Last Wednesday night, I had the privilege of attending Katherine Kwei's Spring Summer 2012 collection preview. I'm always astounded by her unique handbag designs, which incorporate traditional Chinese knotting techniques, and this time was no different. One of my favorites, the Isabel lady clutch, showcases the hand done knotting in a gorgeous way.
I also loved the Vivian Chain bags, Katherine’s take on a quilted classic.
What really caught my eye, though, were these Clea snake clutches in delicious hues of pink and green. Who doesn’t love a citron accessory?
Yesterday I stopped by the Talbots showroom for a sneak peek of their Spring/Summer collection. Based on pastcollections, I knew it was going to be good, but this was honestly my favorite yet.
Talbots’ designer Chris Jackson walked me through the collection, explaining the inspiration and reasoning behind each delivery. February’s capsule began with the sourcing of some amazing batik ikats and their brilliant indigo hues and grew from there with the addition of mulberry purples, royal blues, and grounding neutrals.
February’s color palette
March is all about pattern play - isn’t that ombre polka dot dress to die for?
Black grounded florals mix in nicely with March’s optic black and white. Chris explained that patterned pants, while perfectly on trend at this moment, have been part of the Talbots DNA since their founding in 1947.
Then we move into my favorite month - May. The Talbots design team must’ve known it was my birthday month, because this delivery was made for me. It was inspired by the beauty of the Greek Isles - the shimmering blues of the Mediterranean sea and the stark white of the stucco buildings.
This color palette on such easy shapes is the perfect way to welcome summer. I must have that chic orange and pink dress, which comes in a navy and white colorway, too.
In June, we’re in the thick of summer, and the Talbots designers channeled the subjects of Slim Aarons’ photographs for a mix of eyelet, candy colored florals, and tons of tunics that could easily be worn poolside or off to the office. Guipure lace makes a big statement in soft shades of pear green and cotton candy pink - that delicious pencil skirt is a ladylike way to do the Christopher Kane neon lace that I was pining over last spring, so it’s made it on my wish list along with these ballet flats.
These paisley palazzo pants are a showstopper - I could totally see The Glamourai rocking them with some killer heels!
Talbots spring and summer collections totally hit the nail on the head. If only we could just skip winter and fast forward to sunshine so I could shop this collection sooner!
*Editor’s note: A previous version of this post mislabeled February’s delivery as April.
Remember back in June when I started a new job? Well, my entire team knows about this blog so I might as well tell you that I’m lucky to work at kate spade new york headquarters. Sometimes we get really cool opportunities, like yesterday, when I attended the Spring 2012 presentation, styled by Brad Goreski!
Let’s dig in - if you’re a fan of Kate Spade, you are probably familiar with 2011’s concept of the Year of Color, with a different color every month. Well, in 2012, it’s all about the Year of Pattern, with Australian wallpaper designer Florence Broadhurst as muse. The January delivery is a “one way ticket to Australia,” a nautically inspired capsule of navy and black worn together, stripes, and tweed on tweed on tweed.
February brings an explosion of Florence prints- particularly that Japanese floral which is featured on everything from dresses to luggage and even Vespas. The bright gulabi pink kicks up the black and white palette - there’s a pink version of the flouncy dress second from left that I have my eye on!
I love the octagon necklaces that turn the graphic Florence print into a three- dimensional version.
Quite the accomplished woman, Florence also owned a finishing school, so March is for garden society and tennis games on the lawn. Naturally, that means ladylike stripes and ruffles, but that green dress in the back isn’t just polka dots - the print is made up of tiny tennis balls!
Congrats to Deborah and the design team, as well as all the folks in PR, for putting on a fantastic presentation. I’ve been working through this collection for months, but you still made it magical!
(opinions expressed on this blog and within this post are solely mine and do not represent those of my employer)
Sunday, September 18. Worn to the Brooklyn Book Festival with my friend, Iza. We perused the booths, filled with books from small press publishers and literary journals, and went to a talk with one of my favorite authors, Jhumpa Lahiri. Seriously, go get one of her books and read it right now!
Dress - INC, thrifted / Cardigan - J Crew / Hat - Walmart / Cross Body Bag - Kate Spade / Sunnies - thrifted / Necklace - H&M / Oxfords - Bally
There’s a term in poetry called “near rhyme" used to describe two words that don’t quite rhyme, but they’re close enough. So, I’m calling this color combo a "near match" - the yellow and orange and the royal blue and navy don’t match exactly, but they’re close enough so they work. Plus, they punch up these forever summer brights!
Tuesday, September 13. Worn to work and then book club! We discussed Freedom by Jonathan Franzen. It’s about a family of four and how each of them react to their past and their circumstances. I really liked reading through the human aspect of the book -the relationships between the characters and such - but disliked Franzen’s political and ideological rants. It’s his style, but made the story move so slowly for me. Have you read it? What did you think?
Dress - vintage / Vest - Old Navy / “Pop of Color” pin - c/o Kate Spade / Bangles - Milly, Kate Spade, Charlotte Russe / Nails- Essie’s Absolutely Shore/ Belt, Oxfords - Bally
I think I will wear this vest with everything. This time it’s a blend of menswear influence in the army green and laceups with sweet feminine pink and florals. How should I style it up next?
The temperature dropped a tiny bit on Tuesday, so I wore ALL the new fall things. At once. I loved the result! Can you believe I’m wearing wedges, too? I usually hate them because they make me feel clompy and ungraceful, but these are super comfy and adorable. I can’t wait to wear them with tights and with skinny jeans this fall.
What are you most excited about wearing this season?
Shirt - Bally, sample sale / Pants - Zara / Necklace - Target / Bracelet - Milly / Belt - vintage, used to be mom’s / Heels - Bally
I was feeling something a bit more streamlined, something far from my usual penchant for bows and ruffles. This Celine inspired look needed some texture in the way of a beaded necklace and python sandals, so I’m calling this look “minimalist safari.”
p.s. So maybe I’ve been catching up on Secrets from a Stylist? But really, I’d like to see Emily Henderson style a room as minimalist safari. I’d probably want to live there.
p.p.s. Sorry for the overexposed photos. My camera wasn’t cooperating :/
I’m not afraid to admit my fashion mistakes, and this jacket’s fit is a bit questionable to me. I just don’t think it looks good within the context of this outfit - a cropped jacket like this flatters my figure better over a high waisted bottom. I wore it open for the rest of the day, which is an improvement, but I’m still gonna file this one under “oops” and move on.
Jacket - c/o Talbots / Jeans - J Crew / Jewelry - Kate Spade, Rachel Leigh for Target, gifts / Aviators - Canal St vendor / Boat Shoes - Sperry
Thursday, August 18. Worn to work and to the Ippolita fall preview. Summer is coming to an end, so my outfit strategy here was “wear all the colors while you still can!”
Cardi - J Crew / Button Up - Lilly Pulitzer, thrifted / Skirt - J Crew Outlet / Necklace - handmade by my friend Linds / Bangle - Kate Spade / Sandals - Bally / Bag - Bally
Now, on to the jewelry!
Ippolita is the self-named line of an Italian fine jewelry designer. She uses yellow gold, rose gold, silver, and even resin to set semi-precious and precious stones in her signature, organically shaped bezels.
I loved the classic Glamazon collection, featuring hand hammered pieces in solid gold and silver.
I also styled a model with Ippolita jewelry - of course I gave her a stack of gorgeous bangles! I would’ve worn the bangles with the huge resin stud earrings I tweeted about, but I decided to go for excess with her look.
Saturday, August 13. Worn to the Guggenheim Museum for an afternoon of art. I’d never been to the Guggenheim before, but it really fantastic - the Frank Lloyd Wright designed building draws you in from the beginning and it’s the perfect size to see in a day. The main rotunda housed a retrospective of conceptual Korean artist Lee Ufan’s work, which was fascinating, and Matt enjoyed the Kandinsky, but my favorite piece in the museum was an installation by Hans Peter Feldman. Feldman was awarded the Hugo Boss Prize, which recognizes an outstanding contemporary artist. The winner receives a prize of $100,000 and a solo exhibition at the Guggenheim. So, good ol’ HPF decided to pin $100K in one dollar bills to the walls of the exhibition hall. Imagine walking into a room entirely covered in ones! When I walked in, I laughed. I love art that provokes a reaction in the viewer, and you can write him off as being a goofball, but this piece caused me to think about it’s meaning more than the Picassos downstairs. Read more about Feldman’s ideas here.