She’s Got Style by Lexie T.

When I opened up my e-mail and saw that Dan had sent me the photos from this shoot we did withOlivia and Jen, I jumped for joy!


Dan and I haven’t done a colorful shoot together recently and our goal is actually to get more out in the next month or two. The most recent colorful editorial we did was this one, back in May.



We added a little funk to this shoot by adding these glasses. Dan got really creative with that idea, hah! I really really love how this shoot captures Olivia’s personality. Some people think that models are really stiff and don’t like to have fun during shoots… but this girl, she’s got that good attitude.



Every shoot I style, I typically have a favorite look where I say, “WE NEED TO SHOOT THIS.” But, during this shoot, I liked it ALL. Part of it is because we all communicated really well as a team with what we all wanted. That’s what collaborations should be like, ya know?



These photos are amazing, needless to say and I can’t wait to show you what Dan and I have next for a fashion editorial 🙂 Stay tuned!

Photography by Dan Rappa
Modeling by Olivia Frischer-JE Models
Styling by Lexie Tiongson
Hair & Make-Up by Jennifer Toy 

P.R. Episode 9: Textiles with Mondo

This week was the Textiles challenge, and 8 designers remain! Mondo appeared as the guest after his emotional experience during his season’s textile challenge where he revealed his HIV + status to the world.

The designers were given one hour to create their very own printed textile on the Intel Ultrabook, and challenged to represent their cultural heritage through their print. For the first time in Project Runway history, their cultural dossier was delivered by family members, and they got to spend two days with their loved ones.

Top 2 Looks


I’m so glad he won this week! He definitely deserved it. His jacket was out of this world amazing, and he created three pieces, which is a challenge in itself given the time limits on the show.


She killed this challenge! Her print was nice, but the way she used it to create those amazing slacks was better, pants are difficult to drape. Even though she did a black top, it really stood out with the back drape perfectly fitted sleeves, and interesting front detail. And I also must mention how well she styled her look!

Bottom Look


Oh Ven… He once again did the flower layering effect, and the judges roasted him for it, even to the point of bringing Tim Gunn to the runway to discuss what went on in the sewing room. I think he’ll get one more chance to show he can do something else before he’s voted off.

Who to Watch

Elena – She was rejuvenated emotionally by her mother’s presence, but her design this week was lacking. She’s got to find balance.

Ven – I’d re-watch this episode just to see Tim call Ven’s design an homage to a menstrual cycle!


Stay tuned for Thursday nights 10th episode, to see if Ven can get it together!

Burgundy is the New Black

While the little black dress might always be in style, this fall we are plunging into the deep shades of crimson red, bordeaux, and sangria-hues.  Yes ladies, burgundy is the new black!  These merlot colored hues were seen all over the runway for the upcoming fall season.  This rich color was particularly evident in outerwear such as this Rag & Bone jacket, but the trend was taken to new heights when designers paired the burgundy hues with a lacquered finish, giving the style a slick look.  My favorite season must-have piece is the shiny burgundy coat.  Alexander Wang  showed the trend in a double-breasted trench, while Tim Coppens extended his use of burgundy  in his men’s wear collection with futuristic military outerwear.  Although I love the trend, for those less daring, I suggest finding accessories in these crimson colors to accentuate a classic look.  Perhaps a perfect pair of burgundy leather gloves or a silk deep oxblood scarf to set off any fall outfit? Yes, please.

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Fall 2012 Trend: Houndstooth

TREND ALERT! A psychedelic twist on traditional houndstooth is all the rage for fall! The classic black and white look has been replaced with vibrant modern colors that make it anything but ordinary. These bold patterns were seen in varying forms, from suits, to coats, to dresses.

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This vivacious pattern suit was seen at House of a Holland (left), while the trend was paired with sheer fabric to create this sexy evening dress at Pucci (right). Dior took the trend a step further, pairing it with the fall muted pattern trend, to create this statement trench with scaled-back houndstooth print (center). This colorful print is being seen in everything from outerwear and dresses, to handbags and other accessories in soft and hard textures. With this trend it’s all about making a statement. Pair a colorful houndstooth piece with a classic black legging for an edgy city look. Or use it as an accent piece by updating a classic look with houndstooth accessories like Emma Stone in these Salvatore Ferragamo houndstooth pumps. We also love this Oscar de la Renta houndstooth dress for a more elegant and professional look for the chic business-savvy.

GET THE LOOK: Want to rock this trendy style?  Try the ArileSimone houndstooth headband for a classic and elegant look in black and white, or choose a custom color for a more daring statement piece.  Admittedly the best accessory to any outfit that will spruce up that wardrobe and put some flirt back into your frock.

By Joanna Komvopoulos

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In Praise of Didi by Jesse Leaneagh

I have long been obsessed with Cheb Khaled, the Algerian music celeb who made famous the Algerian form of folk music “raï ” by adding pop and rock elements. Most of all I return again and again to the song “Didi,” perhaps his biggest hit and definitely a banger.

I just discovered the official video, which confirms this song is meant for party time– Pan horns, shirtlessness, and random crowns of leaves set the stage for a Dionysian bacchanal. And the said musical horns add the perfect, special brand of Arab funkiness (this was also the same year Prince released his Love Symbol album, FYI).

Anyway, there are some amazing looks in this video: Khaled’s shirt and rattail, every woman in this video is wearing something cool (that green and gold dress!!), and that guy wearing a black and white vertical-striped tank under overalls?! Meow.

Pitchfork said last year was the year of the saxophone. Let’s extend that trend and resurrect “Didi” in 2012. When do fashion trends repeat? Every ten years? Let’s say every twenty.

by Jesse Leaneagh

More Spring 2012 Trends

Winter has finally come, but one way we can keep warm is to think about spring! April will be here before we know it, and we want to prepare you by going over the many trends of spring!

Midriff--Ladies start the ab workouts now, the midriff is coming back with an undeniable fierceness. Dust off the old exercise ball and get on Kanye’s workout plan! This spring everything counts! Bandeau tops, bra tops, crop tops, and of course cutoffs.

I love this daringly high slit pairing by Anthony Vaccarello.

And I also love how Bill Blass Paired it with everyday pieces.

50’s Couture Silhouettes–The peplum is back, as we previously noted in a past blog. We love a good peplum, especially for boyish figures, because it gives you hips that you don’t have. Also sculptural silhouettes are going to add interest to spring styles!

I love this all white look from Commes Des Garcon.  I’m definitely feeling the long white coat/cape.

Gareth Pugh did a great job marrying both sculptural elements with a peplum here! And I love the all over print. Definitely a lot for the everyday woman, but don’t be afraid to pull a little inspiration!

20’s Deco–Flapper cocktail dresses and Art Deco Glitz are back, so break out those feather boas! (kidding! please don’t). Shapeless shimmering gowns and cocktail attire will be big for evenings out, and don’t be afraid to go a bit sheer with your shimmer!

I adore this all over sheer look. With the right undergarments and outerwear, I’d love to see this worn out. Christian Dior.

No one does it like Gucci! I love the chicness of this look. Minimal jewelry is the key when going full sparkle, and the simple hair and makeup let the dress be the star!

Game. Set. Match.–The Sporty Chic trend started back up last spring, but this time around it’s in full swing! We all remember how Sporty Spice did it, now you can dress up those sweats and head out the door! The trick to this trend is to not look like you just rolled out of bed. Here are some looks you can pull ideas from.

Love the print, and added sheer panel from Alexander Wang. To bring this into an everyday look, separate the top from the bottom– it can sometimes be too much together.

This shows us how you can add a really cute top to some not so cute windbreaker pants. I like this look, by Nicole Miller.

I hope we suggested some trends that you’re willing to try. Above all remember to have fun with your clothes and rock your fabulousness.

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2011 Best Dressed List by Adrienne Yancy

As another year comes to a close with Christmas, I wanted to wish all of my friends, supporter, followers, and especially the ArielSimone team a Merry Christmas! I greatly appreciate all of the continual love and support and can’t wait until the New Year!

At the end of every year, before I make new goals and new collections I like to review what I had accomplished in the past year, and what the runway trends were from the past year. So I wanted to share one of my personal trend lists with you all. As a designer, these are my favorite trends of the year!

Enjoy and Merry Christmas to you and yours!

I love all of the backless dresses, and this pattern is perfect!

The sky-high slit was so sexy on almost all figures this year.

Color-blocking was a look that everyone could do simply.

The all over sheer lace was a daring hit.

Leather pieces were also a pleasant trend. This is a trend I think will continue for the next season.

From the nude lip, to the nude shoes, to the nude dresses, I loved it all!

And finally, we can’t forget all of the avant garde looks from the year! I can’t do without them!!

by Adrienne Yancy

5 Holiday Trends We Love

Finding the perfect holiday dress needs not to be all-consuming. Especially after you’ve spent as much time as you have shopping gifts for other people!

If you are still in search for that great holiday outfit to make a statement, we have some of our favorite holiday trends listed right here for you. Regardless if it’s a casual dinner with the family or that big crazy reunion with friends, fashion doesn’t have to be time-consuming. And neither does being current with the seasonal trends!

2011 Holiday Trends

Rare sleeved dress
£29 –

Jane Norman short dress
£42 –

Bottega Veneta bodice dress
$1,385 –

Viscose dress
$199 –

Miu Miu satin tank top
£571 –

Dolce Gabbana embellished jacket
£1,279 –
In Summary, our favorite 2011 Holiday Trends are:
  • Sparkle All Over (sequins, sequins, sequins!)
  • Color Blocking
  • Neon Accents
  • Lace
  • Stripes