CNBC Anchors and Reporters

Ashley Kalinske

Special to CNBC


  • Bloggers sit front row at the Rebecca Minkoff Show. From Left to Right: Aimee Song of Song of Style, Christina Cardona of Trop Rouge and Carolina Engman of Fashion Squad.

    Just as blogging platforms and social media gave voice to new tastemakers and opened a door for bloggers participate in collaborations with fashion designers and to sit in the coveted front row at fashion shows, Polyvore is exerting its own force on the industry, and evidence of this was very clear at this week's New York Fashion Week.

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    Forget about the bag, the shoes and the lip gloss. Nails are becoming spring's most important accessory. And its a trend that can withstand any uncertainty in the economy.

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    Makeup artists are lending their own creative touches to fashion shows and are becoming as sought-after as the designers themselves.

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    The preppy style is making a comeback, but before you go digging through your father's polos and grabbing your grandmother's pearls, know that this time around "picnic chic" has some new twists. From the stylings of the classic prep outlined in "True Prep"—Lisa Birnbach's updated version of the guide, "The Official Preppy Handbook"—to the "urban graduate" epitomized by Russell Simmons' Argyleculture clothing line to UrbanOutfitters' "vintage preppy" hipsters, preppy is truly an adaptive trend.

  • A model walks the runway at the G-Star Spring 2011 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

    Tough economic times not only hamper denim sales, the climate also hurts creativity.Fashion designers showing their Spring 2011 collections at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week clearly want to push consumers toward a wider pant leg and higher waistline, but shoppers may not be willing to part with the skinny jean, and the even tighter "jegging" just yet.