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All Right, White!

29 May

From girls who consider themselves a traditionalist to the most modern of divas, wearing the color white meets all personality types and the way you wear and style it can meet your many moods. But when is it okay to wear white? What are the “whites” and wrongs of wearing white after Memorial Day? Do you still have to retire all your white pieces after Labor Day? We have the list of options to break all the rules and show you how …………it’s all right in white all year round!

With architectural clean lines, white takes on a modern approach. 3/4 length jackets, crop pants, and tank tops were on tap at the Issa sing RTW 2016 show. Cedric Charlier’s RTW collection included a key white top- rounded shoulders, elbow length sleeves, and a wrap waist belt, it was a great day into evening piece. But hands down, it was the Viktor & Rolf spring RTW collection that took white fashion and made it modern- a “wearable art” theme of garments made from Cubist facial features. Wearing white in contemporary cuts shows a sharp fashion sense that breaks barriers and seasons.

With a hint of grey, this shade of white is the newest in neutral dressing. Dennis Basso was the leader in this look for spring. Mini skirts and dresses touched with metallic threads, he added tiny fur jackets in a white ice color and made us rethink how cool white really can be. From the couture collection, Giambattista Valli spring 2016 created a billowing tulle dress that rewrites all the rules on wearing white for the gala season.

Textured white fabrics bring a whole level of feminine dressing to the mix. Eyelet, lace, laser cut, and appliqué, these looks had a 3D appeal. Maxi dresses and scarves played up the boho chic trend and laid claim to the carefree gypsy lifestyle. Elie Saab’s spring RTW collection highlighted a two piece pant ensemble of oversized eyelet lace flared pants and box crop top-very garden party appropriate indeed. For the Beverly Hills poolside/jet set, Rochas spring 2016 paired a long duster terrycloth style coat over a gentle lace dress that was ready for you to dive right in!

A crisp white blouse or polo shirt never go out of style. A key layering piece for spring, these tops pair with shorts, circle skirts, jeans and cardigans. White shirt dresses are common but
Monse spring 2016 used the smoothest cotton fabric which was tied and draped for maximum sex appeal. More put together than wearing your boyfriend’s shirt, it was a suggestive look that made us daydream a bit. Adding a Sally LaPointe hide hair envelope purse would make you look ready for business.

Just like stationary, ivory is white’s casual side. It’s softer and easier on the eyes. Pamela Rolland and Sally LaPointe 2016 both had monochromatic ivory two piece outfits that charged down the runway and made a powerful statement. Gucci took an ivory over the knee skirt and combined it with a monkey fur vest with rust and ivory accents that screamed “I’m the ‘IT’ girl.”

Here’s my Pinterest for some inspiration https://www.pinterest.com/niemannnichole/all-right-white/

My Front Row Seat at Milan’s Fashion Week

10 Feb

Milan, Italy is the iconic breeding ground for all things “fashion”.  It is a city that dresses up to go grocery shopping.  The McDonald’s, located on the footsteps of the Duomo,  has a five-star view of its famous roof top gargoyles and spires.  Milan is the home to world-renowned designers Alberta Ferretti and Moschino.  My friend and I had front row seats to both designers’ fashion shows during fashion week.  Thankfully, I recovered from my borderline demonic, possessed excitement and have lived to tell.

The invitation to the Ferretti show made a big first impression and was a statement maker in its sheer enormity.  It was hand delivered to our hotel by someone on par of an armed guard.  Impossible to miss and duplicate, it was our golden ticket.  The invitation gave vague instructions of location and time.  Its ambiguity and mystery added to the frenzy.

Dressed like we were “someone”, we stood on the steps outside the venue.  Just like nightclub customs, security had all guests wait behind the velvet rope while VIP celebrities, stylists, and editors were waved up the stairs.  Sufficiently pent-up with frustration and anticipation, we were welcomed inside.  The atmosphere was electric.  Music was playing, champagne was at the ready, sunlight poured in and we were invited guests!

Dead center stage of the models’ entrance, we saw everything first.  Model after model, one by one, charged the runway at a breakneck pace.   The overall impression was of sophistication, luxury and beauty-exactly how I would describe the city of Milan.

As a board member of The University of Chicago Cancer Research Foundation Women’s Board, we offer silent and live auction prizes like this trip!  You too can attend fashion week or travel the Nile or sail BVI Bitter End Yacht Club all the while fundraising for the brightest minds in science.

Join us on November 8, 2014.

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Do You Live Like You Were Dying?

1 Nov
Be happy!

Be happy!

Lately my path has crossed with a lot of new friends soul-searching, seeking self-help, and looking for an overall meaningful connection to life.  Joel Osteen mantras flood my Facebook feed.  I was a cheerleader and I understand that people like motivators.  The whole “personal trainer” industry would collapse not to mention that psychotherapy sessions would become ridiculous if we just believed in ourselves.

Do you live your life like you were dying?  You’ll have all of eternity to self deprecate, regret, and wish you ate that last piece of cake.  This is not an endorsement for “Girls Gone Wild.”  This, however, is your free pass to love yourself, forgive yourself, think positive and be kind to the world.  It takes just as much energy to self sabotage and think negative.  Set goals-big and small.  This is your own personal training session and it doesn’t cost you a thing.  You’ll get results.

When life gets challenging, true goodness shines.  You’ll recognize all the things you DO have.  Random acts of kindness become not so random.  The less you have is when you appreciate what’s really important.

Enjoy your weekend.  Love your family.  Kiss that hot stranger in the dark if you’re single or buy a new nightgown for your husband to see you in tonight.  Eat the cake and then take a walk.  Live like you were dying.