NYFW Runway Report: Desigual

As a longtime lover of bold prints, Spanish label Desigual has always intrigued me. Known for their over the top use of color and pattern, some of their designs were even too much for me, crossing the fine line from interesting to busy.  For their FW15 collection, however, they walked that line with aplomb.

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Pantone 2015 Color of the Year: Marsala

Every year, Pantone names a particular shade "Color of the Year," and the effect it has on the aesthetic world is undeniable.  Sometimes it makes a big splash in beauty, like 2012's Tangerine Tango and the reign of bright orange lipstick; sometimes it is the color de rigueur in fashion, like 2013's Emerald.  This year's color, the purple-pink hybrid Radiant Orchid, was a prominent accent color on the runways.  2015's pick, Marsala, seems perfect for interior decor, as reflected in Pantone's vaguely erotic crafting party editorial pics that accompanied the Color of the Year announcement.  Or "subtly seductive," in their own words.  If you'd rather wear it, I've rounded up some pieces that you can rock now:

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Wardrobe Want: Tongue In Cheek Slogan Tees

[caption id="attachment_1748" align="aligncenter" width="720"]RebDolls #OOTD crop top that I snagged at the Stylish Curves Pop Up Shop RebDolls #OOTD crop top that I snagged at the Stylish Curves Pop Up Shop[/caption] For the longest time, the term graphic tee gave me cringe-inducing flashbacks of the "sassy" slogan tees so popular in the early aughts - not a sartorial high point by any means.  But lately, I've seen some lighthearted, tongue in cheek slogan tees (in the same vein as this one from Moschino) that work even if you are not a rebellious teen.  For me, the key is to avoid random adjectives ("Beautiful," "Perfect," etc., can come off pretty juvenile) and cliched sayings (i.e. "Young, Wild, and Free").  Instead, find something fun and fashion focused - a tee shirt shouldn't take itself too seriously, after all. Boohoo LBD Tee My favorite is this cheeky twist on the LBD - a black tee dress that technically fits the description, but is way more lighthearted than the classic wardrobe staple.  I'd wear this with tights, chelsea boots, and an oversized pastel coat now.  In the summer, it would look amazing with sporty flatforms, or a serious statement heel for a night out.

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Curvily Fall Trend Report: Checks Galore

Simply Be Grid Check Coat

Simply Be Grid Check Jacket, $120

Plaid is having a major moment right now.  It first showed up as a trend last fall, but has had staying power beyond what anyone expected, and is now omnipresent.  Its the star of street style snaps; it was everywhere on the AW14 runways; and even Beyonce is a fan.  There are pieces for every style and aesthetic, from 90's grunge revival to chic corporate workwear.  If you are unsure how to style a piece, ask me in the comments -  I love to help!

Whether you like traditional tartans, monochrome checks, or colorful plaids, I've rounded up some of the best plus size picks from the trend.  Which one is your favorite?

Forever 21 Plaid Bodycon Midi

Forever 21 Plaid Bodycon Midi Skirt, $8

Carmakoma Samba Jacket

Carmakoma Plaid Jacket, $201

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