Full on summer is here. And fabulous pieces in shades of yellow are in store. Bright days, and bright nights. It's time to add yellow to your wardrobe. Enjoy the season, and dress for it. Yellow can symbolize freshness,happiness,positivity,clarity,energy,optimism,enlightenment, or it can simply mean you are in the know and wearing one of the seasons best colors. Yellow is indeed popping up all over New York. Do you dress in a super casual way, or are you looking for some new evening options? Either way,or both, look for, and buy yellow. It will lift your spirits.
Do you love prints? Then focus on yellow prints this season. Designers at all price points are playing with yellow to allow you to stand out in a crowd. Tom Browne does a playful coat with a yellow accented plaid shirt underneath. The naif print in in contrast to the bizarre masks which read bondage, but that the designer said were punk. Perhaps ditch the masks and just don the clean, cool coat? Contemporary designers play with yellow too. Beach bound? An eyelet skirt and midriff top are freshened up with a yellow floral print. Top it off with a straw hat and some espadrilles.
I love the tiger print coat tied into jeans and a wrap neck top. It's clean and cool. The yellow blouse really pushes the coat. If you want a more summery print, how about a pair of tropical print shorts? They look great teamed with a white denim jacket and a ruffly boho shirt.
Printed dresses are a mainstay for summer collections. Long sleeve of sleeveless, these flouncy dresses are shown in stand out floral prints. Large and loud, they say look at me. The yellow and black print looks fresh too, as does lace trimmed solid yellow. The reds and whites that are mixed into the display make the floral pop.
But do not negate the power of mini prints. Small and discrete ones from Zadig and Voltaire and Ba&sh are a different kind of feminine. These prints play well with denim and blue accents. These dresses are cut in chiffons and very light weight viscose fabrics for floaty summer looks. Nothing too serious here, just the right touch of a fashion color.
Notice how the yellow prints just jump at at you. That's because yellow gets you noticed. The tribal wax influenced print on the left is super cool, and really stands out. But yellow stripes and yellow no-print prints are a very clean way to wear yellow. Clean or ethnic, yellow prints work.
Yellow prints also hit the night scene. The super romantic tie dye halter dress is casual yet dressy. It screams summer nights, whether in the Hamptons or on the Mediterranean somewhere, it works. The dress on the left hints at house parties, with it's 40's retro style.
Short dresses or long dresses, wear yellow out at night. It's flattering, and fabulous. The mustard ruched dress on the left has sculptural modern feel. The other dresses are flowy and have cascades of ruffles, Again chiffon is the material of choice for these dresses, print and solid.
sStand out solid dresses make yellow the choice for evening. The sharp yellow cocktail dress in guipre lace is flirty, yet demure. The high neck and long sleeves are a nice contrast to the flared skirt. The Chanel dress and exquisite. In a pale yellow silk, they are trimmed in a delicate lace. Being Chanel they are accessorized with diamonte belts and necklace bearing the Chanel name. An interesting juxtaposition.
Yellow also stands out when worn casually. Jeans, jean jackets and casual shirts all look fantastic when they turn on the sun. Body suits too. Yellow looks great with blue denims and white. You can also get away with it head to toe. It can go preppy or a bit boho. Its a very versatile color.
The yellow jeans stand out from their the blues and white jeans in the display. And why shouldn't they? Here are more jeans played off of white shirts and chambray ones as well. Yellow is the new casual color of note. Frayed or not frayed, it looks new.
Casual yellow is cool yellow. Camis in yellow embroidered cottons look great with printed jeans. More lively than black, white or beige. We have seen lots of broderie anglais this season, but it actually looks newer in yellow. More modern. Sacai makes a fabulous pale yellow shirt pin striped with pale blue, with a matching skirt. Very chic.
Cinq a Sept cuts a mean yellow jacket. The shirred sleeves make a statement. Pair it with jeans or white pants and add a touch of blue. Yellow sundresses also find favor. Combine very floaty panels with a wide airy cut for a more modern look.
Ralph Lauren is in on yellow too. This relaxed dress in a more neon yellow is piped in a royal blue. That too is a great yellow combination. Clean pieces suit yellow well. The outfits on the left work yellow with black and white. The black and yellow floral trim on the white dress in novel and grown up.
Super minimal styles look super in yellow. A sexy tube dress, or a covered up skirt and sweater statement pieces. And who doesn't want to make a statement? Please add some yellow, no matter what the shade, butter, mustard, daffodil, or taxi yellow. They are all fabulous.
If you only buy one bag this summer, make it a straw bag. The trend started last year, and came back stronger than ever in 2019. Gucci is even featuring them at their Montauk pop-up next month. The bags come in all sizes and shapes, and in every price point. Designers have take the concept and made hundreds of variations on a theme. The bags are authentic and natural. Grass, banana leaves, raffia, rush, rattan, willow, cane, and palm are only some of the materials used to make straw bags. They are produced all around the world, hence the many different materials.The one from Gucci above is a softly woven pattern with a leather handle, and the GG logo.
Chanel has many different models, including a clever double bag. The outer bag is PVC, with a leather handle and bottom, with a knit raffia pouch with a logo chain drawstring. The contrast of plastic, leather and straw is amusing. The straw lunch bag worn cross-body is a more iconic Chanel look, but charming none the less.
In addition to the bag in the lead photo, Gucci works many different materials into bags, both casual and structured. The bags to the left are hand crocheted using different colors of raffia. The elegant bags on the right are extremely structured bags, with leather flaps, and chain logo hardware. These straw bags go to the office, indeed.
Valentino also makes straw bags. There two share a casual shape, but are very different. The macrame bag is made by knotting plant fibers. The macrame is framed in leather, and sports a large Valentino logo. If you want a more delicate tote, choose the tightly woven straw bag on the left. It's clean and decorated with a gold chain motif.
Looking for something slightly more casual? Rachel Comey's straw and leather bag is very citified. The leather is hand-laced onto the bag with straw threads. The Chloe basket straw bag looks great with the signature print fabric pouch worked into the leather closure. This bag says Chloe boho in a big way. Either of these bags would add a snappy cool-girl touch to your outfits.
Sacai, the label from the Japanese designer Chitose Abe, has just started producing bags. These straw bags are clean and cool, with the labels name embroidered on the side of the bag. Worked with leather these are very clean and summerfied city bags.
Straw bags have meant beach bags for decades. The new beach bags are often presented with cheeky quotes on the side. Your opinion is your weapon. Even the more classic beach bags get a design upgrade with rows of fringe to decorate them. And the smaller straw bags in the bright colors are even good for carrying around the city.
These straw bags are embroidered and embellished. They are slightly more structured and could hang out in the city as well as going to the beach. The green leaf embroidery is done in raffia as well, making the entire bag natural. The vintage inspired embroidery on the right is also done with raffia. The small round bag has beads worked into the straw.
There are summer straw bags all over the city at all price points. Just like the luxury market, there are a ton of great options available, A fisherman-like cross-body bag is simple and casual. A straw bag trimmed in white leather says summer loud and clear. These are go-to-work bags that can also go out to dinner.
A straw clutch bag is a fun way to wear straw bags. Neat, clean and discrete. Take a look at the table full of novelty straw bags. No two are alike. The mix of shapes and materials shows how versatile straw is as a creative medium. Since they are made in so many countries, with so many different techniques, the bags all have different personalities.
These straw bags are more formal. Pink straw bags are pretty, especially when framed in metal. And leather trimmed straw bags are given a lift by mixing in more colors and shapes. Constructed bags are an incoming trend that has staying power. When you add some straw into the mix, you give the bag a summer vibe.
There are so many different shapes and kinds of straw bags for sale in New York, Caning is used to make bags, and some designers add decorative self applique to the bags. Finding it hard to choose which one you might want? Well, at least the price point is lower than an all leather bag. Perhaps you can indulge yourself in a few of them?
Straw bags have been around forever. Chic vintage bags abound all over Manhattan and Brooklyn. 40's style bags look chic with leather trim. And the hats are amazing as well. A cool briefcase bag is an unusual shape and will look great with more minimal looks.
The vintage straw beach bag is a perennial favorite. These two have naif embroideries. The checked one to the rear adds texture with the interesting background. I love the ombre backpack trimmed with leather, Both bags are boho, and unlike any of the newer bags.
Straw bags can even be downright silly. This bucket bag trimmed in feathers will certainly stand out anywhere you choose to take it.
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White is a summer trend you want to own now. It's true, white has become a year round color. White tops and dresses, boots, bags and jeans are a go to staple year round. This summer designers have treated all sorts of clothing cut in white with a a more decorative, textural take. Using all sorts of laces, embroidery, eyelets, pleats and tucks, they have created so many different looks that should be added to your wardrobe. Count on Valentino to do some of the dreamiest dresses around. A structured lace dress, or an embroidered kaftan, or a mod inspired mini dress. Designers of all stripes have taken the trend and put their stamp on it.
The eyelet dress from Zadig and Voltaire on the left has a sporty feel, the eyelet adds the bit of edgy romance that speaks summer. It's chic and snappy. Sea goes in a different direction. This dress is more boho in spirit. Delicate details include lace and cut work embroidery finished off with delicate pin tucks. Put this on and you will float away.
The design of the dresses are very diverse. A detail may be the same on two garments, but the styles are completely different. The cool girl dress on the left has a beach vibe. The ruffle super short sleeve exaggerates a deep armhole look. The eyelet garment on the right has a ruffle neck and shoulder, and is very buttoned up, using delicate ball buttons. It verges on prim. but the handkerchief hem and embroidered details sweeten the look.
Here are some more examples of the many moods of white dressing. I love the fresh look of dresses trimmed with contrast embroideries or belted with a tough black belt.. And as you see on the rack on the right, these white dresses are romantic.
Dolce and Gabbana have a sure hand with white dresses. The tiered, shaped peasant dress on the left is accented with placed cut out eyelet embroidery. I love the nipped waist that is created with smocking. Want a sportier look? Try the sundress of the right. That too has a generous touch of eyelet cut work embroidery placed on the skirt .
I promise you, suits are having a comeback. And updated looks of the suit are especially important. Stella McCartney deftly adds cut work eyelet to soften up a jacket. Don't you love the look of a short suit? It's so clean and fresh. It's the change of proportion that sets it apart.
Other jackets look clean in white, but they have interesting details. The Zadig jacket on the left is super cool. The diagonal fringe trim absolutely makes the jacket. And should you want a safari jacket, how about this piece in eyelet trimmed with canvas pockets?
Zimmerman is a very hot Australian label, and rightly so. The crisp white shirt is done with a very intricate combination of appliques and lace. The contrast of the sporty shirt and the feminine fabric is key. Lace also makes great shrugs that double as blouses. This one is done in an very open lever lace.
The contrast between the delicate romantic white Victorian inspired blouse with the ruffle sleeve and the cut out embroidery and the Bash sporty eyelet camp shirt is interesting. Which look would you choose? Seeing eyelet and lace in such two different looks proves it is a trend.
The Maje white blouse and dress is echoed in the same pieces in blue. The lace is a nice heavy guipure lace. This is a lace with a lot of body, that gives the pieces substance. The white shirt from Isabel Marant has a tatted lace shoulder inset on a gauzy fabric. The feel is bohoThe techniques are very different, and so are the looks.
Zimmerman offers a white organdy shirt covered in appliques and lace, as well as a mini pleated bell sleeve shirt. Both will look amazing with with a printed skirt or pant. White eyelet blouses on the right can work with prints for a dressier look or work with jeans for a more casual take.
A clean white blouse with puffed sleeves is on trend with the lace up front. It also pays homage to St Laurent vintage styles. Work it with a white bag. The gauzy boho white blouses styled with puffy sleeves or off the shoulder are the new updated basics for everyday style.
Trust Sacai to upend the trend by doing a white asymmetric shirt trimmed with a lace cascade. A thoroughly modern take on a white lace shirt. While the Valentino white lace blouse and dress, and the red skirt with the white lace trim are are elegant and chic. There is lace everywhere.
How do you want to wear lace? No 21 does a spliced lace sweater mix. Sporty or femme? Or both at once. The Off-White eyelet denim jeans and jacket are street style luxe. Must have pieces for the summer.
White lace and embroidery have been around for ages. These vintage white pieces are spot on this season. If you are a vintage lover, you could buy on of these, or maybe some of the vintage inspired pieces from the contemporary designers shown above. If vintage isn't your thing, then there are so many modern pieces in stores now. Why not try this white lace Rose Assoulin blouse. It's super chic and so today. Lace, eyelet, embroidery, cut work, Pick your favorite, and go for it.
Are you out shopping for some new looks? Denim, a perennial favorite, has been elevated this season. The new takes are anything but classic.
Jeans are here to stay. What is cool and new are the jackets, dresses, skirts, overalls. They are layered,decorated, deconstructed, printed, manipulated, shredded, and made with different takes on denim. The Sacai outfit above highlights the new creative denim spirit.
The new denim jackets are for everyone, at price points from contemporary to designer. Alice and Olivia chop the jackets up and re-imagine them,distressing the denim and adding pops of ethnic prints. Balanciaga makes a classic shirt jacket new by adding a floral embroidery to the back,
Off-White celebrates women with a statement floral embroidered back jacket. Marques Almeida deconstructs and re-imagines their jacket in classic blue denim. They frayed the neck, and added a peplum flounce at the bottom. Also from the brand are short overall onesies that are cutting edge. White or blue, they look great.
Cropped jackets look cool as do distressed overalls from Paige. A rhinestone fringe added to a collar gives this jacket a new feel. With customization being all the rage, you too can add your own trims to a jacket to make your own statement clothing.
JW Anderson's Loewe jacket is a statement. He has patched the jacket with many different floral prints. You could do a version of this yourself with fabrics and ribbons. What you can't do for yourself is re-imagine the proportions of the jacket as ReDone does with this oversized jacket, with it's interesting wash. The sleeves are also artfully shredded. Creative destruction is a major denim theme these days.
The jackets are treated to distressed finishes. On the left Alice and Olivia creates a peplum effect, with raw edges. The proportion of the jacket is a bit elongated. Junya Wantanabe created some amazing fabrics. There are jeans in a brocade denim, and a wonderful patched jacket that mixes all kind of washes, and distressed pieces. The designer takes the level of creativity to a new high, These are timeless pieces, that will make a statement.
This season seems to have an explosion of avant-garde denim pieces. Be they jeans, jackets, dresses or overalls. The utilitarian fabric has really been creatively used this season. As fashion goes drifts to the casual side, designers are amping up their creativity to make the casual less casual. These are collectors pieces, and you should have at least one.
The avant-garde designers also mix other fabrics in with the denim. Tulle, striped shirtings, pops of colors like green and prints all make the look fresher. So do the ruffles and flounces, ragged edges and manipulated fabrics.
Some other designers treat denim as a canvas. They bleach, overdye and otherwise torture the fabric. Luckily denim is so tough that is can take these treatments. Stella McCartney cuts a cool pair of overalls. Other designers go for mad splashed patches on jeans, or a cool overstitching. Statement pieces for sure!
Denim skirts and dresses are getting designers attention as too. The Rick Owens skirt on the left is actually made from a pair of jeans. The designer cut the jeans apart, played with them and added some patches of pale blue silk. The fabric was distressed as well. Miu Miu offers an extremely decorated dress. The asymmetric hem is topped by a large bi-colored bow, The large collar is accented by a one sided rhinestone necklace, and the dolman sleeves give the dress a new edgy proportion.
White denim is given special treatment. Dolce & Gabbana offer a case for real statement dressing. The fabric is bleached out, and the jacket and jeans are covered in D&G graffiti. Sacai and Louis Vuitton both riff on the Chanel jacket. Sacai cuts a bigger proportion, and layers white denim over the blue, while Louis Vuitton shreds the decorative banding.
Other designers take a more traditional approach. Denim has always been a staple of the new St. Laurent. A perfectly cut jean, that sculpts the body is always a plus. The signature denim jackets are always dressed in something. Stars are big for this year. Chanel does not always do denim, but Karl did for this season. Be super chic in wide pants, or tear it up in super shredded slim jeans. Grab some Chanel sneakers while you are at it.
Off-White is red hot this year. Check out the striped denim shirt jacket, and the pale blue striped jeans. Virgil Abloh sees them with a white eyelet shirt, and I agree. Contemporary designer Paige also offers striped jeans, in a darker shade. Both offer slightly wider legs, and are smart casual way to cleanly update your look.
You can work your spring denim in a few ways. Super sporty looks great with striped shirts and tees. White grounds or blue grounds look clean and fresh. Or you can punch up your denim with boho prints and peasanty shapes. Do do it with denim. No matter which look you like, denim offers a world of possibilities.
I have never met an animal print I didn't like. Designers are giving me a lot of choice this spring, at every price point. And while I love animal prints, leopard, cheetah, or loose interpretations, I am also liking how the cat prints are being shown with some other "no print" prints. That's because I also love camouflage prints, or camo prints for short, and the khaki colors that often go with them. The new mix and match can also extend to some tiny florals being thrown in for a fun and interesting juxtaposition. Come shopping with me, and let's see what's out there.
Of course there are classic takes with a twist. Miu Miu has an amazing pink cast coat with feather trim. How very Miuccia. Gucci has a few statement pieces this spring, including this form fitting animal print dress. And the soft leopard shirts from Celine are flying out of the store.
Miu Miu also offers animal print sweaters, tops and dresses. A few of the dresses are mixed with a small black and white star print that provides and interesting contrast. St Laurent know how to work and animal print. His animal print shirt with the tie neck works demurely under a black blazer, but the studded skirt adds just the right amount of tough chic edge. And to the right, there is another lovely soft cat print shirt, that would sits beautifully with the khaki jacket to the left.
Some designers, like Dolce & Gabbana have never met an animal print they didn't love, and they transform the patterns in many ways. The print with roses superimposed on top adds some nice bright color to the dresses and coats. Animal prints and red always work well together. The designers also like cat prints that are tonal, and worked with greys and blacks. Azzedine Alaia has always know when to add a insert the perfect touch of animal into his collection. This season the spots are rather more abstract, and look clean and cool when worked into a neutral palette.
Contemporary designers are also feeling the call of the spot. These black and white options are from 3 different designers. The animal top shown with some snake print pants has a retro vibe, especially with the pale yellow feather boa. A slip dress with lace trim makes a summer statement, and would look great under that St Laurent khaki jacket.
A spotted jumpsuit and a safari jacket are cool and casual pieces to update your wardrobe.
Things get even more fun as designers mix khaki, small florals, denim and khaki together. St Laurent and Zadig and Voltaire mix tender and tough to maximum advantage. Adding a pale blue or white denim into the mix is also a great way to work this trend. The small and tender floral prints look the prettiest. The smaller scale is not overwhelmed by the khaki.
Another great way to go is to add another type of no-print print into your mix. While khaki always looks great, it can look even better paired with an animal print. A camouflage print can work well on it's own, or work with khakis and denims. Neutral camo prints work with khakis, or with clean crisp black, whites, and brown, Take a look at the beach cover ups on the right. The camo prints on the left work with earthier tones, and the punch of red also works nicely.
Camo is also a lot of fun when it is done in bright colors. Miu Miu did a streetwise take this season. What's great about camo, like animal print, is that it is seasonless. You can wear these clothes all year round. Miu Miu also mixed in some animal with the camo, and added some stripes.
Off-White did a zanier color combo in the camo, and mixed it with floral prints. It makes a real statement. Comme Des Garcons takes the animal print in a lively direction using hot pink and turq. The little ruffles also pull the look away from a classic animal print. In this case it's wear what you dare.
Solid khaki looks great too. A cropped jacket can go over just about anything-from a black and white outfit to a full on animal ensemble. The center picture is looks from Sacai. The khakis are patched and matched with a sophisticated exposed seam technique, that is one of the brand's signatures. And even just plain khaki jackets are perfect this season.
So, the question is, do you stick with the classics like these from St Laurent and Alaia, or do you go for the wild mixes like a romper that actaullly has real animals roaring around the print? Either way, you should take some of these pets home.
It's April, and flowers are starting to bloom all over. They are certainly blooming in stores all over New York. Why not pick some and create some new spring looks. As in nature, there are so many varieties of blossoms to choose from. Boho to structured looks, street style and more, what ever your style is, there is a floral for your style. Try the Alexander McQueen rose printed blazer contrasted with a white eyelet dress is a fabulous new way to wear the look. A great play on masculine/feminine.
Vintage tinged rose motif are for making a fashion statement. Romantic daytime looks in filmy chiffons from the cult Australian label Zimmerman, Sporty roses for sundresses and rompers for a weekend vibe, or casual tops to mix with colors colorful jeans bring an of the moment update to your look. How about a pair of rose printed jeans? That's something completely different. Take the look into the night with a divine chiffon pastel blue floral print Gucci dress topped off with a jacket and a pink satin sash.
The Boho florals look even newer when they are executed in tonal neutrals and blues. The black ground prints have a gypsy vibe, and are shown on mini dresses, maxi dresses, blouses, rompers and skirts. Wear them head to toe, or toned down with a solid top or bottom.
If you aren't into cabbage roses, smaller scale floral prints are may be offer a fresher take on the floral trend. They look right in super casual looks, as well as flowy and also more structured dresses. Simple accessories work best with these prints.
Mid scale prints come in a variety of colors. Bright prints do mix well with polka dots or tie dyes. The lively colors will make your skin come alive with a summer glow. And the dark ground prints are sophisticated and are sober enough to pass muster at work. Florals can go anywhere, if you pick the right ones. Shop with a stylist, and get the look.
Flowers come in so many colors, and they inspire designers to treat prints in many ways. Floral prints lend themselves to extravagant body shapes. Full skirts, billowing sleeves ruffles and more. Nothing minimal here. The bright shades are joyful, and bring the proverbial ray of sunshine into your life. Some are dainty and some are bold. Go for the prints that inspire you.
There are some designers who have never met a flower they don't love. Dolce and Gabbana are nature lovers, who create beautiful floral prints. Their clothing is generally more structured in design, but they too hit the boho note with ruffles and flowers. Large scale florals seeped in pink tones, or a group of citrus yellow flavored prints are clean and from fitting. Their take on patching different florals together is clean and sharp.
Sometimes bigger is better. Gucci has a special selection of watercolor prints especially designed for the collection they showed in Arles France. Under Cover does some huge mad prints that speak to their avante-garde customer. Evening wear looks hot with huge floral on wide skirted strapless dresses. Flowers come in all shapes and sizes.
Should your style be more minimal, and you are not into boho, why not try some floral accessories to spice up your spring wardrobe. Gucci has brought back the classic Flora print for a collection of bags, totes and slides. Detailed in black or pink, whey will add the perfect pop of color and style. Dior has made a series of beautifully hand embroidered bags. The bags beautifully mix folkloric floral themes with city dressing.
Flowers speak to everyone. Virgil Abloh of Off White might not be the first designer you think of when you think of floral prints. His elevated street wear is on everyone's must have lists. Why not liven up a spring weight parka with bold red and yellow roses. If you speak the language of flowers, red roses signify love and respect, and yellow roses say joy and friendship. You will feel great when you wear this piece, and others will sense your message. If you fashion style takes a more ladylike approach, the Dolce Gabbana spring dress full of bunches of pink flowers not only says that you are chic, but the roses mean grace, joy and I love you. Statement dressing that feels good and sends a feel good vibe. Wear it well! It's time for you to pick some florals for spring.
OK shoe lovers, so spring is officially here, and it's looking prettier every day, It's time to take a look at some of the newest options that will take you through the season in style. It's time to try some on.
Gucci has some of the best slides around. Pamper you feet with signature logos and prints. The classic buckle slides get a lift with a floral print, but maybe the best ones are the playful takes on logomania.
Here are some heels to take seriously. Artfully graphic mixed color from Off-White, seriously fun politically charged graffiti from Balenciaga, or some clear vinyl wrapped sandals. All chill and all signature.
Giuseppe Zanotti has a way with luxe sandals for evening. Trimmed in metal, soft silk petals of diamante leaves, they will have your feet in the spotlight. Wear them with something simple to make a statement,
Platforms will lift your spirits. And add a few inches to your height. Gold floral sandals from Dolce Gabbana are covered in delicate hand painted flowers. Sometimes you do get what you pay for. Maison Margiela updates the iconic Tabi with wooden soles and glitter, Miu Miu keeps it simple in red snakeskin. Which pair speaks to you?
Love bows on you toes? Jil Sander offers a raffish take on tied flats, while Prada adds a tiny bow to their classic satin kitten heels.
Day or night Miu Miu sparkles. Try some vinyl flats with glitter covered toes or some killer stoned heels. High or low? Or both? And you will never regret buying these Dolce leopard heels with the floral trim.
Don't say no to boots for spring. Sock boots are seasonless. Margiela does a patchwork pair mixing dots and dialogue. Balenciaga covers you in either ribbons of logos, or tiny Eiffel Towers that will have Paris at your feet.
Statement boots for Chloe and Louis Vuitton can make a look- wear them with jeans or a summery midi dress.
Not to be missed are the new crop of logoed sneakers. The Fendi pair have a cool closure on top of their logos. Love the Miu Miu slip ons that sparkle. But I have to say top of my wish list are the Virgiol Abloh/Louis Vuitton matte white men's sneakers with the chain detail.
Or go for color... Chanel is super chic in a bright blue. Amiri or LF can up your street cred. Amiri adds some California palms to their slip ons, and LF platform sneakers in a pale lavender can just make your day.
When you are done shopping, dining and partying, the best part is just coming home and putting on some cool slippers and chilling in your jammies.
The business of beauty has reimagined itself in a very shoppable area of Nolita. New stores and concept stores have joined some of the one of a kind pioneers that were already in the neighborhood. Come and explore some of the newest and best shopping around. Time to explore the best shopping in New York.
Fresh Beauty has opened a new concept store called the Fresh Beauty Kitchen. The shop tells the story of the products, with user friendly displays of the ingredients of products that you can see and play with, hence the name Beauty Kitchen. The displays are delightful, with a vintage fridge containing the creams, scrubs, and other products, a custom soap bar offering special wrapping and packaging, sweet treats and drinks are on offer. There is a lipstick bar,where one can play with products, and a changing assortment of special items for sale. The staff will help you with personalized skincare rituals, and there is even a mini treatment area for facials. Indulge yourself, and on the way out, you can browse the pretty and ever changing selection of plants and flowers.
Red Flower has been in Nolita for some time. It gets better with age. It has been offering environmentally conscious body products, made in the New York area for many years, before environmentally friendly was fashionable. The boutique is decorated with quirky re-purposed antiques and constructions. Hidden in these wonders are body care ritual staples made from ingredients from around the world. Rose scented products take pride of place, in body washes, candles, perfumes and bath salts. Try the hair care products as well. There are over 12 different scents available in the hand made perfumes and other products. Ahead of it's time in sustainability and originality, the products spotlight wellness and the environment.
Walking into the Cire Trudon boutique is like stepping back in time. Opulent and overwhelming, the small space is ambience with attitude. Started in France in 1643, the company was the candle maker for royalty and religion. The factory, located in Normandy, specialized in beeswax, hence the name cire, and produced the candles that witnessed history. The candles are handmade and housed in hand blown glass vessals. Today along with the household candles in myriad colors, and the scented candles, room sprays and perfumes sit alongside the most amazing sculptural busts of historical figures such as Louis XIV and Napoleon. They are candles, but seem too amazing to burn, but would certainly add a special secret French touch to any room. And this store is their only store in New York and America.
The Claus Porto boutique recently opened in a space that is full of architectural swagger, with a range of hand crafted products made in Porto, Portugal. The brand was founded in 1887 by two German gentlemen living in Porto. The soaps and fragrances have an old world feel. The packaging is a superb mix of handmade designs in geometric patterns created early in the 20th century that convey a distinct personality. There are huge bars of soaps, smaller boxes of curated soaps, and boxes of small delicate soaps that almost look like macaroons. Colognes, candles and diffusers round out the product line. The design of the boutique envelopes you. Feel free to try out the many products, and then use the statement sink to start over and try more. This store is about product and design- from the architecture to the packaging that really amps up the product.
The new Nest boutique is a delight for the senses. The decor is meticulous and enchanting. A boxwood sculptural ceiling looks at the walls with floral decor that is a chic update of Wedgwood. Products are tucked with a decorators touch on specially designed surfaces. The owner, Laura Slatkin, was known for specialty scented candles. She has spread her wings, and created a range of home and beauty products from lip balms, perfumes and lotions, to a wide range of candles and diffusers. Nest understands that shopping should be a wonderful experience that embraces you with beautiful visuals as well as perfect product. Treat your home and yourself to a trip to this perpetual spring like shop and explore all the possibilities.
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The color red is speaking to me these days. Red has always been a symbolic color, as well as a color that makes everyone look and feel good. We have just finished celebrating the Year of the Pig, the last of the 12 Chinese Zodiac signs. The Year of the Pig is a stand-out year for red, the association stands for good luck, joy and wealth. Who wouldn't want that? Red is also a color that signifies excitement and joy in the West. Get your red on today, whatever you chose to wear. Shop for the best of red in NY. Here are the looks that you will love.
Love red, then love Gucci. Day or night, you are covered. Parka or a leather jacket? Or both perhaps. The signature Gucci humor and appropriation are here in the Hollywood Collection. Just in time for the Oscars. Hit the red button to win.
Other picks for evening include a dress with a fabulous red fur cape. Or you can choose mix and match wrap dresses from Marni. Or a super chic chiffon blessed McQueen statement suit. You will look divine.
Everyone knows that one of the best places to head for red is chez Valentino. It's been on of the brands signature color for decades. No one does it better. Here are a few of the spring looks that you should consider buying while you are shopping in New York.
Whether it is a red driven floral print dress with a prim coat from Dolce Gabbana, a bodycon Alaia stretch dress, or an intricate patterned suit from Fendi, you have to have some red in your life.
Spring offers new coats as well. It's still chilly in New York after all. You can go "punk chic" in Miu Miu's color blocked red coat. Azzedine Alaia has always made the perfect classic coat with a twist. A beautiful sculptural coat, in a jacquard pattern, with one of his signature belts cinching the deal. And the new Chloe brings a military precision softened with a boho charm.
Or try these looks from Fendi. They all have that Lagerfeld for Fendi touch we all love so well. The quality and attention to detail are amazing. Some of the best shopping in New York can be found at Fendi.
Looking for streetwise fashion? Look for that in red as well. Off-White and Unravel elevate their looks with a touch of the lucky red. And Miu Miu is jokey with its unicorn sweater. Street style is NY style.
Please finish off your look with a signature bag. A Dior Saddle bag perhaps? Azzedine does beautiful bags and shoes that pop. Shopping for something more avant-garde? Martin Margiela will take you somewhere else. To complete your street style shopping list, add one of these Palm Angels bags.
Shoes add the first or last touch to an outfit. These are one of my favorite new spring styles. Practical, maybe not. But certainly covetable, joyful and most assuredly, red.
Walking into the Valentino store on Fifth Avenue, I spotted these fun takes on the classic cowboy boot. Boots are everywhere, and seasonless. Add a touch of whimsy and add these to your wardrobe.
Raf Simons was the first to bring back the cowboy boot for Calvin Klein.
Tough chic that was pure Americana.
Chloe offers a funkier take on the classic boot. Appliques, studs and sequins give the boots a new dimension. Nothing serious here.
Fendi, Givenchy and Maison Margiela all agree. You should be wearing boots this season.
If the cowboy isn't for you, how about a chill work boot? Grace Coddington collaborated with Louis Vuitton an a cat lovers collection of boots and bags. Givenchy and Alexander McQueen took the tough chic route, and who wouldn't want these?
Sock boots are a softer alternative. Patterned and logoed Balenciaga and Chloe will lift you up.
Looking for signature style. Virgil Abloh for Off-White and John Galliano for Maison Margiela have their own distinct take on boots.
Tough chic is cutting edge. Dangerous liaisons of metal and leather.
Then there are the dream boots. Love this drawing done by Andy Warhol early in his career. His dream boots for Elvis. What makes it special is that Andy deliberately misspelled his last name.
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