RVA Fashion Week Fall Fashion Weekend Oct. 24 & 25


RVA Fashion Week will host it’s First Annual RVA Fashion Week Fall Fashion Weekend starting tomorrow, October 24th & 25th at Haxall Point. This 2 day event will showcase some of the best of Richmond’s local fashion designers, artists and jewelry designers.

Friday will be the Art and Jewelry Showcase at 7pm at Haxall Point where you will be able to view and purchase jewelry and art from local makers. In addition there will be a fashion show where RVAFW models will show the jewelry designers pieces. Jewelry designs by Surface, Brittanny Chanel Jewelry ,Styledentity, and Sassy Jones Boutqiue!! Stop by for a fabulous evening of art, cocktails and music. This event is FREE and open to the public.

The next event will be the highly anticipated Designer Show Saturday October 25th. Doors at 7p, show starts promptly at 8p, designers who will be showing their fall collections include:
– Angelia Cooper, Angelia’s Couture
– Markie Colden, PLV
– Nikki Fisher, Nkiba
– Ivy Stewart, Part 2 RVA
– Jevin Kinard, Child Rebel
– Corlette Dixon, Tough Cookie

Tickets for Saturday are $20 at the door and $15 in advance.

Check out rvafashionweek.com for more details.


4 Fashion Events this Thursday 09/26

There are 4 fall fashion events happening this Thursday that would be great for RVAFB members to attend!! Details below:

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Elieen Fisher Fall Fashion Preview:

Time: 6-8p

Where: Saks Fifth Avenue in Stony Point Fashion Park, 9214 Stony Point Parkway

What: Check out Eileen Fisher’s Fall 2013 line during a fashion presentation at Saks starting at 6p and meet InStyle National Correspondant, Tai Beauchamp. Seating is limited so please RSVP to RichmondRSVP@saks.com or call 804.320.6960 ext 5328. to make a reservation.


Carytown Fashion Feeds The Byrd:

Time: 6-8:30p

Where: The Byrd Theater, 2908 West Cary Street

What: The Carytown Merchant Association will host Carytown Fashion Feeds the Byrd (CFFB), a fashion show set to celebrate the glamorous history of the Byrd Theatre Foundation. Carytown boutiques, Bygones Vintage Clothing, Champagne & Shoes, Pink, Lex’s Of Carytown, Fab’rik Carytown, Alternatives Boutique Carytown, West Coast Kix, The Artisans Shops, Eurotrash Carytown, and GlassBoat will showcase vintage and modern looks. Seating is limited so visit http://www.showclix.com/event/CarytownFashionFeedstheByrd/tag/online to buy tickets.


Fashion Lovers and Bloggers Party Hosted by Baggio:

Time: 6p-8p

Where: Baggio, 9734 Gayton Road

What: Baggio Consignment is hosting an after hours party for bloggers and fashion lovers! You will be able to shop for the latest in fall fashion and enjoy light refreshments. Please RSVP here: http://www.evite.com/event/03A266NL6YZJYINMIEPDCPYOR24GYA


RAW Fashion Showcase:

Time: 7p-12a

Where: Canal Club, 1545 East Cary Street

What: RAW:natural born artists is an international independent arts organization that hand-selects and spotlights independent creatives in visual art, film, fashion, music, hair & makeup artistry, photography, models and performing art. RAW events are multi-faceted artistic showcases, and each event features a film screening, musical performance, fashion show, art gallery, performance art and a featured hairstylist and makeup artist. These artists are all local, hand-picked talent who have been chosen to feature at RAW. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. More info here: http://www.rawartists.org/richmond/translations

Tuesdays Top Ten: Week 30

tt 30This weeks top ten includes some great fall looks, some local event coverage and announcements, a thrift haul and more!! Check out the posts below:

Bailey Jo: Sheer Panel Dress

Chic Stripes: Monday Chic: Urban

Cobblestone Couture: Ledbury Pop-Up Coming to Stony Point

Glitter in my Latte: 2nd Hand First Project Outfit

Hole in Jean Pocket: Toro, Toro! BULLdozing All Doubt


Lilly Rose: Thrift Haul from Diversity Thrift, Second Debut, and Ashby

River City Fashion Uprising: Steven Alan Debuts Fall 2013 Collection at Need Supply Co.

RVA Fashion Girl: New Do’

The Wanderful Life: Updating Your Wardrobe

Tuesdays Top Ten: Week 29

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This weeks top 10 features some gorgeous outfit posts, a couple fall trend previews, some DIY nail design tips and more!!! Check out the line up below:

Barclay Inc: Von Vonni Transformer Dress

Classy Ladies: Back-To-School Cool : Kelly Weems

Emily Hudsepth: How to DIY Cool Nail Art

Fizz and Frosting: Three Ways to Wear a Maxi Dress


Kennedy Holmes: H&M and me

Lilly Rose: Celebrity Look for Less

Notorious Styles: Are you READY!!!!!!!……By Chynesha

Skirt Boutique: Take your maxi skirt to work day

Virtual Mutt: In the 212

RVAFB’s New York Fashion Week Favorites

New York Fashion Week is always an exciting time for bloggers. Whether we are running around the tents or sitting at home watching livestreams the week always provides us with lots of inspiration and content for our blogs. The RVAFB group has a really diverse group of bloggers, although we all mostly blog about fashion our blogs and views are very different so we thought it would be fun to hear a few opinions on which collections were the best. Check out these 10 RVAFB members NYFW favorites:

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1. Sydney of Chic Stripes: Marissa Webb and Tibi

I like my clothes wearable, so it’s no surprise that while I oohed and ahhed with everyone else over the stunning collections that were Donna Karan and Oscar de la Renta, my top two runway shows this season at NYFW were Marissa Webb and Tibi.

I started following Marissa Webb’s Instagram feed sometime after the last NYFW and I love seeing the everyday progress that her line is making. Her feed is more than just glamor shots of herself posing in outfits, but rather it’s comprised of the sewing, the models being fitted, and the nitty gritty work that goes into design. Her F/W13 collection uses materials and layers to perfection. Being a former J. Crew girl, it’s no surprise, but her layers work in an urban way, not as overly preppy. Even her most urban, slouchy looks retain a sense of refinement and polish while her more feminine looks keep a touch of edge – the key to a great and functional wardrobe.

Tibi offers something a little more edgy with an emphasis on sportswear: velvet brushed sweatshirts; solid, textured and printed sweaters; structured dresses that scream “layer me;” and just the right amount of color where it counts. Amy Smilovic, the woman behind Tibi, concentrated on layers for any season with detachable collars, hoods, and turtlenecks (actually, dickies – never thought you’d hear that in conjunction with NYFW did you?). The results? A cool and collected series of outfits that can take you straight from August to February – an absolute win in my book.

Check out more on her blog: chicstripes.wordpress.com

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2. Owen of The Style Whale: 3.1 Phillip Lim and Reed Krakoff

My 2 favorite collections from NYFW were 3.1 Phillip Lim and Reed Krakoff. Lim’s collection stayed on trend for the season with the use of leather and fur. The collection was very biker-chick inspired and was nothing of a surprise to avid fans of his edgy, high fashion collections. His use of color, along with the typical neutral tones for fall mixed well together in this urban-chic collection.

Reed Krakoff is urban-chic at it’s best! The focus on minimalism is something I love about a good collection, and that is definitely what Krakoff had in mind; perhaps he was inspired by the Queen of Minimalism, Jil Sander. His focus on tailoring and a dark color palette is what caught my eye at first. He keeps on trend with the use of leather and some fur, and even some crocodile print pieces. Overall, this is easily one of my favorite collections from NYFW.

Check out more on his blog: thestylewhale.com

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3. Jenn of Fashionista Jenn: Betsey Johnson and Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs did it for me once again! He rocked New York’s Fashion Week with a breathtaking sepia-tinted inspired light show. Jacobs didn’t use your typical vertical runway. He created a round runway, orb-like with a dim yellow glow in the crowd as if the sun was setting. It was very cinema like. The LA Times described the collection as full of “Chic sleepwalkers, relaxed elegance, larger-than-life, silver screen nostalgia.”I couldn’t agree more with that depiction. The collection portrayed what would be a night in the shoes of glamorous woman. I love how he topped off the looks with fur stoles on several of the outfits. I’m a sucker for fur jackets and pencil skirts, and the looks were like a modern day 50’s woman, which is my favorite era.

Betsey Johnson always ceases to amaze me with her youthful, fun spirited attitude that always transfers into her collections. I’ve always admired her imagination and creativity. If the Spice Girls as a group were to be a fashion brand, her collections would be the image, but this particular season would be the Sporty Spice edition. Her current line was presented less as a runway show and more as party. The designer featured body-con and sheer flowing dresses, but styled with biker jackets, faux fur vests and coats adorned with her signature mark.  You can tell the models were having fun and I wanted to be there to enjoy it with them! It also featured a workout routine led by Betsey herself, but the highlight of the show was when she did her signature splits after the final walk. She’s 70 and she’s still go it, so looking forward to her new reality show coming up!

Check out more on her blog: fashionistajenn.blogspot.com

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4. Yolanda of Fashn-Ad-Dict: Diesel Black Gold and Proenza Schouler

NYFW was quite exciting with an offering of great trends to look forward to this fall. When it comes to my style, I’m a huge fan of simplicity. Sure – sequins, embroidery and electric colors are great, but black and white is what makes me scream with girlish glee. Therefore, you can imagine how pleased I was to see Diesel Black Gold and Proenza Schouler offering modern and minimalist collections! Diesel Black Gold’s inspiration came from the girlfriend’s of bikers, so there was plenty of leather, sharply tailored pieces, and studs. Proenza Schouler wasn’t quite as badass, rather, much more subtle. The collection featured plenty of black and white with touches of gray, woven leather, tulle, and ostrich feather skirts that added a touch of flair and femininity. If you love strong, confident, tough-girl designs, then these two collections are for you.

Check out more on her blog: fashnaddict.com

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5. Paula of Skirt Bouquet: Oscar de la Renta and Jenny Packham

My favorite New York Fashion Week collections were Oscar de la Renta’s and Jenny Packham’s. Oscar de La Renta always wows me! His collection was all about feminine silhouettes with a lot of glamour. The prints were very eye-catching. As usual, I wanted every piece in his collection, though I’m not sure how the models could see where they were going with those hats. Jenny Packham’s collection had two things I’m crazy about: color and shimmer. This combination might easily get too loud, but the metallic color pallet made the dresses very subtle and elegant. The bright gowns really stood out in the midst of the all-black collections of Jason Wu and Marc Jacobs.

Check out more on her blog: www.skirtbouquet.com

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6. Tiffany of Shoes and Champagne: Alice + Olivia and Rachel Zoe

My two favorite collections from NYFW were Rachel Zoe & Alice + Olivia. Zoe’s collection features three trends I’m obsessed with- fur, leather & sequins. The camel colored pieces mixed with cream made my heart melt. Gorgeous! Of course A+O never fails me, I love all of their collections. The pieces were super feminine with the use of lace, sparkly brocade & a little hint of feathers. Both collections were fabulous and I can’t wait to see what each designer brings to the table come September.

Check out more on her blog: shoeschampagne.blogspot.com

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7. Anett of Frsh Squeezed: Diane Von Furstenberg and Prabal Gurung

This time around New York Fashion Week brought many outstanding collections with it, including my 2 favorite collections Prabal Gurung and Diane von Furstenberg. Prabal Gurung’s Fall 2013 RTW collection most likely caught my eye because I am still mesmerized by his collaboration with Target. I was lucky enough to get my hands on some of those pieces, and I cannot wait to wear them! His show last week in New York had a completely different look to it, including harnesses and cut-out chunky knit sweaters. I love the fact that he continued this year’s trend of military green, but this time he combined it with peplum silhouettes in almost every piece of clothing: coats accessorized with belts by the waist, highly structured blazers, even dresses with peplum details. My favorite look from the show was a military green jacket with a huge fur collar and black leather trimmings – I would love to have that as my statement piece next fall!

Diane von Furstenberg had some huge patterns printed on bright colored dresses, but in her collection the busier patterns caught my eye the most, especially when she paired it with the red. What I adored most about DVF’s collection was the high number of printed jumpsuits that walked down the runway. I am falling in love with thiS trend of onesies and I cannot wait to try it out this spring! Oh and Diane, could you please send me one of those red cloud print dress shirts with the shiny hot pink pantsuit please?

Check out more on her blog: www.frshsqueezed.com

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8. Larissa of RVA Fashion Girl: J Brand and Kate Spade

There were so many amazing Fall/ Winter 2013 collections shown at NYFW earlier this month but 2 that really stuck out for me were Kate Spade’s and J Brand’s. I have a bit of a split personality when it comes to my style so the J Brand collection really spoke to my “edgy chic” side and my love of “girly glam” was why I loved the Kate Spade collection.

Most people automatically think denim when thinking about J Brand but after launching their apparel line a year ago I have kept my eye on them ever since. This season was their first time presenting at NYFW and they did not disappoint. I can’t get enough of the leather trend so I really loved their loose leather pants and cropped motorcycle jackets especially in white and blush. I also really liked the chunky knit sweaters paired with skinny pants and the sexy black jumpsuit.

My second favorite was Kate Spade’s NYC inspired collection.  I loved the obvious nods to NYC like the taxi inspired shoes and was mesmerized by the bright pinks, oranges, and yellows that popped up through out the collection. My other favorite elements were the of splashes of leopard print, the lipstick printed pants, the chic structured bags, the fun hats, and the beautifully embellished coats. If I could I would wear this entire collection head to toe!!

Check out more on her blog: rvafashiongirl.blogspot.com

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9. Alicia of River City Chic: BCBG Max Azria and Jason Wu

The whirlwind known as New York Fashion Week came and went this year in the blink of an eye. After two seasons of volunteering and being backstage during NYFW, I was a little disappointed that my hectic class schedule prevented me from traveling to NYC to be a part of the action. However, with Twitter, Instagram, and Style.com, I was transported to the runways and didn’t miss out on any of the stunning collections.

My first favorite collection was from BCBG Max Azria. With the exception of the thigh-high leather leggings paired with every look, the BCBG fall 2013 collection was refreshing and incredibly wearable. The grunge-inspired layered looks and bold use of prints gave the mid-range label a high fashion feel. BCBG even managed to make beanies look glamorous, which is a trend that my hair and I can totally get with.

My second favorite collection was by Jason Wu. While Wu is best known for outfitting our exceptionally sophisticated First Lady, his Fall 2013 collection definitely had a sexier, edgier feel. The graphic black and white color palette with the pops of red gave this collection a luxe, glossy attitude. Wu described this collection as “extreme femininity,” and with flowing pleats, fitted silhouettes and prim details, he certainly brought the glamour.

Check out more on her blog: www.rivercitychic.com

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10. Kiara of Mosaic Union: Alice + Olivia and J Crew

The hustle and bustle that is known as Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week has faded away however, the fashion imprint left by this event is far from a memory. J Crew never disappoints for me. These colorful separates prove that print and pattern are here for another season and it’s all about how you put the pieces together. These game changing separates are bound to create some of the season’s hottest looks the fall. As the focus was not completely on innovation, creativity and quality are what will make these simply crafted pieces shopping favorites. The pairing of old things in new ways proved to be a win, as layering and print mixing were staples in this collection. Consistency is key and J Crew is one line that will excite me every time.

The Alice and Olivia presentation soothed my soul with bold statement pieces all encompassed in a neutral palate. While opposite of the previous line as print and pattern are concerned, texture was definitely toyed with in creating some of these looks. There was a little something to please every fashionista in this collection. Leather was a prominent player throughout, while fur, tulle, and a few knitted pieces made an appearance as well.

Check out more on her blog: mosaicunion.com