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Thanks to Mairéad Duffy who attended this event for me in NY while i was stuck in GA :(

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The first of the runway shows in the Lower East Side for Art Hearts Fashion, presented by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, took place on Monday night. The location was the stunning Angel Orensanz Event Space, a 19th century gothic revival synagogue. Its balconies, dramatic arches and high vaulted ceilings, illuminated in a host of colors that contrasted with atmospheric shadows, made the perfect setting for a runway show.

However, things didn’t begin smoothly, which was due to begin at 6pm.  At 7.15pm the doors were still shut and a massive queue stretched down Norfolk Street. Fortunately Fashion Week is one of the few times when waiting around is bearable, as there are so many outlandish outfits on display, and as it turned out, the night was well worth the wait!

First up was Hale Bob, with their trademark bohemian chic prints, bright colors, silks and velvets. The collection contained a lot of loose-fitting, floaty pieces; mixed materials and a kaleidoscope of colors, particularly turquoise. They also featured some dark jumpsuits.

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Ibrahim Vukel, up next, was quite the opposite, showcasing a fabulous collection of close fitting gowns in strong colors- white, black and red predominantly. Cut-out sheer panels featured heavily.

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Sanja Bobar was last of the first round of shows, with the biggest collection thus far, in white, cream, dusty pink and gold tones. Her gorgeous range of evening and bridal gowns showcased lots of floaty sleeves, and flattering trumpet, a-line and mermaid silhouettes. There were lots of low backs, high necks, applique designs, and again cut-out sheer panels were prominent.

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After a break, the shows resumed with a dramatic collection of designers, beginning with Fernando Rodriguez. Once again the collection was heavy on sheer panels, with mostly white and gold colors, with some striking azures. Flowing chiffon sleeves and high necks were visible also.

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Elochee followed, and the show took an androgynous, futuristic turn, with more structured designs, panelling, boxy shapes, harder lines and many geometric patterns and long sleeves. Shades of black, white and grey featured, with dashes of mustard.

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Willfredo Gerardo was the final collection of the night, with a dazzling display of luxurious, full length gowns and jumpsuits. Spectators were treated to lots of sparkling silvers and blacks, sheer fabrics and plunging necklines. A hush descended on the room in anticipation of his crowning piece, and he didn’t disappoint, with a spectacular black and silver ballgown. Modeled by the stately Anna Kile, its sharp sweetheart neckline and fabulous full skirt was the highlight of a truly memorable night.

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The weather has started to cool, the nights are getting longer, and the leaves are turning burnt orange – it’s officially fall. Fall is one of those seasons that it can be a real struggle to get your style right for, mainly because of the constantly changing weather. One moment the sun is shining, the next the wind picks up, and it begins to pour.  Fall fashion may not be that easy to get right, but below are three cute, quirky outfit combinations that will work well.

 

 

1. Button-up skirts and oversized cardigans

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Button-up skirts are all the rage this fall and come in a range of styles and materials. The two most popular designs are straight and A-line, with the most popular materials being denim and suede. For a stylish and smart fall look, pair a button-up skirt of your choice with a tucked in top. This could be short sleeved or long-sleeved, it doesn’t matter – roll neck styles tend to work well. Add a pair of tights and an oversized knitted cardigan, as well as a few well thought out accessories. This look tends to work well with flat shoes or a pair of heeled ankle boots. If you’re in need of some new shoes, check out the deals and discounts that are available online – there are plenty to choose from. From Famous Footwear coupon codes to deals and discounts offering free shipping, there are lots of options. It’s just a case of selecting the one that works best for you.

2. Skinny jeans and a knitted jumper

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A staple fall look, skinny jeans and a knitted jumper  is a look that a lot of use turn to when the cooler weather sets in. It’s one that’s comfortable, cozy, and looks good on almost everyone. However, when you wear the same thing day in, day out, it can get a little dull. To liven up this fall staple, look for knitwear with a difference. Pieces with patterns and prints can work well, as can jumpers of different thicknesses. As well as wearing chunky knitted designs, look out for some fine knit pieces. These are ideal for those days when the weather is cool but not cold enough for a thick jumper. To add a little extra style, consider adding a printed scarf and some standout pieces of jewelry.

3. A pinafore dress and woolen tights

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This year, pinafore dresses have really come into their own. As there are so many shapes, styles and designs to choose from, it can be hard to know which  style to rock!  As a rule of thumb, Ignore traditional fashion “rules” and find one that is both cute and comfortable. There are various materials to choose from, from stretch cotton to cord. There are also lots of different colors and designs to pick from. From plain designs like navy and burgundy to all sorts of geometric and floral prints. Team your pinafore dress of choice with a plain or printed tee or long-sleeved top and a pair of leggings or thick tights. For colder weather, woolen styles tend to work best. As for shoes, for a casual look,  Converse-style trainers tend to work well. Or, for a more formal look, ankle or knee-high boots are a good option. If you get cold easily, top this look off with a cozy knitted cardigan.

 

 

 

So there you have it, three cute and quirky outfit ideas that are perfect for fall.

 

 

Back-to-school shopping is in full swing- From the metallic accents to the bold pops of color, the super chic desk accessories below will work for any workspace and will have you rocking that fierce Fall 2016 office decor style. Happy accessorizing!

 

1. ban.do Rose Gold Stars Sticker Pack ($8): You can totally rock stickers in the workplace. Jazz out everything from your laptop case to your binders with this shiny rose gold sticker pack.

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2. Design Ideas ClipNote Desk Organizer ($12): Keep track of mail, office memos and business cards with this desk organizer shaped like a giant paperclip. As fun as its design is, it’s also *pretty* practical.

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3. Kate Spade Strike Gold Stapler ($28): Boring office supplies are a thing of the past with this fancy stapler. You can breathe new life into this everyday item with an acrylic and gold design.

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4. Anthropologie Easel Desk Calendar ($68): If you prefer a desk calendar, consider this stunning easel one. It comes with 13 sheets of gorgeous colored calendar paper.

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5. ModCloth Tone Day at a Time 2016-2017 Wall Calendar ($30): Brighten up your office or cubicle with this colorful wall calendar. It features a different set of gorgeous hues to complement each month.

 

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6. ban.do Deluxe Hot Stuff Thermal Mug But First Coffee ($18): Take your morning cup of joe to go with this thermal mug featuring stylish gold lettering. Its design is every bit as cool and collected as you’ll be when you bring it to work.

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7. Poppin Small Metallic Journal ($8): Classy and elegant, this metallic finished journal is the stationery must-have come fall. Its modern gleam of copper will tie right into your autumn-inspired arsenal of back-to-school goodies.

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8. Urban Outfitters Message Board + Magnets Set ($39): Use magnets to display important reminders on this clear message board. It’s big enough for your memos but small enough so it won’t take up space on your desk or end table.

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9. Poketo Gradient Checklist ($6): Don’t risk forgetting anything important! Jot down memos, grocery lists and more on these beautiful gradient checklist pads.

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10. Tom Dixon Brass Clips Set in Numbers ($28): Avoid unnecessary clutter with these organizing brass clips. The numbers give these ordinary office supplies a unique and stylish twist.screen-shot-2016-09-12-at-1-55-17-pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1. Sheer Skirts and Cozy Cardigans: Never underestimate the power of a few hard-hitting closet basics. This getup is a bonafide sartorial powerhouse with its impeccable mix of off-duty essentials and show-stopping statement pieces. The unexpected mix tones down the skirt’s scandalous vibe, creating the ultimate balance of high and low.

 

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2. Leather Slip Dress and Bell-Sleeved Top: A ’70s-inspired twist on a ’90s style staple? Yes, please! A bell-sleeve top and leather slip dress unite for an It-girl-approved ensemble that’s just as edgy as it is effortless. Throw in a bright crossbody bag and signature shades for good measure.

 

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3. Graphic Sweatshirt and Skirt: Comfortably cool is what you’ll be demanding of all your ensembles after giving this sports chic outfit a once over. Classic sneakers and a graphic sweat bring a street-chic edge to a flowy printed skirt, ensuring you get even more wear out of your dressier duds. For extra style points, team the athleisure-inspired ensemble with a ladylike bag and wind-tousled locks.

 

 

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4. Maxi Dress and Slides: If one-and-done dressing is your signature move, this two-second ensemble will feel right on cue. Toss on a printed maxi dress and a pair of embellished slides, and you’re ready to hit the ground running. For max perfection, style alongside a statement belt and an oversized clutch with plenty of room to stash your everyday essentials.

 

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5. Laid-Back Suiting: Proving that suiting doesn’t have to be stuffy, Tine Andrea went bold in the color department with a vibrant shade of cobalt blue, then jazzed things up with a graphic tee and sneakers for a getup that exudes effortless cool. Your new on-the-clock signature? We’re thinking yes.

 

 

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6. Rib Knit Top and Trousers: If this bold and bright #OOTD is any indication, sweater dressing is about to step up its style game a good five notches. A rib knit zip top and corresponding belted trousers are probably the sneakiest and most stylish alternative to rockin’ sweats outside the house. Tone down the throw-on-and-go vibe with elevated accessories, like embroidered heels and a statement bag.

 

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7. Pajama Dressing: We’re down with any outfit that boasts this much roll-out-of-bed-and-go appeal. Pajama separates look straight-up chic when dressed up with of-the-moment heels, elegant baubles and a timeless structured bag. Bring it.

 

 

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8. Oversized Button-Down Shirt and Cropped Flares: Any outfit that can pull double duty like a pro is a winner in our book, and this minimalist getup doesn’t disappoint. With a sleeveless blazer in tow, this button-down and cropped flares combo nails the concept of on-the-clock chic. It segues seamlessly into after-hours territory with a simple untuck and tousling of tresses. Throw in a studded clutch and you’re golden.

 

 

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9. Hoodie and Leather Pinafore Dress: Been wondering just how to give your tried-and-true hoodie a bit of extra panache? Take a note from Linda Tol and rock it under a statement dress (we’re partial to this luxe leather number) for an unexpected #OOTD that’s straight-up sass, especially when there’s a pair of red-hot ankle boots thrown into the mix. Now this is athleisure at its finest.

 

 

This post was originally published on Brit.co

 

 

 

 

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