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Fashion Week Overload… Just A Few Thoughts

It begins around day 5 of New York Fashion Week after viewing a multitude of fashion images and models and looks on the runway, a sort of fashion fatigue mixed with punchiness begins to set in. Fashion overload is an understatement! Here are a few of my thoughts.

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NYFW Fall 17: Oscar de la Renta’s New Designers Get it Right

Creative Directors Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim showed their Monse collection right before the debut of their Oscar de la Renta NYFW Fall 17 Collection. While I loved the innovation, tailoring, edginess and ‘coolness’ of Monse, it was Oscar de la Renta that stood out for me. I think Oscar de la Renta would be thrilled with this collection!

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NYFW Fall ’17: 3.1 Phillip Lim Combines Softness with Strength

With new designers turning up year after year, one of my all time favorites, Phillip Lim still continues to produce fresh and innovative fashion. The 3.1 Phillip Lim NYFW Fall 17 Collection was no exception.

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NYFW Fall 17: Prabal Gurung’s Femininity With a Bite

Sunday evening’s Prabal Gurung NYFW Fall 17 Collection truly offered something for every woman. In the program noted his collection is an “unabashed and unapologetic definition of femininity with a bite,” Women can pick and choose pieces from his collection, and feel confident to wear them.

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NYFW Fall 17: Tadashi Shoji’s Extravagant Opulence

On Thursday February 9, the first day of New York Fashion Week Fall 17 Tadashi Shoji showed an extravagant collection in brilliant gemstone hues, rich brocades, opulent fur and gold metallic trims, intricate lace and plush velvet.

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Who Can Turn The World On With Her Style? Mary Tyler Moore 1937- 2017

Yesterday on January 25, 2017 we all learned the sad new one of our favorite style icons, Mary Tyler Moore had died at age 80. This is not one of those cases where someone died and I did not think about her recently, either! She is a part of our fashion icon reference book! On Second City Style and on Fountain of 30 we have constantly referred to her style for her 60s style capri pants and flats as Laura Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show, and the multitude of fashionably work-appropriate looks she wore as the professional Mary Richards on The Mary Tyler Moore Show in the 70s.

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Fashion Through The Ages: How To Wear Retro Stripes

Stripes have been on-trend for several seasons and I am generally not really the stripe-type, but recently I realized I am quite fond of some stripes. I’m not talking about the thin sailor stripes nor the 70s style rainbow stripes.

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The Way To Go High Low: High Luxe for Low Dollars!

The sales are on BIG time and here at FountainOf30 we are all over them! Sure you can get trendy pieces for a song, but this time of year even the high priced luxury times are on sale. Right now you can get the best of both worlds if you’re a fan of dressing in high low fashion. I call it “High Luxe for Low” and it’s a sensible way to shop the end of season sales.

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Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2017: We’re Taking Off!

Today the kids are home from school and many businesses are closed in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We’re taking the day off too! The stores will be open and the end of season sales are still going strong, if not getting better. Enjoy spending time with your family and shopping the sales today!

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How To Look Totally Chic In Horrible Winter Weather

The weather has been extremely unpredictable so far this winter. One day it’s sub-zero, the next it is raining and the next it is sunny and 40 degrees. Just yesterday the snow was coming down like Slurpees in Chicago. How can you possibly look chic, stylish and stay dry on a day like that? Don’t give up hope because there is a way!

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Wearable Trends: Stylish (Not Ugly!) Snow Boots

Now that we’ve rung in the New Year in our party dresses, sparkly shoes and bright baubles, the reality is starting to set in that there is nothing left to celebrate and the deep throes of winter are upon us. We’ve still got another three months of cold weather to get through and even though this time of year can be gloomy, that doesn’t mean we can’t look fabulous as we trudge through the inclement weather. Thankfully, we haven’t seen much snow or sleet so far this winter, but it’s bound to make an appearance any day now and when it does, you need to be ready with your stylish snow boots!

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Wearable Trends: Fur-Lined Feet

One of my favorite things about fashion and style is when the unexpected becomes the norm. Trends come and go and some are pretty straightforward, but others will make you look twice and think, “Is that really for me?” So this time around, I want to talk about one of those trends: furry shoes. This trend has been around for the last couple of years but it wasn’t until fall 2016 it hit the mainstream. This holiday season, shoes are covered with fur. Whether it be just a dusting across the top, back or along the outsole, or fully covered in fur, furry shoes can make any outfit more exciting and fun.

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Wearable Trends: Touches Of Fur

I am so ready for the holidays to arrive! Besides all of the presents, great food and spirited beverages, comes the sparkle and sass of the luxe party clothes I get to wear while celebrating with friends and family. Nothing says luxury more than a little fur draped over your shoulders or around your neck to provide both warmth and an aura of glam as you party the night away. Fur as an accent is everywhere this season so don’t miss the boat.

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Wearable Trends: Following Florals Into Fall And Beyond

Fancy days are here again! And by fancy days, I mean the glitz and glamor that goes into holiday celebrations. With Thanksgiving just a few weeks away and Christmas just around the corner, it’s time to consider ways to spice up your winter wardrobe and I think winter florals are just the way to do it. I’ll be the first to admit that I almost immediately go to my black, gray and navy when the temperature turns, but this season there is no need (or want!) to be drab. Floral prints have migrated from the spring season and have thankfully popped up all over fall and winter wear.

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Wearable Trends: Charming Capes For Changing Temps

As we are beginning to transition to that crisp fall weather (my favorite!) sometimes it can be rather difficult to figure out what kind of outwear to incorporate into your look. It’s not quite cool enough for your favorite parka or fur, but you still need something to keep you warm as you venture off to cocktail hour. Enter the perfect and stylish option: the cape! Regardless of the style, color or textile you decide to go with, the look of a cape draped over your shoulders is an instant elevation to your look.

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