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Q&A with Jose Solis on the Carlisle Collection Spring 2021 Line

Q&A with Jose Solis on the Carlisle Collection Spring 2021 Line

It’s finally Spring and as the temperature slowly heats up (and more people get vaccinated), we find ourselves more than ready to venture out again. Of course, that means putting away our “home wear” and getting back to our fashionable side. From what we’re seeing, many of you are ready to bring fashion back into your lives. This season, we’re loving all the fashion offerings from the Carlisle Collection Spring 2021 line. We had the opportunity to sit down with Carlisle’s Creative Director, Jose Solis, on the very chic women’s fashion collection.

Fashion: Q&A with Jose Solis on the Carlisle Collection Spring 2021 Line

What was the inspiration/theme for the Carlisle Collection 2021 line?

My inspiration was the photography of Slim Aarons, and the amazing socialites and celebrities he photographed. Strong and beautiful women such as CZ Guest, Joan Collins, Dee Hartford, Slim Keith, Babe Paley, etc.. I loved the colors and patterns in his photography and the amazing style those women had.

Fashion: Q&A with Jose Solis on the Carlisle Collection Spring 2021 Line

What are your stand-out/favorite pieces from this collection?

It’s hard to choose because I feel each piece is a piece of the pie to complete the collection. If I were to choose, I love the embroidered organza Giselle blouse because it mixes the luxury of the embroidery on silk organza with a sporty style. I also love the printed Priscilla blouse and maxi skirt. Sometimes multi-color prints can turn out a little too over the top, but the colors in this print effortlessly blend from one color to the next.
I also love the wide-legged Deck and Chiller pants. Slim legs are still happening, but I loved the exaggerated wider legs to give a fresh proportion to jackets and tops.

Fashion: Q&A with Jose Solis on the Carlisle Collection Spring 2021 Line

How do you want women to feel when wearing the clothes from this collection?

I want women to feel confident and beautiful in ANY clothes they wear. Of course, I prefer they wear Carlisle! 🙂
However, I also want them to feel comfortable. That’s why we pay so much attention to how our clothes fit. We make sure comfort is not sacrificed for style.

Per Se by Carlisle Nina Blouse and Pants

What trends are highlighted in the Carlisle Collection Spring 2021 line?

One of the trends I already mentioned is the wider leg pants. They look great when worn with cropped jackets or slimmer tops. It’s best to stay more fitted on top when wearing a wider leg pant. I also love the dramatic sleeves of the Scenario blouse, the Tea Rose Cardigan, the Giselle blouse, and the Flash blouse. Those types of sleeves are better worn with slim bottoms so the focal point is the sleeve. Lastly, I’m loving mixing prints. When done right, it can look very modern and confident as well as a way of self-expression.

Carlisle Collection Scenario Printed Blouse

How important or is it important to go with the trends?

I try not to follow trends as much as I try to create what looks fresh to the eye. I try to design clothes that have longevity and that you can pull it out of your closet years from now and it still looks relevant. When something is too trendy, it will only last a season or two before it doesn’t feel fresh anymore. Overall, I hope a woman has a sense of her own style and dresses based on her own personal style and lifestyle needs. That to me is more modern than a trend.

Spring 21: Per Se by Carlisle Curator Blouse and Brindle Skirt

What do you want women/customers to know about this collection?

Considering the year we all went through with everybody being home, we tried to address how customers would dress during these difficult times. However, we also wanted to provide a collection that looked beyond that. A collection that looked toward the future when we hopefully would start getting back to some sense of what our lives were before the past year. Fortunately, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.

We couldn’t agree more with that last statement. We’re ready for that light at the end of the pandemic tunnel; we’re ready to say goodbye to our yoga pants and hello to some chic wide-leg stunners like the ones in the Carlisle Collection Spring 2021. Are you ready to bring fashion back into your life and closet? Leave a comment with what fashion trend you’re most looking forward to wearing.

To shop the Carlisle Collection Spring 2021 line, head over to www.carlislecollection.com to be connected to one of their Stylists.

American Collections Calendar: Thalé Blanc SS2021 Collection

American Collections Calendar: Thalé Blanc SS2021 Collection

The first day of Spring is less than a week ago and we’re more than excited for the fashions of the new season. There are lots of trends to love. Neutrals are the new black for spring and summer; bold red is also a key color for the season; classics are, and will always, remain a hit but so will more Avant-garde details and silhouettes. One Spring/Summer 2021 collection completely embracing bolder shapes and silhouettes is the Thalé Blanc SS2021 Collection.

American Collections Calendar: Thalé Blanc SS2021 Collection

For Spring/Summer 2021, Thalé Blanc designer, Deborah Sawaf, asks us to allow her to close her eyes and dream. You may be asking… “What does her dream look like?” In her fashion film, she directed for the season, we get inside the whimsical, beautiful, at times whacky world that, until this film is seen, only exists in the mind of the designer!

American Collections Calendar: Thalé Blanc SS2021 Collection

Thalé Blanc has shown on the couture schedule since its debut, (a nod to the designer’s early professional pedigree). The collection is draped on models as they frolic about their home doing chores, enjoying lunch, and doing pool work, all clad in the gloriously luxurious clothing of the season.

The beauty of the film lay in the small details that are not immediately recognizable at a quick glance, much like the details found in the garments that have become the hallmark of the Thalé Blanc collection in only its second season since launch. Sawaf’s work has an immediate impact for certain, but, like the film, there are layers to their essence. Layers of inspiration, layers of needlework, and layers of possibilities of how to wear them. The result is a collection that is rich in story and inspiration. We love the standout details, like strong shoulders, puff sleeves, cutouts, and so much more.

American Collections Calendar: Thalé Blanc SS2021 Collection

As you can see, every piece in the collection is a statement piece; her collection is definitely not for the fashion faint of heart. Our favorite pieces are the range of edgy, cold-shoulder sweatshirts in the collection, adding feminity with a twist to everyone’s favorite comfort attire. We need one or all of them in our closet.

The most interesting (and multitasking look) from the Thalé Blanc SS2021 collection is a dress that features voluminous, slit sleeves, and a strong shoulder, that transforms from a mini to a maxi thanks to layers and gathers of tulle.

Spring/Summer 2021 Collection

The Thalê Blanc Spring/Summer 2021 collection also features her full range of handbags and jewelry, the perfect compliments to the womenswear looks.

9 Tips to Dress Up Your Casual Outfits this Season

9 Tips to Dress Up Your Casual Outfits this Season

Casual outfits don’t have to be boring. If you’re thinking about your usual jeans and t-shirt combo in dissatisfaction, think again. There are many affordable and creative ways to dress up every casual outfit out there. Here, we’ll break down nine of the best tips to elevate your closet. 

9 Tips to Dress Up Your Casual Outfits this Season

  1. A Pair of Cool Earrings

Rock any outfit with statement earrings. Pick out some hoops, dangles, or even studs, and you’ll be dressed to impress. If you’re feeling brave, check out your local thrift shop or antique store to see if you can find unique vintage earrings. We recommend triangle dangle earrings from the 70s to rock out in style. 

  1. Add a Little Pizzazz With Your Flats

Flats are one of the most comfortable shoes. Women’s flats, such as loafer flats or ballerina flats, are must-haves for your closet. Flats add the flavor you need to spice up any casual outfit. Whether you’re wearing a pair of skinny jeans and a white t-shirt or a fun and flirty summer dress, flats are the perfect shoe to pair with these casual outfits.

  1. A Leather Jacket

Leather jackets are the epitome of cool. Add one of these to any outfit to look ten times better than you did before. If you only wear cruelty-free clothing, check out vegan leather jackets that’ll look just as awesome as a 100% leather jacket. 

  1. A Set of Arm-length Bangles

A collection of sparkly and shiny bangle bracelets will add some edge to any casual outfit. However, we recommend that you don’t go overboard with this. It’s not a good look to cover your arms with so many bracelets. Use the jewelry you wear to complement your outfit and showcase your personality. Go for brass or copper tones to remain trendy and stylish. 

  1. A Chunky Belt

If your simple outfit needs a little sprucing up, consider adding a decorative belt. Find a chunky gladiator-style belt to stand out, and consider adding neon colors to make your outfit pop. You can also wear a modern black belt with a pair of boyfriend jeans for a fashionable look. 

  1. A Modest Paisley Scarf

Jazz up any outfit with a lightweight paisley scarf. Ensure you purchase a scarf made with quality fabric, so it lasts a lifetime. Scarves can be significant statement pieces. It’s best to go for materials, patterns, and color schemes that speak to you the most. Your scarf might even be a conversation starter if you stick to what feels genuine. 

  1. A Statement Watch

Any outfit looks ten times cooler with the right watch. For girls, we recommend anything with gold and silver accents for a luxurious feel. For guys, go for stylish watches and rock that minimalist look. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money, try finding a second-hand watch online.

9 Tips to Dress Up Your Casual Outfits this Season

  1. A Suede Satchel

The 90s are back too, and everyone looks cool with a satchel. Channel that studious look and walk around town with an aura of sophistication. We recommend these gender-neutral companions that go with pretty much everything.

  1. A Catch-Their-Eye Tie 

If you have to wear a business suit most days, consider adding a bit of your personality into the memo with a colorful tie. Catch their attention while still blending in at work. 

Adding excitement to your casual outfits is all about statement pieces. It doesn’t take very much to turn a boring outfit into a fashion-forward one. Remember, when you need to elevate an outfit, consider your personal style and the tips above. 

American Collections Calendar: Negris LeBrum Fall/Winter 2021 Collection

American Collections Calendar: Negris LeBrum Fall/Winter 2021 Collection

The newly monikered American Collections Calendar Fall/Winter 2021 collections have begun. We begin our fashion week journey with an old favorite, the Negris LeBrum Fall/Winter 2021 Collection; you may remember we covered their “Black is” Tees and their Spring/Summer 2021 Collection. Today, we highlight “The Homecoming Collection”, inspired by design director Travis Hamilton’s trip home to the Louisiana Bayou.

American Collections Calendar: Negris LeBrum Fall/Winter 2021 Collection American Collections Calendar: Negris LeBrum Fall/Winter 2021 Collection

For Fall Winter 2021, the Negris LeBrum Fall/Winter 2021 collection show was orchestrated in Hamilton’s current hometown of Houston, Texas. The seamless show’s location, a public park, gave it an impromptu feel. It highlighted the foundation of the collection, the days before Covid-19 when we were free to roam and safely find our way back home.

American Collections Calendar: Negris LeBrum Fall/Winter 2021 Collection

The collection was inspired by the story Travis and the Negris LeBrum collection has been telling for the last two decades. He saw this occasion as a wonderful opportunity to present his collection in his own backyard of Houston, Texas.  Staged in the ‘Gus S. & Lindall F. Wortham Park’, just off the grounds of the Houston Medical Center, the impromptu runway show took less than 90 minutes. It was a welcomed surprise to several bystanders, who like the rest of us are probably quite Covid-weary, and who marveled at the inadvertent score of “front row” seats to a NYFW runway show in the streets of Houston.

American Collections Calendar: Negris LeBrum Fall/Winter 2021 Collection

“I wanted to bring a piece of NY Fashion Week to the South this season, as I may not get the opportunity to show outside of NYC again for some time. I really feel these times are right for my brand in so many ways. I have always worked in what I refer to as a ‘conservative sexy’ aesthetic, allowing the woman who wears my collection to define the final feeling of the ensemble,” says Travis Hamilton, Creative Director Negris LeBrum.  “The heart & soul of the Negris LeBrum brand is & will always be Louisiana, but my studio & current home are in Houston, so bringing the two together for Fall Winter 2021 is like a fashionable homecoming for me.”

American Collections Calendar: Negris LeBrum Fall/Winter 2021 Collection

Grounded in Black and White for the last several seasons, the color palette for Fall/Winter 2021 continues to build upon this foundation with other colors like Deep Maroon, Old Gold, and Burnished Silver being seen in the tweeds and supporting separates. Surface details on the textiles can be seen in the knits where several cutting-edge treatments lend dimensional details to the pieces that may not be immediately visible; when these details are discovered and experienced, it gives the Negris LeBrum Fall/Winter 2021 collection a sense of story and depth.

The one thing that stood out to us about this collection was its wearability. The pandemic has been especially hard on the workforce over many industries. As each model graced the park’s concrete runway, we couldn’t help envision the women we pass en route to work. The women we all barely take notice of as we commute to our jobs in crowded cities. We may notice them wearing a blouse, jacket, or shoes that we loved and glazed over the person. With this collection, Travis Hamilton has made us realize how much we miss seeing, and being a part of the crowd of smartly and fashionably dressed women going to and from work. With these wardrobe complementing pieces, we can all effortlessly move right back into work mode with stylish ease.

 

 

 

All Photos courtesy of Bob Levey/Getty Images for Negris LeBrum
Add a Pop of Color and Culture to Your Fall Wardrobe with Elisamama

Add a Pop of Color and Culture to Your Fall Wardrobe with Elisamama

People love the fall and for the more fashion-conscious of us, that loves stems out of the opportunity to break out our autumnal wardrobe. The temperatures have finally dropped enough to wear all of your cozy sweaters, sturdy boots, and sleek scarves. Now you can pair them to match your personal appearance, whether that includes signature hairstyle and makeup or tattoos and piercings, which 76% of survey respondents believe hurt an applicant’s chances of being hired but can seriously improve your style game. If you’re looking to freshen up your fall wardrobe to make your appearance exactly what you want it to be, try turning to bold African prints this year.

Specifically, try out the colorful African wax prints from Elisamama. Elisamama is a black-owned business that has a beautiful collection of prints for women and children. The pieces are made of high-quality materials and feature bright, eye-catching designs.

Add a Pop of Color and Culture to Your Fall Wardrobe with Elisamama

When you buy from Elisamama, you’ll know that you’re supporting local artisans in Nigeria. All of the collections are sourced from and handmade by Nigerian artisans. This helps provide jobs and skills training for people in a part of the world that is too-widely struck by poverty. Ever since launching her business in 2018, Elisamama’s founder Fisayo Che knew that she wanted to help the people of Nigeria find a path out of poverty. By keeping to this business practice, Che has been able to honor her Nigerian roots with the bold colors of the collection while making a tangible difference in the country. Che is also a mother of three, giving her the necessary ability and knowledge to make clothes that kids will love.

Add a Pop of Color and Culture to Your Fall Wardrobe with Elisamama

The clothing at Elisamama is wide-ranging, with girls’ jumpsuits, dresses, and shorts as well as boys’ shirts. They even have a mommy and me collection with matching pieces. If you’re a single mother who is a parent to one of the children who spend 277 days out of the year with their custodial parent after a divorce, getting a matching mommy and me set could be a great way to celebrate your special bond. The collection is perfect for photo ops and would make for a great, unified picture for your holiday card this year.

Add a Pop of Color and Culture to Your Fall Wardrobe with Elisamama

The pieces in the collections at Elisamama are perfect for any occasion, whether you’re just lounging around the house or are attending a socially-distanced wedding. Even if you’re just jumping on a Zoom call to celebrate your loved ones getting married, the median age of which has risen to 27 for men and 26 for women, you and your family can throw on your bold prints from Elisamama to show your enthusiasm for the union. Whatever the purpose is, wearing Elisamama will ensure that you’re comfortable and content.

Check out Elisamama today to find your new favorite prints and to help provide local artisans in Nigeria with a pathway towards economic empowerment. Every purchase makes a difference and you’ll get one step closer to looking like the fall fashionista you are.

NYFW: Negris LeBrum Spring/Summer 2021 Collection

NYFW: Negris LeBrum Spring/Summer 2021 Collection

Now that we’ve shared the Pantone Fashion Color Trend Report for Spring/Summer 2021, it is time to see how designers are showcasing the color trends with their collection. Our NYFW coverage begins with the Negris LeBrum Spring/Summer 2021 Collection. We previously highlighted this African-American owned label’s “Black is Beautiful” T-Shirt which declares the statement in 12 languages. Today we highlight their women’s ready-to-wear collection.

NYFW: Negris LeBrum Spring/Summer 2021 Collection

Negris LeBrum staged a runway show where were models easily socially distanced. With each look hitting the runway only after the previous model left the space, Creative Director Travis Hamilton, brought forth a collection both flattering and effortless. His “Good Trouble” Collection was inspired by John Lewis and the poignant quote he made on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama in March.

NYFW: Negris LeBrum Spring/Summer 2021 Collection

The conflict of unbalanced injustice can be seen throughout the Negris LeBrum Spring/Summer 2021 collection. Tracksuits sitting alongside dressy career options; cocktail dresses walking alongside feather-light chiffon printed sundresses speak to the contradictions that exist in this country. Wholly modern silhouettes are balanced with throwback pieces that seem plucked from the glory days of New York sportswear. We loved how he incorporated the bold colors of the ’80s & ’90s. We see bold Tomato Red paired with an eyecatching floral bearing Pantone’s sunny Illuminating, a pale Amethyst Orchid, and French Blue (reminiscent of the ’80’s Electric Blue). These colors add vibrancy to the collection, which is then tamed with classic white and Black (remember… “Noir est Joli”!), and an almost neutral Leopard that ties in the Spring/Summer 2021 core classic colors. The overall result is a mirror of society as a whole.

NYFW: Negris LeBrum Spring/Summer 2021 Collection

The Negris LeBrum Spring/Summer 2021 Collection boldly states “we are a nation and world of contrasts”; and that should be celebrated, not demonized.

“In so many ways, the news cycle came to Negris LeBrum this year, not the other way around,” says Travis Hamilton, Creative Director of Negris LeBrum. “Little did I know that my inspiration would find its way into the national news in such a major way! I set out to create a beautiful collection and pay homage to an iconic hero of mine and instead, Negris LeBrum became a fashionable version of the national headlines!”

What are your thoughts on the Negris LeBrum Spring/Summer 2021 Collection?

Anna-Kaci: An Affordable Way to Add High Quality Style to Your Wardrobe

Anna-Kaci: An Affordable Way to Add High-Quality Style to Your Wardrobe

If there is one thing this pandemic has done, it has humbled all our bank accounts; and that’s putting it mildly. Many of us have been left with finding new ways to make money. Money we need to pay things like rent, bills, and shopping for groceries. It seems almost indecent to think about things like shopping for clothes but we’ve found that treating yourself helps to alleviate stress. For those who think treating yourself to a cute new outfit is completely out of your budget, we’ve got the answer – Anna-Kaci!

Anna-Kaci: An Affordable Way to Add High Quality Style to Your Wardrobe

The high-quality fashion brand boasts just the affordable styles you’re looking for. Offering boho favorites, cozy everyday must-haves, and glam looks for a special occasion, Anna-Kaci will have you looking great for your Zoom meetings, virtual dates, and everything in between. Stylish looks at an affordable price? What more can you ask for?

Anna-Kaci: An Affordable Way to Add High Quality Style to Your Wardrobe

As we transition from summer to fall, there are lots of must-haves to procure from Anna-Kaci; the best part, they’re all exclusively available on Amazon. Don’t just take our word, check out their hundreds of 5-star Amazon reviews. Our favorite pieces are, of course, the ones who stand out. We adore the below Vintage Wash Straight Leg Denim Overalls with Pocket Bib in the Floral Print. Who says the classic overall have to be basic! They’re available in nine colors (traditional hues are available for those who prefer a more classic look) for only $39.99 – $45.99. We will definitely be rocking ours soon.

Vintage Wash Floral Straight Leg Denim Overalls with Pocket Bib

These classic denim overalls boast a medium weight, long/slim straight leg, and a washed and worn look. We subscribe to the belief that florals can be worn year-round. We love and think dark florals are perfect for the fall season. Another huge must-have for us are their sequin pieces.

Anna-Kaci: An Affordable Way to Add High Quality Style to Your Wardrobe

When it comes to sequins, the answer is always yes. Whether you want to wear a little or a lot, nothing ups your style profile like some sparkle. For some night-out sequins or daytime sparkle, try the Confetti Sequin Balloon Long Sleeve Mock Neck Pullover Sweatshirt, $29.99 – we’re completely obsessed; the Shimmer Sequins Club Spaghetti Strap Camisole Vest Tank Top, $18.99 – $29.99, grab one or all of the available six colors; or the Short Sleeve One Shoulder Sexy Sequin Top Blouse, $24.99 – $29.99, available in eight lovely sparkling colors. There’s a great collection of sequin options to gush over. We guarantee you won’t de disappointed with the Anna-Kaci sequin offerings. If you’re looking forward to the oncoming sweater weather, Anna-Kaci has the fall styles you need as well.

Fall Sweater Styles

From cardigans to chunky pullovers, hooded sweaters, and on-trend outerwear, look no further than this affordable fashion brand to style you up. We love the layered look (a classic for fall), so their cardigans and dusters make ideal wardrobe additions. Go bold in sweaters with thin or thick stripes. Take a little of that homey feeling with you in a cozy hoodie or hooded dress. At these affordable prices, you just can’t go wrong.

We invite you to check out all of Anna-Kaci’s budget-friendly offerings. You will see how reasonably you too can treat yourself. We hope you fall in love with their wonderful pieces and share your favorites. Happy Shopping!

 

PARIS FASHION WEEK: Nehera FW 2020 RTW Collection

PARIS FASHION WEEK: Nehera FW 2020 RTW Collection

As the saying goes, classics never go out of style; so you can never go wrong with the classic looks from the Nehera FW 2020 RTW Collection which debuted during Paris Fashion Week. The ready-to-wear shows have been a wonderful escape from the pandemic turmoil. Staying at home has finally given us the chance to revisit the shows we missed, like Slovak brand, Nehera. Every piece from this collection will be a much-welcomed addition in complimenting your wardrobe.

PARIS FASHION WEEK: Nehera FW 2020 RTW Collection PARIS FASHION WEEK: Nehera FW 2020 RTW Collection

When you hear someone say ready-to-wear, Nehera FW 2020 RTW Collection is what they mean. Ever look will easily walk right off the runway and into the typical life of any woman. The artisanal fashion label, known for their elegant and timeless designs, their collection featured dresses, coats, knitwear, blouses and bottoms that will live long in wardrobe rotation.

PARIS FASHION WEEK: Nehera FW 2020 RTW Collection PARIS FASHION WEEK: Nehera FW 2020 RTW Collection

The main focus of the Nehera FW 2020 RTW Collection is comfort, classic silhouettes that you’ll own forever, and a color palette that will seamlessly take you from season to season. We love the never-ending parade of beiges, blacks, blues, greys, whites, browns, as well as the pops of bold colors thrown in.

Paris Fashion Week Paris Fashion Week

These complementary colors are found in natural fibers, such as silks, cotton, wools, leathers; and in synthetics like plastic, viscose, nylon, and jersey. Along with local craftsmen, every fiber is carefully reviewed to match the most rigorous sustainability benchmark. The Nehera culture champions spontaneity, vitality, and sustainability, while the creations feel grounded and unassuming.

We were entranced by the first look, an oversized wool coat, we’d love to greet the Fall New York weather in worn over a beige and brown tartan wool jumpsuit. Our love continued on with several other pieces, including a patchwork shearling coat worn over an ivory jacket and dress; an oversized soft grey wool coat; chunky knitwear, and cool prints.

A completely wearable collection from start to finish. Since we’ve declared our love of the Nehera FW 2020 RTW Collection, we’d love to hear what you think. Any favorite looks or pieces from this wonderful collection? We’d love to see your comments.