T by Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang has found a rare way to incorporate your everyday sweatsuit into the workplace through clever design and precise cuts. Keeping it chic and cool, Wang has orchestrated a pivotal moment for women who want to hone in on comfort and luxury at the same time. Fusing reinvented button downs with classic cigarette slacks seems to be a reoccurring theme that brings a sense of sophistication and a hint of androgyny. Holding steadfast to a strong color palette consisting of Kelly green, crisp whites, cool grey’s and sharp black’s- Wang kept the vibe professional and straightforward. I can appreciate the styling aspect that showcases the pieces and the range they are able to hold in a woman’s wardrobe. From dressing skirts down with flat boots to pairing wide legged pant with open-toed sandals, the styling precisely enables women to have a magnitude of choices with each piece. Knock offs are probably already being created to replicate Wang’s vision, and I can see why. Signing off.

-SM


T by Alexander Wang

Max Mara Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear

Developing a collection based on a brand’s love for fashion is one thing… But, developing a collection with the understanding that fashion can be used as a political tool is another. Max Mara stunned with their new collection, which featured pieces that reflected the working woman. Featuring heavy tailoring, loose fitting trousers, and power suiting- the brand stays true to its roots. The beauty in the collection resides in the translation that women are working extremely hard too! We are seeing women come together across the globe to create businesses, develop corporations and more. So, this collection defines how women are able to thrive in a working culture while bringing a professional edge with their look. The collection features the richest color palette of Ruby Red, Cunning Camel and Gunmetal Grey. The outerwear pieces reigned supreme, showcasing how oversized is the best move this fall. Strutting down the runway in teddy bear fur jackets, power shouldered trench coats, and double breasted blazers- models remained nonchalant and cool. Women are able to dress the part, whole remaining feminine at the same time. We see high waist trousers, mid-length skirts, soft turtleneck sweaters and even sheer turtlenecks. Models were from all walks of life, but one stopped the show- Halim Aden. She’s been breaking the internet due to competing for Miss USA, walking in Yeezy’s latest show and now Max Mara- All in her hijab. Talk about a message. Women are the future. Not just one particular kind. Signing off.

-SM

Max Mara Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear

Slippin’ Away.

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Creating a business out of my love for fashion has been the most challenging and rewarding task that I’ve ever been presented with.

While working on producing and styling this fashion show, I’ve realized this more than ever.

Being the point of contact for this event, I have about 20 thousand emotions that I go through daily.

I’m illuminated, depressed, frustrated and nervous.

Because I’ve never been challenged in this way before.

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As I’ve began tapping into a ton of fashion management skills, I’ve have learned to never compromise my actual vision to make others comfortable.

I’ve been diving into less of what style and fashion look like…

I have been questioning how they make me feel…

What statements I hope to make…

Venturing into the aesthetic…

The presentation.

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The reason I decided to produce a fashion exhibit or showcase was to provide a realm where Ohio artists could begin flexing their skills.

Too many times I’ve heard, “You need to be in New York or Los Angeles…”

“Cincinnati isn’t a fashion city…”

“You can’t actually believe that you’ll be a relevant stylist in Cincinnati…”

My answer is… “But, why?”

Why do we need to navigate and venture out of our growing city or state to fulfill our destinies?

Yes, I’m a die-hard New York fan- but Cincinnati raised me.

Who will stay to pave the way for the artists and creative dreamers who are interested in fashion or the arts?

So, hopefully the show will get a conversation started.

Because, there IS talent in Ohio.

We just don’t always know when and how to utilize it.

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Pulling looks for the show has also helped me to revolve my own personal style.

It’s taking on a life of itself.

Speaking of what I’m wearing…

Slips are in.

Get into it.

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A year ago, I would’ve never felt comfortable enough with myself to rock this look in public.

But, as of lately- I’ve been digging more of what I think and less of the thoughts of others.

I’m getting into this whole women’s empowerment thing.

If I want to be a sex-kitten, I CAN.

If I want to dress like a man, I CAN.

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I’ve been following trend forecasts like crazy and silk, slip dresses, and the use of nightwear as the modern day get-up is a consistent trend.

I’m definitely here for women wearing their lingerie or sleepwear outdoors…

Why?

Well, this summer is going to be a hot one.

Free flowing pants, oversized tops, short and lightweight slips will be cool and chic.

Also, it’s breaking the rules- which I love.

This 90s trend is making a comeback, but I think the fact that it has made it’s way back around is about more than just looks.

When the trend broke into the fashion industry, how did it make women feel?

Fearless, resilient, sexy, independent…

That’s what’s important.

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We get so caught up in the boxes that society puts us in…

And, so damn conservative…

Can we live? And, let go?

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I paired my slip dress with a silk overcoat and knee-high boots.

Delicate jewelry pieces are a given, with a chunky wrist.

I added an attitude mixed with Carrie Bradshaw, Naomi Campbell, and Madonna…

And, this is what I got.

Oh yeah.

If you’re screaming, #SUPPORTLOCALARTISTS, #SUPPORTOHIOFASHION, #SUPPORTOHIOARTISTS….

Then, why haven’t you gotten your ticket to NOT ANOTHER FASHION SHOW?

Go.

Slippin’ Away.