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
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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
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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, 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

Black & White Beach Style

To me, there’s nothing more relaxing than sitting on the beach, under a huge umbrella, reading the latest fashion magazines while sipping on a frosty beverage.  Keep your look simple this swim suit season and rock a classic black and white combination…
Black and white beach look
1. L Space black fringe swim suit, $135.95, dogfunk.com
2. Merona sheer black cover up, $19.99, target.com
3. MinLee straw fedora, $20.99, e4hats.com
4. NGIL damask print beach tote, $9.50, ebay.com
5. Havaianas t-strap flip flops, $32, havaianas.com 

Lucky Lucky Gold

With St. Patrick’s day just at the end of my rainbow this week, I am dreaming
of the perfect evening look for a swanky weekend wedding.  Gold accessories are my lucky charm…
Lucky Gold Look
1. Issa backless gown, $412, shoplesnouvelles.com
2. Clagett Designs gold clover earrings, $18, etsy.com 
3. Nina Majesta Art Deco Frame Clutch, $85, dillards.com
4. Chinese Laundry gold high heels, $26.99, ebay.com

Oh, How I Do Love a Good Find!

I was recently on the prowl for some new jackets for my back-to-work looks when I stumbled into a huge sale going on at Deborah Kent’s.  For those of you in South Tampa who are into fashion, you are probably aware that Deborah Kent’s has been around for over thirty years and is widely touted as being the pinnacle for where to find special European and American designer pieces.  I have worked with Deborah over the course of many years and am always impressed with her ability to cater to such a wide variety of customers.  Admittedly, I cannot afford a lot of what she’s selling.  Somehow I do manage to own a sizeable collection of her offerings, mostly because I spend a fair amount of time admiring pieces from a distance… and if I’m lucky, they go on sale.  But just getting to see and touch theses designer garments is half the fun for a gal like me!  It’s an education I like to pass on to my friends and clients.  I can go there and sip champagne while I sit on her vintage couch and try on a lovely pair of Pedro Garcia pumps, just to see how they look on my feet.  Who wouldn’t love to spend an afternoon hanging out like that?  But on this particular day, I was on a mission to find jackets!

I dove right into the sale racks, fingering through, piece by piece.  It didn’t take long before I had chosen and tried on three great jackets!  What amazed me most was not the fact that I found three perfectly awesome jackets on the sale rack, but rather that they were all marked down to 75% OFF!!!  I could feel my heart racing with excitement when I started adding up the total in my head!  I was thinking about how proud I’ll be to come home and tell my husband about how much I had saved at Deborah Kent’s… and I imagined he would take me out for a romantic dinner to celebrate my triumph!

Anyway, I ended up spending a grand total of… wait for it…

Siste's Jacket- Deborah Kent's   American Vintage Jacket- DK   Marcus Tuxedo Jacket-DK's

$116!!! Yes… for THREE jackets at Deborah Kent’s!!!  I was riding on that cloud for a good two days straight!  Oh, how I do love a good find!  For me, that means scoring a fabulous piece with quality craftsmanship that fits beautifully and looks great on my body… for a price I can brag about!

If you have the time, I highly recommend you swing by Deborah Kent’s for a look-see.  I guarantee, you won’t be disappointed.

Happy Shopping!

What I Wore…

…for dinner with a girlfriend:
London Times Dress
London Times dress from Marshalls
Orange beaded gold necklace from Deborah Kent’s (long, but wrapped)
Black crochet & leather belt borrowed from another dress
Tried and true gold braided leather sandals from Bandolino

…for a lunch meeting with a fellow volunteer:
BR Top & Summer Skirt
Tribal silk top and cotton skirt from Banana Republic
Military belt from Salvation Army
Necklace by local jewelry designer Pour Toi
Bronze cork wedges by Mia