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!
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…
Photo Credit: Tasia Hron
For more info about Christian Fashion Week 2015 and this year’s crop of talent visit their website here.
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.
With 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…
Bold hues inspired by the organic rainbow of colors found in the spice markets of India…
On The White Side
From bright white to sand, this head-to-toe palette reads modern and sophisticated…
Other Spring 2015 Trends at Neiman Marcus (also shown above):
Long, Layered Necklaces
The Bucket Bag
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…
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!
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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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.
Rocking their GoBearr harness fashions, the bartenders served up custom cocktails like ‘Chris-Gin Dior’ and ‘Gin Kardashian’ to a very thirsty crowd…
Several talented dance companies appeared throughout the show. I loved the infusion of dance, song, and theater,
The evening’s host with the most, The Ritz Ybor’s Okie Tilo…
Let the fashion begin! Here are some of my favorite looks from the show:
Black and Denim Apparel Company…
Gianna Love & the House of Love ft. Haus of Blackbird…
For more info and pictures from the event visit the Facebook Event Page for Cocktails X Couture here.
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…
Photo Credit: Style.com
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.
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!
Runway Photo Credit: Gianni Pucci via Style.com
The temperatures are dropping and you know what that means! It’s time for the Worth New York Fall/ Winter 2014 Collection to breeze in and out of Tampa for our shopping pleasure. This luxurious and sophisticated ready-to-wear line of separates, dresses, coats, and accessories will be showing at the home of Angier Miller until Wednesday, October 22nd so give her a call to book a private or virtual viewing appointment (contact info below).
If you’re not familiar with the brand, let me tell you what I know about the woman who wears Worth New York… she’s not your average gal, but rather a chic, quality conscious woman who moves through life with a refined sense of self confidence and is usually noted as having a certain je ne sais quoi. She’s the girl next door, if you live on the tree lined streets of South Tampa where moms push their children on swings while wearing couture gowns!
How do you take any outfit to the next level? Add a fur collar of course! Suzy accepted the challenge and is rocking this Black Knitted Fox Donut like a movie star.
Jenny’s taking control of the neighborhood in this Spruce Green and Peacock Impressionist Border Dress and Leather Safety Pin Belt. This look is great for both work and after hours, when it’s time to high five the nanny and head out the door for happy hour!
Angier’s business partner Julie is ready to show you the Fall/ Winter 2014 Collection! She’s wearing a Worth New York Optic White Cotton Shirt under a classic Peacock Sweater Coat with oversized shiny metal buttons. I love the proportions of this military-inspired sweater coat… very flattering!
She’s awaiting your arrival in style… this vanilla and black Stretch Twill Swing Jacket is my absolute favorite piece in the collection! And those pants! Wow… those black cotton Bistretch Faith Pants make Angier’s legs look a mile long!
Be sure to contact Angier Miller (813.368.1561 email@example.com) or Julie Sargent (813.294.0754 firstname.lastname@example.org) to see more from this beautiful Worth New York Fall/ Winter 2014 Collection. Remember it’s only in Tampa for a limited time, until October 22nd! Check out their Facebook Group Page here. For more info about Worth New York visit their website here.
This year’s CITY. Fashion+Art+Culture event at the Tampa Museum of Art was, as I had anticipated, a top-notch affair. The tickets are a pretty penny, but they ALWAYS sell out and this year was no exception. Art lovers and fashionistas alike gathered in their most stylish threads to enjoy a decadent evening that more than satisfied all of the senses! Let’s see, for my inner foodie there were insanely delicious offerings like roast beef and salmon from Eddie V’s Prime Seafood. My sweet tooth was doing a happy dance for the endless mouth-watering desserts from Chocolate Pi. Speaking of dancing, I got a workout on the dance floor thanks to the throbbing beats played by the live DJ… my stellar moves may or may not have been enhance by the complimentary Tito’s Handcrafted Vodka and craft beers at the VIP bar. And what am I forgetting? Oh yes, hello… the fashion show!
Held against a backdrop of stark white modern architecture, current fall fashions from Neiman Marcus popped off the runway like the first drop of paint on a blank canvas. One by one the models floated down the runway giving us a taste of what Neiman’s International Plaza has to offer this season.
Neiman’s was NOT shy about mixing prints in this first set. In case you didn’t know, this is very on-trend for the season. Mix it up! Do it, don’t be scared! Look how well it turns out if you do it right. Still not sure? That’s okay, call me or call one of the stylists at Neiman’s… we’ll help you get it right.
Shades of Grey. Put away the neck tie, I’m talking about hues here. Grey, grey, and more grey… all day long. I love the classic, casual-chic, effortless, sophistication of it all! Grey can do no wrong in my book.
Don’t you want to just touch it? Shearling!!! I want to curl up next to a fire wrapped in one of those vests y’all!
Overall, I was catching everything they were throwing! If I had to manifest just one critique it would be that I wish we had seen more “risk taking” on the runway. Don’t get me wrong, every single look was fabulous, but I love a little danger in my adventure, a little more octane in my gas tank if you know what I mean. I’m an espresso versus french roast kinda gal when it comes to my runway shows… I may not always dress like a character, but I wanna see the envelope pushed because that’s what inspires me. You know? But I know the score. In most cases, the audience dictates the show… in other words, even for an artsy crowd this target market of potential buyers was riding on the slightly conservative side of fashion (welcome to Tampa), so I completely understand why the looks shown were seemingly a bit “safe”. It’s cool… I’m just saying.
What I Wore: Rendez-vous knit jacket from Deborah Kent’s, Triumph graphic tee from JC’s Boutique, Spike Necklace from Naje’ Designs, Tart drawstring capris from Nordstrom Rack, Guess black patent leather and gold sandals from my closet.
Photo Credit: Tasia Hron
P.S.- If you liked any of the looks from the show, and I’m sure you did, be sure to swing by Neiman Marcus at International Plaza before the pieces magically disappear! And please support the Tampa Museum of Art by paying a visit. I promise, you’ll be a more enriched individual by doing so… cuz art is good for the soul!
“The 7th Year Stitch”
I’ve attended this annual runway show every year since it’s launch seven years ago, and it truly gets better each time! Nancy Vaughn and her team at Tampa Bay Fashion Week have done an amazing job elevating the fashion scene here in the Bay Area. This year’s event benefits Becca’s Closet, an organization that donates prom gowns and scholarships to high school girls with financial need.
Thirteen talented designers showcased their Spring/Summer 2015 Collections on the runway at the Hilton in Downtown Tampa on September 17th. The scene was electric! Flash bulbs lit up the ballroom as the front rows were riddled with a veritable who’s who of local celebrities and supporters of this thriving fashion community. Leading the night’s stroll through style were the funny and charming Anji Corley from HSN and Jorge Alvarado from The Jorge Show.
Here are my top picks from each designer…
KalaXpress by Sumita Bhojwani
Slacker by Kato Kaelin
Lolodaisy by Lorena
Yet another shrewd genius move on the part of the FWTB team was the addition of the use of Luevo.com, giving us fashion-obsessed consumers a great way to shop the looks right off the runway! Um, yes please! Go ahead, check it out… and buy you some Tampa fashion!
I’d like to thank my awesome fashion photographer Tasia Hron for capturing all of the fashionable moments you see above. Stay tuned for new posts I’m working on about the CITY Fashion Event at the Tampa Museum of Art and the St. Pete Art & Fashion Week runway shows… they were spectacular! Bye for now!
… So Take Off All Your Clothes! Just Leave On Your Accessories!
Haute Accessories Week 2014 came and went through Tampa Bay, leaving in its wake a throng of salivating fashionistas fanning ourselves and wondering “what the world” just happened. Thank you for that Lacey Smith! He and his team at The Fashion Movement know just how to leave a gal wanting more! Though I was not able to attend every fabulous Haute event around town, I made it a point NOT to miss the runway presentation at Hunter’s Green Country Club which was, as usual, A-maz-ing! Oh what fun! I love an event where it’s not all about the superficial and the material, though let’s face it, that’s what fashion tends to be. I love this event in particular because it’s always such a feel-good experience… I bounce in and am welcomed with open arms by a group of genuinely supportive and mutually respected professionals who simply have fun doing what they love. That’s rare people. Maybe it was the atmosphere, maybe it was the jewelry, maybe it was the free-flowing Peroni, whatever the reason I had a wonderful night. Here are some pics of my favorite looks and my favorite peeps…
With the Event’s Host Mayra Gomez and Lighting Innovator Jose Gomez
Both from Christian Fashion Week
The proceeds from Haute Accessories Week benefit Joshua House, a safe haven for abused, neglected and abandoned children in Tampa Bay. Sponsors for this charitable event included Brandon Mitsubishi, Peroni Beer, Above Promotions, Cerulean Blu Boutique, and Viktoria Richards Chocolates, among others. To find out more please visit the Haute Accessories Week Facebook Page. Stay tuned to learn more about upcoming events from The Fashion Movement; the ever popular Bow Ties & Clutches and the inaugural Bloggers’ Ball.
What I Wore: Steve Madden silk print dress and Banana Republic belt, both from Fresh Threads Boutique. Vince Camuto mile high platform wedges from Dillards (long ago). Oversized faux crocodile envelope clutch gifted to me last year by the folks at Tampa Bay Fashion Week.
What I Scored: See that long necklace with the spikes in the top pic? You know, the pic with the shirtless model. I was especially drawn to that one so I bought it after the show… the necklace, not the model! I don’t think he was for sale. I got to meet designer Nancy Ranalli of NaJe’ Designs whose hand-crafted pieces are truly works of art. I also purchased a really cool pair of one-of-a-kind silver drop earrings that I can’t wait to rock!
Photo Credit: Tasia Hron Photography
Coming Soon!!! New blog posts about Tampa Bay Fashion Week, City Fashion + Art Event at the Tampa Museum of Art, and the St. Pete Fashion & Art Runway Presentation!