Tampa Bay Fashion Week 2016 Runway Shows

Well, September was a whirlwind of fashion events in Tampa, Florida and I was fortunate enough to be on the front lines for one of my favorite annual ceremonies, Fashion Week Tampa Bay. For nine years Nancy Vaughn of White Book Agency has been at the helm of Tampa Bay Fashion Week and each year she and her team manage to make it look easy.  TBFW is like a living, breathing organism that grows and changes with each passing year.  In it’s latest form, we experienced two days of runway shows that included fashions from local designers, international brands, and department stores alike.  Various events and socials led up to the fashion shows which took place at International Plaza and Bay Street… there was truly something for everyone!

Every year the ‘Bay Area’s Official Fashion Week’ raises money for worthwhile causes.  This year’s beneficiaries were PACE Center for Girls and Dress for Success… both organizations help girls and women in our community through education, counseling, training and advocacy.

I’m sharing my perspective of the two runway shows from behind the lens of my new iPhone (which this Droid gal is desperately trying to get used to).  I thought it might be fun to see what she can do…

TBFW 2016 Runway Backdrop

Pandora Jewelry…

TBFW 2016 Pandora

Floridita Swimwear…

TBFW 2016 Floridita Swimwear

Check out this video of Floridita Swimwear…

TBFW 2016 Floridita Swim Video

Free People…

TBFW 2016 Free People

Ally B Swimwear…

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TBFW 2016 Aly B Swim 3Madame Adassa by Marsha Vacirca…

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TBFW 2016 Banana Republic 1

TBFW 2016 Banana Republic 2

Tracy Negoshian

TBFW 2016 Tracy Negoshian 1

TBFW 2016 Tracy Negoshian 2

Neiman Marcus…

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TBFW 2016 Neiman Marcus 2

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Sadly, I missed the fabulous runway offerings from Tampa designer Elizabeth Carson Racker as well as those from the students of Sanford Brown IADT School of Design.  (I had dinner reservations for my bestie’s birthday and as we all know, friends and family come before fashion!) But I must share that, while Neiman Marcus was my favorite this year, Elizabeth’s designs were my favorites in previous TBFW runway shows so please check her out here!

I really liked where TBFW went this year. Taking us all over the map; from lunchtime lectures on fashion photographic arts at the museum, to runway shows at the local mall, to providing stylists to fashionistas round the clock… they really thought long and hard about ME and YOU and what tickles our fashion fancy! And I, for one, truly appreciate that effort. Bravo!

Stay tuned for my next post about the CITY. Fashion+Art+Culture runway show at the Tampa Museum of Art.


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Haute Accessories Runway Show 2016

For 6 years running Lacey Smith and his team at The Fashion Movement have brought the best of the best of the baubles and beads world to Tampa Bay.  Accessories designers from near and far come to show their wares at this much anticipated annual event.  From jewelry to handbags to shoes to the newly added eyewear and artwork categories, there are more than enough options for the fashion-savvy accessories aficionado.  This year the runway show was held at The Galleria at USF, and the models ranged in age from too young to be out that late without a parent to never too old to be a beautiful runway model.  Below are just a few shots from yet another wildly successful fashion event in Tampa…

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– Erika Williner Designs
– Tenique Designs
– Prestigious Pieces
– Poison Jam
– Myrabella
– Malchijah
– SHOLA Designs
– Scorpio Lamonte
– UNIQUE Artisan Jewelry
– Dee Jewels
– KellyReeds presenting Pourchet Handbags
– Zorah & Co.

– JGomez Fine Art
– Awakened Art

Please take a moment to check out the designers and artists above!

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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.


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Runway Translation: Biker Chic

Summer is winding down and it’s time to start shopping for Fall. On the Fall 2016 Redy-to-Wear runways months ago we saw several runway trends which are soon to fill the racks of retailers, ready for you to take home and incorporate into your wardrobe. One key piece that shows up year after year is the leather biker jacket. I’ve blogged about this classic trend maker in the past and am sure it will come around again and again.

Fall 2016 Trend: Biker ChicI love how this tough girl jacket can be combined with an uber feminine dress or skirt to create a fluid fashion ensemble that leaves a lasting impression. The biker jacket, wether leather or cotton or nylon, is definitely a staple for any fashion savvy gal’s closet.


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Spring 2016 Runway Translation ~ The Floral Trend

The infusion of flowers into the Spring Collections is as permanent a fixture on the runways as the models themselves.  Ne’r a Spring runway season has passed without the explosive use of this colorful print.  Flowers are nature’s gift to us, a sign of fresh starts… and they  must be admired and nurtured as their beauty is fleeting.  I loved the use of floral prints on the Spring 2016 runways, and that long withstanding trend has made it safely into our retail channels.

I’ve shown 3 of my favorite flower-power looks from Oscar de la Renta, Etro, and Calvin Klein (below) and have found what I think are 3 great shoppable translations of the trend for you.  ‘Tis the season, and being on trend this Spring means taking your seat at the garden party…

Spring 2016 Runway Trend- Floral

Spring 2016 Runway Translation- FloralLook 1: Oscar de la Renta inspired Adrianna Papell pleated sheath Matelassé dress found for $265 at johnlewis.com

Look 2: Etro inspired Free People So Divine romper found for $128 at shopbop.com

Look 3:  Calvin Klein inspired Phase Eight Kazumi maxi dress found for $87 at johnlewis.com


Stay tuned for more Spring 2016 Trend Translations!

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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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Christian Fashion Week 2015

The 2015 Christian Fashion Week was billed as it’s final show after a three year run of successfully bringing “modest fashion” to the forefront of the local fashion scene.  Producers of the event only scratched the surface of the conversation surrounding the conceptual ideals of modest fashion… what does it mean?  …what constitutes modest?  …who gets to make those decisions?  They asked those questions and presented their views via an unexpectedly diplomatic platform.

I liked it.  I’ll miss it.

Here are a few of my favorite looks from what will hopefully NOT REALLY be their last and final run…

Noka Posh Runway
Noka Posh by Tatjana Sladojevic
ckfcreate by Constance Franklin Runway
ckfcreate by Constance Franklin
Angel Myers Designs Runway
Angel Myers Designs
Aleksndra Classic Design Runway
Aleksandra Classic Design
Elegantees Runway
Elegantees by Katie Martinez
Kala Xpress Runway
Kala Xpress by Sumita Bhojwani
Xiaolin Design Runway
Xiaolin by Julia Chew
One Prize Performance Runway
One Prize Performance by Kirsten Warner
Messiah Couture Runway
Messiah Couture by Jean Huni
D President Attire Runway
D President Attire by David President
Alamwar Textiles Runway
Alamwar Textiles by Viji Reddy
Essence Flowers Designs Runway
Essence Flowers Designs
CFW Producers
With CFW Producers Mayra & Jose Gomez and Tamy Lugo
CFW Bloggers Three
With Bloggers Natasha Bernard and Genelle Frazier

Photo Credit: Tasia Hron

For more info about Christian Fashion Week 2015 and this year’s crop of talent visit their website here.

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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…

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Mix Don’t Match
Throw caution to the wind and mix prints, patterns and texture…

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

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…


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.

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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…
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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…
CXC26- Show

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.

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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.

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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

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