August 18, 2014

Outfit Post: 9th & Elm

In the end-of-summer season, bright, solid hues pack an especially powerful punch. I gravitate towards gem tones, which nicely complement dark hair and fair skin. However, I would say that gem tones have the ability to flatter anyone. It's simply a matter of finding the right hue.

This bold dress from independent designer marketplace 9th & Elm is significantly brighter in person than it looks online, much to my delight. (It is not quite as rich as a gem tone, but vibrant enough to fit in the family.) I am an unabashed fan of colorful prints and patterns, so a solid-colored dress is a refreshing addition to my wardrobe.

The wonderful thing about bright, solid colors is that they stand on their own. They command enough attention that accessorizing can (and should) be minimal. That means less work for you when it comes to getting dressed in the morning. Who would complain?

Dress and ring courtesy of 9th & Elm, clutch by Anya Hindmarch (similar styles here).

Click here to read more about 9th & Elm, and click here to browse their assortment of mini boutiques, which feature handmade goods and independent designers.

July 25, 2014

Dori Csengeri

In many jewelry designs, color is relegated to the gemstone, a tendency that makes for subtler pieces. For those who prefer their accessories bright and brazen, look to jewelry designer Dori Csengeri, known for her innovative use of color.

Csengeri studied at the "Shenkar" College of Fashion in Tel-Aviv. A textile designer by profession, she specialized in fabric design at Tootal Fabrics in Manchester and worked at Cyril Kowalewsky's studio in Paris.

Csengeri's experience in textile design is evident with her eponymous jewelry label, which is hand-sewn at her atelier by embroidery craftswomen, who use an ancestral technique of assembly by needlework of silky cotton cords. She also collaborates regularly with Swarovski.

As an aficionado of colorful fashion, I decided to ask Dori several questions about her work:

What drives you to use such bold colors in your designs?
I live in Tel Aviv, a city known for its sandy beaches, blazing sun and lively people. I guess that has a lot to do with my fascination with vibrant, happy colors.

Your designs are extremely sculptural. What was the inspiration behind your design signature, and what inspired you for the current collection?
I think that the sculptural shapes are born out of my constant search for innovative ways to interlink new materials with my embroidery and turn them into integral parts of my creations. In my fall-winter 2014-2015 collection, I explored interweaving "unruly" leather cords into voluminous shapes while playing with movement.

How do you decide on the color combinations you use in each piece?
In my mind, color is similar to music. I love experimenting with different ideas and color combinations. When I finally find the perfect tonalities that are harmonious together, I have an "aha" moment, or rather, a sense of wholeness and elation.

Visit for more information and to shop online. 
Select pieces are also available at Charm & Chain.

What do you think of Dori's designs?

June 17, 2014

Now In Bloom: Thierry Boutemy for Opening Ceremony

Fashion designers seem to be on an endless quest for new and exciting variations on an old classic: the floral print. But if you believe that the fashion world has seen every type of flora and fauna possible, then think again.

Enter Thierry Boutemy, a Brussels-based florist whose colorful floral arrangements are the centerpiece of the latest Opening Ceremony collaboration. "His bouquets take you back to Harvest time memories, carry you away in a fragile or luxuriant Nature, unlock a calm or confused Beauty," is a sample musing from the info section on Boutemy's website. The florist's combinations are romantic, channeling the emotions conveyed by flowers' fleeting beauty. His arrangements are ethereal and almost fantastical in nature.

Flowers and fashion have been long intertwined, as it becomes increasingly common for designers to commission extravagant bouquets and artistic displays for runway shows. Indeed Boutemy's work has graced the runways of Lanvin, Givenchy, and Dries Van Noten. Yet never have the two fields merged completely, as they do in Boutemy's first foray into fashion design.

To create the designs, Boutemy meticulously crafted a series of floral still lifes, from lavishly bright bouquets to a more minimalist collage of pressed flowers. The works were photographed and transformed into a set of digital prints, which emblazon the capsule collection's assortment of sharply-designed separates, accessories, and Manolo Blahnik shoes. The collaboration also includes a Le Labo fragrance, entitled Geranium 30.

All images courtesy of Opening Ceremony

The color schemes are striking and the silhouettes both modern and practical. It is a collaboration perfect for the customer who adores a bright floral print, yet also yearns for something a little edgier. Boutemy and Opening Ceremony offer the best of both worlds.

One could say that Thierry Boutemy is sprucing up an old favorite.

The collection, which also includes menswear, is available online or in Opening Ceremony stores. Click here to view a more extensive behind-the-scenes look at the making of the collection.

What do you think of the collaboration? What pieces would you (or wouldn't you) purchase?

June 05, 2014

Links à la Mode: Style Surfing


Style Surfing

Summer is officially here. Well, not technically... but it's still here. Headed to the beach this weekend? Going on holiday? Have you broken out your sandals and sunscreen? Yeah, summer. What to wear? How to take care of your youthful skin? Wedding season's here... do you know how to dress for the occassion? Well, if you're looking for inspiration, you've come to the right place. This week, we have a wonderful roundup of great summer themed fashion posts and a couple of other fun (and a few serious) tidbits. So grab your iced tea, and sit down for some good summer reading.

Links à la Mode: June 5th

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