Archive | April, 2016

Game On! Cheers to American Sportswear

29 Apr

Ladies, take your marks. We’re here to give your fashion routine a workout that inspires you to get fit, get active, and get going with winning All American sportswear looks. Undisputed leaders in patriotic playwear include Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, and Tory Burch and never before have they made us so proud to be an American. Soccer moms, boardroom bad asses, and weekend warriors, together we salute our designer heroes and their creative inspirations that keep us in the game. Ready, set, shop!

American sportswear is a look that you know it when you see it…..effortless, daytime chic that is classic, ladylike, and innovative. Michael Kors is the undefeated champion in modern day activewear for die-hard enthusiasts and shows the rules of the game have changed in his 2016 RTW collection. The juxtaposition of a track suit made from fine  cashmere accessorized with a powder blue curly lamb fur shrug is a fly in the face message to the refined leather loafer and sport coat wearing crowd, “score one for Team Casual!” Women who understand that luxury can be approachable and wearable now gravitate to American sportswear designers and their carefree sense of style for blue ribbon winning looks.

Tory Burch is the newest draft pick to take a place in the American sportswear branding game. She appeals to young professionals who go from work to weekend with just a small carry on and a lip gloss. Mixing and matching color combinations made from primary colors, her pieces pair with everything from jeans to mini skirts. In her fall 2016 RTW collection, Burch put forth two short, box jackets made with wool and curly lamb. These key coats were youthful yet sophisticated. Fashion made for the girl who likes to show off her hard-earned money with investment dressing, Burch combines casual with collectible.

Leading the pack in our race to be the best dressed in modern-day sportswear, Tommy Hilfiger is our team captain. Nautical looks have never looked so new. In his RTW 2016 show, Hilfiger mixed leather and lamb to make the most powerful, seafaring pea coat. A key piece that shows you’re in control no matter the occasion. He coordinated his looks with flirty skirts in floral patterns and school girl blouses and sweaters. A charming rendition of youthful exuberance that make you cheer!

We you look good, you play great and today’s American designers have sportswear covered game, set, match! Designers put forth country club chic that puts you on the winning team of today’s modern fashion victories.

Pinterest gives it to you in pictures…..https://www.pinterest.com/niemannnichole/game-on-cheers-for-american-sportswear/

 

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Coachella Fashion and a Whole Lot More

22 Apr

When you mix celebs, music, fashion, and put it all in a remote desert location, what you get is a sick mix of off the chain awesomeness.

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is a multi faceted mix of entertainment with music being the main draw but fashion is the becoming the Kanye West to the Taylor Swift-a side show that gets your attention. The festival brings about 180,0000 people each year to Indio and Palm Springs, California and takes place Friday-April 12 and April 17-19 so buckle up, with back to back weekends, this sh-t gonna get real real.

Like the movie themes of Weekend at Bernie’s combined with Risky Business and touch of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Coachella is a millennial’s excuse to let it all hang out and then memorialize it on Instagram. When this type of epic low down is happening, rest assured people are dropping a few dimes and dressing for the occasion. You ask, “What is the dress code for dance club in the desert?” – well we’re here to break it down, bust it out, and help get yo swag on.

In the fabulous life of the young, rich, and famous what you wear is like a mating call of clothes. Lots of skin covered with tats, cut outs, cut offs, and crop tops are the go-to favorite to show the body art. There’s no shortage of denim and lace and designers like Nanette Lapore bring  signature girlish charm.  Accessories are all part of the hippie vibe. Fringe cross body bags, floppy hats, and flower headbands all add to the mood. The glam squad in attendance includes Gigi Hadid, the Jenner clan, Biebs, and Chris Brown and they’re always DTI. Last year Hadid wore a chestnut colored suede vest. This look was so loved, the style made its way into retail stores around the globe as a key piece. Flat caps and screen tees are a DJ’s favorite uniform.

Pop up shops and interactive virtual reality experiences from H & M are the new, modern way to titalize their audience in real time.  The most recent designer to buy into the buzz is Calvin Klein. In an effort join the “in” crowd, Klein and their multiple subsidiaries will host a “brand experience” over the weekend. Well, hell ya, “brand me“!-whateveh that means.

Temperatures rise with body heat combined with hot as hell desert conditions, pool parties are happening at hotels and private residences so off the hook that even Robin Leach would drop his dentures in ecstasy. Coachella has a modern-day Woodstock vibe (if you’re old enough to make that connection) but with parties set in über elite retreats.

Coachella attracts an orgasmic line up of talent and entertainment. The event may self combust with young, hottie fever.  Get your posse locked and loaded-this event isn’t for amatures.

 

Here’s my Pinterest for inspiration https://www.pinterest.com/niemannnichole/coachella-2016-fashion-and-more/

 

 

 

 

 

 

Little Things, Big Impact

17 Apr

Opening the tool box of essentials I’m here to help you get through the temperature ups and downs this spring. The littlest things can make a big impact on your look and help you weather Mother Nature’s ever-changing moods. From jackets, to vests, and purses, add just the right accessory to layer together for any kind of weather.

The crop box jacket is a power player in any wardrobe. A slightly rounded shoulder, long sleeve, and cut at the hip bone, it is a figure flattering design that maximizes all your curves. The fall RTW 2016 collections made this a centerpiece creating it from colorful pelts and fine embossed leather. Alice and Olivia’s 2016 show featured a multi stripe dyed rabbit jacket that was youthful, artistic, and versatile.  J. Mendel never fails to set the bar and then vault it into the next stratosphere creating a red ombre dyed mink with monkey fur cuffs that was cool AF!  But Dennis Basso, the king of all things luxury, put forth the most stunning white mink and alligator embossed leather jackets. For a bridal gown, a black tie ball, a boudoir romance, or your moment at the Oscars, these coats gave a real sense of occasion.

Your bullet proof vest consists of soft fur and festive adornment-it takes you fearlessly through the streets. Gucci’s spring RTW 2015 interpretation was the most imaginative and exciting. The designer used a mix of fur pelts like fox and monkey fur dyed in color combinations of reds, whites, and browns that arrested me in my tracks. What was especially nice about these pieces is their cut- slimming silhouettes and just the right bling that give you total street cred. Fendi’s fall RTW 2016 showed a variety of colorful fur pieces and their interpretation of the vest was more voluminous. Bold patterning and billowy fox fur, this was a substantial piece that was pure fashion armor for the elements. J. Mendel’s black and white mink Piscasso-esque vest was the best of the bunch. A sophisticated basic that pairs with jeans, leather pants, and your LBD.

The purse has taken center stage as a status symbol and a conversation starter all in one. Sally LaPointe’s spring 2016 RTW show featured pony hair and fur envelope styled purses. Carried like a clutch or cross body, their size and coloring were statement making pieces that put an explanation point on outfits. Fendi’s fall 2016 RTW purse was as generous with size and style similar to their vest options. An oversized boho bag would carry everything and the kitchen sink in style. A more demure, traditional medicine bag was a great addition too. Prada’s snake-skin style and Blugirl’s pink shearling purses were both functional and fabulous.

Don’t worry about what the weather man predicts, you’re  charmed and dangerous with key pieces to ease you into spring that tackle the elements all in style.

Check out my Pinterest page for pics! https://www.pinterest.com/niemannnichole/little-things-big-impact/

 

The Nature in Spring Fashion ’16

5 Apr

A Secret Garden flourishes with new life this spring fashion season 2016. Designers are inspired by Mother Nature and her bustling kingdom of flora and fauna. A vibrant kaleidoscope of color is a welcome reprieve from the dull grey color of winter and opens our eyes to a view of rich fields of fashion options.

An enchanted wilderness of vines, flowers, birds, rainbows, and blue skies, spring’s collections were entwined with the beauty of the season. Gucci’s spring RTW 2016 collection featured mythical designs and exaggerated landscapes. Forbidden forests laid grounds of oversized flowers that adorned leather, silk, and chiffon. A leather moto jacket and mini skirt ensemble was embroidered with brightly colored peonies, honeycomb, and ivy as butterflies danced in and about the inlaid garden. A serpentine winds sinuously up the pant leg of an outfit or, more obscurely, hiding in an intricate pattern of vines. A brown mink intarsia coat creeps up with sprouts from Jack’s bean stalk.

Floral patterns were pervasive in the spring collections but the way they were done was anything but expected. Brock’s RTW 2016 collection featured a black and white silhouette of flowers and vines. It was modern and clean-a departure from the usual brightly colored floral presentations. Giorgio Armani did a maxi dress of silk chiffon decorated with ivory peonies against a salmon background-powerful and feminine at the same time. The more usual florid designs included a brightly colored car wash ensemble from Chanel. The motif and movement of the dress pulsated with pure excitement and anticipation of the warm weather ahead.

Fashion took flight with bird and butterfly motifs. What could be more synonymous with the advent of spring? Alberta Ferretti created the most magical gowns that mimic monarch butterflies in her spring 2016 collection. Diane Von Furstenberg for spring RTW 2016 used gold thread to weave frolicking butterflies which danced all along cream chiffon dresses. Marc Jacobs embellished a blue pantsuit with two kissing swans-everlasting love for sure! Sonia Rykiel’s spring collection used brightly colored birds flying in a midnight sky with a sunshine colored fur boa to pull the whole look together. Snow White and her song couldn’t romance the feathered friends more effectively if she tried.

Accessories became a fun way to bring in the outside. Dolce and Gabbana’s spring RTW 2016 was themed off of a Roman holiday. Oversized flowers pinned on hems and in the hair, it was a key accessory to be worn with just the right amount of whimsy and attitude. A colorful fur clutch, dangling oranges made up earrings, sandals decorated with roses and fur pon poms, and big, bright sunglasses completed the romantic notion and dreams of a warm weather vacation come true. Starfish, crabs, stripped umbrellas, and pineapple appliqués were reminiscent of a sea side vacation. All you needed was the fruity drink with an umbrella in it.

After the wind and the rain, a Technicolor view is within our reach. Spring 2016 is on the horizon and promises to breath fresh air into our fashion routine.

Fur-sure Fall Trends 2016

1 Apr

Want to turn your fall fashion 2016 into something altogether amazing? Well, we’re here to help. Why not start off with a must have mink intarsia walking coat, or maybe pick a fox fur collar for your statement piece, or how about a dramatic fur cape to swoop in and show off your unmistakable style? Just make sure you layer things on, prepare for what old man winter throws your way and show him who’s boss.

From a frenetic pace of fall fashion show reviews from New York, London, Milan, and Paris, there were a few signs of reoccuring signature styles that are here to stay. Fashion mandates that fur is not just a luxury item in your closet reserved for only special occasions. It is a must have essential in your wardrobe. As the thermometer drops, we track the trends and chart a course  to destination high fashion…… is it getting hot in here or is that my fur keeping me warm?

The season’s most stunning combinations from the catwalk can fold seamlessly into every day, wearable chic. The designers have created the perfect balance to keep today’s modern woman warm and stylish. Here’s a few of our favorite picks!……

Mink intarsia topper coats have taken center stage as a key piece for cold weather dressing. Form and function, these coats are made to endure a full season of wearability day to evening. Their slim lines make them comfortable to wear, easy to travel in, and allow you layer all you like. The colorful patterns and artistic flair of intarsia design shows the singular style and sophistication of the woman who wears it. Chuck your everyday boring wool coat and replace it with a glamorous mink intarsia coat. It’s investment dressing that will take you around the block, around the clock and around the globe in first class fashion.

Great news! ….Capes aren’t just for superheros anymore. Welcome to the season where wardrobe choices are gloriously bold and the impact on your look is just as big. The timeless style of a cape shows an effortless, fashionable appeal that can be worn just about anywhere. Thrown over your shoulders, it tells the world, “yes, I do wake up looking this glamorous.” Created from fine mink in black or brown,  this style cape looks very old Hollywood. Saint Laurent went full tilt including a sweeping 3/4 long black mink cape with a regal metal closure. Take that, Game of Thrones fans! Pick a shearing and leather design for daytime chic with a tough girl appeal. Add beads and a fox fur collar and this cape has you front row at the opera. No matter your lifestyle, a fur cape is a cool girls guide to today’s modern trend.

Boho chic in a mixture of fur pelts is the new way to neutral. Pattern mixing is here to stay and when it includes color combinations of white, brown, tan and black, it becomes a versatile basic you can’t go without. Provenza-Schuler,  a designer known for sleek fashion engineering even introduced their own version of this gypsy mash up.  Marrying rabbit, fox, and lynx furs promises a life long commitment to luxury and style that say’s “I do.”

The fox fur collar is the absolute first and last word on luxury.  It would be faster and more efficient to name which designers didn’t feature this look somewhere in their collection. Whether it adorns the lapel of a walking coat or blazer, it is the finishing touch that says you’ve arrived. Sonia Rykiel hardly had a look that was missing this trend.  A detachable collar with a ribbon to fasten it about your neck is the modern accessory that takes that place of a necklace. Roksanda made this a must have and a go anywhere piece that sets you head and shoulders from the crowd.

What’s especially exciting about the trends emerging from the fall RTW 2016 collections at home and across the pond is their versatility. The furs have an everyday ease that are made to work and endure a season of wear. Introducing ideas like fun fur accessories and intarsia top coats show how easily these little extras reinvent your wardrobe.

 

Check out my Pinterest from some inspiration…..https://www.pinterest.com/niemannnichole/fur-shure-fall-trends-2016/