Celebrity Street Style of the Week: Shay Mitchell, Kara Royster, & Lucy Hale

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Every week, I scour the web to find inspiring outfits on your favorite celebs and help you recreate their looks! This week, I was inspired by Pretty Little Liars actresses Shay Mitchell, Kara Royster, and Lucy Hale. Read on to see how you can get their looks for yourself.

Look 1: Shay Mitchell's Casual Chic

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Shay Mitchell gave her casual outfit a chic, dressy update while out in L.A. this past week. Shay wore the essential summer combo of high-waisted jean shorts and a simple black tank, but elevated these pieces with a rose colored duster and some black pumps, along with a black and metal belt and some round, mirrored sunglasses.

A long shirt or a duster sweater/jacket adds a trendy touch to any look, whether its a casual one like Shay's or a more polished dress or skirt. 

Outfit Inspired by Shay

Shay Mitchell Outfit

Products: Tank Top, Shorts, Belt, Sunglasses, Duster, Pumps

Shay's ensemble is a perfect day-to-night look: a black tank and denim shorts are a great summer day look when worn with a cool belt, flat sandals, and round, mirrored sunglasses. And it's easy to dress the outfit up for night.

Take a cue from Shay and add glamor with a rose or mauve-colored duster and some classic black pumps. Neutral colored dusters are especially in style right now, and they're super versatile pieces to have in your wardrobe.

Look 2: Kara Royster's Boho Slip Dress

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Actress Kara Royster took on the slip dress trend while out and about the day following this season's PLL finale. Kara cinched her olive green slip dress with a skinny cognac belt, brown lace-up ankle boots, and a long black necklace tucked under her dress. 

Kara's outfit is a unique, boho-chic twist on the slip dress trend, and is super cute for a night out.

Outfit Inspired by Kara

Kara Royster Outfit

Products: Dress, Necklace, Belt, Booties

While I adore the black, white, and pastel-colored slip dresses that have been all the rage lately, a slip dress in an earthy tone like olive green is unique and perfect for the transition into the fall. 

This dress features a cute print along with a strappy back design and color similar to Kara's dress. Give your waist some definition by adding a neutral brown or taupe skinny belt with subtle gold metal accents. Next, don a pair of lace-up heeled booties in a matching hue (or flat sandals for a more casual feel). 

Finish the look with a black faux suede necklace that can hang long underneath the dress; this faux suede leaf wrap choker has longer strings that will hang down, while still playing on the choker trend for the best of both worlds.

Look 3: Lucy Hale's Edgy Cool

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Lucy Hale took to the streets in an edgy, all-black ensemble, mixing tough studs with feminine lace.

Lucy wore black skinny jeans with a low-cut black wrap-front top, letting a black lace bralette peek out for a flirty look. To make her legs look extra long, she wore black skinny jeans with black pointed toe ankle boots, creating one sleek line. Lucy accessorized with a studded bucket bag, dark round sunglasses, and a wool wide-brim hat. 

Outfit Inspired by Lucy

Lucy Hale Outfit

Products: Hat, Top, Jeans, Bralette, Sunglasses, Bag, Booties

Lucy's flirty yet edgy outfit would be great for an evening out on the town. Start with some black skinny jeans – this coated pair has an extra sleek look – and pair them with some black ankle booties with a pointed toe. Trendy wrap-front tops are often cut low, so a lined bralette is the perfect solution to layer underneath. The lace material is a feminine contrast against the dark, monochromatic aesthetic of this ensemble.

To complete the outfit, accessorize with a wool wide-brim hat, round sunglasses, and a studded bucket bag, adding a metal accent into the mix.

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CONFESSIONS OF A CONFUSED FASHION EDITOR

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Thursday marks the beginning of my eighth September New York Fashion Week as a resident of the city. It's my third as an official Fashionista employee, though I experienced my first-ever NYFW as a Fashionista intern back in September 2009. Fresh out of school and still nearly bald from 10 months of breast cancer treatments, my editors entrusted me with many of their precious invites, sending me to report on shows, parties and industry events that, until then, I'd only ever dreamed of attending. It was exhausting, but completely exhilarating; and from that week on, I made it my mission to work my ass off to ensure I'd be at fashion week every season from there on out. (Spoiler alert: I succeeded.)

While seven years is not a particularly long period in the grand scheme of New York Fashion Week — an event that dates back to 1943 — the season that's about to begin is strikingly different from my initial experience in the trenches. In the late 2000s, street style photography was still a niche, spontaneous hobby, with a tight crew of photographers — Scott Schuman, Tommy Ton, Phil Oh — leading the charge; today it's almost impossible to navigate the hoards of camera-wielding hopefuls outside of the shows… and the folks who dress to the nines in order to get their attention. The word "influencer" hadn't yet entered the lexicon, but a few pioneering bloggers, like Bryan Boy, Susie Bubble, Jane Aldridge and Rumi Neely, helped to bring much-needed attention to the voices covering (and celebrating) fashion online by sitting front row. Plus, they showed up because they truly loved fashion — not because they were being paid five figures to do so. Of course, celebrity names were still attached to hot-ticket events, but instead of people like Kanye West and Rihanna securing spots on the show calendar, Lady Gaga or Courtney Love would give an intimate performance at an after-party, allowing the designers to retain most of the spotlight.

In less than a decade on the job, I've followed NYFW from Bryant Park to Lincoln Center to Spring Studios as it's attempted to settle into a permanent home; I've watched big-budget projects like Fashion's Night Out fail; I've witnessed runway models and formerly behind-the-scenes designers skyrocket to celebrity status, and have seen magazines fold and mastheads significantly change. But perhaps the most blatant difference between my first fashion week and today is that, in September 2009, every designer was presenting a collection for the same season. No matter how frantic our schedules became during the seven-plus days of shows, we editors were in no danger of getting confused about what we were there to see: clothing and accessories for spring 2010. This time around, such is not the case.

At Fashionista, we've closely followed the rise of the "see now, buy now" phenomenon, which focuses on the shopper as opposed to industry insiders, with a growing number of brands making their collections — or at least a selection of pieces — available for purchase right after they debut on the runway. This consumer-facing mindset is crucial in a tepid retail climate; in addition, many designers see this quick turnaround from runway to sales floor as a way to prevent knockoffs, as fast fashion giants like Zara and Nasty Gal will have less time to churn out copies if there isn't six months of lag time between the runway show and delivery date. While this system makes plenty of sense, the fact that designers around the world aren't on the same page regarding it makes things very tricky.

A crew of #influencers before the Tommy Hilfiger spring 2016 show. Photo: ImaxtreeA crew of #influencers before the Tommy Hilfiger spring 2016 show. Photo: Imaxtree

As we embark on the next few weeks of shows, we will primarily see collections for spring 2017, though some designers will present their fall 2016 ranges — including Tom Ford, Burberry, Rebecca Minkoff, Tommy Hilfigerand Thakoon Panichgul, who recently shifted to a direct-to-consumer business model — despite the fact that the majority of their contemporaries debuted this season back in February. A few fan favorites, like Public Schooland Vetements, will opt out of fashion week altogether, and will instead show their collections in January and June when pre-fall and resort take place to better coincide with the retail calendar. 

On Saturday, Alexander Wang will show his resort and spring collections together on the runway in order to align closer to the delivery date (resort goods are available to shoppers in November). Some brands will forgo a physical presentation: Kate Spade has plans for an immediately shoppable video series instead, while Misha Nonoo unveiled a "Snapchat lookbook" on Wednesday, following the success of her Insta-show last season. To add another layer of complexity, a few labels will show their men's collection on the same runway as women's, like Rag & Bone, Burberry and, starting next season, Gucci. Is your head spinning yet?

Then there is the ever-growing list of designer switch-ups at the big-name fashion houses. Over the next four weeks, we'll see Anthony Vaccarello's first show at Saint Laurent; Maria Grazia Chiuri's debut at Dior and Bouchra Jarrar's at Lanvin, just off the top of my head. Factor in the houses with new creative directors that won't "officially" debut until February — Raf Simons at Calvin Klein, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim at Oscar de la Renta — and even the most seasoned industry veterans are bound to get disoriented. To be honest, if you were to present me with a non-multiple choice pop quiz on designer whereabouts right now, I might not ace it.

We're in the business of reporting on the retail space, tracking trends, reviewing collections (albeit in our own way) and commenting on the intersection of fashion and pop culture, and with NYFW moving in so many different directions, a number of these might prove difficult this season. How can editors flesh out a spring 2017 trend report if a handful of tastemakers don't reveal their collections until actual spring, when the clothing goes on sale? (Brands like Proenza Schouler and Alexander Wang have already banned the release of their pre-fall and resort lookbooks until they arrive in stores, with more planning to adopt this mentality.) Plus, keeping track of which labels are making their entire collections available for purchase — as opposed to a small capsule a la Moschino, Topshop or Prada, or nothing at all — is a full-time job in itself. (Have no fear, we've put together a handy guide if you're hoping to immediately invest in that runway look you fell in love with on Instagram.)

I know I probably shouldn't confess this in such a public forum, but to say I'm puzzled about what the hell we're in for this fashion month would be a gross understatement. As always, I am going into this thing with an open mind, but am anxious to see which of these new concepts — if any — stick, and whether the measure of success will be based on insiders' opinions or those of the public. As team Fashionista sets out on its four-plus week journey through the gauntlet flanked by all things "see now, buy now," Instagram, influencer, Snapchat and more, we'll be sure to bring you plenty of real talk from the front lines. But even though NYFW is an entirely different beast from when I (and the rest of our editors) started out in the industry, I have a hunch that the magic of it will never be completely lost.

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Thakoon Unveils First #SHOPITRIGHTNOW Fall 2016 Show at NYFW

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Thakoon Panichgul showed his first show-now-buy-now fall 2016 collection Thursday night at New York Fashion Week. This season was the designer’s first showing as a unified label; he recently combined his main brand with his more contemporary collection Thakoon Addition. Keeping this integration in mind, it’s a bit easier to understand why the Thakoon fall 2016 see-now-buy-now collection was so eclectic at times.

Thakoon Fall 2016 #SHOPITRIGHTNOW Show at NYFW

Despite the hiccup in cohesiveness, however, the clothes in the line were beautiful; the individual pieces were great despite them not working well as a cohesive collection. It seems as though Panichgul designed a separate collection for each of his lines before mixing them together to create this runway presentation.

At times, we were treated to easy summer pieces, like the breezy blue cotton dress that started off the show; such pieces were inherently youthful, fun, and flirty. This trend continued on throughout the beginning of the collection, showing up in other denim garments and cute silhouettes.

At other times late in the collection, however, we were shown different types of garments that looked like sleepwear and swimwear collections. Some of the pajama-esque tops looked like the models rolled right out of bed and onto the runway, and the designer even showed a terrycloth bathrobe.

Thakoon Fall 2016 #SHOPITRIGHTNOW Show at NYFW

The clothes mimicking swimwear came in the form of strappy dresses with triangle bikini cutouts acting as the bust-lines. It was as though he kept flipping back and forth between two complete collections before deciding to simply show them both at once.

Despite that, though, all of the clothes were wearable in their own ways, and also maintained this level of spunky edge that kept things cute and concise, which is quite an accomplishment for such a confounding collection.

One thing is for sure, and that is Panichgul’s motivation to elevate this younger muse’s wardrobe. He shows that she can still have these fun denim pieces in her closet, but that she can also make room for these higher end pieces that will let her continue to have fun while bringing in some maturity into her style. Perhaps this was the intent of the show. Perhaps the Thai-American designer was showing the merging of his two lines intentionally.

Thakoon Fall 2016 #SHOPITRIGHTNOW Show at NYFW

No matter what he set out to do here, we can see that his vision is evolving. We may be able to expect more of this juxtaposed, in-cohesive setup in his later collections, but I would bet that he continues to evolve, learning to balance the flirty youth and modern sophistication together in the individual ensembles rather than alternating whole looks in the same collection as he did here.

With his changing business, the show still brought in some great names in the fashion industry. Celebrities like Jessica Alba, Christina Ricci, and Elettra Rossellini Wiedemann were front and center for the unveiling of the show.

Thakoon Fall 2016 #SHOPITRIGHTNOW Show at NYFW

Thakoon Fall 2016 #SHOPITRIGHTNOW Show at NYFW

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Tote with Pockets: Bare Necessities

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You know you need it, and you know the one you probably already own is worn to bits. Despite what many designers seem to think, most of us just want an easy daily bag to throw on our shoulders without a moment of thought. Something classic without feeling fancy or austere; nothing too specific, trendy, or overdone; and something that goes with absolutely everything, from sweet day dresses and ballet flats to ripped-up jeans and moto boots.BottegaVeneta_Gucci_Coach_RebeccaMinkoff_LoefflerRandall

This may not be fun Marni, but the brand’s serious side is just as desirable (and even more wearable). A structured tote like this is perfect for everyday wear, and still oozes personality from its bi-color combo to its removable straps. The bag updates the black and white look with tan piping, softening the style to ensure maximum versatility even once the graphic trend passes. This would make for a great work tote. While it’s not big enough for your laptop, it’ll fit an iPad nicely, and if you use the turn-locks to remove the shoulder straps, the bag can also be used as a document clutch, letting you jet from meeting to meeting in style. The zip around opening offers a nice view of the contents, so papers are easy to sort through. Once 5 p.m. rolls around, just reattach the straps and you’re out the door!
When deciding on which designer bag you want to invest in, you have to think very realistically. Can you save up the money for the total amount easily? Are there other items you would rather invest in? Making sure that you're confident about your purchase will help you avoid any buyer's remorse — which, in most cases, might come when it's too late to change your mind.
Its been said that the Lady Dior Tote Bag is connected to Princess Diana, and the story goes that, the French First Lady Bernadette Chirac sent Princess Diana the newest Dior tote as a present, this happened in 1995 at the Cezanne Art Exhibition. Princess Diana immediately fell in love and liked it so much that she has been spotted carrying this bag almost everywhere.
When Princess Diana received her bag, it was not released for public yet; Dior then quickly named it ‘Lady Dior’.
Throughout the years, we have seen the Lady Dior Tote re-colored and re-decorated numerous times, going from lambskin to Deerskin, printed with flowers and played with sequins. Each one of them is beautiful and I have yet to see a Lady Dior Tote that’s fugly. But there’s one thing that has never been done before, and that’s redesigning the experience.Lady-Dior-Tote-Pockets_1

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Science + Style = Coffee and 3 Cute Outfits to Start Your Day Off Right

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Photo Credit: Elle

There is no doubt that coffee is a major part in most of our everyday lives. On average, coffee drinkers have 3.1 cups a day, and have countless different preferences for their cups o' joe. (I'll be honest: I basically enjoy drinking milk and caramel syrup with a hint of that bitter coffee flavor.)

Whether you rely on this liquid gold to get you through the day or you just enjoy the earthy smell and barista calling out orders in the background, coffee affects us every day, so let's get into the science!

How Coffee Works

Caffeine, a bitter, crystalline alkaloid, holds the title of the major active compound in coffee. Its structure is similar to adenosine, which is a molecule that builds up throughout the day to make you feel sleepy. The caffeine in your coffee binds to adenosine receptors in the brain and blocks the adenosine from binding so you don't get that sleepy feeling. 

Basically, adenosine is the angel on your shoulder saying "let's go to sleep so tomorrow we'll wake up with glowing skin and increased alertness during our 6 am workout!" On the other hand, caffeine is the evil twin saying "SLEEP IS FOR THE WEAK! You've been writing this essay for the past 15 hours but you feel fine! You definitely have enough energy to look up videos of sea bunniesand the heights of your favorite celebrities." 

The temporary effects of coffee include improved memory, sharper vision from dilated pupils, increased digestion due to increased acid levels in the stomach, and of course, a good mood from the release of dopamine in the brain.

Nitro coffee even sounds cool. | Photo Credit: Highwire Coffee

"Nitro coffee" is becoming a big trend for those of you coffee experimenters. Some brewers infuse nitrogen into coffee to create a richer and creamier flavor from the sharp tasting bubbles. It's truly a new experience for both taste and texture, and it may even allow you to in take more coffee in a cup because it allows higher coffee-to-water ratios. Plus, it has a pretty ombré effect that will inspire hair colorists everywhere.

So now that you are more informed about one of the world's favorite drinks, let's get into the outfits to wear while sipping your favorite brew!

Iced Americano

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This outfit is for the no-fuss girl grabbing an iced coffee before running errands on the weekend. It features a loose, striped button-up paired with some ripped white jeans for a laid-back yet put-together look. 

Accessorize with a statement necklace to dress up the look slightly, and sling a leather bucket bag over your shoulder to carry what you need for the day. Finally, slip on comfy canvas shoes, and tie your hair back in a messy bun to keep your hair out of your face while you are running around town!

Double Shot of Espresso

Products: Blazer | Dress | Heels | Purse | Watch

This outfit is more formal, perfect for times when you need an extra boost of espresso and confidence. Don a white shift dress and a black blazer for a classic look and color combo. Spice it up with some suede maroon heels and a matching structured satchel for the perfect addition of color and personality. You are now ready to make a killer first impression.

Caramel Latte

Products: Top | Skirt | Bag | Shoes | Choker

The third outfit blends boho vibes with a modern feel and is perfect for catching up with an old friend over coffee once you're back in school. 

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NORDSTROM TO START SELLING J.CREW

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Looks from J.Crew's Fall 2016 presentation. Photo: Getty ImagesLooks from J.Crew's Fall 2016 presentation. Photo: Getty Images

J.Crew addicts, there will soon be one more place to get your fix:Nordstrom just announced it would start carrying the brand in select stores and on its website starting Sept. 12. The retailer will carry select women's apparel (including brand staples like the Regent and Rhodes blazers and the Martie pants), men's suiting and accessories. Petite sizes will be available exclusively online.

This is not anything new for either party; Nordstrom sells sister brand Madewell and British high street brand Topshop, while J.Crew is sold selectively through Net-a-Porter and at Bon Marché. Madewell's partnership with Nordstrom has been such a success that it has expanded to 76 locations, up 20 doors since the start of the year. This will mark the first time J.Crew has sold in a brick-and-mortar retailer outside its own stores in the U.S. 

"This was an easy decision," said J.Crew CEO Mickey Drexler in a release. "Nordstrom is the perfect partner because we both share the same high standards of customer service and store experience. Additionally, we are known for exceptional design, quality and style, which we know will appeal to the Nordstrom customer."

Drexler made clear to WWD that this arrangement doesn't mean J.Crew is looking to move to a wholesale model. "This is an exception for us," he told the trade. "It doesn’t at all suggest wholesaling." J.Crew has suffered from struggling sales of late; at the end of 2015, the brand experienced a 7 percent decrease in sales to $2.1 billion.

Nordstrom's J.Crew edit will be available in the following stores to start:

  • Downtown Seattle (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Bellevue Square (Bellevue, Wash.)
  • Washington Square (Tigard, Ore.)
  • Michigan Avenue (Chicago, Ill.)
  • Oakbrook Center (Oak Brook, Ill.)
  • Somerset Collection (Troy, Mich.)
  • Scottsdale Fashion Square (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
  • NorthPark Center (Dallas, Texas)
  • Houston Galleria (Houston, Texas)
  • Barton Creek Square (Austin, Texas)
  • Domain Northside (Austin, Texas – opening September 30th)
  • Tysons Corner Center, (McLean, Va.)
  • The Plaza at King of Prussia (King of Prussia, Pa.)
  • South Coast Plaza (Costa Mesa, Calif.)
  • The Mall at Short Hills (Short Hills, N.J.)
  • The Mall at Green Hills (Nashville, Tenn.)

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