WORTH NEW YORK Fall 2014 Trunk Show

It’s that time of year again… my favorite season is finally here!  The temperatures are dropping ever so slightly, the stores are stocking up on new fall fashions, my event calendar is getting a little more active… it’s Fall Fashion time people!

I’ve been to two trunk shows in the past few days and I’m planning on attending several more in the coming weeks… not to mention the absolute bombardment of fashion shows coming up in September  (Stay tuned for more about that).  Anywho, let me share with you the pictures from my recent visit to the WORTH NEW YORK Fall 2014 Trunk Show that was held at my friend Angier Miller’s home.  My gal pal Denise Schultz and I had the best time shopping and modeling this fabulous collection.  The pieces will only be there for a limited time, but Angier did let me know that she’s happy to give private and virtual showings to any interested buyers.

Rather than bore you with lots of words about how lovely the pieces look and how wonderfully they fit and how well-constructed they are and about how the quality and craftsmanship is superior to most, why don’t I just show you the pictures?  Yes?


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If you love what you see and you’d like to schedule some time with WORTH New York Agency Owner Angier Miller to shop the Fall 2014 collection  email her at amiller@worthnewyork.com.  The pieces will be in Tampa, Florida until August 20th, but she can hook you up with more information about how to get the best looks for Fall!

P.S.-  The gorgeous make-up for this shoot was provided by Arbonne.  “What’s Arbonne?” you say… well, I’m so glad you asked.  It’s no secret!  I’ve been using the made-from-nature line for years and my skin has never looked better.  If you’re into pure, safe, and beneficial skincare email me at michelle@runwaytranslator and I’ll be happy to tell you more about how you can get your hands on some free samples 🙂

That’s it for now!  Be sure to keep up with me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest cuz it’s about to get fun around here!

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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

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Christian Fashion Week 2014

For God so loved the world that he gave us fashion!  Am I right?  I haven’t read the bible lately, but I think the heavens were shining down upon Tampa last weekend during the second annual Christian Fashion Week.  The lineup of designers was so packed with talent, they had to break up the runway shows into two nights.  I was able to attend Night One and was quite impressed with what I saw.  I may not make it to church on Sundays, but I do have a fondness for modest fashion and found this event to be a refreshing and welcomed addition to the local fashion scene.  Kudos to CFW Founders and power couples Mayra and Jose Gomez, and Tamy and Wil Lugo for putting on this wildly successful series of events!

CFW2014-Runway Translator and FriendsPictured above (clockwise):  Yours Truly, with CFW Producer Jose Gomez, with Estrella Fashion Report blogger Farrah Estrella, with photographer Tasia Hron.

Eight fashion labels were showcased and I’ve selected my three favorite looks from each collection below along with a quote from each designer.  Enjoy…

Repurposed by Jesse Washington and Ricc Rollins
“This isn’t your grandfather’s fashion show, but he will recognize some of the styles.  Everything old is new again, lives in the designs of each piece as we upcycle and repurpose creating a “green” look that makes a statement at every turn.”Repurposed

Mikra by Vonique Mason-Edwards
“Fashion can be used as a ministry tool.”Mikra

House of Dali by Dali Hernandez
“God First, Fashion Next.”House of Dali

All Brides 2 Be by Jessica Rios
“Bridal and Formalwear dresses made to fit you, not you to fit them and in your budget!”All Brides 2 Be

Just Cool by Roy Smoothe
“Jesus doesn’t care if you’re an innovator, trendsetter, trend-follower, or mainstreamer.  Your style, taste, position, or popularity means nothing to Him.  He is just looking for people who will follow.  We follow our faith and create the fashion.”Just Cool

Angel Myers by Angel Myers
“True Style Has No Size”
Angel Myers

EJ Fashion by Elaine Grullon
“Being a fashion designer means you are responsible not just for the clothes but for the message you are conveying with the clothes.”Elaine Grullon

Elegantees by Katie Martinez, Wildly Sanchez, and Sarah McPhillips
“Elegantees are sewn to restore.  To restore the purity and modesty our culture is depleted of, and to restore the lives of women rescued from sex trafficking.”Elegantees

Elegantees was my personal favorite!  I thought the collection was modern and innovative, using draping and gathering techniques that flattered every figure.  When I learned that all of these beautiful creations are sewn by women rescued from sex trafficking, I felt an even deeper sense of connection to this brand.  As a Junior Leaguer, sex trafficking awareness has been an important initiative for me.  I love that these designers are using their skills and their platform as a voice for reform!  Amen!

For more pictures from Christian Fashion Week click here or visit their website here.

Many Thanks to my photographer Tasia Hron!  You can check out more of her work here.

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