Friday, April 04, 2014

Lanvin: 125 years of French Perfection

I have a friend who recently discovered and fell in love with the fashion house, Lanvin. Naturally, she reached out to me because I am probably the only friend she has that would get as excited as she was about fashion! When she asked about the label, she said that the clothes completely captured her essence. I told her that since Lanvin is 125 years of French perfection, it made perfect sense that she would feel such a strong connection. 

Created in 1889, Jeanne Lanvin started her fashion dynasty by creating hats which quickly became popular with the most fabulous Parisians of that time. From there, Madame Lanvin began designing children’s clothing as a result of the birth of her daughter, Marguerite. She then got into costume designing – first for adult productions and later for children. It wasn’t until 1909 that the Lanvin house branched out into couture for ladies; the evolution for her business was in direct correlation with the growth states of Marguerite. Later, the line expanded to bridal, lingerie, men’s clothing, and home d├ęcor. The story is beautifully told on a timeline that can be found here.

The inside of Jeanne Lanvin’s office which has been preserved. In celebration of the 125 year milestone, Lanvin has shared photographs of the office on their Twitter and Instagram accounts. There is also a great article about the office on the Harpers’ Bazaar website. 

Lanvin also has one of the season’s “it” bags. It is their “paper bag” made of lambskin. Who else but a French design house can make a paper bag chic and have everyone coveting and buzzing about it?

Thank you, Lanvin, for 125 years of French perfection!  Here's to 125 more!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Il Sito Del Museo Gucci

The fabulous Gucci Museum in Florence now has a website! Go here to read my experience there in Florence and go here to experience one of my favorite places for yourself!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Are Leggings Pants?

This may seem a bit like a rant but it’s not! I have just been pondering this for a really long time! 

I have been observing the legging trend for quite some time and I have been working on an opinion about them that is fair and objective. I love wearing them because they are super comfortable. However, I am also really irritated when I see them out in public on some people. I have also gotten great laughs at the expense of my friends on Facebook when they encounter someone wearing leggings in public and looking completely inappropriate because they have complete melt downs which I totally understand! (This has happened lots of times by several different friends!) 

So the million dollar question is, are leggings pants? I say yes – and no… 

There are several conditions that must be met for a girl to wear leggings and not look trashy – and there is a razor thin line! The first condition that you have to consider is your body shape. Yes, you should be confident and proud of the body God gave you whether you choose to take care of it or not (another post, another time…) . However, if you are overweight (or frighteningly underweight), leggings are not for you! Just because they are sold in your size does not mean it’s appropriate for you to buy and wear so just get over it and buy the cheap ones to wear as you lounge around the house. 

This brings me to my next condition to wear leggings in public as pants… 

If you spent less than $50 on a pair of leggings, they are NOT pants, they are underwear or pajamas and nobody wants to see that in public! The safest bets for leggings as pants are leather or faux leather and skinny jeans (it looks like legging jeans have been dropped from the market). There are, however, some lycra/cotton blends that you can make work as well but they cost more than $50 and the material is thick – really thick! No lady should want strangers to be able to see her booty through thin fabric– not a good look! 

Finally, solid black and denim are the only colors where this works. Although, I will admit, I have seen some people out in a good, thick, well-made pair of print leggings or leggings in other colors and it worked but it is a huge risk (as I sit here writing in a pair of camo leggings, but hey! I’m in the privacy of my own home and not going anywhere!) 

So! Will I wear leggings outside of my home as pants? Absolutely! I love the leather and faux leather leggings and I also like to do the legging jeans in the winter. They are a great complement to my Uggs! Below are my two favorites I found while cyber shopping today…

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Let’s Hear it for the Boys! They've Got Spring Fever, Too!

It was great to see the men at the Oscars thinking outside of the box with their tuxedos the other day. It got me thinking that more attention should be paid to men’s fashions. Most of the time some people say men are easy or maybe even boring to dress, but there are lots of easy, cool, and creative things that guys can do to change up their look and those who do it all of the time are great at it. The most important aspect of an impeccably dressed man is a good tailor so those suits, shirts, and separates fit perfectly along with a subtle mix of suit colors – black is not the only color for a suit! Branch out with brown, navy, gray, or even try taking a risk with a deep merlot or emerald color (but maybe just for a tuxedo on a special occasion). Smart accessorizing is also important to give the look that extra touch of polish. Since we all have spring fever right now, let’s talk about travel (preferably somewhere warm and sunny)! 

So, you've got your guy a great travel outfit; complete with great shoes which are the most important part of a man’s ensemble. The next important thing for travel is a great carry on bag. Check out my Wysh Lyst for men’s travel below. You may just want to buy these great bags for yourself and let your guy borrow them… 

Alfred Dunhill Sherborne Grip Bag

Coach Bleecker Shopper in Bar Stripe Leather

Ralph Lauren Quilted Duffel Bag