|Audrey Hepburn (1929 - 1993) British Actress & Humanitarian|
Louis Vuitton Advertisements 2013 Remain in Vogue 2014
Downton Abbey - Masterpiece Theatre
Mad Men - AMC
Madonna, Vogue - August 2005
Cameron - In Fuschia
The Duchess of Cambridge
The Forever Chic Style Collection
Spring & Summer 2014
|Downton Abbey - Masterpiece Theatre|
|Mad Men - 7th Season - Part 1 - April 13, 2014 - AMC|
|US Vogue August 2005|
|Pretty in Pink - Cameron Diaz|
|Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge|
|Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge|
Spring and Summer 2014 is besotted and soaked in a rainbow of color ranging from the palest baby blues and prettiest pinks to bursts of lively oranges, ravaging reds and lemon peel yellows. The symphony of hues offers a palette to compliment fashionable and ladylike mavens from muted cool to fiery hot. For cool tones, think Downton Abbey (Masterpiece Theatre) at tea time, garden parties, and for wild hot vibrant tones envision the 60's Madmen (AMC 2014 - Part 1 of Season finale - April 13,2014) sassy flair. Mix it all up for a springtime 2014 and recognize that either pastels or fire tones are "it" this coming season.
Manners and etiquette combined with color, pointy pumps and flats, black and white, queenly attire, head scarfs, vintage sun wear, glittering jewelry make a show stopping statement. Step back, assess existing wardrobe and decide to begin anew with a proven and powerful ladylike point of view. The 20 something is at the forefront of reaching for a feminine piece or two and willing to standout in a crowd! Are you also ready to take the plunge? Forever Chic Style fashionistas embrace and exude Countess Cora, Lady Mary, Lady Edith, Joan, Betty, Megan, Peggy or Cameron Diaz in pink or Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge in apparel with aplomb!
NOTE: Highlighting expensive clothing below. However, a savvy Forever Chic Style shopper will be on the look out for similar attire at half the cost. Or purchase only one expensive piece that will last the test of time. It can be done. Do not spend a lot on Spring and Summer fashion. Always, save extra dollars for the colder months when heavy wool coats, turtlenecks and boots are required. In other words, be a smart shopper. Do not buy into funky trends. If you are reading this blog - then you know that I believe in quality over quantity.
Palette of Pastels - Buttery Yellows, Minty Greens and...
I. Rhapsody in Blues: Capture the essence of the moment in soft shades of blue creating a memorable and feminine image. For instance, a fitted pastel blue cardigan is fresh and stylish for a sun infused day. Of course, blouses, coats, sheath dresses, jeans, glasses and even freshly painted nails in sky blue flatters the wearer. Add a rope of pearls or combine defining baby blues with white and evoke an image of the ocean blue, a glacier lake or blue sky with clouds. "Lets sing the blues this season with ultra feminine enchantment."
Baby Blue Cardigan
|Tory Burch - 'Simone' Mako Cotton Cardigan - Nordstrom - $225|
Center Stage Sun Wear
|Quimby - Aurora - Warby Parker - $95 w/o prescription & $145 w prescription|
Pretty in Pink
II. Prettiest in Pink: A variety of pinks are making a ladylike statement setting the stage for a spot of tea, a grass lawn affair, a tie the knot celebration or any elegant soiree. Louis Vuitton captured the parade of pastels in the Spring 2013 advertising campaign with pink commanding attention. Pinks in a variety of hues are especially breathtaking against the skin creating an image of an English rose. Snap up statement necklaces, handbags or chandelier earrings and spice up any ensemble with Chanel pink-like sophistication. "Embrace cotton candy pinks spreading happiness across the land."
Spring Tea Time
|Adrianna Papell Floral Print Sheath Dress - Nordstrom - $118|
Perfection Bracelet - Right Price
|Lee by Lee Angel - Nordstrom -$38|
Breathtaking Hot House Flowers with Butterflies
III. Ladylike Infusion of Vivid Floral: In contrast to the lovely and delicate pastels, bright colors remain gloriously popular in confident oranges, sunshine yellows, emerald greens, riveting reds and passionate purples. Think paintings by Monet with a profusion of blooms and escape into the magic of adding a spark of solid color or a bouquet of flowers to an ensemble. Remember to tone down a striking shade with white or black and never arrive in all floral. Instead pick up a floral pair of pumps, blouse, shorts or basically only one item drenched in flowers. "Color madness from butterflies and roses, pansies, tulips signal radiance and self worth."
Daring in Spicy Red
|Trina Turk - Double Breasted Trench Coat - Nordstrom - $398|
Ooh La La......
|kate spade new York 'talley' Colorblock Sweater - Nordstrom - $248|
A Little Floral
|Ivanka Trump 'Indico' Pump - Nordstrom - $99|
A Roman Affair
|Elizabeth Taylor - Cleopatra - 1963|
|Louise et Cie 'Apolla" Leather Gladiator - Nordstrom - $118|
|Argento Vivo - Nordstrom - Check out this Brand|
|Celebrities Making the Scene with Layered Bracelets|
The Zebra Effect
V. Zebra - The Black and White Effect: Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly are the supreme role models for "classic" black and white pairings. Slip on black capris, a white shirt or blouse, add sandals and a pop of color cardigan plus jewelry to make an entrance. Or gravitate towards a zebra print and reflect animal magnetism. Bottom line, the combination of black and white always is the talk of the town. "To be or not to be classically attired, that is the question?"
|Audrey Hepburn - Classically Attired - Black Pants and Black & White Striped Top|
|Diane Von Furstenberg - 'New Jeanne 2' Silk Wrap Dress - Nordstrom - $365|
White Shirt Takes Command
VI. The Power of the White Blouse: The white button down shirt is the absolute one apparel piece destined for a Forever Chic Style wardrobe. Sharon Stone rocked the infamous Gap white shirt and Vera Wang evening skirt at the 1998 Oscars, while fashion designer Carolina Herrera is often seen with a white blouse and skirt. Hands down, the most important piece to own. Distant cousins is the hot white dress shirt. If inspiring to be seen as successful - combine a snow white top and pair with color or black for stop the press effect. "All the world is a stage, and we are mere bit players." Shakespeare
White Shirt Makes a Strong Statement
|Sharon Stone - Oscars 1998 - Gap Shirt and Vera Wang Skirt|
|Theory - 'Larissa 2' Shirt - Nordstrom -$215|
The Accessory FinishVII. Everyday Charmers - Accessories - Enchanting accessories complete and finish any movie set or scene or for that matter any apparel ensemble. Imagine Downton Abbey or the film The Great Gatsby (2013) without stunning gowns absent of pearls, tiaras and jewels? How dull, how sad and how colorless. Thus, sun wear, beaded head wraps or scarves, layered bracelets and bedecked chandelier earrings scream ageless fashion appeal. "Diamonds, jewels either real or fake, bracelets, sunglasses, scarves and headbands are a girls best friend!"
|Michelle Williams - Daisy - The Great Gatsby - 2013|
|Cara Monochrome Floral Head Wrap - Nordstrom - $26|
|Warby Parker - Eye Wear and Sun Wear - Spring 2014|
Pointed Toed Ladies
Shoes, Shoes, Shoes -Pointy Toed Trend
|Ivanka Trump - 'Carmen' Flat - Nordstrom - $129.95|
"It" Travel BagsIX. Practical Hands Free - Hand Bags: Top of mind handbags hitting the everyday runway are the crossbody, the shoulder and the timeless quilted classic Chanel-like (first introduced by Chanel in February 1955) purses. Of course, structured top handle affairs always top the charts yet sometimes a fashionista requires a secure hands free piece for travelling abroad or outings either casual or elegant. These numbers fit the bill and can be obtained in a variety of colors and have a feminine twist. There is always black, which will stand the test of time too. "I don't do fashion, I am fashion." Coco Chanel
|Longchamp - Crossbody - 'Roseau' Crossbody Bag - Nordstrom - $380|
As Seen on a Savvy Shopper
|kate spade new york - 'cobble hill - mini carson' crossbody bag - Nordstrom $198|
Oh - So Chanel Like
|Rebecca Minkoff - 'Mini Affair' Convertible Crossbody Bag - Nordstrom - $195|
Puffy Pink Pouts
X. Forever French Pink Lips: Pink lips are the perfect finish to a fashion ensemble this season. Of course, the shade of pretty in pink can vary from soft and petulant to bold and noticeable. It all depends on the temperament of the day, the apparel and venue. Pink is soothing, loving and yet can be a torrid fiery affair so close to the passion of red. Either way, pink lips from the palest tones to the brightest hues demand attention, signal refinement and establish elegance.
Some Favorite Brands.....
|Tom Ford Lip Color - Nordstrom - $49|
This Chanel Brand Stays on All Day!
|Chanel - VARIATION ROUGE DOUBLE INTENSITÉ ULTRA WEAR LIP COLOUR - $35|
|Audrey Hepburn - The Pink Lip|
Forever Chic Style Tips
“Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.”