Hits The Streets by Ayla

When looking at runway shows for this weeks color assignment, I took at look at D&G’s ready to wear fall 2011 show. They showed these short feather/fur skirts in various colors which I could not even begin to understand.

There are some looks that, in my opinion, should stay on the runway; this is one of them. I cannot being to understand why someone would want to ear a piece like this in their everyday life.

As I was browsing on the Sartorialist this week, I came across a picture of a women wearing a very similar skirt.

Here is a perfect example of how trends trickle down and how something seen on the runway can be adjusted for everyday. Although, it is something that I would still not be interested in wearing this, the toned down version is a little more appealing. She has taken a shirt that is a little bit much and pair it with a simple top, neutral shoes, and a statement necklace instead of a loud top and wedge sneakers which makes the look more subtle.

This is not a look I think that we will be seeing all over the place just yet, but its worth keeping our eye on.


Shop Small & Local by Tory

With Thanksgiving break right around the corner, the main thing on every fashionista’s mind is kicking off the holiday shopping season. This year I urge you to skip risking your life at the malls and department stores, and support your local businesses. While you’re home for the holiday break, take a trip to your unique hometown boutiques and shops. Local stores keep our communities and local economies vibrant, and give us a deeper connection with the products we’re purchasing.

Branching off of the shop small movement, this year marks the second annual Small Business Saturday. Wedged between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday falls on November 26th this year. American Express has been promoting Small Business Saturday with some kind of cash-back incentive deal, which is all well and good, but not the main point of the day. Shopping small fuels the economy and helps keep the big corporations from having too much power over consumers. Plus, its a lot safer than getting mauled in the ridiculous crowds at Macy’s.


For more information on Small Business Saturday, check out the official website. You can “Like” Small Business Saturday on Facebook as well. Happy shopping!

Black is the New Black by Tory

Black, onyx, raven, ebony, jet– Some people talk about black on black outfits as if they’re boring or taking the easy way out of dressing, but I couldn’t disagree more. In my opinion black is the most versatile and stylish shade. Monochromatic black outfits are always in style, but can change season-to-season based on how they’re styled and accessorized.

Today my boss, Lucy, wore a great entirely black outfit. Lucy combined an oversized black knit sweater with black tights, black booties, and even a black fringe purse. She looked classically chic while maintaining her usual effortless vibe.

Lucy’s style tip: “Don’t be afraid of wearing shorts with tights!” ** Lucy is the owner of Lucia Boutique in downtown Saratoga Springs (NY), and is a seriously stylish chick. Check out Lucy’s official Lucia blog at

Not only do real girls on the street love monochromatic black, but the Fall 2011 runways were full of all-black looks, ie: Louis Vuitton Menswear rtw and Balmain rtw.

Celebrities wear all-black pretty regularly as well. Victoria Beckham, Kate Moss, and Rihanna show the vast range of black’s versatility- from daytime chic, to party glam, to edgy style.

So in my opinion, a single outfit can never have too many black elements to it. Go black or go home.

Military Inspired Footwear

Isle Jacobsen boots spotted in Norway.

Our military men and women inspire us in many ways, including fashion.  Last Fall in 2010, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to travel throughout Europe before I started my semester abroad in Italy.  I took that time to visit Scandinavia and while I was there I kept spotting a trend everywhere I went.  Women were all wearing lace up rain boots, whether it was raining or not, that had white writing at the top of the boot. At first I wasn’t sure how I felt about these military inspired boots but the more people I saw the more I fell in love.

Due to the language barrier I couldn’t ask anyone who made the boots, so instead I took a picture of someone walking past me in Norway in hopes of capturing a name. Luckily, I got half of the name and “googled” it to find Isle Jacobsen, a Scandinavian herself.  I immediately called my parents and asked if I could be spotted a few thousand dollars to buy in bulk from Jacobsen and sell in the United States when I returned – but sadly I was rejected. Instead, I left Norwary empty handed.  In the spring when I returned to the United States I was shopping at Madewell, and actually saw Isle Jacobsen rain boots for sale and I was floored; it also proved my point that we should have invested.

This fall, it has been evident that military inspired boots are extremely “in”. From Anthropologie to Forever21, lace up boots and booties are sold everywhere. Celebrities are even wearing them on the red carpet!  They are a great accessory because they can give any delicate outfit a little bit of edge or make a touch girl look even tougher.

Anthropologie Military Inspired Boots

Willow Smith working her military inspired boots on the red carpet

Like I already said, the military does so much for us – so always remember to thank our military service for all that they do!

Fall Over Overalls by Tory

I kid you not-  overalls are having a moment. While this may conjure up memories of Michelle Tanner, or classic styles of Wisconsin dairy farmers, overalls have been updated and upgraded this Fall. Overalls have been featured on designer runways the past few seasons, and have recently emerged onto the retail and street style scenes. This mini trend has developed among those fashionistas daring enough to try the style (ie: Alexa Chung).







Here are some examples of overalls on the runway. From left to right: Charles Anastase, Chloe, Jean Paul Gaultier, L.A.M.B., Rachel Comey.

Here are some examples of overalls at the retail level from my favorite brand, Free People.


When you think about it, overalls really aren’t that different from rompers/jumpsuits. I say go for it. What do you think of this trend- Rad or bad?

Ballerina Beauty by Tory






For decades, dancers have inspired the fashion industry on all levels- from feminine silhouettes, to leg-wear trends, to ballet flats. While ballerinas have a way of looking classically chic without even trying, girls on the street can achieve a similar look with a personal twist.


A perfect example of this look can be seen on my friend Francesca who I snapped a photo of the other day. Francesca’s wearing many pieces of ballet-inspired wares, but translates them to a modern look. She combined classic black opaque tights, a perfect little black flared skirt, and a blush toned blouse. She topped it all of with a classic chignon and natural make-up. Très chic!


I asked Francesca if she had any go-to style tips and she responded, “I like combining textures and shapes/silhouettes. I don’t like any of the Coco Chanel rules by the way…” I completely agree.







Ballerina style has been seen on runways (David Koma), on television (Carrie Bradshaw’s iconic look), and in movies (who could forget “Black Swan”?). This trend cycles in and out of fashion, but will always make you look classically chic.

Barely There by Madeline

Sheer fabrics have continued to keep their momentum going into the fall/winter season. Sheer separates can add a “peek-a-boo” effect to any of your favorite looks! Whether you are sporting a sheer top with a bandeau or camisole underneath, or a sheer skirt or pants , see through fabric is the best way to add a little sexiness to your wardrobe. The button down shirt is one of my favorite looks to wear sheer, it keeps the classic look of the shirt while adding some individuality and sex appeal. One of the newest trends that is going sheer is the maxi skirt. Many of maxi skirts that are sold sheer come with a built in lining, slip or mini skirt underneath.

Sheer & Striped

Sheer on the Runway

Mesh in the streets of Paris

H & M Sheer Top

Demure Sheer

Classy Sheer

Minimalism by Tory

Socrates once said, “The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.”








Typically, my motto in life is “more is more”. As my previous posts have demonstrated, I am usually the queen of excess when it comes to fashion and style (ie: “Stack Em’ by Tory”). Lately, however, I’ve been falling in love with minimalism in both fashion and interior design and have been adopting the philosophy that less clutter leads to a clearer mind. As far as fashion statements go, there’s something to be said for pieces that are simple but can make a loud statement simultaneously.

In my opinion, no one does minimalism better than Austrian designer Helmut Lang, who headed his own fashion label until 2005. After Lang left the label, new owners carried on the minimalistic vibe and the designs are sold at high-end department stores and boutiques. Above: Helmut Lang Pre-Fall 11, Below: Helmut Lang Fall 2000.

As of lately I’m making serious attempts to simplify my life- and my personal style is no exception. Most days I’ve been sticking to draped harem trousers with simple black boots and blouses. I recommend giving this minimalistic style a try- It may clear your mind while making you look incredibly chic.

Has It Really Trickled Down? – by Madeline and Tory

From Runway to Retail-

Through studying and analyzing the fashion trends of past couture runway shows in Paris, it is easy to see direct correlation of how trend trickles down in the fashion cycle- from the highest end couture, to designer ready-to-wear, to bridge, and so on.

We’ve dissected the couture trends from the Paris runways from Fall 2011, Fall 2010, Fall 2008, and Fall 2006. We chose three major trends from each year mentioned, and five looks from each of these trends. These trends have had monumental impact on all levels of the fashion industry- from evening gowns worn by celebrities on the red carpet, to clothing styles carried throughout malls and shops worldwide.

Couture Trend for Fall 2011: Black and White

From left to right: Chanel, Giambattista Valli, Azzedine Alaïa, Armani Prive, Jean Paul Gaultier

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Couture Trend for Fall 2011: Eastern Influence

From left to right: Armani Prive, Valentino, Dior, Azzedine Alaïa, Alexis Mabille

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Couture Trend for Fall 2011: Sheer

From left to right: Chanel, Elie Saab, Givenchy, Valentino, Jean Paul Gaultier

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Couture Trend for Fall 2010: Gilded

From left to right: Elie Saab, Chanel, Armani Prive, Givenchy, Jean Paul Gaultier

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Couture Trend for Fall 2010: Fringe & Lace

From left to right: Jean Paul Gaultier, Alexis Mabille, Valentino, Givenchy, Jean Paul Gaultier

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Couture Trend for Fall 2010: Ombre

From left to right: Christian Dior, Givenchy, Valentino, Armani Prive, Christian Dior

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Couture Trend for Fall 2008: Bows

From left to right: Christian Lacroix, Elie Saab, Armani Prive

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Couture Trend for Fall 2008: Fringe

From left to right: Armani Prive, Chanel, Jean Paul Gaultier, Givenchy, Chanel

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Couture Trend for Fall 2008: Shoulder Emphasis

From left to right: Jean Paul Gaultier, Christian Lacroix, Elie Saab, Chanel, Alexis Mabille

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Couture Trend for Fall 2006: Ruffles

From left to right: Christian Lacroix, Elie Saab, Chanel, Christian Dior, Valentino

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Couture Trend for Fall 2006: Legwear

From left to right: Givenchy, Valentino, Christian Lacroix, Christian Dior, Chanel

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Couture Trend for Fall 2006: Plunging Necklines

From left to right: Valentino, Elie Saab, Christian Lacroix, Jean Paul Gaultier

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Has It Really Trickled Down? – by Ayla & Gina

Just because the “grunge” look started on the streets, doesn’t mean the couture runway doesn’t effect JC Penny’s. We took a look at couture runway shows from 5 years ago, 3 years ago and 1 year ago to see the affect they had on what’s in store and on the streets today.  We analyzed Jean Paul Gaultier, Christian Lacroix and Elie Saab’s couture shows Fall/Winter 2006, F/W 2008 and F/W 2010 to pick out trends that we see translated into the fashion of today. The top five trends we spotted were fur, lace, metallic, red hues and sheer fabrics.



Here are some of the ways we have found it has transitioned from couture to street wear in stores and on the streets.