Pretty and Pulled Together: Blair Eadie at DVF FW2014

Fashion blogger Blair Eadie of Atlantic Pacific looked perfectly polished at last winter’s Diane von Furstenberg show in a coat and boots with a cracked leather design and upswept hair.

 

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The Return of the Turtleneck: Linda Tol at Ann Demeulemeester SS2015

The return of the humble turtleneck as a fashion It item never ceases to surprise, whether it’s Sharon Stone wearing one to the Oscars in 1996 or a whole new generation of fashion enthusiasts embracing them now. Trendsetter Linda Tol incorporated a turtleneck sweater into a winter white outfit outside the Ann Demeulemeester show. Added bonus: they’re actually warm.

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Elisabeth Erm at Rochas FW2014

Love this sporty but urban look on model Elisabeth Erm after the Rochas show last winter. Again you can see when the mercury really drops, the fashion set layers a leather jacket underneath a winter coat.

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Giovanna Battaglia at Rochas FW2014

Such a beautiful coat in blue with red piping on Giovanna Battaglia outside the Rochas show in Paris. The bag is by her sister, much lauded designer Sara Battaglia.

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Natalie Joos at Rochas FW2014

A great play on texture and stripes by Natalie Joos at last winter’s Rochas show. Wrapping oneself in oversize knits is a concept that really appeals to me right now.

 

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Colombia Part II: Cartagena

The cab from the airport raced past kids playing soccer on packed dirt fields, families crowded onto the beach, and agua fresca vendors peddling down the highway. After two flights from the tiny island of Providencia, we were finally approaching Cartagena, the more cosmopolitan part of our journey to Colombia. When we came to the city walls, our cab driver turned into an impossibly small tunnel and emerged in a plaza surrounded by 16th century buildings. They were colorfully painted, outfitted with balconies, and festooned with flowering bougainvillea vines that cascaded all the way to the cobblestone streets below. Immediately it was easy to see the attraction of this city, a favorite of Colombians and foreigners alike. 
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Sporty Chic: Elina Halimi at Tommy Hilfiger FW2014

Loved this classic American sportswear look on Elina Halimi outside the Tommy Hilfiger show in NYC. There’s a twist though: that fairisle sweater by Saint Laurent is embellished with pale sequins. Celine bag.

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Bundled Up: Irene Kim at Tory Burch FW2014

I still remember this bitterly cold morning last February. Model Irene Kim handled it with style, wearing a black leather jacket like a cardigan under an oversized fur coat. The white dress underneath is a nice sign of spring.

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Caroline Issa at Philosophy FW2014

This outfit, like Caroline Issa herself, manages to be both cute and sophisticated at once. Love the black and white contrast and stylistic contrast between the cuddly hat and sleek black culottes and boots.

 

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Winter White: Eva Chen at Derek Lam SS2015

New York women are not afraid to pile on the layers when the mercury drops. Case in point: Eva Chen during last year’s freezing cold fashion week, bundled up in winter white and silver sneakers, still looking chic.

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Model Off Duty: Grace Mahary at Rick Owens SS2015

We had a surprise sighting of model Grace Mahary outside the Rick Owens show, which she attended as a guest of the designer. Take a cue from her and go for leather pants in this cold weather. If there was ever a time for them, it’s now!

 

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Colombia Part I: Providencia

Imagine a Caribbean paradise that’s blissfully free of American tourists. What it does have are beautiful beaches, gorgeous architecture, excellent food and a fascinating history, all in an environment that feels entirely safe. This is Colombia, and you should go now before all those other tourists catch up with you. 
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Olivia Palermo at Maison Margiela SS2015

Always ahead of the curve, Olivia Palermo attended the Maison Margiela show in the fall. Love the combination of a black peplum jacket with a leather pencil skirt.

 

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Virginia Smith at Maison Margiela SS2015

Look for more graphic prints like this one seen at the Maison Margiela SS2015 show on Vogue’s Virginia Smith. John Galliano debuted as Maison Margiela’s new head designer with a couture collection today that has received very positive reviews.

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Natalya Bogacheva at Rick Owens SS2015

Moi, je ne suis pas Charlie.

I am not nearly as daring or provocative as the cartoonists and editors behind Charlie Hebdo. But like many I am drawn to the provocateurs. Artists and free thinkers are indelibly associated with the city of Paris and should be always. In the world of fashion they would be the punks or those who dare to wear the crazy things no one else would. At the Rick Owens show, Natalya Bogacheva was one of them, donning Thom Browne’s rabbit ears hat and mask to twirl in front of the Eiffel Tower. Vive la Paris.

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