Independence Day

Vogue, point of view, July 2013 Issue:

The average American closet is a creative cauldron.  Who would we like to be this morning- a preppy in shrunken blazer and driving loafers?  An haute hippie, trailing handkerchief hems along with the sound of bangles?  An eighties rock-‘n’-roller in black lace?

Standing out as an individual is what we all want and need.  The key is to home in on your own distinct look- and then write your own rules around it.  Forget what anyone else says or wears- this is the true soul of chic.

Independence Dayphotos: Pinterest

The word independent means ‘not subject to control by others: self-governing.’  Independence Day fashion is not about how many variations of red, white and blue we can combine to create a patriotic ensemble.  It’s not about wearing an American flag or the strategic drape of its stars and stripes.  To this fashion-obsessed lover of the U.S. of A., fashion on Independence Day represents the nature of who we are as a nation; self-governing.  I am inspired by the independent thinkers of fashion, the mavericks who break the mold and push the envelope like those pictured above.  I love the motorcycle jacket with flat sandals and a girly skirt… and  how about the floor length skirt with a flannel shirt?  Brilliant!  I was so inspired by the middle look that I styled a shoppable evening version…

Independence Day Ensemble

1.  Plaid Chiffon Shirt, $15, delias.com
2.  Silvia Silk Maxi Skirt, $210, reiss.com
3.  Saint Laurent Leather Cuff, $595, ysl.com
4.  Bottega Veneta Clutch, $1393, farfetch.com
5.  Stuart Weitzman Silver Pump, $335, zappos.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: The Water Effect

Spring 2013 Runway Trend- Water Effect
runway photos: style.com

How refreshing!  With splashes of blues, greens & whites on flowy fabrics this runway trend makes me thirsty for more.  A sea of designers like Proenza Schouler, Charlotte Ronson, Michael Kors, Donna Karan, Tracy Reese, and many more seemed to draw upon the ocean for their inspiration this Spring.  Having several upcoming evening events on my horizon, I took this as my cue to dive right in and find my own mermaid-worthy ensemble.  I can’t wait to feel like a tall drink of water in this look (too much?)…

Spring 2013 Translation- Water Effect

1. Phase Eight Dip-dye Maxi Dress, $140, houseoffraser.com
2. Janna Conner Rock Crystal Fringe Necklace, $85, saksfifthavenue.com
3. Steve Madden Too Sweet Clutch, $48, zappos.com
4. Jeffrey Campbell Holiday Sandal, $128.95, lorisshoes.com