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Trend alert! Four trends to watch at New York Fashion Week

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

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Whether you're following New York Fashion Week from the catwalk or your couch, here are some of the trends to be on the look out for during the week.

According to fashion forecasters at WGSN, a trend analysis and research group, there are four categories of clothes that are expected to dominate style for next spring and summer.

Feminine fashions brought to life through tinted pastels, empire waistlines and lots of light laces that can be mixed effortlessly with other fabrics like cotton could be popular, says Lizzy Bowring, WGSN's head of catwalks. Meanwhile designers also likely will infuse their fashions with androgynous elements executed in fresh ways.

Nods to styles of past decades, particularly the 1940s-1970s, will have their moment on the runway, alongside the continuation of sports-influenced apparel that has been important in recent seasons.

When it comes to color, purple is leading the pack. Expect to see it in a range of shades from soft lavenders to deep indigo.

Photo: Masculine meets feminine on the runway at BCBGMAXAZRIA. Courtesy of OPI, which styled the models' nails for the show.

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TMI from Jennifer Garner on social media? Not a chance

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

 

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TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, DAY TWO

anselelgorttiffcarpetWhen director Jason Reitman hired Ansel Elgort for “Men, Women & Children,” he says, “I cast just  this handsome 6-4 dude, I wasn’t casting the star of ‘The Fault in Our Stars.’ That was kind of a revelation to me later.”

Reitman, who co-wrote the movie based on the book by Chad Kultgen, said he suggested to his young stars – including Elgort, Timothee Chalamet, Olivia Crocicchia, Kaitlyn Dever, Katherine Hughes, Elena Kampouris and Travis Trope – that they not Tweet or Instagram or Facebook about the project during shooting and keep the experience for themselves.

He suggested they would thank him five or 10 years down the road, and they took his advice so much to heart that when the trailer was released, some asked if that would be a good time to talk about the movie through social media.

jasonreitmanblogReitman and star Jennifer Garner appeared today at a studio-sponsored press conference for the movie. The pair had worked together on “Juno” and were on the same plane from Los Angeles to Cleveland – for “Draft Day” which Jason’s dad, Ivan Reitman, directed. Garner said an iPad came up and over the seat with a request to look at the script. By the time the plane landed, she had agreed to play a mother who monitors her daughter’s every Internet move.

As for the social media habits of Garner, who is married to actor Ben Affleck and the mother of three, there are none.

 “I don’t do it because I don’t understand what I would have to offer that I would be willing to give. And I would certainly never pimp out my children, and that’s really what people are interested in, or I’m not going to talk about my marriage on social media. So, really, other than that, it’s just a time suck and I just have no interest in feeling guilty about not answering one more thing than I already do.”

More on this to come and watch for a story Sunday on “The Judge” press conference with Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall and most of the key cast, director and producers.

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 Photos by Karl Walter and Jason Merritt, WireImage/Getty for TIFF. 

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White wood aster is the star of the fall forest floor

Written by Doug Oster on .

blog white wood asterI love to walk in the woods and enjoy the asters. I wonder where I could use them in the garden? Photos by Doug Oster

If only all our garden plants were as resilient as the white wood aster (Eurybia divaricata). Then gardening would be easy.

Some would classify the plant as a weed, others a wildflower, to me it's just beautiful, that's all.

I think it would make a wonderful garden plant. It thrives in dry shade, blooms reliably each fall and the butterflies love it too.

They do have a tendency to flop over, but might work in consort with hostas or other shade perennials that could hold the flowers up.

Take a walk in the woods to enjoy these pretty flower and think about how it might work in your garden.

This weekend I'll start blogging from Italy for nine days. Check back here for daily updates and check out my Facebook page for more posts.

 

 

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Harper poll shows tighter race for Corbett, Wolf

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After two consecutive polling disasters, the campaign for Gov. Tom Corbett has to be buoyed – at least a bit – by numbers in a Harper Polling poll released Thursday .

Yes, as was the case in recent Franklin and Marshall College and Robert Morris University polls, Mr. Corbett trails Tom Wolf, his...

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"Setting the SEEN": 11th Annual Pittsburgh Fashion Story + Men's Fall Fashion

Written by Natalie Bencivenga on .

This week, style editor Sara Bauknecht and I checked out Charles Spiegel For Men in Squirrel Hill for tips on men's fall fashion.  I also chatted with Tori Mistick, fashion show coordinator for tonight's 11th Annual Pittsburgh Fashion Story at Duquesne University's Power Ballroom.

The event will support Partners for Quality, an organization that helps people with mental and developmental disabilities. Tickets are still available, and can be purchased here: http://www.pfq.org/pfqf/events/events.asp

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