A Detacher fall 2016 New York Fashion Week

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A Detacher fall/winter 2016 New York Fashion Week at Pier 59 Studios. February 11, 2016

Photos: Cathy OBrien/Bay Area Fashionista 2016©

The A Detacher fall 2016 collection went down the runway on Thursday, February 11, 2016 and gave everyone something cozy to covet for fall. While temperatures in New York dipped down into the 20’s, the models on the A Detacher fall 2016 runway donned cozy knit hats, warm sweaters, loose yet fitted jackets, and warm outfits which proved you can be layered up and still be a walking fashion plate. Love that!

A Detacher’s fall 2016 color palette included warm shades of brown, pops of bright pink, occasional red accents, neutrals, and enticing dark green. The patterns were artistic, the sleeves were voluminous, and the belts were drool-worthy. I cannot imagine anyone doing better knits for fall than A Detacher. They were groundbreaking!

You can find A Detacher’s current collection online here.


Lace trench coat for spring

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Pictured: Sunglasses: Chanel / Earrings: Kendra Scott / Scarf: Banana Republic (old, similar here on sale!) / Lace Trench Coat: Express (spring coat styled for cold winter weather-great transitional piece!) / Sweater: Banana Republic / Handbag: Givenchy / Rings: Kendra Scott / Nail Polish: c/o Dolce & Gabbana Bonbon / Leggings: Lysse / Booties: Sam Edelman

When I spotted this lace trench coat at Express, I knew I had to have it! It is perfect to wear now, and into the spring season. Since I love this lace trench coat so much, I decided to wear it on day one of New York Fashion Week.

Since the weather in New York for fashion week was in the 20’s, I needed to style this spring trench coat for cold, winter temperatures. Since it is a long sleeve, trench coat, it was easy to layer over a sweater, and thick, warm leggings. I love how this lace trench coat can transition from winter into spring! It will look so cute in the spring over a skirt, or a black dress. It would also look amazing over a bright, solid color dress!

I started the day off by meeting my friend Rita at Samba Sushi for lunch. It is a Peruvian/Japanese fusion restaurant. I never thought those two flavors could mix; but they do! The food was fabulous. If you are in the SoHo area of New York, definitely check it out! You will love it!

Day one of New York Fashion Week was cold, but very exciting! I started the day off by attending one of my favorite shows; Marissa Webb. Her show was fabulous. I loved the texture, the fabrics, the coats, and especially the booties! Oh the booties are number one on my fall 2016 wish list!

After Marissa Webb, I attended A Detacher. This was a cutting edge collection with cozy knits, warm hats, and butterfly sleeves! I loved the collection, Watch for my write-up on the blog soon!

I finished out the day with Marcel Ostertag. I had a second row seat, but ended up getting bumped up to the front row! It was an amazing view. I love his coats, and how he works with sequins. His pieces have so much movement and dimension. Watch for my write-up on his collection soon too!

If you are looking for a great piece to take you from winter into spring, definitely check out this lace trench coat. It is perfect to wear now; and into the spring season!

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Marissa Webb fall/winter 2016/2017 New York Fashion Week runway

Photos: Cathy OBrien/Bay Area Fashionista 2016©

Marissa Webb showed her fall 2016 collection at the Skylight Clarkson on February 11, 2016 during New York Fashion Week. As always, her collection was amazing.

One of the best pieces on the runway were Marisaa Webb’s booties! The booties were innovative; featuring an inside layer peeking out from the outside layer of the booties. There was a small lace-up detail on the back of the booties, and the heels were thin, and fabulous. Love them! There was also an equally fabulous pair of knee high boots on the Marissa Webb fall 2016 runway. Look for both of these styles to fly off store shelves!

Marissa Webb used texture, patterns, and discreet florals throughout her collection. The main color story included navy, mustard, light grey, rose, and pumpkin. When paired with light grey, the traditional autumn color palette took on a fashion-forward vibe; making fall look new again.

Every season Marissa Webb reinvents the wheel; and gives the fashion world a fresh outlook on how to dress. I plan on getting my hands on a pair of booties, and the navy/white check coat pictured above. Which pieces are you coveting from the Marissa Webb fall 2016 runway collection?

You can view and shop Marissa Webb’s current collection online here.


Pantone fall 2016 top ten colors

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Photo courtesy of Pantone

The top ten colors for fall 2016 are here! Pantone has released the top ten colors designers are using on their fall/winter 2016/2017 collection during New York Fashion Week.

The colors include two blues; Riverside and Airy Blue. The other eight colors are Sharkskin, Aurora Red, Warm Taupe, Dusty Cedar, Lush Meadow, Spicy Mustard, Potter’s Clay, and Bodacious.

The colors are calm, muted, yet traditional for autumn. I love the soft take on classic fall colors; and of course the two blue hues! What do you think of Pantone’s top ten colors for fall 2016?


Travel outfit to New York Fashion Week

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Pictured: Sunglasses: Chanel / Earrings: Kendra Scott (new for spring!) / Lipstick: Chanel Mighty / Sweater: Banana Repubic (on sale!!) / Coat: Topshop (under $200!!) / Jeans: Gap / Rings: Kendra Scott / Nail Polish: Dior Bleuette / Booties: Sam Edelman / Handbag: Fendi / Suitcases: Samsonite (on sale!)

I wore this travel outfit on the airplane from San Francisco to New York for fashion week. I have a formula for my travel outfits. I always wear jeans on an airplane because they are a thick fabric, and also comfortable. There is nothing worse than fussy clothing on an airplane! Jeans are anything but fussy.

When it comes to my outerwear, I prefer to wear a dark colored coat when I travel in the winter. When you are traveling, you touch, and sit, in public places, so wearing dark colors is always a safe bet. It is also easier to wear a thick coat when traveling on a airplane, then trying to stuff it into precious suitcase space! I try to travel light.

For footwear, I like to wear my bulkiest pair of shoes on the airplane; as long as they are comfortable. This frees up suitcase space for more clothing, and smaller shoes.

Layers are key when traveling on an airplane during the winter months. Since San Francisco has a much more mild climate than New York, my outfit is essentially San Francisco weather-ready, and with the coat, it turns into a New York weather-ready outfit. I also keep my gloves, and beanie, in my handbag so I can easily reach for them when I get off the plane, and head outside for my ground transportation.

I try to wear little jewelry when traveling on an airplane. There is no reason to wear fussy, and noisy, bangles. There is also no reason to wear a large ring which may hit into things, or people. One pair of comfortable earrings, and a small ring, if any, is plenty of jewelry for an airplane outfit.

This is my formula for traveling from the west coast, to the east coast, during the winter! What is your formula for an airplane outfit during the winter months?

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Packed for New York Fashion Week February 2016

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pink coat (under $200) / lace trench coat (under $150, spring piece) / blue coat (sold out) / navy coat (under $200) / chevron skirt (spring!) / black skirt (must-have closet staple for spring) / floral blazer (spring!) / black sweater

New York Fashion Week February 2016 starts on Thursday, so as you read this, I am on a plane from San Francisco to New York!

It is always a challenge to pack for New York Fashion Week in February. Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, the cherry blossoms are blossoming, and temperatures sneak into the 60’s and 70’s on occasion. It feels like spring is peeking through! At the same time, New York is still in the throws of winter.

With snow on the ground, and temperatures near-freezing, being a guest at New York Fashion Week means trying to dress in the new, spring season, yet accommodate the freezing temperatures, and possible rain or snow falling from the sky. This means sensible shoes which are still relevant, and trying to incorporate spring trends, and select spring pieces, into a winter wardrobe. It is a challenge!

For New York Fashion Week this season, I am mixing coats in spring hues with warm, black pants in order to look like a fresh new season, yet stay warm in the cold weather. I will also be pairing spring skirts with winter sweaters, tights, and sensible shoes. To immediately see how I do this, please be sure to follow me on Instagram @BayAreaFashionista

I am excited to see which trends from the spring 2016 season will carry into the fall 2016 season on the runways in New York. Will designers stick to Pantone’s Rose Quartz, and Serenity combination on their cold weather collections? Will the 70’s still emerge as an important decade of influence? Or will a new decade emerge? Will the saddle bag reign supreme, or will the box handbag emerge on top? Will stacked heels remain hot for fall, or will stilettos take over? Will all-white be a spring-thing, or will we see white after Labor Day? Will lace still be the hottest fabric on Earth?

Stay tuned! New York designers will reveal what we will be wearing for the fall/winter 2016/2017 season in the week to come! I will be posting on social media, and here on the blog, what I see on the New York runways. Look for my coverage of fall collections by designers such as Marissa Webb, Leanne Marshall, Taoray Wang, and more; here on the blog and on my social media channels!

Which trends would you like to see stay for fall? Which trends would you like to see go away?

In  my suitcase:


Studs on studs for spring

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Pictured: Sunglasses: Chanel / Earrings: Stephen Dweck / Lipstick: Chanel Mighty / Top: Banana Republic / Cuff: Compass Rose Design / Leather wrap bracelet: Tory Burch / Jeans: COH (petite)/ Handbag: Chloe / Nail Polish: Chanel Sunrise Trip / Booties: Sam Edelman

There is something a little bit rock and roll about studs. When I spotted this top at Banana Republic with tiny little studs, I thought it would be fun to wear with my Chloe Inez bag; after all, who doesn’t love studs on studs for the spring season!

A few years ago, studs were all the rage. Then, they disappeared for a hot minute from the fashion scene. It appears no-one really wanted studs to go away! They have quietly been on the runways, and store shelves, ever since. Since I love me some rock and roll, it is only natural that I love studs!

This little pouchette from Chloe is a fun bag to wear casually, or for a night out on the town. I love it as an alternative to a clutch for dinner, or an evening show. With the strap adjusted as a single shoulder strap, the bag has a more casual feel. When I adjust the straps into a double shoulder strap, it has a dressier, evening feel. Love that!

I love how the handbag looks with this studded top. The studs on the bag are large, and vary in size. The studs on the top are small and evenly distributed. I feel like the two pieces compliment each other, and add a little dimension to a casual look. Of course, this top could be paired with leather legging or pants for a chic, evening look. Oh! New outfit idea!

The combination of studs on studs in this outfit makes me smile; and makes a few AC/DC songs roll through my head. What do you think of mixing studs this spring? Are you up for a little rock and roll in your wardrobe?


Derek Lam 10 Crosby fragrance collection review

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Derek Lam 10 Crosby Fragrance Collection gift set c/o Derek Lam

The wait is over! Derek Lam’s new perfume collection, the Derek Lam 10 Crosby Fragrance Collection is here! Not only was it worth the wait, it is heaven scent 😉

The gift set pictured above features ten beautiful fragrances from Derek Lam in travel size, or purse size, spray bottles. Aside from being TSA friendly, the gift set offers you the chance to either give the gift of scent, or treat yourself to all ten of Derek Lam’s new scent’s! I prefer the latter.

Derek Lam’s ten new fragrances were created by famed perfumers Clement Gavarry, Pascal Gaurin, Yves Cassar, and Laurent LeGuernec. They were inspired by the stories, and women, Derek Lam has observed outside his window on 10 Crosby Street. How fabulous, and storied, is that!

There is a scent for everyone in the Derek Lam 10 Crosby Fragrance Collection. In fact, you may find yourself drawn to more than one; or perhaps all ten! I know I am :-) Here are the beautiful, key fragrance notes for each scent:

Silent Street: White Musks

Looking Glass: Chinese Magnolia, Tonka Bean Madagascar

Hi-Fi: Pink Peony, French Narcisse

Drunk on Youth: Crisp Apple, Honeysuckle

Afloat: White Mimosa, Orris

Rain Day: Neroli Tunisa, Vetiver Haiti

Something Wild: Cedarwood, Vanilla Bean Madagascar

Ellipsis: Austrlian Sandalwood, Jasmine

Blackout: Osmanthus, Chai Tea Essence

2am Kiss: Salty Wood, Crystalized Amber

Although all ten of the scents in the Derek Lam 10 Crosby Fragrance Collection are fabulous, my favorites are “2am Kiss,” “Something Wild,” and “Rain Day.” These are the three I find myself reaching for first. I plan to take one with me to New York Fashion Week, but I don’t know which one to choose! I love them all!

The fragrances in the Derek Lam 10 Crosby Fragrance Collection are high quality eau de parfums. The fragrance lasts all day, so there is no need to respray during the day. Love that!

I am looking forward to choosing one of the EDP’s from the Derek Lam 10 Crosby Fragrance Collection for my travel beauty bag when I go to New York later this week; and for future trips! I am also looking forward to enjoying these fragrances on a daily basis. Perhaps my Mom will find a gift set on her brunch chair for this upcoming Mother’s Day 😉 Shhh, don’t tell her! It’s a surprise!

The Derek Lam 10 Crosby Fragrance Collection gift set can be found online here (under $100 + free shipping!). The EDP’s are also sold separately in full size bottles, which can be found online here. You will love them!


Bow tie midi skirt for spring 2016

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Pictured: Sunglasses: Chanel / Earrings: Kendra Scott / Lipstick: Chanel Mighty / Sweater: Banana Republic (on sale!)/ Ring: c/o Official Larimar Shop / Skirt: Banana Republic (on sale!)/ Handbag: Givenchy / Nail Polish: Chanel Sunrise Trip / Shoes: Valentino

It is that time of year when I long to wear my spring clothing, yet the weather is still crisp and cold; since it is technically still winter. Thankfully this bow tie midi skirt for spring is easy to wear now by simply mixing it with winter pieces. Love that!

I love all of the bow tie midi skirts for spring 2016. They offer a playful, feminine vibe for the warm season. The full skirt, and midi length, make bow tie midi skirts easy to wear both for dressy occasions, or casual affairs. I am looking forward to wearing this skirt with a tee-shirt and sandals on a hot day!

While pencil skirts this spring season are hitting just below the knee, midi skirts which, are full or a-line, have gone from at the knee, to mid calf. These are fresh hemlines for the spring season, making it a fun season to shop for!

I wore this outfit on my birthday. We took the kids to Santana Row and enjoyed lunch at Blowfish Sushi. If you are local to the area, and have not had a chance to eat at Blowfish Sushi yet, it is a must-try! The Tuna Tartare Pyramid and Ritzu roll are a-ma-zing! You cannot enjoy the full experience of Blowfish Sushi without a Ritzu Roll. Highly recommend!

Thank you for stopping by

xoxo

Cathy