SS17 seems to be bringing around the usual suspects: stripes, pops of color, and flowy dresses, but this season there was a touch of femme fatal thrown into the mix. Models paraded down the runway this season in looks that mimic those of our favorite bloggers, off the shoulder pieces, mix matched patterns, and ruffles galore. The looks were playful, often not the case in a time of uncertainty with our electoral campaigns upon us. Fashion took the seriousness away and brought us back to a period where playful is the theme of the season.
I remember in high school I had a history teacher that always allowed me to write my papers on how fashion mimics the economy. We started to see this reflection with athleisure taking the fashion world by storm last season; A more casual, understated look. So, you can imagine how excited I was to see designers using fresh and bright textiles rather than the demure colors. While some collections were just that, drab, thankfully there were a handful of designers that stayed true to spring/ summer and kept that feeling of a luxe resort look for SS17.
As the London shows start, I hope we see even brighter avant-garde looks parading down the runway for me to report on!
One of the many reasons I love shopping at Klozet is the access to brands that are hard to find on my side of the coast of California or anywhere for that matter. The second Christine Caria pulled out the new piece by boemo, my heart started to flutter as this dress is everything I want out of a dress. It can be worn day or night, sexy but still covered, a unique and beautiful print… I do! Having worked in visuals for years, I love a well designed department store, however, when I’m looking for new labels nothing beats a well curated boutique. Shopping becomes an adventure for me when I walk into a store and see labels I’ve not heard of yet or are from abroad and hard to find.
boemo a brand new collection (launched this year) from Los Angeles is for “THE URBAN BOHÉME WITH A ROMANTIC SPIRIT IN LIFE AND STYLE.” Looking through the collection of flirty feminine pieces, I would agree that this line embraces the quintessential California look.
Dress: boemo | Necklace: Pacific Gypsea | Shoes: Sol Sana … All available at Klozet, Sausalito.
Every August I wait in anticipation for the roar of supercars to glid along my beautiful coastal town and with the supercars comes a crowd that has as big of an appreciation for luxury goods as I do. From Ferrari’s to Pagain’s these sexy powerful pieces of art can all be viewed at the multiple events held during Concours d’Elegance. For decades now cars and fashion have had a synergy as they both are capable of telling a visual story people swoon over. And it’s no surprise that many of these automobile companies have broken into other areas of the luxury sector (like watches for example) to further their brand following.
Growing up watching my brother and his friends tinker with their Porches, BMW’s, LandRovers… I couldn’t help but develop a curiosity and a love for speed and cars. Over the years I found myself often incorporating cars with my shoots for editorials and marketing campaigns, like the shoot I did for Pacific Gypsea in Gordon McCalls personal garage. While it is doubtful I will see Naeem Khan gowns like mine grazing the grass at most of the outdoor events this week, we will see some looks that are worthy of your Pinterest streetstlye board. This weeks not to miss events:
McCall Motorworks Revival at the Monterey Jet Center
The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering at the Quail Lodge
Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach
And a slew of private parties that are worth the traffic if you are lucky enough to get an invite…
My 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
I 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.
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. Blessed 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. I 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.
Stripes 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:
Dress: S-Twelve | Sweater: A Milano | Wrap: Burberry | Short Necklace & Earings: vintage from India | Long Necklace: Pacific Gypsea | Clutch: Vintage Balmain | Sandals: Sam Edelman
These California winter days do have me wishing I was in Bali, or any other tropical location where the sand is warm and the ocean like a bath of magical healing water, for that matter. But, this post is not about my wanderlust spirit but about the graphic tee/ tank. While most do choose their tanks and tees to spread a message or represent a brand and not neceserally to pair it with pieces to create a look, the graphic tee/ tank has been around as a style statement before the current athleauire trend even hit the streets. This trend dates all the way back to the seventies, when pairing a graphic tee or tank with skinny flared striped bellbottoms or a tuxedo was the epitome of rock and roll chic. So besides displaying messages that make me smile, or feel a bit naughty perhaps, style wise, it has become a solution to breaking up dressier pieces and giving them a new day purpose. Layered with lots of jewelry, like a true Indian girl and paired with my favorite chunky knit, I was able to stay somewhat warm during my day braving the Camifornia June gloom. Perhaps this weekend rather than going out in your normal day attire, wear one of your graphic tees or tanks and try mixing it with an elegaant piece in your closet. Be playful, it is summer after all, even if the weather is saying otherwise.
Skirt: Joanna Mastroianni | Tank: Forever21 | Belt: Lara Bernasconi | Jewelry: mix of Pacific Gypsea & vintage Indian pieces | Boots: Chloe | Purse: vintage Finesse, La Model |. Sweater: Peter Som
Most of my weekends tend to be about comfort as part of owning a business means working 7 days a week (and with my back as I’ve mentioned many times now) I tend to live in cashmere sweaters and joggers. While I did do a fair amount of work, this last weekend was a bit more “wild” than normal with an impromptu party on my stoop, which has been named “Le Stoop”, a lovely date, and a very disappointing and emotional soccer match. With a weekend like that it was safe to say I woke up wanting not just the comfort of clothing but comfort food as well.
I am asked quite frequently what my favorite Indian restaurant is, which was always so impossible to answer as I was spoiled with a Mom who cooked like an Indian chef. But, since her passing, I do seek out Indian restaurants more than I used to as it is definitely one of my versions of comfort food. So of course, after a busy morning as we are uploading new products to the Pacific Gypsea website, my business partner and I thought it best to have a much needed Lychee Martini lunch at Ambrosia India Bistro. How could we not pick a restaurant whose name, in Hindi, translates to the food and drink of the Gods in Hindu mythology?
Outfitted in a very comfy pair of silk pants and a vest to hide the amount of food I was prepared to consume from the buffet, my Monday thankfully turned out to not just be about the comfort of my clothing but comfort of food as well. Which growing up in my household was very important and remains that way.
Ambrosia was everything I could have asked for out of an Indian restaurant; for a moment I felt like I could walk past the green gates of their outdoor garden/ eating area and I would be dodging scooters and rickshaws in Bombay after my meal. Every bit as traditional as most Indian restaurants but with a unique ambiance, I would recommend this restaurants location to anyone looking to spice up their palates while on the Central Coast of California. The pictures above are mixed with pictures from my last trip to India as my after lunch siesta had me dreaming about going to my mother’s land.
Ambrosia India Bistro | 565 Abrego Street | Monterey California
Pants: Marabelle | Top: M Missoni | Vest: Diane Von Furstenberg | Necklaces: Pacific Gypsea | Belt: Linea Pelle | Earrings: from Argentina | Sandals: Sam Edelman