Monday, September 22

Obsessions: Sergio Rossi's "Colourful Beauty" Collection



 Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs at Tate Modern, The Independent; Sergio Rossi Spring/Summer 2015, Ronald Seto.

I've admired Henri Matisse's colorful cut-outs since adolescence. In my late teens, I worked at a contemporary paintings gallery in Chelsea, where the owner kept one such artwork in the bathroom. (Needless to say, but it made trips to the loo very enjoyable.) These lively compositions of color and form are considered some of Matisse's best works, made later in the artist's career between 1937 and 1954. And they've been getting extra attention lately, thanks to the hugely popular exhibition Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs, which debuted at the Tate Modern earlier this year and is now on view at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. 

The artworks are not only popular with the public, but with fashion designers as well, including Sergio Rossi, whose "Colourful Beauty" women's shoe collection for Spring/Summer 2015 was a tribute to these compositions. Not only did Matisse's vibrant shapes and colors inspire the line, but as the Italian shoe purveyor explains, "As in a work by Matisse, creativity finds body in the most skillful technique; it benefits from the culture of craftsmanship and constant stylistic research, which has always distinguished the world of Sergio Rossi." See the full collection here.


L.

Thursday, September 18

BELLA NYC: The Fall 2014 Fashion Issue


BELLA NYC's Fall Fashion issue is here, and it's chock-full of cold-weather style tips, tricks and trends! Stylish tennis star Ana Ivanovic graces the cover, and inside you'll find my exclusive interview with famed fashion designer Anna Sui. I've been a fan of Sui's work since I was a teen, and was delighted to meet her earlier this year. When she agreed to an interview, I actually pinched myself! (#dreamcometrue) She is not only a fashion powerhouse with 65 boutiques, 95 accessory stores and 200 beauty counters worldwide, plus an incredible array of Chinoiserie-meets-Art Deco-inspired fashions out for Fall/Winter 2014, but a truly lovely person, too. Snag your copy from these newsstands now! 


L.

Sunday, September 14

Fit and Flare


Fit and Flare




Have you heard the latest denim news? FLARED. JEANS. ARE. BACK! Flared jeans have returned for fall 2014, freeing your calves from the constrictions of skinny styles. Flared jeans are distinguished by their bell-shaped bottoms, which are full from the knees down to the ankle, making thighs appear thinner and legs look longer. From their humble beginnings in nineteenth-century U.S. Navy uniforms, flares have been "in" and out of fashion since the 1960s, when hippies wore them as part of the counter cultural movement, through late 1990s and early 2000s, when slimmer, boot cut versions were stylish. This season's flares have extra wide, floor-skimming bottoms, and are available in a variety of washes. Try this trend (without breaking your bank!) with wallet-friendly styles for under $100.00. 


S.S.W. Asks: Will YOU wear flared jeans this fall?


L.