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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Almost Dying or Dead? The MK Review

By: Ashleigh K. Copeland

The eclectic fashions Michael Kors shows for his spring 2019 collection, gives the brand in his namesake new life.  Though, we are not 100% sure if this new life is living up to the luxurious quality we are accustom to from Kors.  The jet-set lifestyle the brand is known for still rings true, but done with a more youthful approach.  The tailoring and skin-tight, white skinny jeans, we usually see on a MK runway, are replaced by sleekly cut mini dresses and flowy maxi skirts.  The bright turquoise, lime, and watermelon printed fabrics bring a light-hearted approach to the collection.  However, the new colors and prints give the collection a look of lesser quality than the classic camel, saddle, and navy fabrications usually seen from Michael Kors.

For spring 2019, bold tropical prints in stretch fabrics dominate.  Slingback wedge sandals, platforms, espadrilles and thick, strappy sandals in white, pink, blue, and black are stand-outs.  Bored of the single gender runway shows, Kors added male models wearing various oversized pants, pullover sweaters, and crossband slides. 

Paradise printed, drawstring beach bags are paired with graphic sweaters with “Michael Kors Beach Club” printed on them, and chicly wrapped head scarves adorn the heads of black and white models alike. 

There is no mistaking the inspiration for this collection, although in your face, not over the top or too repetitive, the same cannot be said for the music choice.  The same phrasing over and over again, during the ten minute show, is so monotonous the clothes are the least of your worries.

While trying to grab the attention of millennials, Kors seems to have missed the mark a bit on the actual execution of the collection.  Loyal followers of MK adore the feeling the brand evokes, more than the actual pieces.  Which is why the company has been struggling financially for quite some time.  In 2017, MK announced the closure of 125 stores due to, “a difficult retail environment with elevated promotional levels,” as well as stale product and in-store experience, according to Fortune.com.  One can understand the need for a total 180 degree change, but veering too far right, or too far left can have just as much of a negative impact on business as remaining stagnate.

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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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