Fall Fashion Trends: “Fur”ever Young

Fur fashion trends for Fall 2013

I love fur. Don’t hate me, but I can’t deny myself the indulgence of a decadent pelt. And I’m not bias. Real or high quality faux, I am here for it all. Continue reading

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Fall Fashion Trends: Emerald City

Fall 2013 Trend Forecast: Emerald

Another week, another fun fall trend to try!!! Anti-trendy me is daring to navigate the realms of the Northeast my way as I suggest you do as well. The leaves will be changing soon enough, so let’s hop to the next trend forecast!

If you weren’t loving Grunge, may a touch green glam will make you salivate. Continue reading

Top Fall Fashion Fashion Trends: Go Grunge

Fall 2013 Fashion Trend Is Grunge

I’ve been told that August is the Sunday of Summer. Much like Sundays, August is the time we enjoy those last glimpses of warm R&R while preparing ourselves for the wear and tear of the impending future. Soon enough, we’ll be saying au revoir to our go-to shorts and hello to sweaters and heavy boots. But as every fashionable lady knows, planning is half of the battle!!! Continue reading

Runway To Real World: Oscar de la Renta Resort 2014

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Sometimes, the most rebellious outfits are the ones that are rebel-less. Where daring and badass was once taboo, conservative chic has become less typical and far and few between. Being a style maven can be found in ladylike looks when looking like a badass is overplayed.

Oscar de la Renta’s Resort 2014 “resorts” to his classic taste as the collection is an amalgamation of chic, dainty and feminine pieces that transport you back into the ’50s and ’60s.

From day to night, the looks certainly recall the days of Rock Hudson and Doris Day movies, with plaid and checkered prints of every persuasion.

Swing coats, skirt suits and tweed two piece ensembles are taken to haute couture heights with lace, or accented by florals as they bloom from the roots of its wearer. Straight leg pants and A-line forms give me Cyd Charisse life.

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Old Hollywood glamour continue for evening. Skewing overt sexiness, cocktail dresses behave like Venetian blinds via lace and tulle, giving you just a hint of fashionable voyeurism for those of Rear Window peepers.

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What’s a charity ball without a showstopping gown? When it comes to de la Renta, the minute details are the main attraction. And playing with your imagination through these details is what makes the fashion brand iconic. In mind? Flowers on the other side of the white picket fence.

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My personal favorites are this debossed blush crop jacket with a-line skirt, and Watteau backed gown that both speak to the Carrie in me. (Is Oscar borrowing from his 2004 collection for 2014 Resort? We remember sir, we remember) Admittedly unsure if it’s one piece or two, I am dying over the colorblocked gown design in Sulfur and Cerulean Blue. How darling is this floral embroidered belted number?

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Doesn’t this fit perfectly into this collection?

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Let’s see if we can recreate some of these looks, yes?

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Be Extraordinary- Alyssa Peacock
Photos Courtesy of Style.com

New Video: First Look At S. Princess Warren’s Spring 2013 Collection

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S. Princess Warren is staking her claim in the fashion game with her Spring 2013 Collection. Detailed in the segment is Warren’s introduction to the world on Tommy Hilfiger’s reality competition, “The Cut.” After becoming a fan favorite and working tirelessly under the tutelage of some of the most well known fashion brands, Princess is breaking out on her own.

Her second collection is a manifestation of so many trendy looks for Spring, from Stripes to Florals to Bright Neon Colors, that it’s simply impossible to not find something you like.

Please refer to page one of your menus as she serves ruffle imposed maxi skirts, two tone stylings, cutouts, palazzo pants, metallic mini dresses, crop tops, sweet baby Jesus, too much fabulous for this one writer.

See the visuals for purchasing details.

Be Extraordinary- Alyssa Peacock

Runway To Real World: Spring 2013 Trend- Shine Bright Like A Light Bulb

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I have serious opposition with this trend. Unlike my fellow New Jerseyans and New Yorkers, I believe in color year round, and will rebel against the laws of style. I rock a mean case of all black eeerrrrthing in 90 degrees and do a pancake flip with cerulean blues, hot pink and yellow in January. Setting aside a group of colors because of climate is so silly to me.

However, it’s pretty impossible to disregard the sudden sprout of color seen sprinkling the concrete jungle when the climate permanently sticks to above 70 degrees. Sheesh Mother Nature, who pissed you off? Tell me and I’ll make it my life’s mission to seek revenge. Just please, no more 50 degree days. Bi-polar weather is not hot ever.

Anyhoot, I love florescent tones for the Spring. They smack the tradition of Spring colors across the face just to turn around and soothe the sting.

By far, my favorite inclusion of highlighter neons are when they’re balanced by neutral colors like white, black and gray. Rag and Bone’s splattering of highlighter green is the perfect touch to an otherwise all white outfit.

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Have fun with color. Take a bright color and add another bright color and possibly another for a show stopping ensemble for the masses. Take notes kiddies in these Oscar de la Renta and Diane von Furstenberg runway looks.

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Or raise the stakes like Derek Lam in a monotone style uplifted by brightly colored accents.

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Peacock Rule Of Thumb: When socking ordinary in the face with neon pairings, it’s best to keep in mind the silhouette. It is visually disrespectful to have crazy shapes adhered to flashy hues. Please, don’t do it to yourself. Let the color speak for itself with classic forms like a sheath, shift or billowy pant (with a fitted top of course). Likewise when it comes to your makeup. Try not to go the matchy route with an eyeshadow or lip identical to your neon preference. Makeup should be fresh, clean and ere on the side of minimalism. Sometimes honey, less is more.

Alas we have reached the end of  Spring “Runway to Real World”, but don’t fret. There’s a lot more R2R in store!!!

Shine Bright Like A Light Bulb

Be Extraordinary- Alyssa Peacock

Runway To Real World: Spring 2013 Trend “Stripe” Me Down

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If you’re looking for a spin on patriotism, ditch the stars and go head first into stripes!!! Vertical, diagonal, horizontal, zigzag, the possibilities are endless.

If stripes put the fear of God in your heart, complement with a solid counter piece. But, if you are an extremist, go for audacious and add an eastern pattern for contrasting appeal to the bars garment of your choosing.

If you find yourself with the unfortunate pleasure of being an attendee at a Spring or Summer wedding, bet on a striped gown like Oscar de la Renta and Etro.

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Mixed stripe prints? Yes, please. Take a page from the book of Michael Kors.

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Checkers and stripes? Why not? The unification of the two typically opposing designs is a chic way of adding dimension. Keep these geometric prints the same size for optimum symmetry and minimal bulk. If not careful, varying prints can be visually overbearing. Follow Marc Jacobs and Balmain’s lead.

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Peacock Rule Of Thumb: Stripes follow the same rules as all of the other prints and trends previously mentioned. Cut, shape, tailoring. The most important note about stripes is stripe placement. If you are busty, horizontal stripes are not your friend. Likewise, if you have a little junk in the trunk, avoid horizontals like your life depends on it. Horizontal stripes will create the illusion of wideness. Leave the left to right direction to those with a smaller chest or derriere. Verticals are friendly for everyone. They make you look longer and leaner. Plus they downplay your bootylicious or vast boobage.

Feel free to take a cue from the Jean Paul Gaultier runway we were “inspired” by here.

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Next Time, Shine Bright Like A Diamond

Be Extraordinary- Alyssa Peacock

Runway To Real World: Spring 2013 Trend Forecast- White Hot

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Jump start your Spring in all white!!! Though this writer has an unrealistic paranoia of the neutral color for its gravitational pull on stains,  all white everything is the fashion equivalent to a rain dance in a drought. Bring on the summer!!!

Throw away traditional reservations of the color and dare to wear the hue before Memorial Day *gasps* and even long after Labor Day if the weather permits. *faints*

For a delicately charming style, be lovely in lace, as was displayed by Valentino,

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Or opt for the futuristic sex siren with PVC cutouts like Alexander Wang.

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  Be cool and chic out to dinner in a cotton or linen creation similar to this Pucci pants suit,

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And try on a hint of boldness in an embroidered  jumpsuit like the runways of Giambattista Valli.

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For those evenings that haven’s quite reached its warm weather potential, take a look out of the Mulberry playbook by adding a lace blouse to wide leg trousers and stark white jacket.

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Peacock’s Rule Of Thumb:  There is none. Other than following the similar guidelines as the other   monochromatic looks this season, the only way to ruin an all white outfit is with a glass of Pinot Noir.

Get started on the white track (see what I did there?) with these pieces for everyone from tomboy chic to glamazon style.

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Next Time, Stars and “Stripes.”

Be Extraordinary- Alyssa Peacock

Runway To Real World: Spring 2013 Trend Forecast- Caged Animal

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Take a walk on the wild side with a subtle hint of skin repressed by cage work details.

Unleash your animal spirit with a badass feminine flair with a caged ensemble. If you’re of an adventurous spirit, transparent caged dresses, skirts and shorts are definitely a desideratum for your Spring wardrobe that will transition you right into Summer. If you are a bit more conservative, the illusion of flesh by way of skin tone underlays are a great way to maintain your virtue and be virtuously on-trend. Do I smell a win win?

Take a page out of Versace with a head-to-toe caged look,

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Or be demure in a ladylike shift delineation, like this Calvin Klein look.

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Be inspired by Marc Jacobs’ Louis Vuitton collection and find your inner Rihanna in an ultra sheer caged garb. Take your look to the next level of rebellion with contrasting undergarments that doubles as coverage (gotta leave something to the imagination)

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Opt for “oh you can see me” chic with a caged decolletage and bosom as seen on the Céline runway. This particular look would look best on a small bust to avoid any unwarranted wardrobe malfunctions.

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*Peacock Rule Of Thumb: Know your comfort level before stepping into this trend. If this is the first time you’ve tried this look, look for garments with liners and slips so you can be stylish but still appropriate. But if you are daring enough, go for low cuts and completely sheer looks guaranteed to catch a few side eyes and stares. Translate this fashion into your own sense of style.

There’s lots to choose from in the caged department. Bustiers, A-line and lots of color are served on a silver platter to get you started on the road to caged.

Spring 2013- Caged Animal

Next Time, White Hot.

Be Extraordinary- Alyssa Peacock

Runway To Real World: Spring 2013 Trend Forecast- Monochrome Couture

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If floral prints and eastern influenced styles are too difficult a burden to bear, maybe a singularly hued outfit will do?

There is no wrong way to create a monochromatic look*. You can exact color match or opt for shades of the same tone (for the sake of this post, we’ll stick to identical color). Gucci, Fendi and Carolina Herrera took chances with one tone ensembles, disregarding the ethos that “matchy matchy” is tacky.

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Go for the gold in bold tangerine looks and cobalt blue sets,

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or play it daring in 50 Shades of Black a la Saint Laurent.

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If the bold and the bright is not your cup of tea, nudes are a cool yet casual direction that is perfect for every age.

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*Peacock Rule Of Thumb: If not thoughtfully executed, a monochromatic outfit can appear matronly and flat out boring. This trend is a great opportunity to incorporate different textures like lace and leather, or complementing prints found in your accessories. Try contrasting lengths in the form of hip-length blazers and shorts. Be uninhibited and step outside of your comfort zone. The possibilities are endless. Take a leap of faith.

Since creating a monochromatic outfit isn’t particularly rocket science, I decided to have a bit of dress up fun with the items below. As usual, they are completely affordable and will slay the styleless dragons.

Spring 2013- Monochrome Everything

Next Time, Enraged By The Cage.

Be Extraordinary- Alyssa Peacock