Trend section: Saturated Spring
Spring is upon us and while I’m thrilled about some of the new trends, I love that bold color is still big. But this year, instead of neon, think saturated primary colors: classic reds, bold blues and sunny yellows—tones that add a punch to any outfit.
Must-Have: Drippy Earrings
It’s all about the dangly earring for spring (check out any red carpet). The bigger and more colorful, the better. So don’t be shy when it comes to dressing your lobes this season.
Everybody’s Wearing...Pedro Pumps
Pedro Garcia is known for traditional craftsmanship and avant-garde fashion. Experimental luxury has become the brand's design philosophy, and this new shoe is no exception. The ‘Lucy’ sandal might be the best shoe I’ve tried on in months. Soft suede and a perfect heel height with an anatomically correct sole, this is the perfect transitional heel. The most surprising thing, though, is how unbelievably comfortable they are (think slipper-comfy). The hardest decision here is choosing which color to buy!
Line I Love: Nieves Lavi
With warm weather around the corner I am already thinking of breezy printed dresses (spring break, anyone?). One of my favorite designers of said dress is Nieves Lavi, the go-to designer for perfect summer clothing, party dresses and whenever ladies like Sarah Jessica Parker and Jessica Alba want to look glamorous. Designed in New York’s fashion district by Sam Nieves and Sharon Lavi, this duo understands perfectly what a cool girl wants to wear. There is something about their designs that manages to be both luxurious and comfortable at the same time. Working with beautiful silks and textiles, they design their own beautiful prints, making their collection super-unique and divine to wear.
Available at Laurie Solet and Saks.com
The Gucci Loafer Turns 60
One of the most well-known symbols of status is the Gucci loafer. Created in the 1950s by Gucci founder Guccio Gucci, the iconic loafer was given its trademark horsebit accessory as a nod to the company's equestrian pretensions. It was initially available only for men in three colors: black, brown and white. By the '60s, the Gucci loafer was a status symbol, worn by movie stars from Clark Gable and John Wayne to Fred Astaire and Peter Sellers. By the ‘80s, they were a must-have for the yuppie set. They continue to be a best-seller year in and year out. According to current designer, Frieda Giannini, "The loafer has become iconic because it is one of the most functional items in both a man and a woman's wardrobe—worn not only just by successful businessmen, but also by stylists, artists, musicians, actors, mothers, weekenders and so on." To commemorate its 60th year, Gucci is launching the ‘1953’ loafer in 53 colors (for men and women)—sure to appeal to a whole new generation of loafer lovers.
As part of an overall re-branding scheme, JCPenney is collaborating with London-based and Nigerian-born designer Duro Olowu for a new limited-edition collection that includes women's apparel and accessories. Beloved by fashion insiders (The accessories editor I worked with at Glamour loved and lived in his dresses) for brilliantly updating classic silhouettes by using unique prints and bright hues, Olowu has a distinctive, global point of view. And with the very fashionable First Lady Michelle Obama acknowledged as one of his biggest fans, you know these pieces won’t stay on shelves long.
Available at JCPenney from March to May 2013
Shop Worth A Stop
MACs Designs—9823 Clayton Road, 991-3337, Hours: Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
By Michael de los Reyes
Monograms have a subtle presence and special meaning. “It makes the product yours,” says Margaret Spooner, founder and owner of MACs Designs in Ladue, which also provides appliqué items. “One mom called from the delivery room and we gave her the monogrammed items by the end of the day,” Spooner says. “It just made things more special.” Spooner and her specialists can monogram or appliqué items within a week. The items can be a company logo on a quarter-zip pullover or personal initials on towels, sheets, shirts, handkerchiefs, boxers and babies’ clothing. “Be your own brand and wear your monogram,” is the store’s motto.