Shop Stella & Dot

This past friday I invited my girlfriends and family over for appetizers, drinks and the opportunity to be personally styled by Jennifer Martzolf, from Stella & Dot! I can’t think of anyone who doesn’t love a good piece of jewelry more than myself, so hosting a trunk show was a no brainer.

I met Jennifer back in July while in attendance as a guest blogger at the #SassyCityChicks Chicago event. Jennifer was one of the vendors partaking in the shopping event, and was one of the first tables I stopped by to check out. I immediately fell in love with a few pieces while browsing and talking with Jennifer. I had only heard of Stella & Dot, but had no idea they were a jewelry line, let alone a very well known brand (Katy Perry, Nina Dobrev, Julliana Hough among many others have been photographed wearing the collection).

In preparation for my trunk show, Jennifer told me to make a wish-list for the items I wanted to order using my hostess rewards. Let me tell you, the list is quite long! One of the reasons I feel so attracted to this particular jewelry line over many others is the fact that Stella & Dot has a bit of a rocker edge to a majority of their pieces. Mixed metals are a huge trend this fall – whether you’re in need of stackable bracelets or prefer a statement necklace, you won’t be disappointed in what Stella & Dot has to offer you!

I have decided to leave my trunk show open until this Friday, September 20. I wanted to share my love and passion for this new jewelry line (which 8 out of 10 women have never heard of before) to spread the word. You can browse the Stella & Dot collection online and order 24/7 without having to attend or host a show. However, I would highly recommend inviting your girlfriends over for some wine, cheese and the opportunity to enjoy a private shopping event where everyone can try on these gorgeous pieces of jewelry in person.

My Stella & Dot Wish List
I am obsessing over the items on my wish list as I patiently wait for my trunk show close date. Some of the items I anticipate purchasing in addition to the hostess benefits include:
In addition to some amazing jewelry, Stella & Dot also has some kickass purses, wallets and scarves! My picks include:
If you would like to make a purchase as part of my trunk show, follow the link below (closing date is Friday, Septemeber 20): 
Stella & Dot’s New Fall Collection 
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#NYFW Day 5, 6, & 7: Best in Show

I’ve been a bit behind regarding the past few days at #NYFW, and now it’s time to get serious as the nine day event is coming to an end. Some of the most coveted designers have shown their collections in the past few days, including CArolina Herrera, Reem Acra, Tory Burch, J. Crew, Vera Wang, Diesel, Jenny Packham, Michael Kors, Nanette Lepore, Rachel Zoe, J. Mendel and Betsey Johnson. To offer you a look into every single designer showing at #NYFW during days five, six and seven would be one obnoxiously long post, I’ve decided to feature my top two favorite collections from the past three days. Here it goes:

Day 5 –

Carolina Herrera
If you aren’t aware of what contemporary femininity means, all you need to do is look at Carolina Herrera’s Spring ’14 collection. Herrera has dedicated her career as a designer towards making women feel confident, modern and above all else beautiful and her newest collection is no exception. Although I’d like to bring your attention to the entire collection, these are my favorite pieces from her line:

The color was initially what caught my eye regarding this berry-infused gown. Although I am still undecided about the buckle fixtures around the neck and waist, the color and fluidity of the gown juxtaposed with the geometric embellishments are stunning.

Carolina Herrera Spring 2014

Carolina Herrera Spring 2014

If I ever make it to Paris, this white jacket and dress is what I want to wear while strolling around the Parisian, cobblestone streets. Feminine, sophisticated yet clean and simple are design esthetics that define a timeless piece, which is exactly what this particular outfit is.

Carolina Herrera Spring 2-14

Carolina Herrera Spring 2014

This dress simply takes my breath away. From the emerald color to the asymmetrical overlays down to the T-strap heels, Herrera can do no wrong.

Carolina Herrera Spring 2014

Carolina Herrera Spring 2014

Additional looks that will take you back to Paris circa the 1940s include:

Reem Acra
I’m not sure if it was the red runway, big (i mean very big) hair or the bold patterns that I found to be really inspiring, however I do know that I am completely head-over-heels for Reem Acra’s Spring 2014 collection. If I had to put the collection in my own words, I would say it’s a combination of British punk meets Upper East side, bold yet sophisticated and a must-have for next year’s Spring wardrobe. My top picks from the collection:

Graphic black and white patterns may be tried and true, yet Acra’s antics of mixing prints in a monotone palette feel completely new. I love that the top and skirt mirror one another yet you can mix and match them with solid pieces for a completely different vibe.

Reem Acra Spring 2014

Reem Acra Spring 2014

Although many people would say that revisiting the 70s, 80s and 90s is something that should never, ever, ever be done, I have to disagree. This gold ensemble is a little bit disco, a little bit rock and roll and a whole lot of cool.

Reem Acra Spring 2014

Reem Acra Spring 2014

After purchasing a very citrusy orange dress from BCBG two summers ago, I have not been able to stop obsessing over this bright, cheerful color so it’s no surprise I was instantly attracted to this piece from Acra’s collection. Although I would never dare wear a neckline that deep, I love the slit in the skirt, sleeves and gold belt.

Reem Acra Spring 2014

Reem Acra Spring 2014

Other looks worth mentioning from Acra’s Spring ’14 line:

Day 6 –

Badgley Mischka
Badgley Mischka is commonly referred to as the darlings of the Hollywood set due to their glamourous yet wearable evening wear.  Though the designers Mark and James certainly have an eye for creating stunning gowns, it was actually the old-hollywood, 1940s day looks (their hats in particular) that made me look through the collection not once, not twice but three times over! It was extremely difficult to pick three outfits, I was able to narrow it down for you:

The opening look from Badgley Mischka was this trouser and matching crop top paired with a navy sweater and navy and white hat. If this isn’t old hollywood glamour, than I don’t know what is. I’d love to wear this outfit while walking the beaches of St. Tropez … wouldn’t you?

Badgley Mischka Spring 2014

Badgley Mischka Spring 2014

You’ll have to forgive me, but all three of my favorite ready-to-wear looks from Badgley Mischka include the color navy in some shape or form. I’ve come to love and appreciate a pair of silk shorts not only for their comfortable fit, but for the way they move and their versatility. These high-waited, mid-length navy shorts are simply gorgeous. Wear them with the top shown as the weather starts to warm up – mid summer, when temperatures really start to swelter, swap out the white blouse for the polk-a-dot crop top pictured above (same goes for the top and pants for early spring). How do you like that, I’ve given you the option of purchasing four pieces you can mix and match to make four different outfits – now that is definitely getting your money’s worth!

Badgley Mischka Spring 2014

Badgley Mischka Spring 2014

If this navy gown doesn’t sum up Badgley Mischka’s design esthetic and overall branding strategy, I don’t know what else will.

Badgley Mischka Spring 2014

Badgley Mischka Spring 2014

I am completely in love with the rest of these pieces from Badgley Mischka’s Spring 2014 line:

Jenny Packham
To dress yourself and know what works for your body type is one thing, but to understand and be able to design for other women is truly a gift. Designer Jenny Packham used classic silhouettes throughout her spring collection, such as A-line dresses and skirts and sheath gowns to enhance a woman’s figure. The pairing of bold jewel tones with pastel shades and beaded detailing make the collection feel fresh, rather than outdated.

Packham’s opening look included a high-neckline dress with a bow detail that is oh-so-lady-like. The sleeveless, flouncy dress feels extra special thanks to the textured material and ease of the gown as you walk (or twirl) in it.

Jenny Packham Spring 2014

Jenny Packham Spring 2014

Bows were a definite trend throughout Packham’s Spring collection. Although it takes a great deal of confidence to pull off the look, I have no complaints about the foo-foo details as the rest of this peach dress is so well tailored.

Jenny Packham Spring 2014

Jenny Packham Spring 2014

One of my favorite looks from Packham was this bold, lime green blouse and sky-blue skirt; This color combination just screams Spring and Summer, but I think what I love most is the rustic red belt – it’s definitely an unexpected finishing touch that I would have never thought of myself but it works.

Jenny Packham Spring 2014

Jenny Packham Spring 2014

Additional pieces I fell in love with are:

Day 7 – 

Rachel Zoe
As one of the most sought after stylists among the Hollywood elite, it’s no surprise that Rachel Zoe has taken to designing her own line of clothing, or that her designs are freaking awesome! Somehow, Zoe manages to channel her bohemian/rocker flair into the most structured pieces by introducing embellishments such as gold studs, leather and lace. The best pieces from Zoe’s Spring ’14 collection (in my opinion) range from chic sophistication to bad-ass rocker chick:

Black, on black on black is always a do, but knowing how to style a monotone look can be tricky, but is a no-brainer for Zoe. P.S. Love the sandals!

Rachel Zoe Spring 2014

Rachel Zoe Spring 2014

White trousers and a gold studded crop top are the perfect color combination for late Spring, early Summer 2014. I would definitely wear this outfit to an all-white party!

Rachel Zoe Spring 2014

Rachel Zoe Spring 2014

The effortless silhouette of this pastel blue sweater dress could be worn during the day as a beach coverup or for a night out on the town.

Rachel Zoe Spring 2014

Rachel Zoe Spring 2014

Additional looks to love from Zoe’s Spring ’14 collection include:

J. Mendel
If you’re not familiar with the story behind the house of Mendel, a quick synopsis would be that the designer is the fifth generation of the Mendel family to design for the atelier. Originally, Mendel designed for Russian aristocracy, then moved to France after the Russian Revolution. From there, Mendel made his way to NYC, where the designer has continued to be one of the leaders when it comes to American ready-to-wear fashion. A few pieces you’ll want to add to your Spring ’14 wardrobe are:

Bright colors and floral prints, like this sheath, long sleeve dress featuring a flirty hemline.

J. Mendel Spring 2014

J. Mendel Spring 2014

Separates in a single color, featuring lots of texture, such as this grey vest, blouse and printed shorts.

J. Mendel Spring 2014

J. Mendel Spring 2014

Black and white paired with an unexpected pop of color like this emerald, leaf-print dress.

J. Mendel Spring 2014

J. Mendel Spring 2014

Other pieces from J. Mendel’s Spring 2014 collection I am loving are:

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An Interview with Terri Davis Stafford, Owner of Costumier Vintage Runway Jewelry

Costumier Vintage Runway Jewelry; Photo: Jenna Salak

Costumier Vintage Runway Jewelry; Photo: Jenna Salak

Terri Davis Stafford, Chicago based entrepreneur and small business owner of Costumier Vintage Runway Jewelry, invited me to her condo in Ukrainian Village last week to dish about her life as a world traveler, coming back to her midwest roots and of course, starting her own vintage jewelry business! Before we dive into the nitty gritty, here’s a quick glance at Terri’s life thus far:

Front CameraWho: Terri Davis Stafford

Location: Chicago, IL

Occupation: Founder/Owner of Costumier Vintage Runway Jewelry; Personal Stylist/Consultant Carlisle

Previous Experiences: Advertising Executive (NYC), Interior Designer (United Kingdom)

Personal Style: 1960’s Modernist meets 1930’s Hollywood Regency

Background Information

Salak: Where did you grow up?

Stafford: I grew up in the midwest then moved to New York and I just returned from England, where I lived for the past 12 years.

Salak: Tell me a little bit about your background, where you went to school and what influenced you to get into the fashion industry.

Stafford: It’s interesting because I am not your typical person who’s traveled from Point A to Point B. I’m definitely of a creative mind so my journey has been a little more sporadic than most. I went to school and graduated from University Wisconsin Madison with a degree in Journalism and Psychology,  and an advertising emphasis. I have always been interested in why people do what they do, and it just seemed to fit with my passion for communications.

The two of those subject matters seemed to fit really well together and helped me find success as an advertising executive for 15 years. I met the love of my life in NYC and decided to quit my job cold-turkey and embark on an adventure, which ended up taking me overseas to England.

Salak: Did you continue to work in advertising overseas?

Stafford: In the process of quitting my job and living in England I worked as a brand consultant in Finland and Sweden. I also ended up going back to school to study interior design. From there I used my degree and creative mindset to help build home and restaurant interiors. I’ve always loved shapes, colors and textures as well as fashion from a personal standpoint so this career jump was  a natural progression for myself.

Costumier Vintage Runway Jewelry

Costumier Vintage Runway Jewelry

Costumier Vintage Runway Jewelry; Photo: Jenna Salak

Salak: Why did you return to the states?

Stafford: Essentially I needed a change from England –  I decided to come back to Chicago and start fresh here. After moving back, I was visiting with a good friend of mine. We were talking in her bedroom and I was admiring a few vintage pieces at the bottom of her bed and I just thought, “hmm I’ve never explored that,” so I started to visit vintage shops.

Salak: Would you say then that your friend’s vintage jewelry collection inspired you to start Costumier Vintage Runway Jewelry?

Stafford: My friend, who is a very well-known designer here in Chicago, had this Maltese Cross that I could not stop looking at and I said to her, “I can’t wear things like this, the piece wears me” and she said “of course you can!” It was a long, statement runway piece and it looked great on me. And she has such an eye so I trust her of course.

That necklace was what got me hunting in the beginning and from there it was the excitement that occurred around others. After I purchased a few items and began wearing the pieces around, people were literally coming up to me on the street wanting to buy the jewelry right off of me.

Salak: What drew you to vintage rather than modern pieces?

Stafford: To be honest, before I started wearing vintage I was not a jewelry person. I’m a visual person, and a woman who loves fashion, but I was never the type to wear a ring, a bracelet, a watch, a necklace and earrings. Now, I have come to appreciate a piece for its history and past rather than just trying to pile on piece after piece.

When most people think of vintage, they assume it’s old, dirty and damaged, so I really started focusing on collecting items that have been preserved really well. It’s true that there are a lot of pieces out there that have not been properly taken care of so I began to focus on pieces that looked new to me but were at least 20 years old. In fact the definition of vintage constitutes that a piece be between 20 and 99 years old. Anything that is 100 years+ is then considered to be antique. Anything that is a book piece, has a signature or is well known becomes increasingly valuable over time. Vintage jewelry is like a one-of-a-kind piece of art and the better the condition the more valuable it becomes.

I just more than anything love art history and what the influences were at the time a particular piece was made … What were women doing at the time, what was popular in fashion, what was happening in society, etc. These questions and pieces of vintage jewelry, to me, mean that every item has a soul.

Salak: What is the most rewarding aspect of selling one of your acquired pieces?

Stafford: The joy is to see someone walk away with one of my pieces knowing that they are just as happy as I was when I originally purchased it. It’s also fun to try and decipher a new client’s particular style; Most people will look at my table of things and realize that nothing really goes with one another. The fascinating part is that most jewelry buyers are attracted to a certain style esthetic and don’t even really realize it. I’ll work with a client and just let her look around – usually she is drawn to one or two specific items that end up coming from the same time period.

Salak: So you’re saying that your clients typically fall into a specific era or decade based on the pieces they buy?

Stafford: Yes, people are definitely drawn to a specific decade. You’ll look at someone and see how they dress and say “oh she’s a 50s girl” with her cardigan and pearls on then when she takes a look at what I have, she’ll end up picking the 50s pieces.

Salak: What era or decade then do you fall under?

Stafford: Me personally, I’m a 60s girl. I’ve bought a few pieces from that era that then inspired me to purchase a few patio dresses to go with my jewelry. There is just something about the 60s – the graphic patterns, beehive hairstyles and broader social aspects going on at that time, such as women entering the workforce, exploring their sexuality and really pushing the envelope.

Salak: Can you tell me a little bit more in depth of how your business is run?

Stafford: I host private parties out of my home four times a year. I will also host a party for someone else, provided they can gather at least 15 girlfriends together. I participate in trade shows and sell online. But it’s great to actually see how women interact with the jewelry.

Salak: What was the deciding factor that led you to deal with business from your home rather than opening a store?

Stafford: I just simply hate the idea of being constrained to a store. This gives me the flexibility to get around, meet more people. I was so used to having control over my schedule in England that this felt right for me.

Salak: Do you have any advice for young women who are looking to start their own business or work in the fashion industry?

Stafford: I’ve got advice for everybody! I would say, A) follow your heart and B) don’t limit yourself or feel like you’re wasting your time because you aren’t doing what you went to school for. Look at me, I am doing something completely different from what I initially invested my time and money into. That being said, you also have to be prepared to work hard.

I wake up every day and I am Facebooking and Tweeting to drum up new opportunities to show people what I am doing. Some days you’ll wake up and feel like “God I can’t do this anymore” then I’ll have a great show and watch the client walk away with a costumier bag and it all makes sense.

Salak: What is your favorite item you’ve ever come across?

Stafford: I always have favorites because the pieces rotate so quickly. I love Whiting and Davis – the designer patented this metal mesh technology and has been using it to make flapper bags since the 1920s and they are still around today.

I also love Kenneth Jay Lane’s Egyptian revival designs. Egyptian Revival began when Tutankhamun’s tomb was uncovered in 1922. When pieces were showcased during the World Fair during the 1930s, this esthetic became very popular. We then saw it resurge in the 60s after Elizabeth Taylor debuted as “Cleopatra.”

Kenneth Jay Lane, Vintage

Kenneth Jay Lane, Vintage; Photo: Jenna Salak

Take a look through the gallery for more vintage pieces available at Costumier Vintage Runway Jewelry below:

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For further details regarding any of the jewelry featured in this post, please contact Terri Davis Stafford, owner of Costumier Vintage Runway Jewelry via Facebook or by visiting www.costumiervintagejewelry.com

Working as a Consultant for Carlisle

Carlisle Collection

Carlisle Collection; Photo: Jenna Salak

Salak: In addition to running your own jewelry business, you also work as a consultant for a high end designer brand?

Stafford: Yes, a woman whom I sold a pair of earrings to at a market event approached me about Carlisle. At the time, I was looking for a second source of income and thought that it was a good fit because it’s a similar industry and would complement my jewelry business.

Salak: Can you elaborate a bit about the clothing line and why you decided to become a personal stylist for the brand?

Stafford: Well, I met with my client and ended up having a fitting session to see how the clothes looked and get more information about the business. At first glance, I was a bit iffy about the styles and prices but after slipping on one of the jackets I realized why these clothes are so fantastic – I mean that coat just fit me like a glove. These items are pieces that you are going to have for the rest of your life, a staple or statement piece and that’s what I love.

Salak: What other designers would you compare Carlisle to?

Stafford: Many people don’t necessarily know that the materials Carlisle uses are sourced from the same fabric houses that ChanelUngaro and Valentino are using as well.

Carlisle is very classic and sophisticated and Per Se tends to be slightly more casual, but both lines are very well tailored. Per Se tended to be where a lot of my taste was. The new Per Se White Label is a youthful interpretation of the line. And I love it!

Carlisle is a high-end fashion company that offers classically tailored collections of beautiful clothes and accessories by private appointment with consultants throughout the country. Terri will have the Carlisle, Per Se, and Per Se White Label available – All are a part of the Fall & Holiday 2013 Collections, which she will be showcasing at her upcoming trunk show at the Four Seasons in Chicago. Both Carlisle and Per Se are great for professional, working women not only because of the comfortable fit, but also because of the quality of the material. Please email Terri Stafford at terridavisstafford@yahoo.com to reserve your spot during the Trunk Show at the Four Seasons from Sep. 16-20. 

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#NYFW Day 4: Best in Show

There were quite a few big names that debuted their Spring ’14 collections today. From sportswear god, DKNY to lady-like ensembles by Lela Rose and the lovely #DVF, it seems as though each and every waking minute of next years attire is only getting better by the minute! Some of my favorite collections from day 4 included:

Vivienne Tam
Until reviewing today’s collections, I had never come across a piece by Vivienne Tam. Now that I know who she is, and what her designs are about, I can now call myself a true fan!The first look from Tam’s collection was a coral gown featuring a one-shoulder top … let me tell you that anything coral (or turquoise for that matter) will always be a winner in my book! The rest of her Spring ’14 collection included paintbrush prints, florals and crisp white fabrics that were both structured yet free flowing (yes that’s possible). My top three picks include:

This A-line geometric printed dress, which appears to also mimic that of a paintbrush design. Whether you take a mathematical or artistic approach, the ready-to-wear dress is a winner. P.S. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love a dress with pockets!

Vivienne Tam Spring 2014

Vivienne Tam Spring 2014

Remember how I mentioned Tam knows a thing or two about juxtaposing structure and fluidity, well this white crop top blouse and skirt are what I was referring to … the outfit says it all, plus the black and white floral print is an added bonus.

Vivienne Tam Spring 2014

Vivienne Tam Spring 2014

My third pick from Tam is this cool toned short-sleeve dress. I’m seeing a pattern over these last few posts as I continue to admire the way the designers are styling dresses with a collared shirt underneath with bold florals- I guess I’ll be adding both to my wardrobe next year!

Vivienne Tam Spring 2014

Vivienne Tam Spring 2014

Additional looks to love from Tam include:

Tracy Reese
I’ve heard of Reese designs before, but have never really taken the time to investigate the designer until today. I have to say that I was quite smitten with the Spring collection due to the designer’s ability to go back and forth between uber feminine looks and androgynous styling. Reese’s best in show designs (in my opinion) are:

This black and white mixed print ensemble. I’ve stated before that I am afraid of mixing different styled prints, however, the two-tone look seems to flow nicely from head (cue the top hat) to toe. Is it just me, or does this outfit have a circus ringleader vibe to it?

Tracey Reese Spring 2014

Tracy Reese Spring 2014

My second favorite ready-to-wear ensemble was this white poppy floral dress. I’m a sucker for V-necks (since I feel it helps enhance what little I have to work with up top) so this dress would work really well on my body type. The muted mauve undertone and sporadic pop of green are a definite do for Spring awakening.

Tracey Reese Spring 2014

Tracy Reese Spring 2014

Forgive me for including yet another outfit that was styled with a top hat, but I just couldn’t help myself! I really haven’t posted too many looks that included pants from #NYFW Spring 2014. All hats aside, I thought the details of the mesh paneled sweater and eyelet pants were quite interesting.

Tracey Reese Spring 2014

Tracy Reese Spring 2014

Other outfits from Reese’s ready-to-wear Spring ’14 collection include:

Lela Rose
I think the Spring ’14 collection from Lela Rose is the first thus far to incorporate pastels into the mix. This spring, shades of mint, pink and lavender were a huge hit and it looks like next spring we will be seeing a lot more soft shades as well, including shades of blue, grey and orange. My top three picks from Rose are:

This high-low sleeveless blouse and abstract print skirt – who knew you could do blue and orange without looking like a Chicago Bears sports fan?

Lela Rose Spring 2014

Lela Rose Spring 2014

This nude coat dress featuring a black belt and large lace floral appliques.

Lela Rose Spring 2014

Lela Rose Spring 2014

This geometric top and skrit really caught my eye while looking through the collection. I think the cut, pattern and style is very refreshing and unique, which is probably why I can’t stop thinking about it – who doesn’t love a good two piece outfit you can wear together or as separates!

Lela Rose Spring 2014

Lela Rose Spring 2014

More looks to love from Lela Rose include:

Diane Von Furstenberg
The initials DVF can make any woman giddy with delight, and Diane Von Furstenberg’s Spring ’14 collection is no exception! It’s plain and simple, this woman knows how to design, dress and style other women to give them exactly what they want i.e. a great outfit, timeless silhouettes and figure flattering attire that not only looks good on, but highlights a woman’s best assets. Splurge worthy items from DVF are:

This metallic gold and black dress. Wear it to dinner, a wedding then bring it out once more for New Years Eve (paired with black tights and booties). Now that I’ve given you three scenarios in which you can wear this dress, you should definitely add it to your closet come Spring – P.S. Naomi Campbell looks fierce!

DVF Spring 2014

DVF Spring 2014

A crop top and A-line skirt in a muted palette sounds kind of boring, but textured material and some killer sandals make the entire outfit a show stopper.

DVF Spring 2014

DVF Spring 2014

White on white is always a do, especially come Spring and Summer. Show off your sexy shoulders and decolletage with a deep-v neckline that draws the eye to your waist. Tie your belt for an effortless effect and finish the look with white trousers and multicolored sandals for an all white party look on the yacht (or in the Hamptons).

DVF Spring 2014

DVF Spring 2014

In addition to these standout pieces from DVF, I would also suggest purchasing these stellar outfits from her Spring ’14 collection as well:

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#NYFW Day 3: Best in Show

Fashion never sleeps, and neither can I! The third day at #NYFW included black and white prints with leather details, bright kaleidoscope prints and warm shades of pink and orange. Some of the best in show from day three are:

Herve Leger
Max Azria’s sister collection, Herve Leger, was made famous thanks to the designer’s standout bandage dresses. Although there were only a few body con dresses in sight for the Spring 2014 collection, there was plenty of knockout looks, such as:

This black and white tank featuring a mirrored print and high-low hemline. It’s hard to tell from the photo if this is in fact a dress, or long top and shorts…either way I’d love to have it in my closet.

Herve Leger Spring 2014

Herve Leger Spring 2014

This cream bandage dress featuring cutout panels and a leather cutout corset.

Herve Leger Spring 2014

Herve Leger Spring 2014

This black, long sleeve crop top and matching skirt. I think this would be the perfect outfit to wear once the weather starts to warm up – add a long cream coat over to stay warm while the rest of the earth continues to defrost.

Herve Leger Spring 2014

Herve Leger Spring 2014

Take a look at a few more outfits from Herve Leger’s Spring 2014 collection:

 

Mara Hoffman
It had to happen – Up until now, I’ve been loving the first look from every designer but I have to say I was not smitten with Hoffman’s first look. However, I am completely in love with the majority of her Spring 2014 ready-to-wear looks. From colorful stitching details, bright bold patterns and pieces you can mix and match, these are my top three picks:

What could be more easy breezy than a white flowy dress for Spring and Summer … the answer is nothing! The bright colors on the top of the gown, plus the unusual placement and movement of the skirt make really caught my eye, which is why it’s my No. 1 pick from Hoffman!

Mara Hoffman Spring 2014

Mara Hoffman Spring 2014

Cobalt blue and crisp white always make me think of the homes in Greece – This white vest and bright blue pants would look spectacular while wandering the Greek Islands, or walking the streets of Manhattan. The wrap belt adds an unexpectedness to the overall look.

Mara Hoffman Spring 2014

Mara Hoffman Spring 2014

I adore this colorful printed dress. From the Navajo/kaleidoscope print to the color combination and length of the gown, you simply can’t go wrong with this look for Spring 2014.

Mara Hoffman Spring 2014

Mara Hoffman Spring 2014

Additional looks to love from Hoffman include:

 

Monique Lhuillier
I have to say that Lhuillier’s collection was the most “girly” from day three at #NYFW. The cut of her dresses, beaded and applique details and punchy hues are very inspiring and are the perfect way to brighten up your wardrobe next spring. My top picks are:

This pink gown, featuring lace sleeves and what appears to be a cape overlay. I’ve never seen this type of sihlouette before, which is why the dress stood out from the rest of her outfits and instantly became my No. 1 pick.

Monique Lhuillier Spring 2014

Monique Lhuillier Spring 2014

This floral ensemble featuring pink, orange and coral flower appliques. The see-through overlay at the neckline and length of the gown + those orange heels = the perfect outfit for a spring wedding.

Monique Lhuillier Spring 2014

Monique Lhuillier Spring 2014

I’m thinking this long sleeve sparkly number will be a big hit for brides-to-be come Spring 2014! Wear it to your bridal shower with a pair of metallic flats or out on the town for your bachelorette party with a pair of stiletto sandals, or both!

Monique Lhuillier Spring 2014

Monique Lhuillier Spring 2014

Additional pieces from Lhuillier’s Spring ’14 collection include:

Stay tuned for #NYFW Day 4 tomorrow and don’t forget you can watch the collections come down the runway live from #NYFW here!

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