Arty parties, love 'em. And love dressing for them. And love the people who make them happen, like STUDIO1636. So we're already excited about their event on May 23, FIN, with a ton of fab artists, DJ Toks, live print screening from Hit+Run who are helping celebrate their gallery closing (sniff). Enough of my crybabying, here's what I'll be wearing while I raise a glass of Veev and VitaminWater to all their success!
This past Saturday designers Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty brought a piece of Kenya to Opening Ceremony with their new line that everyone is talking about – Suno. Osterweis has been collecting textiles form his visits to Kenya for over a decade. Design and development for Suno takes place in New York City and samples are then brought to Kenya where the garments are artisinally produced. The Spring/Summer collection consists of 1000 one-of-a-kind pieces that incorporate vintage Kenyan Kangas. The collection ranges from bathing suits to impeccably tailored cropped blazers. Everything about the debut line feels remarkably fresh and innovative and it is revitalizing to see such a progressive fashion team.
Alexander Wang fans get ready: Gap’s most recent collaboration with CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund nominee have chosen the designer to redesign Gap’s iconic khaki his way.Judging by the Aztec print dresses, trench coats, and a motorcycle jacket, I’d say the result is surprisingly fabulous. Along with Vena Cava, Alexander Wang will debut his collection in stores June 16. So for those who thought khaki was boring (myself included) perhaps Alexander Wang and Vena Cava have given all of us a new reason to head to Gap this summer in the spirit of a smart recessionista shopper.
This upcoming weekend I am faced with the challenge of keeping chic while sweating it out in Phoenix, Arizona. My SoCal beach-inspired wardrobe doesn’t have much that will keep me cool in its 108-degree dry, desert heat. So while I organize my surviving-the-surface-of-the-sun essentials, 50 SPF sun block and oversized hats that shade my entire face and the faces of everyone around me, clothing wise, I'll stick to the minimum number of layers and accessories, while trying to not channel Mrs. Roper or be mistaken for a fan of tanks purchased by the 3-pack. You would think after packing for two months of European travel and fitting it all into one suitcase, this would be a breeze, but the heat is on! Check out the looks I have prepared for my trip to the land of cactus and sand.
After living in Milan for a year and navigated the at times intimidating Milanese chicness, I have to wonder: If aesthetic judgment and an innate sense of style is part of an Italian’s DNA, it couldn’t be more eloquently encapsulated in the expression, “fare la bella figura.”
While translated literally it means “to make a beautiful figure,” the idiomatic expression signifies to make a good impression, whether that be dressing exceptionally stylish to mistakenly ordering a cappuccino after 11 am, the philosophy of la bella figura is literally a way of life. And while it’s a concept that I’m still mastering, it certainly is an inspiring style mantra that I believe, gives the coveted Italian woman that seemingly unattainable chicness.
One of my personal style icons is Margherita Missoni, as she embodies the values of la bella figura even in her twenties. Stylish, chic, and sophisticated, Margherita Missoni understands the concept of living la bella figura with an edge of youthful grace that makes her one of my role models.
To emulate Margherita Missoni’s look, select a belt as the main statement piece of your outfit. You can pair this fabulous belt with a variety of dresses to carry you through different seasons. I’ve selected this Fendi mink belt from Closet Couture Seasonal and paired it with a Clu silk wrap dress or a black Alexander Wang knit dress to give you the idea.
Closet Couture's new slideshow tool can display all of the outfits you make in a blog. Hot, right?! Just click the “Make a Slideshow” button under your picture on the home page, which looks like this:
…And you can choose from two styles, wide or narrow… then just copy the code that appears and paste it into a post (with your HTML view on, but you already knew that, didn't you, smarty?). Voila, your closet's on your blog!
Here's what the slideshows look like – one with three images across and one that only has one, which fits in a narrow column on your blog.
The spring runways were so crowded with eighties-inspired styles it looked like a Go Go's reunion. Alexander Wang's babes cruised down the runway in cutaway body suits topped off with denim and leather jackets and fringed sweatshirts. Christophe Decarnin's Balmain nymph was clearly on her way to a wild night out on the town, decked in glittering sequin dresses with severe shoulders that would have made Mugler proud. Even Karl Lagerfeld referenced the era, offering up plenty of leather and lace numbers with a strong masculine-feminine vibe.
While this trend looked fantastic on stage, I was a bit apprehensive of how to actually wear it; in a season where I am curbing my spending, does my closet really have room for the revived Leger bondage dress or one of Matthew Williamson's pink patent mini skirts? After much searching for a subtler ode to the eighties, I am happy to report I have found it in Oliver People's newest frame, the Zooey. Named for stylish starlet Zooey Deschanel, who collaborated with OP on the design, these sunnies have a definite retro vibe but won't make you look like a member of the breakfast club.
The classic black pair was an extremely satisfying addition (or should I say addiction) to my spring wardrobe, but this eye candy is also available in a chic tortoise, an elegant ivory shell, and a totally rad cherry red.
Of course there are adorable extras; each pair is embellished with a lipstick kiss stamp that's only visible when the lenses fog, and the cleaning cloth mimics a cocktail napkin.
You know what they say, “Make new friends, but keep the old, one has silver sandals and the other's gold YSL chain looks amazing with your Stella McCartney frock.” Or something like that…
Anywho, look what I made from the closets of some of my Closet Couture friends! The girls I follow have amazing taste and when I make outfits, their pieces are mine to style. I just click into their closet and make magical magic with the contents.
The Stella McCartney Organic Cotton dress is from the Closet Couture “Uptown” closet, and the accessories all came from CC pals whose closets I raided (absnola, Philosofee, tribbles and zzzendiana)… Thanks, ladies!
Many are faced with the question of what to wear while visiting LA in the spring. It’s not yet summer, even in the City of Angels, so there is a constant breeze and it never gets to be over 75 degrees. That means all your stylish shorts and newly purchased rompers are just going to have to wait a couple more months. What's a gal to do? Pick transitional pieces like Katrina, whom I met on a style scouting mission for Closet Couture at the hip SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. Katrina's visiting from Toronto and dialed in her spring chic look with layered, lightweight pieces from local hero American Apparel paired with personal faves from her travels to Spain!
Fresh off the Closet Couture “Most Stylish” list, we bring you the Matt & Nat drawing winner, laurendambro! Hooray! We're mailing Lauren Matt & Nat's yummy, zippy Vetro bag. (By the way, she's the cutie on the right in blue, not the cutie on the left in aubergine!)
You can still follow Matt & Nat on Closet couture… and keep mix and match with their minimalist, architectural bags by visiting their profile HERE.
Lauren's new eco-chic Matt & Nat bag will be the perfect statement bag for Lauren's freshman year at Grand Valley State University… look for it to show up in her outfits on Closet Couture! She's all about sharing what she's wearing with you guys, “Everything that is in my closet I actually own and I actually wear these outfits I put together,” Lauren says, adding, “By the way I shop A LOT! (I think I might be a shopaholic ).”
Wait, is that a bad thing? We think not! And you'll agree when you see the lovely outfits Lauren's made on Closet Couture as a result of her passion for fashion.