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.


AERIN: A Conversation with Aerin Lauder

Earlier this month I met with Aerin Lauder at a cocktail reception hosted in her honour by Ken Downing and Neiman Marcus. Aerin was visiting Dallas to showcase her recently launched beauty line, and chat about her Holiday 2012 Color Collection: An Evening Out and An Evening In.  Post-cocktails, I visited Neiman Marcus at NorthPark Center the next day to chat with Aerin. So, how does one achieve effortless beauty? Aerin knows how…

Tell me about the Holiday Collection?  It’s a wonderfully edited collection that’s really about an evening in or an evening out, very festive, there are two neutral lipsticks—in every collection that we do, I love neutrals and nudes, it’s something that I feel very strong about and it’s something that is unique about this brand. We’ve got the two fashion colours, pinks and deep plum that comes out quite cheery when you put it on and then two nudes, and then these wonderful two new lip glosses that I love.  The palette is really wonderful you can’t make a mistake with it, it’s very easy to apply, easy to mix the colours, and the highlighter on the left is easy for your cheekbone or brow bone, and it’s very easy to update a look from day to evening.

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Holmes & Yang: Jeanne Yang Chats

Katie Holmes is the Yin, in Jeanne’s Yang, a rarefied fusion of celebrity notoriety with tangible versatility that equates to a collection of ease and subtle luxury.  Homegrown—the Holmes & Yang collection is 100% made in the USA, mostly in Manhattan and also LA and currently only available in a few boutiques.  Fortunately, we can thank Brian Bolke at Forty Five Ten and his discerning eye for making the exclusive collection available in Dallas. Brian invited me to chat with Katie’s partner Jeanne Yang, and needless to stay Jeanne is a doll, and I am enamoured with the collection. It’s all in the detail; quite literally precision and perfection poise Holmes & Yang for success.

Max: Tell me about your design background?  Yang: I started my career working at a magazine, Detour—which is now Flaunt magazine, as a managing editor. It featured Keanu Reeves, Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz, who were all very young and had just started out—Charlize Theron was still a model at the time.  I was really interested in the fashion portion, so I decided to change careers, and worked for a small line called Product. We had a teeny, tiny store in West Hollywood; within two years of being there, we went from a few boutiques to 300 doors, with in-store boutiques in every Bloomingdales.

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Esteban Cortazar: A Rebirth

Maybe you’ve already heard about Esteban Cortazar, maybe you haven’t, but if you like to witness a designer blossom through the next chapter of their career, then you should move Mr Cortazar to the top of your watch list.

Born in Bogotá, Columbia, I first met Esteban Cortazar back in 2002 during my time working for Ocean Drive Magazine in Miami, he visited the office to be featured as a young, emerging designer from Miami at the mere age of 18—when he started his eponymous collection.  By 2007, at the age of 23, Cortazar was offered an amazing opportunity and placed his collection on hold and moved to Paris to take the helm at the House of Ungaro.

Lets just simply say that Cortazar has design integrity—which may of been his downfall at Ungaro, he was let go as Head of Design after he refused to work with Lindsay Lohan—who was hired as an artistic consultant. Who can blame him? Smart choice if you ask me: badly-behaved celebrity vs. luxury integrity—which would you choose? Cortazar should be revered for his reluctance to succumb to the impetuous notions of a flighty thespian, but all in good time, I believe he will have his moment soon enough.


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Monochromatic Sorbet

Like sorbet served between courses, I am going to transition to the next season with a cleansing sweep of monochromatic styles before the abundance of fall colour parades into my wardrobe.

I’ve selected a few relaxed sportswear styles and easygoing statement pieces that create striking must-haves and will last far longer than one season. Great investment basics in black and white can be styled season, upon season, never growing dull.  I love the oversized graphic argyle jumper layered with the leather skirt, and rest those heels and run around in a pair of skull-bearing loafers—tough chic. The sweater dress by 3.1 Phillip Lim, sans skinny pants, works just as well, and top off these casual looks with a Reed Krakoff bag, appropriately named, Gym Tote.

Monochromatic styles

Stella McCartney: Large Diamond Roll Neck Jumper $865, Reed Krakoff: Gym Tote $990, Markus Lupfer: Leather Circle skirt $985, 3.1 Phillip Lim Fading Houndstooth Sweater Dress $525, Alexander McQueen: Skull-Vamp Suede Loafer $645.

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Karl Muses Over Smalls for Fendi

I just received the July Issue of W Magazine, and the Puerto Rican beauty Joan Smalls graces the cover in statuesque, supermodel-style.  I wish the ‘90s Supermodel era would return, long gone are the days when we wished we looked like Naomi Campbell, Helena Christensen, Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, Claudia Schiffer, Tatjana Patitz and Cindy Crawford, think George Michael video, Freedom, and Herb Ritts photo, Supermodels—Smalls is definitely supermodel worthy.

Joan Smalls

Model, Joan Smalls – Fendi Fall Campaign 2012.

As always you can rely on Karl Lagerfeld to be amused with the latest, great beauty, and in March as Smalls strutted her exotic demeanour down the runway for the Fendi Fall 2012 show, Lagerfeld decided that look #44 was perfect for the Fendi Fall campaign.


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