Monthly archive for September 2016

The 2016 Emmy Awards…. Take it to the Streets!

Last night was the 2016 Emmy Awards. By early morning the critiques were in, Best Dressed/Worst Dressed.  If you google “fashion” today, the top stories will be some variation of the best and worst motif. I asked myself, as a fashion lifestyle blog, what does Looks Speak report on today without either being redundant or ignorant?  What is left to say about who dressed best and who was a disaster? Or, if Looks Speak overlooks The Emmy Awards completely, we look like, “sorry, your mommy’s just a dumb dumb”. We say we are Looks Speak, yet didn’t realize the Emmy Awards were on last night? That “dumb dumb” quote was a funny only my own mommy can understand! And no, Sheila is NOT the dumb dumb. If you must know, it is a quote from I Love Lucy, Sheila will get the reference and since the only person I can count on to read Looks Speak faithfully is my own mommy, I like to send some messages in a language only we can understand. Like, “wear the purple dress”, or “some of us look good in hats” (head nod to Marcy on that one!). And, if you want in, keep reading faithfully and we all will be speaking in code!

Emmy Awards #SaraHyland, "Monique LHuililer #Looks Speak

Emmy Awards Sara Hyland, in Monique Lhuillier-Take it to the Streets!

After hours of trying to resolve the dilemma, what I decided, is to report on the “LOOK” from last night that not only worked on the red carpet, but can be (with a few tweaks), additionally perfect for the streets. After all, this is what Looks Speak is about! Looks Speak dresses real people, living real lives. Yes, Looks Speak readers and clients attend their fair share of significant events, galas, fundraisers etc. And yes, that may mean something out of the day to day norm as seen at the Emmy Awards last night. However, overwhelmingly, the spirit of Looks Speak is about fashion and style that fits the person, their lifestyle, and their goals. To that end, Looks Speak today chose a look from last night’s Emmy Awards to discuss that can be taken to the streets!

Sara Hyland, from Modern Family was dressed in Monique Lhuillier. Cropped straight black pants and what was essentially a tunic. What a marvelous look for fall!

You can start by assessing your summer dresses. Which of your dresses can also double as a tunic? More than you think will work!!! Lay out the dresses, hike up a pair of skinny jeans and start trying on some combos. You will look fabulous!! Then, if the weather starts to get chilly (for some it already has), start layering. And not just the layering as in over the dress. Of course, one way to drag your dresses into fall, is a simple leather or faux leather jacket over the look. But do not overlook layering that goes underneath the dress. Say a long sleeve crew or turtleneck. A cropped jacket as the outside layer would be awesome. And a sheer long sleeve turtleneck for an inside layer is a nice transition. When the weather gets even colder, do the layer underneath as well as on top. Voila summer becomes autumn, becomes winter!

The 2016 Emmy’s, Take it to the Streets!



NMAAHC opening their doors on September 24th!!!!

#NMAAHC #LooksSpeak

#NMAAHC #LooksSpeak

#NMAAHC The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by an Act of Congress in 2003.  After decades of efforts to highlight the contributions of African Americans, on September 24th 2016 this long awaited, long overdue museum will open their doors to the public!!!  It will be a weekend of activities and events. #MeshellNdegeocello, #PublicEnemy  #angeliquekidjo

Some of the museum’s more than 35,000 artifacts include slave shackles, a dress Rosa Parks made in the 1950s, Muhammad Ali’s boxing headgear, a Jumpsuit worn by Diahann Carroll on the television show Julia and a Prayer shawl from Beth Shalom B’nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation.

#Jumpsuit #LooksSpeak

#Jumpsuit #LooksSpeak

Looks Speak will join in this momentous occasion. We will be attending the opening ceremonies and you can check this blog for all the NMAAHC Fashion that is fit to print!!! Additionally, we will be organizing three tours in 2016-2017, more on that in a later blog! What I will tell you in this blog post, the Looks Speak tours will be unlike any you have encountered! The food will be amazing and of course, it will be an excuse to dress up!!!

Over the course of the next several days Looks Speak will feature inspiring LOOKS to sport at the NMAAHC.  This is Washington DC folks, anything goes, but lets show the nation we are more than St Johns Knits, more creative than a head to toe any one designer look. We know fashion and we do not need to leave the District for great fashion finds. Of course, Looks Speak loves a good fashion trip around the States (and world), but in celebration of the only museum of its kind residing here in the backyard of Looks Speak, lets show the world we can dress to impress!!!


Fashion Week Spring Summer 2017


#AugustGetty #LooksSpeak

Fashion Week, the preview of styles to come and named for the season the clothes will be available is always a fun and exciting time! Lately, for me it is a trip down memory lane. The older I get, the “new” fashions are a reminder of “old” styles I wore way back when!

#AugustGetty #LooksSpeak

#AugustGetty #LooksSpeak

While Fashion Week Spring Summer 2017 looks are not available for some time, this year, Autumn Winter 2016, two designers jump out at me, their pieces are fresh, modern, killer! And, better yet, I can not recall wearing anything like their pieces. Whew! Thank you Gabriela Hearst and August Getty!!!

I am absolutely wild for August Getty. Lets face it, “August”, the Lion of the Zodiac (LEO), those born from July 23 to August 22 are the ultimate LEADERS. It is said that Leo’s are impossible
to resist, bold, creative and passionate. Now I have no idea of August Getty’s astrological chart, but I can tell you this (as a natural Leo that I am), August Getty’s fashion is truly IRRESISTIBLE!!!!

I was introduced to Getty’s line at Hu’s in D.C. I promise you, come to Hu’s, grab a Getty, and NO ONE in DC will look like you!!!! The inventory is limited, hurry!! I love when I can multi task my wardrobe. Every piece is wonderfully unique and can be transformed from a wildly appropriate, unique, stunning black tie staple to the perfect everyday work wardrobe staple.

#GettyGirl #AugustGetty………………..Be a Getty Woman!!!

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