My Musings. The Art of Finding the Perfectly-Pleated Skirt

 

pleat skirt trend

If you are like me, my style mavens, then you probably spend way too much time perusing the latest offerings and trends in your favorite magazines, online blogs and even fashion apps. If you are like me, then you also probably swoon over the designer duds presented in many of them, but often end up searching for wallet-friendly options instead. This ongoing quest for a cheaper alternative is actually what led me to create a section of my blog called the Chic, Yet Cheap Find, and is also what keeps many of you readers coming back for a regular dose of fashion-related pearls of wisdom. However, once I spot a trend and start the hunt for that perfect item to complete it- in this case it is a pleated skirt- I find sometimes find myself engaging in a long process that leads to complete and utter frustration.

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Forecastal Festival. Design for Change

 

forecastle festival style

If you read this post on Anchal Project, you are well-acquainted with how the company is bringing about social and economical change with repurposed, cotton saris. This week, The Chic Street is teaming up with Anchal, and Revelry Boutique Gallery for the event, Festival Fashion for Good.

With InStyle Magazine recently naming the bandana as this year’s hottest festival fashion trend, me and Josh Johnson of The Kentucky Gent will be giving tips and tricks on how to style Anchal Project bandanas at the event on Wednesday, July 13.

“We are excited to partner with one of our favorite local boutiques and retail partners, Revelry,” says Colleen Clines, Anchal’s Co-founder and CEO. Colleen adds, “Festival season is such a fun time to experiment with your style and we want to help guests express their individuality with our one-of-a-kind pieces that are changing lives.”

The event will raise awareness for sustainable fashion,  while also allowing the local community and festival-goers to support Louisville’s own Anchal Project. Representation from The Forecastle Foundation will be in attendance as well as a professional henna tattoo artist to complete the whole festival look.

For more details, or to RSVP to the event, click here!

Somsack Sikhounmuong. My Interview With Madewell’s Head of Design

In celebration of Madewell finally planting its fashionable roots in Louisville by opening a new store this month (details for the opening are here), I had the opportunity to interview the brand’s head of design, Somsack Sikhounmuong. After chatting a bit about fashion, I came to the realization that Somsack’s approach to style is as effortless as the mantra behind the Madewell brand itself. If you are local and read The Voice Tribune, the feature is also now on newsstands.

How do you describe your style?
Deep down I’ve always been a “jeans and T-shirt” kind of a guy. I love classics, and I love things that feel designed and understated.

What are your favorite pieces?
I’ve just bought two pairs of the same white Adidas Stan Smiths. One pair I wear and the other I hold onto in case of an emergency. I grew up wearing them and they’ve recently been reissued. There’s also a bit of nostalgia there, and they go with anything, which is important.

What made you decide to pursue a career in fashion?
I like that design is essentially problem solving. As a kid, I liked math and being given a task that has a solution. So that, combined with my fascination with my grandmother’s closet, made fashion an obvious choice.

What do you love most about your job?
Being creative. Whether it be during a fitting, marketing meeting, styling walk-through or a sketch review with my team, I enjoy that part the most.

How would you describe a Madewell woman?
Creative, authentic and unfussy.

What are some must-have pieces from the Madewell fall collection?
Our jeans, leather goods (we have some amazing bags and boots) and a great piece of outerwear.

Are there any trends you wish would go away or come back?
Trends have a funny way of coming back into style – even the scariest ones – so I’m always a little hesitant when answering that question. Lucky for me personally and for the Madewell brand, we are huge fans of what I like to call “tried and true” pieces. For instance, a great pair of jeans won’t ever go out of style.

What are you looking forward to wearing most this fall?
I’m definitely a summer baby, so I’ll be in summer mode until the very last moment. That being said, I haven’t really looked that far ahead yet.

Do you have a fashion icon?
I have so many , but Jane Birkin, my grandma and Geoffrey Beene are just three.