December 3rd, 2014

Stylish Hostess Gifts from Downtown Sarasota’s Main Street Shops

 

 

 

BBIt’s the annual holiday dilemma — what to bring along for the stylish hostess and/or host?  Well, this year skip the fruitcake, hop in your one horse sleigh and steer toward downtown Sarasota’s Main Street, where I found a few fashionable gifts they’re sure to love….and not re-gift!

Kicking things off are these highly clever hardcover books by Brooks Brothers, which are bound in navy leather with gold-tone edged leaves. They hold a fine selection of gentlemanly knowledge for those ages 18 to 80. Brooks Brothers, $32.//See more @SarasotaMagazine.com

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December 1st, 2014

Get to Know Handbag Designer Monica Botkier

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Monica Botkier’s handbags are often those you fall for in the street-style pix you see all over Instagram and Pinterest. Her designs are savvy, sharp and smart, and pair well with nearly everything. Her creative eye has launched her namesake label, Botkier, in a big way ever since her first collection.

If you’re a fan–or want to become one–and want to know where to find Botkier’s designs locally, check out her latest collection at Fresh.Salon.Spa.Style. right on Main Street in downtown Sarasota. In the meantime, here’s a fun Q&A with the designer herself.//Click Here for More @SarasotaMagazine.com

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November 25th, 2014

Meet Handbag Designer Lauren Cecchi

LC3Get to know how New Yorkers are accessorizing straight from Florida-girl-turned-NYC-luxury-handbag designer Lauren Cecchi, founder and designer behind her eponymous label. Manufactured right in Manhattan, her handbags are not only elegant and useful, they are stylishly colorful as well. Think on-trend sorbet hues like cantaloupe, watermelon, honeydew and pineapple–a cool twist for your winter wardrobe that easily translates into spring. (Of course, if you’re like Coco and Karl, there’s no shame in going for a structured, classic black to keep it edgy and iconic.)

Lauren will be returning to her roots on Saturday, December 13 for a fab trunk show – pop by to try a bag or two and meet the cool girl behind the brand at T.Georgiano’s from 1-6 p.m.//Click Here for More @SarasotaMagazine.com

Get to know her here before the show…

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November 23rd, 2014

IWTB Interview: Antje Winter

01_carine_roitfeld_assistant_vogue_paris_ante_winter_stylist_designer_french_fashion_2014It is a rare opportunity that we get to hear from the person behind a fashion icon like Carine Roitfeld. But, at I Want To Be A Roitfeld we’ve had an exclusive inside chat with German-born Antje Winter who served as Carine’s right-hand woman for nearly two years then worked with her as a fashion editor for Vogue Paris for two more years.//Click Here for More @IWantToBeARoitfeld.com

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November 22nd, 2014

On Sophie Gimbel

sophie7 PMThough she fashioned America for more than 40 years, the name Sophie Gimbel is little known today. But Gimbel was once a champion of American couture, a designer herself and the director of Salon Moderne at Saks Fifth Avenue, an exclusive haute couture boutique. Not only did Gimbel create a name for herself with her work on the cover of Vogue, she was the first American designer to make the cover of Time magazine.

Not one to keep fashion accolades all to herself, she also helped introduce American style to the likes of icons such as Schiaparelli, Vionnet, Mainbocher, and Balenciaga.

So when you see Gimbel’s name on the boutique restaurant on the second floor of Saks Fifth Avenue at the Mall at University Town Center, you’ll now know who she is. I tapped Michael Kaufman, President of Fifth Dining at Saks, for a little more insight into this fashionable femme.//CLICK here for more @SarasotaMagazine.com

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November 8th, 2014

An Interview with Anthropologie Customer Styling Director Christina Frederick

Anthropologie stylingYou’ve heard that the chic shop that is Anthropologie has opened its doors at The Mall at University Town Center. I could linger here forever–everything’s aesthetically pleasing and texturally interesting.

I have it in my mind that every person behind the scenes at Anthro must be one of those enviable creatives who can put various prints and genres together in a form that exudes laid back cool from tabletop to a stack of bracelets. It’s a store replete with clever finds and everything, everything is styled just right and just before it’s overdone.

So, I decided to track down Christina Frederick, Anthropologie’s customer styling director, to get some insight into the brand–like how to stack those bracelets, must-have fall trends and how to go from desk to dinner.//Click Here for More @SarasotaMagazine.com

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November 3rd, 2014

An Interview with Designer Rebecca Taylor

rebecca-taylor-boutique-cropIf you haven’t heard the name Rebecca Taylor, then take note, because she has one of the hottest, on-the-rise brands in the fashion industry. Since the launch of her eponymous line in 1996, Rebecca Taylor has become a multimillion dollar brand and style house, comprised of of ultra-chic looks that are definitively feminine with just a hint of edge. It’s a line for the modern woman with a fresh and distinct sense of style. Case in point: Her clothes have been seen on discerning It Girls like Alexa Chung, Rashida Jones and Kate Middleton.

BTW, Rebecca will be making a couple appearances in Sarasota…click here for more @SarasotaMagazine.com

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