My love of fur dates back to the first time I visited family in Argentina when I was 10. Exploring Buenos Aires was like walking through a museum, one beautiful muse after another passing me in the street. It was wintertime and I was sitting inside a restaurant in Recoleta with my eyes glued to the street; women with classic style wrapped themselves in fur to bare the chilly weather. I knew then I wanted my personal style to have function (keeping myself warm) and still maintain an air of luxury and glamour. Two words you rarely hear when paired with function.
When I was packing to move to Miami it occurred to me that my years of collecting sweaters, coats, and fur was not going to assist in my ever-evolving personal style. How was I going to incorporate my love of fur into a wardrobe that contained mostly resort wear? The answer was simple- fur vests, clutches, and scarves. I decided to forget the fashion rules and began incorporating small touches of fur into my resort wear look. Fur would no longer have to be packed away during the arrival of spring.
It is has become common practice when traveling to pack a fur vest as my layering piece; this trip was no different. My Elizabeth & James vest was the perfect accent to my Zara paisley dress, Marc Jacobs purse, Jeffrey Campbell gladiators, and Givenchy cuff.
It was simply a matter of time before we would start to see designers incorporating fur into their spring/ summer collections. A few years ago when I launched a collection of fur cuffs I was thrilled that we were evolving from a basic brown mink to a color collection that mimicked the colors you could find in a box of crayons. So you can imagine my enthusiasm when I saw the SS15 collections…
As I approached San Francisco I could see the fog bank swallowing the cities skyline and watched the temperature gage in my car fall drastically. Luckily, 10 years of living in San Francisco has trained me to layer my clothing to battle the ever-changing climate of the city by the Bay. Armed with over the knee Stuart Weitzman boots, a classic black blazer by Elie Tahari and a vintage fringe cross body bag- I braved the chilly weather and headed up to my Dads roof deck soak in the view. Perhaps it’s because I grew up in the 80’s that I love fringe. Whether it’s a fringe hem or fringe detail on the ankle strap of a shoe…there is something magical that happens when the element of movement is added to a garment. Taking into consideration that I was arriving from the country and did not want to run the risk of appearing as though I brought the rodeo to town, I used my fringe bag as a statement piece. I paired the bag with a city appropriate look of simple black and white clean lines, providing a classic backdrop for my bag.
Fringe made many appearances in the SS15 collections. The theatrical element of amazons dressed in garments that swished down the runway had me hooked. Classic shapes were transformed into current statements with the simple addition of fringe, giving this trend the romantic element us fashion addicts crave during spring.
Many of us in the fashion world look forward to Coachella to admire the street style – images of favorite festival girls dancing in the dessert heat with outfits that make you want to run around barefoot and take up playing the tambourine. With that said, it was not a big surprise to see a handful of designers had crochet on their mind when designing their SS15 collection. After all, crochet is a staple in the wardrobe of every festival girl.
I decided just because I wasn’t able to attend Coachella should not mean that my favorite festival gear should be forgotten this season. As it turns out, most of the pieces in question could easily transition to country life when paired with Ralph Lauren Collection cowboy boots.
For wandering through the sequoia trees, I wore one of my favorite vacation finds from Ecuador. It’s the perfect dress to bare the California heat with its touch of crochet. I completed my look with a Hermès scarf and wrapped a vintage Bakelite necklace around my wrist to accompany me on my walk. My Ferragamo hobo happened to be the perfect accessory to collect random pieces of nature for the imaginary jewelry line I’ve been designing in my head for a few years.
I can already tell The Whisky hotel will be the perfect place for me to get back to my entrepreneurial roots and create…. ahhh fresh country air.