I’m Going to Mercedes-Benz/MADE Fashion Week: Celebrity Meet Ups!!!!

Hey Everyone!!!

I just wanted to do a quick post today for my lovely viewers – and this post is so exciting to make. Basically, when I got to fashion week, not only were my eyes on the incredible clothing and makeup, but I also scanned the front rows for recognizable faces (celeb stalking)!!!

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 Here I am with AnnaSophia Robb right after the Rebecca Minkoff Show – I totally fan girled! I wasn’t originally invited to this show, but I was able to get in through by a standing room ticket.

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 Now, this picture has a hilarious story! The Nautica show was another show that I wasn’t actually invited to, but due to the magic of standing room, I was able to access backstage. While randomly interviewing and taking pictures of random models, I met up with this really nice guy. We started to talk about his career, his past and other little things when he asked if I wanted to get a picture with him. It wasn’t until I posted the photo on Facebook did I realize that the guy was Kellan Lutz!

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 This was a picture that I took of Gregg Asher right after the Carmen Marc Valvo show.

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 Now, any of you who have followed me in the last few months know about my undying obsession with Gossip Girl – now imagine my surprise when Kelly Rutherford, or THE LILY VAN DER WOODSEN, was backstage at Vivienne Tam. I almost died when I got the chance to take a picture of one of my fashion idols!

❤ Naa

I’m Going to Mercedes-Benz/MADE Fashion Week: David Tlale Overview + GIVEAWAY!!!!

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 Welcome to my fourth post about my experience at New York Fashion Week. Today I will be posting about the incredible collection by David Tlale. Now, the beauty of fashion week is that you sometimes are able to get into shows that you weren’t originally invited to. This was the case for my experience at the David Tlale show, as I was given a spare invitation from a very kind friend. This show took place at the Pavilion, a more intimate setting similar to that of Milk Studios located at Lincoln Center.

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Music: The David Tlale had the most soft, alluring music of all the shows that I was able to attend. I wish that I could have asked the editor who composed the pieces, as it was absolutely beautiful. Imagine living in a majestic world of faeries who wore amazing clothing – this was the David Tlale show. The mix of beautiful piano pieces and strong ballads emphasized the femininity of the collection.

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Beauty: Brows, brows brows!!! I couldn’t help but notice that one of the consistent factors of the show were full, strong brows with a prominent arch. Along with this, the models were also given a subtle makeup look with excess amounts of highlighter and bronzer to add dimension to the face. The hairstyles were very sleek, all of which led to a very soft and feminine appeal.

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 Clothing: Now, time to get the most important aspect of every fashion show: the clothing! This collection was absolutely amazing. Unlike the Czar or Ostwald Helgason collection, David Tlale’s clothing had very little to no masculine themes — the clothing screamed classic femininity through the use of soft fabrics, flowing silhouettes and tasteful sequin. The clothing were excellently created, however, there wasn’t too much concentration on construction. All in all, I am in awe of the collection – even if my personal preference calls for a few more edgy accessories.

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 This is just a photo of what I wore to the show. I really love the intricacy of the tweed trench coat and the bright pop of color found in the red sweater. Also, remember that my giveaway for a LORAC Pro Palette is still open here!!!!

❤ Naa

I’m Going to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week (!) : Desigual Overview

Hey Guys!!!

I’m so sorry for being MIA for so long – I had to get a huge amount of work done and I didn’t have any time to breath let alone blog! But now, I am back in the the swing of things and I have great news: I’ve been invited to cover Mercedes Benz and MADE Fashion Week! Today, I will be covering the Desigual fashion show. I was invited to the show, but unfortunately I was unable to make it on time due to the weather in NYC . However, I will be in New York tomorrow to attend some shows. Now, let’s get to the review!!!

Dots Galore

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I’ve noticed that this season has been all about the prints – particularly polka dots! One of the defining characteristics of a Desigual fashion show is the light-hearted feel and bold aesthetic of all the clothing. I personally know that the use of polka dots can become very tacky, very quick. However, by incorporating the print into similar patterns, the outfits were made to be fun and funky instead of old and matronly. 

Mixed Prints

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As I said previously, the Desigual show chose a very courageous route in mixing bold prints. I absolutely love breaking rules (I personally believe that there are no rules in fashion!) and feel that this was an ingenius strategy in creating beautiful clothing. I particularly love the third look down, which successfully mixes a rainbow floral print with a black-and-white polka dot print. I predict that bold, bright colors will become a huge trend for fall/winter this year. 

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Now, you may want to avert your eyes if you can’t handle too much perfection; not only does this photo present the incredible Candice Swanepoel, but it shows her in this incredible trench coat-inspired dress. I am in love with the use of angular designs on this coat, as it adds an edgy feel to the relatively bubbly show. I would have to name this coat my favorite piece of the entire collection!

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Now, both of these gowns share a similar design inspired by swirling leaves and rose. I love the use of foiled gold and maxi length in the first gown, however, it is the second gowns deep red color on the model’s beautiful skin that truly entrances me. All in all, I was more than impressed by the Desigual collection. I was a little wary due to the knowledge that Desigual’s main strength is bright colors, a trend usually found in Spring. However, they were able to strategize in order to make Winter appropriate attire with these colors. 

❤ Naa

Designer Decoding: Mathieu Mirano

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My post on Oscar de La Renta was very popular, so I decided to write another post on a designer! I have decided that I will be always follow an established designer with an up-and-coming designer. As a newer blogger, I feel almost obliged to help out fellow newbies to the fashion industry. Now, for this edition of Designer Decoding, I have an astoundingly talented designer who, at the tender age of 22, has already had a show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and dressed the likes of Lady Gaga and Nicole Richie. Here you go:

Promotion Photo and Background Information

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Born and raised in the fashion capital that is New York City, Mathieu Mirano attended the Huntington School of Fine Arts before eventually moving on to the highly esteemed Parson School of Design. Mirano’s designs are distinct for there perfect mix of creative whimsy and impeccable construction. Mirano claims to be inspired by “his extensive travels and cultural experiences in Europe, Asia and Africa.” With all that Mirano has and continues to accomplish, it is quite difficult to believe that he is only 22 years old!

Runway Looks

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All of these outfits appeared at Mirano’s Spring 2013 collection, and show his talent with bold colors, prints and overall tailoring. The first look on the far right consist on a simple white, long sleeved top paired with a cream colored short. I love how well it fits the model and how understated it is in comparison to the other pieces. I am particularly a fan of the tiered overskirt on the second dress (do I spy a new peplum trend) and the golden fossil-based print on the fourth dress. 

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Now, all of these outfits appeared in Mirano’s most recent collection for the Spring 2014 collection. This shows his extensive knowledge on sequins along with his great eye for cohesion. By using the same fabric in each outfit, the audience can tell that the outfits come from a similar collection. Also, while sequin can easily go very wrong, Mirano is able to use understated pieces to balance out the glitz and glam. 

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Now, these are 3 of my favorite looks from all of Mirano’s pieces. They all were in his collection last year, and include a leather skirt. Now, for my regular readers, you know of my love for edgy/glamourous fashion, and leather skirts are the perfect balance of each. These three looks are a perfect example of Mirano’s aesthetic, which is chic, powerful and whimsical. 

Celebrity Photos

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This is Nicole Richie, or the Boho-Chic Queen, in Mathieu Mirano at the 2012 Alma Awards. I first have to start by saying this dress immediately reminds me of Blair’s Marchesa prom gown that Leighton Meester wore at the end of season 2 of Gossip Girl. I love golden sequin mixed with black linen, as I feel that it is the perfect mix of bright and dark. This gown looks wonderful on both the model and Nicole, however, I wish that Nicole would have gone slightly lighter on the eye liner and shown off her natural beauty in this amazing gown. 

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Now, this gown definitely portrays Mathieu’s versatility as a designer. Not only can he create beautiful Ready to Wear outfits, but he can create magnificent Haute Couture works of art. This custom made gown was worn by Lady Gaga during her Good Morning America debut of her hit song “Applause”. I just love how the shoulder pads look like two beautiful wings on her back, and how clear and simple this look is in comparison to some of her other looks. 

Please check out more of Mirano’s work at: http://mathieumirano.com/

He is such an excellent designer and I hope he has years of success!

❤ Naa