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Alyssa Nicole Fall 2014 Collection Preview

"Still Cold" Fall/Winter 2014 Collection by Alyssa NicoleI was thrilled to climb up to the rooftop deck of San Francisco’s Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising for a private preview of the Alyssa Nicole Fall 2014 Collection earlier this month.

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What I love most about designer Alyssa Casares’s designs is that she creates each collection with real women in mind, and each collection contains everything that you could need for that season.

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Her Fall/Winter 2014 collection was filled with rich fabrics like wool and Jacquard, shown in varying shades of silver and navy blue. And true to form – Everything a San Francisco lady could need for Fall in the Bay Area was present.

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Chic fitted dresses for the office to be paired with tight and pumps. Flirty mini dresses for weekends that will be perfect with booties & a blazer. Bold ladylike outerwear that will look posh with everything from jeans to a little black dress.

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Fun, hippie chic maxi dresses for weekend getaways and music festival season. And the sweetest blue separates for mixing and matching, all of which will look great with pieces already in your closet!

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{Images by © Christian Thomas}

Are YOU as taken by the new Alyssa Nicole collection as I am?

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MCLV Style: Retro Fashion

Two things that I’m always drawn to in fashion are bold colors and classic silhouettes, so this bright little shift dress from San Francisco designer Alyssa Nicole immediately caught my attention. Retro fashion at it’s finest!

The red-on-pink print is fun and eye-catching, while the high collar and classic shift silhouette gives it a great retro-inspired feel.

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Dress – Alyssa Nicole Fall 2013

Heels – Seychelles

Bag – Dooney & Bourke

Coat – H&M {Similar here, here & here}

Leopard Print Gloves – Lord & Taylor

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{Check out more photos here}

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{Photos by Lydia Hudgens Photography}

Bonus? The designer is not only a San Francisco local, she’s also a friend.

I interviewed Miss Alyssa Nicole a few months ago {you can read her darling interview here} and was really impressed by the chic, minimal Spring 2014 Collection that she presented last weekend. I’m already daydreaming about Spring!

In terms of styling, it can be challenging to find the right accessories for an eye-catching piece like this bright dress. Rather than continue with the sweet red and pink color scheme for my extras I decided to take things in a different direction with leopard print driving gloves, a tan coat, and an oversized neutral bag. And the perfect red suede pumps, of course!

Do YOU like retro fashions as much as I do?

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Alyssa Nicole: Spring 2014

There are few things that could have gotten me out of my cozy, warm apartment during last weekend’s rainstorm. One of those things is Miss Alyssa Nicole. In a short dress no less!

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Saturday was the launch of Alyssa Nicole’s Spring 2014 collection – A round-up of sleek, minimalist looks that mark a departure for the designer. The bright colors and retro silhouettes from last season were left behind as she presented chic, wearable Spring separates for the girl on the go.

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Each piece both made a statement in and of itself, and was versatile enough to mix and match all season. Not an easy feat I assure you.

The fabrics ranged from raw silk to linen to tweed – All with an easy grace that’ll make them the go-to piece in your closet for Spring.

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How am I envisioning these pieces for Spring?

The crochet and lace crop tops will be perfect with a flowy maxi skirt or thrown over a bikini with shorts for your next warm weather vacation, while the breezy tops can be worn with jeans or a slim fitting skirt, and easily topped with a structured blazer for a nighttime look.

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What am I coveting most?

The white-on-white gingham collared shirt dress has my name written all over it and I can already see myself in the chic little tweed suit. I adore cropped pants with a classic suit!

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{Photography by J. Villarete Photography}

Which piece was YOUR favorite?

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Alyssa Nicole: Workshop To Runway

Alyssa Nicole is a unique, handcrafted line of contemporary womenswear created in San Francisco by designer Alyssa Casares. I met the lovely Alyssa at the Couture & Avant-Garde runway show during San Francisco Fashion Week and was immediately struck by the wearability of the pieces she sent down the runway. From striking pink-on-pink brocades to sweet capelets in classic silhouettes to stylish day dresses.

Luckily I got to spend a little time getting to know this designing wunderkind and have some fun facts to share!

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[1.] Can you tell me about the inspiration behind your Fall 2013 collection? What where you trying to achieve?

For Fall 2013 I designed a collection with the idea of a glam girl turned country girl. I used bright bold prints in fuchsia and red and the silhouettes ranged from 1960s shift dresses to new look silhouettes for skirts. I was most inspired by color as well as weather in San Francisco, which influenced me to design long sleeve shift dresses and warm midi skirts.

[2.] How did you settle on the color scheme for this fun, bold collection? Are you a pink-wearing girl yourself?

Pink is my favorite color right now. I tend to wear pink almost every day, but that’s really just because my most recent collection is designed almost entirely out of shades of pink. I wasn’t set on a color story for this collection until I came across the fabrications, then I knew I absolutely had to have the bright wool jacquards in the line for fall.

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[3.] Was San Francisco Fashion Week in September your first runway show?

I have shown my collection in San Francisco Fashion Week every year since 2010, so this year was my 4th year showing my collection.

[4.] Can you tell me a few things that surprised you about putting on a runway show? Was there anything that was really different from you imagined?

I have done about 15 runway shows since I began my line, from my experience I’ve learned to just expect the unexpected. You never know what can go wrong so I just try my best to be prepared.

[5.] How did you prepare for SFFW? Obviously lots of time & effort went into creating the clothing that we saw, but what else went on behind-the-scenes to put on such a beautiful show?

I designed a few new evening gowns specifically for the runway show, so I stayed up all night before the event rushing to finish the dresses. I was exhausted once the event was over, I was lucky enough to catch up on some much-needed sleep!

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[6.] What was the best part of SFFW for you? The scariest?

The best part about SFFW is seeing my collection come to life on all the models. I had about 17 looks on the runway that night, and I’ve only seen them modeled a few at a time, so seeing the full collection on display is the best part for me.

The scariest part is when I have to go out after all the models on the runway and wave and smile at everyone. I get nervous because so many people are looking at me, but it wasn’t so bad this year because I saw so many familiar faces in the crowd!

{I have to interject here to say that I was sitting front & center and you could NOT tell she was nervous – She flashed a beautiful smile at the crowd and waved like a rockstar!}

[7.] I just loved your Fall 2013 video – What’s the story behind that? Did anything fun or unexpected happen while you were putting it together that my readers would love to hear?

We shot the video on a an abandoned historic farm, the video shoot went well, but driving back to the city after the shoot was the most adventure for the day. I got my whole team lost for an hour trying to drive back home and we didn’t have cell service so I couldn’t use Google maps to get us home!

I ended up getting lost on a really curvy 2 lane road then some of us got car sick – It was just incredibly frustrating. My whole team was exhausted and I felt so bad that I had gotten us lost after the long 8 hour shoot!

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If you’re as enamored by Miss Alyssa as I am, you’ll be dying to get your hands on her limited edition pieces as soon as you can. You can shop them online here or if you’re in the Bay Area you can come out and shop some pieces on sale this weekend at FashionElles Boutique!

What’s YOUR favorite look here?

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