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Trend Dressing Update

27 Sep

As the director and commentator for the fashion show production company, Fashions with Flair, I am often asked by friends and family, “how can I update my look?” Well, I am also the single mother of four kids, so my answer combines my fashion background with my practical lifestyle. I include a trend dressing segment in all of our fashion show productions. This fall I took wardrobe staples every woman has in her closet and showed how effortless it is to add a little flair to your everyday routine.

If you’re anything like me, you’re in Target almost every day. Milk, toiletries, prescriptions …..and you pass the latest fashion staples on the way! I recently heard that if Target had a bar it would be the perfect place! I took four looks that I routinely wear and added the best of fashion accessories to make it fresh and new.

1. Jeans and a white tee shirt:

  •  bright plaid shirt tied at the waist which gives you a slimming effect
  • an army green flack jacket
  • a fur charm hooked to your belt loop


2. Black pants and a black sweater

  • off white sweater duster with black woven leather belt at the waist-Black and white unite!


3. LBD

  • denim shirt tied at the waist (you know why)
  • camel vest
  • blue fur infinity scarf


4. Black leather pencil skirt (yes Target is selling this!) and white blouse

  • lots of pearls around your neck
  • white curly lamb car coat (no, Target doesn’t have this LOL…..York Furrier)

Happy fall and happy fashion!





Miracle Weight Loss Fashion

23 Sep

With 100% seriousness and all due respect, the Mary Katrantzou spring 2017 RTW collection is the miracle slim wear of all time. Forget about your shapes, curves, and lumps, Mary Katrantzou created microfiber fabrics with patterns that were simply stunning and oh so flattering. A vibrant color scheme in blues, rust, and white, Katrantzou drew from her grecian background mimicking some of the very iconic pottery styles of ancient times. Later in the show she added plastic fish scales, scallops, and ruffles to to give the deigns a 3D effect and a more evening feel. Totally gorgeous!

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/

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/


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/







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/






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: