My most inspirational person with style of 2011 is non other than my very good friend Joy Pigg! I admire her style so much because its a lot like my own. I would describe it as traditional, contemporary-chic with a little bit of POP! We always seem to be on the same level of greatness when it comes to picking out clothes and what the next hot fashion trend will be. She is the only friend I have who I can seriously talk to about something like the color mustard! However, things aren’t always tangerine tango with Ms. Pigg and I. For instance, I loathe getting dressed with her because it takes HOURS (no exaggeration) for her to get ready. On top of that I know if I ever go shopping with her I better be prepared to take multiple shopping trips and to be out the entire day because that’s how long it takes to find the perfect birthday outfit (and with days of searching we never found one until mere hours before her b-day outing…typical joy)! Moreover, she’s also a procrastinator, but that’s totally irrelevant to this post and is neither here nor there. Anyways…When I think about how she dresses herself I realized that it takes her so long to get ready because she is committed to making a good impression wherever she goes, and her clothes are always on trend because she rarely ever settles for mediocre fashions provided to us by Stonecrest Mall. I rarely ever see her in the same outfit twice, and every time I go in her closet I find something I NEEEED to borrow. We are long-time friends. We get each other. We are closet soul-mates; and that is why Stephanie Joy Pigg has earned the Martacious INSPIRATIONAL PERSON WITH STYLE OF 2011 AWARD (NON CELEBRITY). Congratulations Piggles!
You can follow Joy and be inspired too @theactorJOY on Twitter!
"Orlena" and "Lones" from Aldoshoes.com
Combat boots are the new fall shoe! They have a rustic, classic feel to them, which make them a must-have in anyone’s wardrobe (especially mine). Pair them with leggings and an off-the-shoulder cardigan for an effortless, sexy look!
Now I’m fully aware that for some people fur is a necessity for the Fall and Winter seasons. However, its been given a bad rep over the years for being too gaudy. Personally I don’t think there is such a thing as too gaudy because sometimes more is more! Apparently designers agree with me since we have been seeing this on the runway for the past few Fall/Winter seasons. Now that the 70’s are in full affect for this Fall you better have something fur hanging in your closet!
When I try to explain color blocking, I usually get a vibe of confusion and fear at first. Trust me, it’s easier done than said. The first thing you need to do is grab a color wheel. You should choose colors that are either complimentary (directly across from each other on the color wheel) or analogous (directly beside each other on the color wheel). That’s the basic way of doing it until you get more comfortable with using more daring color combinations. The second secret to a successful color block is to use colors that are in the same shade family (i.e. neons with neons and pastels with pastels). Mixing them together, in my opinion, just looks wrong. Last but not least, tie the colors together by adding a neutral item like a jacket, belt, purse or shoes, and there you go. You just color blocked!
A big part of the 70’s were the accessories, and who could forget those funky fedoras? If you’re a hat person, pick something funky and daring. Bring the classic fedora into the modern age. If you’re new to hats and want to be more demure, then choose a vintage style fedora in a warm fall color such as cranberry or mustard. Tis the season!
"Russian Red" and "Ruby Woo" by M.A.C.
I’m not gonna do a whole lot of explaining as to why red lipstick is one of my fall inspirations. Red lipstick is a must for any season, and contrary to popular belief, it can be worn by women of any shade. You just have to find the shade that fits you. Just go to a M.A.C. counter (if you haven’t noticed by now I only wear M.A.C.) and try on as many reds as you need to in order to find the one right for you. Simple.
Now go ahead and be fabulous for fall!
Who says that you have to be a rich and famous socialite to enjoy New York Fashion Week? Thanks to modern technology fashionistas all over the world can view as many fashion shows as their patent leather heart’s desire! Here’s a list below (compliments of VogueandCoffee.tumblr.com) of this week’s fashion line-up and where you can catch it online.
Your Live-Stream Guide to Spring 2012 Fashion Week via New York Magazine
• Nicholas K: 9 a.m. on Thursday, September 8, at youtube.com/liverunway
• BCBG Max Azria: 10 a.m. on Thursday, September 8, at bcbgmaxazriagroup.com
• Richard Chai: 11 a.m. on Thursday, September 8 at youtube.com/liverunway
• Cushnie et Ochs: 12 p.m. on Thursday, September 8, at livestream.com/cushnieetochs
• Supima: 1 p.m. on Thursday, September 8, at youtube.com/liverunway
• Tadashi Shoji: 2 p.m. on on Thursday, September, at youtube.com/liverunway
• Kevork Kiledjian: 5 p.m. on Thursday, September 8, at livestream.com/kevorkkiledjian
• Peter Som: 10 a.m. on Friday, September 9, at livestream.com/petersom
• Luca Luca: 11 a.m. on Friday, September 9, at youtube.com/liverunway
• Jason Wu: 1 p.m. on Friday, September 9, at style.com/live
• Rebecca Taylor: 2 p.m. on Friday, September 9, at rebeccataylor.com/stream
• Costello Tagliapietra: 3 p.m. on Friday, September 9, at livestream.com/costellotagliapietra
• Tommy Hilfiger (men’s): 5:15 p.m. on Friday, September 9, at facebook.com/tommyhilfiger
• Nicole Miller: 6 p.m. on Friday, September 9, at youtube.liverunway
• Cynthia Rowley: 7 p.m. on Friday, September 9, at youtube.liverunway
• ELLE Fashion NEXT: 7:30 p.m. on Friday, September 9, at elle.com/fashionnextlive
• Lacoste: 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 10, at youtube.liverunway
• Jill Stuart: 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 10, at style.com/live
• Vivienne Tam: 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 10, at youtube.liverunway
• Alexander Wang: 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 10, at livestream.com/alexanderwang
• Charlotte Ronson: 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 10, at youtube.liverunway
• Suno: 8 p.m. on Saturday, September 8, at livestream.com/suno_fashionweek
• Jeremy Laing: 11 a.m. on Sunday, September 11, at livestream.com/jeremylaing
• Derek Lam: 12 p.m. on Sunday, September 11, at youtube.com/liverunway
• DKNY: 1 p.m. on Sunday, September 11, at facebook.com/DKNY
• Tracy Reese: 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 11, at youtube.com/liverunway and tracyreese.com
• Edun: 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 11, at milkmade.com
• Diane von Furstenberg: 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 11, at youtube.com/liverunway and tracyreese.com
• Simon Spurr: 6 p.m. on Sunday, September 11, at livestream.com/simonspurr
• Thakoon: 6 p.m. on Sunday, September 11, at style.com/live
• Custo Barcelona: 7 p.m. on Sunday, September 11, at youtube.com/liverunway and tracyreese.com
• Tommy Hilfiger (women’s): 9 p.m. on Sunday, September 11, at facebook.com/tommyhilfiger
• Carolina Herrera: 10 a.m. on Monday, September 12, at youtube.com/liverunway
• Carlos Miele: 11 a.m. on Monday, September 12, at youtube.com/liverunway
• Rebecca Minkoff: 1 p.m. on Monday, September 12, at style.com/live
• Ohne Titel: 1 p.m. on Monday, September 12, at livestream.com/ohnetitel
• Donna Karan: 2 p.m. on Monday, September 12, at facebook.com/DonnaKaranNewYork
• Zero + Maria Cornejo: 6 p.m. on Monday, September 12, at livestream.com/mariacornejo
• Betsey Johnson: 6 p.m. on Monday, September 12, at betseyjohnson.com and facebook.com/xobetseyjohnson
• Perry Ellis: 7 p.m. on Monday, September 12 at perryellis.com
• Marc by Marc Jacobs: 8 p.m. on Monday, September 12, at live.marcjacobs.com
• Badgley Mischka: 10 a.m. on Tuesday, September 13, at youtube.com/liverunway
• Frank Tell: 11 a.m. on Tuesday, September 13, at livestream.com/franktell
• Vera Wang: 11 a.m. on Tuesday, September 13, at youtube.com/liverunway
• Herve Leger by Max Azria: 2 p.m. on Tuesday, September 13, at youtube.com/liverunway
• Sophie Theallet: 5 p.m. on Tuesday, September 13, at livestream.com/sophietheallet
• Oscar de la Renta: 6 p.m. on Tuesday, September 13, at style.com/live
• Tibi: 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 13, at youtube.com/liverunway
• Narciso Rodriguez: 8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 13, at youtube.com/liverunway
• J.Mendel: 1 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14, at youtube.com/liverunway
• Jeremy Scott: 1 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14, at livestream.com/jeremyscott
• Milly: 3 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14, at millyny.com
• Anna Sui: 6 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14, at youtube.com/liverunway
• Wayne: 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14, at livestream.com/waynefashionweek
• Elie Tahari: 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14, at youtube.com/liverunway
• Proenza Schouler: 8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14, at style.com/live
• Calvin Klein Collection (women’s): 2 p.m. on Thursday, September 15, at style.com/live
• Marc Jacobs: 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 15, at live.marcjacobs.com
My favorite handbag designer:
A brand that has a uniquely made pattern that you can identify from a mile away. Who am I?
Bottega Veneta of course!!
The signature cross-weaving technique that BV has incorporated into most of their handbag designs is not one to forget. From entire hobos to subtle outlines of top-handles, each collection uses this classy technique in a way that still wows it’s fans after almost 50 years of designing. I like it because you can pick and choose when to be simplistic and when to be more edgy without drastically changing your signature style. Another highlighting feature is many designers have not gone crazy using this technique, which keeps interests high and knockoffs low. Consequently, when you’re walking down the street with a well-crafted woven bag, people KNOW its a Bottega Veneta original, and that’s simply très chic!