Versace Resort 2018

I’m beginning to notice more and more that in fashion design, there are prominent LEVELS that make up the craft. After a vivid viewing of the Versace Resort collection, I’d say that Versace still stands as an elite fashion house- producing some of the most trend setting and inspiring pieces to date.
After reading up on Donatella’s allegiance to the City of Angels, I began to understand the background and inspiration of the collection. Not only does Los Angeles have a glistening vibe filled with an undying amount of sunsets from day to day- it has a liter of youthfulness, two cups of glam, 1/2 a cup of defiance with a pinch of street vibes. That’s one hell of a concoction, and it’s only made for the strong- forget the weak hearted. A city of dreamers, lovers and creatures searching for fulfillment- some say it’s the best city on the planet.

Not to mention Donatella sent her entire design team to L.A. to grab some of the greatest pieces and inspiration from the city.

Talk about a great boss.

The collection was a tribute to L.A., but also to the evolving fashion world which is becoming more diverse, applauding individuality, and a free range of style. 

With this evolution, we’re seeing more realistic models, more street style inspiration and the small faults that once needed correction. The beauty in that is the fact that fashion seems to be coming full circle for its onlookers.

I’d say that’s a plus.

But, what’s next for us?

The resort collection was one of various inspirational points that range from the multiple strands and cultural communities that make up the city of Los Angeles. Versace was able to take the aesthetic to another level by combining and mixing some of the world’s various entities and cultural looks into one solid collection.

I was very impressed by the array of inspiration pulled into this.

I’d purchase almost everything…

After I win the lottery.

We witnessed Rock and Roll references through the studded accessories, leather jackets and fringed skirts. There were bold pinstriped power suits that were layered over lace bralettes, or pencil skirts with slits that were sky high. 

There was a hint of 90s inspiration after beginning to see a trend in the color palette, which decorated layered patterns that consisted of palm trees, exotic flowers and peacock feathers- all resembling old Hollywood decor at its finest.

A collection with a piece for everyone- that’s what I’d call it. With it’s supply of various colors, textures, embellishments and more- I’m sure many can style these numbers in ways unimaginable.

The pieces have me feeling too cool, edgy and straight magical.

The streets should definitely be watching.

Signing off.

-SM


Versace Resort 2018

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.