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

Spring Trend: The Camouflage Jacket

Spring 2013 Trend- Camo Street Style
street style photo: luckymag.com

Inspired by military fatigues, the camouflage print has been a huge trend this season.  It’s not uncommon to see a camo print jacket worn over black or white tees with jeans and flats.  I’ve also seen a lot of camo print pants paired with tees and blazers.  The 2013 spring season has offered more feminine injections to this classic trend with the addition of high heels and bold colors. I love the idea of mixing dressy and casual, so I found this combination of camo and coral to be quite refreshing!

Spring Translation: Camouflage
1.  Camouflage Jacket, $44, dorothyperkins.com
2.  Athe by Vanessa Bruno Crepe Silk Dress, $176, brownsfashion.com
3.  Aviator Sunglasses, $25, solesociety.com
4.  Jeffrey Campbell Nude Sandals, $130, nastygal.com 

Denim Shorts With Oxfords

I was trying to think of fun ways to jazz up my vintage (okay, circa 2003) cut-off denim shorts, which I tend to throw on as soon as I roll out of bed.  Enter the metallic oxfords.  I can totally dig this look because it’s comfy without sacrificing style.  Amp up the fem-factor and balance the edgy shoes with a pretty floral top.  Grab your fedora and trendy shades and you’re out the door…

Denim Shorts and Oxfords Ensemble

1. Floral Top, $29, dorothyperkins.com
2. Moto Denim Shorts, $64, topshop.com
3. BCBG Banded Fedora, $48, bcbg.com
4. Round Preppy Sunglasses, $32, topshop.com
5. Bass Silver Oxfords, $99, amazon.com

Fifty Shades of Whimsy

Spring 2013 Trend- Statement Sunglasses
photos: fashionwirepress.com

One of the most fantastical trends to hit the streets this season has been the revival of statement sunglasses.  You can turn just about any outfit into a fashion-forward ensemble by throwing on a pair of unique, whimsical shades.  I’m loving the trendy offerings from Nasty Gal and Asos (especially the lizard cat eye pair for $41.56)… and for a mere $12 you can’t go wrong with a fun pair from Aldo.

How To Step-Up Your Style at the Pool

Lounging poolside with a cocktail, thoroughly reading my favorite fashion rags… this is my vision of heaven.  There’s something  so luxurious and relaxing about the act of just absorbing the environment on a beautiful summer day.  Sometimes I like to blend into the scene and go unnoticed.  Other times I picture myself as the mysterious lady of leisure (yes, despite the husband and two kids in tow!) who does this sort of thing on a daily basis.  I like to be the gal at the hotel pool who looks like she actually put a little thought into her effortlessly chic poolside ensemble… or did she?

Let’s start with the swimsuit.  Right now I am rockin’ a pre-kid string bikini that somehow still fits nicely (Amen), but I am on the hunt for the perfect black single-shoulder one-piece.  Um, okay, so let’s move on to the cover-up, a crucial piece in my summer repertoire.  I prefer a classic black, but it almost doesn’t matter what the cover-up looks like.  Just the act of wearing one trumps the shorts and tank top norm!
Cover-up
During the writing of this post I am wearing my black and white floral 3/4-sleeve tunic.  It has a hint of gold thread woven throughout.  It’s perfect!

Now on to the shoes.  You could go the functional route and opt for a pair of flip-flops.  I’d recommend a gold or silver pair… they go with everything!  But if you really want to step it up, slip into a nicely detailed pair of flat sandals with just the right amount of bling… not too adorned.
Gold Braided Sandals
I love my gold braided leather Bandolino T-straps.  I ordered them online last year during the gladiator sandal craze, but I’d definitely put them in the “classic” category.

Now let’s up the glamor factor with a great pair of shades.  I know the Aviator style is what it’s all about right now, but I am totally faithful to my Bolle sunglasses!
Bolle Sunglasses
These simple wrap arounds are not only tight looking, they actually do a great job of protecting my eyes!  That’s a two-fer!

Hat or no hat?  If I’m fully committed to the poolside Diva look, I’ll go for a big, round, black sunhat.  Otherwise, I’ll go without, which is daring considering my hair, when pool-wet and air-dried looks like a poofy auburn Q-tip!!

Finish the look off with a great beach bag.  Two words: Go Big!
Beach Bag
Even if you only have a magazine and sunscreen to transport, carry a nice big bag in the crook of your arm and your Fashionista ensemble will be complete!

So remember:

Poolside Chic = Cover-up + Fashion Sandal + Great Shades + Sunhat + Big Bag

Easy Breezy!