Ahhh, velvet. Is there anything better than wearing this luscious fabric during the fall and winter seasons? And bows. Swoon. I’ve recently developed a major obsession with these über feminine knots. So you can imagine how excited I was when I first spotted Jennifer Behr’s velvet bow barrettes, where two of my favorite things come together as one gorgeous hair accessory. But it wasn’t until I stumbled upon yards and yards of velvet ribbon, in rich autumnal colors, that I was inspired to make my own. Turns out, bows are rediculously easy to make. Simply add these to a loose half updo or a casual ponytail and you’ve got the most beautiful, effortless hairstyle.
Since taking the creative reins at Gucci, Alessandro Michele has collaborated with numerous creatives like Coco Captain, Angela Hicks and Petra Collins. While most luxury brands team up with celebrated and well known artists, Alessandro goes for the under the radar talent that he occasionally discovers on Instagram. Amazing. This season, he’s tapped British painter Helen Downie, also known as @UnskilledWorker, to create a 40 piece capsule collection that include dresses, bomber jackets, GG Marmont shoulder bags, and Princetown mules – all printed with Downie’s vibrant illustrations. Alessandro has been a fan of hers since 2015 (one of her original paintings hangs above his desk at Gucci) and needless to say, the feeling is mutual. Bravo, Alessandro, for your love of art. We’re inspired.
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!