The trends for this summer’s styles have mainly been loud and bold: horizontal stripes, neon florals, or kaleidoscope prints. J. Crew offered a wonderful T shirt that offered a two-for: Breton stripes with red and orange flowers across the bottom (It is now sold out.). And many designers, fr…

This combo image shows first lady Michelle Obama as she arrives at the Inaugural Ball in Washington on Jan. 21, 2009, left, and Jan. 21, 2013, right. Michelle Obama made it a fashion tradition Monday night, wearing a custom-made Jason Wu gown to the inaugural balls. The ruby-colored dress wa…

It’s déjà vu all over again with designer Jason Wu’s new contemporary line Miss Wu, introduced on January 7 and being exclusively sold through Nordstrom [both in stores and online] for one year. That is, its mod girly vibe feels very 1960’s, an image Wu has played up by having his models pho…

In a current show at Chicago’s Field Museum, fashion designer Maria Pinto indulges her inner anthropologist. Fashion and the Field Museum Collection—Maria Pinto (running through June 16, 2013) explores the universal world of design by mixing clothing from the museum’s collection hand-selecte…

In a dream world, we would throw out the contents of our closets every season and begin anew. We would wear only new, hip, trendy clothes—straight out of fashion magazines. After all, that’s what the stores and catalogs try to sell us: the idea that we need to completely revamp our look ever…

To those of us not attending the highly touted, uber-produced fashion shows in New York, Paris, London or Milan, the concept of a designated Fashion Week feels remote. It is easy to wonder: Do the current designs by Balenciaga or Valentino or Calvin Klein have anything to do with our everyda…

This Oct. 22, 2012 photo released by Starpix shows actress Katie Holmes at the Narciso Rodriguez for DesigNation launch in partnership with Kohl's department store in New York. Fashion designer Rodriguez has joined the likes of Jason Wu and Missoni by launching a limited-edition collection w…

This Oct. 22, 2012 photo released by Starpix shows shows actress Emma Roberts , left, with fashion designer Narciso Roriguez, center and actress Julianna Margulies at the Narciso Rodriguez for DesigNation launch in partnership with Kohl's department store in New York. Rodriguez has joined th…

This Oct. 22, 2012 photo released by Starpix shows actress Julianna Margulies, left, with fashion designer Narciso Roriguez at the Narciso Rodriguez for DesigNation launch in partnership with Kohl's department store in New York. Rodriguez has joined the likes of Jason Wu and Missoni by launc…

Narciso Rodriguez is a designer known as much for what he doesn’t do as for what he does. He doesn’t do girly or overworked clothes. No ruffles, no poufs, no fluff. What Rodriguez does offer is sophisticated simplicity, suitable for women of any age. Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue on…