They say the only thing you can count on is change – a notion that was, without a doubt, conjured up with fashion in mind. Season after season, we are introduced to new trends, which are more often than not a modernized take on a trend from the past. This season, raffia is brought into life. So, what exactly is raffia? It’s a fibrous textile that is derived from palm trees. Even if you’re not familiar with the name, you’ve seen it before. The fringe-like embellishment of today is much more polished, and was seen on numerous runways during the spring 16 Fashion Week. Edun, Jason Wu, and Delpozo, were just a few of the high-end labels that couldn’t resist the embellishment. At Edun, raffia was seen on just about everything, including pantsuits, dresses, vests, jumpsuits, and cover-ups. Known for perfectly combining high-fashion concepts with more realistic ones, Edun’s spring collection lived up to the brand’s reputation — filled with versatile pieces that could actually translate to real life. With Jason Wu’s recent shift toward tailoring, raffia was the perfect addition to his spring collection. Perfectly tailored jackets, skirts, dresses, tops, shorts, and, the star of the show —  a trench coat — were adorned with the embellishment, resulting in pieces that were on the minimalist side, yet nothing short of glamorous. At Delpozo, raffia played a huge role in the line’s spring collection, both figuratively and literally. Voluminous portions of raffia appeared on colorful wraps, vests, and cover-ups, which should have been expected as volume has basically been Delpozo’s signature, since Josep Font started designing for the fashion powerhouse.

Seen on everything from workwear attire to casual cover-ups and even outerwear, raffia is more refined than ever before, making it easy to integrate the natural weave into your wardrobe. This trend is all about balance. Going for voluminous raffia? Skip bulky accessories. Pieces that don’t feature much of the embellishment can be accessorized but don’t overdo it; the raffia should be the main focal point of your look.

– Daniella DiRienzo

They say the only thing you can count on is change – a notion that was, without a doubt, conjured up with fashion in mind. Season after season, we are introduced to new trends, which are more often than not a modernized take on a trend from the past. This season, raffia is brought into life. So, what exactly is raffia? It’s a fibrous textile that is derived from palm trees. Even if you’re not familiar with the name, you’ve seen it before. The fringe-like embellishment of today is much more polished, and was seen on numerous runways during the spring 16 Fashion Week. Edun, Jason Wu, and Delpozo, were just a few of the high-end labels that couldn’t resist the embellishment. At Edun, raffia was seen on just about everything, including pantsuits, dresses, vests, jumpsuits, and cover-ups. Known for perfectly combining high-fashion concepts with more realistic ones, Edun’s spring collection lived up to the brand’s reputation — filled with versatile pieces that could actually translate to real life. With Jason Wu’s recent shift toward tailoring, raffia was the perfect addition to his spring collection. Perfectly tailored jackets, skirts, dresses, tops, shorts, and, the star of the show, a trench coat, were adorned with the embellishment — resulting in pieces that were on the minimalist side — yet nothing short of glamorous. At Delpozo, raffia played a huge role in the line’s spring collection, both figuratively and literally. Voluminous portions of raffia appeared on colorful wraps, vests, and cover-ups, which should have been expected as volume has basically been Delpozo’s signature, since Josep Font started designing for the fashion powerhouse.

Seen on everything from workwear attire to casual cover-ups and even outerwear, raffia is more refined than ever before, making it easy to integrate the natural weave into your wardrobe. This trend is all about balance. Going for voluminous raffia? Skip bulky accessories. Pieces that don’t feature much of the embellishment can be accessorized but don’t overdo it; the raffia should be the main focal point of your look.

– Daniella DiRienzo

They say the only thing you can count on is change – a notion that was, without a doubt, conjured up with fashion in mind. Season after season we are introduced to new trends, which are more often than not a modernized take on a trend from the past. This season, that concept is brought to life through raffia. So, what exactly is raffia? It’s a fibrous textile that is derived from palm trees. Even if you’re not familiar with the name, you’ve seen it before. The fringe-like embellishment was huge in the 1970s, so it makes total sense that raffia is making a comeback now, along with just about everything else from the decade. However, the raffia of 2016, is much more polished, and was seen on numerous runways during Fashion Week. Edun, Jason Wu, and Delpozo, were just a few of the high-end labels that couldn’t resist the embellishment. At Edun, raffia was seen on just about everything, including pantsuits, dresses, vests, jumpsuits, and cover-ups. Known for perfectly combining high-fashion concepts with more realistic ones, Edun’s spring collection lived up to the brand’s reputation as it was filled with versatile pieces that could actually translate to real life. With Jason Wu’s recent shift toward tailoring, raffia was the perfect addition to his spring collection. Perfectly tailored jackets, skirts, dresses, tops, shorts, and, the star of the show, a trench coat, were adorned with the embellishment, resulting in pieces that were somewhat on the minimalist side, yet nothing short of glamorous. At Delpozo, raffia played a huge role in the line’s spring collection, both figuratively and literally.  Voluminous portions of raffia appeared on colorful wraps, vests, and cover-ups, which should have been expected as volume has basically been Delpozo’s signature since Josep Font started designing for the fashion powerhouse.

Seen on everything from workwear attire to casual cover-ups and even outerwear, raffia is more refined than ever before, making it easy to integrate the natural weave into your wardrobe. This trend is all about balance. Going for voluminous raffia? Skip bulky accessories. Pieces that don’t feature much of the embellishment can be accessorized but don’t overdo it; the raffia should be the main focal point of your look.

– Daniella DiRienzo

They say the only thing you can count on is change – a notion that was, without a doubt, conjured up with fashion in mind. Season after season we are introduced to new trends, which are more often than not a modernized take on a trend from the past. This season, that concept is brought to life through raffia. So, what exactly is raffia? It’s a fibrous textile that is derived from palm trees. Even if you’re not familiar with the name, you’ve seen it before. The fringe-like embellishment was huge in the 1970s, so it makes total sense that raffia is making a comeback now, along with just about everything else from the decade. However, the raffia of 2016, is much more polished, and was seen on numerous runways during Fashion Week. Edun, Jason Wu, and Delpozo, were just a few of the high-end labels that couldn’t resist the embellishment. At Edun, raffia was seen on just about everything, including pantsuits, dresses, vests, jumpsuits, and cover-ups. Known for perfectly combining high-fashion concepts with more realistic ones, Edun’s spring collection lived up to the brand’s reputation as it was filled with versatile pieces that could actually translate to real life. With Jason Wu’s recent shift toward tailoring, raffia was the perfect addition to his spring collection. Perfectly tailored jackets, skirts, dresses, tops, shorts, and, the star of the show, a trench coat, were adorned with the embellishment, resulting in pieces that were somewhat on the minimalist side, yet nothing short of glamorous. At Delpozo, raffia played a huge role in the line’s spring collection, both figuratively and literally. Voluminous portions of raffia appeared on colorful wraps, vests, and cover-ups, which should have been expected as volume has basically been Delpozo’s signature since Josep Font started designing for the fashion powerhouse.

Seen on everything from workwear attire to casual cover-ups and even outerwear, raffia is more refined than ever before, making it easy to integrate the natural weave into your wardrobe. This trend is all about balance. Going for voluminous raffia? Skip bulky accessories. Pieces that don’t feature much of the embellishment can be accessorized but don’t overdo it; the raffia should be the main focal point of your look.

– Daniella DiRienzo
Fleet Week is one of the most unique and exciting times of the year. If you’re ready to get into the spirit of the celebrations like never before, hygiene
head to one of these fabulous nautical-themed restaurants, bars and venues. The 28th annual Fleet Week in NYC will take place from Wednesday, May 25, 2016 to Tuesday, May 31, 2016.

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The Maritime Hotel | No, the Maritime Hotel isn’t the most novel concept for Fleet Week celebrations, but there’s a good reason it’s become a bit of a nautical cliche. Aside from the massive, striking facade, this Chelsea hotel hosts a barrage of upscale parties and events on a regular basis. When the sun is shining and the drinks are flowing, there are few party destinations better suited for the celebrations than the hotel’s outdoor nightclub, the Cabanas.

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The Folly | Not only does The Folly have a beautiful take on nautical accoutrement, but it also serves a whole lot of rum. The rum cocktails are whimsical and reasonably potent, and even the food gives a jaunty nod to the sea. Crab mac and cheese, cod tater tots and halibut ceviche are just a few of the seafood-focused snacks on the menu.

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The Ship | Lafayette Street’s The Ship has a decidedly more subtle take on the nautical theme than many other venues, but it takes its cocktails and small plates quite seriously. Accents like canvas-upholstered chairs and rich wooden accents give the space a warm, intimate and upscale feel.

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TheFryingPan

The Frying Pan | Sometimes the only thing that takes a Fleet Week celebration where it needs to be is an actual ship. The Frying Pan, located off the West Side Highway, has great food, a celebratory vibe and plenty of liquor to make you forget you’re a little further from land than you might be prepared for. In case you become seasick, though, don’t worry–the deck is just a few steps away.

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– Naakai Addy