Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Fashion Group International

Yay! I just joined Fashion Group International and I'm really excited to meet and network with other people in the Fashion Industry!!!

Friday, September 12, 2008


Ok. I have to interrupt my usual fashion blogging to annouce....I'm engaged!!! We are headed to Maui today for my birthday so this is the only picture I could get but it's beautiful and I am so happy!!!!
More details to come!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Top 10 Fall Fashion Trends

It occurred to me that before we can review Spring 09 trends from Fashion Week, we must first circle back on what the must-have items are for Fall 2008.

Here's a quick list of the top 10.....

1- Colored Tights
* You can buy any color that works for you. The important thing here is to tie them back to a great outfit and pair them with a hot shoe or a slouchy suede boot.

2- Lace

* I love lace. It always looks classy as long as it's done right. Lace can come in the form of a sheer lace shirt paired with a nude tank or even in the form of a maxi dress with leggings. If you are still stuck on how to incorporate lace into a casual wardrobe- cut yourself a little slack and buy a headband with lace detailing.

3- Plaid

* The buffalo plaid shirts in reds, yellows and purples are everywhere for Fall but plaid doesn't have to be overwhelming or even reminiscent of the late nineties. Plaid fabrics are everywhere from casual jackets to wrap dresses so finding something that is the right color for you shouldn't be an issue. If wearing plaid scares you it might make more sense to start with something a little less committal like a plaid scarf.

4- Fall Florals

* Florals work for me any time of year- but once you get past the summer months it's important to update your floral wardrobe with pieces that reflect a fall color palette. Go for neutral floral colors with rich jewel tone colors.

5- Head to Toe Neutrals

* Almost every designer showed head to toe neutrals in at least a handful of outfits that were part of their fall collections. Jean Paul Gaultier showed neutral everything from the scarf to the knee length boots.

6- Purple

* Our Fashion First theme for the 2008 runway show was "The Ultimate Color Tour", mostly because we knew purple would be huge. Purple is the hottest color for Fall so it's important that you have at least 1 good piece that covers this trend. My suggestion would be a purple dress that fits you like a glove- but I'm partial to my new Delia*s dress that is purple with front button closures.....The point is, get something that you love and wear it- often.


*The metallic trend spans across a variety of categories. I've seen this trend in handbags, shoes, special occasion dresses and blouses. Jewel tones like gold, purples, silvers and teals have been very popular in metallics but the trend doesn't have to be worn in apparel it can also be worn in the form of a handbag or a belt.

8- Bows

*This is one of my favorite trends from Spring 08. I fell in love with my Rachel Leigh bracelet that I forced my boyfriend to buy me in Boston over the summer. I just can't get enough of cute little bow headbands, necklaces or even the rhinestone Juicy Couture bow earrings. They are simply adorable and seemingly innocent! For fall I suggest you get a blouse with bow details or possibly a gold necklace with a metal bow detail.

9- Menswear Fabrics

* Herringbones and tweeds will be popular for Fall 2008. If you don't want to sport menswear trousers or a menswear inspired blazer you can still get the look with a menswear vest, a herringbone pencil skirt or even a tweed jacket.

10- Monochromatic Gray

* I love grey eyeshadow any time of year- but mostly in the fall. Sheer greys and cloudy silvers are going to be the one color (aside from PURPLE) that you will want to stock up on. Boots, cabbie hats, sweaters and even tights in shades of grey will help update your wardrobe for Fall.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

I love September

There are many fabulous things that happen during the month of my birthday, but 2 of my favorite are New York Fashion Week and The MTV Video Music Awards!

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week (aka New York Fashion Week) started on Friday with collections from BCBG Max Azria (a MUST see collection), Perry Ellis and Nicole Miller. Saturday's shows included Spring collections from Lacoste and Rock & Republic, and Sunday was a full day which included DKNY, Tracy Reese, Miss Sixty and DVF.

The VMA's started their red carpet coverage this evening with opening fashion commentary from country singer Taylor Swift. She is absolutely adorable but when they asked her what she was wearing she accidentally mentioned the wrong designer and then remembered she was wearing Blumarine. Oops.

You can expect full recaps from New York Fashion Week and the VMA's coming soon!

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The thing I love most about the fashion industry is that it's constantly evolving. Change is constant- and everything "new" inevitably gives way to something even better. Whether it's a fresh color palette, a new fabric or even a spin on an old favorite, I love it all. I have been in love with fashion as long as I can remember. It's always been what I wanted to do when I "grew up". As a child I spent my free time drafting princess outfits on sketch pads and during junior high I spent my summers studying Fashion at the Seattle OSC in the Fashion Marketing program putting together trend boards. In high school I took fashion courses at the local community college and participated in DECA to learn business skills. I seized any opportunity to immerse myself into the world of fashion- including serving on the Nordstrom Fashion Board my Senior Year in High School so that I could give feedback on product carried in their stores and work at special events. I truly loved every aspect of the industry from putting together marketing plans to interacting directly with customers on the sales floor. During college while I was earning my AAA degree in Fashion Marketing I worked in retail at a Juniors boutique called Juxtapose.

By the time I was 22 - I wanted to "retire" from retail (or at least the sales floor) and I took a job working for a Seattle based retailer doing production for their private label clothing lines. Outside of that gig I was also co-producing a runway fashion show in Seattle called Fashion First that focused on featuring independent designers and boutiques from all over the city. This past year was my 5th year co-producing the show and I'm pleased to announce that we had another sell-out show.

My experience in the industry is diverse and that's why I decided to start a fashion blog. Experience equals perspective and that's exactly what I feel I can provide to fashion lovers everywhere. I've had the opportunity to see multiple sides of the industry and I can share my insight and expertise with all of you.

I hope you enjoy my blog.