The Vivienne Tam Girl

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Watching the Vivienne Tam’s Spring/Summer 2016 runway show was like viewing a film you never want to come to an end. Each and every look was something unique and unexpected. The collection comprised everything from skirts with fun stripes and ruffled hems to jumpsuits with a relaxed fit and embroidery that look like both boys and girls could wear them.

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My look for the show combined both feminine and boyish features as well. I paired a lace off the shoulder blouse with an androgynous cut culotte jumpsuit.

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Backstage after the show I had to ask Vivienne what was her favorite aspect of incorporating street style fashion into her collection. Vivienne loved the fact that she felt limitless with what she could create. With street style, there are “no rules.” Giving her the freedom of creating the Vivienne Tam Woman as a boundless individual who could be “glamourous, or boyish, just whoever they are, without pleasing anyone.”

image1 Combining fashion trends from the 1920’s, a period when women barely had a voice of their own, with the freedom of street culture today, produced so many fun, colorful and easy to wear additions to the spring closet of both men and women, interchangeably might I add.

IMG_7082Personally I loved the freedom and fluidity of the collection. I can relate to wanting to wear a more boyish outfit but yet still adding girly elements to play up my femininity without looking like a walking sex-bomb.

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The Vivienne Tam girl is unique and limitless. I am her, you could be her, or I could even be a Vivienne Tam boy, all I have to do is get dressed. I can be whoever I want to be, and so can you. xoxoSB

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Zara culotte jumpsuit

H&M lace blouse

Zara box bag

Gucci sandals

Photohrapher: Alena Soboleva

  

MY RACHEL ZOE REPORT – Viewing the Rachel Zoe Spring/Summer 2016 Presentation

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When I think of the brand Rachel Zoe, immediately a very polished look and cohesive ensemble with really defined shapes come to mind. Rachel Zoe is very good at doing “glam”, and this is what she brought to her Spring/Summer 2016 presentation. The supermodels of the late 70’s and early 80’s in all their glamour inspired the collection. There were blouses with exaggerated ruffles and bell sleeves that all the hip- pretty-young-things would love to wear on a daily basis. As well as floor-length dresses with detailed beading and embellishments that would glide you over the velvet ropes at Studio 54.

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For the show, I was channelling my inner 70’s chic in all her glory!

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I felt like a walking fall trend report. Platforms, box-purse, tie-neck blouse, paisley print, suede, fringe, mini skirt, and bell sleeves all in one cohesive yet fun ensemble.

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Not quite the look described in Bette Davis Eyes, that played while the models did their finale run for the presentation. However, this look captured the attitude depicted by Kim Carnes. A woman who’s gleaming with confidence and naturally able to command the attention of a room with her look.

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Singing – “And she’ll tease you, she’ll unease you
All the better just to please you
She’s precocious
And she knows just what it takes to make a pro blush
All the boys think she’s a spy, she’s got Bette Davis eyes”

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 You don’t need movie star genes to look amazing. You just need to dress well! Meaning loving and owning all your best features and playing them up with all the trends you love. As women we have so many different options to play with in fashion, so take advantage and get as glammed as you would like. You’re sure to find a few must-have pieces to channel your inner 70s IT Girl from the Rachel Zoe Spring/ Summer Collection, so be on the lookout for when it hits stores. xoxoSB

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Zara printed blouse

Zara suede leather waistcoat

H&M embossed leather mini skirt (old)

Schutz platform (similar here )

Photographer : Ramone Henry

  

Herve Leger Celebrates 30 years of Timeless Glamour

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The Herve Leger Spring/ Summer 2016 Collection delivered a lot more than its signature bandage construction dresses. I think it’s amazing how every season they find innovative ways to redefine feminine glamour. As most women know, there is a super thin line between exuding sexiness and being over-the-top sexy. Herve Leger has consistently provided women with attention-grabbing options that combine stylish and fashionable details to compliment the artistic nature of the female silhouette.

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The brand celebrated its 30th anniversary by presenting a curated finale of signature pieces from 2009 until present. Seeing this army of Herve Leger models draped in luxurious alabaster and manila colored fabrics, adorned with intricate design, was truly a display of the legacy of Max and Lubov Azria.

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Another great element of the brand is that the pieces are timeless. I wore a dress from several years ago, and it still managed to look and fit fantastic as well as command the attention of so many in the room. The Herve Leger woman is someone who is confident and not afraid to enhance all the positive attributes of her female figure.

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image8Backstage I had the opportunity to meet and socialize with some of the executives and contributors from the brand as well as congratulate Max Azria on 30 years of creating beauty and excellence.

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The show was only the beginning of the celebration. Later that day Max and Lubov hosted an exclusive event at Up and Down in NYC. Attendees included employees from all different levels of the brand, as well as longtime supporters of the Herve Leger brand. Some A-List celebrities who also attended this vibrant soiree include: Rihanna, Kanye West, and Mary J. Blige, just to name a few.

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All the women came out in their favorite Herve Leger outfits, and Louboutin’s seemed to be the shoe of choice for many party-goers, myself included. I finally wore my  Christian Louboutin Hot Chic pumps. Breaking them in was a struggle but so worth it for my look I suppose there is nothing like towering heels to compliment dresses that fit like a second layer of more flattering skin.

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I hope you enjoyed my look at the Herve Leger 30th anniversary celebration. Be on the look out for the amazing pieces from the Spring/ Summer2016 Collection, online and in stores. So much to shop and love. xoxoSB

  

BCBG Max Azria Spring/Summer 2016 Forecast

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Surf’s up and roaring at the BCBG Max Azria fashion show. Despite the downpour outside Skylight at Moynihan Station, BCBG transported everyone to a vivid, groovy and fun place reminiscent of the Southern California lifestyle. The bright colors and Aztec prints combined with the flowy shapes and bucket hats made the collection feel like there were so many pieces that you could easily wear and combine with your spring wardrobe. In addition to the colors and prints, there was also a lot of different textures and layering. Everything from girly ruffles to pastel leg warmers, something for whichever kind of girl you wanted to exude for Spring 2016.

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I already spotted a fave on the runway. The sleeves and the print of this dress had Sherece written all over it! Watching the model glide down the runway to the Rolling Stones – “You can’t always get what you want”  triggered an immediate I WANT THIS DRESS impulse!

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After the show, I caught up with Quad Webb-Lunceford from Bravo Tv’s Married to Medicine to ask her about her about her experience as being a brand contributor for BCBG Max Azria. Quad describes the brand as “youthful, fun, yet sophisticated and cutting edge without being too trendy.” Her favorite aspect of her position is “being able to utilize her influence to shed more light on the brand itself.” Much unlike the “hot-tomali” we see on Bravo TV, she was very approachable, easy to talk to and beautifully dressed in the Isidora dress from the BCBG Runway collection.

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For the show, I wore the “Adna ” skirt suit available in stores now. Matching sets, popularly called coords have been a big trend for 2015. This outfit just hit BCBG stores the day before the show, so it was the perfect way for me to attend the show in style. I love the length and shape of the skirt, and the pockets are so big and roomy inside without appearing bulky. My purse was on the smaller side, so I had my whole life inside these pockets, and no-one knew, lol!

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This is only Day 1 of fashion week, and so far it’s been a fun and exciting one, with a very promising Spring/Summer 2016 forecast. The rain could not stop this parade of fashion. xoxoSB

 

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BCBG “ADNA” skirt suit

Giuseppe Zanotti sandals

Photographer : Ramone Henry

  

Saying goodbye to Summer in the Hamptons

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Happy Labor Day, my fashionistas! It’s already the last weekend of the summer, but at least it’s a reason to celebrate and get dolled up.

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Traditionally, I think people think of all white for parties or BBQ’s during Labor Day.  So I decided to wear this cute little babydoll number before the summer came and left us. White is always so easy to style because you have so many options to go with it. I found this darling dress at a boutique in Soho called Babel Fair. They have a ton of really cute and affordable items to shop.

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How adorable is this little watermelon basket bag? I found it at the Charlotte Olympia  boutique in August on sale, so I had to have it! Not only is it beyond chic, but it actually has plenty of room inside to fit as much as you feel like carrying. It’s super light-weight and perfect for adding a statement to any summer outfit.

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I spent most of my weekends this summer in the Hamptons. At the beginning it’s always cool to check out what new clubs, restaurants or lounges have popped up. Every summer they bring a little taste of something popular from the city out here. This summer it was Beautique in  South Hampton and Philipe Chow East Hampton. The most amazing part of being in the Hamptons for me is how laid-back and beautiful it all is. Lounging by the pool, going for sunset drives to the beach, boating, laying outside at night time and being able to see so many stars in the sky…..all of this, is like a little bite of heaven for me.  I’m extremely sad to see it go.

IMG_7020Saying goodbye to summer style is always hard for most people, but I’m pretty sure all of my fashion belles and beaus are getting their fall gear in order for fashion week next week. There’s always something to look forward to living in New York City!

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I hope everyone had a fantastic summer filled with lots of joy and happy memories. My summer was filled with all of the above but also a tremendous amount of hurt and loss with the passing of my beloved Xanu. Tiny little  chihuahua, but much like my love child and life companion because of how much joy and love she poured into my life and heart. With the help of my family, friends and loved ones, I’m well on my way to much  happier days. xoxoSB

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Dress from Babel Fair

Charlotte Olympia watermelon bag

Miu Miu gladiator sandals

Photographer : Tatiana Brodsky