Ralph Lauren just announced he would be stepping down as CEO of his company. Wow–didn’t see that coming. He has been the business brains and the creative genius behind the Ralph Lauren label for 48 years. What an incredible fashion empire he has created over these past years. His signature country club chic look is the perfect silhouette for the casual American lifestyle. Not only is his brand infamous for clothing but equally important is the womens accessory lines. The Ricky handbag (inspired by his wife) is one of the companys most coveted luxury items–retailing for $22,500.00
When Mr. Lauren steps down from the day -to-day business in November, Mr. Stefan Larsson will be taking over at the helm. Mr. Larsson is currently the global President of Old Navy and had been an H&M executive for 15 yrs. prior. Wall Street responded to the news with an uptick in Ralph Lauren stock and a down day for The Gap corp. Mr. Larsson has had 3 consecutive years of profitable growth with Old Navy.
Even though the reins will be turned over to Mr. Larsson, Mr. Lauren will still retain the post of executive chairman and chief creative director of the multi-brand company. Mr. Lauren states, “my job is to think always about the future of our company and how to move it forward”. He also stated, “Stefan Larsson is exceptionally talented and he will bring our company a fresh and exciting global perspective”.
Have you seen the new shoe by GUCCI—-it looks like part shoe and part slipper? It is lined with kangaroo fur so it looks amazingly comfortable and luxurious. It is truly a luxury item—selling for $995. 00. The New York stores can’t keep them on the shelves. If you are looking for a status symbol—this is a “must have”! Top luxury designer, Marc Jacobs and blogger, Man Repeller are sporting them on their Instagram posts. Hurry and snag your pair before they are all sold 0ut!
The 2015 Fall/Winter Color and Style trends are out and now it is just a matter of a little change in the weather in Jacksonville, Florida before we can start enjoying wearing some of the new trends in clothing, accessories, shoes and handbags! The most sought out information each season is Pantone’s “IT” Color and color palette. This season the color is Marsala and the palette includes luscious names such as, Biscayne Bay Teal, Stormy Weather Blue and Reflecting Pond. On the other side of the spectrum there are also muted colors and neutrals that will be turning up on all the new designer clothing as well as on luxury items. Look out for names such as Dried Herb and Desert Sage!
If your clothing wardrobe is looking a bit “so last year” and needs some updating then get out there and start shopping. Not sure if the new colors or trends are right for you then a shopping trip to a consignment shop is a great way to go. Consignment shops such as, Sweet Repeats in Jacksonville, Florida are filled with great merchandise that you can purchase for a fraction of the cost of retail. This is a great way to experiment with your wardrobe!
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.