Pretty Pleats

IMG_5998IMG_6056IMG_6064My memories of pleats are not just limited to my St. Joseph’s uniform, I have precious memories of watching my mother pleat her saris and elegantly drape the gorgeous silks over her shoulder. My love for pleats has always grazed my wardrobe with some version of a pleated skirt or blouse.
On last weeks shoot for Klozet, I couldn’t resist throwing on this gorgeous, femme fatal piece by Laila Azhar. Running around the property, barefoot with a piece from Shirley and my Men’s line, Pacific G., I felt free and feminine. Pleats are one of those trends you can basically wear year round and remain a classic. Here are some other nonconventional and classic pleats I love Screen Shot 2016-07-22 at 3.24.23 PM

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Location, Location, Location

IMG_6080IMG_6084IMG_6086IMG_6099I spent last week shooting for Klozet (which I have previously blogged about) in Sausalito; the store already carrying a gorgeous collection of clothes and accessories to shoot with made my job a little easier. The location of the shoot would simply determine the branding direction, co owners Christine Caria & Ko Ezzell envisioned. Surrounded by the water, the mountains, and the gorgeous homes of Mill Valley, the locations to choose from were bountiful. Wednesday we spent running around their favorite spots like The Yacht Club, Bar Bocce, and Trident; however, Thursday, for me was epic. We shot at a gorgeous home on the market, perfectly decorated and built with clean lines; each piece we shot with had a place in the home that accentuated the style of the collections carried at Klozet.
I myself can never help purchasing some statement pieces, like my entire outfit I changed into before heading out for an evening of wine and dear friends company after wrapping up. I also couldn’t resist picking out some staples from Three Dots, Sol Sonas, & Mother Denim which I am sure you will see a post about this week and weeks to come. Besides loving working with these two fashion plates, I can never get enough shopping done in their perfectly located space. I am always drawn to a boutique and one that carries brands that aren’t in every other store I walk into. And as a stylist, it is a place I feel comfortable sending my clients to, as these ladies know what is in trend and what is classic, and how to mix the two for the ultimate look.

Dress: Elliatt  |  Necklace: Pacific Gypsea  |  Shoes: Vince Camuto  |  Entire Look Available At Klozet.

Back To The Future

What seems like many moons ago, I started my first company, Charm Ecole (a collection of vintage couture). Of course at 25 I wasn’t so sure as to how to do this. But, I was determined to teach myself along the way and failures became great lessons that I would use and implement in my future projects. IMG_4989Blessed to have the opportunity to study at amazing schools like Istituto Marangoni, FIDM, and Parsons, I had a pretty extensive knowledge of designers, past and present. Having such knowledge and understanding fabrics and draping helped me navigate through endless Estate Sales, Goodwills, Benefit Shops; you name it, I searched for designer, vintage pieces there.
I am still frequently asked how I find these coveted pieces and while patience is a large part of it, there are a few tips and tricks when it comes to shopping for vintage:

1. Know Your “Vintage Size”: Throughout the years, we have seen sizing change; essentially making us women feel like we’ve grown and sizes haven’t gotten smaller. A vintage size 10 can easily fit a size 6 in today’s sizing. Also don’t forget that anything can be altered so check for seam allowance if the piece is too small.
2. Do A Detailed Inspection: This to me is obvious, but it is imperative to look at your piece specifically looking for stains and holes that can not be fixed. There is nothing worst than coming home with something you can not wear.
3. Know Labels To Look For: If you don’t know too many past designers, I suggest giving yourself a quick history lessons. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve purchased a vintage Correges for example, not in my size, but to sell on eBay for a pretty nice profit.
4. Check The Label: If you are specifically looking for designer pieces, check the label to make sure the label has not been resewn on. For bags, every designer bag will have some sort of ID number.
5. Know your Era: Once you have found your pieces and are looking for ways to style them, try not to wear too many pieces from the same era. Unless you intend on looking like you are stepping out of a movie set. Mixing and matching of eras will actually give you an updated, current look. IMG_4956I found this white 1920’s slip at a vintage show in San Francisco. I love using vintage slips as a cover up during the summer. Belted and accessorized with bohemian jewelry, I paired my dress with a vest from the 70’s giving me an updated festival look for a day at the beach yesterday. Of course today, the fog is back. I am hoping for warm weather in Sausalito the next couple days for my shoot with Klozet.

Not So Mellow Yellow

IMG_4711IMG_4718IMG_4693IMG_4662IMG_4754Stripes are not just to express your love for anything nautical or Persian anymore. I have spotted the mixing of stripes on some of my favorite street starlets mixing this pattern for a mesmerizing look. It’s definitely bold and a statement that you are making when you mix two completely different stripes, but I find that if there is ever a time to be adventurous with your wardrobe it’s during the summertime and on a Friday! While looking through my striped pieces this morning I choose a comfortable jersey dress with beautiful draping and a vintage sweater to create my look.

I’m sure most of you are actually experiencing summer weather; as I have mentioned many, many times in the last few weeks, the fog has decided to hug the West Coast of California for what seems like moths now. Meaning, you would be insane to leave your bungalow without a sweater. Not to fret, for your resort wear you can easily accomplish this look with opposing stripes in lighter materials. I think they key is to have one color in your stripes that ties both pieces together. Here are some pictures for inspiration to help you bring out the bold stripes in your wardrobe:

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Dress: S-Twelve  |  Sweater: A Milano  |  Wrap: Burberry  |  Short Necklace & Earings:  vintage from India  |  Long Necklace: Pacific Gypsea  |  Clutch: Vintage Balmain |  Sandals: Sam Edelman