past present, future perfect

Once upon a time, I owned a small little clothing shop in Los Angeles. And in that shop i carried a line of clothing created by two graphic designers from San Francisco, MM Sherman Wong Workwear. They made the most amazing unisex jeans — wide leg, light weight, slouchy — and other unisex white button down tops, jackets and sweaters. It was a staple line of my shop, my wardrobe and still influences my life today as one of their graphic mailers sits framed in my house as my favorite piece of art.

Not at all related but nearly the same in styling (uncannily so), Eileen Fisher has just launched a unisex capsule collection exclusive to Nordstrom that is the very essence of what MMSW Workwear was, only eco-conscious and updated just enough to make it relevant for today’s fashion. It’s fabulous. Selling out quickly. So don’t wait!  Only through Feb 9, 2020 in store and online.

memory lane

Portrait of sisters by Mike Narciso photographed in his LA studio,1986.

the perfect purse

This amazingly gorgeous purse comes in 3 sizes and multiple colors both pebble and metallic leather. It’s a home run by A-esque, a small atelier that hand-makes all their bags in Melbourne. I’ve long been a fan and own several of their pieces but this one…this one I want in every color and every size. The price, as high end purses go in this day in age, makes that entirely possible. Ranging in price from AUS$ 550-800. Subtract 30% for US dollars with our favorable exchange rate and that’s pretty affordable. The bag also has a hidden strap that allows it to be worn cross-body as well. As I said, perfect!

If you could have just one, what color and size would you choose?

(photos courtesy of A-esque)

art & commerce

Here’s an interesting pairing — Classic American shoe company Vans has partnered with the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam to create a series of shoes (plus clothing and accessories) based on the artist’s paintings. A portion of the proceeds go to support the museum.

Sunflowers on my feet? That could put a smile of my face . . . Available starting August 3, 2018 online at the museum store and www.vans.com Shipping worldwide.

sale of the century

I know summer is on the way (although you wouldn’t know it here in LA). But despite the fact you won’t wear these clothes for months to come — take advantage of the winter clothing sale at what is undoubtedly the best new fashion brand to come along in ages: ROUCHA.

I am head over heals in love with these clothes.The styling is right up my alley — slightly masculine but with feminine flair. Ultimately mix and matchable in black, navy, brown, grey and the occasional pop of color –  just what we all wear anyway. These are pieces made to be worn every day and work with sneakers or heels, whichever you fancy. I’m of the former variety myself.

The quality is gorgeous. The fit slightly oversized. The look sophisticated casual. And right now nearly everything is on sale up to 50% off.  If they weren’t sold out of a lot of styles in my size, I’d seriously own one of everything right now. I have an entire closet of winter coats from my East Coast days that never get worn here in California. But i am seriously tempted to buy another, knowing that a European trip is in my future late fall. At these prices, how can a girl resist?

This brand came to me in my Instagram feed. And boy am I happy about that. It a brand with serious pedigree and serious chops. Clothes that will last a lifetime and never go out of style. Even at full price … worth every penny!

Sale ends June 3, 2018

 

these shoes were made for walking

When i was 18 years old, I came home from Paris with two fashion trends firmly in my grasp 1) the white t-shirt layered under v-neck sweaters and 2) Stan Smith sneakers. Fast forward a million years, and i have rediscovered that the Stan Smith sneaker is awesome. Not only is it a classic fashion statement perfect for ripped jeans but super comfortable and just made for walking. Hello new travel shoes!  Recently tried and tested on the hills and cobblestones of Lisbon — not a slip, blister or achy foot in sight.

Even better, you can now customize your Stan Smiths to nearly any combination that appeals to you. (Although classic court green still has a certain cache if you ask me)

$60 for the classic version, $110  customized. Available here.

just add rain

51knilawculNo mistaking these eyes. How fabulous to have Audrey looking out for you on a rainy day. Umbrella by Kate Spade  $38

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back on the market again

fiorucci-angelsHalston…Gucci…Fiorucci…

Fiorucci may have disappeared there for a few years but they are back!  How many of you remember the Fiorucci store located across the street from Bloomingdales in NYC? I may be dating myself but in the early-mid 80’s, this mega store was always my first stop in the city  — followed by a tart frozen yogurt at the Bloomingdales food emporium along 59th street. I have fond memories of a blue & black plaid, corduroy, jean-style jacket and a slew of cherub t-shirts that I proudly wore with my baggy jeans and probably a big-ass bow in my hair.

tshirtsNow, those t-shirts are available again, along with a selection of jeans and jackets suited to today’s fashion trends. T-shirts available in black or grey, only at Barneys New York.