Brass cuff by Susan Suh
There are not many times when the late, great Coco Chanel got it wrong but she when advised to when accessorizing, ‘always take off the last thing you put on’, in my mind, she was way off track.
While I’m not advocating looking like the lady out from Banbury Cross (remember that childhood favorite rhyme, ‘with rings on her fingers and rings on her toes, she shall be heard wherever she goes’) I have always felt very strongly about the role of plus ones in one’s wardrobe. The ability of just the right set of earrings, a designer bangle, or even a fashion scarf to take an ensemble from drab to fab in an instant continues to marvel me even after nine years of working in fashion.
Not only is this an easy, peasy way to add a little za za zoo to an outfit but it is also the way to take an ensemble from work-worthy stylish to bar friendly chic. Are you a corporate Clare? Leave the blazer at work, unbutton that shirt, add a brightly cultured chunky necklace, some chandelier earrings, and swap the sensible brown leather tote for a neon clutch and you’re ready to roll. For those creative Colette’s out there the world really is your oyster so take advantage of being able to stack your pieces. Look to two-fingered rings, designer cuffs and bright and unique necklaces as you embrace your creative side.
So there you have it, thanks to some well-placed necklaces, designer cuffs and statement earrings you can wave goodbye to that dratted old Friday night getting-ready-in-time panic. Perfect.
Two-finger ring by Sticks and Stones
Purple Python Necklace by Elvira Sazesh
Crescent earrings by Arata Fuchi
So, remember the George Condo‘s cover art to Kanye West‘s “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy”? The controversial (and much loved here at LL.com) mogul has turned them into scarves. With the help of Mathias Augustyniak and Michael Amzalag of M/M Paris, Yeezy produced 5 silk tweed neck beauties to be sold at $370. Though steep, only 100 of each scarf is being sold, meaning they are sure to sell out as soon as they are let loose this coming Monday.
You can purchase them through MMParis and Colette (in Paris, not that you didn’t already know). Make sure to save the stabbing scarf for me!
Holy smokes. Look at Adele Adkins* in Céline for The Gentlewoman, Issue 3. Cancer stick aside, this is retro gorgeous. The latest edition of the magazine focuses on “an extravaganza of female politics, power and good looks…[with] in-depth interviews with the opinionated, passionate women who are taking the international stage: singer Adele Adkins, writer Fatima Bhutto, activist Mabel van Oranje, cosmetic dermatologist Dr Frances Prenna Jones, Colette’s creative director Sarah and artist Germaine Kruip.”
* Buy all of Adele’s music right now if you haven’t already.
French culture magazine Blast has just released it’s latest instalment with colette as Guest Editor and the captivating Chloe Sevigny in blue-tinted glasses for the cover. Joining her in the Fall issue is Larry Clark, Bret Easton Ellis, Daisy Lowe, Ryan McGinley, Gareth Pugh, Mark Ronson, Nadia Swarovski, Kuntzel + Deygas, and Brady Corbet. You will also also find the “colette Family” – from Paris to New York, with a stop in London – colette’s best sellers and top choices of the moment: books, exhibitions, designers, andbeauty. Blast is where it’s at.
Holy collaborations! In celebration of their arrival in Italy, Gap have announced they have teamed up with the House of Valentino for a capsule collection.
Valentino’s Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli have created the collection based on “iconic Gap basics“. It’s due to launch in November, to coincide with the opening of Gap’s flagship on Milan’s Corso Vittorio Emanuele. In addition to the Milan store, the collection will also be available from Gap’s London flagship on Oxford Street, Dover Street Market, Colette in Paris, and Gap’s new Rome store which opens next year. There are no plans for the line to be available in the U.S. just yet, and no word on pricing (though Gap collection prices are expected.)