Trend to Try: Black Slit-Knee Skinnies

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Effortless, cool and sleek, black ripped skinnies are the winter counterpart to summer’s distressed denim–and they go with EVERYTHING!  Madewell makes a fabulous version in a super soft cotton/poly/spandex blend that literally feels like pajamas (here).  For $69 on sale, J.Crew has a pretty sweet cropped version.  Also loving J.Brand’s 620 Super Skinnies.

GET THE LOOK:

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DAY: Madewell High Riser Skinny Jean, $128 // Equipment Stripe Sweater, $288 // Mango Wool Blend Coat, $169 // Sophie Hulme Box Flap Bag, $645 // Vans Leather Sneakers, $65

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NIGHT: Madewell High Riser Skinny Jean, $128 // Equipment Slim Signature Blouse, $204 // Faux Fur Gillet, $125 // Loeffler Randall Pari Pumps, $245 // Miss Vara Bow Bag, $850

Photo Credit: Stockholm StreetstyleGlam & Fashionable | Viva Luxury

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Accessory Obsession: Sophie Anderson

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I’m totally crushing on Sophie Anderson’s vibrant collection of crocheted clutches and totes.  Hand crafted by the Wayuu people of Columbia, each boho inspired piece is entirely unique and full of eclectic gorgeousness.  Perfect for a beach getaway!

Clockwise from top: Nataly Bucket Bag in Citron Stripe // Nataly Bucket Bag in Geo Print $254// Marilu Crocheted Cotton Clutch in Mixed Print, $235 // Marilu Crocheted Cotton Clutch in Black/Ecru, $235 // Nataly Bucket Bag in Yellow/Grey, $300 // Nataly Bucket Bag in Pink, $350

Accessory Obsession + Q&A with ROARKE New York

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ROARKE New York, EMBELLISHED SCARF NECKLACE, TULUM & GHANA

Part scarf, part necklace, these hand-beaded beauties are wardrobe game changers! Designed by half-French sisters, Laetitia Stanfield (a former buyer for Bergdorf Goodman) and Selena McPherson, ROARKE New York‘s collection of embellished silk neck pieces is like no other accessory brand in the industry.  What’s more, they also dabble in jewelry, kaftans and have even launched a bridal collection, aptly named Le Mariage.  I’m obsessing over all the glam details of these hand-crafted gems!

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From top left: Sundance Cuff (White) // Sundance Cuff (Grey) // Silk Chiffon Bib Necklace // Ikat Bib Necklace // Sundance Cuff (Neon) // Tate Bib Necklace // Aztec Cuff.

Q & A with ROARKE New York:

I recently chatted with the badass sister duo behind this gorgeousness.  Here’s what they had to say:

1.  Your designs feature everything from tribal inspired prints (Tulum) to abstract geometric designs (Tate) and have such a unique feel, where you do you draw your inspiration from? 

Our inspiration is drawn from all walks of life!  Mainly from our travels, arts and culture and most importantly from our customers.  We are always paying attention to what they are drawn to.

2.  Your focus on hand-beaded foulards and cravats is like no other brand in the industry, why scarves?

As we are half-french, we draw lots of inspiration from our French heritage… and scarves are a huge part of the Parisian wardrobe!  Our grandmother and mother taught us the power of great accessorizing from an early age.  It’s a very French trait.

3.  I love that the scarves double as necklaces (and head scarves!), can we expect to see more jewelry in the future? 

Right now we are focusing on perfecting what we know and love! We are always exploring new ideas so who knows what the future holds…

4.  As a sister duo (with an amazing aesthetic), what is it like working with family?  

There’s nothing better.  We know each other inside and out…and ultimately at the end of the day, we have each others’ best interest at heart.

5.  Who would you most like to see wearing your designs?

Jessica Alba, Michelle Obama, and Marion Cotillard.

6.  You’re half-French, what’s your number one takeaway about French style?

French women know how to keep their style super simple while also being extremely chic.  We think ROARKE New York provides an amazing accessory for women everywhere to do the same!

7.  What accessory do you rarely leave home without?

A ROARKE New York scarf necklace, of course!

8.  Who are your style icons?

Jane Birkin, Talitha Getty, and Lauren Hutton.

9.  Favorite spot in New York, whether to eat, shop or find inspiration?

The Fort Green Flea Market for scouring stalls, the Soho House for a quick meeting, the Frick for its old-school charm, and Carbone restaurant for the most delicious plate of pasta.

10.  What’s the hardest thing about starting an accessory design business?

Laetitia: I don’t even know where to begin! If you aren’t 150% invested in it…the chances are it won’t work.  I have poured the last 4 years into this business, I am constantly thinking about it and developing it in any way that we can.  It’s a lot of fun and definitely all-consuming.

11.  I’m obsessed with both the geometric and tribal inspired prints, what can we expect to see from ROARKE New York in the coming seasons?

We have been working on some folklore inspired pieces…they are out of this world, stay tuned!

Photo credit: ROARKE NY

Coveting: Lele Sadoughi + Q&A with the Designer

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Lisa (“Lele”) Sadoughi has one impeccable resume.  Before launching her eponymous line in 2011, the Dallas native and creative genius behind J.Crew’s insanely popular jewelry line also spent time honing her talent at Tory Burch and Ippolita where she designed private label pieces for various fashion brands like Anthro and Club Monaco.  That’s quite a recipe for success!   Her latest collection inspired by 1950s Havana marries organic elements with vibrant colors and shapes.  I’m crushing on the satellite bracelets–they’re so fabulous!

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1.  Havana Bib Necklace // 2. Stone Satellite Bracelet // 3. Collar Necklace // 4. Medium Stackable Bangle // 5. Spotlight Earring // 6. Satellite Bracelet // 7. Stretch Cuff // 8. Fringe Layering Necklace

I recently had the privilege of chatting with the talent behind these gorgeous baubles.  Here’s what she had to say:

1) What sparked your interest in jewelry design?

I had spent 6 years designing clothing and trims before I started ever designing jewelry.  Jewelry was quite new to me, and I really enjoyed the use of new materials.  When working for the apparel companies, J.Crew and Tory Burch, we always began with the fabrics and prints, because the mills have the longest lead time.   I therefore always started my creative process with colors, textures, and prints, which I suppose is very different from other jewelry designers. I prefer jewels over apparel because I like constructing hard pieces and experimenting with different stones and materials.

2) Where do you draw inspiration from?

I love to scour flea markets all over the world.  I recently spent some time in Marrakech, Morocco digging through piles of dusty jewels in the shops throughout the souks.  I also make several trips a year to the Picture Collection on the 3rd floor of the Bryant Park Library.  It is the place where broken books lay to rest and you can rent out tear sheets from these battered books.  I soak up anything that is grand with scale and color.  This season, I was inspired by the vibrant colors and shapes from the golden age of the 1950’s in the Tropicana in Havana, Cuba.

3) You were charged with starting J. Crew’s wildly popular jewelry line followed by time at Tory Burch as Jewelry Design Director, what was it like working along side industry giants like Jenna Lyons and Tory Burch?

I was fortunate to be a part of both J. Crew and Tory Burch for a good six years combined. I worked very closely with both Jenna and Tory.

Jenna has always been good at listening to her team and hearing their ideas. It makes everyone want to work harder and be a part of something together. Mickey Drexler was also very influential and inspirational. He is a master merchandiser. He sees the next thing and spotlights it in a way that makes you want it. He has great insight and interviews every employee. You can learn a lot about your company when you talk to everyone.

I admire Tory’s individual taste. She has a point of view and knows what she likes.  It is so refreshing to have worked with someone that has a clear taste and confidence in her style.

4) Who is/are your style icon(s)?

Coco Chanel. She made glass pearls and crystals cool, aspirational, and very very chic. We can’t all wear the real stuff every day!

5) What was the hardest thing about starting your own business?

I spent a lot of time thinking about the feeling of my line.  Once I actually got the pencil to the paper, I knew what I wanted to create.  I was fortunate to work for big companies that exposed me to great manufacturers to make the things I wanted to create. My biggest challenge thus far has been to wear so many hats.  I have always been a designer, but now I produce, sell, negotiate, merchandise, advertise, etc.

6) Who would you love to see wearing your jewelry?

Anyone fun, loud, and not afraid to wear color.

7) What can we expect to see from Lele Sadoughi in 2014 and beyond?

More jewels, home, and maybe other accessories.

8) What advice would you give your 20 year old self?

When you work side by side with such talented people, remember it’s an opportunity you’re being given to learn from them.  Always be honest with your ambitions. Tory was very supportive that I was starting my own line when working from her.

9) I’m in love with the napkin rings and place card holders, will we see Lele Sadoughi expanding into home decor or entertaining?

Yes, I am very excited to build a lifestyle surrounding my brand.  Why stop at jewels for the body.  Your home needs them too!

10) What accessory do you rarely leave home without?

My phone, my wedding ring, and my glasses.

11) You’re based in Manhattan, what’s your favorite place in NYC (whether to shop, eat, explore…) and why?

Perusing the flea market in Chelsea, walking through SoHo with my stroller and baby, and eating fish tacos at The Box on Bowery.

12) What advice would you give to new designers/entrepreneurs?

I was fortunate to work for some great companies and build relationships with people that can help me grow and learn.  It is important to follow by example and surround yourself with the best. Test out your skills and take your time honing the craft…and once you venture out solo, you will have already built confidence to show your own style!

Lele Sadoughi is available at global retailers and online at www.lelesadoughi.com

Photo Credit: Lele Sadoughi

Accessory Obsession: This Bag

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Sophie Hulme ‘Spear Tab’ Handbag

Yeah, it’s pink–really pink. So what? I’m obsessing over everything about this Sophie Hulme crossbody number.  Small in scale but roomy enough for all your daily essentials.  What’s more, its multipurpose functionality is multiplied by a removable crossbody strap for use as a clutch.  As for the bold color statement, it functions pretty much as a neutral.  You know what else this yummy arm candy is perfect for?  Valentine’s Day… just sayin’.

If pink isn’t your jam, it comes in basic black and I must say it’s quite chic.  Now it just needs to go on sale!

Currently Coveting: Cobalt

In case you haven’t heard (or noticed), the Pantone color for Spring 2014 is….Dazzingly Blue.  This robust shade of cobalt is the boldest of the muted palette of front runners rounding off Spring’s top ten hues, which includes shades of violet, orchid, orange, freesia, cayenne, sand, and hemlock (a sage green).  Equally at ease with brights and pastels, Spring 2014’s trending tone is one that’s easy to incorporate.  Wear now with rich jewel tones or simple black & white.  Another fail safe option: a cobalt clutch or handbag–it will be a definite go-to, both now and later.

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GET THE LOOK

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1. Kate Spade Saturday Collar Shift, here / 2. 3.1 Philip Lim Pashli in Cobalt, here (also love it in medium here) / 3. Felted Wool Coat, here (love this one too)/ 4. Holst + Lee Short Necklace, here / 5. Stella McCartney Wool Mini, here  (another great option here) / 6. Giuseppi Zanotti Leopard Pumps, here

Photo Credit: Love Joo Kim / Phil Oh for Vogue / Stockholm Street Style

Currently Coveting: The Ropes

  Nautical, neon, and handmade in Maine!  The Ropes is an adorable new-ish line I recently discovered on Refinery29.  Marrying marine hardware and bright neon hues, the Cape Elizabeth Bracelet is the perfect combination of nautical chic.  $50, available here.

The Kennebunkport shown above in turquoise is another favorite.  I’m also loving this multi-strand version spotted below on Atlantic-Pacific.  $70, available here.