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Mary Katrantzou X ADIDAS

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  • Who’s the Designer:  UK fashion designer, Mary Katrantzou
  • What’s the Inspiration:  Ensuring the continued relevance of high-end athleisure trend, Adidas Originals introduces one of the most heavily anticipated collaborations between the brand with printastic aficionado, Mary Katrantzou.
  • Why it’s relevant:  With recent collaborations with the likes of Wang for H&M, Jil Sander for Puma it’s no surprise that the original retailer who sparked the collaboration between street performance and high-end footwear to up the ante with their latest collection.  Katrantzou offers a wide array of creative outlet speaks both directly to the core of the brand as well as offers new opportunity for creative growth.
  • Where to wear it:   Collection officially launches on November 15th both in-store as well as online.  So else is going to be joining me for Friday night shopping party?  Until then, get a preview of the collection below!

Adidas X Mary Katrantzou Shoe Collection

September: Sapphire!

Happy Birthday to all of you Virgos & Libras born in the month of September!  September’s birthstone is the Sapphire gemstone.  It has been said that the Sapphire symbolizes purity and wisdom.  So it’s definitely not a coincidence that your birthstone being the shade of blue is associated with heavenly blessings.  Must be why your such an angel right?  Umm, not! But hey, your secret is safe with me (well pinky swear I won’t tell the really juicy ones).

So start the year long celebration of your birth now and check out the following envy inducing pieces I’ve picked out to help you do it in style!

Sapphire

 

Top L to R: 360 Studs/ Mirror Bracelet/ Pin-up Fringe Necklace/ Arabian Nights Stud Earrings/ Wing Ear Cuff/ Spoke Drop Earrings

 

 

 

NYFW summed up with 5 key runway looks!

Zana Bayne Board

Zana Bayne shows us how to shed some clothing and show some skin while maintaining your fashion sense: be a little naughty, a little nice and anything but boring.

Thom Browne BoardThom Browne shows us that fashion should be fun and hey why not really a little colorful at the same time too right? Celebrate spring blooms with a kaleidoscope of colors all in full bloom (sorry, no pun intended)!

Rodarte BoardThe Rodarte duo serve up hand-painted lace, tulle, netting, and embroidery so pile it on! This season, romantic dressing can mean mesmerizing-ly messy, too.

Proenza Schouler BoardOn the fringes? Not according to Proenza Schouler, so this spring stop traffic with this “stringy” statement.

Oscar de la Renta BoardOscar de la Renta answers the classic question, “Who needs a gown?”  A crop top and ladylike skirt in wedgwood blue buffalo check will do the trick.  It’s the new evening loo, elegance doesn’t any get easier than this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NYFW: Tia Cibani Spring/Summer 2015

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  • Who’s the Designer:  The design genius behind this “voluminous” brand is Tia Cibani.
  • What’s the Inspiration:  In Cibani’s own words, “all-out ’70s,” channeling Bianca Jagger in Marrakech with a block-printed, light-as-air cotton dress bustled at the side to give it shape, and a fluffy, off-the-shoulder ruffled top worn with a pair of dark rose-printed satin trousers. 
  • Why it’s relevant:  While Cibani was thinking a lot about silhouette, color emerged as the season’s strongest suit. Dusty pinks, golds, and purples named after spices—turmeric, clove, cayenne, saffron—delivered the feeling of the era, especially when rendered in cupro-sateen or lamé. There were some utilitarian pieces that stood out as well, particularly a denim sleeveless coat dress, and a khaki chino skirt. Cibani likes to show lots of looks with lots of elements, which can cause confusion. But this time around, it all made sense.
  • Where to wear it:  Everywhere! This collection is especially perfect for all of my working girls.  After all isn’t the Mary Jane Manolo Blahnik of our dreams approps office attire that takes us right into Happy Hour?

 

NYFW: Novis Spring/Summer 2015

Novis Board

  • Who’s the Designer: Jordana Warmflash is the creative genius behind the emerging powerhouse designer label, Novis.
  • What’s the Inspiration:  Warmflash has an unbridled tendency towards utilizing color in a quirky and unconventional manner.  It’s no secret that she’s an art fanatic so it comes as no surprise that Tom Wesselelmann’s Pop Art paintings are the focal point inspiration for her spring/summer 2015 collection.
  • Why it’s relevant:  Key silhouettes that have been sprinkling the spring/summer 2015 runways this week were voluminous maxi skirts, lengthier culottes and statment making pullovers. 
  • Where to wear it:  Novis spring/summer 2015 is the perfect transitional collection to help make the change from winters’ brutual winds a little easier.  Afterall, doesn’t a fun Pop Art print or two put a smile on your face?

 

#NYFW: Are you ready?

NYFW PicI can hardly believe that we are officially in the month of September.  It’s always so bittersweet that while summer comes to an unfortunate end, it marks the the roll out to the Spring/Summer 2015 fashion week shows.  Fashion month gets its start in New York for the first week, then carries into London, next up is Milan and rounding out fashion month with a strong finish is Paris.

This season I’m continuing my hiatus from the tents and covering the beautiful whirlwind of fashions from the comfort of my couch and naturally while wearing my haute couture pajamas (okay, not official haute couture but does DIY count as couture?)

While covering the shows from my couch I was really surprised by how easy it would be to not only catch the fashion show presentations that I’d been invited too and bonus? I got seated on the front row (yes, technically the front row of my couch but that’s neither her nor there).  Join me in all of the fun and get your fashion month schedule ready using my handy resources below!

 

 

Splurge vs. Save: The Everyday Sneaker!

One of the key footwear silhouettes that are an absolute must for your fall wardrobe is the everyday sneaker.  Not only is it the key component of  fall’s perfect combo, it’s going to be your go-to for channeling an effortless Edgy, Comfy, Chic.

The only question you should be asking  yourself is, Splurge vs. Save?

Splurge vs. Save-Everyday SneakersL to R: Marc by Marc Jacobs Sneakers ($300.00) vs. Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star Sneakers ($50.00)

 

August: Peridot!

Happy Birthday to all of you Leos & Virgos born in the month of August!  August’s birthstone is the Peridot gemstone.  It has been said that the Peridot is the host to magical and healing powers that protects the wearer against nightmares while at the same time is influential to being a good luck charm and conduit to having a great year.

As a Pasifika woman it’s significant to the  Pasifika communities because the Peridot symbolizes the tears of Pele, the goddess of fire and volcanoes.  This is due to  formation of the Peridot gemstone deep inside of the earth and brought to the surface by volcanoes.  So this in turn makes you royalty based on about six degrees of separation right?

So start the year long celebration of your birth now and check out the following envy inducing pieces I’ve picked out to help you do it in style!

Peridot Birthstone BoardTop L to R: Drop Earrings/ Clover Pendant Necklace/ Wrap Bracelet/ Pandora Blooms/ Peridot Necklace/ Bracelet/ Cuff Bracelet

 

#CSMStyleTips: Fall’s Best Combo? Dress + Sneakers

Dress with Sneakers

  • Who’s the Designer:  Givenchy, Iceberg, and Paco Rabanne designs paired with athletic sneakers (pictured above)
  • What’s the inspiration:  Drawing inspiration from the Fall runways of Richard Chai and Creatures of the Wind, the most magical combination for fall is an audacious dress paired with the season’s hottest accessory: a fabulous pair of athletic sneakers.
  • Why it’s relevant:  The fashion world is currently experiencing a re-defining moment right now where less is truly more and is this transformation is best described the by the wise words of Yves Saint Laurent, “Fashions fade, style is eternal”.  Fashion is constantly changing and being manufactured but a true sense of style, well that’s an innate quality and can’t be faked or counterfeited.  This metamorphosis to a simple and straightforward approach is returning the organic creativity that many would argue has been missing from the fashion industry.  Essentially, no basic bitches allowed.   
  • Where to wear it:  Put away the birks and tevas and pick up a pair of Nike Air Force Ones or Puma Disc Collection sneakers.  Starting now until that first snowfall take advantage of the endless creative possibilities of pairing a comfy pair of footwear with your most fabulous frock.  But most importantly, have fun because life is too short to take fashion so serious!

 

 

#CSMStyleTips: Summer’s Flawless Coat is Fall’s Perfect Match!

Summer Coat 1

A key micro trend that has emerged this summer is the idea of a summer coat.  This outerwear silhouette has definitely sparked out of necessity what with summer temps staying around high 60 to mid 70 degrees in certain regions.  What’s been really interesting is seeing this silhouette in hot regions such as Dallas, TX and Ibiza.  In taking a nod from the streets and recognizing the versatility of this silhouette it’s important to recognize that this outwear piece is not only perfect for layering over your festival go-to’s but is your answer to transitioning from summer to fall.

Check out my Top 3 picks below from my absolute favorite shopping destination for snagging the perfect trendy pieces:

Transitional Summer CoatsL to R: Drapey Longline Kimono Jacket/ Printed Kimono Jacket/ Silk Kimono Jacket

Summer Coat 2

P.S. I’m scouring the net looking for that fabulous all white wrap jacket! Once I find it I will definitely be sharing the deets so stay tuned 😉 xo

*Street style photo credit: Elle.com/ Vogue.com/ Tresawesome