I was just about to order a pair of black warm up pants (way on sale!) but thought instead it would be better to wait and invest in some workout classics.
The Spring 17 Collections from designers like Isabel Marant, Balenciaga, Rodarte and Kenzo channeled the glitz, glam and spirit of the 80s. These strong shouldered 80s looks were worn proudly on everyone at the time, and most memorably for me, on Linda Evans in her role as Crystal Carrington on the Dynasty TV series which encompassed that decade from 1981 to 1989.
For spring ’17 gingham has gone wild! The check print has taken on a whole new look. Thankfully, this is not your Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz gingham print. Instead you will find sculptural shapes, asymmetric gingham, mixed gingham prints, lace overlaying gingham, ruffled gingham, gingham with florals, even deconstructed gingham.
Ruffles are everywhere this spring! From shirts to skirts, and from jackets to pants, those wavy lines are adding new dimensions to blouses, tops, dresses, skirts, pants, coats and even jeans and sweatshirts. From girly and frilly to sophisticated and minimalist, there’s no doubt you will be eyeing a new piece with ruffles you will want to own.
It begins around day 5 of New York Fashion Week after viewing a multitude of fashion images and models and looks on the runway, a sort of fashion fatigue mixed with punchiness begins to set in. Fashion overload is an understatement! Here are a few of my thoughts.
Creative Directors Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim showed their Monse collection right before the debut of their Oscar de la Renta NYFW Fall 17 Collection. While I loved the innovation, tailoring, edginess and ‘coolness’ of Monse, it was Oscar de la Renta that stood out for me. I think Oscar de la Renta would be thrilled with this collection!
With new designers turning up year after year, one of my all time favorites, Phillip Lim still continues to produce fresh and innovative fashion. The 3.1 Phillip Lim NYFW Fall 17 Collection was no exception.
Sunday evening’s Prabal Gurung NYFW Fall 17 Collection truly offered something for every woman. In the program noted his collection is an “unabashed and unapologetic definition of femininity with a bite,” Women can pick and choose pieces from his collection, and feel confident to wear them.
On Thursday February 9, the first day of New York Fashion Week Fall 17 Tadashi Shoji showed an extravagant collection in brilliant gemstone hues, rich brocades, opulent fur and gold metallic trims, intricate lace and plush velvet.
Yesterday on January 25, 2017 we all learned the sad new one of our favorite style icons, Mary Tyler Moore had died at age 80. This is not one of those cases where someone died and I did not think about her recently, either! She is a part of our fashion icon reference book! On Second City Style and on Fountain of 30 we have constantly referred to her style for her 60s style capri pants and flats as Laura Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show, and the multitude of fashionably work-appropriate looks she wore as the professional Mary Richards on The Mary Tyler Moore Show in the 70s.
Stripes have been on-trend for several seasons and I am generally not really the stripe-type, but recently I realized I am quite fond of some stripes. I’m not talking about the thin sailor stripes nor the 70s style rainbow stripes.
The sales are on BIG time and here at FountainOf30 we are all over them! Sure you can get trendy pieces for a song, but this time of year even the high priced luxury times are on sale. Right now you can get the best of both worlds if you’re a fan of dressing in high low fashion. I call it “High Luxe for Low” and it’s a sensible way to shop the end of season sales.
Today the kids are home from school and many businesses are closed in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We’re taking the day off too! The stores will be open and the end of season sales are still going strong, if not getting better. Enjoy spending time with your family and shopping the sales today!
The weather has been extremely unpredictable so far this winter. One day it’s sub-zero, the next it is raining and the next it is sunny and 40 degrees. Just yesterday the snow was coming down like Slurpees in Chicago. How can you possibly look chic, stylish and stay dry on a day like that? Don’t give up hope because there is a way!
When this holiday season first began back at the beginning of December I noticed a sign along a road selling Christmas trees. It had such a nostalgic look it caused me to pause and reflect. It made be think I did not want this season to rush by too fast. Unfortunately the older we get the faster the season goes. So this year I vowed to try to slow it down and try to take in all the little fun moments of the holiday, the way I did in the past.