NYFW Fall 2013 Day 1

I’m trying something a little different this year for my fashion week posts. In the past, I’ve done one designer at a time. But because that’s extremely overwhelming (for both you and me), so I decided to take a different approach. I’m going day-by-day for the entire week, also sans-camera (I’m really smart and left my memory card at home in Chicago…but thanks to my trusty iPhone/Instagram and Fashion GPS, we’re all good). Would love to hear your thoughts. But first, let’s get started. Check out that sweet Insta…

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Highlights from NYC: Beyond The Runway

A lot happens at fashion week beyond the runway shows. Parties, shopping and a few odd encounters along the way, I wanted to share the highlights from my NYC trip. Because there’s more to life than fashion…

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Dining With BCBG

Saturday night I had the pleasure of joining BCBGMAXAZRIA Creative Director, Lubov Azria, and the BCBG team for a runway presentation and dinner at Floating World Gallery in Lincoln Park. I’ve lived in Lincoln Park for over 2 years now and I can’t believe I never knew about this place. It was the perfect venue for such a chic evening.

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Prom: The Past & The Future

Feeling inspired by WhoWhatWear’s prom post earlier this week, I decided to do a little prom feature of my own. Granted most proms are probably over and I don’t know anyone in high school anymore, I’d like to take this opportunity to show a little blast from the past. Yes, it’s what I wore to prom…

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With my best friend Jennifer, who is still my best friend if you were wondering.

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My prom group, taken in my old backyard…with a film camera.

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The most full body shot I could find.

Fun fact: The designer of the dress, Tamsen, I’m unfamiliar with but I did get it at Helen Yi on Damen in Bucktown…before it was really “Bucktown.”

Now for what I’d wear to prom today? If money were no object, I’d have to go with Katherine Power on this one and say Prabal Gurung. If I was going for a short option I would say Spring ’12…

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But if I felt like going the extra mile (and pretending I’m at the Met Ball) I’d go with Fall ’12…

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And just in case you happen to be in high school (or just want to relive your prom days) here are some current options that are perfectly prom appropriate.

PhotobucketGryphon Fete Dress

If you’re going to go short, this is the way to do it.

PhotobucketBCBGMAXAZRIA Magdalena Gown

White doesn’t always work well at prom but this would be killer.

PhotobucketHaute Hippie flutter Sleeve Lace Dress

Perfect with gold vintage jewelry for a boho vibe.

PhotobucketONE by Contrarian Babs Bibb Maxi Dress

Sometimes the solid color dresses (especially when shiny) can look tacky, but this is the way to do a solid color at prom. Fun yet tasteful.

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Imitation Theda Applique Dress

I love that this appears simple at first but the detailing around the neck and arms really make it special. Would be perfect with edgy heels (like the ones shown above…or anything studded Valentino).

If you were to go to prom now, what would you wear?

Spring Pleats

Whether you like it or not, pleated skirts and dresses are making a comeback for Spring ’12. I’ve owned some pleated pieces here and there but I’ve never wanted more pleats in my life until this season. With various lengths, colors and even prints…there are such great pleated options out right now!

PhotobucketChloe. Prada. Celine. (via Style.com)

Prada Spring ’12 especially blew me away with the pleats because the color combinations were just unbeatable. Let’s be honest, when does Prada NOT kill it? Exactly…

Short skirts, mid-calf dresses, asymmetrical skirts, maxi dresses. Bright, metallic, pastel, neutral. They’re all pleated…and they’re all awesome. Here’s some of my favorites.

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Which pleats will you be wearing this Spring?