Autumn shades // Pleated dress

Happy week my dear readers!  I hope this autumn Monday suits you well. I , for one, am enjoying the slightly cooler weather, and the chill in the air when the sun sets. To whit, I am wearing an autumnal color palette: Goldenrod, burgundy, purple, chocolate brown and teal.

It is still warm enough to wear a sleeveless dress, but at night, and when in the shade, I need a layering piece. I chose a cashmere cardi bought last year on sale from Saks Fifth Avenue. I love my goldenrod colored dress with the pleated skirt and placket. This color palette can work for either summer or fall, even winter with the right layers! And I choose to wear gloves more as a fashion statement, and to bring in cooler weather accessories. I will need them before i know it!

I love these color blocked booties. I think they are Louboutin because of the red heel, but can't be sure. They arehand me down from my twin, Lucky I know!  My vintage croc bag came from STA years ago, I love the handle and hardware. My pendant necklace is from KCSignatures and my corded choker is from the box from a Bergdorf package, that I twisted around my neck twice. I looks like leather, and was free!

The link I sent is from their Instagram, which is shoppable if you call them! Have fun browsing!

All that this outfit is missing, for a perfect fall transition, is tights, but I just could not bring myself to add that layer. I love the lacy ones from Chanel, but they are too pricey. I like a pattern that does not show much skin and adds texture.   My dress, is from F21 last year, and I could find nothing like it on line.  Below is a good close up shot! 

Hair and make up was done by Shelly! And photos by Gerardo Vitale.

I hate to leave you without some shopping inspiration, ( although I think the KC Signatures Instagram link can keep you busy for quite a while!) So I put together, a similar kind of outfit on Polyvore. See below. Those are the tights I think would be great for fall!

Here is a snap of the links, go to Polyvore for clickable links if you choose!

Enjoy the rest of the week, my lovely stylish friends! Also, more #NYFW coverage to come, once you see the photos you will see why I am a bit late with posting them!


tags: #NYFW, transition to fall, Lace tights, colorblocked boots, STA, Crocodile bag, #NYCstyle

Mimi Tran & The "Colors of Life" #NYFW

On September 14th I had the pleasure to attend the most captivating fashion show by MIMI Tran. The Angel Orensanz Foundation was the perfect venue for the 'Colors of LIfe'  Collection,  featuring both ready to wear, formal wear and a breathtaking bridal gown. This vibrant collection bloomed with reds, pinks and aquas ; colors inspired by her 13 tear old daughter.  . Of course, richly embellished black gowns were featured too, and this is my favorite, cropped to show off the magnificent detailing. ( photo- Gerardo Vitale )

Somewhere, inthis lush display of dresses, will be your GO- TO  for your next event, whether it is to prom or to the red carpet. This collection was presented by the Aids Healthcare Foundation, and the multi- media presentation that started the show was heart-warming and timely.

I will warn you know that this post will be image heavy.  Find a comfy chair.  I will start with Getty Images taken by Arun Nevader for Art Hearts Fashion. Later, I will feature images from the floor,  that while obstructed by other viewers ( who all seemed to be wearing hats!)  will give you a chance to see this show as I did. I hope you enjoy both perspectives.

I will begin with the two dressed that received the most Ooh's and Ahhs!  The model really knew how to move,  and this bridal dress was dramatic and so romantic. Shots below by Arun Nevader for Getty.

This sweep and details of this dress had the crowd well pleased!

And now to the rest of the Fashion Show. You are sitting, right?

This little number also drew approval, perfect with the gladiator sandals.

The finale,  below. was meet with thunderous applause, and photos shows the full array of luscious color that was on display. Below,  Mimi is gracious with the the enthusiastic reception. She is gorgeous, too!  Credit to Arun Nevader for Getty Images .

Now a view from the seats near the runway! All photos by Gerardo Vitale for the Elle Diaries.

The Inside of the Foundation was magnificent, I was pleased that the setting would be a great backdrop for the incredible collection . Flash was not allowed, so these shots, will be darker. Below the lights are still on as the event is just about to begin.