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…

White On White Look 1White On White Look 2White On White Look 3
Mix Don’t Match
Throw caution to the wind and mix prints, patterns and texture…

Mix Dont Match Look1Mix Dont Match Look 1BMix Dont Match Look 2

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…
CXC10- Black and Denim CXC11- Black and Denim1 CXC12- Black and Denim2Dolce Creative…
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…

3.1 Phillip Lim Spring 2015-1

3.1 Phillip Lim Spring 2015-2

3.1 Phillip Lim Spring 2015-3Photo Credit: Style.com

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Runway Translation: The Spring Shirt Shifter

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.

A Detacher Spring 2015

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!

Spring Shirt Shift Dress Cluster1.  Charming Vintage Print Dress, $26, Rosewe.com
2.  White Stuff Ava Dress, $62, JohnLewis.com
3.  Persona Printed Silk Dress, $105, House Of Fraser.com

Runway Photo Credit: Gianni Pucci via Style.com


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Worth New York Fall/ Winter 2014 Trunk Show

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!

Worth Winter 2014 Twill Stitch Kimono CardiganSuzy relaxes on the front porch, enjoying a nice glass of chardonnay after a long day at work.  She’s staying comfy cozy in a beautiful Camel Twill Stitch Kimono Cardigan.

Worth Winter 2014 Red Faux Curly Lamb CoatEvery woman’s gotta have a powerful red statement piece in her wardrobe!   This Simply Red Faux Curly Lamb Coat is just the ticket… quite the show stopper!

Worth Winter 2014 Black Knitted Fox DonutHow 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.

Worth Winter 2014 Peacock Impressionist DressJenny’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!

Worth Winter 2014 Feather Illusion SheathTime for a nice night out, but one more swing first!  A mother’s work is never done… especially when she’s workin’ it in this gorgeous Black and Gold Paisley Feather Illusion Sheath Dress.

Worth Winter 2014 Peacock Sweater Coat2Angier’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!

Worth Winter 2014 Chunky Tweed CoatAngier’s checking to see if there are any new Thank You notes from her customers.  She’s staying warm and looking great in a Camel Colorful Chunky Tweed Coat.

Worth Winter 2014 Stretch Twill Swing JacketShe’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 amiller@worthnewyork.com) or Julie Sargent (813.294.0754 jsargent@worthnewyork.com) 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 hereFor more info about Worth New York visit their website here.

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CITY. Fashion+Art+Culture

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

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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!

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Tampa Bay Fashion Week 2014

“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…

TBFW 2014 Rhonda Shear SetRhonda Shear Intimates

TBFW 2014 Desire Marie SetDesire’e Marie Design

TBFW 2014 Alexandra Lin SetAlexandra Lin Design

TBFW 2014 S-B SetSanford-Brown College Student Designer Showcase
Gabriela Dobreva, Katarzyna Zuzak, Maria C. Logdeser, Laura Hoyos

TBFW 2014 KalaXpress SetKalaXpress by Sumita Bhojwani

TBFW 2014 Crystal Hefner SetCrystal Hefner

TBFW 2014 Slacker SetSlacker by Kato Kaelin

TBFW 2014 Chavon Shree SetChavon Shree

TBFW 2014 Lolodaisy SetLolodaisy by Lorena

TBFW 2014 ECR SetElizabeth Carson Racker

TBFW 2014 Me and Friends SetWith friends Emily and Paola, and with designer Elizabeth Carson Racker

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!

What I Wore: Max and Cleo dress from Rehab Exchange Boutique, Gianni Bini shoes and black clutch from my closet, long pearl necklace doubled and tied into a knot from Deborah Kent’s.

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!

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