Runway Translation: Ralph Lauren Spring 2014

The spring retail season is nearly here.  Wanna know which trend you will NOT be able to escape?  I’ll give you a hint, well two actually: black and white.  Since the beginning of fashion time (post loin cloth era) the black and white print has made it’s mark on every season, particularly during springtime.  Behold the latest offerings soon to hit the retail sector courtesy of Ralph Lauren…

Ralph Lauren Spring 2014 Cluster

I like how Ralph Lauren put a menswear inspired twist on the looks, incorporating neckties and suits with the school girl socks and Mary Jane pumps… it gave the collection a nice balance.  If you’re ready to embrace the graphic black and white mixed print trend, but can’t necessarily afford the designer pieces shown above, check out the budget-friendly ensemble I’ve created for your consumption…

Ralph Lauren Inspired Ensemble Spring 2014

Shop The Look:
1.  Graphic Floral Necktie, $36, zazzle.com
2.  Black and White Collar Dress, $75, dorothyperkins.com
3.  Black and White Striped Crop Top, $6, thehut.com
4.  Black Mini-Bag, $40, solesociety.com
5.  Knee High Socks, $12, topshop.com
6.  Black Patent Leather Mary Janes, $40, ninewest.com

XOXO,

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Vera Wang Rocks!

Vera Wang is femininity personified… this we know.  But did you also know that her fashion collections, above and beyond the amazing bridal gowns she’s most well-known for, are edgy and sexy and very rock-n-roll?  I’m here to tell you that Vera Wang rocks!  Check out my three favorite looks from her Fall 2013 runway show below.  The layering of shimmery sequins and sheer floral prints paired with tailored skinny pants creates an overall effect that radiates confidence and sophistication…

Vera Wang Fall 2013

Here’s my shoppable version of Vera Wang’s Fall 2013 runway style…

Vera Wang Fall 2013 Translation

1.  Michael Kors short dress (altered), $180, yoox.com
2.  Mango sheer long sleeve tee, $34.99, mango.com
3.  Floral cigarette trouser, $76, topshop.com
4.  Betsey Johnson mini satchel, $108, lordandtaylor.com
5.  Michael Kors suede platform sandal, $150, neimanmarcus.com

Celine Fall 2013- Runway Translation

“Really elegant but weird; almost nerdy but perverse.”
~ Photographer Juergen Teller describing the Celine Fall Collection

Celine Fall 2013

My top three looks from the Celine Fall Collection had several key elements in common.  If you’re a fan of the simple, elegant, mid-century modern made contemporary looks above, and you’d like to give it a go, be sure to include the following elements in your ensemble:

Color- Soft and monochromatic.  Top and skirt should be solid and matching in color.
Texture- Every piece should want to make you touch it!  Go for wooly, cozy, furry, etc.
Shape- Boxy on top with a fit & flare skirt that falls below the knee.
Booties- Find one that hits below the mid-calf and fits like a second skin.

Check out my shoppable translation below…

Celine Translation

1. Leather Box T-shirt, $190, topshop.com
2. Deadly Ponies Handbag, $839, farfetch.com
3. Sabine Skirt, $295, toryburch.com
4. Robert Lee Morris Cuff, $98, bloomingdales.com
5. Louboutin Daf Booty, $1395, christianlouboutin.com

The Black Maxi Dress

The Black Maxi Dress

This fashion staple will never, ever go out of style.  Seasonless, ageless, and extremely versatile, a black maxi dress should be in your closet or on your list of must-haves.   I recommend a nice modal or cotton jersey knit fabric that will stand the test of time and can play a casual or dressy role in your wardrobe’s cast of characters.  Throw on a pair of sandals and a cropped cardigan for a simple daytime look.  Add a colorful statement necklace and fun tote for that extra touch of style…

The Black Maxi Dress Ensemble1

1. Sequin Striped Tote, $49.95, gap.com
2. Strappy Cami Maxi Dress, $36, topshop.com
3. Betsey Johnson Flower Necklace, $155, zappos.com
4. Cropped Cardigan, $19.99, mango.com
5. Charles by Charles David Sandals, $54.99, heels.com 

Runway Translation: Fluorescent Frocks

Spring 2013 Runway Trend- Bright Yellow Dress
runway photos: style.com

Simone Rocha, Nanette Lepore & Versace were just a few of the designers who showed bold pops of neon and fluorescent hues on the runways this spring.  This trend is a bit tricky because it’s easy to go overboard and find yourself looking like a fashion victim of the 1980’s.  If you’re brave enough to go for a bright yellow dress like the looks above be sure to soften the glow with a complimentary shade of turquoise or pink… even black tends to dial down the bright factor a bit.

Spring 2013 Translation- Bright Yellow Dress

1. Prabal Gurung for Target Ruffle Dress, $19.98, target.com
2. Lionette Designs by Noa Samba Earrings, $137, shopambience.com
3. Camilla Large Zip Clutch, $190, shopbop.com
4. Lolly Metal Heel Sandals, $170, topshop.com

Denim Shorts With Oxfords

I was trying to think of fun ways to jazz up my vintage (okay, circa 2003) cut-off denim shorts, which I tend to throw on as soon as I roll out of bed.  Enter the metallic oxfords.  I can totally dig this look because it’s comfy without sacrificing style.  Amp up the fem-factor and balance the edgy shoes with a pretty floral top.  Grab your fedora and trendy shades and you’re out the door…

Denim Shorts and Oxfords Ensemble

1. Floral Top, $29, dorothyperkins.com
2. Moto Denim Shorts, $64, topshop.com
3. BCBG Banded Fedora, $48, bcbg.com
4. Round Preppy Sunglasses, $32, topshop.com
5. Bass Silver Oxfords, $99, amazon.com

The Power Suit

Spring 2013 Runway Trend- Monochromatic Pant Suits
runway photos: style.com

Hail to the almighty power suit!  Nothing says “Bring me coffee, minion!” like a sleek, monochromatic pant suit.  Command attention this Spring in a navy blue ensemble like…

Spring 2013 Translation- Monochromatic Pant Suits

1. Navy Suit Jacket, $58, wallis.com
2. Navy Slim Suit Trousers, $50, shop.mango.com
3. Navy Camisole, $9, dorothyperkins.com
4. Navy Leather Purse, $40, topshop.com
5. Navy Ellen Tracy Pumps, $69, lordandtaylor.com

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

 

Spring Translation: The Kimono

Kimono Spring Trend2
 photo credit: style.com

Interpreting the runway styles and applying them to one’s real life is what I like to call my ‘style translation’.  This Spring we saw quite a few Japanese-inspired kimono looks on the runways of several fashion designers (Emilio Pucci, Hermes, Etro). Here’s a great way to translate this Asian Spring trend and avoid looking like a geisha…

Kimono Spring Trend
1. H&M black kimono jacket, $29.99, ebay.com 
2. TopShop patchwork cami, $52, topshop.com 
3. Jane Norman yellow wave skirt, $26, janenorman.co.uk
4. Paulownias peacock clutch, $75, etsy.com 
5. L.A.M.B. black platform wedge, $196.62, 6pm.com