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.

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.

Little Blue Dress in Luxury

Fashion, Style

I loved Kourtney Kardashian‘s blue dress at the Teen Choice Awards. She wore a Blaque Label Sweetheart Chiffon Dress, and didn’t she look fab?

Here’s an example of how to wear the new LBD: the Little Blue Dress:


1. TIBI Draped Dress $297

2. Gucci 1973 Shoulder Bag $795

3. LANA Blake Bar Earrings $780

4. Pamela Love 7 Crystal Cuff $495

5. Fiona Paxton Dakotah Ring $160

6. Theyskens’ Theory Patent-Leather Wedges $465

Olivier Theyskens was asked to design a collection for Theory and these amazing wedges (6.) were born. I’m obsessed with all of them but the patent-leather and suede ombré’s have to be my favorite…I mean, look at these!
Speechless……..The ankle straps are even removable:
 In the words of my favorite stylist…I die.  (For those of you who don’t get this reference…please watch The Rachel Zoe Project.  The new season starts September 6th.  Do yourself a favor and tune in.)  It’s bananas.
Come back tomorrow for how to wear the little blue dress in reality!

Leather in Luxury

Fashion, Style

Leather was all over the fall runway and I absolutely love the look. There’s something very badass-chic about wearing leather not just as a jacket. And God knows there’s nothing like a good leather pant.

I love the Joseph Burgundy Skinny Leather Trousers pictured below. Getting leather pants in a color other than black or brown is unexpected and will give your outfit a little something extra.

1. 3.1 Phillip Lim Raglan Leather Sleeve Top $725

2. By Malene Birger Niloga Leather Dress $900

3. Joseph Burgundy Skinny Leather Trousers $1,031

4. TIBI Leather Shorts $550

5. Graham & Spencer Leather Skirt on sale for $175 at ShopBop.com

6. Matthew Williamson Ball-Embellished Leather Jacket $808.50 at TheOutnet.com

7. Mackage Loretta Jacket $1,980

My two favorite pieces have to be the Mackage jacket (7.) and the By Malene Birger dress (2.), although I love them all. I love leather!!

Check back tomorrow for where to buy Leather in Reality.

Photos: Shopbop.com, Theoutnet.com, Google.com