Tommy Hilfiger RTW Fall 2015, fashion really meets football!!

Were you guys as excited about this collection as I was?? The runway was a football field! How cool is that? It’s probably a good thing only a few of the pieces are available in Steelers colors!




Never afraid to embrace a theme in earnest, Tommy Hilfiger transformed the Park Avenue Armory into a football stadium, practically to scale, with a real Astroturf field, bleachers, a scoreboard and a hi-def Jumbotron that zeroed in on unsuspecting audience members just like they do at the games. Hokey? Yes, but that’s the point, and if it didn’t make you smile, there are still plenty of cool, sleek, affected shows in barren Chelsea warehouses to come

“I’ve always been inspired by American football,” said Hilfiger. “I love the uniforms, I love the game, I love the energy.” Lest things get too literal, he left the shoulder pads and tight pants in the locker room and crossbred his sport reference with “Love Story.” Nevermind that Ryan O’Neal’s character was a hockey player, this was Tommy’s world, a happy collegiate one at that, full of pretty, popular girls in navy, camel, maroon and gold. They wore mohair varsity sweaters and kick-pleat skirts; there were bomber jackets aplenty, some in bright satin, one with a knit collar; he offered peacoats in shearling and navy with a soft stripe trim. Jumpers with velvet bodices and Empire waists were a tasteful approximation of cheerleading outfits and football jerseys came reimagined in bright leathers bearing the number 30, for 30 years of Tommy Hilfiger. It was a happy collection of Americana, a little kitsch but well done in luxury fabrics. The only thing egregiously out of place was the Patriots helmet Hilfiger held for his bow. As a boy from Elmira, N.Y., he had the right colors, wrong team.

The Super Bowl Isn’t the Only Place to Find Fierce Football Players

I was so very inspired by this post! It’s a must read for all football fans. :) <3

Reblogged from ModCloth,  click here for original post.

It’s Super Bowl season once again — time to whip up some salty snacks, crowd onto your comfiest couch, and enjoy one of our favorite national pastimes. Of course, sometimes it’s hard to be a female fan of a sport that’s so male dominated (especially given the troubling events of the past year). That’s why we’re kicking off our weekend with a celebration of talented women who are changing the game. Meet the Pittsburgh Passion — a full-contact women’s football team working hard to prove that football, like all sports, is for everyone to love, watch, and play. Get to know the team in our video below, find out more on their site, and be inspired to make the world a more inclusive, supportive place for everybody.


Gentlemen, take notes. :)

The designer on his personal style, which items all men should own, and why trying too hard is the worst thing you can do.

 would describe my style as simple and not thought out. The most uninteresting thing for me is when somebody thinks too much about how they put themselves together.

The clothes I wear myself are basically all shades of gray; it’s a uniform I wear every day. I’ve been dressing the same way all my life, except now it’s ‘mine.’

Sometimes I feel like I’m not really interested in fashion, but in doing what I do, and making really well-made clothes.

To be really good at something, you don’t need to have studied it, just so long as you work with somebody really good.

If a designer just wants to start a ‘trend,’ they won’t have a very long life. But if you make something really well, there’s always going to be someone interested. That translates into the collection with Mr. Porter; it’s for guys who understand interesting design and appreciate quality.

I get my haircut every week, same thing every time. I love order, uniform, and routine.

Every man should own a navy cashmere jacket with gold buttons, a gray suit, black shoes shoes for the city, brown shoes for elsewhere. Everything else should be simple and really well made.

I wear running shoes every day, but I have to be honest, I hate them. I don’t understand the need for all the colors. I would love someone to design some red, white, and blue running shoes.

Buying something timeless is more important than buying something on-trend, especially if it doesn’t look so good. People might think that I advocate wearing short trousers and jackets, but I don’t, because that doesn’t work for everyone.

Men shouldn’t try too hard, or think about what they wear too much. I like when there’s something about a look that throws it off a little—perfection is really imperfect.

My style icon would be my father. He was well dressed, but it wasn’t too fancy or considered, just very classic, American-made suits (basically Brooks Brothers). He looked good all the time.

My one rule for a stylish life? Just stay true to yourself.

A version of this article was originally published by Esquire UK

Steelers Style Fashion Show

As I mentioned in the post below, it’s been sometime since you’ve heard from me.  Well you see it’s been a very busy few months. In August through October of 2014, I was blessed to play the role of stylist/production assistant for the Steelers Style Fashion Show!

The job started right away with a quick trip to training camp to help style the players that were on the invitation. Never in my lifetime did I think that I would be hanging out with Cam Heyward, Kelvin Beachum and Le’Veon Bell. We even got to dine in the same dining hall that they players do. :)

Will Johnson in a look that I styled.

Will Johnson in a look that I styled.

The show took place on October 24th at Heinz Field. Celebrating it’s 40th anniversary this year’s show was truly magical!

To really understand what I mean, you have to watch the video. Prepare to laugh because these guys are hilarious!

Not only is the show a fun way to see the players off the field, but it also benefits two WONDERFUL causes. the  UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program and the Cancer Caring Center.

To see my behind the scenes photos check out my Facebook album! And to see more photos from the Steelers click here.

This was truly a once in a lifetime experience, and I’m so very excited to share it with you!

Bloomingdale’s, NBA Team Up for All-Star Game

I know it’s been too long since you’ve heard from, but I’m back! I knew I had to tell you about this super fun collaboration between Bloomingdale’s and the NBA. We all know that NBA players are rumored to be some of the best dressed in all of sports, so this collab is a match made in heaven!

Direct link and article below… :)


NEW YORK — Bloomingdale’s is getting its game on.

Following on the heels of its successful collaboration with the National Football League for last year’s Super Bowl, the retailer is now teaming up with the National Basketball Association for the NBA All-Star Game, scheduled for Madison Square Garden on Feb. 15.

“Our NFL collaboration was really, really successful,” said Kevin Harter, vice president of men’s fashion direction. “We’ve always known that the Bloomingdale’s customer loves pop culture. But now we’ve realized that the Bloomingdale’s men’s customer loves sports.”

In addition, Harter said, “the NBA guys are the new fashion icons. They are immaculate dressers and really set the tone for men’s wear today.”

Bloomingdale’s has installed 16 basketball-inspired pop-up shops at its stores around the country, offering retro-era jerseys, vintage graphic T-shirts and accessories from brands including Mitchell & Ness, Sportiqe, Junk Food, Been Trill, Mark McNairy and Stance. Special NBA All-Star merchandise will also be offered.

The shops are at the 59th Street and SoHo stores in New York City, as well as units in the New York suburbs, Florida, California, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.

“We are always looking for new ways to engage with our fashion-forward fan base, and we felt the NBA shop-in-shop was the perfect opportunity to unite fashion and basketball as we celebrate the NBA All-Star Game’s return to the city,” said Lisa Piken Koper, NBA vice president of licensing.

Frank Berman, Bloomingdale’s executive vice president of marketing, said the retailer “saw the opportunity to tap into the basketball community’s love for fashion through close collaborations, merchandise, visual displays and special events to celebrate this iconic event with fans and shoppers while supporting Mentoring USA.” Last year, Bloomingdale’s enlisted the help of the Council of Fashion Designers of America to have 48 designers create custom helmets for the Super Bowl.

Berman said that while the NBA All-Star Game is a “spectacle” in and of itself, it doesn’t lend itself to a similar initiative. “We thought about it, but decided to go with a different angle.” He said football helmets could be viewed by designers as “a blank canvas,” but the same couldn’t be said of basketball jerseys.

So instead, the retailer worked with the league and designers on the licensed collection — Mark McNairy designed special bomber jackets for the collaboration — and produced a mailer focused on tailored clothing. The direct mail piece, which ships to homes this week, features Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden — and his signature beard — on the cover. It offers a story on the player, who is shown wearing a Freemans Sporting Club made-to-measure suit and touts three online videos with the player “dropping dimes on his personal style,” on the Bloomingdale’s Web site. Harden is also scheduled to make an appearance at the 59th Street flagship on Feb. 12.

The videos, which are a partnership between Bloomingdale’s and GQ, were inspired by “The Walk,” the style moment between the locker room and team bus for players to showcase their off-the-court attire. In the videos, GQ’s executive stylist of publishing, Brett Fahlgren, talks with Harden about everything from how to get the NBA look to dressing for specific body types. An NBA-specific microsite goes live Thursday, where customers can shop and check out the Harden videos.

“Basketball has always been a game of style,” said Harter. “NBA players have become sartorial leaders and, for men interested in dressing well, a go-to source for inspiration.”

In addition to The Walk, the collaboration also hones in on the ath-leisure trend, Harter said. One look in the catalogue, for example, shows a model in a rubberized baseball jacket from Michael Kors over a Mitchell & Ness T and leather shorts from Theory while another offers a Burberry Brit leather jacket over Michael Kors track pants.

The initiative also has a charity component, with an auction of tickets to events surrounding the All-Star game, and to the game itself, as well as merchandise and a Bloomingdale’s shopping spree. All proceeds will benefit Mentoring USA, which provides supportive relationships for youths aged seven to 21.

Berman said there’s an “emerging trend” among customers who are increasingly seeking unique experiences, and “with the All-Star Game in our backyard,” the association made sense.

Bloomingdale’s will install windows with NBA and All-Star merchandise in its Lexington Avenue windows beginning Jan. 19.

In addition to the Harden appearance, other in-store events are also planned around the game, although they are still being planned, Harter said.

The NBA All-Star game will reach fans in 215 countries and will be televised by TNT.

Yelp’s Fashionably Local

Yelp's Fashionably Local

Yelp is hosting a month-long promotion showcasing the very best of local boutiques, designers and makers in the Burgh! Open to men and women alike, so don’t be shy my man friends:)

* Meet and greet with local designers and get a sneak peak at their creative process!
* Special deals and discounts at each event
* Snack on tasty bites & bevvies from local businesses

DRESS FOR SUCCESS will be our benefactor for each event, so please consider donating to this wonderful cause (we’ll have a donation box at each event) or bring your gently used professional clothes. You can find all information about donating here:…


* Click on the separate event links below to RSVP (
* Make sure you’ve got a real name and photo on your profile
* Sorry kiddos, all events are for those 21+
* Attendance is limited, so don’t wait to RSVP!

TWITTER: @YelpPittsburgh HASHTAG: #fashionablylocal

***This is the LANDING PAGE for Yelp’s Fashionably Local. In order to attend any of the events below, you’ll need to RSVP on the INDIVIDUAL EVENT LISTINGS and may need to receive a CONFIRMATION EMAIL***

YELP’S FASHIONABLY LOCAL: Yelp’s Getting Hitched or Ready to Ditch!
LOCATION: Glitter & Grit
DATE: Wednesday, June 4 (7-9pm)
DETAILS: An event for brides and friends alike! We’ll be talking bridal fashion with Erin, Glitter & Grit owner and getting wedding photography tips from Veronica Varos. Have ugly bridesmaid dresses? Jen Rocket will be talking up-cycle, so bring ‘em in!

LOCATION: Carnegie Coffee Company
DATE: Sunday, June 8 (3-5pm)
DETAILS: Bring your gently used or barely worn clothes, shoes, and accessories and we’ll swap ‘em out for something brand new to you! Anything not taken will be donated to a Salvation Army. Plus, sip and sample from Carnegie Coffee Company.

LOCATION: Mid-Atlantic Mercantile
DATE: Wednesday, June 11 (7-9pm)
DETAILS: Visit with Emily, owner of Mid-Atlantic Mercantile as she talks about the importance of obtaining made in the US materials. Plus, learn about the latest in men’s and women’s fashions according to her stylish aesthetic. Also, sample some delicious Family Farms Creamery ice cream!

YELP’S FASHIONABLY LOCAL: Yelp’s Colorful Assortment
LOCATION: Jupe in Lawrenceville
DATE: Wednesday, June 18 (7-9pm)
DETAILS: Find out what colors work for your skin-tone with local House of Colour rep Julie and hear from Cara, Jupe owner, who will be talking about the latest spring and summer trends. Tasty bites by Leona’s Ice Cream Sandwiches.

YELP’S FASHIONABLY LOCAL: Yelp’s Food Truck Round-Up @ Moop
DATE: Saturday, June 21 (1-3pm)
DETAILS: Visit Moop’s studio, see how their bags are created, stay for the food trucks and brews!

LOCATION: Highway Robbery
DATE: Tuesday, June 24 (7-9pm)
DETAILS: Learn how to shop for your own vintage treasures from the experts! Kate, Highway Robbery owner, and Bess Dunlevy, Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer creator will be on hand to give you tips and tricks of the trade.

YELP’S FASHIONABLY LOCAL: Yelp’s Designer Spotlight with Kelly Lane
LOCATION: Kelly Lane Studios
DATE: Saturday, June 28 (1-3pm)
DETAILS: Meet Kelly Lane, local designer who creates bold compositions of color, print, and line to form flattering silhouettes. All garments are carefully crafted from eco-friendly fabrics. Learn about her process from concept to design to actual product!

Hockey Fashion Face-off: Rangers Take on Kings

I loved this article from WWD and I knew I had to share with you…

Tonight the Los Angeles Kings face off against the New York Rangers in the first game of the Stanley Cup Final at the Staples Center in L.A. While non-hockey fans might yawn at that thought, the fashion world, for once, is taking notice.

Because it turns out that instead of toothless behemoths with sticks, hockey players (or at least some of them anyway) are turning into real fashion plates. And none more so then members of the Kings and the Rangers.

As former Rangers center and MSG Network analyst Ron Duguay, no fashion slouch himself, said, this year’s Cup Final is “Broadway versus Hollywood, flip-flops versus work boots during the day, and then at night casual versus GQ.”

The Kings players are muscular examples of the more-casual lifestyle of their home city, generally donning shorts and T-shirts. The Rangers tend to be more classic, with observers saying players like Henrik Lundqvist look like they just stepped out of the pages of a fashion magazine.

“Some of the best-dressed athletes are emerging from the NHL,” said designer John Varvatos. “The players are taking risks and realizing that men’s wear is fun and not all about oversize suits. We’ve been fortunate to dress players from both teams. Dustin Brown and Jarret Stoll from the Kings always look great in our clothes. Henrik Lundqvist and Brian Boyle from the Rangers understand the importance of slim-fitting suits. We dressed Ryan McDonagh for the past Rangers Casino Night in a gray tuxedo and he looked incredible.”

“We have had a great relationship with New York Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist,” said Italo Zucchelli, men’s creative director of Calvin Klein Collection. “He has attended our runway shows in Milan, and we have dressed him in Calvin Klein Collection for many events over the past two years. Dressing hockey players and other athletes is always exciting because they embrace fashion; they are great looking and wear the clothes very well and with style.”

Money certainly helps — after all, hockey players now have multi-multimillion-dollar contracts, making it easier for them to buy designer duds (not to mention get good dental work). “We all wanted to look nice, but we couldn’t afford a $2,000 or $3,000 suit from Armani or Canali,” Duguay said. “If we spent $200 off the rack, it was a lot. In my first year in 1977, I made $75,000. And the guys before me made less than that.” In contrast, Lundqvist in December signed a seven-year, $59.5 million contract with the Rangers. “When you have money, it’s easy to buy clothes that make you look good,” Duguay said.

During a photo shoot with WWD in 2012, Lundqvist said he’s certainly not alone in his interest in fashion, but not every player has acquired the same style sense. “A lot of the guys dress well,” he said at the time. “But some guys are still old-school. Hockey is still really old-school, but that’s beginning to change. It comes down to whether they care or not. A lot just want to be comfortable.”

Brian Jennings, chief marketing officer of the NHL, said that 26 percent of the league’s players now are from Europe, “so you see a European influence in the locker rooms.” The players from across the pond tend toward slimmer silhouettes and have no problem “having fun with style. The younger generation [of players] takes a greater interest in fashion.”

Jennings bristles at the stereotype of the grungy hockey player of yesteryear. “We fight against that image,” he said. “Hockey players are good looking, articulate and community-oriented. They have million-dollar smiles and their hair is groomed. Many of them look like they walked off a runway in Milan.”

That wasn’t the case in Duguay’s day, when his off-the-ice persona drew attention and led him to be considered the most stylish player in the NHL.

“To borrow a phrase from the technology industry, he was an early adaptor,” said Jennings of Duguay. “Guys then had their own style, but it was a different era. Today, our players have a much stronger sense of style and they know that their image is an extension of their personal brand.”

As a rule, Jennings said, hockey players look at themselves as part of a team, rather than as individuals, and as such are generally “not flashy. But what they wear off the ice allows them to have an identity.”

That was never a problem with Duguay, who is married to fashion model Kim Alexis, and even costarred in a Sasson jeans commercial in the Seventies.

For him, his interest in fashion “started at birth,” he said. “I’m French-Canadian. I like bright colors, they make me happy and they put me in a good mood. And if you look good, you play good.”

For his on-screen wardrobe today, Duguay chooses Robert Graham. The moment he saw the brand’s brightly colored shirts, he was hooked. “I was like a kid in a candy store,” he said. “And I’ve been wearing it ever since.” In addition to the wildly patterned shirts, Duguay also likes the brand’s jackets, some of which are “funky.” With those, he’ll pair them with a white shirt. “And they’ve made two suits just for me,” he said, adding that he’s also talked the brand into outfitting the MSG crew with Robert Graham ties to wear on the set.

Although he hasn’t replicated his Seventies commercial for Sasson jeans, where he and teammates Phil Esposito, Dave Maloney and Anders Hedberg skated around a rink in their Rangers sweaters and jeans, Duguay is still open to other fashion collaborations.

“We didn’t get a lot of endorsement deals back then,” he said. “But that one got everybody’s attention. Now I’m hoping Robert Graham will use me in their ads.”

Duguay said he was picking up a special Robert Graham to wear at the first Stanley Cup Final game tonight in L.A.

Personal Stylist Needed?

Hi everyone!

You’re enjoying my style inspiration, shopping guides, and fashion tips, right?

Well, I’m starting to offer one-on-one personal styling sessions! Now, I can help you look amazing and develop your own personal style.

Here’s how it works: go to my profile on Share Some Style and click “get styled”. You’ll tell me a bit about your style goals, I’ll respond with answers to your questions and some outfit inspiration, and then we’ll set up a time for a “closet audit”.

We’ll meet at your home (if you’re in the Pittsburgh area) or online through video chat. I’ll go through your wardrobe piece-by-piece, and help you create all-new looks by mixing and matching your current clothes.

We’ll also:

- get rid of worn or ill-fitting items

- answer all your styling questions

- create a prioritized shopping list that will fill the holes in your wardrobe with awesome


Sound fun? Book me here: