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New York Fashion Week: Embellishment reigns supreme at Rodarte, Narciso Rodriguez, Jenny Packham and Tory Burch for Fall 2013

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Rodarte Fall 2013

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New York Fashion Week is full of sparkling moments, and any magpie worth her shiny nest knows how to spot them. Take Tory Burch’s Fall 2013 show, held in one of the opulent salons at The Pierre Hotel. Crystal chandeliers, gilded sconces and the plushest of carpets made for a very luxe start to the day. Over at J. Crew, Julianne Moore, looking oh-so-radiant sans makeup and sporting an effortlessly cool topknot, seemed to leave a trail of stardust as she glided through the room. The star power continued over at Dennis Basso’s 30th anniversary show with a double dose of Joan (Rivers and Collins). And judging by the rest of the well-heeled attendees, the 3F’s–furs, fine jewels and facelifts–were out in full force to celebrate this luxury brand’s milestone. At Rodarte, swirls of kaleidoscopic colour updated the go-to summer staple–the maxi dress–but it was the illuminated set, inspired by the Santa Cruz boardwalk, where the Mulleavy sisters grew up, that shone like a beacon when the lights went down. Want to turn up the flash factor in your closet? Fall 2013’s runway collections are filled with glittering looks and decorative details. Here are 5 fresh ways to wear embellishment:
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Winter Knits: Our Style Panel takes a cold weather staple into trend territory with these 17 tips

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Winter Knits

Winter knits may be most tried and tested way to ward against dropping temperatures, but this year, they became a trend in and of themselves. On Marc Jacobs’ Fall/Winter 2012 runway, thick and crafty knits were given a Dickensian twist when layered alongside large-than-life fur hats. On the other end of the spectrum, knits were given a graphic treatment at 3.1 Phillip Lim, when shown in black and white under crisp leather jackets. Chloé, Anna Sui and Chanel also showed knits varying in thickness, texture, colour and style, proving that they were more popular than ever.

For this week’s Style Panel, we challenged the ladies to a little winter knit shake-up. To Vogue or Bust’s Alexandra Grant showcased winter knits in form of another of the season’s biggest trends: oversized. Curvy Geekery’s Mo Handahu infused her look with a little burst of sunshine, by wearing her cropped knits in one of the most beautifully saturated hues of turquoise.

New panellists, Inherited Jeans’ Stephanie Koch and One Chic Mom’s Iva Grbesic show off winter knits in both dressed up and dressed down ways. Grbesic brings a new perspective to the Style Panel, as she is our first panellist in her 30s places importance on dressing chicly while taking care of her children.

Question 34: What are some new and creative wears to wear knits this winter? Read the answers now! »

Or jump to: ALEXANDRA GRANT, VANCOUVER | BARBARA ANN SOLOMON, TORONTO | CARA MCLEAY, VANCOUVER |CHRISTINA CRAVERO, TORONTO | DANIELLE ROCHE, TORONTO | IVA GRBESIC, TORONTO |JACQUELYN SON, VANCOUVER | KASSANDRA CAMPONI, EDMONTON |KAYLA SHORT, HALIFAX | KRISTIN MACDONALD, FREDRICTON | KRYSTIN LEE, TORONTO | MELANIE MORAIS, EDSON | MO HANDAHU, HALIFAX | SANDY JOE KARPETZ, EDMONTON | STEPHANIE STERJOVSKI, TORONTO | STEPHANIE KOCH, KELOWNA | WHITNEY COSGRAVE, LOS ANGELES
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Kate Hudson vs. Julianne Moore: Who wore black best at the 2013 Golden Globes?

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While everyone was predicting lots of colour on the Golden Globes red carpet last night, there was, as always, plenty of black. And while the old standard can look stale, two A-listers brought black into new territory.

Kate Hudson stunned in Alexander McQueen. The gorgeous black gown was a clear standout at the show, making it to the top of several best-dressed lists. The dress featured a high collar, décolletage cutout, gold embellishments on the shoulders and waist, long sleeves and a train.  With all of those details it would be easy for something to go wrong, but this dress is Alexander McQueen perfection.

Golden Globes winner Julianne Moore was equally as stunning in a custom designed black and white Tom Ford column dress. The graphic-treated minimalist dress was the perfect offset to Moore’s signature red hair, and the strategic white panels highlighted her waist and legs. Covered up at the front, with a wide open and draped back—definitely not something you would picture Sarah Palin in.


Winter Pastels: 14 Style Panel tips to wearing the season’s brightest fashion trend

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Winter Pastel Trend

Pastels have been making waves this year, and while they may have once been strictly associated with spring’s blooming flowers, they are one of this winter’s biggest statement makers.

Seen at runways including Jil Sander, Valentino, Oscar de la Renta and Acne, pastels running the gamut from mint green to pastel pink (the hue highlighted by this photo shoot in our Winter 2012/13 issue). H&M took the trend mainstream, by styling much of their fall and winter collections,—modelled here by Lana Del Rey and Frida Gustavsson—in the candy colours.

This week, we challenged our Style Panel members to appropriate the look for real life. The result? 14 stunning takes on the light and lovely shades photo’d everywhere form the skating rink to Central Park in New York. Our latest panelist, Melanie Morais of Born Lippy, paired two pop pastels with a contrasting black.

Question 33: What is your favourite way to wear pastels this winter? Read the answers now! »

Or jump to: ALEXANDRA NIKOLAJEV, TORONTO | BARBARA ANN SOLOMON, TORONTO | CARA MCLEAY, VANCOUVER | JACQUELYN SON, VANCOUVER | KAYLA SHORT, HALIFAX | KASSANDRA CAMPONI, EDMONTON | KRISTIN MACDONALD, FREDERICTON | KRYSTIN LEE, TORONTO | MELANIE MORAIS, EDSON | MO HANDAHU, HALIFAX | NIKI BLASINA, NEW YORK | SANDY JOE KARPETZ, EDMONTON | STEPHANIE STERJOVSKI, TORONTO | VICKIE LALIOTIS, EDMONTON
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Blush Hour: We rethink pink with our Winter Issue photo shoot inspired by one of the season’s most unexpected trends

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FASHION Magazine Winter 2012 Blush Hour Photo Shoot

Photography by Seiji Fujimori. Styled by Tammy Eckenswiller. Hair by Yoichi Tomizawa for art-dept.com/Shu Uemura. Makeup by Christine Cherbonnier for Atelier Management. Fashion assistant, Kimberley Cheung.

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It’s time to rethink pink. No longer just a little girl hue, pastel pink has become one of Fall/Winter 2012′s most important and unexpected trends. Best done by Raf Simons with his farewell collection for Jil Sander, the shade has been popping up everywhere, from the red carpet to the front cover of our current issue starring Coco Rocha. In this photo shoot from our Winter Issue, we take pink for a ride on model Madelen de la Motte with mannish coats, sculpted leathers and more. Looks like fashion’s most innocent pastel shade has adopted a grown-up attitude.
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Fall/Winter 2012 fashion trends hit the holidays: 75 shopping picks to help you ring in the new year in style

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Fall Winter 2012 Fashion Trends for Holiday

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or view by trend: EMBROIDERY | GOLD | OXBLOOD | PASTEL | VELVET | WHITE

It’s nearing the end of the year, and with that comes the ultimate end of year party, New Year’s Eve. Choosing what to wear on this occasion—or for any holiday parties–can be tricky, but there were many strong trends that stood out on the Fall 2012 runways that can help you stylishly ring in 2013.

Deep, rich burgundy clothes were seen on the runways of the likes of Peter Som for Fall 2012, but if you want to opt for something other than red around Christmas, then go for crisp, clean white clothing and accessories. Popular on runways such as Prabal Gurung’s, pair a white piece of clothing with a pop of emerald green and some gold jewellery and you’ll be looking festive and on-trend in no time.
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DIY Gifts: 3 quick and easy accessory ideas all under $10!

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DIY Gifts

Photography by Stephanie J. Algieri

By Nicole Seymour

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and instead of braving the malls alongside last minute shoppers, we’ve got 3 quick, easy and super cheap (they’re all under $10!) DIY gifts that would make ideal stocking stuffers, thank yous or even add-ons for your most stylish friends. For the statement-maker, a bright read sparkly barette gives just the right festive touch to any holiday party look. For the elegant lady (or lady in training), a chic twisted pearl headband adds that classic touch to any outfit. And for your most fashion forward friend, chain-linked collar tips take any simple button-down to the next level. So whether you’re rushing to craft the perfect last minute gift for a friend or creating a simple holiday accessory with lots of pizazz, these 3 DIY ideas should thrill in quite literally no no time at all.

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Or jump to: COLLAR TIPS | PEARL HEADBAND | SPARKLE BOW
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Look expensive, on the cheap: 7 timeless ways to look like a million bucks without spending it

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Look expensive on the cheap

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As any budget-shopper with high-end tastes would know, it can feel impossible to look like a million without spending it. We are flooded with runway images of designer looks we love, yet can rarely match that adulation with the IRL amounts in our bank accounts. Since waiting for the good ole’ trickle down can be painful (and sometimes produce less than thrilling results), we thought we’d share a few ways to always look expensive, while shopping on a budget. Avoiding flash-in-the-pan trends, we’ve selected seven timeless ways to look expensive, without anyone knowing how cheap it ways to do it.
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