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Runway Review: Isabel Toledo x Lane Bryant

ISABEL TOLEDO SS14 EXCLUSIVE FOR LANE BRYANT NEW YORK 3/20/14

It happened: a top American designer has taken on the task of designing a plus-size line. Isabel Toledo, who has clothed Michelle Obama, showed a capsule collection for Lane Bryant last Thursday night in New York. Despite my initial fears that it might all be colorful caftans, there was a lot on the runway to appeal to a diverse spectrum of women.

For the plus-size models on the runway, there was no hiding in an all-black formless sack. Instead Toledo’s collection was a celebration of vivid patterns (designed by her husband Ruben Toledo), cinched waistlines, curvy shapes and even a strapless wedding-like dress. The Lane Bryant buyer got a taste of young trends that – guess what! – don’t only look good on thin people, like lace, peplums, shirred edges, ombre, and layers of architecturally rendered chiffon, a beautifully cut coat, a fun party dress. And the models looked comfortable in their skin – not just comfortable but sexy, confident.  (more…)

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Mixing Prints, Outside the Victoria Beckham Show

Print mixing is a trend that’s still going strong, though it’s best to do it as adeptly as this girl outside the Victoria Beckham show who mixed printed pants with a print DVF jacket. The shoes are Manolos.

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Claire Sulmers in 3.1 Phillip Lim

Blogger Claire Sulmers of the Fashion Bomb was one of the first people I’ve seen wearing this cool 3.1 Phillip Lim cartoon sweater outside the Creatures of the Wind show. Several other trendsetters have been spotted wearing it since.

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Natalie Joos at Derek Lam

Stylist Natalie Joos looked utterly charming at the Derek Lam show dressed in a vintage top, Oscar de la Renta skirt, Prada Bag, Tom Ford sunglasses and Aldo shoes. Love the mix of tropical colors and prints. Tropical prints have been a surprising hit for early fall.

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Michelle Harper at Prabal Gurung

Michelle Harper wore Prabal Gurung to the designer’s show on Saturday.

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Sojourner Morrell, Outside Milk Studios

Born in the U.S. and raised in England, model Sojourner Morrell is one of the newer faces on the scene and one of my favorites. Outside Milk Studios she wore tough-cool layers of gray denim.

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Miroslava at Jason Wu

Miroslava Mikheeva Duma wore a jumpsuit printed with dogs and a beautiful statement necklace to yesterday’s Jason Wu show.

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Jessica Hart Outside Milk Studios

Model Jessica Hart lingered outside Milk Studios after a friend’s presentation.

Food note: The People’s Pops, the artisanal popsicles sold at Chelsea Market across the street, have been extremely popular with the fashion crowd.

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Photographer in Orange, Outside BCBG

Photographer Marianne Theodorsen of Style Devil wore an orange vintage skirt, Acne top and silver 3.1 Phillip Lim heels while shooting street style outside the BCBG show at Lincoln Center.

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Virginia Smith in Black and White

And…. we’re off! The first full day of New York Fashion Week always has that first day of school feel to it. It’s good to see some familiar faces, like the ever-chic Virginia Smith of Vogue, who attended this morning’s BCBG Max Azria show dressed in black and white. Loved the monochromatic palette as transitional wear into fall and the animal print pants.

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Perla

I usually like Gabe Stulman’s restaurants. Fedora and Jeffrey’s Grocery are great neighborhood places with good, inventive food, even though they could have gotten by on the scene alone. At Perla, Stulman has taken over the old Bellavitae space on tiny Minetta Lane in the West Village (the location of many scenes in Serpico), redone it with the requisite Edison bulb light fixtures, exposed brick, wooden bar and antiqued mirrors and installed chef Michael Toscano, formerly of Babbo, in the open kitchen with an open hearth in back.  (more…)

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Boating Hat and Shorts, Jazz Age Lawn Party

Another great menswear look from the Jazz Age Lawn Party. Shorts and vests were the way to go – and the boating hat is very charming.

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Floral Dress and White Turban, Jazz Age Lawn Party

I think I will always love turbans, especially white ones. Blame it on Lana Turner in The Postman Always Rings Twice. It just adds an extra level of elegance to any look, as with this vintage silk floral dress and cute heels with socks at the Jazz Age Lawn Party.

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Girl in a Peach-Colored Hat, Jazz Age Lawn Party

A beautiful vintage look with the pale peach of her dress and hat offset with dark lipstick.

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Family in White, Jazz Age Lawn Party

Loved the matching white mother-daughter dresses for a 1920s lawn party.

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