Runway Translation: Trending Tribal

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…

Trending Tribal 2014

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…

Trending Tribal-Shola Flat Ensemble

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…

Shola Gerardo Luna -86Photo 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

XOXO,
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The Power of Pampering

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…

GP-Hair Makeup Cluster
Hair and make-up sessions were provided by
Kim Davis Arbonne, Emily Fitch, Tribeca Salon, and Paul Mitchell.

GP-Racks Jewelry
Fashion and accessories were provided by
Rehab Boutique and Princess Boutique.

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Photography provided by Pilar.

GP-Frame Art
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.”

XOXO,
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GET INVOLVED:
Find out more about The Junior League of Tampa here.
Find out more about Joshua House here.

Runway Translation: Ralph Lauren Spring 2014

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…

Ralph Lauren Spring 2014 Cluster

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…

Ralph Lauren Inspired Ensemble Spring 2014

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

XOXO,

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Zimmerman Spring 2014

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…

Zimmerman Wrap Top Favs

Zimmerman Flowy Cocktail Favs

Zimmerman Swimwear Favs(photo credit: style.com)

XOXO~ Runway Translator

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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!

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

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

Celine Fall 2013- Runway Translation

“Really elegant but weird; almost nerdy but perverse.”
~ Photographer Juergen Teller describing the Celine Fall Collection

Celine Fall 2013

My top three looks from the Celine Fall Collection had several key elements in common.  If you’re a fan of the simple, elegant, mid-century modern made contemporary looks above, and you’d like to give it a go, be sure to include the following elements in your ensemble:

Color- Soft and monochromatic.  Top and skirt should be solid and matching in color.
Texture- Every piece should want to make you touch it!  Go for wooly, cozy, furry, etc.
Shape- Boxy on top with a fit & flare skirt that falls below the knee.
Booties- Find one that hits below the mid-calf and fits like a second skin.

Check out my shoppable translation below…

Celine Translation

1. Leather Box T-shirt, $190, topshop.com
2. Deadly Ponies Handbag, $839, farfetch.com
3. Sabine Skirt, $295, toryburch.com
4. Robert Lee Morris Cuff, $98, bloomingdales.com
5. Louboutin Daf Booty, $1395, christianlouboutin.com

Tampa Bay Fashion Week 2013 Runway Presentation

Wow!  What a week!  The 6th Annual Tampa Bay Fashion Week was a whirlwind of stylish receptions, designer and model parties, vendor and exhibitor boutiques, a blogger conference and fashion shows… the proceeds from which will benefit Shoes for the Cure.  There were so many opportunities to learn about the local fashion scene as well as brush up on everything from the history of fashion to kid couture to what’s hot in bridal wear… literally something for everyone.

As always, my favorite part of any fashion week are the runway shows.  Tampa Bay Fashion Week’s presentation of the 2014 Spring/Summer Collections at the Hilton Tampa Downtown did not disappoint!  I went as a guest of my friend Emily from Deocapac Designs, one of the sponsors of the event.  Though we had great seats (there wasn’t a bad seat in the house), I quickly positioned myself on the front lines, at the very end of the runway, a few feet from the models, camera in-hand.  I just couldn’t help myself.  Here are some of my favorite looks from the show…

TBFW SW8 Clothing

TBFW Lolodaisy

TBFWAudrey Pat McGhee

TBFW IADT Students

TBFW Monstuosite

TBFW Sandra Hagen

TBFW Elizabeth Racker

TBFW k.hendrix

For more info about Tampa Bay Fashion Week and a full list of participating designers visit fashionweektampabay.com.  Stay tuned for my next blog post about the St. Pete Art & Fashion Week runway show!

~XOXO