Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Rock 'N Roll Ankle Boots

Rock n Roll Ankle Boots

The pointed toe makes these shoes fab, but paired with an angora sweater, vegan leather biker pants, and a two-toned bag, this look would be absolutely fab.  True examples of the rock 'n roll ankle boot have a lower heel than the images above.  How would you pair your rockin' shoes?
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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Layering Necklaces How-To

Layer a few delicate chains underneath a Peter Pan collar for an unexpected, peek-a-boo look. Stick to 2-4 layers; anything more than that will look too cluttered.

1. Khai Khai Cloud Charm Necklace, $735 
2. Jennifer Zeuner Mini Heart Necklace, $176 
3. Phillips House Multi-Stone Necklace, $1350

Give your go-to basic tee a luxury upgrade with a few glamorous strands. Don’t be afraid to mix and match different metals and chain lengths.

1. Anita Ko Medium Dagger Necklace, $4400 
2. Anita Ko Crested Wing Necklace, $7620
3. Adina Reyter Tiny Diamond Necklace, $98

Don’t discount your longer necklaces. Wrap one around twice for a layered look, then add an initial or word necklace for a personalized touch.

1. Melina MariaChain Necklace, $170
2. Lana Jewelry Love Signature Necklace, $720

Incorporate an edgy element into your work uniform while still remaining professional with a few punk-chic charms. Choose chains that are similar in size for the cleanest look.

1. Big Bang NYCPendulum Necklace, $78
2. Khai Khai Zeus Charm Necklace, $1050

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Graz Studio's Sunnies

We have a serious addiction that we’ll lovingly diagnose as an “incurable proclivity towards sunglasses.” The latest offerings from Aussie label Graz Studio have only further indulged our haute habits—and we’re totally fine with that!
Given our weakness for strong silhouettes and retro-style vibes, it’s no wonder we fell partial to the brand’s funky J-S-B shades. Under the creative helm of Graeme Mulcahy, the core of Graz Studio’s design mentality places heavy emphasis on the frames’ architecture, incorporating an overt masculine/feminine dynamic into each pair. Intrigued? Snag these standout sunnies from down under as your next statement-making accessory.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Designers to Watch: Vladimir Karaleev

Vladimir Karaleev 
Location: Berlin, Germany 
Launched: 2006 
In Five Words: Couture craft with ready-to-wear appeal. 

It should be noted that every item Karaleev sells is handmade. It's this dedication to his craft that makes him such an underground powerhouse. He takes basics like a trench or flowy trousers, then shatters the mold with a cut that's completely new. He can seamlessly go from sporty to couture without getting disjointed, and it's his fearless approach to the iterative process that makes him a standout.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Designers to Watch: Barbara Casasola

Barbara Casasola 
Location: São Paulo, Brazil 
Launched: 2012 
In Five Words: The traditional silhouette, elegantly exploited. 

The technical confidence of Casasola's architectural designs is endearing. Minimalism is a tricky, tricky road to travel down, but Casasola does it while paying due homage to Céline in a way that still feels fresh and innovative.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Designers to Watch: Eleen Halvorsen

Eleen Halvorsen 
Location: New York, New York 
Launched: 2012 
In Five Words: Apocalyptic strength with wearable lightness. 

Halvorsen's designs are not for the faint of heart. They're bold, intricate works of sculpture that have somehow come together in wearable form. To say she has a penchant for extremes is an understatement. But the genius here is in the way the mix of dark, heavy fabrics and sheer, intimate ensembles somehow make sense together.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Designers to Watch: Issever Bahri

Issever Bahri 
Location: Berlin, Germany 
Launched: 2010 
In Five Words: Annie Hall for Millennial dressers. 

Derya Issever and Cimen Bachri know a thing or two about capturing the ease of girlish, everyday basics and combining that with the refinement of well-tailored womenswear, boxy knits, and a dash of youthful carelessness.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Designers to Watch: Charles Harbison

Charles Harbison 
Location: New York, New York 
Launched: 2013 
In Five Words: Layering required, monochrome strongly suggested. 

Harbison may be a recent graduate, but his first collection shows the refinement of a more veteran designer. Androgynous cuts, bold colors, and a fearless expansion on the three-piece suit are easily wielded by his infectious confidence. Oh, and who doesn't love a sophisticated use of the baseball cap?

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Designers to Watch: Sarah Baadarani

Sarah Baadarani 
Location: London, England 
Launched: 2011 
In Five Words: There is power in lace. 

There's an air of constrained passion in Baadarani's designs. Her collections bridge the gap between romantic frilliness and hard-edged power. Light materials, like lace, become armor as opposed to accents. It's in this inversion of materialism that her strength is found — though, Alexander McQueen's influence clearly plays a starring role.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Designers to Watch: Dawid Tomaszewski

Dawid Tomaszewski 
Location: Munich, Germany 
Launched: 2009 
In Five Words: Geometric blueprints for restrained romanticism. 

Tomaszewski's designs are not for the timid. By creating wearable conceptual fashion, his work challenges our perceptions of what it means to "dress like a woman" — or, better yet, what it means to dress in general.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Designers to Watch: Esteban Cortazar

Esteban Cortázar 
Location: Paris, France 
Launched: 2010 
In Five Words: The future of feminine mystique. 

After a tumultuous departure from Ungaro (something Lindsay Lohan may or may not have influenced), Cortázar got back on his feet with the help of Net-A-Porter. His keen eye for sharp silhouettes and knack for making color-blocking feel ethereal put him in a league of his own. Cate Blanchett and Tilda Swinton, this one's for you.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Designers to Watch: Achtland

Location: Berlin, Germany 
Launched: 2011 
In Five Words: Jil Sander, meet your match. 

The Irish myth of Queen Achtland tells the story of a mortal woman who, bored of the mortal men, marries a god and leaves the Earthly realm behind her. This headstrong belief in self-worth is laced between every thread Oliver Lühr and Thomas Bentz create. Their designs not only empower, they command.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Designers to Watch: Brood

Location: New York, New York 
Launched: 2010 
In Five Words: Victorian elegance meets Stanley Kubrick. 

Serkan Sarier's use of pattern is, on one hand, intimidating. On the other, it's refined, and mixes the bold with the understated in ways that are undeniably covetable. His work is rooted in femininity, but doesn't hesitate to incorporate a masculine twist.

Monday, August 5, 2013