Azede Jean-Pierre RTW Spring 2015

Let me tell you something, I had a major fashgasm when I saw images of garments with floating leaves begin to surface from the Azede Jean-Pierre RTW Spring 2015 show. I attended SCAD-Atlanta with Azede, and I am so glad I had the chance to work with her and walk the runway in her garments for her senior collection in college. The girl truly is a genius. In fact, she recently dressed FLOTUS Michelle Obama for the cover of Essence magazine. I will never understand the intricacy of the patterns that Azede draws up (then again, I studied fashion marketing, not design). The Spring 2015 collection is by far my most favorite since AJP started presenting shows at NYFW a few seasons ago. The way she interprets elements in nature is just amazing. The leaves on some of the garments are so strategically and perfectly placed that it makes me feel like the wind is blowing, and the leaves daintily fell upon the clothing. I had a hard time choosing my top favorites since I’m so in love with all of the leaves, leaf veins, shiny and sheer fabrics, clean lines, beautiful cuts, and fluidity (I know that was a lot, ha!), but here they are:

Photo credit and full slideshow: WWD

By the way, long-time AJP supporter Solange Knowles put together an awesome playlist for the models to strut their stuff to, listen here.

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What’s your favorite look from the collection? Sound off in the comments below! xoAndra

HAUTE! Opening Night Style Mixer

The first event for HAUTE Accessories Week 2014 took place tonight with the Opening Night Style Mixer held at Spain Restaurant in downtown Tampa. I always love these types of events because all of us fashion bloggers, photographers, designers, marketers, and overall fashion lovers get the chance to come together to relax, have some drinks, and get to know each other. As I was mingling, the conversation about the vast opportunity here in Tampa kept arising. I come from a city where the market is so saturated that it can be a bit difficult to get yourself out there, but Tampa is so unsaturated that we all have a better chance of growing our brands. We have so much talent in the bay area, and I think it’s awesome because those of us who are going out and staying “in the loop” are going to be the pioneers of a wonderful fashion industry here in Tampa in a few years.

Moving right along, last night I shared with you the seven accessory designers who will be presenting this week. I am so glad I met some of them tonight at the style mixer! It was great seeing my other fashion buddies as well. Take a peek :)

Opening Night Style Mixer_001 Three of my fav Tampa fashion bloggers! (From left to right: Farrah of Estrella Fashion Report, Genelle of What’s More Important Than Fashion, and Natasha of Fashionably Fabulous)

Opening Night Style Mixer_002 TFM Chief Executive Producer, Lacey B. Smith, greeting Jamaal McKnight of Studio 94

Opening Night Style Mixer_003Inside Spain Restaurant

Opening Night Style Mixer_004Farrah (left) with Shola of Shola Designs

Opening Night Style Mixer_005Gotta love a man in a great suit!

Opening Night Style Mixer_006Nancy of NaJe’ Designs

Opening Night Style Mixer_007I modeled for Dali of House of Dali (middle) during Christian Fashion Week this year, so it was nice bumping into her as well as video guru Joi Banks (right)

Opening Night Style Mixer_008Tristan of Tristan Richards Styles, best pants of the night!

Opening Night Style Mixer_009Lillian Chor of Baglanti Jewelry

Opening Night Style Mixer_010Fashion blogger Misha E. of Fashionista Circle (left) and Nicolette of Tenique Designs (right)

We will see you all on Friday night at the runway show! Purchase your tickets before they are SOLD OUT. You won’t want to miss a thing! xoAndra

HAUTE Accessories Week 2014

 

HAUTE Accessories Week 2014

Hey Tampa, we’re back! Sorry we’ve been gone for a while, but O and I were busy moving into a new place, and I had to end up buying a car in the process as well. Thank God all of that stress is over! Now, we’ve got some exciting news to share with you all- it’s HAUTE Accessories Week 2014! This wonderful event-filled week is thrown by The Fashion Movement (TFM). I’m super stoked because I met Lacey B. Smith, Chief Executive Producer of TFM, a few months ago, and the timing has finally worked out in my favor to attend one of his awesome events.

This is the 4th season for HAUTE to benefit Joshua House, a program of the Children’s Home Society of Florida. HAUTE spotlights the contributions that accessory designers make to the fashion industry. Seven independent and emerging accessory designers will be featured in the show this year: Shola Designs, Baglanti, Eric Green Collection, JFH Collections, Naje Designs, Tenique Designs, and Malchijah Hats. HAUTE is getting the viewers involved in a major way this time around by letting us decide who closes the runway show on Friday night. You can vote here.

The week kicks off tomorrow evening with the Opening Night Style Mixer. We hope you all RSVP’d, and we’ll see you there! (To view the entire schedule for this week’s events and to buy tickets, click here.)

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Chloe + Isabel Botanica

The new Chloe + Isabel Botanica Fall 2014 collection debuted last night, and I definitely had a few jewelrygasms over the new pieces. The statement necklaces are so beautiful that I almost don’t know what to do with myself. Just take a look at the video below to see for yourself. To shop Chloe + Isabel with the Knick Knacker, click here and click on the picture that says “Botanica” to view the collection.

Introducing Botanica from Chloe + Isabel on Vimeo.

Feel free to leave us a message through our contact page if you have any questions about this gorgeous jewelry. We are looking for wonderful hostesses to help us throw awesome Chloe + Isabel pop-up shops. These can be a girl’s night out, swap party, bruch, online pop-up, or whatever else you have in mind. If you’re ready to have a good time and earn some free jewelry of your choice, we want to hear from you! Ciao!

Idia Models 2nd Annual Grand Gala Fashion Show

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On Sunday, August 17, 2014, I attended the Idia Models 2nd Annual Grand Gala Fashion Show held at the Tampa Garden Club on Bayshore. Idia Models was started by Gwen Nanna, model and makeup artist, etiquette and runway coach. The agency is established on the values of integrity, honesty, love, dedication, respect, attention to details, gratitude, ingenuity, and creativity. Idia Models strives to prepare models for runway, print, and all other events in which models are required to meet the demands of national and international companies.

All of the values mentioned surely shined through the models and Gwen herself. The young women and men walked down the catwalk with confidence and grace. Gwen’s speech at the end of the show was very inspiring in the way that she talked about how it does not matter if you are short or tall or what skin color you have, we are all important. She is doing something truly great to empower the next generation.

Speaking of doing something great, the show also benefitted the Joshua House foundation. Joshua House cares for children who have been victims of abuse, abandonment, and neglect. The foundation aims to keep siblings together since siblings become the only family children have after the parents are gone. A raffle was held and over $600 was raised. The grand prize winner took home a 4-day, 3-night trip to Puerta Vallarta!

Moving on to the fashion, the show featured collections from Tristan Richards Styles, Darci Alicea, All Brides 2 Be LLC, and The Platinum Zipper. Some of the vendors and sponsors included Mary Kay, Dazzlin Designs, Foco Latino, Orange Theory Fitness, Origami Owl, Sweet Treats Cakery (their cake was SOOOO good!), and MundoFox Tampa. Some of the images from the Idia Models 2nd Annual Grand Gala Fashion Show are below. To see all of the photos, please like Knick Knacker on Facebook and view the album here.

I really enjoyed this event and am looking forward to the next one!

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Street Style Trend Alert: August 2014

Plaid Fall 2014 Runways (Featured from left to right- Band of Outsiders, Kenneth Cole, Creatures of Comfort, Vera Wang, Timo Weliand)

I’m always looking at what people are wearing whenever I’m out since I’m a street style lover. Lately, I’ve noticed three prominent trends: plaid, button-up tops tied around the waist, and the half up bun hairstyle. As seen in the collage above, plaid was all over the Fall 2014 runways. The look has surely trickled down to the streets. As Fall approaches, I expect to see more plaid outerwear. For now, I am mostly seeing plaid button-ups being worn around Tampa and Atlanta. The collage below shows photos of plaid and the shirt around the waist trends in the streets of Paris.

Plaid Street Style 2014

(Street Style Photos by Tommy Ton- Style.com)

Last but not least, we have the half up bun hairstyle. I’ve been seeing this a lot on ladies who have long hair or are wearing box braids.

Half Up BunHere’s how I rock the trends-

Knick Knacker Does Plaid

How do you rock the latest trends? Share with us on Instagram using hashtag #KnickKnackerFall2014.

xoAndra

 

H&M Fall 2014 Sportswear Collection

So, let’s just talk about how much I need every piece of the new H&M Fall 2014 Sportswear Collection in my closet! The collection just debuted a couple of days ago, and I would really like to get my hands on it. I love working out and looking fashionable while doing so, so some of the pieces from this line would make great additions to the gymwear portion of my finally tame closet (it’s never too late for some Spring cleaning!).

They’d make great additions to all of your closets as well, especially since all of these fashionable pieces are under $40! Not only are they fashionable, but they are also functional. The pieces feature wicking fabric, anti-chafing seamless cuts, and more. I love the play on black and white with the pops of bright color within the collection. It’s totally my style. Here’s a collage of how I’d style my favorite pieces:

HM Fall 2014 Sportswear Collection

(Shoes shown: Adidas Springblade)

Read up on the collection more and shop the slideshow on Refinery29.

For those of you who are gym lovers like me, happy working out! Remember, pain is simply weakness leaving the body.

Chloe + Isabel | Papillon Nocturne

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Two days ago, Chloe + Isabel debuted its limited edition Fall capsule collection called Papillon Nocturne. The jewelry in this collection is so beautiful and feminine. I love how the company incorporated Pantone’s color of the year 2014, Radiant Orchid, into the collection. The quality of this jewelry is just amazing. Take a look at this video to learn about the inspiration behind Papillon Nocturne-

Introducing Papillon Nocturne from Chloe + Isabel on Vimeo.

To shop this beautiful collection with me, follow this link and click on the Papillon Nocturne icon once there- https://www.chloeandisabel.com/boutique/andrarichie

All jewelry is nickel-free and lead safe and comes with a 30-day money back guarantee and lifetime replacement plus free shipping for orders over $100. You really can’t go wrong by shopping with Chloe + Isabel! If there’s a piece of jewelry you love but don’t know what to wear it with, feel free to shoot me an email for advice. If you’re in the Tampa Bay area, I would LOVE to have you host a pop-up shop with me! Hostesses can earn $100s in FREE jewelry. Email me at knickknackerblog@gmail.com if interested. I promise we’ll have a great time :)

xoAndra

Roberto Cavalli – Just Cavalli

It’s Fall fashion 2014 campaign season! Check out our favorite images from Roberto Cavalli’s latest Just Cavalli campaign!

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Shot by photographer Michel Comte in Los Angeles

Read more about the campaign and view more images on WWD.

Style Icon of the Month: Jackie O.

This wonderful lady’s 85th birthday was 4 days ago, so to celebrate, we made her our August Style Icon of the Month!

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Jacqueline Bouvier by David Berne, 1935

Jacqueline Lee Bouvier was born in Southampton, New York in 1929 to parents John “Black Jack” Bouvier, a Wall Street stockbroker, and Janet Norton Lee, the daughter of a real estate tycoon.

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Jacqueline adored her dashing, high-living father, who set the glamour bar high: “Style is not a function of how rich you are, or even who you are… It’s what you are. It’s your essential self- it’s what makes you a Bouvier,” he told her.

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Jacqueline became quite the lady growing up. She attended Paris-Sorbonne University and fell in love with art history. After graduation, Jacqueline turned down a Vogue editorship to become a camera girl for the Washington Times-Herald after pressure from her mother.

JFK and Jackie Kennedy at their wedding

In 1953, she married John F. Kennedy. During Kennedy’s presidential campaign, Jacqueline fell under scrutiny by the American public for her Parisian wardrobe that contained the likes of Givenchy, Balenciaga, and Chanel. She was forced to abandon her Parisian wardrobe and consulted Diana Vreeland on a selection of American designers.

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“Mrs. Kennedy approaches the subject of clothes with the same qualities that gained political success for her husband—confidence, individuality, a mind of one’s own, and a knowledge of the issues,” reported The New York Times.

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On the day of Kennedy’s inauguration, Jacqueline wore a Cassini trim greige coat with Halston’s news-making pillbox hat and a little sable circlet and muff. She appeared on the cover of Time, wearing her signature three-strand pearls in an illustration during the week her husband took office.

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Jacqueline was heralded by the public for starting two fashion trends- (1) the pillbox hat that rested over her flipped bouffant and (2) the oversized sunglasses.

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Jacqueline Kennedy later on became known as Jackie O. after her second marriage to Aristotle “Ari” Onassis, a Greek shipping tycoon.

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Our August Style Icon of the Month, Jackie O., was truly a phenomenal woman. After Ari died, Jackie settled in New York and became a book editor. She also played an active role in the arts community, working with the American Ballet Theatre, the Municipal Arts Society, and more. Thank you Jackie for blessing us with your ever-so-graceful style!

Reference:
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.(2014) Retrieved from http://www.vogue.com/voguepedia/Jacqueline_Kennedy_Onassis

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