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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Blogger Love: Fix The Internet


Sure, none of us can unsee the madness that Kim Kardashian launched on the Internet... but we can certainly get on with our lives. Especially since the holidays are in full swing and, quite honestly, we're busy! Do you want to try the turtleneck thing? Are you gearing up for January resolutions by figuring out what you want out of life? Or do you just want to get out of town for a day? Whatever it is... enough with breaking the internet... let's get to fixing up our lives.


Friday, November 21, 2014

Gift Guide Pick: Etienne Aigner Stag Bags

If you are ever stumped on what to give the most fashionable person in your life, the no-fail gift is always a handbag. If you don’t know her style or her favorite designer, the Etienne Aigner Stag Bag covers all the bases.

If your recipient of honor is a practical gal, the collection is offered in two sizes. The bigger one is a great carry-all size, the smaller accommodates the necessities. They have double zip closures and card holders.

Realistically? That’s not why you are buying this bag. The true fashionista is well beyond such practical details. She knows quality Italian leather. If she is a diva, she would be drawn to the brightly colored striped snakeskin styles. If she is classically elegant, she will love the luxurious untreated vachetta leather edition.  If she is a red carpet regular, the metallic leather is gorgeous in front of the papparazzi.  Most styles retail under $500.

The Etienne Aigner brand has its roots in Haute Couture. The man himself started created high end leather goods after the Second World War. He apprenticed at the House of Christian Dior and Christobal Balenciaga. Today, creative director Daniela Bardazzi created the Stag Bag as a tribute to the Etienne Aigner camera bag her father-in-law carried in the 1970’s.   

Women love their purses. As a gift, you will not have to worry about fit and a trendsetter knows how to build her outfit around her favorite accessory. The bonus gift? Knowing she will have the compliments and envy of everyone around her.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Etienne Aigner. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Etienne Aigner.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

J. Mendel Spring 2015 Collaboration with Enoc Perez

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The most iconic fashion designers in history are the ones that collaborate with fine artists. Gilles Mendel and artist Enoc Perez showed a distinct partnership on the runway for the J. Mendel spring 2015 collection.

The pair joins the ranks of artist/fashion design pairs like Salvador Dali and Elsa Schiaparelli. The clothing on the catwalk was a wearable interpretation of Enoc Perez’s architecture renderings.  His signature cross-hatched paintings were printed on dresses.  There were highly textured woven/embroidered pieces that expressed the pattern.  Even the luxurious furs that are a J. Mendel staple had elements of Perez architecture. 

Less obvious were the flowing, light dresses that floated beautifully when the models walked.  Some of the simple color blocking or solid colored frocks might have taken the spirit of Enoc Perez’s Shapes artwork. 

The handbags were chic, squared off and stylish. Aside from the colors, they shape or finish didn't correspond to the collection and artist inspiration. 

As Gilles Mendel worked with Perez to collaborate on a collection in tribute to his work, the artist in turn created a book of collages as homage to Mendel’s work. With some fashion collections inspired by an artist, the effect is often great for editorial, or even gimmicky.  However this collection was thoroughly wearable and flattering, regardless of if the customer was aware of the muse or not.  With all of the mass market “collaborations” with designers that water down their aesthetic, I love seeing a true creative collaboration that elevates the work of both parties.
photos by Mariana Leung, artwork by Enoc Perez

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Street Style Meets Street Art in NYC

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I came to New York to go to design school.The city offers endless inspiration with its NYC street art making everything around you an urban gallery. The colors and textures of the murals act as a frame for the style and fashion on the sidewalks.  When Perrier asked me to share the work that I love, I jumped at the chance.

My favorite mural in the city has to be the Eduardo Kobra work in the Chelsea area of Manhattan. I love strolling south along the elevated Highline Park and seeing the bright colors of his second story window unveiled through the trees. It is a romantic piece, his rendition of the famous Times Square photograph of the VJ Day kiss. 

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In a city of such great work, the walls act as a frame for the pavement runway. The galleries in Chelsea continuously churn out fashionable people who stride from side to side to admire the next artistic genius. I wanted to pay tribute to the psychedelic color palette of this Brazilian artist when I climbed down off the Highline to pose in front of the street level mural of vintage cars and pedestrians. 

I didn’t know it at the time, but Kobra was one of the artists chosen by Perrier to redesign their bottle and label. He helped bring the spirit of graffiti and a Technicolor touch to their new campaign. Perrier was clearly as inspired by his work as I was. 

I see how the super bright colors of Eduardo Kobra art merge seamlessly into the dark industrial edges of New York. The fashion industry is often chided for our love of the color black as a uniform.  Seeing Kobra’s work showed me how to style the most exaggerated of hues with my staple noir wardrobe.  In this world, everything else is the new black.

This post is sponsored by Perrier® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water in celebration of its new limited Street Art® edition. This limited edition packaging is a collaboration between Perrier and three of the world’s influential street artists: JonOne, Sasu and Kobra. To see the full line of collectible designs and learn more about this exciting debut, visit www.SocietePerrier.com/StreetArtbyPerrier  and join the conversation with #StreetArtByPerrier
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Perrier via Mode Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Perrier.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Fairy Tale Shoes of Sophia Webster

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Forget Cinderella. Sophia Webster’s shoes are already a cult favorite for those who dare to dream. Her angel winged shoes look like someone robbed Hermes of his prized footwear and made them sexy. Her collection only launched in 2013, but it has already made fans of celebrities like Scarlett Johansson and Carey Mulligan.

I saw these shoes in the Starworks PR showroom and they immediately pulled me in. The shapes and color lines are dazzling. They have a quirky, whimsical quality, but they are exquisitely produced as great British design always seems to be. Besides “shoe designer” Sophia Webster also lists herself as “Flamingo enthusiast” on her social media profiles. She loves unicorns, even posting a care guide on Facebook.

fantasy shoesShe was a former protégée of shoe legend Nicholas Kirkwood before breaking out with her own collection with a bang. She has already won numerous British Fashion Council awards in her first year.  She caught the eye of J. Crew creative director Jenna Lyons and landed a collaboration this season.

Sophia Webster is quickly becoming the IT-shoe designer that the stylish set will covet. No one will be foolish enough to leave one of these behind at the ball.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Blogger Love: Gearing Up


Oh man, it's really starting to feel like the HOLIDAYS. Get your beauty treatments in order, because before you know it, it's GO TIME. You know, the parties, the traveling, the gifts, enough to make anyone's head spin. That's why this week we have an excellent selection of how-tos, guides and handy posts that will help you keep a level head when everything else is going bonkers.

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