Runway Translation: Calvin Klein Spring 2014

When I think of Calvin Klein I think of clean lines and classic American style.  White.  Black.  Modern.  Minimalism.  The Spring 2014 Ready-To-Wear Collection designed by Women’s Creative Director Francisco Costa was a refreshing departure from the norm for this typically reserved brand.  Experimenting with fringe and exposed seam allowances, Costa referred to the collection as “elevated deconstruction”.  Here are my three favorite looks from the show…

Calvin Klein Spring 2014 Cluster

In order to achieve this look several key elements must come into play:
Silhouette:  Short Dress
Texture:  Fringe and Lace
Color:  Neutral Colorblocking or Patchwork

Here’s my sporty version of the look, complete with flatform sandals and the perfect nude lipstick…

Calvin Klein Inspired Ensemble Spring 2014

1.  MYF Short Dress, $187, yoox.com
2.  Marc Jacobs Sunglasses, $70, bluefly.com
3.  Tom Ford Sable Smoke Lipstick, $49, neimanmarcus.com
4.  Nila Anthony Backpack, $65, nordstrom.com
5.  Dolce Vita Flatform Sandal, $79, urbanoutfitters.com

XOXO,
Runway Translator

We’ve Got Spirit, Yes We Do…

Are you a fashionable female with a penchant for football?  Well good luck trying not to look like one of the boys on game day!  For the gal who likes to show her team spirit without wearing a linebacker’s official jersey there aren’t a lot of stylish options on the market.  When I saw this NFL ad in last month’s Vogue, I was instantly inspired…

 All Sport Couture picphoto credit: allsportcouture.com

Why not mix it up a bit?  There’s no need to don your boyfriend’s jeans and sneakers just because you like to play armchair quarterback on the weekends.  Capitalize on your femininity and win the trophy for best looking lady at the tailgate party!  Take a couple official team pieces, like a fitted tee or hoodie and a ball cap, throw some silk drawstring pants and high heels into the formation, layer on a few pieces of bling-bling, and you’ve got a winning play!FSU Ensemble

1.  Lizzie Fortunato necklace, $470, farfetch.com
2.  Chain necklace, $11, forever21.com
3.  FSU Seminoles hoodie, $36, footballfanatics.com
4.  FSU Seminole hat, $22, footballfanatics.com
5.  Jet Set drawstring pant, $623, farfetch.com
6.  Joie gold sandals, $275, joie.com
7.  Fossil chain bracelet, $30, fossil.com
8.  Givenchy cuff bracelet, $695, barneys.com

Love the pants, but not the price point?  Check out these similar drawstring trousers by Rag & Bone at Neiman Marcus here, or these from Armani Exchange here.

~XOXO… Go Noles!

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

Retail Therapy at Rehab…

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!

Black One Shoulder Jumper

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 Accessories

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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

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

Nauti-cool Stripes

Nautical Stripes Boyfriend Jeans Espadrille Wedges Statement NecklaceTunic (tucked in): Old Navy.  Jeans: Lucky Brand.  Shoes: MIA.  Jewelry: Gifts.

Here’s one summer trend that will never sink… nautical stripes.  Put a cool twist on your sailor style by tweaking the color combos.  Instead of the traditional Breton stripes of white & navy try red & navy or navy & orange!  Add a bold statement necklace for a pop of color…

Nauti-Cool Ensemble

1.  Closed Striped Cotton Pullover, $175, stylebop.com
2.  Warehouse Distressed Boyfriend Jeans, $55, johnlewis.com
3.  Bold Bead Necklace, $70, bananarepublic.com
4.  Michael Kors Jet Set Tote, $198, neimanmarcus.com
5.  Burberry Espadrille Wedges, $238, couture.zappos.com