Beanie Babies by Tory

With temperatures reaching 60 degrees at the end of November, it may seem like winter isn’t coming to the Northeast this year. When Mother Nature finally decides to give us some cold temperatures, however, make sure you’re prepared with an on-trend slouchy beanie. It’s a common belief that the majority of body heat is lost through our heads- so stay warm, ward off the sniffles, and be fashionable simultaneously this year. Urban Outfitters and Free People have some great slouchy beanies for sale right now, and most stores are carrying their version of the trend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many stylish celebrities have been spotted rocking these slouchy beanies as well. Sienna Miller, Rachel Bilson, and Nicole Richie are just a few examples. This season, stay warm while looking cool.

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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.

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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Colorful School Girl by Tory

“School Girl” style has become an iconic look in womenswear. This look extends far beyond the classic navy-plaid pleated skirts and white collared blouses fashioned at prep-schools. The school girl trend cycles in and out of style, but this fall girls have been spicing the look up with playful colors.

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Today I spotted a student named Amari while I was working at a local boutique. Her outfit first grabbed my attention with the vibrant color combination. But at second glance I noticed the silhouette she was wearing mimicked the school girl look in a fun and funky way. She balances out the femininity of her flirty lime skirt with dark basics and flat black motorcycle boots.

Although Amari claims she doesn’t have a style secret, I can tell she’s a girl who’s never fully dressed without a smile.

This look has been seen through iconic characters of our time, from the movie “Clueless” to the popular television series (based on the book series) “Gossip Girl”. The school girl style was also seen at the designer level, including being featured in DKNY’s Fall 2011 runway show.

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Color Blocking is the new Black? By Andrew

Taking note of what the fashion innovators of today are wearing while viewing the most recent shows during New York, London, and Paris fashion week is a great way to see what the current trends off the runway are, and how they are developing.  A trend that I found to be close to impossible to miss was the popularity of color blocking.

I found this to be interesting, seeing that wearing all black is usually  the unofficial ‘uniform’ for many attending fashion week. We are seeing lots of color blocking using black and bright bold colors such as: burnt orange, yellow, cerulean blue, emerald green,  and classic white.

Below are some shots I believe best exemplify this trend of color blocking. All of the photographs used were taken from Style.com

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Theres an app for that! Pose App by Ayla

So we are constantly taking about new technology and innovation. Every day we are introduced to something new and exciting.  We have all been trained to by apple to believe that there is an app for absolutely every occasion. Over the summer one of the people I worked for said that they had an app that they wanted me to review. It was called Pose.

Here is part of the article I wrote over the summer.  The whole article can be found on Bostinnovation.com

Can’t figure out if red, the hot new color for fall, looks good on your skin tone or if you can pull off plaid? Snap a photo on your iPhone using the Pose app and get instant feedback. Other people that are using the app have the opportunity to look at what you have uploaded and give you their feedback on what you are thinking about buying or your most recent purchases.

Pose also helps you keep a catalog of the items that you have purchased or wish to purchase, handy for going back and reviewing what’s already been purchased for your wardrobe and what you still need. The app allows you to add the store info and the price of all items and then it gets added to the stream of other items that the like minded social shoppers using the Pose app are uploading.

If you could care less about what random people using the app are doing, check out what the Posers are buying. Posers are handpicked by the company to help inspire shoppers and to share their fashion finds. They are composed of mostly fashion bloggers and celeb stylists who take pictures of what they are wearing or buying for others. It acts as a great guide in theory, but after could definitely use more of a selection and ability to filter by your own tastes.

This is another way that we can track trends and see what people are wearing. In theory this is a great way to share what you are buying the your friends or anyone else using the app, but it has not quite caught on yet. The Posers are also just fashion bloggers like all of us who post on Foxy Fashion. They are not true trend forecasters looking into the future, they are just snapping photos of what they like.

Although this App is not quite up to speed yet, things like this could be very prevalent in the future so it s important that we keep our eyes open and our ears to the ground so we do not miss what is out there.