On September 15th, with 200 plus guests in attendance, I styled and hosted the fashion show celebrating Bloomingdale’s 35th Anniversary at King of Prussia, PA. It was my honor to do so as I can’t think of a more iconic fashion retailer. I still remember as a little girl I would sneak my Mom’s Bloomies charge out of her wallet and pretend I was shopping there in my playroom.

When I put together the looks of any show I do- (especially a mixed brand retailer) I take into consideration everyone who is attending. I make sure to pepper in looks and brands that engage everyone in the crowd. A store like Bloomingdale’s caters to so many different clients that its important to highlight something for everyone. I also like to really play up the #100%Bloomies pieces. I am super into the exclusivity this gives! Lots of designers Bloomies carries will make specific pieces or colorways just for them, which makes it much less likely for someone to show up in the same outfit. (#worstnightmare) Since the show was taking place in September, it was the perfect time to highlight fall fashion. So much texture going on out there!  My message to the crowd was how to mix all that texture and give the outfits depth. A common question I get when leather and suede are trending is- what do I pair with a leather skirt, dress, or pant? I always suggest not wearing a leather shoe if you have a leather garment on. I like a suede or fabric option best. Its compliments the look rather than competes.

Take for example what I wore- I have on a leather tank dress paired with a silk bomber and velvet boots. It makes the look feel balanced and not so heavy in any direction.hd1_4985

I also always like to show people non traditional ways of wearing things. Total Jane signature! Lets take a look at some of these.

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Some additional notes- tons of fur, leather, suede, satin, lace. A total mix of so many luxe fabrics and whimsy details. Fall fashion has got such a great feel going on!

What better than to celebrate fashion and community together in one evening? We chose Vetri Community Partnership as the beneficiary for our event. VCP is an organization that I feel very strongly about their message, Eat.Educate.Empower. They teach the youth of the Philadelphia area schools on how to eat right and that doing so in turn creates healthy living. Please visit http://vetricommunity.org/ to learn more about their amazing program and the positive way it is shaping the children they reach. Bloomingdale’s donated 10% of their sales that day to VCP!!


Until next time Janes! xoAF