Summer Trend Alert: Nautical

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Dress: Owl Fish Wristlet: Coach X Disney Sunnies: Prada

So while we still technically have a few days left of Spring, I personally can’t wait for Summer to officially grace us with it’s presence. Perhaps because we are still on the heels of Memorial Day, and perhaps because I love anything that matches my favorite Mickey ears wristlet, I have a thing for style with nodes of red, white and blue. Alas, one of my favorite Summer trends I’m looking forward to the most is that of nautical inspiration.

Easily confused with Americana, typically nautical exudes beachy vibes. Alas, in addition to a very patriotic color scheme, the perfect nautical ensemble is accented with gold. For me, I typically opt for gold accessories. Some more traditional nautical pieces are often affiliated with 4th of July high wasted swim wear as seen on beach babes of the 60’s and 70’s and include gold accents in the form of buttons.

This trend is so easy to accomplish and can be achieved with some of the most basic closet staples including denim jeans and a white t-shirt. Last week I started my Summer Style preview and rocked this look accented with a red scarf. Felt a little scouttish but I was happy with how the look came together.

What Summer trend are you dear readers looking forward to most?

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Style Fashion Week Fall 16

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So I sincerely apologize dear readers for publishing this er- fashionably late. Typically I’m on top of my runway posts as timing is everything when it comes to these sorts of things but alas, here is my recap of this seasons styles.

The event took place at the Pacific Center For Design. Had I known the event would start hours after promised I would have stopped to get a milkshake from Millions (it’s been a hot second since I’ve hit that place up. Actually, does anyone go there anymore? It’s no longer on TMZ every 5 minutes so maybe not?) Anyways, the production was well worth the wait! I was so glad I opted for an ensemble that involved sequins considering my new favorite label, Julia Clancey, clearly was all about making a sparkling statement. Julia opened the show with models rollerskating down the runway, rocking out to Zanadu. It was an experience that I never dreamed I had to have. Sparkly turbans, sparkly tunics and outfits that looked like they were inspired by Zenon- I was in runway heaven!

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Next on the bill was a label I have grown accustomed to look forward to each season- A’Qua Swim. The designer, Adrienne Fuqua always brings an energy to the catwalk that can only be described as So. Cal Chic. Her designs are always the ultimate summer swimsuit goals. From whimsy two pieces to asymmetrical cuts, Fuqua always takes swimwear to a whole other level.

K RaShae was next to grace the runway. The collection exuded strength, power and resilience and was probably the first true ready to wear collection to walk down the catwalk for the night. My favorite piece was a graphic bomber-which by the way are totally the key statement piece of Fall! You know when you see something in about 20 different varieties at H&M it’s probably a piece you want to invest in. I loved that this designer seems to have used lots of organza- or at least a material that looks an awful lot like organza. Typically whenever I see this material I think of 80’s prom gone way bad. However, this collection utilized this material and made it modern and cool again.

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These were among my favorite shoes to walk on the runway!

Moods of Norway was the next showcase of the evening, and the first men’s collection! I go very back and fourth when it comes to men’s apparel. More often than not I utilize these shows as an intermission if you will. However, I found the refined details of this collection especially captivating. The fact that men’s bags were incorporated into the styling details of the designs also helped keep my attention, especially since my job now includes working with men’s bags, once again proving my point that whether you’re a sales person, an editor, a designer, a buyer etc. we technically all work with one another thus my elevated interest and attention to the styling details of this collection. If I could describe this collection in two words I would say it was definitely modern and refined with industrial details.

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Shanna Gall was the designer to close out the evening. Her designs were exactly what I needed and look forward to the most in a runway show- drama, and details that make you say ooo, I need that! From feathers and ruffles, her collection was for the girls who aren’t afraid to be girly. Literally, Gall’s designs reminded me of the hey days of Bob Mackie-like she was designing for Barbie herself.  And what better way to accent her designs straight out of a fashionistas real life fairy tale than to include a furry and equally fashion forward friend in her presentation! So does this mean next season I can bring my beloved Olivia Benson? She loves fashion just as much as her mommy does of course! Gall is definitely one label both myself and my precious Olivia will look forward to in the seasons to come.

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When Pretty and Pumpkins Collide

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Boots: Lucky Brand Leggings: Alice and Olivia Top: Free People Scarf: Coach Hat: Saks

Well it appears as though the seasons have finally caught up to the calendar. Mother nature has finally had her obligatory Pumpkin Spice Late (with soy, of course cause that’s just how I envision Mother Nature to roll) and has bestowed upon us days where it actually makes sense to wear a scarf and yes even boots!

So what better way to spend the first chilly day in Fall other than to head up to my new official favorite photo spot, Rileys Farm in Oak Glen. This time I took my little family with me. My little Olivia had a blast running through the fields of pumpkins and yes we are those dog people who let her pick out her own pumpkin.

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So in the spirit of weather below 75 degrees, which by So Cal fashion bylaw means it’s time to bundle up, I grabbed my favorite boots, hat, big glasses and my newest Fall addition, my plaid scarf and boom! Perfect Fall ensemble! Minus the peacoat due to the ruggedness of my destination. However, despite some previous investments into ensuring serious Fall vibes when it comes to the style department such as my favorite ALC leather pants, there are some other staples I look forward to adding to my closet this season. See below my list of Fall must haves for this season.

  • Stuart Weitzman Lowland boots
  • Vegan leather leggings- Free People, because, well obviously.
  • Wildfox Sweaters- because one can never have too many of those. A
  • Tunic Dresses in all dark hues- navy, burgundy, and maybe even some emerald for kicks and giggles.
  • More scarves- Prints and solids to mix it up.

In addition to cooler temps and pretty foliage, what are your favorite things about Fall dear readers?

 

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Art Hearts Fashion LA

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A labels dress with my favorite and probably overly used H&M sweater

Ever get off work and rush into some of the nations worst traffic simply to spend the evening immersed in art and surrounded by fashion? No? Well, you’re missing out. Except the traffic part. If I could trade my nearly 2 hour adventure to get to LA LA Land I would in a heart beat.

While the LA runways have yet to earn the notoriety of New York or even power houses across the pond, it still is an unforgettable evening…every single time. This season I opted to experience the “Art Hearts” runway events and they did not disappoint. From haute couture brought to the audience by Amato Couture to edgy ready to wear brought by the whimsical imagination of Mister Triple X (and his adorable dog) the evening ended up being a celebration of the imaginative and free spirit Los Angelinos exude and contribute to the world of fashion.

This past year I’ve had the glorious opportunity to speak with fashionistas from around the globe. From London to Dubai it’s always interesting to me how one of the first things people say is how the trends are so far ahead of what we see here in the US. My logic though (biased as it may be) is while Zara may test out trends years ahead of us with their Dubai clientele, I truly believe American style is founded in tradition. I believe it was Mr St. Laurent himself who was quoted as saying, “fashion fades but style is eternal.” It’s one thing to be able to pick up a piece of fabric hanging from a store shelf months or even years in advance from what I’ve heard from a few people, but it’s those who add spirit and pizaz that leave the legacy. And that is truly what I believe the appeal of LA fashion is.

No we don’t have Gigi Hadid walking down the runway in a power fashion houses’ couture gowns that not even most of us will never be able to afford let alone justify wearing through our day to day routines. But we do have people who are inspired by the movement and energy of a city made of Angels.

And, while  yes the styles are beautiful and awe inspiring, one of the things I truly love most about going to LA shows are the stories. Everyone has one. From the humble beginnings of the designers with dreams of sharing their vision with a loyal clientele to hard working interns with goals and ambitions that could easily become a script for the next “Devil Wears Prada” type movie. I’m always inspired and amped to take my own career/ adventure in the fashion world to the next level simply by immersing myself in a world where passion triumphs exhaustion, commitment outweighs to option of quitting, and success is determined and measured by your own standards but encouraged by your equally ambitious peers. LA marches or even dances sometimes to the beat of it’s own drum, and I would not want it any other way. So until next season LA.

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LA Fashion Week: Project Ethos Recap

LA Fashion Week: Project Ethos Recap

So unfortunately I did not have the opportunity to see all the shows due to being stuck in notoriously horrible LA traffic. But the best shows were really saved for last!

Michael Costello runway event for Project Ethos 2013 event

Michael Costello runway event for Project Ethos 2013 event

Michael Costello for Project Ethos 2013 event

Michael Costello for Project Ethos 2013 event

Michael Costello for Project Ethos 2013 event

Michael Costello for Project Ethos 2013 event

Michael Costello for Project Ethos 2013 event

Model Sarah Stage featured in Michael Costello’s collection. Perhaps inspired by the Angelina Jolie leg?

By far my favorite presentation was Project Runway alum Michael Costello. After watching several interesting shows, every piece that sashayed down the runway literally took my breath away. From the draping, to the dramatic cuts, Costello nailed it! What I loved most about the collection was he designed pieces as an art form. Costello not only brought fabulous designs but a celebrity guest model as well. Lily Ghalichi of reality TV show “Shahs of Sunset” concluded Costello’s show in a stunning lime green and black lace piece.

Lily Ghalichi of "Shahs of Sunset" was the Costello's celebrity guest.

Lily Ghalichi of “Shahs of Sunset” was the Costello’s celebrity guest.

Michael Costello taking a final bow.

Michael Costello taking a final bow.

One of the things to keep in mind about LA Fashion week, is it is not neccessarily a prediction of a season months to come, but rather a celebration of individual spirit, attitude and style. I had to remind myself of this when Tumbler and Tipsy by Michael Kuluva made his presentation. While initially, the collection reminded me of Betsey Johnson when she started embracing grunge, I silenced my inner Joan Rivers and really started to focus on the glam behind the grunge. Some of my favorite pieces of course were the ones accented in metallics or the gowns covered in sequins. As a self proclaimed lover of all things that sparkle, I really did find love in a hopeless place.

Tumbler and Tipsy for Project Ethos Event 2013

Tumbler and Tipsy for Project Ethos Event 2013

Tumbler and Tipsy for Project Ethos Event 2013

Tumbler and Tipsy for Project Ethos Event 2013

Tumbler and Tipsy for Project Ethos Event 2013

Tumbler and Tipsy for Project Ethos Event 2013

Tumbler and Tipsy for Project Ethos Event 2013

Tumbler and Tipsy for Project Ethos Event 2013

Tumbler and Tipsy for Project Ethos Event 2013

Tumbler and Tipsy for Project Ethos Event 2013

Tumbler and Tipsy for Project Ethos Event 2013

Tumbler and Tipsy for Project Ethos Event 2013

House of Pink Lemonade, debuted a collection that still has me contemplating what I thought of it. I did not love it, nor did I hate it. While many in the audience expressed rather puzzled expressions while the models very slowly walked the runway, as a photographer trying to capture the movement, I loved this unique aspect of the show. The pieces were VERY hit and miss. I loved the suits in bright colors and embellished with trim or buttons, everything else was just OK.

House of Pink Lemonade of Project Ethos 2013

House of Pink Lemonade of Project Ethos 2013

House of Pink Lemonade for Project Ethos Event 2013

House of Pink Lemonade for Project Ethos Event 2013

House of Pink Lemonade for Project Ethos Event 2013

House of Pink Lemonade for Project Ethos Event 2013

House of Pink Lemonade for Project Ethos Event 2013

House of Pink Lemonade for Project Ethos Event 2013

The highlight of the evening though, for those of us that stayed for the after party and mingle amongst the beautiful pieces of art was definitely the surprise show by men’s underwear designer, Andrew Christian. Naturally, when you have mostly naked, very attractive and very ahem, built men walking down a runway you are going to get a lot of enthusiasm from the crowd. Seriously, I felt like I had somehow gotten trapped in the filming of Magic Mike. But the energy that came from that segment of the show definitely set the pace for the rest of the night as everyone seemed to begin to enjoy the event and immerse themselves in all things fashion and art.

Project Ethos 2013

Project Ethos 2013

Andrew Christian for Project Ethos 2013

Andrew Christian for Project Ethos 2013

Overall, the evening was nothing short of anything I would expect from an LA fashion show. There was complete appreciation for a variety of styles, and all the attendees took the opportunity to express what style means to them. My only concern for LA is, fellow Angelenos for being the most excentric of the fashion lovers crowd we really need to embrace more color! So much black and white you would have thought we were attending a runway event hosted by Coco Chanel herself. I guess when it comes down to it despite all the rough edges we are quite a classy crowd ourselves.

My favorite art piece at the show!

My favorite art piece at the show!