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…
Photo Credit: Style.com
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.”
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!
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!
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
Got denim? Sure you do. Who doesn’t? Got leopard print flats? Well, if not then you’re missing out on a huge opportunity to expand your wardrobe options. Animal print (in small doses) is a great neutral… in other words, it goes with just about everything! A pair of leopard print ballet flats can be worn with solids (red, coral, turquoise, royal blue) or with prints (stripes & floral). The combination of a denim bottom and these classic shoes will serve as a blank slate on which any number of trendy tops can be worn to create a cohesive look…
1. Linen Camp Tee, $49.50, madewell.com
2. Silk Peplum Top, $108, madewell.com
3. Striped Tee, $42, misselfridge.com
4. Topshop Skater Skirt, $40, nordstrom.com
5. Denim Pencil Skirt, $59.90, zara.com
6. Current/Elliott Boyfriend jean, $225, net-a-porter.com
7. Leopard Print Flat, $50, nastygal.com
The runways were alive with bold color contrasts for Spring and none were more prevalent than the classic black and white combo. Marc Jacobs, Jil Sander, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Narciso Rodriguez, Chanel, Valentino and countless other designers showed us just how these opposites can attract. I love to mix prints like the Marc Jacobs look pictured above, but if you want to keep it simple and still take part in this Spring trend try an ensemble like this one…
1. Torn by Ronny Kobo Peplum Top, $238, intermix.com
2. Juno Black & White Shoulder Bag, $122, wallisfashion.com
3. Michael Antonio Black Stilettos, $60, heels.com
4. Jane Norman Striped Pencil Skirt, $42, janenorman.com