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In Uncategorized on November 8, 2012 at 3:27 pm

As I pondered the level of fabulous that was exuded in this season’s metallic pants, Jenna appeared before me in not only a liquid silver pant, but deep purple feathers as well!

A former fashion student and aspiring hair stylist, Jenna’s jaw-dropping style comes flawlessly natural to her.  As if pairing studded riding boots with metallic leggings were not striking enough, she finished the look with a dark denim blazer and purple feather accessories of mind blowing proportions.

Have you been inspired to journey out in search of some metallic denim yet?  I know I have, thanks to this week’s style muse, Jenna.  When you find the perfect pair, why not throw in a feather or two?


Sparkle Your Way Through Fall

In Designers, Fashion, Trends on November 6, 2012 at 6:26 pm

The time has come when the Tampa Bay area is blessed with cooler weather.  Cooler weather=Cooler fashion!  If you love the look of layers, glitz and mixed textures, winter in Florida is a very happy time for you.

Metallic denim is hotter than ever this season, from light champagne to brilliant gold.  Pair it with a cute sweater for the ultimate ensemble.

Faith Connexion metallic coated stretch-denim skinny jeans

Rag & Bone Metallic Legging

Silver Metallic Jeans with Chic Striped Sweater

Traditionally, Fall fashion can sometimes appear drab.  Don’t you dare pair a frumpy dark sweater with black pants!  Choose one brilliant sparkling piece to create magic within the rest of your ensemble.

Pink and Silver Sequined Tuxedo Jacket

Copper Sequined Skirt with Silk Blouse in Winter White

Cozy Gray Sweater with Gold Sparkle Mini

Street Sparkle

On your search for Fall fashion, have fun!  Remember:

From the Beach to the Boudoir

In Designers, Events, Fashion, Trends on October 18, 2012 at 2:29 am

From lingerie to swimwear, we all want to show a little skin.  Fashion does not end at the beach, or even the bedroom.  At Tampa Bay Fashion Week, the fabulously sexy Rhonda Shear brought plenty of excitement to the Boudoir with satin, sequins and lace.

In the area of swimwear, Essence Flowers has broken the mold in a most fabulous manner.  Featuring unique short sleeved pieces, plus size options and I must say that since the night of the show, I have been considering wearing a glittering masquerade mask to the beach.

Sometimes, the most amazing fashion comes from the least amount of fabric.

A Night Filled with Vibrance

In Designers, Events, Fashion, Trends on October 8, 2012 at 4:27 am

If the runways of Tampa Bay were anything, they were vibrant and exciting!  The much anticipated Rogerio Martins collection began with a very couture living snow flower, to give it one description.  Next came an abundance of colorful vibrance in flattering silhouettes.  A bit of Brazilian flavor brought to Tampa….what could be more perfect?

Another incredible designer, Lapratto brought surprising splashes of color in the form of ruffles and a stunning over-sized flower.

With so many amazing pieces, you may need to take a moment to let all of the fashion sink in.  I know I did!

There was Fencing, Feathers and More!

In Designers, Events, Fashion, Trends, Updates on October 4, 2012 at 9:25 am

The big show for Tampa Bay Fashion Week 2012 turned out to be a fashion extravaganza, the likes of which I have never seen!  From a fencing-inspired collection to corsets and feathers, creativity was certainly at its finest.

Who doesn’t love a girl who knows how to hold a sword?  Inspired by the age old sport of fencing, House of Donshey presented a fabulous collection filled with sexy corsets and dazzling accessories.

In the spirit of corsets, feathers and everything fabulous, Wicked Betty also presented a delightfully sinful collection.

Between House of Donshey and Wicked Betty,  there was a plethora of fantasy, sparkle and  sex appeal.  Who doesn’t love that?

Ashton Anderson: A Dream Come True

In Designers, Events, Fashion, Trends on September 25, 2012 at 6:21 am

Since the day that John Galliano created a shameful scandal resulting in his immediate dismissal from the House of Dior, I have been waiting for the next great designer to sweep me off my feet.  After Friday night’s runway show presented by Tampa Bay Fashion Week, I am quite certain that Ashton Anderson is my night in shining armor.

Romance, intrigue and magic are just a few words that come to mind.  As the designer’s choice of music took me into some mystical world, I watched in amazement as fantastic pieces of beauty floated by.

Ashton Anderson:  Remember that name.  With such amazing pieces, how could you forget?

Brilliant Runways Soon To Come

In Designers, Events, Fashion, Trends on September 21, 2012 at 7:01 am

Looking for some excitement?  Never fear, for Brazilian designer Rogerio Martins is on the horizon.  Known for his unique wearable art, Rogerio brings the feminine mystique and culture of Brazil to fashion.

Martins has been showcased in several prestigious venues and was recently chosen as an Outstanding Emerging Designer of the year finalist at the Miami Beach International Fashion Week.  After a peek at some of his work, I would say this honor is well deserved.

Another brilliant talent to hit the stage will be Essence Flowers.  A native of Florida, Essence has made a name for herself with a breathtaking design aesthetic.  From professional cheerleading uniforms to magnificent art pieces which serve as inspiration for entire communities, Essence Flowers is here to bring great things to the runways of Tampa, and throughout the world.

With so many  wonderful garments to be seen, one cannot forget intimates.  Rhonda Shear, former host of USA: Up All Night, creates beautiful sleep and shapewear using only the finest materials.  Challenging  women to embrace their curves, Rhonda Shear Intimates are the perfect accessory to any style.

Are you ready for all that shimmers and shines at Tampa Bay Fashion Week?

Fashion for Every Form

In Designers, Events, Fashion, Trends on September 20, 2012 at 11:59 pm

You may have heard that Tampa Bay Fashion Week will cater  to a variety of style personalities, but did you know that you will also find something for every beautiful body type, as well?  Audrey Pat is the CEO of a high end urban clothing line for women 25 and older, paying specific attention to those in the size range of 12-24.

Pat views her design skills as a gift from God, allowing her to help women in all stages of life.  From the new bride about to embark on a beautiful journey to the woman recovering from an illness, Audrey Pat has every woman covered.

Another fabulous designer with the female form in mind is Lapratto.  Born from the desire to provide contemporary garments to a new generation of women, Lapratto brings the perfect marriage of classic and modern to the woman who knows what she wants and makes no apologies.

No matter your size or style preference, you are sure to be delighted by a garment or two at Tampa Bay Fashion Week.

Fashion is Art

In Designers, Events, Fashion on September 17, 2012 at 9:35 am

Fashion is about art, diversity and complete freedom of expression.  Tampa Bay Fashion Week will be bringing all of this and more with a plethora of talented designers, catering to each and every fashion desire.

Speaking of desires, Wicked Betty Designs is destined to bring some excitement to the stage.  The artistic collaboration of Nicole Mabalot, owner/designer of Punk Rock Betty clothing and Michelle Cobble, owner of Wicked Threads Wardrobe Styling, Wicked Betty Designs brings a fresh sense of high fashion to edgy and exotic pieces.

If ever there was a perfect example of art in fashion, it would be from Spathose.  “Wearable Sculpture” is the fantastic creation of Scott Durfee and George Medeiros.  Using sustainable, organic materials to create edgy, artistic pieces, the Spathose collection will likely transform the runways of Tampa Bay into a wonderful live museum.

Are your senses tingling yet?  These incredible design teams offer a mere glimpse of the extravagant display of fashion to be seen at next week’s shows.

Unique Talents and Bold Details Coming Soon to Tampa Bay

In Designers, Events, Fashion on September 12, 2012 at 1:37 am

For those  who may be feeling a bit fashion starved, please try to hang on for a couple more weeks.  Tampa Bay Fashion Week is about to unleash more fashion than your little eyes can handle.

Think for a moment what amazing possibilities could arise when the owners of a posh salon transform their beauty talents into fashion.  Ashton Anderson will be unveiling for the first time their great artistic vision in fabric form.  As I wait anxiously, I have a delightful feeling that the runways  of Tampa Bay will never be the same.

What else can you expect to see at Fashion Week?  The House of Donshey will present unique pieces created from designer Dolly Donshey’s passion for creating beauty out of “ugliness”.

“I don’t know why I design the way I do. I’ve just always preferred the darker side to life. I love the beauty in something ugly that can be transformed into something visually pleasing. With every collection I create I just pull inspiration from my life at that moment…”

Dolly Donshey
En Vie Magazine 2012

Known for her award winning conceptual films and theatrical shows, Dolly’s design aesthetic has been described as “Edgy Elegance”.  Any collection that incorporates leather, fur, feathers, lace, spikes, studs and crystals is surely one you will want to keep an eye on.

These are just two of the fabulous designers you can look forward to seeing at Tampa Bay Fashion Week.  Are you excited yet?

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