Inside the tent at the Armature for Tampa Bay Fashion Week were all whom admire fashion in big or small ways. The people of Tampa looking great and looking forward to the show. I’ve decided to write about my StyleShiloh favorites plus some idea as to what we’ll be seeing in the Spring of 2011 or perhaps even now because there were some things I don’t think I can resist, neither might you as you read on.
The fashion show opened with the best swimwear in Central Florida by JCagua. Her Aquatic Glo line was swimming with oceanic blues, greens and yellows. The new colors along with diagonal, edgy cuts were like a pool party on the catwalk.
Next up, was the Rockin’ Retreat by Nina Verklas. Imagine everything you’ll need on your next trip to Vegas from seductive lingerie to Harem pants that take you into the casino while her jumpsuit lets you look fab during shopping and lunch. Feeling bold? the chain details on her tops and glittery form fitting cocktail dresses you can definitely slip into in case you want to show out on the dance floor. It was enjoyable to see such a fun ready-to-wear resort collection.
Followed after the intermission were designs by Pat McGhee who created a fresh take on the Bugle girl of Company B, urban style. Looks were accessorized with pillbox hats, crafted by Neva Durham. Pat’s line trends plaid patterned dresses, leggings and jackets with a 1950s feel. Also adding the brigade vest that goes with anything. But, the white puffed sleeve jacket with the pin striped shorts were very chic and transitional, two of my requisites for a good wardrobe. What I loved about Pat’s collection is that she also designs with every shape and size in mind.
I tweeted and expressed that designer Essence Flowers brought us next years ‘It Girl’. Colors like nude/tan, blush, white and pink all in soft linen, silk, blended fabrics can lead a romantic girl on a daring journey. We saw brocade circle skirts and heart shaped neckline mini suits as well as lace tops and unfinished hemlines on the dresses. My most liked from Essence’s line is a gorgeous genie pant suit.
Finally! Kimberly Hendrix’s collection takes the floor “From Paris with Love” as she titled it. One could see a vintage piece, or mixed pieces of fabric. You could don dramatically appealing sequins on ballet inspired cocktail dresses, even swimwear. Glamour loving gals like me could put on a shimmering wrap over a tank as the only accessory you’ll want to use. We also witnessed the gorgeous body skimming tunics in green, gold, black and silver which were part of the array of timeless garments that can surely transcend the seasons. Indeed, this was my favorite designer & collection.
Thank You to Pretty City for sponsoring Tampa Bay Fashion Week and allowing me to cover it on behalf.
In case you’re wondering who I wore while viewing the pics? I owe it to Mizmi by Danittza Zimic, another ready-to-wear favorite.
Written by Tamy Lugo
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