The Lady in Leather and a Crop Top

Fashion, Luxury, Style

Whoever said you can’t be ladylike while baring a little midriff obviously didn’t try hard enough. This outfit is the perfect balance of classic and modern. The small strip of skin definitely ups the cool factor, but the leather is what really gives this look its edge:

Lady Crop Top

OPENING CEREMONY top / TIBI skirt / JIL SANDER coat / VICTORIA BECKHAM bag / CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN boots / AGENT PROVOCATEUR gloves

The Christian Louboutin boots, Victoria Beckham purse and Agent Provocateur gloves completely modernize the look. The clean lines, rich leather (very trendy right now) and unexpected color palette bring this look to life.

In the winter the leather boots are a necessity to keep bare skin to a minimum, but in the spring they can easily be swapped out for some heels to transition the outfit. Just make sure they contrast with the propriety of the skirt and top. The trick to looking cool in a matronly skirt is to keep the rest of the outfit relatively hip.

Burberry Trench Two Ways

Fashion, Luxury, Style

love trench coats.  This black trimmed Burberry trench puts a slight twist on a classic item while still keeping it timeless and classic.  A trench coat is one of those fabulous pieces that you can dress up or down.  The black piping on this one makes it especially easy to dress up.

The more casual outfit has another one of my favorite items: riding boots.  These Gucci ones are fab and will last you forever.  The rest of the outfit is relatively inexpensive, but the quality pair of boots and the trench elevate the ensemble and really make it sing.

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BURBERRY Trench / ALEXA CHUNG FOR MADEWELL Sweater / TOPSHOP Jeans / MISS SELFRIDGE Bag / GUCCI Boots / VERSACE Dress / ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Clutch / CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN Heels

The red Versace dress doesn’t need much elevating…it’s pretty breathtaking all on its own, but great accessories never hurt.  The white point-toe pumps are trendy and add more sophistication to the dress rather than taking it away.  The clutch adds a pop of excitement with a pattern to an otherwise solid-hued outfit.  Add the trench and you’re ready for a night on the town, rain or shine.

Orange You Chic

Fashion, Luxury, Style

I used to hate pairing the complementary colors of blue and orange.  They just reminded me of how bad the New York Knicks were, and of how much I hate the Mets.  But when I saw this Paul Smith jacket next to these Rag & Bone pants, sports were the last thing that came to my mind.

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RAG & BONE pants / DRIES VAN NOTEN sweater / PAUL SMITH jacket / CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN shoes / MICHAEL KORS bag / RAY-BAN Sunglasses / DENIS COLOMB scarf / FRENCH CONNECTION earrings

A sweater like this may not normally be worn in an outfit with otherwise clean lines, but I do love pairing things that don’t seem like they belong.  It’s really the only texture in the outfit which makes it work.

The Christian Louboutin love flats have been on my radar for a while.  Shoes like this are a great, sophisticated way to add some fun and whimsy to an outfit.  I really love these shoes, and they also come in black and red.  They’re a fab way to get some Louboutin in your life without killing your arches.

 

DVF Dress with Nikita Cat Eye Tom Fords

Fashion, Style

I have loved Kourtney Kardashian‘s cat eye sunglasses from the moment I saw them.  Here she is wearing the Nikita by Tom Ford along with her fab riding boots:

I decided to pair the amazing frames with this Aztec-ish, DVF, body hugging dress.  A fun way to mix things up is by pairing simple, streamline dresses like this one, with very structured accessories.  The jacket is called the “long blazer” implying structure in it’s name.  It works well with the dress because of the contrast.  I like that when you take the coat off your shape looks that much more amazing because nobody was expecting it.

This clutch is amazing and very architectural.  It pairs very well with the color blocked Louboutins.  The earrings add the perfect, face framing pop of color.  If you’re not a fan of color swap them out for something a little bit more understated (but how could you not like these?!)  This outfit is very New York.  Love it!

Dress DIANE VON FURSTENBERG

Jacket THE ROW

Earrings IRENE NEUWIRTH

Clutch MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA

Sunglasses TOM FORD

Shoes CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN

Deck the Halls with Markus Lupfer

Fashion, Style

Halloween is this Monday, and you know what that means.  It will soon be time to start decorating for Christmas (and, of course, Hanukkah.)  But the early holiday décor should not be limited to twinkly lights and glittery trees.  With the help of Markus Lupfer, we can deck ourselves with fab, sequin reindeer sweaters.
We’re all familiar with the dreary, sad holiday sweaters that our lower school teachers would begin to wear the week before winter break, similar to this one:

I know…it’s unfortunate that something this heinous even exists.  But now, thanks to some sequins and our deer friend Markus, holiday sweaters have been reborn.  The important thing to notice is that he didn’t make it too literal.  The red scarf adds an element of Christmas that makes the whole outfit really pop.  I also love how the patent Y on the bag mimics the shape of the antlers.

Add a pair of Louboutin booties and a YSL bag, and I guarantee you’ll be the chicest, reindeer sweater-wearing diva the holiday season has ever seen.

Sweater Dress MARKUS LUPFER

Jacket ANN DEMEULEMEESTER

Booties CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN

Bag YVES SAINT LAURENT

Earrings ALEXIS BITTAR

Scarf DENIS COLOMB