Trend section: Denim Days
Versatile, comfortable and flattering, denim is not just for cowboys or weekend wear anymore. denim has undoubtedly become a staple in everyone's closet. And for spring, denim (and its sister, chambray) is more popular than ever, showing up in every shape and style. Pair your denim with white accessories for a fresh way to wear this much-loved fabric this season.
Must-Have: Disco Bags
Small bags are having a big moment. Cross-body petite purses are the hottest accessory for a night on the town. Gucci appropriately calls theirs a ‘disco bag,’ and when all you need is your phone, a lipstick and free hands for dancing, these are some of the best to rock.
Everybody’s Wearing...New Classic
What woman (especially in St. Louis) doesn't love her Jack Rogers sandals? Jackie O. made the Navajo sandal a fashion classic, wearing them in Capri and Palm Beach in the ‘60s, and they have been a must-have for summer ever since. And while the Navajo always will be the style the company is known for, I love the new Lauren design. Incorporating the most classic Jack Rogers design elements - whipstitch and rondelles, these sandals are effortless and oh-so-comfortable.
Available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom and jackrogersusa.com
Line I Love: Miss Wu
Primarily known for keeping Michelle Obama looking supremely chic (not to mention Blake Lively, Michelle Williams and Emily Blunt), Jason Wu has been one of fashion's young darlings for the last five years. And for those who thought you could only snag one of his T-shirts for the price of your last paycheck, I've got good news! The designer has introduced Miss Wu, his contemporary, more affordable line, available exclusively at Nordstrom.
As Wu told Women’s Wear Daily, “I always see Jason Wu [the collection] as my aesthetic, my design sensibility. Miss Wu is my personality. It was really fun to explore that facet of who I am—slightly more downtown, and with a more relaxed attitude.”
Starting at $195, available at Nordstrom
Ivy Hill 2.0
I’m so excited that one of my favorite boutiques, Ivy Hill, has moved just steps away from the Ladue News offices into the new and improved Colonial Marketplace. With it’s signature whimsical and relaxed decor, Ivy Hill Ladue is a fresh take on the original Central West End store. And keeping with owner and buyer, Hillary Dutcher’s keen eye, the Ladue location has added a handful of new lines such as Amour vert (beautiful summer dresses and tops), Gypsy 05 (bohemian, elegant maxis), Teru Amo jewelry and My Saint My Hero bracelets. Don’t let the construction intimidate you - be sure to stop by to peruse all the spring lines and see the new Ivy Hill Ladue.
Lauded for her beauty and personal style, socialite C.Z. Guest transcended eras to become an enduring figure of good taste. A grande dame of high society who exerted influence over America’s cultural landscape for 50 years, Guest possessed a surprisingly modern spirit, no matter the decade. Exploring her unique style in the spheres of society, interiors and in the garden, the new coffee table book, C.Z. Guest: American Style Icon, is full of stunning images—including photographs by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Irving Penn, Slim Aarons, and Ron Galella—from her days as a young bride, to her family life on her Long Island estate, to her accomplishments as a gardener and author of a popular gardening column in the New York Post, to her prominence in society. With thoughtful and intimate contributions by some of C.Z.’s closest friends and contemporaries—such as Oscar de la Renta, Diane von Furstenburg and Joan Rivers—and showing some never-before-seen photos, this book is a must for devotees of fashion and style.