Style Icon: Diane von Fürstenberg

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She’s taken the media world by storm in the last month. With her memoir, The Woman I Wanted to Be and her branded reality television show, Diane von Fürstenberg has married timeless fashion with pop culture. I have yet to read her book (it’s on my to-read list) but I have always coveted her designs. Her aesthetic approach truly considers a woman’s shape which is why her defining design, the wrap dress, can be worn by women of all sizes. Diane von Fürstenberg’s beauty transcends the concept of age. She’s shown women that to be sexy, one must feel sexy and pairing a genuine smile with a golden tan is a good place to start.

Her fashionable penthouse.

Her day to day.

A timeline of DVF.

Her beauty secrets.

Photo by Jean Pigozzi (1991).

 

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Tech Execs are the New Fashion Designers

In an apparent response to Bendgate, retailers like Uniqlo and J. Crew have started to look at enlarging the pockets on their pants to accommodate the iPhone 6 Plus. While this may seem like brands bending to the whim of Apple, it demonstrates a growing trend of technology influencing fashion.

True & Co. uses data derived from surveys and questionnaires, to define physical details that are crucial to a correctly fitting bra. Most coat designers have included an iPod pocket in their linings since the product was released in 2001. Gloves are made with touch points that resemble finger prints so we don’t have to remove them to text. And let’s not even get into the new sector of Smart Apparel including workout shirts that are able to detect muscle effort.

While some fashionistas dreaming of vintage Chanel may be frightened by the impact that technology is having on the fashion industry, I welcome the trend and am excited to see what’s next.

Style Icon: Jenna Lyons

With this seriesI’d like to feature my many inspirations for style. Often, my students, friends or colleagues ask what drives my personal style. Not sure why, as I don’t think of myself as being avant-garde, but I do appreciate an opportunity to talk through what informs my style purchase decisions.

Let’s start with the icon for millennial women in New York City: Jenna Lyons.

Jenna has been influencing J. Crew’s designs since 1990. She is unafraid to pair menswear with a red lip, her signature thick- framed tortoiseshell glasses and a boss attitude. To learn more about Jenna and see some of her favorite finds, click the links below:

A day in the life featured in Harper’s Bazaar.

Why Jenna is the boss we should all strive to be.

How to roll the sleeves of your shirt like Jenna.

“There’s sexiness in not trying to be  sexy. 

Jenna’s beauty routine. 

 

Buying Better.

Having lived almost a third of my life, I’ve come to embrace frugality. Not in a, “well you ordered a drink so you owe…” kind of way when splitting a check at lunch, but in a, “do I really need those shorts when October is right around the corner,” perspective.

While I have not fully adopted a minimalist approach to living like this brave soul, I have become more conscious of where my products are coming from and whether or not they are produced in an ethical and sustainable manner.

Online vendor, Accompany is one retailer that fully embraces a thoughtful approach to shopping. They scour the globe to find unique items that you can feel good about purchasing. By selecting pieces that are handmade, limited-edition, or one-of-a-kind, Accompany is aiding in the preservation of indiginous crafting techniques. Additionally they seek to work with partners whose business model offers financial assistance towards a human cause, in the form of donations, low-interest loans, training programs, and infrastructure building projects. Below are just a few of my favorite pieces (all under $100).

Accompany Faves

1. Coconut Shell Pattern Ceramic Vases; $32

2. Wine Tote; $88

3. Mika Hat; $98

4. Kenyatas; $75

5. Kadriye Earrings; $78

6. Olivewood Salad Servers with Bone Handles; $32

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