Monday, September 18, 2017

Emmys 2017: Ethereal Elegance

Last night's Emmys showcased more awards-show diversity than has been seen a long time: both on the red carpet and among the nominees. The fashionable and talented really showed out last night and it was a breath of fresh air. Some of the best looks of the night all had an element of ethereal elegance to them.

Yara Shahidi's custom Prada dress felt like something out of a magical woodland fairytale with glittering vines of sequin over nude tulle.

Mille Bobby Brown was like a ballerina from a Degas painting come to life in her tea-length Calvin Klein confection. I love that she paired it with a dark manicure.

When I first saw this Ralph & Russo gown on the Couture Fall 2017 runway, I knew it would be perfect for the red carpet. Jessica Biel looked glamorous in it.

Also opting for dark nails with her princess-style Jason Wu dress, Thandie Newton was a vision of elegance.

Layers of tulle, complimentary shimmering details and romantic silhouettes make each of these looks simply gorgeous. They may look like princesses, but as Reese Witherspoon emphasized in her acceptance speech, it's time to "bring women to the front of their own stories and make them the heroes of their own stories." Who were your red carpet favorites at the Emmys?

Thursday, September 14, 2017

New York Fashion Week S/S '18 Trend Report: Fringe Benefits

New York Fashion Week just wrapped up and while there are so many shakeups happening in the industry (four editors of major magazines have left their posts in the past week!), the collections beautifully soldiered on. One of the biggest trends for Spring/Summer 2018 will definitely be fringe, as it was noticed on nearly every runway.

At Alexander Wang, fringe was incorporated into his must-have bags, like this belt bag that was styled high and over the shoulder.

Anna Sui's ombré fringe scarf added to the retro "Summer of Love" vibes of her collection.

Brightly-colored fringe added another variant of texture to Diane Von Furstenberg's skirt that was paired with a neutral cropped jacket.

Naeem Khan showed how this trend can work for the red carpet: tiered, fringed raffia lined his pastel gown, adding a fun elegance to the look.

Pamella Roland's take on this went in a more art-deco direction, with Gatsby-esque quality to her beaded and glittering cocktail dress.

At Sachin & Babi, you can almost feel the vibrancy of an eclectic strapless frock in a rainbow of tiered fringe.

Sexy and strappy, Sally La Pointe's little black dress featured a swath of fringe playing along the hem.

A colorful crossbody with long fringe accentuated the casual-chic and otherwise neutral look at Vivienne Tam.

New York Fashion Week's designers showed that the fringe trend can go from day to night. You can incorporate it into your wardrobe easily with statement accessories, or add pieces with full on fringe fabulousness! An added bonus: the added swing movement that fringe provides will entice you to strut your style just a bit more!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Orange County Fashion Week S/S 2018 Recap

Just prior to the kickoff to the International Fashion Weeks in New York, London, Milan and finally Paris, Orange County celebrates style with a week full of chic runway presentations. This season's events each had special and even surprising elements to up the excitement surrounding the collections.

Day One: Electra Cruise's Eternity Yacht
The week began with a memorable cruise around Newport Harbor on an elegant 4-story yacht. Not many fashionistas present had seen a fashion show aboard a boat before so it was an amazing experience.

Atelier 7918 showed some favorite SoCal-chic looks from their local Crystal Cove boutique.

Cheri Elizabeth's glamorous designs were perfect for a special evening out or red carpet event. Watch the dazzling finale video below.

Gigi Hunter's impeccable hand-knit pieces were sexy and sassy. Watch the finale below.

Day Two: Waterfront Beach Resort, Huntington Beach
Couture was on deck for this night and the designers did not disappoint!

Jewel tones and caged straps were the theme of Alisha Needham's collection. Check out the finale video below.

Llenuel Fro showed possibly my favorite collection of the week. From lasercut details to a flurry of tulle amid perfect draping, his couture collection was fit for a powerful queen. Check out the amazing finale video below.

Day Three: Island Hotel, Newport Beach
The perfect spot to showcase resort wear, the Island Hotel's garden atrium provided a lovely backdrop on this warm Summer night.

Designer Aida Novosel Savic is also a painter, and it was apparent with her artistry displayed on the backs of the button downs of her Menswear collection.

Intricate beading and a variety of breathtaking silhouettes were on display in Jacky Tai's bridal collection. You're sure to spot a gown you love in the finale video below.

Cover-ups in a vast array of flattering styles were on display in Si Mee Collection's presentation. At the end of the runway show, the ladies of One Strut Models put on an amazing surprise dance performance to Kanye West's "Fade" and the audience went wild! It was super fun to experience. Check out a peek of it in the video below.

Day Four: Seven-Degrees, Laguna Beach
Seven Degrees is always such a fun event venue and feels like a party and fashion show all in one!

Berenice Gonzalez showed a collection full of gorgeous Spanish influences, from bolero jackets to bullfighting-esque capes to flamenco flounce skirts. Watch the fabulous finale below.

Egypt Ufele is an amazingly inspiring 11-year old girl (yes, eleven!) who was drawn to design her own clothing when she was bullied. She has since been featured everywhere- from Teen Vogue to the Today Show, and it was so special to get to see her beautiful work in person.

Japanese designer Masaki Matsuka specializes in a very special polyester fabric that is one size fits all wrinkle free. Not only are the creations unique and flattering, but they are easy to wear and travel with, too!

Epitomizing relaxed Orange County street style, SPF Addict showed their chic fashions that are also made with special SPF 50 fabric so that you can look good while still protecting your skin.

With such a variety of style shown at Orange County Fashion Week, these designers and their newest collections have fashionistas covered from day to night! Which collections were your favorite?