TRENDTASTIC
Enter the Wild with Summer's Raffia Trend
THE SCENE
Swimwear You'll Love: Caitlyn Kelly
EDITOR'S LETTER
NY Fashion Week F/W 2012 Recap

Coming off Fashion Week we are both exhilarated and exhausted. What a huge season, not only for the designers, but for us! We worked around the clock, resulting in our biggest, most extensive fashion week ever. We covered a combined total of nearly 100 runway shows and parties over the course of the week. We also attended the Fashion 2.0 Awards, Socialyte.co's Bloggers Brunch, Elle & Style360's Accessory Lounge, and CFDA's IMPACT exhibit. If you're wondering if we've slept, the answer is "No!" In addition to Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, we also covered NOLCHA, also known as Independent Fashion Week. There we discovered standout, lesser known designers who have been flying under the radar; including Danilo Gabrielli, Vassilis Zoulias, and JetSet Collective.

THE SCENE
Carlos Campos Reveals Fall 2012 Collection at MADE

Carlos Campos released his complete Fall 2012 collection to audiences at MADE at Milk Studios for NY Fashion Week. During the afternoon Campos' collection was displayed as a rolling presentation throughout the hour. Dimmed lighting vibrant mixed colored leaves on the ground and a runway formed from multiple copies of one of Campos' favorite books by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, create an experience reminiscent of a day in Bryant Park.

Love in the A Time if Cholera

The enchanting love story by Gabriel Garcia Marquez is based on a man who spends 50 years on a park bench waiting for his true love. Campos captures the elements of fall in creating his line of knee long coats and tailored pants. He successfully breathes new life into the old story as well as the chic-street-wear theme with the use of deep navy and wine colors on blended textiles. Modish color blocking which could be noted throughout the collection was executed superbly.

FASHIONABLE
Five Fab Ways to Flatter Your Figure

Dainty little feet, legs for days, and oh that waist! Ever wonder when you were little, how Barbie got to look so good? She had friends in high places. As fashionistas it’s important for us to look and feel good. But what if you are looking to make a few changes? Perhaps your goal this New Year is to slim down. Maybe you want some curves to compliment your already fabulous figure, or would you like to appear taller? There appears to be so many options for achieving a better body or simply just adding on to the assets that you were born with. If niptuck gives you nightmares, and waking up at the crack of dawn to run up and down multiple hills is out of the question, consider these top five fashion fixes to give you the body nature should’ve.

STYLIZER
A Dress' Greatest Rival: The Jumpsuit

As the holidays approach us our minds become wrapped around the usual; eggnog, gift shopping, office parties, and how many pieces of fruit cake will I put away? Before you go shopping around for the perfect holiday dress, consider a jumpsuit instead. Yes. That’s right, jumpsuits are not reserved exclusively for summer. Many of our favorite designers have just the right jumpsuit to flatter your figure and leave room for comfort. Whether you’re attending a special occasion or ringing in the New Year with friends these select five will suit just about any event.

BEHIND THE FABRIC
COCO Before Chanel: Exhibit Now Open in Beijing

Beijing, China, welcomed the opening of the Culture Chanel Exhibition Tour by Chanel. The National Art Museum of China (NAMOC) was the latest stop for the exhibit that was previously held at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Shanghai last March, and is now open through December 13th, 2011. The Culture Chanel Exhibition highlights the relationships held between fashion icon Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel and leading artist that defined the 1920’s. Creative director Karl Lagerfield currently leads and produces the tour which features a collection of 1920’s vintage ready-to-wear dresses and jewelry designed by Chanel including her trademark tailored suit.

THIS JUST IN
MAC's Stunning New Winter Collection
PRIMP IT
Skin Makeover: Five Clinique Products We Love

As the holidays approach and we begin to consider our options for gift items and outfit selections consider this: looking good will certainly begin with your skin. There are so many types of treatments out there especially among the leading brands. Clinique, an Estee Lauder brand, has perfected the art of beautiful skin for over 40 years with their line of powerful chemically enhanced products. Clinique brings the dermatologist to the department store counter with its premiere product line that has topped product lists for Vogue, Essence Magazine, and Marie Claire.

What the heck is CL-302 Complex?

THE SCENE
Couture Fashion Weekend Wrap up

Day one opened with the Sushma Patel Collection (India).The theme of Patel's collection featured a series of jewel embedded dresses falling over candy-colored platforms fit for a go-go dancer. Patel’s collection was an array of pastels, jewel tones, polyesters, and what one might consider an excessive use of the gossamer effect.