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#POSHGLAM x Fashion’s Night Out NYC 2011

The two things I learned tonight in SoHo were: 1) Fashion’s Night Out is amazing for stimulating the fashion business. 2) So many freeloaders.

Even though most of us just go for the free champagne and to mingle with fashions elite for one night, most of us have a job to do. Thus, freeloaders turn a 5 minute walk to a 25 minute shuffle from event to event, but most importantly, taping out all of the champagne. Anyway, POSHGLAM had a wonderful night kicking off New York Fashion Week and celebrating Vogue’s third annual Fashion’s Night Out.

First we stopped by Fresh NYC where we got the latest looks on skin care, perfumes, body care and make-up. The party consisted of light cocktails and lots of promotions. Fresh in SoHo was promoting their Sugar Passion Tinted Lip Treatment for the best lip nourishment. This goes to show that everywhere in SoHo is celebrating—You don’t have to be at Chanel to enjoy FNO.

I did get a chance to pass by Chanel, and as expected there was a line out the door and around the block—Maybe next year, Coco. Although, I did have a chance to stop by the 40th Anniversary Opening of Mulberry.

Amazing store. I spent most of my time here because it was a decently sized crowd with a 75% chic rate, and there was plenty of champagne—until there wasn’t.

The store was raffling off items (bags i’m assuming) to contestants who submitted their names into a drawing that was to be announced throughout the night. Mulberry also had huge golden balloons of their signature bag and latch. This was my favorite party of the night.

Mulberry’s 40th Anniversary Present: SoHo Flagship Shop

Mulberry has opened its largest store at 134 Spring Street in New York City’s SoHo. This new 5,000-square foot flagship shop opened Tuesday and is Mulberry’s 3rd boutique in New York City. Mulberry SoHo will house the entire collection from ready-to-wear, footwear, and handbags.

WWD reports the SoHo flagship store, “is a bright, airy space decorated with white pillars, dark reclaimed wood flooring, and high, original tin ceilings. Natural light streams through the store’s large windows and skylight, brightening the former industrial space.”

It seems like designers have been plugging in new shops and boutiques around the globe: Alexander Wang’s first, Tom Ford’s Bergdorf Shop in Shop, Balenciaga in Bal Harbour Florida and Michael Kors in London. This significantly bigger location will allow Mulberry to show and house the full collection comfortably with a showroom style floor-plan. Mulberry plans to use the new store for the company’s 40th anniversary celebration during New York’s Fashion’s Week. Make sure you check out the new SoHo shop on Spring Street or visit 2 other shops on Madison Avenue and Bleeker Street.

Style Stalking: #CoachellaLive Celebrity Style Recap

The mornings were blazing hot, the nights were shivering cold, but the celeb style at Coachella was just plain cool.With the lingering nostalgia of the spring music festival still in the air, POSHGLAM brings you a recap of the Coachella celebrity style radar. Most of these stars nailed the Coachella look, while others failed it.

Victoria’s Secret angel Alessandra Ambrosio looked casually gorgeous wearing a creme Rebecca Taylor sundress with brown boots. She accessorized with her arm candy, Jamie Mazur and cooled off with O.N.E. Coconut Water.

Katy Perry looked like an elephant hippie princess (remember Barbar?) in her ankle-length Dolce & Gabbana lace sundress with polka dot headdress tied in a bow. She matched the look with a yellow crossbody hobo and gold gladiator sandals. Such a flawless look.

The queen of boho-chic, Nicole Richie, attended the Mulberry party at Coachella wearing Mulberry Annie Blouse in Pumpkin Feathered Friends with denim shorts and the Heritage Bayswater Satchel in Pheasant Green.

Kirsten Dunst attended the Lacoste L!ve Pool Party on the last day of Coachella wearing Ray Ban sunglasses, a casual black blouse and denim shorts. As usual, Dunst looked plain, but we love her Ralph Lauren Collection calfskin crossbody bag in tan. She posed with Alexander Skarsgard, who attended the festival with his girlfriend Kate Bosworth. Dunst’s bag is a perfect catch all for all the music festival essentials, and is compact enough as to not get in the way.

Jessica Szohr looked not-so-gorgeous in an Express cropped jumpsuit, black hat and oversized MJ black handbag. OK, so the picture was snapped at an awful angle and she was the unsuspecting victim of the photographer, but she wore way too much black for a spring music festival. The jumpsuit is a nice jumpsuit, but Szohr should have added some color and prints to the mix. A colorful purse (Circa 2011) and hair accessory (i.e. pony tail holder) would have done the trick. A smaller bag would have lightened the look, she looks like she is trudging her carry-on through the airport. Is she missing a fingernail? One of her nails is white, while the rest are ruby red. Let’s try it again next year, Jessica.

Apparently Whit Port and Ken broke up, she typically looks adorable, however her Coachella getup, screams “IT’s OVER”. Whitney is usually classy, with “usually” and “classy” competing for the operative word. She wore a pair of Express floral shorts with a white top and oversized grey shirt tied on the side TOTALLY 80s style, all she needed was a neon scrunchie. She could have done without the grey shirt and uh, I just broke up with my beau attitude. It was a little too 90s and sloppy, it hung off her body, like she was courting anorexia and she paired it with olive boots. Expensive sandals would have added a high-class flirt to the otherwise uber feminine touch, or a pair of nude oxfords to upgrade the oh so cheap, chic.

This is only the start of music festival season, so hopefully those that were falling behind step up their game. Next stop: Bonnaroo.

Cobalt is the New Black for Spring 2011

Drum-Roll please-Spring is finally here and with a new season ahead of us, a whole batch of colors is heading our way. First one up: Cobalt, cousin of royal blue and spring’s new black, was seen all over Spring 2011 runways, including Mulberry, Costume National and Rachel Roy. Since tha hue is brighter than navy, and deeper than royal blue, cobalt adds a splash to everything from maxi-dresses to silk blazers. And while the cool-color was all the rage on apparel, its presence is equally as emphatic on accessories such as structured handbags and sleek sandals.

For Mulbery’s Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear collection, creative director, Emma Hill, used the fresh color all over the runway (see top and images above). From dresses, to belts to shoes, Hill created a monochromatic, sleek look that avoided frills in favor of clean-lines. Hill also paired cobalt with different shades of blue like denim and indigo for “a color-dipped effect”. For Costume National’s Spring show, Ennio Capasa, also used the high-impact color in a minimal way (see below). Menswear inspired pieces and chic separates made up the bulk of the collection-while the materials ranged from matte fabrics, silk, leather, wool, to shiny satins.  Like Hill, Capasa also mixed up the color by inserting flashes of bright orange on graphic-patent sandals, which completed the looks with a cool contrast.

The energetic hue was also seen in Rachel Roy’s Spring 2011-Ready-To-Wear collection, but in a more eclectic mix (see below). Roy mixed cobalt with colorful hues including turquoise, magenta and silver. The pairing made for a more emphatic statement, but looked equally as chic as the monochromatic style. By playing with other colors and using textured fabrics like silk and crochet, Roy created a lady-like pairing that kept the girl modern.