Even though thermometers are still registering 100 degrees here in Jacksonville, Florida it is time to start checking out the Fall 2015 trends. The European and New York fashion weeks were so exciting with so many fun styles emerging on each of the runways. Check out the fringe, fur and even high-waisted, flared-bottom pants. ” Groovy chic”-what a great description of this style!
Love the fur—designers showed it covering everything from coats to hats. In Florida, a little fur goes a long way. A fur neckline or hemline would be a great alternative to an all-over fur outfit. Ralph Lauren showed a fur hat with an evening dress and called it “Casual Luxe”.
Looks to be an interesting Fall! What will you be wearing?
After many years of big and splashy designer logos plastered all over designer handbags, the affluent consumer is now trending toward a more subtle look. Some of the big name, high-end luxury designers such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Prada have hit a bump in the road. The wealthy are still spending big dollars on luxury designer brands but they are looking for understated luxury. Personal style and individuality are the new “cool” rather than conspicuous consumption. These trends come and go. What’s your preference—subtlety or splashy??
The Spring 2015 shoe trends are absolutely awesome!! All the big name luxury designers the likes of Tory Burch, Louboutin, Saint Laurent are all getting in on the act. Shoes with texture, shoes with feathers, shoes with lace —you are going to want them all! There are so many exciting chic new looks to add to your designer shoe wardrobe. Here are 10 of the hottest trends to look for when you are shoe shopping this spring:
1.Shoes with ankle straps
4.Fringe and fur
5.Multi-strap and gladiator sandals
6.Animal and reptile skin
7.Super cute and girly bows
8.Shimmery textures and sparkle
Don’t forget, Cinderella says…..”A SINGLE SHOE CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE”!!
As the New Year opens, I remind myself of where I started in order to anticipate where my future will lead. My business is my heart and soul, and revamping it this year feels a little like reinventing myself. The walls, which were once beige, are now covered with a light grey paint, and new carpet is being installed in the showroom as I type this message. The changes I have in store for Sweet Repeats reminds me of my passion – fashion. I love sharing with people how to look fabulous while on a budget, which is exactly why I started this business 27 years ago. However, with each year that passes I am reminded of the importance of modernization and adapting style.
2015 will be a powerhouse year for fashion, and I wanted Sweet Repeats to capture that essence. In honor of this, I’ve decided to eliminate the front racks as they are and replace them with a newer style. Light fixtures are on order, and custom shoe trees have been commissioned in order to better showcase the incredible merchandise rolling in. Soon, park benches and wall lighting sconces will add a new ambiance to the space and a scalloped-edge awning will frame the space above my counter. Customers trying on shoes will be able to relax on ottomans and splashes of pink accents will dot the store, capturing the essence of everyday chic that I feel – and my clientele exudes. But like a revamped wardrobe, not everything needs to be new, and so, like the perfect little black dress, we have repurposed some of our features and counters and rearranged the existing layout.
I have been so lucky to have a gracious and loyal staff that has been helping facilitate these renovations. The last time I gave my store a mini-makeover was over four years ago, but I understand that it is time to evolve with Sweet Repeats and ready it for another year of empowering people to take control of their image and feel wonderful about themselves. The next six weeks will be a whirlwind of change, and I would love to invite you to share this moment with me. Come experience the revamped Sweet Repeats and fall in love with fashion all over again.
Calling all Fashionistas—Golden Globe Award Ceremony this Sunday evening!!
Here is our opportunity to see movie and TV stars in one place wearing beautiful and glamorous clothing. The Globe Awards seem to be more of a party atmosphere than the Oscars —seems to be a little more fun, hipper and cooler. Always exciting to see which clothing designers are the fav of the stars!! Will the iconic designers be there—-CHANEL, OSCAR, VALENTINO, SAINT LAURENT? or will some of the new up and coming designers be represented? I will be watching hope you will be too!!
HERE WE ARE MID-DECEMBER , ONE WEEK UNTIL CHRISTMAS AND I AM SO EXCITED TO SEE ALL THE NEW SPRING FASHION MAGAZINES THAT HAVE JUST HIT THE SHELVES!! SPRING 2015 IS ALL ABOUT MOVEMENT WITH FRINGE, LACY BABY DOLL DRESSES AND SOFT LOOKS FOR EVENINGS AND DATE NIGHTS TOUCHING ON A BOHEMIAN STYLE.
I AM SO LOOKING FORWARD TO WEARING A TRAPEZE DRESS AS WELL AS CROP TOPS PAIRED WITH A “LADY LIKE SKIRT” OR A TIE DYED DESIGN FROM THE 70’S. CROPPED TROUSERS AND LONG FLOWING VESTS AND MODERN SAFARI ANIMAL PRINTS ARE ALSO GOING TO BE SUCH FUN TO WEAR!!
WHAT STYLES ARE YOU GOING TO BE LOOKING FORWARD TO WEARING ?
In 1984, Kermit Oliver became the first American to design a scarf for Hermes, the legendary luxury French company known for their beautiful silk scarves. Before his association with Hermes, Mr. Oliver worked the night shift for 29 years in the Waco, Texas post office. Oliver was chosen by Hermes because he was able to capture the “spirit of the Southwest”. Mr. Olivers’ latest creation (and 17th) is a tribute to conservationist, Caesar Klenberg.
Yves Saint Laurent is regarded as a visionary and his influence is evident in the designs of many other fashion designers.
As a youngster, Saint Laurent was creating intricate paperdolls and as a teenager, he was designing clothing for his mother and sisters while living in Oran, French Algeria where he was born in 1936. Saint Laurents professional career began in 1957 when he was chosen by Christian Dior to succeed him as the head designer of the Fashion House of Christian Dior. Amazing that at the age of 21 he was designing the couture collection of a major fashion house. Saint Laurent is also credited with saving the Dior enterprise from financial ruin. His first collections catapulted him to rock star status.
Saint Laurent began his own fashion house in the early 60’s. Some of the looks and trends he created are the trapeze dress, safari jackets, tight pants, thigh high boots and his most notable look, the tuxedo suit for women.
In 1983 Saint Laurent became the first living designer to be honored by the Metropolitan Museum of Art with a solo exhibition.
Tom Ford was named creative director of the fashion house in 2000 and Saint Laurent retired in 2002 and died of brain cancer in 2008.
In 2012, Hedi Slimane took over the house and was pushing for a more modern and youthful era. She accomplished that with a new name, “Saint Laurent Paris”. The iconic YSL logo remains and the new name applies only to women’s ready-to-wear.
What do you think, new name or original name?
Ralph Lauren—-an American Icon that seems to have been on the fashion scene forever, but hard as it is to believe his brand is less than fifty years old! His work began at Brooks Bros. in New York and then he later went to work at Brummel Neckwear and that is where the Polo brand was created in 1967. Menswear and women’s wear followed in 1971. In 1972 the Ralph Lauren label featuring updated classic items was created.
With over 100 stores worldwide, along with a new flagship store opening very soon at 711 Fifth Avenue has helped make the Polo Pony one of the world’s most recognized brands!
Tory’s hard work, determination, savvy business sense and good demeanor helped build her fashion empire to more than 120 stores across North America.
Her design team specifically targets women who want finely crafted clothing that doesn’t cost a fortune – helping to create a wardrobe that incorporates Tory Burch pieces with elements of their own wardrobe.
Tory recently launched her global effort with a flagship store in Munich and Paris. Be sure to watch her as she continues to follow, evolve, and offer us her unique fashion statements.