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MCLV Style: Gold or Silver?

Gold or Silver?

It’s an age-old conundrum.

I actually grew up wearing silver in high school and college, but as I got more interested in fashion & style, I transitioned to wearing gold. Over the years I’ve fallen in love with different brands – Tiffany & Co., Marrin Costello, Sasha Maks Vintage – And I’ve explored different trends, metals, and styles.

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Little Black Dress – ERIN by Erik Featherston

Silver Bib – Baublebar

Cocktail Ring – Marrin Costello

Gold Triangle Earrings – Les Mechantes

Recently, however, I’ve been giving my first love – Silver – Another spin around the block. The thought of giving up my hard-earned collection of gold jewelry gave me some pause, but then I realized that I actually adore the look of pairing different metals together.

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{Photography by J. Villarete Photography}

I’ve even introduced some rose gold into the equation lately with a gorgeous ring from the Tiffany T Collection at Tiffany & Co. And I’m happy to say that the combination of metals helps to give my look a little extra something each day.

I love accessories – From shoes to handbags to scarves – But there’s always been a special place in my heart for jewelry. I’ve adored it since living in Italy in my early twenties, I fell in love with statement pieces, with delicate daily jewelry, and with mixing & matching different styles.

Tell me – Do YOU wear gold or silver?

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MCLV Style: Gold Tank Dress

During my recent trip to London I was thrilled to take my favorite San Francisco fashion start-up right along with me. I’ve shared some of my favorite Style Lend dresses in the past and was thrilled to help during a dress lending pop-up earlier this year.

One of the things about their dress rental model that I’ve loved since day one is the potential for application in a travel setting. I love the clothes in my closet, but when I started planning a fun, fashion-filled trip to London Fashion Week I knew I’d want to take some killer new pieces on the road with me.

Enter Style Lend!

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Gold Tank Dress – Tory Burch via Style Lend

Gold Pony Hair Clutch – LeoLuca

Gold Chainlink Necklace – BaubleBar

Black Patent Leather Pumps – Giuseppe Zanotti

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What immediately caught my attention about this gold Tory Burch number was how the simple tank dress silhouette would work for so many situations. You can dress it up with fun patent leather pumps & bold jewelry, just as easily as you keep your look low-key with ballet flats and a white cropped blazer.

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{Photography by J. Villarete Photography}

I wore this gold dress out for a night on the town the first night I was in London and it made quite a splash. Not only did I love how this dress looked while I danced the night away with the CCUOCO team, but I traveled really well because of the great fabric.

How would YOU style a classic tank dress?

Be sure to stay tuned for my next Style Lend look from London Fashion Week!

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MCLV Style: Gold Details

Sometimes you put together a look only to realize after the fact that what you love most about it is actually the little details. Or in this case, the gold details. All of the chunky gold pieces paired with the statement necklace ended up being really eye-catching and fun.


{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Dress – Prabal Gurung for Target, Booties – Steve Madden, Bag – Givenchy & Statement Necklace –  J.Crew}


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{Photography by Jennymay Villarete of J. Villarete Photography}

Gold is certainly my trademark style for jewelry these days – I can’t seem to get enough. That includes vintage pieces from my favorite online vintage shop Sasha Maks Vintage to one-of-a-kind pieces designed by local designer Kamryn Dame.


What I love about the gold details in this look is how they compliment the fun print on the dress – I actually got asked multiple times if collar was part of the dress while I was photographing the Avant-Garde & Couture Runway Show for San Francisco Fashion Week.

What’s YOUR jewelry style? Big & bold or do you prefer more delicate pieces?

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Voyage To Marrakech

A big Thank You to The Factory and The Evans Group for the unbelievable trip to Marrakech last week – Who knew that in the streets of SOMA you could escape to the market stalls of exotic Morocco?

Voyage To Marrakech is an evening inspired by Yves Saint Laurent’s glamorous 1970’s lifestyle in Moroco to showcase their Spring 2013 Collection. An illuminated nighttime Marrakech marketplace, with cocktails, food, and music, and live photoshoot presentation, featuring live vignettes inspired by iconic YSL iconic photographs.

Stylish San Franciscans flocked to our own personal Marrakech last week to celebrate The Factory’s new collection inspired by the love affaire that YSL had with Marrakech.

{The looks that evening ran the gamut from ultra modern to vintage inspired to came-straight-from-the-office}

{Cocktails, mannequins sporting Yves Saint Laurent-inspired frocks, friends reuniting, fortune tellers…}

{And the models showed off a phenomenal Spring 2013 collection filled with sleek, shimmering fabrics, vintage patterns & prints, luxurious metallics, faux fur, relaxed silhouettes, and fun accessories}

{I wore a long-sleeved, high-neck vintage shift dress, Zara ankle strap heels, and a fabulous gold necklace from Sasha Maks Vintage}

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This was the fifth event that I’ve had the honor of attending at The Factory, check out my posts on the previous events below:

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London Fashion Week Spring 2013

Today I’m going to be sharing reviews of some of the lovely collections that came off the Spring 2013 London Fashion Week catwalks – From the big names like Burberry and Mulberry to the well-loved but somewhat less established designers like Matthew Williamson and Christopher Kane.



Color, color, and more color. The Burberry runway show was a veritable rainbow of color-drenched trench coats, dresses, and separates. Christopher Bailey also played with textures and fabrics including shimmering metallics, tinted plastic, and shiny holographic prints – Giving the classic brand a fun, futuristic twist.

Capes, hotpants, puffy capsleeves, swimwear, cropped jackets, leather, dramatic belts, lace brilliant metallic handbags, and colorful open-toed heels added to the brilliance of the collection.


Fabulous outerwear seemed to be the name of the game in London and while Burberry was bright and festive, Mulberry was a bit more demure, however no less ornate. Bronzy gold, peachy cream, minty green, and blues from pale to midnight.

The brocades, embroideries, and patterns were phenomenal, very earthy and flora based, something of a mix between Fall and Spring. I loved the use of florals on the clothing, handbags, and shoes simultaneously, rather than be over the top it was totally chic. I also loved the outerwear – The oversized silhouettes and large, upturned collars were perfection.


The clothes at Acne were bold – Dramatic stripes, bright colors, graffiti prints, colorblocking, black leather, straps & buckles, adapted gladiator platforms, and parachute silhouettes.

All in all a very wearable collection of interesting and eye-catching separates perfect for the Acne girl. I especially liked the maxi skirts, vertical stripes, and buckle adorned vests.

House of Holland:

This 90’s grunge inspired collection was one for the books – The dark, moody colors were perfectly suited to the dramatic checkered patterns, graphic tees, beanies, skater shorts, and maxi silhouettes.

These were great pieces that immediately made me nostalgic for the music of my Junior High and High School days – Especially the shrunken baby tees, slouchy knit caps, and midriff bearing tops.


Python prints on retro silhouettes may not sound like a winning combination, but Erdem proved that it could work and even infused the collection with hints of neon and lace.

Little details make this collection really pop – Driving gloves, sheer lace, pleats, floral applique, cut-outs, high-necklines, coat-dresses, and intricate beading. Overall the collection was prim and proper but with a fun, wild side.

Pringle of Scotland:

Pringle started as a knitwear brand and this season they returned to their roots showing a lovely collection of separates which included a number of variations on their typical belted twinset.

When you say Pringle of Scotland what comes to my mind are clean lines, a preppy vibe, belted separates, and argyle, and this collection showed great versions of all of those staples.

Matthew Williamson:

Fun prints, brilliant colors, and dramatic details are what we’ve come to expect from Matthew Williamson, and this season’s collection really delivered.

Easy separates appeared in tie dye prints and with eye-catching embroidery and beading. His party girl clients will live in the float a-line silhouettes, mini skirts, and jeweled dresses paired with gem-encrusted belts and his new shoe collection.

Peter Pilotto:

Print lovers will have something amazing to look forward to from Peter Pilotto come Spring – Digital prints, mixing & matching patterns, and bright, bold prints.

Dramatic, eye-catching, and one-of-a-kind. The pieces shown at Peter Pilotto were extraordinary, I especially enjoyed the pants, oversized peplums, and dramatic, Latin-inspired ruffles.


Preen made a triumphant return from the New York Fashion Week with a blue and white collection highlighted with hints of yellow and red, and covered in all-over prints.

The patchwork-like use of swatches of prints, combined with the tailoring, dramatic slits, verticle white stripes, and long, lean silhouettes gave the collection an architectural, structed feel.

Christopher Kane:

The Christopher Kane show was surprisingly delicate and sweet – A full 180 from previous collections full of black, slashed fabric, and safety pins.

Pale colors, light fabrics, dramatic drapes & folds, sheer pieces, clear plastic, and slits & cut-outs that somehow appeared elegant and refined despite the skin peeking through.

Mary Katrantzou:

The Queen of Prints returns! Taking banknotes and stamps as her visual inspiration she put together a unique and dramatic collection of dresses and separates covered with intricate patterns.

These pieces could never be confused with having been created by another designer – They were utterly one-of-a-kind – Simultaneously exotic and modern but with an old-fashioned air. I adored the matching pant & tunic sets, they were divine and I can’t wait to see how Hollywood interprets them to the red carpet.

Temperley London:

The Temperley London collection was all about bright colors, fun prints, nautical stripes, and retro silhouettes for this coming Spring – All the pieces fun but a little formal, and utterly wearable.

The sundress was reworked with a 50’s vibe and paraded down the runway in a variety of colors, patterns, and fabrics. There were also jumpsuits, lace & embroidery covered dress & gowns, shirt dresses, sweater sets, and too chic for words sun hats.

Sources: Style.com, Fashionologie, The Stylist, & Tom & Lorenzo

Previous LFW & Spring 2013 Collections: New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 – Part I, New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 – Part II, New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 – Part III, New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 – Street Style & Front Row FashionLondon Fashion Week Fall 2012, London Fashion Week – Street Style & Front Row Fashion, London Fashion Week Spring 2012 Round-Up, and Streetstyle & Front Row Fashion – London Fashion Week.

Additional reviews, photographs, shows, and videos: The Best Looks from London Fashion Week: Spring 2013 from Harper’s Bazaar, Our 10 Favorite Looks From London Fashion Week from Refinery 29, and Runway Recap: The Best Shoes From London Spring 2013 from Fashionlogie.

What’s your favorite thing about London Fashion Week? The chic outerwear, bold, innovative prints, or the retro, ladylike touches?

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