Diablo Women Fashion Show
Weigh in on your favorite looks hot off the runway from Diablo Women, a night of food, fashion, and fun.
By Kristen Haney
On Thursday night, volunteers strutted down the catwalk at the Diablo Women event, showing off 80s-inspired looks from local boutiques and shops. Head-turning ensembles included playful rompers, re-envisioned accent sleeves, and eye-catching outfits in sunny shades of neon.
Styled by Best of the East Bay winner Carolyn Rovner, the runway looks spanned the spectrum, ranging from flirty daytime outfits to sophisticated evening wear, all with an ‘80s spin (inspired by a performance from Center REPertory Company’s cast of Xanadu). Here are some of our favorite looks from the show, but make sure you let us know in the comments which ensembles you loved. And if you’re looking for the best ways to incorporate the ‘80s trend into your wardrobe, Rovner shares her tips here.
Rompers and strapless dresses:
For day, how would you work this romper from Plum? We’d love to see it with a floppy wide brimmed hat and pair of flats to keep it playful, but our model shows how to amp it up for evening with a pump.
Plum’s strapless tiered dress can transition from day to evening by swapping out a pair of embellished flats for sophisticated wedges. How would you accessorize this transitional piece? Other options include a bold lip, statement necklace, or shoulder-brushing earrings.
One of the easiest ways to stay on trend and freshen up your neutrals is to inject color into your wardrobe. This graphic black and white number from The Red Box gets a jolt of color from lemony yellow trim and a very statement hat in the same bright shade. Are you brave enough to attempt an electrifying hat?
If you’re looking for ways to bring color into the office, a sleek pencil skirt always looks classic, even when punched up in a sunny shade. Make sure it hits below the knee to keep it looking sophisticated, and pair the skirt with a sheer button down in a complimentary pattern to pull the look together. Not a yellow fan? Mint, cobalt, and poppy are all popular spring shades. Which would you choose?
An animal print top from Duchess can still appear adult when paired with a sleek black blazer. Keep the outfit from looking too “on the job” with a bright pair of cutoffs. Finish off the outfit with layered necklaces and beachy waves for a result that’s decidedly grown up but still fun enough for a girl’s brunch or weekend shopping excursion.
Sound off in the comments about your favorite ensembles, biggest hits and misses, and looks you can’t wait to make your own. And make sure to enter Diablo’s Pin to Win contest for a chance to win $200 toward di Pietro salon. Details below.
Diablo Women Pin to Win:
Step 1: Follow Diablo magazine on Pinterest.
Step 2: Create a board on your Pinterest account called “My Favorite Updated 80s Looks.”
Step 3: Pin (or re-pin) images from around the web that fit the theme to the board. In addition to describing your pins, tag us by including @DiabloMagazine in the description field.
Step 4: When your board is complete, share it with us by posting the link to Diablo magazine’s Facebook page, or by emailling email@example.com. We’ll repin your images to our DW PIN TO WIN board, and you’ll be entered into a drawing for $200 toward di Pietro Salon in Walnut Creek.
MORE INFO: Contest begins on May 3 and ends on May 10. Entries will be judged by Diablo’s style editor on the use of bold colors, fun prints, and fresh takes on 80s trends such as shoulder pads and acid wash. Winner will be announced and notified May 11.