Pink’s big sister Red is having a powerful moment. Passionate and forceful, red makes the heart beat faster. Do you agree?
Super cutie Isa Arfen, has you covered for spring. This London-based womenswear label was founded in late 2011 by Serafina Sama, following a small collection of summer dresses inspired by the retro glamour of Slim Aarons’ society photographs. The pieces were sold exclusively through private sales, and the enthusiastic response led the designer to develop these initial themes into a broader collection that combines a strong sense of tradition with a modern, eclectic attitude.
Growing up in Ravenna, Italy, Serafina was surrounded by strong female figures whose individual, eccentric and irreverent styles are reflected in the ISA ARFEN design aesthetic. Drawing on the canons of Italian style with equal doses of pride and irony, the label is relaxed, feminine and fun, shot through with a touch of aristocratic sensibility. A winning recipe all around, and one I’ve been craving for quite some time. Find it online at thecorner.com
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Je ne sais quoi at the beach? Check Emilie Bon’s French swimwear line for beach lingerie that combines France’s heritage of knockout beauty, sex appeal and femininity. Emilie’s expert designs will win your heart with fabrication as shockingly smooth as the finest stretch silk, but curiously durable (my hard werked bikini from 2 years ago still looks brand-new). Deceptively sweet, Lilibon is smokin’ hot and subtle with a hint of mystery for ladies who like to play. I’m going for the Ben in size 38 and hope to do it justice. (It features a padded top, shhhhh.)
With a trip to L.A.’s glorious Four Seasons hotel booked at the end of this month, I plan to dip in for a swim at their fabulous roof top oasis, add a slit open maxi skirt and booties a la Balenciaga, then whisk off to the Paris Photo Art Fair I am attending with several industry VIP’s. Et Voila! http://shop.lilibonswimwear.com/
No longer cutesy, ruffles now have edge.
Loose fits are the new swagger. Tricky part is, I can’t just go up a size or two. A whole new construction is in order, and worth the investment. These new designs are never chubby or sloppy, the message is closer to focused, aware, and most of all, liberated.
Smart, polished and subtle, that’s my game.
Dusted, as in the dust bowl.
Vibrant, and futuristic with a joyful twist.
Sunrise, fascinating against dark hair.
With a touch of late ’30’s German expressionism, my favorite way to wear the floral look has nothing to do with soft romanticism. Black kohl eyes, a defined lip and brow, a hint of surrealist mind games is what floral prints are about now. Photo by Frances Tulk Hart. Make-up by Angie Parker. http://francestulkhartphotography.tumblr.com/
Bright colors glow with confidence when mixed with smart tailored silhouettes as seen on Caroline Issa during fashion week. The hard part for me is identifying a palette before I invest. I love every color but my skin tone is golden olive. A blessing for sure but certain shades of pink are too blue to flatter and just look loud unless tempered with orange or violet. Oddly, I find neon shades (including Shaparelli’s Le Shocking) easy to pull off. Colors in the red-pink-purple family work extra hard on the street and in the office but do require an upbeat attitude ready to handle the inevitable flood of attention.
The arrival of Spring is one long strip tease. The first reveal is silky virgin legs, pale and shy caressed by crisply chilled air. Now is the magical time to play with textures. Thick cotton weave sweater with cut open denims. Flippy mini with man tailored blazer and scarf. Oversize bomber jacket with skimpy bodycon ensemble. Mao Aberg demonstrates personalized layering and temperatures rising while sporting killer hair.