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Author Archive | Sharon Haver

  • Milan Fashion Week Trend Spotlight: Menswear Jackets + Touch of Pharell’s Hat at Emporio Armani Fall 2014


      I’ve been rekindling my love for a strong menswear jacket since looking at Cate Blanchett. And I even have a soft spot for Pharell Williams’ Vivienne Westwood hat at the Grammy’s that has taken on a life of its own, with even its own Twitter account. So, when you meld the best of suiting with a little irony, love is in the air. There is definitely something to think about when it comes to the styling of Emporio Armani…

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  • Growing Older, Staying In Style: Men’s Style Tips for a Fab 50+


    This week’s look back at favorite posts from my 15th Anniversay of FocusOnStyle online takes a look at age-appropriate fashion for guys over 50. Mens’ style– like women’s– shouldn’t have an expiration date, and looking vital, modern, and well, hot, as an approaching boomer and beyond is something that should be accessible for everyone with a little know-how. Have a read at this very favorite post from 2006. The advice is timeless, although the handsome examples are bit older, yet still…

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  • Milan Fashion Week Beauty Trend Spotlight: It’s the easy hair from Prada Fall 2014 you can get tonight


      The first thing that you can steal from the Prada fall 14 runway is the severely tight hair, think of it as the best reason not to wash your hair today. Miuccia Prada’s “Act 2” collect referenced German avant-garde culture with austere simplicity that gave way vivid and bold outerwear, some the most flamboyantly fabulous jackets, that I may just want to add to my wish list. Along with THOSE red boots. Gosh, I don’t know about you, but I…

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  • New York Fashion Week Trend Spotlight: Textural Froth at Ralph Lauren Fall 2014


    Texture, dimension, and unexpected pairings of “touch me” fabrications in soft muted colors were abound at Ralph Lauren Fall 2014. When it comes to getting dressed, look to Ralph for inspiration. Why not pair a gray turtleneck poncho over a filmy metallic skirt? The result is divine! >> MORE: FASHION SHOWS AND RUNWAY REVIEWS And TREND SPOTLIGHTS >>> CLICK: Ralph Lauren Collection in store now…   Photos: Ralp Lauren

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  • New York Fashion Week Trend Spotlight: Easy Glamour at Jenny Packham Fall 2014


      It’s hard not to love anything about the laid back glamour at Jenny Packham Fall 2014. Even the feather coat takes an understated touch when styled with ease. With 70s era Bianca Jagger as her inspiration, Packham says, “I admire women who style themselves with integrity and wit – Bianca was the Queen of mindful dressing…” This is luxe for the woman who likes to kick back her heels & doesn’t get trapped into overstyled gimmicks. It’s a throwback to…

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  • Mid Week Break: New York Fashion Week Trend Spotlights

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     Whoosh, it’s a busy (fashion) week!  Honestly, I have to say that I’m loving what is being shown at New York Fashion Week Fall 2014 more than in past seasons. I really enjoy cherry-picking some of the singularly most wearable trends  for you that are more real way than runway.  (Secret: I’m crazy for all that red) Before the week goes on, I invite you to take a look at the trends I’ve selected here and think about ways to be inspired to update your wardrobe……

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  • Backstage Beauty: Westminster Dog Show Behind the Scenes

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     Gettting their gorgeous behind the scenes at the Westminster Dog Show. You know how much I love poodles and dogs in general. It is New York Fashion Week (have you been following my trend spotlights?) and you would expect backstage beauty to involve models with hair and back-up how to’s, right? Well, it will. But I want to take a break from clothes and show you some of the best coiffed at the 138th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Afterall, these fur babies spend…

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  • New York Fashion Week Trend Spotlight: A Longer Hemline at Victoria Beckham Fall 2014


       Just loving the ease of a more sophisticated longer hemline at Victoria Beckham Fall 2014. Red continues as THE accent color to a classic palette of black and winter white that holds a sharp contrast to the willowy line of a longer silhouette.  Particularly, the architectural sleekness reminiscent of the early 90’s in this exquisite tailored coat…. don’t miss the detail on the left hip. RELATED: More from Victoria Beckham Styling Tip: Either a low heeled lace-up shoe as worn with the…

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  • The Black Dress- Black Fashion Designers in celebration of Black History Month + New York Fashion Week

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    When we think of the black dress, an L.B.D. typically comes to mind. Well, not so fast. Kicking off New York Fashion Week, I made at very worthwhile stop at the opening of The Black Dress: Ten Contemporary Fashion Designers which celebrates the singular vision of featured black fashion designers: Jeffrey Banks, Samantha Black, Stephen Burrows, Donna Dove, Epperson, Michael Jerome Francis, Byron Lars, Tracy Reese, Omar Salam and LaQuan Smith who have found success in an industry that historically downplays their achievements. >> MORE: FASHION SHOWS AND RUNWAY REVIEWS And TREND SPOTLIGHTS The exhibition’s fashion consultant…

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  • New York Fashion Week Trend Spotlight: Rich Red & Meticulous Draping at Prabal Gurung Fall 14

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      Simply stunning! The rich reds & meticulous draping from Prabal Gurung Fall 2014 are stellar standouts in our New York Fashion Week trend spotlight.  From what we’ve seen from the past two days, red is the accent color of the season so from #NYFW. What makes these Prabal Gurung pieces so exceptional (well, becuase they are!) is the combination of textures and draping that move the eye around the body so the color isn’t so overpowering. >> MORE: FASHION SHOWS AND RUNWAY REVIEWS And TREND SPOTLIGHTS…

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  • New York Fashion Week Trend Spotlight: Gray Matters at Jason Wu Fall 14


      In a word, classy! The timless elegance of gray paired with the slouchier silhouette make this textured sweater and pants a stellar New York Fashion Week trend spotlight from Jason Wu fall 2014. Start to look for the filler, fluid pant now as it will be a keeper into next season. Fit Tip: Be sure there  is some room in the thigh for a slenderizing effect. >> MORE: FASHION SHOWS AND RUNWAY REVIEWS And TREND SPOTLIGHTS As for these draped, midriff baring number below,…

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