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

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Dondup Lambda Camouflage Jean, farfetch.com, $198.48

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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)

Armor’s Attraction

  • 5th August 2013

Who knew armor could be so alluring?

 

Isabel Marant Fall 2013 Collection

Isabel Marant Fall 2013 Collection. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Collections Paris

 

Marant gives us swashbuckling metal accents in her 2013 Fall Collection from skirts to scarves and sashes.

 

 

Isabel Marant Scarf.  Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Collections Paris

Isabel Marant Scarf. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Collections Paris

 

 

 

The look is reminiscent of chain mail and riveted mail.

 

 

Riveted mail and plate coat zirah bagtar.

 

 

Chain, features small metal rings linked together in a pattern to form a mesh.  Riveted mail and plate coat zirah bagta was introduced into India under the Mughals.  (Text from:  Wikipedia)

 

Other prominent houses that give a nod to modern-day chivalry include:

 

Belstaff Fall 2013.  Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Collections Paris

Belstaff Fall 2013. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Collections Paris

Chanel.  Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Collections Paris

Chanel. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Collections Paris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even without a sword you can still take on the aura of an urban knight.

 

Jules Smith Knights Armor Chain Bib Necklace
Caprina Necklace

 

 

 

 

Jules Smith Knights Armor Chain Bib Necklace, cusp.com, $85.00

Caprina Necklace, dannijo.com, $870.00

 

 

Monique Lhuillier Leather Armor Sheath Dress
Mia Armor Zappos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monique Lhuillier Leather Armor Sheath Dress, shopbop.com, $5,290.00

Mia Armor, zappos.com, $57.99

 

 

Rihanna channels warriors of yesteryear in a Versace silver mesh draped dress.  Photo Courtesy of: Vogue

Rihanna channels warriors of yesteryear in a Versace silver mesh draped dress. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue

Parting Words…

  • 5th August 2013

As young as I am, I have observed these three swashers. I am boy to them all three, but all they three, though they would serve me, could not be man to me.

 

Shakespeare

 

 

BonConseil

Pocketed, Perfect Fish Laotian Style

  • 2nd August 2013

This recipe for steamed fish comes to us by way of the Amantaka in Luang Prabang, Laos.

 

Steamed fish recipe from the Amantaka

Beautiful and delicious!

 

 

 

There are several reasons we love it:

 

—It’s delicious and mildly spiced

—It’s amazingly fun to prepare making it a perfect way to engage your kids to eat fish

(We prepared it with our 7 year old daughter and she loved the process)

—It affords a gorgeous presentation for a party

—It’s a healthy recipe that you can easily add your creative touches to

 

 

Organic Farm Luang Prabang

Organic Farm Luang Prabang

Mixture ready to steam

Mixture ready to steam

 

 

 

Mok Pa—Fish Steamed in Banana Leaf

 

Ingredients:

200 grams fish fillet, cubed (about 7 ounces or .44 lbs, a fish like Tilapia works best)

1 tbs coriander leaf

4 pcs kefir lime leaf

1 tbs spring onion, sliced thinly

2 tbs fish sauce

2 pcs chopped shallot

1 tbs dill leaf finely sliced

Pinch salt

2 stalk lemongrass sliced

½ cup Thai basil

1 pcs egg yolk

1 tbs pounded dry rice (best to use a mortar and pestle)

1 tbs oyster sauce

 

For the Wrapping

4 pcs toothpick

4 pcs  circular cut banana leaf, approximately 6 inches in diameter

 

 

Fish mixture up close

Fish mixture up close

Center the fish mixture

Center the fish mixture

 

 

 

Instruction:

Mix all ingredients in a bowl.  Divide into 4 parts.  Wrap individually with banana leaf then stick with a tooth pick and steam for 15 minutes.

 

 

 

 

Pinch like wrapping a gift.

Pinch like wrapping a gift.

Fold sides over.

Fold sides over.

 

 

Wrap up!

Wrap up!

 

 

Secure with toothpick

Secure with toothpick

 

 

 

Place them in a steamer.

Place them in a steamer.

 

 

Serve fish with steamed rice.

Serve fish with steamed rice.

 

 

Tip:

Make leaves pliable for wrapping by heating them ever so slightly over the stove (almost like a tortilla)

 

Making banana leaf pliable

Making banana leaf pliable

 

 

 

Banks of the Mekong River.

Banks of the Mekong River.

 

 

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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

 

Peony vs. Piaget

  • 28th July 2013

Peonies are the undisputed ‘reine des fleurs,’ at the moment.  Every celebrity from Holmes to Paltrow sings their praise and calls them their ‘must have’ flower.   They are center-stage in floral displays from quaint English teas to lavish weddings to chic catwalks.

 

 

Yves Piaget up close

Mimicking the intense hue, ruffly petals and large blooms of the peony, Yves Piaget is a must-have rose.

 

 

But, except in the most perfect climates peonies can be challenging to grow (Southern California folks, forget it!  We’ve tried 3 varieties made for our climate and have not succeeded in producing more than one bloom!).

 

Yves Piaget Bud

Even the Yves Piaget bud seen in the middle has the same tight ball-like configuration as the peony bud.

 

 

Peonies require staking and a whole crop can be easily damaged with one hard spring rainfall.

Peonies only bloom once a year and for a few limited weeks.

They are difficult to locate at florists and extremely pricey purchased out of season.

 

……Enter Yves Piaget—a rose whose buds and blooms mimic those of the peony, but that also carries the most arresting aroma!

 

 

Peonies in a vase.

Peonies in a vase.

Yves Piaget growing in the garden.

Yves Piaget growing in the garden looks very similar to the peonies on the left.

 

 

 

 

Also very difficult to find at florists (in Los Angeles we have only found Yves Piaget stems at Botany in Brentwood), it is a gardener’s delight.  Yves Piaget flourishes in most climates.  It is a repeat bloomer and very hardy after its first year in the ground.

 

While peonies suffer from a truncated vase life (especially when exposed to any heat or direct sun), Yves Piaget will stay fresh looking for days.

 

Yves Piaget in a bouquet.

Yves Piaget slightly opened bud on the right. Peony in the background.

 

 

Its ruffly petals, high petal count and huge blooms mimic that of the peony, the prime difference is that it comes with the most divine perfume.  A bouquet with just 2-3 blooms could scent the entire room, whereas a peony has no aroma at all.

 

 

Yves Piaget in the garden up close.

Yves Piaget in the garden up close.

 

 

 

If you are going to invest in a new rose bush this fall, we will have many recommendations in the coming months in time for January planting.  But, please keep Yves Piaget top-of-mind.  Especially, if you are amongst the many peony devotees.

 

Piaget follows the same basic principles of any rose in that it  grows best in direct morning sunlight.  As the rose plant gets established, make sure to water it regularly and deeply once a week.

 

Yves Piaget was named after the man behind the namesake watches after he developed this hybrid tea with double-blooms and intense color and fragrance.  The watches that honor the flower are below in the ‘la vie en rose collection.’

 

 

 

La Vie en Rose Piaget Watches