Proving that it's hard to improve on a classic, a pack of surprisingly uninspired to downright goofy designer duffles are currently being auctioned off to support emerging design talent.
DETAILS magazine partnered with the CFDA on a collection of weekender duffles, giving 20 US menswear designers each a standard Army-Navy duffle to customize creatively. The results are up for auction on eBay until Monday June 17th & are one-of-a-kind...which is a good thing in most cases (dopey stenciled sayings, weird photographic prints, uninspired pin-up illustrations & high-schoolish graphic pins).
Some, however, came out quite stylish, such as the ones by:
A black & gray print gets a summery lift if you add some cheery bright-yellow accents, especially shoes & a bag. I added printed cardi that compliments the dress with a graphic print is in the same tones but different enough to save the whole ensemble from being too matchy-matchy; the chartreuse hue in the sleeves also ties in with the yellow of the various accessories. But wait...a cardi for summer?! If you get stuck on the over-airconditioned subway or work in an all-too-common meatlocker'ishly freezing office building - you'll thank me.
GET THE LOOK: striped t-shirt dress - DKNY; cardi - Etro; neon-yellow pointy pumps - Sophia Webster; patent bag - Gucci; sunglasses - Illesteva + Zac Posen; earrings & bracelet - J.Crew - all Net-a-Porter.com
Summer is no time for fashion fuss nor muss. But it doesn't have to mean time off from looking cute. Dresses make your warm-weather sartorial life easy-peasy, white especially. Just pair with nude sandals & keep your jewels sleek & streamlined; here, the gold of the bangles & hoop earrings key off the warmer tones of the straw fedora & clutch.
GET THE LOOK: dress - Acne "Marnay"; clutch - Anya Hindmarch; earrings - Aurelie Bidermann; Ashley Pittman "Nene" set of 9 horn & bronze bangles - all Net-a-Porter.com; sandals - Naya "Helen" - Nordstrom.com; straw fedora - Traveller/HolidayWardrobe.com
If you've managed not only to stay afloat but to flourish for over 45 years in the rough & tumble world of fashion retail, you learn a thing or two about what fashion-minded folk want. Which includes high-profile pro footballers who have long liked to head over to Stuarts London to get their shopping on when in town for work. "The Lads would use the match days as an excuse for a shopping trip to
Stuarts, coaches would park outside, to catch all the latest sought
after brands," explain the folks at Stuarts, which started as a bespoke tailor in the mid 1960s. "It is well known that on match days Stuarts would be
mobbed with customers. Some-days a queue would even stretch outside the
shop." While the internet has made it less necessary to do your mobbing in person, the merch they carry is still just as good, which is why Stuarts is frequently nominated for various awards, include the 2010 list of the top 50 UK indie retailers and more recently by Esquire Magazine readers voting via Twitter on their Top 5 picks for London destinations to shop the latest trends.
Like this ensemble I styled using a mix of Paul Smith clothing plus a desert boot from Red Wing, the "Denmore" khaki messenger by Brady Bags, classic Wayfarer sunnies from Ray-Ban & a snazzy old-school'ish watch by Tsovet - all from StuartsLondon.com.
- Lesley Scott
[Note: This was written in partnership with Stuarts London. The words & fashion styling are mine.]
Simply instagram yourself wearing something from Boticca, tag it #boticca & they'll feature you in their newly launched gallery, The Edit. The more people who participate, the cooler the feed will be. They frequently have sales & free shipping offers...so you can buy more cool stuff from all the interesting & unusual designers they carry - & get yourself featured even more!
Although the snooker World Championships take place but once a year & Sheffield's steel industry is long gone, this city in northern England has quite the groovy scene goin' on, in particular, in terms of music. Ever heard of a lil' act called the Artic Monkeys? And with music, fashion always follows! Local fashionista Lisa Hempstock of the indie chain SISTER - & now SISTER Online - has been dressing the town's fashion-minded types for over two decades, stocking her boutiques with a hand-picked, affordable mix of labels from around the world including Michael Kors, 360 Cashmere, Odd Molly, Maison Scotch, Bombshell & Armani.
For this blush & hot-pink ensemble, I selected a DTLM slash-neck knit top, Pinko combat skinnies in a drapey jersey, a floral bead necklace by Fanny Fouks, cute pink slingbacks by K&S, a coordinating (but not matchy-matchy) clutch from Whitely Fischer & the most adorbs Moon keyring, called the Bridesmaid, but good for any maid, really, including this one. As for jackets to wear with this ensemble, my first choice would probably be this Italian-made Elisa Cavaletti lace-panelled number.
- Lesley Scott
[Note: This was written in partnership with Sister Online. The words are mine.]
When your summer vacay finally rolls around, the last thing you need is yet more stress - especially concerning what to wear. But no one wants to look like a clueless t-o-u-r-i-s-t (talk about stressful). Enter some timely holiday wardrobe help from traveller, which started almost a decade ago at Newcastle International Airport. They specialize in cute threads, footwear, accessories, luggage & backpacks - like this one from Sprayground (right) for all life's voyages - whether you're headed for the beach, a spa, another city or somewhere more offbeat & adventurous. "Our goal is to bring you the latest trends and coolest looks all
selected to capture the excitement and exhilaration of going on holiday," they explain about their holiday clothes edit. "Our buyers spend huge amounts of time researching the world's best holiday destinations to get the low down on the latest emerging trends. We combine these with a little home grown celebrity chic to ensure you'll get the look that you'll love. "
Like this super-cute go-anywhere summer ensemble I styled with a print dress from Ruby Rox, espadrilles by Superdry, a straw fedora (traveller), canvas tote (Numph) & cheery neon-yellow silicone watch (O Clock) - all available at traveller's online store, HolidayWardrobe.com.
- Lesley Scott
[Note: This was written in partnership with traveller/holidaywardrobe.com. The words are mine.]
"When we started to do punk, I think it was the first time people saw clothes like ours and they could buy them from our little shop," reminsces the designer credited with bringing the punk aesthetic into the fashion mainstream. "No one was wearing anything like it. When we started to do punk, we put all of these things together to create the look of an urban guerilla - a rebel. It was a creation that evolved through our shop." Currently called Worlds End, it was also SEX, Let it Rock, Too Fast To Live Too Young To Die & Seditionaries - during which time it highlighted the straps and zips of then-obscure sexual fetishism, creating some delicious social shockwaves.
And the fun is back with "Chaos", a special limited edition capsule collection plundered straight from the archive, starting with the early 70s & through to the present. HIghlights include prints like "Cowboy" and "Tits", the DIY tee - two rectangles of fabric sewn together roughly & then emblazoned with "YOURSELF" - and the Climate Revolution tee from S/S'13. To add some shock & awe to your lapel, why not start by pinning on a penis; just tell any dubious bystanders its the Pagan symbol of fertility (be sure keep a straight face when doing so).
The much-loved Seditionaries boots from the late 70s are back in green canvas with tan leather trim, just the way the Sex Pistols wore 'em in London. (image) Bondage dresses are of course available, as well as garments printed to look like they've had red wine spilled on them and were stained with grass - which reminded me of William S. Burroughs dandies in The Wild Boys who sported spendy bespoke suits "that appear to be stained with urine and vomit which on closer inspection turn out to be intricate embroideries of fine gold thread."
Arm candy includes the Africa bags, created in collaboration with the International Trade Centre - an initiative by the World Trade Organization & the United Nations - to create stability in impoverished communities and replace charity
handouts with opportunities to work.
Which is all good, but what I really love is the fact it's emblazoned with what I've decided is my mantra in life.
One of my fave trends hands down....all the way down to my grateful feet is the smoking slipper. This fabulous footwear has been making shoe shopping fun again. For years, I was a heels-uber-alles kinda girl, but no longer - and really, there aren't many occasions in life when flats aren't perfectly fine. But not just any flats. Cute isn't optional. Neither is quality. Charles Philip Shanghai makes these by hand, padding the sole and lining the interior for comfort. I also love the gold finish because that means there's not much in the closet they won't go with. Here, I paired them with some breezy wide-leg pants in a cotton stripe - 'cuz stripes and prints just look so cute & cheery with touches of brights, neons & metallics.
GET THE LOOK: trousers - Marni; tee - James Perse; necklace - Emilio Pucci; straw fedora - Maison Michel Virginie; bag - Gucci; shoes - Charles Philip Shanghai (all via Net-a-Porter.com)
As a new Brand Ambassadrix for Celtic & Co., which specializes in cute stuff at chic prices, they recently sent me this very Nicole-Richie'ish pair of fringed mocs & leather-trimmed straw envelope bag - which can do triple-duty as a clutch, a shoulder bag or a case (right). I decided to style my new acquisitions with some denim shorts to help get in the summer groove and a leather topper - which is the perfect piece of outerwear for navigating the tricky spring temperature highs & lows. Plus, the neutral hue nicely highlights the earth tones of my new shoes & bag.
Of which one could soon be yours!
How? Leave the most interesting comment on this FB post - or better yet, build your own snazzy ensemble using stuff from Celtic - which you think best shows off the bag. Best outfit wins the $150 bag. I'll pick a winner on Friday, May 3!