Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Host: CFDA {Fashion Incubator} Party

Myself along with the CFDA {Fashion Incubator} designers and the hosting committee.

This past Wednesday I had the awesome honor of being part of the hosting committee for the Council of Fashion Designers of America {Fashion Incubator} party at the W Atlanta - Buckhead hotel. As the kick-off city for this amazing designer showcase, we honored some amazing rising star designers that included Daniel Vosovic, Emanuela Duca, Burkman Bros. and WHIT! Wearing Rick Owens SS13, I had the chance to mix and mingle with executives from the CFDA and the fashion elite of Atlanta. A presentation showcasing each designers latest line was also on display as we all noshed on hors d'oeuvres and couture cocktails. Check out some of my favorite shots from the {Fashion Incubator} party!

Party go-ers at the V.I.P pre-party showcase.

Each designer had a presentation of their latest collection. I love this dress from WHIT.

Popular Atlanta Bloggers (Left to right) Eboni from Fashionista Next Door, Jessica from My Style Vita, Cathy from Poor Little It Girl and Cath from Asian Cajuns snapped a quick shot with designer Daniel Vosovic.

Chatting with fellow member of the hosting committee, Laura Walker Baird .

Hunky men showcasing the designs of Burkman Bros.

Local media snapping shots of the designers showcase. 

Photo Credit: 2012 Pouya Dianat

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By: Cathy Anderson

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

New: Result Wear Shapewear

Shapewear has a stereotype of being boring and unflattering. While that’s usually the case, we’re excited to introduce a new line of attractive (yes, I said attractive) shapewear here at Morgan Kylee. called ResultWear. In luxe fabrics and sexy silhouettes, these undergarments tuck, hold and push your body easily and, most importantly, comfortably to where you want it to be all while keeping you looking and feeling fabulous! As a great foundation to an even greater outfit, myself along with two new members to the MK team, Jenna and Renee, tried on our favorite pieces to show you just how to wear this new line! 

Morgan's outfit: blouse by Troubadour and shoes by Robert Clergerie. All avaliable at Morgan Kylee.

Jenna's outfit: dress by Cabe and shoes by Robert Clergerie. All avaliable at Morgan Kylee.

Renee's outfit: trench coat by Alice by Temperley, blouse by Troubadour and boots by Robert Clergerie. All avaliable at Morgan Kylee.

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By: Cathy Anderson

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Shop: Holiday Gift Guide

We’re officially into the holiday season here at Morgan Kylee., and to help with all the people on your shopping list, we’ve been working on one amazing Gift Guide! From loungewear and accessories to candles and home goods, Morgan Kylee. has just about everything you’ll need this gift-giving season. Here are a few of our favorite items available now!

Feathered Soul Bracelets, $350-$750 | Newbark Flats, $575 | Sydney Hale Soy Candle, $28 | Nada Sawaya Clutch, $1200 | Ann Lightfoot Necklaces, $175-$440 | VPL Tank, $195 | VPL Bra, $95 | VPL Panty, $85 | Bajra Scarf, $350 | Vintage Pillows, $190 | Santa Statue, $325 | Vintage Glass Tray, $125 | Roost Combs, $25 each | Roost Dish, $42

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By: Cathy Anderson

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

How To Wear: Strategic Loungewear by Piamita

As the weather begins to drop here in Atlanta, it can be hard to change out of those comfy sweatpants at home and get dressed for the day. That’s why one of my favorite designers we carry here at Morgan Kylee. is Piamita, for their delicious line of, what I’ve decided to call, Strategic Loungewear. Sure they look and feel like a comfortable pair of pajamas, but this is anything but your average “around the house” clothes.  In mesmerizing prints and the softest fabrics, the sets can be worn together for a lounge-look or separately for total day-appropriate styles! Here is an easy “How To” on rocking your favorite Strategic Loungewear for a day out of the house. And don’t forget to stop by the store this week to check out all the other amazing Piamita styles and prints!

How To Wear (Top) - Pair the loose-fitting top with edgy and fitted faux-leather pants and rugged boots. This combination of feminine and fierce work perfectly for a weekend date night this fall. With such a bold print, make sure you keep accessories minimal and stick to a solid color necklace.

How To Wear (Pants) - Ideal for a day of running errands, the easy tank, flat shoes and classic leather jacket style will keep you stylish and comfortable all day long. For a girly-touch, add in a pale pink scarf!

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By: Cathy Anderson

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Trunk Show: Troubadour and Nha Khanh

Last week at the store, we had the honor of hosting a two-day trunk show of Nha Khanh and Troubadour's spring '13 lines. The racks were filled with tangerine colored party dresses, printed shorts, lacy frocks and floral maxi's. Here are a few of my favorite styles that you can expect to see at Morgan Kylee. starting early next year. I know we've just barely started fall here in Atlanta...but these styles get us super excited for spring!

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By: Cathy Anderson
Editor, Poor Little It Girl

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Meet: Designer Michael Angel

One of my favorite designers this season is Michael Angel, and we're lucky here at Morgan Kylee. to be the only store in Atlanta that carries his boundary-breaking digital print designs!

The Australian born designer, who now lives in New York City, launched his eponymous collection in 2007.  A year later in the September 2008 issue of Vogue, Angel was named the "Upcoming Designer To Watch." Since then, he has appeared in Italian Vogue, Interview Magazine and WWD. Angel has also caught the attention of the most fashionable celebrity powerhouses, including Mary Kate Olsen, Gwen Stefani, Gwyneth Paltrow and Sarah Jessica Parker.

I recently got the opportunity to ask Angel a few questions about his line, his inspiration and where the collection is going in the future. Check it out and make sure you stop by the store this week to shop his styles!

Who/what inspired your fall line? My Fall line was inspired by the late interior designer Ward Bennett's minimal style of the 70's. The color palette of gray hues, earthy stones and faded beiges in the outerwear and separates echoed his aesthetic. Layered feather prints saturated in liquid-like swirls of mauve, burgundy, blue, green and black were signifying a newfound sense of freedom and a move towards the ethereal future.

What kind of woman do you design for? Who do you picture in your clothes? Essentially, the women I design for have an effortlessly chic sense of humor who are a little rough around the edges.

Favorite part of designing clothes for women? I love to sketch and drape...is the fun part! The creative process is essential. The moment when I see a woman wearing one of my pieces is a gratifying moment as it becomes wearable.

What's the greatest moment since launching your line? Being recognized at the "Prince of Prints"

Why did you decide not to do a Spring 2013 collection? Will you be back for fall 2013? I wanted to look at what the technique of digital prints has to offer with a fresh perspective that's new, progressive and above all inovative. I am concentrating on the long-term development and strategy of the Michael Angel brand. Stay tuned for some exciting new projects!

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By: Cathy Anderson
Editor, Poor Little It Girl

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

How To: Scarf Styles

I get asked all the time here at the store, “How am I supposed to wear a scarf?” I’ve always been obsessed with scarves, so I am constantly experimenting with ways I can wrap, twist and tie my favorite accessory to create new looks. And since these amazing Beatles print scarves by Maharishi came in, I can’t help but want to show them off in tons of new ways! So here are my four favorite ways to wear scarves not only in the fall, but all year round.

Knotted Ends: Wear for a casual for a day of running errands. Treat it as more of an accessory rather than something to keep you warm.

Standard Loop: Best when worn under a winter coat to keep you warm without being bulky.

Headscarf: Fun style for those hot summer days or even in the fall for a hippie-chic addition to your look.

Double Wrap: Easy style for chilly days where a coat isn't needed. Worn with a cozy sweater or long sleeve top, this scarf wrap is fashionable and functional.

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By: Cathy Anderson
Editor, Poor Little It Girl

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Style: Head to Toe Looks From Morgan Kylee.

Isn’t shopping so much easier when you can go into one store and get an entire look? Why yes, yes it is! One of my favorite parts about working at Morgan Kylee. every day is when I get to help my customers create looks from pieces all found in my store! To give y’all some inspiration, I’ve modeled a few of my favorite outfits for the fall season that you can create right now at Morgan Kylee. Whether you like to keep it casual in jeans and scarf, stay cozy in long sweater dresses or if you'd rather be bold and mix prints...I'm here to help you find your best fashion for the new season! 

by: Cathy Anderson
Editor of Poor Little It Girl

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Travel: Spring Buying Trip to Los Angeles

I absolutely love this time of year. Believe it or not, I’m already gearing up for Spring 2013 here at Morgan Kylee.! Last week I traveled to sunny Los Angeles to check out some of my favorite designer showrooms and see what’s in store for the upcoming spring season. Spring 2013 is sure to include lots of flirty prints, body conscious silhouettes and tons of color! Check out some amazing pieces you can expect to see at MK starting in January of next year, as well as sneak peek at some of my favorite L.A spots! - xo Morgan

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by: Cathy Anderson
Editor, Poor Little It Girl

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Shop: Morgan's Five Fall Favorites

It’s officially fall here at Morgan Kylee. which calls for an update in your worn-out summer wardrobe. Say goodbye to sundresses and strappy sandals and hello to cozy wraps, luxurious leather jackets and tall boots. Here at Morgan Kylee., we receive new designer styles on a weekly basis (which you can find out about here via the newly revamped blog, as well as on our Facebook and Twitter pages), so I wanted to kick off the new season and share with y'all my “Five Fall Favorites” for October. Which pieces are your favorites?
Michael Angel Dress, $1600
Wear With: sexy black heels

Golden Goose Deluxe Brand Leather Jacket, $1900
Wear With: anything!

Madeline Thompson Wrap, $600
Wear With: a silk blouse, skinny jeans and tall boots

Zhor & Nema Tunic, $620
Wear With: dark straight leg trousers and pumps

Robert Clergerie Boots, $980
Wear With: wool pencil skirts or dresses that kit the knee

by: Cathy Anderson
Editor, Poor Little It Girl

Friday, April 6, 2012

Morgan Kylee.'s connection to The Masters

Dear Shoppers!

         The blogging is back and it is going to stay back!  First of all Happy Easter Holidays to all who are enjoying the nice break!  As many of us humans know, the Masters is in full force and the dream of winning the LEGENDARY "Green Jacket" is way more motivating then a crystal trophy.  As a lover of clothing, I would prefer the Green Jacket as well.  Why am I talking about sports, right?  Well this is why:  About a month after I opened the store (August '11) I was doing my usual nightly research on lines, stores, jewelry, clothes for myself...I digress.  I was doing my nightly research and I happen to stumble upon a new up and coming designer named Katie Ermilio.  I fell in LOVE with her pieces as most people do, so I wrote her an email inquiring about the possibility/honor to carry her collection in my store.  Little did I know that she would become one of my close close friends who would eventually design my wedding dress.  Her clothes are amazing, any eye(fashion oriented or not, male or female) can and do see that, but what about the girl behind the garments?  You may be asking yourself what this has to do with The Masters and if you are, that's good.  That means you will read on to find the answer.  Shoppers, I want to introduce you to one of the most talented people I know, my AMAZING friend, Katie Ermilio.

            Miss. Kathryn Elisabeth Ermilio, aka, Miss. Katie Ermilio.  That’s right, “KAY-tee er-ME-LEE-OO.”  Say it a couple of times just to get the hang of it, because it is a name that you are going to get used to hearing…and saying.  The Philly-born fashion designer is in her fourth season (her first was in Fall 2010, which she says, “I honestly can’t recall how long it took but I’m sure it all came together within moments of my first presentation.”) at the ear-perking age of only 26, and she designs with the type of class and maturity that make even the saltiest of veterans' jaws drop.  While 26 may seem young and…it is for normal people, it is actually about 32 in “Ermilio” years.  While most 26-year-olds are still navigating the mind-boggling paths of their youth, Katie has already completed her “fashion tenure”…well, sort of and well, yeah.  A prodigy of sorts, Katie has been making clothes for herself as well as others since the age of thirteen.  In fact, she says, “I can’t remember a time in my life when I was not interested in clothes.  I even remember how I used to build my wardrobe when I was in preschool.  I was really serious about my outfits for picture days. I always had matching ribbons for my dresses.  And I remember constantly asking my Brownie Troop Leader why my uniform had to be brown.”  It was obvious that style was an innate concept to Ermilio at an early age-but, that’s just it.  It is innate to her.  You could strongly argue that style and talent are part of Katie’s genetic make-up.  Her Grandfather, Arthur Ermilio, is the genius behind one of the World’s most iconic pieces of clothing representing one of the World’s most respected and famous sporting stages of all time, the Green Masters Jacket.  Yeah…let that marinate for a bit.  Cool, huh?  That’s a “fashion” fact that even men perk up to hear, so…I had to ask, “How to guys respond when they find out about your connection to the Masters?”  She laughs.  She tells me she has never been asked that question before.  I get excited to hear her answer to my silly, yet necessary question.  She goes on, “Diehard golf fans love that fact about my Grandfather, but the best piece of trivia is that I have the first Masters patch ever made.  It was given to me by my grandfather and it lives in my safety deposit box.  I know I know, I should play way more golf…”  She asks me if my fiancĂ© and I are into golf.  I say, “Well…not really.  Blake doesn’t play.  We respect it and we enjoy the big events i.e. the Masters, but no, not really.  Plus, I suck at it.”  We laugh at each other and I’m glad to see she does not take offense to my lack of interest in the sport she is forever connected to, and then she continues, “Girl, I am so not a golfer.  Every time I go with my Dad (Robert Ermilio) I legit just whine about all of the walking and direct sunlight and boredom that ensues.”  We laugh again, this time for longer because that, that was funny. 
         Katie’s connection with the legendary Golf tournament is a mesmerizing fact, but…that’s not all.  Nope, not even close AND the thing is, is that the next factoid I am about to tell you is equally as strong as the one that I just shared.  Arthur Ermilio was not only the creator of the coveted green jacket, but he was also the personal clothier of the Princess of Monaco, and not just any Princess, but THE Grace Kelly.  Again…that’s right.  Like I said, you could strongly argue that style and talent are part of Katie’s genetic make-up.
        While the designer’s lineage suggests her fate, it wasn’t always that way.  She has always had the talent, and she has always had the eye, but it was not the path of a clothing designer that she was interested.  No, Katie wanted to be in the magazine world.  During college, she was an intern at Vogue, and after graduating from NYU she was an assistant at Teen Vogue.  She was one of their favorites, a fact undeniably proven true the instant you meet her.  She was a young woman who wanted a career in magazines and that was what she was doing and that’s where she was headed.   When asked what point she decided to go down the design route, she replied, “It was actually a difficult decision for me because I knew it meant giving up my career in magazines but my little side business was growing so quickly and was becoming more or less a full time job.  It was something I couldn’t ignore.”  Even though she left the magazine world and committed full time to her designs she says that the experience was invaluable.  The most important thing she learned was, “The importance of organization and how to perform in a fast paced environment, it’s a skill that I use every single day.” 
      Vogue may not be where she ended up working, but she is no stranger to the pages of the elite fashion bible.  No.  Katie’s hand-made pieces are on the scene and they are not going anywhere anytime soon…thank god.  However, it is not just the designs themselves that make her line one of the most watched up and coming labels.  Again, No.  She is infectious.  Everything from her demeanor to her designs blatantly displays not only what an amazing young talent she is, but also what an amazing young woman she is.  Every girl or woman should have a “Katie” dress.  They are pieces that are a direct representation of the kind of young woman that Katie is and we all hope to be, classy, timeless, and fun.
            “When did you realize you’ve arrived?”  I ask.
            “I’ve arrived?”
       Again, another answer that proves her own grace.  Katie girl, we are glad your “side project” turned into what it did, and yes, you’ve arrived, and we couldn’t be happier.

Hope you enjoyed, XX

Katie will be visiting Atlanta for the first time this Spring for a trunk show at Morgan Kylee.  If you are
interested in attending please email us at info@morgankylee.com