Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Oh Turkey Day!

Thanksgiving is a time that reminds of us falling leaves, winter weather and wonderfully structured turtleneck sweaters. Wearing these delectable wovens of joy, warms the body as well as the heart and makes the delightfully charming statement of simple elegance at the family holiday gathering.

Pull out (or run right out and purchase) one of your favorite pull-overs this Holiday Season and fall in love with Cotton, Merino Wool, Cashmere, Cable Knits and Mohair once again. It’s one way to hide that post Thanksgiving dinner tummy (depending on the silhouette) and still look as glamorous as the girls in the Ralph Lauren Fall/Winter campaign.

Speaking of which…you may choose to keep it classy and simple with Ralph Lauren’s Cashmere Cowlneck Sweater (seen above $559.00) or go “dressy-chic” with the Phillip Lim’s Rosebud shoulder turtleneck ($210.00). But if that doesn’t suit your fancy…rugged sophistication is easily achieved with an Italian favorite, Fendi’s Cropped Turtleneck ($555.00) which can be worn as a dress if the opaque tights covering your legs are warm enough!

Happy Turkey Day!

Photos courtesy of ralphlauren.com and eluxury.com


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Pounding the Pavement

The second sexist shoe (in my opinion) next to the stiletto is the boot! This season, booties are a super hot commodity so what better designer than Oprah’s favorite, Christian Louboutin (see left-$895) to get your toes all hot and bothered? And…the studs on these babies add a 'bad girl" undertone for those who like to take a walk on the wild side.

Number 3 in the sexy line-up…The peep-toe suede pump. It will forever be a classic and as classic’s go, Prada designers really put their best foot forward with this elegant little number that says, “Watch out Holiday Parties…Here I come!”. (Prada Suede Pump $595)

AND…drum roll please…Bringing up the rear and literally the “boot shaft” as well, Alberto Fermani ($660) shows us that laces aren’t just for sneakers, nor buckles for jackets. This well crafted, equestrian inspired knee boot is one of my most desired, soho chic styles this season!

With so much fab fall footwear, how’s a girl supposed to choose?…I guess only your wallet can decide.

Photos courtesy of Bergdorf Goodman.
All styles available at http://www.bergdorfgoodman.com/

Thursday, November 6, 2008

First Lady of Fashion

My, how the times do change…but some things, like the respect we share for our United States First Ladies remain the same. From fashion to careers before the white house, our past and currently-elected first ladies have shown us all the power of a finely dressed woman.

Looking back over the last three decades…

Beginning with Nancy Davis Reagan (above) in the 80’s who seemed to have the ability to accessorize just enough without overpowering “the look”…maybe a trick she learned in her younger days as an actress, to Hillary Rodham Clinton in the 90’s who definitely did and still does believe in the power of the proverbial “power suit”…especially in whatever color makes her feel happiest. She balanced family, law and public service with such grace and candor that she commands the respect of all women who continually strive to live life to the fullest.

Now we can, with all sincerity and hope, look on as the change of the 21st continues. It started with Laura Welch Bush and now transitioning into First Lady Elect Michelle Robinson Obama, we see her always put together and sophisticated style with the elegance and flare of a woman who is sure of herself in whatever ensemble she wears. A great combination of fashion forward and fashion conscious, Michelle; the career lawyer, wife and mother, follows in the path of the first ladies before her. Epitomizing the ability of a woman’s strength to remain posed when juggling family and career, all the while, standing alongside the man with the most important job in America. Doing it all… wearing everything from J Crew to her favorite Chicago-based designer Maria Pinto.