Launch NYC Couture and Demi-Couture show

The atmosphere was relaxed ,close and real as we attended Manufactures Launch NYC Couture and Demi-Couture show last night. The wide white runway intrigued while a sea of writers, fashionistas, stylists and designers washed in from the cold streets into the fashion refuge. Amongst the chatter... the lights dimmed and flooded back up on the optic white stage as the show began.

And wow what a show...

Minnoji started the show with ready to wear military inspired womenswear. We love the expertly tailored jackets! Each model wore a headpiece with a patent leather look and a viking style piece protecting the bridge of their nose. Under the jackets were simple draped dresses and models wore chunky black shoes. The models walked with less poise and a much edgier atmosphere, reinventing the fashion industries stereotype. As seen in earlier award show trends, the looks were all neutral colors , specifically black and white and contrasts between soft and hard. As the show continued , an element of surprise with a softer skirt with slits and a maroon tweed sweater - there were still elements fo hard and soft with leather panels and sleeves. Gorgeous!

Stuff We Love: butter London

The age old make-up adage “Play up the lips or the eyes, but never both,” has found a new companion in the subtlety of one of our favorite make up trends for this spring. First spotted on the runways of London Fashion Week just a short time ago, matching lip and nail color actually works on every skin, eye, and hair color (anyone can rock this look with the right shade). Thanks to the eco-friendly brand known as butter London, that this trend has been established. You’ve probably seen or heard of this company via high-end British labels like Alexander McQueen and Issa. With this kind of style cred, we know they mean business when it comes to trendsetting and couldn’t be more excited about the colors in their new spring line.

Trending: Bold, Edgy & Abstract Prints

Even though bold prints aren't exactly a new trend (they were all over Fall 2011 runways), designers have really made bold design shine this spring and summer, too! High-end designers, boutiques, and commercial stores have placed bold prints on their must-have lists this season, weaving intricate, geometric, origami, and animal inspired prints that decorate tops and bottoms into their spring and summer merchandise.

Bold prints have come out looking edgier and more chic this season than ever before. We’re taking more chances as shoppers, buying unique and stylish pieces and designers are feeding our frenzy by creating bolder, edgier, and abstract looks.

Life's A Beach for ALDO Spring 2012

ALDO's vibrant ads shot by Terry Richardson exude the carefree attitude and excitement of a tropical vacation --reminding us of how badly we need one right about now!

French-Canadian model Anais Pouliot of Trump Model Management, has some serious fun in the sun alongside a slew of vacation-y props, from palm trees and totem poles, to over-sized popsicles. And, yes, even a big ol’ pile of bananas! In case there was any doubt, these ALDO ads confirm that it is all about color, color and more color this season. Styled by Sabina Schreder, Pouliot is shown in a variety of bright hues, however not to be outdone by the true stars of the campaign: the shoes!

Stylish Rain Boots to Ring in Spring Showers

Dressing for the weather is always a daunting task this time of year, especially given the erratic weather patterns experienced as of late.

80 degrees and not a cloud in the sky one week, dreary and cold the’s enough to give a girl a true case of Seasonal Affect Disorder.

The good news?

Spring is finally here and the temperatures will only rise from here, so chase away what’s left of those bad weather blues with a pair of bright, punchy rain boots. Not only will these make facing the inevitable downpours that much more tolerable, but you’ll look stylish and have fun while doing it!

Spruce Up for Spring: 5 Men's Essentials

We, like many of you sartorially concerned males, were caught off guard by last week’s summer-esque weather, so we’ve put together this helpful list to aid you with the upcoming warmer temperatures.

1: Colorful Bottoms: Black jeans may be your go to during the frigid months but Spring 2012 is all about the colorful bottom. From Phillip Lim to Zegna, colorful pants were a part of every runway show. From Phillip Lim’s dip-dyed canvas pants to Gap’s red skinny jeans, the trend takes on many variations meaning anyone can rock this spring look. For those on the timid side, you may want to warm up to this trend by experimenting with a green or beige color. Those of you who aren’t afraid to dive right into this trend should definitely go with a red pant, which can be found almost anywhere.

5 Spring Shoe Trends to Buy Now

The Sliver Sandal

We’re loving the mini-version of spring’s super-hot wedge trend, one that allows you to multitask while walking rather than focus on not spraining an ankle. Take a cue from Alexander Wang—the sliver wedge is just the right amount of heel for a feminine boost and black scales add an extra point of interest to any look. They’ll be perfect paired with spring’s breezy printed pants or a sweet midi dress.

Alexander Wang ‘Vika’ Sandal, $565, available at
Miz Mooz ‘Pansy’ Sandal, $69, available at

Stylish Celeb of the Week: Zooey Deschanel

You may remember her from her role in the movie Elf, or heard her newest album She & Him, or maybe you’re a huge fan of her goofy character in the TV show The New Girl. Regardless of her role in Hollywood, Zooey Deschanel has continued to grace us with her presence and even more, her retro-classic sense of style. Which is why we've chosen her as a favorite style muse for the week! With her continuous flirty-girl outfits, va-va-voom 60’s hairstyles, and quirky personality, we can't get enough of Zooey's unique style.

Label to Watch: Beatrixe

Making their official debut in Fall 2010, this New York City based, contemporary womenswear label now has four collections under their belt and is blinking brightly on our fashion radar. Deriving their name from the Latin word for “voyager through life,” Beatrixe embodies the image by providing chic, sophisticated pieces in figure-flattering shapes that are perfect for stylish girls on the go. And this comes as no surprise, as Beatrixe designers and co-founders Begum Tuna and Axel Burla both hail from luxury label Devi Kroell, where the pair met while working.

Trends: London Fashion Week Spring 2012

PRIM AND PROPER Spring is the perfect season for sweet, ladylike silhouettes. Modest collared and crew neck tops along with knee brushing skirt lengths, this trend leaves the rest to imagination and it never looked so sexy. Preen showed affinity for the feminine aesthetic with flirty dresses and separates in a saccharine color palette, dainty waists, and bits of ruffled detail. A favorite among the best-dressed British it-girls, (a certain Duchess of Cambridge and her equally stylish sis,) Issa London showed perfect prim and proper for spring. A pleated A-line skirt topped with a modest jacket creates flattering proportions in pastel neutrals and a pop of baby blue piping. In very romantic, neutral lace, Mulberry shows us classic ladylike ready-to-wear. Lace covered suiting includes a pencil skirts and cropped jackets paired with tailored button up (all the way up!) shirts – the exact ensemble we imagine at a posh English tea.