Swimsuits Now~ Retro Fit, Modern Print

One Piece Swimsuit We Are Handsome(photo: wearehandsome.com)

My family and I just returned from a very relaxing pool-side vacation, so naturally I have swimwear on the brain.  If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to dive into a new one-piece swimsuit.  The trend has swept the runways and fashion-minded women are embracing this fun, yet sophisticated style.  While I love the retro-inspired one-piece numbers shown all over the runways, I don’t want to look like I just popped out of a vintage Florida post card.  I’m looking for something a bit more subtle.  These printed versions bring a modern vibe to the classic swimsuit style…

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1. Roksanda Ilincic, $452, matchesfashion.com
2. We Are Handsome, $344, my-wardrobe.com
3. Paul Smith, $115, paulsmith.co.uk
4. Zimmerman, $265, net-a-porter.com
5. Lucas Hugh, $95, theoutnet.com
6. Oscar De La Renta, $173, theoutnet.com
7. Marc by Marc Jacobs, $210, stylebop.com
8. Heidi Klein, $237, net-a-porter.com

P.S.- Take a walk on the wild side in the tribal-influenced styles pictured below.  All suits shown below are on sale currently at Neiman Marcus.
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Enjoy the rest of your summer!

XOXO~ Runway Translator

Double Duty Dress

Double Duty DressEarrings: Marianne Homsy.  Clover Canyon dress/tunic: Deborah Kent’s.
Wide leg pant: Da-Nang.  Sandals: Nordstrom.

Double Duty Dress Ensemble1.  Sophie Hulme floral print silk dress, $101, net-a-porter.com
2.  Farhi by Nicole Farhi  linen trousers, $92, my-wardrobe.com
3.  Coach leather flight bag, $228, coach.com
4.  Golden Morning sandal, $60, modcloth.com

Denim + Leopard Print Flats = Endless Possibilities

Leopard Print Ballet Flats and Denim- Street Style
photos: stylebistro, 14 shades of grey, glamour

Got denim?  Sure you do.  Who doesn’t?  Got leopard print flats?  Well, if not then you’re missing out on a huge opportunity to expand your wardrobe options.  Animal print (in small doses) is a great neutral… in other words, it goes with just about everything!  A pair of leopard print ballet flats can be worn with solids (red, coral, turquoise, royal blue) or with prints (stripes & floral).  The combination of a denim bottom and these classic shoes will serve as a blank slate on which any number of trendy tops can be worn to create a cohesive look…

Leopard Print Ballet Flats and Denim

1. Linen Camp Tee, $49.50, madewell.com
2. Silk Peplum Top, $108, madewell.com
3. Striped Tee, $42, misselfridge.com
4. Topshop  Skater Skirt, $40, nordstrom.com
5. Denim Pencil Skirt, $59.90, zara.com
6. Current/Elliott Boyfriend jean, $225, net-a-porter.com
7. Leopard Print Flat, $50, nastygal.com

Oh, To Walk In Those Shoes…

Lanvin Blue High Heels
Here she is ladies and gentlemen, please give a warm welcome to the hottest high-heel sandal on the fashion market, the one, the only… one of the most expensive five inch platforms to come off the runways this spring… the shoes that make my toes tingle with envy and my legs long for their touch… give a round of applause for our guest on RunwayTranslator today, Lanvin’s crystal embellished blue suede sandals everybody!!! (the crowd goes wild)

But seriously folks… she’s a steal at $2,800!!!  Good-night everyone. I’ll be here all week!

While sourcing on net-a-porter.com I was curious to see what the most expensive high heel sandals they have looked like.  I searched sandals and put them in price order viewing the highest first. For the sake of my collage, I removed the knee-high gladiator sandals (at $2,700 and $1,800).  Starting with our special guest in blue, follow the dollar sign below to see who else comes in at the ‘Oh-my-god-how-much-did-you-say-those-were?’ mark…

Most Expensive High Heel Sandals
Shoes: Net-a-porter.com

Crystal-embellished suede sandals $2,800 Lanvin
Platform leather gladiator sandals $2,375 Haider Ackermann
Birds of Paradise suede and metal sandals $2,255 Charlotte Olympia
Studded cutout leather sandals $2,180 Alaïa
Maia suede and stingray T-bar sandals $1,995 Brian Atwood
Metallic python sandals $1,895 Givenchy
Cutout suede and metallic leather platform sandals $1,869 Alaïa
Botanica orchid patent-leather sandals $1,795 Charlotte Olympia

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