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The Witchy World Of Alexander McQueen


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On March 6 Sarah Burton debuted one of her most breathtakingly exquisite Autumn 2017 collections. One galvanized from an outing taken with her clan to Cornwall, England where she spied a Cloutie tree (on which people tie rags and ribbons as they make wishes), visited the ruins of castles and medieval churches, and where a subculture of paganism and healing witchcraft is said to still exist. From there she was off and running with her imagination and research (which she is wont to do) into the creative communities that inhabit these walls, its traditions, their ancient signs and symbols, and the power that laid within the landscape.

The Cloutie tree inspiration, a prominent theme throughout the collection, was witnessed from the very first look of floating ribbons on a whipstiched black leather coat. It then made its way onto bodycon-ribbed knits, and as wisps of threads streaming from embroidered patches of flora patterned dresses. It was present via the extra long cinched belts on a few of the softly tailored pieces made from cashmere felting. These black/grey pantsuits with their extra long jackets, paired with thick-soled sneakers seemed fit for a modern-day priestess.

Burton wove her Cloutie theme all the way through to its final evening looks. The last 2 exits with their glistening silver sequin embroidery, and their sleeves and hems trailing in black or cream feathers were pure beauty. When the day comes that I finally get married, I’ll happily walk down the aisle in either the cream with green, blue and beige flora and fauna embroidered dress, or the final silver sequin and feather frock. Maybe a visit to the Cloutie tree is in order for me.

 

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Giovanna Engelbert in a Prada // Irene Kim // PFW Street Style // Sayo Yoshida // Mlle Yulia // Alexandra Lapp in Hermes & Bruno Manetti // Street Style // Street Style // Teddy Quinlivan // Hailey Baldwin // Yasmin Sewell // Fil Xiao Bai

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The Cinematic Traumas of Kenneth Lonergan The Cinematic Traumas of Kenneth Lonergan

Ten Photographers Drawing Attention to Climate Change Ten Photographers Drawing Attention to Climate Change

A Celebration of Dries Van Noten’s Models: Then and Now A Celebration of Dries Van Noten’s Models: Then and Now

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Living The Daydream Of Valentino


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I want to live in the dresses of Pierpablo Piccilo’s Autumn 2017 collection. And, while I’m inhabiting his daydream, clothed in his tunics and frocks, I’ll reside at the Hotel Salomon de Rothschild where he unearthed his romantic, strong and vibrant collection fit for a modern-day princess.

Piccilo’s mood boards were a study in the fusion of opposites: Victoriana and Memphis Group — an Italian design and architecture group founded in Milan by Ettore Sottsass in 1981, and inspired by Art Deco, Pop Art, and the emerging postmodernism movements. Nathalie du Pasquier and George Sowden were cited by Piccilo as his main influencers, with fabric designer Pasguier priming his numbers, serial florals and hand motif graphics.

There were plenty of the beautifully intricate, high-waisted and high-necked Victoriana dresses that have been a house staple of late, but it was the Memphis inspirited dresses that really stole my heart. The flowing, waistless, knee-length dresses in lemon yellow satin, colorful sequins, and black and white patterned prints, along with the hands and numerals print maxi dresses, paired with rugged to-the-knee boots that will surely be touted in all the upcoming fall fashion magazine issues.

Now excuse me while I go buy my lottery tickets, a girl has to finance her daydream somehow.

Valentino’s To Die For Accessories:

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See the entire collection Valentino Autumn 2017 Collection here.

Some of my other favorite from the Paris collections.

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Christian Dior // Dries Van Noten // Loewe // Nina Ricci // Balmain // Mugler // Balenciaga // Off White // Rochas // Chloe  All Autumn 2017

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The Water Protectors At Standing Rock The Water Protectors At Standing Rock

Our Best Backstage Photos From Paris Fashion Week’s Fall 2017 Shows Our Best Backstage Photos From Paris Fashion Week’s Fall 2017 Shows

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In Need Of Some Inspiration


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I thought I had a handle on my uneasiness regarding the election results, yet with the handing off of the baton last Friday emotions were stirred up again. Frankly, it zapped my creative energy, and I had turned to my security blanket, as it were, of sweats pants, cozy sweaters and Uggs the last few days. I was in desperate need of inspiration. Thankfully, the Pre-Fall 2017 collections are here and there are plenty of looks to spice up my sartorial senses.

Above are a few of the looks I will be drawing upon to add some zing back into my step when curating what to wear. Also, everything from Pierpaolo Piccioli’s superb second solo outing for Valentino. Especially those terrific over the knee boots paired with dresses sliced with a “touch of dreams”. Just what the country needs now.

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Givenchy // Emilio Pucci // Tome // Versace // Christian Dior // Victoria Beckham //Acne // Fendi  All Pre-Fall 2017

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Rag & Bone Double-Faced Merino Wool Reversible PonchoShrimps Bonnie faux fur clutchAnna Rachele Black Label Jacket

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The Top 10 Trends From Pre-Fall 2017 The Top 10 Trends From Pre-Fall 2017

A Look Back at Mary Tyler Moore's Life in Photos A Look Back at Mary Tyler Moore’s Life in Photos

5 New Ways to Wear Flats in 2017 5 New Ways to Wear Flats in 2017

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Can I Be These Ladies, Just For A Day


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f I could have any of these style icons wardrobes I’d be hard pressed to choose just one. If pushed a little harder I, most likely, would select Alexa Chung’s. In a fashion sense I feel most connected to her. She’s classic, elegant with a touch of whimsy and rock n’ roll sensibilities to her style. The lady has spunk, class and a bit of edge.

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The beautiful Giovanna Battaglia Englebert may have a designer wardrobe at her fingertips, but it is what she selects and how she wears them that makes her a style maven. She is sophisticated, chic and polished with out be stuffy. There is plenty of fun in her sartorial choices.

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I don’t know her, but I imagine it would be about 10 minutes before Leandra Medine had me in stitches. Maybe less. Her wardrobe reflects a woman with a sense of humor and great taste. She is a master at mixing prints, and never shies away from taking a risk. I can’t remember how many times I’ve turned to her blog, Man Repeller, and her Instagram feed for inspiration. She is one in a million!

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Monica Rose may not be as famous as the women she styles, but she has quickly become a household name for dressing the likes of Kendall Jenner, Gigi and Bella Hadid, Chrissy Teigen and more. She is responsible for setting the major trends of 2016. I’m sure this stylist will be a major presence for many more years. The rise of Monica Rose has just begun!

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Sarah Jessica Parker has, and always will be a style favorite of mine. Hers is another closet I die to raid! She brings as much finesse to her casual, everyday looks as she does for her philanthropic and working events as well as the red carpet. She too, does not shy away from taking risks with her style, while always looking chic, modern and amazing!

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In Photos: Jane Birkin's Iconic Style In Photos: Jane Birkin’s Iconic Style

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Holiday Gifts For The Guy(s) In Your Life


Holiday Gift List For The Men In Your Life

Fathers, brothers, boyfriends, guy friends, and husbands. No matter what your relationship, men are notoriously hard to shop for. Us girls, we’re not so difficult. Jewelry, a cozy sweater or a delicious smelling candle, and chances are we are one happy camper.

This year I’ve rounded up some of my guy friend’s favorite picks so you can gift the man/men in your life something he really wants. From unusual shot glasses, to a superb grooming kit, to a pair of awesome kicks, this list is loaded with the coolest gifts for men.

Vince Camuto Austin Military Coat // L:A Bruket Grooming Kit //  John Hardy Men’s Classic Chain Braided Leather Bracelet // Polo Ralph Lauren Fingerless Driving Gloves // Gianvito Rossi Justin Sneakers // Moya Liqueur/Vodka Glasses – Set of 2 // Patrón Añejo Bottle With Limited-Edition John Varvatos Stopper

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The Menswear Moments of the Year Oh, Man: That Was So 2016—The Menswear Moments of the Year

After Traveling 100K Miles This Year, Here’s What I’ve Learned About PackingAfter Traveling 100K Miles This Year, Here’s What I’ve Learned About Packing

Is Cleo Wade the Millennial Oprah? Is Cleo Wade the Millennial Oprah?

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Finding Comfort In Food, Friends & A Damn Good Table Setting


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Hands down, my favorite holiday of the year is Thanksgiving. This year it is particularly needed. By that I mean, the chance to sit down and break bread with family and friends and remember all that we have to be thankful and grateful for. Let’s not forget all the progress we have made in the last 8 years, and that we have the freedom to use and express our voice in this country. We need that voice now more than ever.

Putting together a creative, festive table inspires joy and a sense of accomplishment for me, besides making a huge impression on your guests. I’ve pulled together a few photos of table settings I find to be inspirational, festal and joyful in the hopes it will give those of you hosting a few design ideas to work with.

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This Week’s Wish List


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Fall is here, and it finally feels like it. With the new season feel my color palette desires have switched to warmer, richer hues like navy, camel and burgundy (of course, there will still be plenty of black, white and grey). I tend toward neutrals, yet I love DVF’s Louella printed skirt for a pop of color and pattern, and Loeffler Randall’s Isla embroidered ankle boot.  I’d be hard pressed to name my #1 wish on this list, but Loeffler Randall’s burgundy fringed suede clutch has to be a strong contender!

My sense of smell also tends towards warmer spicier scents when the temperatures start to drop. Rose Des Vents acts as the anchor scent for Louis Vuitton’s entire new perfume collection. Known as “Rose of the Winds”, this base note is a sparkling floral that develops a delicate spice aroma over time.

Diane von Furstenberg Louella Printed Silk-Chiffon Midi Skirt //  Joie ‘Jemina’ Over the Knee Boot // Louis Vuitton Rose des Vents Collection of Parfums // Rag & Bone Jean Denny High Rise Ankle Skinny Jeans // Isabel Marant Anders Wrap-Effect Coated Cotton-Blend Mini Skirt // Loeffler Randall Lock Fringed Suede Clutch //Stella McCartney Wide-leg Tuxedo Trousers // Loeffler Randall Isla Embroidered Boot // Kenzo Poplin High Neck Ruffle Blouse // Tom Dixon London, Orientalist and Royalty Set of 3 Candles // J Crew Long Sleeve Italian Cashmere Sweater

Don’t Forget

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To say a prayer for my Chicago Cubs! Tonight the drought can be broken. If they win it will be their first World Series title since 1908!!  #flythew

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