Spotted on the Street: 3 Boot Trends to Try Now

No doubt there are as many eyes on the sidewalks during fashion month as there are on the runways. And one of the biggest draws for street-style photographers? Shoes. From New York to London, the style elite have been flaunting fall’s must-have boots: over-the-knee stunners, dressed-up moto styles, and cutout booties. Here’s how to work them into your wardrobe.

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From sporty caged styles to color-blocked pointed toes, there is a cutout for every mood. Opt for a strappy, colorful stiletto to complement a menswear-inspired trouser or amp up a simple shift dress with chunky-heeled, open-toe bootie.

Over-the-Knee
One of the sexier boot silhouettes, OTK also serves a dual purpose as one of the warmest. Suede, heeled, or flat – the extended height is ideal for experimenting with a short hemline and textured tights. Go for a sultry look with a lace-up version (just don’t be surprised if the cameras follow).

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You already know the power of a low-key moto boot, but the latest iterations are anything but simple. With studded bone-white leather and mixed chain detailing, designers are reinventing this perennial off-duty-model favorite. Let this trend do the talking stomping and keep the rest of your outfit classic – think boyfriend jeans and a chunky sweater.

Shop these and more sidewalk boot trends in our Street-Style Star: Rebecca Minkoff Boots & More Boutique, which opened Thursday, September 18, at 11AM ET.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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September 18, 2014

Go Green: Stella McCartney Debuts Eco-Friendly Capsule Collection

Recycling, carrying groceries in cute totes, and biking around town are all chic ways to lend Mother Nature a hand. But this week, eco-conscious designer Stella McCartney took going green to a new level, showing an entire capsule collection of sustainable dresses at London Fashion Week.

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Image via vogue.com

Dubbed the “Green Carpet Collection,” the line mixes abstract water-based ink prints with seventies-inspired wood-heeled shoes. And the clothes weren’t the only green designs at the launch – her presentation at the Royal Institution of Great Britain used reclaimed film props, including shrubbery from the set of Les Misérables.

If this is the direction eco-friendly fashion is headed, then I’ll definitely tip my hat to Stella, known for her company-wide commitment to sustainable materials, as its very chic pioneer.

See more of the presentation and collection at vogue.com.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor 

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September 17, 2014

Behind the Scenes We Go: Shimmering Eyes at Christian Siriano

Project Runway alum–turned–New York Fashion Week regular Christian Siriano is a true success story. And his Spring 2015 Collection? In icy arctic blues and greens, sharp laser-cut patterns, and crystal embroidery – inspired by the diffusion of light and reflective transparency of Sergio Redegalli’s glass sculptures – well, it’s par for the course.

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Makeup artist Polly Mellon helped bring the vision to life, with models batting glittery eyelashes as they strutted around the set’s tall framed mirrors. We suspect shimmering lids will be a beauty trend with staying power (and one that would look particularly good on front-row guest Coco Rocha). So we connected with Polly to get the scoop on how to bring the iridescent look home.

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September 9, 2014

Salute the Runway: Servicewomen Take On NYFW

By Nicole Andrew, Rue La La Fashion Editor

 

On the eve of New York Fashion Week, the industry gathered at Lincoln Center to support an often-overlooked group of women: female veterans transitioning to civilian life. Dubbed Salute the Runway, the show featured 15 servicewomen who modeled LBDs from a stylish designer roster. As both a military wife and a fashion editor, I attended proudly.

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September 4, 2014

New York Men’s Day: American Brands Band Together

New York Fashion Week (NYFW) is known for being predominantly geared toward the sartorial-obsessed females of the world. Typically, if you want to view designer menswear, a flight to London, Paris, or Milan is required. But according to the New York Times, an industry-wide push for a full-fledged Men’s Fashion Week is gaining momentum, and it started yesterday with NYFW Men’s Day.

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September 4, 2014

Salute the Runway: 15 Military Servicewomen Will Open NYFW

Mark your calendars – this is one opening act you won’t want to miss. Fifteen current and former military servicewomen will open New York Fashion Week at Lincoln Center on September 3.

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August 19, 2014

Play Time: Opening Ceremony Will Stage a One-Act Show During Fashion Week

Every February and September designers continue to think outside the box – or, in the case of New York Fashion Week, the Lincoln Center tents – when it comes to presenting their work. Over the winter, Alexander Wang drew guests to (gasp!) Brooklyn Navy Yard, while last fall Rick Owens had college step squads sport his clothing instead of supermodels. And next month, Opening Ceremony will push the envelope with a one-act play in lieu of a traditional runway show.

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Spike Jonze and OC cofounder Humberto Leon via OpeningCeremony.us

The ultra-hip brand is still working on a script for its September 7 production, which is just a couple weeks away. But before you start labeling them procrastinators, keep in mind that OC is working with Academy Award–winning director (and frequent collaborator) Spike Jonze. Also on the playbill? Everyone’s fave funny man Jonah Hill, who sadly won’t be on stage but will have a writing credit.

Now, the suspense builds: What on earth is the storyline? Whatever the outcome, I’m excited to see the collection in action.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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August 14, 2014

Spotted: Blue Suits at Pitti Uomo

Pitti Uomo is upon us, and images of sharply dressed men are starting to flood our news feeds.

Not sure what that is, or why it’s such a big deal? Don’t worry, Rue is here. A biannual menswear trade show that takes place in Florence, Italy, Pitti Uomo is where retailers, editors, and buyers come together to view the upcoming collection. In this case, it’s the Fall 2014 preview. And the good news for men across the world? One prominent emerging trend – the blue suit – is achievable for everyone.

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Trying to impress the boss at that business meeting? Try a striped navy suit. Have an upcoming wedding and want to catch a bridesmaid’s eye? Why not give a brighter shade of blue a shot? “If you find yourself in need of a suit this summer, rest assured that if you go blue, you’ll be on par with the most stylish men in the world,” says John Jannuzzi of gq.com. “It’s official, we’re in menswear’s blue period.” (Picasso would be oh-so-very proud.)

Read more on GQ.

By Lindsey Doolittle, Men’s Assistant Fashion Editor

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June 25, 2014

Outside the Tents: The 3 Street-Style Stars to Watch

Twice a year, bloggers, socialites, and editors flock to the world’s four fashion capitals for runway show after runway show. And every time, they somehow end up being the most photographed and outfit-inspiring people there. So, who should you look out for next time Fashion Month rolls around? The three street-style stars below. Trust me – come September, you won’t be disappointed.

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March 14, 2014

This Just In: Anna Wintour Does Have a Heart

Or maybe just an aversion to crowded seating. Either way, Condé Nast’s artistic director did the unthinkable this morning at Valentino’s F/W 2014 show: She sat in the second row.

I’m just going to give you all a moment to process that, and then collect yourselves.

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Good? Okay. Apparently, Anna voluntarily moved back to, get this, give her front-row seat to a writer (a writer, you guys) named Sarah Mower, who was reviewing the show for Vogue.com. And it gets even better. According to Bryanboy’s Twitter feed, Anna was asked by PR assistants to move back to the front but wouldn’t budge.

The devil wears Prada? More like the most selfless boss ever.

Read more about Anna’s uncharacteristic move on Fashionista.com.

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By Keriann Coffey, Associate Editor

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March 4, 2014