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?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 🙂
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…
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…
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…
Photo 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
For God so loved the world that he gave us fashion! Am I right? I haven’t read the bible lately, but I think the heavens were shining down upon Tampa last weekend during the second annual Christian Fashion Week. The lineup of designers was so packed with talent, they had to break up the runway shows into two nights. I was able to attend Night One and was quite impressed with what I saw. I may not make it to church on Sundays, but I do have a fondness for modest fashion and found this event to be a refreshing and welcomed addition to the local fashion scene. Kudos to CFW Founders and power couples Mayra and Jose Gomez, and Tamy and Wil Lugo for putting on this wildly successful series of events!
Eight fashion labels were showcased and I’ve selected my three favorite looks from each collection below along with a quote from each designer. Enjoy…
Repurposed by Jesse Washington and Ricc Rollins
“This isn’t your grandfather’s fashion show, but he will recognize some of the styles. Everything old is new again, lives in the designs of each piece as we upcycle and repurpose creating a “green” look that makes a statement at every turn.”
Just Cool by Roy Smoothe
“Jesus doesn’t care if you’re an innovator, trendsetter, trend-follower, or mainstreamer. Your style, taste, position, or popularity means nothing to Him. He is just looking for people who will follow. We follow our faith and create the fashion.”
Elegantees by Katie Martinez, Wildly Sanchez, and Sarah McPhillips
“Elegantees are sewn to restore. To restore the purity and modesty our culture is depleted of, and to restore the lives of women rescued from sex trafficking.”
Elegantees was my personal favorite! I thought the collection was modern and innovative, using draping and gathering techniques that flattered every figure. When I learned that all of these beautiful creations are sewn by women rescued from sex trafficking, I felt an even deeper sense of connection to this brand. As a Junior Leaguer, sex trafficking awareness has been an important initiative for me. I love that these designers are using their skills and their platform as a voice for reform! Amen!
Many Thanks to my photographer Tasia Hron! You can check out more of her work here.
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…
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.”
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!
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 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!
Wow! What a week! The 6th Annual Tampa Bay Fashion Week was a whirlwind of stylish receptions, designer and model parties, vendor and exhibitor boutiques, a blogger conference and fashion shows… the proceeds from which will benefit Shoes for the Cure. There were so many opportunities to learn about the local fashion scene as well as brush up on everything from the history of fashion to kid couture to what’s hot in bridal wear… literally something for everyone.
As always, my favorite part of any fashion week are the runway shows. Tampa Bay Fashion Week’s presentation of the 2014 Spring/Summer Collections at the Hilton Tampa Downtown did not disappoint! I went as a guest of my friend Emily from Deocapac Designs, one of the sponsors of the event. Though we had great seats (there wasn’t a bad seat in the house), I quickly positioned myself on the front lines, at the very end of the runway, a few feet from the models, camera in-hand. I just couldn’t help myself. Here are some of my favorite looks from the show…
For more info about Tampa Bay Fashion Week and a full list of participating designers visit fashionweektampabay.com. Stay tuned for my next blog post about the St. Pete Art & Fashion Week runway show!
I never mind going to a fashion event on my own. It’s what I do. However, when my good friend and style muse, Christina, rang my cell as I was heading out for the show, I was delighted to hear that she was able to accompany me to Cocktails & Couture at The Ritz in Ybor. I had a feeling this was going to be a lot more fun than my usual Runway Translator appearance, I was hanging with my party girl partner in crime! I’m telling you this as a sort of apology, because I had such a great time that a few of the details are hazy.
Here’s what I do know: Cocktails & Couture is an annual runway show presented by KEVIN.MURPHY & The RITZ Ybor that benefitted the Pediatric Cancer Foundation. It was one of Fashion Week Tampa Bay‘s many fabulous offerings around town. This year’s line-up was styled by Danielle MacFarland of Don Me Now and consisted of fashions, jewelry, and accessories from several shops at Hyde Park Village (listed below), Keys Country, and Revolve Clothing Exchange.
Singer Anye` Cole opened the show with an impressive rendition of “Who You Are” by Jesse J, only to be topped by her second number, a mesmerizing version of “Wildest Moments” by Jesse Ware. If you’re impressed that I remembered that, don’t be. I met her after the show and tracked her down the next day for info. Cole is pictured below next to that crazy cool pic of this stylish fashion blogger, from the perspective of the models on the runway (the background is a shot of the amazing ceiling at The Ritz).
There were over sixty looks for women and men ranging from athletic wear, to cocktail attire, to ummmm… what the??? You’ll see. I’ll take you on a little ride through most of the show. Follow me!
First we take a visit to the gym, where workout wear and spandex were abounding…
Then we see some cute printed dresses, perfect for daytime or anytime…
Next we ‘get our boot on’ with some fun ensembles for the country gal in all of us…
We make our way into the cocktail/ date night/ girl’s night out portion of the evening…
We travel through Man Land with lots of looks for the boys…
Aaaand then we take a hard left onto Goth-Punk Avenue! Whoa! Where am I? Don’t be afraid, they won’t hurt you… they’re actually very nice…
Albeit a little disconnected from the rest of the show, the ending was quite fabulous! I was drawn to the freakishly over-the-top androgyny of it all. I did a little research and now I’m following Branden Hollywood (red leather pants above) on Instagram. He’s the visual artist responsible for the strange and provocative looks that wrapped up the show. I also got a chance to speak with stylist Danielle MacFarland backstage. I admire her as an entrepreneur. She managed to successfully transition her business from being a service to becoming a storefront. When she’s not styling runway shows like Cocktails & Couture or Rays on the Runway, or on buying trips to New York, you can find her at Don Me Now- Styling & Clothing Lounge. Tell her Runway Translator sent you!
The Shops of Hyde Park Village: Albisia’s Jewelry, Betty, Don Me Now, Brooks Brothers, FITniche, Francesca’s Collections, High Cotton Living, Lululemon Athletica, Navy, The Pink Petticoat, The Poppy Boutique