Leave it to Johanna Ortiz, who took the fashion world by storm with her statement, shoulder skimming shirting, to likely ignite yet another soon-to-be-imitated trend: robe dressing. I can speak for myself when I say all I want wear, come spring, are floral, kimono-like dresses, worn over pants and denim. And the oversized bow closures? So chic. I also love that Johanna’s signature ruffles have also taken a softer, less structural form, making them easier to wear – you know, for us less glamorous folk . . .
I’m addicted to color. I mean, the proof is in the Pinterest board. Although sometimes, I find myself struggling to execute the daring color palettes I relish from afar. So recently, while brainstorming with my friend and interior stylist Bianca Sotelo, we thought it would be fun to turn my favorite moodboard into a reality. So Bianca brilliantly transformed my favorite color combination of lilac, pink, turquoise and rust into the most gorgeous, outdoor fall tablescape. I love the mismatched chairs, the unexpected pops of indigo and the layering of linens. Today, she’s sharing tips on how it call came together, including a DIY trick you can do at home!
If there’s a single accessory that gets me most excited about fall, it’s hats. And if there’s one brand that does it the best, it’s SuperDuper Hats. The Florence based brand uses time honored millinery techniques to create the most unique colors, shapes and proportions. I love the designers’ cheeky approach to design and their regard of the finest raw materials. Just look at this wool hat, with a cut-out front, exposing a snap closure of a baseball cap. Brilliant! Or check out the trail of little orange koi fish embroidered along the crown and brim of rabbit fur felt hat. Sick. Hello, hat season!
Illustrator Ayumi Takahashi has lived a life well traveled. After growing up in China, Japan and Thailand, she has made it her objective to continue exploring the world into adulthood, absorbing as much culture as possible. Ayumi’s global influence, as well as her love of fashion, is evident in her portraits. I love the way she incorporates color and style into these portrayals of strong, culturally diverse women.
British brand Whistles has collaborated with By Far, a Bulgarian shoe label with a serious cult following, on a capsule collection of shoes inspired by the free spirited women of London. Four limited edition styles are named after famous London streets: the Ledbury Loafer, a mannish loafter; the Redchurch Slingback, a block heeled slingback; The Chiltern Shoe, a tasseled, low heeled pump; and my personal favorite, The Burlington Boot, a vintage inspired lace up book with a stacked heel.