Tampa Bay Fashion Week 2013 Runway Presentation

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…

TBFW SW8 Clothing

TBFW Lolodaisy

TBFWAudrey Pat McGhee

TBFW IADT Students

TBFW Monstuosite

TBFW Sandra Hagen

TBFW Elizabeth Racker

TBFW k.hendrix

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!

~XOXO

Tory Burch Fall 2013- Runway to Reality…

Tory Burch Fall 2013 Runway Cluster

Inspired by the works of artists Gustav Klimt and Rene’ Lalique, Tory Burch’s Fall collection is filled with rich textures and special details.  With a palette of Art Nouveau florals and sensual velvets, Burch paints a fairy tale suffused with gilded romanticism.  If the layering combinations are too opulent for your everyday style, try keeping it simple by pairing one powerful printed piece with complimentary solids and muted neutrals…

Tory Burch Dress

1. Tory Burch Dress, $595, toryburch.com
2. Flower Pendant Necklace, $40, loft.com
3. Planet Cardigan, $91, johnlewis.com
4. Manolo Blahnik Suede Pumps, $595, barneys.com

Lovely Lace and Ladylike…

Lovelace Gucci Dress Givenchy Sandals

I saw this press photo of Amanda Seyfried attending the London screening of her new movie, and I could not get over the adorable dress.  It’s from Gucci’s pre-Spring/Summer 2014 collection.  I adore the vintage silhouette with its housewife charm, but wait!  …it’s sheer!  I love that the underpinnings are quite modest, as far as those go.  I love the choice of red lipstick against her pale complexion and I love-love the navy polka-dotness of it all! … and don’t get me started on the Givenchy platform sandals!  All. Day. Long.

Here are some similar dresses for your consumption…

Lovely Dresses

Charles Anastase Vault Polka Dot Layered Dress, $1298, farfetch.com
Charlie Lace Dress, $262, monsoon.co.uk
Marni Suede Platform Sandal, $810, neimanmarcus.com
Erdem Floral Silk Organza Dress, $1891, brownsfashion.com

top photo credit: British Vogue

Worth New York Fall 2013

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How lucky am I that this is what I do?  I get lots of calls for blogging ideas… well, not lots, but a few… once or twice.  Anyway, when Worth New York- Tampa Agency Owner Angier Miller called about her Fall collection hanging on freshly set-up racks in her South Tampa showroom, I got that warm and fuzzy fashion feeling.  Worth New York is a couture-quality line of separates… I own one of their dresses and it’s timeless.  As I learned while styling a few of my favorite looks, these pieces are not only luxurious and well-made, this year’s Fall collection is deceivingly lightweight, which rocks for this Florida girl.

Worth Flag Work Look Duo

The tapestry pencil skirt above is much lighter than it looks, and I love the overdose of prints in this work-perfect ensemble.  Below, the clever cape blouse and animal print slim pants serve as the backdrop for a bold pop of color.  And the long sleeve chiffon shirt dress with sheer panels spoke to me.  It said, “I’m here.  Where’s my martini?”…

Worth Cape Leopard Pant Dress Duo

The Worth New York 2013 Trunk Show is going on now through Wednesday, August 21 at the home of Angier Miller.  Call 813.368.1561 , email amiller@worthnewyork.com, or Facebook message Angier to schedule a time to preview the collection.

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

Ball Gown, Meet Biker Jacket…

There’s something so intriguing about the unexpected combination of lady-like refinement and rough-and-tumble naughtiness!  I love pairing a soft, feminine gown or dress with something dark and tough like a leather biker jacket.  It says, “Would you care for some tea… or perhaps a knuckle sandwich?”

Biker Chic ModelsOn a recent visit to Neiman Marcus at International Plaza, I had the pleasure of styling my own ‘Biker Chic’ vignette with the help of models Sue and Erika.  I had a blast scoping the floor and pulling looks… landing on my two favorite ‘ladies with attitude’ ensembles.  I totally want to go wherever these gals are going…

Biker Chic Models Cluster

The shoppable ‘Biker Chic’ look below is a great way to experiment with the juxtaposition of a black leather jacket and a soft, flowy chiffon gown.  Let’s say you have a bride’s maid dress and you’re not sure why you’ve kept it… NOW is why!  Add a girly statement necklace and drape the biker jacket over your shoulders for a more delicate look…

Biker Jacket Ball Gown Ensemble

1. Erickson Beamon necklace, $625, farfetch.com
2. Alexander McQueen gown, $3440, alexandermcqueen.com
3. Z Spoke Zac Posen clutch, $395, couture.zappos.com
4. Red Valentino biker jacket, $1065, farfetch.com
5. Saint Laurent sandals, $1195, luisaviaroma.com

Independence Day

Vogue, point of view, July 2013 Issue:

The average American closet is a creative cauldron.  Who would we like to be this morning- a preppy in shrunken blazer and driving loafers?  An haute hippie, trailing handkerchief hems along with the sound of bangles?  An eighties rock-‘n’-roller in black lace?

Standing out as an individual is what we all want and need.  The key is to home in on your own distinct look- and then write your own rules around it.  Forget what anyone else says or wears- this is the true soul of chic.

Independence Dayphotos: Pinterest

The word independent means ‘not subject to control by others: self-governing.’  Independence Day fashion is not about how many variations of red, white and blue we can combine to create a patriotic ensemble.  It’s not about wearing an American flag or the strategic drape of its stars and stripes.  To this fashion-obsessed lover of the U.S. of A., fashion on Independence Day represents the nature of who we are as a nation; self-governing.  I am inspired by the independent thinkers of fashion, the mavericks who break the mold and push the envelope like those pictured above.  I love the motorcycle jacket with flat sandals and a girly skirt… and  how about the floor length skirt with a flannel shirt?  Brilliant!  I was so inspired by the middle look that I styled a shoppable evening version…

Independence Day Ensemble

1.  Plaid Chiffon Shirt, $15, delias.com
2.  Silvia Silk Maxi Skirt, $210, reiss.com
3.  Saint Laurent Leather Cuff, $595, ysl.com
4.  Bottega Veneta Clutch, $1393, farfetch.com
5.  Stuart Weitzman Silver Pump, $335, zappos.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

Spring 2013 Runway Translation: Leather

Derek Lam, Monique Lhuiller, Belstaff- Spring 2013 leather- from style.com
Leather in spring?  Absolutely!  Designers Derek Lam, Monique Lhuiller, Belstaff and others (Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang, Holmes & Yang) certainly thought so when they sent their models down the runways in lightweight, ladylike leather dresses, skirts & ensembles.  Nothing says luxury like a lady in a leather dress, especially if she’s rockin’ it with a pair of stilettos and a chignon!  Whether your personal style is classic or modern, this trend is sure to stand the test of time so do consider investing in a great leather dress or top & skirt combo… your wardrobe will thank you!

Spring 2013 Trend- Leather dresses, skirt, top

1. French Connection Leather Wrap Dress, $428, frenchconnection.com
2. Ben Amun Spike Earrings, $80, couturecandy.com
3. French Connection Leather Dress, $498, frenchconnection.com
4. Miss Selfridge Leather Peplum Top, $210, missselfridge.com
5. Vintage Red Leather Skirt, $128, nastygal.com
6. MIA Black Leather Sandal, $149, jildorshoes.com
7. BCBG Envelope Clutch, $78, bcbg.com

Star Power 27th Annual Celebrity Fashion Show

My girlfriend’s company Matchware recently sponsored a front row table at a fashion show luncheon featuring local celebrities and benefitting The Children’s Home.  I was one of her lucky guests for this extravaganza!  I had been told that Georgette’s fashion shows were ‘over-the-top’ but I had no idea what I was in for.  What an entertaining event this turned out to be!  The models consisted of a blend of beautiful professional runway models and beautiful local television personalities, recording artists, magazine editors, and athletes’ wives.  There must have been over 100 looks in the line-up, ranging from casual daywear to mostly formal bejeweled floor length red carpet gowns.  And my favorite parts were when I was blown away by the costumes and choreography of Dorene Collier’s dancing performers! The entire show was very entertaining, the models looked like they had a blast, and the audience was captivated for nearly an hour!  A good time was had by all.

Fabulous costumes and high-energy dance numbers…StarPower Ent1

StarPower Ent2A few of the casual ensembles that I liked…StarPower CasualSome sassy short cocktail dresses…StarPower Short DressesThe bold and the bling…StarPower Pageant GownsThese gowns were show-stoppers…StarPower Red Carpet2My favorite red carpet looks from the show, sleek & chic…StarPower Red Carpet1