ART IN MOTION:
The latest artist to collaborate with a fashion house is the legendary James Nares. Known for his exploration of gravity and weightlessness in a variety of mediums, Nares brings his brushstroke paintings as the signature element in a series of luxurious tote bags for Coach. “James is an art world icon, so we wanted to create something very special,” says Jason Weisenfeld, senior VP of the company’s Global Brand Communications and Collaborations. “When one of these bags is carried past you, you have the impression of a painting set in motion. They really are works of art.” And like most important art, there is a limited amount available: Only 175 of each color are being produced internationally, so make sure to snatch up one of these beauties quickly!
Coach X James Nares tote bag, $798, Available at select Coach locations and coach.com
On Trend: Neon Sport
Designers must have had the upcoming Olympics on their minds as inspiration for summer. Sleek and minimal, the sporty look offers a fresh respite from the otherwise very feminine trends we’ve seen. Bold colors, a touch of neon, stripes and exposed zippers will add a kick to your wardrobe this season without looking like you’re heading to the gym.
Looking to add a little rock ’n roll to your life without looking like you’re staring in Rock of Ages? Try throwing on one of Liquid Metal’s killer chain bracelets. Seen on Annette Benning and Sigourney Weaver, these slinky cuffs add an edge to any outfit, day or night.
Liquid Metal Bracelet » $178, Vie
It’s no secret that color is all the rage right now and sunglasses are not missing out on this trend. Instead of reaching for the same old black or brown frames, try brightening up your face with one (or more) of these colored sunnies.
A Shop Worth the Stop
Calling all savoir-faire women! For fashion-forward frocks, trendy accessories and designer shoes and gifts, look no further than Paperdolls Boutique in Kirkwood. With styles direct from London and New York and designers like BB Dakota, Lucca Couture, Vintage Havana, Chinese Laundry, Big Buddha and more, you can dress yourself from head to toe in styles that are all the rage! Voted ‘Best Women’s Clothing in St. Louis,’ by Ladue News Platinum List 2012. Visit us at facebook.com/Paperdolls.boutique.
BRACELETS FOR A CAUSE
It seems everywhere I go, whether it be The Dailey Method or on a recent trip to NYC, I am spotting women wearing loads of bright and colorful rubber bracelets. Turns out, the bracelets are not only super cute but they are helping women and their communities halfway around the world. MADE WITH LOVE recycled rubber bracelets are made by a women’s cooperative in West Africa. By paying a fair price for their work, these bracelets provide the women with a viable means of support and are sold to raise funds for a homeless shelter in Senegal. Each set of 18 bracelets provides three days of care in the shelter. I love when a cool fashion statement is working for an incredible cause.
read more at madewithloveproject.com
Shirts to Order: J. Hilburn
Gentlemen, have you been looking for an affordable, no-fuss way to order luxurious custom shirts? Well, look no further: J. Hilburn, the world’s fastest-growing luxury men's brand, has come to St. Louis. The clothes are made from the finest Italian fabric and are hand-constructed for every customer. The approach is simple: It begins with a personal consultation with a style advisor who gets to know your preferences, takes measurements and helps you build your first shirt from hundreds of high-end fabric choices. Once you have been measured, you can continue to order custom clothing via in-person meetings or opt to reorder and build shirts online. Custom shirts are delivered in three to four weeks, and prices range from $89 to $159.
To set up a consultation, contact Aparna Malshet at 440-0319 or firstname.lastname@example.org.