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“It” bags have long been known for their super powers of launching a label in to the limelight. Rebecca Minkoff was sewing clothes long before her “Morning After Bag” brought her media attention. Think back to the Fendi Baguette of the 90s, and how a bag named for French bread breathed new life in to the Italian label’s ready-to-wear sector. It’s about to happen again. Two of this season’s coveted bags reside at the same design house: Simon Miller. So if history repeats itself, it’s a name that’s about to be a really big deal.
Thanks to Ashley and Mary Kate (aka Olsen Twins) oversized bags have been the go to for the past 10 years or so. It’s rumored the pint sized twins loved to carry jumbo handbags because they dwarfed their already tiny frames. But maybe because we never could actually find anything in the hallowed dark spaces of the jumbo purse or maybe because some chiropractor somewhere spoke up about the spinal perils of carrying 8 pounds on one side of your body all day every day, whatever the cause…micro bags have arrived in a big way.
Not because Merriam-Webster added it to their pages in 2016… (“Casual clothing designed to be worn both for exercising and for general use”)
Not because a stroll down Fifth Avenue in NYC will reveal sneaker styles as the main display in just about every store window…
Mike Trout may be leading the American League with 15 homeruns, but look over your shoulder Mike, Melania Trump is hot on your heels. The FLOTUS just wrapped up her first foreign tour visiting Italy, Brussels, Israel and Saudi Arabia and she literally hit homer after homer with her wardrobe choices. Her fashion was First Lady fabulous. Whereas Michelle Obama did a brilliant job of the high-low, making the fussiest fashionista pine for a J.Crew cardigan, Melania embraced her model background and delivered the kind of aspirational looks usually reserved for the catwalks or the pages of W. Magazine.
“I opened this store because I was so bored with everything I’ve seen in fashion.” are the first words out of the mouth of Peri Arenas as I stroll into her hip Robertson Boulevard boutique in Los Angeles. She had me at “bored”.
Nothing boring here…the eye candy abounds from custom graffiti vintage bags (Vuitton, Hermes and Chanel) to one of a kind jewellery (anti-fashion earrings by Bijoux de Famille, Nervous strawberries necklace by N2 Paris, and a killer design by Antwerp’s E.K. Thongprasert). There’s an irreverently chic vibe that has the freshness of a piece of bazooka joe gum.
All this teasing before I even had a chance to fondle the clothing. At the time I visited in early May, the boutique had yet to have its official opening. But the merchandise was more than ready for its close up. There were hardly any labels I’d heard of previously and the excitement Peri felt for her edit was contagious. Save for a few Bella Freud tees, even they were unique in their chatty cheek, everything was new and exciting and ready to be sold out.
As I contemplated a check dress by Rahul Mishra she interjects that most likely by the time I wear it she won’t be carrying the label any longer. Ditto for a Jupe by Jackie happy face emoji blouse. Safe to say Peri likes to keep it fresh and exclusive.
Ms. Arenas has not overlooked a single detail to make the shopping experience fun with a capital F. The shopping bags cheekily declare “THIS IS MY PERI.A. BAG. GET YOUR OWN.”, the envelope for my receipt reads “PAY UP HONEY” and the hangers entice “COME ON, YOU’VE EARNED THIS.” And as I exit with my loot in tow I can’t help but nod my head in agreement.
PERI.A. 146 North Robertson Boulevard Los Angeles CA
Expression through clothing is not a new concept. The ever-changing fashion scene has long served as a mirror image of the mood and political pulse of an era. The minis of the swinging ’60s gave way to the flower power aesthetic that was representative of the peace movement in the ’70s. The 80s embraced corporate supremacy with shoulder pads and structure, the antithesis of the grunge-themed 90s where heroin chic was the look of the decade.
This season, designers are encouraging us to have our say quite literally with wordy tees. When Dior sent the white tee declaring “WE SHOULD ALL BE FEMINISTS” down the runway, it was a clear sign that chatty shirts were back in style. Not since the 90’s when George Michael encouraged us to “Choose Life” in his Wake Me Up video and British designer Katharine Hamnet declared “Frankie Say Relax” have we seen such a resurgence of words on clothing. (more…)
They first came on my radar in early January. A dress they’d designed caught my eye one day whilst filling my virtual shopping cart on Net-a-Porter. The design reminded me of something I’d find in the closet of my great aunt. The sort of thing she’d have referred to as a “housedress”. She’d wear it while baking or maybe when she busied herself picking flowers from the garden to arrange on multiple vases in her home. The “they” I refer to is the design duo working under the collective label ATTICO.
Blame it on this year’s successful films. Wasn’t LaLa Land’s Mia just de-lovely sashaying atop the Hollywood Hills in the sunshine shade? And in Disney’s remake, when she had to tame her beast, what colour did Belle choose? Yes, yellow, the shade once reserved for detergent commercials, cautionary lights and fire hydrants, is having a moment in fashion this Spring/Summer. (more…)
|Chrissy Tiegen, January Jones and Alexa Chung demonstrate the #sheetmaskselfie|
It’s a very on-point look to post on your Instagram account according to the queens of social media like Alexa Chung, Katy Perry, Victoria Beckham and Chrissy Tiegen. I’m talking sheet masks (#sheetmaskselfie). If you’re anything like me, you are in prime hibernation mode this month, so it’s a great time to connect with your inner Leatherface, Jason Voorhees, Hannibal Lecter (pick your horror hero) and try one out. Just be sure to wait till your significant other is fast asleep…we had a week of night terrors in our home when I forgot to do so. (more…)
|Weekend winter warriors should be warm and comfy above all else.|
Right around this time of year, post holidays and pre-spring break, the easy wearability of the winter weekend wardrobe is what floats my boat. Comfort is key and the rules are dictated by practical, rather than frivolous elements of the season; what works and looks good is, of coarse, determined by the weather.