Outfit of the Day — Say Goodbye

Apt. 9

Aqua Blues top. Divided by H&M skirt. Apt. 9 scarf. Stupa purse. 

Today is the day my parents and younger sister said farewell to their Christmas tree. My parents work all day and my sister is a full-time student, so naturally the tree was decorated on December 24. That’s why, though Christmas came and went, my family wanted to hold on to this tree for as long as they could. Today I post to commemorate its beauty and spirit.

The Christmas colors are red and green, and between the two I prefer red. Red velvet makes me think of bows, gifts, wreaths, and holiday parties; in deep burgundy, a velvet top errs on the more sophisticated party side. This top, which was my mother’s, can be tricky to wear. At first it comes across as formal, but its dramatic wrap shape exposes the midriff. My solution is to wear it with a high-waisted skirt, short or long. This flouncy floral skirt continues where the shirt’s volume left off, creating a bell shape.

Tarina Tarantino

Brette Connolly hat. Tarina Tarantino ring. 

My favorite part of the outfit is the hat because I made it myself. When I was 15 I saw a chic selection of newsboy hats for the winter at Nordstrom, and instead of buying one I decided to sew one. Herringbone tends to have a serious look to it, especially on a traditionally masculine shape. To counter this effect, I chose a pink fabric. I have always loved Barbie dolls, but these days I play with Barbie jewelry. I think of Barbie as a renaissance woman who got everything done and bought everything she wanted, and always looked put together doing it.

Claire's

Claire’s earrings

I don’t think one can ever be too old to wear snowman earrings. I bought these last year for Ugly Sweater Day at Nordstrom. Of course the plan was to buy a Christmas sweater, but I couldn’t seem to find any. Instead, I opted for accessories: snowman earrings, a reindeer antlers headband, a bracelet watch with Christmas charms, festive brooches, and crazy Santa Claus glasses. The headband and glasses are long gone, but these earrings are cute enough to wear annually.

INC 2       INC

INC shoes

Burgundy shoes tie the outfit together. Ankle boots stay on easier, but the bold cutouts bridge the gap between boot and pump.

MORE VELVET TOPS

Topshop 3          Roberto Cavalli           American Retro

Topshop, $60                    Roberto Cavalli, $60            American Retro, $200 

Carmen Marc Valvo   Rick Owens 2         

Carmen Marc Valvo, $295       Rick Owens, $725           Thierry Mugler, $1,200

MORE FLORAL SKIRTS

Chicwish   Diesel 2     Moschino Cheap and Chic

Chicwish, $36                       Diesel, $82               Moschino Cheap and Chic, $169

Alice and Olivia Marni    Lanvin

Alice + Olivia, $290                      Marni, $740                       Lanvin, $1,100

MORE BURGUNDY HEELS

Wet Seal    Charles by Charles David         Seychelles

Wet Seal, $23                  Charles by Charles David, $99       Seychelles, $130 

Marni 2  Manolo Blahnik        Dolce & Gabbana 3

Marni, $400                   Manolo Blahnik, $635                     Dolce & Gabbana, $1,020

MORE NEWSBOY HATS

Adora  August Hats       Nine West 2

Adora, $8                            August Hats, $15                                   Nine West, $17

Luxury Divas        Hattie Carnegie

Luxury Divas, $19                       FFR, $90                              Hattie Carnegie, $325

MORE INFINITY SCARVES

Charlotte Russe  Three Dots     Eileen Fisher

Charlotte Russe, $17                  Three Dots, $73                      Eileen Fisher, $178

Tory Burch 3  Pologeorgis      Brunello Cucinelli

Tory Burch, $445                     Pologeorgis, $695             Brunello Cucinelli, $1,805

Street Style — Hong Kong Fashion Week

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

Hong Kong Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015 took place from Monday, January 19 through Thursday, January 22 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai. Organized by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, this event featured over 1,500 presentations in the categories of ladies’ wear, sportswear, evening wear, lingerie, swimwear, shoes, costume jewellery, handbags, men’s wear, children’s wear, fabrics, buttons, labels, inspection services, and fashion magazines. Of course the runway shows themselves were beautiful, but the guests in attendance were anything but wallflowers. Here are the most inspiring off-runway looks from the event:

Hong Kong 1

Hong Kong 7

Hong Kong 3

Hong Kong 5

Hong Kong 2

Hong Kong 6

Hong Kong 4

Investment Shoes

As the saying goes, these boots were made for walking. However, in my opinion the best shoes were made primarily to stop people in their tracks. Here are some standout, high-quality investment pairs guaranteed to attract attention:

Tod's  Jimmy Choo 3

Tod’s, $5,610, harrods.com ~~~ Jimmy Choo, $4,225, mytheresa.com

Alexander McQueen (2)

Emilio Pucci, $4,160, luisaviaroma.com ~~~ Alexander McQueen, $3,895, luisaviaroma.com

Dolce & Gabbana 3  Dolce & Gabbana 4

Dolce & Gabbana, $3,995, luisaviaroma.com

Julia Haart  DSquared2

Julia Haart, $3,784, farfetch.com ~~~ DSquared2, $3,640, luisaviaroma.com

Chanel (2)

Givenchy, $3,625, luisaviaroma.com ~~~ Chanel, $3,451, shop-hers.com

Style Icon — Athena Calderone

Athena Calderone graduated from Parsons, has done modeling and created a line of custom children’s products. She is now an interior designer and writer of the blog Eye-Swoon. 

Athena in Suno          Athena in a jumpsuit

(Left) Suno dress

Athena in A.L.C.   Athena in black

(Left) A.L.C. dress, Nicholas Kirkwood pumps

Athena in fur   Athena in Peter Pilotto

(Right)  Reformation top, Peter Pilotto skirt

Athena in white   Athena in Topshop

(Right) Topshop top, Helmut Lang pants, Alejandro Ingelmo shoes