Style: Sweater Weather

This time of the year I’m FALLing for cozy oversized  knitwear.  From cashmere to wool, crew or turtleneck, be it bright or neutral (my favorite), easy to wear, warm  knits are the ultimate casual attire for a cool day.  And it appears I lean towards full spectrum shades of grey

Stay comfortably CHIC

 

Style is in the Bag

THE MULTI-TASKER

GiGi New York Convertible Leather Clutch

Style meets Function

I’m still getting the Zoe Report Box of Style and it’s always fun to unwrap the fashionably curated and useful findings inside each seasonal box.

For Fall 2017 Rachel Zoe and her team have an

exclusive collaboration with GiGi New York

featuring a luxury carryall in unexpected navy which converts from a computer case by day to a chic clutch come night.  Made of quality textured leather, it comes with a detachable strap for slinging across your shoulder for casual wear from office to evening. Of course the tassle sets it apart.

“Every woman is so incredibly busy, we need practical yet stylish pieces for every day.”  Rachel Zoe

A new favorite fall companion!  I’ll tell you about the rest of the box tomorrow.

 

Style + Beauty = Balmain

A look ahead to…

BALMAIN SPRING 2018  FRANCE INSPIRED shoe/boots:

These high heeled boots were designed with a Sexxxxy lace up front.  

Going for Baroque...The swirls on some of the uppers were inspired by the baroque interiors of France’s great palaces. The same swirls also found their way to the mini handbags.

Where oh where will I wear these?

By times we must look beyond the practical.  And for many women, this IS their practical.  Unless they have little french poodles please tell me they have NO dogs!

Always be comfortable in your own boots

Now we’re talking!

Style: warming up to Fall

Photo: Eat Sleep Wear

An artistic viewpoint: Winter is an etching, Spring is a watercolor, Summer is an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all – Stanley Horowitz

Fall is a chance to get cozy again.  Pull out your sweaters, booties, scarves and fedoras.

Here are a few street stylin women whose simple comfy style appeals to me right NOW.

(Photo by Edward Berthelot/Getty Images)

Brooklyn Blonde

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Imaxtree

Photo: Camille – Over the Rainbow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Imaxtree

A little leopard never hurts. AND check out those BOOTS!
(Photo by Edward Berthelot/Getty Images)

What’s your favourite FALL STYLE?

 

 

 

Style: chic feet

Maybe it’s the influence of a fashionable friend visiting from London or maybe it could be that I’ve always found LONDON WOMEN have a look (aka the London Look) that’s a bit more edgy or funky (for lack of a better word because groovy is what really comes to mind) over the rest of us. I admire the way they experiment with clothing and accessories and manage to pull off something more avant-garde and make it chic and fun. it’s not necessarily anything trendy or something we’re so used to seeing. Which leaves us wondering…hmmm how did she pull it off?  For this post we look to the feet.

Feet found on the streets of London during Fashion Weekunfortunately not by me.

MOD WOMEN

Photos: Vogue (UK), Buro (but chosen by me from plenty more images).

Style: get a Grip

With all the different options of bags on the market the grip handle bag has always been a ladylike choice.

Grace Kelly with the Hermès bag named after her – still in demand.

There are pros & cons to carrying one.

It’s a no-brainer because you just grab ‘n go, it doesn’t mess up your outfit and always looks sharp for a more polished look.

Even though they’ve never really gone out of style (think Lady Dior or the Vuitton Speedy handbags – both best sellers) they lost their appeal for a while.

But they seem to be making a modern comeback.

Gucci – found on “Real Real” website

Harper’s Bazaar

On the other hand if you’re out walking the dog (leash in one hand, phone in the other) it’s just another thing to hang onto. An over the shoulder, backpack or cross body bag is much more convenient in this case.

But when it comes to the beach, most straw bags are hand held.  It would look awkward throwing one of those over your shoulder.

Bag, Staud.  Photo: Atelier Dore.  See below for where to buy.

Bag, General Store.  See where to buy below.

The larger purses that come two-fold (with grip and a strap to fit over your shoulder) are convenient but many of them don’t always look so nice. I prefer those where you can remove the larger strap. Which brings me back to getting a grip on it; as shown in these photos.

Audrey Hepburn from “Breakfast at Tiffanys”

Bag, Staud  (Moreau Bucket Bag)

Bag, General Store (handwoven by fair trade Ghanian artists from elephant grass)

Which kind of bag do you prefer to carry on a daily basis?

 

Style: Personal Collection of Audrey Hepburn

Real Style can now be bought…but we know who wore it best!

Oh, how I’d love to own a piece of clothing that Audrey Hepburn had worn.

Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer in 1956.  Photo: Paramount / Kobal / REX / Shutterstockon

If only I could afford to…if only I could fit into something – two major factors.  Or maybe I could just frame the dress from Breakfast at Tiffanys!

For fans it will be possible to purchase something special with Christie’s upcoming sale of the Personal Collection of Audrey Hepburn.  A sneak peek:

A behind-the-scenes glimpse of Christie’s upcoming sale The Personal Collection of Audrey Hepburn. Photo: Courtesy of Christie’s Images Ltd. 2017

‘It is with great joy that we seek to share her spirit, through this sale, and its related previews’ — Luca Dotti and Sean Hepburn Ferrer, Audrey Hepburn’s sons.

Among this precious cache are many pieces from Hepburn’s personal wardrobe, including a cocktail dress from her friend and favorite fashion collaborator Hubert de Givenchy, a classic Burberry trench, and a rainbow-hued selection of ballet flats.

Photographs, Hepburn’s annotated scripts, and more will also be offered for sale in London on September 27; if the Internet breaks that day, you’ll know why. Decades after her passing, Hepburn’s popularity only continues to grow.

Hepburn’s style is sure to have drawn many to her. “People have always talked about her grace, [and wondered], What was the secret of her elegance? What was her system? What was her style?,” says her son Sean Ferrer who, with his 20-year-old daughter, is writing a fashion book, slated for 2018, that will tackle these questions, though he believes that some answers will emerge at the Christie’s preview, “when people see not just iconic pieces of clothing, but also more intimate things, things that she wore on her off time or at home.”

Audrey Hepburn’s colorful ballet flats (estimates from $1,900). Photo: Courtesy of Christie’s Images Ltd. 2017

If the sale will offer fans a more complete picture of Hepburn, it sounds like it will free the family to move forward with their charitable efforts on their mother’s behalf. Things, Ferrer says, are static.  “As far as moving into the future, I don’t think things will help us, therefore it’s only fair that those who would like to have a keepsake of her can do so.”

It would make for a fabulous keepsake from one of the most loved actresses of all time.

Source for story: Laird Borrelli-Persson / Vogue Runway

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Style on Wheels

Prairie Couture

Prairie Couture is the brainchild of my sister’s longtime gorgeous friend, Marina Perilli.

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This is Marina

 After a long stay in Vancouver she decided to return to her hometown in Alberta and with a cute set of wheels she’s bringing quality, fun & fashion via her mobile boutique who by the way, goes by the name LIV. My sis went to her opening last week at Rainmaker Rodeo & said it was tons of fun.  Sorry I missed it but I love the photos.  And I want a cowboy hat and boots.

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Photos: Lisa King

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Don’t break too many cowboy hearts Marina + posse!

You can follow Marina on Instagram @PrairieCoutureMobile to find out where her next pop-up location will be – you never know!

Website: https://www.prairiecouture.ca/    See SPECIAL below:

CANADA DAY is coming up!

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AMY dress (shown in S) Receive 10% discount with Code KINGFORPC until June 19th @ https://www.prairiecouture.ca/products/amy-tshirt-dress

Style: sheer perfection

From Beach to Brunch and Beyond

A silk kimono with multiple uses is a perfect standout piece to go for coffee or cocktails.

This printed floral kimono is from LA-based label Helena Quinn and conceived exclusively for the summer Box of Style.  The lovely silk robe is lightweight, versatile and so vibrant it’ll punch up any ensemble. From a pool cover-up to a light layer worn over a T-shirt and jeans, the styling possibilities are endless (valued at $120).

Pack Helena Quinn’s kimono in your beach bag, then belt it over your swimsuit for an unexpected layer.

Are you getting ready for summer?

Photos: Andy Noel

Website: https://www.helena-quinn.com/

Style: Just Cruising

DIOR’S CRUISE 2018 SHOW IN LOS ANGELES

For her first Dior Cruise show Maria Grazia Chiuri showed off the undiscovered side of Los Angeles by taking the fashion set into the picturesque desert of California’s Santa Monica Mountains.

The runway unfolded against a scenic sunset and mountain view, complete with two floating Dior hot air balloons in the distance. Taking inspiration from Georgia O’Keeffe, the laid-back, Wild West-infused collection paired perfectly with its Californian backdrop. From the star-studded front row to the standout accessories, here are highlights from the show courtesy of Harpers Bazaar.

To reach the show’s location, guests went off-roading out to the Santa Monica Mountains via ATVs. The fashion pack was seated in safari-like tents featuring couches and cushions in lieu of a front row.

Two Dior Sauvage hot air balloons made for the ultimate Instagram bait. Throughout the show, the balloons served as an airy backdrop to the runway, but afterwards proved to be the Instagram gold of the night.

Rihanna, Demi Moore, Jaimie King, Charlize Theron and many more graced the front row. The star-studded show hosted a gathering of A-listers, all dressed in Dior.

 Maria Grazia Chiuri’s inspiration from the show came from wall paintings in the Lascaux cave, which Monsieur Dior himself was also inspired by back in the early ’50s. The hand paintings could be seen reimagined atop wide-brimmed hats and embroidered into airy dresses on the runway.

Every look was topped with a wide-brimmed hat, setting the tone for the ultimate Western vibe. Following Dior’s Fall 2017 runway filled with leather berets, the hats of this season took a more laid-back vibe, many of which were adorned with turquoise beads and cave-like paintings.

Following suit, the collection itself featured dresses, jackets, cardigans and more taking influence from the Lascaux paintings along with Georgia O’Keeffe.

J’ADior!