Candace Kristin Exciting Announcement

I am very excited to share that I was selected as the official stylist during fashion week for The London NYC hotel. The London NYC is the preferred hotel partner for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City where designers will preview fall styles, February 6-13, 2014.

The London NYC is debuting a package exclusively designed with me, called the Ultimate Runaway Package.

» Please visit the London NYC web site and check out the Ultimate Runway Package!

Dress up your back? Why not!

I have often said sometimes a person should find the confidence to set a trend vs follow one. Why not try stepping out of your comfort zone, get a little crazy and attempt something different? Do something where people will emulate YOU vs the opposite. I dare you! Last spring I was planning an “ensemble” to wear to an upcoming party. I selected a stunner of a bright red draped dress, with a high gathered neckline in the front and a plunging open back. I was in a bit of a quandary regarding accessories. I could of course wear a big statement earring and cuff and call it a day, but I decided to get a bit ambitious. I put the dress on and started experimenting in front of my mirror (come on we all do it). I pulled out my BOVET timepiece that transforms into a necklace which I always throw on when I’m donning my menswear inspired garb (check out my recent blog if not familiar). I put it on,  contemplated for a second and flipped it onto my back. I pondered, could be super chic to wear a necklace in a place least expected. YES!.

Dress: Gracia   |  necklace: Bovet 1822 Timepiece

dress: Gracia | necklace: Bovet 1822 Timepiece

I would like to express that I considered wearing a back necklace prior to Jennifer Lawrence wearing her Chopard chain backwards at the 2013 Oscars. Though her doing so, only helped create a buzz which I would like to think in a very SMALL way I helped create too! Well at least in my universe.

Neither Jennifer Lawrence or I actually created the backward necklace trend per se but we just resurrected it. Like all great fashion trends, they come back just a bit tweaked from the the first time they were innovated.  I can not further this conversation without a mention of the great Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast At Tiffany’s, who perfected this look with her little black dress and three stain pearls draped exquisitely on nape of her back or Princess Diana wearing her crushed amethys colored velveteen dress with a single strain of peals knotted and draped along her back in 1985 (SICK).

How to achieve this look one might ask? You do not need to be wearing a fancy gown with a plunging back. Try it with a deep v or scoop back sweater and a pair of jeans and sky high heels. Or perhaps a great casual jersey knit cotton dress that has a low back or large key hole paired with a wedge. Consider putting your hair in a slicked back pony tail or messy side bun to really show off your back jewels.

When looking for a necklace to wear front to back, I would suggest one with delicate clasp or none at all. If you select a necklace with a pendent make sure its not to big and heavy or it will be uncomfortable on the front of your neck (choking is not fashionable). Try for a chain length that falls around the 1/3 of your back. That is a great length to make an impression. If you opt to wear one more causal with a sweater, I would suggest pairing it with a simple lariat.

I might be asking you to think outside of the box. You can do it and if you do, don’t forget to send me a picture or shoot me a message. As always, I hope to inspire you. That makes me beyond happy (proud really).

xo- CK

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