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Fashion Files: New York Fashion Week Edition
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Outfit Details: Similar  Antik Batik Dress  , Miu Miu  Booties  , Similar  Pink Earrings

Outfit Details: Similar Antik Batik Dress , Miu Miu Booties , Similar Pink Earrings

NYFW

Milan, Paris, London and of course New York……NYFW begins a month-long journey of viewing the world’s top woman’s fashion designers and seeing what trends the fashion gods have in store for us.  This Thursday begins the first day of Fashion Week here in New York as we take our first look at what we will be seeing in stores for next fall.  It leaves us full of anticipation as to what we will be adding to our closets in seasons to come. It’s a fashion equivalent of looking into the magic mirror. Even if you don’t consider yourself high fashion or a fashionista, Fashion Week is still what sets the trends for all retail and what you will start seeing and integrating into your wardrobe. If you enjoy getting dressed and feeling fabulous, Fashion Week is the place for you. And thanks to modern technology, you can get a front row seat right from your living room!

I have been blessed to be part of this crazy world for almost 10 years and have been fortunate to work for so many talents such as Stella McCartney, the iconic Carolina Herrera, and the late Oscar de la Renta.  In these 10 years I have traveled to Paris, my favorite city on the planet next to Manhattan, several times to work at Nina Ricci. Many people dream of attending or working fashion week, especially if this world is your business and life. So, these experiences have been a major blessing and a big part of my professional life. One I very grateful for. Many memories have been made through these experiences.

Through this last decade, I have grown so much and had some incredible life experiences.  I have gotten to see firsthand the creativity of talented designers, rub elbows with celebrities, and work with the world’s top models. But above it all what keeps me coming back season after season are the clothes.  I love watching designers take visions in their heads and make them come to life as they strut beautifully down a runway. It helps draw inspriation for my own style and plays a big part in how I dress my clients. Just as the designers have visions that come true on the runway, as a personal stylist I have visions for my client's style. It starts to take shape here at Fashion Week.

As much as I love fashion and the creativity that unfolds, it can be a very surreal world.  Working behind the scenes does take a lot of the glamour away from the awe of the runway as you work with a lot of very harsh people.  Not to mention the models lose a little of their luster as you see them waltz into the showroom for their fitting looking as though they just crawled out of bed.  Quite the transformation ensues from fitting to the runway!  Unless you are Karlie Kloss…who somehow always looks the part.

Being in this world I have found a few keys to staying sane: remain true to who you are, stay humble and always be kind.  It is amazing how these simple “after school special” lessons ring true when you really apply them to your life.  They work of course in all situations, but I have found this makes me centered and focused during a week of crazy hard work with really intense people.  And when all else fails I remind myself “we aren’t saving lives; it’s only Fashion Week”.  Unless you are actually one of the amazing humans who does save lives on a daily basis, this phrase is key to remaining calm and being able to handle whatever life throws at you. Just breath, be calm and attack the problem at hand. This is also a great way to handle life when it’s good too… so you can really soak up and take in those amazing memories!

Here is a fun list of people I am most excited to see: Karl Lagerfeld with Chanel, Gucci, Riccardo Tisci’s first fall FW for Burberry, Nicola Glass for the late Kate Spade, Jason Wu, Marc Jacobs, and of course Carolina Herrera!

XO

 Tamara


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Fashion Files: Faux Fur
Outfit Details: Majorelle  Faux Fur Coat , Agolde  Jeans , Zara  Turtleneck , and Michael Kors  Heels   Other Faux Fur Options, in different price points:  Fuzz over Fur ,  Bernardo,   Urban Outfitters

Outfit Details: Majorelle Faux Fur Coat, Agolde Jeans, Zara Turtleneck, and Michael Kors Heels

Other Faux Fur Options, in different price points: Fuzz over Fur, Bernardo, Urban Outfitters

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Faux Fur

It’s not often you will hear me say to opt for the knock off verses the real thing, but when it comes to furry little woodland creatures I make an exception. Now in full disclosure I do have a few vintage hand-me-down real fur items but as far as shopping new fur off the rack I have just never in good conscience been able to do so.  BUT NO judgement on those who opt for the real thing as we are all able to do what is right for ourselves as we are all singular individuals. 

What we can agreed on is whether you are pro real or pro faux we can all agree that these beautifully soft and fuzzy coats are a must in any closet!  Here I am wearing my newest favorite faux fur piece and I must be honest and say the “furs” are quickly taking over my coat closet and all other coats are being overrun. Even if you live in a warmer climate like California or Texas you can do a very light weight or shearling style that works for your winter on the cooler days or at night and in the morning when temps drop. 

These faux options have all the same winning qualities as a real fur— glamour, timelessness, comfort — with none of the bad feels ‘that can be’ associated with real fur.  Or maybe you are cool with wearing real BUT your wallet says otherwise. The faux versions are often much more kind to your pocketbook. 

Back when brands first started catching on to the obvious ethical faux pas associated with fur coats, their fake alternatives were iffy at best. But times have changed. This season, we're seeing a whole slew of faux fur outerwear options that are almost impossible to differentiate from the real thing. Gone are the days of tussled and far less luxurious imitations of the coats lining your grandmother's closet. From bold hues to shearling alternatives, crop or long there are so many fantastic styles out there!

P.S. One good tip is to just stay away from anything that looks shiny. When the material looks shiny it also looks cheap which is never a good thing.

Happy Shopping!

XO

 Tamara

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Fashion Files: Jeans, More Than Just Skinnies
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Outfit Details: Similar John+Jenn Sweater, Similar Zara Jeans, Zara Belt and Similar Boots

Get Out of The Denim Jeans Rut  

Jeans are without a doubt the backbone of our wardrobes.  Winter, spring, summer, or fall they are the item that is a true staple; no matter the season.  Over the last few years jeans have just remained stale…. skinny jean after skinny jean.  And while I am not advocating to toss all of your skinny jeans out the window I am saying NOW IS THE TIME to break out of the jean mold we have all been stuck in for years. 

Here are five styles that are super on trend this winter and will remain in style for the seasons ahead.  Take the silhouettes I am showing you and mimic them for warmer months just by changing the shade and weight of the denim.  OK ladies, it is time to move those skinny jeans to the back of your closets and make way for these updated styles!

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Wear and Tear

We have all been wearing the distressed skinny jeans for several seasons now so let’s update that ripped jean trend with an oversized style instead.  You want these to be worn big so make sure you find a brand or size that isn’t too snug but that allows you to chic and relaxed.  Again, with added volume around your legs if you fear you are your figure is lacking shape or you are taking on the appearance of an Olsen twin then taper your top off with a variation of tucking, adding a belt, or wearing a more fitted top piece like a structured jacket.

Outfit Details: Aritzia Top, Stella+Ruby Earrings, Anine Bing Boots, Agolde Jeans, Similar BDG Jeans, Similar Light Wash AFRM Jeans, Similar Black Topshop Jeans

Mama says –

The jeans we used to laugh at our mom’s for wearing have been reborn and if you style them correctly they are a great denim trend to add into your wardrobe.  Wear them with anything from heels to sneakers, dressed up or casual.  The Levi’s 501 style has new life and have brought this trend back from the dead. No one is laughing any more.

Outfit Details: BCBG Bodysuit, Similar Bodysuit, Similar White Booties , Similar Leopard Fanny Pack, Zara Black Mom Jeans, Similar Levi 501 Jeans, Similar Mother Jeans

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Play me a cord –

A great option to denim this season is Corduroy.  This fabric is the perfect throwback to decades past.  Find a great corduroy that you love, preferably in a fun hue, and wear them like you would a jean.  Flare, straight, bootcut, crop pick any silhouette you want to carry out this look.  As much as we love our denim sometimes it is fun to change things up a bit and to play a different tune.

Outfit Details: Similar Polka Dot Top, Similar Booties, Reiss Trouser Corduroys, Similar Mother Crop Corduroys, Similar Free People Skinny Corduroys

It’s all in the details –

Adding a fun detail to a jean like the wide cuff gives a unique feel to a jean.  I especially love this trend with a great heel.  And the really fun thing about a style like the ones I am wearing is that you can uncuff them and wear them as a wide leg with sneakers or even flats.  Full disclosure I am only 5’2” and when I bought these jeans they were crazy long on me, so I shortened them a lot to get the look I wanted.  It gives you two looks in one style. 

Outfit Details: White Tee, Gucci Belt, Similar Pink Pumps, Anthro Hat, Similar Wide Cuff Jeans, Similar Light Wide Cuff Jeans

Other Detailed Jeans: Fringe Jean, Embroidered Jeans, Floral Jeans, Pearl Jeans, Embellished Cuff Jeans

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Flare it out –

The exact opposite of those skinny leg jeans is the wide leg.  Get a pair to rock with heels or even get a shorter pair or hem a pair to wear with a chunky sneaker.  This trend can be so flattering with them being more fitted around your waist, bum, and thighs and then offer a wide leg.  If you are shorter or short waisted do a little front tuck or a full tuck and add a belt.

Outfit Details: Similar Sweater, Similar Seven Jeans, Similar Zara Jeans, Similar Topshop Jeans

The last styling note I want to give is that unless you are of model height and proportion jeans, more often than not, need to be tailored.  Do not expect to just be able to purchase any of these styles and wear them right off the rack.  If you are going to update your denim wardrobe then go the extra mile and have them made to fit YOU! 

 If you have any questions on these styles, how to wear them, or what is best to add to your wardrobe feel free to DM me and I will be happy to be your virtual stylist! 

 Happy Shopping!

 XOXO,

 Tamara


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