Lillie Couture F/W 2014 Collection

By Erika, Resident Fashionista

On Friday February 7, 2014 I had the pleasure of attending the Lillie Couture F/W 2014 Runway Show.  Lillie Designs Couture by Latasha Hall is a “collection of young, contemporary fashions with a bold, edgy flair.”  The runway presentation featured a number of feminine looks in luxe fabrics .  Latasha used her signature ruffles in a number of the designs; but, it was her use of mixed materials and feminine silhouettes that really stole the show.

The whimsy of Alice in Wonderland, which inspired the collection, could be seen throughout the clothing, accessories, headpieces, and even the staging and runway. My favorite piece from the collection was a beautiful cream dress with elegant ruffle details.  It is the type of piece that I could see myself wearing to the office (on a day with no client meetings) and then heading out for dinner with friends or a special someone afterwards.  The silhouette is classic with a slight twist.  Overall, the collection was cohesive, flattering, luxurious, and filled with some of the design staples we have come to expect from Latasha and Lillie Couture Designs.

Check out photos from the evening’s festivities below.

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Sitting front row with YCS favorite, designer Michael Thomas (read more here and here.)

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Friend to YCS Briana (of Sequin Gowns and Mermaid Crowns) looks adorable waiting for the show to begin.

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So much fashions! Such fierce!

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My favorite look of the evening. I love the ruffles!!

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To learn more about Lillie Couture visit the website at www.luvlillie.com.

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Photo Recap: Curvy Closets & C.U.R.V.V.

By Erika, Resident Fashionista

Whew! It has been a complete whirlwind around YCS! As you guys have seen, we’ve pretty much been going non-stop since various fashion weeks began in September! We’ve been attending tons of fabulous events and hosting a few of our own!

On October 12th and 13th YCS had the pleasure of attending the Curvy Closets Fashion Show and C.U.R.V.V. Exhibit Opening and movie premiere. To get details about the events you can click here, here, here, here, and here.

Below are some of the pictures YCS captured at the two events.

Curvy Closets

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C.U.R.V.V.

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Personally, I love that Philadelphia is embracing fashion for curvy women. I only hope that we’ll see more events like this in the future! Did any of our readers get a chance to go to these events? If so, what did you think?

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Curves Ahead (Part 1): Curvy Closets

By Erika, Resident Fashionista

This weekend in Philadelphia is all about curvy women!  On Saturday October 12, the Curvy Closets Fashion Show will take over the City of Brotherly Love and on Sunday October 13 C.U.R.V.V., an exhibit curated by ChaCha N’Kole with a corresponding short film, will make it’s debut at the UPenn Museum.

Both events celebrate curvy, full-figured, plus size women and all I have to say is, “it’s about darn time!”  Today, I’m bringing you some behind-the-scenes footage from the Curvy Closets casting call held at BellaNOR Boutique.  Tomorrow, in a special Saturday edition of YCS, I’ll have behind-the-scenes scoop from the C.U.R.V.V. set!  It’s a curvy weekend for sure and I can’t WAIT to be a part of the action!

A few weeks ago, YCS had the opportunity to chat with the co-producers of Curvy Closets, Colleen (www.shortcurvyfierce.com) and Dominique (www.empresslingerie.com) and YCS fave Aleea Slappy, of A Happy Slappy Greeting, Inc. (www.ahappyslappygreeting.com), who will be the Curvy Correspondent at the fashion show.  The three lovely ladies shared some insider info about what to expect at the fashion show and their fall must-haves.  Take some time to check out the video and hear what the girls had to say.

Please note: Although we’ve got the fashion thing down, we’re only amateur cinematographers; we didn’t realize quite how loud the cars driving by would be.  We’re still working out some of the kinks so please bear with us!

Sounds great, doesn’t it?  Well, lucky for you, you can still get tickets; but, you have to hurry!  Visit www.curvyclosets.com to get details on the event and how you can get your tickets!  Today is your LAST day to purchase them and you DON’T want to miss this awesome celebration of curvy women!

Be sure to check back tomorrow for a special Saturday YCS post all about C.U.R.V.V.

We know where we’ll be this weekend.  Will we see you there?

A Special Note: You still have two days to vote for YCS at www.blackweblogawards.com.  We are so excited to be nominated and are thankful for everyone who continues to support us!  If you want to hear more about YCS and why you should vote for us, check out the interview YCS did with the ladies of The Step Sisters Blog (twitter: @stepsisters blog; YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/stepsistersblog).  We’re around the 20 minute mark!

Thank you to the ladies of the Step Sisters Blog for allowing us to join them!  It was truly a blast!!

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Philly Fashion Week Recap

By Erika, Resident Fashionista

Hey guys! As I mentioned last week, YCS is covering a TON of fashion events and giving you all of the scoop. On Friday and Saturday September 20 and 21, YCS Alexis and I attended Philly Fashion Week’s Ready-to-Wear and Couture Runway Shows. Nearly 30 designers were on hand to present their latest collections for all to see!

While there were plenty of memorable moments and pieces, here are my favorites from the weekend.

Faithful by Michael Thomas
Once again, Michael Thomas did not disappoint. Originally scheduled to close out Friday’s shows, Michael ended up opening the show with a bang! The cobalt blues, yellows and silvers that weaved throughout this cohesive collection were a beautiful, bold statement made by the designer. Per usual, Michael’s tailoring was impeccable and it was clear from this collection that he has the construction skills and understanding of woman’s body to back up all the hype. Michael’s spring/summer 2014 collection was ultra-feminine, which was a sharp contrast to his fall/winter 2013 collection. The luxe and sophisticated fabrics moved beautifully down the runway. Once again, we were presented with a stellar collection from Michael Thomas.

The Menswear Designers
Aside from Michael Thomas, other standouts of the weekend were the menswear designers, particularly Friday night’s bunch. The collections Chevalier Homme, Extraordinary Gentleman, and Modish presented were among my favorites of the weekend. Some thoughts I used to describe the collections in my notes were, “impeccably tailored men’s pieces; cross between hipster and nerd but much, much cooler; cohesive and confident,” (Chevalier Homme); “crisp, clean, easy; mixed materials but still no fuss; effortless; a cool mix of male and female silhouettes,” (Extraordinary Gentleman); “worked the leather beautifully; from the runway to Yeeze’s closet to mine; beautifully constructed; thoughtful, well planned and executed collection,” (Modish).

Check out our YCS TV video featuring Michael Thomas’ full runway presentation.

Couture Designers
One of my disappointments was that many of the designers in the couture shows actually presented ready-to-wear collections and would have been better suited for Friday’s runway. However, two Saturday standouts were Closet by Christobal and Cory Couture. Closet by Christobal presented beautifully designed (and wearable) pieces accented with over-the-top headpieces and accessories. If you’ve hung around YCS enough, you know I LOVE a fantastic headpiece! They even threw hats into the audience during the finale walk – and you know I was able to snag one! Cory Couture presented one of the only true couture runway shows of the evening. The pieces displayed the over-the-top whimsy and designs one hopes to see at a couture show. While some seemed slightly over-worked, the quality, craftsmanship, and overall beauty were undeniable.

Here are some photos from Saturday and video from the weekend’s events.

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To get details on FBH Philly Fashion Week and all the presenting designers, visit the Philly Fashion Week Website.

Which looks are your favorites? Anything you’re dying to get your hands on? I’m currently hunting down the leather sweater/sweatshirt from Modish – how cool would that look with a ultra-feminine skirt?? You know we want to hear from you in the comments!

And don’t forget, you’ve got a few more days to vote for YCS at www.blackweblogawards.com!

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Photo Credits: All photos were taken by Erika for Your Chic is Showing, LLC.