Sunday, May 19, 2013


By now you’re probably aware that a good portion of my wardrobe consists of JOE FRESH apparel (plus shoes, natch). I recently got a peek at the brand's Fall/Winter collection and flipped out. 

Highlighting the season are separates and dresses with a Parisian jazz influence. That translates to a lot of black with touches of metallic and embellishment that add a a tough chic vibe.

JOE FRESH -Fall 2013
Swirling Louis Armstrong, Edith Piaf, a Pack of Gauloises, and 
a Motorcycle into Fall/Winter 2013
It's That Good.

Key items include lots of faux leather, laser cut neoprene, studs, prints and embellishments. Personally, I would be very happy with anything from the collection. I think it’s Joe’s best yet!

Later, C&C

Thursday, May 16, 2013


I know what you’re thinking, but it’s not that kind of district. 

Red Light is a pr company that holds a press preview twice a year to showcase its fashion clients’ latest collections of RTW, accessories and shoes.

The Red Light's Lure:  
Come In, Little Independent Fashion Editor...

Photo Credit:  M. McKenzie

Armed with a much needed cup of coffee I made the rounds of the various fall 2013 lines and narrowed my focus to those that caught my eye. The following are my top pics for quality, style and (for the most part affordability). You’ll find most of these at the better boutiques starting in June/July. 

S.I.C COUTURE’s shawl collared tuxedo blazer and cuffed short in wool glen plaid was chic and on trend as was KATHY WILSON’s silk lined lamb leather cocktail dress and her gorgeous brocade pants and matching sleeveless peplum top. 

S.I.C. Couture - Exactly Made, Exactly Stated [sic] 
Photo Credit:  M. McKenzie

I always look forward to the UK-based DARLING collection. Sure most of the clothes are aimed at a younger customer but I could easily see myself in the black “Teresa” Chanel inspired jacket piped in white and trimmed allover with camellias. Simply adorable shown over a white Peter Pan collared blouse. I could also see myself in Darling’s brocade crop jacket if not the black crepe polka dot dress with sheer sleeves. 

Darling - Looking Good on Both Sides of the Atlantic 
Photo Credit:  M. McKenzie

GENTLE FAWN offers exclusive prints and some pretty silk tops, however I zeroed in on the perfect wool blend, zip front coat in camel just to be contrary! I’d wear this all winter. 

Gentle Fawn's Wool Blend Coat - Obdurate Warmth, Agreeable Style!

Photo Credit:  M. McKenzie

As far as accessories, etc. I fell in love with DANIEL ESPINOSA and his high-end jewelry line, particularly the open work butterfly necklace in 22k gold plated silver that’s a real statement piece. Also drool worthy, the black and ivory bakelite cuffs with bezel set semi precious stones. 

Daniel Espinosa - He Made C&C Covetous!
Photo Credit:  M. McKenzie

SILK BY BRYONY is a collection of magnificent delicate silk scarves printed with unique photo images that Bryony (a talented professional photographer) gathers on her world wide travels. As we speak she’s off to Africa to shoot more scenes to incorporate in her next collection. 

Art, Travel, and Neckwear - 
Three of C&C'S Favorites in One Elegant Package! 
Bravo, Bryony!
Photo Credits:  M. McKenzie

I would be remiss if I didn’t include at least one footwear company. JELLY POP showed some terrific boots, pumps and more, but I especially loved a jewel toned velvet point toed ballet flat accented with a gold bow and the more casual quilted red plaid slip on shoes. 

Jelly Pop - For Once, Jelly Is Better Without Peanut Butter!
Photo Credits:  M. McKenzie

That’s all folks, until next time, C&C

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