February 27th, 2014

Interview with Fashion Designer Yigal Azrouël

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January 8th, 2014

Q&A with MILLY founder and designer, Michelle Smith

Q&A with MILLY founder and designer, Michelle Smith

Feminine with a definitive air of retro charm coupled with a sense of optimism could describe both the Milly line as well its founder and designer Michelle Smith. There’s a sense of modern beauty infused with a vintage sensibility about both. Known for it’s high impact with low effort, the Milly line is flush in luxe fabrics, rich prints and cheerful colors.

Thanks to an intro by Brenda and Geoffrey Michel of The Met (where you can find the latest Milly collection!), I caught up with Michelle for a Q&A that includes where she shops for inspiration to what she’s working on right now…//Click for more @SarasotaMagazine.com

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October 2nd, 2013

ICONS OF STYLE: An Exhibit

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 Woman’s evening dress in two parts (dress); Designed by: Olivier Theyskens

It’s no doubt that even the casual follower of style has heard the buzz about highly popular fashion exhibitions like Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at The Met, or Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective at the Denver Art Museum or Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art.  Highlighting the works of iconic prêt-a-porter to haute couture houses is quickly becoming the exhibition theme of the moment, one that’s in demand.  Wisely, the curators at The Ringling have arranged for one close to home titled Icons of Style, in collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. // Click Here for More @SarasotaMagazine.com

Photo cred:  Woman’s evening dress in two parts (dress); Designed by: Olivier Theyskens (Belgian, born in 1977); For: House of Rochas (French, founded in 1925)
French (Paris), Spring/Summer 2005; Silk plain weave (gazar); tulle; Turkey (Meleagris) feathers; Center front: 149.9 cm (59 in.); Center back: 198.1 cm (78 in.); Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

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September 23rd, 2013

TREND WATCH: Winter White

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I dedicate this blog to my always-stylish friend Jody Fountain, who recently thought he committed a major fashion faux pas: Wearing white after Labor Day.  Little did he know how on-trend he really was.  Here’s the truth: For two years running, one of the top trends that has emerged from the fall Fashion Week runways is winter white. It’s a strong and fashion forward achromatic silhouette that’s signaling its staying power as one the hottest looks that spans the seasons.  And it’s one of the most wearable trends out there.//Click Here for More @SarasotaMagazine.com

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September 9th, 2013

On Worth New York with Kem Lindsay

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Kem Lindsay knows how to style a woman. For more than sixteen years in Sarasota she’s held a booming agency within the luxury Worth New York brand.  And, since she has her finger unerringly on the pulse of what’s trending, Kem has been invited to the sit on the company’s creative design team and even flown to Europe for a tour of the exclusive textile mill where they source fabrics.  Not only the same mill where Chanel buys but the very same room.

Recently, I was invited to tour the Worth New York HQ in New York City. I was incredibly skeptical that they could win me over. Honestly, my first thought was that it’s just not for me. But, I was entirely wrong. So much so that you’ll see me in the leopard trench this winter!  I love this line, it’s so well curated and thoughtfully designed; the details are impeccable. I’m now a major fan. // Click Here for More @SarasotaMagazine.com

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July 29th, 2013

Trend Watch : Animal Prints

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There’s a ton of trend forecasting out there but heeding the call of the wild will most definitely hold true. And, decidedly cool separates are the way to go. For the adventurer take a cue from the master Alber Elbaz (above) — go with your animal instincts and layer. // Click Here for More @SarasotaMagazine.com

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June 28th, 2013

Interview with Designer Chan Luu

 

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Known best for her jewelry line, designer Chan Luu innately marries natural elements like custom dyed leathers with sterling silver and gold vermeil to create handmade organic and tactile accessories, which have made her a trend leader with an A-List following. Possibly the most recognizable piece in her collection is….//Click Here for More @SarasotaMagazine.com

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April 4th, 2013

Town & Country’s Kathryn Livingston on Lilly Pulitzer

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Some historians argue it was Lilly Pulitzer who introduced the iconic shift dress into pop culture, but it was the Rockefeller, Vanderbilt, Kennedy and Whitney families that popularized the brand in a major way, making it a must-have for resort jetsetters. You may be surprised to know that these internationally recognized cheerful prints have humble beginnings – Lilly Pulitzer’s juice stand off Worth Avenue in Palm Beach.

Of course, that was simply the beginning.  Beyond that, former Town & Country executive editor Kathryn Livingston, who boasts a 20-year editorial career with Hearst Magazines, chronicled behind-the-scenes details of the life of the very private Pulitzer in: Lilly: Palm Beach, Tropical Glamour, and the Birth of a Fashion Legend. // READ MORE @SarasotaMagazine.com

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December 22nd, 2011

TONGUE TIED: Designer Pronunciation Key

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Parlez-vous fashion?

If you’ve been avoiding an haute couture [oat ko-tour] purchase because you fear a fashion mis-statement, then follow along for a phonetic tutorial. // CLICK HERE for more @ SARASOTAMAGAZINE.COM

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September 30th, 2011

Collaboration Nation

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If you love a good shopportunity like me, then pay close attention to the collections below, created by celebs and designers. Seems like you can’t swing a stiletto these days without hitting a store that’s advertising a collaboration with someone famous…and, my friends, that’s where the stylish deals come in.

By the way, I’d love if you’d let me in on your favorite designer collab. Especially if there’s something cool I missed– please keep me posted!
Must, must, must begin with fashion’s reigning king–Karl Lagerfeld (a name that’s synonymous with Chanel).  Did you know that you can find the modish pieces below at Macy’s and macys.com?  This capsule collection is on sale now with limited edition pieces, priced on average from $50 to $170. // Click Here for MORE @ SarasotaMagazine.com

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