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Update Your Work Wardrobe!

The weather is changing and there is no better time to update your closet with workwear pieces appropriate for the cooler weather. As you start your shopping, here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Gray is a popular color this season, but no need to keep it dull and drab. Kick it up a notch with a pop of color in your blouse or accessories.
  • Look for items that are a fresh take on classic pieces.
  • Layering is your friend. Even though it’s cold outside, it may be warm in your office, so sweaters, cardigans, blazers and ponchos are great pieces to always keep on hand.

Here are some of our picks for refreshing your work wardrobe:

1. Rachel Roy Signature Tropical Wool Mixed Media Dress
2. Terrace House Jacket
3. Tahari by Arthur S. Levine Belted Ponte Knit SheathDress
4. T Tahari Jacket, Lizette Velvet Blazer
5. MICHAEL Michael Kors Printed Belted Dress
6. Kenna-T Blazer
7. Aqua Cashmere Button-Back Cocoon Cardigan
8. Splendid Vintage Sherpa Fleece Open Cardigan
9. Pippa “City Lights” Cowl Dress


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What to Wear to a Fall Wedding

We’ve all been there – we have numerous dresses that we could pull out of our closet for a warm summer wedding and then we have a friend who decides to get married in the middle of fall. Not to worry, there are many options to keep your style quotient high without looking too bundled up.

1. Draped One-Shoulder Dress

2. Vestiges Dress

3. Shoshanna One-Shoulder Beaded Dress

4. Patra Beaded Crinkled Satin Dress

5. MARC BY MARC JACOBS “Rope Stripe” Jacquard Strapless Dress

6. Halston Heritage

7. Purple Elie Tahari “Pamela” Belted Ruffle Dress

8. BCBGMAXAZRIA Dress, One Shoulder

9. BCBGMAXAZRIA Dress, One Shoulder Printed

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Tracy Reese Spring 2011 RTW

By Tina-Gaye “Bernie” Bernard

This review is brought to you not by a fashion pundit, publicist, obsessed fashionista, or blogger.  I’m a 30-something cosmetic executive with my own exacting style and bona fide Tracy Reese devotee.  My cosmopolitan lifestyle warrants polished clothing, flattering fit, and the trifecta is the flexibility to transition from workplace to cocktail; all with clever panache.  Tracy Reese is my favorite [newer] designer (tied with homage to Ralph Lauren) – my first piece purchased in 2004 in a Seoul, Korea boutique, the dress label’s black logo is sans her now recognizable signature chandelier – and this New York Fashion Week was my third consecutive viewing of her design genius at the tents.  As the (un)official ambassador patron for this fashion line, the owners of The Vyne asked me to share my acute opine.

Ready to Wear

Tracy Reese Spring 2011 RTW epitomized “ready to wear” with silhouettes appropriate for all curves, comfort yet a still pulled together look, and crisp, warm colors just darling on sepia skins.  It was an ever so slight yet refreshing departure from her collection’s distinguishing bold colors, prints and embellishments.  The ultra-feminine, joie de vivre, modernity, and detailing brand hallmarks were not lost as the 70s retro-inspired, truly wearable, effortless chic in basics and neutrals were remixed anew with texture.  To further play up, the clothing was punctuated by simple yet statement-making accessories (by sista-designer Shauna Neely), Stella-Got-Her-Groove-Back wide brim hats, large psychedelic, vintage eyewear, and layered necklaces.  The makeup look was ethereal but warm, barely-there luminosity, subtle peach (the new pink) hues, and a neutral dash of color on lips.  Laidback, no-fuss hair, either Hippie-esque long with middle part, no bang, or pulled back.

Real to Wear

The Tracy Reese show is, if not the, then, one of the most, ethnically and body type diverse in its catwalk casting, front row and standing room.  This translates into fashion that represents the real world that is “real to wear”.

Visit to view the behind the curtain video.

Reasons to Wear

As quick indoctrination, every upwardly mobile Black woman should own at least three Tracy Reese pieces for two reasons.

  1. Tracy Reese meets the great expectations of the acculturated. She is one of only a handful of African-American women to run her own labels and to influence the fashion world by consistently showing at the tents.  Support a sister!
  2. Both the eponymous Tracy Reese as well as her Plenty label, are among few lines in which: most often there is accommodation in the hip; the structures aren’t confining, instead forgiving; and lining, built-in bodices, and hang straps, etcetera, marks of expert finishing, are incorporated, afforded less by others.  Fine, distinctive clothing is a worthy investment for tailored, timeless not overtly trendy items.  My mounting Tracy Reese wardrobe over the last few years withstands laundering and doesn’t look worn. Tracy Reese designs are quintessential for the sophisticated, rising professional and social tastemaker to swag responsibly. Support yourself with smart style!

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Style Yourself Fabulous!

Photo Courtesy of Wayne Tippetts (Streetstyle Aesthetic)

If you think that you weren’t born with the “Rachel Zoe” or “Marian Kihogo” gene (pictured here) or if finding stylish clothing to fit your shape and personality is near impossible then this article is for you. Styling yourself appropriately can mean the difference between a great first impression or a lasting bad impression. It can sometimes even make or break getting the job you want. So we’ve compiled a few style tips that we’ve picked up over the years that are easy to remember and implement. These tips are sure to help bring out your inner stylista:

Tip #1: Want to rock this season’s hottest fashions without breaking the bank? Instead of investing in expensive clothing items that may not last more than one season, match the season’s latest accessory trends with a classic. For instance, this season pair a plain black dress with colorful suede pumps or a chain necklace.

Tip #2: Though the monochromatic look does work at times, adding a pop of color is a sure way to make a statement with any ensemble. Adding a turquoise necklace to a gray dress, red shoes to an all-black outfit or a colorful belt to a white button down shirt and jeans will make people take notice (and in a good way).

Tip #3: Jackets can be a wardrobe life saver. If you are especially endowed in the bust area or are a plus sized woman, try adding well-cut, structured jackets to your outfits. A well-cut and structured jacket helps to cinch you in much like a nice belt. They can help draw attention away from your trouble zones and towards the other areas of your body or they can simply be the statement piece around which the rest of your outfit is built.

Tip #4: The fit factor is ultra important. If you put on an item of clothing and it tugs, pulls, buckles or feels tight in any area that it shouldn’t then that’s your cue to do one of two things, either go up a size or don’t wear it. Some styles, no matter what size, just won’t fit well on your body and that’s okay. Just try on other shapes until you can isolate which one goes with your body the best, then look for that same shape in other styles, colors, etc.

Tip #5: It’s all about visual interest. When you go to pick out any article of clothing, look for the visual interest. The visual interest is some detail about that garment that makes it special and interesting to look at. For example, it could be really pretty buttons on an otherwise boring button down shirt, or a uniquely cut collar or perhaps even a bit of ruffle detail like this Rebecca Taylor blazer.

Do you have a keen eye for styling yourself? If so, share your stylist tips here.

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The Vyne at Fashion’s Night Out NYC

By Kailei Richardson

Fashion’s Night Out NYC took place on Friday, September 10, 2010 all over the city. I was right in the mix, checking out fashion houses in the Upper East Side and the Meatpacking District. Here are some of the highlights of the night with references to the corresponding photos.

The Rundown
I started the night at Ralph Lauren where Halle Berry was signing covers of the Vogue September issue. The line for Halle autographs was crazy! It was winding all around the 2nd floor of the location and led to a hidden area where Ms. Berry was. Since they wouldn’t let any cameras in that area, I was unable to get a shot of her. However I did meet Victoria Gousse and Elydia Carswell (#1) who were waiting in line to get their autograph and the lucky Missy McBean (#2 on the picture) who posed with her signed copy.

From there I headed down Madison Ave. and walked in and out of many fashion houses. Christian Dior (#3) had paparazzi outside, snapping pictures of the fashion elite walking in and out of the store. As soon as I walked in I was greeted by gorgeous male models serving champagne at the door. Couture and champagne – a lovely combination!

Next was Cesare Paciotti (#4). A small boutique, but let me tell you, the shoes were amazing! Just seeing the fab boots and pumps that were wearable yet artistic made me want to explore more from this Italian designer.

Dolce & Gabbana was next on the list to see Ms. Naomi Campbell who was in the house. They had models in the windows striking a pose in their edgy gear (#5). Unfortunately the line outside was ridiculous, and it was madness inside. There was so much more to see for me to wait in line, so I went on to the next!

While D&G had edgy models in their window, Donna Karan’s window models were ethereal and sophisticated (#6). And what a scene inside! A much more diverse crowd than most of the other places I’d been that night which was a refreshing change. While I was peeping out the threads I turned around to see Desiree Rogers, Donna Karan and Amy DuBois Barnett right next to me. Desiree had some fabulous lace overlay gold pants that I wish I had on camera. I was able to snap some pics though (#7).

Next up – Lanvin. Oh how I love this sophisticated, feminine and chic line. Upstairs was a party scene – great music, models, men with make-up, and people having a good time. I was so excited to see one of my favorite Bravo TV personalities – Brad from The Rachel Zoe Project (#8).

I was ready to head to the Meatpacking District when I ran into a college friend and Vyne Reader, Michelle Reid and her friend and lingerie/loungewear designer Nesta Findlay (#8) on Madison Avenue. We stopped to strike a pose in front of the big lights.

Right before heading into the taxi I met two stylish Vyne-worthy women – Georgette Angerson and Ana Semedo – who were enjoying the night. Next, off to the lovely Tracy Reese on Hudson. I was greeted by a DJ, a dancer in the window, and supermodel Veronica Webb having a blast hanging out in the shop. Then, Tracy Reese walked in – so friendly, warm and down to earth. She made her way over to my girl Tina “Bernie” Bernard from COCOACHiC and I, greeting us with hugs and kisses and thanking us for stopping by. This was the highlight of the night. Not only could you shop and dance with Tracy and Veronica, you could also get your nails done (#11)!

All in all it was a great night. Can’t wait until next year!

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City Girl Must Haves

Must Have Throw Over Anything Sweater/Jacket: Cashmere Exclusively by Bloomingdales One-Button Fringed Jacket

Must Have Refillable Water Bottle: Gaiam Persian Paisley Aluminum Water Bottle

Must have Apps: HopStop tells you bus, rail and walking directions in most major cities and Sit or Squat tells you where you can find bathrooms all over the world

Must Have Flats:
The Metallic City Flat, The Gap

Must Have Comfortable Hot Shoes:
Air Pastine Sandal with Nike Air technology cushion

Must Have “Everything Bag”: Tiffany Reversible Tote with detachable zipper pouch

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The Vyne 9: Necklaces

A necklace is one of those accessories that can completely change an outfit. In this week’s The Vyne 9 we have selected a few that can do just that and more. And we have just about every occasion covered.
1. Swagger Necklace
2. Davina Necklace
3. Crystal Medallion Necklace
4. Perfect Skippers Necklace
5. Bronze Pearl Necklace
6. Beaded Swag Bib Necklace
7. Gilded Coral Necklace
8. Estate Vine Crystal Collar Necklace
9. Multi-Strand Pearl Necklace

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Rent the Runway Trunk Show Event

By Kailei Richardson

This past Tuesday I attended a Trunk Show in New York hosted by Rent the Runway. Don’t know about Rent the Runway? Believe me, this may be your new go-to site. The event took place downtown where they had a select number of dresses from their inventory for sale (I bought a gorgeous Lela Rose dress for 90% off!). Even better, they had a bunch of dresses there from different designers for us all to try on for fit – and even rent if we have an upcoming event (did someone say Fashion Night Out?). Women at the event were trying on dresses, checking out dresses they wanted on the several computers that were available, and talking to the members of the Rent the Runway staff to learn more about the company. Thanks so much to Nadia, Jenny (one of the founders), Brooke and AJ for a great event!

What is Rent the Runway?
Rent the Runway was started by friends and Harvard Business School section mates, Jennifer Hyman and Jennifer Fleiss. It’s kind of like Bag, Borrow or Steal for dresses. You can rent designer dresses and accessories typically for about 10% of the price. Once you’re a member, all you have to do is schedule your rental – NY folks can even get same-day delivery (they’ll even send you a back-up size for free!). After your event, just send it back the next day (again, for free). Super easy! Can you believe that they just launched late last year and they already have over 500,000 members?!

Not a member? Not to worry – click here to gain access to their fabulous designer dresses!

If you are a member and have tried the service, let us know your thoughts!

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Fall 2010 Trend Report

I know, you don’t want to hear that summer will be over soon. (Or maybe you’re looking forward to it – it’s been a hot one!) To help you prep for what’s coming in the fall, check out these top trends. In the meantime, take advantage of the sales that are kicking off – all the stores are making room for the fall merchandise!

1. 50s Inspired Attire – From pencil skirts, to wide skirts, to pretty preppy cardis, this fall will bring the most feminine pieces inspired by the 1950s.
2. Long Skirts – Long skirts are making a comeback, which we have not seen in quite some time.
3. Solid Gold – Gold will be the metallic of choice, at least with regards to clothing.
4. Menswear Inspired Pieces – Menswear will continue to be a trend this fall, from suits to cardigans and even pants.
5. Blood Red – Blood red will be one of the hottest colors of the season, so stock up!
6. Capes and Ponchos – Chic capes and ponchos are also making a comeback.
7. Head to Toe Hues – Hues from head to toe, either all the same color, or different shades of one color are an emerging trend we’re sure to see this fall.

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Night on the Town Dresses

It’s hot, but that doesn’t mean you have to compromise on your style when you are out on a night on the town. Whether you’re going out to dinner, a concert or a lounge, here are some great looks to keep in mind.
White Hot

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