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Color Studies: Black and White

black and white

From top left:  Rag & Bone Nola Dress, Stella McCartney Wilson Shirt,SCOOP NYC Leather Shorts, AKRIS handbag, Chanel Shoes

Black and white is the most classic combination we can think of, but we never tire of seeing the two paired together. After a summer of candy colors and bold patterns, we are more than ready to introduce some black and white pieces back into our wardrobe.

Whether it’s to the office, Saturday brunch, or dinner with your significant other, this combination can add something extra to even the simplest of outfits. Here are a few items that will keep you chic and fashionable as the weather cools down.

Do you have any black and white items are on your fall wish list?

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A Quick List of Fashion Do’s and Don’ts


From  top left: Winter White from Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen clutch, Jimmy Choo booties, Rag & Bone hat

 Here’s our Friday quick list to inspire your wardrobe!  Here’s a few list of do’s and don’ts we’ve been scribbling down lately and we’d love to hear yours! Please share! 

DO: dress for the season. As much as we love leather, these Texas temperatures are not conducive to the cool-weather trend. Save those pieces for later and wear a dress that is breathable for even the steamiest of days.

DON’T: be afraid to dress like him. Take a cue from Parisian street style and indulge in a masculine look. Pant suits are all the rage right now – whether short or long – and it’s a look that can seamlessly transition from board meetings to evening cocktails. (*This Carolina Herrera pantsuit is on our list)

DO: wear white throughout the year. Summer is the perfect time to wear your favorite little white dress, but that doesn’t mean the warmer months get all the fun. Once fall rolls around, scoop up that cream blazer or the off-white trousers you’ve been eyeing.

DON’T: shy away from attention-grabbing prints. Fashion is meant to be fun, so don the leopard, floral, or graphic shift dress that has been hanging in your closet for months. Bonus point: mix and match two patterns to create a stand-out look. (* A FUN print from SCOOP NYC)

DO: stick to what you are comfortable in. Just because something is splashed on the pages of Vogue doesn’t mean it’s an instant success. Maybe you’re too tall for that hemline or can’t get away with wearing a crop top to work. Nobody knows your own style more than you.

DON’T: assume that black means boring. Black is one of the easiest ways to look effortlessly chic, and it is making a big comeback this season. Whether you go head-to-toe in the hue or opt for the classic black and white combo, you can’t go wrong. (* We love this option from Saint Laurent)

DO: Embrace your figure! Don’t get lost in a boxy dress or loose caftan. Buy tailored pieces or cinch your waist with a bold belt. (*This is a perfectly tailored dress from Alexander McQueen)

DON’T: forget to accessorize! This season, invest in a few standout accessories to tie your entire look together. Statement earrings, ornate purses, and structured hats are just a few ways to take your outfit to a new level.



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Our Beauty Bag - Spring/Summer 2013


1. Chanel Rouge Allure velvet lipstick 2. Jour d’Hermes 3. Kiehl’s Scalp Exfoliator  4. Stella McCartney L.I.L.Y body lotion 5. Madison Leather Tray


Here are just a few of our current beauty counter favorites.  You can’t go wrong with Chanel lipstick in rich summer color shades like magenta and red orange to really set the style of your look. We’re in love with the new Kiehl’s Scalp Exfoliator because if you really want your hair to shine, it MUST start at the roots! And, if you haven’t sampled Stella McCartney’s new fragrance, L.I.L.Y. (Linda I Love You - in honor of her late mother), the body lotion is a must. It delivers just the right amount of scent for summer.  To finish off the look?  You don’t want to miss shopping colorful leather trays at Madison.



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Stella McCartney Winter 2013 Runway

Stella McCartney winter 2013

Check out our live video and images from the winter 2013 Stella McCartney runway show.  From pinstripes to purple to plaid, the Stella McCartney winter 2013 collection was filled with drama and signature oversize clean line jackets.  Check out the video and see more runway shots here.


stella mccartney runway from Highland Park Village on Vimeo.



stella from Highland Park Village on Vimeo.

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Look for Thrills Without the Frills from Thursday Styles


Fashion designer Jil Sander told The New York Times  she prefers the word purity to minimalism when describing the consumer trend of moving away from often over-the-top garment details in fashion.  “Consumers are getting sophisticated enough to understand pure design,” fashion trend forecaster Sharon Graubard told the Times, “They don’t need junk on their clothes to feel like they’re getting bang for their buck.”

So, say goodbye to ruffles, fringe, gems, and gold?  Is polished the new glam? After seasons of lavish embellishments, it seems consumers will lean towards more tailored, well-cut, and streamlined looks in the coming seasons.

To jump on board, checkout spring 2013 looks from Akris, Stella McCartney, and Rag & Bone at Highland Park Village.  All of these pieces focus on beautiful cuts and tailoring and are still quite striking.

Read “Designers Look for Thrills Without the Frills” By Ruth La Ferla

from left: Rag & Bone Jefferson Blazer, Stella McCartney Mix Cady Collins Dress, Akris spring/summer 2013

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