floral prints

Rachel Bilson in Milly at the 2014 People's Choice Awards Nominations

Rachel Bilson brightened up the red carpet at the 2014 People's Choice Awards Nominations in Los Angeles wearing this vibrant floral print Milly ensemble featuring a crop-top and slim-fitting high-waisted pencil skirt.

The Hart of Dixie star styled her look with white Givenchy sandals.

A deep kohl-rimmed eye, dark manicure and loose wavy tresses added the final touches to her flirty look.

I really like this look on Rachel, although I cannot seem to think that it's too summery? However, do the rules of fashion go out the window when you live in a sunny state like California?

What do you guys think?

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

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Lea Michele in Lela Rose at the 2013 FOX Upfront Presentation

Lea Michele attended the 2013 FOX Upfront Presentation in New York City wearing this flirty single-shoulder, vibrant pink Lela Rose floral printed dress.

The Glee star accented her fresh summery look with metallic Jenni Kayne pumps, Dana Rebecca Designs rings and EF Collection bangles and earrings.

Wavy ombré, side-swept tresses and a punch pink pout added the finishing touches to her ensemble.

Do you like that Lea went back to the ombré highlights for summer?

 

~Christy Pastore @christypastore
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Kerry Washington in J. Mendel at the Django Unchained Berlin Premiere

Kerry walked the red carpet for the Berlin premiere of Django Unchained wearing this vibrant floral print J. Mendel silk-chiffon dress featuring tiered ruffles at the hem and an open back.

She styled her summery look with Christian Louboutin heels, a black Jill Milan box clutch and gold Bounkit earrings.

A lovely half-up, half-down hairstyle and punch pink pout added the finishing touches.

Kerry is having quite the run with a bevy of fabulous dresses for this promotional tour. Which look is your favorite so far, the white Prada, floral printed Rochas or this gown?

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

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London Fashion Week Spring 2013 RTW: Vivienne Westwood Red Label

 

The only thing more chic, right now, than a designer label is a designer cause. Enter Vivienne Westwood’s Spring 2013 soapbox of a show in London. The British designer has long been vocal about climate change and green living. For her show, she made her models up with radioactive glows, and in a post-show interview kept with her outrageous character. Westwood made claims that she doesn’t care about fashion, doesn’t want to talk about her show, and only cares that fashion is allowing her to spread the word about climate danger. We applaud you Vivienne Westwood for your unwavering dedication over the years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Westwood takes us back to an interesting take on the 50s and 60s. We see bright hibiscus pinks, neutral greys sitting alongside a sunny yellow, subtle blush tones and yet again, a runway set of statement shoes.

 

 

 

 

 

Westwood was a winner with her subtle check prints, retro circle skirts and fit and flare 1950’s skirt styles. The stylist for the show hit the accessories selection spot on with full size doctor bags in coordinating prints, delicate clutches, driving gloves and a vast array of hats and fascinators. Yet we couldn’t help but feel that the overall quirky touch of Westwood was missing (sans crazy radioactive makeup).

In the Fashion Wrap Up headquarters, we were again thrilled to see the return of a softer female silhouette that compliments all body types. Westwood provided a collection of pieces with well thought out draping and textile manipulations that will flatter any body and be accessorized for your own personal take on conquering the world.

~Jessica Wright @GirlvsCity

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New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 RTW: Rebecca Minkoff

There is a heatwave in New York right now, but Rebecca Minkoff dished out easy, cool-girl-sporty, mixed separates with a nod to the 1970's for her Spring 2013 collection. Inspired by the works of iconic photographer Slim Aarons, Minkoff showcased a cool palette splashed with tropical prints and spirited stripes.

There were splashes of bright reds and oranges and vibrant royal blues and greens on a mostly white canvas. Patterns were in abundance with sun-faded florals on dresses and ombré prints on zipper vests.

Relaxed and comfortable silhouettes were represented in the form of sheer blouses, drawstring shorts and slouchy jumpsuits. The sleek flare pants with embroidery down the side will be the must have wardrobe staple of the season.

Sprinkle in some girly summer tweeds and tom-boy edgy moto-jackets and you've got a wardrobe fit for the jet-set bi-coastal gal.

Looks were accented with the designers statement bags and clutches, caged booties and colorful sandals. 

No red carpet gowns from the designer, however there are plenty of casual everyday looks for celebs like Shay Mitchell, Shenae Grimes, Hilary Rhoda, Anna Kendrick and Lauren Conrad.

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

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New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 RTW: Nicole Miller

The Nicole Miller customer is a rather particular type of woman. Somewhere between trendy and conservative is where you'll find the Nicole Miller girl, and her newest RTW collection debuting Friday at New York Fashion Week stays true to the company and its aesthetic. While the customer is really halfway between two extremes, it seems it may be difficult to stick with a consistent idea with this collection where an opening of stripes segued to florals, diamonds, and even new age galaxy-inspired prints.

Where the sportswear pieces may have fallen short in their plethora of ideas and directions, the stand alone dresses are what really made this collection stand out. For example this muted vermilion and floral printed dress. The accents of graphic black and white used as style lines takes a banal floral print and turns it into something modern and fun. This dress, as well as the others within the collection, are great dresses that could be useful in a variety of social situations.

 

 

Another way the usual boring nature of florals was avoided was done at the core of their textile development team, using floral prints that faded away from reality in an artistic, almost water color effect. The structure of the dresses have been kept young and fresh by putting pattern pieces in unexpected places, keeping the style lines unique in places where the silhouette may be ordinary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This collection, ultimately, was a hit or miss based on your opinion of the styling of the show. Looking at the pieces subjectively and on their own, there are many fun additions to a wardrobe perfect for the woman that likes to live on the edge of normal life. What are your favorite looks from the collection?

 

 

 

 

 

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Style Find~ Beatrice Holloway Big Heat Dress

Style Find: Beatirce Holloway, Big Heat, $105.93

Where to Buy: House of Spy

Why You Should Buy: This floral print dress will make a big splash at your next summer bash. It's got tons of day to evening potential and we adore the wide collar and the relaxed fit. Heavy accessories not needed -- this dress speaks for itself!

 

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Style Find~ Free People Floral Print Daisy Fit and Flare Dress

Style Find: Free People, Floral Print Daisy Fit and Flare Dress, $148.00.

Where to Buy: Free People

Why You Should Buy: You definitely need more floral print patterns to add to your wardrobe. We love the punchy color and the tiny printed daisy pattern on this dress. This summer must-have item features a stretchy, under the bust waist band and the silhouette is completely flattering. Perfect for date night or a summer wedding.

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Style Find~ Forever 21 Cropped Floral Blazer

Style Find: Forever 21 Cropped Floral Blazer, $18.99

Where to Buy: Forever 21

Why You Should Buy: Let's be honest, the floral trend will be in style forever. It's the most obvious and anticipated look for the spring/summer season. Pair this blazer with jeans, over a sheath dress or even a pair of fab shorts. This blazer is totally versatile and a beautiful print. It's a must-have piece to wear over and over.

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

Pattern Play~

Make a play on patterns this spring!

Bold print combinations, striking colors and sensational silouettes give patterns a whole new look.

Pattern Play~

~Christy Pastore @christypastore

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