High Fashion, College Wallet: Valentino

One of Valentino’s greatest assets is its ability to create memorable and distinct looks that when seen off the runway, are immediately recognized as a work of the Italian powerhouse. The Fall 2014 Ready-to-Wear collection is by no means an exception. Bold prints and eye-catching colors ruled the runway and influence from the 60s and 70s was quite apparent. However, these pieces are not quite accessible for those on a normal college budget. Nevertheless, with the help of various local retailers, the looks can be easily emulated. This particular creation is a simple, yet elegant look that can be worn … Continue reading High Fashion, College Wallet: Valentino

High Fashion, College Wallet: ’90s Grunge

As the weather starts to cool down and the leaves change color, it’s time to pull out sweaters and boots and prepare for another New York autumn. Last spring’s Fashion Week showcased dozens of designers’ trends for the upcoming fall/winter season, and it’s finally time to start breaking them out. Some recurring trends throughout the shows including ‘60s inspired silhouettes, chunky knits, and ‘90s grunge. The ‘90s have experienced a huge revival as of late and NYU’s Welcome Week was even ‘90s themed this year. On the runway, feminine silhouettes and accessories clashed with gothic-inspired pieces for an unexpectedly glamorous … Continue reading High Fashion, College Wallet: ’90s Grunge

High Fashion College Wallet: Saint Laurent Fall/Winter 2014

The Saint Laurent Fall/Winter 2014 at New York Fashion Week presented a remix of the mid-sixties pop movement in London. The line showcased capes, tweedy coats, lapel blazers, tartan skirts and school girl pleated minis paired with Mary Janes or knee high boots. Saint Laurent designer Hedi Slimane drew inspiration from artist John Baldessari’s appropriation in art to create a parallel between art and youth culture. While these looks are ready-to-wear, the cost is not as attainable; however, similar looks can be found in places not as detrimental to the college budget. This look in particular pays homage to the … Continue reading High Fashion College Wallet: Saint Laurent Fall/Winter 2014

High Fashion, College Wallet Special: Oscars

With the Oscars quickly approaching, it is always fun to look back on some of the best looks from past years. 2011 had quite a few stunning red carpet looks, but actress Mila Kunis’ lilac lace Elie Saab gown was certainly one of the most striking. Romantic and glamorous, this fresh look was absolutely stunning, and with a few changes it can be made into an equally glam everyday ensemble. A key element to this outfit is color and fabric. To emulate this ensemble, Tobi.com has a “Cross My Lace Back Top” ($22) that combines this fantastic shade of lilac … Continue reading High Fashion, College Wallet Special: Oscars

High Fashion, College Wallet: Helmut Lang

The Helmut Lang Autumn/Winter 2014 show at New York Fashion Week this month delivered as expected, featuring monochrome outfits in dark colors, as well as showcasing styles in cherry reds and with abstract patterns. Created by Austrian designer Helmut Lang in 1986, the Helmut Lang brand exists today under the ownership of Japan’s Link Theory — known for its monochromatic, minimalist designs, typically drawing inspiration from a palette of white, black and brown — after its acquisition by Prada. A standout piece in the 2014 collection included an oversized black mohair sweater coat paired with a knee-length black and white … Continue reading High Fashion, College Wallet: Helmut Lang