Sunday, February 8, 2015

Feb 2015 Swap: Review

I held this year's first swap and I must say it was a roaring success in my books. For me the swap is an opportunity for ladies to come update their closets while also editing out what no longer suit them. Secondary to that is  to meet other ladies that they would not meet if it were not for that event hence a networking opportunity in a relaxed environment that does not have that forced familiarity that we all hate. Thirdly is to have a fun afternoon or evening from their usual hectic schedules.

This swap was an open swap meaning I did not set a limit on the number of items the participants had to bring . That actually worked out to ensure we got a variety of items that made the event a success. The group of ladies that came were mostly new to each other but they had such an open mind and positive attitude that one would have thought they were life long friends. More than that each person was patient as some ladies came much later due to unavoidable circumstances yet it still worked out that each lady left with clothes that they felt were a golden find.

Once the business of the clothes and shoes was done the ladies all settled down to socializing and it turned into an inspiring evening for all those who were present.

The pics just tell a part of the story but I am sure the next swap will be even more interesting :-)

Friday, January 30, 2015

Giambattista Valli Couture 2014: Inspiration for Bridemaids outfits

I was catching up with project runway season 13 and the alternative bride challenge caught my attention. I applaud those who are able to stay true to themselves even if it means going against the grain in the eyes of society. Several of my friends have gotten married and if you do a search for bride-maids dresses the result is more often than not a very narrow range; a fact that irritates me to no end seeing as I have been a bridesmaid a few too many times. This brings me to this post which was inspired by project runway and my own personal experience. I am hoping this post will be resourceful for a bride or bridesmaid who would want something slightly different( not different to goth proportions) yet still within the traditional wedding umbrella.  Haute couture is fashion that is constructed by hand from start to finish, made from high quality, expensive, often unusual fabric and sewn with extreme attention to detail and finished by the most experienced and capable seamstresses, often using time-consuming, hand-executed techniques. While Couture is not made for the ready to wear market, I still feel it can provide a rich source of inspiration for your different design needs. The two design houses whose couture collection always has me in anticipation  in January and July during Paris Fashion week  are Ellie Saab and Giambattista Valli

Giambattista Valli is an Italian designer and three celebrities come to mind to reference his work; Amal Alamuddin, Lupita Nyong'o and Blake Lively. Below are dresses from his Spring and Fall 2014 Couture collections that perhaps may provide an alternative design idea for bridemaids.

My favorite from Spring 2014 Couture collection

Merlot red.
I love stripes and this would be such a cool bridesmaid outfit more so for a black and white wedding.

nuff said!

love love love!

This was the outfit Amal wore in Venice the day after her wedding with Clooney of course :-)

Another favourite. When Lupita wore this outfit it got folks talking as none were on the fence on it. Those who loved it, loved while those who hated it did so completely.

This would have to be for a very non traditional bridesmaid and an open minded bride.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Trend: Slouchy Chic

Its been over four months since I posted in this blog and truth be told done anything fashion related. An opportunity came up and decided to go back to the corporate world. Like little red riding hood the wolf seemed friendly and benign but alas a wolf is a wolf regardless of its attire.

I am back but not the same. I feel lost and with no road leave alone a direction. At this point in my life I thought I would have it 'ALL TOGETHER' but evidently that is not what life has in store for me. I am not sure I am back to fashion but then again fashion has never been a destination but rather something inside of me so perhaps its more of waking up....who knows but expect more of these random emo posts in style blog :)

Moving along swiftly, slouchy chic is a look I totally dig. It's not a new trend but the runways have kinda reawakened it and I am all for a marriage of comfort and style .

This look is everything I love in this trend. The high low top with a peek a boo, the sporty but stylish pants with heels. LOVE LOVE.


The trick is to have a balance of oversize items balanced by fitting items.

Monochromes or colours so close to each other allows you to achieve that Luxe look.
This is sooooo cool and intelligent fashion-wise anyway
Who said slouchy has to be lazy!!!!so glam 

In lust with this whole look. The slouchy beanie hat and the sweater

So Brit! I love it especially the metallic Oxfords