Six Trends from NYFW (and how to wear them!)

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You might not know it, but I went to New York Fashion Week. I saw the Marc by Marc Jacobs show live, and I pinned my favorite looks fewer than two minutes after the show ended. I saw street style stars strut their stuff, and I even went to an after-party! True, I was sitting at my desk in San Francisco the whole time, but I was most definitely there. With designers live-streaming of their shows and taking social media seriously, fashion week is increasingly available to those outside NYC and even outside the industry.

I stalked the shows all week, and I fell in love with the vibrant colors (as well as no color) and body-con silhouettes (as well as serious volume). I’ve rounded up my six favorite trends from the week, and what’s more, they’re all totally wearable regardless of budget. Which one would you try?

Sherbet Hues

There’s something so playful and bold about bright hues, especially when you pair a few together in a delightfully clashing way. To get the look without the designer price tag, try pairing a bold red skirt with a bubblegum-pink top and a bright moto jacket. For a more subtle take on it, experiment with clashing bright lips and nails or a fun wallet.

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Monique Lhuillier, Creatures of the Wind, Monique Lhuillier, Diane von Furstenberg

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High Contrast

It’s a classic for a reason- stark black and white is effortless, eye-catching , and especially bold when paired with black and white accessories. Designers played up the classic color combination by keeping makeup neutral and going for extreme silhouettes, both body-con and seriously boxy. Pick whatever silhouette is more comfortable for you, and resist the temptation to add any color!

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Herve Leger, Derek Lam, Marc by Marc Jacobs, A Detacher

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Dark, Slouchy, and Sexy

Fashion’s always loved black (and I’m sorry, but pink will never be the new black), and this season’s collections took the classic color and stepped it up a notch. The silhouettes create sex appeal by leaning towards the loose and slouchy over tight and strapped-in. Some of the best all-black looks revealed tasteful bits of skin through sheer paneling or by pairing a high hemline with an even higher neckline. To get the look, try a sleeveless black romper or jumpsuit (more flattering than you’d think), or pair your professional work trousers with a slinky camisole for night.

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Thakoon, Rag and Bone, Tibi, Jason Wu

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Gilded

I never thought I’d see the day when shiny gold fabric actually looked chic. But the show-stopping liquid-gold skirts and tops at Altuzzara proved me wrong. Besides classic and reinvented gold evening dresses, gold also showed up in unexpected places like shorts and woven into the models’ hair. A pair of metallic gold shorts can be surprisingly sophisticated when paired with a tailored black blouse for an evening out. Or, to lightly gild your outfit, try a metallic clutch.

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Altuzarra, Diane von Furstenberg, Altuzarra, Zac Posen

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Grown-Up Florals

Florals for spring aren’t exactly new, but many designers took the classic print and made it a little more grown-up. I love the structured fabric and longer length at BCBG, and the angular print at Marc by Marc Jacobs is more mod than sweet. Try florals with a dark background to add a bit of edge, or play with proportion by trying an oversized print or something abstract.

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BCBG, Giulietta, BCBG, Marc by Marc Jacobs

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Pure White

Similar to the dramatic black-on-black looks above, designers embraced the lighter non-color en masse. From suits to fairy-like blouses to dead sexy dresses, white was everywhere at fashion week. Try layering slightly different shades of white for a unique, or go for stark matching white separates like at DVF to really stand out.

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Diane von Furstenberg, Herve Leger, Red Valentino, Tracy Reese

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Which look was your favorite? Which ones, if any, will you be wearing this spring?

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Dinner for Nine

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At the Sanfranista household, a fancy dinner at home involves throwing a bunch of veggies into a pot of soup and picking up some crusty bread from the bakery down the street. For others, however, it involves custom place settings, foie gras, and cocktails that would cost you $15+ at a specialty bar.

Two of our good friends hosted such a party earlier this summer, and they went all in! For those of you who live in San Francisco (or anywhere else with shoebox-sized apartments), you understand the challenge of hosting dinner for four, let alone almost ten guests. Our friends were graciously and creatively up for the challenge, hosting the cocktail hour in their kitchen/living room area before ushering us to a beautifully set table for the meal. I felt like such a grown-up!

As you saw in my Napa post in March, these ladies know how to dress. They’re always nudging me to wear more color, and I’m such a fan of the little ways they incorporated it via details like baby blue polish or emerald-colored earrings. The evening was delicious, gorgeous, and full of entertaining inspiration. Who knows, I might just have to throw a dinner party in our studio one of these days…

If you decide to host your own dinner party (or just feel like busting out the bubbly), here’s how to make the delicious French 75 cocktails we had. Grab a lemon and carefully slice a pretty, long peel in a spiral shape. Combine 3 tbsp gin, 1.5 tbsp lemon juice, and 1 tbsp simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake it like a Polaroid picture. Strain into a champagne flute or other fashionably skinny glass and top with sparkling wine. Add your pretty little twist and enjoy!

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dinner party, dinner party with friends, cocktail attire, what to wear for dinner party

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dinner party, dinner party with friends, cocktail attire, what to wear for dinner party

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dinner party, dinner party with friends, cocktail attire, what to wear for dinner party

dinner party, dinner party with friends, cocktail attire, what to wear for dinner party

dinner party, dinner party with friends, cocktail attire, what to wear for dinner party

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Peekaboo: Pops of Neon Color

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Top: Frenzii, Shorts: Madewell, Tights: Loehman’s, Boots: Zara (similar), Lips: Guerlain, Necklace: Urban Outfitters

Wait a minute- does my hair look somehow darker to you up in here? Well, that’s probably because I’ve been a lazy bum and took these photos a month ago and hadn’t posted them yet- eek! To be fair, I’ve been dreaming in pure LA technicolor and was so excited to get my trip photos up, hence my negligence. But I couldn’t help but post these photos after seeing the gorgeous crimson-and-hot pink combinations that have been rocking the runways this season in New York. I’ll be posting my favorite looks and how to wear them shortly, but the color combo in this outfit is one way to dip your toe into the trend without a big commitment.

Ever since this happy little wallet earned its place of honor in my purse, I’ve been craving bright pink, from nail polish to lipstick to… well, that’s about all the fuchsia I own, but that’s about to change. I love pairing two brights together, and doing so in peekaboo-fashion is perfect for those who shy away from neon.

I wore this outfit out a few weeks ago to an evening at a nightclub, but the night didn’t exactly go as planned. If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know that I recently wound up having the time of my life at a random bar after leaving a lackluster club. There was spontaneous football in an alleyway, and I kind of loved how overdressed I was for a flannel-and-a-pint bar. But that’s the best part of living in a city like this- you never know exactly where your night will take you.

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