Stepping into Fall Trends

FW15 Trend Report

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Fall is right around the corner, so put those last summer looks to use. I put together some fall trends from the FW15 runway shows. Take a look at my favorite looks and top trends below:

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“70s Show”– Creatures of the Wind & Zimmerman

A major inspiration from the catwalk are the 70s! Who doesn’t love the 70s trend? I can’t wait to bring this spring trend into Fall ’15. Creatures of the Wind dressed up the 70s look by adding a metallic pattern and an embellished neck-piece. This Zimmerman dress had Coachella written all over it. I want to wear this all day every day.

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“Mod 60s”– Thakoon & Lisa Perry

Thakoon and Dior, had a modern 60s aesthetic at their presentations. Thakoon is known for his feminine modern pieces. I love how he layered a white turtleneck with a floral print dress and tall red boots. Lisa Perry’s spin on the 60s is a little more edgy. We love the touches of metallic gold in the dress paired with gold lace-up boots.

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“Goth Chic”– Altuzarra & Givenchy

Altuzarra and Givenchy know how to turn a goth girl into a lady. This sexy sheer metallic dress from Altuzarra is the perfect evening look. I love everything from the thigh high boots to the choker and sleek hair. Givenchy on the other hand kept it dark and polished with a lady-like jacket with boots for an edgy look. And why not bedazzle the face while you’re at it?

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“Feminine-Menswear”– Prabal Gurung & Marc Jacobs

Everyone’s trying out this new menswear look from the red carpet to the runways. Prabal Gurung and Marc Jacobs presented some menswear pieces while still looking feminine. I can’t get enough of this chic and sexy Prabal Gurung jumpsuit with sheer fabric down the sides. The Marc Jacobs pale pink suit is the perfect combination of menswear meets high fashion work attire.

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“Minimalist” Proenza Schouler & Kaelen

One of my favorite looks is the on-going minimalistic trend. Proenza had some amazing pieces for their FW15 collections, so it was hard to pick just one. This grey cut out dress is so perfect and simple it doesn’t need anything else. Kaelen is one of my favorite new CFDA designers. I am obsessed with this furry bodysuit with matching cardigan because who really needs pants?

What’s your favorite fall trend?

 

Images via: Style.com & Vogue.com

Lee-Lim Bridal

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It’s almost summer, you know what that means? Wedding season of course! I got the chance to visit entrepreneur Grace Lee-Lim in her studio at Macy’s Chicago Fashion Incubator. Grace started her bridal line nearly a year ago, and has already been featured in multiple bridal publications like The Knot and Style Me Pretty.

Grace Lee-Lim studied fashion design at the school of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has designed womenswear and menswear in New York under CFDA award-winning designer 3.1 Phillip Lim and Robert Geller, among others. As she gained experience in the different facets of the industry, she discovered that her design sensibility was geared towards bridal design. Upon the completion of her first bridal endeavor, her own wedding gown, Grace started her eponymous bridal line in the city of Chicago.

Lee-Lim is for the confident, forward-thinking bride rooted in romance and integrity. Lee-Lim bridal is designed for the hopeless romantic. Balancing the delicate with the intricate, Lee-Lim enhances the female silhouette while remaining authentic to what makes a woman uniquely individual.

Want to know more about Grace? Check out the interview below and behind the scenes images!

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-Where do you get your inspiration?
I draw inspiration mostly from movement – be it from nature (like when seasons transition or how water moves in the ocean), or the movement and rhythm in music, to films and the overall progression of a story. I’m also very attracted to history and the colorful background to a person, place, culture, and identity.
 
-What made you decide to go into fashion design?
I discovered Comme des Garcons when I was a first year at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and saw a completely different side of fashion than what I had initially imagined. It opened my eyes to an array of possibilities and the thought that fashion could be much more of an art form in line with being an object that is worn to cover the body. This realization really catapulted me to finding passion in designing clothing.

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-What advice would you give to someone who is starting his or her own business?
To enjoy the journey as much as the end result. It’s something that everyone says, but a saying that I try and make myself reflect on every single day. The journey of starting your own business is beautiful but can be very chaotic and overwhelming. It’s incredibly important to have foresight and keep the end goal in mind, but remembering each step taken is equally significant, in my opinion.
 
-What’s the biggest obstacle you have overcome since owning your own business?
Trusting yourself even regardless of whether you’re sure or not of the outcome. When you work for someone else, there are set parameters that you are to work within and you know not to color outside of the lines, so to speak. There isn’t very much risk involved, especially if you’re not working at an executive-level position. However, when owning your own business, every single decision you make is some type of risk, and it’s crucial to trust yourself to make these decisions to push forward and grow.

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-What’s been the best moment of your career so far?
Besides designing a collection and seeing it grow in front of your eyes, I’d say delivering a gown to a client. It’s a magical moment where two visions come to life in a single form, and you get the unique experience of seeing how ecstatic the bride is to have the final gown in her hands.
 
-What is the best advice you would give to an aspiring design student?
Be open to every possibility in your career. I have many friends and acquaintances who went to design schools not only here but in NY, Europe, and Asia, and many ended up getting extraordinary jobs because they were willing to go out of their comfort zone and try a job that wasn’t necessarily part of their “plan”. It’s definitely necessary to have a plan, but it’s so unbelievably important to be able to maneuver around it and adjust to what works in the right time as well. If you only stick to what you think is right, you may miss an opportunity that may have much better results in the long run. Sometimes the very thing you’re passionate about now shifts to something else that you might not have imagined in the past. I know many people who studied womenswear and ended up doing shoe design, handbag design, and even I myself started with menswear design and landed on bridal!

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-What was the best part about planning your wedding?
Seeing all of the little parts that were orchestrated in their own phases come together and brought to life. It’s similar to the process of making a collection where many moving parts have to work together harmoniously to make a single event work fluidly, which is not easy but so rewarding when you see it happening.
 
-What is your favorite photo from your wedding?
One of my favorite photos is of my entire family with my husband’s entire family (including extended relatives on both sides). It’s still so surreal and amazing to see the many different generations that are in the picture, including grandmothers and babies, not to mention that each member of the family came together to show their immense love and support for us.
 
-What is your most memorable moment with a client? 
I generally love the moment when a client gives me her full trust in making design decisions for her gown. It’s such an awesome moment when you see the client’s face lighting up because they see that you understand their vision, plus adding to it with unexpected details and other elements.

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Grammys

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How amazing was this years Grammy awards?!?! This had to have been the best Grammys thus far. All the performances and collaborations were spot on and so classy. It wouldn’t have been an award show without something to talk about like Rihanna’s big poof ball that you could see from space and Kanye joking to get on stage (Beyonce had the best record of all time..she did though). Katy Perry’s performance was the best and had such a good message, along with Kanye, Paul McCartney, Rihanna, that Gwen and Adam song was beautiful, Madonna still has it goin’ on, and can’t forget about Queen B. Everyone looked so classy (even Miley pulled it together) on the red carpet.  These three ladies^ were my top best dressed of the night. Jessie J is wearing Ralph & Russo, Taylor Swift looked so perfect in this Elie Saab dress, and Katy Perry is wearing Zuhair Murad.

And for the trends of the night…

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Sequined Babes: Lady Gaga was another runner up for best dressed. She is wearing Brandon Maxwell, Nicki Minaj is wearing a sexy Tom Ford fringe dress, and Rita Ora is wearing Prada.

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The Cutouts: I wasn’t a fan of Iggy’s hair, but her dress looked good on her even though she could’ve done better. She is wearing Armani Prive, Miley Cyrus is wearing Alexandre Vauthier-Love!, and Katharine McPhee is wearing Emilio Pucci.

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What to call this one? Poofs? Frills? Layers? I mean they still looked gorgeous and can rock anything, but would’ve liked to see them in something more form fitting. They’re bitter sweet for me. Rihanna is wearing Giambattista Valli and Ciara is wearing Alexandre Vauthier.

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White: First of all, can someone tell her to stop wearing her hair like that please?! Ariana Grande is wearing Versace and Chrissy Teigen is wearing Emilio Pucci.

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Black & Sheer: There was a lot of black shown on the red carpet this year. Jessie J is wearing Ralph & Russo, Gwen Stefani is wearing Versace, and Queen B-eyonce is wearing Proenza Schouler.

Who was your best dressed of the night and favorite performer?!?

Images via: E!Online  & POPSUGAR

Alexander Wang X HM Women’s Collection

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It’s almost here guys!!! Alexander Wang for HM is definitely going to be one of the best (coolest) designer collaborations to date. The entire Women’s and Men’s collections hit shelves on November 6, 2014. And who isn’t going to buy Alexander Wang clothing with prices from $17.95- $349? If you missed the live fashion show event in NYC, I got you covered on the full women’s collection!

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