Southern Chic Style
- Supermodel Style -
Tonight, I watched the second episode of Fashion Star to see if my favorites would sell their latest designs to H&M, Saks, or Macy’s. Instead of any one item grabbing my attention (other than Orly Shani’s convertible maxi skirt - AMAZING!), I found myself, from the beginning, trying to figure out who made Elle MacPherson’s top. The supermodel/designer rocked a great slim pleat front navy trouser with a sequin top and strappy platform heel. After searching and searching to no avail, I found a top similar to what Elle wore from Vince. I’m still on the hunt for the exact shirt, but this will do in the meantime. For the look I put together mimicking Elle’s, I added a little color in the mint shoulder bag to the classy dressed up look. Pink or yellow or another pastel would look great, too, but we all know my current obsession with mint/pistachio hues…
For fun, I created looks using the same slim pleat front trouser for both a casual day out-and-about as well as work. A pretty lace blouse softens the casual ensemble with bright flats and accessories for a little fun. And, a bold blouse under a neutral blazer with another pop of color in the handbag creates a fun, but work appropriate look you can wear for drinks after your long day at the office.
Pleats are making a come back, and in the right fit, a pleat front trouser can be a great basic for spring and summer. If worn too snuggly, pleats can make your lower torso look puffy, so be mindful and find the pair that lays well on your frame.
Happy Shopping!

Elle MacPherson’s Fashion Star Look by southernchicstyle featuring platform sandals


Vince sequin top, $435
STYLEKELLY slimming pants, $60
Jimmy Choo platform sandals, $875

Pleat front trouser casual by southernchicstyle featuring pleated front pants


Stella McCartney lace top, $1,495
STYLEKELLY pleated front pants, $60
Hermès tote bag
Tory burch jewelry, $95
Marc by marc jacobs jewelry, £40


Pleat Front pant for work by southernchicstyle featuring high heels


Tie blouse, $58
Pinstripe jacket, $235
STYLEKELLY slim fit pants, $60
Rupert Sanderson high heels, $595
Milly leather satchel, £405

Did you watch Fashion Star tonight?!? Right off the bat, bartender and designer Orly Shani presented three skirts (the one above) that I absolutely LOVED! I’d seen a preview with the models unzipping this skirt and just had to see what it was all about. Orly (pictured above with her skirt) took a simple mini and added a zipper to allow for the flowy overlay. GENIUS! I can’t tell you how many times I’ll opt out of one of my flowy skirts because it was a little windy. The last thing I want to do is have a Marilyn Monroe moment. But, Orly created this great skirt that won’t flash the world and can also be worn two different ways! Unzip the overlay to reveal an edgy mini. Saks and Macy’s gave Orly offers, but Saks won, and now you can buy the skirt pictured above at Saks before it sells out.

Orly Shani’s line called tuc+wes (cut and sew backwards) was brought to life out of a limited budget creating the need for Orly to wear pieces multiple times. Her collection is full of great pieces you can wear a million ways and dress up or down. See her other wonderfully wearable convertible items on the tuc+wes website.

Follow Orly Shani on facebook by clicking here, and keep up with her progress on Fashion Star next Tuesday after The Biggest Loser.

My other favorite that was picked up by H&M was a beautiful turquoise blue dress by Sarah Parrott. The above pictured dress was the third look of classy dresses with a “surprise” cut-out in the back. The otherwise simple sheath dress gets an edgy touch with the cut-out. Buy Sarah’s dress from H&M here.

While I wasn’t in love with the majority of the pieces from the night, it was fun to see the talented designers have the opportunity to present to the big retailers of H&M, Saks, and Macy’s - a dream come true for any up and coming designer. This is definitely a show that will be set on “series record” on my Tivo, and I can’t wait to see more pieces from Orly Shani! Check it out for yourself.