I like Gabriella Wimmer almost immediately upon meeting her. And not just because she’s offered me a glass of champagne to kick off our time together (though that certainly doesn’t hurt). Gabriella is friendly, approachable, and chic – qualities that should be paired together more often. But, most importantly, Gabriella is a woman who radiates confidence and self-assuredness, qualities of a woman who has fulfilled her purpose. And there’s nothing more stylish than that.
For most women, a shoe obsession trumps any other item in the accessories universe. But for me, it’s always been bags. Give me a clutch over heels any day. And if it’s handmade of buttery leather, all the more enticing. And this is what makes K. slademade so delectable. Kelsea’s pieces are the staples every girl should keep at hand. They are chic, understated little luxuries made for day-to-day functional glam. Oh, and they can be monogrammed (swoon). I’m seriously eyeing the tip pouch in pink pastel, the Brooklyn foldover clutch in black with the blue zipper (!!), and the Heather crossbody in red poppy.
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Just when I thought I couldn’t possibly love Target any more, they announced this morning that their next designer collaboration is with none other than accessory great Phillip Lim. The it-bag designer will be debuting a collection featuring more than 100 items ranging in price from $19.99 to $299.99 for apparel and $19.99 to $59.99 for accessories. Coveted pieces include bags, dresses and a trench coat for women, and shoes and a leather moto jacket for men. Travel accessories, such as a duffle bag and multipurpose pouches for women and men, round out the collection. Items hit stores September 15th, so be sure to mark your calendars. I have a feeling this is going to be another Wu/Mossimo-type situation.
Target’s next design collaboration lands in stores and online this Sunday, April 14th with a collection of women’s apparel and accessories from celebrity stylist Kate Young. The limited-edition collection features an assortment of special occasion dresses from the woman who’s styled countless celebrities and runway shows as well as worked on other famous Target campaigns – Jason Wu, anyone? Pieces range in price from $29.99 to $89.99 for apparel and $14.99 to $49.99 for jewelry, handbags and shoes. I’ve posted some of my favorite looks here but you can get a full view with prices on Target’s look book.
Miami Fashion Week’s fifteenth anniversary included a luxury wedding pavilion showcasing a variety of international bridal designers. But among them, Rosa Clara Bridal was clearly distinct. The world-renowned designer displayed a collection that is beyond the usual bridal fluff. Shown here are some stunningly graceful pieces with a whole lot of glamour and edge, created for the woman who wants to wear something truly unique on one of the most memorable days of her life. (I’d give anything to wear that last one.) You can visit Rosa Clara locally in Miami at 365 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables.
Roberto Cavalli, a designer whose name has been prevalent in the fashion industry since the early seventies, presented a capsule collection at Miami Fashion Week’s fifteenth anniversary show, complete with all the exotic prints that have been woven into his designs for years. Having just shown new prints and shapes at Milan Fashion Week that he hopes will convey to his “fans all over the world that Roberto Cavalli is back,” the Italian designer’s pieces were nothing if not bold.
Italian designer Krizia displayed a capsule collection at Miami Fashion Week as part of the European Designer Showcase. Known to include modern and pop art influences in her garments, the collection, shown above, incorporated graphic prints, geometric cuts, and a decidedly empowering take on the feminine aesthetic. Krizia also included her signature beast, a nod to the aggressive and savage jungle animal – a reference to the pieces that ultimately become “Krizia’s Zoo.”
Viviana G.’s display at Miami Fashion Week was clean, chic, sophisticated, and understated. The Petit Pois by Viviana G. Fall/Winter 2013-14 “Masquerade in Prague” collection was inspired by her travels throughout the European country as well as the anniversary of James Bond – very much an exercise in wearable glamour. To purchase items from the Petite Pois collection, visit the designer’s online store.
Miami Fashion Week celebrated its 15th Anniversary by honoring Brazilian designer Carlos Miele with the International Designer of the Year award. Miele also exclusively debuted his 2013 Fall/Winter Collection at the event to a full house. Celebrity guests included singer and actress Paulina Rubio, the cast of the Real Housewives of Miami, Latin Grammy award winner Luis Fonsi, People en Español’s fashion and beauty director Kika Rocha, and former Miss Universe Lupita Jones, among others. Shown here are some pieces from Miele’s stunningly graphic and colorful collection.