Designers You Need To Know / @ACOSTARELLA @stevenkhalil @danielcjennings @LukeAaronBoston @DEIVIE

Yes, New York Fashion Week is over and we are now onto seeing what’s hot for spring in London, then Milan, then Paris, and then all over the world. I won’t be oversees to report from the sidelines of the runways, so before my spring 2014 forecasts end for now, there are a few indie designers that were featured at this NYFW that you need to know now…or at least by the time spring comes.



This was the opening designer for the Australian showcase of designers at NYFW called Fashion Palette. It’s always one of my favorite shows to attend because it’s like you get a half dozen shows in one. Most of the designers in this showcase this year really shined in their evening wear. It’s no wonder why they’ve gone international and appeared on celebs oversees like Rihanna and Dita Von Teese. What Costarella did best was silk chiffon gowns and even one that was made of heavy beaded gold sequins that were red carpet ready.



Et Al was another stand out designer featured in the FPNY show because while we saw a lot of intricately detailed evening wear in addition to colorful sportswear, this designer made pieces that fashionistas actually attending fashion week would run out to buy for themselves—though, you can be the judge if a lace button down will be a favorite of men. Layers of black over black were anything but dull and the over-sized leather backpacks rivaled those of Alexander Wang.



If there’s one new name in evening wear to remember, it should be Steven Khalil. As each design came out, it was as if we were watching the Emmy’s best dressed. From navy sequins forming a swirled pattern on a gown, to what looked like a demure beaded long sleeved floor length dress but revealed a daring open back to even a red lace and corseted silk number that looked conservative yet modern, there were a lot to choose from. The wedding gowns mimicked these classic evening designs, but the long sleeve ruffled chiffon would make for the dreamiest of weddings.

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photo by Elvia Gobbo


While the pro’s were all showing off their spring 2014 collections at Lincoln Center, so were a handful of lucky aspiring designers from the Art Institute of New York. Of the young talents that presented, Daniel Jennings stood out from the pack with his avant garde take on draping and tromp l’oeil effects like this trench that’s not quite a jacket but is something that even pro’s don’t attempt to do—and succeed in like Jennings did.



I’ve been following Luke Aaron for the past few seasons and have become a big fan of this Yale-educated costume designer turned fashion darling of New England. He’s known for his beautiful and often dramatic, yet always wearable, evening wear, though this season his separates stood out for me. As his first presentation in New York Fashion Week, he chose quite the perfect setting of the library at the SoHo House, where his preppy looks fit in quite well. With a color palette of reds, whites, blues, greys and khakis, this was an all American collection. The culottes, full skirts and his signature draping tops were some expected favorites, but I overheard nearly everyone go gaga over his edgier cropped jackets. This young designer is definitely one you’re going to be seeing more of.



I met the designer Christina Mannino when she presented her 60′s style Lana Del Ray meets Russian style fall collection at an event a few months ago and knew of all the up-and-coming designers there, Deivie was the one to watch. For her spring collection, “Heart on the Line,” it was like watching a school girl that was a bit 60′s and even more 90′s, break the hearts of every skater boy and hard core kid. With love notes about not caring “how much acid you’re on” scribbled in silk on dresses and the perfect styling of Doc Martins, crop tops mixed with a bit of preppy gingham, this was a style mash-up that even those abhorring the resurgence of the 90′s could get on board with.

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New Work Alert + #FridayFavorites : CROCS (yes, you read that correctly!)



images from WWD (photographed by Gary Land, styled by Liz Teich)

I know what you’re thinking. C’mon Liz, really? You’re endorsing Crocs?

Yes really. Just when you were getting sick of my New York Fashion Week posts (it’s over, don’t worry!), I have one more spring collection to report on. I’ve been waiting since I shot this look book months ago to tell you all about it and I can’t wait any longer. I’m so excited to find that WWD and Racked both reported on this week that Crocs is officially coming out with their new upscale collection of women’s shoes called “Alter Ego” by Crocs, which is totally not what you’d expect from the brand.

No joke. The collection includes comfortable rubberized pumps, flats and even sandals that rival this past summer’s Birkenstock resurgence. I wouldn’t be endorsing it unless I actually loved them and I have to say, the pumps were actually not only incredibly comfy when I wore them (even a size too small!) for a crew photo shot and then running all over the photo studio, but they actually made my set styling uniform of jeans and a tee look a bit more polished.

These aren’t Mario Batali’s or your mom’s gardening Crocs. I can even see these being the perfect shoe for me to run from meetings to events in the city without giving me about six new blisters (hello, NYFW!).

Whether you’re a lover or hater of Crocs, you should check out “Alter Ego” and maybe you’ll be pleasantly surprised (in person!) like I was. They’ll be available in March of 2014 in retailers like Zappos and in specialty boutiques.

#NYFW Recap: Getting Beautified and What I Wore


This fashion week has been so busy, but it worked out well that Birchbox set up a pop-up for beauty touch-ups across from MILK studios, where some of the shows this week were held. I dragged my stylish pal, Renata of Scorpion Disco, to check it out before we headed to see the Alice and Olivia presentation.

This was day 5 of NYFW, so my nails were in desperate need of help. Nicole J. for Color Club made me feel more polished (no pun intended) in a pale metallic nail color, which I picked out because if it chipped in the next few days and I didn’t own the color or have time, it would still look good.

Kerastase also saved my so-so hair day and envisioned a beautiful beachy wave with my bohemian outfit. My hair naturally does that wave, but it never looks as good as when someone actually spends time on it. What actually works, according to this stylist, was to curl the hair in a tighter curl, let it cool before touching it—no matter your urge to touch it! She used a hair spray to hold them in place, but broke apart the curls slightly by rubbing the hairs between her fingers. It really worked and even looked better the next day. It’s hard to want to wash your hair when your ‘do looks better each day!

After my touch ups, I was able to make my own Birchbox. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this brand, Birchbox is a great way to try out 4-5 new products that get sent to your mailbox each month with a membership (it also makes a great gift, which I’ve given and people love!). With the help of the Birchbox ladies’ recommendations, I picked out some great ones including a Stila lip gloss that was my perfect shade of red and didn’t come off until I brushed my teeth that evening!


photos by Renata Certo-Ware


jumpsuit: c/o Vagamundo | belt: vintage Dior | shoes: Kathryn Amberleigh (similar) | hat: Urban Outfitters | bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim | necklace: c/o Gorjana | bracelets: Kate Spade, c/o E. Kammeyer, c/o Antonym | lip color: c/o Stila

Thank goodness I got my touch ups because while Bill Cunningham didn’t snap me that day (he may have another day…but I he was getting the fashionista next to me!), Guest of a Guest did!


#NYFW Recap: What I Wore


This is slightly delayed, but it’s been a whirlwind of a week and New York Fashion Week is just starting to wind down for me. This outfit was from the 2nd day (Friday) and it got quite a bit of attention—to the point where street style photographers were telling me to stop…and on my count walk…wait…now…walk… It was like a photoshoot in Lincoln Center!



blazer and skirt: c/o Dana-Maxx | top: H&M | belt: vintage | shoes: Helmut Lang | bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim | sunglasses: Warby Parker | necklace and stacked rings: c/o Chloe & Isabel | bracelet: c/o Naked Label


First when, I checked out the Kate Spade presentation downtown, I ran into the Dallas Shaw of Dilly Dallas, and the Huffington Post photographed us for their Street Style section (I suspect because she’s adorable).

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I also got interviewed that evening at a party uptown by one of my favorite fashion sites, Racked, on my “shoetastrophe” which it wasn’t enough that my beloved Helmut Lang shoes broke that day, but that they ended up getting caught in my maxi skirt en route to the Rebecca Minkoff show while photographers were snapping away for street style shots. Just my luck.

Please don’t mind the mis-quote that says that I was walking with my friend Becky M. aka Rebecca Minkoff.

#NYFW Recap: @ToryBurch


The fashion elite, including Anna Wintour, Bill Cunningham and even top a blogger like Leandra Medine of Man Repeller gathered in the David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center early this morning for the Tory Burch spring 2014 show. The floors were covered in what looked like a swimming pool as the sun began to break through the tall windows, which turned out to be the perfect setting for the 60′s inspired collection.

While Burch has evolved quite a bit since its heavily relying on logo design days, the designs still felt quite true to the brand. Bold retro patterns and silhouettes mixed with metallic accessories, as well as basket-weave cut-out leather fabrics made for an interesting take on her otherwise preppy designs.

Bags and shoes are the brand’s most popular items, so the Burch fan will be happy to note that there were plenty of good ones to choose from, including sling back mules and the revival of the fanny pack in the most fashionable way—a leather belt pouch. Whatever the Burch girl goes with, she shouldn’t forget her arm bracelet when she heads to the pool.








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