Tibi Lady Liberty Sweater

Fashion, Luxury, Obsessions, Style

This gorgeous intarsia sweater is a part of Tibi’s New York City inspired pre-fall 2013 collection:

lady liberty sweater

It was the last look of the show, which I loved in its entirety. Brittany Adams of Style.com said it best when she noted the brands commitment to wearable clothing: “Amy Smilovic has been playing her cards right at Tibi for the past several seasons. Having shifted her focus from party frocks to clean basics, her business is now doing better than ever…You don’t need to be fashion mad—or have a superstar’s budget, either—to appreciate these clothes.”

Smilovic said “it’s important to show people how we would wear something,” which I think they did successfully. The minimalist, street styling worked perfectly with the theme of the show, and though I can’t pick favorites, because the entire collection was so perfect, here are three notably great looks:

Tibi Pre-Fall 2013

Photos: Style.com

I love the middle look, not only because of the letterman jacket (how hip,) but because the lines in the sweater were inspired by a subway map…and seriously, who doesn’t love a clever sweater? But the most fabulous were the shoes. There was a strappy and a bootie…two of my favorites:

TIBI pre fall 2013 shoes

They are both so now, and chic, and simple. Love them!

I couldn’t resist styling the Lady Liberty sweater myself. If I were a rich girl (cue Gwen Stefani song in your head) this is how I would wear it:

Obsessed TIBI Liberty Sweater

TIBI sweater / DOLCE & GABBANA jeans / CHLOÉ coat / MANOLO BLAHNIK heels / YVES SAINT LAURENT bag

I really love white coats, like this one by DKNY. They allow you to really play with your accessories and colors. This look would not have worked with a different colored coat. The bag and shoes would have looked ridiculous against anything other than white, but because the rest of the outfit is relatively simple (emphasis on relatively,) it works.

The shoes remind me of a cab, but not in an obvious way. If TAXI was written on the side of them then it would be cheesy. But because they’re Manolo’s, also very New York (thank you Carrie Bradshaw,) and have clean lines, they add some fun and a pop of color. The purple YSL adds even more color and is complementary to yellow. I’m obsessed from head to pointed toe.

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Embellished Jackets

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My new obsession is embellished jackets. They may sound expensive, and most are, but these more affordable British clothing companies, like TopShop (which has now taken over the US,) ASOS and River Island, are making it much easier to stay on trend and under budget. This ASOS jacket is amazing:

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screen-shot-2013-01-28-at-4-06-22-pmThe white version runs petite while the black comes in regular sizes. For the price ($132) it’s a pretty gorgeous jacket. The best thing about it is that it can be dressed up or down. Throw it on top of jeans and a t-shirt and you’ll look effortlessly chic. Put it on top of a dress and you’ll be the trendiest girl at the party. Here’s one by River Island for $142:

River Island Embellished Jacket

It gives off more of a Park Avenue vibe, but still manages to maintain a bit of an edge. Of course, the neon drew me in (you know how I love neon,) but the embellishments are what make this jacket stand out. Here are two of my favorite designer embellished jackets:

Matthew Williamson and Elie Saab Embellished Jackets

The powder pink bomber is by Elie Saab and the black is by Matthew Williamson. I am absolutely in love with the Elie Saab. Not only is this color (blush) very hot for spring, but it looks amazing on all skin tones. It can also act as a neutral while allowing you to change up the black, white, brown routine.

If a whole jacket is too much embellishment for you, this Anna Sui vest is a beautiful alternative:

Anna Sui Embellished Vest

The colors of the jewels and the texture of the velvet work hand in hand to create a gorgeous, eastern inspired vest. The collar is very Asian and almost has a regal look to it. These next two jackets are stunning, a bit more ladylike and, again, can be dressed up or down:

Prada and Miu Miu Embellished Coats

The pink is by Prada and the black is by Miu Miu, and both need to get in my closet. If I had to choose, I think the Prada would be my favorite. I don’t know if I’m just in a pink mood today, but I think I would love this jacket in any color. The delicate details and clean lines are just gorgeous. Proof that you don’t need to be over the top to create something breathtaking (although sometimes a little over the top doesn’t hurt.)

Obsessed: Velvet

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I hated velvet when I was younger.  I had this velvet skirt that my mother made me wear to high holidays and the occasional Bar or Bat Mitzvah, but I tried to avoid it at all costs.  If only I knew then what I know now: that velvet can be FABULOUS.

Erdem had the most amazing velvet prints in their Fall 2011 collection.  The Ellie cowl back dress and Alanna printed pants are two of my favorite pieces.

erdem-velvet

Velvet is one of those tricky fabrics that, when done the wrong way, could end up looking cheap or tacky. It also must be cared for properly or the fabric could end up ruined.  Here are a couple of tips to keep your velvet looking good:

1. Take good care of your velvet clothing!  It can be damaged easily.  If you’re not great at caring for your clothes stick to crushed velvet.  Because it’s already, well…crushed, you don’t have to be so careful with it and can sometimes even machine wash it.  Take all non-crushed velvet items to the dry-cleaners for proper care.

2. Do not fold or iron velvet.  Folding it will crease the fabric, sometimes permanently, and ironing it will leave an imprint.  To get out minor wrinkles you can steam it.  (If you have to fold velvet, put tissue paper in between the folds.)

These wide-leg, red velvet pants by Steven Alan are so fab.  Red velvet is very luxe and can really add a lot to an outfit.  It’s a great way to bring texture into your wardrobe.  The pants to the right are a less expensive version from Topshop.  This print might not be for everybody, but I love it.  With a print like this in velvet, the rest of the outfit should be kept simple.  The pants are the statement piece here.

Another option for velvet is to wear it on your feet.  These Giuseppi Zanotti velvet Veronica booties are to die:

Topshop also had some great velvet shoes:

APT Velvet Chelsea Ankle Boots / Strut Metal Heel Platform Shoes / Fuschia Velvet Logo Slippers

My favorite velvet piece of the season has to be the Marc by Marc Jacobs sphinx animal-print skirt:

The shape is universally flattering.  I also love the mid-length.  (If you’re on the shorter side, remember to tailor mid-length skirts so they hit your leg where they should.  Otherwise you can appear even shorter.)  This skirt is classy, fun and trendy: the perfect combination!

Obsessed: Lanvin Travel Kit

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With the holiday season coming up I have a lot of traveling in my near future.  I’m always looking for ways to make long flights more endurable, and I recently stumbled upon the Lanvin Travel Kit:

Of course, the price is slightly obscene at $525, but when you’re buying a brand like Lanvin, you’re not only buying quality and luxury…you’re buying the idea of that brand.  You’re buying the feeling you get when you put on something amazing.  A lot of people think it would be crazy to spend this kind of money on a silk travel set, and maybe it is.  But if fashion is what you find joy in, like myself, then these slippers could be an easy way to be able to wear Lanvin on all of your future plane rides.  The sheer thought is so glamorous…

I know what you’re thinking…”she gets all this from a pair of slippers?”  But I guess my point is that it’s not the slippers…it’s what the slippers mean to fashion crazed people like myself.

The set also comes in tan and navy blue:

There’s also a less expensive alternative made by Kashmere.  Their travel kit is usually $375, but at Bluefly it’s being sold for $170.  It’s not made of silk like the Lanvin kit, but it is made of a cashmere-wool blend.  It comes with a pillow as well.

Neiman Marcus makes a 100% cashmere travel set for $300:

It does’t come with slippers but it does have a fabulous blanket.  Each of these sets suits different needs and could make great presents for anybody who flies often.  Racking up those miles can be exhausting…a little R&R on the plane is a must.

Obsessed: Fendi Winter Tale Boot

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Fendi is all about the fur this winter, as can be seen in their advertisement below.  One of my favorite items to help brave the cold to come are the Fendi Winter Tale boots.  Below are two outfit ideas to show just how versatile these amazing booties are! I’ve written about Gucci fur booties before, but the details on these Fendi’s are almost awe inducing.  From the side, the buckles are totally visible, but from the front, it’s all fur…and I’m not complaining!  This is one of the most beautiful winter booties I’ve come across in a while.

An almost identical style comes in black and is called the Fur Vamp Ankle Boot:

I can’t quite decide which color is my favorite.  I wouldn’t complain with either, but I think the black makes the gold pop a little bit more.  I’ve always loved black and gold, but the brown are also amazing!  What’s not to love?  It’s fur and Fendi!

Printed Top ETRO

Jeans RALPH LAUREN

Sweater ALEXANDER MCQUEEN

Skirt MULBERRY