Runway Translation: Trending Tribal

Be ready for plenty of international influence in fashion this Spring buying season!  One of the most popular fashion trends for Spring takes its colorful inspiration from traditional tribal garments found in exotic lands around the globe…

Trending Tribal 2014

If wearing an African Aso-Oke (traditional dress and hat wrap) is not your style, you can still become an honorary style tribe member and tap into this trend by incorporating a touch of print into your ensemble.  Check out my runway translation below…

Trending Tribal-Shola Flat Ensemble

This look revolves around the ballet flats by Shola Designs… notice the fun African motif.  When paired with a black wrap top, linen shorts, and woven handbag these comfy flats provide the perfect touch of tribal inspiration for a cohesive look that’s subtle and on trend.  *Shop the look below.

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Shola’s designer, Shola Yusuf, at a Trunk Show hosted by Farrah Estrella of Estrella Fashion Report.  Shola is a local entrepreneur here in Tampa and originally hails from Nigeria.  I love her premier collection of shoes!  So much in fact that I couldn’t resist buying a gorgeous pair of turquoise platform stilettos.  I can’t wait to feature them in a future blog post.  Check out Shola’s beautiful traditional African ensemble…

Shola Gerardo Luna -86Photo Credit:  Gerardo Luna
My Outfit:  Suncoo Paris vest from Deborah Kent’s over graphic tank from JC’s Boutique, gold chain belt from Rehab Exchange, Wilster silk harem capris from Nordstrom Rack, awesome new platform heels from Shola Designs.

*Shop The ‘Trending Tribal’ Look:
1.  Barbara I. Gongini top, $428, farfetch.com
2.  Red Valentino linen shorts, $226, farfetch.com
3.  Snakeskin cuff bracelette, $70, bluefly.com
4.  Tory Burch woven purse, $324, farfetch.com
5.  Shola ballet flat, $73, sholadesigns.com

*Fun Fashion Factoid:
“Traditional African clothing is generally very colorful. These colors actually have meaning. The yellows and golds tend to mean wealth and fertility because it is the color of a precious metal and the yolk of an egg. Red is viewed as the color of blood and tension. Blue is the color of peace and love. Green is the color of life and prosperity.”  ~Ask.com

XOXO,
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So, I went to Rehab…

My name is Michelle, and I am a fashionholic.  I recently went to Rehab…

Rehab Collage-Storefront Inside
photos: Rehab Exchange St. Pete, owner Amber Dees, inside the store

… a trendy designer consignor boutique that opened it’s newest location in Downtown St. Pete this past weekend.  Rehab Exchange buys, sells & trades modern & vintage designer apparel, shoes, handbags & accessories… with an edge!

I pulled a few dresses from the ubercool suspended racks to show one of my clients…

Rehab Cluster- Dresses

A little pre-fashion show action…

Rehab Cluster- Preshow
photo: Nicole Roach from Intuition Salon & Spa did the models’ hair and makeup

Rehab’s Grand Opening Fashion Show gave a glimpse into their naughty side, featuring a few overexposed avant-garde looks like assless chaps and chain bralettes.  The runway portion of the event was held two doors down from the boutique in an outdoor courtyard.  Apart from the drizzling rain, the show was fun and energized.  Rehab’s own Lauren Hubbard moderated onstage in a gorgeous gold leather cocktail dress while the beautiful amateur models (friends of Rehab) rocked it out and looked like they were having a blast!  They danced down the runway with so much energy my camera had a hard time keeping up.  I picked a few of my favorite dresses for this PG-rated post…

Rehab Runway- Cocktail Dresses Rehab Runway- Long Dresses

Has anyone ever told you that you need to go to Rehab?  Well trust me, you do!