If this doesn't bring a smile to your face, I don't know what will.
In these cold temps, a little cheer goes a long way. As I am packing my clients for resort season, pulling their spring shopping strategies together and styling photo shoots, I have to stop and ponder the awe moments of the upcoming season.
While always impeccable, Victoria Beckham's designs get better and better each season. The pre-spring and spring/summer 2015 collections are gorgeous — touting the best in shape and color. The whole line up makes me giddy!
Even though we have a ways to go before we feel the warmth of the sun, day dreaming (and planning) will get you through.
Go ahead, call me obsessed. It's for good reason.
Every year, I seek out new lingerie designers in hopes to achieve both form and functionality. However, it is so difficult to find a good fitting bra. Why? It seems like it should be a snap, but it's not. I measure less than 30 inches around my rib cage, which makes my brand selection limited. Especially, due to my cup size. I am not saying I am huge (because I'm not). However, when you factor in the combination, it's a challenge.
Until I met Simone Pérèle.
Well, not the designer herself. The brand.
Madame Simone Pérèle, an expert corset maker in Paris, had a vision to liberate women and design lingerie that embraced a woman’s natural shape. She quickly gained a reputation for breaking tradition, creating lingerie dedicated to women’s desire to look beautiful, yet also feel comfortable. Passion and precision combined, she achieve her ultimate goal — superior fit, ultimate comfort and sophisticated styling. Since 1948, the Simone Pérèle brand has created a cult following. And I am definitely on board.
My favorites — Caressence 3D Plunge for the breathable 3D spacer fabric and Aloe Vera-infused lace and the Inspiration Memory Foam.
Why did it take me so long to discover this fabulous brand? Hmmm, maybe because it's not offered in the usual places. Now that I know my size, I can order away online. And I will.
I've spent months preparing clients for fall. And now, I come across this. Brunello Cucinelli's resort collection.
Holy goodness! I want every single piece. Cucinelli has always been a favorite of mine. The clothes, the bags, the shoes. Perfection.
The adventurous ease of this collection inspires outfits for both now and later. And definitely brings excitement for packing clients for resort season.
Fall, come on in! We are expecting you.
If I had to pick just three concepts to summarize what this upcoming season is all about, it would be: beyond basics, volume exploration and fantabulous fur. And boy am I excited!
Starting with color, we will continue to see pink, in clothing and accessories, such as handbags. Red, specifically oxblood, is at the forefront. Blues, greens and earth tones share the scene. And the infamous black and white duo are still going strong.
The vibe of the season is two-toned — relaxed sophistication. Prints take a backseat to solids. Among the typical fabrics for fall, there is no denying the attraction to leather and fur. And embellished goodness graces the department stores.
Pants gain volume, both by way of a high waist and wide leg for a loose fit. Jumpsuits become a ‘want to wear’ situation, the best styles by Thakoon Addition and Veronica Beard. Hem lengths vary from shin sweeping to short. More pleats are present this season, as are flirty skirts and dresses worn with thigh high boots. And the return of the sweater.
Interesting side cut-aways, as seen by Opening Ceremony and Theory, allow for playful proportions. Go for length in layers — cropped sweaters over super long tops and blouses. Billowy sleeves are ever present this fall, and a few cropped trapezoid shapes (Sally LaPointe). Cropped and shorter length jackets are great for visual interest, as are sweaters around the waist and neck. However, proceed with caution with regard to voluminous-atop-voluminous garments.
This season, a huge emphasis is put on outerwear. While some cuts are still boxy, the most prevalent is the fit and flare, as seen at Celine. Anything fur (bold color, animal print, colorblock) or shearling is a winner. Double-face wool-felt or cashmere wrap coats are also great additions.
Shoes go flat, yet again this season, from ballet to sneakers. And no surprise that boots trump everything. If you want a stiletto version, cutout boot styles are aplenty. Handbags go back to streamlined shapes in luxe material. Jewelry takes note from the theme of the season and presents minimal beauties.
This is the season to welcome a few quality pieces into your wardrobe. And definitely include shoes and handbags!
Featured designers: Opening Ceremony, Carolina Herrera, Thakoon Addition, Marissa Webb, Victoria Beckham, Temperley London, Clover Canyon, Jenny Packham, Salvatore Ferragamo, Givenchy, Celine, Celine, Carven, Alexander Wang, Erdem, Dolce and Gabbana, Lanvin, Celine, Salvatore Ferragamo, Salvatore Ferragamo and Mango.
Fall can't get here soon enough.
With football season underway, I am ready for cooler weather. Quite frankly, I'm tired of sweating.
Sauntering in so sweetly is the Chloé fall 2014 collection. A few of my favorites — the doubled wool blend coat, reversible shearling and leather coat, wool jacquard sweater and the Dalston deerskin shoulder bag. However, the entire collection is deliciously feminine and chic.
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