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Every time I walk through Barneys designer floor I cannot help but delicately & lovingly caress the juxtaposed fabrics & fibers that are interwoven, draped, embellished & disheveled that compile the always extraordinary Rodarte collection.  The way the dresses act as an entity engulfing it’s owner in such a strangely beautiful way….the way the looped & woven sweaters hang upon its’ owner like a blanket that has been passed down through the generations…all in all the pieces exude love, creativity, art.

It is no wonder that the 2 sisters that comprise Rodarte, Kate & Laura Mulleavy, have become an immediate success.  Originally from Pasadena, CA the sisters studied art history & literature, which makes perfect sense because every piece of their collection tells a story & is a piece of art.  The designer line gave birth to its first collection in 2005 & from there exploded into NY Fashion Week, Vogue, WWD & every high-end store around the world from Bergdorfs to Jeffrey to Colette.  Every on trend celebrity from Kirsten Dunst to Natalie Portman adorns herself in their magnificent dresses, sweaters & legging pants.

Needless to say while I am obsessed with Rodarte the $1000+ price tag is a bit of a hindrance, thus when I read in Vogue that the Mulleavy sisters were designing a capsule collection for Target I literally screamed & danced about my room! Literally. 

December 20th, 2009 Rodarte for Target hit stores.  The collection is to die for!  Let’s just put it this way I was hoarding sizes & styles in the Target dressing room, haha you can only imagine the strange looks I was receiving from my fellow Alabamian Target shoppers that had no idea what I was so freakin’ excited about!  Here are my favorite purchases…now venture to your closest Target store & be in awe for yourself!

Rodarte for Target Leopard Print Lace Dress in Yellow/Black This dress is unbelievable.  A fitted long sleeve minidress with bows decorating the back (picture to the right) it is absolute perfection for a night out!

 

Rodarte for Target crepe slip lace dress in oxford tan/ochre This dress is very reminiscent of their designer collections with the layering of fabrics.  Let me just say this dress is not only fabulous & comes in 3 different colors but also is so comfortable!

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Over a delicious lunch at Urban Standard in downtown Birmingham, my friend Kelly & I decided a collaboration is in order!  What kind of collaboration you ask?? Well Kelly is a phenomenal photographer & I adore styling, especially when I get to display my own clothing & accessories….thus we decided a photo shoot should be next on our to do list!  Here are the results, enjoy!

Photography by Kelly Merrill Cummings of Spindle Photography, click above for a closer look!

While I am in no way a model, I am quite obsessed with showing off my new fall finds…the first one being my new leather dress by Gestuz from one of my favorite boutiques, Swank 35223.  I’ve decided this dress is the perfect ULBD (updated little black dress).  For a more casual day look, I’ve worn my leather dress with oxford shoes & a cozy Pashmina.  Above Kelly photographed me in a more dressy look complete with an H&M lace top, Topshop over the knee boots, a statement pearl ring & an oversize pink clutch-all important trends this season.  This leather dress is the perfect addition to your fall wardrobe as it is extremely versatile.

Photography by Kelly Merrill Cummings of Spindle Photography, click above for a closer look!

My second favorite fall item is my cranberry one-piece jumper by Black Halo from one of my fashion secrets….Gilt Groupe– an online shopping experience complete with discounted designer pieces!  I paired it with my vintage navy Yves Saint Laurent blazer, Topshop gray & pink suede platform heels & statement chandelier earrings-again all important fall trends.  It is perfect for a night out with the girls, a holiday party or a trendy day look!  I even made a new friend in my cranberry jumper…she was quite stylish herself in her pink Coach collar!

Photography by Kelly Merrill Cummings of Spindle Photography, click above for a closer look!

My last fall obsession is my Mackage leather & fur jacket from Swank 35223.  Owner of Swank, Emily Dees Boulden got me hooked on this outerwear label a few years ago & I’ve been a dedicated fan ever since; 3 jackets down many more to come!  Paired above with fuchsia (shades of purple are the most important color palette this season) leggings by Splendid (highly recommend this brand, they are insanely comfortable!), a gray Vince turtleneck, brown ballet flats & vintage onyx & pearl earrings.


LOVE THE PHOTOGRAPHY?? Contact Kelly at tachee@gmail.com

LOVE THE STYLING?? Contact Megan at megan@southernfemme.com

LOOK OUT FOR MORE COLLABORATIONS TO COME!!

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Over the Knee Topshop boot

I remember thinking when I first saw the plethora of over the knee boots at the fall 2009 runway shows, ‘Who would actually wear those?  I mean you would definitely look like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman!’…. Well I was COMPLETELY mistaken! 

The Chloe fall collection, which showed a wide variety of over the knee boots (see below), planted that first seed of desire that stayed with me long enough to finally purchase my very own pair of black suede over the knee heeled boots from Topshop (see above)!  These boots are quite daunting upon first glance, even pulling them out of the crisp white Topshop box I was hesitant, what if I look like ridiculous in these? Again I was sooo very wrong!  I’M OBSESSED.

Wear them like Kate Moss & Stella McCartney (see below) over skinny pants, jeans or leggings OR wear with a mini dress for a hot night look-I recently wore mine with my black lace dress that I recently purchased in Austin, TX & it was a major success if I do say so myself… They could even be made work appropriate if paired with a conservative pencil skirt, ruffle front blouse & cardigan or fitted jacket!

Chloe over the knee boots

                                 Chloe RTW fall 2009

 

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               Designer RTW fall 2009 looks all showcasing over the knee boots!

 

Stella and Kate over the knee boots

Two of my style icons, Kate Moss & Stella McCartney, looking chic & fabulous in over the knee boots!

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FALL OBSESSIONS…

Fall Mood Board 

Fall Mood Board I created for my Fashion Design class at Parsons School of Design

 

Labor Day has somehow come & gone, football season has begun & although in the south it is still 80 degrees stores are quickly filling with plush, lush & richly sumptuous fall pieces! I don’t know about y’all but fall is my FAVORITE season-the chunky sweaters, the knee high boots (this season they are even reaching thigh high lengths!), the cozy dresses paired with leggings &/or tights, the fabulous color palette of charcoal gray, royal purple, autumnal shades of brown, caramel & even burnt orange…ahhhh fall! 

I’ve been reveling in fall inspired activities this week as I’ve started my Masters program at Parsons School of Design (new school supplies, yes!), as well as styling the upcoming Fashion Weekend fall fashion show at the Summit.  All in all I’m ready to put on my new ‘ripped’ black leggings & huge cozy sweater from Forever 21 & my favorite pair of black Marc by Marc Jacobs suede ankle lace up booties!  Too bad I’d probably die of dehydration the minute I stepped out into the Alabama humidity….So for now I’m just going to dream of fall fashion to come!

Here’s my brief guide to fall’s key pieces/colors/looks to help you update your own fall wardrobe:

1.  Chunky Sweaters & Fabulous Furs:

Fall Fashions 1

Paul & Joe fur vest, lace blouse & tweed trousers create the perfect combination of masculine & feminine!  Want your own fur vest?? Check out my dream pick & reality pick!

Simone Shailes’ hand-knitted chunky sweaters are so intricately made & just plain gorgeous!  Want your own chunky sweater?? Check out my dream pick & reality pick!

 

2. Decadent, Statement Accessories:

Fall Fashions 2

 Love this Prada collection that’s just dripping with jewels…. Want your own statement piece?? Check out my dream pick & reality pick!

 

3. Jewel Tones:

Fall Fashions 3

This fall is all about jewel tones as seen in Nina Ricci’s rich plum artistic print dress & Proenza Schouler’s raspberry sequined tunic.  Explore every hue from emerald to amethyst!  Want some jewel tones in your life?? Check out my dream pick & reality pick!

Jewel Tones

It’s all about mixing & matching jewel tones!  Here I’m wearing a cobalt blue Diane von Furstenberg sheath dress with a magenta Leigh Bantivoglio wrap top.  Since I have such strong colors going on in my ensemble I opted for my muted gray Chloe heels & a vintage black patent bag.

 

4. Booties:

Fall Fashions 4

I cannot get enough of these shoes!!!!!!!! BOOTIES=OBSESSED!!! Wear with everything from short cocktail dresses to skinny jeans & a tee, they are a MUST HAVE ITEM for fall!  Want your own pair of booties?? Check out my dream pick & reality pick!!

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Uslu Airlines Nail Polish

My 2 Bernhard Willhelm for Uslu Airlines nail polishes…

(left) KNO a gold metallic inspired & named after the winter sun at the Belgium airport; (right) WAW a nude/caramel shade named & inspired after the Poland airport

 

Perusing through one of my favorite NYC boutiques, Oak, I happened upon a sleek & modern bottle full of a caramel-coffee shade of nail polish with the most beautiful chicken scratch handwriting I’ve ever seen placed across the bottle….Immediately intrigued I turned to the indie rocker sales woman, “What is this, who is it by, where is it from….” the words spilled from my mouth.  She was quick to tell me the many ‘cool quotients’ that make up this beauty line, Uslu Airlines

1.  Feride Uslu created Uslu Airlines beauty line to get sleeker & more efficient beauty products for her own personal use as a makeup artist…pretty soon her line became popular throughout the beauty world & she now sells her products in fabulous stores like Oak in NYC & Colette in Paris (my favorite store in the world!).

2. All of the products are ‘destinations’ and thus named after airports around the world, whether they be big, small, well known or insanely obscure! 

3. Feride Uslu has now collaborated with fashion designer Bernhard Willhelm to create limited edition nail polishes (these are my fav, as seen above!).  The 6 colors in the collection are actually inspired by the appearance of the airport & the city it’s named after…so creative, love it!

 

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Wearing the gold-metallic KNO polish; can’t you see the resemblance to the reflection of the winter sun with its sparkling glamour!

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Celebrities & their FEED bags

Lauren Bush & Christie Brinkley, Tobey Maguire, Teri Hatcher & Marcia Cross are all fans of the FEED bags! ( images from FEED)

 

Walking through Bergdorf Goodmans my eye was immediately drawn to the strikingly rustic FEED bag hanging from a faux-tree.  Who designed this glorious bag?? Reading the tag I was floored by the cause associated with this simple yet chic FEED bag…

FEED tag

 

In 2006 model & activist Lauren Bush designed this bag to benefit the United Nations World Food Program’s (WFP) School Feeding operations.  Bush was inspired to create this bag after seeing & hearing the stories of impoverished & starving children on her travels around the world.  Today there are over 400 million children going to bed hungry & over 77 million children not attending school.  Teaming with WFP to create this FEED bag from organic materials & using sustainable practices, all proceeds go to feed 2 children in school for an entire year!  According to WFP, “When boys and girls are given a free, nutritious meal in school, research has shown that attendance increases by 100% and performance improves greatly. Girls with just a few years of education have fewer children, have them later in life, and are better prepared to care for and educate them. For many children, a school lunch is the only meal they will receive all day. Learn More: www.wfp.org.”

 

FEED bag

My very own FEED bag exclusive to Bergdorf Goodmans!  The 2 on the back of the bag symbolizes that purchasing this bag feeds 2 children in school for 1 year… amazing right?!  The inside of the bag is made of 100% organic cotton in a bold buffalo plaid fabric while the outside is natural burlap adorned with colorful beads.  The shoulder strap (not shown) & the handles make it extremely versatile-I plan on using it for a laptop bag, a grocery bag & just an everyday purse!  Check out the FEED website to purchase your own FEED bag that will benefit 2 children more than you or I could ever fathom!

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