It Is All In The Details


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Christian Dior Christian Dior Details

Christian Dior Christian Dior Details

Christian Dior Details Christian Dior

It’s the little things in life that matter. The pleases and thank yous, if you will. In today’s time that translates to hand written cards in the mail, a post it note stuffed in a pocket reading I love you, or a sentimental, yet nothing, trinket bestowed upon some one you know will grasp every nuanced meaning.

At Christian Dior there was a different display of details. Intricate, meticulous and delicate details that took an already out-of-this world beautiful item, and catapulted it into another stratosphere. Where you’ll still find surprises or your third and fourth ogle. Be it embroidery, pleating or no two the same covered buttons, the brilliance is in the details.  And, those woven boots which read like fitted socks. Amazing!

Raf Simmons approaches each piece in his collections with an attention and detail essential to couture. Luckily for us meager Reay-to-Wear buyers. View the entire Christian Dior Spring 2015 Collection here.

 

Christian Dior Christian Dior Details

Christian Dior Christian Dior Details

Christian Dior Christian Dior Details

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Paris Rue Style Printemps 2015


Giovanna Battaglia and Laure Heriard Dubreuil Phil OhAdam Katz Sinding

Phil Oh

Caroline de Maigret  Tommy TonMichelle Elie in Delpozo Tommy Ton

Anna Dello Russo Delposo Timur EmekVanni Bassetti

Adam Katz Sinding

Paris has a way of sucking you in. Impelling you to immerse your self in their culture, their joie de vivre  and their vast chic style. I feel it every time I think of Avenue des Champs Elysees, see photos snapped from Pont Neuf, remember the view from Pont des Arts, or see a picture of the Mona Lisa which hangs in the Louvre. And, of course, there is the city’s street style. Paris not only has street style full of unbounded inspiration, there is no other city I can imagine closing out the madness of fashion month. (Thank goodness there are a few more days of Paris fashion collections yet to be unveiled.)

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Tommy TonPhil Oh Anna Dello Russo In Erdem

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Dries Van Noten Dries Van Noten

Dries Van Noten Dries Van Noten

Wow. With a collection this ethereal and splendorous it is difficult to know where to begin. So, I’ll just start at the beginning — Dries Van Noten’s inspiration. Drawing from John Everett Millais’ Ophelia, the Pre-Raphaelite image of Ophelia floating dreamily in a magical woodland setting, he commissioned Argentinean artist Alexandra Kehayoglou to create a mossy forest floor. Keyhayoglou’s woven rug in pastel shades of green, pink and blue and the richer, darker shades of green and teal appeared as forest grounds so lush one might anticipate finding tiny drops of dew on the model’s shoes.

Forever the master of mixing patterns, fabrics and silhouettes into mouth watering ensembles that flow and drape without ever overpowering the wearer, Dries outdid himself with what appeared to be fabrics pieced together from brocades and hand-blocked silks, yet were actually jacquards woven in one piece. Cue Van Noten shaking his head as he recollects the difficulty of the process.

The bevy of organza, silk, chiffon, jacquard and gilded fabrics composed into an array of tiered dresses, vests (short and long with flashes of lame), must have sequin t-shirts, the sheerest printed blouses, biased cut skirts, and mens wear inspired loosely structured trousers harmonized their way into a gorgeous and evermore wearable collection; one that any stylish, fashion obsessed women will give her right arm for come Spring 2015.

My must have is one of the combinations of lame or richly patterned bandeaus worn over the silk jacket/gossard like printed blouses. Heavenly and modern.

Dries Van Noten Dries Van Noten

Dries Van Noten Dries Van Noten

Dries Van Noten Dries Van Noten

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Date Night Inspiration


Long Sweater W/SIde Slits $49.90 Denim Cigarette Jeans $99.90

Christian Louboutin Iriza Half D'Orsay Pumps $825.00 BNY Fold Over Clutch $480.00

I’m going shopping for yet ANOTHER first date ensemble ( I know I shouldn’t complain, 99 times out of a 100 I have a good time, besides it’s great blog fodder), and don’t have a lot of time, or for that matter energy (it’s been quite the full week), so I decided to breeze into two of my favorite stores – Barneys (in LA you must ask for personal shopper Michelle Goodman) and Zara. Two stores where no matter what I can find something I simply love (a lot).

Zara’s cigarette jeans, a slim fitting boyfriend jean, paired with their tunic length sweater with side slits, also slim fitting, keeps this casual look sleek and sexy. Christian Louboutin’s cheetah print kitten heel D’orsay pumps (alternate reality here) lend the look a bit of wild fun. I’ll be wearing my Chanel 2.55 bag (so as not to spend to much $) but if I could I’d pop for BNY’s burgandy fold over clutch. Love its simplicity and rich burgundy hue.

Looking for a more feminine look, opt for Zara’s olive green faux leather pleated skirt worn with their gold and cornflower blue print blouse. Together their a smooth blend of colors. Add a touch of rock ‘n roll by the master in rock tinged clothing, Heidi Slimane for Saint Laurent, with their studded cat ankle boot,  or an alternative reality in BNY’s ankle boot. (The blouse also looks great with the above jeans and the SL boots.) If your feeling adventurous introduce another color into the palette with the above  burgundy BNY clutch, or splurge on Zagliani Capriccio Python Clutch.

Wish me luck on my latest date adventure!

 

Zara Printed Blouse $49.90Zara Green Faux Leather Pleated Skirt Green $79.90

Saint Laurent Studded Cat Ankle Boots $1595.00Zagliani Capriccio Python Clutch $1280.00

1st Group — Zara Long Sweater W/Side Slits $49.90 // Zara Denim Cigarette Jeans $99.90 // BNY Fold Over Clutch $480.00 // Christian Louboutin Iriza Half D’Orsay Pumps $825.00 (or alternate reality here)

2nd Group — Zara Printed Blouse $49.90 // Zara Green Faux Leather Pleated Skirt Green $79.90 // Zagliani Capriccio Python Clutch $1280.00 // Saint Laurent Studded Cat Ankle Boots $1595.00 (or alternate reality here)

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I Want One!


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Anthony Vaccarello Spring 2015 Anthony Vaccarello Spring 2015

Anthony Vaccarello Spring 2015 Anthony Vaccarello Spring 2015

Love these asymmetrical skirts at Anthony Vaccarello’s Spring 2015 collection — especially the first exit. Extra yoga workouts here I come. At least I have 6 months to get my legs in tip top shape.

Also check out what Vaccarello’s been up to at Versus for Versace here.

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Nature’s Art Work


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Cabanna In The Fall

The Studio In The FallThe Avairy

For me the end of September and the first feel of crisp mornings brings about the realization that a new season is among us. Which in turn rekindles fond memories of Octoberfests, which then takes me to the exquisite beauty of nature, namely the changing of the leaves (one of my favorite things about growing up in Chicago).  All this remembering culminates in memories of my favorite American vacation destination — Vermont’s sublime five-star resort and spa, Twin Farms.

Twin Farms began as a wedding present from nobel prize winner Sinclair Lewis to journalist Dorothy Thompson. Not only was the 1795 -era farmhouse (on 300 acres) where the couple did most of their writing, but the house also became famous for the lavish parties thrown there.

In 1993, owner ThurstonTwigg-Smith, opened Twin Farms with 15 accommodations. He kept the original farmhouse as the heart of the property, and built individual cottages, each with its own personality expressed through architecture, interior design, and art from his private collection — Roy Lichtenstein, David Hockney, Frank Stella, Jim Dine, Deborah Butterfield, Milton Avery and Jasper Johns to name a few. Today Twin Farms accommodates 20 couples in 10 unique cottages.  The main house holds 4 spacious rooms, two suites that share a common area, and four suites with a private entrances that are connected by a lounge and library.

The all-inclusive price means everyone comes together for cocktail hour in the living room before dinner and 3 gourmet farm to table meals (some of the best food and wine I have ever had)  in the main dining room. You can also choose to have your meals delivered to your cabin/room for a more romantic experience. There’s a pub for everyone to share drinks, a game of pool, darts and music, or a cabana for BBQ’s, bonfires and s’mores.

The gardens and grounds are exquisite, offering amazing hikes (one of my favorite parts of TF), its very own lake for canoeing or fly fishing, and in the winter you can ski, go sledding or snowshoeing. The activities don’t stop there, they also offer swimming, tennis, kayaking, paddle boarding, all which I was too lazy to enjoy, but did partake in croquet and bocce ball (so much fun). If you feel like being more sedate, they have a library with real old-fashioned books, Stave puzzles and plenty of board games. You can be as private or as social as you like.

There is a Japenese Furo, a special bath. And if you take one make sure to ask about the unspoken rule. A high quality spa offers facials, mani/pedis and messages. I had mine in our cabin after a long hike. It was like heaven!

The customer service goes beyond what you can imagine. They’ve considered every little detail, from a personalized note and your own mini jig saw puzzle (which they’re famous for) waiting in your room upon your arrival, to a packed lunch ready and waiting for you when you leave. During your stay they offer same day laundry service, packing and unpacking services, wifi and unlimited phone calls anywhere. They even manage to sneak in with an evening treat while they turn down your bed. How they know when your away for this I have no idea.

Oh, and I forgot to mention, no children under 16 allowed, except for a one week family period in the spring.

This may seem like a fairy tale, too good to be true, at the very least exaggerated, but have no doubt it exists. But like everything this amazing place comes with a hefty price tag. All inclusive prices range from $1450 to $3600 a night per couple.

Sorry, I didn’t mean to burst your bubble!

Twin Farms 452 Royalton Turnpike, Barnard, VT 05031  802 234 9999

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The Lodge.

The Chalet

The secluded Chalet cabin and the Log Cabin.

The Tree House

Above photos — Twin Farms // The main house and cabanna // The Studio and Aviary cabins.

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Another Home Run


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Gucci Spring 2015 Gucci Spring 2015

Gucci Spring 2015 Gucci Spring 2015

My Cubbies may have lost to the Dodgers yesterday (8 to 5) but Frida Giannini seems to hit a home run every time she’s up to bat. This time it’s her Gucci Spring 2015 early 70’s inspired sports wear collection mixed with tinges of rock n’roll glam. As Style.com put it, ” It looked like the love child of Jimi Hendrix and Ali MacGraw—glam with a touch of the good girl.”

It’s hard to select standout pieces from a collection that was bursting with them. In fact, the collection was jam-packed with one impressive look after another. The lush cognac suede trench coat/dress is a must have as well as it’s counter part – the suede cropped sailor pants worn with a fiery lace up print blouse. The antique Japanese silk ensembles were not only gorgeous, but lent the collection your more traditional spring colors. Who knew rusts, cognacs and British racing car green, colors typically associated with fall, could look so apropos for spring.

Speaking of green, the glove-leather shirtdress inset with broderie anglaise was fantastic, especially paired with the green snake skin and claret strapped sandals. Sweet and chic. For a quick 360, Giannini gave us gold bullion embroidered bandleader jackets paired with cropped, full leg and cuffed denim, wild printed silk blouses and snake skin boots. Rock ‘n Roll glam at its best.

To round out this ridiculously wearable and exceptional collection Frida abstained from her coveted red carpet gowns, opting for cocktail dresses in chinoiserie print silks trimmed with crystals.

And if it wasn’t enough that she has the fashion world clamoring for her to-the-knee and ankle ‘Bit’ boots this fall, come spring we are going to go just as bonkers for her suede boots — both to the knee and ankle!

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Gucci Spring 2015 Gucci Spring 2015

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