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Trend Alert: Mad for Plaid

Glamazons,

If I told you lumberjack and private school plaid is sexy, would you believe me? Well, you should. This season, the coolest trendsetters are making the ubiquitous pattern look hotter than ever.

The timeless print is getting a chic makeover this season with laidback oversize tunics paired with leggings and feminine, flirty skirts worn with fitted black tees.

The pattern has permeated menswear too with crisp, plaid button-down shirts and down jackets with plaid details hitting the stores.

Get the look with these celeb-inspired styles and scroll all the way to the bottom for affordable finds!








GLAMAZON FAVORITE: LOVE these plaid shirts from Cavi Designs, a menswear line worn by Jay-Z, Fabolous and more. They have a great selection of colors and an even better fit! $97.54, cavidesigns.com.

Kisses,

Coutura

Fall Accessories Guide

Hey Glamazons!
This season, more actually is more. Ditch understated accents that just compliment your clothes. Fall’s accessories are no longer co-stars, they MAKE the outfit. The accessories of choice? The thigh-skimming boot, the costume jewelry necklace, the jeweled brooch, the long glove, the oversized day clutch, the cool hat, the leopard print bootie and lots of layered chain necklaces.
Instead of buying the whole accessories section at Nordstrom, invest in these three pieces: over-the-knee boots, leopard print booties and statement necklaces. Why? Because they’ll give your old Fall basics an instant update. An over-the-knee boot makes a pair of jeans look brand new in the same way a statement necklace adds pizzazz to a boring sweater. See? Totally, worth the investment.
PIECE TO BUY: Statement necklaces aren’t just for the prom, gala or red carpet anymore. Glamorous bib necklaces and layered chain necklaces are dressing up sweaters, tees and tanks this season! Throw one on and bring new life to your old Fall staples.




PIECE TO BUY: Over-the-knee boots are the style of choice this season! Note: to tone down the sex appeal (read: in order to not look like a streetwalker), wear them with a pair of fitted pants or leggings. If you want to rock a skirt or minidress, throw on tights in the same color as the boots (monochromatic color is huge this season!) to keep the sexiness at bay.



PIECE TO BUY: Accessories, like leopard print booties, always do the trick of transforming a plain wardrobe. They add sexy, trendy flair to your basic black, gray and brown pieces.






Yours truly rocking the look with Kandi from Real Housewives of Atlanta.
Kisses,
Coutura

Fall Trends! Biker Girls

Hey Glamazons!
The good-girl-gone-bad style Rihanna made famous is moving from the airwaves to the runway. The recipe is to combine equal parts sweetheart and seductress, darling and diva, virgin and vixen, you get the idea. Think leather accented with florals & lace or suede booties covered in metal chains.




Piece to Buy: (Ahem…faux) Leather, Leather, Leather!! A pair of skinny leather pants, a sleek, leather pencil skirt, a motorcycle jacket with zippers, a studded-out bootie. Rock the latter with your floral dresses from summer for the ultimate biker chic look.


Kisses,
Coutura

Fall Trends! Ode to Draping & Ruching


Hey Glamazons,
I don’t pick favorites in fashion, but if there was any genius silhouette and fabric technique to emerge as a huge trend within the five years I’ve worked in this industry, it’s draping and ruching. Short of getting plastic surgery to become Beyonce or Amber Rose, there is nothing you can do to better create and accentuate curves than buy a draped or ruched dress. And they are everywhere this season (and next! Spotted on the Spring 2010 runways!!).
The gathering and/or layering of fabric vacillates between flowy and fitted to create a masterpiece where your flaws are flattered and your curves are celebrated. Don’t believe me? Check out the draped & ruched celebrities below and then try one on for size! And of course, I have tips for you at the end; when draping goes bad, you look like you threw a blanket over your shoulder and came outside…take heed.


Draped and ruched beauties – Kerry Washington, Sanaa Lathan, Zoe Saldana and Rihanna

Yigal Arouel showed a turtleneck dress that gathered at all the right places.

Derek Lam’s ruched dress creates a beautiful silhouette that’s subtly sexy.

Donna Karan – the fluid silhouette looks stunning on eveningwear.

Balenciaga skirt accentuates the curve of the hips while minimizing the waist.
Just gorg. This silhouette is truly a woman’s dream!! Make the most of a few tips (below) and draping/rouching will become your best friend this Fall:
Don’t – wear a draped dress that’s too loose, i.e. it mirrors a toga. Too much fabric and you look like Jesus of Nazareth.
Do – wear draped blouses with fitted pants and draped skirts with fitted tops to create a balanced, flattering silhouette.
Don’t – wear a too-tight dress. Nothing’s tackier than a ruched dress that’s too tight. It looks like the fabric is creasing at each of your stomach rolls. ::Shudders::
Do – be mindful of the length. Ruched dresses that are too short can look extremely cheap – looks that graze the top of the knees are always best.
Kisses,
Coutura

How To Wear: Jumpsuits

…in Summer’s favorite style: crazy, short and colorful.

First order of business – forget the notion that everyone can’t wear a jumpsuit. There’s a suit for every shape and size. The appeal of the jumpsuit is that it drapes your body perfectly, so you just have to know your shape and find a suit to complement it. And before you go complaining about all your imperfections (every body is fabulous in the right outfit btw!), know that there are tips and tricks that can highlight your best and downplay the rest.

TIP ONE – IN A CINCH

In the words of my Fashion Editor, “it’s aaaaalllllll about…” the right proportions via the gathered waist. The gathered waist is the most important part of your jumpsuit – it’s what gives your body shape. The trick is quite simple: if you have short legs, look for a jumpsuit where the gathered waist sits higher (and don’t be afraid to add some killer heels!). If you have longer legs, choose a jumpsuit where the gathered waist falls lower.

Kelly Rowland, as adorable as she is, doesn’t get it quite right. The waist is too high making her legs look unproportional to her body.

Rihanna nails the look with a lower gathered waist that highlights her $1 million dollar insured legs and gives her a torso at the same time.


Forever 21 has the perfect suit with a drawstring waist for only $27.80 at forever21.com.

TIP TWO – FIGURE FLATTERY

Loosen up (but not too much)! Supertight jumpsuits don’t look good on ANYONE no matter how in shape you are! Tight fits lead to camel toe, wedgies, lumps and bumps and other unsightly public offenses. Even celebrities as famous for their body-slimming outfits as their singing talent (cough, Beyonce) know to loosen up in a jumpsuit.

But keep the loose fit to a minimum unless you’re a toddler in a onesie or a sanitation worker. (Also, be very scared of monster crotch). Thanks!


Beyonce and Kiely Williams achieve the perfect tailored fit.



If you have a smaller bust, go for embellishments (like ruffles) or a looser fit up top like Kiely; this will give the illusion of a fuller chest. If you’re curvy on the bottom like Beyonce, choose a silhouette that skims over your hips and butt but doesn’t cling. Ladies with hourglass silhouettes, throw on a belt or look for a cinched waist and you’ve got the look. The end result should look tailored, flattering and effortless.

This romper with ruffles by Rebecca Taylor is perfect for filling out the bustline. $300, netaporter.com.

TIP THREE – FRESH PRINTS

Be clear: long printed jumpsuits scare me (if you wouldn’t wear a leopard print full-length suit, don’t wear the long jumpsuit either). But a short romper has the same effect as a little summer dress and thus, looks amazing in a loud, colorful print. Choose a couple accessories that compliment the pattern without competing and you’re good to go.


Both Fergie and Solange’s jumpsuits are from an amazing up-and-coming clothing line, Boxing Kitten. Check out the website, boxingkitten.com, and their SICK jumpsuit designs below.



Marc by Marc Jacobs offers the hottest colorful zebra print jumpsuit for $228 at saks.com. Add subtle gold accessories and sandals and go!


Kisses,

Coutura