KLS Kimora Lee Simmons Pre-Fall 2015

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The glory days of Baby Phat are long gone, but Kimora Lee Simmons is here to stay. The former model is back with a vengeance with her new designer price-point brand. KLS Kimora Lee Simmons is “a bold blend of luxury and versatility.” The brand comes by way of Simmons needing to fill a void in her personal wardrobe. In the KLS Kimora Lee Simmons Pre-Fall 2015 collection, the key look is panel-constructed, body-hugging pencil dresses. Each piece from the entire collection displays clean lines and beautiful cuts. By use of paneling, strategically placed lines, and contrasting colors, the garments slim the body. I find the collection very simple with a minimal color palette yet highly wearable. It is a very successful collection, aesthetically speaking. Simmons will be opening a KLS flagship store in Beverly Hills in the Spring. Here are my top 10 favorites from KLS Kimora Lee Simmons:

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To read more, and to view the whole collection, visit style.com.

Photos: Christian MacDonald/Courtesy of KLS Kimora Lee Simmons

What do you think of Kimora’s new venture?

Putting on the Glitz- Tampa Style

Forget the Ritz, we’re putting on the glitz- Tampa style! The holidays are upon us, and they’re nothing without sparkle. This is the one season where you can throw on all of the sequins you want without worrying about overdoing it. With this in mind, a few of us Tampa fashion bloggers got together to put our spin on the sparkle. For me, the best part about this whole collaboration is showing that sequins can look beautiful on any woman. It’s just a matter of deciding how you want to pull them off. We Tampa fashion bloggers all have different body types and went in different directions with putting on the glitz. Check us out!

Farrah Estrella- Estrella Fashion Report

Farrah from Estrella Fashion Report

Lane Bryant dress | Vince Camuto shoes | Aldo clutch

Natasha Bernard- Fashionably Fabulous

Natasha from Fashionably Fabulous

French Connection Jumpsuit thrifted from Fresh Threads

Genelle Frazier- What’s More Important Than Fashion

Genelle from Whats More Important Than Fashion

H&M Sequined Blazer | Express Shirt | Urban Outfitters Skirt | H&M Clutch | Dolce Vita Pumps | Ann Taylor Bracelet | Earrings via Burlington Coat Factory | Vintage Clip on Earring worn as brooch

Me- Knick Knacker

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Peplum top from JCPenney | Cropped cardigan from old store in Atlanta called Urban Behavior | thrifted Vertigo Paris high waist pants | Shoes from Charlotte Russe

How do you put on the glitz? Share your photo with me on Instagram @theknickknacker, using hashtag #puttingontheglitz.

xoAndra

Mark Your Calendar!

Sky Unikue's & C+IMark your calendar! I’m coming to a venue near you! On December 13th, join me from 1pm to 8pm at Luxe Studio Space in Tampa as I partner with Sky Unikue’s Elegant Clothing Boutique for our Joyeaux Noël Winter Soirée. As many of you know, I am a Chloe + Isabel jewelry merchandiser. I’d love for everyone to come enjoy a day of shopping and mingling with us while finding the perfect items to complete your holiday look. There will be drinks, treats, and a raffle. Take a look at the video below, and I hope to see you there!

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A Message from the Founder

Hi everyone! I wanted to give a “message from the founder” to thank you all for your support this entire year while I got Knick Knacker up and running! I have enjoyed meeting everyone and attending all of the fabulous events around town.

Last month became extremely busy for me, and O and I are playing catch up with editing the photos and video footage we’ve captured. I hope to come back in 2015 stronger than ever. Thank you all for riding along this journey with me. I look forward to what the future will bring. :)

xoAndra

Stylista Files: Victoria Yore

Meet today’s featured stylista, Victoria! I met her while out and about at fashion events in Tampa. (Check her out on our past posts for the Discreet Elegance Fashion Show here and here.) She’s an awesome model who has some great personal style going on! I love how several pieces in her photos below are thrifted. As I always say, you don’t need to spend a million bucks to look like it. Plus, thrifting is so much fun and you can find the most unique items. Aside from that, I love how Victoria’s personality shows through all of her looks. I appreciate you for being a well put-together, elegant young lady, Victoria! Style on, girl :)

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Photography: Minh Insixiangmy
Dress: Thrifted
Belt: Guess
Shoes: Payless

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Top: Sourpuss Clothing
Capris: Thrifted
Heels: Payless
Jewelry: Thrifted
Hair Bow: The Girl that Ate Suburbia

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Photography: Daniel Garber
Top: Sourpuss Clothing
Skirt: Forever 21
Necklace: Littman Jewelers

If you’d like to be a featured stylista, please email us- knickknackerblog[at]gmail.com

Say Hello to Caite

Caite x Kyla Seo_6Every so often, we stumble upon little treasures that we never knew were in our own backyard. These treasures are so great that you almost feel bad that you didn’t know they had been there all along. That’s how I felt when I first learned about Caite, Inc. This awesome company is practically right in my backyard in Tampa.

Caite, Inc. is a women’s apparel line headquartered in Tampa. The company has found tremendous success within the last 5 years with their signature product lines. Their products can be seen in catalogs and online sites, such as Soft Surroundings and ModCloth, and over 1500 specialty stores nationwide. Caite, Inc. has gained notoriety, especially on their original embroidered collection both in knits and wovens.

The company’s “Caite” line features their signature knit fabric, rayon lycra, which is the most flattering and buttery soft fabric! When it is embroidered with their beautiful artwork, each piece becomes a piece of art itself! The “Kyla Seo” collection boasts colorfully embroidered and silky wovens, along with many unique and affordable prints. Each piece is cleverly designed for a comfortable, yet fabulously feminine look!

I had the hardest time choosing an item to review because all of the pieces are so beautiful, but I finally settled upon the “Abby” tunic in ivory from the Kyla Seo collection. When I first opened the package out of the mail, I fell in love with the way the tunic felt. The silky fabric is incredibly soft. I almost wanted to just wrap myself up in it! I LOVE the print, the fit is great (I’m 5’10” and 130 lbs., wearing a size small), and the black tassels add such a fashionable flair to the garment. Since it has been a little chilly in Tampa, I threw on a cami underneath the tunic and wore a cape over it. I love how the wide yellow borders showed past the cape sleeves. Take a look at my photos below. If you love this top as much as I do, be sure to check it out along with many other beautiful, comfy pieces on the Caite website. (Keep scrolling to the bottom, there’s a surprise. :) )

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Now, are you ready for the best part of this post? Caite will be holding a warehouse/sample sale from November 17th to the 21st, at their warehouse located on North Dale Mabry Highway in the middle of Bearrs and Fletcher. Caite products retail from $64 to $168, but at the warehouse/sample sale, everything is on sale for just $15 each! You can’t beat that! I hope you stop by and share your finds with us on Instagram @theknickknacker and @caiteinc. Be sure to ‘like’ Caite on Facebook.

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(Knick Knacker disclosure: Financial compensation was not received for this post. The Abby tunic was gifted from Caite, Inc. Opinions expressed here are my own.)

Metamorphosis

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Dress by Lydia Anne Clothing

This past Sunday, O and I attended the 2nd Annual Fashion Expo produced by The Fashion Executives (TFE) at USF entitled “Metamorphosis.” It was held in the ballroom inside the Marshall Center. The ballroom is HUGE, and the whole room was full of people! I always love going to college fashion shows because it reminds me of my days at SCAD. It’s awesome to be surrounded by youthfulness and energy.

This fashion show was a bit different for me because I went to not only blog but also to share a vendor table with Sky Unikue’s Elegant Clothing Boutique since I sell Chloe + Isabel jewelry now. It all worked out, though. Thank God O was able to capture the majority of Metamorphosis on video- best husband ever! I had time to enjoy the show and also had time to tend to customers… while also being a customer myself, ha! (Check out these boots that O bought me from Sky Unikue’s- Jillian Boot.)

The entire show was great! It was really well organized and ran smoothly for the most part. The hosts did an excellent job of keeping the audience engaged. The designers and boutiques that sent their looks down the runway were all incredible, and the models looked stunning. They really worked the catwalk! Owwww! I won’t make you read too much of what I thought about the show, take a look for yourself :) (Catch me dancing around 00:45 lol)

Be sure to visit everyone online:

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Lydia Anne Clothing

All Brides 2 Be

Dress Over Heels

Sky Unikue’s Elegant Clothing Boutique

Psychotic Legend

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Congrats to TFE for producing a wonderful show! View TFE’s official Metamorphosis photo album here.

Bogelund-Jensen

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It’s amazing who you can meet on LinkedIn these days! A few weeks back, I connected with a designer, and she shot me a message about her brand. I was blown away! I knew I had to share this fashion goodness with the American people (lol), so here goes nothin’!

Signe Bøgelund-Jensen has since childhood been inspired by her surroundings to create and be playful with her designs. She was born and raised in 1969 in Kenya by Danish parents. Since then, her curiosity for expression has led her to work at the John Galliano studio, Paris, where her talent for drapery was discovered through her work and hence made ideas for the Dior Haute Couture shows.

“Experimental timelessness” are defining keywords in all of Bogelund-Jensen’s designs. Signe has an amazing vision and ability to create designs, but most importantly, she understands how to reach the inner beauty in every woman. In 2006, Signe founded Atelier Bøgelund-Jensen based in Copenhagen. Today she sells in Denmark, Germany and Norway.

Her new feminine S/S ’15 collection portrays “the feminine shape” and “casual controlled sophistication embracing the theme “Fire”. It’s characterized by subtle playfulness in her draping, colours, textures and silhouettes, creating a contemporary style. This results in a refined French feel and casual sophistication. The collection presents a beauty with an edge and techniques applied with the same rigor as the masters of the 1950´s. It sculptures the female body beautifully and has notable features of “Fire.”

The S/S ’15 collection consists of exclusive and casual dresses, jackets, trousers, blouses, shirts, skirts and a reversible cardigan–jacket. Check out the lookbook below! Buyers, you need this merch in your stores. :)

Be sure to ‘like’ Bogelund-Jensen on Facebook!

 

Stylista Files: Baydian Girl

Today’s featured stylista is a Barbadian hailing all the way from Circleville, Ohio. Her name is Tamara, and I think her style is awesome. Might I add, this girl can really rock a scarf! You absolutely have to visit her blog, Baydian Girl, to check out all of the different ways she styles her scarves. Be sure to shop them in her online store here (I promise you won’t be disappointed by these hand-painted scarves). The best part about Tamara’s favorite outfits shown below is that all of these looks can easily transition into Fall. Read more about Baydian Girl’s looks by clicking the links below!

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Leave us your positive comments below on today’s Stylista Files: Baydian Girl :)

Style Icon of the Month: Valentino

For October, we’re going to switch things up a bit in light of the Spring 2015 runway shows that are taking place right now. We’re going to spotlight a designer of whom our previous Style Icon of the Month Jackie O. was a loyal customer and friend.

vgaravani_21jun68_v_9may12_rex_bValentino Clemente Ludovico Garavani (or Valentino as we know him today) was born in Lombardy, Italy, on May 11, 1932.

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At age 17, he moved to Paris to pursue his interest in fashion. He studied at Ecole des Beaux-Arts and at the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne.

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In 1962, Valentino showed a couture collection for the first time at the Pitti Palace in Florence. This was seen as a breakthrough, and he soon became the go-to guy for dressing the “glitterati.”

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In 1967, Valentino was awarded the Neiman Marcus Award for his infamous “no-color collection” in which the designer chose to ditch the trend for decadent color palettes and opted instead for beige, white, and ivory hues. The ubiquitous “V” became Valentino’s trademark through this collection.

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In the same year, Valentino designed the dress Jackie O. wore to marry Aristotle Onassis.

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In 2006, Valentino made a cameo in the movie The Devil Wears Prada. By the way, I LOVE the book and the movie.

Valentino Spring 2008 Finale

After announcing his retirement, the designer presented his final collection during the Spring/Summer 2008 fashion week in Paris.

Valentino Red

Valentino’s legacy lives on today, as we are graced by beautiful designs that float down the runway each season. Our lives are also brightened a little more by the designer’s signature “Valentino Red.” Here are my favorites from Valentino RTW Spring 2015, the fluidity of the fabrics is quite beautiful:

To view the entire slideshow and read the runway review, visit WWD.

Article Reference: Kilcooley-O’Halloren, Scarlett. Valentino (2012, July 6). http://www.vogue.co.uk/spy/biographies/valentino-biography

I hear red is going to be a hot color this Fall! How will you be rocking it? Catch ya next time ;) xoAndra

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