Setting Up Smart Boundaries Through Communication

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Dating-Speak” ™ ©2014: Our Lives of Style authority–Laura Pugliese shares must-know dating “Do’s and Don’ts” that will help you find success in your relationships:

Lives of Style: My best friend (who’s also my roommate) and I have a crush on the same guy. We both met him at a club we go to regularly. He asked me out first. Then he asked her out. We’ve both gone out with him a few times. Problem is, it’s coming between our friendship. She jumps when my cell phone rings. I look over at her texts. What can we say to each other, and to him, to make this bearable?

Laura: I don’t think this is going to be comfortable no matter what you attempt to say if this continues. It’s just not conducive to being a positive situation. Generally I would suggest that close friends have an agreement not to date the same guy. With that in mind, you will both need to agree stay out of each other’s business if you each want to continue to exert your right to date him for as long as he asks you out and until he chooses to ask one of you to be exclusive or it fizzles out between him and either one of you. If you both can’t handle doing that effectively, then I think you have to decide what is more valuable, the possible chance one of you could have with this guy or your friendship with each other. He has made the choice to date both of you knowing you are friends and roommates. Do you really think this guy is “the one” for either of you? If the answer is “yes,” then feel free to continue and accept the risks that come with dating him. If not, then I would suggest you both move on, stop accepting dates with him and have an agreement not to date the same guy in the future.

Proenza Schouler Spring 2015 Collection

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Designers Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough went Americana for their Proenza Schouler Spring 2015 collection.

“We’ve been looking at American codes and thinking about our youth. Blouses with bombers, plaid; brown piping on things. Nylon anoraks and tennis dresses,” Hernandez stated.

“Our version of American sportswear,” Hernandez added.

Precision Pieces in Ralph Rucci’s Spring/Summer 2015 Collection

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Ralph Rucci is unique in the fashion world.

Not only is Rucci a consummate fashion designer, talented painter and multifaceted artist, he is a precise craftsman and a true original.

The only American designer invited by theParis Couture Syndicate to show his runway collection during Paris couture week , Rucci works at the highest level of design and production in his atelier.

Himalayan Journey with Prabal Gurung

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Prabal Gurung has continuously evolved and honed his talent as a designer, and his hand is surer than ever in his Spring/Summer 2015 collection.
This season–Gurung’s inspiration was his home–Nepal. Prabal confided to Boston.com that the woman in his collection is on a journey from his past collection–in the Himalayas.
Flowers and nature were intrinsic to the collection.
There were was a lot of white, and mountain-inspired shapes like uneven hems, and touches that reflect equipment employed to climb peaks. You could visualize the alpine climate as an inspiration in fabrics that were light and airy like snow.

Raver Chic for Marc by Marc Jacobs’ Spring/Summer 2015 Collection

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When a brand claims that its latest collection is inspired by rave culture, we can expect some interesting—and perhaps some questionable–fashion choices.

However, the Spring 2015 Marc by Marc Jacobs collection wowed audiences with fresh, edgy and thrilling new designs.

The latest collection by Luella Bartley and Katie Hillier for Marc by Marc Jacobs was inspired by the 1980’s English rave scene, and this aesthetic permeated throughout the collection, as well as inspiring models’ makeup and hair.

A New Take On a Classic Concept – Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer 2015 Collection

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 Despite the Barbie-pink house and matching pink plush carpets on the stage of the New York State Armory, Marc Jacobs’ Spring 2015 collection was not nearly as female-centric as one would assume.

It began with Beats by Dr. Dre—at every seat—and presaged a move to a s-l-o-w-e-r, more relaxed time—and then evolved into that more peaceful world—one even featuring chirping birds.
According to WWD, Jacobs worked a counterpoint trend to the “feminine” decor–he based his collection on a single concept: uniforms. And for Jacobs, it all started with the colours.
 

New Direction for Zac Posen’s Spring-Summer 2015 Collection

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Zac Posen’s latest collection hit New York Fashion Week runways with verve and brio—and his newest pieces carried on the high standards that we have come to expect from him.

Considering Posen’s love of gowns, it was no surprise that evening dresses made up most of the assortment.

The new collection is softer than in seasons past—a little less structural, and more approachable—which resulted in a successful presentation of sophisticated garments in beautiful colours, including signature red.

Inspiration in Activism – Bibhu Mohapatra’s Spring/Summer 2015 Collection

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Elegant gowns, flawless furs and soignée dresses are de rigueur in any Bibhu Mohapatra collection, and Mohapatra’s Spring 2015 runway presentation presented them all with sophistication and brio.

In an interview with Forbes.com, Mohapatra described the woman who would wear his latest collection as “Impenitent of her individuality,” and this is no surprise–considering the inspiration to his collection.

Mohapatra was captivated by the 1920’s political activist, shipping heiress, and writer, Nancy Cunard—and he designed his Spring-Summer 2015 collection around her.  After happening upon her biography, Mohapatra said he became enthralled with her work for equality and her fight against fascism and racism.

Slim and Sleek- Reed Krakoff Spring-Summer 2015

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In the modern world of multitudinous fashion designers, it is difficult to get noticed.

However, Reed Krakoff’s traditional admixture of artisanal touches and utilitarian sports influences always delivers excitement, and his Spring-Summer 2015 collection rightfully garnered attention.

The collection used ultra-luxurious materials like python, while focusing on precision tailoring and equally concise design details, like laser-cut leather.

Elegance in Sportswear – Jason Wu Spring/Summer 2015 Collection

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It appears as if glam sportswear is a running trend for Spring-Summer 2015 and Jason Wu’s line was no exception.

Wu presented what he called a glamorous take on American sportswear, which consisted of casual looks in rich fabrics. He used silk organza, suede, leather, and what he calls “silk canvas.”

Working with a neutral palette, and pared-down silhouettes, almost reminiscent of early Calvin Klein, Wu sent out shirtdresses—some baggy, some belted—as well as deeply, side slit skirts and plunging gowns.

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