If you've never heard of Esteban Cortazar before, it's time to get acquainted. He is a British and Colombian designer from Bogota who grew up in Miami (including South Beach in the 90's meeting the likes of Todd Oldham and Gianni Versace) and went on to NYC where he was the youngest designer ever to show at New York Fashion Week (age 18).
Esteban has consistently delivered high quality and exceptional designs over the years gaining attention from publications such as Vogue and Women's Wear Daily. The member of the CFDA was even made creative director of Ungaro in 2007 at the young age of 23. Fast forward to today and the soon to be 31 year old designer has made even greater strides.
See the photos from his newest collections below although I have to say I am still most in love with his equestrian chic collection from 2014 which I hope to track down some day!
Ulyana Sergeenko is one of a handful of powerful, stylish and business-savvy women showing that Russia has a serious contribution to make to the global fashion industry.
It's difficult not to have heard of her by now with a famous circle of friends that includes Buro 24/7's Miroslava Duma and supermodel Natalia Vodianova (one of my favorites). She is also an in-demand street style star photographed frequently for her striking looks and bold and feminine way of dress.
Her designs are not to be ignored. Once mocked for making it to the industry by her power, bank account and love for fashion, Ulyana has proved herself to be the real deal with truly noteworthy collections.
Her designs are real works of art blending historical references and traditional handiwork techniques with fabrics, fits and fashions desired by women leading luxurious lifestyles today.
There are a million reasons I eagerly anticipate Woody Allen films. I must say that the storyline of each film for me is usually a tie with how enthralled I am with the locations, set design, cinematography and the jaw-droppingly good costume design.
On a recent flight back from Miami, I watched Blue Jasmine starring Cate Blanchett and I practically drooled over her luxurious looks - especially a ravishing Chanel tweed twinset styled to perfection and worn with panache. Alas, a desperate search on The Real Real came up with no fitting substitutes although I know one day it will be mine!
Then there was last night. Magic in the Moonlight with the inimitable Emma Stone. The scene: Provence in the South of France with all of the picturesque scenery that comes with it including seaside views, regal gardens, luxurious French interior design...
All of Emma's outfits as "Sophie" were fantastic, but this is the clincher.
I need not say more. See this film if you haven't seen it yet.
Magic in the Moonlight
set design: Jille Azis (Gladiator, Mirror Mirror)
costume design: Sonia Grande (Midnight in Paris, Vicky Cristina Barcelona)
cinematography: Darius Khondji (Midnight in Paris, Se7en)
I've started to appreciate Fendi's designs more and more over the past few years but it's starting to reach new heights.
The last straw was a stroll in the Aventura Mall last month (Miami) past the fairly new Fendi boutique when I nearly fell from stopping in my tracks. There she was. The most elegant pair of heels you'd ever seen, with strands of cobalt blue fur proudly feathering no less!
I may have stood in the window for an entire 5 minutes. It was that serious. If you followed the Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter shows, you'll understand exactly what the fuss is about. That Karl Lagerfeld is brilliant and he simply cannot be stopped.
I have to admit that while I'm a huge Lagerfeld fan I often do disagree with his other work including his Choupette fashion line and a lot of the newest work for Chanel. These are collections heavily influenced by the current pop culture and the celebrities of the moment which are for the most part, not personally my thing. Thankfully Fendi remains largely untouched!
I cannot wait to see what he presents for the upcoming all-fur haute couture show in July.
It's no secret that some of the biggest fashion designers have come out of Japan from Junya Watanabe to Rei Kawakubo.
Still, there's a newer generation of Japanese fashion designers that are also paving their paths with the bold, the unique and the beautiful. Meet the work of fashion world cult obsession Sacai by designer Chitose Abe and up-and-coming designer Ichiro Suzuki's namesake line.
I saw colorless flowing and feather light haute couture gowns in the white and billowy clouds... then I looked even closer and I saw Source.
I saw the world was limitless and much more profound than we'd considered it to be.
I saw beauty and power and endless potential. I recalled that my life too has unending potential and after this world passes into whatever realm is next. Because as the Earth wows and startles, it is still just one small planet in one galaxy in an ever-stretching universe - and that universe also exists right inside of each of us.
It can be accessed only when we acknowledge and respect our connection to the universe and mind the ways we attempt to harness its energy.
It was a super day yesterday hanging out in the Miami Design District. I had quite the photoshoot with a very special photographer (one of my dearest friends) which I cannot wait to share with you all and I will when the photos are prepped. For now, here are some pics from that afternoon (hover over photos for details).
The first 2 photos are from the famous Wynwood Walls, which are about a 5 minute drive away.