Handbags

Enlist in Navy

  • 15th January 2014

You may not be headed to St. Tropez, or anywhere along the French coast, but making a nod to the Breton top this spring will steer you well.

 

 

Gorgeous Chloe 2014 Nautical Designs.  Photo Courtesy of: Vogue HK

Gorgeous Chloe 2014 Nautical Designs. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue HK

 

 

The  marinière, or more commonly known striped Breton shirt, was a uniform of seamen in Brittany around 1850.  According to various sources, the original shirt featured 21 stripes, one corresponding to each of Napoleon’s victories.

 

Coco Chanel.  Photo Courtesy of: WikiFashion

Coco Chanel. Photo Courtesy of: WikiFashion

Audrey Tatou as Coco Chanel in a Breton top.  Photo Courtesy of: Vogue.hk

Audrey Tatou as Coco Chanel in a Breton top. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue.hk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After a visit to the coast, Coco Chanel was inspired by the seamen’s uniform and introduced it into her collection in 1917.  She paired the top with wide flared trousers (see above).  A style that endures today almost 100 years later and still caught our eye when flipping through Vogue HK.

 

 

Cropped breton top meets flared trousers with a tuxedo stripe.  A look inspired by Coco Chanel almost 100 years ago, still timeless!  Photo Courtesy of: Vogue HK

Cropped breton top meets flared trousers with a tuxedo stripe. A look inspired by Coco Chanel almost 100 years ago, still timeless! Photo Courtesy of: Vogue HK

 

 

Here are a few ways to shop this enduring look:

 

Then

1972 Christian Dior.  Photo Courtesy of Vogue.hk

1972 Christian Dior. Photo Courtesy of Vogue.hk

 

 

Today

 

Chloe 2014 Striped Twill Dress

Chloe 2014 Striped Twill Dress

Chloe 2014 Striped Twill Dress

 

 

 

 

Chloe Striped Twill Dress, net-a-porter.com, $1,895.00

 

 

Stripe Swirl Floppy Hat Anthropologie

Stripe Swirl Floppy Hat Anthropologie

 

 

Stripe Swirl Floppy Hat, anthropologie.com, $58.00

 

 

Chanel Camelia Embellished Striped Sneakers.  Photo Courtesy of:  Cosmopolitan HK

Chanel Camelia Embellished Striped Sneakers. Photo Courtesy of: Cosmopolitan HK

 

(Price above:  Hong Kong dollars NOT US) 

 

 

Kate Spade and Marc Jacobs.  Photo Courtesy of:  Cosmopolitan HK

Kate Spade and Marc Jacobs. Photo Courtesy of: Cosmopolitan HK

 

 

 

 

Keds Kate Spade New York Kick Sneaker in Mariner
Keds Kate Spade New York Kick Sneaker in Mariner

 

 

Keds for Kate Spade New York “Kick Sneaker,” katespade.com, $75.00

 

Kate Spade Seaside Stripe Sutton Hand bag
Kate Spade Seaside Stripe Sutton Hand bag

 

 

Kate Spade Seaside Stripe Sutton Hand Bag, katespade.com, $298.00

 

 

Then:

 

Illustration by Carl Oscar August Erickson--Courtesy of: Vogue HK

Illustration by Carl Oscar August Erickson–Courtesy of: Vogue HK

Photo Courtesy of Vogue: HK

Photo Courtesy of Vogue: HK

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today:

 

Diane Von Furstenberg Spring 2014.  Photo Courtesy of: Vogue.HK

Diane Von Furstenberg Spring 2014. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue.HK

 

 

Lightly striped dress from Dior. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue, Paris

Lightly striped dress from Dior. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue, Paris

 

Mango Striped Jersey Dress from House of Fraser

Mango Striped Jersey Dress from House of Fraser

Zig Zag Stripe Shorts from JCrew

Zig Zag Stripe Shorts from JCrew

 

 

 

Mango Striped Jersey Dress, houseoffraser.co.uk., £ 24.99

 

Zigzag stripe short, jcrew.com, $69.50

 

 

Photo Courtesy of Elle Décor

Photo Courtesy of Elle Décor

 

 

Chloe Cosmopolitan HK

Chloe Cosmopolitan HK

Chloe Bib Detailed Fine Knit Sweater

Chloe Bib Detailed Fine Knit Sweater

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chloe bib-detailed fine-knit wool sweater, net-a-porter.com, $1050.00

 

 

Christian Louboutin Just Soon 85 Striped Canvas Pumps

Christian Louboutin Just Soon 85 Striped Canvas Pumps

 

 

 

Christian Louboutin Just Soon 85 Striped Canvas Pumps, net-a-porter.com, $795.00

 

 

Louis Vuitton 2014 Scarf.  Photo Courtesy of:  Vogue HK

Louis Vuitton 2014 Scarf. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue HK

 

 

 

Then:

 

Photo Courtesy of:  Vogue HK

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue HK

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Russia

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Russia

 

 

 

 

 

Today:

 

Acne Studios 2014.  Photo Courtesy of: Vogue HK

Acne Studios 2014. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue HK

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue HK

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue HK

 

 

Thakoon lace-trimmed stripe silk jumpsuit
Thakoon lace-trimmed stripe silk jumpsuit

 

 

 

Thakoon lace-trimmed stripe silk jumpsuit, net-a-porter.com, $1220.00

 

 

 

Asos multi striped shorts
Top Shop Moto Stripe Denim Skirt

 

 

 

 

Asos shorts in multi stripe, us.asos.com, $46.30

 

Topshop Moto Stripe Denim Skirt, topshop.com, $64.00

 

Valentino Crop Multi Stripe Sweater
Valentino Crop Multi Stripe Sweater

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valentino multi stripe sweater, matchesfashion.com, $1,650.00

 

 

JCrew Textured Stripe Shorts in Navy

JCrew Textured Stripe Shorts in Navy

 

 

Coming soon…..

 

JCrew Striped Tee Linen in C'est La Vie

JCrew Striped Tee Linen in C’est La Vie

 

 

Coming soon….

 

 

JCrew Toothpick Jean in Railroad Stripe

JCrew Toothpick Jean in Railroad Stripe

JCrew Toothpick Jean in Railroad Stripe

JCrew Toothpick Jean in Railroad Stripe

 

 

 

 

 

 

JCrew Toothpick Jean in Railroad Stripe, $135.00

Pop Art Abounds—Part Un

  • 25th November 2013

As 2014 spring resort wear sashayed down the runway one thing was abundantly clear, pop art took center stage.

 

 

Pop Art Print Prada 2014 Spring Resort

Pop Art Print Prada 2014 Spring Resort—Photo Courtesy of: Gap Press

 

 

 

Photo Courtesy of: InStyle UK

Photo Courtesy of: InStyle UK

 

 

At Prada it came in all forms of bright, but  the ‘Aloha Spirit‘ was a main theme with hibiscus and palms gracing everything from silk bomber jackets to furs, handbags to jewels.

 

 

A silk Prada shirt looks scrumptious paired with Chloé shorts and a Céline cuff.  Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Australia

A silk Prada shirt looks scrumptious paired with Chloé shorts and a Céline cuff. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Australia

 

 

 

Prada Dress with Cartier Earrings.  Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Australia

Prada Dress with Cartier Earrings. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Australia

 

 

 

 

Prada Hibiscus Print Blue Handbag Resort 2014 Spring Collection

Handbags should be available in most boutiques soon for holiday shopping.

 

 

Prada Black & Red Hibiscus Print Purse Resort Spring 2014 Collection

 

 

 

 

Prada Spring 2014 Resort Handbag

Prada Spring 2014 Resort Handbag

 

 

 

Prada Spring 2014 Resort Hand Bag

Photo Courtesy of: Cosmopolitan HK

 

 

 

One of our favorite handbags illustrated by Jeanne Deallante:

 

 

 

Prada Hawaiian Lady Pop Art Purse Resort Spring 2014 Collection

Hawaiian Lady Pop Art Purse, Prada. Photo Courtesy of: Gap Press

 

 

 

 

Prada Saffiano Sac en Cuir

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Paris

 

 

 

Photo Courtesy of:  Vogue Paris

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Paris

 

 

Prada Make-up Face Printed Saffiano Tote, saks.com, $3950.00

 

Hawaiian Iconography Even Graces Tech Accoutrements:

 

Prada Holiday Collection Hawaiian Inspired iPad and iPhone Cases

Photo Courtesy of: bagaholicboy.com

 

 

Prada Holiday Collection Hawaiian Inspired iPad and iPhone Cases

Photo Courtesy of: Bagaholicboy.com

 

 

 

Prada Airplane Key Ring in Blue Spring Resort 2014

Photo Courtesy of: Cosmopolitan HK

 

 

Bright Blue Hibiscus Earrings are Showstoppers:

 

 

Bright Blue Hibiscus Earrings Prada Resort Collection Spring 2014

 

 

 

The Tropical Leaf Motif:

 

Prada Tropical Leaf Motif Coat Spring 2014 Resort Collection

The look from Prada Spring 2014 Resort

Past Inspiration

Past Inspiration?  Possibly? Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Russia

 

 

 

Stay tuned for Part Deux featuring artistic looks from Diane von Furstenberg, Dior, Stella McCartney….

 

Scotland’s Seductive Summons—Part Deux

  • 1st September 2013

In the Chanel Pre-Fall collection (pieces are in boutiques now and selling-out rapidly) Lagerfeld took the medieval ornamental ‘sporran’ and transformed it into a gorgeous line of purses and minaudieres.  We’ll highlight those today, alongside another beautiful and famous transformation, that of Inverlochy Castle into a renowned destination hotel.

 

The Sporran as a handbag:

Typically made of leather or fur, often with feather ornamentation, the sporran is a traditional part of male highland dress and functions as a pocket, for the pocketless kilt.

 

Traditional Sporran

Traditional Sporran. Photo Courtesy of: Wikipedia

 

 

Below it is gloriously adapted per Chanel, even for those not Highland-bound:

 

Chanel Pre-Fall Collection Sporran-style purse.

Chanel Pre-Fall Collection Sporran-style purse. Photo Courtesy of: Bragmybag.com

 

 

Photo Courtesy of Lachanelphile.com

Photo Courtesy of Lachanelphile.com

 

 

A few more favorite handbags from the collection include:

 

Beautifully embellished tartan minaudieres.

Beautifully embellished tartan minaudieres.

 

 

 

Photo Courtesy of: Citizenoffashion.com

Photo Courtesy of: Citizenoffashion.com

 

 

 

Luxurious velvet clutch-bag

Luxurious velvet clutch-bag

 

 

 

Velvet clutch bag on the runway.

Velvet clutch bag on the runway.

 

 

 

The luxurious tartans and tweeds, pearl embellishments and delicate feathers from the Edinburgh Pre Fall collection could not be more perfectly suited to the impeccably resplendent grounds of Inverlochy Castle Hotel.

 

The drive up to Inverlochy

The drive up to Inverlochy.

 

 

Just a four hour drive (through the Scottish countryside) from Edinburgh, Inverlochy Castle Hotel is a 19th century-baronial mansion located near the town of Fort William.

 

 

The front of Inverlochy as seen from the rolling grounds.

The front of Inverlochy as seen from the rolling grounds.

 

 

It was built in 1863 and retains all of the elegance the time-period afforded.

 

 

The perfect room to take tea.

The perfect room to take tea.

 

 

The main reception room features live music in the evening.

The main reception room features live music in the evening.

 

 

Invelochy Castle Hotel Main Reception

 

 

 

Queen Victoria spent a week at Inverlochy in 1873 remarking, “I never saw a lovelier, more romantic spot.”  The Queen’s suite allows you to share in her wonderment.

 

Dress for dinner, but sorry there are no Lady's Maids.

Dress for dinner, but sorry there are no Lady’s Maids.

 

 

The mansion has been a hotel since 1969 and in 2006 Inverlochy Castle Hotel was voted, “Best Hotel in Europe”  by Travel + Leisure magazine.  Much of its fame is due to its renowned cuisine.

 

Adult breakfast

Adult breakfast

 

 

 

Traditional 'Egg & Soldiers' for children

Traditional ‘Egg & Soldiers’ for children.

 

 

Cap off dinner with an amazingly fresh cheese course.

Cap off dinner with an amazingly fresh cheese course.

 

 

True that some of the best game hunting and sport fishing is just steps away, but even a walk through the rolling grounds or a canoe-ride across the lake is activity enough.

 

 

Stop for a game of chess before ambling down a pathway into greenery.

Stop for a game of chess before ambling down a pathway into greenery.

 

 

Walking paths surround the castle.

Walking paths surround the castle.

 

 

The greenery is only broken by wildflowers and small lakes.

The greenery is only broken by wildflowers and small lakes.

 

 

 

 

Velvety Foxglove pops up everywhere.

Velvety Foxglove pops up everywhere.

 

 

 

The grounds behind the castle are equally stunning.

The grounds behind the castle are equally stunning.

 

 

 

All guest rooms enjoy sweeping views.

All guest rooms enjoy sweeping views.

 

 

Inverlochy Castle Hotel

 

 

 

 

 

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Camouflage on Fashion’s Front-Line

  • 7th August 2013

This fall, the target many ladies are zeroing in on has more battleground appeal than one would expect: camouflage.

 

 

Gwen Stefani in Camouflage.  Photo Courtesy of:  The Berry

Gwen Stefani in Camouflage. Photo Courtesy of: The Berry

 

 

Valentino Camulook Camouflage sunglasses

Valentino “Camulook” Camouflage sunglasses

 

 

 

A few of our favorites include:

 

Michael Kors Samantha Camouflage Pants

 

 

 

1.) Faith Connexion Jacquard Loose Pants, shopbop.com, $413.00

2.)Baum und Pferdgarten Silk Shirt Dress with Fluted Hem in Camo Print, asos.com, $371.64

3.)Michael Kors Samantha Camouflage Pants, bergdorfgoodman, $895.00 (Pre-order)

4.)Elena Iachi 70 mm Suede Camouflage Wedge Sneakers, luisaviaroma.com, $445.00

 

 

We love this cue from Rihanna mixing camouflage with hot pink, and bright yellow!

 

The inspiration:

 

Rihanna Camouflage cap

Bold hot pink lips and bright yellow rim offset muted camouflage.

Rihanna Camouflage cap

Another view of the winning combination.

 

 

 

How to copy it:

 

Dondup Lambda Camouflage Jean

 

 

 

W118 by Walter Baker Cameron Silk Shirt, theoutnet.com, $75.00

+

Dondup Lambda Camouflage Jean, farfetch.com, $198.48

+

Aquazzura Slone Slit-Front Suede Bootie in Yellow, bergdorfgoodman.com, $595.00

 

 

Valentino "CamuRock" Camouflage Pink Studded Purse with Metal Chain

Valentino “CamuRock” Camouflage Pink Studded Purse with Metal Chain

 

 

How to wear the “CamuRock” according to InStyle UK (We tend to agree!)

 

 

How to pair the Valentino Garavani "CamuRock" bag

Photo Courtesy of: InStyle UK

 

 

Pair this bold purse with light colors, shimmery fabrics and paisley prints.

 

 

Another combination to try:

 

Moschino Cheap & Chic Ribbed Wool Mini Skirt

 

 

Splendid Long Sleeve Camo Top, piperlime.com, $128.00

Moschino Cheap & Chic Ribbed Wool Mini Skirt, net-a-porter.com, $475.00

Dolce & Gabbana Intense Liquid Glam Liner in metallic yellow gold, sephora.com, $34.00

 

 

The best shoe to try NOW:

 

Valentino Leather and Suede Camouflage Sneaker

 

 

Valentino Leather & Suede Camouflage Sneaker, saks.com, $795.00, available on pre-order (hurry!)

 

 

Our favorites in blue (Again, try them with a pop of yellow!)

 

Camo Print Stepped Pencil Skirt

 

1). Camo Print Stepped Pencil Skirt, topshop.com, $72.00

2).  Christopher Kane Camouflage Woven-Silk Skirt, net-a-porter.com, $860.00

3.) Valentino Rockstud Camo Canvas-Leather Medium Tote Bag, bergdorfgoodman.com, $3245.00

4.) Lanvin Open Toe Ballet Flats, farfetch.com, $550.00

 

 

Camouflage is perfect for sneaking around! 

 

Valentino Rockstud Camo-Print Sneaker
Puma 'Easy Rider' low top trainer

 

 

 

Valentino Rockstud Camo-Print Sneaker, neimanmarcus.com, $795.00

Puma ‘Easy Rider’ low top trainer, farfetch.com, $72.00

 

 

Valentino Camuglam purse

Valentino Camuglam purse

 

 

Valentino Camuglam heels

Valentino Camuglam heels

 

 

 

 

Michael Kors Royal Blue and Black camo-dyed mink coat.  Photo Courtesy of: Saks

Michael Kors Royal Blue and Black camo-dyed mink coat. Photo Courtesy of: Saks

 

 

 

Pologeorgis dyed rabbit and leather camp vest.  Photo Courtesy of: Saks

Pologeorgis dyed rabbit and leather camp vest. Photo Courtesy of: Saks

 

The last look is a perfect end-of-summer treat in candy color!

 

1969 Camo front-zip always skinny jeans

 

 

1969 Camo front-zip always skinny jeans, gap.com, $69.95

 

 

 

Camouflage nails are actually hard to miss!

 

 

The palette for instant camouflage chic.  Photo Courtesy of: InStyle Beauty

The palette for instant camouflage chic. Photo Courtesy of: InStyle Beauty

 

 

 

 

How to master the Camouflage Mani.  Photo Courtesy of: InStyle Beauty

How to master the Camouflage Mani. Photo Courtesy of: InStyle Beauty

These tips for the perfect Camouflage Mani comes straight from InStyle Beauty—who acquired the technique from Jin Soon Choi, NYC manicurist extraordinaire.
Choi helped with the Prabal Gurung show, choosing military camouflage chic for the models.
1.) Paint nails a dark gold such as Sally Hansen’s Coat of Arms.  Let them dry
2.) Grab an Olive Green polish such as Sally Hansen’s Loden Green.  Place the brush on the bottom left corner and sweep it diagonally across the surface.  Then place the brush on the bottom right corner and sweep it diagonally leaving you with a very narrow gold v.
3.) Repeat step two on all digits
(Step-by-Step from InStyle Beauty)

Pin it!

  • 30th July 2013

The safety pin is no longer just an accessory for kilts.  The friendship pin is not relegated to your dirty sneakers…..This season the pin is everywhere from hats, to earrings to purses.  To capture the look, pin it and you’ve nailed it!

 

 

Rihanna in safety pin earrings.

Rihanna in safety pin earrings.

Rihanna Safety Pin Earrings.

Sporting the trend again. Both images courtesy of Google Images.

 

A plethora of safety pin earrings have flooded the market so there are many ways to do this look: more elegant or more punk

 

 

House of Harlow, 1960s Safety Pin Earrings with Sparkle Gold
Tom Binns 'Pearls in Peril' Earrings

 

 

House of Harlow, 1960s Safety Pin Earrings with Sparkle Gold, zappos.com, $78.00

Tom Binns ‘Pearls in Peril’ Earrings, nordstrom.com, $150.00

 

 

Mango Safety Pin Earrings
Genevieve Jones Riona Shield Safety Pin Earrings

 

 

 

 

Mango Safety Pin Earrings, mango.com, $19.99

Genevieve Jones Riona Shield Safety Pin Earrings, shopbop.com, $750.00

 

 

Rose Classic Wishing Pin Safety Pin Earring Genevieve Jones

 

 

Rose Classic Wishing Safety Pin Earrings Genevieve Jones, shoplatitude.com, $700.00

 

 

 

Vogue Japan really punks up the look:

 

Vogue Japan Safety Pin Earrings

Photo Courtesy of Vogue, Japan

 

 

We have a budget friendly and splurge option for the ‘square pin’ look:

 

Square Pin Earrings Nastygal
Amy Glenn Safety Pin Earrings

 

 

Squared Pin Earrings, nastygal.com, $18.00

Amy Glenn Safety Pin Earrings, totokaelo.com, $254.00

 

 

Balenciaga brought the trend to clothing this fall with its safety-inspired pin:

 

Christy Turlington wears Balenciaga for Bazaar

Christy Turlington wears Balenciaga for Bazaar

Balenciaga Runway Fall 2013 Pins

Balenciaga Runway Fall 2013. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Collections Paris

 

 

 

 

Other Pinned Ensembles:

 

Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Joust Bolero

 

Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Joust Bolero, couture.zappos.com, $435.00

 

 

Versus Saftey pin-embellished stretch twill mini skirt

Versus Saftey pin-embellished stretch twill mini skirt, net-a-porter.com, $275.00

 

 

Moschino Cheap & Chic Graphic Cashmere Sweater

 

Moschino Cheap & Chic Graphic Cashmere Sweater, nordstrom.com, $695.00

 

 

Marc Jacobs Faux-Fur-Collared Striped Knit Scarf

 

 

Marc Jacobs Faux-Fur-Collared Striped Knit Scarf, bergdorfgoodman.com, $712.00

 

 

Taking a cue from Tom Ford, a wide-range of accessories sports the pin:

 

Tom Ford Safety Pin

Tom Ford

 

 

 

Chanel CC Pearl Safety Pin Brooch

Chanel CC Pearl Safety Pin Brooch

 

 

Vintage Chanel CC Pearl Safety Pin Brooch, whatgoesaroundnyc.com, $650.00

 

 

Sonia Rykiel Striped Safety Pin Brooch
Yellow Pave Safety Pin Headband

 

 

Sonia Rykiel Striped Safety Pin Brooch, forzieri.com, $84.00

Yellow Pave Safety Pin Headband, henribendel.com, $48.00

 

 

Gold Safety Pin Strand Bauble Bar
Large Single Strand of Pearls Necklace with Large Safety Pins by Tom Binns

 

 

 

Gold Safety Pin Strand, baublebar.com, $32.00

Large Single Strand of Pearls Necklace with Large Safety Pins by Tom Binns, modaoperandi.com, $1,140.00

 

 

Lanvin Woven Flutter Hat,
Pandora Clutch with Pins by Charlotte Olympia

 

 

 

Lanvin Woven Flutter Hat, farfetch.com, $954.00

Pandora Clutch with Pins by Charlotte Olympia, modaoperandi.com, $1,495.00

 

 

Two of our absolute favorites:

 

 

 

Rose Gold-Plated Twisted Safety Pin Ring by Tom Binns

 

Rose Gold-Plated Twisted Safety Pin Ring by Tom Binns, stylebop.com, $190.00

 

 

Lanvin Embellished Safety Pin

 

 

This art deco embellished version from Lanvin looks especially stunning pinning a bolero jacket on for fall.

 

 

If you are looking to let the trend percolate into interiors as well try these from Ballard Designs:

 

Safety Pins Ballard Designs

 

 

Safety Pins, ballarddesigns.com, $35.00 for a set of three

 

Call of the Wild…Part Deux!

  • 3rd July 2013

It can be a simple knotted scarf that pays homage to the above name while simultaneously bringing together your entire ensemble.  Case in point the look below from Hauber.

 

Hauber Leopard Print Scarf

 

 

So elegant and absolutely the inspiration behind part deux.  If there is one key accessory you plan to splurge on this fall, these gloves certainly deserve your consideration.

 

 

Gucci Guanti Donna Jaguar-Print Calf Hair Opera Gloves

 

They will add instant magic and glamour to any outfit.

 

Gucci Guanti Donna Jaguar-Print Calf Hair Opera Gloves, neimanmarcus.com, $845.00

 

 

Cartier makes many iterations of its big cat jewelry, and if you’re like us you’ve always coveted one of these showstoppers…..

 

Cartier Cheetah Ring

 

 

But, perhaps we could interest you in one of these two that make for a great, affordably fun copy-cat of sorts!

 

Leopard Ring by David Webb

Leopard Ring by David Webb, Photo Courtesy of: Elle Decor

Forever21 Rhinestoned Cheetah Ring

 

 

 

Forever21 Rhinestoned Cheetah Ring, forever21.com, $5.80

 

 

 

Animal Prints Look Especially Chic in These Fun/Bright Scarf Patterns:

 

Burberry Giraffe Print Cashmere Scarf

 

 

1.) Burberry Giraffe Print Cashmere Scarf, saks.com, $995.00

2.) Banana Republic Dianne Zebra Scarf, bananarepublic.gap.com, $59.50

3.) Accessorize Leopard Chiffon Stole, accessorize.com, $17.00

 

 

A gold safari themed necklace just grazing the nape of your neck is the perfect touch and we love it in hunter green!

 

Fornash Enamel Safari Zebra Necklace

 

 

Fornash Enamel Safari Zebra Necklace, simplysoles.com, $48.00

 

Cap it Off with Spots:

 

Mademoiselle Slassi The Leopard Hat
Top Shop Oxblood Leopard Fedora

 

 

Mademoiselle Slassi The Leopard Hat, bottica.com, $251.00 (Hurry! Only one left)

Top Shop Oxblood Leopard Fedora, topshop.com, $24.00

 

Perfectly Matching is….

 

Larsson and Jennings Ponyskin and leather watch

Larsson and Jennings Ponyskin and leather watch. Photo Courtesy of Elle UK

 

Larsson and Jennings Ponyskin and leather watch (Magic Dalmation), larssonandjennings.com, £180.00

 

Looks from the past:

 

Zebra stripes grace an old cover of Bazaar

Zebra stripes grace an old cover of Bazaar

 

 

 

Too cute to resist (for your little ones!)

 

Leopard ears headband by Talc

Leopard ears headband by Talc. Photo Courtesy of: Elle.fr

 

 

Cat Eyes and Cat Spots Conjoined

 

Stella McCartney Cat Eye Sunglasses

 

 

 

Stella McCartney Cat Eye Sunglasses, shopbop.com, $225.00

 

Where to keep your ammunition to brave the city safari?  Any of these bags do the trick……

 

Fendi 2Jours Medium Printed Calf-Hair Shopper

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.) Valentino Lock Medium Haircalf Animal Print Shoulder Bag, mytheresa.com, € 1,690.00

5.) Fendi 2Jours Medium Printed Calf-Hair Shopper, nordstrom.com, $3450.00

6.) Rochas Zebra Print Haircalf Top Handle Bag, saks.com, $3150.00

 

 

L.K. Bennett Leather Animal Print Bag

L.K. Bennett Leather Animal Print Bag. Photo Courtesy of: Elle UK

 

 

L.K. Bennett Leather Animal Print Bag, £275.00

 

Fall Purse Preview (All photos are courtesy of Vogue Collections Paris):

 

Cartier Cheetah Print Purse
Jaguar Spotted Purse Emanuel Ungaro

 

Tiger Stripe Purse Emilio Pucci
Tiger Stripe Purse Gerard Darel

 

Zebra Stripe Purse Giuseppe Zanotti
Zebra Stripe Ralph Lauren

The Glamour of Gingham

  • 10th June 2013

Transitioning seamlessly from spring to summer to fall, the glamour of gingham never misses a beat!  From beach-side shorts to a preview of looks to come in the fall, gingham grips its place center-stage and won’t let go!

 

The Inspiration:

 

 

Michelle Dockery in Prada Gingham

Michelle Dockery in Prada Gingham. Photo Courtesy of: Bazaar, UK

Pastel Pink Gingham Vogue Japan

Pastel Pink Gingham Vogue Japan

 

 

 

The best gingham looks for summer and spring

Photos Courtesy of: Vogue and InStyle

 

 

 

Prada Lilac Gingham

Prada Lilac Gingham Dress

 

 

Our Favorite Dresses: 

 

Kate Spade New York 'Aubrey' Silk Blend Wrap Dress

 

 

1.) Kate Spade New York ‘Aubrey’ Silk Blend Wrap Dress, nordstrom.com, $398.00

2.) Marc by Marc Jacobs Stacy Check Dress, bloomingdales.com, $278.40

3.) Love Moschino Gingham Ruffle Dress, harrods.com,  £300.00

4.) Miu Miu Shirt Dress with Gingham Balloon Skirt, mytheresea.com, € 495.00

 

 

 

Lela Rose Strapless Gingham

Lela Rose Strapless Gingham. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue.com, Paris

 

 

 

Our Favorite Shorts:

 

Lily Pulitzer buttercup gingham shorts
Thom Brown Gingham Bermuda Shorts

 

 

 

Lily Pulitzer Buttercup Shorts in Fiesta Pink, 6pm.com, $40.80

Thom Browne Bermuda Shorts (For men, but gorgeous enough for us to borrow them!), colette.fr, € 770.00

 

 

Our Favorite Bikini:

 

The inspiration!

Gottex Gingham Bikini

Gottex Gingham Bikini, Photo Courtesy of: Vogue

 

 

 

Laurence Doligé Bucket Bikini

 

Laurence Doligé Bucket Bikini, frenchtrotters.fr, 85,00 €

 

Favorite Tops:

 

Comme des Garçons Patchwork Gingham T-Shirt

 

 

5.) Comme des Garçons Patchwork Gingham T-Shirt, farfetch.com, $543.62

6.) Frilled Hem Gingham Top, yesstyle.com, $65.00

7.) C&C California Tie Front Shirt in Gummy Green, piperlime.com, $88.00

 

Two Skirts to LOVE: 

 

Stacy Check Skirt by Marc Jacobs
Love Moschino Gingham Bow Skirt

 

 

 

Stacy Check Skirt by Marc Jacobs, modaoperandi.com, $348.00

Love Moschino Gingham Bow Mini Skirt, farfetch.com, $189.03

 

 

Socks & Shoes:

 

Top Shop Gingham Ruffle Sock
Tod's Heaven Gingham Check Slipper Shoes

 

 

 

Top Shop Green Gingham Trim Ankle Socks, topshop.com, $6.00

Tod’s Heaven Gingham Check Slipper Shoes, matchesfashion.com, $341.00

 

Hats & Scarves:

 

Jonathan Adler Straw and Ribbon Fedora
Vicose Scarf in Gingham Motif

 

Jonathan Adler Ribbon and Straw Fedora, jonathanadler.com, $68.00

Vicose Scarf in Gingham Motif, jmclaughlin.com, $55.00

 

Perfect for the Home: 

 

Square Gingham Pouf Serena & Lily

 

Square Gingham Pouf, serenaandlily.com, $88.00

 

 

 Last Look:

 

Prada keeps the gingham trend going well into the fall!

 

Prada Gingham Skirt

Prada: Photo Courtesy of Vogue Collections Paris

Prada Gingham Dress

Prada: Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Collections

 

 

Prada Check Handbag

Prada: Photo Courtesy of Vogue Collections Paris

Prada Pink Gingham Trench

Prada: Photo Courtesy of Vogue Collections Paris

 

We absolutely LOVE:

 

“Finding beauty in the unloved is important to me,” says Danish designer Nina Tolstrup.  Indeed:  In conjunction with London design gallery 19 Greek Street, Tolstrup created a standout limited-edition line of day-beds, sofas, chairs, and tables using discarded seating from London second-hand shop and bolts of kinky fabric left-over from Marc by Marc Jacobs’ spring 2013 collection.” (Text and below photo from Elle).  Fabulous!!!!

Nina Tolstrup chair with Marc Jacobs fabric

 

 

 

 

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Do Denim Differently!

  • 29th May 2013

We all know denim is one of the easiest ways to dress.  These different takes on a classic fabric make denim effortless in countless chic styles.

 

 

First-stop for inspiration: Stella McCartney, courtesy of Vogue UK

 

Stella McCartney Bibbed Playsuit

Stella McCartney Inky-Blue Bibbed Playsuit, Photo Courtesy of: Vogue, UK

 

 

(Sold-out practically everywhere we found them back in stock at brownsfashion.com)

Stella McCartney Cropped Denim Dungarees, brownsfashion.com, £425

 

 

Acne Denim Tunic Dress
Acne Denim Tunic Dress

 

 

 

ACNE Denim Tunic Dress, brownsfashion.com, £220

 

 

Jérome Dreyfuss Denim Effect Tote

 

 

Jérome Dreyfuss Denim Effect Tote, farfetch.com, $482.72

 

 

Fossil Carrie Tie Waist Chambray Dress

 

 

1.) UKE Strapless Dress, farfetch.com, $282.21

2.) Fossil Carrie Tie Waist Chambray Dress, fossil.com, $98.00

3.) Edith Palm Egyptian Pleated Dress, farfetch.com, $2150

 

 

 

Louis Vuitton Denim Suit

Louis Vuitton Denim Suit. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue.com Paris

 

 

 

 

Soft Denim Jumpsuit Esprit
Denim A-Line Skirt Esprit

 

 

Soft Denim Jumpsuit, esprit.co.uk, £ 69.00

Denim A-Line Skirt, esprit.co.uk, £ 55.00

 

 

 

Esprit Denim Shirtdress

Esprit Denim Shirtdress, Photo Courtesy of: Miss Vogue UK

 

 

Steal this ‘contrasting‘ look via Top Shop:

 

Top Shop Contrast Denim Shirtdress

 

 

Topshop Contrast Sleeve Denim Dress, nordstrom.com, $72.00

 

 

ICB Shiny Denim Dress

ICB Shiny Denim Dress, Photo Courtesy of: Vogue.com, Paris

House of Holland Denim Shirt, Dress

House of Holland Denim Shirt, Dress. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue.com, Paris

 

 

 

 

 

 

Go a bit Western:

 

Balmain Shirt Denim Shirtdress

 

 

Balmain Denim Shirtdress, farfetch.com, $3156.61

 

 

Add embroidery and texture:

 

Mango Embroidered Flowers Denim Dress

 

4.) Mango Embroidered Flowers Denim Dress, mango.com, $60.00

5.) Betsey Johnson Chambray Sleeveless Dress with Lace, betseyjohnson.com, $138.00

 

 

Casual & Comfortable:

 

Women's AG Joni Denim Sleeveless Dress

 

Elie Tahari Halley Waist-Tie Dress, bergdorfgoodman.com, $268.00

Women’s AG Joni Denim Sleeveless Dress, neimanmarcus.com, $94.00

 

 

Last Look:

The absolute perfect bag to pair with your all-over denim look.

 

Prada Jacquard/Gingham  Bag

Photo Courtesy of: Marie Claire



Prada Jacquard/Gingham  Bag

 

 

 

Prada Jacquard Bag, $4300.00 available at select Prada locations

 

 

 

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If You’re Heading to….Mumbai

  • 25th May 2013

A few years back while shopping in Mumbai I spotted a pair of the most fabulous shoes coming my way.  Naturally, I stopped the woman and inquired about their origin.  I followed her path of a few right turns and some left turns and landed at a chic new boutique filled with up-and-coming Indian designers.

 

Silver Sandals Oak Tree Mumbai
Beige Sandals Oak Tree Mumbai

 

 

Of course, they did not have my size there.  But, the sales woman was kind enough to tell me to hit a store in the shopping mecca Colaba called, Oak Tree….where they would make my size and have them delivered to my door later!

 

 

Bronze Sandals Oak Tree Mumbai
Bronze Sandals Oak Tree Mumbai

 

 

It is not possible to rave enough about these sandals!  They are available in practically every color gunmetal, silver, bronze, white, black, poppy red…the list goes on and on.  You can purchase them in varying wedge heel heights.  (I have shorter heels for the day and clearly higher ones for more dressy occasions)  They match perfectly with pants, skirts, dresses, swimwear, sarees, whatever.  Dressed up or down they are consistently comfortable, even with a 25 lb toddler on your hip.  They’re under $50.00.  They last forever.  And, I myself get stopped repeatedly as people inquire about their origin.

 

Black Sandals Oak Tree Mumbai
Black Sandals Oak Tree Mumbai

 

 

I have sent loads of friends to Oak Tree and they are never disappointed.  They always come back with a bounty…you will too!  What’s best is they don’t only carry shoes.  There are gauzy embroidered dresses, white breezy tunics, stylish clutches from the ever-popular line 500 BC, and statement jewelry.

 

Oak Tree, Colaba Causeway Mumbai

Oak Tree, Colaba Causeway Mumbai. Photo Courtesy of: Inonit.in

Oak Tree, Colaba Causeway Mumbai

Oak Tree, Colaba Causeway Mumbai. Photo Courtesy of: Inonit.in

 

If you’re heading to Mumbai you need to shop on Colaba Causeway.  So, duck into Oak Tree…you don’t want to miss it!

 

 

Oak Tree, Colaba Causeway Mumbai

Oak Tree, Colaba Causeway Mumbai. Photo Courtesy of: Inonit.in

Oak Tree, Colaba Causeway Mumbai

Oak Tree, Colaba Causeway Mumbai. Photo Courtesy of: Inonit.in

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Oak Tree, 18 Cusrow Baug, Colaba Causeway, Mumbai

+91 22 2281 9031

 

 

For those not traveling to the Indian subcontinent any time soon, you can find select style at:

indianhanger.com

des Fruits…

  • 16th May 2013

As summer beckons so to do meals with bountiful bowls of fruit and simple savory salads.  We saw these necklaces that are all the rage across the Atlantic and immediately followed their trail into the world of bright colorful summer-loving produce!!

 

Les Nereides Fruits d'Automne
Les Nereides Fruits d'Automne

 

Les Nereides Fruits d’Automne, forzieri.com, $174.00

 

A fun fresh gift for anyone on your hit list this summer

 

Leather Key Rings from Mulberry

Photo Courtesy of: Tatler Magazine

Leather Key Rings from Mulberry Banana

Mulberry Banana Key Ring, Photo Courtesy of: Miss Vogue, UK

 

 

 

 

Mulberry Key Ring, mulberry.com, $120.00

 

 

In Milan, Moschino Cheap & Chic let their pineapple print steal the show!

 

 

Moschino Cheap & Chic Pineapple Print

Moschino Cheap & Chic Pineapple Print, Photo Courtesy of: Bazaar Hong Kong

 

 

Here’s how we would work the ‘ananas’ into our spring/summer wardrobe…

 

Moschino Cheap and Chic Pineapple Print Shorts
Anthropologie Fruit Stand Sweater

 

 

Moschino Cheap & Chic Pineapple Print Shorts, farfetch.com, $194.96

Fruit Stand Sweater, anthropologie.com, $99.95

 

Olympia Tan Trousers
Olympia Tan Dress

 

Olympia Tan Trousers, colette.fr, €750.00

Olympia Tan Dress, colette.fr, €850.00

 

 

Anya Hindmarch Apple Moire Celadon Purse

Photo Courtesy of: Harper’s Bazaar Hong Kong

 

Anya Hindmarch Celadon Moire Apple Clutch, anyahindmarch.com, 

Fruit Print Trousers Dolce & Gabbana

 

Fruit Print Trouser Pant Dolce & Gabbana, barneys.com, $520.00

 

 Last Look!

 

De Grisogono Necklace Grape Black Galuchat Necklace

Photo Courtesy of: Harrods Magazine

 

 

De Grisogono Grape Black Galuchat Necklace in White Gold with Pranites, Emeralds and Diamonds.  Price upon request at Harrods

 

 

Three ‘It’ Pieces for Summer Fun

  • 14th May 2013

Part of what we take seriously is combing through collections, magazines, blogs to find those few standout pieces.  Some are yet-to-be discovered treasures and some are on the ‘hit list’ of every fashionista.  Today’s three fall into the last category.

You’d be hard-pressed to open a magazine this month anywhere from Hong Kong to Rome and not find one of these items splashed across its glossy pages.

 

THE Shoe!

 

Burberry Prorsum Silver Python Wedges

Burberry Prorsum Silver Python Wedges. Photo Courtesy of: Bazaar Hong Kong

 

Burberry Prorsum Python Open Toe Wedges, luisaviaroma.com, $950.00

 

The shoe of the season comes in many iterations from silk to python, cuffed to sandal.  Here are a few more views:

Burberry Prorsum White Python Wedges

Photo Courtesy of: InStyle UK

 

 

Green and Gold Silk Burberry Prorsum Wedges

In Kelly Green & Lux Gold

 

 

If you’re hard-pressed to find them online (they are selling out rapidly!!)  check your local Burberry boutique for more sizes.

 

Burberry Python Silver Wedges with Burberry Metallic Skirt

Looks sharp paired with the Burberry metallic skirt

 

 

THE Bag!

What makes this Anya Hindmarch Clutch so versatile and well-loved is that it travels easily from day to night.  And, if you think about your summer schedule you probably do too!  Whether you are in the office or at the beach, this clutch can go the distance.  The straw, raffia and colorful embroidery all scream summer!

 

Anya Hindmarch Straw and Raffia clutch

Anya Hindmarch Straw and Raffia clutch. Photo Courtesy of: Harrods magazine

 

 

 

Anya Hindmarch Straw Raffia Clutch

Photo Courtesy of: Elle UK

 

 

The Capability Clutch (In Fuschia and Verdant Green), anyahindmarch.com,

 

 

The Capability Clutch features a signature fabric woven from palm leaves adding to its ‘earthy’ appeal.  Another take is similar but adds shell detailing.

 

Anya Hindmarch Woven Straw and Raffia Clutch with Shell Detailing

 

Anya Hindmarch Ipanema Shell Woven Straw Raffia Clutch, luisaviaroma.com, $550.00

 

 

THE (short) Shorts!

 

These are fabulous!  We would caveat them with a (for the beach or summer resort only) warning.  For those exuding youth and confidence they are a must for your suitcase and any summer travels.

 

 

 

D Squared shorts with chain detail

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue UK

 

These shorts were not easy to track down online!

 

D Squared shorts with chain detail

 

 

D Squared Shorts, thecorner.com, $1095.00

 

 

If the shorts are too bold, give the mini a-go!

 

D Squared Chain Detail Mini Skirt
D Squared Chain Detail Mini Skirt

 

D Squared Mini Skirt, thecorner.com, $760.00

Voleur—Steal this Look

  • 10th May 2013
Hepburn with signature basket purse

Photo Courtesy of: Audrey in Rome

Hepburn with signature basket purse

Hepburn with signature basket purse

 

 

“Hardly convenient but chic without a doubt, the basket as a purse was an eccentric emblem of Audrey Hepburn,”

Audrey in Rome.

 

 

 

Dolce & Gabbana Two-toned Square Basket Purse

Dolce & Gabbana Two-toned Square Basket Purse

 

 

One of our favorite purses for this summer, of course by Italian designer Ermanno Scervino!

Ermanno Scervino Double Handle Basket Bag

 

Ermanno Scervino Double Handle Basket Bag, marissacollections.com, $775.00

 

Mark Cross Man Ray Wicker Basket Bag
Mark Cross Man Ray Wicker Basket Bag

 

Mark Cross Man Ray Wicker Basket Bag, matchesfashion.com, $4402.00

 

 

Chloe Allison East West Perforated Tote

 

 

Chloe Alison East West Perforated Tote, available on pre-order, saks.com, $2390.00

 

 

Chloe Baylee Medium Perforated Satchell

 

 

Chloe Baylee Medium Perforated Satchel, available on pre-order, saks.com, $2900.00

 

While Audrey made the basket purse chic and iconic, Chanel makes it timeless:

 

Chanel Medium Flap Bag in Woven Raffia

Chanel Medium Flap Bag in Woven Raffia

 

 

Chanel Medium Flap Bag in Woven Raffia available in Saks Fifth Avenue Stores for $4300.00

 

 

Kate Spade New York Beach Club Basket Beth
Kate Spade New York Beach Club Basket Beth
Kate Spade New York Beach Club Basket Beth

 

 

Kate Spade New York Beach Club Basket Beth, katespade.com, $198.00

 

JADEtribe Fringed Basket Bag

 

JADEtribe Fringed Basket Bag, shopbop.com, $106.00

 

 

Tory Burch Lacquered Rattan Basket Bag

 

 

Tory Burch Lacquered Rattan Basket Bag, neimanmarcus.com, $395.00

 

 

Suzy Parker carries a basket purse alongside Hope Lange.  Photo Courtesy of: Vanity Fair

Suzy Parker carries a basket purse alongside Hope Lange. Photo Courtesy of: Vanity Fair

 

 

 

Miuccia Prada Straw Tote

Miuccia Prada Straw Tote. Photo Courtesy of: InStyle, June, 2013

 

 

 

Prada Straw Purse

 

 

Prada Straw Tote, neimanmarcus.com, $396.00

 

 

katherine-heigl-and-prada-straw-tote

Katherine Heigl sports Prada’s straw tote. Photo Courtesy of: Cool Spotters

 

 

giambattista_valli_big basket bag
giambattista_valli_ big basket purse

Giambattista Valli big basket purse. Both Photos Courtesy of: Vogue.com Paris

 

 

 

Kate Spade Summer House Purses

 

 

Kate Spade Summer House Sylvia & Robby

 

 

Audrey Hepburn in a basket hat

Audrey Hepburn looks coyly spirited in the most chic way in a basket hat! Photo Courtesy of: Getty Images

 

 

 

dolce&gabbana basket bag

 

Dolcegabbana.com

 

Dolce & Gabbana Basket Purse Turquoise
Dolce & Gabbana Basket Purse Yellow
Dolce & Gabbana Basket Purse Light Pink

 

 

Dolce & Gabbana Wicker & Raffia Bags

Dolce & Gabbana Wicker & Raffia Bags. Photo Courtesy of: Bazaar UK

 

 

Dolcegabbana.com

 

A more modern fresh take

 

Palmgren's Colorful Rattan/Wicker Purses

 

Rattan Bags in different colors, palmgrens.se

 

Small Rattan Bag Palmgrens

 

Small Rattan Bag, palmgrens.se

 

Vintage Finds

 

Vintage finds are always available on line

 

Vintage Basket Purse
Vintage Basket Purse

 

 

Fresh New Crop From Kate Spade:

 

 

Vita Riva Wicker Car Kate Spade
Vita Riva Wicker Car Kate Spade

 

 

 

Vita Riva Wicker Car, Katespade.com, $398.00

 

 

Vita Limoni Large Luisa
Vita Limoni Large Luisa

 

 

 

Vita Limoni Large Luisa, Katespade.com, $348.00

 

 

Vita Riva Wicker Lemon
Grand Tour Wicker Camera

 

 

 

Vita Riva Wicker Lemon, katespade.com, $248.00

Grand Tour Wicker Camera, katespade.com, $298.00

If You’re Heading to…Laos

  • 30th April 2013

Indochine Revisited

 

Deneuve in Indochine

Catherine Deneuve in Indochine

Anakha Boutique

Anakha Boutique

 

 

Located in a beautiful, historic, “Blue House” French Colonial building constructed in 1920, Anakha Boutique is straight out of the ’90s best foreign film Indochine.

 

Store Front Anakha Boutique
Song Sunglasses

Sunglasses for sale from the French Vietnamese Designer ‘Song’

 

For anyone visiting Luang Prabang, Anakha is an absolute must!

 

Silk Dresses for sale in Anakha

 

 

Anakha captures that perfect essence wherein the taste is French and the fabrics, the products are Asian—colonial in spirit with a touch of modernity.

 

 

Decor Anakha
Vintage Photos Create the Most Transformative Atmosphere

Vintage Photos Create the Most Transformative Atmosphere

 

 

The Anakha brand is French designed with Lao fabrics, 100% Cotton hand made, natural dye, no chemicals

 

Silk Shirt Anakha
Deneuve Indochine

Deneuve in Indochine

 

 

 

They produce a limited range of items so each one is unique and special.  Due to the 100% hand made Lao fabric and the natural dye, many products cannot be reproduced (since no two fabrics are the same).

 

Purse Anakha

 

 

 

Anakha is located in the ‘Blue House’ a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

9, rue Sakkarine, Ban Vat Sene

Luang Prabang, LAO PDR

+33 (0) 662 62 80 43

anakhalifestyle.com

à la Mod, Part Deux

  • 18th April 2013

Styling references to the ’60s dominate spring fashion, so we’ll take a quick look at the how to’s in hair, and ways to ‘mod-ify’ any outfit with prime accessories.

 

HairThe sexy, tousled bouffant

60s hair how to

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Australia

60s hair how to

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Australia

 

The first step is always a good volumizing spritz to the hair roots.

Use an oversized round brush to blow-dry hair big and voluminous.

Center-part hair.

Divide the hair on the crown of head into three equal sections.  Two front sections (see picture above) and one back section.

For the back section, use 2-3 inch pieces turn-by-turn and back-comb with a fine-toothed comb.

Using your fingers to gently tousle, pull back the back-combed sections together midway down your head and cinch.  This should have created a little uplift at the crown.   Tease the two front sections to add a touch of volume.  Keep the center part, or arrange as a dramatic side-part. Cinch the two front sections in the back as well and voila!

 

The Shoesa touch of white

 

Vogue White Boots

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue

 

There are lots of interpretations of the perfect white boot this spring.  But, Jil Sander’s comes up on top!

 

Jill Sander Half Boots in White/Black

 

Jil Sander Leather Half Boots in White/Beige or White/Blackstylebop.com, $1270.00

 

jill Sander White Boots

Photo Courtesy of: Harper’s Bazaar

 

 

Jil Sander Leather Boots

 

 

Jil Sander Leather Bootsmytheresea.com, € 895.00

 

Jill Sander Leather Calf Boot

Jil Sander Leather Calf Boots, net-a-porter.com, $1250.00

 

White Boots

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue

 

 

Stuart Weitzman Cuffy White Sandal

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue

 

 

Cuffy Sandal, Stuartweitzman.com, $335.00

 

Cuffy Sandal Stuart Weitzman

 

 

 

 

Last LookKey Accessories

 

 

Mod Colorful Sunglasses Dolce & Gabbana

 

 

 

Etnia Barcelona X Araki Sunglasses
Etnia Barcelona X Araki Sunglasses

 

 Etnia Barcelona X Araki Sunglasses, colette.fr, $210.13

 

Dolce & Gabbana Mod Sunglasses

 

 

Dolcegabbana.com 

 

Black Resin Bangle Wallis UK
Cream Resin Bangle Wallis UK

 

Black (cream) resin bangle, wallis.co.uk, £5.95

 

Bonnie Jonas Stud Earrings
Moschino Gloria Mini Briefcase Bag

 

Bonnie Jonas Stud Earrings,nordstrom.com, $8.00

Moschino Gloria Mini Briefcase Bag, farfetch.com, $1894.65

High Marks in Geometry

  • 12th April 2013

Students are not the only ones getting A’s drawing sharp angles, clean lines and bold curves.  Designers are following suit, with Fendi leading the way.

 

 

Fendi Cuff and Baguette
Fendi Spring/Summer

Photo Courtesy of: Harper’s Bazaar Australia

 

 

Fendi 2013 Graphic Clothing Sketch

Fendi 2013 Graphic Clothing Sketch. Photo Courtesy of: Baku

 

 

 

Jimmy Choo Geometric Snakeskin Clutch.  Photo Courtesy of: Vogue HK

Jimmy Choo Geometric Snakeskin Clutch. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue HK

 

 

Fendi Coat.  Photo Courtesy of: Saks Fifth Avenue

Fendi Coat. Photo Courtesy of: Saks Fifth Avenue

 

 

 

 

Study our picks below for a crash course in all sorts of circles, squares and shapes in-between!

 

 

Group 4, Wilfredo Rosado
Group 4, Wilfredo Rosado

 

 

 

 

Group 4, Wilfredorosado.com

 

Liza Sherman Agra Low Table

Photo Courtesy of: Architectural Digest

 

 

Agra Low Table, lizasherman.com, $6,500

 

 

Proenza Schouler Patchwork Perforated Snake A-line Skirt

 

Proenza Schouler Patchwork Perforated Snake A-line Skirt, net-a-porter.com, $2,350.00

 

 

Angular Gemstones Necklace Forever21

 

Angular Gemstones Necklace, Forever21.com, $12.80

 

 

Nike Woven Nagoya
Nike Woven Nagoya

Nike Woven Nagoya

 

 

 

Nike Woven Nagoya Sneakers available at select Nike retailers

 

 

Picasso Floor Lamp by Bunny Williams Home

Picasso Floor Lamp by Bunny Williams Home. Photo Courtesy of: Arch Digest

 

We love the sleek silhouette of the above lamp.

Picasso Floor Lamp, Bunnywilliamshome.com, $1,000

 

 

 

Hermes Garden Craft Bag

Hermes bag handmade in India features geometric patterns inspired by jockey jackets

 

 

Hermes Garden Craft Bag, hermes.com, $6350.00

 

 

Jessica Alba in Louis Vuitton

Jessica Alba in Louis Vuitton

 

 

Langford Canopy Bed Bernhardt Interiors

 

Langford Canopy Bed, bernhardt.com, $5,290.00

 

Fendi Cuff

 

Fendi Cuff, price upon request

 

 

Stella McCartney Contoured Mesh-Inset Gingham Sheath Dress
Paris Fashion Week Stella McCartney

Spotted at Paris Fashion Week: Courtesy of Elle Collections

 

 

 

Stella McCartney Contoured Mesh-Inset Gingham Sheath Dress, bergdorfgoodman.com, $1780.00

 

 

Edie Parker Jean Geo Clutch

 

Edie Parker Jean Geo Clutch, barneys.com, $1295.00

 

 

D'mond Prestige Ring

 

D’Mond Prestige Ring, dmond.com

 

Adria Ankle Cuff Sandal Vince

 

Adria Ankle Cuff Sandal, Vince, neimanmarcus.com, $350.00

 

 

Hermes Rallye 24 Porcelain

Photo Courtesy of: Architectural Digest

 

Hermes Rallye 24 Porcelain and Circuit 24 tumblers with stainless steel stirrers and a vase, usa.hermes.com

 

 

 

 

Lanvin Shell Minaudière

 

Lanvin Shell Minaudière, barneys.com, $2190.00

 

 

 

Zara Asymmetric Top with Knot Neckline

 

 

Asymmetric Top with Knot Neckline, zara.com, $59.90

 

Big Bracelet

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Italy

 

 

A smaller, but no less impactful version of the above…..

 

Wendy Nichol Black Opal Triangle Ring

 

 

Wendy Nichol Black Opal Triangle Ring, barneys.com, $1250.00

 

 

Last Look!  How to wear the trend in the most unexpected ways

 

Geometric Eyes

Photo Courtesy of: L’Officiel Thailand

 

Très Mignon

  • 2nd April 2013

Clutches and Minaudières are stealing the show proving that bigger is not always better…

 

A quick peek at all the different ways these tiny gems shine this season.

 

 

Vogue Paris

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Paris

 

 Studded:

 

Burberry Prossum Studded leather clutch
House of Harlow 1960 'Tilly' Studded Calf Hair Clutch

 

Burberry Prossum Studded leather clutch, net-a-porter.com, $3295.00

House of Harlow 1960 ‘Tilly’ Studded Calf Hair Clutch, shop.nordstrom.com, $250.00

 

 

Pop Art:

 

Judith Leiber Whitman Pixelated Python Clutch Bag

 

 

Judith Leiber Whitman Pixelated Python Clutch Bag, bergdorfgoodman.com, $2495.00

 

 

Charlotte Olympia C'est La Vie Embroidered Printed Crepe

 

 

1.) Lanvin Sea Breeze embellished satin box clutch, net-a-porter.com, $1985.00

2.) Lizzie Fortunato Safari Bananas Clutch, matchesfashion.com, $591.00

3.) Charlotte Olympia C’est La Vie Embroidered Printed Crepe, net-a-porter.com, $1595

 

Embellished:

 

Marchesa Iris Stingray Minaudière Blue
Santi Flower Clutch

 

 

Santi Flower Clutch, shopbop.com, $240.00

Marchesa Iris Stingray Minaudière Blue, bergdorfgoodman.com, $1995.00

 

 

Wilbur and Gussie Coco Clutch with Bee Clasp

 

 

4.) Wilbur and Gussie Coco Clutch with Bee Clasp, austique.com.uk, £250.00

5.) Kotur Margo Embroidered-Floral Lace Minaudiere, neimanmarcus.com, $395.00

6.) Accessorize Gem Salinas Beaded Clutch, accessorize.com, $88.00

7.) Diane Von Furstenberg Tonda Small Crystal Clutch, shopbop.com, $316.00

 

 

Dolce & Gabbana Miss Dea raffia-tasseled woven clutch

 

Dolce & Gabbana Miss Dea raffia-tasseled woven clutch, net-a-porter.com, $1895.00

 

Traditional with a Twist :

 

Fendi Calf Hair Giano Clutch
Lanvin Clutch in Calfskin

 

 

 

Fendi Calf Hair Giano Clutch, barneys.com, $3110.00

Lanvin Clutch in Calfskin, lanvin.com, $990.00

 

 

Jimmy Choo Chandra Chain Snakeskin Clutch Bag

 

 

8.) Miu Miu Matelassé leather clutch, net-a-porter.com, $570.00

9.) Gucci Bright Bit Patent Leather Clutch Bag, Sapphire, neimanmarcus.com, $850,00 (pre-order)

10.) Red Valentino Bow Leather Clutch, shop.nordstrom.com, $395.00

11.) Jimmy Choo Chandra Chain Snakeskin Clutch Bag, neimanmarcus.com, $1850.00 (pre-order)

 

 

The Row, Python Classic Baguette Clutch

 

The Row, Python Classic Baguette Clutch, barneys.com, $5,500.00

 

 

Vintage-Inspired:

 

House of Harlow 1960 Zola Clutch

 

House of Harlow 1960 Zola Clutch, shopbop.com, $117.00

 

Kate Spade New York Wedding

 

 

12.) Gold Pleated Vintage Clutch, windsorstore.com, $19.90

13.) Judith Leiber Joia Octagon Minaudiere,  neimanmarcus.com, $3995.00

14.) Kate Spade New York Wedding, couture.zappos.com, $398.00

 

 

 

Metallic:

 

Stella McCartney Falabella Metallic Clutch

 

Stella McCartney Falabella Metallic Clutch, mytheresa.com, € 695.00

 

 

Dolce & Gabbana Sequin Embellished Shoulder Bag

 

 

15.) Dolce & Gabbana Sequin Embellished Shoulder Bag, mytheresa.com, € 345.00

16.) Pochette Clutch Laurence Heller, calypsostbarth.com, $125.00

 

Tom Ford Python Snake

 

 

Tom Ford Metallic Python Serpent T-Bar Clutch, neimanmarcus.com, $1680.00

 

 

Milly 'Nikki Fringe Facile' Clutch

 

Milly ‘Nikki Fringe Facile’ Clutch, shop.nordstrom.com, $350.00

 

 

 

 

What I Love Today…

  • 19th March 2013

No category necessary, these are just super-fun finds to explore at your leisure…

 

Moschino Cheap & Chic—Bold Graphics & Shell Embroidery

 

Moschino Cheap & Chic Large Fabric Bag

Moschino Cheap & Chic Large Fabric Bag, yoox.com, $275.00

 

Moschino Cheap & Chic Orange Seashell Embroidered Cotton-Blend Dress
Moschino Cheap & Chic Orange Seashell Embroidered Cotton-Blend Dress

 

 

 

Moschino Cheap & Chic Orange Seashell Embroidered Cotton-Blend Dress, stylebop.com, $490.00

 

Cat Print Jumper, Love Moschino
Cat Print Jumper, Love Moschino

Cat Print Jumper, Love Moschino, lyst.com, $169.65

 

Olive Oyl Scarf Moschino Cheap & Chic

 

Olive Oyl Scarf, Moschino Cheap & Chic, forzieri.com, $79.00

 

Heart Print Silk Square Scarf Moschino Cheap & Chic
Heart Print Silk Square Scarf Moschino Cheap & Chic

 

 

Heart Print Silk Square Scarf, Moschino Cheap & Chic, forzieri.com, $230.00

 

Calypso St. Barths—Sheer & Shiny

 

Sage Cotton Sequined Tunic Calypso
Sage Cotton Sequined Tunic Calypso

 

Sage Cotton Sequined Tunic, calypsostbarth.com, $225.00

 

Korenza Sequin Beaded Chevron Top
Korenza Sequin Beaded Chevron Top

Korenza Sequin Beaded Chevron Top, calypsostbarth.com, $425.00

 

Clarissa Sequin Embroidered Maxi Dress
Clarissa Sequin Embroidered Maxi Dress

Clarissa Sequin Embroidered Maxi Dress, calypsostbarth.com, $795.00

 

Eugenia Kim—Achieve that  ‘je ne sais quoi’

 

Eugenia Kim Max Fedora

Max 4, eugeniakim.com, $285.00

 

 

Bunny1 Eugenia Kim
Bianca 1 Eugenia Kim

Bunny 1, eugeniakim.com, $305.00

Bianca 1, eugeniakim.com, $325.00

 

Max Braided Chain Fedora
Max Braided Chain Fedora

 

 

 

Max Braided Chain Fedora, Eugenia Kim, shopbop.com, $297.00

 

Marie Visor
Marie Visor

 

 

 

Marie Visor, Eugenia Kim, shopbop.com, $132.00

 

 

 

Just Do It! (Now please!)

  • 8th March 2013

Buy a Bag!  And, help combat child labor and trafficking….

Catrinka Project Nepalese Bag

Catrinka Project Nepalese Bag

Catrinka Project

Photo Courtesy of: The Catrinka Project

 

 

Buy a Bag!  And, help improve the quality of learning in girls education…..

 

Catrinka Project Ethiopia Bag

Catrinka Project Ethiopian Bag

School Girls Catrinka Project

Photo Courtesy of: The Catrika Project

 

Buy a Bag!  And, help reduce the prevalence of forced or early marriage in target communities around the world….

 

 

Catrinka Project Founders

The ladies who bravely started the Catrinka Project

 

 

Their goal:  Three women who wanted to do something tangible in the name of girls, for other girls far away, who face far greater challenges.

 

Their idea:  To work on a collection of artisanal bags to raise funds for girls’ education. The bags, made by socially responsible artisan groups that are woman-owned, woman-managed, or that predominantly employ women.

 

Their amazing success-story:  Although dubbed impossible, these ladies were able to design and produce 10 bags in 10 different countries in under 10 months.

 

Catrinka Project Tote

Catrinka Project Tote available at shoplatitude.com

 

 

Their Partnership:  All profits from all bags sold through April 13, directly funds 10×10.  10×10 is a social media campaign that aims to change minds and inspire action to support girls. At the heart of the campaign is a feature film, narrated by a host of stars, that tells the stories of 10 girls in 10 countries who have risen from extreme poverty to new hopes and dreams, because someone helped them go to school.

 

How to buy: Alisa Ng, the Founder & CEO of L-atitude became the online retail partner.  All bags are available in their (Shop for Good) “Global Give”  section.

shoplatitude.com

 

The Catrinka Project

 

 

Artisans the Catrika Project

Artisans, Photo Courtesy of:
The Catrinka Project

 

 

Excerpt from the Catrinka Web site:

 

Meet Mabinti from Sierra Leone 

Posted by 

Mabinti Conteh, 19, from Freetown. She missed out on an education during the civil war and its aftermath, and had few marketable skills. She gained sewing skills in a training program and then work with our artisan partner, NearFar, which keeps her off the streets and making an income. Here is Mabinti with the Catrinka Sierra Leone clutch!

 

Mabinti, Catrinka Project

Photo Courtesy of: The Catrinka Project

 

 

The Catrinka Project 

shoplatitude.com

10×10 Educate Girls, Change the World

 

 

Cadeaux Parfait—Prix Parfait

  • 26th February 2013

Great gifts under $50 are hard to find.

We are as fond of scented candles, aromatic soaps and good wine as anyone, but with just a tad more effort you can come up with something that will by-pass the random kitchen/hallway storage drawer and actually get used and loved.  And we have not gone above $50 (minus tax and shipping)

Cobalt Woven Paper Bowl Serena & Lilly

 

Cobalt Woven Paper Bowl, serenaandlily.com, $38.99

 

 

These are a few of our favorite ideas that work for anyone:  your friend’s birthday you suddenly remembered; end-of-year teacher ‘thank Us'; sudden invite to a colleague’s for brunch; secretary house-warming….whatever the occasion, stock up on a few of these now and you will be ready and thankful later.

 

 

GrandinRoad Lavendar Stack and RSH Hurricane

 

Lavendar Stack, grandinroad.com, $29.00

Small Hurricane, rshcatalog.com, $15.00

 

 

Handmade Jaipur Coasters Wisteria, Harvest Nut Tray DeanDeluca

 

Handmade Jaipur Coasters, wisteria.com, $16.80

Harvest Nut Tray, deandeluca.com, $24.00

 

 

Seventh Heaven Ring Sundance Catalog

 

 

Seventh Heaven Ring, sundancecatalog.com, $48.00

 

All Hours Winking Georgie Kate Spade

 

 

 

All Hours Winking Georgie, katespade.com, $49.00

(We suggest putting a few international coins from one of your favorite last trips inside just as a fun surprise!)

 

Gorjana Parker Leather Wrap Bracelet

 

 

Gorjana Parker Leather Wrap Bracelet, shopbop.com, $49.00

 

 

Embroidered Suzani Table Runner GrandinRoad

Embroidered Suzani Table Runner, grandinroad.com, $39.00

 

Bone Inlay Jewelry Box Serena & Lilly, Filigree Collar Necklace Forever21

 

Filigree Collar Necklace, Forever21.com, $8.80

Bone Inlay Jewelry Box, serenaandlily.com, $24.99

 

 

Iris Placemat The Southern Home
Dutch Tulip Placemat The Southern Home

 

 

Iris Placemat (set of 4) or Dutch Tulip Placemat (set of 4), thesouthernhome.com, $42.00

 

Threshold Flour Sack Towels Target

 

 

Threshold Flour Sack Cake Towel Set of 6, target.com, $20.00

 

Indian Ragamala Plate Met Museum Store

 

Favorite decoratively wrapped chocolates in…

Indian Ragamala Plate, store.metmuseum.org, $20.00

 

 

Mystic Tie-Back Bib Necklace

 

 

Mystic Tie-back Bib Necklace, anthropologie.com, $48.00

 

 

Renaissance Glassware Horchow

 

 

Renaissance Glassware, horchow.com, $26.90

 

English Toffee Crate Olive and Cocoa

 

English Toffee Crate, oliveandcocoa.com, $48.00

 

Gold Bangle Set Jcrew

 

Gold Bangle Set, jcrew.com, $39.50

Yellow Ceramic Muffin Pan Cost Plus

 

Yellow Ceramic Muffin Pan, worldmarket.com, $14.99

Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Wild Blueberry Muffin Mix, amazon.com, $15.51

 

 

Ethnic Lace Applique Necklace Zara

 

Ethnic Lace Appliqué, zara.com, $29.90

 

 

Menagerie Juice Glasses Anthropologie

 

 

Menagerie Juice Glass, anthropologie.com, $12.00

Norpro Orange Juicer, amazon.com, $9.07

 

Coil Rope Bowl Ylang Home

 

A few beautiful green apples in…

Coil Rope Bowl, yliving.com, $48.00

 

 

Parisien Shoppers Tote Forever 21, Eiffel Tower Round Tray Target

 

Eiffel Tower Round Tray, target.com, $9.99

Champagne Cork Cookies by Fossier, igourmet.com, $9.99

Parisien Shopper’s Tote, forever21.com, $1.80

 

 

Brown Silhouette Pencil Holder Robin King Designs

 

Brown Silhouette Pencil Holder, robinkingdesigns.com, $30.00

Elegant Pencils with Red French Lettering Set of 4, etsy.com, $3.00

 

Vintage Hobnail Candydish One Kings Lane

 

 

Lindor Truffles (always a favorite) in…

Vintage Hobnail Candydish, onekingslane.com, $45.00

 

Modern Metallics

  • 25th February 2013

In homage to two of the most lovely dresses to glide down the red carpet at the 2013 Oscars…

 

 

Naomi Watts Oscar 2013

Halle Berry Oscar 2013

 

 

 

We visit some of this season’s most inspired modern metallics.  From shoes to clutches to planters, the sparklers below are winners in every category.

 

Maison Margiela Metallic Jacket, Michael Kors Soutache Lace Dress

 

 

1.) Maison Martin Margiela Metallic Front Jacket, barneys.com, $1590.00

2.) Phalaenopsis Orchid, pier1.com, $8.95

3.) Michael Kors Soutache Lace Dress, harrods.com, £2,499.00

 

Elizabeth and James Cree Silver Metallic Sandals

4.) Pamela Love Turquoise and Bronze Spike Earrings, ssense.com, $345.00

5.) Pleated Metallic Maxi Skirt, forever21.com, $22.80

6.) Elizabeth and James Cree Silver Metallic Sandals, couture.zappos.com, $250.00

7.) Clare Vivier Textured Metallic Flat Clutch, saks.com, $143.00

 

R13 Skinny in Silver, Jimmy Choo Pure Gold Leather Peep Toe Wedges

 

 

8.) Jimmy Choo Pure Gold Mirror Leather Peep Toe Wedges, jimmychoo.com, $650.00

9.) Fazilet Leather Bracelet, shoplatitude.com, $100.00

10.) Metallic Gold Drip Dish, neimanmarcus.com, $175.00

11.) R13 Skinny in Silver, forwardforward.com, $345.00

12.) Premium Metallic Origami Skirt, topshop.com, $80.00

 

Diane Von Furstenberg Juliette Metallic Leather Platform Sandals

 

13.) Faith Connexion Strapless Metallic Brocade Dress, fashion2us.com, $360.00

14.) Haute Hippie Sequined Jacket, shopbop.com, $747.50

15.) Metallic Crackle Herb Pot, anthropologie.com, $14.00

16.) Diane Von Furstenberg Juliette Metallic Leather Platform Sandals, saks.com, (pre-order) $298.00

17.) Saint Laurent Paloma Flat Sandal, barneys.com, $935.00

 

Joseph Clare Metallic Stretch Leather Pencil Skirt

 

18.) Joseph Clare Metallic Stretch Leather Pencil Skirt, cherae.com, $270.00

19.)  Square Toe Ballerina, tedbaker.com, $90.00

20.) High Heel Sandal with Ankle Strap, zara.com, $79.90

21.) Stella McCartney Metallic Linen Fold-Over Clutch, saks.com, $1120.00 (Pre-order)

 

Lola Cruz Mesh Sandal

 

 

22.) Reed Krakoff Metallic Oxford Pumps, mytheresea.com, $604.00

23.) Haute Hippie Metallic Detail Leather Mini, mytheresa.com, $304.00

24.) Lola Cruz Mesh Sandal, lorishoes.com, $225.00

25.) Naveena Hand-Pleated Maxi Skirt, calypsostbarth.com, $239.00

 

Urchin Vase Apartment 48

 

26.) Stella McCartney Jacquard Woven Trousers, mytheresa.com, $504.00

27.) Sheri Bodell Metal Mesh Maxi Dress, shopbop.com, $228.20

28.) Ted Muehling Candle Holder available at select locations (photo courtesy of Elle Décor)

29.) Urchin Vase, apartment48.com, $62.00

 

 

Willow Metal Spine Trim Skirt

30.) Willow Metal Spine Trim Skirt, willowltd.com, $348.00

31.) Tods available at select Tods locations

32.) Love Suede Pillow, calypsostbarth.com, $185.00

 

Black & Gold

  • 15th February 2013
Elle Italy

Photo Courtesy of Elle Italia

Elle Italy

Photo Courtesy of Elle Italia

Elle Italy

Photo Courtesy of Elle Italia

 

 

 

It’s not revolutionary, just timeless, elegant and at the moment everywhere! Black and gold couple and create a stir.  Here are a few pictures from around the world as well as a few pieces to make you think…

 

Vogue Australia Cover

Photo Courtesy of Vogue Australia

Vogue Australia

Photo Courtesy of Vogue Australia

 

 

Dolce & Gabbana Vogue AU

Photo Courtesy of Vogue Australia

 

Hugo Boss Black Wedgest

Photo Courtest of Vogue Australia

Boss Black Vogue Australia

Photo Courtesy of Vogue Australia

 

Lanvin & Gucci

Photo Courtesy of L’Officiel

Paris Vogue

Photo Courtesy of Paris Vogue

 

 

 

Calvin Klein Bag

Photo Courtesy of Marie Claire

 

Giulietta

Giulietta, barneys.com, $1720.00

 

Michael Kors

Michael Kors Embroidered Tunic Dress, neimanmarcus.com, $2975.00

 

Rachel Zoe

Rachel Zoe Tassel Necklace, shopbop.com, $650.00

 

Aida Kibur Collar Necklace

Adia Kibur Crystal Encrusted Collar, shopbop.com, $135.00

 

Aquazurra

Aquazzura, Martini Goldtone Chain Leather & Suede Sandals, saksfifthavenue.com, $995.00 (available on pre-order)

Namarata

Namrata Top, dvf.com, $186.00

 

Burberry Prossum Studded Leather Clutch

Burberry Prorsum Studded Leather Clutch, net-a-porter.com, $3,295.00

 

 

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