Driving down pacific coast highway is the most beautiful and majestic scenery you will ever experience on the west coast! If you're looking for beach outfit and cover up options for spring, since it's not warm enough to strut around in just your bikini, and lets face it, you have another few months until your bikini body is ready...
#ootd and Styling tips below.
#ootd Zuma Beach Malibu
Hat: Tory Burch
Cape Cardigan: LF
Dress: Urban Outfitters
Sunglasses: Nasty Gal
Styling Tips: Hats and Capes are my number 1 obsession. So you can catch me anywhere wearing those two things. Since the beach wasn't extremely hot a cape cardigan was the perfect cover up while adding style. The tie dye affect of the cape-cardigan adds dimension to your outfit while bringing out your California side. Jean is perfect for hot temperature because it is a fabric that breathes and cools you down. The perfect beach cover up but can also be worn during the day and to a causal ocean side dinner ! Feel free to comment and ask questions!
The second day of the HBS conference was full on! I learned aspects of the fashion industry and business itself that I will never thought I would know at my age. After meeting the brilliant CEO of Loblaw Companies, Galen Weston Jr. I attended the "Investing in Creativity" panel, which held corporate heads from company's such as Converse, Diesel, Ministry of Supply,and Alice and Olivia. After visiting Alice and Olivia in New York City last spring with FAB I fell in love with the aspect of design Stacey Bendit brings to the brand, Alice and Olivia epitomizes my style. The VP of Creative Services, Mai Nozoe (my favorite) spoke about creativity versus business in A&O and how they try to stretch the budget for creativity. Mai is in charge of advertising, social media management, look-books, and magazine placements. Mai was not only intelligent and inspiring but immensely genuine and willing to talk to someone like me. We ended up having lunch later that day and she spoke to me about her previous work with Michael Kors, and why creativity matters. "The Founders Panel" astonished me and opened up my eyes on how to start a business. Derek Lam, Emily Weiss and Jennifer Fisher attended. Derek Lam, being from San Fran, was always someone I dreamed of meeting. He attended Parsons Design School, one of the top fashion schools in the world, and the best in America. He created his brand to be edgy, contemporary, with minimalistic styles. His main advice was to "keep on trucking" and "simply just escape to creativity". Meeting the blog queen, Emily Weiss, was an honor. Emily seemed like a 19 year old with her care free attitude but her business mind was that of a millionaire. She started with a blog ,"Into the Gloss", that made millions and now she is the founder and CEO of Glossier, a beauty brand. Emily told me "I wanted to make beauty cool" "Being Naive is an asset" and she believes one main statement for her company, Glossier "to be inclusive". She talked about everything in fashion being exclusive and she wants to create a brand, a company, a way to live, "to be inclusive". Jennifer Fisher was insane, beautiful, had the most unique style. I wanted to take her jacket and Celine handbag off her. She posed for the camera, spoke loudly about how you should never ever give up, that 500 people said no to her and she still kept going. I am honored to have met these fabulous people, designers and businessmen.
I can't wait to attend the HBS conference next year!
For this day I decided to dress more business casual than formal. I started off with my Alice and Olivia light blue blazer. I thought adding a pastel color would make everyone more hopeful for spring! Blazers are the best items you can own because you can wear them to interviews, a night out, high tea, dinner with the family and to business networking events, it can easily be dressed down or dressed up. I paired this simple blazer with a white leather shirt from a small boutique shop in Los Angeles. I always have to bring my own flare, so instead of black formal pants, business trousers or suit pants, I wore flared a-line black tuxedo pants with a white stripe on the side of the legs. These pants were a limited edition peice from Alice and Olivia on Rodeo in Beverly Hills. My accessories for this outfit included a blue chunky diamond necklace from Zara and a Grey fabric hand bag with gold buttons from the Kate Spade 2013 Fall collection. I threw my glasses on and my Top Shop boot heals for an edgy yet sophisticated look.
#ootd HBS Conference Day 2
Well now that I got your attention...... lets rewind,
Last weekend I attended the Harvard Business School Retail & Luxury Goods annual conference. It was beyond fabulous and I've never been more inspired! On Saturday night I had the honor of meeting the one and only, head designer of Rebecca Minkoff, the CEO of Rebecca Minkoff, Uri Minkoff, and the President of the company Elissa Skala-Bromer. So let me explain what I meant by styling...as Saba Karim of Saba Karim Photography and Smart Media was taking photos of Rebecca, I told her to take off her hair tie and name tag. That counts right?...Well it was the highlight of my night because right after that "styling incident" she introduced her self to me! Rebecca, being the owner of a multi-million dollar company , was still extremely genuine, down to earth and caring when it came to giving advice about business, starting a brand, and working in the cut-throat fashion industry.
Rebecca Minkoff at 18, moved to New York City yearning to become a fashion designer. She said "the only thing I could eat, sleep and breathe was designing". Rebecca had asked her dad for money, and after being rejected looked to her brother, Uri Minkoff for investment and partnership. Uri accepted in a heartbeat, knowing confidently that he could invest every single penny into her creativity. In 2001 she created an "I love New York" t-shirt. After the shirt released on Jay Leno, and US weekly it became a hit. Rebecca began sewing these shirts in her New York City apartment, while her boyfriend at the time, now husband Gavin, was "watching football, wondering where all the fabric was coming from". In 2005 she took a stab at making handbags and created the famous, "Morning after bag". I am also an owner of this beautifully crafted leather handbag.This hotcake sold millions. With 4 years of consistent growth in accessories under her belt, Rebecca returned to her original love of apparel design and introduced a ready-to wear collection in 2009 and the rest became history. Rebecca, Uri and Elissa created a brand image for Rebecca Minkoff portraying a family feel combined with an edge towards any classic style. Putting studs on simple bags and shoes, or mesh fabric onto t-shirts and playing with different leather pallets, she created an image for herself. Rebecca Minkoff has won awards for her entrepreneurial success in the fashion industry. The president, Elissa was also such a wonderful business women and meeting her was an honor because the company would not be here today without her. I was honored to meet these three "celebrities"(well they are in my world) that are progressively growing the fashion industry.
#ootd Harvard Business Conference Day 1
Over dressing is not in my Vocabulary. Sure most guests were wearing pants or turtle necks but I was not going to meet Rebecca Minkoff wearing sweats. For this event I went with the classic white and black color scheme paired with my own pop out accessory, this time being my new Marc by Marc Jacobs red bag. My favorite style is pairing any outfit with a simple cape, long or short I need one to feel confident. Here I am wearing a Nasty Gal blazer cape (yes, I own every color) Sophia Amoruso, founder and CEO of Nasty Gal is my idol. The dress is a simple silk white a-line dress from Top Shop, another one of my absolute favorite stores. My beautiful watch ,which is gifted to me, is from Michael Kors, featuring the gold and silver chain collection. Finally the most important aspect to any outfit, the shoes. Shoes can make or break your outfit. These shoes are the fall 2014 limited edition Pearl Oxford shoes by Chanel. This outfit is one to wear at a ball, gala or even a business conference, hopefully?!
On November 22 I debuted my second official line for my collection (still unnamed) at Boston University's Fashion and Retail Association (FAB). Being the Director of PR and member of the E-board, I basically ate, slept and breathed the fashion show for months. Being a designer for the show was just a plus. The show this year was "Shanghai Whispers", inspired and themed by the upcoming 2015 "Chinese Whispers" Met Gala. I can describe my second line as "Edgy with a dash of class". Capes, Pearls, mesh fabric and bling: these 4 things epitomize my personal style, and were shown in the line I debuted in "Shanghai Whispers" . It consisted of minimalist pieces illustrating dark colored palettes, lace and bell bottom pants. The 6 pieces in my collection emphasized the 60's laid back style, the 80's-90's vintage style combined and the Renaissance era. My ultimate inspiration other than my mother, was my muse and idol , Coco Chanel. Chanel has a talent of making the blacks and whites in apparel and jewelry catch your attention instantly. A simple black dress has as much value as a 10 carat diamond ring because of the class, glamour and sparkle Chanel brings to the table.
Finally, my mother, also known as my stylist and fashion guru was my main inspiration. This second collection would not have been created without her, back and forth with all the fabric swatches, the colors, the models, so many aspects of this line were created due to her passion as well. My mom and I both have an obsession with capes, therefore my main piece was a short gray -lace - mesh cape. Long capes have been used since the 1400's but short capes are trend that started in the 80's. Obviously the trend is reemerging now and I implemented that with the high neck collar and round ended cape. For the first time ever, I wore my own designs. A black cape dress with pearls embroidered throughout. It was invigorating to walk down the runway after my line was debuted and having the audience members and VIP clapping and cheering my name. And my absolute favorite part of the night was being able to tell all the press, my family and friends "I'm wearing Zahra Shivji".
My cape-pearl dress is sketched, designed and styled by my mom and I. I am wearing a Chanel pearl and diamond cuff from the Spring 2014 collection. My favorite part of this ensemble is my clutch. This Chanel lego clutch is a red lego clutch bag, carried by many celebrities and only a few were made in America. We own the black lego clutch, the transparent one and the limited edition black/Pearl clutch. This bag, as durable as it looks, was the most nerve recking thing to hold. Retailing minimum at 9,000$ - 18,000$ I was more afraid to put this down than my wallet. Comfy and stylish is the way to go when you have to run around all night, my peep toe heels are Steve Madden and I swear by this style since they are significantly comfortable while also being subtly stylish.
#ootd Shanghai Whispers Fashion Show
"Live in the moment" they said. So I did. Photos from Fifth Avenue with my favorite photographer, Saba Karim.
#ootd 5th Avenue