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Oscar Fashion // WZZM Feature February 23, 2015

Filed under: Accessories,Designer,Dresses — juliaweberroot @ 6:46 pm

Tune into WZZM (Chanel 13) at 5:00 PM tonight to watch our Creative Director, Patrick Plank discuss some of the styles seen on the red carpet at The Oscars. He will be highlighting trends and playing favorites; trust us, this is something you do not want to miss!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPatrick Plank and Stephanie Webb talking about how red carpet fashion effects everyday trends for the rest of the year.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Nude was a color that popped up frequently, it was worn by Kerry Washington, Jennifer Aniston, and Oprah. Another trend was celebs opting for a shorter hem line, this set by Armani is the perfect everyday version of the neutral colored gowns we saw on the red carpet.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAUnique statement pieces, like the pewter cuff above, were very popular amongst the jewelry worn.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATaking elements from mens wear adds an androgynous flair, like the Jean Paul Gaultier gown above. Safe to say we have been throughly inspired by Meryl Streep’s bold blazer choice!

A statement necklace adds glamour to a solid colored ensemble.

We hope you enjoy tonights feature and make sure to stop in to try on some of our Oscar inspired looks!


Hunter Boots February 20, 2015

We are excited to announce that we will now be carrying Hunter Boots! We have the Original Rain Boot in both the tall and short style, with your choice of a gloss or matte finish. To complete your Hunter boot look, we also have the Original Fleece Welly socks in stock. We are offering the boots in Black, Navy, Military Red, and Hunter Green. The company began in Scotland where their unique take on a classic boot quickly caught the eye of the English elite, like the Royal Family and Kate Moss. Now they have made their way over to the US and are donned by some of the most stylish celebs out there, such as Ashley Olsen, Angelina Jolie, and Sarah Jessica Parker. See how Kate Moss turned the Hunter Boot into a music festival staple: hunter_kate   Below: Ashley Olsen, Hillary Duff, and Nicole Richie keep their street style looking chic in the Tall Original Rain Boot in Black. tumblr_ly37jhBgfW1qhft38       Stop in this weekend to try on a pair for yourself, we promise, you’ll never want to take them off!


2014….Thank You! January 11, 2015

Wow, I am amazed how quickly 2014 went by, but sometimes the best times always seem to move at a faster clip!  It was such a great year for Leigh’s and I want to thank you for making it so wonderful.  As you know, we are passionate about what we do; bringing the very best fashion the market has to offer right here to West Michigan for you…..our amazing customers.  You get it all from us….clothing, shoes, accessories and cosmetics and we love enhancing your own personal style all while delivering you an exceptional Leigh’s experience.  As I reflect on some of the new labels that we had in store for you in 2014, it makes me smile….Stella McCartney, Band of Outsiders, 10 Crosby Derek Lam, Derek Lam main collection, vintage Chanel and Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, Barbara Bui, Monique Lhuillier, Ella McHugh, Wes Gordon,Veil Cosmetics, Damone Roberts, Aerin and so many more.  With all this and all of your perennial favorites,  it might not surprise you when I share that we had another record year at Leigh’s and were once again voted one of the best women’s stores in Grand Rapids.  We are flattered and humbled by this.  We know there are a lot of choices out there and that you choose to support our local business not only allows us to be successful but means the world to us.  So, thank you.

We are also excited about what 2015 has in store….this is our 40th anniversary!  Yes, Larry Leigh founded the business in 1975.  My partners and I are also celebrating 10 years of owning the business and building the new store.  And…this will be our 10th anniversary of our signature runway presentation Couture for a Cure benefiting the Van Andel Institute (October 8…save the date).  We’re looking forward to celebrating these milestones with you through out the year.  Cheers to 2015!


All I Want For Christmas December 9, 2014


I love the holidays because I love gift giving!  For me, there also is the whole other fun factor of assisting husbands/significant others with securing the perfect gift from Leigh’s.  My girlfriends happily anticipate having a beautifully wrapped Leigh’s blue box (or plural is even better) underneath their Christmas tree. (Of course, how fabulous is it making sure their holiday wishes come true?!?) When husbands come in for their inaugural Leigh’s shopping excursion, the look is  always the same…a deer in the headlights….frantic, stressed, unsure.  Then, relief…as they see all the options that have prepared and all they have to do is just point and  say, “Yes”….Easy Button.  Veterans (that rely on us each holiday season), typically coordinate with their buddies to meet at Leigh’s for their “shopping therapy” which consists of “refreshments” and some lively catching up as they sit in our comfy chairs by the fireplace with ESPN on the television. They know the insider scoop, Leigh’s has them covered…no worries, no panic.. just praise, praise, praise Christmas morning!  So, if you are getting down to the wire and need gifts that inspire, stop in and see us and we will help you wrap it up!


Sweater Weather October 1, 2014

sweater weatherIt is officially my favorite time of year. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE our Michigan summers and always think how I would like to have extended play of June, July and August.  But then fall (the start of sweater weather) comes along and there’s the cool chill in the air, the leaves start changing colors and I am in season heaven and dying to pull out my sweaters!  Being from Northern Minnesota, sweater weather was 10 out of 12 months every year and so while other kids in the nation collected stamps, I had a collection of sweaters. (No, I am not kidding; it was my favorite thing to buy with my babysitting money!) This love affair with knits has continued to present day.  Sweaters are just so easy. Pull out the cashmere, throw on a pair of jeans and a great pair of booties and it’s a perfect day of autumn fashion. But, of course, I have not had time to change over my closet yet (which is the perfect excuse), so I had to go shopping for a few new additions….at my favorite store.  Fortunately, Leigh’s is brimming with fabulous sweaters and after a few laps around the store this morning I am feeling like I am ready to meet our cool weather forecast….fashionably!  Hope you can stop in soon; your next new sweater awaits you!


Athleisure August 21, 2014

untitledEveryone has been asking me, “What is this athleisure thing that there’s all this buzz about?”  I am here to assist, so let’s discuss…  Perhaps you love the comfort of your Lululemon workout gear to the point that it is your go-to even when you are not headed to the gym.  I sense you are nodding your head.  (I know this because I love my Lululemon too.)  However, you have determined that you need and want more…..more fashion that is.  You’d rather look like you walked out of a fashion magazine than the gym. So, voila…athleisure! I like to think of it as the fashionable alternative to your yoga pant inspired workout attire.  Athleisure is still about easy, comfortable, cozy pieces….but adding the adjectives of chic, sophisticated and fashionable.  Someone pinch me…this is a dream come true!  Plus, put your running shoes back in the closet and grab a trendy “sneaker” to chase around town in or put a great fashion shoe with it.  If you’re like me, this gives you an excuse for more shoes….so don’t miss the opportunity!  I am all about athleisure and I think  you will be too.  We have it in store for you now from new labels such as Skin, Wilt, Nesh and Anatomie;  we can’t wait to show you!


Designer Sightings June 23, 2014


Just back from market in NYC and had to share our designer sightings!  First, we met the iconic Carolina Herrera.  Yes, she looks like she walked out of a magazine….so elegant and beautiful. I have to admit I was a little starstruck! Her classic collection with a modern twist was just as stunning for resort ’15 as it is every season. Fun facts about Ms. Herrera: She started her clothing line at the suggestion of her friend Diana Vreeland, the then Editor-in-Chief of Vogue. And, I can hardly believe this, she is 75 years old…she doesn’t look anywhere near this age….even in person.
Then on our next day, Deb and I had an appointment at Wes Gordon and there he was. How fun was it to walk in his showroom and get a chance to meet him after we both just read an article about him in Vogue?! His collection was fabulous (as was he)…infusing luxury and timeless sophistication with a young, modern edge. Fun fact: He worked with both Oscar and Tom Ford before launching his own collection in 2009.




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