Style files: South America


Trip planning already? If last winter is any indication of what this year has in store, then we think you have the right idea! Luckily, it’s high season for taking a trip down South (and we don’t mean Florida, though that’s a nice idea too!). As temperatures begin to drop up north, South America is kicking off summer. There’s more than enough to see, whether you choose a Brazilian cruise or an “around-the-horn” cruise from Buenos Aires to Valparaiso… or both if you have the time! (we wish). How about these duds for, say, a evening of Chilean wine tasting?

Karla Colletto Reversible High Neck Monokini / Diane von Furstenberg maxi dress /
Proenza Schouler printed canvas tote / Tom Ford Rosie ivory and gold sunglasses /
Kenneth Jay Lane pave pyramid studs / Urban Decay eyeshadow in diamond dog /
Clare V. dot-print fold-over clutch / Givenchy Sara ankle-strap sandals

November 12, 2014 |

SPRING FEVER: Fashion week recap

We may have yet another brutal winter in store, but knowing what great things Spring fashion has to offer is of some comfort for sure. Here are just a few trends that caught our eye:

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It seems appropriate and perhaps not so coincidental that oriental-inspired looks appeared all over S/S 15 runways… considering that the Met Costume Institute recently announced its 2015 exhibition, to be called “Chinese Whispers: Tales of the East in Art, Film, and Fashion.” This trend tends to recirculate every few years, so we say bring on those origami prints, kimono sleeves and obi belts (definitely the obi belts)! (Only in non-racist good taste, of course).
(from left: Carven, Gucci, Hervé Léger, Andrew Gn)


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It’s always exciting to see allover red looks on the runway, but we are especially loving this half-step down the color spectrum to red orange. If you’re going to eschew the spring florals then this is your ticket to statement dressing. This could literally stop traffic.
(from left: A.F. Vandevorst, Akris, Antonio Berardi, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi)


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To paraphrase Meryl Streep’s character in The Devil Wears Prada, florals for spring isn’t exactly groundbreaking. Not that the revival of 60s/70s hippie chic is terribly innovative either, but the combination of the two seemed like a popular theme this year. It’s a softer look for sure, but we could get on board with crochet dresses and fringed vests (fringe, always a favorite). The return of bellbottoms might take some more convincing… or maybe we’re extra excited about it.
(from left: Alberta Ferretti, Dries van Noten, Marchesa, Emilio Pucci)


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For lovers of jewel tones like us, the idea of darker shades like deep emerald is fabulous for spring. Fall/Winter collections showcased this hue quite a bit, but these looks move us more into ‘forest green’ territory, many even incorporating jungle-inspired details and prints.
(from left: 3.1 Philip Lim, Erdem, Tibi, Marni)


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Save it for a rainy day. Transparent PVC details in jackets and tops are either an expression of futuristic fashion or a major upgrade for raingear. Or maybe both. Here at Karla Colletto, we love using less conventional materials like this to mix it up. Plus you can show off your outfit underneath (maybe a cute swimsuit too?)
(from left: Lisa Perry, MSGM, Osklen, Thom Browne) 

October 14, 2014 |

Style files: Tahiti

Forget Oktoberfest, let’s go the South Pacific! Tahiti sounds nice… right before the rainy season and just in time for a pre-holidays detox. If you go in November, you could even get a good deal on cruises and airfare, not to mention a lighter crowd, though you might be in for rain as well. Believe us, if we could hop on a plane (or a boat) tomorrow, we would!

If you’re traveling to tropical places this month, what will you bring? This look is a great beach or pool outfit when paired with a wide-brimmed hat and thrown over a strapless Karla suit. With some minimal island-appropriate jewelry it can be a perfect ensemble for touring and dining on the mainland. You can even rock this dress into the evening–just update your jewelry, swish on some mascara, and swap out the sandals for some strappy heels.

Karla Colletto Strapless Twist Bandeau / Mickey Lynn Crystal & Marquis earrings /
Oliver Peoples Marbled Square Emmy sunglasses / Diane von Furstenberg Annie washed silk maxi dress /
Chloe Marcie large shoulder bag / Melissa Odabash Laurianne wide-brimmed hat /
Ettika Hamsa layered necklace / Jules Smith slinky bracelet /
Sondra Roberts woven minaudiere / Marni ankle-strap gladiator sandals




(photos via Tahiti Tourism North America)





On Trend: Gingham

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(from top, left to right: Altuzarra, Oscar de la Renta, Michael Kors, Diane von Furstenberg, Rachel Zoe, Bottega Veneta, Ashish, Sibling, Temperley London. All images from

We’re just days away from October, which means our Gingham group will be shipping out soon! What great timing too, because judging by what we’ve seen on the runways, the Gingham trend is going to be big for Spring. Pink and blue, large and small, deconstructed and sequined… we spotted gingham prints in the collections of Oscar de la Renta, Altuzarra, Diane von Furstenberg, and others. What’s your favorite take on this classic?

Gingham collection • Retro bandeau bikini by #karlacolletto #cruise2015

View the rest of the Gingham group from the Cruise 2015 collection.

September 29, 2014 |


“Escándalo: A Cruise 2014 film by Karla Colletto”


Some exciting news in the world of fashion film festivals!

Remember our Cruise 2014 film “Escándalo”?
One year later and it’s still generating quite the international buzz!
The film was first nominated for Best Fashion Film and Best Makeup at The Berlin Fashion Film Festival in July. It was also shown as part of Miami’s Fashion Film Festival earlier this month and WON for Best Fashion Short! Just this past week, “Escándalo” was shown as a nomination for Best Film and Best Cinematography at the London Fashion Film Festival and WON for Best Editing at the Milan Fashion Film Festival!!

Watch the film here if you haven’t seen it! It’s gotten over 20K views on Vimeo/YouTube!

Great job to Dean Alexander Photography, Design Army, and the rest of our amazing team for this film!! Can’t wait to make another!


LUNGevity for Peter


As many of you may know, we recently suffered a loss in the Karla Colletto family. Peter Rovan, our dear friend and husband to co-founder Lisa, passed away on August 29, 2014 after a year-long battle with lung cancer.

Peter was one-of-a-kind. We will truly miss his charismatic spirit, his quirky sense of humor, and his carefree ability to live in the moment. We have received, on Lisa’s behalf, an outpouring of support from our friends and customers and we thank you all for your kindness and sympathy during this time.

Lung cancer is the top cancer killer, accounting for 14% of all new cancer diagnoses and 27% of all cancer deaths–approximately 160,000 lives per year. It is a devastating disease that can afflict anyone, regardless of smoking history, gender, or ethnicity. Currently, only 16% of people diagnosed with lung cancer survive five years post-diagnosis, a percentage significantly lower than that for colon, breast, and prostate cancer. 

Sadly, nothing can bring Peter back to us. To honor his memory and to make a difference in the future of lung cancer treatment, we encourage you to make a donation to the LUNGevity Foundation via Peter’s tribute fund page. The LUNGevity Foundation funds research to develop early detection methods and targeted therapies for lung cancer, advancements that could save lives.

Please follow this link to Peter’s Tribute Fund page to donate today!





September 9, 2014 |

Risky Business


On Friday, August 22, our friends at Design Army hosted a late summer pool party and fashion event at Capitol Skyline Hotel to celebrate the launch of our very special Karla Colletto X Design Army “Swim At Your Own Risk” capsule collection.

The soiree was a success, with over 200 guests including some of DC’s most fashionable. The night’s “lifeguards on duty” were models from T.H.E. Artist Agency, sporting pieces from the capsule collection and striking their best poses for Kate Warren, the official event photographer. Cool tunes from DJ Paul Thornley of U.S. Royalty and a screening of everyone’s favorite Jaws help set the mood as guests mingled over Corona-ritas and custom “Swim At Your Own Risk” cookie pops by Occasions Caterers. Guests wrestled inflatable alligators in the pool and got silly at the photo booth provided by Onomonomedia. Event photographers from a Guest of a Guest, Brightest Young Things, and DC Hot Spots were also on the scene to capture the night’s highlights.

Thanks again to everyone who attended, as well as our friends and sponsors: T H E Artist Agency, Occasions Caterers, Amaryllis, Inc. Floral + Event Design, OnomonoMEDIA, LLC, Everything But Water, Kate Warren, and of course Design Army. See some snaps from the event below (photos by Kate Warren):







For more photos and press from the event, see the below or check the #KCxDA hashtag on Instagram–part of a contest to win a “Swim At Your Own Risk” sweatshirt (contest now closed):

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You are invited to the Karla Colletto X Design Army Pool Party! RSVP today!

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Summer has come and gone so soon, it seems, but here’s one more excuse to hit the pool before you get into that “back to school” grind. We’re hosting a stylish poolside soiree to celebrate our exclusive Karla Colletto X Design Army capsule, a five-piece collaboration that sets the tone for Karla Colletto’s Cruise 2015 Swim Collection. You won’t want to miss this free event and pool party at Capitol Skyline Hotel this Friday 8/22 from 7-10pm. RSVP on the Facebook event page for an informal fashion show, drink specials, tasty treats, a photo booth and more… #SwimAtYourOwnRisk




Karla Colletto X Design Army


Washington D.C.-based creative agency Design Army and swimwear brand Karla Colletto have taken their long-running creative partnership to the next level with a unique capsule collection, set to debut with Karla Colletto’s Cruise 2015 collection at SwimShow in Miami. After enlisting Design Army’s creative services to produce award-winning marketing materials, Colletto and creative director Pum Lefebure collaborated on the Swim At Your Own Risk capsule collection, combining Lefebure’s love of typography and signature sense of whimsy with Colletto’s precision construction and high-quality materials. Smart, witty, and decidely fresh, the Swim At Your Own Risk collection incorporates the superior craftsmanship that makes Karla Colletto a leader in the swim market while speaking to the modern, confident, bold woman — the one who’s not afraid to dive into the next great adventure. (via Design Army)

Recently featured in The Washington Post. View collection below. Click here for more details.
This group will be available in January 2015.





July 24, 2014 | ,

Mother’s Day Quick Gift Guide!

It’s already May and Mother’s Day is just around the corner!
Do you have a gift for the most important woman in your life? Here are some last minute ideas:

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Clockwise from top center: Tory Burch Quilted Smartphone Wristlet / Belle Amitie Glass Teapot / TOCCA Fragrance Duo / IN1 iPhone case with Tools / Sumbody Antioxidant Lifter / Playa Grande Resort and Grand Spa in Cabo San Lucas for Two / Kaison Aprico Modern Chic Candle / ABS by Allen Schwartz Necklace / Ortensia Earrings by Mercantia / Dean & Deluca Tiramisu Caramels

May 6, 2014 |

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