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The Rose

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One of my favorite movie lines is from The Devil Wears Prada.  Meryl Streep, who plays Miranda Priestly, the tyrant magazine editor, asks her staff what they’ve come up with for spring. “Well…they’re showing a lot of florals right now, so I was thinking..”

Miranda: “Florals? For spring? Ground breaking.” She replies in her usual, sarcastically-irritated and far from amused voice.

It’s just so typical and expected of the fashion world to do flowers in spring and trees and leaves in the fall. However, this season, there’s a new twist with roses for fall. Although it’s not completely groundbreaking, it is a fresh take on the “love” flower.

A single red rose has always been symbolic for expressing deep affection to someone. It’s been used in poems and writings for centuries that pertain to emotions (remember Bette Midler’s song The Rose?).  And a multitude of roses? Well…that’s just pure bliss!

The first pic is from the Alexander McQueen runway show. The collection is full of heavy fabrics emblazoned with roses. Designer Sarah Burton calls this collection The Spirt of the Rose. She describes it as, “A flower that begins with a tight bud that opens into a lush bloom and then eventually collapses back onto itself in gorgeous decay.”

The second pic is of Roadkill Girl Sydney Beaver in our House of Fame dress, Jeffrey Campbell glittered Mary Jane shoes and our rose stud earrings. We surrounded her with all of our rose hair clips for a dramatic statement.

The rest of the pics (including the rose-encrusted sunglasses) are from the Dolce and Gabbana runway show.

Look for heavier weighted fabrics like wool, faux-fur, velvet and paper-thin leather parading the rose. Add sheer overlays and lace layering pieces for ultra-feminine style.

And just because it’s not spring, doesn’t mean you can’t express yourself in a deeply emotional and purely fashionable way by wearing a rose (or twelve).

I’ve attached Bette Midler’s beautiful ballad, The Rose, for your listening pleasure. (Duet with Wynonna Judd.)

Photo Credit: Getty Images, Infinitas, Roadkill Ranch, Savannah Kaefer

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My Muse

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It wouldn’t be right to resurrect my blog without reiterating my undying love for Marc Jacobs. After a two year blog-hiatus, I had to ask myself a few questions to make sure I still felt the same way about him.

1. Do you still think he’s a genius? Ummm…YES!

2. Do you still think he sets the trends for the entire Fashion Industry? Ummm…YES!

3. Do you still think he’s adorable? Ummm…YES!!!

4. Do you still have fantasies about being stuck in an elevator with him? Ummm…YES! (Only to pick his brain of course.)

5. Do you still dream about walking down the aisle with him? Ummm…YES! (The aisle of one of his runway shows.)

OK, it’s still there!

This season Marc has commissioned  Cher to be one of the new faces for his fall collection. The 69-year-old, mega-superstar has successfully reinvented herself once again by modeling. (She’s also on the cover of Love Magazine this month.) He brilliantly swings the pendulum on this and adds 14-year-old Willow Smith in the same collection, showing us age has no bounds in fashion.

The collection is very dark in tones, rich in texture and polished immaculately, evoking a feeling of strength and power. Inspired by the late Diana Vreeland (a fashion hero for Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue and special consultant at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art ), Marc says, “The collection is a garden of hell. That’s what fashion is, this paradise that’s sort of hellish in a way. You love it ’til you hate it, you hate ’til you love it!”

Look for faux fur details, nail heads and grommets embellished on clothing, and sleek, polished accessories.

I’ve attached the short video below of the runway show and Marc talking about his 2015 Fall collection. It’s so much better to hear about this masterpiece in his own words. It’s short and worth a watch (or two, or three). Wink! Wink!

Happy Monday! Stay stylish and stay creative!

Pic 1. Cher

Pic 2. Willow Smith

Pic 3. Cher and Marc Jacobs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala.

Photo credit: Getty Images and Marc Jacobs

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Bright Ideas

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“They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway…” It’s true!  Neon hues and bright tones plastered the runways and showrooms of Manhattan (and London, Paris, and Milan) for New York Fashion Week.

Designers are moving heavily into the Day-Glo look for fall and into next spring. The crazy fluorescents gained popularity in the ’80s, along with Manic Panic hair dye (which never lost its allure), big earrings, smoosh socks, hair scrunchies and plastic clothing. (Trust me, I owned it all, and have the pictures to prove it!)

Then one day (just like the overalls and giant shoulder pads trend), it died! No more loud colors. Fashion toned down, designers went into a natural, earthy direction and the color excitement subsided. But now, brights are back!

The first picture is of Fyodor Golan’s runway show. It’s wacky and fabulous and shows the Day-Glo trend to the extreme.

The second and third pics are of blouses we carry at Roadkill Ranch & Boutique. If you’re hesitant to wear head-to-toe neon, choose an item with just a hint of color. You can still represent the trend with small accents like bows, trims and jewelry.

If you are tame (we know you’re not since you’re donning these styles, but let’s just pretend), choose one focal item and build your look around it. Pair a hot pink (or other neon hue of your choice) top with white pants or your favorite boyfriend jeans, then accessorize with metal jewelry for a more sophisticated look.

The last picture is a compilation of great ideas and vivid color combinations by patterncurator.com.  Depending on how zany you feel, you may want to try some color blocking. Since the bright tones all seem to work together (in some punchy way), take a block of color and pair it with a contrasting color of your choice. For example: a bright yellow tank top worn under a hot pink blazer is a great way to color block. Add an orange scarf or belt to the outfit, and you’ll be ready to paint the town red! Or lime green! Or both! (Just make sure you have a ton of fun while doing it!)

Live colorfully with no regrets!

Photo Credit: Getty Images, Pattern Curator, Savannah Kaefer, Roadkill Ranch

xo

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Face Time

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I’ve been seeing a lot of silhouette faces in the fashion world lately. Most are women’s faces with big eyes, big lashes, and big lips plastered on  T-shirts and sheath dresses.

The above pics have just been released from the Prada 2014  Spring Ready-To-Wear Collection. The show was inspired by street art from LA, Mexico and South America. The collection is feminine and strong with an eccentric touch of Pop Art and glam.

Miuccia Prada hired some street artists to create the dramatic back drop. “I want to inspire women to struggle.” She told reporters.

OK, well, I guess struggling makes you a stronger woman, but most struggling women can’t afford to dress head-to-toe in Prada. (I’m just sayin’.)

Although I may be a bit confused by her comment, I still think the designs look strong, beautiful and independent. And, I completely encourage women to be strong, beautiful and independent. So, if you’re struggling to gain strength, you might want to put on your poker face, or your Prada face (if you can afford it).

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Snoopy Style

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Spring 2014 is looking retro-fabulous with Tommaso Aquilano and Robert Rimondi at the helm of Fay. They’ve taken ’70s style hoodies, skater skirts and baseball shirts and twisted them up with rainbow colors and Snoopy icons.

This is seriously something I would have worn in 1973. Oh wait! Here’s a picture of me in 1973 on my way to school with my yellow, Snoopy lunch box. Snoopy brings back some instant, happy childhood memories, so I’m going to say, “Yay for Fay!”

All Fay needs now  is some Woodstock accessories and a few Charlie Brown T-shirts and the line will be complete! Or, better yet, re-producing some metal, lunch boxes as handbags would be adorable. I wish I would have kept mine.

I can’t wait for this collection to hit the stores so I can buy a piece of happiness.

xo

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Socks Please!

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We’ve seen designers and runway shows pairing socks with sandals for over a year now, but this fall it’s hitting mainstream!

It’s so fun and different, and a great way to add personal style and originality to any look. I recently met with one of my vendors who specializes in bath and body products, and this season they’ve added an entire line of colorful and quirky socks.

And guess what? I bought them all for the store. Look for fun prints, stripes, argyles, and comic-inspired hosiery to add to your wardrobe. Pair ankle socks with wedges and heels and pair knee-socks with flats, mary janes and tennis shoes.

The first 2 pics are all of the cute socks I ordered for Roadkill Ranch & Boutique.

The 3rd pic is a great style lesson from a runway show.

The 4th pic is Prada. Need I say more?

Mark my words! Socks are the new black!

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Googly Eyes

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I spent all day yesterday working on my holiday deliveries for Roadkill Ranch & Boutique, and, at the end of the day, I realized I had dedicated a decent chunk of my open-to-buy to googly eyes.

I  think I may have gone a little crazy.  I ordered small, medium and giant eyes. I couldn’t  resist the mini emergency cans of  stick-on googly eyes, so I bought them and the glow in the dark version too. They’re so cute and humorous and are guaranteed to add a little fun to everything. I’m going to keep my supply with me at all times. It will go something like this when I grab my handbag: iPhone- check. Lip gloss- check. Wallet- check. Keys and googly eyes- check.

I’m pretty sure this googly eye trend will beat out the mustache and bacon trend. If not, at least the Roadkill Girls and I will be having lots of fun.

The top picture is from the Blonds runway show, it’s an all-over, googly-eyed masterpiece.

The rest of the pictures are of merchandise I ordered for the boutique.

I’m gaga over googly eyes. I can’t wait for the day UPS brings us the coveted box. Trash cans, trees, backs of chairs, and, perhaps our toilet lid, will all come to life with the giant eyes. I’m sure the fruit in the fruit bowl and smaller household items will also begin to come to life as soon as my son gets a hold of the small eyes.

Trend alert! Mark my words!

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Snake Charmer

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After viewing some of the runway collections from The Resort 2014 Show, it’s safe to say that snake skins are in! From traditional snake prints, to colored skins, to small accessories, the look is hissing it’s way through the fashion industry.

I’m in love with the first ensemble by Roberto Cavalli. The blue and green tones add a bit of romance and femininity to the look. Perfect for daytime play dates.

The second outfit is a Diane von Furstenberg classic; always chic and always timeless. This look is bold and beautiful, yet emulates a playful vibe. Perfect for that cocktail party after work.

The third picture is Michael Kors. I love the sleek, seriousness of the suit accessorized with just enough venom accessories to intimidate the predator. Wear this when negotiating your next biting investment deal.

When making purchases this season, look for the snake, it’s got longevity and won’t be slithering out of sight any time soon.

Happy Monday!

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So Tired!

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Here’s my “Freaky Friday Fashion” pic for the week and my new motto for the rest of the year, “Don’t tread on me!”

The Goodyear Dunlop Company actually commissioned designer Carl Elkins along with photography studio Mierswa Kluska to create a powerful photographic series expressing the key characteristics of the Goodyear brand.  The company is known for producing strong, robust tires that can withstand the most adverse driving conditions. This amazing art collaboration was creatively done by transforming tires into fashionable suits of armor.

So when the rubber meets the road, make sure it’s Goodyear! Hey, that’s a pretty good tag line, considering I’m still half asleep.

Oh, and what about Goodyear’s Blimp? How come the Blimp isn’t getting any fashion attention? Is it too big? Too curvy? Not fit for the runways? Alright, I’m going back to bed now.

T.G.I.F.

 

 

 

 

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Get Laced

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Do you want to know what’s hot now in the fashion world and trending into fall?

Lace!

Not only are designers using lace details, but they are also using head-to-toe lace outfits. Whether it be a solid lace pantsuit or a dress, or a simple camisole treated with lace, anything goes.

These are a few of my favorite designs from recent runway shows.

The first is a high-neck, lace blouse by Dolce & Gabbana. It adds a little mystery and sexiness to a day skirt.

The second picture is Roberto Cavalli. I love the textures and silhouettes of this ensemble. It’s the perfect mix of femininity and innocence infused with high style.

The third picture is Valentino. It’s dramatic and fierce, yet there’s a certain serious vibe about it.

The fourth picture is of Marc (Have I told you I love you?) Jacobs in an all-over lace outfit. I’m telling you, there’s nothing this man can do fashionably wrong in my eyes. Also, this picture was taken back in 2012, it just goes to show you how ahead of the trend he is. A true visionary!

So get laced! Add a little lace top to your boyfriend jeans, or take a lace dress and pair it with summer sandals. Look for colored lace and lace detailing on skirts, jackets, shoes and handbags.

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