Mother’s Day Issue: Marlaine’s Refined Classic Style

My stylish momma in the ’80s.

I owe my mom everything. My life, sense of humor, and style. Since I was little, I was constantly inspired by my mother, Marlaine, and how she expressed herself through fashion. Especially when we visited the Caribbean, where we vacationed often as a family. The natural surroundings of the resorts and beaches intertwined with my mother’s bright kaftans and accessories are the foundation to my style inspiration.

My mother knew at a young age that I would be a fashion designer, too. I was that child that raided my mother’s closet and paraded around the house in luxurious shoes, apparel, you name it. As she says, “It didn’t take long for me to realize my daughter was going to be in fashion. At age 5, Elaine picked out her outfits for school—and they we’re always so vibrant. I’ll never forget the Kelly-Green jumpsuit she wore. It was clear she was expressing herself artistically, even at that young age.”

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Raiding my mother’s closet.

A Refined Classic Style

I like to refer to my mother’s fashion sense as a “refined classic style”. In a way, my entire brand reflects this as I constantly, season after season, modernize classic shapes in new and interesting ways. My upbringings are always at the crux of my fashion design process. Even at her age now, she’s still rocking that refined classic style that inspires me to this day.

“I enjoy tailored, high-quality fabrics but I always like to add something to my style that says ‘2017’ to it. It’s important to always incorporate something modern to show your paying attention to the trends.” – Marlaine

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Marlaine rocking the Cam Necklace, Candice Earring, Tamara top, Bella in Snake Cork, and Milani Wedge.

 

Modern Style, Modern Havana

A refined classic style and our current collection go together like salt and tequila (where’s the bartender around here?). As you already know, our Modern Havana collection is a true embodiment of our brand: escapism, travel, and wanderlust. This collection expresses these ideas through vibrant colors, dramatic textures, and tropical undertones.

It’s no surprise Marlaine loves Modern Havana and rocks it better than anyone I know! She gravitates towards the more tailored pieces like our Tamara tunic, while I go for the true dramatic kaftan dress, Landa. There are a multitude of ways to put this collection together to suit your own personal style.

She chose some of her favorite items from the collection. Enjoy!!

  • Cam Necklace– The white beads accompanied with the multi-color tassels brightens up any look.
  • Candice Earring– The bright colored tassels adds a modern edge.
  • Tamara in Cobalt blue- Who doesn’t love a bold color and well-tailored shirt?
  • Bella in Snake Cork– A classic envelope shape, but modernized with the clashing of two prints
  • Milani Wedge– Trendy yet classic, the Milani mid-wedge is comfortable enough to wear everyday!

I’ll never stop being inspired by my mother. Not just for her incredible sense of style, but in her caring, selfless nature that she extends to her children and grandchildren every single day. Never change, momma! Happy Mother’s Day.

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Goofing around on set.