Cocktails X Couture @ The Ritz

For the third year in a row Cocktails & Couture absolutely SMASHED IT at The Ritz in Ybor Tampa.  The Cocktails X Couture event was held Saturday, January 17th and was sponsored by Tampa Bay Fashion Week, Tribeca Color Salon, Square One, The Ritz Ybor, & Kevin Murphy and select proceeds benefitted the Pediatric Cancer Foundation.  I’ve been in attendance since its inception and can honestly say that this recent #CXC15 was gloves down the most entertaining show to date. What a visual cornucopia of flavor… a people watcher’s dream come true!  This fashion-lover’s event was jam packed with style, both on the stage and in the audience.

Essentially, it was a show within a show within a show.  There were three shows performed on stage in the impressive main ball room, breaking up the audience’s night into alternating periods of being entertained and being fabulously sociable.  There were two additional bar rooms which housed performance art, local art for sale, and fashions by the designers featured in the runway show.  This seemed to be where the pulse of the networking crowd would escalate between sets, where all walks of style combined and mingled with one another until the next show.  I thought the timeline flowed nicely and was blown away by the music DJ Elias Throux was pumping out throughout the night.  The runway fashion featured a wild mix of everything from everyday jeans & tees to whimsical paper dresses to leather body harnesses, a little something for every palette.  I was also impressed by the heightened fashions adorning the diverse crowd of culture connoisseurs.  All walks of life came out for this stylish event and I think that speaks volumes about the rise of fashion here in Tampa, Florida.

Being greeted by Vegas Showgirls upon entry is not a bad way to start the night…  CXC01- Vegas ShowgirlsDesigner fashions from Dolce Creative (above) and Madel Fashions (below)…CXC02- Red Carpet

The lobby and bar rooms featured several mediums of art on display, from photos and painted canvas to dancers and modern movement innovators…
CXC03-Art Display

CXC04- Lobby Sideshow

Rocking their GoBearr harness fashions, the bartenders served up custom cocktails like ‘Chris-Gin Dior’ and ‘Gin Kardashian’ to a very thirsty crowd…
CXC05- CrowdSeveral talented dance companies appeared throughout the show. I loved the infusion of dance, song, and theater,
CXC06- Dance Troop1 CXC07- Dance Troop2CXC08- Sideshow The evening’s host with the most, The Ritz Ybor’s Okie Tilo…
CXC09- Okie Host Let the fashion begin! Here are some of my favorite looks from the show:
Black and Denim Apparel Company…
CXC10- Black and Denim CXC11- Black and Denim1 CXC12- Black and Denim2Dolce Creative…
CXC13- Runway 01Madel Fashion…
CXC14- Runway 02GoBEARR…
CXC15- Runway 03DOLLFACE…
CXC16- Runway 04 CXC17- Runway 05 CXC18- Runway 06La France
CXC19- La France 01 CXC20- La France 02Solimar Collection…
CXC21- Runway 07 CXC22- Runway 08CXC23- Runway 09 CXC24- Runway 10 CXC25- Runway 11Gianna Love & the House of Love ft. Haus of Blackbird…
CXC26- Show

The finale featured modern concepts from House of Hollywood.  This was my favorite collection in the show…CXC27- Hollywood 01 CXC28- Hollywood 02 CXC29- Hollywood 03 CXC30- Hollywood 04

Photo Credits: Aimee Blodgett and Rafael Martin

Runway Fashion: Black & Denim Apparel Company, Dolce Creative, Go BEARR, Madel Fashion, DOLLFACE, La France, Solimar Collection, and House of Hollywood

For more info and pictures from the event visit the Facebook Event Page for Cocktails X Couture here.

XOXO,
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P.S.~ Stay tuned for my next post about ‘The Butterfly Effect’, a private fashion trend event hosted by Neiman Marcus for the Straz Centre.

WORTH NEW YORK Fall 2014 Trunk Show

It’s that time of year again… my favorite season is finally here!  The temperatures are dropping ever so slightly, the stores are stocking up on new fall fashions, my event calendar is getting a little more active… it’s Fall Fashion time people!

I’ve been to two trunk shows in the past few days and I’m planning on attending several more in the coming weeks… not to mention the absolute bombardment of fashion shows coming up in September  (Stay tuned for more about that).  Anywho, let me share with you the pictures from my recent visit to the WORTH NEW YORK Fall 2014 Trunk Show that was held at my friend Angier Miller’s home.  My gal pal Denise Schultz and I had the best time shopping and modeling this fabulous collection.  The pieces will only be there for a limited time, but Angier did let me know that she’s happy to give private and virtual showings to any interested buyers.

Rather than bore you with lots of words about how lovely the pieces look and how wonderfully they fit and how well-constructed they are and about how the quality and craftsmanship is superior to most, why don’t I just show you the pictures?  Yes?

Behold…

Worth Fall 2014 Leather Fringe Jacket Print PantWorth Fall 2014 Angier2- softened with tagWorth Fall 2014 Denise Arbonne Makeup Raisin Lip GlossWorth Fall 2014 Denise Arbonne MakeupWorth Fall 2014 Angier Scarf Belt LeggingWorth Fall 2014 Denise Pant Fur VestWorth Fall 2014 Michelle Landscape DressWorth Fall 2014 Angier Knit Jacket HandbagWorth Fall 2014 Denise Work Look Dress Leather JacketWorth Fall 2014 Michelle Silk Layer DressWorth Fall 2014 Denise Jumpsuit Fur Collar

If you love what you see and you’d like to schedule some time with WORTH New York Agency Owner Angier Miller to shop the Fall 2014 collection  email her at amiller@worthnewyork.com.  The pieces will be in Tampa, Florida until August 20th, but she can hook you up with more information about how to get the best looks for Fall!

P.S.-  The gorgeous make-up for this shoot was provided by Arbonne.  “What’s Arbonne?” you say… well, I’m so glad you asked.  It’s no secret!  I’ve been using the made-from-nature line for years and my skin has never looked better.  If you’re into pure, safe, and beneficial skincare email me at michelle@runwaytranslator and I’ll be happy to tell you more about how you can get your hands on some free samples 🙂

That’s it for now!  Be sure to keep up with me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest cuz it’s about to get fun around here!

XOXO,
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Summer Luxe: Red, White & Blue

I’m all about the jumpsuits lately!  I love the seemingly effortless combination of comfort and sophistication, top and bottom, the easy-breezy two-for-one fabulousness of it all!  Top it off with a structured tuxedo jacket… “aaaaand scene!”

Red Lips, White Ted Baker Jacket, Striped Thakoon Addition Jumpsuit, Prada Belt

White Blazer, Striped Jumpsuit, Red Lips, Sergio Rossi Pumps

White Ted Baker Jacket, Prada Belt, Gold Choker, Stripe Thakoon Addition Jumpsuit

Ted Baker White Jacket Thakoon Addition Stripe Jumpsuit

Photo Credit: Tasia Hron
Shot on location at Schiller’s Salvage

Shop The Look:
Ted Baker London white blazer (similar) here
Thakoon Addition striped jumpsuit here
Sergio Rossi ivory pumps here
Prada Belt (similar) here
Gold choker necklace (similar) here
Yves Saint Laurent red lipstick here

XOXO,
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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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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!

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

Rehab Exchange is a designer resale boutique with 2 locations, South Tampa and downtown St. Pete.  Go there.  Get help for your fashion addiction.  Tell them Runway Translator sent you!

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