3.1 Phillip Lim Spring 2015… Details, Details!

So my usual method of operations for conducting a translation blog post is that I view the runway shows, pick a few looks from my favorites, and search the internet for pieces that are similar but typically more affordable than the originals.  Well that process was determined to be useless when it came to the pieces that Phillip Lim sent down the runway for Spring 2015.  I found them to be unique in their construction, with rope piping details and asymmetrical patterns.  They seem comfortable and organic.  I had a hard time narrowing down my favorites and I could picture myself wearing any of the pieces in the collection.

When I attempted to find similar pieces online I was met with disappointment.  I exhausted all of my usual resources… and nothing!  The construction of each piece in this collection is so unusual, but so flattering to the female form.  WHY have we not seen this before?  Where has this been all my life?  Will the collection be successful on the commercial front?  I hope so.  I wish I could have found comparable pieces online, but alas I have failed.  I will not rest until I find something similar that I can actually afford.  For now, I will admit defeat and leave you with these pics of my favorite looks from the 3.1 Phillip Lim Spring 2015 Runway Show…

3.1 Phillip Lim Spring 2015-1

3.1 Phillip Lim Spring 2015-2

3.1 Phillip Lim Spring 2015-3Photo Credit: Style.com

XOXO,
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Runway Translation: The Spring Shirt Shifter

Oh, how I love Mona Kowalska’s A Détacher Spring 2015 dresses… let me count the ways:  The bohemian prints were soft and fantastical, evoking a 70’s vibe infused with clouds and rainbows and all things groovy.  The shapes and fabrics were comfort driven, which makes me want to wear them all day long.  The overall message was confident and relaxed, two things I strive for when selecting a day look during Spring.

A Detacher Spring 2015

Below are a few budget-friendly options that will help you to achieve the same easy, breezy vibe as the A Détacher dresses above.  These are shoppable now, so if you want to get more bang for your buck throw on a pair of tights, some flatforms, a jacket, and voila… you’re Spring Shirt Shifter suddenly becomes a year-round piece!

Spring Shirt Shift Dress Cluster1.  Charming Vintage Print Dress, $26, Rosewe.com
2.  White Stuff Ava Dress, $62, JohnLewis.com
3.  Persona Printed Silk Dress, $105, House Of Fraser.com

Runway Photo Credit: Gianni Pucci via Style.com

XOXO,

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Happy Holidays!

WORTH NEW YORK Fall 2014 Trunk Show

It’s that time of year again… my favorite season is finally here!  The temperatures are dropping ever so slightly, the stores are stocking up on new fall fashions, my event calendar is getting a little more active… it’s Fall Fashion time people!

I’ve been to two trunk shows in the past few days and I’m planning on attending several more in the coming weeks… not to mention the absolute bombardment of fashion shows coming up in September  (Stay tuned for more about that).  Anywho, let me share with you the pictures from my recent visit to the WORTH NEW YORK Fall 2014 Trunk Show that was held at my friend Angier Miller’s home.  My gal pal Denise Schultz and I had the best time shopping and modeling this fabulous collection.  The pieces will only be there for a limited time, but Angier did let me know that she’s happy to give private and virtual showings to any interested buyers.

Rather than bore you with lots of words about how lovely the pieces look and how wonderfully they fit and how well-constructed they are and about how the quality and craftsmanship is superior to most, why don’t I just show you the pictures?  Yes?

Behold…

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If you love what you see and you’d like to schedule some time with WORTH New York Agency Owner Angier Miller to shop the Fall 2014 collection  email her at amiller@worthnewyork.com.  The pieces will be in Tampa, Florida until August 20th, but she can hook you up with more information about how to get the best looks for Fall!

P.S.-  The gorgeous make-up for this shoot was provided by Arbonne.  “What’s Arbonne?” you say… well, I’m so glad you asked.  It’s no secret!  I’ve been using the made-from-nature line for years and my skin has never looked better.  If you’re into pure, safe, and beneficial skincare email me at michelle@runwaytranslator and I’ll be happy to tell you more about how you can get your hands on some free samples 🙂

That’s it for now!  Be sure to keep up with me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest cuz it’s about to get fun around here!

XOXO,
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Spring 2014 Runway Trend: Art as Fashion

There were several fashion trends that emerged from the 2014 Spring Ready-to-Wear runway shows back in September.  Now that the Spring buying season is nearly upon us it will be interesting to see which trends will make it to the racks and which ones will remain on the cutting room floor.  In the next several blog posts I will share with you my favorite Spring trends and translate them for your buying pleasure…

Bring out the ART!  Wow!  Talk about a pop of color… many designers made quite a splash using bold brushstrokes and hand-painted murals as prints.  Fashion Royalty like Chanel, Prada, Dior, Versace, Celine and many more chose this time to show us their artistic side in a most literal way.  Here are a few of my favorite canvases…

Spring 2014 Runway Trend- Art as Fashion

Now let’s translate this look into something you and I can actually wear.  Finding a “printed dress” in the stores or online is not difficult.  They’re everywhere.  What you want to look for in order to nail this trend is a piece that looks like it may have been hand-painted.  Try to find a bold, colorful print that doesn’t have a repeat in the pattern.  Keep your accessories simple.  Either choose a couple of colors to highlight or go with all black and let the dress do the work…

Art as Fashion Trend Translation

Shop The Look:
1.  Catherine Malandrino Dress, $183, theoutnet.com
2.  Alexis Bittar Lucite Bangle, $40, mymoshposh.com
3.  Isaac Mizrahi Clutch, $158, lordandtaylor.com
4.  Jeffrey Campbell Holographic Sandal, $165, neimanmarcus.com

I also found a great Nicole Miller dress here and Labour of Love dress here that will both fit the bill for this trend.

XOXO,

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The Power of Pampering

I’m always looking for opportunities to use my skills as a fashion stylist to help those who need it most.  In the past I’ve been called upon to share my knowledge in multiple ways, from teaching a group of at-risk youth the art of fashion illustration, to working with drug rehabilitated women, helping to prepare them for reentry into the workforce by styling them for job interviews and court appearances.  Recently, through my involvement with The Junior League of Tampa, I was approached to volunteer with a very special group of young ladies living at Joshua House for a project called Girl Power.  For this event, ‘The Power of Pampering’, I would be styling a group of girls ages twelve to seventeen as they experience a very rare day of pampering which they certainly deserved.  Each girl received the royal treatment, having her hair and make-up professionally done, selecting beautiful pieces of clothing from a custom pulled rack of new frocks, and then sitting for a glamorous portrait with a photographer…

GP-Hair Makeup Cluster
Hair and make-up sessions were provided by
Kim Davis Arbonne, Emily Fitch, Tribeca Salon, and Paul Mitchell.

GP-Racks Jewelry
Fashion and accessories were provided by
Rehab Boutique and Princess Boutique.

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Photography provided by Pilar.

GP-Frame Art
During the event the girls decorated picture frames which would
be used to house their very own fashionable photographs.

As I spoke to each of these young women, imagining what they must have gone through in their short time here so far, I realized how much they truly appreciated this gift of pampering.  I am humbled to have been a part of this event, and it reminds me just how simple it is to give a little time to help make a person smile.

In the immortal words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I leave you with this…

“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

XOXO,
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GET INVOLVED:
Find out more about The Junior League of Tampa here.
Find out more about Joshua House here.

Runway Translation: Ralph Lauren Spring 2014

The spring retail season is nearly here.  Wanna know which trend you will NOT be able to escape?  I’ll give you a hint, well two actually: black and white.  Since the beginning of fashion time (post loin cloth era) the black and white print has made it’s mark on every season, particularly during springtime.  Behold the latest offerings soon to hit the retail sector courtesy of Ralph Lauren…

Ralph Lauren Spring 2014 Cluster

I like how Ralph Lauren put a menswear inspired twist on the looks, incorporating neckties and suits with the school girl socks and Mary Jane pumps… it gave the collection a nice balance.  If you’re ready to embrace the graphic black and white mixed print trend, but can’t necessarily afford the designer pieces shown above, check out the budget-friendly ensemble I’ve created for your consumption…

Ralph Lauren Inspired Ensemble Spring 2014

Shop The Look:
1.  Graphic Floral Necktie, $36, zazzle.com
2.  Black and White Collar Dress, $75, dorothyperkins.com
3.  Black and White Striped Crop Top, $6, thehut.com
4.  Black Mini-Bag, $40, solesociety.com
5.  Knee High Socks, $12, topshop.com
6.  Black Patent Leather Mary Janes, $40, ninewest.com

XOXO,

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Runway Translation: Calvin Klein Spring 2014

When I think of Calvin Klein I think of clean lines and classic American style.  White.  Black.  Modern.  Minimalism.  The Spring 2014 Ready-To-Wear Collection designed by Women’s Creative Director Francisco Costa was a refreshing departure from the norm for this typically reserved brand.  Experimenting with fringe and exposed seam allowances, Costa referred to the collection as “elevated deconstruction”.  Here are my three favorite looks from the show…

Calvin Klein Spring 2014 Cluster

In order to achieve this look several key elements must come into play:
Silhouette:  Short Dress
Texture:  Fringe and Lace
Color:  Neutral Colorblocking or Patchwork

Here’s my sporty version of the look, complete with flatform sandals and the perfect nude lipstick…

Calvin Klein Inspired Ensemble Spring 2014

1.  MYF Short Dress, $187, yoox.com
2.  Marc Jacobs Sunglasses, $70, bluefly.com
3.  Tom Ford Sable Smoke Lipstick, $49, neimanmarcus.com
4.  Nila Anthony Backpack, $65, nordstrom.com
5.  Dolce Vita Flatform Sandal, $79, urbanoutfitters.com

XOXO,
Runway Translator