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NYFW Runway Hot Pick: Tommy Hilfiger's island-themed fashion show

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NEW YORK -- There's nothing like an island getaway to get a week off to a good start. That's what designer Tommy Hilfiger delivered in his spring 2016 runway show Monday morning at New York Fashion Week -- and that's why he's one of Stylebook's NYFW runway hot picks!
 
He created a piece of paradise (set pictured above) inside Pier 36 at South Street in lower Manhattan, a change of scenery for a brand that usually takes over the mammoth Park Avenue Armory on the Upper East Side for its elaborate fashion shows. 
 
Mr. Hilfiger, always the master of meticulous details, brought the island theme to life with a wooden plank runway that wrapped around an indoor lagoon with sand, palm trees and even a cabana, where island folks enjoyed a carefree day near the water.
 
The fashions were a vibrant display of colorful patchwork pieces, rainbow crocheted swimwear and separates, effortless maxis and casual printed pajama suits, topped with the occasional bucket hat and geometric bag. When models reemerged for their final walk, they left the runway to playfully splash in the lagoon. 
 
The collection had a deliberate Jamaican flavor, seasoned with Hilfiger's signature polished, cool-girl punch.
 
Check out more photos of the sunny styles below! (Photos courtesy of Tommy Hilfiger)
 
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Stylebook at NYFW: Weekend runway recap {VIDEO}

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NEW YORK -- Despite a couple of furious downpours, fashion fans still were out in full force over the weekend checking out the sights and styles of New York Fashion Week. Check out the video recap below for footage from Stylebook's point-of-view inside some of the shows.

(Faces in the crowd: Can you identify the young reality TV starlets from Pittsburgh seated in the first row at the Sherri Hill fashion show? Look quickly -- before the clip dances by *hint hint* your eyes!)

 

 

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Stylebook at NYFW: Pantone predicts top color picks for spring 2016

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NEW YORK -- South-of-the-border culture, a calm sensibility and blurred gender lines are just a few of the inspirations behind Pantone's top color picks for spring 2016.

Pantone, the industry's authority on all-things color, released its bi-annual trend report in time for New York Fashion Week, which previews through Thursday across the city collections for next spring and summer.

The anticipated hot hues for the season include: Rose Quartz, Peach Echo, Serenity (a soft blue), Snorkel blue (a rich blue), Buttercup yellow, Limpet Shell aqua, Fiesta (a fiery, yellow-based red), Iced Coffee and Green Flash.

"Colors this season transport us to a happier, sunnier place where we feel free to express a wittier version of our real selves," Pantone Color Institute executive director Leatrice Eiseman said in a statement about the spring 2016 report. "With our culture still surrounded by so much uncertainty, we are continuing to yearn for those softer shades that offer a sense of calm and relaxation."

As is to be expected in spring fashion, many of these color choices are nods to nature's renewal this time of year. But Pantone also notes Cuba's resurgence as a global destination as a key influencer behind some of the report's more unboundedly vibrant color combinations

Unlike seasons where Pantone releases picks for men and women, the spring 2016 colors make up what it's dubbed a "unisex palette."

"There are truly no perceivable distinctions in color choices between men's and women's collections, both of which focus on a desire to breathe and reflect, then play," the report states.

To read the full report, go to www.pantone.com.

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#SettingtheSEEN: Grape Stomp!

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I love any opportunity to try something new and fun. Grape stomping at the Pittsburgh Winery in the Strip? Count me in! In this week's show, Sara and I check out the upcoming Grape Stomp event, and we get into the spirit of things with glamorous retro hair and makeup from Izzazu Salon Spa and Serata.

And until next time, we'll be seeing you!

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#SettingtheSEEN: Sail Away to a Posh Picnic!

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Sail away with Sara and I this week on Setting the SEEN as we explore Boat Pittsburgh and Riverlife's Party at the Pier. We get into the spirit of a posh picnic with looks from Modcloth as well as hair and makeup by Izzazu Salon, Spa and Serata!

And until next time...we'll be seeing you!

Get your tickets for Riverlife's Party at the Pier HERE.

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