Sometimes,the adage less is more is just that, less. Sometimes, more is more is actually the better way to go. Take Michele Alesandro’s Resort 2017 collection for Gucci, it’s a mastery of brilliantly quirky looks that somehow defy reason and don’t seem excessive. And, when dissected lead to a plethora of stunning separates — ones to pair with and elevate all the basics in your closet.
Presenting in the cloisters of Westminster Abbey, with a heavenly choir singing the old folk song Scarborough Fair, Alesandro marched out 94 looks, mixing boys and girls. He continues down the path of his gloriously creative “attic chic” aesthetic with many looks taking on a Tenenbaum (to the nth degree) feel. There were leopard fur coats (long and cropped) with vibrant colored trim worn with acid washed jeans and sequin skirts; a skirt in a MacLeod tartan with a flaming King Charles spaniel worn with black lace stockings and a multicolored striped knit (with lace inserts) on which a cat sat comfortably in a sunburst; an embroidered oversized denim jacket with howling tigers, flowers and oversized owl eyes worn with a pleated floral and geometric printed silk skirt and ruffled calf height striped socks with high-heeled sandals. The handbags were classic yet all embellished, as were the belts (a favorite was the pearl studded butterfly), necklaces were ornate and grand with earrings oversized.
I could go on but I think you get the picture — a visual delight to behold.
With the days warming up I find myself turning to my trusted skirts. They lend themselves to any number of various occasions and can be more fun to play with than a dress!!
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Add some zest to a basic denim on denim look by pairing an uber chic statement jean jacket to trending cropped jeans. The one above is Gucci but a vintage denim jacket will make a strong impact as well.
Don’t be afraid to wear a basic black ensemble this season. Olivia Palermo gives a black top and bottoms that spring-ready look with a shot of floral printed loafers and an embroidered bomber.
If you think black leather on leather is too goth, think again. These flared pants, classic bag and thick-heeled boots lend a certain casual elegance (and a nod to the 70’s trend) to Bella Hadid’s leather ensemble.
This spring we all need a pair of statement shoes and cropped jeans that highlight them. This street style star adds a soft rose denim jacket for another fantastic denim on denim look.
Loafers and fringe = chic prep. Complete this seminary school look with sleek high-waisted cropped trousers paired with a corduroy blazer for texture. Try swapping out the turtle-neck for a classic fitted tee.
Lend a ladylike vibe to cropped wide leg pants and a white blouse. Follow Jessica Alba’s lead by adding a small hand-held satchel bag, embellished pointy toed heels and an polished cropped jacket.
Kate Hudson keeps her wide leg trousers looking sexy with a cropped bandeau top yet classic with a basic black and white color scheme. Make sure to wear minimal jewelry and a classic small bag to keep the look elegant.
Not only are midi skirts big this season but their counter part in jackets are as well. Wearing a slim suede duster is a great way to give a pair of skinnies both a 70’s vibe and an updated look.
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Date night on the 14th of February is a lot like going out on New Year’s Eve. Planning must be made far in advance (try waiting to the last-minute to make a reservation and see where that gets you), the expectations are high making the evening difficult to live up to, prices seem to sky-rocket and most importantly you’ll want to look dynamite.
I might not able to assist in the first three matters, but when it comes to the most important aspect of your evening I’ve come through in spades. My chic, stylish look may not expose a lot skin, yet it is très sexy none the less. I guarantee he will only have eyes for you! (To knock his socks off later in the evening don this.)
All that is left is for you to relax, enjoy the evening, and spread the love.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
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The holidays can be a difficult time for dating. All the parties, shopping and work ate up most of my time, and made meeting someone for the first few times a touch difficult. Now that all that craziness is past and I have settled into the new year, I’m back on my journey to love.
The rain and cold weather are my only hindrance now. I find my self wanting to bundle up in sweat pants or jeans all day. But for a date in a beautiful new restaurant (Charcoal Venice) I’ll be pulling out my over the knee boots. They’re chic, sexy, and the best part is they will keep me warm enough to wear a skirt or dress!
Speaking of skirts, I’m jonesing for the Grace MMXIII fringe skirt (above), on sale at Elyse Walker. The only question now is, do I have time for a pit stop to the store before this evening??
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I’ve decided to jump back into that dating pool. Even going so far as to sign up for online dating. Ugh. But, I’m pretty sure my dream guy is not going to march up to my house, ring the doorbell and ask me where I’ve been all my life. A girls gotta do what a girls gotta do!
A sure-fire way to look smashing is wrapped up in Rag & Bone’s cozy reversible wrap. I’ll feel like a million bucks!! And, when you feel great, you look great!
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Have you ever had a date plan something special for the two of you, and upon inquiring how to dress he responds with, ” Don’t worry, it’s casual”. But is it really? Some men aren’t at their best expressing the finer points of dress codes. What to do?
I say listen to your heart. For me that means, erring on the side of caution, and dressing casual but looking chic. The above ensemble embodies that vibe to the tee. The look’s core elements of cropped black jeans and suede ankle boots with a cowboy feel, paired with a Rosie Assoulin slit sleeve navy sweater (on sale at Moda Operandi) couldn’t read any more casual chic if they tried. The black and navy combo is currently one of my favs and definitely reads stylish.
Tossing on a minimal necklace keeps the focus on the sweater detailing (love those slit sleeves). Gorjana’s layered lariat is fabulous and rings in at under $100, and Isabel Marant’s fringe earrings add a glam quotient to the look. The final touch of 3.1 Phillip Lim’s Pashli clutch lends a casual and cool feel.
Now, when he says casual but you want special you’ll both get what you wish for. You can’t get much better than that!
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