Q&A with Jose Solis on the Carlisle Collection Spring 2021 Line

Q&A with Jose Solis on the Carlisle Collection Spring 2021 Line

It’s finally Spring and as the temperature slowly heats up (and more people get vaccinated), we find ourselves more than ready to venture out again. Of course, that means putting away our “home wear” and getting back to our fashionable side. From what we’re seeing, many of you are ready to bring fashion back into your lives. This season, we’re loving all the fashion offerings from the Carlisle Collection Spring 2021 line. We had the opportunity to sit down with Carlisle’s Creative Director, Jose Solis, on the very chic women’s fashion collection.

Fashion: Q&A with Jose Solis on the Carlisle Collection Spring 2021 Line

What was the inspiration/theme for the Carlisle Collection 2021 line?

My inspiration was the photography of Slim Aarons, and the amazing socialites and celebrities he photographed. Strong and beautiful women such as CZ Guest, Joan Collins, Dee Hartford, Slim Keith, Babe Paley, etc.. I loved the colors and patterns in his photography and the amazing style those women had.

Fashion: Q&A with Jose Solis on the Carlisle Collection Spring 2021 Line

What are your stand-out/favorite pieces from this collection?

It’s hard to choose because I feel each piece is a piece of the pie to complete the collection. If I were to choose, I love the embroidered organza Giselle blouse because it mixes the luxury of the embroidery on silk organza with a sporty style. I also love the printed Priscilla blouse and maxi skirt. Sometimes multi-color prints can turn out a little too over the top, but the colors in this print effortlessly blend from one color to the next.
I also love the wide-legged Deck and Chiller pants. Slim legs are still happening, but I loved the exaggerated wider legs to give a fresh proportion to jackets and tops.

Fashion: Q&A with Jose Solis on the Carlisle Collection Spring 2021 Line

How do you want women to feel when wearing the clothes from this collection?

I want women to feel confident and beautiful in ANY clothes they wear. Of course, I prefer they wear Carlisle! 🙂
However, I also want them to feel comfortable. That’s why we pay so much attention to how our clothes fit. We make sure comfort is not sacrificed for style.

Per Se by Carlisle Nina Blouse and Pants

What trends are highlighted in the Carlisle Collection Spring 2021 line?

One of the trends I already mentioned is the wider leg pants. They look great when worn with cropped jackets or slimmer tops. It’s best to stay more fitted on top when wearing a wider leg pant. I also love the dramatic sleeves of the Scenario blouse, the Tea Rose Cardigan, the Giselle blouse, and the Flash blouse. Those types of sleeves are better worn with slim bottoms so the focal point is the sleeve. Lastly, I’m loving mixing prints. When done right, it can look very modern and confident as well as a way of self-expression.

Carlisle Collection Scenario Printed Blouse

How important or is it important to go with the trends?

I try not to follow trends as much as I try to create what looks fresh to the eye. I try to design clothes that have longevity and that you can pull it out of your closet years from now and it still looks relevant. When something is too trendy, it will only last a season or two before it doesn’t feel fresh anymore. Overall, I hope a woman has a sense of her own style and dresses based on her own personal style and lifestyle needs. That to me is more modern than a trend.

Spring 21: Per Se by Carlisle Curator Blouse and Brindle Skirt

What do you want women/customers to know about this collection?

Considering the year we all went through with everybody being home, we tried to address how customers would dress during these difficult times. However, we also wanted to provide a collection that looked beyond that. A collection that looked toward the future when we hopefully would start getting back to some sense of what our lives were before the past year. Fortunately, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.

We couldn’t agree more with that last statement. We’re ready for that light at the end of the pandemic tunnel; we’re ready to say goodbye to our yoga pants and hello to some chic wide-leg stunners like the ones in the Carlisle Collection Spring 2021. Are you ready to bring fashion back into your life and closet? Leave a comment with what fashion trend you’re most looking forward to wearing.

To shop the Carlisle Collection Spring 2021 line, head over to www.carlislecollection.com to be connected to one of their Stylists.

American Collections Calendar: Thalé Blanc SS2021 Collection

American Collections Calendar: Thalé Blanc SS2021 Collection

The first day of Spring is less than a week ago and we’re more than excited for the fashions of the new season. There are lots of trends to love. Neutrals are the new black for spring and summer; bold red is also a key color for the season; classics are, and will always, remain a hit but so will more Avant-garde details and silhouettes. One Spring/Summer 2021 collection completely embracing bolder shapes and silhouettes is the Thalé Blanc SS2021 Collection.

American Collections Calendar: Thalé Blanc SS2021 Collection

For Spring/Summer 2021, Thalé Blanc designer, Deborah Sawaf, asks us to allow her to close her eyes and dream. You may be asking… “What does her dream look like?” In her fashion film, she directed for the season, we get inside the whimsical, beautiful, at times whacky world that, until this film is seen, only exists in the mind of the designer!

American Collections Calendar: Thalé Blanc SS2021 Collection

Thalé Blanc has shown on the couture schedule since its debut, (a nod to the designer’s early professional pedigree). The collection is draped on models as they frolic about their home doing chores, enjoying lunch, and doing pool work, all clad in the gloriously luxurious clothing of the season.

The beauty of the film lay in the small details that are not immediately recognizable at a quick glance, much like the details found in the garments that have become the hallmark of the Thalé Blanc collection in only its second season since launch. Sawaf’s work has an immediate impact for certain, but, like the film, there are layers to their essence. Layers of inspiration, layers of needlework, and layers of possibilities of how to wear them. The result is a collection that is rich in story and inspiration. We love the standout details, like strong shoulders, puff sleeves, cutouts, and so much more.

American Collections Calendar: Thalé Blanc SS2021 Collection

As you can see, every piece in the collection is a statement piece; her collection is definitely not for the fashion faint of heart. Our favorite pieces are the range of edgy, cold-shoulder sweatshirts in the collection, adding feminity with a twist to everyone’s favorite comfort attire. We need one or all of them in our closet.

The most interesting (and multitasking look) from the Thalé Blanc SS2021 collection is a dress that features voluminous, slit sleeves, and a strong shoulder, that transforms from a mini to a maxi thanks to layers and gathers of tulle.

Spring/Summer 2021 Collection

The Thalê Blanc Spring/Summer 2021 collection also features her full range of handbags and jewelry, the perfect compliments to the womenswear looks.

American Collections Calendar: Negris LeBrum Fall/Winter 2021 Collection

American Collections Calendar: Negris LeBrum Fall/Winter 2021 Collection

The newly monikered American Collections Calendar Fall/Winter 2021 collections have begun. We begin our fashion week journey with an old favorite, the Negris LeBrum Fall/Winter 2021 Collection; you may remember we covered their “Black is” Tees and their Spring/Summer 2021 Collection. Today, we highlight “The Homecoming Collection”, inspired by design director Travis Hamilton’s trip home to the Louisiana Bayou.

American Collections Calendar: Negris LeBrum Fall/Winter 2021 Collection American Collections Calendar: Negris LeBrum Fall/Winter 2021 Collection

For Fall Winter 2021, the Negris LeBrum Fall/Winter 2021 collection show was orchestrated in Hamilton’s current hometown of Houston, Texas. The seamless show’s location, a public park, gave it an impromptu feel. It highlighted the foundation of the collection, the days before Covid-19 when we were free to roam and safely find our way back home.

American Collections Calendar: Negris LeBrum Fall/Winter 2021 Collection

The collection was inspired by the story Travis and the Negris LeBrum collection has been telling for the last two decades. He saw this occasion as a wonderful opportunity to present his collection in his own backyard of Houston, Texas.  Staged in the ‘Gus S. & Lindall F. Wortham Park’, just off the grounds of the Houston Medical Center, the impromptu runway show took less than 90 minutes. It was a welcomed surprise to several bystanders, who like the rest of us are probably quite Covid-weary, and who marveled at the inadvertent score of “front row” seats to a NYFW runway show in the streets of Houston.

American Collections Calendar: Negris LeBrum Fall/Winter 2021 Collection

“I wanted to bring a piece of NY Fashion Week to the South this season, as I may not get the opportunity to show outside of NYC again for some time. I really feel these times are right for my brand in so many ways. I have always worked in what I refer to as a ‘conservative sexy’ aesthetic, allowing the woman who wears my collection to define the final feeling of the ensemble,” says Travis Hamilton, Creative Director Negris LeBrum.  “The heart & soul of the Negris LeBrum brand is & will always be Louisiana, but my studio & current home are in Houston, so bringing the two together for Fall Winter 2021 is like a fashionable homecoming for me.”

American Collections Calendar: Negris LeBrum Fall/Winter 2021 Collection

Grounded in Black and White for the last several seasons, the color palette for Fall/Winter 2021 continues to build upon this foundation with other colors like Deep Maroon, Old Gold, and Burnished Silver being seen in the tweeds and supporting separates. Surface details on the textiles can be seen in the knits where several cutting-edge treatments lend dimensional details to the pieces that may not be immediately visible; when these details are discovered and experienced, it gives the Negris LeBrum Fall/Winter 2021 collection a sense of story and depth.

The one thing that stood out to us about this collection was its wearability. The pandemic has been especially hard on the workforce over many industries. As each model graced the park’s concrete runway, we couldn’t help envision the women we pass en route to work. The women we all barely take notice of as we commute to our jobs in crowded cities. We may notice them wearing a blouse, jacket, or shoes that we loved and glazed over the person. With this collection, Travis Hamilton has made us realize how much we miss seeing, and being a part of the crowd of smartly and fashionably dressed women going to and from work. With these wardrobe complementing pieces, we can all effortlessly move right back into work mode with stylish ease.

 

 

 

All Photos courtesy of Bob Levey/Getty Images for Negris LeBrum
Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: La Métamorphose SS2021 Collection

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: La Métamorphose SS2021 Collection

Although we took a slight break to highlight some Galentine’s Day and Valentine’s Day gift ideas and delicious cocktails, it’s time to get back to fashion; back to the gorgeous shows and looks from the Paris spring/summer 2021 couture collections. Looking outside our windows at the mounds of snow, we are more than looking forward to yielding to the beauty of the warmer seasons. Today we highlight one of our favorite fashion houses and its gorgeous spring flowers-inspired couture looks. The flowers of rebirth and renewal bloom in the tropical garden of the La Métamorphose SS2021 collection.

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: La Métamorphose SS2021 CollectionParis Haute Couture Fashion Week: La Métamorphose SS2021 Collection

The La Métamorphose SS2021 Collection features light, airy, delicate dresses in which silk, chiffon, and embroidered tulles, mingling with hand-cut petals that embellish the shoulders of the evening gowns. The color palette is exactly what you’d expect to find in a spring/summer garden. We’re mesmerized with pastel blue, nude pink, powder violet, and bursts of fuchsia and royal blue, a symbol of rebirth. Titled Fleurs de Ville (“Flowers of the City”), you can clearly see what makes the collection assuredly joyful and romantic.

LA METAMORPHOSE Paris Haute Couture Fashion WeekParis Haute Couture Fashion Week: La Métamorphose SS2021 Collection

We’re not overstating when we say we’ve looked at the 21-look haute couture collection at least four times. As we previously said, we needed to indulge in the stunning beauty of the warmer seasons to keep the cold depressing mood of the winter season at bay. The La Métamorphose SS2021 collection more than fulfilled that need.

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: La Métamorphose SS2021 Collection

The La Métamorphose SS2021 collection was made from fabrics only made in France. Designers Ewa and Margaret once again underline their attachment to France and to French fashion know-how. The final touch of the collection truly captures the awakening or the blooming of flowers. The striking flower organza wedding dress, worn in two versions, first, as a closed flower; and second, the flower opens up, thanks to a silk belt, to transform into a magnificent long, hi-low tiered dress.

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: La Métamorphose SS2021 Collection

The wedding dress required 100 hours of modeling and 4 weeks of assembly; petal by petal in order to give the result of a blooming flower. Each petal is glazed and strass embroidered in order to give the illusion of a white rose wet by morning dew. The shoes created especially for the collection by Ginissima use the fabrics and colors of the collection.

We continue to be in awe of these talented sisters and their exquisite design aesthetic.

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Spiros Stefanoudakis SS2021 Collection

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Spiros Stefanoudakis SS2021 Collection

Hello and welcome back to our continuous coverage of Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week. Our next stop on this fabulous ride is the Spiros Stefanoudakis SS2021 collection. This will be our first season previewing this Greek designer but we’re excited to get to know his vision and aesthetic. His collection, Blue Velvet, features every look in the woven tufted fabric; which just so happens to be the designer’s favorite material, soft and sensual but also mysterious, like his country of origin Greece.

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Spiros Stefanoudakis SS2021 Collection

The Spiros Stefanoudakis woman is a Dorothy Vallens of modern times. For those not familiar, she was a character made famous by Isabella Rossellini in the 1986 film, Blue Velvet. She was a femme fatale, who although very sensuous, possessed a delicate nature.

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Spiros Stefanoudakis SS2021 Collection

Unlike typical spring/summer collections which typically feature a light color palette, the Spiros Stefanoudakis SS2021 collection features dark jewel tones. The colors combine with the exuberance of summer; it features royal blue and flashy pink for the day, deep green and black for the long summer nights.

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Spiros Stefanoudakis SS2021 Collection

A graphic, chic and sensual collection, the Spiros Stefanoudakis SS2021 collection features vertiginous slits and pleats executed to perfection to highlight the feminine curves; lace inserts and strategically placed cutouts; body-skimming silhouettes that highlight but do not constrict the woman’s figure.

Founding his fashion house in 2012, without studying in the field of fashion, Spiros Stefanoudakis debuted a small collection during the “Fashion Week” of Athens. He continued to showcase eventually winning one of the top awards in March 2013 with much success to follow. He dressed several celebrities and his creations were featured on several television shows. In 2015, he launched his Atelier and his haute couture collection, offering his creativity in both women’s and men’s fashion.

We look forward to seeing more from Spiros Stefanoudakis and hope you are too. We’d love to hear your thoughts on his Blue Velvet collection.

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Ziad Nakad SS2021 Collection

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Ziad Nakad SS2021 Collection

As the save the dates for the Paris haute couture shows went out, we found ourselves looking forward to one designer’s collection during Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week. The last collection we highlighted left us completely enamored and wanting more. We were excited to see what breathtaking beauty was to be released onto the world by Ziad Nakad, and we are not disappointed. The astounding Ziad Nakad SS2021 Collection, Birds of Love, brings to mind where we would be if the pandemic didn’t happen; the luxurious, carefree existence we basically took for granted. For us, it also took us to the time period of Shonda Rhimes’s spectacular Bridgerton series. Couldn’t you see the various Ladies, Duchesses, Countesses, and Queen Charlotte in these gorgeous gowns? Keep scrolling to see the entire spectacular collection.

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Ziad Nakad SS2021 Collection

Photo: Greg Alexander © Méphistophélès Productions

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Ziad Nakad SS2021 Collection

Photo: Greg Alexander © Méphistophélès Productions

The Birds of Paradise of Lebanese designer Ziad Nakad landed at the Château de Vaux-Le-Vicomte for a collection full of colors and symbols. The collection lavishes in flying away from Beirut, bruised by recent events, longing for escape, for dreams, for travel. Ziad wanted this collection sexy and slightly frivolous, in order to regain the carefree life of yesterday; life before stay-at-home orders, the lingering permanence of forever wearing athleisurewear, and cabin fever. His astonishing dresses are majestic, transparent, and airy. We love his use of Ostrich feathers mingling with silk and lace. If one must fly away and enjoy the freedom of luxurious escape, why not do it in ostentatious fabrics.

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Ziad Nakad SS2021 Collection

Photo: Greg Alexander © Méphistophélès Productions

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Ziad Nakad SS2021 Collection

Photos: Greg Alexander © Méphistophélès Productions

Photos: Greg Alexander © Méphistophélès Productions

Photos: Greg Alexander © Méphistophélès Productions

We enjoy that Ziad Nakad’s collections celebrate timeless beauty, sophistication, style, and elegance. We’re more than happy to escape with him and forget the tumultuous time we endured in 2020. We highly recommend taking the time to yield to the beauty of his collection.

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Ziad Nakad

Photos: Greg Alexander © Méphistophélès Productions

All pieces are entirely hand-embroidered in the designer’s atelier; one of the positives of the lockdown is the time it is and has given. For example, Ziad Nakad’s spectacular wedding gown required 3 months of work; or in this case, 3 months of escape.

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Ziad Nakad Wedding Dress

Photo: Greg Alexander © Méphistophélès Productions

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Farhad Re SS2021 Collection

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Farhad Re SS2021 Collection

For artists, their creations are their loves. This can develop into the artist falling in love with his creation. Take for instance Pygmalion or its subsequent remakes, My Fair Lady, Mannequin, Pretty Woman, She’s All That, and so on. I’ll even throw in Rupert Burns and Galatea’s relationship in Bicentennial Man (you can’t tell us he wasn’t in love with his creation – he even named her Galatea!). They highlight how an artist can fall in love with their creations. That is the inspiration for the Farhad Re SS2021 Collection showcased during Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week.

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Farhad Re SS2021 Collection

Photos: Greg Alexander © Méphistophélès Productions

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Farhad Re SS2021 Collection

Photos: Greg Alexander © Méphistophélès Productions

Farhad Re’s SS2021 collection, aptly named Galatea after the sculpture Pygmalion created and fell in love with, features an array of stark white looks on a muse with skin as white as milk, just like the sculpture Galatea. Surrounded by marble sculptures and the messiness of an artist’s studio, the Farhad Re SS2021 Collection celebrated the art of carvings with his sculptural and architectural silhouettes. The presentation was truly like Pygmalion’s (in this case Farhad’s) Galatea’s sculptures came to life and were exploring his studio.

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Farhad Re

Photos: Greg Alexander © Méphistophélès Productions

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Farhad Re SS2021 Collection

Photos: Greg Alexander © Méphistophélès Productions

For days and nights, in full lockdown, Farhad Re cut triple organzas of silk in a virginal whiteness. The contours appear delicately, and Pygmalion/Farhad applied himself to carving a light, sculptural, architectural silhouette. No less than 500 meters of organza were used to create the 15 dresses in this collection. Behind the opacity of the material looms the grace of the woman (his Galatea) as seen by Farhad Re.

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Farhad Re SS2021 Collection

Photos: Greg Alexander © Méphistophélès Productions

The purity of renewal, of freedom, of letting go – after all these months of lockdown is also found in the perfectly mastered and hand-shaped geometric shapes that form each dress. An invitation to dreamlike escape, but also to transform the lines of the silhouette like the long chiseled coat, enveloping, comforting, in which we all want to snuggle up in and escape.

Attached to the very essence of this collection is freedom through Farhad’s personal history. His mother, of Persian origin, fled her country to regain the freedom to think and dress as she sees fit. Farhad revisits the myth of pygmalion by giving wings to his Galatea to make her discover the world. It’s a tribute and real desire to share this need for the absolute; this quest for the sublime; this inclination to shape in the loved one a soul mate.

New Loewe x My Neighbor Totoro Collection Combines Luxury & Childlike Whimsy

New Loewe x My Neighbor Totoro Collection Combines Luxury & Childlike Whimsy

Valentine’s Day is just about a month away — and some of us might expect a beautiful bouquet for the occasion, as 37% of flowers purchased are given as gifts. But before February even arrives, you could treat yourself with an even more fashionable kind of present. Now that Loewe, a Spanish luxury fashion house, has finally debuted its much-anticipated capsule collection based on the beloved animated film My Neighbor Totoro, the world may seem just a little bit brighter. That said, you’ll need to save up if you expect to splurge on one of these pieces.

New Loewe x My Neighbor Totoro Collection Combines Luxury & Childlike Whimsy

A Japanese animated film with a cult following, My Neighbor Totoro tells the story of two sisters who relocate with their father to the countryside in order to care for their ailing mother. After wandering into the forest, the sisters befriend some local spirits — including Totoro, a large creature (resembling a cat or rabbit, depending on who you ask) who helps the girls and goes on adventures with them. The film is easily one of Studio Ghibli’s most famous, as Totoro acts as the studio’s mascot, though films like Spirited Away and Howl’s Magic Castle have also seen widespread acclaim. While art therapy has been around since the 1940s, Studio Ghibli has been delighting audiences since the mid-1980s. And for many, the studio’s films have brought a sense of comfort during difficult times.

Loewe Luxury Fashion Accessories

Those who are familiar with the work of Studio Ghibli or who have an eye for Japanese influence will be enchanted by the most recent capsule collection from Loewe, a fashion brand helmed by designer Jonathan Anderson.

According to a statement Anderson made to Vogue, “…There are the values that My Neighbor Totoro as a whole stands for. I believe certain ideas the film conveys, such as the environment seen through the eyes of children and the concept of adventure, are very significant, especially in these times of uncertainty.”

New Loewe x My Neighbor Totoro Collection Combines Luxury & Childlike Whimsy

The collection is now available on Loewe’s official website, as well as the Selfridges website and in select stores, and includes ready-to-wear garments and accessories all designed with the iconic characters in mind and featuring images plucked right from the film. There are casual sweatshirts, stylish leather bags, ethereal blouses, quirky shoes, and even biker jackets available for purchase; despite the fact that motorcycle accident fatalities reached 5,172 nationwide in 2017, many fashion-forward consumers enjoy the look of a leather jacket (even if they’ve never been on a motorcycle themselves).

New Loewe x My Neighbor Totoro Collection Combines Luxury & Childlike Whimsy

While the collection perfectly captures the essence of childlike whimsy, it also comes with a steep price tag. Pieces start at $350 and exceed $9,000 — so if you’re simply seeking Studio Ghibli merch, it might be better to look elsewhere. But if you’re a lifelong fan and you’ve got a stimulus check to spare, you might be able to snag yourself something special from this in-demand collection.