Crocs and the Day-to-Night Outfit

Top: Banyan Tree
Crocs: Carlie Flat in Lavender/Ultraviolet
Jewelry: Michele Lee

This outfit can transition from a day date at the Art Museum to cocktails. From head to toe, I was able to compliment all of the colors of the blouse without overshadowing any particular piece. The light hue of the purple Crocs against the army green of the pants mimics the purple and green of the blouse. The purple wrap bracelets just add another interesting element and texture.

Top: Banyan Tree
Skirt: Banyan Tree
Crocs: Carlie Flat Animal Wave in Bronze/Bronze
Jewelry: Michele Lee

I immediately loved the vibrant red of this top. At first I thought of pairing it with jeans, but that seemed a little too expected. Pairing it with this maxi skirt really added the drama it begs for. The turquoise necklace was a natural choice to contrast the red. And because there were no crazy patterns elsewhere, I thought this would be a good opportunity to break out the leopard print Crocs. Although together the red and leopard print may seem cougar-esque, the black skirt safely separates them.

Model: Kristine Leonard
Hair Stylist: Sarrah Beyer – Esbi International Salon & Spa
Make-up Artist: Megan Swanson – Dior
Photographer: Chris Hooton

Crocs and the Night Out Dress

Dress: Figwood via Banyan Tree
Crocs: Carlie Flat in Dahlia/Fuschia
Jewelry: Michele Lee

This is exactly the kind of bright print dress that I love to wear during the summer. It has that flowy bohemian look that is perfect for drinks on an outdoor patio. The dangly antique crystal necklace looks perfect with the higher neckline and catches the different colors like a magnifying glass. To keep it dressy, I chose an open toe in a solid color. I went with purple to keep it fun and compliment the different colors of the dress.

Dress: Banyan Tree
Crocs: Adrina Flat in Aqua Celery
Jewelry: Michele Lee

This dress was a favorite of everyone working on the shoot. I don’t think Kristine wanted to take it off. It’s sexy but not overly so and creates different silhouettes as the dress moves with you. The flowy pattern and bright colors add to the movement. No matter how old you are you want something that you can twirl in. I chose the bright blue Crocs for this one to play off the hints of blue in the dress. Dangly earrings were in order for a dress like this so as not to disrupt the neckline. A light bracelet with green and blue beads compliments the colors without overwhelming the outfit.

Model: Kristine Leonard
Hair Stylist: Sarrah Beyer – Esbi International Salon & Spa
Make-up Artist: Megan Swanson – Dior
Photographer: Chris Hooton

Crocs and the Everyday Summer Dress

Dress: Banyan Tree
Crocs: Adrina Flat in Aqua/Celery
Jewelry: Michele Lee

Everyone needs a couple of dresses for summer that can be dressed down or dressed up depending on the occasion. This particular dress has such interesting layering in the front that it can totally pass for something dressier. The navy color is classic and goes with anything. However, the light fabric keeps it casual enough for a little impromptu picnic on the beach. In fact there is a little bit of sheerness to it. The bright Crocs really pop against it, as do the blue and gold of the necklace.

Dress: Figwood via Banyan Tree

Crocs: Adrina Flat in Grapefruit/Oyster
Jewelry: Banyan Tree and Michele Lee

I love this look because it is the perfect example of how the translucent material of the Crocs can achieve a more subdued hue if paired with the right thing. This dress has some hidden pink tones that go well with the tangerine Crocs and orange necklace. Having tried on this dress, part of the Figwood collection, Banyan Tree’s in house line, I can vouch for the fact that it is extremely flattering and comfortable. It would be great to wear to a summer barbecue.

Model: Kristine Leonard
Hair Stylist: Sarrah Beyer – Esbi International Salon & Spa
Make-up Artist: Megan Swanson – Dior
Photographer: Chris Hooton

Crocs Translucent Collection

When Crocs first became a wardrobe staple in most households, I was not one of the hoards to go out and buy a pair. People would brag about how comfortable they were, but I was still more concerned with style than comfort. I have always loved dressing up, and my footwear needs have followed suit. So when I found out that Crocs was making fashionable shoes with their signature comfort-inducing materials, I was excited to try them out.

I first had the opportunity to see the Crocs Translucents line strutting down the runways at Fashion Week Cleveland. The collection complimented even the more fashion-forward looks.

When I was given the chance to style these shoes myself with clothes from Cleveland boutique, Banyan Tree, I was sold. The Crocs Translucents line paired well with even some of the dressier pieces I chose, which was the true test for me.

I will be posting the different looks I styled throughout the week. I hope you can draw some inspiration for your summer wardrobe.

This project was truly a collaborative effort. I could not have done it without the help of many people. Thank you to Crocs and Justinea Vidic, Banyan Tree, and Michele Lee for providing the clothing and jewelry for the shoot. Thanks to Kristine Leonard for helping me model the clothes, Sarrah Beyer of Esbi International Salon & Spa for styling our hair, Megan Swanson of Dior for doing our makeup, and Chris Hooton for photographing the shoot.

If there is anything you see and like, all of these people are talented Clevelanders that I can put you in touch with. Don’t hesitate to email me at cosmocleve@gmail.com.

Fashion Week Cleveland 2011: Black Tie Gala and Runway Show

As we walked up to the two Italianate Renaissance mansions that make up the majority of the Western Reserve Historical Society, it was easy to feel like we were in a different place in our own city. That transformation continued as we opened the doors to the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum for Fashion Week Cleveland’s Black Tie Gala and Runway Show. The Cleveland I know, where jeans and a nice top are sufficient for any range of social outings, was Cinderella at the ball for the night, decked out in evening dresses and tuxedos.

Arriving “fashionably late”, we were still able to partake in the cocktail drinking, mingling, classic car ogling portion of the night. We were impressed by the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT in the lobby—the same model used in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”.

Guests pose for a picture before the show:

There was also a Pop-Up Boutique Mall, which I wish I had had more time to peruse. Fortunately, I did get in touch with a representative from Crocs, one of the sponsors and outfitters of the event. Models wore footwear from its YOU by crocs and Translucents Collections. From YOU by crocs, models wore the Babasita, which features an ergonomically designed footbed for minimizing muscle fatigue. I am extremely impressed by how stylish they are. Here is Justinea modeling a pair:

(Above): Translucents Collection on display. (Below): Models wearing the Transluscents Collection.

After navigating our way through the crowd and cars, we realized that getting a seat close to the front row would be more difficult than we imagined. The Plain Dealer estimated attendance of 500+. We grabbed a seat in one of the corners hoping to glance at the models right as they walked out.

The show began with comments from event founder Donald Shingler—and some regrets from city officials including comments from the offices of Mayor Frank Jackson and Sen. Sherrod Brown. Performing on the violin was famed Cleveland Institute of Music graduate, Andrew Sords. Of his selections, I really enjoyed Bhrams’ Hungarian Dance No. 5.

Despite what seemed like some technical difficulties with the sound system, the event had high energy as the crowd buzzed over the knitwear, swim/cruise wear, men’s fashions, and evening and wedding dresses from designers: Corrine Brothers, Pamela Truemper, Tracey Kiefer, Michael Wilson, and Britini Brocker.

Maybe I just love a good floor-length gown, but the gorgeous evening and bridal dresses from BBG Couture by Britini Brocker really caught my attention. One such dress was a blue evening gown with frilly ruffles flowing around the neckline and cascading down the back of the dress. A graduate from Kent State University, Britini started out as a designer for Abercrombie & Fitch. Her experience definitely showed as I thought she had a great eye for creating designs that women would like.

Models wear Corrine Brothers’ unique, funky designs and Crocs’ Transluscents Collection:

One of Tracy Kiefer’s daring swimsuits. Model is wearing Crocs’ Transluscents Collection:

As always, it was nice to see my fellow local bloggers. In the purple is Dina from Dina’s Days:

Stacey from Goodwill Huntingg:

The event ended with a quiet after party at the classy L’Albatros. It seemed that many event-goers found alternative after parties due to the limited seating. Had the weather been better, the outdoor patio would have been perfect.

Overall the event seemed like a fun way for recent grads and newer labels to gain experience and exposure. It was a good showing of artistic and creative talents, and a perfect excuse for me and the boy to get all gussied up.

(Photos: A mixture of my own, Crocs, and BBG Couture)