Friday Vibes // Taste the Rainbow


As I was writing this post on my favorite collections from the Milan shows, I realized that I had unintentionally described the colors at Fendi as "eggplant, mustard, and melon," in what might possibly be a record number of food words used in one sentence about clothing. Either I was starving or the produce aisle is really having it's moment on the runway.

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What colors are you hungry for this season?


In Case You Missed it // Standout Shows from Milan Fashion Week

Milan Fashion Week always delivers the theatrics. This season seemed especially exciting since the Italian designers have been reigning over fashion with exciting individualism for the past few seasons. Here are a few that, in my opinion, are can't-miss collections.


In just one year as Gucci's creative director, Alessandro Michele has made genius strides in creating the eccentric Gucci woman, making the brand's show the most anticipated at fashion week. This season's collection featured a mash-up of styles and characters that seemingly have nothing to do with one another: retro varsity stripes, Ziggy Stardust suiting, veils over 80s glasses, global influences like turbans and mandarin collar dresses. The list goes on and on, but the moral of the story remains. The Gucci woman is any and everything she wants to be, sometimes all at once. And that continues to be very exciting.

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Miuccia Prada carried the individualist torch on with her most recent collection, which had a ladylike 50s charm with a world travelers vagabond spirit. Rich textures, like brocades, velvets, silks, furs, even denim, were accented with standout accessories, like the lace-up boots, half-corset belts, and change purses hanging from the neck and waist. Overall, the vibe is rich, romantic, and adventurous.

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The structural innovation award goes to Consuelo Castiglioni of Marni for her balloon sleeves, half moon hems, and cocooned crops. The play on proportion and the overall roundness of it all gave a fresh look at the modern romantic. A study in the richness of primary colors, especially when paired with a deep burgundy lip, this collection speaks to the modern art lover in the most manicured, classic way. It's strange, it's chic, and it's wonderful.

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Karl Lagerfeld created waves in a sea of ruffled accents for this season's Fendi presentation. There were undulating yokes on blouses, ruffled trim on thigh-highs, wave-patterned furs, and even a short navy cocoon coat was cut into 3-D circles, like radiating ripples on a pond. All of the frills created an aesthetic that is feminine and fun. But while the waves may have stolen the show, it is also important to note the wonderfully unexpected color combinations and the slew of bags that, I'm sure come fall, will have "it" written all over them.

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Dolce and Gabanna's Domenico and Stefano are your official fairy godparents of fashion this season. By taking everything overtly girly and whimsical and then cranking the volume up to 100, they have created a wonderland of a runway show that is energizing, uplifting, and unapologetically over-the-top. I could look at this collection over and over again and still find new things to get excited about. The lesson in this fairy tale: More is more, literal is good, and adults can still play dress up whenever they like.

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Some more worth checking out...

The perfect coats and cool stripes at Max Mara.

The best of pajama dressing at Alberta Ferretti.

The crazy combinations (and great fringe earrings) at Dsquared2.

The statement prints and artful mixing at MSGM.

The coolness of remaining true to oneself at Giorgio Armani.

The gorgeously textured 70s rock concert that was Roberto Cavalli.

The freshest color palette at Versace.


What are your favorite collections from Milan Fashion Week?


In Case You Missed It // Standout shows from London Fashion Week

To sum up London Fashion Week in one sentence: it was a strong contrast between the dark romance of the Victorian era and the super-cool vibe of the 60s-70s London girl. Here are some of the shows that I thought were standouts for the F/W 16 season. Standout-Shows-from-London-Fashion-Week-FW16-Alexander-McQueen

To be honest, I was tempted to skip out on mentioning any other shows and just make this post dedicated to the Alexander McQueen show. The mood, from the quirky Schiaparelli-inspired imagery to the sparkling celestial Erté-esque gowns, was like a walking dream. Creative director Sarah Burton has taken the genius of the Alexander McQueen brand into its most feminine and dreamy place, one which I think we can all be very excited about for seasons to come.

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Burberry's runway show seemed to be a showcase for all things London cool. CEO and chief creative officer Christopher Bailey showed a lot of musical inspiration and an overall groovy 70s tone, accented by some Ziggy Stardust styling, military tailoring, and bohemian mixed-media layering. The wide-strapped bags and chunky ankle boots highlighted the feminine-yet-tough vibe of the collection.

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Erdem Moralioglu had a distinct vision for this show: to reflect the feelings of the "brief flowering of English surrealism between the wars—a time when fear was in the air and money scarce, but glamour and brave hopes could somehow became pasted together to offer an escape route to dreams." It's no wonder that it seems so current in our tension-fueled times. Opulent textiles with glamorous notes of sequins or feathers made for a dreamy vibe, while the statement footwear and socks were among my favorite details.

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The plastic, tied-under-the-chin rain hats at Christopher Kane were a tribute to his mother, who passed away a year ago, and they set the tone for his classic-with-a-twist, granny-chic collection. He was also said to be inspired by the manic trapped feeling of reclusive hoarders, and that sense of needing to edit is felt in the abundance of crochet and overflowing feather trims. The collection's intentional, out-of-the-box aesthetic, however, works to inspire, not overwhelm.

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In my opinion, the Markus Lupfer girl is the one to most closely emulate this fall. From the round statement sunglasses, to the pleated lurex skirts, the embroidered dresses and blouses to the star-spangled accessories, these looks are head-to-toe the most current, most wearable, and most all-around cool.

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A few more worth checking out:

The wonder-filled, more-is-more aesthetic at Mary Katrantzou.

The rock-inspired, moody romance at Preen by Thornton Brigazzi.

The wearable, all-inclusive looks at Topshop Unique for IRL wardrobe inspiration.

The artful silhouettes at Emilia Wickstead.

The lavish and quirky excellence that is Toga.

The intensely feminine and darkly poetic looks from Simone Rocha.

The ultra-rich color palette at Roksanda.

The vibrancy and "real"-ness of Marques ' Almeida.


If you would like more fashion week news, check out my favorite looks from NYFW and come back tomorrow for the recap on the Milan shows!

What were your favorite collections from London Fashion Week?


7 Fall Trends from NYFW You Can Start Wearing Now

There were some major trends walking the NYFW F/W 16 runways, but just because the weather is heating up doesn't mean you can't start incorporating the looks into your wardrobes for spring. Here are a few of my favorite trends and some affordable ideas for how to start wearing them now.


1. Ruffled to the Max


as seen at:  Sies Marjan  |  Rosie Assoulin  |  Cushnie et Ochs

wear it now:  pants  |  top  |  skirt  |  dress


2. Liquid Metallics


as seen at:  Opening Ceremony  |  Ralph Lauren  |  Jill Stuart

wear it now:  maxi dress  |  top  |  skirt  |  midi dress


3. Off-the-Shoulder Cuts


as seen at:  Brock Collection  |  Milly  |  Yigal Azrouël

wear it now:  blue top  |  striped top  |  romper  |  dress


4. Logo Mania


as seen at:  DKNY  |  Alexander Wang  |  Marc Jacobs

wear it now:  jacket  |  beanie  |  sweatshirt  |  tank


5. Neck Decor


as seen at:  Diane von Furstenberg  |  Rosie Assoulin  |  Saint Laurent

wear it now:  dress  |  top  |  silver choker  |  black choker  |  fringe scarf  |  print scarf


6. Scarf Hems


as seen at:  Public School  |  Altuzarra  |  BCBG Max Azria

wear it now:  floral dress  |  rust skirt  |  floral skirt  |  blue dress


7. All Shades of Pink


as seen at:  Creatures of Comfort  |  J. Crew  |  Oscar de la Renta

wear now:  jacket  |  top  |  pants  |  dress


Will you wear any of these trends this season?


In Case You Missed It // FW 16 New York Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week has come and gone and, in case you weren't keeping up with all the action, I wanted to give a quick review of some of the shows that I think are real standouts.


Saint Laurent's Los Angeles show had a unisex 60s-70s glam rock vibe with that was inspired by Creative Director Hedi Slimane's love of music. Trends to note: skinny scarves, midi skirts, bell sleeves, turtlenecks, heavy sequined embroidery, and gold metallic boots.

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First of all, the beams of rainbow candles at Rosie Assoulin alone have me hooked. Add in her signature volume, asymmetry, and other, as the designer puts it, "vignettes of things I like," and you've got a collection that seems remarkably current. Trends to note:  a one-sleeved cable knit sweater, head-to-toe monochrome, tiered ruffles, velvet chokers, pajama suiting, and glitter eye shadow.

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Delpozo creative director, Josep Font, is a master of dramatic architecture and bold color mixing and his 2016 showing is a mix of futurism and romanticism that sets my heart aflutter.  Trends to note: belted coccoon jackets, pleated crepe pants, jewel tones mixed with pastels, embellished opera gloves, and pointed-toe platforms.

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Tommy Hilfiger knows how to host a theme party, and this season's nautical spectacle was said to be the grandest of theatrics, complete with an actual ship, the T.H. Atlantic. The effect was a little Olive Oyl, a little Sgt. Pepper, and whole lot of quirky maximalism. Trends to note: military details, varsity jackets, 40s-era dresses, ruffled socks, and nautical conversation prints.

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Not to disrespect any personal opinions here, but whether or not you "like" the Fall 2016 Marc Jacobs collection is kind of irrelevant. The real matter of importance is that it was a show. In mostly black and featuring Lady Gaga as a surprise model, the show referenced a lot of Jacobs' greatest hits in a new and exciting way. Trends to note: black and white everything, doily peter pan collars, platform boots, graphic sweatshirts, and black lipstick.

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A few more worth checking out:

The macabre romance at Rodarte.

Plaid meets sex appeal at Victoria Beckham.

The pieces you will obsess over at Rachel Zoe.

Ladylike edge at Prabal Gurung.

The liquid gold finale pieces at Ralph Lauren.

Tracksuits and other things that should be on your radar at Rag & Bone.

A finger in the air to "standard definitions of beauty and taste" at Alexander Wang.

And the always innovative styling at J. Crew.


Stay tuned this week for ways to incorporate some of the biggest fall trends into your wardrobe now. And London Fashion Week is happening as you're reading this, so I'll have another wrap-up coming your way at the end of the week.


What were your favorite shows from Fashion Week?


Top 10 Must-Try Beauty Trends for S/S 15

We're getting our first glimpses of Spring and I'm really starting to feel the excitement that comes with updating my look. Fresh, easy, colorful- all words I'm welcoming with open arms right now. If you're looking to shake up your beauty routine, too, here are my top 10 favorite beauty trends of the season for a little inspiration...

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Which beauty trend are you most excited to try?


Fall 2014 Trend Report (The Top 10 looks and how to get them for under $100!)

There is nothing like the Midwest during the fall. Nothing. It's my all-time favorite time of year. And now that September is officially upon us, we can finally see the fall weather coming around the corner. And while I have no doubt that you are fully stocked with pumpkin spice candles and crock pot recipes, I'm wondering- is your wardrobe ready for the new season? This week's Top 10 is all about the biggest trends of the season and how you can incorporate them into your fall wardrobe for less than $100, so get cozy in your new autumn throw and let's talk fashion! :)  


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Sweaters are always a fall staple, and this year slouchy tunics and knit flares are the freshest take on the look.



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60s-era swing dresses get a kick of downtown cool this season with non-frilly accessories, like the Chelsea boot.



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If you love your neons then you are in luck! This fall is all about the unconventional color palette. And if the brights just don't feel right, opt for a faux-fur, like on the bag above, to make it seem more weather-appropriate.



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Normcore, or the art of looking average, is having a MAJOR moment in fashion right now. Simple colors, shapes, and an overall lack of decoration looks ultra-modern and sleek.



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Western wear has never looked chicer than when paired with sleek black accessories. This season's western style is darker and moodier, making it less rodeo and more fashion-forward.



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Layering is amped up a notch for a fall with the resurrection of the dress over pants combo. An easy way to try the look is with a dress that has some drape over fitted cigarette trousers.



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While fur is pretty much a given for fall, this year's update comes in the form of plush, cozy shearlings and bold-colored faux furs.



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After several seasons, prints are still thriving. This season the print du jour comes in the form of rave-style, trippy, op-art prints.



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From demure sheer panels to entirely sheer dresses, from mesh panels to peek-a-boo lace, there are so many ways to show some skin this fall.



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Chunky knits and fair isle prints are the most festive way to stay cozy and warm when the temperatures drop.


What looks are you loving for fall? Will you be incorporating any of these trends into your wardrobe? Let's talk fall fashion all over the comments section!


In the Mood for...Tropical Fever


Tropical prints are nothing new in the beachwear world, but designer's seemed to up the ante for the 2014 Resort collections, breathing a bolder and edgier breath of fresh air into the age-old Hawaiian floral.




From left: Jason Wu used chiffon beaded palm leaves to create a shadow of the motif, lending a uniquely mysterious air to a typical print. At Peter Pilotto, where printed dresses reign supreme, lush tropical florals were given a modern Asian spin. And at Reed Krakoff, the print was abstract and artistic, striking a balance between hard-lined modernity and traditional femininity.


And on a personal note, things are changing a little around StyleOnHigh. If you're wondering where the old Eye It/Buy It/DIY It post is, it hasn't entirely gone away, but with a couple months of blogging under my belt, I thought it was time for a little evaluation and a makeover. From now on I'll be working on a different trend each week and posting about that style throughout the week. So if you're a fan of the 50 Under $50 and the DIY projects (which I hope you are!) they'll be coming up later in the week, as well as some head-to-toe looks for less and some new features. And then next week will be whole new trend. So I hope you like the new format, and as always, comments/suggestions are more than welcome!


Check back in tomorrow for some more ways to add a tropical twist to your wardrobe!