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.

Ashleigh K. Copeland

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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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Your Next Trendy, Traditional Pant

At AKCstyle we are all about how to make a trendy piece into an everyday essential.  Just because something isn’t classic or traditional, doesn’t mean it isn’t functional.  This is true for so many different types of fashion trends, but today, we’re talking about our latest obsession… the paper bag pant.

While the paper bag pant never really “fell out of fashion”, the popularity of the trendy pant fluctuates over time.  Spring 2019 is the season of this trend.  Mainly because of the versatility it brings to your wardrobe, it’s easy to style for any occasion, and these pants are so comfortable.  Whether you are tall or short, curvy or pencil thin, wearing these to work or heading to brunch with your friends, the paper bag pant is for you. 

We’re seeing so many versions of this style pant.  Everything from shorts, to tapered or pleated pants, wide leg, cropped, or more typically flared legs.  The drawstring helps define your waistline and can easily become the focal point of your look. 

Drawing your eye directly to your tummy is something most women try to avoid, this can be a positive when wearing a paper bag pant.  Most versions of this pant have a high-waist, so they will sit just above your belly button, covering anything you’re self-conscious about. 

The key to why these pants are so amazing is the oversized drawstring which also gives you the illusion of wearing a belt.  So, tucking in a solid color tee or blouse won’t make you feel under dressed when wearing the paper bag pant.

Pairing this trend with a block heel pump, or ankle strap sandal, gives you a great date night look with a cropped tank, or graphic tee, and your favorite jewelry.

Wearing these pants for work is made easier with a plain top and loads of accessories to keep from looking to casual. Check out our Pinterest page for some accessory inspiration.

If you’re still on the fence about whether or not this trend is for you, start with a simpler version.  Try pairing a paper bag short with a solid tank top and flat sandals, for your next vacation ready look.

Are you into our latest obsession?  Let us know in the comments below.

-Ashleigh K. Copeland

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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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Your Next Essential: The Pullover

Welcome back to AKCstyle!  Winter may be over, but we all still have one piece we’re clinging to this spring. Our early spring essential is the pullover sweater. Wear it casually, or a little dressed up for a fun fashion moment. Dig into your closet and find your pullovers before the humidity hits Boston. Our latest obsessions for the month, are oversized coats and classic pullover sweaters. 

No New England closet is complete without at least a few pullover sweaters.  Whether your pullover is casual or dressed up, we’re here to show you how to maximize the number of looks you can pull off with this staple piece.

Pair a casual pullover with your oversized coat or jacket to make a statement this season.  We love pairing a neutral color sweater with denim or a mini skirt to pull this look together.

Wear your pullover turtleneck in white or gray with a plaid mini or dark denim for a more traditional and business casual look.

Or, get comfy in a chunky, bright colored pullover with light wash denim, and neutral colored booties.

The pullover sweater will never go out of style, so this is sure to be a piece you will always wear.  It’s worth investing in neutral colors like white, black, gray, and tan to wear year after year.  Go for bold cobalt blues, corals and reds, yellows, and even shades of green for a trendier look.

What’s your go to sweater look this season?  Comment below and follow us on Instagram @AKCstyle.

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The Cool Kid Flourish

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Stage is set, lights, camera, action!  Heavy metal instrumentals crack through the blank silence on the white rooftop.  Flashes of white hot lights zig and zag reflecting on chalk-like surfaces.  While the music pulses through the audience, strobing lights dance brilliantly in sync to the bass and drum beats.  If first impressions mean anything, we know we are in for a show tonight.

Set on a rooftop, above the South Street Seaport, New York City in June, Alexander Wang strives to show himself as the contemporary, forward-thinking designer who should never need gimmicks or celebrities to push his designs onto the world.

After an unsettling previous year of shows, Alexander Wang is eager to impress his fashionable audience once more.  We anticipate the excitement and overwhelming energy he brings to all his shows, but the last few collections have been more chaotic than chic.  This spring 2019 show, dubbed “Collection 1”, as he strives to move away from traditional seasonal names, is much anticipated.

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Collection 1 lives up to everyone’s desires.  From the Axl Rose (Gun’s & Roses) style bandanas, oversized moto jackets, new Adidas x Wang collaboration sneakers, and new age combat boots, this collection brings the loyal Alexander Wang fans out of hiding.  Wang boldly blends his Chinese heritage with the American culture he is accustomed to.  Though over styled at times, the collection shows a considerable amount of detail and thought to every look.  It seems Wang is finding his footing again, and leaving audiences craving for his next collection to be shown in December.

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