CULTURE CLUB
Where to See and Where to Be Seen on the FW Scene

Unless you are one of the blessed be, with a seat in the front row of a show, or even standing room, then you need to know what are the hottest spots in NYC. Lucky for you, we are to the rescue with a list of the hot to trot locations this New York Fashion Week.

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Friday Fashion Week Events: Friday Sept 6

Don't know what events are going on today, Friday Sept 6, for Fashion Week? Don't worry we have you covered!

What: Join Vogue and H&M at Omar’s for their "Between the Shows" party.

When: Friday, September 6th, 7-10pm

Where: Omar's Restaurant- 21 W 9th St, New York, NY 10011

Invite Only

i-D Magazine Party

What: Celebrating i-D Magazine's September issue release.

When: Friday, September 6, 10pm

Where: ACE Hotel- . 20 W 29th St New York, NY 10001

Invite Only

What: Designer Jason Wu (celebrates the conclusion of the Spring/Summer Presentation.

ACTIVATE
Shop with Purpose: Fashion for Sandy Relief

Judging by the media, the rest of the country may have all but forgotten about Hurricane Sandy , but the devastation left behind by the super storm is still fresh in the memory of most of the tri-state area as those affected begin to pick up the pieces. Just Friday night we learned Obama has formally asked Congress for $60.4 billion dollars in an effort to alleviate the suffering of so many who lost so much. Although helpful and necessary this relief package will barely put a dent in the total bill Sandy wracked up, and more installments are expected as damage continues to be assessed.

THE SCENE
Bergdorf Goodman Gives Us 111 Reasons to Celebrate Fashion

One store. One city. One luxury experience for one-hundred and eleven historical years. Bergdorf Goodman is preparing to commemorate its 111th birthday, and the fall surprises include something for everyone. As one of the most successful single stores in a single city, this occasion is not only a monumental event for the company, but also for the designers who started at the New York City store.

While Bergdorf Goodman has a combined total of 190,000 square feet between the men and women’s departments, and brings in an estimated $600 million in annual sales, rivaling even the likes of other, larger, competitors, it takes flawless dedication, an undying commitment to fashion, and a strong vow to nurturing relationships and providing quality service, to last this long. With this many successful years under the iconic store’s belt, we think the festivities are well deserved.

STYLIZER
Stay Warm in Style: A Glimpse into Fall Outerwear

Just because the weather outside is hot and humid doesn't mean we aren't sitting here dreaming about sipping pumpkin spice lattes on a crisp fall day in the park. And part of that dream includes us sporting a great fall jacket to keep us looking cool while staying warm. From chunky knits, to chic wool jackets and furry parkas; the runways were full of trendy options to keep you from catching a chill as the weather turns. Here are our top five picks for fall outerwear from some of our favorite designers. Read on to get a jump start on your fall wardrobe shopping as we show you where you can shop similar pieces right now on the cheap!

TRENDTASTIC
Fall 2012 Preview: 5 Trends to Get Your Hands On

White is the New Black

What do you wear when you have nothing to wear? The go-to, monochromatic, sartorial fallback of an all black look, of course. This season, designers (literally, almost all of them) have presented a “brighter” option for our old monochromatic standby, showing head to toe winter-ready white in the form of chic eveningwear, tailored pantsuits and everything in between. Lyn Devon goes super sweet and retro chic with a modest angora sweater and tea-length duchesse satin skirt. Cushnie et Ochs offer winter white separates as sleek tailored trousers paired with a sheer collared top make the trend as seductive as their curve-hugging dresses. Alexander Wang doesn’t disappoint with his edgy twist, detailed with pearlescent fringe and black fishnet stockings.

THIS JUST IN
Wooing Us Again: The Jason Wu + Nordstrom Collab


Haute off the press and coming our way this January is Jason Wu’s newest collaboration with Nordstrom. Word on the street is that this contemporary line will be in the $195-$1,700 price range. The collection will be 40 pieces consisting of shift skirts, a-line dresses, striped tops with floral skirts, and lighthearted touches to trench coats. The collection was inspired by the Mod fashion of the '60s --think Jane Birkin and Marianne Faithfull.

The 29-year-old explains his inspiration behind this collection and its character as a whole clothing line, “Instead of just doing ‘Jason Wu-for-less,’ the idea is to explore the other side of myself, I always see Jason Wu [the collection] as my aesthetic, my design sensibility. Miss Wu is my personality. [I] explore that facet of who I am- slightly more downtown, and with a more relaxed attitude.” (WWD)

TRENDTASTIC
Resort 2013 Roundup: Highlights & Trends

It’s unanimous; boldness dominated Resort 2013 collections in the form of extreme silhouettes, stripes, and florals—and we like what we see. The in-between season offerings give designers an opportunity to reach a broader range of consumers, incorporating wearable trends that appeal to those seeking the perfect vacation wardrobe as well as the rest of us those forgoing exotic destinations to afford said ready-to-wear. (We’ll have our Resort right here at home, thank you.) The trends abound from oversized ensemble to lively prints and among the looks we are dying to make our own, there were also a few encore appearances by styles that aren’t going anywhere.

TRENDTASTIC
Pining for Peplum

One of the things we love most about fashion is that past styles and trends tend to recycle themselves for today's runways and red carpets! It's like fashion's way of saying 'you're welcome' to the global community... and the looks are always fresh, inspiring and flying off the racks!

'40s and '50s inspired garments came down the catwalks in droves this year and we couldn’t be more excited! One of the biggest styles that captivated the fashionable era was figure-flattering Dior design called peplum. Highlighting the curves on every beautiful woman, a well-tailored cinch waist flatters in all the right places and exudes femininity and grace!

THE SCENE
All Hail, Jason Wu

In our book, Jason Wu is incapable of failing or having a bad collection. It's really just impossible. So our praise for his F/W '12 collection is no surprise to anyone, really. If his Target collaboration collection selling out instantly (to our dismay) is any indication, we're certain we're not alone in this sentiment. Jason Wu's designs are continuously what fashion dreams are made of. A combination of the perfect use of detailing, tailoring, color and fabrics, Wu is a fashion design prodigy. Pure perfection.

So, let us wipe a tear or two for the beauty of his latest collection. We really don't need to say much more. All hail, Jason Wu!