Friday, April 26, 2013

Isabella Fontana for Vivara Jewelry's Spring 2013 Campaign

What's not to love! I'm especially taken with the "delicate" gold pieces....I love the way that she's wearing the rings in picture three.... I'm so obsessed with that look!


The Flower Girl – Brazilian label Vivara Jewelry gets one of the country’s top models–Isabeli Fontana–for its spring 2013 campaign. The beauty shows off her soft side with elegant gems and flower accessories photographed in nature. It looks like there is no stopping Isabeli as she recently appeared in another jewelry campaign for Strolli Oro.


Thursday, April 25, 2013

Cause for Pause

You know, there are just those things which will either stop you in your tracks or require a double take. Whether in a store window, tucked neatly between the pages of your favorite magazine or gracing the person of some fashionable chick, this group certainly falls into that category. From fun and funky to all out "serious," these shoes a certain to cause a stir!
Kobi Levi

Kat Maconie

O Jour

Haus of  Price

Roger Vivier
Gaetano Perrone

Jimmy Choo

Roger Vivier

What's More Alive Than You



Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Charlotte Olympia Teams up with Tom Binns for Punk Collection

Who better to collaborate than these two creative minds. I'll have the fuschia clutch along with the black and gold pump to go please!

PUNKED OUT: Charlotte Olympia has teamed with the jewelry designer Tom Binns to launch a limited-edition capsule shoe collection to coincide with the opening of “Punk: Chaos to Couture” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in Manhattan. The collection of shoes and bags will be exclusively available at as well as at the Charlotte Olympia Mayfair and Manhattan stores from May 2. The collection includes the Dolly Riot, a black suede shoe with a metallic platform; Anarchy Kitty, a black velvet shoe with neon embroidered faces, and Punk Pandora, a satin clutch. (WWD)

Monday, April 22, 2013

A Moment In Sneakers

Barney's Fashion Director, Tomoko Ogura wearing Celine's python slip-ons (Image:

While we're still riding the wedge sneaker wave, a new contender has come over the horizon....the "chic" slip-on. I'm sure that you've all run across a picture of Celine's pony hair and leopard versions, along with those in python, pictured above. Made popular by Vans, many moons ago,  and now various designers, I can only imagine that we'll see this shoe on the feet of many a "street style star" in the coming months.

I too am in love with the new offerings, and have featured some of my favorites.

Vans, $65;

Givenchy, $495;

Michael Michael Kors, $110;

Tory Burch, $165

Jeffrey Campbell, $185
Ash, $250

McQ, $405

Jeffrey Campbell, $150

Vince, $225
Tory Burch, $125;

Spring Looks from H&M

Looks two & three are my favorites....I'm all about color!

Spring Fling – Frida Gustavsson stars in a new style book from H&M, wearing standout pieces from the retailer’s spring collection. This season foulard prints, denim and lace set the tone for a casually chic outing. The Swedish beauty poses in a sunny desert setting with fringe-adorned and gold jewelry as accessories of the season. (Fashion Gone Rogue)



Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Prabal Gurung for Target: The Tail End

O.k., so it's old news now, but when it comes to a bargain, it's always good news! I didn't get involved in the whole in-store debut hubbub, as I waited for the "dust" to settle a bit. Much to my surprise, the stores in my area still had some shoes in stock, though most of the clothing had long sold. I managed to get my hands on both the red wedge and black gladiator sandals for $8.98 & $12.98 respectively...not too bad when others are selling them on Ebay for $30-$60 Sometimes it pays to wait!


Des Kohan

Filled with unique and unexpected "treasures," boutique shopping offers us a different experience. I love an open and airy expanse whose interior beckons as much as the pieces therein. I ran across this particular store on and imagined myself browsing through those exciting accessories. Read on for more about Des Kohan.

How many times have you been caught checking out another girl and then mentally “pinning” everything she has on? In our new series, straight from the streets of L.A., we visit with the ladies who define that effortlessly cool style that California has put on the fashion map.

In our latest installment, we’ve taken a chic peek inside Desiree Kohan’s namesake boutique, Des Kohan. A gem of a store, Des works overtime collaborating with brands like Juan Carlos Obando and Gabriela Artigas. The store is bubbling over with hard-to-find clothing and accessories (80 percent of the store is exclusive), all scouted by Des and her fashion maven friends in Los Angeles and on her travels. We chatted her up how she got her start, what inspires her, and of course, which pieces we all need to own this spring. (

Des in a Splendid T-shirt, Des Kohan pants, Dries van Noten shoes, necklace found in the souk in Istanbul.

The best part of her job: "I love that every day is different—one day I am meeting with clients and stylists in the store, the next I am in a design studio working with the very best designers choosing exclusive pieces for the store. But the best part is being in the store; you never know who is going to walk in. It is like a big open living room waiting for old friends to come visit!"

Handbags and jewelry, smartly displayed.

How she got her start: "I was a trend forecaster for Gucci, Prada, Miu Miu while living in Milan, where I met everyone I needed to know in the fashion industry. Then I designed my own collection, which was sold at Neiman Marcus, Saks, and other A+ stores in the U.S. But I realized I wanted to keep my designs exclusive, so I opened a store. Everyone I needed to know, all my contacts for the designers I wanted to showcase were already close personal friends, so the rest is history."

Bare monogram rings, they can be engraved through the website.

What she loves most about working in the fashion industry: "I love the traveling—it kind of feels like being "on tour" but for the fashion industry. You see the same people every season and just pick up where you left off. The events and exhibitions during Paris Fashion Week top the charts! It is a mad rush of energy."

In a necklace she found while at Istanbul Fashion Week, when she was shopping in the souk.

The best-selling item in the store: "Our Bare 14-karat-gold twinkle rings! They make great gifts, and they're nice stacked in between the rings you already own. They're perfect rings for styling!"

Here they are, how cute!

For spring, she's most excited about...: "The Dusan event we are having early May in the store. We are having a private sit-down dinner afterward for journalists and stylists. Events in the store are always fun and high-energy, but even more than that is supporting Dusan and welcoming him and his team to L.A."
Dusan shirts, perfectly displayed.

How she finds new designers for the store: "I have scouts in Europe and New York that look for designers for me. I also count on my friends to be my eyes and ears; some of the best designers came to me via friends. The Rodarte sisters years ago called me to tell me that they found the best designer for me, and it was a match made in heaven."

What she's excited to wear this spring: "I love long dresses for spring, preferably white with a bold bright shoe and or belt."

Morgan Jean necklaces, Art Forms in Nature by Ernst Haeckel book.

The one thing every woman must have in their wardrobe: "I always try to convey to my clients the importance of buying one great piece that you invest in rather than five T-shirts and one simple top or dress. Something that works for any occasion day to night. I always feel you need to have a standout pair of pants, preferably in a bold color and European cut. That way you can dress it down with a gray T-shirt for a casual day or dressed up with color or silk on top."

194T stripe T-shirts and sweatshirts

The best purchase she's ever made: "A Hussein Chalayan black overcoat. It kind of looks like a wool gown. I get stopped in the streets of Paris every time I wear it."

Her favorite jeans: "If you can believe it, up until six months ago I never even wore jeans because we don't carry denim. So I wear what my friends in the industry send me. At the moment I am wearing R13."

In her R13 jean, with jewelry by Gabriela Artigas, Nancy Newberg, and Bare. Vintage bumble bee ring.

Her favorite pair of shoes: "My favorite flats are my Alaia suede black ones with little balls on them that I bought them five years ago, and they are still going strong! My favorite heels to work in are Dries van Noten. He always designs comfortable shoes. My clients laugh at me and call my Dries van Noten shoes my "shop shoes."

Here she is, in her Dries "shop shoes"!

If you can't make it into the store, you can shop all of Des Kohan's amazing finds on the website.