Stella McCartney jumpsuit. Gucci jacket. Nicholas Kirkwood ankle boots. Kenneth Jay Lane earrings. Kate Spade ring. Dolce & Gabbana handbag.
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.
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.
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.
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
MORE FLORAL SKIRTS
MORE BURGUNDY HEELS
MORE NEWSBOY HATS
MORE INFINITY SCARVES
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:
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, $5,610, harrods.com ~~~ Jimmy Choo, $4,225, mytheresa.com
Emilio Pucci, $4,160, luisaviaroma.com ~~~ Alexander McQueen, $3,895, luisaviaroma.com
Dolce & Gabbana, $3,995, luisaviaroma.com
Julia Haart, $3,784, farfetch.com ~~~ DSquared2, $3,640, luisaviaroma.com
Givenchy, $3,625, luisaviaroma.com ~~~ Chanel, $3,451, shop-hers.com
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.
(Left) Suno dress
(Left) A.L.C. dress, Nicholas Kirkwood pumps
(Right) Reformation top, Peter Pilotto skirt
(Right) Topshop top, Helmut Lang pants, Alejandro Ingelmo shoes