Designers Angeles Janza and Flor Fiszman enjoy loud applause in their native Argentina and abroad. They combine traditional craftsmanship with modern designs and unusual techniques to produce contemporary and fashion jewelry made from aluminum and steel wire. I searched many jewelry lines, searching for work that avoided clichés and which reflected genuine individuality. These designers certainly won my vote in the jewelry selection election!
Who can resist a designer who’s both frivolous and sensible. I can’t! I liked her sensible affirmation of women who possess a strong sense of identity. I also liked her not-so-sensible attraction to the joys of open toe shoes during cold weather. And I have trouble resisting her belief in sometimes greeting the day at breakfast wearing a rhinestone tiara. Not that I have time to do so myself!! Hmm. Maybe I should acquire a rhinestone tiara!
Corey Lynn Calter
The San Francisco Opera! The punk scene in Philly! The Joffrey Ballet! Corey’s familiarity with these sub-cultures enticed me to examine her line. And I am glad I did. She continues to amaze. I wasn’t surprised to learn that Women’s Wear Daily has featured her creations on seven covers. By the way, her daughters’ finger paintings are pretty nifty, too. I kid you not!
Looking put together is a cinch with this line…..it’s always on target, you look put together, but not overdone. From dramatic pieces to everyday items many garments have an added detail such as a drape, contrasting fabric, interesting cut that give the clothes an extra edge. This is a not even think about line, just wear it! I know, I own several pieces myself. Do celebrities like this line? Yes, indeed. Fans include Scarlett Johansson, Kristin Davis and Katie Couric.
Sophisticated, irresistible, affordable day and night denim! Too good to be true? Believe me, it’s true. Fashion star Cameron Silver has combined his spectacular feel for style with former financial analyst, Angelique Soave, to create a new line that fills the void in the denim market. The insanely attractive and the appealing – that’s what the two partners have given us! What’s the grown up word for “groovy”? If I knew it I’d use it to describe their line.
Often mothers and daughters make beautiful music together; with Tamara and Britt Delano the “music” consists of a beautifully styled yet practical line of clothes that appealed to me at first sight. I couldn’t wait to try on their creations. Talk about generational collaboration! The result is a collection that achieves its distinctiveness through exuberant use of fabrics from Brazil to produce clothes that accent the feminine essence as well as making a bold statement. The Delanos aimed at transcending the ordinary and the conventional. They’ve succeeded!!
Last Spring at the Beverly Center in Los Angeles I was refreshed not only by April showers but by a clothing line, Desigual from Barcelona, whose every stitch spelled f-u-n! These are not our mothers’ outfits. Indeed, they differ from competing lines as well. Seeing is believing! I was immediately taken with their unique way of mixing patterns and colors, reasonable prices too, for fun run around comfort clothes. And, I didn’t leave the store without purchasing an exuberant shirt that I wear with jeans, and always receive compliments on!
I was thrilled! What excited me was some gorgeous clothing that reminded me of art hanging on the walls of the Louvre. These creations are the product of the incredible imagination of famed French Couturier Christian Lacroix. I discovered that Monsieur Lacroix and Desigual have joined together to create a stunning collection with this fall's offering just the beginning. So, ladies, we are all in luck....designs by Monsieur Lacroix that scream with couture elements, with pricing closer to Desigual. I can't wait to wear the pieces, especially the Freeform red dress!
This line is the perfect mix of sleek and comfort, basics with incredible details like asymmetrical hemlines, cut outs and contemporary ruching that are ideal for the modern woman. EMMA&EMILIE means urban sophisticated comfort clothes at their best! They are committed to sustainability using sustainable fabrics and vegetable dyes. EMMA&EMILIE was founded in 2010 by Los Angeles native Angelika McKay, and every aspect of the line, including production, is done in downtown Los Angeles.
Angela, my sister-in-law, presented me with the most stylish reusable bag I'd ever seen. A very loud "thank you" to Angela. These bags are made by an Australian family who not only talk the environmental talk, they also walk the walk as well. I’m not tempted to join them in their rain forest paradise, but I do admire the results—their carbon footprints are virtually non-existent. And their chic, inexpensive, compact, attractive bags, that sharply reduce the plastic that demolishes the natural world—well, in a real way these bags permit us to preserve and enjoy the world simultaneously. I cherish these strong, perky bags and have given several to friends as gifts. And I have received appreciative thank you notes in return!
Where can I change out of what I’m wearing into pieces from francis? That’s what I felt when I first saw the francis line. It wasn’t something I wanted to wear next week or the week after it was something I wanted to wear now! The collection is full of punches of color, has an upbeat, feel good energy to it, with clean but dramatic lines and use of color that just call out, “wear me, feel and look fabulous today”! I’m a huge fan of “Mad Men” so maybe it’s just me, but some of the collection seems modern with a hint of “Mad Men”. This certainly is the fashion cocktail for me!
The francis line launched in 2009. However, its designer, Christian Francis Roth, began his fashion career earlier and at age 21 in 1990 won the prestigious fashion award “Perry Ellis Award for New Fashion Talent” from the Council of Fashion Designers of America and the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute placed several of his designs on exhibition. Luckily for women fashion followers everywhere, Christian Francis Roth is back on the fashion scene. Bring on the drum roll; I can’t wait to see more of his designs!
Being will organized isn’t much fun but it sure is necessary. Cooking dinner is more enjoyable if I don’t have to launch an expedition to Mars to find the spices I need. Tennis is more fun if I don’t have to e-mail my partner to remind me when and where we are playing next Tuesday. As for paying bills—if I can dispatch this task efficiently there may be time to try that new polish on my nails…
Knock makes the “getting organized” part of life easier and sometimes fun. The dreary sameness of so much of their competition they avoid. Their stationary and gift products also reflect their fusion of sensuous pleasure, utility and meaning.
What ties together an outfit better than a scarf? Not much! Scarves can be so much fun; they can work as an accent or be the centerpiece of an outfit. And they are one of the few fashion accessories that can be worn many different ways. Michael Stars Scarves are a winner for me, I like the way they can be easily dressed up or down and are so versatile that can be worn with many different outfits from jeans to work wear to evening. Cool weather, I’m ready for you!
Their soap is so pure you could eat it? That’s their claim. And without question Mudlark is passionate about developing carcinogen free products that minimally affect the environment. But I’ve never actually breakfasted, lunched or dined on their soap. It’s not that appealing. It does, though, look good enough to eat!
All their products warrant close inspection. Bath products with lovely scents. Purse notebooks and list pads that make writing “to do” lists a pleasurable experience. And more. When I’m searching for a treat for myself or the perfect girlfriend gift, Mudlark always is on my “check it out” list.
Comfy! LA Lifestyle, why not? This line is the ultimate in comfort and so hip too. So Southern California! Not only is this line comfortable, but Saint Grace uses color and stripes to create a young at heart feel. Move about your day in a most comfortable fashion!
Quinn Thompson, founder and designer for Saint Grace, launched the line in 2001 inspired by the soft jersey styles that were such a part of the 1970’s. And the only word we can think of is “sweet” for the inspiration of his company name, Grace is the name he would like to name his first daughter (hopefully Mom agrees, if not Grace also makes a beautiful middle name!).
Saint Grace uses soft fabrics including pointelle jersey, modal, Suprima® cotton, and Egyptian cotton. Scarlett Johansson is one of many Hollywood celebrities who dons Saint Grace. Saint Grace is sold at fashion outposts worldwide.