July 24th, 2014

An Interview with Fashion Designer Trina Turk

S17_TrinaPortrait2_012Fashion designer Trina Turk is the California cool-girl whose designs embody the bright, bold and modern lifestyle of West Coast.  However, her aesthetic translates worldwide to the effortlessly chic woman who does carefree glamour with confidence.

I caught up with this ultra-on-the-go femme, who’s on her way to icon status, for a quick Q&A, and loved learning everything from who she considers American fashion icons to her fave quote.

And, aside from carrying the Trina Turk collection year round you may like to know that L. Boutique & L. Spa proprietor Lee Ann Swor has arranged for a fabulous Trina Turk trunk show to celebrate ten years of October 6-11…stay tuned for that and other stylishly unmissable events.//Click Here for More @SarasotaMagazine.com

 

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June 16th, 2014

An Interview with Moods of Norway Designer Stefan Dahlkvist

They say in 2003 the irreverently cool emerging brand called Moods of Norway was born in the creative cellars of the picturesque town of Stryn, Norway; population 6,750. From there, three locals culled their talent,  Simen Staalnacke, Peder Børresen and Stefan Dahlkvist to “make happy clothes for happy people around the world.” Still headquartered in Stryn, this polished brand is making it’s way into the closets of the coolest men and women that live the don’t-wait-up-for-us-life.//Click Here for more @SarasotaMagazine.com

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October 2nd, 2013

ICONS OF STYLE: An Exhibit

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 Woman’s evening dress in two parts (dress); Designed by: Olivier Theyskens

It’s no doubt that even the casual follower of style has heard the buzz about highly popular fashion exhibitions like Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at The Met, or Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective at the Denver Art Museum or Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art.  Highlighting the works of iconic prêt-a-porter to haute couture houses is quickly becoming the exhibition theme of the moment, one that’s in demand.  Wisely, the curators at The Ringling have arranged for one close to home titled Icons of Style, in collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. // Click Here for More @SarasotaMagazine.com

Photo cred:  Woman’s evening dress in two parts (dress); Designed by: Olivier Theyskens (Belgian, born in 1977); For: House of Rochas (French, founded in 1925)
French (Paris), Spring/Summer 2005; Silk plain weave (gazar); tulle; Turkey (Meleagris) feathers; Center front: 149.9 cm (59 in.); Center back: 198.1 cm (78 in.); Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

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June 28th, 2013

Interview with Designer Chan Luu

 

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Known best for her jewelry line, designer Chan Luu innately marries natural elements like custom dyed leathers with sterling silver and gold vermeil to create handmade organic and tactile accessories, which have made her a trend leader with an A-List following. Possibly the most recognizable piece in her collection is….//Click Here for More @SarasotaMagazine.com

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January 13th, 2012

SEE FOR YOURSELF: Spectacles

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Here’s permission: Go ahead. Make a spectacle out of yourself.

Listen to me, friend, there’s no better time to upgrade those specs and leave the contacts on the shelf because, if you haven’t noticed, it’s cool to be a nerd. Especially, if you hit the retro styles for a modern vintage vibe. // READ MORE @ SARASOTAMAGAZINE.COM

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December 22nd, 2011

TONGUE TIED: Designer Pronunciation Key

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Parlez-vous fashion?

If you’ve been avoiding an haute couture [oat ko-tour] purchase because you fear a fashion mis-statement, then follow along for a phonetic tutorial. // CLICK HERE for more @ SARASOTAMAGAZINE.COM

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December 12th, 2011

CHRISTIAN DIOR’s Artist-in-Residence: BIL DONOVAN

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Fashion illustrator, author and educator BIL DONOVAN has lengthened his long and illustrious résumé with the distinct honor of being the first and only artist-in-residence for the iconic house of Dior. He also serves as brand ambassador for Christian Dior Beauty. Which is where I come into the sketch…// CLICK HERE for more at SARASOTAMAGAZINE.COM

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November 11th, 2011

STOCK UP: A Must Have Winter Accessory

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Stockings and tights get their due for the warmth factor this time of year. But consider that this one simple-stylish-add-that-you-can-find-nearly-everywhere accessory easily changes the look of your winter skirt or frock.

I’m jumping right in with Wolford, one of the most luxurious brands of stockings out there. If you haven’t seen these before, wait ‘til you go to the website: wolford.com. Ah.Maz.Ing. I feel sexier just shopping the site for them! // Click Here for MORE @ SarasotaMagazine.com

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September 30th, 2011

Collaboration Nation

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If you love a good shopportunity like me, then pay close attention to the collections below, created by celebs and designers. Seems like you can’t swing a stiletto these days without hitting a store that’s advertising a collaboration with someone famous…and, my friends, that’s where the stylish deals come in.

By the way, I’d love if you’d let me in on your favorite designer collab. Especially if there’s something cool I missed– please keep me posted!
Must, must, must begin with fashion’s reigning king–Karl Lagerfeld (a name that’s synonymous with Chanel).  Did you know that you can find the modish pieces below at Macy’s and macys.com?  This capsule collection is on sale now with limited edition pieces, priced on average from $50 to $170. // Click Here for MORE @ SarasotaMagazine.com

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September 16th, 2011

NEW YORK FASHION WEEK: Interpreted

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Well, you had to know it was coming….a reflection and  report on Fashion Week.  The challenge with this blog was how to organize the coveted chaos of fashion’s biggest week. Frankly, it’s almost more than a girl can process into some form of cohesive shorthand.

So, to keep it light and take the edge off, here’s my couture compendium, complete with links to my fave designer slideshows and video clips.

You’ll get a clear picture on trends. Not to worry, no grand and brand new style revelations were introduced. But it will come as no surprise that color, prints, leather and jumpsuits have traction in the sartorial universe. And, if you’ve been asleep at the wheel while sequins were creeping around the bend, heads up: You’ll need something sparkly this season. // Click Here for MORE @ SarasotaMagazine.com

 

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