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Super Fan Fashion
 Superbowl XLIX was a sea of bright green and navy with legions of Seahawks fans greatly outnumbering those of us in Phoenix from New England. I hate that shade of green and only like to see navy paired with red and white, like our country’s flag and as worn by Patriot Nation. Game day fan style tends to be kitschy, sporting your teams colors in inventive ways that pay homage and add some whimsical fun. Many Pats fans donned “statement” T-shirts that took the air out of the ridiculous accusations leveled at us by, what felt like, the rest of the country. Superstition always plays a big role as well, with fans wearing their lucky shirt or hat in just a certain way so as not to tempt fate. In a sea of team jerseys and logo’d apparel, nothing could deflate how these super bowl fans expressed their love of team via their unique game day looks…here a few who caught my eye.

 

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On Thursday December 11th, I attended Michael DePaulo’s launch party for his new clothing line MDP. The best and the brightest in fashion gathered on the second floor of The Tannery at Curated by the Tannery. Michael is a dear friend and business partner of mine so I was happy to oblige when he asked me to wear one of his new designs at the fete.

Michael’s choice for my look of the night: A black, white and charcoal color blocked dress.

Michael’s choice for my look of the night: A black, white and charcoal color blocked dress.

A favorite of mine was an hourglass color block dress with short sleeves available in short and long lengths. The color blocking has a way of slimming the figure. I also liked how DePaulo delved into bright colors with this collection, as in this green and blue peplum dress.

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A bright fuchsia pantsuit had a Chanel feel to it, and I loved the cigarette length and cut of the pants, but wasn’t too keen how the jacket came together in the front. His best success seemed to be when he stuck to the blacks, charcoals and whites.

These events are always fun for me because I get to catch up a bit with my girlfriends and hostesses Linda Henry, investor and muse to Michael De Paulo, and Adriana Hassan, wife of Tarek Hassan, who owns The Tannery.

Other guests included JB Dowd, Tiffany Dowd of LuxeTiffany and Eric Jausseran of the French Consulate.

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There was no shortage of Latina designers, as swimsuit creator Sinesia Karol was also in the house to support Michael. The beautiful Erica Almeida of Maggie Inc. modeled MDP fashions too, and gave us a peek into how gorgeous each and every one of the designs can be on a perfect body. However, personally, I think I sold more dresses wearing the charcoal, black and white dress because, though the guests were all very fit, their bodies were more like mine than Erica’s! The MDP spring 2015 collection is available immediately at The Tannery.

Normcore, the idea of normal and hardcore fashion concepts colliding, has been floating around for a couple of seasons now but is still considered under the radar. If you haven’t heard of it, here’s what the NY Times has to say about this grungy yet light style.

1. A fashion movement, c. 2014, in which scruffy young urbanites swear off the tired street-style clichés of the last decade — skinny jeans, wallet chains, flannel shirts — in favor of a less-ironic (but still pretty ironic) embrace of bland, suburban anti-fashion attire. (See Jeans, mom. Sneakers, white.)

2. A sociocultural concept, c. 2013, having nothing to do with fashion, that concerns hipster types learning to get over themselves, sometimes even enough to enjoy mainstream pleasures like football along with the rest of the crowd.

3. An Internet meme that turned into a massive in-joke that the news media keeps falling for.

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Need something to do this 4th of July? Check out some of these popular Independence Day activities, handpicked by yours truly.

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