2014 AMA Fashion

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The American Music Awards were in town and with the show came a slew of celebs in some head-turning fashion. Lots of solid colored pieces, bold cutouts, and geometric designs were among the red carpet offerings last night. Take a look and judge away!

Lucy Hale: This black Vera Wang mini dress with tonal black embroidery and other embellishments owned a dark modern aesthetic with a girlish lean. The actress and country singer injected more of her own personality into the style with her bordeaux lip, dark mani, smattering of silver & gunmetal jewels, and matching black accessories.

Lucy-Hale Jennifer Lopez: Her silky nude Reem Acra dress unsurprisingly left little to the imagination. Shamelessly sexy has been her go-to red carpet style for a long time and, while a bit tired at this point, the style certainly suits her. Anyone else getting a slight flashback to that navel-low cleavage bearing Versace dress from 2000?

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SEEING STARS

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Loved by everyone from teenage girls and young adults to models and actresses everywhere, Los Angeles based fashion brand Wildfox is known for its charming knitwear. One of their better known designs is their Seeing Stars Loose Knit Sweater and can be found keeping a ton of celebrities cozy & casual:

Celebs Are Seeing Stars

Celebs Are Seeing Stars

Covered in a charming celestial print, this coolly distressed sweater comes in two colors and can be worn throughout the year over cutoff shorts and sandals or skinny denim and booties. And while we're on the subject of Wildfox's singular style, browse through this brand's sunglasses which tend to have a retro feel full of feminine appeal and delightful details like dainty stars and heart shaped cases.
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Holiday Look Book 2014 – BEHIND THE SCENES

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With the changing of the leaves and the dropping of temperatures comes our anticipation for the holidays. A time of enchantment during which family and friends get together to partake in the joy of wining, dining, and getting decked out for a memorable photo op, all framed by twinkling lights, candles, and the colorful flotsam and jetsam of shredded wrapping paper.

We know that another hugely appealing part of this time of year is picking out the looks for every variety of holiday gathering that you'll be attending. Our creative team got just as excited preparing for the photo-shoot that morphed into our 2014 Holiday Look Book, so they wanted to share some of their personal behind-the-scenes shots with you!

One of our favorite S22 models, Nayara getting primped & polished for the shoot!

One of our favorite S22 models, Nayara getting primped & polished for the shoot!

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DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT – ALEXIS

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ALEXIS brand clothing is the eponymous line of mother/daughter duo, Ana & Alexis Barbara. These local Miami designers did not study fashion and so derive their understanding of pattern making through the processes of design and production, both of which are carried out in the US, maximizing their artistic control of their vision for the ALEXIS aesthetic.

This covetable line came about after Alexis took a seminal family trip to the Mediterranean and designed 15 pieces just for the excursion during which she received endless compliments. After numerous inquiries regarding where to purchase more pieces, Alexis knew she was on to something and debuted her first collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim in 2008. She and her mother have been expanding the brand ever since.
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Here Comes The Sun

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For a long time sunglasses have been a high impact accessory glamorized by every famous figure from timelessly chic Jackie O to wildly unpredictable Lady Gaga. The great thing about them is that you can easily add a fresh note to your look in a noticeable way. With an overwhelming variety of styles to choose from how can you possibly pick just one? Here are a couple of our favorites:

QUAY: This Australian brand is actually pronounced like “key” and offers up funky and colorful designs at a surprisingly affordable price. They've become a cult favorite brand among plenty of celebs stateside like Shay Mitchell and Alessandra Ambrosio.

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Rosie & Paige

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Ah Rosie – She's gorgeous, has an amazing modeling career, successfully broke into film, and is now the new face of Paige Premium Denim!

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Rosie & Blue

This new ambassador/brand matchup might not seem like the most obvious one but it should be known that Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's first modeling gig was for Levi's jeans. You can't get any truer or bluer than Levi's, and so it was in a denim classic that the British beauty made her introduction to the fashion world. As she slowly gained notoriety she caught the attention of the big-wigs at Burberry and it was courtesy of them that she got her career-launching break as the new face of their fall line in 2008.

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Colored Mascara

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OOH LA LA - Lush Purple Lashes!

OOH LA LA – Lush Purple Lashes!

A lot of ladies claim that if stranded on a desert island and they had to pick but one cosmetic to have, mascara would be their beauty product of choice in order to maintain any semblance of looking cute upon their rescue.

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Maxed Out – The Art of Maxi Dressing

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While many of us enjoy the routine we have every morning of washing, brushing, coiffing, painting, and dressing, we can certainly agree that the less time we spend primping the better. Enter the maxi dress.

Once you pick your style – solid or print / strapless or racerback / fitted or loose / minimal or bohemian / casual or dressy – all you have left to do is accessorize. Take Ms. Alba for example; she determined that she felt like adding a bit of edge to her daytime stroll and decided to take her graphic black & white printed dress into rocker territory with a cropped leather vest replete with silver hardware, a detail echoed in her modern jewelry.

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Royals

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To quote Lorde, “we'll never be royals” but that doesn't mean we can't be inspired by their smart styling and timeless looks. The women of royal families are incessantly photographed and held to standards that eclipse those assigned to run-of-the-mill celebrities. Appearing presentable doesn't suffice for a princess, queen, duchess, etc… With such titles one must forever strive to be the ultimate example of propriety, composure, and grace with the objective being to encourage national pride, participate in charitable efforts, and maintain international support; political tasks that the likes of Jessica Alba, Selena Gomez, and the Kardashian Kollective are exempt from.

Fashion Forward Royals

Fashion Forward Royals

Leading by example is no revolutionary concept, however women of royal standing own a power to do so that has nothing to do with social niceties or perfect posture. The very choices they make as to which top to pair with which skirt, which designer(s) they favor, how to style their hair, and how to apply their makeup all convene to project an image painstakingly cropped and manicured for the purpose of presentation and hopeful influence. This opportunity presented itself on June 19th, 2014 to the newly crowned Letizia, Princess of Asturias – the Queen Consort of Spain. Now that she will be under more scrutiny than ever she has a chance to invigorate her country's drowsy economy through her fashion choices. Many British royals don homegrown labels like Alexander McQueen, Jenny Packham, and L.K. Bennett – an example the stylish Spanish queen may very well follow. Continue reading

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THE Denim Shirt

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If you could own a garment that had an ease about it, that owned an attractive androgynous quality, disregarded trends, transcended time in its ever-classic yet ever-modern aesthetic, and could be worn in a variety of settings, would you buy it?

Let me answer that for you; first with a series of pictures and then we'll really dig in.

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