Fall Fashion—Mix and Match

Jacket: Obey Clothing, $185, Jade. Blouse: Lauren Moffatt, Woodstock Pintuck Top, $298, Cameron Marks. Jeans: Paige, $169, Pacific Trading Company. Shoes: model's own. 

Mixing patterns is one of the biggest go-to fashion trends right now. But you have to do it right. Instead of throwing on two random textiles, you must have an element that ties them together. It can be a color that seamlessly weaves through your ensemble. Or, choose one mellow pattern and one loud one, but both with complementary color schemes. As seen here, our fashion stylist Ellie Vilmenay took dark blue (a popular trend this season) and combined it with polka dots (as seen on the jeans), then found her key item to pair with the bold denim—a patterned top with inky-colored design by the always loveable Lauren Moffatt. The caramel colored coat with a faux fur collar adds a warm hue and protects this pattern-loving girl from the elements. 

Photographer: Nick Chao. Creative Director/Producer: Christa Martin. Fashion Stylist: Ellie Vilmenay. Model/Makeup: Anna Wu. Hair: Sofi McBroom.

Friends With Sergers

When times are lean and you're still reeling from the shot economy, you can't always fork over money to buy a new blouse. Even when it's one you're really tempted to buy. Groceries win out. That's what happened to me in the fall when I discovered the above left blouse from designer Lauren Moffatt. I absolutely loved it, but with a $100+ pricetag, I just couldn't afford it. I shared my woes with my friend, fashion designer Sally Esposito, and she offered a clever alternative—why not try to make the shirt? So, she gave it a try and had a successful experience as documented here.

I was so impressed with her version of the blouse that after talking it over, Sally agreed to give me a sewing lesson. I've been studying sewing at my local sewing store for two years now, and I'm still a beginner in many ways. But I found out that any level seamstress can make a designer blouse for less. Sally had a pattern that resembled the blouse. She showed me how to alter the pattern to my sizing, we lined it up, cut it out and in less than three hours, I had a new top that looks just like the designer version. So, when you're in a financial pinch and you can't buy clothing, consider finding a friend who's a pro at sewing and ask her for a lesson. You'll be wowed by what you can create for much less than you'll find on most store price tags. And while you're inspired, take a look at Sally's own creations here

A New York Day


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For our holiday fashion shoot seen on the blog last week, one of our looks was inspired by the Christmas movie "Serendipity." We featured a modern New York winter day ensemble. (See the original photo below.) Here's a spin off on that look as the shirt we used in the shoot seems tough to find online. This is the same jacket we used but paired with a different blouse (both by Lauren Moffatt). For a punch of color, I added this poppy-hued bag by Baggu, a romantic white scarf, skinny jeans by DL1961 (sold at Cameron Marks) and these much sought after boots that were our "stylist's own." Her version was Guess and this similar pair is by Aldo. When our model walked down the streets in a similar outfit (as seen below) handfuls of women took a pause to admire her ensemble. In a nutshell—this is cold weather fashion at its finest. Below is a photo from our recent fashion shoot where the above outfit was inspired from. Also, the original inspiration from the movie, "Serendipity."
Photo: Nick Chao

Lauren Moffatt—Fall 2012

Lauren Moffatt is my new favorite designer. With timeless, stylish, bold garments, her pieces are versatile and last much longer than just one season. I found the above three pieces at Cameron Marks, a boutique in Santa Cruz. All of these finds sell for more than $200, but the fit of each piece is exquisite. It's hard to decide which one is my favorite. The colorful, geometric shirt on the left is gorgeous and can be paired simply with a pair of jeans. It's a sweet statement piece and doesn't require any accessories. Likewise, the pink/blue shirt on the right has a sophisiticated flair with its gold buttons and figure-flattering shape. You can wear it several ways—tuck it in, leave it loose and untucked, or bunch it just slightly at the waist for an entirely different approach. The stunning gray coat is a one-of-a-kind treasure. Moffatt just showed her spring looks at New York Fashion Week and next season looks equally beautiful. 
Lauren Moffatt is sold at Cameron Marks, 402 Ingalls St., No. 7, Santa Cruz, (831) 458-3081, cameronmarks.com