Vera Wang Rocks!

Vera Wang is femininity personified… this we know.  But did you also know that her fashion collections, above and beyond the amazing bridal gowns she’s most well-known for, are edgy and sexy and very rock-n-roll?  I’m here to tell you that Vera Wang rocks!  Check out my three favorite looks from her Fall 2013 runway show below.  The layering of shimmery sequins and sheer floral prints paired with tailored skinny pants creates an overall effect that radiates confidence and sophistication…

Vera Wang Fall 2013

Here’s my shoppable version of Vera Wang’s Fall 2013 runway style…

Vera Wang Fall 2013 Translation

1.  Michael Kors short dress (altered), $180, yoox.com
2.  Mango sheer long sleeve tee, $34.99, mango.com
3.  Floral cigarette trouser, $76, topshop.com
4.  Betsey Johnson mini satchel, $108, lordandtaylor.com
5.  Michael Kors suede platform sandal, $150, neimanmarcus.com

Retail Therapy at Rehab…

With my impending high school reunion on the horizon, I knew I needed to seek professional help for my fashion fix.  But where could I go?  Who could I trust?  I mean, I was in deep!  I needed everything… head to toe, the full treatment!  The choice was obvious… Rehab!

Black One Shoulder Jumper

I chose a Karina Grimaldi single-shoulder black silk jumpsuit.  Simple and sophisticated.  I kept the accessories to a minimum, adding a vintage gold chain belt, statement ring and drop earrings to keep the look polished and classic.  The Guess patent leather strappy sandals with gold rings were a perfect compliment to the ensemble, and are from my closet.  My favorite bag lately, the black reptile embossed leather clutch, was a gift from the FWTB Blogger Brilliance Conference last month.

Rehab Accessories

Rehab Exchange is a designer resale boutique with 2 locations, South Tampa and downtown St. Pete.  Go there.  Get help for your fashion addiction.  Tell them Runway Translator sent you!

A Tribute To My Tiny Photog…

I hired a new assistant.  She’s six, so she works for snacks and candy.  It’s working out well.  She’s a wizard with the Nikon…

Caitlin Photog Dreamy Memory

Here are some samples of her work behind the lens…

Fashion Week Favs

Outfit 1:  Cacharel top & Bloch flats (Deborah Kent’s), Lil skirt (closet), Nine West handbag (DSW)
Outfit 2:  Naked Zebra jumper (JC’s Boutique), Humanoid silk jacket (Deborah Kent’s), MaxStudio.com heels, Total Betty Society necklace
Outfit 3:  Bellatrix shirt (Nordstrom Rack), Tart sequin pants (JC’s Boutique), Vince Camuto booties (Nordstrom), vintage purse strap as necklace, MaxStudio.com leather cuff

Celine Fall 2013- Runway Translation

“Really elegant but weird; almost nerdy but perverse.”
~ Photographer Juergen Teller describing the Celine Fall Collection

Celine Fall 2013

My top three looks from the Celine Fall Collection had several key elements in common.  If you’re a fan of the simple, elegant, mid-century modern made contemporary looks above, and you’d like to give it a go, be sure to include the following elements in your ensemble:

Color- Soft and monochromatic.  Top and skirt should be solid and matching in color.
Texture- Every piece should want to make you touch it!  Go for wooly, cozy, furry, etc.
Shape- Boxy on top with a fit & flare skirt that falls below the knee.
Booties- Find one that hits below the mid-calf and fits like a second skin.

Check out my shoppable translation below…

Celine Translation

1. Leather Box T-shirt, $190, topshop.com
2. Deadly Ponies Handbag, $839, farfetch.com
3. Sabine Skirt, $295, toryburch.com
4. Robert Lee Morris Cuff, $98, bloomingdales.com
5. Louboutin Daf Booty, $1395, christianlouboutin.com

Haute Accessories Runway Event

This September my fashion festivities began with a designer accessories runway show for a good cause.  HAUTE Accessories Week is an annual series of events in Tampa produced by Lacey Smith and his team at The Fashion Movement.  It’s an exclusive platform for accessories designers that has gained a lot of traction over the last several years.  In keeping with Smith’s ‘give-back’ philosophy, proceeds from the HAUTE events benefit Joshua House, a safe haven for abused and neglected children.  With local celeb Holley Sinn as the night’s MC, the runway presentation at Hunter’s Green Country Club was the place to be last Friday night…

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Eleven designers showcased their eclectic collections for this show.  Everything from jewelry to handbags to bowties found it’s place on the catwalk.  If I had to pick a favorite, I’d say the provocative works of Maria Soranaka of Twist’D Artisan Jewelry Designs captured my attention and held it like a trance.  Her design aesthetic is intricate, detail-oriented, and totally twisted with a tribal princess meets badass warrior vibe! (see middle pic below)

Haute Designer Necklace Cluster

What I wore…

Since berry is all the rage for fall, I chose this Max & Cleo number from my cocktail dress arsenal (circa 2011, from Marshall’s).  The handmade flower feather clip is from Deborah Kent’s, as are the Marianne Homsy earrings.  The nude pumps are Gianni Bini.

What I Wore To Haute

What I scored…

After a couple of complimentary Peroni beers I dove right into the shopping portion of the evening.  Check out my fabulous new necklace from Total Betty Society and my crazy cool Vogue Magazine clutch from Aphrodite’s Jewelry Box

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Next on the docket: Fashion Week Tampa Bay… Stay tuned!

Fall Runway Translation: PRADA

Prada Cluster Fall 2013There are several key elements to include if you’d like to emulate Prada’s latest fall runway looks, where film-noir inspiration was abounding:

-Mid-century silhouette complete with clearly defined waist and knee-skimming hemline
-Boatneck henley tee layered beneath rich fall fabrics
-Chunky metallic platform sandal
-Large fabric tote

Here’s my version…
Prada Layering Translation

1.  Liera Henley, $33 , fatface.com
2.  Daron Dress, $198, toryburch.com
3.  Bark Bag, $150, yoox.com
4.  Stretch Belt, $68, colehaan.com
5.  Bebe Platform Wedge, $135, heels.com

Nauti-cool Stripes

Nautical Stripes Boyfriend Jeans Espadrille Wedges Statement NecklaceTunic (tucked in): Old Navy.  Jeans: Lucky Brand.  Shoes: MIA.  Jewelry: Gifts.

Here’s one summer trend that will never sink… nautical stripes.  Put a cool twist on your sailor style by tweaking the color combos.  Instead of the traditional Breton stripes of white & navy try red & navy or navy & orange!  Add a bold statement necklace for a pop of color…

Nauti-Cool Ensemble

1.  Closed Striped Cotton Pullover, $175, stylebop.com
2.  Warehouse Distressed Boyfriend Jeans, $55, johnlewis.com
3.  Bold Bead Necklace, $70, bananarepublic.com
4.  Michael Kors Jet Set Tote, $198, neimanmarcus.com
5.  Burberry Espadrille Wedges, $238, couture.zappos.com

Double Duty Dress

Double Duty DressEarrings: Marianne Homsy.  Clover Canyon dress/tunic: Deborah Kent’s.
Wide leg pant: Da-Nang.  Sandals: Nordstrom.

Double Duty Dress Ensemble1.  Sophie Hulme floral print silk dress, $101, net-a-porter.com
2.  Farhi by Nicole Farhi  linen trousers, $92, my-wardrobe.com
3.  Coach leather flight bag, $228, coach.com
4.  Golden Morning sandal, $60, modcloth.com

Learning Style at the Library…

Did you know that your local library may be offering free courses about how to do stuff?  I’ve seen classes advertised on how to do everything from building a resume to building a tree house.  When I learned about stylist Kara Beck‘s three-part series at the Safety Harbor Public Library on how to build a wardrobe, I jumped at the chance to check it out.

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Class#1: Dressing For Your Body Type
Kara explained the four main classifications and included a breakdown by percentage of American female consumers:

Hourglass (8.4%) – Bust and hips are same width, defined waist… Kim Kardashian
Pear (20.92%) – Hips are wider than bust, defined waist… Beyonce
Straight (46.12%) – Bust and hips are same width, undefined waist… Cameron Diaz
Apple (13.83%) – Bust is wider than hips, undefined waist… Jessica Simpson

As a stylist, I found this presentation to be helpful for determining which cuts work best on certain body types.  She gave specific examples in her presentation and I noticed several members of the audience taking notes.  After discussing body shapes she went on to explain how to dress appropriately for one’s age… 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s.  Never mind that most of the audience were probably Safety Harbor residents and had to be in their 50’s and up.  I think they still found her class to be very educational.  As did I.  I look forward to attending her next installment about shopping on a budget.

I took the liberty of putting some of Kara’s tips to use and have created a shoppable ensemble for all of you ‘Pear’ body types out there.  Since you represent nearly a quarter of female consumers, and since ‘Straight’ body types can wear almost anything, I figured I’d give it a go…

Pear Shape Ensemble

Tips for dressing the Pear shape:
On top – Bring attention up and away from the waist and hips by adding ruffles or other details near the neckline.  Add an eye-catching earring or statement necklace.  Wear prints.
On bottom – Wear darker colors.  Stay away from leggings and skinny jeans.  Wear wide-leg trousers, boot-cut jeans, or A-line skirts.  This will balance your frame so as not to draw attention to your hips.

1.  Floral Bow Neck Top, $45, dorothyperkins.com
2.  Brown Wide Leg Linen Pant, $30, riverisland.com
3.  Kenneth Jay Lane Drop Earrings, $30.55, asos.com
4.  Fossil Leather Tote, $125.99, macys.com
5.  BC Shoes Leather Sandal, $49.99, modcloth.com

The Cell Phone Wristlet

Michael Kors Gold Phone Wristlet

Simply genius!  This phone case that doubles as a wallet is the best invention since the money clip!  I never leave home without my ID, credit cards, business cards, phone and lip gloss.  Now I can grab and go!

Phone Wristlet Ensemble

1. Vienna Silk Dress, $256, whistles.com
2. Cutout Gold Cuff, $8.80, forever21.com
3. Michael Kors Phone Case Wristlet, $88, zappos.com
4. Jeffrey Campbell Gold Sandal, $140, pinkmascara.com