Fashion’s Night Out 2011: More than Fashion, It’s a Party with a Cause

It’s been awhile and I’m so excited for Fall Fashion 2011. Not only do I receive all my favorite fashion magazines in three times the normal size, but Fashion’s Night Out is on September 8th. There’s no better way to kick off Fall Fashion Week, then with a precursor of a fun filled fashion party at your favorite retailer.

I can’t believe there was a time when Fashion’s Night Out was only in NYC. I’m so glad it’s now international.  What a great way to pull a community together for fashion’s sake. I like to go to my local Fashion’s Night Out (Costa Mesa or Newport Beach, CA) where I see, touch and feel and maybe try on the latest designs from some of my favorite designer collections with a cocktail in hand. It’s a great fashion moment. It’s a fun night out to chill and see the Fall Fashion first hand.

Don’t forget FNO Collection. What’s a fashion night with out a capsule collection?  FNO has a collection of T-shirts, Totes, Hats where 40% of it’s proceeds go to New York City AIDS Fund in the New York Community Trust.  I’m spying this bag for my next FNO purchase.  The totes available in more colors, click here to see the entire collection:

Photo Credit: Fashion's Night Out Fashion's Night Out Collection Tote in Cognac & Black, Retail $50.

Hope everyone checks out Fashion’s Night Out in your town.  Here’s link to see what retailers are participating in your town.

There’s nothing like a fashion party with a cause.

Jumpstart Your Summer: Go Tropical

Summer is here and with June gloom finally subsiding in Laguna Beach, I can finally get my spirit of summer back.  However, it’s hard to when every fashion magazine is all about Fall 2011 Collections and trends or the Fall 2012 Collections from Paris.

In order to jump start my summer, I go to the tropics for inspiration. I’ll be wearing looks inspired by last Summer/Spring 2011 Collections and this amazing painting by Maria Bertran. She’s a Laguna Beach artist inspired by the tropics and this dress by Cynthia Steffe.  Is it just me or can you see this model walking down the beach wearing this beautiful strapless Maxi dress? (Please note, to go tropical fruit is not always part of the theme)

Thompson Court by Maria Bertran

Cynthia Steffe Spring/Summer 2011 Collection

Haute Couture Fall 2012: Chanel Lighting Up My Life

Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel Haute Couture Fall 2012 Collection pays homage to Madimoiselle Coco Chanel and with more tweed essentials than previous seasons and elegant gowns styled from yesteryear of the 1920’s.

Accessories were also vital to the collection and the long fingerless mesh gloves looked amazing.

Look from Chanel Haute Couture Fall 2012 Collection. Notice the Long Fingerless Gloves and the Sheer Boots

All the Shoes Aglow at Chanel Haute Couture 2012 Collection

The finale was my favorite part of the show.  As models rejoined the circular stage, suddenly the lights dimmed and the shoes were all aglow.  I guess I’m a sucker for little gimmicks. Love. Love. Love.

There’s nothing like a Chanel haute couture show to remind you that there really is nothing like a Chanel haute couture show.

Resort 2012: A Sneak Peek at Fashion’s Future

It’s mid June and fashion designers are showing their Resort Collections for 2012. Many people think there are only two collections per year, Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer.  Resort began as a way for designers to entice some of their favorite clients with special designs during the off-season. The time around Christmas to about mid-February.  The pieces were usually designed for clients fleeing cold climate areas traveling to somewhere tropical and needed designs not for Fall but more for summer.

Today the term “Resort” has evolved to be more of a code word for fresh new merchandise and a way for people to see what may be coming for Spring/Summer from the designer.  Many designers use this time to have a bit more fun with the designers.  Trust me, the Resort collection is not a last resort effort by fashion designers, but a sneak peek at what’s to come.  Who wouldn’t love that?

Resort 2012 Collections are still coming down the runways, but a picked a few of my favorites.

Chanel, Derek Lam, House of Holland, Anna Sui Resort 2012 Collections

Some of my favorite looks from Resort 2012 Collections. (From Left to Right): Chanel, Derek Lam, House of Holland, and Anna Sui

What can you say about Chanel?  Karl knows what’s he’s doing every season. I love the high-waisted long skirt with the flowing blouse. Really who am I kidding? Do you see the boots?  The boots are thong boots.  I love them. The boots complete the look. Derek Lam gives you the perfect short look in blue and nude. Since I am a big fan of blue and navy. This is a great look and I love the obi style belt.  House of Holland, let me explain. House of the Holland is designed by Henry Holland. A fashion editor turned T-shirt designer to full on fashion designer for the masses.  This look is so part ’80’s inspired with a tinge of Latin flavor. The graphic stripe in the bright colors, I love.  Finally, Anna Sui,  a designer who loves music and is inspired by their rock n’ roll style. This look says Gypsy Hippie.  Love the super short shorts with the beautiful peasant blouse. Stevie Nicks must be really proud. Can’t wait to see the rest of the looks from Resort 2012 collections.

Chloe Sevigny’s 2012 Resort Collection for Opening Ceremony

One of my most favorite icons of style is Chloe Sevigny. Chloe Sevigny Style Icon of “Vintage ReMix”

Chloe Sevigny on the cover of Elle UK

No one else can make long dresses with high necklines look chic on the HBO show, Big Love.  Her style is what I like to call “Vintage Remix”. She has a way of wearing vintage in modern way, which is nearly impossible to copy.  Over the years, her winning style has graced the covers of the most famous fashion magazines, Elle, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar for her individual style. 

Chloe Sevigny's Resort 2012 Collection for Opening Ceremony

It’s no surprise, she just completed her 2nd Resort collection for the fabulous New York boutique, Opening Ceremony. The runway show was in Nolita in a gym reminding me of my favorite days of high school.  The collection features looks mimic details of the 1700’s with the use of eyelet fabric. Yes, I said 1700’s.  but like I said she loves modern so she also added laser cut leather pieces.  I can’t wait to see the entire collection online at Opening Ceremony soon……