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Show-Stopping Stripes

"Once you can accept the universe as being something expanding into an infinite nothing which is something, wearing stripes with plaid is easy."
                                                                    -Albert Einstein

It's that time of year again for autumn comforts - spiced pumpkin lattes, caramel apples, the sound of rustling leaves from a crisp, fall breeze, and the aroma of freshly-sewn couture at New York Fashion Week. Always a crowd favorite, Marc Jacobs revealed his new spring/summer 2013 collection last night at the Lexington Avenue Armory. The event was a festival of stripes that lasted a meager five minutes. Jacobs's mod designs were refreshing and the 60s styling was impeccable. It's questionable whether Jacobs hit the fast-forward button on his show to make a statement, or simply to get back to watching the U.S. Open. Regardless of the reason, it got people talking.  

Quite a shift from the looks seen at the Marc Jacobs show, Zac Posen's spring/summer 2013 collection was chock-full of glamour. From dainty, sheer dresses to luxurious gowns, starlets are sure to snatch up these dresses for red-carpet affairs. As seen this week in designs by Zac Posen, Monique Lhuillier, and Diane Von Furstenberg, one trend still going strong is the always-flattering peplum. Women embrace the peplum because it accentuates the narrowest part of the waist while giving the appearance of an hourglass figure. As all good things come to an end, so will New York Fashion Week. Lucky for us, there are still three more things to look forward to this fall - London, Milan, and Paris.

I purchased an eye-catching Marc Jacobs embroidered fabric on an organza base that is 60s-esque and transformed it into a peplum top. The print resembles the black and white skirt's pattern (pictured above) from Marc Jacobs's new collection. The top will look great with a pair of dark skinny jeans this fall . . . or next spring.