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Bulky Beauty: Designers Showcase a Different Silhouette During Fashion Week

At Mon Mode we’re all about feminine beauty; a sophisticated purse with a top handle, peplum waistlines, elegant jewelry, and hot accessories to complete the look. This year’s Spring 2013 RTW fashion shows, however, are showing some designers highlighting a more boyish silhouette.

From the bulky and baggy to the puffy and poofy, many models appeared to be hiding in their outfits on the runways this season. Here are some looks we found from some popular designers. What do you think of these trending silhouette?

The Shape of Shapelessness

The Row is well-known for their boyish looks, and they stayed on track this season with this look in white.

Suno plays with print in this look, offering something for the eyes to explore in the absence of a traditional figure.

This Marni look of baggy leather gives a great, bold color combination.

Cynthia Rowley does a great job of keeping the bulky look feminine with fabulous accessories! Do you think this model’s handbag is off-screen, hanging on a luxury purse hook?

Puffy Arms

Emilio Pucci challenges the traditional silhouette by adding more shape to the sleeves of this look in blue.

Carolina Herrera brings puffy sleeves to an elegant overcoat.

Gucci plays with puff on this unique dress, featuring a gorgeous cutout pattern at the neckline.

Dolce & Gabbana add a different puff to the sleeves of this playful ensemble.

Baggy Coats

Fantastic prints in this Karen Walker look.

Fendi manages to add glamour to the bulky silhouette with this glimmering evening coat.

Prada adds rich texture and fun accents to this baggy coat.

Which of these would you wear? Or never wear?


Trendy Trench Coats from the Fashion Week Runways! Spring 2013 RTW

It’s time to come out of the trenches, and put ON the trenches. Trench coats are trending on the runways of fashion week, from New York to London to Milan. Take a look at our favorites, and share your favorites, too!

New York Fashion Week

Marc Jacobs brings eye-popping stripes to these fabulous trenches:

Diesel Black Gold challenges the traditional silhouette, showing designs that are tough and heavy, as well as their light, flowing counterparts:

London Fashion Week

Mulberry gives us gorgeous trench coats with matching handbags, to boot! When you’re out with these gorgeous accessories, don’t forget your Mon Mode purse hook:

Burberry Prorsum showed mad love for the trench coat, with a range of colors and metallics to choose from:

Milan Fashion Week

It’s only the second day of fashion week in Milan, and already we’ve seen some great trench coats!

Gucci's trenches catch the eye with exotic print and popping color:

Fay brings us retro trench coats, hinting at the continuing color-blocking trend, while throwing in some metallic for good measure:

Which of these hot, designer looks are you going to be showing off this spring?  Tell us!


Hot Runway Trends from NY Fashion Week - RTW Spring 2013

You know the saying; twice is a coincidence, three times is a trend! Well, we saw a lot of trios—no, quartets and quintets!—over the last week as many of the hottest designers sent their newest looks down the catwalks at New York Fashion Week, RTW Spring 2013.

Mon Mode helps you keep track of the latest in hot fashion with three of the latest trends, straight from the runway!

Sleeveless Jumpsuits

Time to jump for joy—jumpsuits are hot! All the comfort and nostalgia of a childhood onesie, but with ten times the style! Accessorize with care; these looks have all the potential in the world if you can rock them with ease and confidence.

Victoria Beckham brings the jumpsuit in classic black.

A masterpiece in red, this creation from See by Chloé dazzles the eye with incredible cinched draping.

Keep it simple but stylish with this Escada jumpsuit, staying on trend with an oversized pant leg.

Diane Von Furstenberg gives us jumpsuit with print… Even better!


Lather yourself in leather for spring—it’s not just for bikers and vampires. A variety of leather looks have been coming down the runway at this year’s New York Fashion Week, but here are a few of our favorites.

Jason Wu plays with mesh cut outs in this delightful leather dress.

Tough but sophisticated, Monique Lhuillier gives us leather in a burgundy hue—and we love it!

Like your leather in separates? Charlotte Ronson has you covered.

More leather separates from Derek Lam, cut with sleek angles to engage the eyes.


Do they call you mellow yellow? If they don’t yet, they probably will this spring. By far one of the most popular trends on the runways for RTW spring 2013 is yellow hues—from light, pastel shades to the popping brights!

Tory Burch offers a perfectly prim day dress in yellow—pretty impressive for her first runway show.

Michael Kors' model pops in head-to-toe yellow (and wouldn't that handbag look great hanging on a classic Black Original Jewel Mon Mode handbag hanger?).

Escada shows us yellow with an edge—the chic asymetrical lines make this dress so much more interesting!

Oscar de la Renta offers a vintage look in yellow—we love the mixed prints!

Vera Wang redefines yellow with this look of classic elegance, which manages to be vintage and modern all at once!

Have you found anymore spectacular looks that fit into these trends? Share them with us!

Don’t just look at the clothes, a lot of great handbags have been coming down the runways, too. Take care of them with your Mon Mode purse hook—the ONLY purse hanger worthy of a designer bag.

*Runway photos are from


Print-tastic Pants! Top 10 for Fall 2012

Prints aren’t going anywhere this season. If anything, they’re just getting more bold and edgy! The season of printed sundresses is coming to an end, but you can add extra pop to your pants this fall with our top 10 picks for print-tastic leg wear!

Brocade Print

These bold brocade prints will set you apart as a forward fashionista! Right on trend, brocade is both elegant and edgy—the perfect mix for a daring fall wardrobe. Which design is your favorite?

Stella McCartney

Jason Wu



We can’t talk about prints without throwing in a few classic florals. Don’t let the changing seasons bring you down—these pants will add color to even the most dreary days!

Tucker by Gaby Basora

Alexander McQueen


And the Rest

When it comes to prints, florals and brocades are just the beginning. If you’re looking to add more surprise to your look, then you must check out the prints below. From the harmonious to the wild—you’re sure to get a second look when strutting the streets in these eye-catchers.

AG Adriano Goldschmied brings lace to a new place in these skinny jean classics. For more hauteness in lace, check out our post on modern lace fashion.

Show your style in these rococo prints, by Clover Canyon.

Elie Tahari brings the bold with this print combo.

Keep it classic but colorful in connely print pants, from Erdem.

So, which pair will you be showing off this fall?


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Ladylike in Lace - 15 Must Haves in Lace Luxury

Need a tip to help you see-through the hautest in new fashion trends? From street chic to glamourous couture, this season the luxe is in the lace. That doesn’t mean it’s time to raid your great grandmother’s closet—MON MODE is bringing you the latest in lace lavishness, for head to toe modern elegance.


Miu Miu combines a sophisticated top handle with perfectly pleated lace to create one of the chicest accessories of the season.

Diane Von Furstenberg brings lace into a modern setting with this hip and colorful box clutch.

This floral lace Dolce & Gabbana classic design features a leather top handle, as well as a “charm”ing gold chain shoulder strap.

The last thing you want to do is leave your lace on the ground. Hold your handbags high with a stylish designer purse hook. A pivoting and retractable handbag hanger will protect your luxurious lace—no matter where you are!


Christian Louboutin redefines lace fashion by complementing a vintage, floral stitch with exotic leopard print and red calf-hair.

Have a little fun with your lace in these bright Nicholas Kirkwood platform pumps.

Slip-on your lace in easy comfort with these stylish Valentino slippers.


Like your lace to come in cut-outs? This Valentino dress is the perfect way to show your sophisticated style.

Giambattista Valli impresses with this lace inset dress, helping to further prove the power of statement cut-outs.

Dolce & Gabbana embrace the lace with this gorgeous creation in blue.


Prabal Gurung gives lace an edge with this metallic work of art.

Play with your silhouette by adding a lacy flow in this Fendi blouse.

Diane Von Furstenberg delights with an eye-catching Surya lace turtleneck top.


Who said you couldn’t wear your lace in precious metals? Aurelie Bidermann brings lace to fine jewelry with this gold plated cuff.

Edge meets elegance on this beautiful Ron Hami ring.

Add lacy luster to your look with these M.C.L. by Matthew Campbell Laurenza earrings, featuring sterling silver and sapphire.

With just a few of these fashion favorites in your wardrobe you’ll be ready to conquer the catwalk. Which lace element will you be showing off this fall?


Haute Handbag Trends, Fall 2012

Looking to spruce up your handbag collection this season? They say accessories make the woman, and this season you have a lot of options to make yourself shine. Carry yourself through fall’s fashion evolution with these hot new handbag trends.

Top Handle

Ladylike trends have ruled the handbag world all year, and the theme remains in this season’s hottest looks. Take a look at these top handle motifs to find ladylike luxury that is both chic and sophisticated.

Holly Caldwell challenges traditional handbag silhouettes with this elegant top handle design, in purple grey.

Dolce & Gabbana shows a flirty side with this fun, floral top handle design.

Marc by Marc Jacobs offers something a bit more professional with this top handle messenger bag.


Weave your way into style with woven totes. These carefully crafted designs mix woven themes with the trending top handle, ensuring that you’re right on track for the ultimate in vogue fashion.

Prada's woven top handle flap bag.

Michael Kors' leather, woven satchel.

Botttega Veneta adds a purple pop to this timeless, woven tote.

Python Alternatives

No need to throw your python into storage, but this season it’s time to explore some alternative snakeskins. Many haute designers are looking to lesser-known snakes to provide exotic touches to their designs. Keep your eye out for watersnake and whipsnake this fall.

Christian Louboutin uses watersnake to add texture to temptation on this classic clutch.

This Alexander McQueen knuckle duster clutch uses rich nova whipsnake.

Fendi mixes watersnake with leopard print on this baguette shoulder bag.

Now that you’re ready to shop for the hautest, new handbags, make sure you’re using MON MODE to complement them.  MON MODE luxury purse hooks are the only accessory worthy of holding your designer totes and purses!


Polka Dots and Ruffles - Retro Chic Returns for Fall 2012!

They say diamonds last forever (and we won’t argue with that!), but apparently retro chic has just as much staying power! Throughout the decades we’ve seen vintage fashion come back into the spotlight time and time again, and here it is once more for the fall 2012 season.

Dots Below

Polka dots are all over this season’s under garments. The general rule: if you can play connect-the-dots when you get dressed in the morning, then you’re doing something right.

Sleek polka dot slip dress, by Dolce & Gabbana.

Isaac Mizrahi brings warm colors where the sun don’t shine.

Blush's lingerie set plays with classic black and white.

Stella McCartney's lingerie set offers a more subtle black and white motif.

Ruffles Above

Don’t let fashion ruffle your feathers—go with it! Designers across the board are in love with ruffles this season, with an array of ruffle dresses, skirts, shirts, and even shorts available to trending fashionistas.

Classic vintage dress with ruffles, by Givenchy.

Symmetrical ruffle dress, by Lanvin.

Balenciaga plays around with ruffles on this unique dress.

Add a subtle ruffle to your outfit with these Marni shorts.

Go all out with the ruffles in this Nina Ricci blouse.

Nothing complements a retro chic outfit like a classic Art Deco accessory. Be the ultimate in vintage fashion when you pair your favorites with a Classic Jewel Mon Mode purse hanger—mixing modern function with timeless elegance. Which design would you wear with your ruffles?


5 Most Wanted Accessories - Mon Mode Favorites!

Approaching fall 2012, your style is all about your accessories. It is the subtle (or not so subtle) accents that will give your outfit new life as the leaves begin to change.  Use this guide to help you stay chic, and be sure to tell us your favorite most wanted accessory!

1) Decorative Bobby Pins

Spice up a quick and easy hair style with decorative bobby pins.

Show off your good taste with the Marc by Marc Jacobs logo bobby pins above, or take a more subtle route with the Cacharel pastels below.

2) Headbands

No need to cover your head up with a hat this fall. With headbands increasing in popularity, there’s tons of hair flair to choose from!

An elegant Jennifer Behr headband adorned with ice crystals (above) can help transform your look from daywear to nightwear!  For more of a statement piece, go with the princess headband below, by Miu Miu.

3) Digital Prints

Digital prints are replacing stripes and florals for the fall 2012 season. Choose from a wide range of digital print accessories to complement your outfit.

Even when it’s raining you’ll want to remain stylish, and this Marc by Marc Jacobs umbrella helps you do just that, while also reminding you that the sun is never too far away!

Bring digital prints onto your make-up bag this season with an Andy Warhol-esque printed beauty bag, by Phillip Lim.

Nothing compliments a great print like a pop of color, and Christopher Kane used a perfect gradient for this popping scarf!

4) Insect Brooches

Fashionistas are celebrating the change of seasons with gorgeous luxury brooches, and we’re starting to see an invading theme…

Oscar de la Renta

Alexis Bittar

Jay Strongwater

5) Mon Mode Purse Hangers

There is no talk of fabulous accessories without a mention of Mon Mode purse hooks. Recently featured in the popular fashion blog, Fashion Chalet, everyone is getting hooked on this multifunctional, designer handbag hanger!

Find the Mon Mode jewel collection featured above, and check out more here to view snakeskin, lizard skin, crocodile, and Swarovski crystal designs!


Go for the Gold with Olympian Accessories

Everywhere we look we see signs of the 2012 Olympics—and that’s not a bad thing! Sports and style find a perfect balance this year as popular designers use the Olympic Games as inspiration for their latest creations. Let MON MODE show you how to go for the gold with the latest in festive accessories for the 2012 Olympics!

London Calling

With London as the host of this year’s Olympics, the union jack is making a strong reappearance in the season’s accessory lines.

Bedazzled wedges, by Aruna Seth.

Go for subtlety with these Jimmy Choo shades.

Coated canvas and leather bag from MCM. If you want to see real strength in action, hang this bag from your MON MODE handbag hanger! The loop at the top will fit perfectly on the retractable purse hook, which carries up to 25 lbs.

Join the elite with suede shoes, by Cesare Paciotti.

Olympic Ornaments

You don’t have to wear signs of the UK to show your support for this year’s athletes. If you’re sporting these hot Olympian accessories, then you can root for the home team—GO TEAM USA!

Olympic bangles from Alex and Ani.

Wear sterling silver with strength with these fun earrings from the Efva Attling Diana Collection.

Olympic bag in leather, by Bally. (Also works well with MON MODE purse hooks!)

Keep it sporty with these Anya Hindmarch sneakers, made with canvas, ostrich, and leather.

Which Olympian accessory will you be sporting this summer?