SPRING’S NEW NEUTRALS

 

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AT THE OFFICE

Start your week off right and carry the soft neutral trend to the office with you in style. Start with a neutral colored knit pencil skirt from St. John’s Collection paired with Hale Bob’s sleeveless draped satin blouse or  ivory long sleeve silk blouse and classic Christian Louboutin pumps, designed to accentuate and elongate the leg line. Or if you are feeling daring, go with a white embroidered mini skirt from Hale Bob. Keep up with Spring’s fluctuating weather patterns and top your look with an ivory Bolero jacket from Hale Bob on chillier days. Accessorize in style with a Tory Burch black satchel bag and matching cat eye sunglasses from designer Tom Ford. You are sure to catch your co-workers’ attention in the office this Spring.

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ERRAND DAY

Your romantic side can shine through even on “run of the mill” casual errand days.  Air dry your hair, tousle, and lightly spritz with a touch of Bumble & Bumble’s surf foam spray for a “no nonsense,” easygoing style. Next, grab a pair of stretchy, comfortable taupe ultra suede pants from Hale Bob topped with Rag & Bone’s ivory sweatshirt and chic leopard print ballerina flats from Salvatore Ferragamo. Strap on your blush pink cross body bag, swipe on a drop of all natural lip balm from Grown Alchemist, and you are ready to step out on the streets in style.

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LUNCH WITH THE GIRLS

Why not be trendy yet comfy in soft muted pastels on your next lunch out? Start with Spring’s trendy distressed look, updated for 2016 on the skinny leg silhouette. We like True Religion’s stretch white skinny jeans topped with Chloe’s luscious vintage Victorian pink chiffon blouse, trending on the runways through Fall 2016. For chillier days, accessorize with a soft beige shawl coat from Harris Wharf London, or BCBG’s lace trench for a more structured style. Top off your look with Kate Spade’s sweet pink bucket bag and matching lace up sandals from Steve Madden. You’re sure to get the girls gossiping this year with your “easy breezy” beautiful Spring style.

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DATE NIGHT

Surprise him with a little romance as you include the soft colors of Spring into your nighttime activities. From Gucci to Caroline Herrera, get in on this Season’s pretty pleated skirt trend seen on this year’s runways. Get the above look with Tibi’s strappy pleated swing dress or go with Tahari’s fit and flare dress for a more classic silhouette. If you’re a “girly” gal, Hale Bob’s sweet sleeveless pleated tank dress will suit you to a “T” paired with your favorite strappy heels or gladiators. And finally, for the inner Hollywood “diva,” make a grand entrance in the luscious floor length ivory empire dress NEW from Liberty Garden. Simple, classic, Boho, or dramatic, there’s a perfect pleated dress style just waiting for you.

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BEACH DAY

With lace and “Boho chic” all the rage, now is the time to add a few of Spring’s “essentials” to your wardrobe collection. Perfect for the beach topped over your favorite swimsuit or paired over your “go to” tee and shorts outfit, be sure to add this Season’s favorite lovely lace Kimono jacket. Light enough to prevent bulk yet thick enough to provide a little warmth from Spring’s fluctuating temperatures, Liberty Garden’s ivory lace Kimono is the perfect jacket option for you this Season. Another favorite Spring jacket option is the “Boho chic” poncho. Slip on Liberty Garden’s black or ivory laced fringed poncho over your favorite poolside attire, or pair over Citizen’s of Humanity’s ivory shorts, Hale Bob’s white lace tank , and Free People’s tall gladiators for the quintessential “festival girl” style. Or, complete your day of fun in sun with Liberty Garden’s long sleeve lace tunic on chilly Spring days or off the shoulder lace tunic from South Beach swimsuits during summer’s heat wave. Kimono, poncho, or tunic, there’s a lovely lacy cover up option to suit your Spring style.

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GARDEN PARTY

Unsure of what to wear to your next garden party or Spring wedding? You can’t go wrong in a creamy ivory or peachy pink lace dress, suitable for any occasion casual to dressy. We like Hale Bob’s ivory lace pencil dress with this year’s off the shoulder trending silhouette style. Go with the long sleeve two-toned dress or white lace strapless maxi paired with Topshop’s lace up blush pink wedges for little “Boho chic” flare. If classic is more your style, grab Hale Bob’s ivory floral A line dress accessorized with Badgley Mischka’s floral embellished open toes pumps and matching leather clutch from Tory Burch. Classic or Boho, mini or maxi, you’ll look lovely in lace this year.

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NEUTRAL NAIL COLOR

This Season is all about “do it yourself” beauty and what better way to usher in Spring’s neutral colors than with an at home manicure makeover. Our favorite is the Red Carpet Pro manicure starter set, featuring your own LED lights, nourishing cuticle cream, prep nail sanitizer, base coat and top coat enhancers, plus nail polish remover and application purifying cleanser. Grab Salon quality nail polish in soft peach cream and in minutes you can enjoy weeks worth of nail beauty. Invite the girls over, brew some detox tea, and relax for an afternoon of nourishment, fun, and style from the comfort of your own home.

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NEUTRAL MAKE UP

Don’t just stop at nail beauty. Continue Spring’s neutral color scheme trend into your daily make up routine this Season. Start with Urban Decay’s weightless ultra definition foundation, add a blushing cheek stain from Tarte,  a swipe of bareMinerals’ natural volumizing mascara, and finish up with MAC’s soft sheer nude lipstick inspired by designer Zac Posen. To compliment this year’s carefree, “unfussy” style, treat your tresses to a little extra loving care with natural remedies for damage control. Two of our favorite “hair masks” can be found conveniently right in your kitchen. First is the Avocado and Peppermint hair mask, made by mixing one avocado, a tablespoon each of olive oil and honey, and sprinkled lightly with peppermint tea to stimulate your scalp and offer intense refreshment to your locks. Our second favorite, used to treat damaged follicles, is the Milk and Honey hair mask, made from one cup of whole milk and a teaspoon of honey. Let hair soak in the mixture for 15 minutes, and then rinse and shampoo. You’re sure to turn heads your way with your natural glow this Spring.

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Get in touch with your romantic side and look for Spring’s softer neutral pastels in pinks, peaches, blues, and beiges. Coupled with silky lace, ruffles, and pleats, this Season is all about embracing the feminine ideal and enhancing the womanly figure. Take our fashion ideas and adapt them to fit your perfect style and unique personality. Be you, be fabulous, and always be feminine.

 

 

TRENDING SPRING PRINTS AND STYLES YOU’LL WEAR ALL SEASON

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With the clocks moving forward this weekend, Spring has finally sprung. With longer days and warmer nights, it’s time to start filling our closets with the Season’s favorite patterns, silhouettes, and styles. From off the shoulder, to slouchy pants, to groovy tie dye, designers this year focused on a laid back approach to beauty. Take a look at our top favorite looks on the runways and we’ll show you how you can incorporate the trends now and later into your wardrobe.

OFF THE SHOULDER BLOUSE

From Rebecca Minkoff to Stella McCartney to Michael Kors, the “cold shoulder” is one of the top trends to revive on the runways this Season. We love the flowy “Boho” casual yet put together off the shoulder silhouette. This Season, look for blouses, dresses, crop tops, and even vests with the cut out style. Ease into Spring with Hale Bob’s long sleeve floral silk blouse combined with your favorite skinny jeans or leggings. Go classic by accessorizing with wedge sandals or ankle booties and a reversible oversized tote from Urban Outfitters. Or go “Boho” chic with a floppy straw hat from Free People, a suede trimmed lace kimono from Liberty Garden, and fringe booties from JSlides . As the weather warms, try a black Chevron knit dress with trending gladiator sandals from Sam Edelman or take your bright pink tribal print blouse to the beach paired with your favorite swimsuit. Classic or Boho. Cool or warm. Curvy or boy shaped. The off the shoulder look fits every style, every climate, and every shape this Spring.

STATEMENT SLEEVES

Seen at the Milly Spring 2016 Spring runway shows, another blouse shape we love is the statement sleeve. From bell shaped, to flare, to flounce, add a little glamour to your style this Season. Wow them at work in Hale Bob’s black embroidered lace blouse paired with printed crepe de chine wide leg pants and sturdy black pumps from Charles David for all day wear. Or, go trendy with this year’s “Boho” chic craze and combine your top with Citizen’s of Humanity’s cropped rolled skinny jeans, suede booties from Vince Camuto, and a fringe crossbody from White House Black Market . Dazzle and delight on your next evening out with Hale Bob’s beaded cuff silk blouse accessorized with Current/Elliot’s sleek black leather leggings, bright pink clutch and embellished pumps from Betsey Johnson. A few of our other favorite looks we love are Hale Bob’s cherry red silk double georgette long sleeve dress and shimmy the night away in a black jeweled silk tunic cocktail dress. Make a statement without saying a word this Season in your own flouncy sleeved outfit.

TIE DYE PRINT

Get groovy! A throwback to 70’s fashion continues for Spring 2016. With designers like AltuzarraRachel Comey, and Raquel Allegra showing tie dye prints on everything from blouses to pants to cocktail dresses, 2016 is the time to tap into your inner “hippie” and vibe with the times. Go full on “Boho” in Hale Bob’s luscious mint green tie dye maxi dress paired with all the essential accessories: floppy hat, gladiator sandals, fringe bag, and crochet shawl. Or, choose the blue jersey knit maxi skirt topped with a comfy basic white tee and Urban Outfitters’ flat sandals for warm weather and Lucky Brand’s leather ankle booties for chiller days. You can also take this look to the office with Hale Bob’s quartz rose and serenity blue tie dye shirt dress, Pantone’s colors of the year. Simply switch out your conservative work heels for Loeffler Randall’s NEW ankle strap sandals and you are ready to hit the nightlife in style. From the workplace to the playground, you are sure to keep it groovin’ in the 70’s favorite print pattern.

SUBTLE FLORALS

We know, we know….”florals for Spring, groundbreaking.” But unlike last Spring’s bold flower pattern, designers this year are bringing a softer, more muted floral touch. Look for smaller shapes, delicate designs, and “watercolor” imaging. We like Hale Bob’s faux wrap sheath dress in soft pastels paired with Michael Kors’ “flex” pumps for the office and Lauren Lorraine’s embellished T-strap sandals for after work fun. We also like Hale Bob’s blush pink shift dress with a subtle floral pattern, perfect for any Springtime occasion. Looking for something a little more casual? Go with the floral pattern black cami paired with a matching ivory lace skort from Liberty Garden, comfy sneakers from NEW designer Ellen DeGeneres, and a straw hat from Eugenia Kim. Lastly, one of our favorites to suit any style, occasion, or figure, is Hale Bob’s flowy silk chiffon long sleeve blouse. Combine your delicate top with anything from ultra suede leggings to a white embroidered mini skirt to cropped boyfriend jeans from Citizen’s of Humanity. Get in touch with your feminine side this Spring, and add a hint of floral to your closet.

RUFFLES

Another favorite “feminine” style to walk down the runways this Season are ruffles everywhere. From Alexander McQueen’s delicate lace maxi skirts, to Balmain’s chiffon tops, to Giambattista’s retro dresses designers this year are re-inventing an age old style from decades ago. Spread a little romance this Spring, and shop Hale Bob’s flouncy ruffled floral sun dress paired with T-strap flat sandals from Diane von Furstenberg for everyday and the leather cage heels from Schutz for hot summer nights. Or put a little salsa in your step in Hale Bob’s black silk ruffled sleeveless mid length dress. If the climate is still a bit chilly, you can warm up by combining your dress with a cozy ivory fur jacket from Hale Bob and closed toed pumps from Kendall+Kylie. Ruffles aren’t just reserved for dresses. Slip into Hale Bob’s cool blue frilly washed silk top or the ruffled textured lace blouse accessorized with this Season’s trendy wide leg pants from AC Collection or black cotton eyelet shorts when the weather warms.

SLOUCHY PANTS

We finish with our favorite pants silhouette for Spring- the slouchy trousers. With designers taking a more casual and “no fuss” approach to Spring 2016 fashion, the slouchy pant is a perfect choice to keep you stylin’ all Season long. For casual days around the house or the perfect “athleisure” look, pair Liberty Garden’s grey embroidered terry lounge pants with Liberty Garden’s ivory swing back tee or grey draping sweatshirt on chillier Spring days. For the office or dressier occasions, switch to Hale Bob’s taupe or black satin cropped pants topped with a black laser cut cami, ivory pleated swing tank, or add a splash of color in a pink printed halter top. Accessorize your look with a taupe “military” jacket or black Bolero coat on cooler Spring days and nights. Wherever you choose to wear your slouchy pants, you will always appear casual, cool, confident, and completely in style.

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From floral to tie dye, statement sleeves to ruffles, there’s a Spring trend waiting for you to try today. Even if the weather turns chilly, you can always layer your favorite sweater or jacket over your chosen outfit. So what are you waiting for? Start wearing your favorite look now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEHIND-THE-SCENES AT A RUNWAY FASHION SHOW

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Have you ever wondered what it takes to produce a runway fashion show? This week Posh at Play goes behind-the-scenes at two of the biggest fashion events for L.A. Fashion Week. You will see what happens behind the curtain at FIDM’s Debut Runway Show, L.A.’s Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. Then we’ll meet model Ella Garcia and take a peek at the new collections from Hale Bob, Sue Wong, Nicole Miller and several other designers at the exclusive Project Ethos Fashion Event.

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THE DESIGNERS

All fashion shows begin in the designer’s creative mind. Most designers start with a theme, certain pattern or favorite color and build upon that idea. Designers spend hours sketching their clothing designs out on paper  and then begin to gather favorite fabrics and accessory materials. Together with their creative team, designers begin to bring their drawings to life. After countless hours, a designer’s “collection” is complete.

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At this year’s FIDM Debut Runway show in L.A., designer Daniel Henson was inspired from his trip to Africa and used actual photographs he took with his camera as patterns for his clothing collection.

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Designer Samantha Sneed combined two favorite looks, Equestrian and Americana, to create a unique menswear for women collection.

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THE COLLECTION

After a “collection” is complete, models are fitted with the clothing pieces that the designer chooses to highlight in the show. Adjustments are made, and the designer’s creative ideas are now ready to be displayed for the audience and fashion critics from around the world. It’s an exciting moment to see the designer’s concept brought to life on each of the models.

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REHEARSAL

A few days before the show, there is a rehearsal or “run through” with the models, designers, and entertainers. Fashion shows usually take place in a huge warehouse which is decorated with risers for the general audience, VIP seating for honored guests, a long runway, a backstage for the models and entertainers, and top of the art sound and lighting equipment. For FIDM, the set up and rehearsals required 7-8 hours spread over 4 days prior to the show. Though everyone is exhausted, there is also an exciting momentum building for the day of the show.

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MAKE UP AND HAIR

After thousands of hours of work, the show day arrives. For the FIDM Debut, the crew and makeup and hair teams arrive in the morning for last minute set up. The models and designers begin to arrive mid-afternoon to prepare for the evening show. Entertainers also arrive to get their hair and makeup done to suit the designer’s style. FIDM used hairstylists from Paul Mitchell and makeup artists from Napoleon to design the models looks.

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ENTERTAINMENT

Each Fashion Show usually starts with a celebrity entertainer or a musical presentation. At the FIDM Debut, entertainers danced to a collection of Hollywood Musicals from “Mame” to “Hello Dolly” to “Sister Act.” Throughout the Show,  upbeat pop music plays as the models walk the runway in order to enhance the designer’s clothing and create an exciting atmosphere.

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THE RUNWAY

The fashion show begins as each designer’s collection is presented by the runway models. The designer only chooses select pieces that represent the desired theme.

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A sea of photographers set up their cameras at the end of the runway to capture each of one of the designer’s styles. The photos are then sent to fashion magazines and publications around the world.

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So what is it like being a runway model? At L.A.’s Fashion Week, we caught up with rising runway model Ella Garcia. Ella is 17 years old and already in high demand with L.A. designers. She modeled for more designers than any other model in her agency, and though still young, she is poised and ready to hit the big time. She plans to move to New York City in the summer and hopefully, be picked up by a top modeling agency. Her dream is to become an international high fashion runway model for the top designers in the world today. Let’s take a look at some of our favorite styles Ella modeled for L.A. Fashion Week.

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HALE BOB

Creative director Daniel Bohbot’s latest Collection for Hale Bob mixed Boho fringe and flair with bright florals. A stand out for us was this beautiful pink and purple floral and geometric patterned maxi dress complete with fringe belt and booties. Get a similar look with Hale Bob’s pink crocheted silk maxi dress paired with black lace up booties from ZiGi or accessorize with flat leather sandals from Tory Burch for warmer Spring days.

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SUE WONG

Emerald green was a favorite on the runways at L.A. Fashion Week this year, from dresses, to pants, to tops. We loved this sweeping emerald green dress from fashion designer Sue Wong. Incorporate this bright color into your wardrobe this Season with Hale Bob’s ultra suede emerald green skinny pants. Pair with a blousy printed top and strappy leather sandals from Free People for a chic but casual street style look for Spring.

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NICOLE MILLER

Drawing on inspiration from modern architecture and contemporary artists, Nicole Miller’s Collection combines her art training, French heritage, and couture technique. We loved her easy-to-wear bright, modern patterns in her newest Collection. Get a similar look with Hale Bob’s printed scarf shorts paired with a crisp white cropped button down from J Crew. Accessorize the look with Loeffler Randall gladiator sandals, a big trend on the L.A. Runway this Season.

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LIBERTY GARDEN

Another Collection from the creative designs of Daniel Bohbot, Liberty Garden embraces the carefree “Boho” style paired with modern “edgy” glam. One of our favorite looks from Liberty Garden was this chic black leather dress paired with the suede fringe jacket, perfect for any Season. Get a similar look with Waverly Grey’s black faux leather sleeveless dress and suede fringe jacket from Missguided. Pair with black leather booties and you are ready to rock the streets in style.

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ZHANG JINGJING

With experience working for years as a fashion magazine art director, Zhang Jingjing has recently established her own Collection. We loved the designer’s feminine romantic creations with pretty pastels and sweeping gowns. Be sure to include blush pink in your wardrobe this year, trending for 2015. Try a flowy blush pink floral maxi dress from Eliza J paired with strappy blush pink Betsey Johnson heels perfect for Spring. We also love the new Nine West blush blazer for the office or accessorize with a blush pink handbag from Coach.

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Fashion Shows are an exciting world all their own. Countless hours and thousands of dollars go into producing each event to bring the world the latest in fashion design. Designers present their newest creations bringing recognition to their art, models hope to be discovered for their next modeling gig, magazine editors report on the latest trends on the runway, dancers and singers entertain, and the audience is swept away for a night of art, fashion, and culture. Be inspired by this year’s latest trends from L.A. Fashion Week and create a unique look all your own.