April 23, 2012
Color blocking is all the rage right now and can be seen on everything from handbags to shoes to dresses even make-up. As simple as it seems, color blocking is the art of wearing blocks of color, be it on the same garment or combining complementing or contrasting colors in two. You can go as bold as you want by rocking vibrant/neon colors or more subdued with pastels. What’s so great about this trend is that anyone can wear color blocking regardless of age or size and look fabulous!
Here’s a little history behind the trend: The origin of color blocking dates back to the 60s, when it was popularized by the ‘Mod Fashion’. This fashion culture ushered an innovative, bold and creative style of clothing that originally belonged to London. The British youth set the trend, which was later followed by the rest of the world. 
One could say color blocking in fashion is most famously represented from the Mondrian Dress by Yves St. Laurent in 1965. He took the simple shift dress of the era and, inspired by the paintings of the 1930’s Dutch Piet Mondrian, added blocks of color to it to give it new life. Then, he followed the technique of mixing primary colors with solid black lines to create a geometric, yet simplistic eye-popping effect. And, the rest is history!
It’s amazing that this trend has been around since the 60’s but still manages to look fresh and modern years later. This trend tops our hot list for the spring & summer and is definitely here to stay for awhile. We’ve compiled a couple of our favorite must-have color block items. Which is your favorite?
Pictured (clockwise from top left):
Searle Sleeveless Colorblock Dress
Suzi Chin Color Block Drape Neck Dress
Rolando Santana Color Block Maxi Dress
Searle Organza Keyhole Dress in Red/White
orYany Sydney Shoulder Bag
Searle Organza Keyhole Dress in Yellow/White

Color blocking is all the rage right now and can be seen on everything from handbags to shoes to dresses even make-up. As simple as it seems, color blocking is the art of wearing blocks of color, be it on the same garment or combining complementing or contrasting colors in two. You can go as bold as you want by rocking vibrant/neon colors or more subdued with pastels. What’s so great about this trend is that anyone can wear color blocking regardless of age or size and look fabulous!

Here’s a little history behind the trend: The origin of color blocking dates back to the 60s, when it was popularized by the ‘Mod Fashion’. This fashion culture ushered an innovative, bold and creative style of clothing that originally belonged to London. The British youth set the trend, which was later followed by the rest of the world.

One could say color blocking in fashion is most famously represented from the Mondrian Dress by Yves St. Laurent in 1965. He took the simple shift dress of the era and, inspired by the paintings of the 1930’s Dutch Piet Mondrian, added blocks of color to it to give it new life. Then, he followed the technique of mixing primary colors with solid black lines to create a geometric, yet simplistic eye-popping effect. And, the rest is history!

It’s amazing that this trend has been around since the 60’s but still manages to look fresh and modern years later. This trend tops our hot list for the spring & summer and is definitely here to stay for awhile. We’ve compiled a couple of our favorite must-have color block items. Which is your favorite?

Pictured (clockwise from top left):

Searle Sleeveless Colorblock Dress

Suzi Chin Color Block Drape Neck Dress

Rolando Santana Color Block Maxi Dress

Searle Organza Keyhole Dress in Red/White

orYany Sydney Shoulder Bag

Searle Organza Keyhole Dress in Yellow/White

February 7, 2012
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! Whether you’re spending it with your honey or friends, we have the perfect outfit for you!
Pictured: Rolando Santana Sleeveless Side Ruffle Dress; orYany Alana Clutch; Bootights Semi-Opaque Ankle Tight; CC Skye Chain Gang Lucite Bracelet

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! Whether you’re spending it with your honey or friends, we have the perfect outfit for you!

Pictured: Rolando Santana Sleeveless Side Ruffle Dress; orYany Alana Clutch; Bootights Semi-Opaque Ankle Tight; CC Skye Chain Gang Lucite Bracelet

January 25, 2012
If you consider yourself the type of woman who’s weakness is modern, feminine dresses with timeless appeal, then chances are you are going to fall for Rolando Santana’s collection of heavenly designs!
Born in Cuernavaca, Mexico, Santana spent his early childhood watching his mother make beautiful creations,  for special clients, from a small dressmaking business she ran from  their home. Little did he know at the time that his mother’s sewing room would serve as inspiration for his love for fashion and nurture his dream of becoming a designer. Santana continued to learn and develop from his mother’s business and by the age of 13 devoted all his free time to learning everything there was to know in the industry.
Driven by his desire to become a fashion designer, Santana moved to NYC to purse his dream, and after completing degrees in International Business at Mercy College and  Fashion Design at FIT, he landed his first job as an assistant designer  at Spenser Jeremy. It didn’t take long for everyone to recognize his immense talent and he was soon promoted to dress designer. Santana continued on to become the creative director for Donna Morgan and then vice president of design with Kellwood Company’s Designer Alliance. After a successful career with other dress companies, he began to desire his own collection, and, in 2009, the beginnings of his namesake line took root. Today, Santana designs with the primary purpose of always making all women feel beautiful in his collection—and indeed he does!
Here’s a brief glimpse of Rolando’s Fall/Winter line, which draws its inspiration from the deep colors and rich textures found in the somber Philip Guston paintings of the ’60s. These deep colors and rich textures were translated into soft details, including modern ruffles, asymmetric feminine detailing and understated prints. There’s something in this collection for everyone and these beauties make the perfect day-to-evening dresses! The line will be arriving in Searle stores soon so make sure to check back often!

If you consider yourself the type of woman who’s weakness is modern, feminine dresses with timeless appeal, then chances are you are going to fall for Rolando Santana’s collection of heavenly designs!

Born in Cuernavaca, Mexico, Santana spent his early childhood watching his mother make beautiful creations, for special clients, from a small dressmaking business she ran from their home. Little did he know at the time that his mother’s sewing room would serve as inspiration for his love for fashion and nurture his dream of becoming a designer. Santana continued to learn and develop from his mother’s business and by the age of 13 devoted all his free time to learning everything there was to know in the industry.

Driven by his desire to become a fashion designer, Santana moved to NYC to purse his dream, and after completing degrees in International Business at Mercy College and Fashion Design at FIT, he landed his first job as an assistant designer at Spenser Jeremy. It didn’t take long for everyone to recognize his immense talent and he was soon promoted to dress designer. Santana continued on to become the creative director for Donna Morgan and then vice president of design with Kellwood Company’s Designer Alliance. After a successful career with other dress companies, he began to desire his own collection, and, in 2009, the beginnings of his namesake line took root. Today, Santana designs with the primary purpose of always making all women feel beautiful in his collection—and indeed he does!

Here’s a brief glimpse of Rolando’s Fall/Winter line, which draws its inspiration from the deep colors and rich textures found in the somber Philip Guston paintings of the ’60s. These deep colors and rich textures were translated into soft details, including modern ruffles, asymmetric feminine detailing and understated prints. There’s something in this collection for everyone and these beauties make the perfect day-to-evening dresses! The line will be arriving in Searle stores soon so make sure to check back often!

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