I’m featuring Emerson by Jackie Fraser-Swanfor my last installation of MBFW designers to know. I must admit I was not familiar with this label until I watched the show and was totally smitten. Jackie attended the School of Fashion Design of Boston before creating her own line. I’m not sure how she would describe her style but I view it as rocker school girl chic. I don’t know if that makes any sense but it’s definitely a cool line that I love.
I’m head-over-heels in love with this rich purple fabric and the leather accents are so fierce. The styling is perfectly offset with the boyish oxford shoes.
This is the rocker school girl look I’m talking about.
The asymmetric hemline on this skirt is sexy but the masculine jacket and shoes bring balance to the look.
All buttoned up but still edgy.
You can find her store nestled in the Newbury shopping district in Boston or shop online here. I hope you enjoyed my MBFW designers to know series.
Today I’m featuring the amazing pair of ladies behind the label Noon by Noor. Shaikha Noor Al Khalifa and Shaikha Haya Al Khalifa are cousins that both earned degrees in Fashion Design from Marymount University. Influenced by their homeland of Bahrain, their designs are laden with rich textiles and delicate embellishments that exude luxury and femininity. I really appreciate how they put a modern twist to otherwise traditional silhouettes from their Middle Eastern background. They debuted their first showing at MBFW S/S 2013 in September 2012 with rave reviews. Their designs have been worn by celebs such as Kim Kardashian, Demi Lovato, and Blake Lively.
I’m such a sucker for a jumpsuit and this print is so crazy beautiful and intricate.
The flowing peasant blouse and oxblood leather midi skirt is a killer combo! The embellishment on the blouse brings an extra touch of femininity to the look.
Mixing the same print in a different color is a smart way to mix prints without it appearing too busy. This look is giving me a 60’s vibe which I love.
More gorgeous leather oxblood, this time in a flirty pair of shorts balanced with a lady-like cream coat.
I could actually see this as a beautiful, simple wedding dress.
Welcome to my second installation of MBFW Designers to Know. Desigual is a long time favorite label of mine but is not very well known to the masses in the U.S. I was so delighted to find that Collage, a local boutique, actually carried this colorful brand. I had the pleasure of shopping at Desigual during my visit to Barcelona and brought back this beauty.
The managing director of this Spanish label, Manuel Jadraque, had been with company since 2004 and was instrumental in bringing the label to the States. This line always stays true to it’s playful and colorful soul while staying sophisticated. The silk pants suit below is one of my favorite looks. It’s effortless but still such a sexy statement. The black and white graphic coat is just so mod and adorable. I really appreciate how their clothes maintain an element of fun whether it’s in their bold colors or crazy graphics. Either way it puts a smile on my face
It’s an exciting time of year! MBFW S/S 14 has commenced and it looks as good as ever. Instead of writing about designers that are household names, I’ve decided to focus on designers that are not as well known, but should be. There is a myriad of talent out there and I love discovering amazing designers and bringing them to the attention of my readers. Today I’m featuring Ruffian. Brian Wolk and Claude Morais are the pair behind this critically acclaimed New York label. The designers received the Fashion Group International Rising Star Award. Brian Wolk has a background in costume and fashion design, whereas Claude Morais is a model turned stylist turned fashion designer. Together this dynamic duo have created a line that is cool, funky, urban, and yet a little playful.
What really caught my attention to their S/S 14 collection was the fabric. They made a bold choice in creating suits and pants with a bright, shiny material. It could have turned out really wrong, but it looks oh, so right. I also love the quirkiness of the style with boyish twists like the faux-tie look on the black shift dress. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
Stay tuned for more designers to know from MBFW S/S 14 coming this week!
Today’s shoe review will be a little different. Instead of reviewing a pair of shoes I already own I’m reviewing shoes I want to own. I was in my friend’s store last week and I spotted these beautiful Mary Jane pumps. I slipped them on and they felt like heaven. Kork-Ease is a new line to my friend’s store, but the company has been around for a long time. Actually, since 1953. The company is based in Brooklyn, New York and became popular for their thick, cork platform sandals. Now they have a variety of gorgeous shoes to offer such as boots and adorable wedge oxfords. These are the shoes that captured my heart…
Aren’t they sweet! It’s great to find a company that can make a comfortable shoe and still maintain their modern vintage vibe.
Ball-of-foot comfort: out of 5
Heel comfort: out of 5
Tightness: out of 5
Heel Sturdiness: out of 5
Overall Wearability: out of 5
Here are some more shoes from their fall collection:
It’s not officially Labor Day weekend until HITP (House in the park) kicks off! Sunday was the 9th annual HITP and it was quite fitting that I wore my UNIF Hotmes t-shirt because that’s exactly what we were by the end of the day.
This was my third year attending this event and it has become increasingly popular each year. People come out with their family and friends setting up tents and grills. Everyone enjoys food and drinks while listening to some of the best house music djs from all around the country.
The day began with a scorching sun and humidity. Thankfully we had some protection from the sun with our tent but we were still sweating bullets.
Dark clouds began to roll in and replaced the sun with a cool breeze.
Enter inside the pavilion if you dare but come prepared to dance until the wheels come off! Once we got inside, the sky opened up and it began to rain. The tribal beats from the music made it feel like we were doing some sort of rain dance.
There’s nothing more cathartic to me than dancing. I just feel so free and happy!
This a ‘before’ picture because we were all looking like hot messes at the end of the day. We had such a great time. House music, food, friends, and spirits equals a fantastic way to celebrate Labor Day weekend.
How did you celebrate?
I was wearing….
T-shirt: UNIF. Bandeau bra: American Apparel. Cut-offs: H&M. Ankle boots: Old Navy. Bracelets: Tory Burch, Kla. Camo shades: Street vendor (Little five points).
Are you ready for some football?!?! I know I am. As a die-hard Steeler fan, I can’t wait for the upcoming NFL season. I’ve been going to football games since I was a little girl. I remember swimming in my Dad’s jersey because they did not make a lot of fan gear for children at the time nor ladies for that matter. But, oh, how times have changed. NFL apparel companies have caught on how many female fans are out there and have begun to capitalize on it by designing fashionable ladies NFL apparel! Companies like Junkfood clothing and Touch by Alyssa Milano have some really cute options available. Instead of a sloppy jersey, you can choose a soft, vintage t-shirt, bedazzaled tank tops, and even wedge sneakers! Now us ladies can still look stylish while cheering on our team. I know I’m biased with my sample outfits below but you can apply it to your team