ETIENNE AIGNIER 2.0 -AIGNER MUNICH

ETIENNE AIGNIER 2.0 -AIGNER MUNICH

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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!

 

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THE FIVE

THE FIVE   I have always been a movie lover. I'm the one that people ask "what should I watch?" or text  "Whats good on Netflix?" so I will have some movie or tv review in my style report... If I had to choose a fave film genre, it would be Thrillers.   I got that honest-my mother is thriller lover --circa late 80's --anything with Gene Hackman or Kevin Costner would do... On Netflix, I have found a relatively bottomless  box of thrillers. In addition to all of the usual suspects, my foray into foreign thrillers this year has gotten the best of me. I whizzed through FAUDA, NOBEL, & MOSSAD 10 in about 3 weeks. On a snowy NYC Saturday, I stumbled across THE FIVE and was hooked 45 seconds in. The opening scene of Danny ( one of the ensemble lead characters) with his wife, kids, and dad who has Alzheimer' s, felt super familiar and pulled me right in. It is so relatable and slice-of-life that you immediately care about all of the characters. This thriller is based on a book by Newark, NJ native author Harlan Coben. It is about 4 friends who re-connect in adulthood after a tragedy in their teens. Yes, it sounds formulaic. But NO it is NOT predictable. Mark my words, this British import is binge-worthy. You really, really, really  don't know what to expect  and each ep in the ten-episode series draws you in further. As thrillers go, it can be a little bloody but the storyline and the talent are well worth it covering your eyes.  All of the acting is superb (as most British acting goes)  - especially O. T. Fagbenle ( the French Montana doppelgänger) - pictured far right above. It also stars Tom Cullen, Lee Ingleby, and Sarah Solemani who all do an equally fantastic job. The twists and turns in THE FIVE take you on a serious rollercoaster ride. Check it out over your holiday....#thankmelater

THE FIVE

 

I have always been a movie lover. I'm the one that people ask "what should I watch?" or text  "Whats good on Netflix?" so I will have some movie or tv review in my style report...

If I had to choose a fave film genre, it would be Thrillers.   I got that honest-my mother is thriller lover --circa late 80's --anything with Gene Hackman or Kevin Costner would do...

On Netflix, I have found a relatively bottomless  box of thrillers. In addition to all of the usual suspects, my foray into foreign thrillers this year has gotten the best of me. I whizzed through FAUDA, NOBEL, & MOSSAD 10 in about 3 weeks.

On a snowy NYC Saturday, I stumbled across THE FIVE and was hooked 45 seconds in. The opening scene of Danny ( one of the ensemble lead characters) with his wife, kids, and dad who has Alzheimer' s, felt super familiar and pulled me right in. It is so relatable and slice-of-life that you immediately care about all of the characters.

This thriller is based on a book by Newark, NJ native author Harlan Coben. It is about 4 friends who re-connect in adulthood after a tragedy in their teens. Yes, it sounds formulaic. But NO it is NOT predictable.

Mark my words, this British import is binge-worthy. You really, really, really  don't know what to expect  and each ep in the ten-episode series draws you in further. As thrillers go, it can be a little bloody but the storyline and the talent are well worth it covering your eyes. 

All of the acting is superb (as most British acting goes)  - especially O. T. Fagbenle ( the French Montana doppelgänger) - pictured far right above. It also stars Tom Cullen, Lee Ingleby, and Sarah Solemani who all do an equally fantastic job.

The twists and turns in THE FIVE take you on a serious rollercoaster ride. Check it out over your holiday....#thankmelater

BACKPACKS REDUX

Backpacks are this Fall's "it" bag. Spotted all over the runway and subways of NYC (sometimes on in the same), backpacks are not just for middle schoolers anymore.  Backpacks  have been redefined. Re-done. Done over. And I like it.  They are sleek AND smart. Kind of the way "glamping" has upgraded camping. They now are made with our lifestyle's in mind--with insulated compartments for your laptop, areas for your cords & headsets,  lightly padded straps, top handles and clean hardware for closures. The City Fold backpack (pictured above) is my fave this fall. It is light, small, and stylish. It is by a Swedish brand: Enter Accessories. Swedish fashion is known for  clean lines and sensible style...I mean,  they did give us IKEA and H&M.  This City-Fold Backpack has a fold top w grey & white stripe fabric detail inside, a side zip for easy access, laptop divider compartment, and top handle for carrying options. It's unisex and works whether you are dressed up or headed to run errands.  And it's only $45! Say "Boy Bye" to that bulky Jansport or those "dirty backpack" memories. Take your style game up with a sleek, textured back pack. If you're anything like me, your shoulders will thank you! Here are 2 more styles that are also on my Christmas gift list!

Backpacks are this Fall's "it" bag. Spotted all over the runway and subways of NYC (sometimes on in the same), backpacks are not just for middle schoolers anymore. 

Backpacks  have been redefined. Re-done. Done over. And I like it. 

They are sleek AND smart. Kind of the way "glamping" has upgraded camping. They now are made with our lifestyle's in mind--with insulated compartments for your laptop, areas for your cords & headsets,  lightly padded straps, top handles and clean hardware for closures.

The City Fold backpack (pictured above) is my fave this fall. It is light, small, and stylish. It is by a Swedish brand: Enter Accessories. Swedish fashion is known for  clean lines and sensible style...I mean,  they did give us IKEA and H&M

This City-Fold Backpack has a fold top w grey & white stripe fabric detail inside, a side zip for easy access, laptop divider compartment, and top handle for carrying options.

It's unisex and works whether you are dressed up or headed to run errands. 

And it's only $45!

Say "Boy Bye" to that bulky Jansport or those "dirty backpack" memories. Take your style game up with a sleek, textured back pack. If you're anything like me, your shoulders will thank you!

Here are 2 more styles that are also on my Christmas gift list!

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LUXURY:  DEFINED BY TAMARA MELLON

LUXURY: DEFINED BY TAMARA MELLON

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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 !?!? 

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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!

HOOP DREAMS

HOOP DREAMS

Jody Watley - Trendsetter in Music, Dance & Fashion

Jody Watley - Trendsetter in Music, Dance & Fashion

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.

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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!

2017 Honoree Crossover Music Icon with Tribute Performances by Sevyn Streeter and Vivian Green

2017 Honoree Crossover Music Icon with Tribute Performances by Sevyn Streeter and Vivian Green

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 "Willow" Brass Hoops https://www.kllercollection.com/collections/earrings

K/ller "Willow" Brass Hoops

https://www.kllercollection.com/collections/earrings

Cast Macrame Hoops

Cast Macrame Hoops

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. 

J Crew Hoop earring

J Crew Hoop earring

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. 

Drew Hoops by Jennifer Fisher

Drew Hoops by Jennifer Fisher

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.

Bamboo Hoop Earring

Bamboo Hoop Earring

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!

WILD WOMEN WEAR RED!

WILD WOMEN WEAR RED!

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...

Tod's Leather Biker Jacket $3700

Tod's Leather Biker Jacket $3700

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.

 Leather Effect Jacket $49.99

 Leather Effect Jacket $49.99

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.

Shaci Faux Fur Coat $125

Shaci Faux Fur Coat $125

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.

9West Scastien Slouchy Boot $199

9West Scastien Slouchy Boot $199

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!

Patent Leather High Heel Boot $159

Patent Leather High Heel Boot $159

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.

OPI's THE THRILL OF BRAZIL

OPI's THE THRILL OF BRAZIL

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! 

DECODED FASHION SUMMIT NYC

Decoded Fashion Panel

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.