DON'T CALL IT A COMEBACK
ETIENNE AIGNIER 2.0 -AIGNER MUNICH
Remember Etienne Aigner accessories - the luxury brand of accessories that came in black, navy and signature Burgundy with the brass, horseshoe "A" for a logo?
Well, Aigner Munich, a member of the Aigner brand family, is back with a color vengeance.
Historically known for classic luxury and traditional style, Aigner Munich has turned our expectations on it's head and for Spring 2018, they are in the building!
Working in some of the hottest, boldest, color palates and not foregoing their craftsmanship, Spring 2018 promises not to disappoint. Incorporating some of the big handbag trends like detachable, statement shoulder streps, bold hardware, patchwork and fur charms, there is one word that comes to mind when you see these bags...FUN, FUN, FUN!
In addition to handbags, Aigner Munich offers menswear, apparel, belts, sunglasses, shoes and kids. Clearly they have left no category untouched.
You can still find the "Antic Red" ( aka burgundy) and traditional styles from Etienne's library on his namesake site but you don't want to miss what his "offspring" are doing.
Head on over to aignermunich, watch their YouTube story or peep their digital magazine on their site.
Don't call it a comeback!
Tamara Mellon - co-founder of Jimmy Choo - has her own show line.
I have been watching the brand for some time and was smitten this season by their fall boot selection.
I really like the ICON boot (far right) in Nappa (also available in black). I call it Putty and it is the perfect shade of nude which looks great on all skin tones. Can you say INCLUSIVE !?!?
And for $675, I'd say that's a great price for handcrafted, Italian-made boots.
We also fell for the Kindred Midcalf boot in leopard (first pic). Clearly we weren't alone because they are sold out now.
The Vitello boot (center and below) is a chic, sophisticated combat boot. With a lace-up front and zipper in the back, this menswear inspired boot goes great with a skirt, over your jeans, and inside of your pant leg. Vitello has an adjustable strap and a mid-calf height! This keeps your leg warm and is super sleek!
More importantly, I really appreciate her vision for her brand which is to redefine luxury. Basically, she wants to democratize access to luxury footwear. I'm here for ALL OF IT!
Designed by and for women & made in Italian factories, Tamara Mellon's shoes don't require you to break the bank. Mellon says she will not markup her shoes "6 times" what it costs to manufacture them. Because of her relationships she garnered at Jimmy Choo, she can manufacture her footwear at some the most reputable factories in Italy. And it gets better...she even offers multiple, easy-pay options.
This is revolutionary for the luxury market!
In addition, they offer "Cobbler Care" - a complimentary service to handle any and all shoe-tastrophies........FOREVER.
Welcome to the revolution! It may not be televised, but it CAN be worn!
I often give a reverential nod to JLo for being my style, career, and work ethic inspiration. And she is. Maybe it's her urban-inspired style or fearless 'tude or her risk-taking lifestyle.... It's probably all of it.
Jody Watley's signature, oversized hoop earrings that adorned my teenage years is truly where my hoop passion originated. I remember watching her sing and dance (and she can dance!) with her jet black hair and signature oversized hoop earrings ( "Jody Watley hoops") bouncing all over the place with energy and zeal that reinforced my desire to perform.
She was the 80s triple threat for sure. After taking off with the group Shalimar ( a powerhouse of talent in their own right), her electric dance moves and style made her a household name - and certainly in my household. After winning a Grammy in 1987 for best new artist, she continues to set trends and rock her hoops!
Hoops have been a fashion statement for as long as history has been recorded so we can't honestly give any one person the credit. Hoops can be followed back to the Sumerian culture (which we now know as Iraq). Hoop earrings then became wildly popular in Egypt, Greece, and Rome and in African culture prior to that.
Hoops are my daily go to and I want to share a few of my faves:
This statement hoop by K/ller Collection are eye-catching. I happen to know bc I own them. Made from brass, they are large enough to make a loud statement.
K/ller has no shortage of earrings that are praise-worthy and these macrame hoops fall into the same category. The traditiona round shape + texture = timeless classic.
Hoops have evolved in shape, size and texture. Of course, we have the classic, round hoop you can find in 14kt gold at your jeweler or gold-plated at your cherished local boutique.
Simone Smith was probably the inspo for "Jinglin' Baby" by her husband and teenage love LL Cool J. So it's no surprise she has mastered the hoop thing. These "Precious Fruit" strawberry shaped hoops are feminine and charming. Available in yellow, white, and rose gold with or without diamond embellishments, they will definitely see "your earrings jingle".
As hoops go, I would be remiss if I left out Jennifer Fisher. Her statement Samira hoops are everywhere - from rock stars to bloggers to style makers. Known for her rocker-chic, edgy yet clean aesthetic, Jennifer Fisher is synonymous with a hoop earrings. I like the Drew hoop which was named after her daughter. This flat, disc hoop is sleek and sophisticated for the girl that wants to be noticed...for all the right reasons.
Last but certainly not least, we cannot forget the Bamboo Earring hoop which is synonymous with NYC 80's hip-hop culture. The door-knocker style was put on the map by Salt n Pepa but these are the originals.
These urban legends are experiencing a resurgence and inspiring the likes of Gucci, Jeremy Scott and John Hardy. But nothing beats the pioneerl. With or without your cursive name in the center, the Bamboo hoop earring let's everyone know you are down for the culture.
Hoops - any size, width, or texture are a classic earring style and will never ever ever go out of style. Especially in my jewelry box.
For more hoops, log on to www.whitenoiseshowroom.com.
For a little more Jody Watley nostalgia, click the link below and watch her get down as one of the most famous dancers on Soul Train!
4 WAYS TO WEAR RED THIS FALL
My friend used to own a boutique called Wild Women Wear Red. I love that name. And while this sounds accurate, it is no longer true.
Red is certainly the go-to color this Fall. It was all over the runways and now it's all over your stores.
Here are 6 ways (and bargains) to wear this color and brighten up your daily.
1 - WE OUT HERE
A red jacket or coat is a simple way to make a bold statement OR just add some color. I saw this Tod's moto jacket in Vogue magazine while getting a mani and did a double-take...
I love that this one is 3/4 length and covers your butt bc typical biker-style jacket is shorter. At $3700, this is an investment. It's a classic silhouette that will never go out of style.
Without fail, Zara has given us options that serve the same function with less of the financial commitment. As moto jackets are still in the spotlight, this one is in faux leather and won't break the bank.
We also gagged over this Shaci heavyweight faux fur coat at Forever 21! This is the perfect car coat to throw and go. You can also layer it on those blustery winter mornings with a cream sweater or turtleneck.
2- GET ON YOUR FEET
Red shoes have always been eye-catching and we have so many options to chose from...
This slouchy suede boot by NineWest goes great with skirts and denim and pants and, of course, leggings.
We particularly are digging these Blood & Honey mink shoes. These are striking and you can wear them to elevate your wool pencil skirt or velvet holiday bress. Add a pair of opaque or ribbed tights and you've taken your acessory game up a notch as well as your look!
These patent leather beauties were released while we slept on the beach. Zara premiered a pre-fall collection in late July and in a blink of an eye, these babies were gone. You can still cop a pair if you have a small foot or check Ebay or Poshmark. I'm still watching my feed to make these happen!
3- ON YOUR LIP
I have re-committed to the red lip thanks to Essentials by Edwina lipstick!
I always loved a red lip but hadn't found one that moved me in quite some time. I used to wear Revlon Fire & Ice in college. Religiously. It was just enough red with a touch of orange to make my lips GLOW! I don't know if they still make that color and I have since graduated from Revlon lip colors and invest in higher end products (mainly bc they are generally less toxic and typically use higher quality ingredients).
So when I found Essentials By Edwina's LALA red lip color, I was ECSTATIC. I have been wearing it EVERY DAY and must admit, it makes me feel powerful yet sexy, strong yet feminine. I know, I'm putting a lot of power into a tube of lip color but it really does. And sometimes it the little things! I also have gotten multiple compliments from strangers and friends! And if that's not enough, it has also been the #1 seller thus far on my White Noise TV livestream shopping show.
All of the lippies in this 3-color collection are bomb but I'm focusing on red bc we are talkign about red. Check out a separate blog post about the other colors that have me equally as excited...yes, hard to believe but true. Bible.
4- LACQUER UP
We all know nails are my thing and one of my all-time fave accessories. Your nails are certainly an accessory and definitely a way to add color to your daily. For that ruby red, I rely on OPI's The Thrill of Brazil. It has enough pop to brighten up the dreary fall and winter daze and make my sun-deprived hands look healthy. This lacquer also last's a long time and will werk perfect with your LALA lip color! Thank me later.
Each of these hot red options are all ways to WOW your new and existing wardrobe by adding Fall's IT color. I am working diligently to add more color to my life on the regular and I am taking my advice on all of the above!
And you don't have to be WILDto do it..............but you COULD be!
Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Decoded Fashion & Beauty Summit in NYC.
Industry leaders, innovators, and veterans from various platforms sat on panels for 2 days discussing and sharing ideas about fashion, tech and innovation.
With over 40 guests from Rag & Bone to financiers, the diverse audience shared differing challenges, opportunities and advice from their experience about the changing landscape.
The biggest takeaway and common conversations were about the vital need for consistent brand storytelling and its marriage to technology. Every brand exec agreed that being able to clearly communicate one's story using technology is the key to growing and maintaining your brand.
Yup - I couldn't agree more.