Family owned Banana Moon swimwear has grown to more than 60 boutiques throughout Europe and the Caribbean since its inception in 1984, with the only U.S. location right here in Sarasota, at The Mall at University Town Center. The fun and flirty style of swimwear and sunwear is no doubt inspired by their headquarters in Monaco and its access to the phenomenal fabrics of France, Spain and Italy–which, by the way, are highly chlorine resistant and quick-dry, with SPF protection.
I got to know Banana Moon’s creative director and designer Justine Flachaire. In this fun interview, she shares how to care for swimsuits, as well as the must-have style of the moment. Click Here for More @SarasotaMagazine.com
The House of Toi was established more than 25 year ago by Zang Toi–and since then, not only has the dynamic, Malaysian-born designer created glamour for the feminine form, he’s also made a name for himself dressing the likes of notables, icons and royalty like Elizabeth Taylor, Farrah Fawcett, Patti LaBelle, Melinda Gates and Saudi princess Haifa Bandar Al Saud.
Cool thing–Zang and company (meaning runway show) will be in Tampa for an event called CITY on September 19. Tickets are still available and can be had by clicking www.cityfashionevent.com. Or make an appointment with Sarasota’s Saks Fifth Avenue (941-364-5311) for one of its ultra-exclusive appointments to meet and work with Zang himself while his trunk show is in store. He’ll be there September 20 and 21 from 12-3 p.m.
Zang was generous enough to catch up with me amidst all the pre-Fashion Week craziness — here’s a quick Q&A to get to know the man, find out what it was like to dress Elizabeth Taylor (!) and learn about the theme for the CITY runway…//Click Here for More @SarasotaMagazine.com
If you haven’t heard about the calligraphy cut yet, you will–it’s going to become one of those things you hear about over and over again. It’s the the future of hair styling. I’d liken it to how Sassoon changed the world of hair with a pair of scissors–only this time, it’s German-born master-stylist Frank Brormann with a calligraphy pen-like tool.
What’s cool is that Nuovo Salon Group is on the cutting edge (that pun wasn’t intended, but it happened!) of this trend and has brought the calligraphy cut to Sarasota. In fact only 10 salons are licensed to perform this cut in the U.S., and four of those are Nuovo. And I just happened to have the honor of Brormann’s first cut here in Sarasota–my hair is lighter and dances with so much movement that it becomes the topic of conversation wherever I go these days.
Now one of the most sought-after men in the industry, Brormann is traveling the world styling and training others with this cleverly inventive hair cut and style. While he was jet-setting I caught up with him for a quick Q&A to learn just a little bit more.//Click Here for More @SarasotaMagazine.com
Does anyone relate when I say that a daily skincare routine sometimes feels much more like a chore than a beauty ritual? Well, lately it’s become a little more luxurious since I’ve found Tatcha, a Japanese skincare line. I happened upon Tatcha’s site as I was actively Googling Japanese beauty products–it was time for a change, and why not trust a culture that knows best? Click Here for More @SarasotaMagazine.com
If you’ve been to downtown Sarasota lately, you’ve likely noticed an infusion of feminine entrepreneurial spirit popping up all over–the latest being Blush Bridal. One step inside and you feel like you could be in any chic metropolitan city shopping for the dress. But you’ll feel right at home in the boutique because the creative founders are the sharp and lovely Fondren Watts (Sarasotan by birth) and Nicole Mei (of the Cafe Baci family); both community-minded women who call this wonderful city home.
The fashion-minded duo were inspired to bring Blush to Sarasota by their own search experiences for their dream wedding gowns. That’s why you’ll find a carefully curated selection of couture wedding dresses for the discerning bride in a modern, fresh setting in which you’ll feel just as special as a bride-to-be-should.//Click Here for a Fun Interview with Fondren & Nicole
I’m about to introduce you–if you’re not already in the know–to one of the must-know luxury brands. The line, which launched just four short years ago, is making a name for itself as Shinola. Based in Detroit, a rightful source of pride for the company and it’s employees, Shinola is new-luxury made (mostly) in America, with every attention to detail paid and every mark of quality craftsmanship evident in each timepiece. Click Here for More @SarasotaMagazine.com
It’s my feeling that one should never take choosing a signature scent lightly. After all, it’s an olfactory representation of who you are, male or female. Furthermore, you shouldn’t have to feel boxed in or branded by those defining you as your sex. It’s sexier to choose what suits you…which brings me to Kilian, a luxury unisex perfume collection created by Kilian Hennessey.
Yes, that Hennessey. He is in fact heir to the line of cognac makers….and the grandson to the founder of the LVMH Group…and he studied at the Sorbonne…and he trained with some of the most iconic names at perfume houses like Christian Dior, Paco Rabanne, Alexander McQueen and Giorgio Armani. And if that’s not sexy enough…well, he is. But beyond all that, he’s a man who does what he loves, which you’ll discover in the following Q&A.
But before we go on, Kilian has generously donated two of his scents for the two Best Dressed people at Sarasota Magazine‘s Best of Sarasota soirée tomorrow night–see what they are at the end of this post!//Click Here for More @SarasotaMagazine.com