Christian Siriano's Fall 2017 runway show was unbelievable and his looks are out of this world; however, lets take a moment here and celebrate what Siriano did ON the runway. He celebrated ALL women. He showcased women of all sizes and that is a breath of fresh air on the catwalk scene. "I....grew up with a Mom who was a size 16, 18, so it wasn't new to me to have voluptuous woman in my life...and my sister's a size 00. I had the two total extremes, and now I see that everywhere." said Christian. He has been around body diversity his entire life so it's important to him for his clothes to fit all body types.
Christian Siriano became recognizable after he won the fourth season of Project Runway, and this is when his career as a fashion designer catapulted. Before winning Project Runway, Siriano, studied under big fashion names such as Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen. Since winning Project Runway, he has collaborated with many lower cost brands such as Lane Bryant and even Payless. Fun fact: All of the shoes worn down the runway in Siriano's Fall Ready-to-Wear 2017 show are all from his shoe line at Payless. How great is that?!?
To view the entire collection click here www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/fall-2017-ready-to-wear/christian-siriano/slideshow/collection
So we had a fun little contest on our Instagram account (@riversandrunways) and asked everyone a little riddle. What do closets need the most but most do not have? The answer to that question is in the title...NATURAL LIGHT! Natural light is SO important when putting your outfits together as it is the best way to see the true color of your items..from clothing, to handbags, to shoes and all your accessories. Every time we design a closet for a client we incorporate natural light in some way. Here are some examples:
1. Sky lights and windows. Sky lights are amazing and add some instant natural light into your closet space. Windows are an obvious option if you can spare the wall space. We usually only use windows in a closet if there is plenty of square footage for the closet so that we are not taking up valuable storage space for a window. If we cannot spare the space, then sky lights are the way to go!
2. If you have a closet that is connected to your bathroom rather than your bedroom, then try taking off the closet doors. This will allow some light from your bathroom windows to filter into your closet. When we are designing a closet for a client that is building a new home, we love this option for a closet space. We have built-ins installed inside the closet so that all of the clothes can be put behind doors but the actual closet itself is left open.
3. The third option is for our clients who love open spaces with minimal fuss. For these clients we design closets that are merely extensions of their bedrooms. So, instead of a separate closet space, we may have built-ins installed as a pass through on the way to the bathroom space. The closet is basically it's own space; just without the doors and designated walls separating it.
A very important note to keep in mind when planning in natural light in your closet space is to make sure the light is not hitting your items directly. This will cause your fabrics to fade with the sunlight.
We definitely know our stuff when it comes to designing the perfect closet! Let us work with you and your builder to design the closet of your dreams...whether you are building a new home or remodeling your current one. Contact us for more details!
New York Fashion Week for Fall 2017 is in full force but we'll get to that later. Right now, we want to give you more Spring since after all, it is right around the corner. These are the must have items for your closet this Spring, and how to wear them!
No longer are eyelashes the only thing that needs to be dramatic on you. Your pants...they need drama! From funky prints to wide legs and embroidery, dramatic pants are all the go for Spring. We prefer to pair a printed pant with a more neutral top just so you do not feel like a clown; however, you can mix prints if you dare. This can be a really fun way to look current. We absolutely LOVE all these pants above! Wear the python print with a button down denim top and loafers, the lollipop wide leg pants also looks great with a denim top for a more casual look or pair it with a matching lollipop camisole for a one piece look. We suggest the floral print pants with a black bodysuit or black leather top, and the white embroidered pants with a fitted white button down and tall strappy heels.
Floral prints will be everywhere this Spring! Everything from dresses to bras and bathing suits will be donned with feminine floral prints. We absolutely love a caftan in the Spring and Summer, and one with a floral print makes you feel like a Grecian goddess. A floral print on a party dress is the PERFECT wedding attire or outdoor party dress. If you are not in to a full body print but want in on the action, trade in your old skivvies for some pretty, floral printed ones!
Over-sized outwear is not only a great piece to have in your closet this Spring but it can also be looked upon as the BEST accessory you can have this Spring. We all know the Spring season tends to bring on those showers so these raincoats are a must have. The one above comes in two colors and has a detachable hood. Our favorite part about these is the over-sized short sleeve. Not too hot so these can easily be taken into Summer but they still give your arms coverage from the rain.
Last but not least, are embroidered dresses. This look is boho, it's casual, it's fun and most importantly, it's so easy! This embroidered dress is a simple tunic style dress with embroidered patch pockets so it does not feel overwhelming but gives a simple dress a fierce style statement. This is perfect for those Moms running to and from the school, a casual lunch with the girls or dinner out with the family. We would leave this unbelted, and pair it with some fun booties and eclectic jewelry, and you are good to go!
If you are interested in any of these looks, or need some extra Spring inspiration please do not hesitate to Contact us. We can shop all these looks for you, and get them delivered to you. No work on your part! Lets get your Spring wardobe in your closet!
A lot of us have to quite a bit of traveling around the holidays. It seems like from Thanksgiving through the New Year, we live out of suitcases, forget all about counting calories and drink as much coffee (or wine...what??) as we possibly can. When it comes to staying stylish, we totally have this in the bag. Below are 6 travel outfits that are super comfortable without sacrificing style.
As you can see, neutrals are our go to when it comes to travel style. Keeping with black, white, grey, and beige tones will help you maintain a cohesive look that is functional, comfortable and of course, stylish. You do not want a lot of fuss when it comes to accessories while traveling so we suggest keeping it light. A simple scarf to double as a little blanket when airplanes are cold, a handbag that doubles as a tote to keep your wallet and IPAD in, and sunglasses for when you need a little nap are the BEST travel accessories. Keep jewelry to a minimum as it will set off the metal alarms as well as potentially snag your sweaters with all the moving around you'll be doing. And as always, only travel with what you need. Keep it light and stress free! Contact us today if you need help with your travel wardrobe...we are happy to help!
First of all, we do not really like the word "closet". We prefer dressing room. These are not just for boutiques. Do not think of them as a cramped hole with a hook on the wall but rather, a glamorous, highly organized, perfectly functional space that houses your most sacred belongings - your shoes, clothes, handbags, jewelry and so on. If you have the extra space, you can even take your dressing room up a notch and create a mini bar or office nook in a well planned out location. This space should embody who you are, what you have, and most importantly, you should love being in it.
In order to maximize your space, every nook and cranny should be utilized. Floor to ceiling shelving and racks are a must-have. A place for your shoes, scarves and handbags should be carefully considered based upon an assessment of your inventory. This all takes keen attention to detail as well as a broad fashion sense to create the perfect dressing room for you.
At Rivers and Runways, we custom design your closet space to make it your dressing room. Everything from the cabinets and shelves to the shoe storage and lighting is all purposefully designed just for you. We can even make your own custom designed jewelry displays and trays to coincide with your dressing room design aesthetic. Whether you are building a new home or thinking of remodeling your current space, Contact us today for a FREE consultation. We'll design you the dressing room of your dreams!
As you all know (or maybe you don’t), we are two women whose business revolves around one’s image. Naturally, because we are women, we gravitate towards helping other women. Although we love our male clients too, we get more pride out of helping other women look and feel their best, get them organized in the home and office, and basically, help improve their overall image. We have been working on a blog post about young professional women but since the recent election, we felt the need to expand and reach out to all women.
Now this post is not about the election or its results but more about some behaviors we have seen during the election and after its results.
No matter what the results were of the election, it does not mean that as women, we are doomed. Sure, Trump said some awful comments about women but we are not going to let that stop us from being smart, successful women. Hillary could have been the first female President of the United States but she too, was flawed. So we are going to move on, put our 100% support behind our President for the better of our great country, and wait for the right woman to come along to be the first female President of the United States.
Here’s how you do that: FIGHT BACK. And not by holding up a sign while marching down the street or crying defeat in the camera, but by fighting back in a strong and classy way. We know that it is our right to protest; however, we are just not convinced that type of protest actually makes a difference. The type of protest that does make a difference is education. So educate yourselves. Get up every day, and work hard towards your goals. Never give up. If you are offended by what a man (or anyone) says then prove them wrong. Do not give them more ammo.
If we as women want to be treated the same as men in the workplace then we have to “be” men in the workplace. Now we know that this statement may strike some nerves but we stand behind it. Just hear us out. Lets toughen up ladies. Do not dish it out, if you cannot take it. Remember when you’re Mom told you as a child that if someone said something mean to you, you should say back to them, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”? Well, that still applies even as adults except you don’t literally say that out loud to someone but we highly recommend saying it to yourself in your head....over and over. Words are words. Sure they hurt, and yes, mean things should not be said but unfortunately, that will never change.
There will always be mean people that say and do mean things. What will set you apart is how you REACT to these situations. You can kick and scream or you can prove them wrong. We will tell you the latter is much more becoming. We actually saw a video of a lady defecating on the street and then pick it up and smear it on a Trump sign. Ewww, ewww and ewww....We can PROMISE this kind of behavior will get us women nowhere!
So please, ladies, whether you are a stay-at-home Mom or the CEO of a major corporation, you must be strong, bold and beautiful. In order to be these, we have to be educated, humble and healthy. Read as much as you can, take a walk, ENJOY your children, bond with your pets, work hard, indulge in a hobby, learn from your experiences and others, love your significant other, volunteer your time to charity, SUPPORT EACH OTHER….live your life to the fullest. Now, that is an image that all women can be proud of. Always be a fighter. Always a survivor. Who knows...maybe YOU will be the first female President of the United States of America. THAT is inspiring!
As always, if you need help improving your image, then Contact us today! What?!? We have children to feed; we are fighting back by working hard! And please, please if you do become the President of the United States, remember us. We would DIE to be your stylist!!!! We love you all! Go get em!
We wanted to share some photos of our fall photo shoot we styled a couple months back. We had so much fun doing this shoot with our amazing model Katie Johns, photographer Caleb Shane and hair and makeup by Taylor Barr. It's very inspiring when you are working with such talent as this group of people. Fall is full of texture, rich colors, and of course, luxurious fabrics. We are totally ON BOARD!
Contact us today for all your styling needs! We style Ecommerce sites, photo shoots, editorials, and of course, individuals for their everyday wardrobe.
It's becoming more and more common for us to see plus size models gracing the covers of big name magazines, and for women with curves to be celebrated across all avenues of the fashion and beauty industry. The image of the teeny weeny model is not a reality for all, and the public is demanding some diversity. And we think that's great! We celebrate all body types: straight and curvy and everything in between; however, you cannot find a ton of information on how to dress the plus size body. Well, that's what we are going to do in this blog. We'll give you some tips on what looks best, and how to pair items up to compliment your God given beauty.
Photo Cred: Vogue Italia Cover
1. Doncaster Drape Back Velvet Dress in Women's Sizing 2. Doncaster Tuxedo Dress in Women's Sizing 3. Doncaster Pebble Knit Capelet
4. Doncaster Python Embossed Handbag
When we are dressing a plus size client, we almost always go fitted. When you have a larger bust size or a curvy hip, then wearing a fitted dress will give you that hourglass shape that is super sexy. If this makes you a little self conscious, then add a wrap around your shoulders for some extra coverage. And we are completely in love with this look that famous plus size model, Ashley Graham, put together. Casually draping a blazer over her shoulders still allows you to see her curvy figure but gives her the extra coverage over her shoulders and arms. Perfecto!
1. Doncaster Pebble Knit Menswear Vest 2. Doncaster Lace Sleeve Blouse 3. Doncaster Stripe Jacquard Skirt 4. Doncaster Python Embossed Handbag 5. Valentino Pump
Here we have put a fitted textured skirt with an asymmetrical hemline with a fitted lace sleeve blouse. These two items together will again show off those curves that are so amazing about your figure. We paired this with a longer length menswear vest which gives the rump a little extra coverage but also sends this look into trend worthy headlines! This whole outfit suggests confidence and playfulness and those two put together exudes a strong and powerful woman.
The BIGGEST SECRET to pulling off any look beautifully is, of course, your under garments. You must go with seamless and you must go with comfort. There are lots of different brands out there that are great for both. Please, if you have not already, go get fitted professionally for you bras. This will make a huge difference just in itself. If you have not been fitted professionally, then we can pretty much promise you, you are wearing the incorrect size. We will link some under garments that we like as well as some more plus size options for your clothing!
If you need help with any of your wardrobe needs Contact us, and let us help you celebrate your curves this fall and winter season. Our clients get the inside scoop when we work with them one on one so do not hesitate to contact us. We will share all of our tips and secrets including how any seasonal trend will work on your body! Embrace, accentuate and dominate...lets get it girl!
Wine is one of the most sought after colors this fall, and we are loving every bit of it! This color is so versatile and looks great on all hair colors and skin tones. We are seeing wine colored jackets, tops, bottoms, handbags, boots, hats and jewelry. It's a rich color that makes us feel all warm and cozy inside.
1. Doncaster Faux Suede Jacket 2. Doncaster Pebble Knit Capelet 3. Doncaster Leather Moto Jacket
1. Doncaster Faux Fur Vest, Sparkle Turtleneck and Stretch Faille Legging 2. Doncaster Quilted Vest, Ribbed Colorblock Turtleneck and Stretch Faille Legging
As always, let us help you with your wardrobe so you can be and look the best YOU! Fall is in full swing, and those cooler temps will be here before you know it. Don't get caught with nothing to wear.
We've got some pretty great beauty items that we have picked as our favorites right now. All things hair and makeup is a fun topic for us, and once we find a product we really, really love, we want to share it with all of you!
1. Elizabeth and James Dry Shampoo: Brigette loves this product because this is truly a dry shampoo that actually makes your hair feel fresh and clean without leaving any yucky residue behind. So if you are running on the go and do not have time to wash your locks, grab a bottle of this and be on your way.
2. Elta MD UV Clear SPF 46: This sunscreen is the best on the market right now! We cannot express enough how important it is to wear sunscreen everyday on your face, and this one is by far Brigette's favorite. It's a "lightweight, oil-free sunscreen to protect acne-prone and sensitive skin". This sunscreen contains zinc which is an ingredient that is super protective.
3. Wunderbrow Eye Gel: Wunderbrow Eye Gel is a miracle for your brows. It is the number 3 selling product on Amazon, and everyone raves about it, including Brigette. It is waterproof, budge-proof, transfer-proof and extremely easy to use.
1. Davines Alchemic Shampoo and Conditioner: Lauren raves about this shampoo and conditioner that was first introduced to her by her hair stylist. She uses the Silver for her blonde locks, and swears by the product. It keeps her hair shiny and gives her the fresh from the stylist look. Plus this product has all natural ingredients which is always an added bonus!
2. Edward Bess Deep Shine Lip Gloss: This lip gloss is so thick and creamy, Lauren uses it like a chapstick. It keeps her lips moisturized and healthy feeling. Lauren uses the color Nude Whisper daily by itself as a little shine boost on her lips or over other lipsticks to get that creamy look.
3. Laura Mercier Eye Basics Primer: This primer is a must-have in everyone's makeup bag. It's the best primer for your eyes but Lauren also uses it on her lips as a primer for her lipstick. This works great for those darker lip colors like wine or red that have the potential to bleed. The primer helps keep the lipstick on the lips. Lauren sometimes wears the primer on her eyelids by itself for a fresh, "bare" look when she's running around with her kids and does not want a full makeup look.