Fashion U part II: Let’s talk style with Eric Daman

October 27, 2009

If there was one thing I learned listening to Gossip Girl costume designer and creative director for Charlotte Russe, Eric Daman, it’s great style cannot be purchased.

Everyday we are bombarded by advertisements from businesses about the hottest trends and the fashion must-haves but we often forget it’s not always about how much you have, it’s how you wear it.

It’s inspiring to see a stylist in the fashion industry that works with designer fashions on a day-to-day basis on the set of Gossip Girl but at the same time work with a company that sells apparel for a lower cost.

Daman spoke about some popular trends this season including big shoulder pads, holiday sparkle, draping tops and sweaters, the 30s flapper, headbands (thank you Blair Waldorf!) and black & white designs. And as a gift to students who attended his seminar, we received 20% cards to Charlotte Russe and a silver necklace.

Check out this video I took of two other popular looks you may see this season!

Fashion University recap part one

October 26, 2009

Words cannot describe just how amazing my trip to NYC & Teen Vogue’s Fashion University was… which is why I’m recapping it with pictures!

I got to meet Teen Vogue editors, fashion designers, stylists and people in the marketing/business of fashion. It was a weekend well-spent making great networking connections, meeting other aspiring editors, learning about the fashion world from the best in the business and all while looking stylish!

Take a look at some pictures from the Juicy Couture retail event I attended on Friday night. Stay tuned for more photos from the seminars I attended and video of our keynote speaker Diane von Furstenberg!

 

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My Fashion U partner in crime, Lindsay and I at the Juicy Couture on 5th Avenue

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I loved this chandelier that the staircase wrapped around.

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The crowd of fashionistas and guests on the lower level of the store.

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Me and my knight in shining armor… Juicy Couture armor that is!

PA231452This is me after I made a purchase. I found a pair of black suede ‘mary jane’ heels with studs on the strap. (I will post pics of them soon!) They were originally $325 but they were on sale for $156 Good deal, eh?

 

 

The Teen Vogue Handbook: for the savvy bookworm

October 21, 2009

Only one more day before I pack my bags and head to the big city where I’ll get to meet holy fashion designers and editors.

But before I go, I’m going to pick up my copy of the must-have book for any aspiring designers, editors, photographers and artists.

The Teen Vogue Handbook is perfect for anyone who wants to know the ins and outs of the fashion careers and internships. And the best part? The tips and tricks come from the professionals themselves.

Check out an inside look about the book from Teen Vogue Editor-in-chief, Amy Astley.

The stylists favorite book tour

October 17, 2009
The Sartorialist book

The Sartorialist book

As I checked my blogroll earlier this week I noticed on The Sartorialist that the blogger, Scott Schuman, will be doing a book tour in the coming weeks.

Schuman’s blog is definitely my inspiration for Bmore in Style. He has a good eye for style and photography which is why his blog was turned into a book.

Starting on Monday, Schuman will be signing his first book in Washington, D.C. at Masa 14 from 9-10pm.

I would suggest that any aspiring stylist who plans on attending should dress their best because he may just find some potential snapshots for his blog. I wish I could go!

Puddles favorite boot

October 16, 2009

weather savvyThese past few days it has been non stop rain in Baltimore, which has left me quite restless because crappy weather means confining myself to indoor activities, hence this blog post.

But on the brightside, rainy days means rain appropriate gear like the ever-classic trench and the ultimate puddle-splashing rain boot.

Rain boots are a special necessity this season because if you’re a student in the Baltimore area, you know that they are a must-have for the uphill campus walk.

Any color or pattern will not only keep your pretty little feet shielded from the rain but will make your outfit pop! Check out fun rain boots at J.Crew, Target, Steve Madden, Laila Rowe and other department stores.

Here are some tips to make sure your boots look the best with your outfit:

1. Wear skinny or bootcut jeans so that it minimizes any extra denim bunching at the top of the boot.

2. Mix your pattern on the boot with another color or print top. Don’t be afraid to take fashionable risks!

3. Wear thick socks to prevent blisters or ultra cold feet. Rubber boots will protect you from rain damage in comparison to other boot options like UGGs but unless they have lining inside, they won’t keep your feet warm.

Have an additional tip about wearing rain boots? Have a favorite pair or boot pattern you want to share? Post them here!

~Keep In Style Bmore~

Prints charming

October 15, 2009
Sarah Mandel is wild about prints

Sarah Mandel is wild about prints

With each day comes another trend, take it from Towson University student Sarah Mandel.

Animal prints are a popular trend this season. From tops to jackets to ballet flats, these wild prints are perfect for anyone who likes to take a walk on the wild side!

Leopard, cheetah and zebra prints will definitely add more zing! to your wardrobe.

“I love my leopard print jacket,” she said.

While Forever 21 and Nordstrom’s are here retail store staples, she occasionally likes to shop at Bebe and Arden B. when she has a “few extra dollars to spend.”

And Sarah lives by a simple yet true styling motto:

“Wear clothes that flatter your best features and make you feel confident.”

Eye for style

October 13, 2009
Cast of Styl'd photo courtesy of MTV.com

Cast of Styl'd photo courtesy of MTV.com

So I have a confession.

I have an obsession with reality television shows… I mean, gosh, who doesn’t?

Except my obsession of reality tv are the few shows that feature top designers, stylists and celebrities.

For those who love those competitive shows like Project Runway or America’s Next Top Model, then you will love the new show Styl’d premiering November 1st on MTV.

Featuring one of the top styling agencies in the country, Margaret Maldonado Agency, five junior styling assistants will compete to win a contract with MMA and be well on their way to success.

Check out the dramatic trailer.  I’m sold!

Snapshot

October 11, 2009
Awis Mranani is a neutral type of girl

Awis Mranani is a neutral type of girl

For Awis Mranani, this is too dressy.

“My style is really boyish. I rarely wear skirts or dresses, I love my skinny jeans paired with converse sneakers or Vans,” said the journalism Towson student.

The dedicated H&M and Urban Outfitters shopper loves the vintage look. Wearing a BDG cardigan over a Lux floral dress, Awis says she likes to stick to neutral colors.

While Urban Outfitters tends be on the expensive side, Awis likes to have a variety of pieces ranging in different prices.

“My American Eagle flats. I got them at Payless,” she said.

Countdown to Fashion U

October 8, 2009
Editors of Teen Vogue magazine

Editors of Teen Vogue magazine

So I am literally marking X’s on my calendar as I anxiously wait for October 23rd, or in other words, the kick-off for Teen Vogue’s Fashion University 2009.

Last year I went and it was an amazing networking experience. I got to meet holy fashion designers and magazine editors right in the heart of New York City.

This year, there will be seminars featuring designers Kimora Lee Simmons (the designer for Baby Phatt), Derek Lam, Thakoon, Cynthia Rowley, Rebecca Minkoff and so many others.

I already signed up for the seminars I want to attend and I am so eager to meet Eric Daman, the costume designer for the hit show Gossip Girl. I also get to listen to Frances Pennington, a marketer for Juicy Couture which for me is a HUGE deal because Juicy Couture is one of my favorite brands. In addition to getting a tour of Teen Vogue offices, I also get to listen to fashion & style bloggers.

And, to celebrate beforehand, Juicy Couture is hosting a special retail kick-off event at their flagship store on 5th Avenue. H&M is also hosting a special retail event the following evening.

So now the most important question is, what should I wear?

Fall into boots this season

October 5, 2009

This weekend as I strolled through Towson mall I spotted some ultra cute shoes that are a must-have this fall! The soft leather boot.

This season is all about the super tall boot and Nordstrom’s has multiple how-to clips on what looks best with the new boot. Neutral colors like a light brown or soft grey look great with any look. Pair them with a mini dress and tights and you’ll be set all day or all night.

If you’re not sure about the super long boot, aim for the simple and sophisticated ankle boot–a classic look with any outfit.

My personal favorite happen to be the Sam Edelman suede boots (see below!) that were featured in the September issue of Teen Vogue.

Sam Edelman suede boots $199

Sam Edelman suede boots $199