Isabel Marant Heading to H&M!

H&M has done it again. Isabel Marant will soon join the ranks of Lanvin, Karl Lagerfeld and Stella McCartney when her capsule collection hits the floor on November 14, 2013. The tres chic French powerhouse is probably best know for single-handedly making over those wretched Guess booties we all went so nuts for in the 90’s and, most recently, giving us leg-lengthening platform sneakers.   While her designs are hush-hush, I am crossing all my fingers and bootie-clad toes that some renditions of my current favorites may make a cameo….

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Resorting to dreams….

Whilst running after three kids and carrying more backpacks than a Himalayan sherpa today at Sea World, I couldn’t help but dream about being somewhere else… somewhere warm and tropical with a drink in my hand, trashy novel in my lap, and wearing fabulous resort wear. So I found nap time to be the perfect time to skim through the latest in Resort 2014 collections. Some of my personal favorites included an adorably chic black Phillip Lim 3.1 romper and white blouse combo, perfect for wandering down a cobblestone street in a tiny European town…

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A white lace Giambattista Valli robe inspired dress that would look glorious atop a camel’s back or while dining al fresco in a tiny Greek Village…

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And an eco-friendly python Stella McCartney shift dress with killer zipper detail that would look perfect anywhere – except for maybe the front row of a Shamu show.

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Rompers- a must for summer!

I was hesitant to try rompers on account of my freakishly long torso and the dreaded camel toe, but alas, I was pleasantly surprised to find they are actually quite wearable. They’re lightweight enough to beat the heat, but the shorts give you much more mobility than a skirt- and wether you’re chasing after a toddler or a few cocktails deep, that’s always a good thing! For day, I love a white crochet look, like this one from Topshop USA. Add a straw hat and some bangles and you’re good to go.

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Come evening time, this silk Yumi Kim is perfect with it’s long sleeves and breezy silhouette. Pair with stacked heels or wedges, a few thin gold necklaces and a killer clutch and it’s the perfect date night look.

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So throw one on and romp away… They’re even cute in mini sizes!

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The Perfect Nude!

Sorry Michelangelo, I am not talking about your David, but rather another fabulous creation… the perfect nude heel! I stumbled across the Aerin Fira Pumps at Bloomingdale’s today and felt I had to share this discovery. Not too shiny, not too pink, not too brown… these truly are the perfect nude heels. The matte leather is heaven next to almost any skin tone and just disappears into your leg; creating the illusion of a longer, leaner leg. Now wouldn’t you call that a work of art?!

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Photo Credit: Bloomingdales.com

How to wear spring’s pastels, without looking like an Easter egg…

Spring has officially sprung, and with it, a delicious array of sorbet inspired pastels! Pastels can be tricky on some skin tones, so here are a few simple tricks to avoid looking like an easter egg…

1) Avoid wearing one color head to toe. Color-blocking is still ruling the runways, so mix it up a bit. Anything goes when it comes to color blocking… pink with purple; yellow with green, pink with green. If this is a bit too outside your comfort zone, start with different hues in the same family; a soft pink mixed with a neon or salmon.

2) Pair one pastel piece with a darker, bolder piece to anchor the look. Charcoal gray, tan and navy pair beautifully with springtime’s soft palette. You can also mix in white. Just steer clear of black; it’s too heavy a color and will throw the whole look off.

3) Not every pastel is for every skin tone (unlike the richer jewel tones which look great on almost everyone). Try a few on and see which one suits you best.

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David Bowie Is a Style Setter

London’s Victoria and Albert Museum opens its “David Bowie Is” on March 23 and has already sold over 50,000 tickets. David Bowie is many things to many people, a pop icon, a musical genius, a superstar. I think of him as a trendsetter, long before the rest of the world was ready for it. In honor of this new exhibit, I thought it would be fun to see just how far ahead of the masses Bowie was in many of his wardrobe selections….

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Prada’s Top 5

Last night I had the pleasure of attending Prada’s grand opening in Fashion Valley (to benefit Voices for Children, a fabulous non-profit in San Diego). While admiring their Spring 2013 collection, I couldn’t help but think of my first trip to Italy, more specifically the Prada outlet, and how that helped spur my love of fashion. Here’s a look back on some of my favorite Prada hits… 

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The Nylon Packback- 1985

The nylon bag that took backpacks off of the playground and onto the backsides of fashion’s most elite. I went to the Prada outlet in 1999 and purchased three of these bad boys in clack, grey and hot pink- yikes! My set bag today is a nylon Prada messenger bag that is a million years old and I won’t do any job without.

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Miu Miu- 1993

Prada’s sister line debuted- targeting the edgy/downtown fashionista and offered at a slightly lower price point. While living in Italy during college I saved for two months and bought the most perfect Miu Miu party dress- and it is still in heavy rotation today!

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The Platform Sandal- 1996

A precursor to today’s it shoe,  the “flatform”,  these sandals changed the look of casual shoes. Suddenly sandals weren’t just for your nonna. They were chic, feminine and actually comfortable!  I went to a Catholic high school with a strict dress code, save for the shoes. I managed to talk my dad, an equally enthusiastic Prada aficionado, into buying me a black patent leather pair I literally wore into the ground.

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Embellished Heels- 2007

Heels are heels, right? Enter Spring 2007 when Prada’s heels could have been easily mistaken for a lush garden. It was the first time we saw pumps with moxie. I remember putting clients in those botanical beauties for red carpets that year and for the first time, the shoes became just as important as the dress.   

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The Crystal Dress- 2010

This work of art was donned by more celebrities and graced more pages of fashion mags than any frock in recent history. Turning the idea of a traditional dress on its head, this beauty graced the cover of Vogue a record three times! You couldn’t look at an editorial or red carpet without seeing a starlet shining in this crystal overlay, yet somehow I always still wanted more!

Brava Prada- can’t wait to see what other warm fashion memories will be made donning your fabulous line!