Trends and Threads Seen on the City Streets
By Karen Loftus.
NY-based designer Nanette Lepore is expanding her brand. Look out for sunnies, swimsuits, and perfume, among other items, under Nanette’s high fashion umbrella. In the interim, step out in high style in her Girls Club Cape ($598). It’s a triple-trend threat with its pop of color, vintage nod, and on-trend shape. Be prepared to turn every urban head swinging into your next event. Available in black, at the best boutiques in the city and online.
Jet Set & Ready
NY-based Nicole Parker King turned her jet-setting life into a jet-setting business. The former L’Oreal creative director came back to NY after a three-year stint in Delhi. She returned with her hot hubby, the Australian diplomat, in tow. In true NY form, King launched her business, Jet Set Candy, upon arrival. The high-end travel charms have had the travel-savvy swooning ever since. This is the perfect, fashion-forward stocking stuffer. Impress your boss and yourself with a NY or global charm at Jet Set Candy’s mini shop at Grand Central Terminal or online. Hamptons Planner ($198) Chrysler Building Charm ($198), NYC High Life Pendant ($238).
Viva La Eva
If you’re looking to put a pocket on it, Eva Varro has two pieces that deliver ten-fold on the fashion and comfort front. We know we can’t walk around the city streets in our pj’s, but if you’re craving comfort and couture this holiday season, Eva Varro’s Wide Leg Pocket Jumpsuit ($195) & Necktie Pocket Long Dress ($195) are just the fashion ticket. These easy pieces travel far and wide and go well with your signature style and bold accessories. Win-win!
Unlike LA, where it’s all about the almighty auto, in NY, your efficiency is only as good as your bag. The bag of choice is dependent upon your schedule, and vice versa. A good fix to throw in the mix is the rugged crossover— a bag that can be thrown down when running around, can carry a small office, and will practically double as a personal pop-up shop. Thule’s Covert Satchel ($149) can keep your virtual office organized, will coyly handle camera needs, and can carry evening or overnight options when on the run. Covert it is.
All Hale the Bob
The celeb set have been stepping out in the SoCal-based brand Hale Bob for years. The line has been seen on both coasts and around the globe. From Mrs. Clooney to Lady Crawford and now newlywed Sofia Vergara, it’s a fashion-fave for those who love silky, sexy, feminine and flowy dresses and blouses with a twist. The brown Liana Wrap Top ($187) with winter-worthy earth tone hues is perfect for office politics or after hour antics.
Sorel has been kicking some serious booty in the winter weather shoe and boot department for a while now. Every time I turn my wind-whipped head to admire a fashion-forward boot, it’s a Sorel. So this season, if looking for a wedge, go for Sorel’s Joan of Arctic Wedge ($240). If there’s snow, sleet, and rain, you can still step out in style while walking through slush in their Medina Rain Heel Boot ($225). Now bring on the weather.
I’ve never been much for flowers with fashion. I have friends that live in a garden of floral fashion. Me? Not so much. But Cynthia Rowley managed to make me beg to differ with myself. In Rowley’s Jacquard A-Line Skirt ($275), with the power of flower and just enough edge with that pop of purple, you will want to reconsider your own flower ban. I did.
Red is a classic any time of year, and so is LL Bean’s Classic Cashmere Crewneck ($99). The fiery red is just the pop of color you need for a mid-winter pick-me-up and just the punch to offset your basic black. It’s also pitch-perfect for any holiday occasion, including egg-nogging. Now, if you want to dive deeper into the sweater pool, LL Bean has an endless array of options, from cardigans to turtles and wraps. You’re all set for Après-ski season.