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How To Wear A Summer Dress In The Fall

Dear Andi,

I need an honest stylist’s opinion! I want to wear this floral maxi dress to a wedding next week and I’m not sure if it’s too springy for a casual fall evening wedding!

-Risa of ReallyRisa.com, Philadelphia


Dear Risa,

I’m all about maximizing your wardrobe and making it work for another season, so I say go for it, as long as you accessorize accordingly.

While I do say “yes” to white in the colder months, I would steer clear of it in this case. You will want to make your dress appear to work for the season, so why not mix some darker tones in? If you pair it with a black or navy tuxedo jacket, you’ll not only stay warmer, but you’ll look chic. You can even try adding some pops of metallics in your shoes and handbag to make your floral seem fresh instead of seasonal.How to wear a summer dress in a fall evening

Jessica Simpson orange floral dress // French Connection jacket // Steve Madden silver pointed toe pumps // Diane Von Furstenberg silver handbag // ASOS Wide cuff bracelet // Rebecca Minkoff necklace


Isabel Marant x H&M Images Leaked! (You’re Welcome For Your Shopping List)

Isabel Marant for H&M collection leaked blog review

Fashionista reported “OMFG: The Isabel Marant x H&M Look Book Is Here!” just in time for those who had buyer’s remorse and returned everything they purchased from the 3.1 Phillip Lim x Target collection that sold out nearly instantly a couple of weeks ago.

As Marant is a cult favorite among fashionistas, this affordable collaboration will probably sell just as quickly, though there are a TON of pieces in the collection to choose from—and for the whole utterly fashionable family.

Now my father who nearly insisted on getting for my birthday an Isabel Marant top that I wanted and scoffed at the $500 price tag, can own his own Marant design too!

Highlights: Shaggy sweaters and embellished jackets, among other effortlessly chic French style pieces that look identical to her designs in her fall 2012 collection.

Meh: Fringed earrings and necklaces that could be cute but look like junky quality (here’s hoping they’re better in person).

Here are my picks from the 75 images leaked so far from the collection that hits stores on November 14th (including mens that I want for myself!):

Isabel Marant x H&M november 2014

Isabel Marant x H&M best picks of collection















images: H&M via Fashionista / The Fashion Spot / Racked

#FridayFavorites / You’re Going To Want This (+ 15% off!)

gorjana hanger necklace

You don’t have to be a fashion stylist to adore this hanger necklace by Gorjana & Griffin that I managed to score thanks to a RewardStyle event at NYFW.  You’re reading this blog, so it’s a good sign that you’re a lover of fashion. If I’m right, you may want one of these necklaces from the Gorjana x Damsel collection released this week before they sell out. If you sign up on their site, then you will receive 15% off your first order!

need supply co. magazine



I also just discovered Need Supply Co. through the RewardStyle event and thought it was just a cool shop in Richmond, Virginia that I probably wouldn’t ever be able to visit—but then they handed me their beautiful zine and I wanted to know more.

It’s not only printed on such good quality paper that’s up there with indie prints like Brooklyn Magazine and Gather Journal, but the content is unlike anything I’ve seen before from edgier hipster-like editorials (this one with a 90′s feel) and even editorials with artsy illustrations of clothing on bizarre creatures.

It’s the kind of brand that creates a lifestyle beyond just their boutique and proves that print is not dead…and that you can shop for indie finds online!

silver continent bracelet

Lastly, I discovered Silver Continent while I was mingling with the folks behind Open Sky, as well as their talented up-and-coming designers. I met this fine jewelry designer (and former editor/stylist!!), Georgia Davis, who of course we bonded over the fashion business and she kindly gave me one of her gemstone designs, this gorgeous bracelet made from malachite.

I later discovered has some cool meanings, which according to this source, says that “Malachite has been used to aid success in business and protect against undesirable business associations. It is a stone of balance in relationships.” You may catch me wearing this every day now!

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.

ai nyc spring 2014-57-daniel jennings

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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How You Can Be An Insta-Fashion Designer


I just discovered the most brilliant site called STYLYT which lets you, well, style “it.” In other words, YOU can design the next piece for up-coming-designers like the CFDA’s Incubator alums turned indie darlings, Timo Weiland.

You get to pick everything from the colors, fabrics and even little details to make their design your own. If your design is chosen, it’s yours!

If you vote on your favorites, you too get to partake in the fun and get an exclusive discount on the winning design. So seriously, everyone wins (vote for all the “Liz T.” designs on there!).

STYLYT has now given me an exclusive preview for one of my favorite indie accessories designers, E. Kammeyer—which you’ve seen all over Dear Andi. The collaboration comes out on Tuesday but you can get an exclusive members only preview a day early here.

Happy designing!

Let me know what you design by tweeting it to me at @dear_andi and I will retweet it!

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