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  • September 14, 2010

    NY Fashion Week: Diane von Furstenberg Spring 2011

    We’re staring out our review of Fashion week with one of our favorite designers, who’s classic wrap dress is an office staple. For Spring 2011 we saw a fresh take on prints that were bold yet still subdued enough for the office.  Plus the colors had a subtle vibrancy that has us looking forward to a fresh palette in the Spring.

    DVF Spring 2011 DVF

    There was structured tailoring but I personally leaned toward the Goddess draping. It was the perfect mix of bold pattern and feminine shape.

    DVF dress DVF print

    Can’t wait till Spring to score a classic DVF frock? Shop these Workchic pieces and wear them to the office now.

    DVF wrap sweater Diane von Furstenberg Pialla Dress Diane von Furstenberg Bec Dress

    To catch up on Diane von Furstenberg’s line for Fall, check out our previous review DVF Fall 2010. Stay tuned for more coverage of New York Fashion Week.

    (photos from Style.com)

    February 22, 2010

    NY Fashion Week: Workchic Faves

    Melissa and I always enjoy reviewing the designer collections at New York Fashion Week. This season we would like to wrap up by showing you the styles that inspired us the most from the Fall 2010 collections. We have selected a few of our favorites and recreated outfits inspired by each look.

    Tracy Reese
    Tracy Reese by Workchic featuring Ralph Lauren tops

    When Melissa first reviewed the Tracy Reese collection she was impressed by how the collection had a chic take on layering. We don’t only look at layering as physical garments being piled one on top of the other. You can also layer pattern. Melissa was so inspired by the mixing of plaid and polka dot that she set out to recreate her own spin of this runway standout.

    The tweed pencil skirt is a more sophisticated take on plaid while still complimenting the polka dot sweater she selected. A faux Persian Lamb Jacket provides an extra layer of textural appeal. The ankle booties with taupe strap detail paired with a foldover leather bag are the perfect finishing touch for this runway to real office style outfit.

    Diane von Furstenberg
    Diane von Furstenberg by Workchic featuring Tusnelda Bloch blouses

    We have a love-love relationship with Diane von Furstenberg. Most of this stems from her simple and always classic wrap dress. When Melissa reviewed her fall collection she was so impressed by the use of menswear fabrics in feminine and flattering silhouettes that it immediately became the focus behind this redo.

    Cropped pinstripe trousers provide the masculine edge while the twilight purple ruffled blouse is all feminine style. The sequin blazer adds unexpected shimmer when you’re ready to leave the office and head out on a date. Patent leather heels make a statement when worn with cropped trousers. Finishing the look with a sleek laptop tote brings the conversation back to business.

    ADAM
    ADAM by Workchic featuring Jessica Simpson accessories

    The mix of structure and seemingly effortless volume called my attention at the ADAM show. While the palette was more muted, it highlighted the subtle differences between draping necklines and architecturally sculpted skirts. This look was an instant favorite of mine and work appropriate from the onset.

    To help you create a look you can wear now and wear later, we layered two sweaters. The first is lightweight and will keep you warm until the weather changes. The second provides the cowlneck and textured pattern the outfit is boasting. We found a wide leather belt to cinch your waist and provide a break between the intricate sweater and cascading lines of the skirt. Tights are optional, but we like the way it causes the leg to look long and lean melting away into the shoes.

    Anna Sui: Runway to Office
    Anna Sui: Runway to Office by Workchic featuring Marni accessories

    Our last runway to office redo is more on the casual side but I could not let print escape this recap. Anna Sui created a beautiful harmony between art history and modern fashion with her Fall 2010 collection. We love how this ruffled neckline dress picks up on the mixing of patchwork and a softer floral print. By layering a demi-cami from Second Base under the dress the neckline is more office appropriate. We selected a style with lace trim to compliment the lace hosiery. Anna utilized tights throughout her show to continue the intricate pattern work story. Instead of winterizing this look with boots we went with a chocolate suede pump and light, airy accessories.

    Runway shows of late have continued to showcase styles that are more and more obtainable for the mass consumer. Yet they still have a certain amount of showmanship that does not translate to everyday style. We hope our coverage helps inspire you to look for elements that will compliment your work wardrobe and give you fun seasonal updates. You truly can take runway glamour to the office!

    Leave a comment and share your thoughts about Fall 2010 Fashion Week with us.

    February 20, 2010

    New York Fashion Week: Anna Sui Fall 2010

    Anna Sui curates a collection that mixes influence from many genres. The abundance of research and careful design used to recreate stained-glass motifs in printed fabric or embroidery reminiscent of a Charles Rohlfs’ chest of drawers is inspiring. While these details are spectacular, they do not overtake the garments. Instead they flow through the work as subtle testament to Anna’s acute sense of cultural embrace. We were reawakened to the beauty created when mixing motifs and patterns into ones wardrobe.

    Anna Sui Collection Fall 2010

    We love how she pulled motifs from the garments into the tights. This should inspire you to continue to embrace patterned tights throughout 2010.

    Anna Sui Ice Blue Runway look

    Here ice blue, polka dots, and plaid mingle in a feminine embrace. This continues to showcase the mixing of patterns but also pulls your favorite plaid shirts through to next season.

    Anna Sui Collection for Fall 2010

    Remove the hat and this look could literally walk off the runway into your office. Here orange makes a statement in a batik printed blouse. The color carries in subtle detail along the jacquard hem in both the skirt and jacket. It’s not ended in the garment though. It peaks out in a bracelet and in delicate details on the toe of her oxford pumps.

    It was difficult to select only a few photographs from this show. Each look had a reason to shine. Here is a snapshot of a few more outfits all courtesy of Style.com.

    Anna Sui Anna Sui Collection Anna Sui Fall 2010 Anna Sui Fall 2010 Runway Anna Sui Blue and Lavender Anna Sui Fall patchwork

    You can wear Anna’s creative pattern work to the office for Spring. These blouses can be matched with trousers or skirts for business casual or with denim for Casual Fridays.

    Anna Sui Vintage Posies Blouse Anna Sui Psychedelic Floral Blouse Anna Sui Daisy Stripe Top

    We hope you enjoyed Anna Sui’s runway collection as much as we did. If you missed any of our runway to office coverage of New York Fashion Week be sure to catch up now. We want to hear about your favorite shows. Leave a comment and share your opinions with us.

    New York Fashion Week: DKNY Fall 2010 Collection

    The show put on by DKNY may have had a little more schoolgirl charm then we would recommend for the office, but we still found highlights perfect for your work wardrobe. There was a definite focus on separates. We were especially drawn to the sweaters with bold graphic colorblocking.

    DKNY Fall Runway Collection Fall 2010 DKNY Runway DKNY Fall 2010 colorblocked sweater

    As you can see these pieces also have amazing layering details. Look how shades of camel, black, charcoal, and brown all play together. These colors have a very sophisticated appeal and break all the “color rules”.

    We look forward to incorporating these cozy yet polished ideas as fall comes back around. For now we will turn to DKNY for chic dresses and cardigans. These styles, perfect for the office, were found at Dillard’s.

    Fashion Week has drawn to a close and the tents are being taken down in Bryant Park. We still have one or two more designer collections to bring you though. So, keep your browser on Workchic.com!

    We would love to hear your thoughts about this year’s shows and how you plan to incorporate the looks into your work wardrobe. Leave a comment on your favorite fashion week posts.

    Pictures courtesy of Style.com.

    February 18, 2010

    New York Fashion Week: Vera Wang Fall 2010

    It always amazes us to see so many variations on the suit jacket. This runway season proves that business dressing doesn’t have to be boring! Take one of our favorite designers, Vera Wang, she added fur trim in some unexpected places.

    Vera Wang Ready to Wear Vera Wang Fall 2010 Collection 

    When tired of fur, she utilized frayed organza to lighten the look.

    Vera Wang Runway Vera Wang runway organza skirt

    Throughout the collection she gave a nod to classic style, by piling on pearl necklaces.

    While fur and organza probably won’t cut it in the office, it sure is inspiring. Luckily you don’t have to wait until Fall to score Vera’s style. In fact, you don’t even have to wait for a sale. You can shop the Simply Vera Collection at Kohl’s.  The pieces are both practical and stylish.

    For example, this tie front jacket will layer beautifully over a printed dress for Spring.

    Finish the look with a statement necklace and peep toe pumps. 

    Would you believe we found all these pieces and only spent $130? This is why we love when designers create secondary collections, the affordability is amazing!

    Stay tuned, we still have a few more designers to review and show you how to take their looks from the runway to the office with style.  Photos courtesy of Style.com.

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