November 04, 2016
Velvet seems to be one of those fabrics that you either love or you don't. Or, if you are in-between, you probably lean closer to one side or another.
Of course, velvet can have its issues, especially when it gets rubbed against its grain or in some cases, when you wear the same pair of velvet pants over and over again. And, for some, it can be viewed as frumpy or outdated.
For all of its opportunities though, velvet is one of my favorite fabrics. I see it as something that has so much potential. As it can be a polarizing fabric, when you do wear it, you tend to have a unique outfit and it's unexpected! With this said, you can imagine my excitement when I was seeing velvet on the runway for spring/summer 2017. Yes, not even for fall but for spring and summer!?
For those of you in the love velvet camp with me, we don't have to wait until spring. In fact, velvet is popping up for fall too. From dresses to shoes to blazers to pants to bags and from Zadig & Voltaire to Jimmy Choo to Prada and more, velvet is all around.
Now, there are many ways to fold velvet into your wardrobe.
Start by playing with accessories - maybe a velvet handbag or velvet shoes. In this way, you are playing with velvet but by just dipping your toes in the water - no pun intended.
Velvet choker necklace
Next up, try a velvet tank or sleeveless mock neck that you can layer under a blazer or a cardigan. Again, this way you aren't fully committing, but you are giving it a whirl.
Then, if you want to take velvet one step further, go for velvet pants. What I love about this option is that you can pair it with a simple t-shirt or better yet, one of our Layering Tops, and you got an outfit that will take you from day to night.
Lastly, and I caution you with this option as if you can rock it - go for it. On the other hand, if you have any hesitation, then try one of the other options first. This option would be going for a velvet dress. If you venture down this road, be sure you accessorize the dress in a way that is reflective of you. Since you are going all out velvet, you need to be sure you balance out the fabric with the right accessories - from jewelry to shoes to the handbag you choose.
Of course, with any styling option, have fun! I know I'm ready to find some red velvet pants and pair them with a white Adea Modal Tee, a black cashmere sweater and some ankle boots.
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October 22, 2020
I just read an article that sounded – to me at least – like “a canary in a coal mine” or an early warning of danger. This piece, written by Joe Pompeo, appeared in the May 2020 issue of Vanity Fair magazine with the title “The British Tabloid Invasion” and a subtitle that read, “How the Daily Mail is conquering American gossip.”
The paparazzi horde, La Dolce Vita, 1960 – photo courtesy of Vanity Fair
October 14, 2020
Apparently the good old U.S. is a nation of “not great” sleepers. Really? And I thought I was the only one! According to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention it was revealed that one out of three Americans are chronically sleep-deprived. Yikes!
October 06, 2020
I think we’re all taken by the incredible mystique of the famous French fashion house, Hermès that has been with us for two centuries and is still owned and operated by the same family. From its beginnings in fine equestrian leather goods, they are – in the tumultuous year 2020 – best known for their handbags and many other items.
My image of Hermès has always been rarified products at equally rarified prices so imagine my surprise when I recently received a very stylish publication of theirs in the mail.