Fit for Fashion at Saks Fifth Avenue

Last Thursday at this time, these MsFits were running around Saks like two crazy ladies pulling together the finishing looks for our first ever Fit Fashion Presentation. We wanted to showcase 5 beautiful new summer pieces from Saks that highlight 5 different areas of the body and how you can work them with simple barre exercises to get your body ready for these summer trends.

Yes, trends are just trends, they come and go in a blink of an eye. But each season, there is something new to try, like a different dish at your favorite restaurant… so why not have a little tasting? What I find as a stylist is that people tend to wear a larger array of trends when they feel their best. And they feel their best when they know that they’ve put in the effort to look that way. You don’t have to be a size 0 to attempt every trend, but when you’re playing around with fashion, it’s much more fun when your confidence pushes you to think outside your own fashion box.

The areas of the body that we focused on were the arms, abs, thighs, calves and butt. And for each of our guests we designed our own little cue cards to help them remember the moves… Our amazing illustrator drew each girl in a fun outfit that I designed, with Jess’ careful attention to each one of the poses. We’re also going to be posting our own videos to really show you how to execute each one of these routines… Find the videos here.

Cue Card

Cue Card

 

Cue Card

Cue Card

 

Also, with stroke awareness being an extremely important cause for us for many reasons and because May is Stroke Awareness month, we invited Dr. Rost, the Director of the Acute Stroke Services at Mass General Hospital, to speak about the importance of stroke awareness and how every one of us should never ignore warning signs and always be conscious about what our body is telling us. 10% of the proceeds from sales that night went to the American Stroke Association which we’re so thankful for!

Here are some photos from the event… Enjoy!

Models ready to go...

Models ready to go…

 

Left to Right:

Floral top, skirt, coat and bag, Stella McCartney. Sandals, Salvatore Ferragamo. Necklace, Mija.

Bra top, Helmut Lang. Culottes, Marc Jacobs. Scarf (in the hair), Emilio Pucci. Sunglasses, Prada. Sandals, Jimmy Choo.

Dress, Herve Leger. Leather jacket, Thakoon. Necklace and bangles, Alexis Bittar. Clutch, Alexander McQueen.

Dress, Cushnie et Ochs. Gold choker and bangles, Celine. Bag, Alexander McQueen. Sandals, Jimmy Choo.

Boucle jacket and skirt with bird print top, Nina Ricci. Sunglasses, Dior. Earrings, Phillips House. Bangles, Mija. Bag, Celine. Sandals, Prada.

 

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With our beautiful fitness model, Christie

With our beautiful fitness model, Christie

Dr. Rost

Dr. Rost

Thank you to our glam squad for making us look presentable!

Thank you to our glam squad for making us look presentable!

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Showing off the reverse push-up

Showing off the reverse push-up

Keep those heels high!

Keep those heels high!

Reed Krakoff clutch

Reed Krakoff clutch

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Side plank

Side plank

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C'est fini!

C’est fini!

 

STAY TUNED FOR MORE FUN MS FIT EVENTS!

 

All photography by Hogger & Co.

All looks available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Boston.

Models of Maggie, Inc.

Hair by Dani Noel and Nathan Alan of Blo.

Makeup by NARS.

Jessica and Christie’s outfits, Splits59. Sneakers, Reebok.

 

Wanted: Risk Takers

As a self-proclaimed fashionista, I live for the thrill of trying something new in fashion with the climax being the execution of a perfectly styled outfit without getting piercing stares from everyone at the party. I love using my imagination, my knowledge of what’s en trend and my own personal style to put together every one of my ensembles… Some people take risks at the Black Jack table, I take risks in my own closet.

At our first official MsFit photoshoot, I put Jessica to the challenge of wearing something she normally wouldn’t pick out. We went with a beyond unbelievable Stella McCartney gown with one of my favorite trends, sheer paneling on the sides, paired with a gold belt… it wasn’t the hardest thing in the world to convince her to wear it. And I went with my favorite trend for this spring, the crop top and skirt combo, with a Herve Leger top and Dolce & Gabbana floral print skirt and my own shoes.

All pieces available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Boston.

All pieces available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Boston.

 

This spring, I thought, with so many emerging trends hitting the streets, why not inspire some of our Ms Fits to take a little risk with these lovely new styles…

 

CROP TOPS~

I know what you’re thinking… Nothing with the word crop will ever be in my fashion vocabulary. But this trend is so hot right now, just give it a chance… you never know if you never try. Pair a simple skirt that sits about 2 inches above your naval with a patterned crop top that hits you right below your bra line and presto! That exposed area of your torso is typically the easiest to tone as far as abs go and therefore will look the best peeping out of your crop top.

Here are a few inspirations to guide to crop top heaven…

 

Zoe Saldana in Calvin Klein

Zoe Saldana in Calvin Klein

Katy Perry in Dolce & Gabbana

Katy Perry in Dolce & Gabbana

Olivia Munn in Thakoon Addition

Olivia Munn in Thakoon Addition

And p.s. If you’re still not sold on this whole look because you don’t think you’ve got the bod… check out this feature about a gorgeous girl, who’s a size 12, that took the risk and it paid off beautifully!

 

SHEER PANELING~

This is like the cousin to the crop top trend.. It’s been around a bit longer, but perhaps because it covers a bit more than its crop top relative and still leaves little to the imagination. I love this look because it’s ethereal, sexy and kind of bad ass all at the same time. Whether the sheer paneling is up top, or a detail at the hem of a skirt, it’s definitely something to embrace for spring!

Gwen Stefani in Stella McCartney

Gwen Stefani in Stella McCartney

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FLATS~

Flats are what my husband calls the ugliest things in the world.. that’s coming from a person who’s never known what it’s like to wear heels for 8 hours straight. Luckily for us heel-wearers, this season, flats have gone flat-out big and have slowly made their way onto the list of acceptable-shoes-to-wear-out-at-night list. As a shoe-obsessed freak, I never thought I’d be ok with this, but after checking out all the new styles, I may just have to succumb to wearing a fab pair of flats out at night and being ridiculously comfortable for once.

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Chloe

Case in point! All dolled up with a pair of Loub Flats

Case in point! All dolled up with a pair of Loub Flats

Giorgio Armani

Giorgio Armani

Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta

Tabitha Simmons

Tabitha Simmons

Valentino

Valentino

 

COLOR~

Here’s one that is so easy to pull off,  yet everyone around me seems to always be going Beetlejuice. PUT ON SOME COLOR, GIRL! It’s refreshing, it’ll make you feel alive, it draws attention, it never goes out of style, it brings out your best features, it’s more fun to coordinate with other colors and prints, the list goes on… Here are a few inspirations to get you out of your doldrums and into living la vida color!

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CULOTTES~

This trend is making a courageous comeback this season. It’s very Katherine Hepburn, it’s very Parisian chic and it’s very unsexy to the male species (as I have once been told by a male fashion photographer). But who cares about them anyway… This one’s for your lady friends. These big pants were big about 8 years ago and then went on a bit of a hiatus, but I sure am glad they’re back, and I think to stay for at least another year or two. Pair your culottes with a fun crop top or simple sleek t-shirt and give the whole look some height with a fab pair of heels.

Adam Lippes leather culottes

Adam Lippes leather culottes

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Roksanda Ilincic culottes

Roksanda Ilincic culottes

 

OVERALLS~

You could be a farmer in these clothes, but I prefer chic trendsetter instead. Overalls aren’t just child’s play anymore, they’re hitting the streets in a very mature way. Whether they’re denim or leather, shorts or skirt overalls, I am obsessed with this returned trend. It’s just something new to try and rock with a high pair of heels and a pretty top out to dinner or party… or with a cute pair of espadrilles and even a crop top for lunch with your favorite MsFits!

 

As one of our favorite authors, Paulo Coelho once wrote, “If it’s still in your mind, it is worth taking the risk.” Get out there MsFits, and take a fashion risk!

~A&J  @msfitforsociety