Vest: Walter (thrifted), Trousers: Madewell (similar), Sandals: BCBG (similar), Jewelry: Stella & Dot, Chime.
Being a personal style blogger, it’s pretty strange to be at a fashion event and not snap a single photograph of the outfit I’m wearing. I’m used to traveling everywhere with my husband, a fellow fashion blogger, or a tolerant friend who’s willing to grab a shot or two. Covering LA Fashion Week was largely a solo endeavor, and even though it was intimidating, it was so good for me to keep my camera lens squarely focused on those around me.
However, due to good fortune and my incessantly chatty nature, I did come across a few friendly folks who were willing to help me show off what I wore to fashion week. As much as I love the new pumps I found at a thrift store, I knew there was no way I’d be able to smile and look remotely convincing if my feet were dying a slow death by blisters. I wore these sandals with abandon the last time I visited LA, and they were even more comfortable this time around in a menswear-inspired outfit.
I played with the idea of trying the whole exposed-black-bra thing, but I was nervous about it until I saw a few of my favorite bloggers rocking the look. I wanted to balance out the slight skankiness by going for a body-grazing, menswear-inspired look for the rest of the outfit. What do you think about the look- did I pull it off, or was this a miss?
Much more fashion week coverage to come- I hope you’re enjoying it so far!
Beautiful, unique, and fresh, Lisa Jn. Marie‘s feminine collection injected a healthy dose of beauty and fun into Style Fashion Week. Bold colors and layers upon layers of texture stole the show, and each piece boasted details that made even the simplest dress worthy of a second look.
Perhaps as some sort of backlash to the early 90’s, I’ve never worn sheer tops or dresses. I thought of them as pieces best left to Sarah Michelle Gellar in Cruel Intentions, not as versatile wardrobe pieces. But Lisa Jn. Marie took the sheer trend and reimagined it, resulting in pieces that feel sexy, artistic, and modern. Several dresses were entirely sheer, relying on structured undergarmets to provide coverage and balance. These bold looks aren’t for everyone, but they would be a perfect show-stopper for a woman who wants to make an impression.
I could see myself wearing many pieces in the collection, but I especially loved a dusty teal minidress with a peacock-esque waterfall of a train. Short dresses are my go-to for any special occasion, but the sheer panels floating behind the model elevated the dress from beautiful to extraordinary.
Overall, Lisa Jn. Marie’s collection was bold, feminine, and not afraid to break some tired fashion rules. And after all, isn’t that what fashion week is about?
For many fashion industry leaders, Style Fashion Week is synonymous with Los Angeles Fashion Week. The annual five-day fashion event includes runway presentations, red carpet extravaganzas, and industry events where members of the fashion community can connect. On Tuesday, I made the trek from San Francisco down Highway 5 to attend the Spring 2014 runway presentations by leading designers. The first presentation showcased looks by menswear designers Kenneth Chang and Civil Society.
Consort62 by Kenneth Chang opened the show on Tuesday evening with a combination of casual menswear and swimwear. Slouchy, soft sweaters with a deep v along the neckline paired beautifully with straight-leg pants in a dusty lilac. In the next moment, unexpected kilts made a statement in modern plaids. The overall theme felt relaxed and easy-chic, a sort of men’s solution to the female uniform of leggings and a tunic sweater. Men who have been avoiding the skinny-jean trend will embrace Chang’s choice of roomier silhouettes that still feel tailored.
Chang’s swimwear made a splash (sorry, couldn’t resist) with a tailored, European feel and colors that popped off the runway. Chang made the bold choice to completely eschew the much-favored knee-length swim trunks in favor of European-style, higher-cut pieces in bold pops of color. These suits were clearly designed with the modern man in mind who favors slim-fitting silhouettes and statement colors. American men, take note and broaden your horizons!
Following Kenneth Chang, Civil Society presented their men’s line. The collection opened with an array of neutral-colored ensembles before transitioning into punchy pops of persimmon and teal. Each piece was designed to dress up for the office or down for play, resulting in a versatile collection that the customer can tweak to suit his lifestyle. The classic trousers-and-an-oxford combo looked very weekend-ready with rolled cuffs and pale brogues without socks. Jaunty bow ties dotted the casual ensembles as a cheeky nod to tradition.
CONSORT62 BY KENNETH CHANG