I’m equal parts a bag fiend with a shoe fetish, and it’s only budget and self-control that stop the incessant desire to purchase every ‘It’ bag and must-have heel that tantalises my senses every season. Fall 2016 is abundant with bags of every shade, size and decoration, but I’m obsessed and intrigued with this selection below in metallic, pink, embellishments, animal accents and bold statements.
I am not sure if I should rejoice with fashionable hallelujahs for the good fortune of Dallas-based handbag designer Allison Mitchell and fashion designer Charles Smith of Smith II, or selfishly shed a tear for Dallas, as we lose two local talents in one swoop to St. Louis. The designers are packing their creative bags and are moving to St. Louis, Missouri for a two-year residency program with the Saint Louis Fashion Incubator that begins January 2017. Clap, clap, sniff, and sniff!
Kudos to Mitchell and Smith, after garnering the judge’s attention from a national search to select the inaugural class of six designers. The entire process included 43 applicants from 11 states and 16 cities, and they made the proverbial cut. The other four designers—Agnes Hamerlik – Chicago, Emily Koplar – St. Louis, Audra Noyes – Delaware/NYC, and Reuben Reuel Riddick – Brooklyn, NY. And said judges, no slouches here—Lisa Smilor, executive vice president, CFDA, Fern Mallis, creator of New York Fashion Week and industry consultant, designer Timo Weiland, Christine Barberich, global editor-in-chief and founding member of Refinery29, Michael Fink, dean, School of Fashion, Savannah College of Art and Design, and Gary Wassner, Hilldun CEO and chairman of Interluxe Holdings LLC.
The fashion flock love to fly to the far corners of the world, and for the Resort 2017 collections, a resort stop was the final destination for four fashion houses: from Rio de Janeiro to the countryside of Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, Westminster Abbey in London, and Havana in Cuba. After much pondering and procrastinating, here are my edits of favourite styles from each collection.
Christian Dior at Blenheim Palace
What’s not to adore at Dior! Interim designers, Lucie Meier and Serge Ruffieux arrived at the most luxurious of resort destinations, albeit apparently wet, (the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and the ancestral home of the Spencer-Churchill family), and the home of the Duke of Marlborough in Oxfordshire in England—Blenheim Palace. Presented in the library, the designers combined a twist of French chic with British style. Flamboyant with billowing sleeves, layers over layers, nods to the classic coatdresses, foxhunting prints, and floral print tea dresses—all very wearable.
Three things that I obsess over (other than McQueen) are orchids, Marc Quinn and Dior handbags – of which, I can never have enough. So when I read that Quinn’s latest project involved Lady Dior and orchids I almost fainted!
Back in 2012, Dior launched a Lady Dior collection with artist Anselm Reyle, which of course I was fascinated with, but Quinn and orchids… well, swoon away!
A long, long time ago, far away in a distant land—my career began as a fashion designer. Designing collections and finding inspiration started from my early years living in London, researching ideas and concepts, sourcing fabrics, noting historical references, admiring artists, and architecture, and locating inspirational travel destinations—so not much different than my current-day thought process as an editor, just no sketching.
So I’ve decided each week to edit styles that are currently available to shop, based on my weekly inspiration. Selfies are not my thing, so rest assured you will not find photos of me posing in my garden against a wall. Instead, I’ll edit from art I love, travel, and whatever takes my whimsical fancy.
I met fashion designer Joseph Altuzarra for the first time in New York at the Fashion Group International ‘Night of Stars’ gala two years ago, this week we met again over lunch with Matches Fashion founders Tom and Ruth Chapman.
Founded with boutiques in Richmond and Wimbledon, England, almost thirty years ago, the luxury retailer, with additional stores in Notting Hill, and Marleybone in London is now a serious online global retailer curating items from over 400 designers into a well-edited selection each season.