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Fashion-Forward During Fashion Island’s Style Week OC

Written By: Ashley Ruiz and Gabrielle Abenoja Style Week OC
Photographed By: The Larson Group

Thursday Style Week OC
Fashion Island Marcs the Spot Style Week OC

As New York Fashion Week came to an end on Thursday, Style Week OC kicked off the same evening under palm trees and blue skies at the exclusive Neiman Marcus Fashion Show. It was a night of champagne, style, music and shopping—all for a cause. A portion of the proceeds from the fashion show and the Neiman Marcus sales donated to the Hoag Hospital Foundation.

The sun began to set, and guests sipped their Whispering Angel champagne. A cool fall breeze swept across the stage as the models sashayed down the runway, keeping warm in plum wools, suedes, and plush furs. Almost hinting toward the new year, a male model traipsed down the runway in a sequined Etro burgundy sports coat, while another stunned in a ruby red Pamella Roland caftan gown. Style Week OC

As quickly as they strutted down the runway, models disappeared re-emerging in a collection of classic black and white pieces. Style Week OC

One model wore an outfit that seemed a tribute to Chanel’s Karl Lagerfeld with a white turtleneck sweater, leather jacket, and the key accessory: a bold pair of sunnies. Style Week OC

From the Design d’Fleur white rose and lily centerpieces to every inch of the fall 2016 pieces shown, we can ensure you that no details were skipped!   Style Week OC

The models’ hair was styled to perfection by TONI&GUY, in low twisted buns that allowed for eye-catching dangling earrings to be shown. Urban Decay slayed with makeup as the looks seamlessly transitioned through evening gowns, business casual and funky, fun prints. Style Week OC

My favorite accessories showcased were the classic studded Valentinos with a matching maroon, studded clutch.

The Neiman Marcus exclusive Aquazzura fringe, lace up heels proved to be a staple as they partnered with countless looks throughout the show.

Of course, Louboutin classic red bottom heels could be seen from a mile away. One new style, the Samotresse heeled sandal, featured wings on the ankle that were reminiscent of the Greek god of commerce, Hermes.

As the show came to a close, models waltzed the breezeway one last time smiling and waving to the crowd. Instantly, people rose from their chairs and entered the Neiman Marcus store, stopping briefly to take a photograph in front of the beaded crystal backdrop near the store’s entrance.

Friendly chatter filled the store as customers enjoyed pasta salad appetizers and the last of their drinks as they shopped around.

Top 40 hits mingled with conversation until suddenly, the hollow sound of a drumbeat filled the room. A chic young woman stood in 6-inch heels, smiling infectiously as she rhythmically beat her drum set. Accompanying the DJ, the two girls brought the set to life, and a small crowd gathered to watch amongst the glistening makeup counters of the first floor.

When I left the scene, the store was still filled—and the party had just begun.

Friday
Falling in Love all Over Again

Day two was a fashion-filled extravaganza complete with a glamorous runway show and Pinterest-worthy in-store meet and greets.

During the Fashion Island Fall Runway Show, the fall/winter collections of household names were put on display: Bloomingdales, Anthropologie, Trina Turk, Rebecca Taylor, Elie Tahari, Halston Heritage, and Nordstrom. With intros of each collection from bloggers, Katie Rose of The Style Riot, Kathleen of Carrie Bradshaw Lied, Nikki Prendergast of My Style Diaries, Devon Cruse of Devon Rachel, and Lyndi Kennedy of Lyndi in the City, the fall/winter 2016 season was brought to life.

Fall/winter 2016 trends to look out for:

Bold, floral patterns, vintage inspired styles and prints, and an array of layerable fabrics from super soft, velvets, quilted pieces, warm, faux furs, and vegan leathers. Think 70s, a little bit of the 80s, and a lot of the 90s. And layers! Lots and lots of layers.

Fall/winter 2016 colors to look out for:

Vintage inspired mustards plus deep, rich hues of reds, burgundy, and hints of purple. Dark, inky blacks, blues, and forest greens.

Shoes and accessories to stock up on:

Think extremes—thick, and chunky, thin and delicate. Clogs and combat boots. Bulky, wooden, geometric statement necklaces. Chokers and wrap bracelets.

 

Hair and Makeup

Hair was brought to audience members by TONI&GUY, and it was all about the quick, easy top knot. Makeup brought to us by Urban Decay: pair any outfit and any occasion with a vampy red lip and simple, neutral eyes and face.

Bloomingdales tossed it back to the days of grunge, velvet, and the polished power-style of the 80s and 90s. Layering sexy, slinky, slip dresses and lace, paired with dark, grungy, bomber jackets and chunky boots.

Anthropologie, ever the romantics this season. We are getting dressed up in soft, fluttery, flirtatious shapes, vintage-inspired fabrics, and oh-so-chunky accessories. The focus? Comfort and ease. A lot of one-done-and-out-the-door pieces with striking, bold patterns, and elongated shapes, as well as elegant, loose silhouettes in wonderfully easy, and soft-feeling fabrics. Top the look off with a vegan-leather jacket and some chunky clogs.The colors that we’re met with range from pale, romantic pinks, to rich, deep hues of forest green, and fall favorite: mustard.  

Trina Turk, so retro, so twee, so Mad-Men-in-transition! We see the marriage of the polished, tailored designs from British 1960’s to the bold, in your face patterns, and prints of the 70s brought to life through the Californian brand.

Rebecca Taylor is bringing our thrift store, boho dreams to reality with mixed florals, striking colors, quilted details, and embroidery galore.

Elie Tahari is all business, all the time. The Elie Tahari collection’s urban cuts and stylings of bold, primary blues, reds, and blacks makes going from the office to the streets chic. Can you hear that? It’s our inner 80s powerhouse-business-woman rejoicing.

Halston Heritage, feeding our love for the simple, minimal beauty of organic, free-flowing shapes and bringing extravagance to them through metallic details and fabrics this season: Slinky, strappy, and—dare-we-say—a little bit vampy.

Nordstrom, and it’s back-to-school, vintage-vibe. Marcia Brady, eat your heart out! Patterns present this season are groovy, and definitely 70s, flower-power-inspired.

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Let’s Talk Party

Halston Heritage: The retro was so real. Sugary sweet mai-tais, groovy tunes, Lyndi Kennedy of blog Lyndi in the City looking so 70s chic in a gorgeous James Bond-ish type white maxi-dress and giving style advice and what? A manicure bar? Sure! Why not? Style Week OC

Elie Tahari: Looks are deceiving, while the retail interior was simple and chic, it’s the details that made the party burst with flavor. Devon Cruse of Devon Rachel wearing a simple, A-line boat-necked, black riggle dress atop a crinkly white shirt with detailed sleeves. A simple bit of water in a glass? No, that’s Perrier. A simple chocolate pudding? No. A wonderfully rich, chocolate mousse concoction in a tiny pot. Sweet finger foods? No. Tiny, pink, crepe stacks of sugary, sweet, goodness as well as tiny, candied cherries! Style Week OC

Trina Turk: StyleWeekOC-tinis were a thing. A glass of rosewater, fruit, and some magical unicorn-like addition topped with a pretty pink flower. Tasty savory versions of tiny, pink, pancake stacks were a thing. And also a thing? A dancing Nikki Prendergast of My Style Diaries. Rocking the party in a Trina Turk, plaid cape and dress combo. Bobbing around, working the room, and just all around being fantastical, Nikki was an adorable hostess.

Rebecca Taylor: Slip dress. Floral Slip dress. Fitted black motorcycle jacket and strappy heels. Kathleen Barnes totally nailed the Rebecca Taylor party. There were snaps, photo ops, and serious style moments that were doled out at this.

Anthropologie and The Style Riot: This was kind of a match made in romantic, idyllic, Pinterest-y heaven. There were the most adorable little baked goods (tiny, buttery, flakey pop tarts filled with apricot and brie) and lovely employees at the entrance who greeted you with a magical blue Mai Tai topped with a grey, paper straw. Katie Rose was delightful! Sweet, bubbly, and so in tune with the fact that it’s still really warm in SoCal, but ugh, we really want mustard colors and plaid, like now.

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