When I think of Calvin Klein I think of clean lines and classic American style. White. Black. Modern. Minimalism. The Spring 2014 Ready-To-Wear Collection designed by Women’s Creative Director Francisco Costa was a refreshing departure from the norm for this typically reserved brand. Experimenting with fringe and exposed seam allowances, Costa referred to the collection as “elevated deconstruction”. Here are my three favorite looks from the show…
In order to achieve this look several key elements must come into play:
Silhouette: Short Dress
Texture: Fringe and Lace
Color: Neutral Colorblocking or Patchwork
Here’s my sporty version of the look, complete with flatform sandals and the perfect nude lipstick…
1. MYF Short Dress, $187, yoox.com
2. Marc Jacobs Sunglasses, $70, bluefly.com
3. Tom Ford Sable Smoke Lipstick, $49, neimanmarcus.com
4. Nila Anthony Backpack, $65, nordstrom.com
5. Dolce Vita Flatform Sandal, $79, urbanoutfitters.com
I hired a new assistant. She’s six, so she works for snacks and candy. It’s working out well. She’s a wizard with the Nikon…
Here are some samples of her work behind the lens…
Outfit 1: Cacharel top & Bloch flats (Deborah Kent’s), Lil skirt (closet), Nine West handbag (DSW)
Outfit 2: Naked Zebra jumper (JC’s Boutique), Humanoid silk jacket (Deborah Kent’s), MaxStudio.com heels, Total Betty Society necklace
Outfit 3: Bellatrix shirt (Nordstrom Rack), Tart sequin pants (JC’s Boutique), Vince Camuto booties (Nordstrom), vintage purse strap as necklace, MaxStudio.com leather cuff
1. 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
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…
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
Spring Fashion Trend: STRIPES
The origin of this trend stems way back to the 1800’s in the French Province of Brittany. What we commonly refer to as “nautical stripes” (navy and white) are actually called Breton stripes. The 1858 Act of France made the Breton shirt part of the official uniform for French Navy seamen. There were 21 stripes- one for each of Napoleon’s victories. The stripes were also thought to help locate men who fell overboard.
In the 1930’s CoCo Chanel launched Breton stripes into the fashion mainstream after becoming inspired by a visit to the French Coast. She designed and wore a simple striped tee with palazzo pants and, well… the rest is history!
I pulled a few striped pieces from my closet and decided to take some pics of my favorite ensembles. I have several Breton pieces, but wanted to play with the other striped goodies for this shoot. Forgive the poor quality of these shots, as I am on the hunt for a better camera.
This red and white striped mini dress is by Soprano from Nordstrom. I love the simplicity of this cut and the cotton blend is super comfy! What drew me in (besides the $38 price tag) is the ruching detail on the sleeves. There’s a small pocket on the top left side that I could do without, but it’s barely noticeable. I accessorized with a long, silver necklace (which is actually a vintage purse strap), a turquoise cocktail ring, and a sexy pair of nude Gianni Bini heels. This look is perfect for date night!
This look combines stripes and a floral print to create an unexpected twist… which I like to do on occasion. The floral blouse is DmBm from Nordstrom … very inexpensive! The striped crop jacket is Ett Taia and the white jeans are Joe’s, both from local designer consigner Fresh Threads. The jacket is a bit boxy, so it calls for a flowy and feminine blouse underneath to balance the look. Paired with a nude peep toe pump, this look is great for lunching with friends.
Here’s my bohemian side begging to be set free! The maxi dress is Color Me Red and the striped vest is Project E Vintage, both from Keys Country. I like this ensemble because it’s super comfy and makes me feel like Mother Earth. I’ve paired it with a fabulous necklace made by local jewelry designer Marianne Homsy and grecian Bandolino sandals. I could lounge around town all day in this one!