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?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 🙂
Be ready for plenty of international influence in fashion this Spring buying season! One of the most popular fashion trends for Spring takes its colorful inspiration from traditional tribal garments found in exotic lands around the globe…
If wearing an African Aso-Oke (traditional dress and hat wrap) is not your style, you can still become an honorary style tribe member and tap into this trend by incorporating a touch of print into your ensemble. Check out my runway translation below…
This look revolves around the ballet flats by Shola Designs… notice the fun African motif. When paired with a black wrap top, linen shorts, and woven handbag these comfy flats provide the perfect touch of tribal inspiration for a cohesive look that’s subtle and on trend. *Shop the look below.
I recently had the pleasure of meeting Shola’s designer, Shola Yusuf, at a Trunk Show hosted by Farrah Estrella of Estrella Fashion Report. Shola is a local entrepreneur here in Tampa and originally hails from Nigeria. I love her premier collection of shoes! So much in fact that I couldn’t resist buying a gorgeous pair of turquoise platform stilettos. I can’t wait to feature them in a future blog post. Check out Shola’s beautiful traditional African ensemble…
Photo Credit: Gerardo Luna
My Outfit: Suncoo Paris vest from Deborah Kent’s over graphic tank from JC’s Boutique, gold chain belt from Rehab Exchange, Wilster silk harem capris from Nordstrom Rack, awesome new platform heels from Shola Designs.
*Shop The ‘Trending Tribal’ Look:
1. Barbara I. Gongini top, $428, farfetch.com
2. Red Valentino linen shorts, $226, farfetch.com
3. Snakeskin cuff bracelette, $70, bluefly.com
4. Tory Burch woven purse, $324, farfetch.com
5. Shola ballet flat, $73, sholadesigns.com
*Fun Fashion Factoid:
“Traditional African clothing is generally very colorful. These colors actually have meaning. The yellows and golds tend to mean wealth and fertility because it is the color of a precious metal and the yolk of an egg. Red is viewed as the color of blood and tension. Blue is the color of peace and love. Green is the color of life and prosperity.” ~Ask.com
I’m always looking for opportunities to use my skills as a fashion stylist to help those who need it most. In the past I’ve been called upon to share my knowledge in multiple ways, from teaching a group of at-risk youth the art of fashion illustration, to working with drug rehabilitated women, helping to prepare them for reentry into the workforce by styling them for job interviews and court appearances. Recently, through my involvement with The Junior League of Tampa, I was approached to volunteer with a very special group of young ladies living at Joshua House for a project called Girl Power. For this event, ‘The Power of Pampering’, I would be styling a group of girls ages twelve to seventeen as they experience a very rare day of pampering which they certainly deserved. Each girl received the royal treatment, having her hair and make-up professionally done, selecting beautiful pieces of clothing from a custom pulled rack of new frocks, and then sitting for a glamorous portrait with a photographer…
During the event the girls decorated picture frames which would
be used to house their very own fashionable photographs.
As I spoke to each of these young women, imagining what they must have gone through in their short time here so far, I realized how much they truly appreciated this gift of pampering. I am humbled to have been a part of this event, and it reminds me just how simple it is to give a little time to help make a person smile.
In the immortal words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I leave you with this…
“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
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…
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…
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
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…
XOXO~ Runway Translator
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…
photo 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!
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
~XOXO… Go Noles!
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…
Here’s my shoppable version of Vera Wang’s Fall 2013 runway style…
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
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…
Here are some samples of her work behind the lens…
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