Fall/Winter, NYFW, Recap

Throwing Spaghetti

I have a friend who is the right hand to an acclaimed New York-based designer. Every season, I anticipate his shows and no matter how weird or unwearable, I love them. So it totally threw me when this friend informed me that it’s not uncommon for him to have NOTHING ready six, five, even four weeks before the runway show date. Uninspired or just the creative process? I call the former. And as someone who comes up with ideas for a living, I get it. More than once, I’ve sat in brainstorms where our best ideas were a dog fashion show (wait, that’s actually an AMAZING idea and should 100% be pitched) or some half-baked concept that only evokes “Yea, that’ll work.” Creative fatigue is real and we can tell when we’re phoning it in.

I think there’s three responses to brain drain: you do what you know, you take a risk, or you throw spaghetti. And as fashion month wraps, I thought I’d pull out the designers who did just that.


These tried and true fashion forces have a vision, and they’re sticking to it. The importance of this is really illustrated in the documentary “House Of Z” which chronicles the rise and fall, and rise again of Zac Posen. He talks about how he lost sight of his vision and the detrimenta it was to his business and creative journey.

Oscar De La Renta – Isn’t this an easy choice? It is, but I really appreciate that ODLR is a gown house now and forever. There’s two relatively new designers at the helm, and while the collection didn’t seem exactly groundbreaking or fresh, it was gorgeous and full of ODLR’s greatest hits – namely A-line gowns and punchy, strapless numbers. It’s clear Team Oscar stays inspired by the past, but I’ll take it.

Carolina Herrera – I wasn’t going to choose Carolina, but I read it was her final collection to design and decided she’s the perfect example of a designer who has stayed inspired by her own iconic self. There aren’t many “youths” channeling the CH look—her famously chic, polished, and immaculately tailored isn’t big with the street style set—but the colors, shapes, and taffeta coming down her runway were truly stunning—and classic Carolina. She’ll be surpassed by none other than (gasp!) the ex-lead designer of Oscar De La Renta, so fear not, the dresses will still be on point.


“You know what, I just got out there and tried.” These are the designers that constantly zag when everyone else is zig-ing.
Gucci – If you know me, you know my love for Gucci in recent years runs oh-so-deep and oh-so-wide. When I first watched this season’s show, I thought I’d position it as a spaghetti, but then I read about Alessandro’s inspiration for the collection and changed my mind. Is this just excellent BS? If it is, he sold me. Yes yes, people carried heads down the runway and that is freaking WEIRD, and I’m crying because the looks are SO. OVER. THE. TOP., but someone also carried a little green lizard and that redeemed everything for me.

Dolce & Gabbana – Get ready people, Dolce drones are now a thing and officially ruling the world. Relying on technology is risky enough, but it’s just so cheeky to nod to the fact that we don’t even need models anymore to show runway collections. And when the girls did hit the catwalk, they were Spanish divas layered in all kinds of crazy. I’m kindof confused, but also kindof obsessed.


I had a history teacher who would give us participation points for throwing spaghetti, i.e., just talking. Sometimes you’d stick your neck out and cobble together an answer that would get a nod of approval, and other times, a laugh and, “You’re throwing spaghetti, but nice try.” These people did that, but with fashion…and it pretty much worked. 

Saint Laurent – Hedi Slimane is long gone from Saint Laurent and it seems like some of the black magic that is YSL is gone. Anthony Vaccarello is doing his own dark thing now, and also his own floral thing, I guess. But I’m calling Spaghetti because the collection just seemed so…random: hats, architectural dress, so much leather that I’m worried about our cow population. The worst thing for me is the knitted belt with the rhinestone, ahem, Swarovski crystal, centerpiece. There was a lot, and although I’m not into it, apparently sales are up, so undoubtedly other people are.

Moncler – Honestly, Moncler gets the gold because they dropped a wintry, puffy bomb at Milan fashion week. Comprised of 8 mini-collections that will “drop” on a month-to-month schedule, this collection was LIT. Seriously, it’s heating up in here, and it’s not just because I’m shrouded in a floor-length Moncler parka. They threw the spaghetti, and it stuck.



Stay risky out there people.

xx – hh

Casual, Daytime Look, NYFW, Real Talk, Spring/Summer

#FBF – Remembering September

WHAM BLAM KABLAM September is dead and gone and I’m not kidding, we are nine days into October and I just realized September is over. If “delayed style blogger” is not yet an established genre of blogging, I am sure as heck owning that label all on my own.

I have a friend who always jokes that I am not unlike Beyonce in that I somehow manage to fit 26 hours in a day. I get it all done. In September, much to my dismay, I did not get it all done. Thankfully, “accepting the situation” has been a running theme for me during 2015. I was dissappointed I didn’t catch much of NYFW last month and I’ve barely scratched the surface of all the ideas I have for Hihaleyannie.com. But situations much larger than my little dream of a blog are taking priority and I’m trying my best to accept the fact that, once again, things are not going to according to plan.

So we press on. And we write when we can, as well as we can.

Even though I attended a mere handful of fashion week events, I still tried my best to dress the part. Who knows, Fashion GPS might send out last minute show invites and I may just have the opportunity to take what I like to call an “executive lunch” and slip down to some abandoned West Side post office to take in a show. Not saying I did this during the work day, but I’m also not saying I didn’t do this. 😉

There’s a famous saying, “Dress for the job you want to have.” I aspire to be an editor so as I styled myself each morning during that first week of September, I asked myself, “Would Tonne Goodman or Amy Odell wear this?”

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Whether it was a midday show on the West Side or discovering a new obsession-worthy line at the Hanley presentation that I rushed to after a long day at work, I’m so grateful to even experience a nanosecond of this industry. If you are kind and work hard, amazing things will happen. Here’s hoping.

Thanks for hanging with me. XX


Key Pieces // Heels – Celine | Chain Crossbody – Longchamp | Pants – Trina Turk | Boots – Stuart Weitzman (similar)

All photos by the amazing Julia Hembree, per usual.

NYFW, Real Talk, Recap

Fashion To Go: NYFW SS16 RECAP

Now that the dust has settled it’s time to make a little sense of the flutter of layers and slits and skin and glitter that we’ve seen over the last 8 days. I’m breaking down {what I think were} the most talked about, most insta’d, snap chatted, and downright most ooh and aahed over shows from NYFW SS16.

First up, Proenza Schouler

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Admittedly, Proenza Schouler is not usually on my radar. Of course, I’m a big fan of the their bow shoe and the iconic PS1 bag, especially when I was selling it hand over foot during my Nordstrom days, but not noted on my end is what Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough have been sending down the runway the past few seasons. Trust that this lack of attention changes now because OH THE BEAUTY. PS models were all tied up in ribbon and bows but in the coolest, most un-sweet way. A bi-chromatic color palette, aside from small interjections of deep, saturated teals and reds, along with many ruffles and bared shoulders had me thinking of Spanish flamenco dancers. We saw this look with Dolce & Gabbana last season (and always) but PS showed flamencos dancing to the tune of FKA Twigs, eating dinner at the Nomad hotel and partying at the Boom Boom Room. Enter the age of the NYC Flamenco, catch it SS16.
Next, Public School 
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We all waited with anticipation for the Public School runway show as Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne find themselves in a whole new chapter. The pressure was on as the duo not only manned their own line but also taking over at DKNY this season to lend a much needed, refreshed eye. Add in the fact that their once underground line, Public School, has exploded and is now a household name (among the style-savvy set, at least). We have all been begging the question, “Will they deliver?” In a word: YEA BABY! It’s always a treat when a collection carries an invisible sign saying TRANSLATION NOT NEEDED. So many wearable pieces! Perforated silk tops, high-slit midi dresses to go over denim with ease and oversized sweaters that will no doubt be worn over white skinnies and pencil skirts come spring. There was a bit of confusion, though, when clean-lined tennis dresses and skirts piped in bright orange made an appearance on the runway, looking noticeably different from the rest of the models doused in black and blues. A little haphazard sure, but all items shown are still very high on my spring shopping list.
And Givenchy.. 
Undoubtedly the most buzzed-about show, Ricardo Tisci’s SS16 Givenchy presentation paid kind homage to NYC’s past while simultaneously looking ahead to a very dark and sultry future, but in the best way possible. As a glowing orange sun dipped into the Hudson on the evening of September 11th, crowds waited on the highline for the show to begin. Simple silhouettes in tulle, lace, leather and beading added a dynamic aspect to the (yet again) bi-chromatic color palette. The texture took over for color, like a striking black and white photo. My favorite look was worn by Joan Smalls: a tight waisted, strapless gown volumized by massive tufts of fur (I think fur?). Wondering now which starlet will have the guts to wear it during award season.
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Most of the menswear lines presented in during the inaugural Men’s Fashion Week in July but Tisci preferred his boys and girls to fraternize together and what a lovely sight it was, like everyone was headed out to a very cool European ball. Givenchy suits are cut crisp and clean, no bags and no extra breaks – that’s my kinda suit. And nothing is sexier than a tshirt under a tuxedo blazer; also hoping famous dudes will for this look on the Red carpet. That means you, Ryan Gosling.  We simply cannot ignore that lace blouse and matching tie combo either.  I’m making a mental note to reach out to Givenchy’s PR team to see if they’ll make this for the girls. #OneLoveOneLace
Finally, Marc Jacobs
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Too many good looks from my always-favorite Marc Jacobs. My gateway drug to designer labels was the now defunct Marc by Marc line. Truly heartbroken to see the line go, but I was giddy when I saw the MBM girl hasn’t quite gone away. Jacobs designs for two girls; his namesake line, Marc Jacobs, is demure and secretly sexy. She’s covered up and walks with a secret on her lips. The Marc by Marc girl was rebellious and quirky. She is glam grunge, or maybe not glam at all. Set in the Ziegfeld theatre, models marched a red carpet runway, did a proper step and repeat and then sashayed right into that theatre full of spectators. Red white and blues smeared thoughout the color story made me think that American Grunge may be taking a victory lap. I’m crazy about the mismatched crest jacket and powder blue suit. Come spring, ring me up because I’m having it all.

That’s all for now!
More NYFW updates to come this week while we watch London fashion week unfold.

xo – Haley

NYFW, Recap, Spring/Summer

Fashion To Go – NYFW

The invasion has begun. My instagram feed is flooded with pictures of my favorites spots around town, but now by out of towner bloggers. Blacked-out windowed Escalades and Suburbans are hunkered down in front of the hotels Mercer, Crosby and Trump. When I walk home from work, my route is a little less direct as I swing by these spots to try and spot/restrain myself from tackling a celebrity. Fashion’s bi-annual Christmas has begun –


Sadly, I’ll be missing many of this season’s shows due to an overly hectic personal schedule, but I’m following along via that oh-so-helpful, yet FOMO inducing social media. If you want to bone up your fashion intake this week, I highly recommend checking into Vogue’s site VOGUErunway.com (RIP STYLE.COM – you will be missed!)

If you just maybe want to know what’s hot and what’s not this NYFW, I’m your girl. Today is all about the quickest Fashion Week rundown ever.

Let’s jump right into Hihaleyannie’s First-Ever Fashion To Go!

The Favorite – Public School

photo cred: vogue.com

photo cred: vogue.com

Right now, these two designers are the hottest thing out there. Between their much adored line and manning the helm at DKNY this season, Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne are honing their A game and bringing it hard. Passionate lovers of the city, it’s easy for us all to pull for the street-style guys whose line’s style is a little goth and a little prep and very, very clean. Not to mention, their ready to wear items sell out faster than you can say,”Where do you keep your Public School shorts?” As my friend, Russian GQ photographyer, Volodya Timchuk, would say, “They are cool, Soho boys.” Yes they are Vlad, yes they are.

Most Instagrammed – Givenchy

photo cred: @VogueParis

photo cred: @VogueParis

The inception of the Givenchy show began and concluded on Instragram. Last week, Givenchy announced via Instagram that they would give away 425 +1 tickets to whomever signed up in time. Givenchy’s acclaimed designer Ricardo Tisci was thrilled to be presenting in NY for the first time and wanted the world to see it happen. Well we all signed up and the site crashed several times and yours truly is proud sad to say she did not land a ticket. BUT good ol up-to-the-nanosecond Insta was there for us. Snaps of Kanye and Kim finding their seats flooded my feed, along with the gorgeous West-side sunset glowing in the background while cream colored ladies with bejeweled faces stoically walked the catwalk. I feel like I was there! But not really.

Most Runwayed – Gigi, Kendell, Cara, Karlie and the rest of the PYT Squad

photo cred: Vogue.com/Getty Images

photo cred: Vogue.com/Getty Images

Fashion’s darling girls are only gaining momentum this season.This group of gorgeous, barely-of-age ladies will walk in almost every show imaginable.  You can’t swing a stick in Manhattan without hitting one of these doe-eyed, long-legged vixens. And they’ll be walking every show from DVF to Tommy Hilfiger to Oscar de la Renta. I mean you can for sure swing a stick without hitting one of them. But it’s so crowded in the city lately that you can’t really swing a stick without hitting someone. Also, where would you find a stick? #nonature

Most Under The Radar Runwayed – Anna Ewers

photo cred: vogue.com

photo cred: vogue.com

She’s the face you’ve seen but just can’t place it. But Anna walks in hundreds of shows a season and no doubt this season is no different. Her face is strong or soft or sexy or whatever mood a designer is attempting to create. She’s the ultimate muse to any artiste and we’ll continue to unknowingly see her face in ads for many seasons to come.

Back At It – Lauren Conrad

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If you are my mom, you may actually recognize this name! Everyone’s favorite Kohl’s designer is back at it with a new line. LC didn’t quite graduate from soft sweetness, but hey, you do what you know. And yes, there’s a time and a place for girly girls and that place is a place where girls where bows in their hair (that means you, the South!) and bikinis on the reg (heyyyy California!).

Hot Colors – Just take a look at the most recent shows showcased on Voguerunway:

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photo cred – Voguerunway.com

Hard to say as today really dives into the deep end of the shows, but I’m saying we’re coming back to bright, bold color and lightness in general. Yesterday, Idan Cohen sent his models down the runway in bright, candy-colored and beaded gowns. At Givenchy last night, Ricardo Tisci sent his girls down his highline runway in white silk slips and cream colored jackets. Better up your spray-tan budget for Spring 2016.

Hot Trends

photo cred: voguerunway.com

photo cred: voguerunway.com

I’m calling for another round of off the shoulder tops coupled with high-slit skits. This season will be about showing skin in new and exciting ways. Less cutouts, more slits.

Keep your eyes peeling and your ‘liking’ finger ready because now you know. Next week we’ll recap shows and drool over all the pretty clothes. Merry Fashion Week to us all.



Fall/Winter, NYFW, Real Talk

Why You Should Care About Fashion Week

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Sound the bell and close the FW15 books, for as the sun set in Paris on Friday, fashion month finally came to a close. Air France air jets destined for LGA and LAX are loaded up with lucky exhausted fashion market editors who  just underwent an immense intake of fabric and aesthetics – not to mention loads of pop culture (thanks Kimye).
And you must be thinking – what does this have to do with me? If you’re not fashion obsessed and choose to NOT spend your time trolling Pinterest for Street Syle pin-speration or style.com to try to figure of out what number look you loved most at the Chloe show, you must be wondering what all the fuss is about.

There’s this marvelous scene in the movie The Devil Wears Prada where Miranda Priestly, a powerful fashion Editor, tells her plebeian executive assistant, Andy Sachs, who could not care less about the editorial world that she’s stumbled into, exactly why fashion has to do with her.  “You’re in fact wearing a sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room.”

She really wasn’t exaggerating.

Fashion Week gives us all a sneak peek of what we’ll be wearing this coming fall or, in some of our more midwestern or southern regions, in two falls. No matter if you pre-order runway looks via Moda Operandi or dash to Ann Taylor LOFT and H&M when you have a free 45 minutes, you better believe all looks will be replicated. I like to take NYFW to study and plan ahead for what my wardrobe will require in six months. I get it, this is not everyone’s life and may sound completely absurd. But put yourself in my shoes – living in a Fashion Hub and working in the industry requires a certain reflection of knowledge and current events, like any other profession would require. Kind of like in Devil Wear’s Prada when Andy doesn’t start to find favor in the workplace until she showed that she “cared” about what was happening around her. It doesn’t matter if you paid $500 or $15 for that cute little top, some version of it was worn by a model at some point during fashion month.


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Photo Cred: Vogue.com

An avid fashion follower would also note that Fashion Month tends to reflect the general mood of culture. More recently, the fashion world in general has been trying to reroute priorities and focus on real topics. Karl Lagerfeld sent a woman’s revolution down Chanel’s Spring 2015 runway and a week ago, Dolce & Gabbana celebrated mothers and the impact a tender relationship can have on all of us. A few years ago, things were all dark and broody and now it seems that a shot of optimism has been infused into this realm of “pretty things.” Beauty (and yes, slowly but surely, even size) is celebrated here. Who said the fashion industry was out of touch?

And at the end of the day, Fashion Month celebrates individualism and the spirit of outwardly expressing yourself. We didn’t see the same looks at Oscar De La Renta as we did at Alexander Wang, but why would anyone expect or want that? The fact that so many people are wanting to create something transcending or elegant or striking is staggering, but the fact that this desire manifests itself in SO MANY DIFFERENT WAYS is inspiring.


Photo Cred: Vogue.com

All this aside, don’t we care about those amazing street style shots the most anyway? Fashion Month is the time to ditch your go-to/un-inspired looks and find the ensemble that makes you feel your coolest and boldest. So don’t worry about policing Instagram or Refinery29 or WWD like your life depends on it – that’s why the girls at Style Me Perfect are here! We’ll break it down for you and tell you exactly what you need to know. Just please know that Fashion Week is an actual thing with impact, and yes, it does apply to you.

Ready to shop? Give me a shout if so!


Haley Hoover, SMP Stylist

Fall/Winter, NYFW, Recap

NYFW Runway Recap (with Superlatives, Duh)

A week or so ago I let everyone peek into my little trek through New York Fashion Week and what I wore to the sub-zero, nor-easterly concrete jungle that is Lincoln Center. This week, we’re trekking down the runway! Here’s my review of my favorite, the most talked about and most intriguing shows as of late during Fall Fashion month (or should I say months? because seriously this thing goes on forever). Warning: There is also a superlative element used here because, you know, I just have a thing for categorization.

Most Patriotic In a European Way: Anthony Vacarello
Let’s start off with a newcomer. A protege of Donatella Versace, Anthony Vacarello presented his collection a few days ago that was deeply inspired by none other than the good ol US of A, which is exactly why I chose him. Americans and our very young nation are teased so critically across the globe that it absolutely shocked me to hear that a European designer was actually inspired by the texture and fabric of our nation. Stars and fringe and studs and rock star power infused into every aspect of this collection. It’s cool and oh so texy-sexy that I wanted to stand up and salute. Give this man a tiny replica of Old Glory and call him Yankee Doodle.

Trends To Watch: Suede, Fringe, Leather Cutouts and tiny, tiny Skirts

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Most Talked About: Marc Jacobs

Victorian grunge? No more Mr. Tough Guy – last season’s army fatigues gave way to full pleated skirts and sequin jackets. Marc’s show was all about lightness, laciness, and belted A-line waists. I don’t know how he does it: sexy without showing really anything. He’s all about the allure and the confidence – did you see how those girls walked the catwalk? I need to watch this every morning on my morning commute for confidence motivation. Full coverage to no coverage – I wanted it all and simultaneously wanted to announce,” THE REAL MARC JACOBS IS BACK” from the Empire State Building.

Trends T0 Watch: Long Pleated Maxis, Trouser Suits, Forehead Topknots

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The fashion nation wept collectively at the passing of the great Oscar de la Renta. As a woman, I felt like one of the few men that truly understand what woman want and need to feel while wearing a gown or dress or appropriately modest midday tea outfit had left us. This season, Oscar’s predecessor, Peter Copping, presented his first collection for the great ODLR house. A new chapter begins. Copping is not yet filling ODLR’s shoes – Oscar was creme fraiche, this was a cupcake. The day wear felt cautious, BUT the gowns gave me a glimmer of hope and intrigue. Bold hues and big beadings floated down the runway. I’ve never wanting a pair of fuchsia, leather evening gloves but dangit, now I do! When it comes to Peter Copping, the day may be dim but the evening is just beginning. Excited to see how things change.

Trends To Watch: Jewel Tones, Marsala, Bustier Backs, Violets and Purples


Best Use of Color: Peter Pilotto

I’ve never allotted much attention to Peter Pilotto but more recently this line has been the recipient of major buzz. And from the looks of the FW15 collection we all know why. Style.com likened the collection to the stack of board games you played in your childhood rec room but I feel this description is a downgrade. This collection is whimsical, but it’s the most optimistic look at fall that I’ve seen for this season. Fall is typically a time to get broody and dark, but Peter Pilotto’s designs march right into the colder months with a rainbow colored ambiance. There was also some major coat-speration taking place here too.

Trends To Watch: Bright Outerwear, Symmetric Prints, Bold Color Accents on Classic Silhouettes

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Most Social-Media’ed: Tommy Hilfiger

A full size football field. That’s all Instagram could talk about the day of the Tommy Hilfiger show. The buzz this man created was a marketing dream and he delivered with his collection. This was the Super Bowl and he did a trick play in the way that only Tommy H. can do. Americana wasn’t just a thing with the Italians, it was big right here at home too. Red, white, and blue were the colors of choice with the star cheerleader marching in lead. I loved the classic white dresses, the layered turtlenecks and pleated cheer skirts. Don’t even get me started on that poncho. Go, Tommy, GO!

Trends To Watch: Culottes, Wine Colored Hosiery, Throwback Silhouettes


Is everyone making their Fall/Winter 15′ wish lists yet? Mine is miles long and Paris Fashion week just started! #uhoh

I’m happy to help you shop for yours!

xo – Haley Hoover, SMP Stylist

Daytime Look, Fall/Winter, NYFW, Real Talk

This Time Last Year – A NYFW Story

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is has come and gone once again and New York City is a-buzz and a-twitter (really) with the constant sightings of supermodels and super ensembles. It’s amazing feeling to sit in the crowd at a show at Lincoln Center, watch the lights fade and glow and see the tallest, slinkiest 19 year old pounce down the runway in a sheer jumpsuit or floor-length knit sweater dress or fitted off the shoulder cocktail dress. This is inspiration in real life, this is months of work and planning and coordinating and sourcing.

I wish we could all present a summation of the current state of our lives every six months – wouldn’t it look terrifying and amazing? Now that I’ve lived in New York for over a year, I like to measure things by “this time last year” scenarios. The swiftness of change in this city is amazing. This time last year, I was wandering Lincoln Center with my husband trying to figure out a way to get inside the wondrous “tents.” It was freezing – I wore my black pea coat and a green cotton scarf as a turban. I think it was snowing.

Flashforward 6 months and I’m back at the tents, Fashion Week passes in hand, marching proudly into Lincoln Center but feeling bewildered as soon as my feet pass the threshold.

Flashforward 6 months later and we’re here again, for the final fashion week in Lincoln Center. Instead of standby for every show, I have a handful of invites (standing tickets, but sometimes I get to sit if not enough people show up) and know the difference between the Salon and the Pavilion (the Pavilion is better, the Salon runway lights make the models look like ghosts).

I know it’s not the blogger way to be enamored with life or talk about how things are maybe a little different than what instagram portrays, but really, this gradual climb is so rewarding everytime a new milestone comes along. I can’t wait for these FW15 collections to hit stores in August and I can’t wait to see where we are this time next year.

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That’s enough outdoor time for me. Stay warm, America.

– Haley

Wearing: Top – Kate Spade Saturday, Skirt – Kate Spade Saturday, Trench – Club Monaco, Tights – Nordstrom, Shoes – Vera Wang, Bag – Longchamp

All photography credits – Julia Hembree Photography

Fall/Winter, NYFW

NYFW: Fall 2014 Recap (part 2)

I’m back with yet another incredibly short and mildly inclusive list of what beautiful things went down the runways for Fall 2014 Fashion Week, here in New York City. I only jest about my coverage because there is a reason a team of magazine editors get paid to review next season’s looks: it’s a full-time job! There are countless shows, spread across multiple venues in the city, and they all seem to take place at the same time. Also, don’t forget that it’s freezing up here in the polar vortex, which adds a whole other element of cumbersome to the mix.

So much to see, so much to obsess over. Let me show you four of many, many shows I chose to cover:



I am trying to familiarize myself more with avant-garde designers as of late. Rodarte is usually a line I steer clear of because, typically, I just don’t get it. Fall 2014 was actually a bit more comprehendible for me, though. Two things made me very excited: bright, unexpected color combos, and long, full-leg trouser suits. Calling all Power Players of the female variety: your wardrobe has arrived, and it looks FIERCE.

Marc by Marc Jacobs


My go-to for all things fashion and Fashion Week! I’ve always been a MBMJ fan. Correction: I’ve always been infatuated with the Marc by Marc brand. Up until lately, I always felt like the line hit my style square on the head! Here’s what we can say about Fall 2014: IT WAS WEIRD. Talk about avant-garde! I could barely make out what some of the models were wearing, between the voluminous fits, the incredibly busy prints (not shown, I couldn’t do it), and the fiery, stringy braids. I can’t say I don’t love it, because I’ll always love this line, and part of why I like the line is because it can be unexpected. The sad thing about MBMJ this time around is that I couldn’t find pieces on the runway that I was dying to run to Nordstrom and pick up. I figured they probably over-styled the runway looks for the show to make a big-POW!statement, but I actually got the chance to go to the Marc showroom yesterday to view the new collection, and it was still pretty dang weird, and hard to style. Oh, well…

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YES, HONEY! Now, this is a line that is easy to fall head-over-heels. Jenny designs the most beautiful, effervescent gowns! I cannot get enough! Next holiday season, I’ll be looking for a pair of silk, wine-colored trousers, or a v-neck sweater to wear with a feathery skirt. STUNNING and full of light – ladies if you have to dress-up in any part of the near, or far, future, take a cue from Jenny Packham, because she knows what’s up.

Oscar de la Renta

oscardelarentsI know that Oscar is not an American designer, but I classify him as one in my mind because that is the woman he loves to dress. Menswear inspired suiting, but with a feminine peplum on top. Long overcoats, topping velvety surplus dresses. It’s all too perfect. And DON’T get me started on those gowns! My absolute favorite is the one featured on the far right: velvet meets pink! Oh, it’s genius. If those Hollywood types are smart, they’ll call Mr. De La Renta today, and snag one of those gems for the Oscars. So what if it’s last-minute, these pieces are worth the risk!

Again, all images are taken from Style.com. If you like what you’ve seen here, head over there and check out the myriad of shows that took place this last week. Take fifteen minutes, and flip through two shows – you’ll walk away feeling inspired by what’s to come!

Happy Sunday, and happy browsing!

– Haley

Fall/Winter, NYFW

NYFW Fall/Winter 2014: Recap Part 1


I cannot describe the magic that is fashion week in New York. There’s an amazing buzz, and people running around in cray-cray outfits, texting in tutus at Starbucks. Not kidding. I even saw Anna Wintour herself yesterday in SoHo. SEE? Fashion week is magic. It’s honestly been better than Christmas, and I say that in all seriousness.

I just wanted to give a very brief recap of what I’ve loved so far. There have been close to a hundred shows, but I just picked three brands that resonate with me and made Fall 2014 look divine!

Jenni Kayne

I love a Jenni. Jenny Packham, Jenni Kayne, Jenny from the Block, Aniston… you name it! Jenni Kayne consistently creates lovely, forward looks that are feminine and cool. Feminine and cool is my game, so of course I love her. She was inspired by the English countryside this season, and I’m down to go there, if I get to wear that orange and navy gown!



I love Tibi, because it’s always very clean, and very cool. This season is no different. I’m going to start wearing one long scarf, crossed only once, like the models on the tibs runway.


Alexander Wang

Basically, The Man. I saved the best for last. Alexander is not only fronting his line, but is also the creative director for Balenciaga, and is killing it on all counts. He’s so cool. He even presented his show last night in Brooklyn, which, coincidentally, is where all the hipster-cool kids live in New York. Fall from Wang looks edgy and androgynous. High collars, short dresses, and KILLER boots. Give it allll to me. OH, and you know what’s coming back to us in all their glory? (TREND ALERT) Bermuda Shorts. They’re in the windows here in the city, and going down the runways everywhere else. Full thigh coverage, baby.

awangfallOh, and there’s more where that came from. All my images came from Style.com – I recommend heading over there to peruse through these designers’ entire shows!

I’ll have another recap in a day, or so. Marc by Marc shows are on Tuesday, and lordy, he’s my fave!! I’m heading to the tents today at Lincoln Center – we’ll see what I can see….

Is it fall, yet?

xo -Haley

Boys, Night Out, NYFW, Spring/Summer

Simple, the Second Time Around

Last week was a frenzy, but this week is a bit more predictable, so I’m pleased to present my “simple” look with the rest of the class, properly. Fashion Week is upon us, and it was quite an honor to attend Fashion’s Night of Prayer, hosted by Models for Christ. Ryan and I stopped by before heading to dinner at the Time Warner afterwards. Any night not spent on the couch watching The West Wing on Netflix, is an excuse to dress-up for me! My simple look seems involved, but with a flowy top and flouncy skirt it was everything but that.

Simple outfits require very little layers, and become ultra-chic with just a statement or two, max. My tights broke-up all the black with a little pattern and play on opacity, and the swingy top became a canvas, upon which my statement necklace could reside. Nothing fussy, yet nothing short of fabulous.





IMG_4761Oh, and of course, this Dapper Dan was with me as well.


We are Wearing:

Haley – Top: Tildon (similar here). Skirt: T by Alexander Wang (similar here). Bag: Alexander Wang (I know, I know, AGAIN, but I can’t stop carrying him around!). Shoes: Brian Atwood (similar here). Tights: Nordstrom Rack (similar here). Necklace: Anthropologie (similar here).

Ryan – This is literally ALL J.Crew. SuitShirtTieTie BarPocket Square. #addict

We’re all prayed-up, and ready for fashion week! It’s as simple as that.

xoxo – Haley + Ryan