Palmer//Harding aka The Shirt Boys

In the East end of London, near Old Street, resides the studio of fashion designers Matthew Harding and Levi Palmer of Palmer//Harding, aka The Shirt Boys. A merging of creative minds from Dallas and London, this innovative duo—alumni from Central Saint Martins, have finely-tuned their skills in the form of wearable, everyday styles in shirts.

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Matthew Harding and Levi Palmer – Palmer//Harding at Forty Five Ten

Levi returned home to Texas this past December to visit his family for the holidays, along with Matthew, his British business and life partner. With a pit stop in Dallas to visit the newly opened Forty Five Ten where their line is carried, I joined them for lunch at the store’s restaurant Mirador for a chat.

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I’m in a red chic kind of mood, with a hint of glam and sporty

I’m in a red kind of mood, maybe that’s because, St. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, but also, all this grey weather is simply boring. Time to get lively, kick-off the cold weather blues and get red-hot chic. I’m palpitating for every style below.

Red and Pink Glam

A little Glam: from left to right, Victoria Beckham ‘Supra Round’ sunglasses $458, Bella Freud Star Man wool-blend sweater $302, Loulou De La Falaise 24k gold plated drop earrings $300, Gucci silk-satin bomber jacket $2,900, Luisa Beccaria velvet pleated skirt $1,265, Ellery Duckie flared-sleeve mini dress $583, Tina Craig for Gianfranco Lotti Otto striped leather bag $2,185, and Givenchy Retra sandals in red leather $695. Hot!

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Much to be Excited About with MTV RE:DEFINE + Dallas Contemporary

The beginning of a New Year always feels so invigorating, new goals, new challenges and new adventures. For me, I’m super excited about two projects that I care about, both involving art and philanthropy—the Dallas Contemporary and MTV RE:DEFINE.

MTV RE:DEFINE 2016 art auction

Works of art at MTV RE:DEFINE 2016 art auction and gala

My friend Joyce Goss executive director of the Goss-Michael Foundation and her brother-in-law co-founder Kenny Goss (co-founded with the late George Michael), last year asked if I would chair my favourite gala MTV RE:DEFINE! More to come on this topic, but needless to say, I emphatically agreed and since then I’ve been working with Joyce and the MTV RE:DEFINE team towards developing a fantastic event on Friday, March 24, at the Dallas Contemporary, so save the date.

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New Year’s Eve: Mix and Match in Silver and Black

I’m always last minute, very rarely do I plan an outfit for a special evening months in advance and New Year’s Eve is no exception. If you’re still pondering what to wear this Saturday night, and are relying on the Salvation of shopping online and shipping next day, then here are a few mix and match styles in silver and black.

New Year's Eve Mix and Match Black and Silver

New Year’s Eve mix and match in silver and black

Need a body-conscious ensemble—sexy in black, you can’t go wrong wearing Victoria Beckham, the Dolce and Gabbana metallic bicolor paillette dress screams silver screen goddess, but if you want to get serious in a pantsuit, the Saint Laurent star jacquard tux-style jacket and Alexander McQueen flared pants is a knock-out!

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Gift Guide: For Her – chic, feminine and pink

One for you and one for me, it’s hard shopping for all the lovely ladies in my life, because I always want to give a gift that I want as well. So the Gift Guide For Her – below, is a wish list for you, but really for me.

A Gift Guide for Her

I still haven’t purchased this classic favourite; the Gucci Marmont mini-quilted leather shoulder bag, still a must-have! I love the selection of beautiful shades at Tom Ford, the Soleil Eye and Cheek Palette works well with most all skin shades, a great beauty gift. A Burberry bear, what’s not to love, this checked cashmere teddy bear keychain is a perfect little stocking filler. If you know a girlfriend, who is a great poker player, this is the chicest set ever, but if not, it simply makes for some stylish fun with these M’oda ‘Operandi exclusive playing cards by Peep’s Paper Products.

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OMG at Ylang 23 with jewellery designer Raphaele Canot

OMG! And I’m not kidding; that’s the reaction I uttered under my breath when I slipped on a gold bracelet by Parisian, London-based jewellery designer Raphaele Canot. Not merely an emphatic statement of admiration, but also the title of Canot’s collection—OMG!

Jewelry designer Raphaele Canot

Jewellery designer Raphaele Canot

The symbol of a pair of lips set in an open-mouth style is a witty yet whimsical design offered in gold, or with red, black and white enamel, trimmed with Pavé diamonds. OMG!, bracelets, rings—single or stacked, and a necklace that doubles as a ring, play well with her collection Keep Smiling, more lips, this time a tad more pouty that just makes you smile.

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