White Hot

With the arrival of spring (and summer just around the corner) comes the return of all of our favorite white items (who’s ready to pull out their white jeans again?). And apparently the editors of Harper’s Bazaar have the alabaster hue on their minds too. This beautiful editorial in the magazine’s April issue was shot by Peter Lindbergh and features models Heidi Mount and Jessica Stam in the most stunning head-to-toe white looks. 
Looking through this spread inspired me to look for some white pieces to add to my closet. Read on to see some of my favorite picks… 

Click on the picture to view my favorite white picks…

Jewelry Designer Spotlight: Marlaina Stone

Nobody understands the definition of statement necklace better than Marlaina Stone. Founded in 2007, by Marlaina Stone in collaboration with metal artist Ashley Heidrich, the Marlaina Stone collection is so much more than just jewelry – it’s wearable art. Each piece is uniquely hand-constructed and one-of-a-kind. We were fortunate to have the opportunity to ask Ms. Stone a few questions to gain a better insight into this artist’s eye. Read below to hear what she said…



Where do you find inspiration for your jewelry?

I draw my motivation from the people I surround myself with and those that I have encountered in my past.  I am not one to draw inspiration from the setting sun or a nice walk on the beach.  I get so much more from true human emotions; love, anger, sadness.  I think that is why I become so attached to my pieces; they all come out of an encounter that someone on our team has had in their lives.  In this sense, each piece already has a story and life before it ever leaves our studio.  

Where do you see jewelry trends headed?

I see trends allowing for greater personal expression.  For so long, people have been afraid to stand out.  Everyone wanted to blend in and not be singled out as an individual.  As consumer confidence increases, so does their desire to make a statement.  We have seen so many collectors coming into our brand now that it is okay to stand for something again.  Statement pieces are not going to be contained to the red carpet and black tie events.



How do you decide that a piece of jewelry is an investment vs. a trend?

The mission statement for our couture brand is “To liberate your alter ego, only radical design will do.” This is the litmus test for us when we are designing a piece. I think this is one of the reasons what we do is not trendy. It allows us to pair a black skull with a pink silk flower or lava rock and feathers. We create each piece around a feeling rather than what is the latest piece to come down the runway. 



How would you describe your personal style?

My style is dynamic and incredibly bold.  Certain things catch my attention that most people wouldn’t dare wear.  In that sense, my fashion sense is very eclectic.  I am acutely aware of all the details when I put my wardrobe together.  That said, I am as comfortable in denim and a t-shirt as I am in a vintage dress.  A couple of constants with me;  I always have some incredible accessories on and my hair and makeup must always be perfect!

Do you find that fashion/ready-to-wear collections influence jewelry trends?

If you allow them to, trends can seriously define your designs.  Our couture pieces give a nod to the trends but are more timeless in nature and sort of define themselves.  Our ready to wear line-up entitled Second Verse is incredibly aware of the trends and follows them much closer.  That said, we still push the boundaries of what people expect with our Second Verse line.

In the Mood

I always find it interesting to know where designers seek inspiration for their collections. Don’t you? Luckily for us, Vogue asked this very question to 13 designers, including Erin Wasson and Jason Wu. The designers sent in pictures of their mood boards, those collages that feature everything from fabric swatches to photographs – basically anything that inspired their Fall collection.
(I probably should have posted this before Fashion Week but better later than never, right?)

Erin Wasson 

Jason Wu

Rag & Bone

Check out the rest of the mood boards right here

Perfect Pick: Equipment Shirts

Looking for the perfect boyfriend shirt? Look no further than Carine Roitfeld. French Vogue editor brings the boyfriend look to another level as she is literally wearing her boyfriend’s shirt. And now we can wear her boyfriend’s shirt too! The editrix’s longtime paramour is Christian Restoin, the creator of Equipment shirts. Restoin launched the shirt collection in 1976 (fun fact: Roitfeld and Restoin actually met when she was styling a shoot in the ’70s and requested some Equipment shirts) eventually selling the company in 1998. But the boyfriend’s back! The line is being revived this spring by Serge Azria, CEO and Creative Director of Current/Elliot and Joie, and Restoin will serve as creative consultant. This wardrobe staple serves up the ideal boyfriend style recipe: tailored, incredibly soft fabric and patch pockets. (I can personally vouch for this because I bought one myself last weekend). It really is the perfect shirt.

Get the look: Shopbop.com and Intermix

Paris Fashion Week Special: Chanel

Leave it to Karl Lagerfeld to take fashion back to the Ice Age. At a chilly temperature of 25 degrees and a 265-ton iceberg brought in from Sweden as the backdrop, the Grand Palais was set for Chanel’s Fall 2010 arctic freeze. Standing at 28-feet tall, huge chunks of ice made up the glacial sculpture around which the models strutted the catwalk in thick tweeds and cozy knits. The models (including Lagerfeld favorites Lara Stone and Freja Beja Erichsen) stomped through the icy floor in two-toned plastic galoshes and kept warm in all sorts of lush fur (pants, bags, boots, you name it), all of which was faux. According to Lagerfeld, “Fake is not chic, but fake fur is.” I especially love all of the white pieces (including a finale wedding dress!). Even the accessories were iced-out. Models clutched lucite minaudieres in which the classic Chanel quilting and interlocking C’s looked like they had been frozen over – another take on the clear trend we’re seeing so much of right now). Bundle up.

Favorites?

At Home: Phillip Lim

Phillip Lim is one of my very favorite designers, and I always thought it would be cool to see how he decorated his home. This past Sunday, The New York Times Magazine allowed me to do just that. I am obsessed with his floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. Although there were only a few pictures (I hope they’ll give us a full tour soon!), the article included an excellent interview in which the designer discusses everything from his French bulldog Oliver to his favorite fashion eras. Take a peek!

Wonderland

On the eve of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland release I couldn’t help but remember this spectacular Vogue editorial from December 2003. Styled by the one and only Grace Coddington and photographed by Annie Leibovitz, the series features quite an all-star cast (Natalia Vodianova, Karl Lagerfeld, Tom Ford, and John Galliano, to name a few) posing as characters from the Lewis Carroll classic.

I can’t wait to see Tim Burton’s adaptation of this classic story!