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Hannah has some seriously enviable lipstick skills! Her bold lip is the perfect addition to her denim look and takes everything up a notch. Of course, a fur collar and leopard heels help a bit, too. Hannah’s outfit is a LFW home run, thanks to her mix of high-street casual and posh details. Now, if only I could figure out how to get that perfect topknot…

xo,
Crystal

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Long Cardigans | Leopard Print Heels | Red Lipstick

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Doina Ciobanu has amazing confidence and elegance for such a young woman. Her blog, The Golden Diamonds, has a massive following, and it’s no wonder: Doina has style for miles!

Today’s look is a beautiful mix of textures and subtle tones. The zipper mini and turtleneck knit have been uber-popular this season, but Doina takes them to the next level. I can’t wait to see what’s next for Miss Ciobanu this Fashion Week!

xo,
Crystal

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Guess who I found across the pond? Our fan favorite here on the blog, Miss Lainy Hedaya! This New York-based blogger (Haute Inhabit) is enjoying a much-needed break from the snow, as am I.

Lainy’s just one of those girls who look effortlessly cool all the time. Her draped tuxedo jacket and oversized button-up pair perfectly with her slim leather trousers to create the ultimate city-chic look.

xo,
Crystal

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Black Blazers | Lace Pumps | Leather Pants

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We just had to bring Miss Shea Marie (Peace Love Shea) back for another round on The Thread. Shea has such a great eye for trends. I love how she’s mixed graphic print and contrast with a pastel pink coat. It’s an unexpected combination, but the modern cut of her coat works with the slim lines of her printed set. Her platform Céline loafers are one of my top shoes of the season, so I’m sold on this look!

xo,
Crystal

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Print Pants | Loafers | Black & White Print Tops

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Peony Lim is back and showing us la vie en rose! You all know that I love a lady suit, and Peony’s is bright and fun. J’adore the cropped trouser, the floral detail and the preppy slipper pairing. This gorgeous gal is always a joy to photograph, thanks to her impeccable taste and sunny smile.

xo,
Crystal

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Smoking Slippers | Grey Handbags | Black and White Striped Blouses

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Rachel Zoe constructs a new take on exotic sophistication for spring/summer 2014.

We snapped Rachel sharing a laugh with her dapper son, Skyler. The designer’s recently announced pregnancy didn’t stop her from positively glowing as she talked with The Thread about the color palette for the season. “This collection is very safari,” she says. “We start with neutrals, then we go into soft feminine blushes and move into a black-and-white story with touches of leather.”

Model Coco Rocha dons Rachel Zoe Resort as she films a special episode of NYLON TV backstage.

Get ready for style adventure in the form of caftans, tailored jackets, maxi dresses and mod minis.

Qianna Smith
Photos by Fernando Colon

September 7, 2013

Front Row at Prabal Gurung

Get a glimpse of the Fashion Week crowd at Prabal Gurung Spring 2014.
(See also: Our runway photos from the show)

Brand consultant Michelle Harper

Actress Zosia Mamet

New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham

Stylist/Designer Rachel Zoe

Fashion writer Lynn Yaeger

Joe Zee of Elle

James Goldstein

Joanna Coles of Cosmopolitan

Model/Blogger Hanneli Mustaparta and Lucky’s Eva Chen

Mickey Boardman of Paper magazine

Mary O’Regan

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We chatted with the stylist-turned-designer on her new collection, wardrobe essentials and pop culture favorites.

What’s the inspiration behind your spring/summer collection?
I’m inspired by women who exemplify effortless sophistication, elegance and a touch of androgyny, like Diane Keaton, Jane Birkin and Ali MacGraw. This collection has a strong sense of effortless glamour with modern details—it’s filled with prints, texture and bright colors.

(left) Rachel Zoe sequin top and mint leather shorts | (right) mint leather jacket and striped silk pants

What’s your favorite trend for spring?
Colored leather is a must! It’s a great update to standard black and a cool new way to wear leather.

How about fall?
Equestrian details are so chic for fall. Pair riding boots with a flirty dress—it puts a classic twist on a feminine silhouette.

Name three items every woman should own.
A leather jacket, sexy nude pumps and a statement cocktail ring.

Where’s your next vacation going to be?
Malibu, and I cannot wait!

What’s your favorite movie?
I never tire of the classics: Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Love Story, Klute. But I’m also a diehard Twilight fan—R. Pats is everything!

Do you watch any TV?
Every night before bed I watch an episode of Friends.

What’s on your iPod right now?
My office is basically a focus group for everything new and trending—music included. I like the Black Keys, Coldplay and Muse, along with classic rock, like Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Stevie Nicks and the Grateful Dead.

Do you have any design rituals?
Yes! I tend to get inspired in the middle of the night, so I do most of my magazine tears in bed at 2am.

Name a historical figure you’d love to meet.
Coco Chanel.

What was your very first job?
I started my career as an editor at YM magazine. From there, I went off on my own as a freelance stylist.

How has the Internet affected your design process?
Communication is faster and so much more efficient. My team and I are never working solely on one season, category or project at a time. It can get a little crazy, but I love it. And I love having so much inspiration at my fingertips.

—Mary O’Regan

When it comes to navigating through life, so much of what we know is passed down from mother to child. In celebration of Mother’s Day, we asked Donna Karan, Lubov Azria, Lela Rose, Rachel Roy, Pamella Roland, Rebecca Minkoff, Rachel Zoe and Kelly Wearstler to tell us, “What’s the greatest advice mothers can share with their children?”

Check out the candid, poignant family photos that each of these designing women generously shared with us…

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Donna Karan: Make time for love. “The best advice a mother can give to her child is that love is about time−the time you spend with others, and time you spend taking care of yourself. You need to find the balance and do both,” says Donna Karan, pictured with her daughter Gabby on her wedding day in 2002. (For her special day, Gabby wore a short dress with an added long tulle skirt, made by her mother, of course!)

Lubov Azria: Live your dreams. “Each of my daughters has a unique journey they are embarking on, and I support them wholeheartedly. I always advise them with what I tell myself every day: Work hard, stay focused on your vision, and follow your dreams. Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, ‘Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm,’” says Azria, Chief Creative Officer of BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP, which includes BCBG and Herve Leger.

This busy business woman is mother to 6 children with husband Max Azria. Above, Lubov (pictured second from left) enjoys some girl time on Malibu Beach with her daughters Anaïs, 16, Agnès, 14, Marine, 21, and Chloé, 18.

Lela Rose: Conquer with kindness. Designer Lela Rose keeps her motherly advice simple and sweet: “Be nice, be nice, be nice.”

The New York-based Texan transplant is pictured with her two children, Grey, 11, and Rosey, 6, and their two Yorkshire terriers, Stitch and Bobbin.

Rachel Roy: You can make a difference. “The best advice I give my girls, which my mother instilled in me, is the importance of giving back to those in need,” shares Rachel Roy, pictured with her two daughters, Tallulah Ruth, 5, and Ava, 13.

Pamella Roland: Easy does it. “As my children have grown, my best advice to mothers of young children would be to not sweat the small stuff−you let go and let your children learn by making their mistakes, and you have to pick your battles,” says Pamella Roland.

During New York Fashion Week, you can always spot her three children, Cole, Sydney and Cassandra, cheering from the front row.

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Rebecca Minkoff: Search for excellence. “Find your PASSION and give 100%. It may or may not be easy to find; maybe the search will be painful and long, but you will find it at some point. And the feeling of satisfaction knowing you have given 100% brings tremendous contentment,” says Rebecca Minkoff, photographed with son Luca Shai, who will turn 2 in September.

Rachel Zoe: Do the right thing. “Always be kind, always have manners and always be grateful. Never be greedy, never be jealous and never be cruel,” says Rachel Zoe on the words of wisdom she instills in her son Skyler, 2.

Kelly Wearstler: Be a go-getter. “The best advice I can give my boys is the same advice my mother instilled in me: the only person who can make something happen for you is YOU. Be compassionate, be self-reliant, and love what you do,” shares Kelly Wearstler with her boys Elliott, 9, and Oliver, 10.

On Mother’s Day, remember the women who gave—and lived out—the best life advice for you.

(Uh-oh: Still need last-minute Mother’s Day gifts? Don’t fret, we’ve got you covered!)

Qianna Smith
Photos courtesy of each designer

While I love a good denim and leather combination, it’s Thea’s snake-print tux jacket that pulled me in. Thea says it’s her new go-to garment and that she’s been pairing it with everything she can. There’s something quite modern and cosmopolitan about Thea’s look, but the casual elements keep things fun and youthful.

xo, Crystal

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Printed Blazers | Leather Skirts | Denim Tops

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