Runway Translation: Sheer Fabrics

Sheer Runway Spring 2013
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Sheer, lightweight fabrics graced the runways of Roberto Cavalli, Akris, Donna Karan, Tom Ford, Rick Owens, and many other talented designers.  And what better way to represent the Spring season than to show some skin? But if being scantily clad is not your style, try pairing a semi-sheer dress with a jacket and you’ll still turn heads…

Sheer Translation Spring 2013

1. Helmet Lang Asymmetric Sheer Dress, $160,
2. Warehouse Biker Jacket, $88,
3. Blu Bijoux Beaded Hoop Earrings, $17,
4. Apple Crinkle Clutch, $74,
5. Asos Holland Leather Heeled Sandal, $127,

Runway Translation: The Spring Shorts Suit

Short Suits Runway Spring 2013
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I love the idea of wearing shorts to work!  The Spring runways were filled with models wearing shorts with jackets.  Some designers showed two-piece suits (Tory Burch, Michael Kors), while others paired separates to create more visual interest (Helmut Lang).  Here’s my version of the latter…

Short Suits Translation Spring 2013
1. Bird Print Blazer, $45,
2. Equipment Silk Shirt, $198,
3. Sonance Peep Toe Platforms, $164,
4. Chain Whip Stitch Skinny Belt, $28,
5. Uniqlo fuchsia shorts, $19.90,


Spring Translation: The Kimono

Kimono Spring Trend2
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Interpreting the runway styles and applying them to one’s real life is what I like to call my ‘style translation’.  This Spring we saw quite a few Japanese-inspired kimono looks on the runways of several fashion designers (Emilio Pucci, Hermes, Etro). Here’s a great way to translate this Asian Spring trend and avoid looking like a geisha…

Kimono Spring Trend
1. H&M black kimono jacket, $29.99, 
2. TopShop patchwork cami, $52, 
3. Jane Norman yellow wave skirt, $26,
4. Paulownias peacock clutch, $75, 
5. L.A.M.B. black platform wedge, $196.62,

“I Want It NOW!” -Veruca Salt

Here are a few picks from my list of absolutely required, can’t live without, gotta have it, need it to survive, “I Want It Now” necessities to enhance my wardrobe:

#1  Cream Oxford Flats
Oxford Flat
I can wear these with everything!  Dresses, shorts, pants? YES!  I love the neutral color and how the soft woven texture adds a feminine touch to this otherwise masculine style.

#2  Straw Fedora Hat
Gap Straw Fidora Hat
I am definitely a hat person, but you don’t have to be a connoisseur to enjoy this trend.  Another piece that would go with just about every Spring ensemble in my closet.  Gotta have it!

#3  Pinky Nude Nails
OPI Nail Polish
Coney Island Cotton Candy is my favorite OPI color.  My nail tech can attest to this… I’ve been wearing it for years!  Love it!

#4  Single Shoulder Swimsuit
DVF Swimsuit
The single shoulder trend was all over the runways this season and swimsuits were no exception.  I love this one by Diane Von Furstenberg because it’s a great twist on the classic one-piece swimsuit.

Like Veruca Salt, my appetite (for fashion) is insatiable!  I have many, many more must haves on my list for this season… which I will share in future blogs of course.  Are there any pieces you’ve been dreaming about lately?

The Empire Stripes Back!

Spring Fashion Trend: STRIPES

The origin of this trend stems way back to the 1800’s in the French Province of Brittany.  What we commonly refer to as “nautical stripes” (navy and white) are actually called Breton stripes.  The 1858 Act of France made the Breton shirt part of the official uniform for French Navy seamen.  There were 21 stripes- one for each of Napoleon’s victories.  The stripes were also thought to help locate men who fell overboard.

Sailor Stripes

In the 1930’s CoCo Chanel launched Breton stripes into the fashion mainstream after becoming inspired by a visit to the French Coast.  She designed and wore a simple striped tee with palazzo pants and, well… the rest is history!

CocoChanel Breton Stripes

I pulled a few striped pieces from my closet and decided to take some pics of my favorite ensembles.  I have several Breton pieces, but wanted to play with the other striped goodies for this shoot.  Forgive the poor quality of these shots, as I am on the hunt for a better camera.

This red and white striped mini dress is by Soprano from Nordstrom.  I love the simplicity of this cut and the cotton blend is super comfy!  What drew me in (besides the $38 price tag) is the ruching detail on the sleeves.  There’s a small pocket on the top left side that I could do without, but it’s barely noticeable.  I accessorized with a long, silver necklace (which is actually a vintage purse strap), a turquoise cocktail ring, and a sexy pair of nude Gianni Bini heels.  This look is perfect for date night!

MS-Stripes and Flowers
This look combines stripes and a floral print to create an unexpected twist… which I like to do on occasion.  The floral blouse is DmBm from Nordstrom … very inexpensive!  The striped crop jacket is Ett Taia and the white jeans are Joe’s, both from local designer consigner Fresh Threads.  The jacket is a bit boxy, so it calls for a flowy and feminine blouse underneath to balance the look.  Paired with a nude peep toe pump, this look is great for lunching with friends.

MS-Stripe Vest Maxi
Here’s my bohemian side begging to be set free!  The maxi dress is Color Me Red and the striped vest is Project E Vintage, both from Keys Country.  I like this ensemble because it’s super comfy and makes me feel like Mother Earth.  I’ve paired it with a fabulous necklace made by local jewelry designer Marianne Homsy and grecian Bandolino sandals.  I could lounge around town all day in this one!