READY SET…SUMMER!

It’s time to break out the real warm weather duds because next week is Memorial Day! Temps are rising and we all could not be happier. Pools and beaches are opening and everyone is gearing up their grills for parties and fun bbq’s! But with all the crazy cold weather we had this winter, it’s hard to get into warm weather mode. Are you all finding it as hard as we are to embrace sandals, jean shorts and sundresses? Well here are a few HOT options for you all to try next weekend and get you ready for Summer. Time flies so fast in this time of year, so don’t waste a single minute. Grab your maxis and flip flops and have a stylish Memorial Day, as we head into SUMMER!!!

LoveShackFancy coverup maxi. Great for he beach, a bbq or pool party!

Rompers are always a cute alternative to a dress in the warm weather. Love this one by BCBG!

Rachel Zoe makes dressing in warm weather look so COOL! Rachel Zoe caftan!

Lilly Pulitzer makes such fun and comfy clothes for summery days. Love this colorful tunic and white shorts ensemble.

 

SHOP, SPLURGE, & SAVE!

So who doesn’t love a good deal? Is there anything more satisfying than finding a hot pair of designer shoes at half the price? Or finding a remarkable knockoff of a “break the bank” bag at a fraction of the price? Well fashionistas across America proved the power of a sale this past weekend when Lilly Pulitzer launched a collection at Target at amazing prices! And from the looks of it, the clothes look like the real deal. Of course if you didn’t act fast enough, you were out of luck. Savvy shoppers stormed Targets everywhere and stayed glued to their computers as they scooped up dress after dress, deal after deal.
So take a look at some of these great items, and an almost identical buy at a bargain price. Because a splurge is great BUT a sale is better!

 

Manolo Blahnik Fringe Shoes for a whopping $795!

Steve Madden Knockoffs, $129.95!

The real deal Lilly Pulitzer shift dress, $178.

Lilly Pulitzer for Target, $38!!!!

A Valentino rockstud tote. A true splurge at $2,495.

Nine West made a version at $79!

 

 

COACHELLA CHIC

 

So just this past weekend, it was a very exciting time in Southern California. People from all over converged for a fun and fabulous music & arts festival called Coachella. And although we’ve never been, we can’t help but yearn to experience this fabulous outdoor concert, a modern-day Woodstock. But gorgeous weather, fabulous music, and fun socializing aside, the thing that attracts us the most is the Bohemian fashions we see people sporting at the event. Maxi dresses, crocheted tops with short cut off shorts, bikini tops and flowy skirts, fringed vests, perfectly tousled locks, and layered boho jewelry are all we need to make us want to book a ticket to next year’s Coachella. In the meantime, we will be sporting our own chic boho looks and casual cool fashions this summer and we encourage you all to do the same! Embrace your inner Cali girl with fabulous fashions like these…

PREPPING FOR PROM!

Prepping For Prom 80′s Style!

Whether you are a teenager or you have a teenager, this time of year is a lot of fun. Prepping for prom is a milestone to be celebrated and for the young ladies there is nothing more fun than picking out a prom dress! After all, this is one of the first occasions where a girl can truly feel like a princess! And this year’s prom dress selection does not disappoint. Beautiful pastel colors, two-piece versions, lots of white, and glittery gowns are just some of the trends that young fashionistas will get to choose from. Here are some beautiful options. We wish all the kids a super stylish prom season!

Two Piece Gown by Xscape

Mellow yellow gown by ERIN-Erin Fetherston

Morgan & Co. dress in ivory & ilusion

Glittery gown by Hailey Logan

Xscape stunner in sky blue & gold

Prepping for Prom 2015 in Sherri Hill embellished crop tops and ball skirts!

Feel like a princess in Jovani!

TOP 10 TRENDS FOR SPRING 2015

Ok, so Mother Nature really threw us for a loop last Friday in our neck of the woods! Instead of having a gorgeous first day of Spring, we were blanketed with snow and forced to pull out those down coats and snow boots yet once again. And what a bummer! We had just put them away hoping to start wearing all of our new spring looks. With so many unbelievable trends this year, Mother Nature better start changing her tune so we have lots of time to wear each one. Take a look at some of our faves from all the hot Spring trends out there.

1. Whites! All whites! From bright whites to cream and everything in between!
2. The New Boho trend- where gypsy girl meets jet set lady. The more romantic side of the style in silhouettes appropriate for eveningwear.
3. Marsala- the new color of the year as announced by Pantone. Marsala is an earthy wine red color, very rich and seductive.
4. Sleeveless jackets- the new layering piece. Very versatile, with an effortless vibe.
5. The wide brimmed fedora- a fresh take on the classic hat.
6. Fringe- on bags, shoes, and clothing. Fun and flirty.
7. The bucket bag- chic and practical. A roomy bag shaped like a bucket, with a drawstring closure.
8. Denim – on all the runways, shown in new and refreshed silhouettes. Many designers are even showing embellished denim for lots of fun and drama.
9. Two piece eveningwear- a crop top and long skirts are all the rage for formal affairs and the upcoming prom season.
10. Block heels- designers are emphasizing comfort and ease while still looking chic with these chucky heels.

Wishing you all a sunshiney, snow-free Spring!!!!

 

SPRING SHOES!

With spring just a week away, we couldn’t be more excited to embrace this fabulous season! And we are even more excited about the beautiful trends in fashion that are hitting all the stores. But nothing is as exciting as spring SHOES!! It is finally time to pack away the snow boots and get ready for some of the hottest shoe trends we have seen in a long time! FRINGE, FLATS, SPORTY SANDALS, MULES & BLOCK HEELS are just a few of the amazing styles that are in store for shoes. As stylists, we always advise our clients to save a little extra for a fabulous spring shoe that will truly put a spring in your step. Because let’s face it there is a little Carrie Bradshaw in all of us! Here are some new shoes we have our eyes on…

Fringe Stuart Weitzman shoes

Gorgeous Gucci flats

Valentino block heel stunners!

Vince Mules

Ivy Kirzhner Sporty Sandals!

Milan Fashion Week and A Tribute To Moms!

So an early Mother’s Day present and tribute took place in Milan today.  Dolce & Gabbana presented their Fall 2015 collection for Fashion week, with mothers to new babies, toddlers and those expecting rocking the runway.  
Drawings by the children of Dolce employees were printed on to silk. Embroidered messages, appliqued red roses and pretty jewels were on full display. The collection was a true celebration of family! 
We too, have always felt that having a beautiful and stylish Mom taught us how to be stylish ourselves.  We remember going into our Mom’s closet as little girls and marveling over her trendy clothes, designer handbags and her beautiful jewelry.  She always took the time to do her hair perfectly and loved to wear high heels for all occasions. She taught us to be devoted moms while still taking the time to treat ourselves to new shoes, bright lipstick and the perfect pair of jeans. 
There is something so wonderful about being a modern, multi-tasking mom!  We can have a job, take care of a family, stay fit and healthy…all while looking fabulous!   

MERCEDES BENZ FASHION WEEK NYC/ FALL FASHION 2015

Photo by The Savvy Shooter.

It’s been a busy few weeks for us here at The Style Duo! And this past weekend was super busy and a ton of fun! That’s because we spent most our time at Lincoln Center for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Icy cold temps, and even some snow could not stop us from attending exciting shows like Mark & Estel, Mara Hoffman, and Carmen Marc Valvo.

It was worth every shiver and chill, because as soon as we stepped foot inside the theater and saw the HOT Fall 2015 fashions, we were blown away. Plaids, reds, and lots of fur ruled the runway. We loved the rock-n-roll vibe of the Mark & Estel show complete with a mini concert at the end by the designing duo. We were in awe of the beautiful and colorful creations on the Mara Hoffman models, and don’t even get us started on our absolute fave designer Carmen Marc Valvo’s show! With stadium seating for all his fashionista fans, male and female models stunned in rich and vibrant Fall attire.

But fabulous fashions aren’t only on the runways. They can be seen all over Lincoln Center. Designers, celebrities, stylists, models, editors, bloggers all come out in their Fashion Week best and it is so fun checking out all the amazing trends. Photographers snap away as you enter and exit. We even had our pic snapped a few times! It is all very exciting and even though the shows only last for a few minutes, it is an unforgettable experience.

Red and plaid creations captivated us at Carmen Marc Valvo!

Let’s hear it for the boys at Carmen Marc Valvo.

Fun celeb spotting. I spy with my little eye…Katie Couric at CMV.

The beautiful Mara Hoffman Runway.

Rock-n-roll runway at Mark & Estel.

Love the final loop that ends the show! CMV show.

THE SAG AWARDS 2015

We may have only appeared on screen for a second and a half but it earned us our SAG cards!! Thanks ARBYS! And the Thiel twins!

The Screen Actor’s Guild Awards has only been near and dear to our hearts…ever since we received our very own SAG cards in 1991 after appearing in an Arby’s commercial! So we look forward to this award show the most and this year not only were great actors honored but they hit the red carpet in glamorous Hollywood style! Plunging necklines, perfect purples, one shoulder numbers and lots of color took center stage. As actors we were truly proud but as stylists we were blown away! Here are our top 3 looks of the night.

Reese in Giorgio Armani

Jennifer Aniston in plunging Galliano

Camila Alves in Donna Karan

 

FALL/WINTER SALE AT CATHERINE MALANDRINO

Catherine Malandrino Fashion Event at their store in the meatpacking district. Summer 2014

Anyone who knows us well, knows that we love a really good sale. We get such a thrill finding a fabulous piece at a fabulous price. So, needless to say, we were super excited to hear about the incredible sale going on now at one of our favorite stores, Catherine Malandrino. Since we are huge fans of her designs and silhouettes, we are happy to spread the word to our fashionista friends. For a limited time only, Catherine Malandrino is running a 50-70% off sale on selected items. We got to take a peek at some of the merchandise and we can tell you first hand that this sale is NOT to be missed!

There are plenty of stunning pieces from the Fall/Winter 2014 collection marked down on the racks. This collection is a mix of demure pieces with a defiant attitude. Structured A-line quilted coats, loose organza skirts and geometric cut out dresses are just some of the incredible items you will find. This line is both romantic and bold and contrasting black and white are the key colors complemented by rich hues of pine, patina, and aurora.

Also with Spring right around the corner, it might be a really good idea to get a jumpstart on a warmer weather wardrobe. So much of Catherine Malandrino’s Spring/Summer 2014 line is marked down 70% that you will want to buy every single gorgeous creation. The Spring 2014 collection illustrates an elongated and airy silhouette where long pleated skirts, high waisted cotton pants, and loose tank maxis suggest a relaxed attitude of floating in the wind. Think yachting in St. Tropez.

For more info you can contact us here at The Style Duo or visit the Catherine Malandrino boutique on 652 Hudson Street, New York City. Happy SALE shopping!!!