A Haute Minute: Stacy Igel of Boy Meets Girl USA®

Stacy Igel, designer of Boy Meets Girl USA® is a fashion maven with a keen eye for style. Get to know Stacy’s style in a Haute Minute, but be sure to check out my full article on frockOn.com!

HAUTE NYC: For people who may not be familiar with your brand, Boy Meets Girl USA, what inspiration behind starting the brand?

Stacy Igel: The first time I met my husband’s parents was for dinner at their apartment.  While they were giving me the tour, I noticed a picture frame containing silhouettes of their three children from when they were younger.  My parents had a similar picture of my sister and I from when we were about the same age.  I thought about us and how we still both had these young, playful, carefree versions of ourselves inside of us and I knew right then and there my brand would be called Boy Meets Girl® and that I’d use our silhouettes for the logo. Boy Meets Girl® is edgy yet wearable, fun and flirty yet casually classic. I wanted to create a collection that would appeal to a confident, playful kind of girl… the kind of girl who likes to laugh and doesn’t take herself too seriously.


HAUTE NYC:  How would you describe your signature style and who would you consider to be your style icons? Why?

Stacy Igel:
My Signature Style: I like to think its eclectic, edgy, and demure all rolled into one neat little package.
My Style Icons: I’m going to give you my holy trinity of influences.  First, Coco Chanel, who famously said “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”  I agree. I think that’s why I am so happy working as hard as I do.  Second, Kate Moss.  Of course she’s a beautiful and confident woman, but what I love about her is the way she effortlessly transitions from eclectic vintage to high fashion.  She never looks like she’s trying to put an outfit together – everything looks like it just naturally belongs on her body.  Third, Patti Smith.  She’s stayed true to her edgy stylishness since the 70s.  She’s unflappable.

HAUTE NYC: Fashion Week is right around the corner! What can you reveal to readers about the upcoming Spring/Summer 2011 collection? What is your favorite part of Fashion Week?

Stacy Igel: My favorite part of fashion week is the feeling of putting all the pieces of the puzzle together( styling the looks, picking the models, selecting the music, working with hair and makeup stylists etc). Working with my team to bring you the best show each season is my goal. This year will be my first every SOLO show in New York City.


Article by: Angela Samartano



Haute Looks: Mulberry Hits America

Liverpool correspondent, Jenni Fleet gushes over the newest UK sensation to hit the states, Mulberry.

Mulberry is an iconic English heritage brand that we’ve well and truly fallen for here in England.  They’re not too ‘on trend’ classic handbags make the top of every fashion girl’s wish list and their pretty tea dresses are what we all dream of wearing while we float around our English manors drinking tea from china teacups.

Alexa Chung

The brains behind the brand, and the iconic Alexa handbag, also understand that Mulberry is the type of ‘go to’ for the girl that can only afford one major spending spree on a handbag.  While having the connotations of grandeur and English luxury, it also appeals to all, especially their handbag department. The infamous Alexa handbag, named after TV starlet Alexa Chung who rocked the fashion world in 2009, was sold out everywhere the minute it went on sale.  It’s classic, timeless satchel style shape made it practical yet oozed with glamour at the same time.  It became the type of bag that you could take anywhere which would give your outfit a little bit of oomph – especially when they came out in an array of colors.  For the third year running, the Alexa has made its debut, this time in a mouth watering watermelon color, perfect for the summer months that lay ahead.

Although the Alexa won’t be going anywhere anytime soon, it has found itself a little competition.  Welcome the Mulberry Tillie. The quintessentially British bag is somewhat similar to the Alexa, but has more of a glamorous, Upper East Side appeal, especially the light peach colored one, which fits perfectly with the announcement of Mulberry increasing their US presence.  Currently only operating from two small stores in NYC – one on Bleecker St & one on Madison Avenue. Mulberry has also announced the arrival of their new flagship store at 132 Spring Street.  I’m sure Mulberry fever will catch on stateside in no time, every fashionista needs a bit of British on her arm every now and again and seeing and Prince William is off the market – what else is there left to do?



Article by: Jenni Fleet

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Haute Looks: Golden Globes 2011

Get the low down on who looked haute and who did not at this year’s Golden Globe Awards with HAUTE NYC’s own Magen Martin.


Awards season 2011 started off with a bang. The Golden Globes were a heavenly fashion event. Here is a quick roundup of my favorite and least favorite ensembles of the night.


It seems emerald green was the haute color of the night but it really didn’t do much for me. The green dress on Mila Kunis in Vera Wang looked a little “old”, she could have used her sex appeal more and dressed a bit more on the sexy side. Hopefully at the next award show she will get it right. I do admit Catherine Zeta Jones looks fabulous in her Monique L’Huillier ball gown style dress, the detail of the fabric make her look like the princess of the red carpet.  The 80s, shoulder pads, sequins and all, inspired Angelina Jolie’s red carpet look. Though I wasn’t 100% convinced by her look it was not one of the worst of the night, Versace Altier did a mediocre job.


Now on to my favorite looks of the nights. Lea Michele from Glee looked absolutely flawless in her Oscar de la Renta salmon colored silk one-shoulder gown with ruffle detail, from the Spring/Summer 2011 collection. She donned Lorraine Schwartz jewels, a Judith Leiber clutch, and silver Christian Louboutin Pigalili shoes. She can do no wrong in this dress; Lea Michele is a red carpet goddess. Whoever her stylist is, definitely deserves a raise.

Red carpet veterans Halle Berry and Jennifer Lopez must have not looked in the mirror before leaving their house. Halle Berry tried a bit too much to be sexy in her black Nina Ricci dress. I would have much rather the dress not be short with the sheer layer on top, it would have looked better all the same length. Oh J.Lo, what were you thinking! Though her makeup and overall look was flawless, the dress was just wrong. White looks great on her tanned skin but the beaded poncho ruined the Zuhair Murad dress. I don’t know about you but I expect a lot more from these red carpet divas.

Overall the Golden Globes fashion was both entertaining and inspiring. Can’t wait to see what celebrity stylists have up their sleeves for the upcoming award shows!


Article By: Magen Martin



Haute Looks: Bright Eyed Girls

The dreary darkness of winter will soon be behind us; and designers are keeping us all bright eyed for the warmth of spring. Bright, statement-making colors are so chic for Spring 2011. For the color conscious like myself, who always seem to wear black, working in such bold colors is easier when applied in a subtle way.


Sabath of Chictopia.com, takes this trend to the next level combining a lime green Dorothy Perkins coat with a royal blue H&M hat, and matching blue striped tee. She rocks this look so perfectly & certainly isn’t afraid to wear brights. Kudos on the outfit, gives me something to aspire to be able to pull off!



Coury Combs of fancytreehouse.com adds pops of bright red carrying an ASOS satchel to effortlessly put an urban spin on her dark sweater & jean combo. Her bright red vintage loafers are such a great go-to piece to brighten any monochromatic outfit.



A pair of colored pumps are a classic way to add color for both day and night.  The Calvin Klein “Collette” Pumps in Royal Blue are a favorite of mine. Bloomingdales.com has them for $139, and are definitely worth the buy. These flirty pumps can adding a touch of color to a dim office outfit and simultaneously work with jeans for an evening happy hour. So chic!

How will you incorporate brights into your wardrobe in the upcoming season?


Article by: Angela Samartano


Music Monday: Utopic Sessions Episode 30

A few weeks ago, I had told you all about how MarkJoseph DJs landed a guest slot on the Utopic Sessions radio show owned by DJ Don Micho. Based out of Germany, Utopic Sessions gives listeners the newest and best in trance & progressive music. Episode 30, which has just been released for download on joravers.com, includes music from such artists and DJs like JES, Cosmic Gate, and Sean Tyas. MarkJoseph DJs are based out of NYC and have such a massive sound. Their inspirations in EDM include Richard Durand, HeatBeat, and Sander van Doorn. This is a perfect download for your iPod, listening to this at the gym is amazing! I’ve included the full tracklist below, happy listening!


01 Martin Solveig & Dragonette – Hello (Michael Woods Remix)
02 Ali Wilson & Matt Smallwood – Morph (Original Mix)
03 JES – Awaken (Inpetto Remix)
04 Wezz Devall – This Is Your Day (Original Mix)
05 Marcel Woods – Tomorrow (Matthew Nagle Remix)
06 Ummet Ozcan – Insignia (Original Mix)
07 Ben Gold – Llacuna (Vocal Mix)
08 John O’Callaghan – Botnik (W&W Remix)
09 Sean Tyas – Banshee (W&W Remix)
10 Adam Kancerski Feat. Anaeym – It Takes Time (Filo & Peri Remix)
11 Cosmic Gate – Fire Wire (Cosmic Gate Back 2 The Future Remix)


Be sure to check out the official MarkJoseph DJs facebook page for more info!

On the Street: Haute Eats on a Budget

Magen Martin knows New Yorkers, well everyone, need to hold onto any extra penny they can these days. Check out her tips to eating haute on a budget.

Listen up fashionistas. Now you can still go out on the town and not be concerned about pinching pennies. Companies such as Groupon and BlackboardEats, offer daily discount deals for various services that allow you to have fun while saving money at the same time.

BlackboardEats markets themselves as having “unreal deals at the best restaurants.” This website offers free deals that are e-mailed on a daily basis with a pass code to different restaurants depending on the city you select. They currently service the NYC area, LA, SF and also have an everywhere section which focuses on online food stores. Some recent NYC deals featured the following restaurants: Cipriani Wall Street, Ardesia, Bacaro, La Lucha, and Da Silvano. The daily deals often include a certain percentage off dinner or lunch or a complimentary appetizer with the purchase of an entrée. Some deals have even included a free bottle of wine.  The deals expire a few weeks from the purchase date, so you’ll have to be sure not to miss out. A service like this is great for anyone who is on a budget but still wants to hit the town.


Da Silvano | Image from: ontheinside.info | located: 260 Avenue of the Americas NY. NY 10012


Groupon on the other hand, offers a variety of deals and services. I’ve personally used this site a handful of times for various savings such as discounts on nail salon services, restaurants, and vehicle repair services and even discounted gift cards for clothing stores such as American Apparel. Like BlackboardEats, you sign up for the daily deal, if you are interested in the deal you go ahead and purchase it, the deal is then e-mailed to you, you print out the coupon and provide it to the vendor at time of use.


Raquel, an avid Groupon user, had great reviews on their services; “I wish I knew about Groupon sooner! They have great deals personalized to my taste and interests ranging from dining to fitness, it’s easy to use, and the prices are unbeatable, There’s so many things to do or new things i want to try, but it’s hard to come across an affordable way to experience it, Groupon is a great way to do just that!”

Groupon also caters to the major US cities. Hopefully BlackboardEats spreads its wings and reaches out to other US cities soon. I sure could use some discounts at some local trendy Miami restaurants. In the meanwhile, I’ll use Blackboardeats on my many travels to NYC, such a good way to save money while on vacation or business trips.


Article By: Magen Martin

Haute Around the World: Royal Wedding Fever

HAUTE NYC guest blogger Jenni Fleet fills us in from the UK on all the buzz about the wedding of the century!

Here across the pond, Royal Wedding fever has truly hit. With three months and twenty days to go, the gossip columns are electric with the sound of “Who will make the dress?” after Kate Middleton became a fashionista overnight.


Our girl crush started on her a long time ago when we captured her in elegant dresses and fantastic fascinators, and we watched as she continued to blossom into Princess Kate – fashion icon. So much so that ‘the Kate Middleton’ hairstyle has become one of the most requested styles in salons all over the world. The midnight blue Issa London wrap dress she wore to the press conference to announce the couple’s wonderful news, sold out within 24 hours of her appearing in it.


As you can imagine, designers are beside themselves with the news of the engagement, and have gone as far as sketching potential designs for Kate to choose from for the big day! Bruce Oldfield, an ambassador of British couture, is being hotly tipped to design the dress but Karl Lagerfield, wedding gown queen Vera Wang and Jason Wu have also conjured up designs for our modern day Princess. Fashionistas, designers and reporters alike, wait with baited breath until chosen one is revealed…


Article by: Jenni Fleet

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On the Street: FrockOn takes on Pittsburgh!

This Thursday in Pittsburgh, PA kicked off the first of 8 happy hour events where music & fashion collide. FrockOn.com‘s FrockOlogy events will be held at Villa SouthSide in Pittsburgh Thursday’s from 6-9pm.  Not only will you get to hear the most popular Pittsburgh artists perform,  you will also be exposed to trunk shows by some haute Pitt designers!

The FrockOlogy parties are sponsored by Vitamin Water, Yinzerparty.com, & White Diamond Vodka. This Thursday featured guests who sipped cocktails, listened to the sounds of DJ Nugget, and caught the unique lyrics of Pittsburgh’s own Sicky Brett. Designers who were featured included ChampYinz, which creates some pretty awesome tee’s for Pittsburgh sports fans as well as funny graphic T taglines.  Timebomb, a Pittsburgh shop, showcased the various brands they carry including 10 Deeps, ALife, and Crooks and Castles.

I took the trip from NYC to Pittsburgh with my FrockOn favorites to see the city & include in a little FrockOlogy myself! Here are some of the photos I snapped along the way!

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Don’t forget to check out fabulous photos like these on Yinzerparty.com, here are the ones I was caught in! 🙂

FrockOn Family:

Jacqueline Massacci, Melanie Clarke, Emily Plaskett, Pam McMahon, Brandon Villano, Angela Samartano, Kate Magoc


Emily Plaskett & Angela Samartano


Emily & I loving Vitamin Water Zero!


Jacqueline Massacci, Melanie Clarke, Emily Plaskett, Angela Samartano, Kate Magoc


Me & K8


Check out next week’s FrockOlogy event at Villa SouthSide in Pittsburgh, PA


Article By: Angela Samartano