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Runway recap: J.Crew unveils fall collection for men and women at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

NEW YORK — Come fall, it will be easy to beat the cold-weather blues with brilliant colors, a dose of bling and swoon-worthy accessories for women and some cozy casual pieces for men.

That's what the brand featured Tuesday morning at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week inside the tents at Lincoln Center. Some standouts for women were separates drenched in sequins of varying shades and sizes, an embellished button-down top, strong statement outerwear and playful mixing of colors, prints and fabrics. For the jumpsuit girl, J.Crew offered an off-white tuxedo-style one. And those shoes  there were ones with sparkles, fringe, animal prints and more!

The J. Crew man can expect a relaxed style for fall, with jogger pants, textured turtleneck sweaters, a little plaid and several nice jackets. Colors  from everyday wear to slim suits — were heavy on camel, navy, charcoal, light rust and varieties of green.

Follow PG style editor Sara Bauknecht on Twitter and Instagram @SaraB_PG. Photos by Sara Bauknecht.

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Best of NYFW backstage: D-I-Y beauty tips + tricks

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

NEW YORK -- Runway shows give us glimpses into fashion trends for future seasons. But backstage at New York Fashion Week, there’s a bevy of beauty tips and tricks waiting to be discovered -- and many are more approachable for D-I-Y purposes than one might think.

Behind the scenes at the David Tlale runway show at Lincoln Center, models sat with small cans of Rene Furterer products in their hair (yes, the actual can) as an alternative way to create a curl for a French twist. For tighter curls, stylists wrapped small sections of hair around long sticks and then pressed the hair along the stick with a straightener to set it. Once the stick was removed -- voila! -- instant curls.

The makeup for the show was meant to be “a vision of a beautiful strong girl in the aftermath,” said Louise Zizzo for MAC Cosmetics. She achieved this with a strong eye with angled liner, a look that’s cropped up in various iterations throughout New York Fashion Week for fall 2015. Try being bold with eyeliner at home with a good angled brush and some bravery.

“You kind of just have to go for it,” she said. Don’t worry about messing up -- that’s what makeup remover is for, after all.

For nails, negative space (or leaving part of the nail exposed) continues to be popular but is finding new interpretations for fall. For the Reem Acra runway show, this meant layering the OPI colors Cosmo-Not Tonight Honey and Up Front & Personal (two light hues with a hint of sparkle) to completely cover the nail but still give the idea of transparency because of the shades’ sheerness.

See some of these tips in action in the photos below (Sara Bauknecht/Post-Gazette)

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Preparing for the onslaught of deer

Written by Doug Oster on .

blog deer in distance 3Framed by the trees in my garden, three deer browse a mile away, but they will be back. Photos by Doug Oster

As I stood looking out the dining room window, three deer walked into a clearing a mile away across a vast valley.

I was glad to see them all the way over there, but I recognized the buck. He's been seen with the rest of the herd around my garden. Snowfall also reveals their paths and how many deer are running together.

Later that day as I drove up the driveway a big doe raced right in front of me.

This is when the deer start to really feel the effects of winter. My herd looks pretty healthy, not nearly as thin as last year, but they are hungry and often times the garden will green up before the forest floor does, providing an easy meal for the famished deer.

It's too cold to spray a repellent on plants now, but as soon as temperatures rise to above freezing I'll start spraying Bobbex on anything the deer seem interested in. I hate the way it smells, but that's what keeps the deer off the plants. There are lots of different spray repellents that will work, in fact, it's a good idea to get a few, using one for a couple weeks and then switching it out for another. Hopefully it will keep the deer confused. Here's a homemade recipe which really works too.

A physical barrier, usually in the form of deer netting works well to protect plants too. It's cheap, easy to apply and it works. Sometimes it means fencing in an area, other times it's just throwing it over a plant. I worried that the netting would be ugly, but it's invisible out in the landscape.

Here's another repellent you can make at home by combining two commercial products. It comes from a gardener who saw it used with much success at a daylily farm. Since I first gave the formula out, I've heard from lots of people who now swear by it.

Take a four ounce bottles of Grannick's Bitter Apple for Dogs and mix it with two tablespoons of Wilt Pruf sprayed on plants with amazing results.

The Bitter Apple is available at pet stores and is used to keep puppies from chewing things. The Wilt Pruf can be found at local nurseries adding it to the Bitter Apple gets it to stick to the plants.

The Bitter Apple can be bought in bigger containers to cover more area too and the combination is much cheaper than commercial repellents.

We're chomping at the bit to get into our gardens and so our the deer, so be ready.

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Best of NYFW backstage: Designer Q&A with Pamella Roland

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

 

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NEW YORK -- Pamella Roland knows what women want. This season at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, she gave them elegant dresses and separates inspired by Paris in the 1970s as depicted in Alicia Drake's book "The Beautiful Fall."

The collection brought the inspiration to life through bold prints, deep hues and extraordinary details, including hand-cut velvet sequins, embroidered prints, velvet flocking and feathers.

Since the line launched in 2002, it's become a favorite of celebrities, including Angelina Jolie, Halle Berry, Taylor Swift and Eva Longoria, and is sold in more than 70 fine department and specialty stores domestically and abroad.

Before the runway show on Monday afternoon at Lincoln Center, the brand's president and designer, Pamella Roland, chatted with Stylebook backstage about the collection, the challenges of New York Fashion Week, pre-show rituals and more.

What's in store for fall 2015?

PR: My inspiration is the early '70s in Paris, which kind of started getting this world of fashion going. It's kind of where the models and photographers and fashion designers all really gathered together in the early '70s, and I think we've just come up from there. One thing I've always loved on a woman is a tuxedo and that's really when Yves [Saint Laurent] put a tuxedo on, le smoking jacket. So we open up with a tuxedo. The look of the hair and makeup is kind of a Brigitte Bardot look.

Writers can get writers' block. Is there an equivalent of this for fashion designers, and, if so, how do you work through that?

PR: This one's a little more of a change for me than I've done in the past. It's still glamorous, but it has a little bit more of a bohemian look to it, which is not really me but I'm doing this inspiration I had to step out. I love it. I'm actually really happy how it turned out, but that was a little difficult. It's always hard to come up with something new, but it always seems to all come together.

What do you think the Pamella Roland woman wants?

PR: We dress young girls, we have our younger-end line, too. We dress the whole family -- the daughters, the mothers, the sisters, grandmothers. What they want really more than anything is to feel confident in what they're wearing. And then you need to make sure that what you're buying and choosing it fits you well. ... A Pamella Roland woman is a busy, confident woman. 

What are your thoughts when you're producing a show? Who should it be for?

PR: [Fashion shows] do seem to change. And even this venue I'm like, where am I going? [Referencing the fact that this is the last time shows will be held at the tents at Lincoln Center.] I've been happy. I really have not had any complaints. The only complaint I would say that's got to be difficult is it's very expensive to run a show. And it gets harder and harder. So I think especially for a young, new designer starting, that's probably the most difficult thing. I don't mind where you put me but stop raising the prices all the time.

Any pre-show routines or rituals?

PR: I have a bracelet from my son, a charm bracelet, that he's been giving me a charm. He just gave me one for Valentine's Day. ... I wear it all week. [Although she didn't wear it this time because it didn't go with her look, she said.] You know when I'm coming because it's very loud. 

I try to get sleep, but I just don't. Afterward we always have a good party.

And after the show?

PR: Afterward there's always a couple cocktails involved.

Photos: Pamella Roland by Sara Bauknecht/Post-Gazette. Runway images by Jennifer Graylock.

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NYFW runway recap: Tommy Hilfiger scores with football-themed fashion show

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

 

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NEW YORK -- Tommy Hilfiger called his fall 2015 women’s collection “an American love story inspired by Ali MacGraw.”

What’s more American than a good ol’ game of football?

That’s what Mr. Hilfiger gave Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on Monday at the Park Avenue Armory on Manhattan’s East Side for his 30th anniversary collection. The cavernous space was transformed into a football field, complete with field posts, scoreboard and a Jumbotron that captured all of the action from the front row (celebrity sightings!) and around the makeshift stadium.

Once it was game -- or, in this case, show -- time, models stomped onto the field from an entrance labeled “locker room” and strutted from one end zone to the other. The packed crowd watched from bleacher-style seats.

The clothes mimicked this spirited all-American, athletic flavor with sporty-chic bomber jackets, leather jersey-style dresses, over-sized scarves, cozy popcorn sweaters, smart peacoats, a peppering of plaids and wedged lace-up “football boots.” More playful pieces were complemented by some softer ones, including a smattering of pieced skirt and crepe dresses in rich autumnal tones like burgundy and navy.

After models took their final walk across the field, Mr. Hilfiger ran out, helmet in hand, to wave to fans and family. The collection was, indeed, a touchdown!

Photos courtesy of Tommy Hilfiger

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