If a girl’s got a closet to play around it might as well stocked with Lanvin. What started as a mother making clothes for her daughter has become a runway favorite with a selection of pieces some of us would give anything to live in. Lanvin has an effortlessly French approach to fashion that combines this impeccably tailored way of making clothing and bags, with a stunning knack for luxury footwear. I love the exquisitely draped dresses, and the array of colors and shades that Lanvin likes to play with.
These shoes are kick ass right down to the heel. While style stalking at fashion week I noticed a girl stumbling along in wedges with gold cuffs strapped to her ankles and these give me that style equivalent without capturing the accessories I love to have on hand.
Available at Colette.fr for $1,087.22.
Tie Waist Dress; Chic and simple, the ‘English Green’ hue is the perfect nearly black shade to contrast with something bright and vibrant. The cowl neck and tie waist also make it super flattering that’ll emphasize all the right assets of the femme silhouette. Available at Barneys.com for $1,650.00.
Happy Tangerine Bag; The Lanvin iconic Happy bag makes me all kinds of giddy in this shade of tangerine. The stunning shade makes this classic a go to for fall color blocking for the bold and the beautiful style maven that lurks somewhere in my closet.
Available at CultStatus.com.au for $2,195.00 AUD.
Everyone’s been buzzing about Reiss, in great part because of Kate Middleton (the Duchess of Cambridge) and the stunning nude dress she caused to sell out. Picking my top three pieces from Reiss was a feat, it came down to just cutting myself off from clicking. Reiss is simplistic and refined, the brand exudes a sex appeal that makes it easy to dress the part of the coquettish flirt.
Florida Paisley Jumpsuit;
I saw someone wearing this earlier this week and I have to admit I’ve been trolling online for it since. Thankfully my clothing search skills are astute enough to get the job done because this paisley jumpsuit is the epitome of summer.
Available at Reiss.com for $210.00.
Drew Slim Leather Bracelet; I’m obsessed with simple leather bracelets, and I’m not sure why. The emerald green hue makes me all giddy, and to tie it off with the silver metal accents makes it all the more beautiful. Available at Reiss.com for $50.00.
Cedar Cognac Wood Platform Sandals; Of all the things I’m a sucker for a pair of brown, woody heels tops that list. I love the cognac leather criss-cross details. Although my summer tan hasn’t quite gotten started, I’m looking forward to the way these heels will look when I get that shade of bronze.
Available at Reiss.com for $310.00.
When I think of Elie Saab I often remember my favorite red carpet looks, it’s a label that speaks to an elevated sort of elegance. Taking classic silhouettes and styles and doing them well, in lush fabrics and with a dash of je ne sais quoi, Elie Saab is the epitome of class. Take a few basic colors and add in a few more interesting shades to the palette is what I love most about it.
Yes, of course I love the color, but it’s something else about this belt that could possibly be one of those accessories that can transform any outfit. It’s not an average belt by any means, and weather it holds your pants or skirt up isn’t the question. I’m infinitely more interested in how many outfits I can create with this belt as the focal point. . Available at Boutique1.com for $205.00.
Wide Leg Trousers; They’re super wide-legged pants but it’s not enough that they’re a pair of trousers, I love that they sort of deceptively look like a skirt. I love the classic silhouette that beckons back to the 70s, I totally want to wrap my hair in a scarf and slip on a paisley top with over-sized sunglasses for the full effect.. Available at Boutique1.com for $1,444.00.
Peep-toe Slingbacks – Olive; I love the stacked heel inter-weaved with the olive leather suede. I’m not usually a fan of olive but this color grows on me every time I look at these pumps. The elements of wood grounds these slingbacks in a sort of natural simplicity. Available at Boutique1.com for $572.00.
The Alexander McQueen label is the talk of the fashion town, be it because of the Royal Wedding or the Met exhibit and Vogue Gala to follow. The McQueen label is famed for its ability to always make a dramatic statement, and while Kate Middleton Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge’s dress was the antithesis of that image, everyone is still raving about the fairytale princess gown Sarah Burton created.
Embroidered Fin Mini-Dress;
Ordinarily this would be a plain shift dress, but the beauty is in the detail. I love the cut at the end of the shoulder, the lace is polished and a tad bit princessy but the shoulder slits and mini skirting give it a sexy edge. Available at AlexanderMcQueen.com for $5,925.00.
Britannia Studded Clutch; I feel like uttering “God save the Queen”, or something like it; this clutch is an ode to Britannia with the quintessential McQueen skull. The original red, white and blue, accented by a few gold studs is a definite statement piece. Available at Zappos.com for $1,950.00.
Sculpted Resin and Leather Sandals; The leaf details on these shoes are intensely ethereal. I feel like they’re the perfect pair of heels for a nymph or a fairy – they’re defiantly fantastical. They’re works of art and I’m definitely coveting them deeply. Available at Net-a-Porter.com for $3,495.00.
In contemporary sportswear few do it like Theory. I love my flamboyant pieces more than most, but there’s something about the simplicity of Theory’s pieces that make them more than adequately covet worthy. The palette is stark and muted, but from the delicacy of the peach hued burn out to the edge that Theory brings to a pair of tiny shorts by using leather, it’s hard not to love this label. You can count on Theory to deliver stellar pieces in flattering silhouettes that pull off avante-garde looks with striking fabric choices.
Derona K Top;
Burnout prints have been relegated to tank tops and tees for the most part so I love the idea of taking this kind of cozy, weathered look and making it sexy and cool. The peachy color and the curve hugging silhouette make it a go too piece I adore. Available at Theory.com for $130.00.
Brianne Brown Leather Heels; The heel is relatively short, but there isn’t one other thing about these heels that are meek and mild. My attraction to cut out heels is almost unexplainable, they’re a little bit sexy and they don’t necessarily get thrown into the ‘trendy’ category because they’re a little bit more than a pair of gladiators. Available at JildorShoes.com for $99.00.
Campbell Leather Shorts; They’re edgy and sophisticated and perfect in every way for the girl with enough attitude to pull off leather shorts. I’m picturing them with black or floral tights and a punch of cool color like a bright green asymmetrical tank. Available at My-Wardrobe.com for $907.50.
It’s no wonder Etro started out as a textile house in the sixties, their use of prints and color is exactly what a color junkie like me lives for. The Italian family business now creates some of the most stunning accessories and ready to wear pieces with a la vie boheme sort of aesthetic. Etro is a label developed around on trend pieces that employ facets of vibrant color, it’s intense and bold. These picks speak to all of the ways that Etro has perfected its fashion perspective, some have a beauty that you notice immediately, others require a little time for their beauty to really sink in.
Saffron Wide Leg Pants;
I’m totally on board for the high-waisted wide-leg trend, but I hate getting bogged down with blacks and grays and other mundane pant colors. I’ve never loved wide leg pants more and the saffron color is so rich and vibrant I’m bewitched. Available at ShopBop.com for $1,000.00.
Paisley and Spot Print Scarf; I’m obsessed with scarves, my collection borders on obscene, and half the time I wear them around the house just to feel like I’m one of the characters on Mad Men. This scarf shows off the intricacy that Etro has perfected for over forty years. Available at FarFetch.com for $533.00.
Hammered Gold Plated Cuff; It’s industrial and chunky, I love the way that they stack. This piece single handedly proves that Etro has mastered its relatively new foray into jewelry. It would be cool to wear this cuff on bare arms or on top of a long sleeved chiffon blouse. Available at Net-a-Porter.com for $375.00.
Still riding high on their ‘New Talent Award’ nomination from the CFDA, The Row is finally getting some traction in the world of fashion that can’t be ignored by a passe reference to their billionaire status. The Row’s dedication to taking classic pieces and perfecting them is taking the label far, even though there are times when we’re simply not sure what the heck is up with one of the twin’s wardrobe choices. I won’t be naming names. I love the simplicity of each piece and the attention to perfect tailoring, it’s minimalist at its best. These picks in particular play on the contraries of softness and femininity and the harshness of military masculinity, with an added pop of quirky in the sunglasses.
Manchester Twill Jacket;
I love jackets more than words can say, as a girl from the tropics the slightest hint of a breeze means I’m slipping my arms into a sweater, jacket, or something else long-sleeved. I love the strength of olive as a color, and the way it it’ll pair perfectly with the softer colors in my spring palette. Available at Net-a-porter.com for $1,175.00.
Biggins Silk-Georgette Camisole; The blush tone is perfect for making my skin look less than sallow, I hate what the winter weather does to my complexion but the blush tone of this camisole picks up the glints of tan that are still there, even if only in my imagination. Available at Net-a-porter.com for $310.00.
One Shoulder Caftan from Mark + James; Obsessed with sunglasses as I am, I kind of want to swap out the lenses in these babies and transform them into reading glasses. They’re cute and fun, and they posses that certain ‘je ne sais quoi.’ Available at TheRow.com for $442.00.