Commuter Chic with Tod’s

By: Ashleigh K. Copeland

Such an iconic brand as Tod’s needs not worry about constantly reinventing the wheel; unlike some other Italian brands showing in Milan this October. The classic Gommini driver for both men and women is perhaps the most iconic symbol of Tod’s and one most shoe addicts either own or at least know about. The best kind of grab-and-go, quality, versatile shoe anyone should have in their closet.

As far as driver’s go, Tod’s didn’t invent this style of shoe, but they are for sure the staple piece most associate with the brand season after season. Usually made of leather in various solid colors, the Gommini was brought back in suede for the brand’s Spring 2019 collection. This season, Tod’s showed men’s and women’s on the same ultra-cohesive runway. The collection plays up the idea of neutrals you need to have for next spring, that will carry you through the beginning of a warm fall 2019.

See my favorite looks from Tod’s spring 2019 below.

Another notable aspect of Tod’s are the handbags. Along with the Gommini driver, this Italian brand is also known for its quality leathers and craftsmanship. Just about every look is accompanied by a fashion forward top handle bag or tote bag. The perfect go-to gift going into the holiday season, for your beau or bella.

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The New Neutral: Silver

Start your summer season off right with a little metallic charm in your life. We’re forever obsessing over all things metallic, but specifically silver. Adding a little shine can amp up any basic jeans and tee shirt look, or complete any work wear look.

We often only gravitate towards silver shoes or jewelry when dressing up for a special occasion. Step outside the norm, and start curating silver pieces that give your everyday wardrobe a refresh too.

Adding a sophisticated silver sandal or pump can really change the look of any outfit. We like pairing a silver pump with a boyfriend jean and leather top for an edgy night out look. Or pair a strappy sandal with a mini skirt or leather shorts for a summer concert look.

For your work wardrobe, grab a great silver oxford or flat to wear with an A-Line dress or shift dress. Complete your work wear look with a third piece like a bold, colorful blazer or jacket over your dress. We chose a similar look for our mood board, see the cobalt blue blazer which compliments the silver shoes in such a chic way.

If punchy colors are not in your wheel house, pair your silver accessories with pastel colored shirts and skirts. While silver is a great way to class up your edgier outfits, this neutral is also a great way to complete your ultra feminine sensibility.

Pairing flat, silver sandals with a sky blue button-up, and a pink midi skirt, will keep you comfortable and fashionable all season long. Another classically feminine way to pair silver is with white. These two colors, silver and white, are classic compliments for any occasion, day or night.

How will you wear silver this summer?  Let us know in the comments below.

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Why Women Need to Wear Valentino

By: Ashleigh K. Copeland

Stunning is the first word dripping off my tongue watching the Valentino spring 2019 collection.  The beautiful drama running down the runway in mixed prints, bold black and white, neutrals, and of course signature Valentino red.  However short this presentation, it seems like it lasted for an hour, in a good way of course.  This collection is a story told by creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli.  The story could be about any number of things, depending on your point of view.  For me, this collection is the story of women in 2018.

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Black draped garments start off the story making a bold statement about being comfortable with wearing glamour, and choosing not to hide or shrink away.  Feathers trail behind on the runway, falling from embellished sandals.  Millinery is on the rise here, with avant-garde feathered hats creating an orbital pull, further engaging the audience.  Street style is a heavy influence here, seen in the oversized gold hoop earrings, amongst other accessories.

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Part two of our story injects neutrals beyond the black hemisphere.  Khaki and white brighten up the sea of black garments.  Pops of Valentino red sprinkled throughout the middle of the collection on pleated maxi skirts and couture level dresses.  For me this collection is about layers.  Peeling back the mourning and heavy cloaking that some women choose to hide behind, especially during such a tumultuous year as 2018.

The last part of the collection still shows intriguing hues of plums and browns.  Spring 2019 is to be about standing out and being confident in who you are.  As the finale approaches, glittering, contrasting prints in mint, bubblegum pink, rich plum, and burnt orange breakthrough.  Like every show there will be pieces that never make it to mass market, or even make it past the red carpet, but there are so many looks here that any woman would look good wearing.

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The finale brings chills to my spine as each model took their final walk down the runway.  A collective wave of comfort, security, and ease seems to be felt by the audience for creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli’s spring collection.

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Dream in Color by Prada

By: Ashleigh K. Copeland

Over the years, Miuccia Prada has turned out some memorable fashion shows for the brand in her namesake.  Prada continues to outdo herself by leaping to new creative heights every season.  Each collection has an inspiration made real by the scenery, music, and ambiance of her runway shows.  Prada asks you to dream bigger, look into the future, and expand your ideas about what fashion is supposed to be.  For 11 minutes, the audience is brought into the mind of Miuccia Prada and her team.  It is apparent how detail-oriented the Prada team is when it comes to the brand’s footwear & accessories collections.

For Prada’s spring 2019 collection the shining lights of the entire show are the accessories.  Each model is adorned with a futuristic, 1960s inspired head piece.  Some are studded to look like crowns, others are finished with a colorful satin.  Either way, every women walking on the runway looks like they are rocking a crown.

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Legwear is another huge take way in the accessories division.  Every look is accompanied by opaque knee highs with the signature, triangular, Prada logo showcased on the side of the calf.  These school girl style knee highs won’t be considered a fall-only staple going into 2019.

Along with legwear comes footwear.  The always innovative mind of Prada does not disappoint this season.  Platform oxfords that are reminiscent of Nike Air Max 270s, at least the extreme fashion version of them.  Slingback, negative heel, Mary Jane pumps, with peep-toe and Prada logo accents, in colors to match the bags.  Last but not least, new age loafers and flat sandals made in multi-colored knitted fabrics.

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Of course, who can live without fawning over the fantastic handbags almost every model carried on the crook of her arm.  Luxurious leathers in red, stark white, creamy ivory, black, baby doll pink, saddle tan, and even tie-dye.  As usual, Prada will be dictating the eyewear trends for next year as well.  Back to oversized, flamboyant, pieces of art used to protect your eyes from those UV rays.


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We’re Obsessing Over This

Today, we’re here to talk about our current shoe obsession…patent leather!  We simply cannot get enough of this glossy finish. We’ve been following this trend for the last few years, and still love it. 

Wear your patent as a stacked patent leather boots, sleek patent pumps, or adorable, men’s inspired oxfords.  Street style queens, and influencers alike, are always stomping around New York, Milan, Tokyo, and Paris in patent leather, causing heads to turn on all continents. 

There’s no hiding when you’re rocking patent leather.  This trend is perfect for a night out with your girls, or as a bold choice for a weekend shopping trip.  Patent leather just turns up the volume on any outfit.

Pair your patent oxfords with a cigarette style trouser, graphic tee, and tailored blazer for a modern business look. Or pair your patent boots with flared denim and oversized outerwear, and your favorite pullover.

Re-create our favorite street style trend by throwing a neutral turtleneck under a long, navy trench coat, grey plaid pants, or light wash denim, and of course patent boots.

You’re sure to create a buzz in your patent look!  Are you feeling the patent craze?  Let us know below and on our Instagram @AKCstyle






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New Age Feminist Bliss

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By: Ashleigh K. Copeland

If Katherine Hepburn, Jackie O, and Marie Antoinette had a baby, it would be this collection.  Marc Jacob’s spring 2019 collection of ruffles, pink satin, and all things avant garde is just what women need after such a tumultuous 2018.  This collection, even down to the music selection, is lighthearted, cohesive, modern yet classic, and sums up what every woman should aspire to be.  Powerfully her.

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Though the looks aired more on the side of red carpet show stoppers than ready-to-wear, average Jane can still relate; if for no other reason than the fantasy of it all.  Jane can stick her head back in the clouds if only for a short time to enjoy womanhood.  Ten minutes of bliss is what Jacobs delivers.  When a woman can walk confidently down an aisle full of unknowns, in a dark empty space, and know she owns the room, I call that success.

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Oversized blazers and two-piece suiting bring up the “women can do it all” theme, as well as the masculinity turned feminine currently trending.  Softer touches with coral and pink satin pants, dresses, and skirts give typical feminine vibes, but in a futuristic way.  Opaque stockings in shiny grey and lime keep the collection classically Marc Jacobs, and kitten heel bow pumps keep the ladies looking elegant and light.  Jacobs is totally tuned into what is happening right now in our culture, but also has us looking forward into a more optimistic future.

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Amity High Graduating Class of 2019

By: Ashleigh K. Copeland

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September 12, 2018 at the Calvin Klein 205W39NYC spring 2019 show, seems a mixture of misdirected creativity and an uncertainty of just what classic Americana means.  A blazing, bright, cherry red carpet should have been a foreshadowing of things to come.  The imitation bloodied runway, contrasted a cobalt blue backdrop, which later, turned out to be an ocean graphic from the famous horror film JawsThe scenery laid the groundwork for what turns out to be, at the very least, a confusing collection.  Creative Director Raf Simons drew inspiration from two classic American films, Steven Spielberg’s Jaws and The Graduate starring Dustin Hoffman.

I’ll let that image hang for a bit, as you imagine how the two films are related.  Well, they aren’t.  They both just happen to be two films the French-born designer describes as, “very important movies in my memory.”

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The 62 piece collection features inspired looks from both films, including chain strap handbags, rubber Chelsea boots, and tasseled graduation caps.  First, the vintage-style Jaws t-shirts and tanks, with the noticeable “cK” logos slapped on them.   Then, there are deflated raft-like dresses, smooshed and molded in a variety of colors and hem lengths.  As if all that is not enough, we move onto tailored, black graduation gowns for both men and women, and shark bite hem skirts.  Finally, tailored wet suits obviously inspired by the infamous Jaws character, Hooper, as he takes his plunge into the Amity Ocean.  Before Simons’ latest show, I though nautical themes consisted of little white sailboats, boat shoes, and Bermuda shorts.  Turns out, nautical themes can be more on the nose than I ever thought possible.

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