Work It

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Maybe you’re just heading off to your first “grown up” job, recently made a career change or perhaps you’ve been in the working world for longer than you care to recall – but sometimes a surprisingly stressful part of the job is just figuring out what to wear. I’ve had the privilege of working in creative environments where I was encouraged to show my personality through my clothing choices and even though some of my employers had “guidelines” in place, they usually left lots of room for interpretation.

Ladies Who Tux

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At Monday night’s CFDA Awards, Leelee Sobieski, Phoebe Philo and Kirsten Dunst all showed up sporting sleek tuxedos. What do you think about their choice of evening wear? Who rocked the look best? While I’m not a huge fan of her shoes, my overall vote goes to Leelee who wore a suit by her husband, designer Adam Kimmel. She looks a bit like a cross between young versions of Lauren Hutton and Glenn Close, no?

Surf's Up!

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Anyone else noticing the surf/wetsuit influence infiltrating some of the Resort 2012 collections? Summer is a great time to test out bright, sporty looks and the zip up dresses from Michael Kors or the rash guard inspired tops from Derek Lam are the perfect inspiration to get you started. Check out a few of my favorite designer translations of the trend, plus get great BurdaStyle patterns to make your own fresh and modern surfer girl look!

Would You Rock It: Feather Extensions

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I guess I’m a little behind on the trends because I had no idea how popular feather extensions were until I read this article in the Seattle Times about the sudden run on fly-fishing stores in rural towns around the country for the coveted new hair accessory. Blame it on Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler who has been seen sporting the look on the job as an American Idol judge, and Ke$ha – whose style is questionable to say the least, but she seems to hold a significant amount of sway amongst the fickle tween demographic.

Rooster saddle feathers are currently the foul/fowl accessory of choice and the demand has caused the price to soar from the $60/package you would normally see at fly shops to somewhere between $200 and $400! Hmm…rent or poultry hair accessories – life is full of tough decisions.

The New Influencers: Kate Middleton vs. Michelle Obama

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In case you haven’t heard, the new Duchess and the First Lady can seriously move some merch! Mrs. O has positioned herself as a fashionably refreshing alternative to the drab suit and TV anchor helmet-hair of First Ladies past and has been dubbed the “3-billion dollar woman” for her ability to impact retail and fashion with her clothing choices. Meanwhile Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge is proving to be a formidable opponent on the worldwide stage with her fashion choices being watched as closely as any celebrity or public personality. See how these two influencers stack up and let me know what you think!

Yohji Yamamoto: This is My Dream

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2011 has been a great year for fans of Yohji Yamamoto (me included). After the heartbreak of watching both his New York store and New York office close over the past couple of years, then bankruptcy threatening to shut down his operations entirely, it’s been a relief to see the spotlight return to his talents as a designer and his contribution to fashion over the span of his 30+ year career. Earlier this year, Yamamoto released his autobiography entitled My Dear Bomb and now comes another peek into the life of one of the most thoughtful and fascinating designers of the last few decades with the documentary This is My Dream.

Tassels, Tassels Everywhere

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One trend I haven’t been able to ignore this Spring is the use of tassels on everything from belts and bags to hemlines and necklines. Once known as a symbol of luxury, tassels were originally used to distinguish rank in both military and religious orders. During the 16th and 17th centuries, tassel making – or passementerie as it was known in France, was a booming business with people clamoring for the luxury accessory which represented both wealth and standing within Parisian society.

Although the process of making tassels in our modern age is decidedly less time consuming, the adornment still holds a certain air of opulence in both decor and fashion. Click through to see some of my favorite uses of tassels this Spring and even a few ways you can add this embellishment to your garment projects.

1 Pattern, 3 Looks: Wide Leg Trousers

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If you’re looking to perk up your wardrobe with a fresh sewing project that’s classic yet totally on trend, look no further than the wide leg pant. There are so many great ways to wear these babies that are both trendy and timeless. Click through to see some fun styling options, as well as a few of the fantastic and diverse ways BurdaStyle members created their own versions!

Honored Guests: What to Make for Summer Weddings

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So it’s Springtime and wedding season is in full force. My boyfriend’s sister is getting married this summer and I’ve been going back and forth for weeks over what to wear. To be honest, I haven’t been to many weddings during my adult years and the puffy floral dress with matching dyed shoes I wore to my aunt’s wedding when I was 5 years old doesn’t do much for inspiration today.

1 Pattern, 3 Looks: The Shift Dress

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Making your own one-of-a-kind garment takes a heck of a lot more time that picking one up at a boutique. With all the hours spent making sure your seams are perfectly aligned and your hem just so, you want to get as much wear out of your sewing project as possible, right? Of course you do! Check out my favorite ideas for extending the life of one of our project patterns – a simple shift dress – and see fun ways you can rock this project all weekend long.

Celebrating Alexander McQueen at the Met

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Alexander McQueen has been the name on everyone’s lips for the past few days and all that talk culminated in a celebration of his life and life’s work at last night’s Costume Institute Gala. The Metropolitan Museum’s ode to McQueen entitled “Savage Beauty” opened to great adoration as friends of the designer, including Daphne Guinness and Sarah Jessica Parker, walked the red carpet in his breathtaking creations. Click through to see some of my favorite looks and tell me who you think stole the show.

Weird, Wacky and Wonderful: The Hats of the Royal Wedding

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Now that the focus has shifted (somewhat) from Kate’s dress, suddenly everyone is talking about all those hats at the Royal wedding last week. What did you think of the fancy and potentially dangerous headwear the ladies of European aristocracy were sporting during the festivities? Click through to see a few of my favorites and ones that would have been better off left in the hat box.

Kate Middleton Marries in McQueen

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After weeks of speculation, new Royal Kate Middleton finally revealed her dress designer choice to the world when she walked down the aisle this afternoon in Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. First let me say that I am not a sucker for weddings, nor do I consider myself a hopeless romantic, but when Ms. Middleton stepped out of that car I couldn’t help but gasp for breath. She looked truly stunning – balancing perfectly between the modesty expected of her by the Royal Family and contemporary style, Middleton was the picture of a princess. See more pictures and videos courtesy of the BBC after the jump.

Hawaii 2.0

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Last week I poked around a textile show here in New York and was a bit surprised to see how many Hawaiian prints were showcased. I suppose if ever there was a time to go ahead and break out the giant florals, it’s summer.

Seeing how textiles are another barometer for what we can expect in the realms of fashion, home and accessories, it looks as though we’re poised for yet another Hawaiian print revival. What do you think about these prints? Are they outdated or on trend? Do you plan to use Hawaiian prints for any of your sewing projects this summer?

Fashion & Flix: My Favorite Audrey Hepburn Films

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It’s hard not to love Audrey Hepburn. From her gamine looks to her refined air of elegance, she was an icon for the ages. Everyone is well familiar with her creative partnership with designer Hubert de Givenchy, who outfittet her for several movie roles (most notably for her character in Funny Face). While many a book, blog and magazine has covered Audrey’s personal style and influential film characters from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, My Fair Lady and Sabrina, I wanted to take a look at some of the more underrated classics which capture the fun and quirky on-screen style of a few of my favorite film characters that Audrey has brought to life.

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