Friday, June 3, 2011

In Exchange for Vacation

Rachel Zoe
According to tough-as-nails The New York Times fashion critic, Cathy Horyn, viewing resort wear collections is "practically like being on vacation." If  that's true, I plan on religiously devoting myself to regular viewing  sessions for each and every collection every year for the rest of my life. 

Yves went nautical with anchors and all (kinda cliche?), but served up an awesome dose of 50's flare. Rachel Zoe knocked it out of the bananas bunch with her assortment of glamorous revival pieces. Chanel was very "black and white," yet once again showcased ethereal frocks for princesses at heart. 

And, even though I love him as a man, I don't relate well to Michael Kors as a designer. His looks often border on "Safari Barbie." However, this year, his resort wear appeared young and hip, welcoming neons into the picture. OK, OK, it's a little Bond meets Austin Powers, but you gotta love his chutzpah. 

Rachel Zoe
Michael Kors
Yves Saint Laurent
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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Unusual Bag Suspect: Reed Krakoff

Photo via NET-A-PORTER
The cliquish sea of Givenchy, Celine, Prada, and Chanel bags can be intimidating to some up-and-coming lines, but for designer Reed Krakoff that just ain't true. Want to know why? Because he's the Creative Director behind Coach and knows how to make leather into wearable art.

With his independent line of high, but actually-OK priced handbags, Krakoff has started to make editorial waves in the couture universe. I love his clean shapes, sophisticated ideas, and contrasting neutral color schemes. Splurging on one of his creations would be easy due to the fact that they're all simply timeless.

Not enough? Krakoff does shoes, clothes, and jewelry too; also in a timeless yet edgy fashion. Find out more about his ingenious empire here.

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