Denim on Denim on Denim

This quintessential American look has gotten a makeover in the last few years. Denim on denim went from a bad 90’s vibe, women with big hair and bad habits, to the streets of Paris and London in what has appeared to be a revival of the laid back chic look. Minimalism being everything right now, this look adds a sense of vibey glory to that wardrobe and lifestyle.

Check out these amazing looks below to get some inspiration for your next denim on denim look!

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The Norge Beautiful

Trevor Boyd, our beloved photographer and friend, whose worked with us many times, went on a trip recently to Norway to visit some friends.  There was no surprise at all, Trevor being who he is with his insatiable love for beauty and light,  when he came back from the trip, gushingly sending me pictures of beautiful people he’d stayed with and met at a camping trip.

Everything about Norway seems magical. The impeccable life-style that hearkens to a time when things were simpler, and when life moved at a pace that was steady and straightforward, with true steps, and beauty that was found, admonished and celebrated. Trevor’s snap shots reminded me of Earnest Hemingway’s line in A Moveable Feast where he says “We ate well and cheaply, and drank well and cheaply, and slept well and warm together and loved each other.” Maybe not in true context, but that feeling of living a simple, full, beautiful life. His pictures convey this feeling that every breathe taken, is taken with meaning. That there’s a reason for all this. This is the essence of style. Living beautifully, living well and living with meaning, and you’ll find that those with impeccable style and life-style would be the ones who’ve grasped this.

Here’s to a life lived well and full. Cheers.

The Norge Beautiful Campaign.

Check out Trevor’s work at trevorboydphotography.com

Models dressed by Bolger.no, us.topshop.com and H&M

Model Love

Trevor Boyd, a fantastic, loveable, amazing, kind photographer that I’ve worked with in the past let me snag these photos he took of Grace, a lovely girl who has modeled for us before. Such a beauty!

LA Fashion Week – A Review

I found myself, during this years LA Fashion Week, prancing down Sunset Blvd in my highest heels.  It was abeaming Saturday afternoon and I had made my way past a huge construction site only to stumble upon the everso sleek Siren Studios.  There was a buzz in the air, with fashionistas whispering how Andre turned up front row at one of the previous night shows.  Yes, the Andre Leon Talley, snap!

The doors opened and we were seated for the first show of the day.  The Caribbean Showcase which featured the designs of two sisters from Barbados.  The models sashayed down the runway first in Brandi Estwick’s line, Iman Estie. Ensembles included a high waisted white pant paired with a faux leather top.  It was sleek and fabulous.  Her lines were impeccable and this was highlighted by a two toned black and white dress.  White in the front and a black scoop back that seemed drawn onto the models back, the fit was so perfect.  A flowy backless  floor length white dress with a deep v in the front was my favorite of the collection.

Kesia Estwick was next to present her line.  It was daring and edgy.  You could see and feel the influence of her native Barbados in her designs.The collection was colorful and sexy, it featured a dress with a black sleek tank top and a metal A line bottom.  One particular favorite was a floor length metallic dress, belted with cap sleeves and a high neck.  Kesia also has a streetwear line call KISS + GIRL.

The following Friday I ventured downtown to Vibiana, the formal cathedral of St. Vibiana.  It is one of the few remaining nineteenth century landmarks in Los Angeles and was the perfect setting for Bryan Hearn’s collection.  He presented 19 looks and they were whimsical and dramatic.  The element of fantasy played into the designs, some of the looks could have been straight out of a period piece film.  He did black mini skirts paired with a simple tank or a faux fur jacket.  One particular leather coat had a medieval feel to it, paired with lovely romantic updo’s the model wore this and it only added to the drama of the collection.  The simplicity of the collection was evident as well with an off the shoulder leather mini dress.

Lisa Ross

Cara Delevingne – Fashions Biggest Crush

The name “Cara Delevingne” has been on the tips of tongues of those who love a little wild when it comes to fashion and trends. The waif-like model is the face of Burberry Beauty and has been seen on the catwalks of some  of the major names out there including Oscar de la Renta, Burberry and Dolce and Gabbana. Fashion is her world, and she once said that once you’re surrounded by it, you can’t help feeling like you have some of your own ideas and expressions. This is the mark of a trendsetter.

Cara Delevingne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Her style is completely unique, her fresh face and goofy attitude reminds us of when we had no worries, and life was purely fun. At the same time she has an ability to be completely demure and mysterious, it’s what makes her so interesting.  She seems to have an attitude of “I wear what I want, when I want” and the little bundle of energy that she is will make her one of the most stimulating people to be around, and to keep watch for. Her unwavering confidence is seen in her ability to make any time into a good time, and to wear whatever she wants, and makes it look amazing.

From beanies to cropped sweaters, jeans and jackets to high-tops, Cara keeps her look comfortable but somehow makes it edgy and sassy. She is pure girl and pure fun. Get that “Cara” look by throwing on a beanie, a vintage tee and your favorite skinnys and booties or sandals. Make it pop by wearing fun colors and mixing textures. A chunky gold necklace and a beanie, like her look to the left, makes a statement because of how opposite the two are. Relaxed vs classy. Check out some more of her looks below!

Wardrobe Essentials and the Art of the Sock.

Fellas, we’re revisiting the age old story, the one that suggests what you should have in your closet if you want to look back next year and say that the winter of 2012-2013 was your best winter yet; also, it’ll be easier for you to dress in the morning if you have a helping hand with knowing what looks good, no matter what.

First let’s start with these boys:

Jasons’ look:

Keep your vintage tee and a wool blend (either tweed or something to that effect) extra slim fit pant paired with your oldest most rugged brogue boots, it completes this outfit. The tee dresses down the pants and the boot adds that edge that it needed. Sometimes it’s nice to create variety in your look, shying away from wearing jeans every day. Mix it up a little but maintain your comfort and edge if you’d like.  He accessorized with a hat.

Calebs’ look: For a more dressy look, something more put together that’s do-able for the office (not if you’re a lawyer though, sorry…). Try a cotton blend (or wool blend if it’s real cold) button-up shirt paired with an extra slim fit chino pant in dark dark blue (or color of your choice) and a pair of oxfords or brogues. If the weather is particularly cold where you live, go ahead and wear fun patterned or solid colored socks (try something that ties in with the color of your shirt or pants). Not only will your feet stay warm, but the socks give an exciting detail. NEVER wear white socks. Leave those for the gym and other extra-curricular activities.

Which brings us to this conversation: The do’s and don’t’s of sock wearing.

DO wear fun socks with dress shoes – it’s a fun detail that tells women, your boss and all the other important people in your life that you pay attention to detail and that you care.

DON’T wear fun socks with sneakers. It’s too much.

DO wear no-show socks with your sneakers, it’s a much neater look. If you argue that your feet will get cold then you should be investing in boots. It is winter after all and you might be the fool wearing Vans in the snow. No bueno. Your toes’ll turn black and have to be chopped off which makes for an awkward story as to why you no longer have toes. Don’t be that guy.

DON’T wear gym socks (those white bunchy ones) for your every day chukka wear. But DO wear black instead. You can never go wrong with black. It doesn’t stand out like a beacon in the night hailing lost sailors and sirens. Example below!

Jason’s second look:

Simply, cozy, casual, classy. Jason wears a cable knit sweater with a cowl neck and a hat, completely casual but put-together looking. Pair this with those wool blend extra slim fit pants and boots, or jeans and chukkas, and your whole look is complete. You’re put-together but you’re still comfortable.

This sweater is great because you can also throw a tweed blazer over, or a bomber jacket, or a pea coat of some sorts. It goes with everything.

Check out the different looks below, keep an open mind and don’t be afraid to try new things! You’ll be surprised at the outcome.

Fabulous Fashion Fly for Fall

By Lisa Ross

I found myself recently in Redding, California which is a 9 hour road trip from where I live in Los Angeles.  It was the second time I’d been and it is the type of place where one goes to mend a broken heart and get some clarity on the madness of this thing we call life.  It was spectacular.  Redding is a beautiful part of the state, chock full of loving warm souls and rich in spirituality.  It is God’s country for sure.
With what seemed like a B12 shot to my self esteem and the tattered seams of my heart sewn up, I began the journey back to Los Angeles with my friend Jason, who was on his own soul searching mission and looks like he just walked off the pages of L’Uomo Vogue.  We had one last stop.  A visit to the set of our friend Trevor’s photo shoot for The Luxurie.  It was hot beyond hot, like desert hot, as we pulled into the parking lot of the apartment building. I got out of the car and pulled myself together.  I put my hair on top of my head in a bun and I thought about my days in fashion when I launched the tents at Bryant Park in NYC.  Every season there was  a new crop of male models and every season I think I fell in love.
On this one particular occasion I was working at Tommy Hilfiger’s first show on  39th and 11th.  He wasn’t famous yet.  There was this one model from Israel and I told him he looked like Prince Charming.

“Who’s that?” he asked.

OMG, how could he not know who Prince Charming is?
“He’s the prince in Cinderella.”
The next day when we had a run through for the show, he told me that he went to the library and looked up Prince Charming.  I was shocked.  I couldn’t believe it.  He asked me out, we kissed on a street corner and he gave me a rose from a deli.  It was magical and I never saw him again. Sigh.
Anyway, back to the shoot in the desert.
We made our way to the second floor and Trevor greeted us.  He was rakishly handsome and carried himself in such a way that I knew he could hold his own if I plucked him from obscurity into Testino’s studio on a whim.  He had cleared out the living room and put down a white sheet against a plain white wall.  I think he rolled his eyes at the shag carpeting but of course he made it work, he keeps it moving.  He’s a genius in the making and turned this second story flat into a den of fabulousness.  Cat who runs The Luxurie, looked like a fashion model herself, a natural beauty with red hair and a smattering of freckles; she has a killer South African accent and worked the room like a pro.  I loved her.  Winnie helped style, a mini Rachel Zoe in the making and Mariah knew her way around a pencil, she could do a smoky eye and nude lip like no other.
Caleb and Meeks were the other models and they were gorge as well.  We also threw some girl who came to visit into an oversized sweater and placed her next to Jason (Trevor put him in the shoot too, well because you know, he’s everything a model should look like).  Snap, snap, snap.  She was a natural and I think all of us were impressed with our find.  I was bursting with ideas but didn’t want to step on anyone’s toes.
“Caleb tilt your hat and scrunch your forehead.”
 Snap.
“Wear the suspenders with just a tank”
Snap.
“Yes, a nude lip on her.”
Snap.
And three hours later, that is how our day went.  It was Ffffab….I always hesitate when I say the word fabulous.  I think it goes back to my boutique days in Boston.  There were these two sisters that lived on Beacon Hill and summered in Nantucket.  They were twins and would pop into Armani every season and leave with rolling racks of the entire collection.  Fabulous, fabulous..air kiss, air kiss.  I remember swearing that I would never say fabulous because I thought it was extremely overused.  But then it started to shift.  I worked  an event for Chanel when I was in PR and I met Linda Wells from Allure and she said my hair was fabulous. Smile.  And when I met Anna Wintour from Vogue, I spontaneously uttered “fabulous.”
“Excuse me”, she sang from under her bangs as she handed me her fur to hang in the closet.
“I..I think your shoes are fabulous.”
 She broke her death stare with a grin then turned on that white patent leather heel, leaving me in a waft of No. 5.  (It was winter and she was wearing white shoes which is probably why I thought SHE was fabulous, she broke the rules).
So with all that being said, I have been exposed to the top of the top in the fashion game.  Fabulous and not so fabulous.  I am miles and years away from that time in NYC but I found the same essence in this second floor walk up with the shag carpeting.  Trevor, Cat and their crew were so creative and had “fabulous” down to an art form.  Fabulous meaning that palpable feeling in the air where it is all working and you look fierce while doing it.  I was happy to be a fly on the wall.
I taught, and most importantly I learned, and in the end it made me more fabulous just being there.
   (Picture below – Lisa and Cat)
Lisa and Cat

Finally! The Pre-Winter Campaign!

A few weeks ago we did a photo shoot that seemed more like family time than an actual photo shoot.

The photographer, Trevor Boyd, had been wanting to do something using only natural lighting while maintaining the flawless look  that a studio would bring. We spent some time looking at different locations that had great lighting and finally settled on his friend’s place who also happened to be one of the models, Caleb. It has massive windows and a perfectly white living room. After settling on a time we decided we would shoot Meeks and Caleb and hopefully find more models along the way. Little did we know that they would come off the street in the shape of friends and friends of friends that  perchance would happen to stop by.

The first unexpected model to arrive on scene was Emily, who grew up in England and was here for school. She had heard through one of Caleb’s room mates that we were doing a shoot and wanted to hang out and be a spectator. At this point we had a few of those as friends would drop in to say hi and watch the process. Trev, Allie and I took one look at her, asked her what her name was and if she was free for the afternoon. With much excited bewilderment, she shakily said yes and  was thrown immediately into position with hair, makeup and a sweater. The rest with her is history. Trev couldn’t stop gaping at her and frankly neither could I. She was flawless and her innocence only added to her beauty. We couldn’t believe our luck, that this absolutely stunning girl just stumbled through the front door, and despite her nervousness, absolutely killed it in front of the camera.

Our next visitor were Trevs’ friends Jason and Lisa who stopped by to say their farewells. The two were headed back to LA after a weekend retreat in town. Once again, gaping ensued. Trev asked Jason if he had 5 minutes, those 5 minutes turned into about 3 hours of more gaping and shooting and exclamations on how amazing he was, and how ridiculous it was that everyone looked so good together. Again, it was perfect. Lisa yelled her two cents with eyes glued to her phone and gave much feedback and ideas. We couldn’t have done it without her. Meanwhile clothes were swapped in and out, closets were raided, clothes were shared and the corner of the living room started looking a little rambunctious.

As models posed and sweated it out in heavy sweaters and makeup, pizza was ordered and soda was drunk, loud music kept our pace going and our gorgeous hair and makeup girl, Mariah, gave haircuts wherever she could find a willing head, and I was willing. The girl knows how to cut hair. The beautiful Allie ran around fetching things and dressing people, steaming clothes and making sure everyone had anything they needed. She was a godsend.

After we wrapped up the day, shooting at the lake with the sun setting, we looked back on it with whimsy. We didn’t want it to end. New friendships were formed and etched forever in our minds, were the warmest and most affectionate memories.

We decided that the only way to do photo shoots, fashion, style, life was being family. And from here on out that’s the way it’ll be.

Enjoy some of the shots taken at Calebs’ house!

(Click on the first image to open the slideshow)