By Karen Loftus
Whatever the celeb, season or reason, this winter brush up on your Fashion ABC’s. A is for Accessories. A great, well-made accessory can last several seasons and can provide the perfect pop to your ensem, giving you that fashion finish. You can take a canvas of cotton to a whole other level with just the right layering of accessories. B is for Basics. Provide the classic canvas. The little black dress is iconic for a reason. It’s a basic with a world of possibilities. C is for character. Show a bit of your flavor and flare, your signature look as we may follow celeb trends, but we make them our own. Below are a few faves of the celeb set, a few fine fashion ABC’s so you can step out in style confidence this New Year.
Eva Varro – Eva Varro’s brand has been a go to for the celeb set for years. The demand in the land of LA has been so high Eva Varro opened a few flagship stores, most recently in the posh Santa Monica Place. The not so Desperate Housewife Eva Longoria, Dancing Diva Karina Smirnoff, 30 Rock’s now Mom Jane Krakowski & 90210’s Anna Lynne McCord are all big fans of the sexy line. Eva Varro’s Sheat Dress in Pantera ($172.00) is a great way to express your wild side.
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Hale Bob - The California based brand Hale Bob has long been a fave of many of the celeb set. Worn around the world by scene stealers, our classic Crawford, super sexy Sofia Vergara and soon to be Mom Beyonce are but a few of the celebutante fans. The Neutral Global Traveler Zig Zag Dress ($284) with Long Sleeves is a great dresses for your next jetset adventure. Hale has endless cover up and beach chic options if your travels take you to a toastier town.
C by Karina sunglasses – C by Karina boutique in Beverly Hills is where the celeb set go to buy the perfect paparazzi savvy sunglasses to see and be seen in. Britney, Brangelina, JLo, Jay Z, Cee Lo, Kanye and The Olsen’s are but a few who rely on Karina’s expertise. Karina curates a top notch collection of the big brand names. She’s known for breaking the edgier boutique brands such as Dita to Benjamin Eyewear and Garrett Leight, an Oliver People’s heir. She’s most famous for sourcing rare vintage, one of kind frames that have never been worn. The celebs swoon over these. Prices range from $325 to $5,000. Call Karina if you’re looking to live life ahead of the fashion curve.
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The Lisa Michelle Collection - Lisa Michelle was busy last year prepping the Grammy noms to step out in style and on the stage in her edgy, yet fiercely feminine collection. This winter you too can don one of Lisa Michelle’s Metallic Sequin Bib necklaces ($187). This can be perfectly paired with a silk ensem or simply worn over a cotton T, depending upon your edge and event. Kanye’s ex, the fiercely fashionable Amber Rose is huge a fan. We can see why.
Lockheart Bags – It’s so easy to fall truly, madly deeply in love with The Lockheart brand. Designers Jennifer Tash and Trang Huynh are the designing duo behind Isabella Fiore. They followed their hearts and passion and have since found the artisan brand Lockheart. Their international influence is seen and expressed throughout this whimsical line. If you love unrivaled craftsmanship and quality with a feminine edge, this is the bag for you. Careful…you will have a crush on several of their bags. It’s easy to see why Debra Messing, Madonna, new Mom Katie Holmes, Ben’s babe Jennifer Garner and Sandra Bullock can’t get enough of Lockheart. Rachel Zoe would die! Compleat Brie Tote ($695)
LL Bean –This iconic, classic line will keep you warm all winter long with their Cresta Wool Base Layer, Lightweight Crewneck and Pant, the perfect pair for the city streets or local slopes. Their thin Silk Scoopneck Top and Silk Pants are another warming option to keep that winter freeze at bay while you remain forever sleek and sexy. Yet, there’s no better winter basic than a Classic Cashmere Turtleneck in Black by L.L.Bean ($119). Who doesn’t love an L.L. Bean basic? It’s the perfect winter canvas in which to express yourself.
Bed Stu – The Bed Stu boots are meticulously handcrafted one shoe and one boot at a time. The vegetable tanned leathers, hand finishes and minute detailing together with a bespoke leather look of scratched and worn comfortable leathers creative an evocative look. A go to style and vibe for a Texan/Malibu man like Mathew McConaughey and of equal interest to Londoner Kate Moss. If you weren’t wearing them, you wish you were. Bed Stu Cobbler Kitty Teak Rustic Boots ($250)
Now that you’ve brushed up on your Fashion ABC’s, get out there and put them to the test and show everyone your Signature Street Style.