Photo Credit: Getty "Sheer blouses are a hot trend for fall", says Kelly Killoren Bensimon (shown here)
Kelly Killoren Bensimon -model, fashionista and author of the book “I Can Make You Hot! The Supermodel Diet” — dishes out fall style advice to amNewYork’s readers.
How can I transition some of my favorite summer pieces into fall?
A jean skirt is great way to ease into fall and look chic. I love Calvin Rucker’s this season– the high slit speaks to everyone and is an attention-getter, and the denim is stretch, and sexy with a tank and heels. I also love a jean skirt with a simple cotton shirt fromA.P.C. and ballet flats. This European look is easy for picking up the kids or for shopping on a Saturday in the West Village.
The metallic trend is also here to stay. A metallic heel is sophisticated, yet playful, for Sunday brunching in SoHo.
I’m also a huge fan of the leather legging, which can be fun with a cashmere sweater or even a simple white tee and biker jacket.
What items should every woman buy for fall?
This season my go-tos are black trousers by Saint Laurent, a sheer blouse, a faux fur, a floral dress (I like Balenciaga’s), and anything by Wes Gordon – or channel him with a lace nightgown underneath a vintage-inspired wool sweater by the affordable Uniqlo.
I’m also a fan of full shirts and tight sweaters. Show off what you have, but be a lady about it. And while we are talking about being ladies, I’m obsessed with Ballythis season. It’s very old-guard chic, and even my kids are trying to steal my bag.
I want to cozy up my apartment for fall. How should I do it?
The best way to make a home look cozy is with lighting. I’m obsessed with Restoration Hardware’s Odeon glass fringe lamps and chandeliers.Crate & Barrel has great upholstered benches to replace those stuffy dining room table chairs.
I also love to frame my children’s art. Or hang a photo you took on the wall. Blow it up and frame it over your bed.
Sidewalk art is always cool. Commission your local artist to make you something unique to you.
Mirrors are a great trick to make a room look bigger. Put one against the wall and see for yourself.
Another idea: Take old cashmere sweaters and make pillows out of them a la Ralph Lauren Home. Or even stack your favorite books on the coffee table. It’s cool to be a little nerdy: Don’t forget to write in the margins.
What colors should I incorporate into my wardrobe for fall?
Black is the biggest color of the season. It is everywhere and makes any look chic. H&Mis killing it this season with black capes and jackets, and try J.Crew for tuxedo leggings.
If you want to add color, paint your handbag like you are Stephen Sprousefor Louis Vuitton.
Photo credit: J.Crew sandals, $198; at J.Crew Stores
Everyone has an icon they channel during the summer months. Whether you are traveling to and from work or to and from the airport en route to another exotic destination, summer is the time to be as aspirational as you can be.
My icon is Jackie Onassis when she was island hopping with Mr. Valentino and her sister in Capri. In the spirit of Capri, Italian sandals, Fiats and a colorful Italian aesthetic, here’s what I love for the season:
– Mossimo, which is sold at Target, has the cutest summer dresses for less than $50. They are colorful, fashionable and easy to take to the beach or wear out at night to an outdoor spot, such as the Frying Pan right here in NYC.
– Uniqlo’s floral dresses are simple and easy to throw on when you are up on a Saturday morning buying from the farmers market. To complement, short red nails are a must.
– Persol’s Tierra Siena sunglasses are the chicest vintage-inspired shades out there. The glasses exude that St. Tropez/ Capri vacation destination lifestyle.
– If I am the Jackie Onassis I’m trying to be, silver sandals are a definite must. I love those by J.Crew, Prada and Martin Margiela.
– For jewelry this summer, I’m gold obsessed. Alexis Bittar’s geometric earrings are a fun alternative to a hoop, but if you want a lower-end alternative, definitely scour the street vendors for big and gold. It’s hot with a ponytail or with a little eyeliner and wavy beach curls.
– My evening must-have dresses are Dolce & Gabbana with bold floral prints. These sexy and effortless styles are perfect for drinks by the pool at the Jimmy at the James Hotel in SoHo. Stilettos not included.
I’m a transition girl when it comes to seasons — I like to navigate easily and not have a definitive halt on, say, summer or fall. So, luckily for me, the polka-dot trend I loved this summer is making a strong appearance this fall.
Polka dots were plastered all over the J.Crew fall catalog (a major arbiter of style), and I for one can’t wait to scoop up the store’s fun sweaters and blouses. At Kate Spade’s fall 2012 presentation, polka dots were even painted on models’ nails.
To keep things simple and chic, I love pairing a polka-dot top or sweater with white shorts, skinny jeans or a trouser and brightly colored suede flats.
First stop… I hit the Rock & Republic fashion show for Kohls where I wore the coolest red skinny jeans for 80$ and sat next to the hottest players on Gossip Girl: Ed Westwick, Penn Badgley, singer Ashley Simpson, and actress Molly Sims.
Next stop, I hit the tents at Lincoln Center to check out one of my favs Jill Stuartwhere Ramses Bardan of the NY Giants and I sat and checked out the rocker glam jewel toned looks, and lace cut out dresses. I spent the entire time explaining the allure of an expensive-looking woman to my new fashion bestie. Maybe someday he can repay me by teaching me football (and how to win a Superbowl)! HOT tip: I sprayed hair spray on my tights backstage to reduce static cling from my dress. Nice work, Alnett.
Directly after, I met my two girls and took them to the ultimate fashion closet, the Barbiedream closet, where we tried on virtual gowns. The girls fell in love with everything PINK all while posing with real “living” Barbie models.
For the Nylon Magazine party, my thirteen year old daughter Sea dressed me in Blue Rogan jeans, ballet flats, and a Theory fur. The Soho Mondrian thanked me and my pants for attending on twitter.
Then the GRAMMY’S took me by storm with Fergie in orange lace, and blonde beach girl Rihanna in a backless gown that made the back the new cleavage.
For the men, CFDA winner, Michael Bastian showed us a sea of hot male models in the color purple, Charlie Brown sweaters, and proved the tailored old-English country man is still alive and well. Sport coats, tightly knotted ties and vivid socks peeking out of smokin slipper in needlepoint and velvet made the looks complete, even with the help of a bull dog in tow. At Alice and Olivia, Stacey Bendet takes whimsical girly to another level. With a bevy of killer hot ball gowns, high-waisted pants, sparkly cocktail dress, and with singers Matt and Kim in attendance and doing photos ops with me for Magnum, as in ice cream, the presentation was unexpected and definitely flirty.
My fashion moment was at JCrew, where head design honcho, Jenna Lyons, sent me a bright green sequin skirt, and iconic fashion street photog Bill Cunningham took pictures of me. Bright sequin is one of Spring 2012 biggest trends and the new yoga pant, for I made no excuses for wearing it at 9 am.
But I have to admit the highlight of the past few days was meeting Joan Rivers, who said I was her favorite REAL HOUSEWIFE. Talk about a compliment, and there was no punchline, just a hug. Phew!
When I have a free night, I love to take my girls to see the what I call is the tapestry of the city: culture, sports, and charity. Its Tuesday night, and that sometimes means “Lets go, Rangers.” This game was particularly amazing for VIP area of Madison Square Garden is brand new and looks like what I call the ‘Madison Square Garden Country Club’. We ate chicken from Jean George, lollipops, cappucinos to die for, soft serve ice cream, and sushi before the game. Of course, we feasted on popcorn during the game.
When in Rome…My youngest daughter tried everything. I mean, everything. And then if hockey and watching a fight with Sean Avery isn’t enough, Teddy sat near some of the “Gossip Girl” cast members. Chase Crawford she said has “good hair”. Even our fashion sense was commented on. Teddy wore a faux fur from Juicy Couture, and mustard dress from J Crew, while I stayed warm in Haute Hippie rabbit fur and a teeshirt.
We may not be the typical Rangers fans, but Im grateful Im able to show my girls how amazing New York City is. And the Rangers won: 4-3.
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Hurricane Irene came and went, and so did my own hurricane of traveling — from Sag Harbor with two kids and three dogs, to Manhattan for a night, to Canyon Ranch in Lenox,Mass., and finally back to NYC this week.
That’s when I got a call: Hairstylist Julien Farelwas once again having a salon at the U.S. Open. I definitely wanted to see Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer play tennis, but I also needed to meet the man who coifs their great-looking hair.
On the day I visited the Open, a car pulled up in front of my SoHo building to take me to Queens. Julien Farel himself — chicly dressed in a U.S. Open Polo shirt and equestrian-style pants — accompanied me on the ride. We chatted about the summer, his upcoming project (a secret wedding!) and, ofcourse, hair.
Farel, who has two salons in Manhattan,even gave me some tips for my dry hair,which oftengets blown out six times a week.
Another cool revelation: Farel said that even athletes are grooming- and beauty obsessed. I saw that for myself at the Open — everyone looked so good, on and off the court. Where was all the sweat, grime and grunting? I was impressed by all the neat short nails, cool haircuts and U.S. Open paraphernalia.
When I sat next to a player while getting my nails done at Farel’s salon, she had just finished working out in the gym, and she looked as though she had stepped right out of a Nike ad.
A few tips for hot Open attire: Sport a Lacoste or Polo shirt and a fun mini or hot shorts. Wear flats— it’s a sports match. Stay far away from fall colors and black — it’s too hot and you’ll fry like piece of bacon. Sport a cute Open baseball hat — guys like girls in baseball caps.
Keep your shoulders exposed but slather on the sunscreen. Channel a “hot athlete” — not a “fall fashion victim.”
Let’s be honest, no one really has extra cash lying around to do a shop-o-rama with their BFF like we used to. The latest and greatest for me are from my dearest friends Tomas Maier for Bottega Veneta and Jenna Lyons of J.CREW. Yes, go and spend $420 on an amazing floral ring, for it’s more than a rite of passage, it is an investment you won’t regret! As for J.CREW, Jenna’s collaboration with designer Dana Lorenz is a no brainer. Chic, cool, hard, yet soft. All are buzzwords that inspire me. Who doesn’t want to be a hippie, cool, chic, rocker?
Yes, I have always been obsessed with the army navy jacket. I made one (first pic in blog) with an owl to pay homage to my owl jewelry collection. Visit my KKB Onlineshopto view.
But what really inspired me was the cool jackets from J. Crew. So I decided to make one my own. I went to Pearl paint, got some paints, laid The New York Post down and started “splattering” paint like abstract expressionist Jackson Pollack. I really learned to appreciate his art once at the MOMA and when I took my kids to the Pollack Krasner House in East Hampton to see where they lived and the floors splattered in paint.
It’s fun, cheap, and speaks to the trends. Stop reading, and get painting.
Yes, I wrote the Bikini Book (Barnes & Noble) by Assouline publishing , the 400 page tome all about the super sexy swimsuit. The biggest summer issue is what bikini to wear. As you can see, I make bikini mistakes too ! The pink Eres bikini is too small on top, and too big on the bottom it is almost falling off my hips. It doesn’t help that these are paparazzi pictures and the photographers are not always kind with lighting, or angles as they are trying to take pictures of me on vacation with my kids at the Fountainbleu in Miami. Regardless, I am willing to amuse you with my own mistakes. The Paisley bikini actually fits the best, because both the top and the bottom are just fit to be small enough. The hunter green Tomas Maier is the hottest bikini, except for the fact that it is a bit big on top and almost exposes too much. The white La Perla suit is hot for tanning, but is white and difficult for many to wear. The green Eres is fun, and also great for a day at the beach with the kids. Basically, I like you………. have bikini blunders, too!
Here are some hot tips even I need:
-Smaller is better
-JCrew sells the best mix and match bikinis
-When in doubt, stay with one color unless you have confidence to wear patterns
-Bikinis are for the fun girl, don”t be shy!
-You may or may not like the way I look in a bikini, but the memories I have made wearing a bikini are priceless.