A Grimm Fairy Tale at Lela Rose Fall 2013

Cold yet sunny, with snow debris smashed to the curbside, Sunday morning started with a promise of light-hearted enchantment at the Lela Rose Fall 2013 show in the Studio at Lincoln Center.

The Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales told stories of romance, tragedy and secrets as the inspiration behind this season’s collection.  Fantasy juxtaposed with dark humor conjured up a magical, feminine apparition of wearable styles for fall.

Lela Rose Fall 2013

 

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Tracy Reese Fall 2013 Sneak Peek

The countdown to Fall fashion week is on, and New York starts next week. I arrive Thursday but leave on Monday evening, and sadly I’ve had to decline some fab shows—the schedule is never perfect.

The Tracy Reese teaser, arrived this week, a sneak peek on what to expect next Sunday—this is a show I am always excited to see. For Fall 2013, expectations are set as Tracy Reese articulates her inspiration—inspired by New York; the collection transpires the paradoxical harshness of urban life with the romanticism of beauty.

acy Reese FALL 2013 sketch

Tracy Reese: FALL 2013 sketch.

Rich textures, sexy silhouettes with long slimming skirts, hourglass dresses, sweater tunics, meaty jackets and bold coats assimilate amidst deep black velvet darkness, accented with a scarlet, cerise, teal, aubergine, tan and lychee color palette.

The key silhouette from the collection, a flattering floral frock, with delicate beading is paired with flat closed-toe booties that create a timeless modern, easy-to-wear style. Well, I look forward to watching this collection unveiled in real-time! Check out: Tracy Reese.

Mugler Debuts Pre-Fall 2013

Love, love, love…anything Thierry Mugler, oops MUGLER, since I bought the fragrance Angel back in 1992, oh yes, showing my age—and how old the fragrance is. The fascination of vanilla oils and scents started during this time, and this was pretty much the only major fragrance with this unique scent—followed soon after by the Jean Paul Gaultier fragrance in 1993, and yes, I bought that too—both divine! So when I think of Thierry Mugler, the potent smell of Angel always springs to mind.

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Rag & Bone + Kate Moss in the Cotswold

Design duo David Neville and Marcus Wainright of Rag & Bone, in my opinion, can do no wrong, especially regarding their Spring/Summer 2013 ad campaign.  Set in the green luscious pastures of Southrop, Gloucestershire, in the Cotswold, which dwells in the southwest region of my home country in merry ole England—not too far from my hometown. 

Kate Moss

Kate Moss wearing neon green leather Monaco jacket.

The campaign features one true Brit—Kate Moss, who looked perfectly natural, at ease and comfortable in the shoot—shot by photographer Alasdair McLellan, and produced by Laird+Partners.

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Colourful Stories for Spring 2013

Before I can even start to think about the folly of fall fashion week, and my forthcoming trip to New York, a quick recap on the arrival of spring is a must-do.  February glossies are already beckoning the attention for spring fashion, so here’s my edited collective of styles I love for Spring 2013.

Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang, Marc Jacobs, Giles, and Balenciaga.

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Watch Karl Lagerfeld in Dallas

Dallas shuddered in sweet anticipation yesterday as the fashion-shattering news rippled through every stylish cable on the Internet—Karl Lagerfeld plans to host a Chanel show in Dallas—oh my, there truly is a god! 

This week, WWD hosted the CEO Summit in New York, attended by Mr. Lagerfeld—who escaped industry discussions to sit with WWD for a chat, and chat he did.  Lagerfeld stated, ”In a year, I will go to Dallas. You know why? First of all, I love Texas. I love Texans. There’s another reason. When Chanel reopened, the French press was beyond nasty. The only press that understood it immediately was the American press, and Neiman Marcus gave her the Oscar for her collection, so I think it’s a nice thing to go there.” I couldn’t agree more.

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A Serious Little Satchel

A last minute trip to England in December to visit my family before Christmas included a couple of nights in London. For anyone who knows me well, knows that I will always find time to visit my favorite store: Liberty. The challenge—to purchase a British made product, a selfish gift for me!  The iconic Tudor building is a treasure trove of goodies, and during this past visit I encountered a melancholy moment when I saw this snakeskin-style satchel—it screamed must-have!

As a child, a school satchel was your dreary, dull bag that carried your books to school every day, but over the last couple of year’s traditional manufacturing methods have returned, and this little leather bag has become a retro trend, re-birthed as a stylish version of its former self.

Flowers, neon, polka dot, metallic and bold colours dazzle this sturdy little handmade cross-body, top-handle tote.  What was once a boring accessory as part of your school uniform now rocks any outfit—and now adds a smile to my day.

At Liberty, I chose the cracked snakeskin print leather satchel—Zatchels lovingly handmade in England. Ahh, xoxo.

 

Victoria Beckham Secret Presentation in Dallas

A secret invitation to attend a secret spring presentation is most certainly an RSVP not to turn down, especially when it means basking in the glory of Victoria Beckham. Last month, I smiled with glee as I read the invitation, Victoria in Dallas, fancy that, presenting her sumptuous spring 2013 collection at the Neiman Marcus downtown store—of course.

You are more likely to acquire a ticket to the moon, than get an invitation to see the show during New York Fashion Week, so an exclusive appearance in Dallas with a limited guest list was simply heart palpitating.

 

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