Pink’s big sister Red is having a powerful moment. Passionate and forceful, red makes my heart beat faster.
Olympic athletes are the new heros of high fashion. Fitness is today’s definition of beauty combining inner strength and outer excellence into a flawless image of WANT IT NOW. We’ve had fitness crazes before but this time around, it’s deep; a solid reclaim of power is at the helm and we are LEANING IN. Nothing is more luxurious than the grace and confidence that accompanies good health and the fashion industry is collectively taking note. I work out everyday and often find myself clad in gear. How awesome is it to feel gorgeous and fit BEFORE my workout with the ability to carry the vibe with me wherever I go? Lucas Hugh designed by inspired Londonite Anjhe Mules is my latest obsession. What’s your favorite workout?
The age of Aquarius marked the era of free love and I often associate Valentine’s Day with images of flower children exploring love outside the safety net of tradition. Nowadays free love is extended to loving yourself, your wardrobe and your life. In other words, being your own Valentine and creating the life you want through sheer will power rather than sheer seduction. How to get started? Decide right now that spreading love and good cheer is your number one goal and begin with yourself. Be daring and impractical, passionate and shocking with dynamic purpose…the goal is a modern love affair with life.
I believe in pants. Black, denim, or military cuts are my favorites. When shopping for pants it’s all about hips and booty. If you got ‘em, a great pair of pants will flaunt ‘em while looking cool and in charge. For new denim with extra charge, try Mcguire in Mrs. Robinson or Myth. The fit is sensational with undetectable stretch and vintage French styling. Of course everything looks better with heels, but a killer pant welcomes a sneaker, loafer, bootie or sandal. With women embracing a sure foot this season, pants will be leading this lady’s wardrobe.
I go to ION Studio and see Gabe for my cut and Kim for color–they never let me down. I have baby fine hair that begs for texture. In my fantasy, I am all long-soft-shiny like a 70′s Breck-girl commercial. In reality, Edie Campbell with her grown-out Joan Jett is my hero and current inspiration. She has lived both versions and takes it all in unexpected stride. As noted by hair great Eugene Souleiman “Everything is very defined in hair styling this season. Even if it’s not precise, it’s really defined, so if it’s about messy hair, it’s intentionally fucked-up hair. It’s not about prettiness; we’re in a time where we want women to look more ‘intelligent’. It feels like things have really evolved from that vulgarity of over-accessorizing, lots of gold, hardware, shoes looking like cars, handbags looking like banks. We’ve moved on, but we’re going back to something that’s more human.” Spring 2014 celebrated individualism and beauty risks are a quick, fun shortcut to engaging personal style. We admire people with the guts to do something adventurous. This spring, whether it’s cut, color or the courage to go totally au naturale, let your most dependable accessory be just that.
I want vintage poetry and romance, but modern fabrication and fit. I want history and a fresh, clean slate. Enter vintage styling or the newest version of high-low: old-new. Vintage shopping and styling is peaking once again after too much change. With so many seasons and too much choice, vintage feels subtle, one-of-a-kind and energized. With bohemian influences stealing the scene, vintage touches allow for all the chic, without the screech. What’s your favorite era?
Globetrotter and North Carolina native Ruth Runberg is a maverick and just about the coolest woman I know. Spending over a decade buying for Barneys New York, Saks, Capitol and most recently as the Buying Director of Browns in London, Ruth has carved out a unique (and stylish!) path to success. Rounding out her life experiences, she recently started a word of mouth consultancy advising designers on brand development and positioning; everything from product development to communications strategy to store openings and price optimization. As a world traveler, Ruth’s newfound freedom provides priceless opportunities accompanying her clients to their factories and studios. Spending time with the finest of handbag craftsmen in Italy and watching skilled jewelry artisans cut stones and braid 22K gold in India has been liberating and eye-opening. Working on this side of the industry completes her experience as a buyer—“I didn’t really ever have any idea HOW or WHERE the things I was selling were made”. Ruth’s killer sense of style at once polished, worldly, savvy, and bohemian displays an apparent love of craftsmanship, I am thrilled to introduce you.
How would you describe your style? I love color, femininity, handwork and a touch of the bohemian.
Who, what or where is the inspiration behind your style? I am eternally inspired by people who have a sure sense of self and take great joy in wearing what they like. Regardless of their preferred style, I respect people who dress for themselves, whose inspiration comes from within.
What is your favorite item you have ever purchased or been given while on a trip? Either my first Alaia dress, purchased in Paris on my thirtieth birthday or the dozen hand-etched brass charger plates I lugged back from Morocco.
Where do you like to shop while travelling? I love to discover special little shops or craftsmen when traveling. G.Lorenzi in Milan is exquisitely merchandised with every little old-school instrument a man could need, from knives to beard trimmers to pipes. All so beautifully presented! The Gem Palace, Hot Pink and Anokhi in Jaipur and Bombay , Electric in Mumbai are favorites. In Paris, I always pop in D. Porthault for nightgowns and linens, Charvet for a tie for my husband, Colette and Le Bon Marche. I live in my custom sandals from Rondini in Saint-Tropez and Florentine gladiators from Francesco da Firenze. Shopping the souks of Morocco is a magical experience and I’ve come home from several trips there with rugs, tableware, caftans, lanterns and gorgeous jewelry. One of my favorite perfumes is the Anatolian rose oil I bought at a stall in the Spice Market in Istanbul. Svenskt Tenn in Stockholm is filled with amazing things for the home, especially the vibrant textiles of Josef Frank. Oh, I want to pack a bag just thinking about all these spots…
Where is your favorite travel destination? That’s tough. I fell in love with North Africa when I spent several weeks traveling by train through Morocco about five years ago. For many of the same reasons I love that region (warm people, warm weather, amazing spices, vibrant markets, beautiful culture), I also love India. The “more is more” aesthetic and spirit of India has me itching to go back. And, after spending so much time in Paris for work and pleasure, it will always be a special place to visit.
And your dream destination? I’d love to spend more time traveling through India–it’s HUGE and I feel I’ve seen so little. Particularly, I’d love to visit my Kashmiri friend and see his homeland, which looks stunningly beautiful and authentic in photos.
What is your #1 travel/packing tip? Upgrade your ticket! No, seriously, I would say to pack light and carry-on when you can, as lost luggage stinks. Traveling with a nylon zippered shoulder bag folded down in your carry- on allows capacity for treasures you may find along the trip. I didn’t remember to do this once and I thought I’d never make it back from Turkey with the cheap, flimsy bag I had to buy to carry my Suzani’s and bazaar treasures!
What are you coveting from the www.l-atitude.com site? (I wrote this interview for their amazing shopping site)
http://www.shoplatitude.com/anndra-neen-for-project-paz.html I love Anndra Neen. I love a scarf. I love a tie-dye/block print. And Project Paz is a terrific cause.
http://www.shoplatitude.com/murcielago-rebozo-2.html With her gorgeous Rebozo scarves and her gorgeous property in Tulum (Coqui Coqui), Francesca Bonato is super-inspiring and super-chic!
http://www.shoplatitude.com/lady-and-check-tea-towel-set.html These indigo hand-printed guest towels are the perfect hostess gift.
http://www.shoplatitude.com/lavender-print-pratika-caftan.html I love a caftan and the cropped length of this one means it’s not limited to holidays and swimsuits. It would look equally great layered over jeans and with a jacket in the city.
http://www.shoplatitude.com/sun-and-siesta-red-wayuu-hammock.html I would LOVE to have this Wayuu hammock in my apartment, or on a big screened-in Southern sleeping porch.
http://www.shoplatitude.com/flamingo-fluorescent-palm-pouch.html I use my Dezso pouch all the time, particularly when I travel. It’s large enough to hold my in-flight essentials or sunscreens on the beach, but then doubles as a perfect casual clutch purse for a dinner out or an afternoon shopping.
Now that fashion and sport have joined together in the spirit of comfort, power and sex appeal, my sports attire budget is making sense. Whether it’s women’s lib or the cardio fitness craze, even on today’s highest of fashion peaks (Dior haute couture, Celine, Stella McCartney, Christopher Kane) a sporty, tech-y silhouette is the slickest purchase I can make.
Never one the spew my paycheck on frivolous luxuries, an athletic purchase motivates me to indulge in winter challenges. Deep snow park hikes, ski trips to Utah (coming up in 3 weeks!), marathon walks in the rain, urban peacocking…it’s all doable with the right gear. With closet newbies from The North Face, Under Armour and Stella McCartney for Adidas on the way, I’ve stopped wasting my loot on pinhead stilettos. My goal is to add enough athletic grit into my wardrobe to make working out a must-have. Hello Betty Adewole for Tom Ford!
It’s back. Agressive color, a power surge of tribal influences, voluminous to-the-point-of-unflattering shapes, rebellious good cheer (Frankie says RELAX), in your face intensity. This means A LOT more fun for your wardrobe. Individuality reigned supreme during the decade of excess when experimentation with prints, accessories, and beauty were mandatory. Why is this good news? Let’s start with all those wacky-but-wonderful purchases languishing in the back of your closet. They are hereby free to mix and match with unexpected glee.
Free of the constraints of good taste and subtlety, crazy prints, oddly layered shapes and clashing color works. Bright red tinted hair or platinum highlights or purple lids may be as far as you go, but a permissive extra step is where it’s at. This is what trends are for ladies! I suggest mixing outre pieces with traditional staples for a look that is pumped and luxe . As items recently deemed too loud or showy are suddenly, joyfully edgy again, a high energy closet rotation is blessed by Phoebe Philo, Albert Elbaz, Stella McCartney, and Hedi Slimane. Dover Street Market anyone?