Cold Weather, Color, Daytime Look, Fall/Winter, haley hoover, Real Talk

What Am I Even Wearing?

WELCOME FALL. You are here now. You have officially taking up the roost and shooed my darling summertime away. It’s fine, I’m just a little stressed is all.

With cooler temps upon us, the next wave of trends is rolling in, too. I’ve been in a conundrum for the past two weeks as I feel a nip in the air when I walk to the train. One question pounds around in my cranium all morning as the J train inches towards Manhattan: “What am I wearing this season?” I’ve been pestering my friend Kate for months about what the new, hot boot will be, but she always shot me down saying it was too early and too hot to talk about fall. She was right.  But fall always got me buggin! I’ve never felt adequately wardrobed for autumn, it’s my worst season. I’ve never loved jeans and growing up, my corduroys always “swished, swished, swished” in such a way that I grew to hate most pants in general.

Determined to get it right, I start my research early. This year was tricky because things in the trend cycle are starting fresh—only the most daring and fabulous are in the know. We all knew to buy off the shoulder tops for summer this year, because only the coolest of the cool were wearing them last year.  At this point, I’m keeping my eyes on the stars. Thankfully, all of those glittering fashion plates are gathered at fashion weeks across the globe, so I found it fitting to report on what to wear through the eyes of the most talented street stylists—and photographers—out there. Here’s what to shop to nail Fall 2016 and spoiler alert(!)—if you’re a 90s baby, you’re in for a treat.

TREND 1 – EAT SPAGHETTI 

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Photo Cred: VogueRunway.com / Phil Oh

I wasn’t kidding about 90s swag; it is back and it is alive. I vividly remember having a purple tee and lime green tank combo that I rocked in the 4th grade (circa 1994?) and envisioning a grown-up version of that ensemble on my now is still a little hard to swallow. I’ll dip my toe via the most 90s establishment out there: The Gap.

Quick take = Zara Tank + Gap Tee

 

TREND 2 – BLACK AND WHITE AND PRINTED ALL OVER

patterned-blouse

Photo Cred: VogueRunway.com / Phil Oh

Praise The Lord for a great printed blouse, a statement piece all on its own. Tuck it into jeans on your way to Sunday brunch or trousers when you’re running late for work on Wednesdays. Pick up stress-free wearable ones from Zara or JCrew Factory or find treasured, glossy (read: high maintenance) ones at Equipment and ALC.

 

TREND 3 – COLD CLAVICLES 

eva-ots

Photo Cred: VogueRunway.com / Phil Oh

Get ready to keep freezing those shoulders off, babies, because the off the shoulder blouses and sweaters ain’t going anywhere! Trust, your arms will be warmed because crazy sleeves are all the rage too (see below). I’m looking at knits to stay cozy, but would be swayed for bright or ruffling versions when Saturday nights come a calling.

 

I’ll just leave these here for everyone to digest. Ready your wallets, ladies! It’s time to shop; I’ll be back later this week with a little more food fashion for thought.

Happy Monday, y’all.

xx – Haley

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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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Stuart Weitzman

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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

Haley

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

All photos by the amazing Julia Hembree, per usual.

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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

proenza ss16
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.. 
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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

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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 –

WELCOME TO NEW YORK FASHION WEEK.

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

photo cred: @lclaurenconrad

photo cred: @lclaurenconrad

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:

photo cred - Voguerunway.com

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.

xo

Haley

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