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Behind The Seams With DVF

In Fashion Week on September 12, 2012 at 1:50 AM

Diane Von Furstenberg‘s show at Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion is a special one that I look forward to attending every year. The music is always great, the front row attendees are unlike any other show, and there’s nothing like seeing DVF walk down the long runway at the end of each show, recognizing some of her beloved guests like Valentino. As Oscar de la Renta once told me, Diane represents today’s American woman, and I completely agree.

Her spring/summer 2013 collection is titled “Palazzo”, including printed jumpsuits, crepe tunics over pants, caftan-like gowns, belted ensembles, and many, many bold colored (such as peach, red, navy, aqua, yellow and lime green) prints with shimmer and sequins galore. Topping off the show were the Glass by Google goggles, worn on everone from the models to Diane Von Furstenberg to Google co-founder Sergey Brin. Nerdy chic! Whether the glasses are on your in-list, or simply not on it at all, you have to give it to DVF who’s always moving with the times, and in this show, is embracing the evolving world of technology.

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Backstage At Lela Rose

In Fashion Week on September 11, 2012 at 12:02 AM

Lela Rose‘s spring/summer 2013 38-look collection was one of my favorite shows of NYFW. This designer knows how to pull off girlie girl looks really, really well, each one glamorous and sophisticated with diaphanous floral fabrics, intricate metallic embroidery and pastel hues.

I had a great time backstage meeting Lela and interviewing front-row attendees, including Lauren Conrad, Mandy Moore, Louise Roe and Mariska Hargitay, and taking snapshots of some of my favorite backstage moments. I enjoyed browsing the clothes and shoes prior to the show (got a love a sneak peak!) and chatting among models while getting their hair done by hair guru Ted Gibson and their nails done courtesy of Essie–each model’s nails were painted in “Good as Gold” for a reflective and deep mirror-like illusion.

What’s your favorite backstage moment?

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Sydney’s New York Fashion Week Ensemble

In Fashion Week, On Sydney on September 10, 2012 at 12:36 AM

Shirt & Pants: MANGO, Shoes: J.Crew, Handbag: Celine, Belt: Gap, Bracelet: Hive & Honey, Earrings: Jennifer Miller, Sunglasses: Emporio Armani

I wore this outfit to Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week yesterday afternoon. Running around the tents at Lincoln Center is like going back to a special place that you’ve known so well for years, so it’s exciting to go back every season: same security guards, same attitudes, same hangouts and V.I.P lounges, but different front row attendees and of course collections. My morning started off with my usual family Sunday brunch at a new restaurant on the UES (the best chocolate chip and fig breads in town) prior to attending Lela Rose, Tracy Reese, and Diane Von Furstenberg’s shows. I wanted to wear an outfit that was colorful, bold and could transition easily from day to night. Patterned pants were the perfect option, and I’m particularly obsessed with these as they’re in a funky royal blue print. I also decided to incorporate an unexpected pop of color via my patent leather belt and brand new satin pumps to give this edgy look a bit of “girlie-girl.” I’m not usually into satin shoes, but this pair is a major exception.

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Rebecca Taylor Spring/Summer 2013

In Fashion Week on September 9, 2012 at 1:56 AM

Rebecca Taylor’s surfer girls got a major makeover this season, and I’m loving the girly vibes. Doses of denim, polka dots, and floral prints are some of the highlights of Rebecca’s collection, making spring/summer 2013 a cool and trendy year. I’m also excited about the sparkly embellishments that appear on everything from breezy jumpsuits to adorable frocks, glittering heels and mirrored sunnies. Inspired by Hawaii while creating this collection, peachy pinks, vibrant orange hues and bleached denim make sense, naturally.

Taylor never fails to create a wearable collection, and although we’re just (literally) making our way into fall, this designer is making a great spring/summer impression. Above are my favorites.

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Peter Som Spring/Summer 2013

In Fashion Week on September 7, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Peter Som is another one of my favorite designers who just showed at NYFW. The collection portrays a refined, classy, and youthful vibe that makes for the ultimate spring fever. A little bit of Easter, Country Club, and luncheon appropriate ensembles are in the mix, with the occasional splash of edge via metallic animal prints and color-infused eyebrows and locks (hair, that is) via models. Som is known for playing with texture and definitely showed it this season with muted floral prints on denim, cutouts, and dresses. The trends: 1960s,1970s, florals, grunge, ladylike, mod, prints-patterns, and retro. The front row buzzed with Olivia Palermo, Hailee Steinfeld and Allison Williams (who I thought all looked super chic), plus Olympic gold-medal runner Sanya Richards Ross.

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(images: New York Magazine)

BCBG Spring/Summer 2013

In Fashion Week on September 6, 2012 at 3:05 PM

This AM, BCBGMAXAZRIA took the stage for its spring/summer 2013 runway show. Above are my favorite looks that implement some reoccurring themes, one of which are harnesses–they add a futuristic quality to the sleek aesthetic which brought the collection together. Other trends that should be noted throughout are luxe leathers (obsessed) and gothic-looking florals, which is a transformation from last spring’s peppy and bright hues. If it’s up to BCBG, it doesn’t seem like we’ll be fashioning pastels and neons next year.

The question everyone wants to know–which celebs graced the front row? Selita Ebanks, Estelle, Jessica White, Daisy Fuentes, Dania Ramirez and Whitney Port. Selita and Whitney are my top two favorite looks because not only are their outfits adorable and styled to perfection, but their hair and makeup looks flawless.

Want to catch the show video style? Click here!

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(images: New York Magazine)


In Fashion Week on September 6, 2012 at 1:16 AM

Happy New York Fashion Week, Style Solutions readers!

One of my favorite weeks of the year has arrived, and to kick off the first day of shows is the fourth annual Fashion’s Night Out. Prepare your heels for shop ’til you drop mode, because the list of participating stores in this haute worldwide shindig goes on and on with over 500 cities in 19 countries.

But NYC runs FNO best with stores staying open late, incredible celebrity personal appearances, shopping extravaganzas, and food du jour that brings so much hype to the city– even the Empire State Building is participating by lighting up FNO State of Mind style.

Follow my guide for a fun, fashionable, yummy and celeb-spotting evening.

Celebrities: Meet Kate Upton (6-11pm) at Michael Kors, 667 Maduson Avenue UES style, Kim Kardashian (6-11pm) at Lord & Taylor, 424 5th Avenue to promote her new fragrance, True Reflection-if the crow’d a bit too much, head upstairs to chat fashion with “Project Runway” alums, who will be celebrating the reality series’ 10th year-, Oscar de la Renta, Darren Kris and Vanessa Carlton (6-10pm) at Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 5th Avenue for a fragrance launch, Glee cutie spotting, and great tunes, DVF, Solange Knowles and Allison Williams at DVF Meatpacking, 874 Washington Street for complimentary makeovers provided by MAC, a meet-up with the legendary dress maker, and more, and last but not least Cyndi Lauper (7:30-11pm)at Manolo Blahnik, 31 West 54th street for some girly fun Sex and the City style.

Beauty events: Meet Teen Vogue‘s Eva Chen (6pm) along with Clinique’s Global Education Manager Kelly Summers at Bloomingdales, 100 Third Avenue, Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig of Marchesa at Sephora (7:30pm), 597 FIfth Avenue for their new scent Marchesa Parfum D’extase, Rebecca Minkoff at Saks for a ponytail bar, smokey eye station, nail art haven, and make your own “arm party”, Suno designers Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty for free custom print manicures wild print style from Minx Nails while having hairstylist Edward Tricomi (my hair salon!) trim your hair and getting a temporary tattoo from Rihanna’s ink expert. Lastly, this one’s so good that you need tickets! Gucci Westman (6pm), Revlon’s Global Artistic Director and wife of Rag & Bone’s David Neville will be giving personal consultations along with manicures by celebrity manicurist Jin Soon at 40 Bethune Street.

Food: Blackberry gelato pops at Jo Malone 946 Madison Avenue, 6pm, Georgetown Cupcakes and the Teaologist at Molton Brown 128 Spring Street, 6pm, Saint Ambreous at Brunello Cucinelli Gossip Girl style 683 Madison Avenue, 6pm, and a fish and chips truck at Ted Baker 585 Fifth Avenue, 6pm.

By the way, make sure to grab a FNO t-shirt! You can also order them online here.

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Sydney Attends Herve Leger by Max Azria

In Fashion Week on February 16, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Herve Leger by Max Azria is one of my favorite shows that I attended during NYFW. The front row never fails to grab everyones attention, and this season’s attendees included Camila Alves, Kristen Chenoweth, Coco Rocha, Nina Dobrev, and Tinsley Mortimer. (p.c fashionista) 

Azria never fails to come up with a creative and innovative way to show his classic bandage dress each season. This time around, he went full-force with leather harnesses, giving the collection a rough, equestrian chic vibe. Although not so much my style, I did find more content with the geometric panels, crystal embellishment and intricate prints.

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Sydney Attends Nicole Miller Fall 2012 plus Important News!

In Fashion Week on February 14, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Happy Valentines Day, Style Solutions readers! It just so happens to be a beautiful, sunny New York day for the holiday O’love; the perfect opportunity to bring out your cheerful red, pink and white (minus the bottoms) attire for daytime and a sexy frock for your VDay dinner with your valentine or friends this evening. Although I am valentine-less, I’ve still gotten to enjoy the holiday with candy floating around stores in the city and boxes of Godiva chocolate from my mom and brother.

I also have some very exciting news to announce. I am a Spring 2012 Brand Ambassador for accessory line, Theodora and Callum! I am so honored and can’t wait for my readers to learn more about the brand.

In honor of the day O’love, take a look at the video above of the love at Nicole Miller’s Fall 2012 fashion show. This season, Nicole took an edgy, trendy, yet elegant approach, away from bold geometric patterns, LBDs, and use of gunmetals.

Although it was refreshing to see Nicole branch out to different styles, I missed seeing her traditional ensembles. However, it was a beautiful and consistent show with cool upbeat music, making it enjoyable to watch. There were some separate pieces that I could definitely see myself wearing.

Front row attendees included Mickey Boardman, Dani Stahl, Louis Roe, Beverly Johnson and Meredith Ostrom.

More Fashion Week coverage to come!

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Sydney Attends Mara Hoffman Fall 2012

In Fashion Week on February 12, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Designer Mara Hoffman, known for her colorful, bohemian collections and original custom-designed prints, made a triumphant return to the New York runway this season, showing her Fall/Winter collection yesterday to a jam-packed crowd in the Stage at Lincoln Center during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

The front row at the show included Beth Riesgraf ,Whitney PortLouise Roe, Shanna Moakler, Torrey DeVitto, June Ambrose, Nigel BarkerMiss J Alexander, Cory Kennedy, Nathalie Rock and many more. 

This season, Hoffman’s inspiration was “South American Shaman Cowboys.” The collection featured an array of beautiful original prints, with a heavy element of intricate beading on many of the pieces. Knits and coats feature leather applique details. The third eye symbol makes subtle appearances throughout the collection as well, incorporated into prints and beading. Prints include Tassles, Magic Carpet, Stars, Meteorite (featuring astrology and Mayan calendar references), and Kilim (inspired by Turkish prayer rugs).

An array of dresses offered many options for Hoffman’s loyal fans, including long chiffon floating gowns, along with short fitted dresses with sexy cut-out details.

A great show to kick off Fashion week; more coverage to come!

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Sydney’s Finds At Les Pommettes

In Fashion Week, On Location on February 11, 2012 at 12:07 AM

Above are some photos that I took at one of my favorite boutiques in LA, Les Pommettes. I love the way that the clothes and accessories are merchandised, some showing how to style them, all to perfection. The store always looks super cute and is fun and easy to shop in thanks to Isabella, an extremely helpful and stylish salesperson.

It’s been a very busy Fashion Week thus far, attending Charlotte Ronson and Nicole Miller’s shows, some parties, and then dinner with family. Here’s a snapshot from the runway. Enjoy darlings.

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Straight From The Runway: Sydney Attends Milly By Michelle Smith SS12

In Fashion Week, Interview/Personal Appearance, Video on September 20, 2011 at 7:53 PM

Milly by Michelle Smith‘s SS12 collection is all about color, and geometry.  Attending Milly’s show was extremely exciting because I’ve been a fan of the line for years as the clothes are always colorful regardless of the season.  I don’t know if this is good or bad, but the clothes kind of reminded me of Tetris, a game I find myself absolutely addicted to as it is relaxing, colorful, and sometimes complex.  Certain patterned clothes reminded me of this game more than others, especially the dress below.

I would not use the word “sexy” to describe this collection.  Milly’s clothes always come off as a bit preppy, which is not a term I’d use to describe my style, but there are those days when getting all colorful, bright, and girly feels good.  Milly’s clothes, overall, have continued to evolve each season.

And what else has improved?  Milly’s accessories, which include platform shoes, new handbag designs (rectangular clutches and satchels in bright colors that will have you addicted in the spring- pink, bright citron, and aqua), and some patterned hats.

I especially loved how the models were styled: cute side ponytails, bold sunglasses, fun totes, and bright pink lipstick.  So spring!  Sitting front-row at Milly’s show was Tinsley Mortimer (who looked city chic, as always), and singer Corinne Bailey Rae, who is just super cool (from head-to-toe).

On another note, my Missoni for Target packages just arrived, and I am thrilled by the way the clothes look, and fit.  Everything looks so stylish and chic, and I can’t wait to fashion my new pieces; some for fall/winter, and others for cruise.  Can you say le ciel?  I can, darlings.

photo credit- NY Times

Straight From The Runway (VIDEO): Sydney Attends Tibi SS12

In Fashion Week, Interview/Personal Appearance, Video on September 19, 2011 at 6:56 PM

Each season, I always look forward to Tibi‘s collection because color is consistent throughout.  After months of black jackets and boots, spring is the time to bring out those pops of color with fun and feminine pieces.  I was happy to see some in Tibi’s SS12 runway show.

Tibi is known for being feminine with its play on cuts and style, perfect for the working woman who still likes to be a little sexy and flirty at night.  I love Tibi’s SS12 collection because each runway look was effortlessly chic, which is something I think every woman looks for when going shopping.

A-line pleated dresses, silk wide legged trousers, fitted button downs, crisp blazers, and bright mini shorts were some of my favorite pieces in the collection.  A big color on Tibi’s runway?  Mustard yellow.  Not everyone can pull of this couleur moutarde, but with the right accessories and the touch of the right lipstick, a perfectly girly and spring look can be achieved.  Overall, this collection consists of a minimalistic vibe, and Tibi did so fashionably, and perfectly.

Not only were the clothes great, but the front row was too.  Young celebs Olivia Palermo (in a fabulously chic pair of cheetah pumps), Sophia Bush (looking stunning in a tight red leather dress), and Emma Roberts (always elegant and classic) enjoyed each other’s company.  I haven’t seen Bush in a while (I kind of forgot about her after her One Tree Hill days), but it was nice to see her front row; it was almost like seeing a fresh face.

After watching the video, do you see yourself fashioning this collection in the spring?  I’m definitely feeling some of those tailored numbers.

photo credit: NY Times

Baby Lips

In Beauty, Fashion Week, Video on September 18, 2011 at 6:12 PM

If you think charity event goodie bags are good, wait until you see a Fashion Week goodie bag.  At some shows during New York Fashion Week, designers will give out goodie bags placed at each seat for attending their show.  For instance, Charlotte Ronson had a great goodie bag filled with makeup from her new line at Sephora and a free 3 day membership to Equinox sports club.  The goodie bag that’s my favorite, though, is the one from the Teen Vogue Declare Your Denim fashion show.

Let me just say, there was quite some variety.  A crunch candy bar, a Boy Meets Girl 10% off card, an Aldo gift card, Paul Frank underwear, Marc Jacobs perfume samples, Jessica Simpson bedazzled earphones, a Bebe keychain, the newest Teen Vogue issue, a Bebe catalogue, and my favorite, the new Maybeline Baby Lips chapstick.

I am absolutely obsessed with Maybeline’s Baby Lips.  Coming in four colors, this chap stick should be on your must-have list for fall, and actually every season.  I’m a total M.A.C lipstick girl, but I’m also now a huge fan of Baby Lips due to the colors, smoothness, and packaging.  I got two colors in my goodie bag: pink and clear.  The pink is oh-so-bright and fun, giving all of my dark outfits a great pop of color.  Although it looks like a spring color, it looks great with an all black outfit.

I’ve been wearing the pink shade almost everyday, but I particuarly loved how it looked when I fashioned my new Fashions Night Out t-shirt (paired with black leggings, black Tory Burch flats, a black cardigan with a ruffled shoulder, a Marc Jacobs tote, and black sunglasses) for a casual day around the city.  I love a good bold lip, and for those who look rather silly in red (like me), this pink is a fab substitute.  The clear is great for when you’re just hanging around the house or going to the gym because it still gives your lip some shine while still looking natural.


P.S-below is a clip of the Teen Vogue Declare Your Denim Fashion Show.

Straight From The Runway (VIDEO): Sydney Attends Diane Von Furstenberg SS12

In Fashion Week, Interview/Personal Appearance, Video on September 17, 2011 at 5:00 PM

Attending DVF’s SS12 runway show was the most surreal experience for me at Fashion Week.  I’ve never had such a rush of excitement, and I took in every ounce of amazingness during my time at tent Studio.

First off, lets talk attendees.  Out of all the shows I’ve been to, DVF had the most exclusive front row with names that literally made my palms sweat, yet I made sure to hold off until after the show.  First was Oscar de la Renta, next came Valentino, then Anna Wintour, Elle’s Joe Zee and Robbie Myers, Fern Mallis, and so many other notables.  I think I nearly fainted (mentally) when I talked to Oscar, had eye contact with Anna, and shook hands with Valentino.  I’ve looked up to these people for so long, and it felt amazing to be in one room with them.

Now let’s talk fashion.  The clothes were in one word, fabulous.  The colors, the patterns, the sequins, the fit, the accessories, the glasses, the everything.  Each piece on its own is delightedly beautiful, but the way all of the pieces were styled into making chic outfits was also fantastic.  I also loved the sleek and elegant hairdos and sophisticated lips.

The most magical moment of the show was when DVF walked down the runway at the end of the show.  Most designers just stick their heads out for a second or two, but DVF always makes a grand entrance.  DVF handed out American Flags to recognize the 10th anniversary of 9/11 (as her shown was held on that day).  It was extremely sentimental, and she handed them out to those sitting in the front row like Joe Zee. What was even more amazing, and extremely heartwarming, was when DVF and Valentino hugged on the runway (which I got on video); it was adorable.

The show was absolutely amazing, and I can’t wait to fashion pieces of her SS12 collection after a long and cold winter.  Diane is one of my idols, and is truly an inspiration.  It was such an honor to be at her show.

Straight From The Runway (VIDEO): Sydney Attends Tracy Reese SS12

In Fashion Week, Interview/Personal Appearance on September 14, 2011 at 10:46 PM

Vibrant colors, floral prints, and interesting fabrics are some of what comes to my mind when thinking of Tracy Reese‘s SS12 collection.  Reese’s show was held on the 10th anniversary of September 11th, which was nonetheless a solemn day.  Tracy showed her support by kindly marking the anniversary at her show by joining forces with Sally Hansen and TRESemme to make donations to charity organizations benefiting 9/11.

Reese’s show was one of my favorites.  Her lovely use of pastel blues, corals and blush colors combined with oh-so-bright neons, elegant sequin embellishment, and floral print sensation made for a wonderful feminine spring/summer collection.

No runway show is complete without a celebrity-filled front row.  Tika Sumpter, Katie Cassidy, Angela Bassett, Solange Knowels, Selita Ebanks, and JamieLynn Sigler were the stylish celebs who came out to support the designer.  I met Katie and Jamie backstage; both were so sweet and looked adorable in their Tracy Reese Frocks.

I attended more than one show on this day, so I didn’t wear one particular designer.  I fashioned black and brown plaid shorts from Nordstrom, a black sweater with lace sleeves from a yoga store in Southampton, and I accessorized with an oversized gold necklace (a total paparazzi attraction), my black Balenciaga purse, and my new, and favorite, B by Brian Atwood cheetah pumps.

I had a great time at Reese’s show…check out the video for some in the moment clips!

Straight From The Runway (VIDEO): Sydney Attends Monique Lhuillier SS12

In Fashion Week, Interview/Personal Appearance on September 13, 2011 at 4:24 PM

Monique Lhuillier‘s Spring/Summer 2012 collection got lots of oohs and ahhs at her runway show.  This was my first time attending a Lhuillier show, and I was pleasantly surprised.  Lhullier’s clothes are elegant and chic, but this season she took a successful dab at sex appeal by using materials like leather and lace.

There was one look that I especially loved: a blue skirt with black sequins down the middle and a leather waist trim, and a black tank top.  Sophisticated enough for the office yet sexy enough for a date out on the town afterwards.

I had great seats (second row) looking out to the front row on the other side of the runway, which consisted of Julianne Hough (I met her, and will write a post on her later), Mandy Moore, LeAnn Rimes con hubby Eddie Cibian (so hot), Rose McGowan, and Jamie Lynn Sigler.  The celebs were whispering about the pieces they adored to one another: girl talk!  What was even more of a buzz was when one of the models (highlighted in the video clip- first model wearing yellow) fell two times.  I felt so bad but I give her props for continuing to walk, and then walking the finale–successfully.

Going to multiple fashion shows requires an eclectic and chic mix of outfits.  Each day I’ve been there, photographers have come up to me asking to take my picture.  The outfit I wore to Lhuillier’s show was extremely popular with the photographers; they were obsessed with my necklace and suede jacket with maxi dress combo.  I’ve worn this dress so many times, but each time I wear it I style it a different way.  I bought it at Kitson in LA over the summer, and the necklace as well.  It’s just as great for fall as it was for summer due to the dark color pallet.  The necklace gave it a pop of color, my Tory Burch wedges complemented the color scheme of my dress, and my suede BCBG jacket made the look more fall and less summery.

My outfit was perfect for the show, and I can’t wait to fashion this combo again (just not at FW!).  Overall, I enjoyed my time at Lhuillier’s show, and I have no doubt that her SS12 collection will be a go-to for Hollywood’s sexiest, most feminine, and of course beloved.

Straight From The Runway (VIDEO): Sydney Attends Charlotte Ronson SS12

In Fashion Week, Interview/Personal Appearance on September 12, 2011 at 4:43 PM

Charlotte Ronson’s fashion shows are always something to look forward to.  First off, Charlotte was born and raised in New York City, and has a list of friends that you might just be jealous of.  Her front rows are always full of the moment’s “it girls”.  This year’s front row consisted of Kelly Osbourne, Nicky Hilton, Joy Bryant, Margherita Missoni, Angela Simmons, Ellie Goulding, and Whitney Port.  All of the women sat next to each other, and were most certainly the buzz of the runway.  Louise Roe, Simon Huck, and Jonathan Cheban also sat front row…just at the other end.

Ronson’s sister DJ Samantha Ronson spun at her show, and picked an eclectic mix of music which kept the viewers on their toes.  I’ve seen Samantha DJ a couple of times this summer, and I think she is one of the best.

The show began with denim dresses, pants, mini shorts, and jackets, all accessorized with either collar necklaces, platform shoes with tights, or thin belts. There were also silk pieces such as a skirt and a matching shirt, which were both trimmed with denim and provided some much loved edge.  Next came darling floral mini dresses, shorts, (although they looked a tad bit like lingerie) and overalls, which had denim pockets.

My love for this collection started once the Missoni-looking knits came down the runway (wonder what Margherita thought!): sweaters, skirts, mini shorts- just to die for.  Then came suede frocks and mini shorts with a matching jacket, which I kind of see as more fall rather than spring.  Next came tie-dye galore in shades of orange, which are perfect for a Spring day and will transition well for night.

The final look that came down the runway was what got all of the paparazzi going (snap after snap after snap!); a stunning deep orange, yet somewhat red, halter jumpsuit embellished with silver sequins in circular shapes.

photo credit- NY Times

Straight From The Runway (VIDEO): Sydney Attends Cynthia Rowley SS12

In Fashion Week, Interview/Personal Appearance, Video on September 11, 2011 at 10:42 AM

I’m very excited to unfold a new feature on my blog: videos.  I’m all about living in the moment, and videos capture them. I thought Fashion Week would be the perfect time to debut this feature because there is a huge difference between reading about a show and actually watching a show.  From the hundreds of fashionistas, editors, celebrities, bloggers, and stylists sitting closely on benches to one another (upscale benches, not like Central Park ones) to the upbeat music and stunning runway looks, there is nothing like being at Fashion Week.

The first show I attended this season was Cynthia Rowley.  I’ve always had a love for Rowley’s line, but I grew even more so to love it ever since I met her at a design conference last year.  I wanted to wear an outfit that was fall-looking, but was light since it was so hot outside.  I wore a Zara forest green and white poke-a-dot blouse with black tuxedo shorts, Calvin Klein black platform pumps, a vintage red, orange, and green stone necklace, a green cocktail ring with brown stones, and a black Balenciaga purse.

Cynthia’s front-row consisted of Ms. Jay Alexander and Nigel Barker from America’s Next Top Model, Alexa Chung, Chris Bosh, and of course the “scene” of the hour, Lindsay Lohan (who everyone initially thought was Gaga, which was quite funny).

Cynthia’s collection had lots of adorable floral dresses and jackets, leggings with multicolored stitching, black and gold frocks (red carpet anyone?), swim-looking shirts with matching mini shorts, and stunning accessories like metallic gold sandals and multicolored/metallic purses (and so much more).

As I’ve been writing this post, I’ve been watching the 9/11 memorial at the same time.  It is so heartbreaking to watch, but it is most important to remember.  My heart goes out to everyone who has lost on this tragic day.

GUEST BLOGGER: Haley Hits FNO…Downtown!

In Fashion Week on September 10, 2011 at 3:28 PM

It’s such a pleasure to be guest blogging for Style Solutions. While I blog mostly about eco fashion and health on, I love all different types of fashion. That’s one of the reasons I absolutely adore Fashion Week.

One of the best parts of this fall’s Fashion Week was my chance to attend Lucky Magazine’s Fashion Bloggers Conference. That was really where my week began, and then on Thursday, I of course dove in to attend Fashion’s Night Out events all over the city.

When dealing in fashion I think it’s most important to be fashionable. I love dressing up. For FNO I sported my new, bright purple B Brian Atwood pumps, bright red JBrands, and a long sleeve, light black and metallic sweater.  I first headed to JCrew where I checked out Lulu Frost for JCrew jewels, and admired all of the beautiful ladies dressed up for a good night out.
Then I someone how managed to make my way through several hundreds of people gathered on each block to the Marc Jacobs store in SoHo. I actually spotted an adorable looking Dakota Fanning who was signing and posing for pictures with screaming fans. Slowly I made my way down the streets and hit up several other events like the new Marni store in SoHo. I had plans to meet Rachel Zoe at the new Intermix in the Meatpacking District, but unfortunately the lines were blocks long and after a long long night, RZ was too tired to stick around later.
I had a great FNO experience, and I can’t wait to attend shows throughout the week.  Have a happy and stylish New York Fashion Week everyone!

Sydney’s Fashion’s Night Out: Donna Karan, Hayden Panettiere, Bieber Screams, and More!

In Fashion Week, Interview/Personal Appearance on September 10, 2011 at 2:42 PM

Fashion Week has been amazing so far, and I can’t wait to update you all on my adventures.  But before I do so, I want to first give a recap of Fashion’s Night Out.  Let me just say, the city never look so fabulous.  It was great to see New Yorkers (and even tourists) dress up in head-to-toe chic attire.  The city felt so alive that evening, everyone celebrating fashion.  Not to mention, I ran into atleast 50 people I know…it was a bit crazy!

With hundreds of stores to party and shop at in one night, you simply cannot go to them all.  It was also extremely humid out, and when running everywhere due to the limit of taxis and street crowds, it was important to wear something light but of course something that would stand out.  I received  complements on my outfit throughout the evening, so I think I pulled it off.  I wore a plum Nasty Gal fringe dress, my new Tory Burch suede booties, a Roberta Freymann stone-embellished bib necklace, and a classic Chanel bag.  Easy, breezy, beautiful…but not Cover Girl!

I made my rounds on the UES, and had some favorites, but then there were those where I was completely turned off.  I went to Donna Karan’s store and met Donna (who is stylish and super smart) and supermodel Marisa Berenson.

Next came Stuart Weitzman for the debut of Hayden Panettiere and Michelle Trachtenberg’s shoes for Weitzman’s Young Hollywood Collection.  I especially loved Hayden.  She rocked a forest green Fendi jumpsuit with sparkly green eyeliner highlighting her bold eyes and gorgeous blonde locks.

Then I went to Bergdorfs.  Turn off. (although I did purchase my FNO blue and purple t-shirt there).  They wouldn’t let people go past the 2nd floor due to capacity.  I get there are rules, but honestly, is attitude really necessary?  Non.  I then popped my head into a few other stores like Judith Ripka, Ann Taylor, Gisueppe Zanotti, Chanel, and Ralph Lauren.  Not so much going on, but if there was air-conditioning and a cold refreshment, I was there!

As I was approaching home, I passed Dolce & Gabbana (as usual), but there were hundreds of girls screaming, crying, laughing, hyperventilating; every emotion imaginable.  The biggest one?  Bieber Fever.  Yep Justin Bieber, tons of cops, and even some secret service looking men.  I’m not the biggest fan but I did find it amusing.  What was better, though, was seeing Ellie Goulding (for the second time) getting out of her Escalade to go in to D&G…oh what a night!

To give you a taste of what it was like downtown during FNO, Haley Sherif, a blogger for, is guest blogging to give us the scoop!

It’s…Fashions Night Out!

In Fashion Week on September 8, 2011 at 2:14 PM

It’s the first day of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, which means… that today is Fashions Night Out, darlings!  I love September for so many reasons, -the gorgeous autumn leaves, the season premiers of my favorite shows like Gossip Girl, stores under construction reopening, and the NYC streets filled with locals instead of tourists-  but the biggest reason of all is that it’s the month of Spring/Summer Fashion Week.

Whenever Fashion Week comes around, I get this feeling of thrill and excitement that takes over me.  It’s exhausting, yet completely fun, fabulous, and totally something I could not live without.  I attended a few parties last night such as the Eleanor Lambert book launch with Steven Kolb and Stephanie Wolkoff and the Saks Wear Now event with a special performance by Ellie Goulding (one of my favorite singers), which was the perfect start for what’s about to be a very busy week.

For the past 3 years, Fashions Night Out has kicked off the first day of Fashion Week, an after-hours shopping extravaganza where celebrities, designers, and stars will perform and mingle with shoppers as they take part in FNO-exclusive events.   There are so many great stores to attend with amazing guests, so to make sure you plan your time wisely, be sure to create a schedule ahead of time.  Some of the places I’ll be hitting up are Bendels, Saks, Bergdorfs, and Stuart Weitzman.

What I also love about FNO is the exclusive FNO t-shirts that are available during the event.  This year, FNO came out with multi-colored print t-shirts that are so Proenza Schouler that I want my hands on one right now!  Et vous?