On Trend: Saddle Up

Not so much a trend as a lifestyle, the equestrian look always is a classic for fall. But what I love about this style now is that the individual pieces work so well with other non-equine items you own. Feel free to wear jodhpurs with your chunky knit, the tweedy, fur-trimmed blazer with your leather leggings or even a herringbone skirt with a sequined top! It’s always about mixing it up and creating your own look based on your fabulous personal style. (And a Gucci bag never hurts!)

Must-Have: Chain-link Bracelets

It’s all about the arm party right now - layering a variety of bracelets is a fun and unique way to accessorize your wrist. And one of the classics that looks cool again is the chain-link bracelet. Sparkly pave, tortoise or combined with leather, throw one of these links in your mix.

Everybody’s Wearing... Valentino Rocks

When you think of Valentino, you probably think of luxurious gowns worn by royalty, first ladies and Hollywood celebrities. But designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli are rocking the fashion world with a slightly more modern look. The studded styling on their latest shoe collection has everyone talking (or coveting!). A mix of ladylike and edgy, this bootie is THE shoe to own for fall for both new and veteran Valentino fans.


On the 'CUSP'

The latest of the seemingly never-ending improvements being made at Plaza Frontenac is in the contemporary department at Neiman Marcus. Now known as CUSP, the department will have a more boutique feel and will be the destination for the fashion-forward customer looking for the latest in contemporary apparel and accessories. "From the merchandise offering to the store vibe, CUSP has a distinctive look and attitude," says specialty retail president Jim Gold. "CUSP is for fashion-savvy customers who prefer to curate an individual style by mixing and matching ready-to-wear and accessory collections and items across all price ranges. Our goal is to give our contemporary customer a fun, unique, modern and unexpected shopping experience.“ 

Trunk Show Spotlight: Rungolee

Stylish, eclectic, and impossibly chic are the words that best describe the Rungolee woman, according to designer Anjali Kamra. Born and raised in Calcutta, India, and a graduate of FIT, Anjali draws on her Indian roots to design the line. Her use of vibrant color, natural textiles and gorgeous beading draw women from Baltimore to West Palm Beach, to the Hamptons and LA. And the line is more than just clothing, the 'Lanvin-inspired' necklaces, beaded clutches and gorgeous earrings all are amazing accessories that complete any wardrobe. As for the inspiration for her fall line, Anjali says, “The colors of India, the intricate embroideries and sheer range of styles surprise and inspire me every time I’m there. I juxtaposed and contrasted several ideas -- Baroque and intricate embroideries, with classic, easy shapes and silhouettes. I also focused on fresh and modern color combinations, like navy mixed with raspberry, and gray with parrot green.” And at realistic price points, Rungolee is the epitome of affordable luxury.

Upcoming trunk shows:

St. Louis – Thanksgiving Weekend (by private appointment, email  anjali@rungolee.com)

Tuesday, Dec. 11 (12pm - 6pm) & Wednesday, Dec. 12 (10am – 9pm) Hosted by Susan Sherman

Friday, Dec. 14 (5pm – 8pm) & Saturday, Dec. 15 (10am – 3pm)

Hosted by Cabanne Howard, Annie Schlafly & Reshma Chamberlin. Benefits Food Outreach.

For location details, email anjali@rungolee.com

'All in One'

If you are like me, you love a large bag to tote around all of your things but find you are constantly digging around it in frustration trying to locate your lip gloss or a pen. That’s why I love this new bag by Gigi New York. Handcrafted full-grain embossed python leather and available in six yummy colors, the 'all in one' is the perfect pouch to slide in your favorite bag to store your smaller, harder-to-find items. It also works fabulously as a clutch. A must for the woman who has to go from day to night in snap. And for only an additional $15, you can have it monogrammed in gold foil - making this the perfect personalized gift for the holidays.

Gigi New York 'all in one' bag, $98, available at Ivy Hill.

A Shop Worth the Stop

Apricot Lane—2401 St. Louis Galleria., 725-0020, apricotlanestlouis.com, Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10:00 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“Fun, fearless and fashionable” is the tagline of Apricot Lane St. Louis. The Galleria boutique carries celebrity-inspired fashion, vintage jewelry, chic handbags, shoes and more. With customer-care specialists, who are eager to assist with color, style and fit, you’re sure to find fashions perfectly suited to match your personality. Looking for a unique way to celebrate a birthday, bridal shower or just spend time with ‘the girls’? Apricot Lane also offers private parties—complete with cocktails and h’orderves, not to mention the latest in-vogue trends. So, go ahead… Express yourself!

—Elizabeth Schmitt

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