Friday, August 28, 2015

A History Lesson with Halston Heritage

As I get older and have quiet a bit of shopping experience under my belt, I have come to appreciate the experience of shopping just as much as the outcome of the shopping trip.  This was especially true on my most recent trip to a store that I didn't even know existed right here in Troy, Michigan.  Halston.  Does the name sound familiar?  It may because its namesake comes from the "creator of luxury American fashion", Roy Halston Frowick, who's friends and clients included Andy Warhol, Bianca Jagger, Elizabeth Taylor, and Anjelica Houston. 
"Founded in the 1960s, the HALSTON label took the fashion industry by storm. Known for his innovation in millinery, Halston used his signature materials of jersey, cashmere, and suede to reinvent the jumpsuit, the shirtdress, and the classic caftan, permanently leaving his mark on fashion." -

Upon entering the store, it is clear that there is more to the design than just the beautiful clothes.  The iconic 'H' can be found in the tables and displays throughout the store.  The bars that the clothes hang on are representative of the barre that ballerinas use for dance exercises.  The shelving is reminiscent of the stairs in Halston's New York apartment.  And the orchid flower is present throughout the store, adorning the clothing and the physical space.  Before I had even taken notice of the clothing, I was already in awe of the sheer history present within the walls of this store!

But, of course, the clothes are what have kept this iconic label alive all of these years, so it was time to learn about the Fall 2015 Ready-to-Wear line.  Halston is known for their evening wear, and many shoppers only enter the store when they have a special event to dress for.  (And for good reason,  the dresses are GORGEOUS.  Stay tuned for my next post on why I am obsessed with the Halston evening wear line.)  Not to be missed, however, is the gorgeous line of luxury items for everyday wear.

The way these luxurious fabrics flow over a woman's shape is something to be experienced.  I'm serious.  Once you try on the different pieces, it is instant love.  I felt amazing!

Tones of thistle, magenta, and port make up the fall line in luxurious fabrics of ultra suede, silk, jersey, and crepe.

Black, ivory, and dark fatigue are the neutral colors that go with any closet.  I am loving this black feather print found throughout the collection.

Enough of what I like, go view the entire collection for yourself here:

I will admit, Halston is an investment piece kind of store for my budget.  However, the fabrics, fit, and timeless pieces would be an amazing addition to any wardrobe.  Especially if you are looking to create the perfect capsule wardrobe with iconic items.  

If you are in the neighborhood, stop in and say "Hi" to Larita for me.  Her vast knowledge of the brand and style is amazing and her customer service is top-notch!

**Stay tuned for my next post where I try on almost every evening wear dress in the store!**

In the a slideshow for the Fall 2013 collection that is still relevant in 2015.  
I love a brand that features such timeless trends!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Every Dress Deserves a Second Chance

Tory Burch Drawstring Waist Dress
Admit it.  You bought something on sale, and at the time, it was totally cute.  But when you got it home to your closet, you started to realize that it was only that cute in the store because it was on sale.

And then the guilt sets in.

Every time you pass over that item in your closet it calls to you, "But I was SUCH a good deal!"  And you try it on, determined to wear it.  And it just doesn't look right.  Something is off.

What's a girl to do??  Here's a little story about how I gave a dress a second chance.  And loved it.

See this dress?  Notice anything missing from the model pic above??

There's no drawstring.  You got it.  I cut it out.  The low slung look that a model can totally pull off in this dress did not have the same effect on my figure.  It hurt a little at first, cutting the nicely topped ribbon and pulling it out, like I was doing something wrong.  But the after effect?!  Priceless.  

With the drawstring gone, I could now highlight my natural waist in a WAY more flattering way with a bright colored belt.  And no one can tell the difference!

This is the most comfortable and fun patterned dress I own now.  Who would've guessed?!

(And I'll reveal another little secret.  The hat?  It's from Disney World.  You just can't see the hole where the Mickey Mouse emblem used to be on the ribbon.  I pulled that out too. ;) )

Hat- Disney
Bracelet- J.Crew
Belt- J.Crew
Dress- Tory Burch
Earrings- Henri Bendel
Sunglasses- SEE
Sandals- J.Crew