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Elaine Turner Launches Her Spring 2015 Apparel Collection
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My “Sunday Funday” Fashion Show with Top Vintage LLC
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Bustown Modern – Los Angeles
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Chasing Thrift Event with Stacks on Racks was #OnFleek
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Taoray Wang – NYFW September 2014
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Saunder – NYFW September 2014
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Erin Fetherston – NYFW September 2014

Elaine Turner Launches Her Spring 2015 Apparel Collection

Houston-based Elaine Turner, best known for her luxury accessories, recently launched her Spring 2015 apparel collection at her Rice Village store. The event was hosted by not only Elaine, but also Nancy Levicki, Co-Founder and President of Dress for Success Houston. The designer, whose classic shoe and handbag designs grace the likes of stylish women all over Texas, premiered easy-to-wear separates in bright, tropical hues. Chic silhouettes include: lounge pants, a short caftan-inspired dress, cami dresses and tunic tops.

As Elaine explains, “The three main reasons why I designed this collection were, number one: I wanted to bring you those classic, essential pieces that could take you through all facets of your lifestyle. Second, I really wanted to appeal to all body types, so I designed loose-fitting, relaxed silhouettes, but they still have a refinement and a polished edge to them…They can go from cross-generational, from all body types, so there’s not that insecurity of ‘should I try this on?’ I wanted people to feel an accessibility about the pieces. Lastly, I wanted to communicate my message of color and print. I wanted the collection to make you smile.”

The evening consisted of shopping (20% of the proceeds went to Dress for Success), mingling and eating light bites catered by Phoenicia Specialty Foods (I’d like to chat about that Tiara cookie…so delish). Elaine also presented the looks, modeled by Paige Branam, Lisa Dawn, Roseann Rogers and Clare Sullivan Jackson. While I was browsing the store, I have come to learn that I’m IN LOVE with the Renata Cork Heel and the Bo Fringe Clutch in all color ways.

When I first walked into the event, I signed up to win the Sabine Tote…and WON!! The tote is my first ever Elaine Turner piece and I’m quite excited to have it.

Be sure to subscribe to Elaine’s YouTube channel to catch up on episodes of “Elaine’s Big Life” and more!

My “Sunday Funday” Fashion Show with Top Vintage LLC

Earlier this month, I collaborated with Top Vintage LLC and put on a small fashion show. The show featured my fellow bloggers and friends, who graciously volunteered to model. Since Top Vintage didn’t offer jewelry, I sourced local brands who wanted to showcase some of their best-selling items. The brands were: Skoutshop, FPCO Limited and Apothecary Collective. Local fashion illustrator and blogger Eva Duplan also came out to support, as well as vend her lovely illustrations.

That day ended up being beautifully pleasant and sunny, so we decided to take advantage of it and did hair and make-up outside. I had enlisted the help of make-up gurus: Beauty By LeRenda and Kolour Theory Artistry, who also humbly volunteered their time to help out. These ladies are a ‘dream team’ if there ever was one!

So the fashion show showcased looks that I styled myself. Every time I go to Top Vintage, my brain literally explodes with creativity in regards to styling outfits. Every piece I used was vintage. I also wanted to showcase the importance of sustainability in fashion. I mean seriously, why do I want to spend $50 for damn t-shirt with flimsy fabrics OR spend money on cheap crap that will just fall apart after a few washes?! This is why I shop at vintage shops, thrift and shop at places like Top Vintage… I feel like I’m getting my money’s worth on pieces that are one-of-a-kind and fun to wear. Anyway, I’ll let the photos speak for themselves. I had a blast fitting these lovely models and celebrating women of all shapes. This show was a great experience that I learned quite a lot and grew from. There will be more events down the road, so stay tuned!

Huge thanks to everyone that came out to support me. Thank you to Diane, Sofia and Kimberly for providing jewelry for the event! Thank you Eva for showcasing your talent at the event! HUGE thank you to Valerie- who was the BEST assistant a gal could ask for! World of thanks to the talented and wonderful MUA’s LeRenda and Krystal. Of course, the models- DeNeka, Cintrena, Mimi, Teriya, Tanaka, Syretta, Jasmine and Paola. Thank you to Liz, Andre and Nico of Top Vintage for collaborating!

** All runway photos were provided by Shalanda. Thank you so much!! **

Bustown Modern – Los Angeles

8166 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046
PH:(323) 951-0290
WEBSITE
HOURS: Tuesday- Saturday 11am-6pm PST or BY APPOINTMENT

Bustown Modern is the brainchild of husband + wife team Anessa Woods and Paul Fogt, who share a mutual love of vintage and antiques. Their concept began when they realized that they were passing up items that they didn’t “need,” whereas other people would want them. They then started buying and selling on eBay and rented a space at a local antique mall. After seeing positive results and their business and the quality of merchandise grow, they strayed away from eBay and ventured on to open up a web store. It wasn’t until January 2014, that they packed up, moved across the country and opened their brick-n-mortar on Melrose Ave.

The little Melrose shop is truly a gem and great addition to the area. It has a modern feel, yet houses treasures that are rare, unique and just…oh-so-exquisite on a historic level. When asked about a great piece of clothing that has been found to date, Paul responds, “We have lots of favorites. Some are in our closets. Some are long sold. Every piece has a story, whether it’s the brilliance of the piece itself or just the memory of how we came across it. Anything haute couture is always great because it’s so special. There were only a finite number made and that piece you’re holding is the only one exactly like it ever – it was handmade for someone to their exact specs. We’ve also had a lot of unique pieces that are just so unique or really rare and you feel privileged to have gotten to see, feel and photograph them.”

They offer a little something for everyone, both style-wise and price. Prices range from $50 for the cutest little Paloma Picasso coin purse (everrrr) to $5,000. As Paul states, “A lot of high-end shops get hung up on designer labels only. Yes, we have tons of designer things but we don’t necessarily have them because they’re designer. We buy by the piece, for the piece. Whether it’s designer or not, we look more at design, quality, construction, rarity and how the piece fits into current and future trends. Anessa has an incredible eye and it really resonates with people. We try to offer a very curated collection and when people come in the store or look at our website, we think it really shows.”

I had such a amazing time checking out their curated collection of clothing, accessories and jewelry. This is one of the very few shops in Los Angeles that you can actually touch and feel a Sant’ Angelo, Galanos, Cardin or Halston. This part of Melrose is definitely my little piece of vintage heaven.

Chasing Thrift Event with Stacks on Racks was #OnFleek

Local sustainable fashion start-up Stacks on Racks recently collaborated with Chasing Houston– a website that was created by locals to help residents and visitors explore the various neighborhoods of the city. The inaugural thrifting-theme party was held at Fill In The Blank Studio. Guests were able to not only shop sustainable threads that were hand-picked by the guys of SOR- Mazen and Lanre, but also learn more about Chasing Houston. With every purchase over $50, Stacks on Racks included one of their Thrift Tees. The Thrift Tees are their latest endeavor and feature recycled tees with fun slogans screen-printed on them, such as: “Thrift Squad,” “Thrift Game on Fleek” and “Do you even thrift.”

Along with loads of photo opportunities, guests also enjoyed bites by Mi Luna. For every item that was purchased, another was donated to various charities.

I went home with a buttery L.L. Bean vintage leather handbag…all for a mere $10, a small price to pay for amazingly delicious, high-quality recycled clothing and accessories. As far as Stacks on Racks is concerned, nothing is over $50.

Taoray Wang – NYFW September 2014

International designer Taoray Wang‘s (Wang Tao) Spring 2015 collection was her official launch for her namesake brand. She chose to showcase her brand during New York Fashion Week because she felt that the American fashion market was of utmost importance to China. She is known for merging European and Asian cultures and influences throughout her designs, resulting in unique and elegant looks with global appeal. She is currently one of China’s more established and successful designs to date. You can also find her on the board of Shanghai Ribo Fashion Group.

This season’s high-end luxury collection emphasizes the style and power of women from all walks of life. Wang was also inspired by the movie Black Swan‘s soft artistic message and the art of ballet. “I respect and appreciate how difficult it is for busy women to excel in today’s fast-paced environment. My clean, simple and elegant designs express the innate sense of sophistication one notices with powerful women such as my muse- Natalie Portman,” the designer explained.

I thought her collection offered strong yet classic pieces in crisp hues of radiant white, black, bright citrus, blush pink and navy blue. Voluminous sleeves, sheer, an “eagle” print, feathered skirts and dresses and refined suiting were trending on her runway presentation. Her use of her Black Swan inspiration was clearly evident in terms of the feathered fringe skirts, tuxedo jacket and dresses; as well as the structured soft jagged edging of some of the bust lines. Taoray’s debut collection was an overall refreshing and sophisticated breath of fresh air for the modern woman in crazy busy world.

Saunder – NYFW September 2014

Emily Saunders launched her namesake brand- Saunder in 2011 with the mission of creating quality garments and keeping her love of New York City in mind. Everything in regards to her design and manufacturing is kept in NYC’s Garment District.

Her Spring/Summer 2015 collection was inspired by “In A Gadda Da Vida” by Iron Butterfly. This song was produced in 1968, which is considered to be the beginning of the heavy metal era. Emily explores this concept by imagining a “Rock n’ Roll Garden of Eden” and loaded it with vibrant colors, prescription pills, deconstructed snake prints, a chic mixture of textures and polished silver metallic booties with clear heels; not to mention with intense beehives that were styled on the models. The collection also took a tongue-in-cheek nod to Neely O’Hara, the stylish yet troubled actress portrayed in Valley of the Dolls. The collection takes on a 1960s twist with modern edge. She also infused a striking mod collection of accessories and jewelry, with help from Megan Isaacs for the jewelry collection. Megan gave us a fresh presentation of her bold statement jewelry, also inspired by the song.

Though I would’ve liked to have seen something other than the pills taking center stage as an influence, it was still a great collection with girly silhouettes, statement-worthy accessories and a beautiful color palette.

Erin Fetherston – NYFW September 2014

Erin Fetherston was another NYFW favorite that I was honored to have attended. Fetherston is no stranger to learning and expanding her knowledge, as she graduated from UC Berkeley and went on to study abroad at Parsons Paris. In 2005, she showcased her eponymous feminine and whimsical label during the Paris Haute Couture shows. She moved to New York City in 2007 and has become a staple designer in showing her ready-to-wear collection during New York Fashion Week.

Her Spring/Summer 2015 collection was titled- “Moonlight and Roses,” infusing her signature feminine charm with the spirit of la dolce vita; as well as equal parts Grimaldi glamour and California cool. The collection takes us on a journey through flower fields and blossoming roses through Fetherston’s use of whimsical florals in a delightful mix of laces, jacquards, printed neoprene and flowy printed organza. We even saw glimpses of swanky tops and clutches with the slogan- Charmed, I’m Sure, which is based on the short film- Charmed, I’m Sure. The film takes a witty nod to mid-century finishing schools, with the designer teaching ‘model students’ the arts of style, charm and social graces. These sloganed pieces blended in nicely with the theme and Fetherston’s overall aesthetic. I admired her entire collection, but most importantly, her use of dainty crop tops that were paired with wispy statement skirts. Every garment was carefully thought out and tailored, especially the shorts and pants, for a casual stroll under the moonlight.

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