Archive | March, 2016

Fall 2016 Fur Accessories

27 Mar

While the blur of fall’s RTW fashion week 2016 remains fresh in our rear view mirror, with eager anticipation we focus on the road ahead towards spring.   As we navigate that transition, it’s always useful to review critical designer cues that will keep our multi-seasonal style on the fast track to sophistication – and this year, it’s all in the accessories! The rule of three when getting dressed goes like this- top, pant, accessory! It’s the finishing touch that makes the look. We break down the looks and parse out what’s important. Here’s your road map to success in adding accessories to take your look across the finish line…..

A jacket is NEVER NOT an awesome idea and completes your look EVERY TIME. It’s a power player in a wardrobe and the designers gave us a multitude of options. For example, a fur bathrobe coat from Cavailli or Brock can be wrapped like a blouse, a dress, or a topper over your shoulders. For the adventurous and exotic girl who likes to live life on the edge, add a jacket made from a skin. It’s lightweight, durable, and coordinates from day to evening. Leave it to Cavailli to be skin-tastic! A jacket with fur sleeves was a popular favorite among the designers this year and is a twist on the ordinary. Colorful fox fur sleeves were added to tweed and leather coats and the combination was really a dominate take away from the shows. Prada, Antonio Marras, and Suno perfected this look. They ever popular moto coat showed up time and again. Diesel Black Gold and Mulberry used silver hardware to toughen up the approach. Anyway you look at it, a jacket is key piece that gives you maximum mileage for your investment. It is the first and last word on a must have accessory.

Make a statement without saying a word. Designers Lanvin, Sally La Pointe and Givenchy add a fur boa to RTW that inspires and turns heads. Long, luxurious, and powerful, this accessory gets you past the velvet rope and into your own VIP section. Thrown over one shoulder, this is a simple way to style it and it’s very effective. Drape it around the back of your neck, put a belt at your waist, and you’ve got a shawl collar that’s killer. Wrap it around your neck and add a rhinestone pin and this is a necklace of epic proportion.

Designers Versace and Lanvin put a tail on it! A rabbit or fox tail make a great addition to purses. Pin these pieces and show your fun and whimsical side. It’s also a tactile treasure to play with if you don’t have a toy poodle tucked in your bag.

The fall RTW fashion shows gave us great styling options. Your formula for fashion success begins and ends with a great fur accessory. Today’s top designers give you the newest color combinations, daring silhouettes, and luxury beyond expectation. Add a jacket, boa, or a tail and you have a recipe for fashion success. Fur is a unique material that is in a class of its own. It’s eye catching with its wistful appearance, refracting light and air. It defines the silhouettes with a subtle halo effect and most of all it begs to be touched.
Your imagination is your limitation.

Here’s a link to my Pinterest for some inspiration:

 

 

 

Ring in Spring 2016

24 Mar

The forecast for spring predicts partly sexy with a chance of fun.  As the temperatures rise, let the layers melt. Soft feminine fabrics, girly designs, and bright colors all make us giddy with excitement. The Spring RTW 2016 collection is blooming with limitless options.

Persephone ascends  from the underworld and breathes new life into terra ferma and her offspring. Flowers burst on the scene and are in full view inspiring fashion. Floral patterns adorn boxy crop tops, midi skirts, and topper coats. Fashion mirrors nature as we shed the dull grey’s away. A sunrise combination of colors, exotic patterns and a perfect vacation dream come true. Nicole Miller, Elie Saab, and Alexander McQueen were just a few of many who made a special delivery with floral prints. Grab a colorful curly lamb hair purse and you’ve got the look nailed!

The color white is as ubiquitous to spring/summer as are pool parties and barbeques. Each in its own way, they are always fun even though somewhat expected. This season the designers gave white a revamp by adding texture. Long forgotten are the crisp, white men’s wear shirts and now eyelet and lace add lady like glam. Elie Saab and Rochas used a geometric, 3D effect that was modern and uber cool.  But leave it to Dennis Basso to deliver the fait de complis…..his lazer cut white leather and fur pieces leave you breathless and enchanted. Basso’s craftsmanship and his imagination is second to none.

The moto jacket is here to stay forever and ever amen. It’s a must have in black leather first and then pick it up in distressed brown with shearling lining. Trust me, no regrets! What to pair it with for spring?…….Move over skinny pant and make way for your more voluptuous cousin because the wide leg trouser is taking center stage. In soft, flowing fabrics, this is the perfect silhouette for this season. A carefree yet classic style, this pant is a breath of fresh air. The white palazzo pant is a key piece and can be paired with a crop top, tight tee,  or a blouse knotted at the waist. Leave it to designer Ralph Lauren to nail this look. A vertical stripe trouser is your secret weapon to make you taller and thinner than ever before. It’s up to you if you want to share the secret. Any way you style it, these pants are a winner in every way.

Ladies, listen up because here’s the key piece for decades to come. Sophia Loren made it famous, Anna Wintor uses it as her go-to, and now you can join in their ranks…..a lightweight cheetah print or pony hair walking coat is your secret weapon to complete style domination. Designers Saint Laurent and Bally highlight this look and make a lasting impression. The cheetah print and cow hide makes up today’s modern trench and is the perfect complement to your busy lifestyle. Black pants, jeans, or your LuLu Lemon leggings, this topper coat completes any look.

Spring fashion is such a welcome friend and reminder to live footloose and fancy free. Fluid fabrics that dance in the wind and bright colors that shine new light, warm weather dressing is about loosening the tension, opening the window and let the spring fever begin.

A few pics from my Pinterest:https://www.pinterest.com/niemannnichole/spring-trends-2016/