So, I went to Rehab…

My name is Michelle, and I am a fashionholic.  I recently went to Rehab…

Rehab Collage-Storefront Inside
photos: Rehab Exchange St. Pete, owner Amber Dees, inside the store

… a trendy designer consignor boutique that opened it’s newest location in Downtown St. Pete this past weekend.  Rehab Exchange buys, sells & trades modern & vintage designer apparel, shoes, handbags & accessories… with an edge!

I pulled a few dresses from the ubercool suspended racks to show one of my clients…

Rehab Cluster- Dresses

A little pre-fashion show action…

Rehab Cluster- Preshow
photo: Nicole Roach from Intuition Salon & Spa did the models’ hair and makeup

Rehab’s Grand Opening Fashion Show gave a glimpse into their naughty side, featuring a few overexposed avant-garde looks like assless chaps and chain bralettes.  The runway portion of the event was held two doors down from the boutique in an outdoor courtyard.  Apart from the drizzling rain, the show was fun and energized.  Rehab’s own Lauren Hubbard moderated onstage in a gorgeous gold leather cocktail dress while the beautiful amateur models (friends of Rehab) rocked it out and looked like they were having a blast!  They danced down the runway with so much energy my camera had a hard time keeping up.  I picked a few of my favorite dresses for this PG-rated post…

Rehab Runway- Cocktail Dresses Rehab Runway- Long Dresses

Has anyone ever told you that you need to go to Rehab?  Well trust me, you do!

Spring 2013 Runway Translation: Leather

Derek Lam, Monique Lhuiller, Belstaff- Spring 2013 leather- from
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,
2. Ben Amun Spike Earrings, $80,
3. French Connection Leather Dress, $498,
4. Miss Selfridge Leather Peplum Top, $210,
5. Vintage Red Leather Skirt, $128,
6. MIA Black Leather Sandal, $149,
7. BCBG Envelope Clutch, $78,

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

ROUGE by House of D’Marsh

I had the good fortune of meeting designer Glenroy March at Rouge, a D’Marsh fashion show produced by The Fashion Movement and held at Spain restaurant in downtown Tampa.  The palette of this collection was black and red mostly, which really popped against the all-white décor of Spain.  Classic silhouettes with an unexpected detail here or there… fitted bodices, luxurious fabrics, cinched waistlines, and voluminous skirts. For more details about the show, please see my post in The Life & Style Guild.

Designer Glenroy March of House of D'Marsh
Designer Glenroy March (photo: Runway Translator)

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left: Lacey Smith of The Fashion Movement
right: stylist Sandra D. and the evening’s emcee Ann P.
(photos: Runway Translator)

The following shots were taken by Jesse Washington of JD Pixology
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JDPix02-Red Gown Sash

JDPix04-Green Gown

JDPix03-Ruffle Gown

JDPix05-White Gown
runway photos: JD Pixology

Runway Translation: The Bare Midriff

Spring 2013 Runway Trend- Bare Midriff
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Here’s a spring trend that dominated the runways and simply will not go away on the streets… the bare midriff!  You may think this trend only works on the young, thin, modelesque types, and you’d be totally correct.  I do not recommend you try this one unless you are completely comfortable with showing some skin.  Here’s why I can’t hate on this look- because if done correctly it looks fabulous!  My two rules for pulling off the peek-a-boo belly style are #1 make sure the skirt is high-waisted enough to cover your belly button and #2 the bottom of the crop top should almost touch the waistline of the skirt so you just show a sliver of skin.  Here’s my dressy version…

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1. Tribal Stud Crop Top, $26,
2. Nine West Caged Sandal, $89,
3. Coral Pleated Maxi Skirt, $46,
4. Bar III Bracelet Set, $32,
5. Sklerijenn Bracelet, $15,
6. Jessica Simpson Smash Hit Clutch, $26.95,

Runway Translation: Fluorescent Frocks

Spring 2013 Runway Trend- Bright Yellow Dress
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Simone Rocha, Nanette Lepore & Versace were just a few of the designers who showed bold pops of neon and fluorescent hues on the runways this spring.  This trend is a bit tricky because it’s easy to go overboard and find yourself looking like a fashion victim of the 1980’s.  If you’re brave enough to go for a bright yellow dress like the looks above be sure to soften the glow with a complimentary shade of turquoise or pink… even black tends to dial down the bright factor a bit.

Spring 2013 Translation- Bright Yellow Dress

1. Prabal Gurung for Target Ruffle Dress, $19.98,
2. Lionette Designs by Noa Samba Earrings, $137,
3. Camilla Large Zip Clutch, $190,
4. Lolly Metal Heel Sandals, $170,

Runway Translation: The Water Effect

Spring 2013 Runway Trend- Water Effect
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How refreshing!  With splashes of blues, greens & whites on flowy fabrics this runway trend makes me thirsty for more.  A sea of designers like Proenza Schouler, Charlotte Ronson, Michael Kors, Donna Karan, Tracy Reese, and many more seemed to draw upon the ocean for their inspiration this Spring.  Having several upcoming evening events on my horizon, I took this as my cue to dive right in and find my own mermaid-worthy ensemble.  I can’t wait to feel like a tall drink of water in this look (too much?)…

Spring 2013 Translation- Water Effect

1. Phase Eight Dip-dye Maxi Dress, $140,
2. Janna Conner Rock Crystal Fringe Necklace, $85,
3. Steve Madden Too Sweet Clutch, $48,
4. Jeffrey Campbell Holiday Sandal, $128.95,

Spring 2013 Runway Trend: Nails Au Naturel

Spring 2013 Runway Trend- Nails Au Naturel
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Now this is a nail trend I can fully support!  I love naked nails… well, polished naked nails, that is! Talk about versatility… they compliment any fashion ensemble you can conjure up.  I’m partial to the ‘American Manicure’ because it’s more natural looking than the ‘French Manicure’, which is a bit too refined for my inner rock star.  Valentino, Gucci and Chanel kept things simple on the runway and opted for the undone manicures, so as not to draw attention away from their amazing collections. In the spirit of nail nudity, and needing a bit of ‘hey that’s cool’, I experimented with two new OPI gel shades (‘Did You Ear About Van Gough’ and ‘Don’t Burst My Bubble’) on my recent visit to Manhattan Nail Salon in Tampa .  I’ve included a few pics to show you how this nail trend can truly hang with any personality on the style spectrum…
Spring 2013 Runway Trend- Nails Au Naturel OPI INSERT

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feeling earthy

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feeling frisky

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feeling fancy

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feeling romantic


Spring Essentials Fashion Show

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I recently attended a small fashion presentation hosted by The Deal Divas, a group of four fashion-obsessed reporters from the Tampa Bay Times.  The show was held inside the Impulse section of Macy’s at Westshore Mall and the Divas curated over a dozen looks representing the top 5 Spring trends: Graphic Prints, Lace, Mixing Prints, Neon & Peplums.  Here are a few of my favorite looks from the runway…

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For a full run-down of the event, check out The Deal Divas’ blog post here.

Runway Translation: The Printed Pant Suit

Spring 2013 Runway Trend- Printed Pant Suits
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The Spring 2013 runway shows provided plenty of androgyny in the form of power suits and pant suits.  Designers like Mary Katrantzou, Yves Saint Laurent & Balmain (among others) kept it feminine with form-fitted craftsmanship and soft fabrics in matching prints.  The skinny pant was a key component for achieving a powerful, yet lady-like look.  For a casual daytime suit, I like the look of seersucker.  Here’s my take on a classic Spring ensemble…

Spring 2013 Translation- Printed Pant Suits

1. Striped Seersucker Blazer, $79.99,
2. Striped Seersucker Trousers, $54.99,
3. Midnight Floral Tee, $45,
4. Lime Curve Tote Bag, $74,
5. Charles by Charles David Espadrilles, $82.49,