There is an instant sense of empowerment that occurs when you slip on a new pair of high-heel shoes (don’t we all strut just a little bit more in our favorite pair?), which may be why the halo-strap trend has us all under its spell.
A modern update to the classic ankle-strap heel, the lust-worthy halo is elevated above the silhouette for maximum va-va-voom appeal day or night. Here are a few ideas on how to style some current favorites with looks that transition from office to occasion (’tis party season after all):
Yesterday kicked off the 11th annual Art Basel Miami, where galleries from around the world showcase modern and contemporary art—from both established and emerging artists–that runs the gamut from sculpture to paintings to films and everything in between. For the fashion world, Art Basel is sort of like a delicious sorbet in between the main courses of September and February fashion months. In fact, our own senior blog editor, Qianna Smith, is there right now, soaking up the rays and taking in all the art, fashion and fun that Miami has to offer. And also parties. Lots and lots of parties.
When we scanned the exhaustive list of must-attend musical events, a lot caught our eye: Boy George (in his first U.S. performance in 10 years!) at Mana Wynwood, live rock & roll karaoke at the Standard and a private Kendrick Lamar performance at MOCA. But the one we wished we’d gotten an invite to was the VH1 party featuring Canadian indie-pop duo—and twin sisters—Tegan & Sara. We can’t think of a better soundtrack for dancing ’til dawn on Miami Beach.
The invites are stacking up, but what to wear to your holiday get-togethers? Whether it’s for your company Christmas party or cocktails and hors d’oeuvres with friends, here are six of our favorite little party dresses and trends that are fit for any fête.
Walking into a presentation for Alice + Olivia during New York Fashion Week is much like entering a one-of-a-kind aesthetic experience. The imaginative world of Stacey Bendet envelops you, allowing the colorful textures and architectural shapes of her designs to converge into an installation of art. In celebration of Art Basel invading the shores and streets of Miami Beach, today through December 8, we asked the avid collector of culture to shed some light on the many artful objects of her affection.
THE THREAD: What first motivated you to begin building a collection of art? STACEY BENDET: Art is really inspiration for me. I started casually collecting things when I was younger. Each year I’ll buy one or two pieces that are really special to me because of the artist, or because of the collaboration we’re doing, or just because I’m really inspired by their work. It’s a range of things. I have a table in my office by artist Liana Yaroslavsky, who creates beautiful, unique pieces from antique chandeliers. Also I collect, obviously, paintings and other things too, sculptures, all different kinds of stuff.
Knowing you’ve gotten someone the perfect present is an awesome feeling, but it’s even better when the gift you’ve given carries a little extra meaning. Nestled within the eclectic array of super-cool stuff in our Brite Lites Gift City Pop-In Shop are items that help those in need.
Bamboula Ltd. Sisal (at right and left) and Straw (center) Bowls
You hear a lot about fair trade nowadays (which is a good thing!), but Bamboula Ltd. has been practicing this principle since its inception in 1989. Owner and founder Jasperdean Kobes purchases the beautifully handmade items at fair market prices that ensure a living wage for artisans and their families in African countries such as Ghana, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.
The UK’s leading fashion figures assembled last night at the London Coliseum for the 2013 British Fashion Awards. Accolades were bestowed upon 16 fashion influencers, in categories ranging from Designer of the Year to Model of the Year. Find out which brands from our Designer Collections received top honors!
For some, fashion is merely a passion; for others like Ottavio Missoni Jr., it’s literally in their DNA.
Ottavio Jr., part of the third generation of the House of Missoni—and grandson/namesake of Ottavio Missoni, the man who started it all—ventured to the Pacific Northwest for the first time, where he mingled with customers at our Bellevue Square store and discussed the driving forces behind the brand’s success: family and heritage pride.
Thanksgiving may be one of our favorite indulgent, no-calorie-counting days, but it is also the best time to give thanks to all the special people in our lives. In celebration of Turkey Day, The Thread asked seven designers—Lela Rose, Monique Lhuillier, Lubov Azria of BCBGMAXAZRIA and Herve Leger, Rebecca Taylor, Michelle Smith of Milly, Melinda Maria and Patricia Nash—to dish about what they’re thankful for and what they can’t wait to eat.
Whether she’s picking apples with daughter Rosey or dressing First Lady Michelle Obama for this month’s Ladies’ Home Journal, Lela takes on life with a nonchalant elegance.
Lela Rose says: I’m thankful for… “The life I have lived thus far. I feel like the luckiest person in the world. I have a family I love and adore, and I get to do something creative and fulfilling for work.”
This Thanksgiving, I’m craving… “We are in Mexico for Thanksgiving and will not be having our traditional meal. What I will miss most is the boule de neige cake that my aunt makes. It is DIVINE!”
This Filipino designer has been wowing brides with her couture creations since launching her label in 1996. We especially ♥ her Bliss collection.
Monique Lhuillier says: I am thankful for… “My family, friends and loving what I do every day!! The gift of creating special and beautiful pieces that make women feel special is so rewarding.”
This Thanksgiving, I’m craving… “I am heading down to Mexico for a few days with my family, and I am looking forward to having the freshest fish tacos and guacamole. Olé!”