L.A. Style File – The Chamberlain Hotel

L.A. Style File – The Chamberlain Hotel

As most of you know, I was at the Design Blogger’s Conference last week in Los Angeles. I hadn’t been to the sunny state since I was nine years old when my mother, sister and I traveled cross country by train to visit my aunt. Those were the days when train travel still could be an elegant affair. We took the Twentieth Century from New York to Chicago and the California Zephyr from there to Los Angeles – it was quite the adventure.

While this was an adventure of a different sort, style was most definitely a part of the picture, including the fabulous Chamberlain Hotel in West Hollywood.…

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High Point Happy

High Point Happy

So I am beyond excited to share more good news. A few weeks ago I was offered the opportunity to attend High Point Market (for the first time) as part of the Market Authority’s Sponsored Blogger program. The sponsorship is shared between the market and an exhibiting company. I am honored to announce my company sponsor is Wesley Hall, the well respected upscale Hickory, NC based manufacturer.

A third and fourth generation family owned business, Wesley Hall prides itself on its consistent dedication to quality, service and value – my kind of company!

I was thrilled to be able to meet two key principals from the company at the Design Bloggers Conference this past week in Los Angeles.…

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The New TradHome

The New TradHome

I am beyond excited to announce that my pick for Traditional Home‘s new TradHome designers was selected. You may remember last year’s incredible popular inaugural issue of NewTrad. The magazine was welcomed online with millions of views and critical acclaim. This year, bloggers were invited to nominate designers who we felt represented new trad style. Out of hundreds of submissions, 10 pairs of bloggers and designers were chosen, who will be featured in the new digital edition of TradHome and the May issue of the print magazine. You may see all 10 winners here.

My submission for TradHome was a project by Allison Hennessy, one of the designers at the Rooms with a View show I covered in the fall.…

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NY Fashion Week Fall 2012: Michael Kors

NY Fashion Week Fall 2012: Michael Kors

If you’re looking to ferret out the major trends for fall, you need look no further than the fall collection of maestro Michael Kors. A study in contrasts, the collection presented styles from rustic chic to glamorous elegance, all with his usual easy to wear élan. Even if you cannot afford the Kors price tag, he distills down his vision to a refined essence that is easy to emulate. While many of the looks are representative of runway amplification, it is still simple to see the spirit of what will be making store appearances come fall. This example of rugged elegance shows us how it’s done – the importance of red, mixing textures and graphic patterns and fur as a major accessory.…

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Coming Soon

Coming Soon

I lost my fight against time yesterday and just couldn’t manage to get it all done. There is a bit more from fashion week to come  – Michael Kors, a look at the lounges at the Lincoln Center outpost and a very special inside peek at the oh-so-chic collections of Oscar de la Renta. In the meantime, I am on my way to Los Angeles for the Design Bloggers Conference where I’m looking forward to seeing old friends, making new ones and learning more about what’s happening in new media and the design blogosphere. So hang tight and the regularly scheduled programming will be back shortly!…

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NY Fashion Week Fall 2012: Nanette Lepore

NY Fashion Week Fall 2012: Nanette Lepore

While I always appreciate the youthful exuberance of Nanette Lepore‘s collections, this was by far my favorite collection of hers in quite a while. The upbeat artisanal patterns have a cross generational appeal with many pieces that can be added to an existing “grown up” wardrobe for a punch of color and fun. Thanks to my friend Linda Levy at Richard’s, I had the opportunity to visit backstage before the show. The story board gave a hint of what was to come.

It’s always a little hectic as models are preparing for their cat walks

And clothes are being lined up in order on the racks – there’s that gold again!!…

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NY Fashion Week Fall 2012: J Mendel

NY Fashion Week Fall 2012: J Mendel

J Mendel cited two seemingly disparate inspirations for his luxe fall collection: a Helmut Newton editorial shot at a Gaudi building for Diana Vreeland at Vogue and one of his mother’s bouclé Courrèges suit he remembers from childhood.

Clearly the opening white story relates to the feminine, anthropomorphic shapes as seen in Gaudi’s La Pedrera above. The lightness and combination of textures can be seen as art is translated to fashion.

The crescent cutouts of this jersey top directly echo the architectural elements of Gaudi’s masterpiece. Note how Mendel interprets the glove trend.

The plunging V’s are softened by the gentle pleating of the black silk chiffon and elegant drape of the plum textured silk cloque gowns.…

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New York Fashion Week Fall 2012: Pamella Roland

New York Fashion Week Fall 2012: Pamella Roland

With a very pretty set, that my photo does not even remotely do justice to, Pamella Roland set out to capture the natural beauty and luxury lifestyle of Aspen.

A part of Rolland’s life since childhood, the casually chic lifestyle of Aspen was captured effortlessly with her stylish looks for daytime comfort and understated elegant designs for special occasion wear. Carmen Kass opened the show with skinny jeans, white cotton blouse and coyote overcoat – perfect!

Those of you who are not fans of fur will be thrilled to know that Roland included faux as well such as here on this beautiful ivory wool knit cape.…

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New York Fashion Week Fall 2012: Dennis Basso

New York Fashion Week Fall 2012: Dennis Basso

CBS Sunday yesterday morning did a segment on the new Boeing 787, interviewing the aerospace company’s executives who explained they were hoping to bring back the glamour of travel with their new Dreamliner. They should have had a chat with Dennis Basso first! This is a man who understands glamorous travel in a big way. His luxurious fall collection was inspired by visions of a “Mystery on the Orient Express.” Considering the inconvenience of travel today, I think everyone was happy to imagine such a scenario.

With so many rich visual possibilities, the set was a bit disappointing, although the sounds of an old fashioned train whistle and wheels turning on the tracks made the message clear.…

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New York Fashion Week Fall 2012: Vera Wang

New York Fashion Week Fall 2012: Vera Wang

Of all the shows at fashion week, I found Vera Wang‘s to be the most artistic, connecting all elements involved in the production in a unique conceptual way. From the dramatic set, to the music, to the collection, it felt united in a single creative vision.

The title of Wang’s show was Vis-à-gris – an expression of opposites, united in the middle – black and white, structure and flow, resulting in the middle ground of gray. This is a gray of both industrial sharpness and strength as well as the softness of a dove.

Playing off the futuristic architectonic set, the outerwear represented the structure of the vision and the extensive use of chiffon the flow.…

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