Demi Lovato has come a long way since her Disney Channel days and we love her feisty, opinionated judging on the X Factor. Not only does she challenge Ms. Spears on singing and songwriting, she has a sense of style that Spears can never compete with. X Factor diva recently wore earrings crafted by one of our new fav jewelry designers Karen London. The Karen London Shiraz Earrings ($75), from the designer’s fall collection, look like a million bucks, but won’t spend your last penny. It’s evident that London has hit a luxury market goldmine (without the Rodeo Drive price tag) as her jewelry collections, which only recently debuted in Spring 2012, has graced the pages of People, US Weekly and Teen Vogue as well as have been spotted on some of Hollywood’s trendsetting starlets including Miley Cyrus (we are still on the fence about her new look), Juliette Lewis, Jenna Elfman, Marisol Nichols, and Laura Prepon. London started her career as a premier curator of fine jewelry, meticulously collecting unique pieces from all over the globe and decorating the world’s most sought-after elite. Designed in Los Angeles and created in Bali and Thailand, London’s jewelry fuses exotic woods and metals with unsurpassed craftsmanship, resulting in a collection that combines earthy bohemian style with rock-n-roll glamour. The Karen London Fall 2012 collection incorporates an exquisite range of silhouettes including bold draped chains, stand out metal collars and chunky studded bangles juxtaposed with simple stacking rings, textured hoops and wooden pendants that easily become everyday staples. A few of notables we are adding to our holiday wish list (and, will probably own well before then!) include the Safari Necklace ($88), to represent three cuties on your speed dial, the Trinity Ring ($53), the Luxor Necklace ($70) and Off the Chain Bracelet ($63).
Designer Radhika Perera-Hernandez has taken the glamorous inspiration from her Eastern roots to the fashion world, bringing it together with multi-functional traditional elegance to create a line that brings out the inner goddess in every woman. Her name comes from Radha, the Hindu Goddess of love and devotion- a fitting name for someone who is creating gorgeous designs to make women look and feel their best. Raised by a Catholic mother and a Buddhist father, Radhika was very cultured throughout her life as a child. The Sri Lanka and London atmosphere surrounded Radhika with sounds and sights that influence her creativity today. She was no overnight success though- the designer started exploring fashion as a child. Radhika has been sewing since she was a little girl, mixing Indian fabrics with vintage finds. Through exploring with vintage, she learned about pattern making and gained a strong understanding of how to flatter the womanly figure through draping, fit and structure. This lead to the launch of Lois London in 2010 for a summer collection that included kaftans and swimwear. Designs were- and still are sewn in Hernanderz’ home where she creates pieces detailed with beads, pigmented colors and light fabrics to bring the ultimate goddess feeling to the wearer. Another catch? Lois London kaftans flatter a variety of figures, adding a larger customer demographic to Lois London. Recently, Radhika was inspired by an 2008 vintage piece she sold on her website, Lois Lane Vintage and recreated a modern take on it.
The garment didn’t go unnoticed- American actress La La Vazquez Anthony was seen wearing it on the red carpet for an event. La La made it her own, pairing it with silver stilettos, bangles and a thick belt around the waist. “I fell in love with that piece and wanted to re-create an ultra luxurious version of it, to me it captures the essence and glamour of Bianca Jagger from the 70′s. The fabric is Intricately sequined silk chiffon in mauve with pewter square sequins.Grecian draping and elasticated waist and cuffs”, the designer says. The fact that this piece could be translated into a modern version shows how timeless it is and although it retails for $1450, it’s longevity makes it worth every penny.
Browse Radhika’s line at www.lois-london.com.
Watch the video of the Bianca Jumpsuit below:
Similar to the fashion industry, what’s hot in nail color moves at a rapid pace. There are two different kinds of people when it comes to following through with a trend; the starters and the followers. Either category is not right or wrong or even better than the other. However, wouldn’t it be awesome to be the first of your friends to sport the season’s “in color?” Get ahead of the trend, before it’s gone, by keeping an eye out for what colors major polish brands like Butter London are releasing for the season. These upcoming color lines are rapidly becoming trends.
Butter London is known for their wide range of cutting edge and on trend color. Keying in on the trend of mixing and matching nail and lip color, they have decided to launch a lip line. You can find the lip colors in shades that match their fabulous nail lacquers. The glosses are also highly pigmented, just like their polishes, to create a luxury and high fashion lip look.The line has premiered with five bespoke butter LONDON shades including Primrose Hill Picnic, Snog, Trout Pout, Yummy Mummy and Teddy Girl. Each retails for $17.
LIPPY products do not contain parabens, petroleum, phthalates, sulphates or bismuth. Butter LONDON™ is available at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport flagship store, www.butterlondon.com and in fashion boutiques, specialty retailers, and beauty apothecaries around the globe. The glosses will first be available in March at Ulta stores before they begin to retail elsewhere in April. Now, not only can you have on trend nails, but also on trend lips.
Browse this season’s hottest colors on their website.
Handbag heavyweight Coach hosted a decadent dinner party at London’s hot spot The Arts Club in honor of A-lister and style legend Gwyneth Paltrow. The megastar, whose ads for the brand debuted earlier this summer, is the face of the line’s Autumn/Winter campaign. The campaign photos, which were shot on the Tudor City skyscraper in NYC and will run in Asian and European markets, were snapped by famed photographer Peter Lindbergh. The feast also celebrated the opening of Coach’s first European flagship store on London’s famously fashionable New Bond Street, in addition to marking the line’s 70th anniversary.
Celebs and tastemakers such as Thandie Newton, Chloe Moretz, Mario Testino, Jasmine Guinness and Paltrow’s Coldplay cutie Chris Martin toasted the leading lady and the luxury line, while sipping Ruinart champagne and savoring grilled lamb chops and tiger prawns.
The woman of the honor donned a flawless tan under a bold, mandarin orange Lanvin number which she paired with crimson open-toed booties and a chic clutch. Before hitting the festivities, Paltrow looked every bit the British mod-girl, with a stunning black and white coat that contrasted beautifully with the red heels.
Paltrow always exudes an approachable class and elegance that, much like Coach, is aspirational yet amazingly attainable.
– Shontel Horne
If you want something different to spice up your wardrobe with clothing that has been produced through a sustainable process, and that is unique in its own individual way, then you won’t be disappointed by what is widely available.
The only thing is simply knowing where to look.
My next eco designer that I want everyone to know about is Emesha.
Based in London, designer Emesha Nagy first set up her label in 2008 after completing her studies at the London College of Fashion and having worked with the likes of Vivienne Westwood and Jasper Conran.
With her background richly imbedded in travelling and languages, Emesha draws on her inspiration from these in order to create her designs which are 100% natural and completely biodegradable.
A sporty-luxe label for women, Emesha is focused on creating eco-friendly stylish clothing while being part of the slow fashion movement.
Ms Nagy delivers on style and quality for women interested in fashion and the environment while also highlighting the appreciation that goes into the process of crafting exclusive apparel that is often forgotten in fast fashion.
For her Spring/Summer 2011 collection, Emesha is drawing on her inspiration of marionettes, particularly Russian artist Alexandra Exter’s geometric figures from the 1920s.
Throughout the collection, strings from the puppets are worked into gathers and stripes and symmetrical forms are transformed into contemporary shapes which essentially helps to keep the collection feminine and fresh.
Despite the fact that the UK economy wasn’t particularly bright in 2010, that didn’t stop designers from producing creative collections for the UK fashion market. One of which was Emesha who was one of the top 100 growing UK womenswear design brands.
With such a productive year for Emesha, I’m sure that 2011 is going to be another exciting year for Ms Nagy.
For more information on Emesha, check out www.emesha.com.