Let’s Hear It For the Boys: The New Business Casual Cropping Up at NYFW

When it comes to men’s business dressing, we typically see a lot of the same. Black. Grey. Three-season wool. And pleats – way too many pleats. There are even theories out there that laud the boring and ordinary. Not to mention, it’s easy. Wearing the same thing every day is simple. Nothing to think about. “What should I wear today? Oh, I’ll just mimic what I wore yesterday and the day before that. Done.”

But switching it up and putting thought into your look is a good thing for your career. For one, you’ll take more pride in your appearance. Two, you’ll stand out among the sea of pleats. Three, you’ll look original and open to advancing new ideas.

So far at New York Fashion Week, I’m seeing that men’s business casual is getting a fresh update for Spring 2014. Here are a few reimagined looks spotted at the Nautica Black Sail Collection and Todd Snyder shows.

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September 7, 2013

Jackie Does Fashion Week: Cynthia Rowley & Heels vs. Flats

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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September 7, 2013

The Spring 2014 Runways Have Spoken: Grecian Is a Go

By Jackie Nasser, Rue La La Fashion Director

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From Richard Chai to TOCCA and Nicholas K, there’s been a clear Grecian thread running through S/S 2014 runways. Picture a yacht in the Mediterranean. Muted hues mixed with vibrant blues and geometric prints. Flowing dresses with fluid lines and easy, beachy styling (see: wet, slicked-back hair at Richard Chai).

Have questions about the latest trends at NYFW? Tweet our Fashion Director, Jackie Nasser, at @ruelala with #askjackie.

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Jackie Nasser joined Rue La La as Fashion Director in November of 2012. In close collaboration with the merchandising teams, she leads content production for lookbooks, style tips, and curated Boutiques. Jackie is the former Lead Editor for InStyle’s sister shopping site, StyleFind.com, which she launched. Prior to that, she served as Senior Fashion Editor at Lucky and at ELLEgirl, ELLE Accessories, and ELLE.com.


September 6, 2013

Jackie Does Fashion Week: Ray-Bans, LUNA Bars, & Richard Chai

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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September 5, 2013

The Fall 2013 Beauty Report

From bold to understated, the fall 2013 beauty trends are here

New York Fashion Week has seen its fair share of new fashion trends, and right along with them are the fresh beauty looks. So what can we expect to stock our makeup bags with this fall? Between the barely-there makeup at BCBGMAXAZRIA; blue and purple eyeshadow at Jason Wu; nude manicures at La Perla and DANNIJO; and graphic nail art at Rebecca MinkoffNicholas K, and Degen (just to name a few) – it’s safe to say that bold and understated will live together in harmony.

And the hair? Put those curling irons away, because straight blunt cuts and messy, undone styles – from the grunge look at BCBGMAXAZRIA to roughed up ponytails at Richard Chai and Tadashi Shoji – are back.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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February 11, 2013

NYFW Beauty: Runway, Backstage and Beyond

NYFW Beauty: Runway, Backstage and Beyond

The Spring 2012 New York Fashion Week shows may be over, but the trend spotting continues. On the beauty front, the looks ranged from the don’t-try-this-at-home to the perfectly poised and polished.

Erickson Beamon heightened the drama of its jewelry by way of false-eyelashed, rainbow-hued glitter lids accompanied by matching multi-hued nails. Bright pink, red, and turquoise eyeshadow turned up at Richard Chai Love, Katie Gallagher, Pink by Douglas Hannant, and Faster by Mark Fast, among others (Fast, Chai, and Gant by Michael Bastian even did blue lips, making it look as though the models were very chilly, indeed). And several shows, including Marchesa, Fast, and Jeremy Scott, featured models with bright pink hair.
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September 19, 2011

What We’re Seeing Now: Bursts of Cobalt at New York Fashion Week

What We’re Seeing Now: Bursts of Cobalt at New York Fashion WeekAs one of fall’s favorite colors, the high-impact blue speaks volumes – especially when saturating ground-skimming pieces like office-chic maxis and long, leggy trousers.


September 15, 2011

NYFW Front-Row Trend: Fluro Satchels

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If three’s a trend (as they say in fashion), I guess five or six is a phenomenon. Such is the case with this structured bookbag from The Cambridge Satchel Company, a UK-based bag maker whose retro-inspired cross-body has become all the rage among fashion insiders.

While the company makes its most popular style in a range of classic colors – from basic black to saddle tan to brick red – it’s the fluoroscent green and yellow hues that are being carried by in-the-know fashionistas. Modeled after a classic school bag, this boxy unisex carryall was given a thoroughly modern makeover in shades so bold they almost glow in the dark (making them really pop against the all-black ensembles worn by most New York showgoers).
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September 13, 2011

NYFW 9/11 Tributes

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Presidents Obama and Bush weren’t the only ones paying tribute to those who lost their lives on 9/11. On the tenth anniversary of that fateful day, several designers also paused during their shows to remember the terrorist attacks.

Lela Rose was one of the first designers to show in Lincoln Center on Sunday morning, and before her event began, the house lights dimmed and John Lennon’s “Imagine” played in its entirety. When the lights came back on and the first model hit the runway, there was barely a dry eye in the house.

Gwen Stefani dedicated her L.A.M.B. presentation to the victims of 9/11, as did Bono and Ali Hewson at EDUN. The program notes for the Bespoken menswear presentation, which is designed by two sets of brothers, read: “Amidst the hectic schedules around New York Fashion Week, we would like to take a moment to honor and respect the men and women whose lives were lost on 9/11. Our lives will be forever impacted.”
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September 13, 2011

A Fashionable Wedding at IOC

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I knew something was afoot when I arrived early to the Imitation of Christ show Thursday and saw interns scurrying around scattering rose petals on the stage (which was decorated with a garland-strewn canopy) and down the center aisle of the ballroom at the W Hotel in Union Square. As if that wasn’t enough of a tip-off, standing in the corner was a dude dressed as a priest. Turns out Father Andrew O’Connor is a real ordained Diocesan priest, and had agreed to officiate at the fanciful wedding dreamed up by IOC designer Tara Subkoff to showcase her Spring 2012 collection.

As the It Girl wedding guests (including Susie Bubble, Natasha Lyonne, Cory Kennedy, Byrdie Bell, Arden Wohl, and photographer Ellen von Unwerth) looked on, singer Natalie Rose LeBrecht sang a lovely a cappella version of Billy Idol’s “White Wedding,” and out came a tuxedoed groom and best man, followed by a flower girl in a pretty embroidered dress, who tossed more petals as she strode toward the altar. Several dozen bridesmaids followed, all dressed in beautifully ethereal IOC confections that recalled garden party frocks from the Thirties and Forties (think: floaty feminine dresses with delicate beading, lace, and lingerie-inspired details in dusty shades of blue, cream, and blush). Best of all, the models were actually smiling – a rarity at most fashion shows.
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September 9, 2011