That Jumper. Those Shoes.

Throughout my long and spirited love affair with fashion there have always been two criteria by which I determine whether or not my relationship with any particular item will last; comfort and ‘wow factor’.  Enter this silk jumper and these amazing blue heels…

That Jumper. Those Shoes.Silk Jumper Blue Shoes Schiller Salvage Shoot- RTMason silk jumper, Blue YSL pumpsMason silk jumper, YSL blue heelsMason jumper, YSL heels

Shop The Look:
Mason by Michelle Mason jumper here
Yves Saint Laurent heels here
Gold fringe bib necklace from JC’s Boutique (similar) here
Versace statement ring here

Photo credit: Tasia Hron
Make-up: Amada Flores at Melt Out
Shot on location at Schiller’s Salvage in Tampa, FL

XOXO,
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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,

RT Signature

Zimmerman Spring 2014

I’m in the mood to post some pics from my new favorite designer for Spring.  Check out these images from Zimmerman’s Spring runway presentation.  This Australian label, known mostly for it’s innovative and stylish swimwear, made it’s New York Fashion Week debut back in September.  I cannot wait for this collection to hit the stores.  Here are my favorite looks from the show…

Zimmerman Wrap Top Favs

Zimmerman Flowy Cocktail Favs

Zimmerman Swimwear Favs(photo credit: style.com)

XOXO~ Runway Translator

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Vera Wang Rocks!

Vera Wang is femininity personified… this we know.  But did you also know that her fashion collections, above and beyond the amazing bridal gowns she’s most well-known for, are edgy and sexy and very rock-n-roll?  I’m here to tell you that Vera Wang rocks!  Check out my three favorite looks from her Fall 2013 runway show below.  The layering of shimmery sequins and sheer floral prints paired with tailored skinny pants creates an overall effect that radiates confidence and sophistication…

Vera Wang Fall 2013

Here’s my shoppable version of Vera Wang’s Fall 2013 runway style…

Vera Wang Fall 2013 Translation

1.  Michael Kors short dress (altered), $180, yoox.com
2.  Mango sheer long sleeve tee, $34.99, mango.com
3.  Floral cigarette trouser, $76, topshop.com
4.  Betsey Johnson mini satchel, $108, lordandtaylor.com
5.  Michael Kors suede platform sandal, $150, neimanmarcus.com

A Tribute To My Tiny Photog…

I hired a new assistant.  She’s six, so she works for snacks and candy.  It’s working out well.  She’s a wizard with the Nikon…

Caitlin Photog Dreamy Memory

Here are some samples of her work behind the lens…

Fashion Week Favs

Outfit 1:  Cacharel top & Bloch flats (Deborah Kent’s), Lil skirt (closet), Nine West handbag (DSW)
Outfit 2:  Naked Zebra jumper (JC’s Boutique), Humanoid silk jacket (Deborah Kent’s), MaxStudio.com heels, Total Betty Society necklace
Outfit 3:  Bellatrix shirt (Nordstrom Rack), Tart sequin pants (JC’s Boutique), Vince Camuto booties (Nordstrom), vintage purse strap as necklace, MaxStudio.com leather cuff

Celine Fall 2013- Runway Translation

“Really elegant but weird; almost nerdy but perverse.”
~ Photographer Juergen Teller describing the Celine Fall Collection

Celine Fall 2013

My top three looks from the Celine Fall Collection had several key elements in common.  If you’re a fan of the simple, elegant, mid-century modern made contemporary looks above, and you’d like to give it a go, be sure to include the following elements in your ensemble:

Color- Soft and monochromatic.  Top and skirt should be solid and matching in color.
Texture- Every piece should want to make you touch it!  Go for wooly, cozy, furry, etc.
Shape- Boxy on top with a fit & flare skirt that falls below the knee.
Booties- Find one that hits below the mid-calf and fits like a second skin.

Check out my shoppable translation below…

Celine Translation

1. Leather Box T-shirt, $190, topshop.com
2. Deadly Ponies Handbag, $839, farfetch.com
3. Sabine Skirt, $295, toryburch.com
4. Robert Lee Morris Cuff, $98, bloomingdales.com
5. Louboutin Daf Booty, $1395, christianlouboutin.com

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

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