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"Spring Into Fashion" Press Event at Katy Mills
Beverly Hills Fashion Festival

"Spring Into Fashion" Press Event at Katy Mills

Just because Spring is still taking its time getting to some regions of the country, it still didn’t deter Last Call Neiman Marcus in Katy Mills for hosting their seasonal blogger trend preview event. It was held on a Saturday morning, which called for a small breakfast buffet, mimosas and coffee. Some of the gals from Houston Fashion Bloggers and myself enjoyed the libations and listened to Last Call manager- Phillip Wilson as he explained the following Spring trends and presented some examples.

~Go for Color- From pastel to POW!~

Brands for these examples are: 3/4 Sleeve Sheer Top from Vince ($89), “The Skinny” Ultra Slim Fit Jean in 5 Colors + Denim Washes from Joe’s Jeans ($99), Open Back Sleeveless Knit Dress from Wilster ($79), Sleeveless Blouse with Tuck Details from Rachel Roy ($169), Matching Relaxed Cut Pant from Rachel Roy ($185).

~Blue Notes~

Brands for these examples are: 3/4 Gathered Waist/Peplum Blouse from Parker ($99), Black Knit Pencil Skirt from BCBG Max Azria ($89), Sleeveless Halter Blouse from BCBG Max Azria ($99), Knit Bandage Skirt from BCBG Max Azria ($79), Knit Blazer from Elie Tahari ($115), Ribbon Trim Blouse with Stretch Jersey Sleeve from Elie Tahari ($89), High Waist Short Rise Flared Leg Pant from Elie Tahari ($79).

~Orange Zeal- The newest neutral~

Brands for this examples are: Sleeveless Chiffon/Pleated Halter Dress from Romeo & Juliet ($79), Open-Shoulder Long Sleeve Blouse from Equipment ($119), Jodhpur Legging from Romeo & Juliet ($59), Canvas Jacket from XCVI ($99), Twisted Neck Tank from Neiman Marcus Collection ($35), Ombre Finish Canvas Jean from XCVI ($109).

~Strictly Stripes~

Brands for this examples are: Knit Striped Cap Sleeve Dress from French Connection ($59), Jersey Knit Striped Blazer from Neiman Marcus Collection ($75), Scoop Neck Tee from Velvet by Graham & Spencer ($49), Ponte Stretch Pant from MICHAEL Michael Kors ($79).

~Printing Press- All about prints, especially when mixed.~

Brands in this examples are: Long Sleeve Jersey Knit Geometric Pattern Dress from MICHAEL Michael Kors ($85), Sleeveless Sheath Dress from Elie Tahari ($129), Striped Sun Dress from Alexia Admor ($199), Long Sleeve Jersey Knit Mixed Shape Pattern Dress from Ali Ro ($149), Striped Halter Dress with Scenic Pattern from Muse ($149).

~Just a Pretty Lace or Amazing Lace~

Brands for this examples are: Sleeveless Lace Tank Dress from BCBG Max Azria ($149), Hi/Low Lace Tank Sun Dress with Lining from Madigan ($69), Sleeveless Sunflower Sheath Dress from Alexia Admor ($199), Black Lace Overlay Blazer from Tart Collection ($119), “Tana” Cap Sleeve Blouse from BCBG Max Azria ($99), Black Lace Overlay Boy Short from Tart Collection ($49).

~Flat Out Fabulous~

Shoe brands for this examples are: “Instinct” Ballet Flat in 4 Colors from ASH Italia ($99), Ballet Flats in 7 Styles from Neiman Marcus Collection ($99).

~Big, Bold and Colorful~

Accessory brands for this examples are: Tote with Adjustable Leather Handles from MICHAEL Michael Kors ($155), Five Stone Pastel Necklace from Kendra Scott ($120), Blue Beaded Elastic Bracelet from Kenneth Jay Lane ($35), “Good-N-Plenty” [yes, named after the candy] Necklace from R.J. Graziano ($55), Twisted Coral/Tangerine Necklace from Greenbeads ($110), Hammered Metal Coral/Tangerine Elastic Cuff from Greenbeads ($40).

~Strappy Happy Sandals~

Sandal brands from this examples are: “Palanee” Sandal in 7 Colors from Boutique 9 ($55), “Grenna” Gladiator Sandal from Sam Edelman [which I purchased] ($79), “Ginger” Gladiator Sandal from Sam Edelman ($79).

~Snake Charmer~

Accessory brands for this examples are: “Ilane” Snake Print Open Toe Platform from L.A.M.B ($249), Black/White Pyramid Shopper from Neiman Marcus Collection ($75), Brushed Suede East/West Tote from Neiman Marcus Collection ($69).

Photos from the rest of the event…

Along with previewing the latest Spring trends from Last Call, we also were shown a few new additions to Katy Mills- Juicy Couture, Michael Kors and A&F Factory Store (which has the brands A&F, a&f, Gilly Hicks and Hollister). We each went home with a gift bag, which included a $25 Simon/AMEX card.

Huge thanks to Bitner-Goodman, Phillip Wilson and the rest of the Last Call-Katy Mills team for your hospitality and for having me.

Beverly Hills Fashion Festival

The first ever Beverly Hills Fashion Festival was held in a massive white tent near the Beverly Hilton. Along with the shows, various vendors were selling the season’s hottest must-haves and the hippest LA food trucks were cookin up delectable delights (cough Grilled Cheese Truck! cough). The event was hosted by Jonathan Antin of Bravo’s “Blow Out” and “Shear Genius” fame. I viewed the latest collections from Elie Tahari, Teresa Rosati and William Rast (H. Lorenzo also showed, but unfortunately I was unable to stay for it). Elie Tahari showcased his Pre-Spring 2010 collection- a mix of day and evening wear reminiscent of Old Hollywood Glamour. The next collection was by Polish designer, Teresa Rosati– whose first American debut featured cocktail and evening wear. I was in awe of the the detailing and design of the dresses. The fabrics and flow of the garments were perfect. The last line I saw was William Rast by Trace Ayala and Justin Timberlake. They also debuted their new accessories and shoe line. Inspiration for the 2010 collection would be the spiritual soul searching nomadic biker’s journey of North America mixed with some Native American as well. Signature pieces of the line would be the black fabric pants for the women and chinos, leather jackets and flannels for the men; and of course the denim for both sexes. William Rast denim is also known for their fit. According to designer Trace Ayala (JT was a no-show that evening), “It’s all about the measurements… but mainly it has to do with our back pockets…the stitching on the back pockets, because it is a ‘W’ and it kinda cuts up like that, I think it makes the fit look better for women…” WR also mixes up 50% Trace’s laid-back country boy (raised in Tennessee) style and 50% of Justin’s more dressed up style. Head’s up all William Rast fans, the line is also making its Target debut on December 19th!! Overall, I was impressed with the shows at BHFF and that there was a variety of food available and some shopping options during the breaks. There was comfortable, ample seating and plenty of people watching (I saw Valorie Curry, Mischa Barton and Paul Sorvino!) Can’t wait to next year’s show.

NOTE: And speaking of Valorie Curry…During one of the breaks, I met Tracey Silvers- who is launching the “Stop the Bullying” campaign and was handing out bracelets during the event. In light of the recent suicides due to bullying and because her daughter, who is autistic and gets bullied every day, she started the campaign. Proceeds from the bracelets go to The Trevor Project and the IAN community and the It Gets Better Project. Tracey tapped Twilight’s Breaking Dawn actress Valorie Curry to become the official spokeswoman of the campaign for the evening. Tracey believes that she stars in a movie whose target audience that’s involved in the bullying-those who are involved in it and doing it every day. “I believe we need to get together, as a people, and stop the whole idea of bullying someone who is different from you,” explains Tracey. For more information, please go to her website.

Special Thanks: J, Alicia Mohr of PMK-BNC, the designers, Ford Models, Valorie Curry, Tracey Silvers, all the staff/volunteers of BHFF.

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