Fashion 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
It’s rare that you get a backstage pass to an emerging designer/brand that is right on the edge of becoming one of those must-haves. I’m thrilled that the co-founders of ela, Ela and Martin Aldorsson, gave me a peek into ela’s world just as it’s wildly blooming in fashion’s hottest circles.//Click Here for More @SarasotaMagazine.com
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
Yigal Azrouël’s eponymous label was launched in 1998. Sixteen years later this Israeli born designer, of French-Moroccan descent, has made a name for himself by understanding how to dress a woman with his signature fluid, feminine draping. He designs for a strong, modern woman, and he seamlessly marries a minimal edgy silhouette with subtle sexy architectural elements.//Click Here for More @SarasotaMagazine.com
Feminine with a definitive air of retro charm coupled with a sense of optimism could describe both the Milly line as well its founder and designer Michelle Smith. There’s a sense of modern beauty infused with a vintage sensibility about both. Known for it’s high impact with low effort, the Milly line is flush in luxe fabrics, rich prints and cheerful colors.
Thanks to an intro by Brenda and Geoffrey Michel of The Met (where you can find the latest Milly collection!), I caught up with Michelle for a Q&A that includes where she shops for inspiration to what she’s working on right now…//Click for more @SarasotaMagazine.com
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
I dedicate this blog to my always-stylish friend Jody Fountain, who recently thought he committed a major fashion faux pas: Wearing white after Labor Day. Little did he know how on-trend he really was. Here’s the truth: For two years running, one of the top trends that has emerged from the fall Fashion Week runways is winter white. It’s a strong and fashion forward achromatic silhouette that’s signaling its staying power as one the hottest looks that spans the seasons. And it’s one of the most wearable trends out there.//Click Here for More @SarasotaMagazine.com
Kem Lindsay knows how to style a woman. For more than sixteen years in Sarasota she’s held a booming agency within the luxury Worth New York brand. And, since she has her finger unerringly on the pulse of what’s trending, Kem has been invited to the sit on the company’s creative design team and even flown to Europe for a tour of the exclusive textile mill where they source fabrics. Not only the same mill where Chanel buys but the very same room.
Recently, I was invited to tour the Worth New York HQ in New York City. I was incredibly skeptical that they could win me over. Honestly, my first thought was that it’s just not for me. But, I was entirely wrong. So much so that you’ll see me in the leopard trench this winter! I love this line, it’s so well curated and thoughtfully designed; the details are impeccable. I’m now a major fan. // Click Here for More @SarasotaMagazine.com
There’s a ton of trend forecasting out there but heeding the call of the wild will most definitely hold true. And, decidedly cool separates are the way to go. For the adventurer take a cue from the master Alber Elbaz (above) — go with your animal instincts and layer. // Click Here for More @SarasotaMagazine.com
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