The busy end-of-year social season is getting started, and stylish events are popping up all over the place. A few you should definitely check out:
CincyChic’s Champagne and Shoes, Friday September 12th, 6-9pm
Y’all know Dress for Success has long been one of my favorite nonprofits, so I was happy to join CincyChic’s DFS fundraiser and fashion show event–especially when they asked me to be a judge for their “Chicest Shoes of All” contest. Get your tickets at champagneshoes2014.eventbrite.com, and bring your A-game footwear ‘cause I WILL be judging you (and asking where you got those cute shoes).
Saks Contemporary Event, Saturday September 27th, 4-6pm
I can often be found dreamily wandering through Saks, longingly touching all manner of high end clothing and accessories and willing everything from Etro dresses to Chanel booties to magically transport themselves into my closet. Luckily, my unrequited love is (temporarily) satiated as part of the #saksstyle campaign, where I had the opportunity to be photographed in several looks from Saks’ contemporary department. One of those looks will be on display at the September 27th event, so you should definitely RSVP (just email RSVPcincinnati@s5a.com) to join me and other local style bloggers to shop, drink champagne, and indulge in some fashiontalk.
Dress for Success Fashion Show, September 18th, 11am-1:15pm
Speaking of Dress for Success and Saks, the annual Dress for Success Fashion Show and Luncheon is coming up on September 20th, this time at the roulette-and-milkshake heaven known as the Horseshoe Casino. You can buy your tickets here, and get ready for a pretty solid morning of food, fashion, and female empowerment.
See you around the ‘hood!
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I had the pleasure of attending this year’s DAAP Fashion Show, and to say I was impressed would be an understatement. The setup, lighting, audio, staging, choreography, designs–everything–was on point and extremely well executed. And it all played to a packed house!
Having interviewed several of the student designers for the DAAP Fashion Series, it was surprisingly thrilling to see their designs come to life on the runway. I thought about the Polaroids Bree collected in her inspiration travel diary, admired the way Calle’s finale dress seemed to float as the model moved, and as I told Shaheen at the after party, I knew his turn was up as soon as I heard the first few bars of “Edge of Seventeen”!
It was so rewarding–and more than a little inspiring–to see all these passionate young creatives enjoy the fruits of years of hard work. Kudos to the entire team for producing such a successful show!
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Fashion Month roared in like a lion and out like a lamb wearing Chanel sneaker boots. Fall 2014 was a continuation of last season’s trends (abstract colorblocking, worldly prints, etc.) combined with an abundance of luxurious coats and buttery leather thigh high boots. Just for kicks, here’s a highly edited selection of favorites:
Prabal Gurung’s drapey layers and muted tones; Slouchy windowpane prints at 3.1 Phillip Lim, Juan Carlos Obando does American Hustle; Insouciant wallpaper prints at Karen Walker; A plushy marshmallow short suit at Sass and Bide; Marc by Marc does Hood By Air
Gorgeous prints on babydoll dresses at Erdem; Colorful abstract prints at Issa; Mary Katrantzou’s hippie-inspired details; Swimming-in-the-clouds elegance at Marios Schwab; Tom Ford’s shoutout to Jay Z’s shoutout to Tom Ford (WHUT?); Layered world-traveler prints at Preen by Thornton Bregazzi
Sheer black and navy at Fendi; Capes and layer-bocking at Etro; Luxe puffer vests over tweed at MaxMara; Belted black and white at McQ; Crayon box colored graphics at Missoni; Modernized Gatsby-era influences at Prada
Schoolgirl layering at Miu Miu; Valentino’s sure-to-be-seen-on-the-red-carpet dresses; The most high-end grocery shopping gear EVER at Chanel; A hint of ‘70s styling at Nicolas Ghesquiere’s first collection for Louis Vuitton; Multitextured outerwear at Balenciaga; Morpheus-meets-French Navy coats at Celine
Images courtesy Style.com
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If you’re free tomorrow evening, you might want to do yourself a favor and check out Red, Pink and Blue, Cincy Chic’s annual party and fashion show on the Purple People Bridge benefiting heart, breast and diabetes health. If I recall correctly (and I think the internets can back me up on this), the first Red, Pink and Blue event was one of the first fashion shows I blogged about back in 2009. Have I really been doing this for that long?
Amy of Cincy Chic (and now Cbus Chic, too) generously offered up to 10 free tickets for readers of The Style Sample–just enter the code stylesample at http://2013rpb.eventbrite.com. If you’ve never witnessed models strutting their stuff on a packed purple bridge, you need to get on it!
Hope to see you there!
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I know, I know, it’s been a while. And even now I’m just dropping in say hey and spread the word about a few things. I’ll do better, I swear! But for now…
4th Street Boutique Holiday Open House
Y’all know I love Dress for Success’ 4th Street Boutique–I was thisclose to buying a pair of cream beaded palazzo pants (because everybody needs cream beaded palazzo pants, no?) from the downtown location just last week. Stop by their Open House and see if they’re still there for me.
Another weekend, another big fashion event! If you’re not at Rise Of the Cool Kids this weekend, I don’t know what you’re doing with your life.
New site FashionCincy.com launched this week! You’ve likely seen the fabulousnessity (it’s a word) of Bernard and Joy, the stylists behind the site, out and about at various events. You can’t miss Bernard’s orange Hermes Lagerfeld-circa-1995 fan!
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