Spring Essentials Fashion Show

RT and Deal Divas

I recently attended a small fashion presentation hosted by The Deal Divas, a group of four fashion-obsessed reporters from the Tampa Bay Times.  The show was held inside the Impulse section of Macy’s at Westshore Mall and the Divas curated over a dozen looks representing the top 5 Spring trends: Graphic Prints, Lace, Mixing Prints, Neon & Peplums.  Here are a few of my favorite looks from the runway…

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For a full run-down of the event, check out The Deal Divas’ blog post here.

Fifty Shades of Whimsy

Spring 2013 Trend- Statement Sunglasses
photos: fashionwirepress.com

One of the most fantastical trends to hit the streets this season has been the revival of statement sunglasses.  You can turn just about any outfit into a fashion-forward ensemble by throwing on a pair of unique, whimsical shades.  I’m loving the trendy offerings from Nasty Gal and Asos (especially the lizard cat eye pair for $41.56)… and for a mere $12 you can’t go wrong with a fun pair from Aldo.

Designer Inspiration: Alice + Olivia

Alice and Olivia Pic
photo: style.com

Okay, so I adore this leopard print ensemble by Alice + Olivia.  The dress, the bag, the shoes… perfection!  The price… a bit out of my league.  These three designer pieces total nearly $1,200 and I just can’t go there.  So, like any determined fashion stalker, I found a few amazing alternatives that convey this same look for a fraction of the price (13/100 actually)! I’ve posted both looks below… the real thing for those with deeper wallets, and the ‘close-enough’ version for gals like me…

Alice and Olivia Ensemble

1. Alice & Olivia Dress, $396, aliceandolivia.com
2. Alice & Olivia Snake Embossed Leather Bag, $545, aliceandolivia.com
3. Alice & Olivia Leopard Print Wedge Sandal, $240, bergdorfgoodman.com

Alice and Olivia Inspired Ensemble
1. Dorothy Perkins Leopard Print Dress, $35, dorothyperkins.com
2. Jessica Simpson Satchel, $69.95, dsw.com
3. JustFab Leopard Wedge Sandal, $49.99, heels.com

 

The Power Suit

Spring 2013 Runway Trend- Monochromatic Pant Suits
runway photos: style.com

Hail to the almighty power suit!  Nothing says “Bring me coffee, minion!” like a sleek, monochromatic pant suit.  Command attention this Spring in a navy blue ensemble like…

Spring 2013 Translation- Monochromatic Pant Suits

1. Navy Suit Jacket, $58, wallis.com
2. Navy Slim Suit Trousers, $50, shop.mango.com
3. Navy Camisole, $9, dorothyperkins.com
4. Navy Leather Purse, $40, topshop.com
5. Navy Ellen Tracy Pumps, $69, lordandtaylor.com

Runway Translation: The Printed Pant Suit

Spring 2013 Runway Trend- Printed Pant Suits
runway photos- style.com

The Spring 2013 runway shows provided plenty of androgyny in the form of power suits and pant suits.  Designers like Mary Katrantzou, Yves Saint Laurent & Balmain (among others) kept it feminine with form-fitted craftsmanship and soft fabrics in matching prints.  The skinny pant was a key component for achieving a powerful, yet lady-like look.  For a casual daytime suit, I like the look of seersucker.  Here’s my take on a classic Spring ensemble…

Spring 2013 Translation- Printed Pant Suits

1. Striped Seersucker Blazer, $79.99, shop.mango.com
2. Striped Seersucker Trousers, $54.99, shop.mango.com
3. Midnight Floral Tee, $45, jcrew.com
4. Lime Curve Tote Bag, $74, riverisland.com
5. Charles by Charles David Espadrilles, $82.49, heels.com

 

Runway Translation: Sheer Fabrics

Sheer Runway Spring 2013
runway photos: style.com

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, theoutnet.com
2. Warehouse Biker Jacket, $88, houseoffraser.co.uk
3. Blu Bijoux Beaded Hoop Earrings, $17, maxandchleo.com
4. Apple Crinkle Clutch, $74, Debenhams.com
5. Asos Holland Leather Heeled Sandal, $127, us.asos.com

One Thrifty Find, Four Stylish Looks

Catherine Malandrino Citron Silk Dress
I recently scored four designer dresses at a local thrift store for $4.95 each!!!  This Catherine Malandrino citron silk dress ($200-$400 retail value) is one of them.  I was so excited to photograph it that I haven’t yet dry cleaned the dress… which is my #1 THRIFTING RULE: ALWAYS CLEAN YOUR FINDS! Anyway, I love the look of a girly dress layered with a blazer or jacket and paired with great shoes and accessories.  Here are four ways to wear this very versatile dress, one for each possible phase of my day…

PHASE ONE: Kid drop, coffee shop and dry cleaner…

CM Citron Silk Dress Day Look

PHASE TWO: Meeting with a potential retail partner…

CM Citron Silk Dress Work Look

PHASE THREE: Date Night with the Hubs (2 options)…

CM Citron Silk Dress Evening Looks
*all items pulled from my existing wardrobe

Runway Translation: Black & White Contrast

Black and White Runway Spring 2013
runway photos- style.com

The runways were alive with bold color contrasts for Spring and none were more prevalent than the classic black and white combo.  Marc Jacobs, Jil Sander, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Narciso Rodriguez, Chanel, Valentino and countless other designers showed us just how these opposites can attract.  I love to mix prints like the Marc Jacobs look pictured above, but if you want to keep it simple and still take part in this Spring trend try an ensemble like this one…

Black and White Translation Spring 2013

1. Torn by Ronny Kobo Peplum Top, $238, intermix.com
2. Juno Black & White Shoulder Bag, $122, wallisfashion.com 
3. Michael Antonio Black Stilettos, $60, heels.com
4. Jane Norman Striped Pencil Skirt, $42, janenorman.com

Runway Translation: The Spring Shorts Suit

Short Suits Runway Spring 2013
photo credit: style.com

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, fashionunion.com
2. Equipment Silk Shirt, $198, net-a-porter.com
3. Sonance Peep Toe Platforms, $164, topshop.com
4. Chain Whip Stitch Skinny Belt, $28, topshop.com
5. Uniqlo fuchsia shorts, $19.90, uniqlo.com

 

Spring Translation: The Kimono

Kimono Spring Trend2
 photo credit: style.com

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, ebay.com 
2. TopShop patchwork cami, $52, topshop.com 
3. Jane Norman yellow wave skirt, $26, janenorman.co.uk
4. Paulownias peacock clutch, $75, etsy.com 
5. L.A.M.B. black platform wedge, $196.62, 6pm.com