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Spotted: Polish Dallas Fashion Show

Posted in Spotted by SMUstyle on September 30, 2010

Erin Griffin, Katie Anderson

A group of Dallas’s most polished women gathered at Barneys New York in NorthPark Center for a runway presentation of Fall’s most wearable trends. Polish Dallas, a faith-based organization for young professional women, hosted the show featuring looks that could easily work on the SMU campus this Fall. Think casual, elegant styles for class and even a chic grey backpack! Top trends included plenty of utilitarian army green, fur vests over everything, hooded jackets and leopard accents. Leather also made a big statement in leggings, dresses and skirts. We loved the Proenza Schouler for J Brand jeans that added a little edginess to the lineup of gorgeous, wear-everywhere clothes. The show ended with a short, bronze goddess dress that would be a showstopper at a formal or a holiday event. Miniature red velvet and strawberry cupcakes, along with other equally adorable confections were served and guests sipped on sparkling pink punch in glasses with rims dipped in pink sugar. Among the guests we spotted? SMU alums Erin Griffin and Katie Anderson.

Polish Dallas Fashion Show at Barneys New York

Polish Dallas Fashion Show at Barneys New York

Lisa Collins and Bree Ungar


Fashion Insider: Manolo Blahnik at Neiman Marcus

Posted in Fashion Insider by SMUstyle on September 30, 2010

Manolo Blahnik

Tomorrow from 1 to 3 pm renowned shoe designer Manolo Blahnik will be at the Neiman Marcus at NorthPark Center signing stilettos and his new book Manolo’s New Shoes in the shoe salon on Level Two.  Why you need to go? The official launch for his book isn’t until October 12 — but Dallas will get a sneak peek before it hits any shelves. See you there!

Baxter Finkbohner

Fashion Insider: SMUstyle blogger Lauren Scruggs takes us inside NYFW

Posted in Fashion Insider by SMUstyle on September 29, 2010

SMUstyle’s in-house runway reporter, Lauren Scruggs, gives us a behind-the-scenes taste of New York Fashion Week. After the whirlwind of NYFW, Lauren made it back to Dallas for a few days to regroup and more importantly repack for yet another international fashion week – Montreal Fashion Week. Yes, you heard that right! Lauren is currently in Canada reporting from the runways for Follow the recent college grad and now Dallas resident live as she tweets from Montreal Fashion Week at

Lauren (far right) with friends at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Sept 9
The ELLE Next Fashion Show started my day. It was brilliantly fun and packed with talent. My highlight was interviewing the incredible Joe Zee (Creative Director of ELLE) as well as getting to talk with Erin Kaplan. Such wonderful people! This was such a laid back time to really get to talk with editors and designers and enjoy the innovation of fresh designer faces. There was such a positive energy in the air as everyone mingled with breakfast samplers and cocktails and overlooked the new home of fashion week.Spotted: Nigel Barker, Teen Vogue’s Amy Astley, and Tyson. I made my way down to the meatpacking district to catch the Suzanne Rae presentation, a designer to for sure keep your eye on. the venue was sitting on the high line overlooking the Hudson River. I met some fun people with so many different backgrounds and stories. Eccentric music played and the clothes were fantastic and oxfords were galore.

Lauren catches models off duty

Sept 10
Today started out at the Guli show, which was not to my liking, but the day got better and better from here. I attended the Tadashi Shoji presentation which displayed a myriad of dresses that were wonderfully earthy yet elegant. I continued onto BCBG, where flowy fabrics in every shade of neutral walked the runway. Stunning. Not to mention, one of my favorite parts about the shows is watching the highly interesting people walk into them, wondering what their stories are–some well known editors and bloggers, but what about the rest? The outfits are uber-creative, not one looks the same, which is so refreshing! From here, I took a break in the lincoln center courtyard outside of the karl lagerfeld luncheon and awed over the over-the-top fantastic chanel-esque ensembles. From bright red turbans to foot high flowered hats, this event was superfluous in a keen taste for style, each walking out the door full of character, life, and drama. From there, i took the subway down to the meatpacking district for the Lorick presentation. I turned onto Little West 12th, and on the quaint little brick road, I ran into a mini photo shoot that had formed to capture the models of Jason Wu. What a find! Hanneli Mustaparta was among the few people shooting some style-files for their blogs. It was fun to work next to them. I then made my way to Lorick a few doors down, by which the only impression I had of this line was that it was Mrs. Waldorf’s collection on Gossip Girl. Who knew we would all be in for such a treat? This presentation was my favorite of the day–natural, feminine, and organic.Ports1961 awaited me…such an anticipated show every season. It did not disappoint. The fabrics flowed so perfectly. Not to mention, it was astounding to watch Lindsay Ellingson, Freja Beha, amongst many others walk the runway. Also, I had the chance to meet Olivia Palermo, and she was so shockingly sweet. I guess that’s how reality tv mutates reputations! Spotted: After the show, I went to the backstage entrance, and on my way back bumped into Erin Wasson.

Lauren snaps a pic of model/designer Erin Wasson

Fashion’s Night Out was a mad house. The city was packed out. I first went to the Soho Victoria’s Secret store where I had the privilege of meeting Adriana Lima, Doutzen Kroes, and Chanel Iman. They are all such wonderful people, and the event was a success–proven by the line stringing a block long to get autographs. I then went to the Phillip Lim 3.1/Rag and Bone block party, where the tunes were blarring and the crowds were swarming. Spotted: Halle Berry! Cheers to fashion!

Lauren with supermodel Adriana Lima

Sept 11
The likes of Diego Binetti started off my day in Lincoln Center. It was a full-sighted pleasure where embroidery, lace overlays, and beaded crystals merely cracked the surface of the spectacular detail and embellishment in this collection. My friend Jayme (a pro show crasher, might I add) and I headed to Pier94 on Hudson to attempt an entry into Alexander Wang. It was full, but the people watching outside the show was almost as good as getting in. Astonishing style. Spotted: Bloggers Hanneli Mustaparta and Tavi, Maggie Gyllenhal, Erin Wasson, and Rachel Zoe. Wanting to soak up every last minute in this riveting crowd, my alarm reminded me that I had to get going to the Charlotte Ronson show. Brisk walking turned into a jog with seven short blocks, two long blocks, and five minutes to spare. I bumped into Tim Gunn on the way in and made it to my seat all to be once again inspired by this high energy collection.

Lauren catches Rachel Zoe between shows

Sept 12
Come rain or shine, fashion week still carries on in full force! To narrow down my favorite collections for spring/summer 2011 was nearly impossible, but Rebecca Taylor, Diane Von Furstenberg, Rag and Bone, and Jason Wu topped the charts.

Sept 13
The Net-a-Porter luncheon was the highlight of today, as we enjoyed stunning fall line previews from various fall collections. This shopping site is to die for. Finally, the long awaited Monique Lhuillier show was beginning before we knew it, and the dresses were UNBELIEVABLE. Absolutely jaw dropping.

Sept 14
This morning, I grazed down to the Derek Lam show to shoot some model street style. Little did I know who I would run in to. I was approaching back stage, and I saw a white bob in the near distance…it clicked with me–Abbey Lee Kershaw, AKA one of my favorite models. ever. I met up with the normal crew, who i see everyday (it becomes such a small world), one of which is Craig from Altamira (my most adored model blog!). Snap shots of Freja Beha, Anja Rubik, and Karlie Kloss, amongst many others, were taken captive by a flash, and the energy only seemed to crescendo as the rain started to fall. Music video anyone? No one seemed to notice; we were having too much fun delgating mini photo shoots.

Sept 15
Today was just full of prettiness. Nanette Lepore opened up my morning and left a very high standard for the remaining shows. It was exploding of energy and color, making me wish spring wasn’t so far away.

Nanette Lepore Spring 2011

I then made my way over to the Harper’s Bazaar accessory presentation, which was an absolute delight. It opened my knowledge to so many outstanding jewelry makers that are those above-and-beyond innovative types. I enjoyed getting to learn of their stories and the inspiration behind their exquisite creations. Some names to check out: Lizzie Fortunado, Prova, Anndra Neen, and, of course, Alexis Bittar. Milly by Michelle Smith was up next on my to-do, which I was quite ecstatic about. It was packed out. The collection was rupturing with tomato, green, and navy hues, head wraps, and audacious prints. odd molly arrived shortly after, which was not quite my taste, but fun none-the-less. best surprise of the day: I was lucky enough to get in to Anna Sui. What a treat. Watching Abbey Lee walk made my day, not to mention the boho-extravagance of the fabulous conglomeration. Safari anyone? Final show of the day: Mackage. the designer is known for his leather creations, and this year he changed pace with an entire collection of clothes.

Lauren snaps a pic of model Abbey Lee

Beauty Blast: Ralph Lauren Big Pony Fragrance

Posted in Beauty Blast by SMUstyle on September 29, 2010

Ralph Lauren Big Pony Fragrance

Need a new scent for the man in your life? Look out for the launch of the Ralph Lauren Big Pony Fragrance Collection. There are four fantastic scents perfectly fit for any college boy’s personality: Sporty, Seductive, Adventurous and Stylish

Sporty (1) is a fresh mix of lime and grapefruit perfect for after a long day of practice.

Seductive (2) has hints of dark chocolate and musk that will make any girl want more.

Adventurous (3) has a thrilling rush of mint and ginger root that makes him feel that he can tackle anything.

Stylish (4) is an energizing mix of mandarin oranges and kyara wood to add some edge to any outfit he wears.

Each scent also has a matching Ralph Lauren Polo — quite the innovative way of keeping your man stylish and smelling good.

Where to snag the new collection:
SMU Bookstore: 3060 Mockingbird Lane, 214.768.2435.

Need some man candy in the meantime? Watch the Big Pony Fragrance video featuring OneRebublic’s single “Secrets” here.

Sami Williams

Spotted: Alexandra Sisto

Posted in Spotted by SMUstyle on September 28, 2010

SMU junior Alexandra Sisto

SMU junior Alexandra Sisto was spotted walking to class wearing a pair of Joe’s Jeans jeggings, a sweater from Express, Carrera sunglasses and jewels from Catalina Island off the coast of California.

For A Similar look:
Blue pants from Forever XXI
Grey sweater from Forever XXI

Alex Bjornnes

Fashion on Film: Campus Closets

Posted in Fashion on Film by SMUstyle on September 27, 2010’s Sarah Bray takes us inside the closets of SMU’s most fashionable students. This week we venture inside SMU Senior Anna McIngvale’s closet to checkout her collection of spirited tailgate apparel, sassy Christian Louboutins and like any true Texan, cowboy boots.

Shop Savvy: Shirin Askari Trunk Show at Elements

Posted in Shop Savvy by SMUstyle on September 27, 2010

Elements is located at 4400 Lovers Lane

Spotted: SMU Senior Biking to Class

Posted in Spotted by SMUstyle on September 27, 2010

Leah Gibson embraced the cooler weather today! The stylish senior was the perfect picture of fall with her red bicycle, olive green and navy striped sweater, and brown suede riding boots.

Fashion Insider: Market Internship at The Fashion Industry Gallery

Posted in Fashion Insider by SMUstyle on September 27, 2010

Looking to get your foot into the fashion industry, but don’t know where to begin? The Fashion Industry Gallery is looking for fashion interns to work their three-day fall market, October 21 – 23. Interns will get to work closely with local and national buyers, and clothing/accessory brand representatives. Intern responsibilities include: welcoming buyers and sales reps to the F.I.G., helping buyers find brands that fit their store’s customer base, guiding buyers to showrooms, and answering any questions buyers and sales reps have throughout market.
I can attest it’s a really a great opportunity (I was a “Figlet” for Fall 2009 and Spring 2010 market) and such an easy resume boost (it’s only a three-day commitment)! If this sounds like an opportunity you would be interested in, email your resume and current photo to F.I.G.’s Marketing Director Jessica Baxter, at or F.I.G.’s Marketing Manager,
Sarah Bray

Fashion Insider: Twitter Update!

Posted in Fashion Insider by SMUstyle on September 27, 2010

SMUStyle blogger Lauren Scruggs will be tweeting live all week from Montreal Fashion Week. Make sure and follow @SMUStyle for her insider fashion coverage!

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