Behind the Scenes We Go: Backstage at Christian Siriano

Christian Siriano. Today, we know him as Project Runway’s youngest – and most successful – winner. Pieces from his eponymous label can be seen inside the likes of Italian Vogue and all over the red carpet. But before he conquered the fashion world, did you know he was a hairdresser? Fact. And it’s just one of the reasons Sebastian Professional lead hairstylist Anthony Cole wanted to work with the designer on his highly anticipated Fall/Winter 2014 show.

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February 9, 2014

Jackie Does Fashion Week: Tracy Reese, Tweed, & More

Our Fashion Director, Jackie, is a New York Fashion Week pro. With many a show under her belt, she knows what it takes to own the front row – and each day, she’ll be sharing her schedule, tips, and, most importantly, her outfits right here with us. Check out what’s on the agenda for today.

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February 9, 2014

Jackie Does Fashion Week: Lacoste, Bright Bags, & More

Our Fashion Director, Jackie, is a New York Fashion Week pro. With many a show under her belt, she knows what it takes to own the front row – and each day, she’ll be sharing her schedule, tips, and, most importantly, her outfits right here with us. Check out what’s on the agenda for today.

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February 8, 2014

Has Fashion Week Brought Back the Popped Collar?

It looks like the ultra preppy aren’t the only ones rocking the popped collar these days. Thanks to street-style photos by Nam of STREETFSN, we’ve been seeing the trend at both Paris and Milan Fashion Weeks.

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Although a popped collar brings the cotton polo shirt to mind, that isn’t what’s happening here. Instead, street-style photos show the collar of a button-front shirt strategically poking out from under a turtleneck sweater or a crewneck sweatshirt with a tied handkerchief.

Is it a clever way of beating the winter chill? Or is it just a passing trend that looks uncomfortably snug around the neckline? We’ll just have to wait and see.

Read more about Fashion Week’s popped-collar trend here.

By Christine Mitchell, Staff Writer

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February 7, 2014

Jackie Does Fashion Week: Nicole Miller, Bella Bag, & More

Our Fashion Director, Jackie, is a New York Fashion Week pro. With many a show under her belt, she knows what it takes to own the front row – and each day, she’ll be sharing her schedule, tips, and, most importantly, her outfits right here with us. Check out what’s on the agenda for today.

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February 7, 2014

Thought Your Outfit Was Expensive? Hear How Much New York Fashion Week Costs

New York Fashion Week officially commenced this morning with shows by Nicholas K and DKNY. And, over the next several days, more than 100 designers and brands will debut their Fall/Winter 2014 collections on runways and showrooms across New York. Just ten hours in, several pieces coming off the runways (like BCBG’s colorblocked dresses and fur muffs) have already made my jaw drop, but the main thing that left my mouth gaping today? Learning how much Fashion Week actually costs.

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Now, I’m not talking ticket prices – invitations aren’t bought, they’re earned by social status and job ranking – but the actual cost of showing a collection at NYFW. First, there’s the venue, which ranges from $15,000 – 60,000. Then, there’s the cost of a stylist, who can earn up to $8,000 per day. Factor in production and PR costs, hair and makeup artist fees, the models, and, with social media playing a huge role in fashion these days, the price of livestreaming your runway. The grand total? Typically over $200,000 – and that’s for lesser-known designers. Mind blown? Yeah, me too.

Read more on the cost of NYFW at Fashionista.com.

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Editor

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February 6, 2014

Haute History: A Look at How NYFW Came to Be

New York City. It’s recognized today as one of the fashion capitals of the world, but it hasn’t always been so revered in the eyes of the fashion industry. In fact, for decades, American fashion took a backseat to French couture. So, what changed? Below, we take a look at how history affected the fate of New York’s runways.

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February 4, 2014

The Butterfly Effect: Gaultier’s Collection Flutters Down the Runway

As a product of the 90s, I couldn’t help the nostalgia that ensued after spotting butterfly motifs at Paris Fashion Week (see also: Mariah Carey). While the Spring 2014 trend popped up mostly in hair and makeup, the real star of the show was Jean Paul Gaultier, whose entire couture collection took flight. He even told Vogue, “Life is a butterfly! So all the collection is that!”

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Image via Fashionista

A glimpse of this top trend brought me right back to a time when boys didn’t exist, but braces did – and on a scale of 1 to 10, you were only as cool as the number of butterfly clips on your head. Which means? You can consider this my nostalgia-sick pass to opt out of trying the trend this season.

But not before you check out Vogue for more Gaultier from Paris Fashion Week.

By Jillian Hudon, Staff Writer

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January 24, 2014

Our Fashion Director on Spring 2014 Fashion-Month Trends

By Jackie Nasser, Rue La La Fashion Director

 
The big Spring 2014 runways shows (New York, London, Paris, and Milan) are officially over. Now, after sitting through dozens of shows and poring over hundreds of images, I’ve rounded up the top five trends you should expect to see in the new year.

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October 17, 2013

Outside the Tents: 5 Street-Style Stars to Watch

Ahh, Fashion Month. Twice a year, it turns the streets of Manhattan, Milan, Paris, and London into one big runway where bloggers, socialites, and editors are as highly photographed as the models on the catwalks. Here, five street-style stars to watch out for next season – because February will be here before you know it.

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October 16, 2013