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The first 48 hours of my new kickstarter — Kristin Ashford Bags.– is doing great. Thanks to all those who have donated so far. I’m extending the Early Bird Special one more day! Check it out here.
I love the excitement and fervor new beginnings bring. They remind us that passion and joy still rage within us. While Natacha Ramsay-Levi isn’t a newcomer to fashion, having worked at Balenciaga and Louis Vuitton for Nicolas Ghesquière, her Chloe Spring 2018 collection is her first as creative director for a house. The results were smashing!
Ramsay-Levi politely nodded to her predecessors while infusing the collection with an “urban cool girl” chic all her own. Painted silks for Karl Lagerfeld, both Stella McCartney and Phoebe Philo were big horse fans, and she lifted a sense of weightlessness from Clare Waight Keller with the wispy micro-floral print and cream dresses.
Chloe is a new girl! She is no longer just a bohemian. She revels in tailoring (her vests, layered and solo, are divine), linear shirt-and-pants combos, jeans cropped and cuffed below the knee, snake-skin prints in clothing and accessories and details, such as, rings piercing the bodice of linen tops and dresses.
Speaking of accessories, look for Ramsey-Levi’s cannage leather boots, python booties and double strapped and double-decker handbags to make a strong impression in editorials, and show up on street style savvy bloggers soon!
I may have been M.I.A from Curators of Style for awhile, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been a busy little bee. While my COS alerts were missing from your email, my energy has been redirected into getting my Kickstarter campaign finished for my new line of small leather accessories — Kristin Ashford Bags.
It has been a lot of work, a lot of learning and a hell of a lot of fun. And, like most great efforts, I couldn’t have done it with out the help of my very talented friends. They helped me write the script, direct the video, lent their homes for shoot locations, and provided me with generous amounts of overall support.
I am happy to announce my kickstarter campaign went live today! Please check it out and if you like what you see, help spread the word. A girl needs all the support she can get!!
Check it out here.
While my number one wish is for my Kickstarter campaign to be a roaring success! I’ve also been dreaming about fall, and all the goodies I need to add to my closet. I am simply obsessed with Balenciaga’s stretch jersey thigh high boots. The vibrant colors worn with muted floral dresses (see Isabel Marant below) and richly colored separates maybe an unexpected combination, but one that oddly looks smashing. They are just the right amount of kick-in-the-pants a fall wardrobe needs. I wouldn’t be surprised to see this trend stick around for a while!
Another item I CAN NOT get out of my head, is Anna October’s ruffled corset blouse; so romantic and sexy. And, plays off of the huge interest in statement sleeves going on. For those cool weather days coming upon us quickly, 3.1 Phillip Lim has taken the puffer coat, cropped it off at the waist and made the sleeves detachable for your Apres ski days.
Another must have for running about in comfort, and lounging around in style are NSF’s cotton sweat pants and side lace-up sweat shirt! Cozy and chic!
NSF Enzo Lace-up Side Sweatshirt // See by Chloé Back Pack // Isabel Marant Diana Asymmetric Floral-Print Stretch-Crepe Dress //Byredo Rose Of No Man’s Land Eau De Parfum 50ml // Balenciaga Stretch-Jersey Thigh Boots // NSF Maddox Cotton French Terry Sweatpants //Anna October Ruffled Corset Blouse//By Terry Hyaluronic Sheer Nude Hydra-Balm Lipstick #5 // 3.1 Phillip Lim Blue Puffer Ski Coat // Gucci Horsebit-Detailed Leather Loafers // Golden Goose Deluxe Brand Wide Leg Trousers
Now that the samples for my new small leather goods line (Kristin Ashford) are finished, the hard part, for me, starts: launching my Kickstarter campaign. When it came to designing and producing the bags, the days of trolling streets and websites in search of the perfect fabric, the hours of research, and the numerous trips downtown were fun, exciting and never daunting. Not even deciding to redo the inside lining gave me a moment of pause!
Yet, the notion of producing a crowd sourcing campaign, that is put together with as much expertise, and with such professional looking results, as the ones on kickstarter……has me quivering in my boots. Go figure?!
Lucky for me I have the talented and supportive, Mimi Fuenzalida, to create the video, and a whole handful of other dear friends to thrust me through my fear.