fAsHiOn WeEk: Seattle

Happy Fall Fashion lovers!

Gone are the slub t-shirts and the sandals of summer! Departed are the worn-out shorts and the beach-bags with the little palm trees on them! Last sunday marks the first day of a season that promises falling leaves, pumpkin spice lattes, and of course beautiful fall fashion!happy fall

This last week Lemonzest and Pearls was lucky enough to attended not one but two fashion shows in the greater city of Seattle. The first of these was the 2nd Annual Rock the Runway Fashion Show located in downtown Seattle, where popular retailers like Barney’s New York and Nordstrom showed off their newest fall collections. In addition to the name brand stores, the show also included some popular local retailers like The Finerie, SandyLew, Pala Pala, Twist and Emilie Sloan. As the movers and shakers of Seattle flocked to the runway to listen to the MC (a very lovely, very large man dressed in a stunning green sequin gown) I was backstage helping the models get ready while sneaking a first hand glimpse at what Seattle fashion has to offer for fall.  Deep burgundy, grey, taupe, mustard, forest green, black; all the colors expected in a fall collection were present, paired with surprisingly softer shades of baby pink and cream. While the silhouettes and styles varied with each designer, a definite urban theme could be seen as each model walked down the runway. There was a heavy influence of leather, suede and animal print in outwear and bottoms, as well as thick knitted sweaters and jackets, woolens with fun prints and colorful leg-wear.

Picture from the Met Pages.

Picture from the Met Pages.

Men’s clothing was also featured and the male models could be seen sporting looks for active wear, casual wear and evening wear (my favorite). Over all, the featured looks were fun and current, show was a success and everyone had a great time! Plus, the proceeds went to the Seattle Junior League, a club that seeks to improve their community through volunteer services.  [A special thanks to the Seattle Met and Pacific Place for putting on such a fabulous show]

The Kirkland Fashion Night was the next show I was able to attend thanks to my friends at 425magazine. In contrast to the Rock the Runway Show in Seattle  (which was held on the main floor of the upscale Pacific Place mall) the Kirkland show was a tented affair, complete with intimate lighting and striking centerpieces.  VIP guests were seated surrounding a short runway, while many of the retailers and sponsors had their own table where they could take in the show. The tent was brimming with excitement as the Master of Ceremonies (the former Miss Washington) addressed the crowd and introduced the retailers; as soon as she left the stage, the lights dimmed and the music began. Starting off the show were two very shapely models outfitted in black lingerie and ornate masks, followed close behind by ladies sporting pajama and loungewear. As the tempo of the music picked up, the models fell into a pattern- one after the other went sashaying down to the end of the runway where they paused just long enough to showcase a new look garment;  my favorite was a clingy red pencil skirt paired with a long black jacket that could be unzipped to change into a short, cropped jacket.

Because many of the retailers cater to all types of women, there was considerable variation among what was worn in terms of age-appropriateness, size and style. Casual, outdoor, lounge, and evening wear were all present of the runway, though each retailer demonstrated their own uniqueness. Menswear and dog wear also made an appearance at the show, and one memorable pug wanted to linger onstage because he received some tasty treats from the audience. As the show came at an end, the grand finale was a model walking down in a beautiful trumpet-style, off white wedding gown, her train being held by bridesmaids in evening wear. Following close behind the bridal party, the rest of the models (except for the dogs) hit the catwalk to show off their garments one last time. Much like the Rock the Runway show, the colors were appropriate for the fall season and the overall vibe was urban, chic and trendy. Oversized felted hats and boots, as well as layered looks like sweaters paired with belts paired with scarves and sometimes topped off with a vest could be consistently seen on the catwalk. The retailers did a great job selecting their garments, and I admit I am tempted to head back to Kirkland for a little fashion show of my own.

Here’s the a list of the show’s retailers if you want to be tempted too :

So if you are in the area next fall, make a plan to attend both the Rock the Runway Show and Kirkland Fashion night; they’re a great reason to get dressed up, mingle with interesting people, and see what’s hot in fashion.

Oh, and if you were wondering….dog wear is so in.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T…..what does that mean to me?

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Oh darling, your hat! How divine!

As a fashion blog, LemonzestandPearls strives to be a credible source of information in regards to fashion-related elements (clothing, accessories, designers, events etc). We love writing about and being involved in fashion and we feel blessed God has provided us with a blog we can pour our creative energy into as a team. We also feel a responsibility to write in a way that empowers our readers to put their best foot forward in everything they do.

Have you ever heard the phrase, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”? Ever wonder why that phrase is still around? Mainly because people still do it. In fact we all make those first introduction deductions….”He has glasses and a retainer…he must be a nerd” or “Did you see how low-cut her blouse was…girls like that are looking for trouble”, or “Everything they wear is name-brand, so they must be really rich”.  While we don’t make these judgments consciously, we do make them and they affect how we perceive those individuals. It is even easier to make unconscious judgements with the ever widening  polarization amongst the current generation, most likely brought on by our “anything goes” culture.

  • Group#1 doesn’t want to be bothered with the effort it takes to dress up their look and just goes casual; sometimes the casual look stems from a desire to “fly under the radar”.
  • Group #2 closely follows what the celebrities are wearing and tries to mimic them through their own wardrobe. Usually the opposite of group #1, they welcome attention and will shorten that skirt or lower that blouse to get it.

Do you see yourself in one of these groups, or do you fall somewhere in the middle? It could be that you are perfectly happy with how you dress and are only reading this because Netflix is experiencing technical difficulties. That’s ok. But I still encourage you to take a second look in the mirror before you head to work or school or Starbucks: are you presenting yourself in the best possible way? Does the way you dress and carry yourself convey a sense of self respect? If people are going to judge a book (you) by it’s cover (how you look), then make that cover look as becoming as you can!

Dressing up is one way you can show you have respect for yourself. When I was in high school the popular thing to wear were sweats and Ugg boots (I don’t why, but sloppy chic was in). Sometimes it was socially appropriate to switch out your sweatpants for Hollister jeans, but other than that, there was a general hobo vibe around campus. And because that’s what everyone was wearing, I wore it too- and I felt like a bum.  I blended in with a crowd of girls with messy buns, hoodies and Ugg boots, unified through mediocrity.

Then were the days that I had to dress up for presentations and seminars- I remember those days individually because I felt attractive and more confident in my abilities. I am sure you have had those days too; you stand a little taller, look people in the eye longer, smile a little more. You do that because you feel good about yourself, because you are presenting a complete package. These aren’t just observations; a recent study from 2012 confirms the link between our emotions and what we wear.

According to one study-

Women who are depressed or sad are more likely to wear baggy tops, jeans, and a sweatshirt or jumper. Women who are happy or positive are more likely to wear a favorite dress, jewelry, and jeans. These clothing choices seem to mean that women who are feeling down put less effort into what they’re wearing, and women who are in a good mood tend to try and look nicer to match their mood. ([1])

I do not believe that this study suggests that we are unhappy every time we don a pair of elastic-waist sweatpants (many a time I have rushed home from work to ditch my pencil skirt for yoga pants). But it does imply that an increased self-awareness can be gained when we put a comb through our hair and a little rogue on our cheeks. This isn’t confined to just young college-aged women either; both men and women of all ages can improve their self-image by simply choosing to step up their look.

 Just as dressing tastefully can signify respect for yourself, looking sharp can also imply respect for other people or establishments.  I will never forget a conversation I had in college with a good friend who serves in the Marine Corps; we were sitting on campus when some female ROTC students walked by in fatigues. My friend expressed her distaste at how disheveled the girls looked, pointing out the messy buns and loosely rolled sleeves. I failed to ascertain her disgust until she explained that by looking so sloppy they were being disrespectful to not only their superiors but to their military branch. Their carelessness reflected a lack of honor and respect, two things a Marine takes great pride in.

But a respect of personal appearance shouldn’t be confined to just the military- job interviews, dinners, dates, symphonies, weddings, funerals, etc.- all of these functions require more than sweatpants and bunny slippers. Presenting yourself in a tasteful way expresses to your peers that you had the forethought to consider your impending event and thus selected your attire accordingly. By simply taking the time to look nice you will elevate the room and everyone in it, adding a little culture to the event and a bit of confidence to yourself.

I would like to close this article with a third point: while it is important to dress nicely out of respect for yourself and others, it is equally important to dress nicely as an example to the younger generations. We live in a society where class and sophistication has been replaced with over the top sensuality and even vulgarity. Every time I see a child star-turned-pop star strut out onstage in basically nothing, I think of my younger cousins (specifically my 9yr old girl cousin). What does she think when she sees those pretty girls, who are only a couple years older than herself, parade around in just underwear? Does she want to be like them? Look like them? We have to protect the modesty and innocence of our youth because those celebrities certainly aren’t up for the job. We can make a choice to present ourselves as the complete package without sacrificing our integrity.

I hope you have enjoyed this article. My intention was to uplift and renew a desire to present yourself in  a way that commands respect and admiration. The world can be a tough place and people will try to expose the physical insecurities of others to gain a leg up. Why give them the opportunity? Dress yourself to be above reproach. Dress to express your respect for yourself and others. Dress up!

~Morgan


[1] Weaver, Rheyanne “The Link Between Clothing Choices and Emotional States”. GoodTherapy.org (3/30/2013).

Phillip Lim Designs a Collection for Target

Hey fashionistas! Want to get your hands on some great designer pieces? Clear your calendars for this Sunday September 15th when Phillip Lim’s affordable collection goes on sale in Target stores everywhere.

Ok so maybe you don’t need to clear the WHOLE day, but at least plan a few hours for you to sneak away and take a look at this special collection. The collaboration with Target and Phillip Lim gives you an opportunity to add some designer looks to your wardrobe at prices you’ll love! A match made in heaven if you ask me 🙂

Phillip Lim debuted his company 3.1 Phillip Lim in 2005 with a fall collection for women and hasn’t stopped wowing us since. Phillip is known for taking classic clothing up a notch or two. He adds extra details putting style and a fashionable edge into pieces that can often have a generic look. Beginning his line with women apparel, Lim soon expanded to menswear, children apparel, accessories, shoes and even eye-wear. His success had been fast and climbing. Phillip has taken his brand from a single women’s collection to more than 250 stores around the world.

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Target will be bringing Phillip Lim designs to their everyday shoppers with a line specifically created to be more affordable. Quality in chicness will not be lost however, there will be plenty of bold prints and colors mixed with classic and structured pieces. From sweaters and skirts, to trench coats and hand bags, it will all be at available at Target.

You may have seen the “BOOM” sweater already. It has been worn by celebrities like Jessica Alba and talked about in a lot of the fall fashion coverage the last few weeks. This “BOOM” sweater is already a hit; I am hoping to get my hands on one 🙂

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So be sure to stop into Target and check out the looks from Phillip Lim. It is a great chance to purchase a few designer duds without having to sell your car, boat, diamond, first born child, etc… The stores will be starting sales on September 15, 2013. I am sure these pieces will be going fast so if you are interested, no dilly dallying. 😉

Have a Magical Day!

-Megg

NY Fashion Week is Underway!

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New York fashion week is in full swing! There will be lots to see on the catwalk this week and since we are not all going to be sitting front row smelling the sweat, here is a link where you can watch the runway live and keep up with whats happening:

http://newyorkfashionweeklive.com/

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Image from youmaybewandering.com

The NY shows will continue until September 12. Enjoy and tell us some of your favorite collections and designers!

Have a Magical Day!

-Megg

On the Catwalk

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Do you ever wish you could become more involved with fashion…to be an active participant in your city or town’s fashion movement? I’m not talking about rifling through the newest Vogue magazine or “liking” random clothing companies on Facebook; I mean real hands on kind of active. Runway active.

That’s right, I’m talking about fashion shows. Fashion shows are the best way to stay up to date with…well, fashion. Not only do you get to see the newest trends strutting down the catwalk, but you also get to connect with all sorts of different people that have the same interest (in fashion) as you.

I encourage you to look up runway or fashion shows in your area or nearest city; fall is an especially great time to participate because all designers/retailers are debuting their autumn and winter looks for the season. Lemonzest and Pearls is taking the initiative this year by attending fashion shows on both coasts so that we will be able to provide our readers a better perspective of this season’s fashions and trends (plus it’s a great excuse to get dressed up, go out, and mingle with some interesting people!). So put down that copy of Vogue; make a plan to attend a runway show this season and become an active member in your fashion community!