This is my second time featuring this brand on the blog because I am obsessed!!! The London-based brand, aqua by aqua has a new AQ/AQ SS ’14 collection that is to die for! These designers create clothing for the woman every women wants to be. Hot, edgy, flirty, and a little bad ass. I have featured some of my favorite looks. I’m especially enamored with the black jumpsuit, cape dress, and jogger pants. Heck! I want it all!
I had the wonderful opportunity to meet a talented designer at her trunk show held at House of Couture Boutique in Buckhead. Ashley R. Ryles is the beauty and brains behind her label AR’RYLES which features meticulously crafted designer pencil skirts. Ashley is a graduate of the Miami International University of Arts & Design and has interned with the esteemed label, Badgley Mischka. She is now based in New York but has roots in Atlanta. She has lived in Miami and Europe as well which has helped broaden her keen fashion sense which is evident in her designs.
April McRae, the owner of House Couture was a gracious host for this fabulous event. Her shop is located on Bennett Street in the heart of Buckhead. She carries chic, edgy, one-of-a-kind clothes that will catch the eye of any fashionista. Next time you’re in the area stop by and tell her I sent you
Ashley really kept the curves of a woman’s body in mind when designing her skirts. They are fitted in the waist and curve naturally with the hips before tapering at the bottom just below the knee. If you look closely, you can see the seam she has created carving out the hip area. It’s a look that is flattering on a full-figured woman or it can accentuate the curves on a smaller frame. My favorite is the gold leather over lay skirt pictured above but they are all super sexy!
In the picture below, I’m here with the ladies in our AR’RYLES skirts. It’s so funny to me how I look like I’m standing in a hole between these two glamazons, London, Ashley’s sister and Ashleyon the right.
For more information about AR’RYLES or to purchase a skirt check out her website here. House Couture of Boutique is located at 25 Bennett St., Suite C, Atlanta, GA.
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!
I love when I discover cool green products! You can learn about Oka b recyclable shoes in my post if you missed it. Today I’m featuring an Atlanta-based design company called Deck Specks. I’m all about supporting local designers and I’m glad to share these truly innovative designers with my readers. These one-of-a-kind, handmade sunglasses are made from skateboards! So cool, right? They have such an interesting, unisex vibe to them and have been spotted on celebs like Andre 3000! I’m definitely going to be rockin’ a pair of these. Here are just a few of their funky designer shades.
Source: All photos courtesy of deckspecks.com
I can’t decide! They do have more styles arriving so be sure to go to the website deckspecks.com to view more!