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Chic red, white and blue pairings for Independence Day celebrations
Tory Burch sweater, J. Crew shorts, Tory Burch lace espadrilles, Tory Burch sunglasses
Moths have very refined palates and really enjoy dining on any designer fabrics they can find. As you get ready to put away your expensive coats, sweaters, scarves and such to store them away until next winter there are a few things you should keep in mind.
I find that moths are usually not content to dine on an inside corner of a garment. They like to munch on the lapels, or the front of a cashmere dress, they love to be conspicuous so that your beloved garment is truly ruined beyond repair.
Moths only have a few functions in their short lives. Procreate, feed their young, procreate, feed their young, procreate.....you get the idea.
These are little bitty beige colored flying moths, you barely notice them they are so small. This plays to their advantage. One moth flying about is looking for another one to be frisky with and then all they need is a quiet corner and some delicious wool, cashmere, or silk to feed the babies and they are happy.
My personal belief is the biggest mistake people make is when they store their fall and winter pieces away for the season, they pretty much forget about them. BIG MISTAKE! In the words of Julia Roberts' character in Pretty Woman, "HUGE!" In the words of Donald Trump "Yuge!"
Left to their own devices moths will do what moths do. See above ^ Your best bet in keeping away the sexy little beasts is to make a point to regularly clean your closets where you store your beautiful clothes.
You don't have to be too crazy about it. I do suggest that you take out any boxes, vacuum, dust and maybe wipe down the walls with some Lysol & water, or vinegar & water or whatever cleanser you like to use at least once a month over the summer while your clothing is all snug and cozy.
Putting items away and completely forgetting about them is paramount to putting up a moth motel, so just don't do it!
I think we always have the idea that we are going to go through our closets and drawers and get rid of everything that doesn't fit, look good or we just plain don't like.
Sometimes we actually even start to do it. We march into the bedroom, fling open the closet doors and then are met with so much confusion and bounty that after a few minutes of moving hangers around we feel disgruntled and just slowly back away and close the door.
"Tomorrow is a better day" we reassure ourselves and then the realization that months have passed by and the clutter is still hanging around mocking you every time you venture into the closet.
I don't know about you but I do like to wear certain things over and over while other items are just languishing, untouched and forgotten.
I read the book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, about taking each item and holding it to see if it has true meaning. That was kind of cool but didn't work for everything.....maybe I did it wrong!
I have found something that does work for me is to grab out one or two items that I know for a fact I never put onto my back and I make a vow to wear them within the next week. If I actually try to wear them and don't, well that's it!!! Out they go. If it's a designer piece and think it will sell in the shop, I sell it. Often I will just donate the items and call it a day. In the words of the intriguing Mary Poppins, spit spot and it's done!
Known globally for her bejeweled handbags and minaudieres, Judith Leiber is the leading designer in evening clutches. Adored by many for her whimsical and dreamy sensibility, Judith Leiber year after year produces a "menagerie of dogs and cats, turtles, fish and real shells, as well as tiny suitcases, books and folding fans; fruit, vegetables, and eggs. Collectors find these treasures irresistible. They are witty little sculptures, appealing objects of adornment."*
Some of Judith Leiber's endless inspiration comes from the past. An avid history buff, Judith often pulls ideas for bags from museum visits and libraries.
"A wearable, collectible art form, Judith Leiber bags are coveted by celebrities and socialites and are in the permanent collections of such museums as the Smithsonian Institution and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York." - Judith Leiber, The Artful Handbag
While she does produce up to 6 new collections a year, she still has her favorites she prefers to re-introduce in new patterns and colors. Cats and eggs are among these, in varying sizes.
"Judith Leiber never tires of designing handbags. Each new idea is a delight and each new bag triggers further variations, new directions. "Here is the leopard and pattern on an egg. Have I shown you our new Humpty Dumpty?" She tells me proudly, "Now we are doing the tomato in orange and it will be a pumpkin! We are a crazy bunch!" - Dorothy Globus, Director of the Museum at the Fashion Institute
Leiber's more intricately designed clutches involve several steps, performed in several different countries. A wax mold is sculpted in the US, sent to Italy to make a brass mold, sent to England for a leather lining, then sent back to the US for the final hand painting and crystal application.
"Her incomparable handbags truly merit the appellation of museum quality. Sensuous and tatile, they ask to be picked up." - Judith Leiber: The Artful Handbag
Mid-toned snake print and embossed leather have become a new go-to for neutral accessories to instantly pull an outfit together, and this without a doubt included shoes of all kinds this season. Givenchy showed full on python ensembles with knee high boots and matching coats, while Oscar de la Renta paired demure snake sling-backs with jacquard cocktail dresses.
Once a firm believer in velvet shoes only if they come in black, I may be starting to re-think my ways. The deep jewel tones on heels and boots this season offer an easy, luxurious update, and could be the one fun piece to pull your outfit together.
While stilettos aren't necessarily going anywhere anytime soon, the re-emergence of block heels give a slightly more playful (and comfortable) option to evening and cocktail attire.
Playing off the fun print of these pajama style silk slacks from Louis Vuitton, we added a fitted bustier and jeweled block heeled shoes. Finally, topped it all off with a crystal cat clutch, because why not?
I am intrigued by what makes each person choose the fashion items that they do. Our influences come from all over from the moment we are born and these push and pull us in certain directions that make us decide whether we will be LOUD or subdued, BOLD or meek, classic or trendy etc.
Q. What is your first fashion memory?
A. My mom took me to Syms at Seven Corners to buy a dress when I was 5 or 6. My mom loved crinolines so I just remember that the dresses she had me try on were really itchy.
Q. What are you fascinated by?
A. Old Hollywood actresses, especially the Italian ones.
Q. Who are your favorite designers?
A. Jeremy Scott, independant ones via Instagram such as as Black Milk & Hollow Society.
Q. What do you like the least about fashion?
A. Too much construction. Acid washed jeans!
Q. What is your dream job?
A. Stylist and a toy maker
Q. What is your "go to" clothing item?
Q. Who or what is your biggest inspiration?
A. Customers that come in the shop that have confidence and verve.
Q.What is your fashion motto?
A. "Make fashion fun for yourself"
ALL THINGS PLAID
Plaid will always be a personal favorite of mine, but it was refreshing to see more unconventional uses of the pattern. Everything from a chic winter coat, to a full plaid suit, to a full plaid suit WITH a matching plaid shirt underneath, designers are certainly mad for plaid. We decided to shake things up and take plaid out of the office, and straight to a cocktail party with this fun cropped jumpsuit, complete with large sparkly chandelier earrings, metallic pumps and a vintage Chanel purse.
Left: Zara plaid jumpsuit, Boutique 9 pumps, Chanel purse available here, Barrera earrings
This trend is all about mixing and matching. Tommy Hilfiger paired military jackets with leather skinnies and tee's, Burberry showed them with floral dresses, and Dolce & Gabbana paired them with cropped slacks and flower headdresses. Verdict: anything goes! While designers mostly showed military jackets, we love the paired down look of this military inspired skirt, mixed with a suede shirt and suede boots.
Right: Worth suede shirt, Gucci velvet skirt, Jimmy Choo purse available here, Tory Burch boots
Designers seem to toy with the idea of fur (both real and faux) year after year for fall, but this time it's all about vintage-inspired trim. Fur covered large lapels, oversized cuffs on wool coats, etc. Play around with color fur trim too, as seen with Prabal Gurung's fall collection.
Left: Neiman Marcus fur trimmed shawl, Ralph Lauren sweater, Max Mara slacks, Tibi heels, Prada sunglasses and Louis Vuitton purse available here
VICTORIAN INSPIRED BLOUSES
VICTORIAN INSPIRED BLOUSES
And a lot of them. Mixed with everything from distressed denim, to sleek trousers, to matching ruffled skirts. A simple swap out of your regular blouses for a more feminine, victorian-inspired one can go a long way. We gave this cotton ruffled shirt an edge with studded accessories and a leather trimmed skirt.
Left: J. Crew blouse, Gucci skirt, Michael Kors purse available here, Tory Burch heels
SHADES OF TAN
Taking a slight step away from the deeper toned Camel color that dominated runways and department stores alike last season, the softer shades of tan took over this season, making for a more wearable trend, since it seems to coordinate with more colors. We love the oversized slouchy look of this Michael Kors sweater paired with a pair of structured menswear inspired slacks and belt. Top it off with a chic monochrome slacks/heels combo.
Right: Michael Kors sweater, J. Crew slacks, Anne Klein belt, Vince pumps
From tiny ruffle trim on blouses to dresses completely made out of giant-sized ruffles, its safe to say ruffles made a statement on the Fall 2016 runways. We love this ruffle detailed coat paired with ruffled textured ankle boots, worn with a sleek turtleneck and oversized tote. (And if ruffles on clothing aren't quite your jam, don't shy away from ruffle detail on boots and purses!)
Left: Poleci coat, Tory Burch sweater, Yves Saint Laurent booties, Gucci tote
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