New York Fashion Week Recap: Zac Posen, The Row, Tommy Hilfiger and 3.1 Phillip Lim

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It’s been a flurry of collections and hot new trends as New York Fashion Week took over the city. Haute Fashion is reviewing the luxury lines you love so you don’t miss a thing! Check out our recaps below and head over to Haute Fashion to see all our coverage as we go from New York to London and Paris!


Runway Review: Zac Posen Fall 2013

Just as we saw at Reem Acra, Zac Posen’s collection for Fall 2013 was a preview of the Academy Awards red carpet we’ll see in just over a week. The designer made a foray into daytime wear, but the real highlight of the New York Fashion Week presentation was the dresses. See the full collection & review on Haute Fashion


Runway Review: The Row Fall 2013

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen proved their fashion chops once again this season with their Fall 2013 collection. Shown off-site at an Upper East-side apartment during New York Fashion Week, the twins unveiled a Céline-esque collection of minimalist luxury. See the full collection & review on Haute Fashion


Runway Review: Tommy Hilfiger Fall 2013

Much like Victoria Beckham, Tommy Hilfiger took a softer approach to power-dressing, ironically by taking a page from menswear. The designer’s Fall 2013 collection featured the preppy plaids, argyles and tweeds of House Hilfiger in a silhouette borrowed from men’s suits in the 80s. See the full collection & review onHaute Fashion


Runway Review: 3.1 Phillip Lim

Consider it the yin to the yang of the ultra-female power dressing we saw from Prabal Gurung and Jason Wu earlier at NYFW. Phillip Lim’s collection for Fall 2013 was equally as strong, but viewed through a cooler, biker chic-aesthetic lens. See the full collection & review on Haute Fashion

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Fashionista of the Month: Joann from Love Fashion | Live Life


Haute Visual’s February Fashionista of the Month is Joann Doan, also known as Jo, from her blog, Love Fashion | Live Life. She is a coffee addicted, shoe obsessed, Marketing Expert by day and Fashion Blogger by night. For those of you who know her, she has a comfortable, casual, and chic style with a fun smile and personality. She has a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and is currently getting her MBA in Marketing Management. We love to see beautiful women with a strong education and keen sense of style, all while helping the community at the same time.

What does fashion mean to you?
I believe that fashion and style are different but go hand in hand together. Fashion is what designers provide you at every fashion show every season. What you do with their amazing designs represents your personal style. Fashion is a creative outlet that gives people the opportunity to express themselves as individuals. Fashion gives people the chance to stand out from the crowd. Fashion for me is my passion and my personality. As I go through different phases of my life, my fashion and style change accordingly to match that. It’s an ever changing and evolving process.

What made you start your blog?
I named my blog Love Fashion | Live Life because it’s a pretty accurate description of me and my life. I love fashion and I like to live my life to the fullest. I started my blog when I was going through a career change and finally had the time to invest in something that expressed my likes/dislikes in fashion. I wanted to create a personal fashion diary that not only shared my personal style but also showcased my life adventures. I also felt that I have a practical, yet trendy sense of style and fashion tips that I wanted to share with others. And so, the blogging began.

Where do you get your inspiration?
My inspirations come from a lot of different places. Some very typical inspirations are celebrity trends and fashion magazines. Other inspirations come from the things or people that are in my life. Travel, art, books, movies, and even strangers – they’re all part of what inspires me on the daily. Oh and for sure, Perez Hilton. He’s a fabulous woman.

What is your greatest accomplishment?
I have a couple. 1. I met THE Christian Louboutin and he signed my heels “To Princess Joann” AMAZING moment in my life. 2. I got to style for Senhoa which is a great organization that fights modern day human trafficking. (Watch here: Senhoa Video Shoot)

What are some of your biggest challenges?
Honestly, balancing corporate life with blogging life. To have great material, photos and locations for a fashion blog takes a huge time commitment while juggling a full time Marketing career. CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.

What do you do when you’re not blogging or working?
Go on life adventures, kiss my bf, try being a foodie then think about joining a gym.

-Advice for other bloggers or fashion business owners?
Other fashion bloggers: keep doing what you love. The market isn’t saturated. Anyone can blog but it takes a little something special to incorporate their personality and love into it.

Favorite Fashion Magazines: People Style Watch, W, Harper’s Bazaar + my 2 guilty pleasures – In Touch, Life & Style

Fave fashion websites: Refinery29, Polyvore,

What’s your favorite item in your closet?
My faux fur coat from Lush Clothing.

Favorite beauty product?
Too Faced Bronzer in Sun Bunny.

Jo’s Haute List:


1. Manolo Blanik Hangisi Jeweled Pump – classic must have
2. Schutz Akshya Sandal – purchasing as we speak
3. Valentino Rock Stud Pump – saving for these beauties
4. Balenciaga by Nicolas Bhesquiere Gold Rings – a ring party to die for
5. Celine – must have luggage bag
6. Jeffrey Campbell Soiree – clear shoes without being a stripper
7. Chloe perfume – my signature scent
8. Clear Clutch – my next DIY project
9. Luna Boutique Eye of the Tiger Sweater – for an extra RAWR to my outfits (not picture)
10. Beetlejuice Pants – who doesn’t want beetlejuice pants?! They’re happeningggg!

Check out Jo’s Blog:
Instagram: @joanndoan

If you are interested in being featured as a Fashionista or Fashionisto of the Month, please email with “Fashionista of the Month” in the subject line for more information!

Fashion 2.0 | Topshop and Google Plan Data-Savvy Digital Runway

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LONDON, United Kingdom — In recent cycles, fashion shows, once closed industry events, have become something of a spectator sport for the hundreds of thousands of people who follow the play-by-play online. Now, British high street brand Topshop has teamed up with technology giant Google to stage a realtime consumer extravaganza around the live stream of its Topshop Unique show — to be presented as part of London Fashion Week this Sunday — that promises connected fashion fans an unprecedented, all-access entertainment experience.

While megabrands like Burberry and Louis Vuitton have live-streamed their runway shows for several seasons now, the Topshop initiative, dubbed “The Future of the Fashion Show,” aims to bring consumers even closer to the action, employing wearable, high-definition micro-cameras and a slew of Google platforms, from YouTube to Google+ Hangouts, to let users virtually inhabit the privileged perspectives of fashion industry archetypes — the model, the guest celebrity, the retail buyer, even the designer — and experience the show through their eyes.

Realtime ‘model cams’ are set to capture and transmit what it’s like to walk the runway, while a “Be the Buyer” app will let fans compose, remix and share mood boards featuring their favourite pieces. A Google+ Hangout will give fans the chance to view and interact with the Topshop design team as they put the finishing touches on the collection.

There will even be something of a pre-game show in the form of a “red carpet hangout,” featuring celebrity arrivals at the impressive Tanks at Tate Modern show venue, broadcast on Google+ and YouTube, as well as in the digital window displays of Topshop’s Oxford Street flagship. Inexpensive souvenirs, like the beauty products and music tracks featured in the show, will also be available for immediate purchase.

“We wanted to create an experience for the many millions of Topshop fans all over the world that delivered part of the experience in the venue to the customer, but in a new and exciting way and one that would live beyond the moment,” Topshop’s chief marketing officer, Justin Cooke, told BoF.

Indeed, the experience is likely to attract a sizable audience and generate social buzz for the brand that will extend and sustain the marketing impact of the runway show. Last season, over 2 million people from over 100 countries tuned into Topshop’s digital runway.

“We gained so much insight by working with Google. We understand better than ever how people want to interact with content and the subtleties related to that interaction on different platforms at different moments,” said Cooke. “The Google+ team have worked on the US elections and some of the most engaging events in social media history and, so, using that insight, balanced with the creativity and excitement of our show, really opened up a new way of thinking.”

But driving social buzz is only part of Topshop’s strategy. Equally important is data. In fact, the large amount of data generated by millions of consumers interacting with the various elements of “The Future of the Fashion Show” has the potential to be valuable, if captured, sifted and analysed correctly.

Indeed, the brand’s “Be the Buyer” app alone promises to be a useful source of timely insight into what pieces resonate most with consumers long before they hit the shop floor, data that can be used to make more efficient business decisions, like how much of a particular type of product to manufacture and stock — and in what colours.

“With our unique customise the catwalk technology we see what looks customers engage with and share most; which colours they want. And the ‘Be the Buyer’ app will be a great indicator of their favourite styles,” said Cooke. “We learn so much because we are really putting the show in their hands.”

Vikram Alexei Kansara is Managing Editor of The Business of Fashion

Source: Business of Fashion February 13, 2013

Lady In Red

Valentine’s Day may not be everyone’s cup of tea – but for those who do choose to indulge in the day of love, here are a few inspirational looks that will surely make you the belle of the ball. Whether you are going for all out glamour, or would just like to add a little bit of spice to your look – we have you covered. Top off your dress with a few cute accessories and you are date night ready!  All of the items featured can be found on

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1. Rare Lace Sweetheart Prom Dress

2. ASOS Skater Dress with Chiffon Sleeves and Belt

3. Three Floor Look See Fit & Flare Dress with Cutout Detail

4. Hybrid Peplum Dress with Lace Insert and Sweetheart Neckline

5. Hybrid Dress with Bardot Neckline


Fashionista of the Month: Lillian from Studs and Sapphires


Haute Visual’s January Fashionista of the Month is Lillian Babaian, also known as LIL on her blog, Studs and Sapphires. She is an LA fashion and style blogger trying to take over the world one blog post at a time. For those of you who know her, she has beautiful long ombre hair and a fun rocker chic style. She went to the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising majoring in both both Merchandise Product Development and Business Management. When she’s not blogging you can find her traveling, shopping, photography, and spending time with her friends and family.

We had the pleasure to interview her and got the dish on her current haute list!

Where are you from?
I grew up in Los Angeles, which has always spoiled me with breathtaking weather. From art walks to Hollywood to many nights filled with sunsets on the coast, sunny L.A is where my heart will always be.

What made you start your blog?
I have always loved everything about fashion and working in the industry gave me the opportunity to be exposed to many blogs that would inspire my daily. Researching new trends and being inspired every day led to me needing a creative outlet, which is when Studs and Sapphires was born. I decided to start a blog hoping to share my love for fashion with others and inspire daily. I am truly blessed and thankful for the loyal readers and new followers that visit my site every day.

Where do you get your inspiration?
Since my style is so versatile, anything from music, culture, to art and architecture inspires me daily. Besides trends in the fashion industry, street style is also a great part of the inspiration behind my personal style.

What does fashion mean to you?
Fashion. One word with a variety of meanings. It has to reflect who you are and what you feel at the moment. It doesn’t necessarily have to be the current trend or the hot new item, it just has to be loud, bright, and most importantly YOU.

What is your greatest accomplishment?
Being Armenian and moving to L.A during my pre-teen years was a difficult yet life-changing move. My greatest accomplishment would have to be mastering the English language and believing that anything is possible once setting your mind to it. Starting my blog was also a big accomplishment. Dreaming about inspiring others, I finally decided to act on it, which led to

What are some of your goals?
My main goal for 2013 is to revamp Studs and Sapphires. I will be focusing more on current trends and also posting various inspirations daily through my many social media sites. Although I am still learning about all of the aspects of blogging, it has changed my life and can’t wait to see where this personal fashion journey takes me!

What are some of your biggest challenges?
My main challenge would have to be juggling the blogging world vs. real life. Working full time in the fashion industry is the most rewarding experience but also a big challenge and time consuming since I am also a full time blogger. However, I have mastered the art of being nocturnal and love what I do, which in this case I plan to overcome this challenge as well.

Who are your top three favorite designers?
This is always a difficult question for me. Chanel, Marchesa, and Balmain are the classic designers I love! Alexander Wang, Isabel Marant, and Marc Jacobs are also some of my favorites. Although designer pieces are always phenomenal, I love to create outfits together that offer both vintage pieces mixed with designer for a fun yet different outtake on style.

Advice for other bloggers or fashion business owners?
Hard work and being positive is my daily mantra. Blogs have greatly impacted our world today and will continue to change and affect our future in fashion. Although there are many out there, a true authentic voice will always find its way to stand out. Stay true to your style and self, you’ll see endless opportunities come your way!

Favorite beauty product?
I don’t leave my house without my Lancôme Hypnose mascara and Cargo blush.

Favorite Magazines: Vogue, Bazaar, Nylon, In Style, Glamour

Favorite Fashion Websites:,,,, and many more.

Lillian’s Haute List:

1. Combat Boots
2. Mac Diva Lipstick
3. Gel Nail Polish
4. Colorful Beanies
5. Anything ZARA
6. Starbucks Zen Green Tea
7. Leopard ankle booties
8. Everything on the Cheesecake Factory menu
9. YSL Arty rings
10. Obsessed with New York

Check out Lillian’s Blog:

If you are interested in being featured as a Fashionista or Fashionisto of the Month, please email with “Fashionista of the Month” in the subject line for more information!

Coming Soon: Haute Visual’s Fashionista of the Month

Here at the Haute Visual office, we kind of style stalk a variety of the different bloggers and stylists that we stumble upon. To document our favorite fashionistas we decided to exhibit one haute chic a month.

Starting in January, Haute Visual will showcase a fashionista on the 10th of every month asking them ten questions and featuring ten of their favorite items of the season.

If you would like to be considered for a Fashionista of the Month,   please email with the subject “Fashionista of the Month.”


Fashion’s New Establishment: Once a stepping stone to print, blogs are now a destination unto themselves

NEW YORK ( In 2009, Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana made news by filling its front row—typically the sole provenance of A-list actresses and Anna Wintour—with fashion bloggers, even equipping them with laptops. Among those bloggers was Scott Schuman, creator of street style site The Sartorialist, who, in a recent profile in GQ, made no effort to hide his indignation over that show. “[Dolce & Gabbana] got a humongous amount of press. … ‘Look, we brought the bloggers in and gave them the front row. Look at the dancing-monkey bloggers!’ ” He then added, “I could barely bring myself to sit down.” But since then, style blogs like The Man Repeller, Into the Gloss, Style Rookie and Bryanboy, aka Bryan Grey Yambao (look for him judging the next season of America’s Next Top Model), have become assigned reading among the fashion set—and you’d be hard-pressed to find them missing a single Fashion Week. In just a few short years, fashion blogging has evolved from something of a novelty into a legitimate career, and one that might even be preferable to writing for a big-name glossy.

Just ask Nick Axelrod, a former news editor at Elle. Last month, he announced that he was leaving to become the editorial director of Into the Gloss, a beauty blog started by Emily Weiss, a friend and former fellow assistant at Fairchild Fashion Group. “Almost two years ago, when Emily launched the blog, I remember saying, ‘Oh really, another blog?’ and giving her a skeptical eye,” Axelrod recalled. But after realizing the site’s potential for growth, he said, he was converted.

Other print vets embracing the digital-only fashion world are Derek Blasberg, an editor at large for Harper’s Bazaar, who’s built a personal brand outside the magazine with his Mr. Blasberg blog; and Lucy Yeomans, who quit last March after 12 years as the editor in chief of Harper’s Bazaar UK to edit Net-A-Porter’s online magazine.

(The company’s men’s site, Mr Porter, boasts former Esquire UK editor in chief Jeremy Langmead at its editorial helm. He left the magazine in 2010 to make the jump to digital.)

Leandra Medine, creator of the tongue-in-cheek blog, The Man Repeller, was studying journalism in college when she started the site in 2010 as a side project. “I definitely didn’t think [blogging] was a sustainable career, and I think that’s why I did so many brand partnerships and interviews,” she said. “I thought, ‘I’m going to get everything out of this that I can because who knows how long this is going to last?’” But that publicity—which led to collaborations with hip designers like Gryphon and Dannijo—made her a household name among young fashion addicts and led to a book deal.

Still, for every Sartorialist, there are hundreds more bloggers whose hobby will remain just that. “I think there are a very, very select few bloggers that can make this a lasting career,” said John Jannuzzi, a contributing digital editor at Lucky who runs the magazine’s Style Collective, a blogger network. “Everyone out there has some kind of expiration date. What happens when a personal-style blogger wakes up and she’s 35 and not the cute 20-year-old girl in Brooklyn anymore?”

That’s where expansion comes in—namely, building a site to include new writers without losing the voice of its creator. (For a recent successful example of this, see teen blogger Tavi Gevinson’s Rookie Mag, a popular online site for young women that grew out of a personal blog, Style Rookie.) Axelrod is in the early stages of hiring contributing writers for Into the Gloss, while Medine is auditioning new talent and “parlaying Man Repeller the blog into Man Repeller the website,” which she describes as a cross between Vogue and Jezebel.

As they expand and become a more integral part of the fashion community, bloggers are also getting greater support from advertisers. “As brands are seeing the blogs’ reach and their influence grow, they’re getting better and better access and becoming more visible as a whole,” said Amy Odell, writer for Buzzfeed Shift and formerly of New York magazine’s fashion blog, The Cut. “If you can deliver the impressions, you can play the game,” said Jannuzzi. “Leandra has a ton of traffic. There’s no reason why she can’t have great advertisers, and she does. Scott [Schuman] has Net-A-Porter, a big campaign with Tiffany’s. They’re proof that you can get to that point.”

Three years after Schuman’s Dolce & Gabbana experience, it’s hard to imagine any top blogger feeling out of place at a fashion show. “I remember at a couple of shows last season, I would be seated front row center, and across from me would be big editors that I’ve admired for years sitting second, third row,” said Medine. “I felt a little like, ‘Who am I to be sitting in this seat?’ But the more I think about it, I realize we as bloggers have these super independent voices, and it’s important for us to be out streaming whatever is going on to our Instagrams and Tumblrs. I don’t want to say that it’s normal and I deserve to be front row … but I guess I do.”

Source: ADWEEK July 10, 2012