Capes Aren’t Just For Superheroes!

Sometimes a gal needs a statement piece that says, “I feel powerful today”.

Enter, the cape.

Don’t wanna be noticed? Prefer to fly under the fashion radar? Not interested in doubletakes from onlookers and incessant compliments from friends and strangers alike? Then the cape is not for you my friend.

The Fall runways were sprinkled with many examples of how to make a cape work for your street style. Here are my favorite looks from Marni, Missoni, and Salvatore Ferragamo found on Vogue.com…
Cape Fall Fashion Trend

If you’re looking for a classic Fall statement piece that will transcend the fickle ebb and flow of fashion trends, invest in a cape and wear it often!

Still not convinced? Take a look at these recent street style finds from Pinterest…

Street Style Capes

Ready to shop? Check out some popular capes here.

XOXO,

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March Magness- Fashion Ads That Caught My Eye

Well, March came and went quickly and along with basketball it brought a flurry of fashion magazines flaunting the very best that Spring has to offer. I love this time of year! Behold my translations of a few choice advertisements… win or lose, they held my attention for longer than the average page turn!

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All Access Neiman’s Hosted By Michelle Bremer

All Access Neimans Hosted By Michelle Bremer

I recently had the pleasure of hosting a Spring 2015 Fashion Trend Event at Neiman Marcus. For a captive audience of budget conscious fashionistas I presented the season’s hottest offerings from the American luxury retailer.

All Access Boba BarAll Access AudienceAll Access PresentationWith the assistance of models Sonya and Melissa I showed my own translations of the runway’s predominant Spring trends, brought down to earth and presented in a real-life way; fashion made easy for the everyday gals.  I styled four primary trend categories in a variety of ways, showing how one could take the trend quite literally or simply incorporate select elements from each trend to achieve the look and remain current.

The New Bohemian
Jet set meets gypsy in boho blouses and tunics, distressed denim, fringe, embroidery and maxi dresses…

Boho Chic Look 1

Boho Chic Look 2

Spice-Market Colors
Bold hues inspired by the organic rainbow of colors found in the spice markets of India…

Spice Market Look 1

Spice Market Look 2

On The White Side
From bright white to sand, this head-to-toe palette reads modern and sophisticated…

White On White Look 1White On White Look 2White On White Look 3
Mix Don’t Match
Throw caution to the wind and mix prints, patterns and texture…

Mix Dont Match Look1Mix Dont Match Look 1BMix Dont Match Look 2

Other Spring 2015 Trends at Neiman Marcus (also shown above):

Fringe
Summer Suede
Flat Sandals
Long, Layered Necklaces
The Bucket Bag
Sleeveless Jackets

To shop the trends visit Neiman Marcus at International Plaza or go to NeimanMarcus.com!

We had a lot of fun!  In addition to the wonderful Amore Pacific beauty products each attendee received, one lucky winner recieved a gift bag that included a full bottle of Maison Francis Kurkdjian À la rose Eau de Parfum and a gift certificate for a 2 hour styling session with your truly!

Many thanks to Kim Biehl, General Manager of Neiman Marcus and Robert Roubideaux for having me…

All Access Michelle and KimFellow blogger and one of my co-hosts for the upcoming Blogger’s Ball in April, the always fabulous Natasha Bernard from FashionablyFabulous.com came out to show support…

All Access Michelle and NatashaFashion Designer Sandra Hagen…

IMG_9275Always great to have the support of my friends and clients…

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Many thanks to my photographer Tasia Hron for capturing these images!  There’s a video too which will be posted on my YouTube channel soon.  Thanks also to Khadijah Brooks for making me look my best with Kevyn Aucoin make-up!

What I Wore:  Alice + Olivia Striped Dress (worn as a top) here, Kay J’s by Kay Unger Skirt here, Oscar de la Renta Flower Statement Necklace here.

For more pics and coverage of this event visit Fashionably Fabulous.

For more info about Blogger’s Ball, a fashion industry night for charity, visit here.

Find me on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter for continuous updates, style tips and coverage of runway events… and don’t forget to subsciribe to Runway Translator so you don’t miss a post!

XOXO,
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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…
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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.

3.1 Phillip Lim Spring 2015… Details, Details!

So my usual method of operations for conducting a translation blog post is that I view the runway shows, pick a few looks from my favorites, and search the internet for pieces that are similar but typically more affordable than the originals.  Well that process was determined to be useless when it came to the pieces that Phillip Lim sent down the runway for Spring 2015.  I found them to be unique in their construction, with rope piping details and asymmetrical patterns.  They seem comfortable and organic.  I had a hard time narrowing down my favorites and I could picture myself wearing any of the pieces in the collection.

When I attempted to find similar pieces online I was met with disappointment.  I exhausted all of my usual resources… and nothing!  The construction of each piece in this collection is so unusual, but so flattering to the female form.  WHY have we not seen this before?  Where has this been all my life?  Will the collection be successful on the commercial front?  I hope so.  I wish I could have found comparable pieces online, but alas I have failed.  I will not rest until I find something similar that I can actually afford.  For now, I will admit defeat and leave you with these pics of my favorite looks from the 3.1 Phillip Lim Spring 2015 Runway Show…

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3.1 Phillip Lim Spring 2015-3Photo Credit: Style.com

XOXO,
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Runway Translation: The Spring Shirt Shifter

Oh, how I love Mona Kowalska’s A Détacher Spring 2015 dresses… let me count the ways:  The bohemian prints were soft and fantastical, evoking a 70’s vibe infused with clouds and rainbows and all things groovy.  The shapes and fabrics were comfort driven, which makes me want to wear them all day long.  The overall message was confident and relaxed, two things I strive for when selecting a day look during Spring.

A Detacher Spring 2015

Below are a few budget-friendly options that will help you to achieve the same easy, breezy vibe as the A Détacher dresses above.  These are shoppable now, so if you want to get more bang for your buck throw on a pair of tights, some flatforms, a jacket, and voila… you’re Spring Shirt Shifter suddenly becomes a year-round piece!

Spring Shirt Shift Dress Cluster1.  Charming Vintage Print Dress, $26, Rosewe.com
2.  White Stuff Ava Dress, $62, JohnLewis.com
3.  Persona Printed Silk Dress, $105, House Of Fraser.com

Runway Photo Credit: Gianni Pucci via Style.com

XOXO,

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Happy Holidays!