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Legally Vogue: The Business of Fashion

I’m thrilled to announce that Legally Vogue has officially launched its new website with yours truly taking over as the Fashion Editor.

Not only have we put together a killer team for this business of fashion resource, but we’ve put together an extremely fun video series called Conversations Over Cocktails. Yes, I said video. And yes, I am awkward on film. You’re welcome.

So what does Legally Vogue offer? This isn’t your typical fashion magazine or style blog – It’s a business resource for people who are involved in fashion or want to join the fashion industry. You’ll find everything from easy-to-understand explanations of copywriting and trademarking, to designer interviews, local event coverage, social media tips, and content suggestions.

Let me take a quick moment to introduce you to the fabulous collection of professionals that we’ve gotten together to contribute to the website.

Legally Vogue Business of Fashion San Francisco Fashion Style Bay Area Blog

 

Brad Carrick is the co-founder of Legally Vogue and the fashion & entertainment law firm Lord Bertram. Not only is he offering legal tidbits on LV, but as a business owner – He’s the CEO of fashion accessories brand Solz – He’s also offering you first had experiences that can help you if launch your own company.

Greg Lemmons is the founder of Lord Bertram and Brad’s partner-in-crime at Legally Vogue. With years of experience in fashion, Greg has worked with companies and brands in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, and New York.

Nishika de Rosairo is the CEO & creative director of avant-garde brand dE ROSAIRO as well as a huge proponent of female entrepreneurs & mentorship programs.

Jill Sifiert is a jack of all fashionable trades – She’s worked for heritage brands like Ferragamo & Versace, teaches at the Academy of Arts, is a personal stylist, and runs a podcast interview series called On Style With Jill Sifiert.

So head over to Legally Vogue and check out what this amazing group of professionals has to offer!

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MCLV Style: Hummingbird

Carrying on my blonde-hair-with-black-and-white trend of late – I present the sweetest little hummingbird print skater dress!

Hummingbird Print Skater Dress Black & White Style San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Blogger Street Style

Hummingbird Print Skater Dress – ASOS

Gold Heeled Boots – Kurt Geiger

Faux Leather Jacket – Express

Hummingbird Print Skater Dress Black & White Style San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Blogger Street Style

However, since we’re in the midst of a San Francisco Summer, this little printed number needed to be paired with layers and booties to ensure that I didn’t freeze to death.

And no, I can’t stop wearing this jacket. When I said staple, I really meant staple!

Hummingbird Print Skater Dress Black & White Style San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Blogger Street Style

{Photography by J. Villarete Photography}

Want more black & white looks? Check out Faux Leather Style, Cape Blazer, and Leather Jacket

What’s YOUR favorite color combination this season?

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San Francisco Stories: Designer Candice Cuoco of CCUOCO

Welcome back to another installation of the SF Stories series!

Last time we caught up with model, actress, singer, jack-of-all-trades Jenefer Taylor and before that I sat down with Nataliia Karpenko to chat about staying healthy on the go. Today I’m back to share my interview with San Francisco-based designer Candice Cuoco.

Her name should sound familiar as her brand CCUOCO has made a number of appearances here on MCLV. We did a leather-clad lookbook last year featuring some of her amazing Spring/Summer 2014 collection, I was thrilled to join her for London Fashion Week last September, and I recently shared her first bridal collection on the blog.

I initially met Candice in September 2013 at San Francisco Fashion Week and proposed a coffee date a month or so later. Our “quick meeting” stretched into a two-hour gab fest covering everything from dating in San Francisco to her upcoming collections to, naturally, our plans for world domination. We’ve been friends ever since and she even did me the honor of making me a custom leather piece to wear for New Year’s Eve.

There are a number of things that impress and inspire me about Candice. Not only has she created a design house from the ground, meeting every challenge head on, but she’s done so while remaining true to herself, her roots, and her vision of the future. Read on to hear her talk about fashion week, personal style, and staying focused.

SF Stories San Francisco Bay Area Designer Candice Cuoco of House of CCUOCO

MCLV: To date you’ve shown collections at New York Fashion Week and London Fashion Week – Was there a distinct difference between the two locales? 

CC: Much like the difference in a relationship between loving and being in love, I enjoyed New York, but London owns my heart. The main distinction between my first NYFW appearance and my recent LFW show is my team. I have a small force to be reckoned with backing me when I’m in London.

Additionally, London has in the past and continues to give me the platform to create a show and express my vision however I choose to. I feel as though I thrive the minute I set foot in the UK. 

MCLV: Any specific style, material, or piece that you’re dying to tackle in the future?

CC: YES! Power mesh is on my list of materials to dominate, and the perfect palazzo pant will be visited this season. When it comes to style I let that develop itself in my collection, more so than style there is always a message I am trying to infuse into every piece.

Always, always strength.

MCLV: Who is your dream client? Or is there someone that you think really embodies the CCUOCO Woman spirit?

CC: So many women in so many ways represent all that I stand and design for. Gaga for her pure raw passion, Niki for no shame, Beyoncé for demanding presence, Angelina Jolie for the way she makes strength look so femininely beautiful, FKA Twigs for the art she infuses into her music, and Lana for her beautiful broken heart.

These woman have overcome mountains and hurdled over every obstacle life threw at them and conquered. Never letting society define them, always pushing the boundaries and breaking them for women all around the world. They are the epitome of CCUOCO and what we stand for, women with strength.

SF Stories San Francisco Bay Area Designer Candice Cuoco of House of CCUOCO

MCLV: Your personal style is practically trademarked at this point: Head-to-toe black, blunt cut bangs, and a bold red lip. How has your personal style evolved over the years and how did you come to create your signature look?

CC: The moment I stopped trying to be what everyone wanted me to be I became myself. It was natural. I was always too much – Too loud, too opinionated, too much makeup, hair too dark, too tall, showed too much skin.

I realized watering yourself down to comfort others only makes you feel lost and confused. I gave up on what society told me I needed to be as a woman and gave in to what made me proud to be the woman I am today. Black is my happy color and it celebrates who I am and who I was in so many ways. My very repetitive style is a constant reminder of how I will ALWAYS stand true to my perception of myself not of what others think I should be.

MCLV: You’re a determined, independent woman who has earned every ounce of her success – And that strength is something that’s very visible in your collections. Can you tell us about the CCUOCO woman? 

CC: CCUOCO stands for the woman who is fierce at heart, for the women who have learned the rules and know how to break them. For the woman who wears, not her heart on her sleeve but her strength.

Those who are a driving force in their family, love, and career lives. When you wake up and get dressed, the moment you walk out your front door you are delivering a message, and I want to be a part of that message.

Want to see more from House of CCUOCO? Head over to Legally Vogue for more interview questions – House of CCUOCO: Branding, Expansion & Tackling London.

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MCLV Outtakes VI

Regardless of what type of photo shoot we’re doing – Activewear, jewelry, or fashion – You can bet that I’m finding a way to not only enjoy myself, but to work off some of my nerves.

Yes, I still get nervous when a camera is on me. That may be somewhat hard to believe, given my choice to become a blogger, but I’m not sure this will ever go away. In fact, I’d rather be taking the pictures than be the subject. I even went through a phase growing up where I refused to allow my family to take photos of me {teenage drama queen reporting for duty!}

Outtakes BTS Behind The Scenes San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Blogger Street Style Checkered Dress Black & White

{This has to be one of my favorite outtakes to date – I love the colors, the fun checkered dress, and my expression is just ridiculous. Let me in!}

Outtakes BTS Behind The Scenes San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Blogger Street Style Tiffany & Co

{Even when I’m at Tiffany & Co. doing a very grown-up photo shoot featuring their newest collection, I’m still playing with props like two-year old…}

Outtakes BTS Behind The Scenes San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Blogger Street Style

{I’m especially prone to heel popping when I’m wearing dresses for some reason. You check see more of this fun houndstooth skater dress from local boutique Les Mechantes here.}

Outtakes BTS Behind The Scenes San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Blogger Street Style Checkered Dress Black & White

{Things that are only possible when you’re shooting on ridiculously steep hills in San Francisco – Pretending to fly! In a boho hat of course.}

Outtakes BTS Behind The Scenes San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Blogger Street Style Checkered Dress Caftan Les Mechantes SF Made

{Excuse me while I run away to go play on the rocks in my Les Mechantes caftan…}

Missed out on the previous behind-the-scenes posts? Check them out here: Outtakes, Outtakes II, Outtakes III, Outtakes IV: Attack of the Heel Pop, Outtakes V.

How do YOU behave when there’s a camera on you?

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Fashion Xchange

After getting great feedback on the colorful, fun Spring editorial that was recently published in GEV Magazine, I though it would be fun to also give you a peek into some of my freelance writing projects.

I was thrilled to write one of the articles mentioned on the cover of Fashion Xchange Magazine‘s big Summer issue this year.

Fashion Xchange Magazine San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Blogger Street Style Summer Issue

 

What’s even better than getting to contribute to and support a local up-and-coming magazine like Fashion Xchange? Being able to do so while simultaneously sharing the story of a fabulous eco-friendly California brand with my like-minded readers.

It was an honor to interview the founders of Southern California-based beach brand SkinTone Clothing and hearing about their amazing eco-friendly fabrics, intricate design process, and their deep connection with music and how it has influenced the brand.

Fashion Xchange Magazine San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Blogger Street Style Summer Issue

Check out my piece on this great brand over on the Fashion Xchange Magazine website and download your very own issue of the magazine to support this local company!

How do YOU feel about supporting local brands, companies, and publications?

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