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Fashion Week: NOVA, AmericanMade and Periwinkle Presentation

I had the pleasure of attending my first fashion week in NOVA, northern Virginia for those outside the area. I attended one show on Friday, October 12th at the Artisphere in Rosslyn. The show was to feature AmericanMade, Periwinkle, and Matthew Donovan. Unfortunately, Matthew Donovan was not featured. The presentation carried on, however, with AmericanMade and Periwinkle. First, let’s take a look at a few looks from AmericanMade:

The shorts featured here have an American flag print on the front with a simple paint splatter back.

This shirt continued the flag theme, as did other pieces from Americanmade. I liked this shirt for the destroyed, weathered feel. One of the designers is shown here, they had an eclectic look:

The collection was small but with a distinct point of view. It will be interesting to see what this young designer does next.

Next up we saw items from Periwinkle. Since Periwinkle is a boutique, they featured styled looks their designer inventory. Here are some of my favorite styles:

These two looks have a nearly identical color combination. A color combination that I really like for fall! Blue, reddish-orange and hints of white prints are classic and fun. The silhouettes of these dresses are flattering to women. Both of these dresses would be ideal for day to night. You could easily transition from work to cocktails or dinner in either look.

I loved this metallic, tie waist jacket. It was absolutely stunning. The shawl collar frames the face beautifully. I HAVE to find out who makes this!!!

Here are the boutique owners:

They both had a fun, polished style that you definitely see curated in the clothing featured at Periwinkle Boutique.

A special thank you to my photographer, Rob Willey

meeting Stacy London

Last Friday night, I had the pleasure of attending a book launch for Stacy London’s new book The Truth About Style at Muleh. Here is a photo from Muleh. I thought this was a clever visual display… Stacy was very gracious, as were the hosts from Muleh and Gilt City. As you can imagine, Stacy was impeccably dressed in an off-white, black, and metallic look. She also managed to stand and greet everyone who came out to support her in some insanely high and chic Loubs. When I had the opportunity to speak with Stacy, I asked where she would miss during a shopping trip in NYC. She quickly mentioned Tibi, Derek Lam, Phillip Lim, and Alexander Wang. All great choices. We had a momentary connection over a look from Tibi resort 2013 that we both liked and pinned on our pinterest boards. That was pretty cool. I got to take home a signed copy of her book as a momento. Overall, I was impressed with how relatable and genuine she seemed to be. I am looking forward to reading the book.

my vintage dad

On Sunday, my father celebrated his birthday and I got to thinking about his younger years and what fashions he wore. I had asked my dad to describe his current style and he told me that he was a comfort driven, utilitarian, pragmatist, who had little interest in standing out or being noticed for his fashion or style choices. I wondered if this was always his approach. Here are some images of what I found:

I was amazed to find that my dad seemed to have a signature style. He still wears jean jackets, collared shirts with a t-shirt peeking out, and even the occasional cardigan. BUT what really surprised my was the bold pant choice in picture 1, the thick-rimmed, buddy holly glasses (I guess a sign of the times), and the HAIR!

Many happy returns of the day, dad. 

Fashion Week: DC, M.E.D.I.A. Showcase

The third and final show that I attended during fashion week in DC was the M.E.D.I.A. Showcase. The showcase featured emerging designers and a musical performance. It was held on Saturday, September 22nd at the Washington Post Conference Center. The emerging designers featured were Jessica Howell Fashions, As-Saffat, Callista, Cutlass & Cane, sPACY cLOUd, Simply Cecily, Standout Couture, Divinely Designs, Boshier, JahtaXtreme Studio, Aphropolitan, Svelte by Sharon Brown, and Tim Bro Collection. Here are some of my favorite looks.

This look from Jessica Howell is perfect for work to evening. I love the color pairing of blue with white. Every woman needs simple, stylish sheath dresses in her work wardrobe. 

This look from As-Saffat is a weekend style that is polished but still comfortable. I like the draped vest and the ease of the harem pant. 

These looks from sPACY cLOUd were cool, punk, surfer, and creative. Each jacket had incredible, graffiti-like detail and bright coloring. I liked the vibe. 

This dress from Simply Cecily was beautiful. The color, the neckline, the flowing skirt, the wrapped waistline, it was all incredibly flattering. 

I wanted to immediately buy this Simply Cecily skirt. I loved it. Printed pencil skirts are on trend this season and this print is so bold and bright. 

These coats from Divinely Designs are the type of item that that seem as though they could be sold in a department store now. They were well executed and very accessible. Although, women probably would want to see them styled frontwards. 

A special thank you to Rob Willey, my photographer, for the images.

Fashion Week: DC, A/C DC Show

The second show that I attended during DC Fashion Week was the A/C DC Show. It was held at The Washington Club on Tuesday, September 18th. The venue itself was beautiful with a Classic Revival style. The designers featured in the fashion show were Andrew Nowell Menswear and Corjor International. Let’s start with Andrew Nowell Menswear. Andrew Nowell Menswear had a polished, well executed feel perfect for a confident man. 

This look was a cool, modern take on a tuxedo. I love the beige coloring and the satin piping detail. 

This look featured a long, stark white coat. I like the asymmetrical zip and the flap detail at the chest. 

I like the unexpected details of this look. The long coattails. The cropped trouser. The textural play on black, white, and grey. It is a great, polished look for the modern man.

Andrew Nowell Menswear was followed by Corjor International. The opening of the Corjor International presentation was interesting with an imaginary ping pong game between two guys. This was the first look down the runway.

I like the peacock, exaggerated, puffed sleeve, cropped jacket. It was styled with a crystal bra top. 

The ping pong players followed, note the paddles. Styled in banana yellow trunks and sunglasses. 

This look was stunning. It was a daring take on a wedding dress. The dress was ultra sheer with calla lily shaped pieces sewn on strategically. It was the star of the show. 

A special thank you to Rob Willey, my photographer, for the images.

Fashion Week: DC, Eco Fashion Show

I had the pleasure of attending my first fashion week in DC. I attended three of the shows and one networking event with a jewelry and accessory presentation. The first show I attended was the Eco Fashion Show on Monday, September 17th at the IFC. The fashion show featured designers who participated in a project sponsored by Inova Health System entitled Project Blue Wrap, Heydari, MyraSync, Joanna Carrie, and Isagus Extroversions. First, let’s take a look at one of my favorite looks from Project Blue Wrap:

Project Blue Wrap designers were challenged to create looks out of blue wrap (sterile material used in the hospital that is typically discarded). This look featured a weave of blue wrap with a dramatic, deep V neck. The high low hemline was a fun way to show off the leg and keep it formal with a weaved train. 

The next look was by Heydari, who said that they wanted to reinvent the old. 

This look has a haphazard, knotted and draped feel. I like the color pairing shown here and the dark, moody vibe that the hood/dramatic, asymmetrical collar imparts.

It was followed by MyraSync. The collection had a focus on metallic looks, mostly through the use of lame fabric, denim, and bold, bright prints. 

This look featured a little bit of everything from the designer’s focus. While I probably could not pull off a red lame collared denim blazer with a peplum waist, I think I could pull off the skirt. I love bold, African print on the tiers of the skirt and it’s short, sassy length. 

Joanna Carrie was next. The designer’s process involves taking vintage pieces and repurposing them to make them more modern. The focus of the collection was formal and bridal looks. 

This look-when I saw it, I was immediately attracted to the hood and the lace detail along the edges. I like the wrap detail at the V of both the hem in the front and the neckline. I wished that the train would have been a bit longer so that it could have swept the floor as the model walked. 

The final designer was Isagus Extroversions. The collection featured repurposed and recycled materials in daring design choices. Many of the looks shown took my mind to project runway and the creativity that was displayed when the designers were required to work with unorthodox materials and fabric.

This look was crafted from surgical gloves. The asymmetrical detailing at the neckline. The simple shape and color. The creativity. It was very cool. 

A special thank you to Rob Willey, my photographer, for the images. 

fall trend: OXBLOOD X visionner.  

I love color in general so it comes as no surprise that I love the color oxblood. It is a rich, classic color that is on trend this fall. It is beautifully deep, sexy, and sophisticated. I like the idea of a refined yet casual look so I would pair my oxblood accessories with neutral yet luxe pieces from my wardrobe, like a fur vest and graphic silk shirt. The sneaker wedges add that casual vibe-perfect for a weekend outing.
Chanel Frenzy (Taken with Instagram)

I’d describe this color as a perfect neutral, at least in my world. It is a cool, grayish, light beige color. It was opaque in two coats. Not sugary sweet, yet not too edgy. You could rock this on the weekend and keep it on for work.
I am totally enamored with her coat <3…. It is total perfection. The beading and coloring are a fantastic statement to compliment the simple hair and makeup styling choices shown here.