Yesterday, one of the greatest fashion designers of our time passed away. His legacy lives on in his spectacular creations worn by the likes of Jackie Kennedy, Sarah Jessica Parker and Princess Diana. A man who wasn't only talented but kind, joyful and full of wisdom. His words will continue to inspire designers like me when he said, for example "my job as a designer is to make a woman feel her very best". In his honor, we have picked our 6 favorite fashion moments from the great designer himself.
This year, we'd like to give you some ideas so your Halloween costume is a bit more on the inspirational side rather than the spooky side. After all, what is Halloween if not to make a statement and what a better way to stand out than as an inspirational woman? Here are three ideas of things we would love to go as!
1. Rosie the Riveter
She may not be real but she did inspire a whole generation of working women and for that, she is definitely an inspiration to us! And also, a great Halloween costume.
A period costume that represents women fighting for their right to vote? Count us in! Don't forget the wonderful sash with the 'votes for women' and voila! A great inspirational women costume.
3. Madame Curie
The famous scientist and twice winner of the Nobel award is one of the most inspirational women out there. Another great period costume and a way to remember the famous scientist.
This Halloween, looking like an inspirational woman is where it's at! Which inspirational woman will you choose to honor this year?
Right after Phoenix Fashion Week, we were given the opportunity to showcase our collection at the W Hollywood. It was a great experience and we even debuted a few new things like.....
The Harper maxi in a Chevron inspired print:
And the Belle blouse in the same pattern with an Adriana maxi skirt in black.
We loved every moment of the evening!!! We'd like to give special thanks tom Sole Society shoes, Zero UV Sunglasses, MOFE handbags, Safia Day jewelry, and Clutch Crowns for their support in making our looks stand out and be the most they could be! And more thanks to Parker Whitaker Productions, Media Play PR, Mannfolk PR, Alexis Bellino, Kiara Belen, and all of our fabulous models!!!!
For the third year in a row, we took to the Phoenix Fashion Week runway to showcase our collection. As usual, it was an unforgettable experience and we had a blast! We want to thank Sole Society shoes, Zero UV Sunglasses, MOFE handbags, Clutch Jewelry, Toni and Guy and Boots Cosmetics for making our models look their best and helping us showcase our collection in the best way possible. And of course, the Phoenix Fashion Week crew for being professional, supportive, and fabulous!!!
We took the runway for the third year running at Phoenix Fashion Week last night. While we await the runway images..... enjoy this video of the runway finale!
The best of Paris comes as no surprise from the Kaiser himself. Chanel outdid themselves this season with Boulevard Chanel and a 70's revivals. Th power suit made a comeback and there wasn't one garment of clothing that didn't scream power and ladies first. To finish off the wonderful looks and the throwback revival that is still so relevant today with an actual march. There were signs, Cara Delevigne and Gisele Bundchen had megaphones and it was a full on girl power party. We love the celebration of women and Chanel outshone everyone by celebrating powerful women!
Here at Bri Seeley we are fans of tattoos. We love how they express our art and inspiration and the designer herself boast some pretty cool ink. We decided that as a fun treat, and considering so many of our generation are as in love with tattoos as we are, here are our top 5 fashion tattoos!
How could we not love this Cat tattoo? So adorable!
Hardly anyone as bad-ass as an Egyptian goddess
Delevigne has said she got it because she left a little like a doll. Very cool idea.
Perfect for the globe trotting Chiara
When she puts her arm next to her neck there are bubbles that go with it. Perfect!
Fashion gets a bad rep for being a shallow industry. A lot of people can't get past the clothes to look at the deeper things hiding underneath the pretty surface of garments. Fashion, before anything else, is an opportunity for self-expression. You should wear clothes that make you feel a certain way as they are the first impression you give. Fashion is a way to show the world who you are.
There is another thing that fashion can do and it is talking about the deeper things happening in society. In this years' London Fashion Week, Vivienne Westwood took the runway to showcase her political opinion on Scotlands' referendum to see if they want to separate from the UK. With a simple pin, Westwood turned the conversation unto politics and what is happening in the world. Sometimes a speech isn't necessary to make a statement, and in these moments Fashion is key.
As a fashion designer, I take the moments like the one Vivienne Westwood presented as inspiration. I have always strived for the clothes I make to have a deeper meaning and it is that every woman can and is inspirational. As such, I have taken the aesthetic of my collections as a way to start a conversation on what it means to be a woman. The conversation can be reflected on the Inspirational Woman Project I started and that I hope is reflected in everything I make.
When Marchesa announced that it was moving venues to London this season to celebrate their 10 year anniversary, it was clear we were going to be spectators to the best of the best of the line. Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig did not disappoint. The collection was fantastic and it reflected the journey of the line throughout the years. The boho aesthetic underneath all the pieces was flawless and it embodied everything we have come to love of the brand in these past ten years. We've picked our favorite three looks and congratulations Marchesa on ten years of impeccable work!
A major hair trend that's happening right now, and we are loving, is the slicked-back hair. There's something incredibly feminine and polished about this hair style. It's also a no brainer for those office days when you want to look put-together. We are loving this style inspiration and we are specially loving the emphasis it places on your face.
Recently, Italia Ricci paired the Lilly Dress with a slicked-back do that complimented the feminine feel of the dress and turned it into a classic beauty moment in which she channeled that old Hollywood glamour we love so much at Bri Seeley. This week, try the slicked-back hair inspiration and let us know how you styled by tagging us in you Instapic.
Since the beginning, our brand has been all about inspiring real women. Inspiring them in their womanhood, in their passions, in their businesses, and in their personal lives. So it makes complete sense that Bri was called this summer to take that inspirational impact further.
After her 31 day blog series of what it means to be a woman, as well as a blog on the Huffington Post, Bri decided to conduct 100 interviews exploring what being a woman means, femininity, how the women inspire the world around them, and why being a woman is so great!
These 100 interviews have been compiled into a coffee table book - and are just the beginning for a larger movement called The Inspirational Woman Project.
Bri is raising capitol for the first round of publishing (and hopefully an app soon too!). Check out the Kickstarter and join the movement!
Remember how we showed you the Lily dressed up in a fancy way? Well the great news is it can also be dressed down for a perfect street style look. Accessories can truly make all the difference in the world! The chiffon and breezy feel that make this dress so stunning also work in your day to day life.
Belt it and switch out the heels for some metallic detail sandals for a chilled out look. Add a floppy hat for that perfect mixture between summer and fall. Don't forget a cute necklace and some sunnies, and you're ready to take on the day!
How would you style the Lily for a casual occasion? Shop the look HERE.
Here at Bri Seeley we are big fans of Fashion Month and all the trends that are set in the runways of New York, London, Milan and Paris. We love and understand the hard-work put into every collection and can honestly say that the runways so far in NYFW have been spectacular. But as always, there is a favorite in our hearts and this time around it goes to Lela Rose for her S/S 2015 collection. We love her feminine silhouettes and her play on dainty prints and colors to make a collection that juggles the juxtaposition between tough and delicate in a beautiful way. Here we present our 5 favorite looks from the Lela Rose collection.
We all have those events where we have to look put together but it's always a pain having to get a dress you're probably only going to wear once. Well we have a dress that is perfect for these events and can also be dressed down for your everyday look.
The Lily maxi dress is perfect for an elegant occasion with its flowing silk chiffon and high neckline. It will make you stand out and look elegant and polished. Pair with black high heels and a statement necklace to really stand out. Add some bangles, rings and earrings for a modernized "Belle of the Ball" feel. Shop the look HERE.
Check back Thursday to see how we styled the Lily for a more casual affair..... How would you style this dress for a formal occasion? Check out how Italia Ricci styled the dress for a wedding this past weekend:
With fashion season approaching, we've been getting a lot of questions about what's next for Bri Seeley. As most of you know, Bri has been focusing a lot of her energies on the Inspirational Woman Project (the kickstarter launches on Thursday - keep your eyes peeled!!!!). Which brings us to the bad news. Unfortunately we won't be releasing a Spring/Summer 2015 collection.
Or we should say, we're not releasing one as you have been accustomed to seeing from us. Which brings us to the good news. Bri will be releasing a capsule collection in April with Aletha Spectacle, an up and coming boutique that assimilates fine art with fashion. The capsule collection will consist of five designs, and only SIX garments per design. Which means, there will only be 30 pieces in existence and if you want one..... well, you'll have to be quick on the draw!
In the meantime, you can always shop our previous collections HERE. Our hope is that once things even out with the new business venture, that it will be business as usual in the Bri Seeley design studios.
With fall looming in closer, we have to talk about the beauty trends for the season. One trend we are excited to try is metallic eye shadow. Metallics are perfect for fall, especially the golden toned ones. There's such a variety of colors and shades from very bright to dull gold that it's super easy to work this trend during the day, as well as for a night on the town.
At Bri Seeley we especially love gold because we feel it brings out some of the best qualities in our pieces. Golden eyes pair perfectly with our merlot colored pieces for the fall. Black and gold can never go wrong and are a classic coupling. Finally, our prints really pop with metallic makeup, bringing out in the golden undertones in the garments.
How do you plan to play with his beauty trend this season?