January 23rd, 2015
I am having a fashion crisis! Normally when it comes to my thoughts on particular trends I am pretty black and white; flatforms? LOATHE metallics in the daytime? LOVE etc etc…but when it comes to ‘faux’ (fun) fur I remain on the fashion fence. When the trend first emerged via the faux fur designer du jour British brand ‘Shrimps’ I chuckled and openly mocked its intentions. But I must confess as I see these colorful and rather huge fluffy coats being sported in different ways (see Alexa above wearing her Shrimps coat in weekend relaxed mode with a hoodie and jeans) I feel a pang of jealousy towards the wearer and wonder if I am missing out!!! I hate to admit to myself that unless you are a)6ft tall b)a size 0-2 or c)a MAW (model, actress-whatever!) then you should probably stay clear of this trend. BUT you can embrace the faux fur fever by grabbing a furry friendly clutch like this one here and here. Have fun with it whatever you do! It sure is a good trend for that! xo
November 4th, 2014
For fall there is nothing better than mixing a little ‘sportif’ into your look. Take note from the Parisian brand A.P.C. who can always be relied upon for some tomboy style. I particularly love this outfit from their Fall look book; the collegiate baseball jacket pared with the full skirt and simple heel is so wearable and shows you the perfect way to mix some sporting style into your look but still retain your femininity! In fact I loved this look so much I couldn’t resist and acquired this jacket myself, if you too can’t live without this jacket it can be found here but hurry it is selling out FAST!
October 15th, 2014
After years of belonging in the fashion wilderness, the turtleneck is officially back in style. There are countless benefits to sporting the turtle! As a stylist I have worked with several older actresses who always gravitate to them for their ability to conceal and distract from a not so smooth jawline. Not only do they cover up a loose neck but they elongate it too! The comfort factor can also not be denied, there is nothing better on a cool fall evening than throwing on a gorgeous chunky knit turtleneck and reveling in its blanket like soothing! Also don’t just trust on your turtle for casual eves, combine with a sleek leather or silk pencil, add a high pump and a great bag and you will reach the heights of fall fashion!
September 22nd, 2014
Thankfully as a married woman I no longer have to gussy myself up for first dates but as a stylist and fashion aide to my single friends I am often curating different looks for their Tinder profile pics and more importantly their first dates! Here are some of my key points when dressing for dating;
-’Less is more’ When it comes to showing skin, you want to play it cool and keep things a little mysterious and leave your date intrigued. I always suggest a loose silk shirt, unbuttoned accidentally a ‘little too low’ OR worn semi sheer as seen above on Miranda Kerr. It is essential that you wear a beautiful and color appropriate brassiere to give your potential Amour a hint on whats to come in the future! Equipment blouses are my personal favorite and Stella McCartney lingerie is truly exquisite.
-’Proportion is a priority’. If you are going for the looser fit blouse you have to balance your proportions and go for a form fitting skinny black pant or dark denim jean. Keep the pants rise hip hugging and for an added dash of ‘I didn’t try too hard’ indulge in the ‘half tuck’. Avoid the fashion forward high rise pant, it’s tricky to pull off and men just simply don’t get it!
-’Forgo the flat’. Ladies this is not the time for you new Repetto loafer or Loeffler Randall flat boot, if you are going for the silk blouse/skinny jean combo then it is imperative that you sport a heel. Vertiginous Louboutin platforms do not get my vote, I suggest you go for a simple strappy sandal or a chic suede pump, (which can be found here).
-’Approach finishing touches with caution’. A first date is not a testing ground for cutting edge make up trends and over sized statement jewelry, instead think ‘no make up make up’ (Nars ‘Orgasm’ blush never fails), delicate stacked rings and a small pendant necklace (my favorite subtle jewelry of all time is by Williamsburg based Catbird.).
With these tips I think you will be all set but if anyone needs additional guidance feel free to ask me any dating fashion ?’s in the ”Get Clareified’ section on this site. Bon chance!
September 19th, 2014
Nike Air Max’s watch out because there is a new (old) sneaker in town; the classic Adidas Stan Smith. Originally created in 1973 for tennis star Stan Smith, the Stan Smith shoe is a legend of the sneaker world, its simple clean lines, flash of color on the heel and ultimate comfort is making it the new go to sneaker for the fashion pack. Celine designer Phoebe Philo (see above) and longtime Adidas fan Marc Jacobs are spearheading their return, and with them leading the way the poor Air Max will have to take a back seat
September 17th, 2014
Sienna Miller, Suki Waterhouse, Felicity Jones, Alexa Chung and the queen of mussed up sex pot locks Bridgette Bardot, have all successfully sported my current hair obsession, the grown out bang, Center parted and imperfectly perfect, the grown out bang gives its wearers the ultimate peekaboo, coquettish allure! As a lover of all things 1960′s and kitsch, I declare the grown out bang is BANG on trend!
August 8th, 2014
18 year old British schoolgirl Rosie Tapner is hot on the heels of her BFF Cara Delevigne, poised and ready to usurp her position of Britain’s Top Model. An equine enthusiast, competitive lacrosse player and boarding school attendee (she is finishing up high school at the super society Downe House), Tapner embodies a sporty, healthy and ultimately preppy spirit which makes a refreshing change to the feline and party loving Cara. Already the face of TOPSHOP and the focus of a fashion film for ID magazine (see here) Tapner’s profile is set to rise…and rise…and rise…!
May 23rd, 2014
There is nothing I love more than lounge wear, to combine comfort and fashion is simply heavenly and one can achieve that with the NY based line Piamita. Launched in 2011 by a W magazine editor, Piamita’s collection of versatile silk separates can be worn just as easily at an evening soiree with heels as they can at relaxing at home. Inspired by classic society icons Nan Kemper and Talitha Getty, Piamita’s looser cuts and original prints make this line your go to for laissez faire fashion moments. Take a look here x
February 24th, 2014
Before the current queens of minimalism and classic American style Sofia Coppola and Gwyneth Paltrow reigned there was a member of ‘American’s Royal Family’ Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, that held the throne. When she began to date JFK Jr her white blond mane contrasted with a scarlet red lip and lithe figure gave her such a striking presence that the fashion world sat up and took notice. A fan of simple and classic dressing, Carolyn’s love of slim cut ankle grazing pants and white buttons down’s paid homage to Audrey Hepburn with but with her own contemporary New York twist. A lover of Calvin Klein and Narciso Rodriguez, on the streets of Manhattan you would likely find her wearing a camel cashmere winter coat over a black roll neck, dark cropped jeans and a black leather loafer. At night she would be seen in either head to toe white or black, no prints or colors in sight. Carolyn was not a fan of accessorizing, her only adornments were her wedding ring and a classic Cartier watch but with that hair, figure and scarlet red lip who needs jewelry? I find Carolyn’s pictures to be a never ending source of style inspiration and a reminder to not be a slave to trends, her style looks just as current now as it did back in the 1990′s. It goes to show that it is worth investing in classic well made pieces that stand the test of time. To see more photos of CBK take a look here and here.
February 10th, 2014
When your mother is famed stylist and socialite Jacqui Getty and your aunt is Marc Jacobs’ number one muse Sofia Coppola, its no surprise that Gia Coppola has evolved into a noted style icon. Her LA roots mixed with her well traveled upbringing have had huge influence on her style; an interesting combo of SoCal’s relaxed aesthetic and Europe’s expensive simplicity. Think cotton button downs and paper thin tee’s paired with Parisian chic simple black leather mini skirts and sharply tailored pants. Her look is classic yet fashion forward and always a surprise, I for one will be keeping a close fashion eye on Ms Coppola, I suggest you do the same.