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!