Guilty Pleasures: Tracking Spring/Summer 2015 Trends

Thank God for You Tube! Like a junkie getting a fix, I’ve been using spare moments to watch as many Spring/Summer collections as possible. I’ve viewed shows from New York, Milan, Copenhagen, and am about to check out London’s Fashion Week (how much do I WISH I could attend one of these shows!).

Here’s what I’m predicting to be big trends next year:

1. Designer kicks with dresses & skirts.

This is a look that can go horribly wrong, if not approached just right. I can imagine Tim Gunn groaning at the thought of women wearing athletic shoes with a skirt, but if the shoes are not what you wear to work out, and the dress or skirt has a sporty vibe, it can work. The trend began last year with Dior and Chanel’s shows, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to slow down.

Observe:

Chanel 2014.

Chanel 2014.

From the Burberry SS 15 show.

From the Burberry SS 15 show.

2. Sheer layering.

I think I saw at least two looks in each collection so far that included sheer layers of gauze or chiffon. Of course this means more clothes we can’t put into the washer/dryer, but they sure are pretty. I could do without the see through tops without anything underneath -who is really going to go around that way? Ha! But I love the touches of sheer on a sleeve, or panels on a skirt.

Left to right: Toga, Joseph and Barbara Casasola. (Photo by Harper's Bazaar)

Left to right: Toga, Joseph and Barbara Casasola. (Photo by Harper’s Bazaar)

3. White Out.

Get your bleach and/or Woolite ready, because white is the HOT shade for next spring! From casual chic to glam, white was everywhere.

(Image by Pop Sugar.com)

(Image by Pop Sugar.com)

4. Midi skirts.

This trend continues to be strong at several shows, and is being shown mostly with flats or platform sandals. I think this is one of the most flattering looks for most shapes and sizes.

 

Victoria Beckham.

Victoria Beckham.

5. Jumpsuits.

I became a believer this season in the jumpsuit, and many designers decided to elevate the look by trying more luxe fabrics. Here, Escada adds some pizazz and makes this jumpsuit more of a night look:

Escada

Plus, it doesn’t hurt that it’s in purple – my favorite color!

What are your favorite trends or collections from the 2015 shows? You MUST check out the gorgeous looks from Lela Rose,  Carmen Marc Valvo, and Jenny Packham.

By the way…only TWO DAYS LEFT to enter the A Wild Violet Gemstone Ring Giveaway! Click on the banner on the left and enter today!

Love, laughter, and shoes…

xx Melanie.

 

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Borrowing a Little Fabulous from Rent the Runway

Hello all:) Being sick blows! I’ve got a virus that’s wiping me out and keeping me indoors, but I came across pictures from last summer when I visited friends in NYC and Michigan, and I got inspired to tell you about my experience with Rent the Runway.

I had two big events to celebrate: a class reunion and a bachelor party (yes, you read that right). Of course I wanted to look and feel amazing for both, so I turned to Rent the Runway to turn me into Cinderella (or Beyoncé, JLo, etc.).

When I signed up for a membership, this was before RTR began a RTR Plus line (launched late last year), but at the time I was able to select designer label gowns up to a size 16 (the new Plus line goes up to a 22). There is no fee to sign up and you can create a profile with your size, style preference, and “wish list.” Designers such as Badgley Mischka, ML Monique Lhuillier, Kay Unger, and Carmen Marc Valvo are available to we curvy gals!

Depending on the occasion, a dress can be rented for as little as $30 for 4 days (an extra fee for 8 day rental). Every rental comes in a garment bag (yours to keep!), the pre paid shipping envelope, AND a free 2nd size in case one dress doesn’t fit.

For my class reunion, I originally chose a Badgley Mischka midnight blue sequin cocktail dress, but the size 16 was just a bit too tight in the back (this was before the plus line, remember), however, RTR shipped me a different dress the next day! Here is the Badgley Mischka Forbidden Territory gown I chose (wore a 16 R):

Weeerk!

Heels by JustFab, necklace and earrings c/o Hollywood Princess Fashion, dress by Badgley Mischka (Rent the Runway)

This dress is SO comfortable and hugged every curve! Perfect for channeling your inner Angelina Jolie!

For my best friend’s bachelor party in NYC, I channeled my inner Carrie Bradshaw and chose another Badgley Mischka, the Orion Sequin Orbit Sheath. So chic! I also rented earrings, these Lulu Frost Crystal Cruz Pyramid danglers.

RTR sent me a size 14 and 16, and the 16 fit more comfortably in the bust. My choice was confirmed when my friend and his (then fiancé) now husband told me I looked fierce! I even got some compliments from girls on the street!

Waiting to get on the party (subway) train!

Waiting to get on the party (subway) train!

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Partying with the two grooms to be!

Partying with the two grooms to be!

My only gripe about Rent the Runway? They don’t ship to an APO address, which is what I have while we live in Germany. I’ve asked customer service about it, and they told me they hope to ship to military addresses soon. I hope so!

So, if you have weddings, reunions, parties, or a special trip taking place this summer, then let Rent the Runway glam you up! I would definitely rent from them again!

Have you tried RTR? What’s been your experience?

Love, laughter, and shoes…

xx Melanie.

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