Fall Fashion Through the Eyes of the Experts


Kate Moss & Lara Stone For Balenciaga Lensed by Steven KleinKate Moss & Lara Stone For Balenciaga Lensed by Steven Klein

One of the things that gets me through summer coming to a close is the September Vogue issue along with Bazaar and Elle. Not only are the editorials stunning, but you have some of the most brilliant and creative photographers, stylists and models coming together for major designer campaigns.

Two of my favorite models, Lara Stone and Kate Moss, are featured in Balenciaga’s Fall campaign lensed by Steven Klein (above). Alexander Wang, creative director of Balenciaga, told Style.com what inspired the ads. “I thought Kate and Lara together could be provocative, sensual, unpredictable.” And they are. The end result with the added glamour quotient of the clothing, is stunning.

Prada Fall Campaign Lensed By Steven Meisel

Prada Fall Campaign Lensed By Steven Meisel

What drew me to Prada’s Fall campaign was the quirky youthfulness and modern feeling of the Steven Meisel shots. Up and coming models, Avery Blanchard, Estella Boersma, Inga Dezhina, Lineisy Montero, Ine Neefs, Greta Varlese and Maartje Verhoef, who walked in the Prada and Miu Miu collections for fall lend a newness to the brand’s retro suiting and cropped pants in looks styled brilliantly by Olivier Rizzo.

Mr. Meisel went a different route when photographing Miu Miu’s AW15 campaign for Muccia Prada. The results were spectacular and get my vote for the best campaign of the season.

Shot on the sidewalks of New York, the campaign aptly titled “Subjective Reality” stars four fast-rising actresses – Mia Goth, Maddison Brown, Hailey Gates and Stacy Martin. The oft-handed composition in the vintage looking shots are inhabited by passersby along with models glaring, somewhat defiant, at the photographer. Each of these true art shots tells a unique story, and would be welcomed on the walls of my home.

Miu Miu Shot By Steven Meisel

Miu Miu Shot By Steven Meisel

Miu Miu Shot By Steven Meisel

The fall-winter 2015 campaign from Chloe utilizes familiar faces with models Anja Rubik and Julia Stegner. The romantic and free-spirited photographs, taken by in demand team Inez & Vinoodh, have the pair  strolling through the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris while wearing contrasting bohemian, billowing maxi dresses, vests and boxy coats. They seem to be sharing a deep, poignant secrets. I wonder what they could be?

Chloe with Anja Rubik and Julia Stegner lensed by Inez & Vinoodh

Chloe with Anja Rubik and Julia Stegner lensed by Inez & Vinoodh

Chloe With Anja Rubik and Julia Stegner lensed by Inez & Vinoodh

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Fall Inspiration


Gucci Suit & Blouse

Louis Vuitton

Even if I could I wouldn’t give up one day of summer. I adore it: the long hours of sunlight, the midday heat, balmy nights, outdoor concerts, beach days…… I could go on and on but I’d bet many of you feel the same way.

All that being said I am excited about fall and all the new fashion looks ahead of me. This past Sunday’s New York Times Style Magazine’s fall fashion issue provided plenty of style inspiration starting with Binx Walton spread by photographer….. The dichotomy of the two looks above, one pure romance — Gucci’s floral suit and pussy bow blouse, and the other chic and edgy– Louis Vuitton cheetah coat, blouse and skirt, will dress you for various moods.

ValentinoValentino dress, and Repossi rings.

Dolce & GabannaAkris turtleneck, Dolce & Gabbana skirt, and Veronika Borchers for Pearl Collective earrings.

Christian Dior & Max MaraChristian Dior shirt dress, Max Mara strapless dress and sweater, and Comme des Garcons vintage shoes.

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This Week’s Wish List


This Weeks Wish List

This Weeks Wish List

Usually I endeavor to keep my wish lists in some form of a reality based world. But, this week that concept flew out the window with my first two, how can I get my hands on these, wishesNatasha Zinko’s sleek denim overalls ($1194), and Gucci’s bold red geranium dress ($2900). So, I threw the pesky detail of prices out the window and promptly shut and locked it.

Turns out not everything I have been coveting is (to put it nicely) expensive. A.P.C’s June leather satchel is the perfect bag to carry you through fall on numerous occasions, not to mention a fabulous day bag ($555.00). I can’t wait to get my hands on 3.1 PHILLIP LIM’s collaboration chunky cat eye sunglasses with Linda Farrow ($255). And, Caudalie beauty elixir not only contains treatment to help smooth fine lines, but leaves you with a youthful radiance – not bad for $49.00!  

Here’s to wishes coming true!

1) Natasha Zinko Denim Overalls 2) 3.1 PHILLIP LIM  x Linda Farrow Acetate Chunky Cat Eye Sunglasses 3) Gucci Geranium Dress 4) Marni Crepe Wool Peacoat 5) Gianvito Rossi Black Suede Block Heel Ankle Boot 6) Caudalie Beauty Elixir 7) Isabel Marant  Jilly Leather Skirt 8) A.P.C. Burgundy June Leather Satchel Bag 9) Isabel Marant Dudley Leather Belt 10) Charlotte Tilbury The Golden Goddess’ Set

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Cha, Cha, Cha


Red Nails For Fall

Wednesday night my friends making the documentary, Cuba in Transition, surprised a few of us (we literally found out as they picked us up) with tickets to see, Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club and Diego El Cigala at the Hollywood Bowl.

It turns out the original stars of Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club (legends of Cuban music), were playing the  bowl one last time. I feel so fortunate and grateful to have been there. The night was full of traditional Cuban music — son montuno, danzón, cha-cha, boleros, and more, plus material from Lost & Found, a new collection of unreleased recordings from the original Buena Vista Social Club sessions. It was amazing!!

It was a Hollywood bowl debut for captivating flamenco singer Diego El Cigala. His fusion of salsa and charanga rhythms with the drama of Argentine tango had to be the best opening act I have seen. I’ll certainly be listening to a lot more of his music.

The night of latin music brought out a desire for some fiery passion in my life. I figured the best place to start was with flaming red nails. I choice OPI Venice Collection Amore at the Grand Canal for my color of choice. (see above). Red nails are something that will never go out of style (thank God) and make a perfect segue into fall.

Below are a few of my favorite red shades and a curated ensemble which perfectly compliments fiery red nails as well being ideal transitional pieces.

Jin Soon Nail Lacquer CoquettePrity Red Head Cactus

Butter London Nail Lacquer Pillar Box RedOPI Venice Collection Amore at the Grand Canal

Essie Nail Lacquer With the BandTom Ford Nail Lacquer Carnal Red

Wear with:

DVF Celeste Silk Jersey Wrap RomperA.P.C. Half Moon BagFINEST Ghillie Lace Up FlatsDavid Yurman Crossover Wide Ring w:Diamonds

DVF Celeste Silk Jersey Wrap Romper // A.P.C. Half Moon Bag // Top Shop Finest Ghillie Lace Up Flats // David Yurman Crossover Wide Ring w/Diamonds

Jin Soon Nail Lacquer Coquette // Prity Red Head Cactus // OPI Venice Collection Amore at the Grand Canal // Tom Ford Nail Lacquer Carnal Red // Essie Nail Lacquer With the Band // Butter London Nail Lacquer Pillar Box Red

 

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Styling Tips By Kristin


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Jessica AlbaStreet Style

Street StyleStreet Style

Summer is not nearly over, yet with everything fall in the stores and the blogosphere bombarding us with the season’s wares it is easy to forget. This past weekend’s heat wave was a friendly reminder that there are plenty of opportunities to wear your favorite summer dresses and looks.

Our Indian summer is just beginning and I felt the need for a dose of summer fashion inspiration. And, if I were a betting man, I’d bet I wasn’t the only one, so I rounded up a few of my favorite summer street style looks to share.

In case you have got a hankering for something new, below are summer dresses in e commerce sites and stores now.

Christopher Kane Floral Crepe Mini Dress Winter Floral Print Tunic

Nili Lotan Wood Print Camisole DressALC Patti Maxi Dress

Stelen Sabine Dress Roindra Embroidered Lace Up Dress

Christopher Kane Floral Crepe Mini Dress // Top Shop Winter Floral Print Tunic // ALC Patti Maxi Dress // Roindra Embroidered Lace Up Dress // Stelen Sabine Dress  // Nili Lotan Wood Print Camisole Dress

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The Classic Silk Blouse


 

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Every well-edited closet needs at least one or two classic silk blouses. This long time standard is so much more than the ideal accoutrement to power suiting, as the seventies came along a modern relaxed vibe was added to its repertoire. These days this versatile piece not only softens up suiting or lends a pair of flared denim a certain elegance, but is worn with everything from mini skirts to leggings to trousers. I recommend owning both a fabulous printed version as well as a sophisticated neutral. Here are six of my favorites!

 

DVF Mariah Chiffon BlouseEquipment Knox Peacoat Silk Blouse

Jil Oh Chiffon BlouseSaint Laurent Paris Lipstick Print Blouse

Rebecca Taylor Pinwheel Posey TopTheory Lanali Top in Moden GGT

DVF Mariah Chiffon Blouse // Equipment Knox Peacoat Silk Blouse // Saint Laurent Paris Lipstick Print Blouse // Theory Lanali Top in Moden GGT // Rebecca Taylor Pinwheel Posey Top // Jil Oh Chiffon Blouse

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Closet Case: Laurie Sandell


Laurie Sandell

Over the years I have organized enough closets to feel completely comfortable asserting that every writer I know has a well-edited closet. Laurie Sandell, author of The Impostor’s Daughter, Truth and Consequences: Life Inside the Madoff Family, and numerous celebrity interviews, is no exception to the rule. If a piece of clothing no longer works for Laurie, out it goes. No questions asked. She just as easily tosses items with stains or holes. So when I took a look in Laurie’s closet, I found the only thing left to do was to organize it. That is, until she made the leap to moving in with her boyfriend. Now we had a real project to tackle.

Out with the old: Like I mentioned earlier, Laurie has one of the best edited closets I’ve seen (and I’ve seen a lot) so we mainly focused on a few pieces that weren’t flattering. I practically had to keep her from tossing! She had already edited her boyfriend’s wardrobe so he was in good shape, too. They have a big closet so I had the freedom to hang most everything – so easy to select your look for the day, and not overlook items.

In with the new: One area where Laurie and her man could both use some help are their basics. For her: a well-structured navy blazer and a classic chic handbag–a Celine or Saint Laurent tote or satchel will up her sartorial looks! The addition of a few statement tops will offer a modern alternative to her favorite jeans and t-shirt looks. For him: a handful of button-downs and a  few quality white tee’s from James Perse.

Below, I asked Laurie to share some of the designers she loves and the items she’s coveting for fall. Read on, to hear her thoughts on all things fashion.

Who are your style icons?  I’ve always loved Sarah Jessica Parker’s style — particularly her casual wear. She’s always in some big, cozy cable knit sweater with boyfriend jeans and Isabel Marant booties, or a great drapey T-shirt with a perfectly knotted scarf and heels. I love the risks that she takes on the red carpet, too — those Philip Treacy hats and big, billowing Oscar de la Renta dresses! — though I’d never have the nerve to try anything like that. I also love the way the Olsen twins dress. I’ve been told that floor-length dresses with long sleeves and high necklines are man repellant — and you really do have to have a certain body type to wear them — but I think they look so elegant and classy. I am a huge fan of their fashion lines, Elizabeth and James and The Row, too. I think it’s incredibly impressive that they’ve managed to circumvent the usual fate of child stars and have carved out careers as respected fashion designers. Good for them!

What are three items on your fashion wish list1. Vince or Helmut Lang leather pants. I love items that last forever and never go out of style; I would wear them with casual tees and flats or a sheer silk top and knee high boots. 2. A classic Chanel clutch; I came sooo close to having one–my hedge fund banker sister is generous with her hand-me-downs–then she decided to give it to our other sister. Bummer! 3. A simple, strapless sundress that would allow me to pile on the accessories. I’ve looked and looked and haven’t found a great one, yet. I have a feeling the right one is hiding at Forever 21.

Who are a few of your favorite designers? Though I can’t afford anything she designs, I love Stella McCartney’s trendy yet classic clothes. Diane Von Furstenberg’s dresses always flatter my body, and I love the fun patterns she dreams up. I covet Philip Lim’s edgy, comfortable dresses. And Isabel Marant never fails to make the perfect cords, the sexiest suede booties and the best T-shirts. I would be happy to have her design my entire wardrobe!

 

Writing Look:

3.1 Phillip Lim Oversized V-Neck Cardigan w:Swlf BeltJ Crew Vintage V-Neck Tee

Theory Adbelle Leather Axiom PantsRag & Bone Asymmetric Avery Zip Boots

Clare V Sandrine W Britt for J Crew Double-Banded Ring

Evening Look:

ALC Liza DressMcQ Alexander McQueen Black Fitted Blazer

IAM by Ileana Makri Indian Moon & Sun Oxidized Silver Diamond EarringsGianvito Rossi Slip-On Suede Mules

Stella McCartney Mini Faux Leather Shoulder BagGucci Bamboo Silver Bracelet

Laurie’s Pintrest Board. Photo of Laurie taken by Alexandra Defurio.

3.1 Phillip Lim Oversized V-Neck Cardigan W/Self Belt // J Crew Vintage V-Neck Tee // Rag & Bone Asymmetric Avery Zip Boots // W Britt for J Crew Double-Banded Ring // Clare V Sandrine  Tote // Theory Adbelle Leather Axiom Pants

ALC Liza Dress // McQ Alexander McQueen Black Fitted Blazer // Gianvito Rossi Slip-On Suede Mules //Gucci Bamboo Silver Bracelet //  Stella McCartney Mini Faux Leather Shoulder Bag // IAM by Ileana Makri Indian Moon & Sun Oxidized Silver Diamond Earrings

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