A Change ‘Gon Come

Hey Everyone,

Long time no see! Many of you that follow me on social media probably know where I’ve been: in the deep end of finishing up my graduate degree! May 25th is the date, 8 p.m. is the time; I’ll be walking across the stage to receive my second degree, a masters in Fashion Marketing. It’s been quite a fun journey, but it has taken me away from my greatest creation for too long. In my time away, I’ve thought long and hard about the direction I would like my site to take and what this could mean for myself and you all.

I created The Runway Times in 2010 in my dorm room at Temple University. It afforded me so many amazing opportunities that I will never forget, but it’s time for a change. My focus has shifted, my vision is different, I’ve grown, and I must be intentional about what I deliver to you. While I love many aspects of the fashion industry, it all boils down to one thing for me: STYLE. When I am watching a runway show at NYFW, or walking down the streets of Philadelphia, you know what I pay the most attention to? It’s not the name strewn across the front of the shirt, or the ratio of when it was released in stores to when the person has it on; it is how they put it all together. The complete look, the artistic approach they took to getting dressed that day.

It does not matter what profession you’re in, either. The Children’s Librarian at my job has the most impeccable sense of style I have ever seen; everyday I’m drooling over her outfit styling and telling her that she just “gets it”. She will definitely be featured on The Style Degree. All in all, I just wanted to make you aware of some of the changes that will be happening over here. We will be putting The Runway Times in a beautiful time capsule, and welcoming The Style Degree to start anew.

I’m excited! I hope you are, too. If you’d like to receive updates, subscribe and posts will be delivered straight to your inbox. Can’t wait to see what’s in store.

 

With style,

-SB

Pantone Fashion Color Report for Fall 2013; Get Into It!

I don’t really have to say much for this one. Here is the pantone fashion color report for fall 2013!

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I love the fall season,  it’s like the rebirth of the fashion industry. Nice warm tones and textures, layering and contrast, bold accessories, thick ass magazines; I just love it. I can’t wait to play with these colors for fall! I have a feeling that I’m going to enjoy playing with emerald, acai and kai. My fall possibilities will be endless, I hope you feel the same way!

As fall swiftly approaches,  I’m going to go on a hunt for haute pieces in these chosen colors to show you how I’d pair them, and maybe they’ll be some style suggestions you wouldn’t mind trying yourself.

Sincerely, 
~with style,
Sharontina B.

Angela Simmons’ Houusseeee!

Okay, so in the wee hours of this morning, instead of writing my ethics paper, I was on Twitter being nosy, and out of nowhere I see that my favorite Simmons gal, Angela, has a new clothing line coming out! STOP THE PRESS! If you know anything about Angela, you know that she often frequents the front rows of New York fashion Week shows, and is known to rock a mean outfit. And fabulous flowing hair, of course. I met her about a year ago at the VPL fall 2012 show during NYFW, and all I could say to her was, “You are gorgeous!”…literally. She’s definitely been on the fashion scene, she’s not new to this! Check out the promo video she posted on her site below. Can’t wait to see the full collection! Young entrepreneurs inspire me so much!!

 

 

NYFW F’13 Ralph Rucci: Fall Redefined. No, Really.

Ralph Rucci , a designer after my own heart, created a collection of grandeur and opulence for his fall/winter show at New York fashion Week. As the theatre filled with the who’s who of fashion, including the “geriatric starlet”, as she calls herself, Iris Apfel, there was a rowdy silence of curiosity and expectation. As the lights rose from their dimmed state for dramatic affect,  model Katia entered the space bearing arms in a black leather suit, with intricate detailing about the waist for contrast. Her skirt flaunted a sheer lace insert of a hem to break the dark drama, to make us all recognize the woman this was created for.

 

Ralph Rucci Fall 2013

Ralph Rucci’s 1st look. Source: Style.com

As if on a secret cue, a series of muses sauntered onto the runway, one after the other a mere three steps apart, adorned in bright hued furs not meant for the faint of life. Okay?! The crowd ROARED. Saying that they gave a “round of applause” would be an understatement; the symbol of acceptance of this surprise element was well received by excited patrons and they showed it. Watch it all unfold in this slide show….

 After that number, the crowd collectively scooted to the seat’s edge in anticipation for more, and of course Mr. Rucci gave us what we wanted. Spoiled, much? From tasteful feathered frocks, to leather cut with in daring lines, color blocking in the midst of perfectly clashing textures, and lace, chiffon and embroidered garments in beautiful shades that dazzled the eye. Here are 10 of my favorites from the collection. I wanted to choose 20, but I’m getting better with portion control in many aspects 😉

I truly admired this sexily sophisticated collection, and it always gets me a little giddy that Mr.Rucci himself graduated from Temple University! TU pride!

So I want to know, how did you feel about this collection? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Sincerely,

with style~