Yet another glorious summer has come to an end and as usual, the transition into fall has been rough. But the mourning period never seems to last too long, especially when cooler temperatures allow for accessorizing with something as classic and chic as a silk scarf. I’ve teamed up with Etsy to show a variety of ways to amp up your fall style with colorful silk scarves. I just adore vintage scarves, especially those designed by the iconic mid century, American designer Vera Neumann. They’re so wonderfully graphic and vivid in color! I also love vintage scarves from luxury labels Chanel, Hermes and Gucci – they never go out of style. Ever. A small square scarf, for example, is perfect for tying around the neck, ankle or strap of a handbag. Larger square scarves are ideal for wrapping around the waist or enveloping a hairdo. Fold, wrap and tie. It’s easy as pie. Put those trendy cotton bandanas away and try a silk scarf this season!
In early 2014, Danish designer Malene Birger left her eponymous label to pursue her passion for interiors with a design studio based in London. Birger1964 is a reflection of the self-proclaimed nomad, whose own flat is made up of treasures picked up through her many travels, from the Middle East to Africa and her years spent living Mallorca and Palma. In fact, her home is styled to showcase her own line of products, which include lamps, art, rugs, and furniture. Despite the fact the nearly every square inch of her floors and walls are dotted with art and objects, there is a comforting sense of calm that wanderlusts, like us, always hope to achieve.
Inspired by a mutual love of architecture and similar childhoods, surrounded by fashionable role models, Keren Longkumer and Valerie Quant Zecchetto focus on two important things while designing collections for their LA based footwear label LoQ: design and timelessness. This explains the quirky little details that has allowed them to reinvent the classics, while still maintaining quality and comfort. Block heels are just slightly oversized, jutting out from the under the soles of shoes and suede ankle boots have zippers that run along the front. My interest is piqued and I’m excited to see more from this duo!
Ruffles upon ruffles, cut out shoulders, deconstructed shirts, stripes and more stripes, and best of all, real women . . . these are just a few of our favorite things from our favorite collections during New York Fashion Week:
Rachel Comey: In celebration of her brand’s 15th anniversary, Rachel Comey took her collection to the streets of New York, just like she did for her very first show. Models of all ages and genders donned engineered denim, ruffled blouses with interesting shoulder details, quilted jackets, embroidered rompers and textured trousers, showcasing the effortless vibe that draws us to her clothes season after season.
Hellessy: There was a refreshing sense of softness to Sylvie Millstein’s spring collection. Silhouettes of statement blouses, with swelled poet and elongated sleeves, and tops baring a single, or even just the slightest of shoulders, were carried over from previous collections. This season carried a more tender vibe, however, especially when tops were paired with fluid silk skirts and lightweight cotton trousers. Feminine, wearable and simply beautiful.