CITY: Fashion + Art + Culture 2019 Featuring Angel Sanchez

CITY: Fashion + Art + Culture is a yearly signature event organized by the Tampa Museum of Art. Through this unique experience, Tampa comes together to celebrate fashion and art and the Museum raises funds to help bring art and educational programs to visitors of all ages.

On Saturday, September 14th the museum was transformed into an energetic runway where internationally acclaimed Fashion Designer Angel Sanchez featured his latest beautiful evening gown collection.

Angel Sanchez grew up with fashion. His mother was his first inspiration , and her atelier in Venezuela was his first introduction to fabrics, dresses and style.

After graduating with a degree in Architecture, Angel decided to follow his dreams and quickly became a very well known designer in his native country of Venezuela. In 1997 he expanded his activities to the US, where his evening wear was sold in prestigious stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman.

1999 was a turning point in Angel’s career where he introduced his first bridal collection and presented his evening collection in New York Fashion Week.

Angel’s design style is best known by its architectural details and structured silhouette. He takes the classic cut and adds his own dramatic touch, turning it into a contemporary but timeless piece. You can see it in the movement of his gowns and their precise lines. He loves to tell a story with each of his dresses and this is what makes his work unforgettable.

Now he is a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, and he is present in Miami and New York. Angels’ gowns have been worn by many celebrities; Meryl Streep, Sandra Bullock, and Beyoncé, to name a few.

Because Angel is reflecting modern classic art through his creations, his latest runway show at CITY gave us the feel of Valentino’s big shoulders, Yves Saint Laurent’s classic cuts & long trains, and Oscar de la Renta’s bright colors. All of this was presented in one cohesive collection personalized by his signature dramatic twist. This runway collection was marked by the elegant one shoulder cut, a generous incorporation of feathers, and the use of bold colors like Emerald Green, Royal Blue and Hot Pink.

Photos courtesy of Fotobohemia.

Denim… Born in the USA!

A few fun facts about our favorite American fabric:

Denim has been used in the United States since the mid-19th century and initially gained popularity in 1873 when a tailor from Nevada, Jacob W. Davis, manufactured the first pair of rivet-reinforced denim pants. The popularity of these durable denim jeans began to spread rapidly among rugged manual labor workers, and because Davis was overwhelmed with requests, he partnered with Levi Strauss & Co. to patent the design of the rivet-reinforced denim pant. In 1873 in San Francisco, California jeans were born.

A WWII Welder. Image Credit: Getty Images

In the 1930’s, during the era of Western movies, everyone wanted to look like John Wayne. Cowboys wearing Levi’s jeans were elevated to fairy-tale status, becoming synonymous with living the true independent American life. It was also in the 1930’s that Strauss added his signature red flag to the back pocket of the jeans, making it the first line of clothing to have a designer label on the outside. As if that weren’t enough to rocket jeans’ status to the stratosphere, Vogue gave their seal of approval, calling jeans “Western chic”, hinting that jeans could be a fashion statement for women as well.

Marilyn Monroe. Image Credit: Getty Images

Wearing denim jeans is a classic trend that comes around year after year. Popular cuts and washes may change, but denim is a tried-and-true fabric that will be the workhorse of your wardrobe, no matter the season.

To be on-trend in 2019 give your skinny jeans a holiday and put your flared ones to work. On the runways, pockets are getting bigger and cutouts are more prevalent. The waistline is all over the map, as you will see popular styles with both high waist and a low waist construction. As for the length, a must-have this coming fall are jeans that cover the shoes. If you’re brave enough to tackle the denim-on-denim trend, be sure to keep the washes uniform.

It’s fair to say that we are fortunate to have talented designers who make sure that their constant denim reinventions continue to move and change with the times. Below, some 2019 denim designs for your inspiration…

Spring 2019 Ready-to-Wear: (Left-to-Right) Miu Miu, Balmain, Isabel Marant
Fall 2019 Ready-to-Wear: (Left-to-Right) Calvin Luo, Christian Dior, Chloe

XOXO,

Written by Zeina Fellios & Michelle Bremer
Sources: Vogue, Wikipedia, True Fashionistas

A Stylish Lunch & Learn: RECAP

Runway Translator recently organized a private Lunch & Learn presentation at Byblos restaurant in Tampa.

The party began with mimosas for the ladies while networking and getting to know each other.

A luncheon followed with a welcome from Runway Translator stylist, Zeina Fellios, as she described the company’s history, services and activities.

Zeina also introduced Fashion Expert and Founder of Runway Translator, Michelle Bremer, who gave a 30 minutes presentation on Summer Style and Travel Essentials.

Michelle educated the attendees on styling tips based on two very popular destinations for this summer. From London and Paris to the beaches of Greece and Bahamas, she gave a wealth of advice regarding what to pack and how to select the outfits in coordination with the trip schedule and activities. She spoke about convenient types of fabrics for travel and how we can easily transform our beach look into a party look by simply changing accessories or adding a piece.

Fashions, shoes & accessories presented in the event were pulled from several local shops (Fab’rik, Deborah Kent’s, and Don Me Now). In addition, the attendees had the chance to meet Jewelry Designer, Maruha Azar, from “Mannaz Designs” as she showcased her latest summer collection.

After the fashion presentation great gifts were raffled off to the guests. We would like to thank our raffle item sponsors: Susan Ritter from Color Street, Deborah Kent’s, Fab’rik South Tampa , Don Me Now, Rodan + Fields and Mannaz Designs.

Many thanks to Juliann Salls from Ladie Jay Photography who caught with her camera many beautiful moments!

Runway Translator is grateful for everyone who was at our Lunch & Learn that day… and our team looks forward to bringing more stylish, educational, networking opportunities to our clients and lovers of fashion in the future!

XOXO,

Put It In Neutral!

Last September, the color experts from Pantone announced their Fashion Color Trend Report for Spring/ Summer 2019, which made a comprehensive overview for New York Fashion Week. The color palette is comprised of 16 main colors, 4 of which were neutral (Toffee, Soybean, Sweet Corn, Brown Granite).

Ladies, this summer don’t be afraid to drape yourself in neutrals from head to toe. Feel free to mix your neutrals with pops of color, but if you want to be on-trend, wear one shade all over or maybe mix it with another neutral tone. Shoes and accessories can be neutral too, this will be your “soft” fashion statement.

Wearing neutrals is a classic and timeless trend, built into every stylish woman’s wardrobe during the last 50 years, and the current ‘neutral invasion’ is here to stay. This time it’s the fruit of a huge change in the current generation’s perception regarding gender. Statistics show that 38 percent of Gen Z-ers strongly agreed that gender no longer defines a person as much as it used to, and 27 percent of millennials felt the same way.

This change in gender perception pushed fashion designers to combine men’s and women’s collections on the runway. Many progressive designers have abolished ‘girls’ and ‘boys’ labels on children’s clothing… and more fashion brands are launching gender-neutral collections, hence more neutral color clothing is being produced for our consumption.

So, let the calming vibes of beige, taupe, ivory and white wash over you this summer. Put your outfit in the neutral zone and wait for the compliments to pour in.

Written by: Zeina Fellios
Edited by: Michelle Bremer

XOXO,

Meet Our Newest Stylist, Zeina Fellios…

We are so excited to introduce the newest addition to our Runway Translator Team, Fashion Stylist, Zeina Berchane Fellios.

Zeina was born and raised in Lebanon and is fluent in Arabic, French, and English. With a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Master’s in Organizational Management, she’s a smart as she is beautiful. Her love for all things fashion drove her to achieve her certification in Fashion Design and Visual Merchandising from ESMOD Beirut.

Thankfully, Zeina decided to move to Tampa where she married her true love and they started a family. In early 2019 she took the leap away from the corporate banking world to pursue her dreams of working as a stylist in the fashion industry.

Zeina’s personal style is chic and sophisticated, always with an eye for every detail. She has an innate ability to create fluid ensembles that incorporate current trends in a timeless way. We’re very lucky to have her here at Runway Translator!

You’re Invited…

Runway Translator presents the 2019 Summer Style Session, a Lunch & Learn experience hosted by Founder and Fashion Expert, Michelle Bremer.

Wednesday, May 29th
11:30am – 1:30pm
2832 S MacDill Ave, Tampa, FL

Enjoy a delicious prix fixe lunch and mimosa at Byblos Tampa and learn about the latest spring & summer fashion trends. Michelle will share her tips on essential pieces to pack for your travel destinations and present curated looks from local boutiques Deborah Kent’s, fab’rik, and Don Me Now.
Guests will be eligible to win amazing raffle prizes from our sponsors!

Mannaz Designs Jewelry will showcase their Summer Collection and a special guest speaker from Rodan + Fields will be on hand for a quick Q&A about how to care for our skin during the hottest season of the year.

This is one unique Lunch & Learn you won’t want to miss! Seating is limited so reserve your spot today!
Cost is $49.

Reservations Must Be Purchased by Tuesday, May 28th!


Did you catch Michelle on The Daytime Show this week? Click below to watch her Fashion Wrap segment.

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We hope you have a fabulous Memorial Day Weekend!