Earlier this month, Fendi celebrated its 90th anniversary in Rome in a major way. The forty-six look haute fourrure show, aptly titled Legends and Fairy Tales, was inspired by Kay Nielsen’s Art Nouveau/Art Deco illustrations in the classic Norwegian book East of the Sun and West of the Moon, which was recently reprinted by publishing giant TASCHEN. //More Here @SarasotaMagazine.com
In honor of the historic final men’s runway show for Gucci, today we’re talking about Alessandro Michele’s spring and summer 2017 anthology, because next year he will combine both men’s and women’s collections. No surprise, really, because since this news-making, brand-reshaping, earth-shaking designer took over the iconic label in January 2015, every collection has been gender fluid.
Ever since Michele came on the Gucci scene I have been addicted to his work. It’s enveloping. There’s no turning away from the show, not for one second. He’s tapped into this place in the design universe that is so… utterly now, like no one else.//Read More @SarasotaMagazine.com
Confession: I’m so enamored with the emerging brand Lizzie Fortunato.
Seriously. It makes me so happy. The ahead-of-the-curve designs are feminine yet cheeky, created with unexpected materials. Not to mention, the unmistakably modern brand was founded by two impossibly clever women who happen to be twins–Lizzie and Kathryn Fortunato. Lizzie, who heads up creative, often draws on historical, artistic and architectural references, making her fashion-forward jewelry feel well-traveled. But more than that, my growing collection feels like old friends who always bring a smile to my face. //Click Here for More @SarasotaMagazine.com
As a Francophile, I’m in awe (and maybe a teensy bit jealous) of the life of Sarasota’s own Charlotte Perret, who lived for nearly 20 years in the City of Light, where she raised her family as she studied French lit at the Sorbonne (swoon!) and taught English to French business execs. While there, family members of Parisian carnival folk befriended Perret, brought her into their guarded world, and not only shared their street fair stories, but also their historical vintage memorabilia dating from the 1880s-1950s–some never before seen or published.
Enter At Their Doorstep, a first-hand glimpse into the exciting itinerant lives of generations of carnival families who brought massive street fairs to Paris, sometimes for weeks at a time–and often with the latest 20th-century industrial inventions like the automobile, electric lighting and cinema. //Read More Here @SarasotaMagazine.com
One of my pet peeves is that Sarasota’s fashion scene is often woefully underestimated–which somehow implies this city is not so jet-set. Well, let me plead otherwise.
To begin, I was introduced to the ever chic Edie Parker brand by the lovely Crystal Lahners at Sarasota Magazine’s Best Of soirée in 2014; she was embracing a fab anniversary gift from her hubby. It was what I now consider the classic Edie Parker clutch, a pearlescent acrylic box with the word Happy in scripted gold glitter. Then she popped the kiss-lock to expose the interior mirror. Uh! Are you kidding me?! So old-school Hollywood to have a mirror installed in your bag. To say I was obsessed is an understatement. //Click Here for More @SarasotaMagazine.com
Italian designer and visionary Alberta Ferretti has always been a touchstone for romantic evening wear for the confident, approacable, modern woman. For decades, she’s been driven to create timeless designs with the guiding principle that the woman wears the dress, not the other way around. When you hear just a few names from the miles-long client list, you’ll know it’s true: Helen Mirren, Princess Madelein of Sweden, Naomi Campbell, Imogen Poots, Sarah Paulson, Sandra Bullock, Nicole Richie and Kate Beckinsale. //Click Here for More @SarasotaMagazine.com
It’s safe to say that since its inception in 2010, Warby Parker has established itself as the no-brainer destination for stylish specs that don’t feel basic and don’t break the budget. This is especially good timing, since you’ve undoubtedly witnessed how a solid pair of rims have become the go-to trend from hipsters to celebs to the dapper among us. Not to mention they’re a hyper-modern way to refresh your look if you’ve gotten into a fashion rut.
So good news: as of 9 a.m. this Saturday, February 20, you’ll be able to pop into Warby Parker’s swank new showroom in the Oxford Exchange’s bookstore in Tampa to check out its collections in person. And be sure to stop by the candy bar for some of the brand’s favorite treats–either to eat there or munch on the drive home. Click Here for More @SarasotaMagazine.com