Runway Translation: Trending Tribal

Be ready for plenty of international influence in fashion this Spring buying season!  One of the most popular fashion trends for Spring takes its colorful inspiration from traditional tribal garments found in exotic lands around the globe…

Trending Tribal 2014

If wearing an African Aso-Oke (traditional dress and hat wrap) is not your style, you can still become an honorary style tribe member and tap into this trend by incorporating a touch of print into your ensemble.  Check out my runway translation below…

Trending Tribal-Shola Flat Ensemble

This look revolves around the ballet flats by Shola Designs… notice the fun African motif.  When paired with a black wrap top, linen shorts, and woven handbag these comfy flats provide the perfect touch of tribal inspiration for a cohesive look that’s subtle and on trend.  *Shop the look below.

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Shola’s designer, Shola Yusuf, at a Trunk Show hosted by Farrah Estrella of Estrella Fashion Report.  Shola is a local entrepreneur here in Tampa and originally hails from Nigeria.  I love her premier collection of shoes!  So much in fact that I couldn’t resist buying a gorgeous pair of turquoise platform stilettos.  I can’t wait to feature them in a future blog post.  Check out Shola’s beautiful traditional African ensemble…

Shola Gerardo Luna -86Photo Credit:  Gerardo Luna
My Outfit:  Suncoo Paris vest from Deborah Kent’s over graphic tank from JC’s Boutique, gold chain belt from Rehab Exchange, Wilster silk harem capris from Nordstrom Rack, awesome new platform heels from Shola Designs.

*Shop The ‘Trending Tribal’ Look:
1.  Barbara I. Gongini top, $428, farfetch.com
2.  Red Valentino linen shorts, $226, farfetch.com
3.  Snakeskin cuff bracelette, $70, bluefly.com
4.  Tory Burch woven purse, $324, farfetch.com
5.  Shola ballet flat, $73, sholadesigns.com

*Fun Fashion Factoid:
“Traditional African clothing is generally very colorful. These colors actually have meaning. The yellows and golds tend to mean wealth and fertility because it is the color of a precious metal and the yolk of an egg. Red is viewed as the color of blood and tension. Blue is the color of peace and love. Green is the color of life and prosperity.”  ~Ask.com

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Designer Mini-Bios: Rowley, Lai, Costello & Tagliapietra

The ‘Designer Mini-Bios’ Project continues!  I’m actually having fun learning new things about the fashion geniuses behind some of my favorite collections from New York Fashion Week’s Fall 2014 runway shows.  Check out these three amazing brands; Cynthia Rowley, Creatures of Comfort by Jade Lai, and Costello Tagliapietra by Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra…

Cynthia Rowley

Creatures of Comfort Jade LaiCostello Tagliapietra

Stay tuned for my next crop of Designer Mini-Bios!  Only a couple hundred more to go before I’m done!  Hope you’re thirsty for some Fashion Kool-Aid cuz I’m serving the good stuff reserved for special guests!

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Designer Mini-Bios… It Begins!!!

So, I had this crazy idea last week during New York Fashion Week…  “I’m going to view every single collection, pick my top three looks, and research each designer’s background.”  Because why not?  Well, first of all, there are hundreds of collections!  Anyway, I figured no one in their right mind has time to view every look from the designer runway shows, and even if they did, they probably don’t know much, if anything, about the talented designers themselves… so, here I go!  Now, not only am I currently obsessed with fashion runway shows, but I am also driven to educate the stylish masses!

 BCBGMAXAZRIA by Max Azria- Fall 2014 RTW at NYFW

10 Crosby by Derek Lam- Fall 2014 RTW at NYFW

COACH by Stuart Vevers- Fall 2014 RTW at NYFW

WHIT by Whitney Pozgay- Fall 2014 RTW at NYFW

Stay tuned for more Designer Mini-Bios from New York Fashion Week as well as from London and Milan!

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