Fall Is Coming....What Are You Wearing This Season?

This week on Instagram we are offering tips of what key transitional pieces you need in your closet that can be brought from season to season, particularly this upcoming fall. I wanted to expand on this a little bit and create a mood board of what to expect to see this fall in terms of colors, patterns, and trends. I've put together some images that I really loved of runway looks from Fall 2017 Ready To Wear designers and fashion houses such as Alice + Olivia, Marc Jacobs, Antonio Marras, Marchesa, Christian Dior, Stella McCartney, Alexander Wang, Isabel Marant, Saint Laurent, Givenchy, and Oscar de la Renta .

This year we can expect to see 70's plaid, Mid-length styled skirts/dresses, chocolate brown, navy blue, and red as dominant colors, vintage styled prints, jumpsuits, sparkly diamonds, and fur coats as leading styles this fall. With each collection that I chose the designers took their own spin to the story but the theme seemed remain fairly consistent for what to expect in our stores this fall. 

So now you may be wondering, "Where can I get styles like these.. but for less?" Look to fast fashion stores such as H&M, Zara, ASOS, Boohoo, and Forever 21 to see more affordable styles that are similar to these. 

Now that you are prepared for this falls freshest looks, leave a comment below and tell us what you think! 

 

Flounce and Frills : Fun Summer Trend You Should Try!

We’re all about statement and personality pieces. When done right these items can add great value to your wardrobe to keep you fresh and fun for every occasion this summer. Our post on Instagram ( follow us if you don't already ) yesterday featuring the term flounce gave me a great idea for a blog post! What better way to tie in our weekly posting of #FashionFromALinetoZ than to write about it?

When I initially read the definition of flounce I was intrigued. To sum it up flounce is a wide strip of fabric sewn into a garment to exaggerate the character of the silhouette. After doing more research essentially this term is like ruffles. While I am not a huge fan of ruffles as it reminds me of my younger days (poufy dresses my mom used to dress me in, yuck) I liked the idea of the drama it could add to a garment. To get over my childhood fear, I decided to consider more variations of flounce styled garments. I was inspired by what I saw to give this trend another try this summer.

Karen Walker’s Spring/Summer 2017 gave me a newfound respect for ruffled pieces. She seamlessly intertwined both bold patterns and subtle colors together all the while not taking away from carefully detailed flounce she incorporated into each piece. The collection offers charm with its boyish tailoring and shock value with the frills and ruffles. I picked out four looks that I admired most in her collection and offer you to check out the rest at Vogue.com.

In look one the two piece matching set is classically chic with its flounced cuffs and its twisted frilled bottoms. The neutral blues really let the eyes be drawn to the detail put into the set. Look two offers that pop of leopard print pattern paired with a peasant blouse to contrast.

Image courtesy of www.vogue.com.

Image courtesy of www.vogue.com.

Look three gives us a carefully crafted jacket with trimmed ruffles lining the torso giving it a more polished and shapely look. Lastly look four again uses those trimmed ruffles but this time to line the midsection and bottom of a short baby doll dress that is perfect for summer.

Image courtesy of www.vogue.com.

Image courtesy of www.vogue.com.

All of these looks are ones I hope for you to try this summer! Send us pictures of your variation flounce styles! We would love to see how you rock your ruffles!

 

The Wonderful World of Marchesa

Georgina Chapman (left) and Keren Craig (right): Image:  Marchesa

Georgina Chapman (left) and Keren Craig (right): Image:  Marchesa

This is a blog post by Courtney Duke, Fashion Intern at The Modern Disciple. 

Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig began their couture and evening wear fashion empire Marchesa in 2004. The two met at Chelsea School of Art and Design in London and bonded over their love for fashion. Chapman began her career as a costume designer and Craig worked as a textile designer before Marchesa. The two are inspired by Madame Gres, Madeline Vionnet, Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen. 

IMAGE: InStyle.com

IMAGE: InStyle.com

Marchesa is named after Marchesa Luisa Casati, “a belle époque aristocrat renowned for her flamboyant tastes.”  When they started out, they were talked about for having nothing but a whole bunch of money (and no fashion experience). Founded in 2004, the ladies took a risk by creating solely special occasion and red carpet gowns. Chapman and Craig now oversee 12 collections (four for the original Marchesa line, four for Marchesa Notte, two for bridal and two for handbags) as well as the recently launched shoe and jewelry lines.

“We used red-carpet dressing as a marketing tool,” says Chapman, noting that she and Craig saw how the paparazzi and celebrity buzz blogs and publications were upping the ante in terms of fashion coverage. ”We thought if we could get red carpet, people would notice,” she adds. Though those in the industry initially questioned their actual talent and ability, their average client tends to be the stars that grace the red carpet. This includes people such as Halle Berry, Blake Lively, Reese Witherspoon, Selena Gomez, Kerry Washington, and many more. Their timeless glamour creations are aimed for women of all ages.

From left to right: Diane Kruger, Halle Berry, Blake Lively, Penelope Cruz and Kate Beckinsale

From left to right: Diane Kruger, Halle Berry, Blake Lively, Penelope Cruz and Kate Beckinsale

Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman at their Fall 2015 show at New York Fashion Week; image: Imaxtree

Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman at their Fall 2015 show at New York Fashion Week; image: Imaxtree

Chapman is cited saying that she and movie producing husband Harry Weinstein typically watch three to four movies a week and the big screen is a huge source of inspiration for her.  Though she spends a great deal of time on the red carpet herself, Chapman is not alone in the creative direction of Marchesa.  Craig is noted for finding inspirations in her travel.  Her 2015 journey to UAE, Dubai and Saudi Arabia was documented for Harper's Bazaar.  A tenacious mother and business woman, Craig actually gave birth and attended her own fashion show in the same week.  This is one of the greatest reasons we love their brand.  Not only are their gowns exquisite and right in line with The Modern Disciple aesthetic, but they are multi-tasking business women who thrive in managing their careers and their homes. 

IMAGES: Marchesa

IMAGES: Marchesa

Marchesa’s Fall 2017 Ready to Wear collection feature lace, rainbow-bow embroidery, fringe, and satin all blended together perfectly to make a luxury collection perfect for the red carpet. This collection was inspired by imperial China by the way they pay tribute to bold and extravagant styles.