Keggy Style’s Top Five Fall Fashion Trends for 2013

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For this week’s Friday Fashion Find, we compiled a list of our favorite trending style essentials. The designer prices may be a bit out of reach, so below are our top five nearly identical standout items at deals impossible to pass up!

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  1. The Statement Sweatshirt: All of our dreams are at last coming true. Sweatshirts transform into high fashion statement pieces. Comfort meets style with these newly appropriate additions to your daytime apparel that feel as snug as your prized pajamas. The MSGM printed floral sweatshirt caught our eye on farfetch.com for $402, but this irresistible Urban Outfitters pullover is no wallet buster at just $59!

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2.  The Leather Skater Skirt: This effortless grunge-meets-ballerina fashion find pairs flawlessly with just about anything.  From a nonchalant tee and sneakers to a silk blouse and heels, there is no question that this should be hanging inside all of our closets, regardless of personal style. The flattering full, swingy skirt in a super soft leather creates instantaneous stares of envy. Net-a-porter.com priced their Chalayan leather skater skirt for $1,775, but we could not pass up this carbon copy skirt for $300 from Madewell.

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3.  Essie’s After School Boy Blazer: An outfit is never complete without nail polish’s finishing touch. Essie’s new color, After School Boy Blazer, transforms onto the nails as a sleek, inky blue polish that goes from  day to night and can be brushed on in a single coat.  Chanel flaunts their $27 Blue Satin polish at nordstrom.com, but we found this just-as-luxurious one for $8 at CVS.

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4.  The Bag: Accessories are the punctuation to every outfit. In this case, a sunny yellow exclamation point! Accented with a front zipper, this JetSetter Satchel is a water repellent nylon bag with Saffiano leather trim. This bag’s  versatility becomes apparent as it unlatches on the sides to reveal more room. Seen for £215 by Marc Jacobs, this Henri Bendel bag originally retails for $248, but find this steal on sale now for $148!

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5.  DV by Dolce Vita Jentry: Step it up with this ankle bootie that speaks volumes. As an outfit completer, the stacked heel separates the 5’5″ from the 5’9″. Without the ache from skinny heels, these upscale booties can even be worn to a cocktail event. We admit to an obsession with Barneys Balenciaga boots available for $1,275, but our similar, edgy ones satisfy our craving for  a mere $129 from Zappos.

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Shasie Lives Life in Style With Keggy

BonlookPaint3Shalanda Turner, a.k.a “Shasie” in the fashion blogger world, covered more than 30 NYFW runway shows, including the likes of Michael Kors, Rachel Zoe, Badgley Mischka and Rebecca Minkoff. On Live Life in Style, Shasie blogs as a representative for multiple online magazines and writes personal pieces about her up-to-the-minute style.

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Shasie’s backstage access to exclusive fashion events affords her a behind the scenes peek at the show’s preparations. Seconds before the models stepped onto the catwalk at Nolcha Fashion Week, Shasie conducted a video interview with designer Kerry Leikus. The two discussed the Keggy brand, and the inevitable pairing of her belts with Stacie May’s spring line. Audio sound clips accompany front row images of the designer’s latest pieces in Shasie’s blog as she recreates the noise, feel and look of Fashion Week for her loyal subscribers.

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Shop the Runway with Estero Magazine

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Estero, the luxury magazine on international fashion and culture, has gone live, launching its first interactive digital issue. Tune in to a Sounds of the World playlist from the Estero blog for the complete multicultural experience. The musical assortment, from Brazilian samba to Euro club remix, sets the rhythm and mood for the featured regions you will visit. A runway pulse emanates from “Saque Ao Motel,” a remix by electro-industrial artist AD, of Finland. The cuíca drum strikes the perfect beat for the “Shop the Runway” article, featuring Estero’s favorite exotic jewelry and hand painted hardware. Here, Keggy’s turquoise enamel basket weave buckle with camel strap belt joins the company of elegant but minimalistic jewelry from fellow runway designers. 

Estero recognizes the value of immediate gratification, especially for those seeking the latest in must-have fashion. Viewers can simultaneously read and purchase the right-off-the-catwalk trends by clicking directly on product images. To begin shopping the runway, visit esteromagazine.com

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Travel Made Effortless with Stiletto Dash

Savvy travel blog Stiletto Dash scouted NYFW and has deemed Keggy belts the perfect jet-setting accessory.

mod11The compact belts with mix and match buckles and a myriad of interchangeable leather straps create the ideal accessory for every outfit.

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An upgrade to business travel becomes effortless with this site’s quick tips and tricks.  In the blink of an eye, Stiletto Dash can transform you from a casual explorer to a worldly excursionist.

On-the-go travel has never been this easy. As if an enhancement to traveling in style isn’t enough, Stiletto Dash also touches on how to stay healthy and happy when setting foot on unknown lands.Picture 43

The Keggy team looks forward to using the  “Simple Being” app suggested in Stiletto Dash’s “Daily Liftoff” blog!Picture 42

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Estero Magazine, A Global Inspiration

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Estero, meaning “foreign” in Italian, could not be a more fitting title for the exclusive magazine focusing on the international influence on fashion and culture. The quality, content, and layout of this oversized glossy are befitting a W issue, while the rich content and exquisite photography speak volumes on the fashion, innovative design, cuisine, art, sports and music of a featured locale. Artistic Director of Estero, Maria Kontgis, masterfully orchestrates a brilliant arrangement of history, nightlife, local flavors, as well as artists and trends emerging in select regions, most recently Dubai.

In Volume No. 3, entitled “Digital Enigma,” Estero offers a sneak peak into their staffs’ picks of “must-have accessories right off the runway” and reveals designers’ secret inspirations behind their Spring/Summer 2014 collections. At the award-winning Nolcha Fashion Week fashion show, Keggy belts cinched the waists of Stacie May’s collection, striking the perfect balance between femininity and edginess. Estero uncovered Keggy’s storyboard for the line, unearthing the Marc Chagall influence and whimsical inspiration for the collection’s repeating patterns and bold, contrasting hues. A behind the scenes image by Laura Prichett captures the textures, colors, and Chagall paintings that served as the backdrop for Keggy’s own circus-inspired accessories.                                                          Screen shot 2013-09-25 at 12.42.08 PMScreen shot 2013-09-25 at 12.56.09 PM

We are very much looking forward to exploring Estero’s next issue and its newly revamped website. Prior to the recent launch of its interactive website, Estero’s print version was only available to invitation-only guests at premier events. Now Estero is accessible to everyone and allows readers to “see it, tap it, and buy it.” Specific music playlists accompany each volume, providing the utmost in browsing enjoyment while reading past and present issues.

We will be sure to hold on to our print versions, as there is nothing quite so special as these pretty, high-gloss, mogul-sized copies of Estero; they are definitely a keeper and a treasured fashion relic in this internet-centric world.

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NYFW: From Fashion Show to Fashion Lounge

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Keggy display at Nolcha Fashion Lounge

On the final day of New York Fashion Week, Keggy’s excitement was only just beginning.  Following a catwalk debut at Nolcha Fashion Week, Keggy immediately turned its focus to the next day’s event, where we would exhibit the newest belt collection. Nolcha teamed up with Modalyst, an online marketplace for boutiques and buyers to connect with fashion accessory designers, to host this year’s Fashion Lounge. Nolcha CEO Kerry Bannigan described its partner Modalyst as “providing a curated selection of cutting edge designers,” while Nolcha provided “an off-line platform for these brands to meet the media and additional influencers.”

CEO of Modalyst Jill Sherman has over a decade of prior experience in the fashion industry, working throughout the U.S. and Asia for Prada, Miu Miu, Vogue and as a buying manager for Harvey Nichols. Sherman and Client Procurement Director Lillian Anselmi, a Yale grad and former creative director of her own RTW line, make a powerhouse duo. The pair constantly seek out opportunities like the Fashion Lounge to promote brands from their virtual showroom.

003-Nolcha_Fashion_Week-Fashion_Lounge-091213-IMG_5922Keggy was one of fifteen designers, in addition to several official sponsors, chosen to display collections and/or latest merchandise to an array of guests from bloggers and editors to buyers and stylists. The fourth floor of Yotel, a trendy hotel located on the corner of 42nd street & 10th ave, was filled with a techno, futuristic vibe as it was transformed from daytime business setting into an invitation only after-party.

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Some of the Keggy team: Kelly, Cheyenne, Kerry & Allie

A row of glass-encased rooms housing some of the collections bordered the main floor displays, where Keggy was strategically placed front and center.  The buzz of a curling iron that magically created spiral curls in seconds came from the right as Presenting Sponsor Rusk tested out its new hair products on passerbys. The clank of champagne flutes came from the left, as everyone eagerly awaited the start of the open bar. Until then, Keggy girls and the rest of the guests sampled the new Monster energy drink “Rebel” lemonade flavors for a much needed boost.

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Keggy’s eye-catching, high-top table display caused a constant influx of guests waiting to see and hear about the new spring collection. Lillian Anselmi commented that Modalyst was “thrilled with the turn out at our Fashion Lounge event and were proud to showcase the collections from our talented group of designers. One of the most popular booths seemed to be Keggy’s with Kerry Leikus surrounded by interested editors, bloggers and buyers.”

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Kerry Leikus with Examiner.com fashion writer & editor Faith Bowman

We greeted attendees well into the after party as more guests headed over to the bar situated beside us. By 8pm the party was in full swing and the Keggy team was ready to pack up for the day and join in on the fun.

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Kerry Leikus and Jill Sherman

In a post-event statement to Keggy, Modalyst CEO Jill Sherman added, “Modalyst’s Fashion Lounge was the perfect opportunity for our designers to take their online wholesale experience and bring it offline.”

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Lillian Anselmi with Keggy’s Amy Sweeney

We couldn’t agree more! A huge thanks goes out to Modalyst for inviting Keggy to participate in the amazing affair. It marked a bittersweet end to New York Fashion Week and the beginning of a promising future with new friends.

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Celebrity Sightings at New York Fashion Week

Picture 3              The bustle of NYFW’s runway shows was nothing compared to the clamor of excitement surrounding the celebrity attendees. At the Nolcha Fashion show, we spotted the regal Kelly Rutherford a.k.a. Lily van der Woodsen on Gossip Girl and quickly snapped a picture with the blonde beauty. Flashes of light surrounded fellow blonde actress Jennie Garth as well, who doubled as a model and guest.Picture 1

                 Another head-turning celebrity was seated front and center. Best known for her Calvin Klein representation and no stranger to the runway, Christy Turlington was a stunning standout Picture 5in her nude makeup and simple white tee. Equally iconic Coco Rocha was also in attendance, a regular in both New York City and Paris Fashion Weeks. Mel B, better known as Scary Spice, proved anything but scary as paparazzi fearlessly nudged closer to get the perfect shot. Mel B was an IMG_0906obvious choice to judge the Project Subway, the contest challenging designers to create looks out of anything found in Subway restaurants. Mel B’s rise to rock star status on America’s Got Talent was apparent by the entourage of photographers following her.

                 We caught a glimpse of Carrie Diaries star Chloe Bridges flaunting her own interpretation of Sex and the City style. Nerves quickly rose when spotting Jeannie Mai from Style Network’s How Do I Look? Quickly re-thinking our outfit choices, Jeannie Mai’s dPicture 4azzling smile eased any apprehension. Mehcad Brooks stole our heart and the attention of the entire female contingent.Picture 2 Necessary Roughness star Mehcad never shied away from the camera, though he did wear sunglasses throughout the entire show- perhaps to keep out the glare of flashes. With an all black ensemble, Mehcad’s slick white and gold sneakers matched the bling of his oversized diamond earrings.

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At the end of the day, our iCloud storage had reached its limit. We cleared our photo streams to make room for the next Keggy event, Nolcha’s Fashion Lounge and Media Brunch.

To see more guest attendees, check out below http://nolchafashionweek.dphoto.com/#/album/b0c4du

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Beyond the Catwalk at Fashion Week

For the lucky attendees, NYFW outshines all of their other fashion events throughout the year. For the designers featured in the show, NYFW can make or break the season’s collections. Months of preparation culminate into a runway show lasting only a few minutes. Held on September 11, 2013 at Pier 59 Studios at approximately 4:30 pm, the Nolcha Fashion Show was one not to be missed.

NOLCHA FASHION WEEK LOGOKeggy welcomed the opportunity to spring into the excitement yet again this year. Featured designer Stacie May graciously selected Keggy to accessorize her runway collection at Nolcha Fashion Week. Keggy belts, appearing in five looks out of Stacie’s ten-piece collection, accented Stacie May’s flawless presentation.

We would like to share with you our experiences beyond the catwalk…

On the other side of the curtain, hairspray and airbrush fumes fogged the air, as the latest hair and makeup trends were recreated by skilled stylists all aiming to achieve a homogenous yet up-to-the-minute look. They are the behindthescenes artists and a model’s best friend, wiping away the night before and disguising all blemishes while working their magic with gravity defying up-dos. These statuesque beauties seemed almost perfect as they practice their walk and are shuffled between designers. Last minute changes and final fittings were pulled over the heads of these models as they were zipped and unzipped in every direction all at once. Shoes were checked for proper fitting, and it became critical to know European sizes. Fully clothed, one felt like the outsider as nakedness proved as normal as being dressed on the other side of the curtain. It is a skinny world that somehow makes all of us non-models naturally crave brownies.

We were thrilled to work with Stacie May in completing her vision for the 2014 spring line. Accessory designers chosen by Stacie May included Keggy for belts, Mamahuhu for shoes and Erin Fader for jewelry.  Accent pieces were intended to highlight the features of Stacie May’s collection while complementing one another. It was a delicate balance. Accessory pieces did not overpower or overstate, but rather offered the finishing touch to an already composed liUntitledne of apparel with its own intentions. Keggy was ecstatic to take the runway with Stacie May!

Stacie May’s first look on the runway was a brown polka dot dress paired with square rhinestone Keggy buckles and a pearl strap. The sharp burst of white and flash of gold at the waist accentuated the contour of the elegant silhouette in an effortless simplicity.

Picture 1The third look of the show was an ombre dress in fuchsia and deep purple hues. An edgy layer of black-pedaled lace was exposed at the angled line of the skirt. Erin Fader’s onyx stone necklace and Keggy’s metallic, reptiliantextured leather belt were obvious accessory choices.

For her seventh look, Stacie May paired an off-the-shoulder blouse in a lilac, pink and metallic paisley pattern with a pair of silver and gold pants. Keggy’s pale pink sbasketweave buckle and pewter strap cinched the waist and provided definition.

Stacie May’s seventh look featured a sleeveless top with segmented textures and colors, ranging from cream to lilac and blackPBN_4700. A black short skirt was belted with Keggy’s lilac square enamel buckle and pearl strap.

The closing look of the collection was also accompanied by a Keggy belt. Picture 7Stacie May’s black knit dress flared with layers of dotted lace on each side, while Keggy’s checkered basket weave buckle in pink, purple, yellow and black added a splash of color to the otherwise monochromatic theme.

We are overwhelmed with gratitude to Stacie May who was a gracious host and an absolute delight. We enjoyed our collaboration with all of the designers and appreciate our inclusion in the show. Thank you!!

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Candy-coated Colors and Keggy at New York Fashion Week

Designers have sugar coated their confections for Spring 2014. Picture 1Bold pastels and muted kaleidoscope blossoms take center stage at New York Fashion Week which began September 5th and runs through September 12th. There is no shying away from color with these enticing treats.  Fashion’s sweet shops have concocted palettes of Freesia, a blazing yellow, Celosia Orange, Dazzling Blue and Violet Tulip.

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Once again, Keggy delivers on color in its latest collection, debuting at NYFW.  For the past 6 years, Nolcha Fashion Week has accompanied NYFW in showcasing collections from independent fashion designers – and on September 11th and 12th, Keggy will be amongst them. You will feel like a kid in a candy store perusing Keggy’s chromatic line of enameled clasp belts. Keggy’s candy-colored morsels are bound to appeal to your accessorizing senses.  And, once you have one, you are bound to want more. These stand-out pieces speak volumes of confidence and mark a personal stamp on any ensemble. From the classic basketweave clasped skinny belt to the square wide retro buckle cincher, there is sure to be a Keggy belt to suit your craving.  And, where else can you find reptilian textured leather belts in metallic, cotton-candied hues?

 

 

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Leave it to Katy Perry to turn men’s plaids into a smoking, hot commodity. Katy graced the September cover of the UK Elle wearing a black and white Dolce and Gabbana peplum top and shorts ensemble. It’s a new take on old classic and one that has been reinvented more times that we can count.  What makes these pieces stand out is the shape, the style, and the fearless hemline. If truth be told, Katy Perry could easily pull off a brown paper sack.  But, lucky for us she is the perfect model for our feature on the men’s plaids for women. Okay, we are a bit Katy Perry obsessed, but who is not?

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So, how to afford this new trend and still look like you just stepped off the runway?  Ruelala came to the rescue with this Hilary Radly black and grey belted coat.  Its up-to-the-minute style and versatility from day to night make this a perfect layering addition to your fall wardrobe. Plus, it is a virtual steal at $79.90.  This coat retails at $159.

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We also love the cut of this Marley Jumper by Tabitha, an Anthropologie-exclusive line.  This dress can be purchased at Anthropologie.com for $198, plus free shipping for ordering over $150 in merchandise. Worn alone or with tights and a turtleneck, this dress is an ideal travel piece and a cinch to pack.

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