Fashion Rocks – The Convergence of Music and Fashion

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Display above the cash wrap at John Varvatos Bowery Street

There has always been a relationship between music and fashion. As with many creative endeavors, fashion and personal style certainly are very influenced by music. Over the years, many music icons have become fashion icons simultaneously. Many of those same music icons have even created their own fashion lines.

Certain designers have even turned their passion for music into the core inspiration of their fashion lines. One such example is John Varvatos, whose menswear line draws inspiration from rock music and infuses a modern aesthetic. The location of the Bowery Street store is non other than that of legendary underground music club CBGB. The store retains much of the original graffiti and concert posters on the walls, a sort of tribute to the club’s heyday. It definitely gives new meaning to the saying “If walls could talk”. Even if you’ve never been to a show at the CBGB, you can feel a certain energy when you walk into the John Varvatos Bowery Street location. Inspiration from rock music’s past leading the way for future generations.

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A Color For All Seasons

Few hues have the power and impact of the color red. Red is also one of few colors with a shade to universally flatter just about anyone and works perfectly in any season. A dress in this lovely color was just the thing for an evening out on a recent trip to the Opatija Riviera. This summer’s travels had me revisiting the picturesque destination, which happens to be the starting point of tourism in Croatia. Many of the elegant villas and parks date all the way back to the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

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Dress: The Limited, Wrap: Express, Sunglasses: Prada, Shoes and Bag: Aldo

Mixing Neutrals

On an early summer day while getting ready for brunch, I opted for a neutral color palette. The look started with a light little black dress, which   I paired with chestnut brown heels. The morning was unseasonably cool so I added a printed blazer. To finish off the ensemble I accessorized with a metallic embellished clutch and dark sunglasses.

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Blazer: BCBG Max Azria, Dress: Express, Clutch: Aldo, Shoes: Aldo, Sunglasses: Ray Ban

Spring’s Best Hits

                          As the temperatures begin to climb, and the seasons transition, I started to think about which pieces were the most valuable during this spring season. The conclusion I came to was simple and timeless. They were items that could easily be mixed and matched, and effortlessly took me through just about any occasion. Not to mention, also very easy to pack wherever your travels may take you. So just which pieces where they? Easy, a classic trench with a ruffle detail, cropped jeans, a bright printed scarf, and pair of pumps. The main items featured in the photos below happen to be from Express. Whenever I visit that store I always seem to find something to buy.

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Trench Coat, Jeans, and Scarf: Express, Bag: Michael Kors, Shoes: Aldo

The Oscars: Chic Couples

Hollywood’s major award season may have come and gone, but the dazzling looks of this past season are still being buzzed about. Several couples showed us their chic coordinating ensembles at The Oscars earlier this month. This time around we review three smartly dressed pairs with plenty of star power.

1. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie always know how to make an entrance and attract a lot of attention, and The Oscars red carpet was no different. Brad wore a smart classic Tom Ford look and Angelina shimmered in a glittering full length Elie Saab Haute Couture gown. The international super couple dazzled the crowd as always.

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Photo Credit: Jason Merritt – Getty Images via EOnline.com

2. Christian Bale and Sibi Blazic arrived on The Oscar red carpet looking very chic and sophisticated in head to toe black Dolce & Gabbana looks. The Academy Award winning actor, who was also nominated for this year’s American Hustle, and his stunning wife looked perfectly coordinated and complemented each other nicely.

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Photo Credit: Rick Rowell – ABC via ABC.com

3. Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell shined brightly on The Oscars red carpet this year. The delightful pair wore John Varvatos, on him, and Roberto Cavalli, for her. The Veronica Mars actress and her comedic actor husband looked lovely in their polished well tailored ensembles.

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Photo Credit: Jason Merritt – Getty Images via EOnline.com

Spring Forward

                Spring is a time for looking forward and into the future. The warmer months often bring about a sense of optimism and the feeling of endless possibilities. Sheading those winter layers has a way of making us feel lighter and rejuvenated. While we may still be in the midst of winter, there is no denying that the changing of the seasons is right around the corner. So with that, I’ve already started thinking about what I will be keeping next season and what I may change. One look I plan to continue wearing is the maxi skirt. The maxi skirt offers the body an effortlessly fluid silhouette with just a bit of drama and a hint of mystery. Which looks will you be staying with next season, and which will need a change?

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Last Fall, checking out the sites along the Adriatic Coast.

Jacket: Banana Republic, Peplum Top: Express, Maxi Skirt: J. Crew, Shoes: Aldo

An Italian Road Trip

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        All of the seemingly never-ending cold gloomy weather in New York lately, has me dreaming of planning another vacation. So the next best thing has been reminiscing about my travels last fall and pouring through all my travel photos. For a long time I had dreamt of visiting Venice, and that dream came true last November. Through an interesting turn of events, and a last-minute car rental, my cousins and I planned a weekend road trip through northern Italy. Along the way, we found a designer outlet mall, dinned in a quaint trattoria, sampled authentic gelato, and became immersed in centuries of history and culture. Perhaps my favorite part of the weekend was walking through Venice’s narrow side streets, shopping the charming shops, and stumbling upon a hidden gem of a jazz bar, before eventually making our way to the Piazza San Marco. Once in the sprawling piazza by the water’s edge, surrounded by the captivating Venetian Gothic architecture you may even feel like you’re in one of Turner’s dreamy paintings.

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Taking in the Venetian Scenery

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Sunglasses: Prada, Scarf: Zara, Necklace: Lia Sophia

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Leather Jacket: Banana Republic, Tee: Gap, Scarf: Zara, Jeans: Levi’s, Boots: Steve Madden