Category Archives: Fashion Trends

What Spring Shoe Sizzles for What Style?

Running on with our theme of how the shoes make the man (or woman), it’s essential to know what silhouettes go with what shoes. For example, pencil skits look fantastic with a stiletto and the newest stilettos with the covered platform are fantastic for work.

Fashion Societe loves this look for the office.

These shoes also look great with slim-fitting ankle-length pants.

Ballet flats are still getting tons of traction in the fashion world, but it’s important to remember that flats can make thick calves look thicker, so we recommend wearing them with pants, just like timeless Audrey Hepburn did in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

And now that warmer weather is upon us, don’t forget about cork wedges, which go great with everything, from skirts to shorts and every length pants in between!

As an extension of The Zoe Report’s Q&A feature Ask Rachel, each week the celebrity stylist will answers a burning fashion questions exclusively for Who What Wear and now… Fashion Societé readers!

If you were only going to buy one style of handbag this fall, what would it be and why?

Anytime I am faced with the dilemma of choosing just one option of any particular item—I often encounter this predicament when traveling—my instinct is to always go with the most classic, versatile choice. So if I was going to carry only one handbag all fall, I can say without hesitation that it would definitely be a tote!

While shoulder bags, lady bags, and oversized clutches are also very on-trend this season, a tote, which has always been my #1 arm candy of choice, is the most essential option to accommodate all of your belongings while you’re on-the-go. (New moms take note: they are a fabulous alternative or addition to a diaper bag to stow all of your baby gear!)

Breaking down a few different styles, my top pick would be one that is solid leather, like 3.1 Phillip Lim’s Pashili Satchel, Diane von Furstenberg’s Drew Metallic Tote Bag or even my personally designed Zoe Leather Tote, which I am currently relying on to hold all of my necessities amidst the NYFW mayhem!

Other tote-ally chic options to love include any that incorporate the coveted color-block trend. DKNY shows us how it’s done with their Color-Block Leather Tote, while Pour La Victoire’s Bordeaux Medium Tote and ASOS Color-Block Shopper are equally gorgeous interpretations of the look. Finally, I could never forget to mention a few exotic choices à la Malene Birger’s Reptile Nylon Tote and Nine West’s Island House Large Shopper. What will you be toting around this fall? xo RZ

Fashion Societe and Stylista Shopping Tours present – Sep 23 2011 | Crain’s New York Business

As seen in Crain’s New York today:

Fashion Societe and Stylista Shopping Tours present – Sep 23 2011 | Crain’s New York Business.

Falling Forward

Well ladies, although we’re excited to spend this last true summer month under the sun—and in lots of SPF-  today, let’s think ahead with‘s favorite picks for the upcoming cool weather. The great thing about these trends is that you can carry over summer essentials and make them fall basics! Keep bright colored trousers and high-slit skirts (as well as mid-calf skirts) in rotation for the chilly season and you’ll look like you stepped off the runway. Get refinery29’s total fall review here .

Hey Shorty!

Sometimes the fashion world forgets that we’re not all 5’10 supermodels. In fact, some of us are pretty damn tiny! And thanks to Refinery29 and their petite shopping tips, we can stop toeing the line between Talbots twinsets and the kids department and start looking like the stylish, modern women that we are. There are three key principles to shopping when you’re on the smaller side: first, know your body type. Are you petite all around or just on top? Are you small framed or just short? Defining your body type will help you better understand what shapes and styles work for you. Second, understand the benefits of fit and proportion. Just because something covers your body doesn’t mean it fits correctly and just because crop tops are all the rage doesn’t mean those proportions are meant for you. Think about waistlines, pants length, and silhouettes as you pick and choose. Lastly, remember that tailors exist but they’re not magicians! Some things (hems, darts) are easy, inexpensive jobs that make certain garments totally worth the trouble and money. But a $300 dress that needs $200 worth of alterations certainly ain’t worth it, honey. Especially if you don’t have a tailor you trust with your life! So all you diminutive dames, keep these tips in mind and you’ll be better than any 5’10 supermodel—you’ll be the best you!

Summer Styles

uncomplicated chic

What is your signature summer style? C’mon, we all have one. Well, if you haven’t figured out what yours is yet, there’s still time! And thanks toThe New York Times Magazine you’ve got some inspiration to help get you there. Maybe you’re a hot weather siren, draped in crimson as the temperature rises. Or are you currently trapped in electric ladyland mixing bright accent with bold garment. Personally, we’re spending this summer both uncomplicated and chic with distressed boyfriend jeans, feminine heels, and blousy tops a la Katie Holmes. Whether you’re ready to change up your style halfway through the season or just need a little motivation to bring this summer home, T magazine has it in their Summer Style article. See ya under the sun, gorgeous.

Glitz Glamour Groove Give Runway Show ROCKED on June 24th

I was truly dazzled by the array of hip and creative looks from Ooh La La– a progressive clothing boutique chain which is a rare find on Long Island.  Fortunately, they bring 5 much-needed stores to this area. Lines from Judith March, Scrapbook and many MANY more were featured at this hot sexy show which debuted just after 11PM Friday night…. The evening benefitted Habitat for Humanity’s program “Women Build” which promotes women to learn construction as they address the issues of substandard housing – an incredible cause.   Many thanks to Jenny and her pretty Mom, who must be extremely proud of her talented, and highly organized daughter (this particularly full-sized show went off without a hitch!)

Thanks Genny from Gorgeous, Darling!

Fashion Societe with Cathy Berger
Posted by Genny from Gorgeous, Darling! on Mar 7, 2011

Ever wish you could get the same expert beauty and fashion advice given to top models and socialites featured in those glossy magazines? Wait no longer – style entrepreneur Cathy Berger’s company, Fashion Societé, offers a series of ”how-to” seminars in NYC packed with easy-to-execute lessons that teach attendees how to maximize their image and style.

Armed with degrees and years of schooling from LI University, Parsons School of Design, and the Fashion Institute of Technology, Berger has commandeered an A-team of vetted instructors, ranging from Judith Ann Graham, a former Miss New York State affiliated with the Miss America Organization, to David Derex, a glamour photographer who has worked with major celebrities, business scions, and sports figures.

Fashion Societé’s 90-minute look-great, feel-great classes, held in Midtown Manhattan, focus on topics ranging from professional hairstyle advice and body-type analysis to tailoring secrets and choosing the right clothing colors. Among the upcoming seminars are “Lingerie & Lace: A Lesson in Allure” and “6 Steps to Fashionable Fitting the Voluptuous Woman.”

“Our advantage is that we mix science with modern technology to turn regular women into drop-dead dressers exuding current, fresh style,” says Berger. “Learning in-person at Fashion Societé classes are the most effective way to improve your image, plus they’re fun and won’t break the bank,” she says.

Club Monaco’s Summer Preview

Club Monaco Summer 2011,
While everyone is focused on spring fashion, we feel it’s time to start putting our feelers out for summer styles. Club Monaco has some fresh new looks that include a mix of different fashion trends.

Caroline Belhumeur who is the brand senior vice president of women’s design says that July will keep the sixties with looks that are “very naive and simple.” ( A more contemporary take will occur once August and September comes around with breezy lightweight fabrics in neutral tones and pencil skirts with leather detailed pockets for some edge. September brings sexy miniskirts with fur trimmed coats and burned out tees in soft satin.

For the men, we will see chinos in a slim fit and shorter cut blazers in July, and as the summer roars on the clothing will take a different stroll with “indian madras” that include denim jackets and ripped chinos, a sense of preppy grunge. Soft sweaters made out of mohair along with corduroy pants will be the look for the start of autumn along with relaxed wool blazers that match just about everything.

Hello Bright Eyes

Bernhard Wilhelm Mykita Sunglasses
Color is all around and for spring its no different, especially when it comes to your eyewear. We have been seeing some vibrant hues being sported with some pretty cool looking frames like the latest styles from Escada and Thierry Lasry, which both have the cat eye style. These shades are cool with the 50’s inspired vibe but the bold colors of reds, yellows and greens make them fresh and fun especially when the warm weather hits.

Other designer brands like Dolce & Gabbana and Vera Wang are bringing in the pastel shades with their wire frame aviator styles. The lens colors are soft but noticeable in shades of golds, purples and blues.

Spring is all about color and wearing sunglasses is the easiest way to achieve it. Simply put on a pair of transparent frames with a bold lens and you are ready to hit the streets in style. A perfect addition to your super cool outfit for Fashion Week might we add?