Denim… Born in the USA!

A few fun facts about our favorite American fabric:

Denim has been used in the United States since the mid-19th century and initially gained popularity in 1873 when a tailor from Nevada, Jacob W. Davis, manufactured the first pair of rivet-reinforced denim pants. The popularity of these durable denim jeans began to spread rapidly among rugged manual labor workers, and because Davis was overwhelmed with requests, he partnered with Levi Strauss & Co. to patent the design of the rivet-reinforced denim pant. In 1873 in San Francisco, California jeans were born.

A WWII Welder. Image Credit: Getty Images

In the 1930’s, during the era of Western movies, everyone wanted to look like John Wayne. Cowboys wearing Levi’s jeans were elevated to fairy-tale status, becoming synonymous with living the true independent American life. It was also in the 1930’s that Strauss added his signature red flag to the back pocket of the jeans, making it the first line of clothing to have a designer label on the outside. As if that weren’t enough to rocket jeans’ status to the stratosphere, Vogue gave their seal of approval, calling jeans “Western chic”, hinting that jeans could be a fashion statement for women as well.

Marilyn Monroe. Image Credit: Getty Images

Wearing denim jeans is a classic trend that comes around year after year. Popular cuts and washes may change, but denim is a tried-and-true fabric that will be the workhorse of your wardrobe, no matter the season.

To be on-trend in 2019 give your skinny jeans a holiday and put your flared ones to work. On the runways, pockets are getting bigger and cutouts are more prevalent. The waistline is all over the map, as you will see popular styles with both high waist and a low waist construction. As for the length, a must-have this coming fall are jeans that cover the shoes. If you’re brave enough to tackle the denim-on-denim trend, be sure to keep the washes uniform.

It’s fair to say that we are fortunate to have talented designers who make sure that their constant denim reinventions continue to move and change with the times. Below, some 2019 denim designs for your inspiration…

Spring 2019 Ready-to-Wear: (Left-to-Right) Miu Miu, Balmain, Isabel Marant
Fall 2019 Ready-to-Wear: (Left-to-Right) Calvin Luo, Christian Dior, Chloe

XOXO,

Written by Zeina Fellios & Michelle Bremer
Sources: Vogue, Wikipedia, True Fashionistas

Put It In Neutral!

Last September, the color experts from Pantone announced their Fashion Color Trend Report for Spring/ Summer 2019, which made a comprehensive overview for New York Fashion Week. The color palette is comprised of 16 main colors, 4 of which were neutral (Toffee, Soybean, Sweet Corn, Brown Granite).

Ladies, this summer don’t be afraid to drape yourself in neutrals from head to toe. Feel free to mix your neutrals with pops of color, but if you want to be on-trend, wear one shade all over or maybe mix it with another neutral tone. Shoes and accessories can be neutral too, this will be your “soft” fashion statement.

Wearing neutrals is a classic and timeless trend, built into every stylish woman’s wardrobe during the last 50 years, and the current ‘neutral invasion’ is here to stay. This time it’s the fruit of a huge change in the current generation’s perception regarding gender. Statistics show that 38 percent of Gen Z-ers strongly agreed that gender no longer defines a person as much as it used to, and 27 percent of millennials felt the same way.

This change in gender perception pushed fashion designers to combine men’s and women’s collections on the runway. Many progressive designers have abolished ‘girls’ and ‘boys’ labels on children’s clothing… and more fashion brands are launching gender-neutral collections, hence more neutral color clothing is being produced for our consumption.

So, let the calming vibes of beige, taupe, ivory and white wash over you this summer. Put your outfit in the neutral zone and wait for the compliments to pour in.

Written by: Zeina Fellios
Edited by: Michelle Bremer

XOXO,

You’re Invited…

Runway Translator presents the 2019 Summer Style Session, a Lunch & Learn experience hosted by Founder and Fashion Expert, Michelle Bremer.

Wednesday, May 29th
11:30am – 1:30pm
2832 S MacDill Ave, Tampa, FL

Enjoy a delicious prix fixe lunch and mimosa at Byblos Tampa and learn about the latest spring & summer fashion trends. Michelle will share her tips on essential pieces to pack for your travel destinations and present curated looks from local boutiques Deborah Kent’s, fab’rik, and Don Me Now.
Guests will be eligible to win amazing raffle prizes from our sponsors!

Mannaz Designs Jewelry will showcase their Summer Collection and a special guest speaker from Rodan + Fields will be on hand for a quick Q&A about how to care for our skin during the hottest season of the year.

This is one unique Lunch & Learn you won’t want to miss! Seating is limited so reserve your spot today!
Cost is $49.

Reservations Must Be Purchased by Tuesday, May 28th!


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We hope you have a fabulous Memorial Day Weekend!

Shop Your Closet

I’m a huge advocate of shopping for sport, but as a fashion stylist, I’ll be the first to tell you that it’s not always necessary. Often, I’ll find a treasure trove of stylish options right there in my client’s own closet! Sometimes it just takes the fresh perspective of a trained eye to create new ensembles out of pieces you’ve had all along. I love to shop my client’s closets and show them how to make good use out of what they already have, and they tend to appreciate saving money as well. We create looks based on specific occasions or on their typical lifestyle activities, and then take photos on their phones. This way, my clients can scroll through the looks and select an outfit without having to think about it.

~XOXO,
Michelle

*Photos by Theresa NeSmith Photography

As seen in the January 2019 issue of Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine