Beth Honig Gives the Scoop: Milan Fashion Week 2016

Of course one of the major headlines coming out of Milan this week was Gigi Hadid’s red-carpet attack. Hadid was accosted while leaving the Max Mara show on Thursday morning. Her reaction to being man-handled? Fight back. She fought off the aggressor, who was later identified as a known red-carpet crasher who has targeted celebrities like Jada Pinkett-Smith and Bradley Cooper. Later, Hadid took to Instagram to say, “I’m a HUMAN BEING and had EVERY RIGHT to defend myself. How dare that idiot think he has the right to man-handle a complete stranger.”

Hadid’s frightening encounter  aside, Milan Fashion Week has boasted some of the most exciting shows of the year so far. The New York Times has said “There’s a balmy wind of minor rebellion sweeping along the catwalks of Milan, making unlikely allies of normally opposing aesthetics, and drawing a line in the sand. The insta-fashion that so defined the start of the season in New York (the way, arguably, insta-everything so defines modern life) is finding little purchase here.”

There are several reasons why Milan Fashion Week is an unmissable event on the fashion calendar, but two of the biggest reasons Miuccia Prada and Giorgio Armani. Armani’s breakthrough fashion moment came in 1980 whenRichard Gere wore the designer’s clothes in the film American Gigolo. Gere’s well-clad and handsome screen appearances “generated a lot of interest for the label and gained Armani popularity in America,” according to The Telegraph. “Soon after many celebrities were spotted wearing his designs on the red carpet. The Armani brand now includes Giorgio Armani Privé, Giorgio Armani, Emporio Armani, EA7, Armani Collezioni, Armani Jeans, Armani Junior and Armani Exchange.”

The rise of Miuccia Prada has been a bit more unconventional, much like Prada designs are. “She received a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Milan , and began training to be a mime,” The New Yorker has said. “Prada doesn’t sew, embroider, sketch, etc. Instead, she surrounds herself with talented people who translate her themes, concepts, and taste into clothes. This unusual approach has made her one of the most influential designers in the world, and one of the most powerful women in Europe.”

As for Prada’s presentation this week in Milan, one critic said: “One woman who has cornered and pioneered the market of covetable bad taste is Miuccia Prada. Her show at the close of the day in Milan was a masterclass in being shown items that you never knew you’d lust over.”





Beth Honig On Fashion That Never Goes Out of Style

Fashion is simple. Style is simple. We’ve all heard complex, trendy, or hard-to-follow fashion rules from magazines and bloggers. But have you ever felt like you want to dress by your own rules? Who hasn’t. While there are certainly fashion truths that stand the test of time, no woman can spend her time chasing some elusive list of rules about how to dress and how to look.

Here are three basic rules–or, rather, non-rules–that I love from Who What Wear‘s compilation of “8 Simple Rules Stylish Women Always Follow.”

1. Fit Is the Most Important Thing

The dressing room is your friend. Buying something because it looks good on the hanger doesn’t do you much good if it doesn’t look as good–if not better–on you. Make sure that you’re going the extra mile to wear clothes that fit and flatter your body. And don’t worry about the size on the tag. Like age, size is nothing but a number.

Stacy London, author of The Truth About Style and the former host of the TLC show What Not to Wear, has said “the biggest mistake women make is wearing clothes that don’t fit because they don’t accept the body they have right now. You have to do that in order to figure out what looks good on you. And besides, confidence is the best accessory. It can make or break an outfit.”

2. Have a Style Signature

Whether it’s a brooch, a silk scarf, a bucket bag, penny loafers, a pair of Converse sneakers–whatever it is, have a signature element to your wardrobe that puts your own stamp on it. “Above all, no matter what else is true of your personal style, it’s very important to have a signature,” says Who What Wear.

6 Gotta-Have-It Trench Coats for Spring 

Beth Honig shares some of the newest--and cutest--trench coat styles.

Beth Honig shares some of the newest–and cutest–trench coat styles.

Trench coats have become synonymous with polished, effortlessly put-together style. Vogue has called the trench “one of those rare items that pairs well with any situation.” Which explains why its immensely popular in real life and on screen. A recent Vogue article praised the trench, specifically the version by Burberry which originated the style, for being wearable by anyone and a refuge for the trend-weary. When the latest must-have clothing item goes out of style, a trench is timeless.

A trench isn’t only the go-to overcoat on a rainy day. It’s the perfect jacket for spring, too. The temperatures here in Lawrence, NY have been hovering in the low to mid 50s.  While trench coats have earned a well-deserved reputation for being classic, their look hasn’t stopped evolving.

The Trench Coat Cape

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The winning detail here? An arms-out alternative to wearing a traditional jacket. When you don this trench style, you’ll feel like you’re walking the streets of Paris during Fashion Week. This version is from White House Black Market.  Currently on sale for $200, it’s the perfect choice for windy spring afternoons. Another favorite in this category: The shorter, all-cotton trench cape from J.Crew (see below), which is on sale for $140, is more of a jacket than a coat. The gingham-lined cape is terrific for the leftover April showers in May. 



The Linen Trench Coat



Nothing says spring-summer like linen. And this long, slouchy trench coat from H&M is every casual dresser’s dream. Plus, it’s machine washable which only ups the coat’s easy-breezy wearability factor.

The Colorful Trench Coat




Who says trench coats have to be khaki (or some other neutral color)? Don’t underestimate the power of a trench to provide a pop of color. The Joan Rivers All About Color Water Resistant option at QVC is affordable (87 bucks!) and a great piece to add to your springtime rotation. Wear the orange one with denim, hot pink or navy. Wear the turquoise one with khaki, white or basic black. 

The Patterned Trench Coat



Bring on the prints! And there’s no need to shy away from them. This slim fit trench coat on StyleWe is sleek, versatile, and eye-catching. Wear it to upgrade your weekend wardrobe for running errands. You’ll be delighted at how many compliments you’ll get when you pair this trench with a white v-neck tee and jeans (boyfriend, skinny, boot cut—any style!). No heels or fancy shoes required. 

The Swing Trench Coat



A swing-hem coat is feminine and dainty in all the right ways. Anthropology scored a winner with this beautifully tailored navy style that has the perfect hint of worn-in elegance.

The Trench Coat Vest



With Target’s chic military-style sleeveless duster, layering can be just as fun in the spring as it is in the fall.