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Behind the Brand: Emily Smith of Lafayette 148 New York on Defining a Signature Style

The Lafayette 148 New York woman is a BOSS. Her unyielding style relies on an expertly crafted and efficient uniform of silk blouses, tailored trousers and A-line dresses that effortlessly transition from the desk to dinner. Confidence is her signature style (so long as it comes in leathers, fine cottons and cashmeres).

Emily Smith, woman-in-charge and creative director of the label, finds her muse in this contemporary working woman. In the video below, Smith reminds us that the secret to being in charge is an unwavering authenticity and integrity.

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Past, Present and Future Tense with Lafayette 148 New York Creative Director Emily Smith

Back in ’96—a time that, fashion-wise, didn’t look wildly different from where we are now in ’16—Lafayette 148 New York opened up shop in the heart of SoHo. Today, they’re delving into the archives and retooling iconic styles from years past into a special 20th-anniversary collection.

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All images courtesy of Emily Smith and Lafayette 148 New York

That’s two decades of chic, elevated staples, and two decades dedicated to ensuring women—of all ages and all shapes—look and feel like their ideal versions of themselves.

headshot2To mark the occasion, we traded missives with the brand’s world-traveling creative director Emily Smith—who spends four months out of the year working alongside the company’s skilled artisans in Shantou, China—to talk history, favorite new pieces and inspiration found along the eastern edges of the Himalayas.

LET’S GO BACK, THEN FORWARD

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Try This On: Hollis Wong-Wear in Helmut Lang, SJP, Hunter Boots and More

Studies show shopping is at least 12 times more fun en masse. Our Try This On series is all about the camaraderie of sartorial group projects.

A.L.C. lace crop top | ASTR textured skirt | SJP leather pumps | Shiraleah embellished wool clutch

Of all celebrated occasions and festive dates, New Year’s Eve expects the most out of your outfit. Especially if you’re going to be in New York City, and especially if you’re writer/singer/style icon Hollis Wong-Wear.

No, the Seattle-based GRAMMY nominee and Macklemore collaborator isn’t performing in the final moments of 2014—or at least there are no plans for such a thing as of yet. But wouldn’t “always be prepared—and dressed!—for anything” be a good New Year’s resolution? And one to enact early? We took Wong-Wear into the dressing rooms of our Downtown Seattle store to dial in three versions of ready-to-go ready-to-wear to kick off 2015.

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Street Report: Alexandra at Betsey Johnson

Alexandra looks like she just stepped out of a 1970s movie, in the best possible way! This autumnal palette looks beautiful on her and those high-waisted, wide-legged trousers are a perfect fit. The faux-fur vest adds texture, while her layered necklaces amp up the drama. Now, I’m off to re-create this look immediately!

xo,
Crystal

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Kendra Scott Jewelry | Wide-Leg Pants | Blue Satchels

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Kendra Scott Pendant Necklace | Lafayette 148 New York Trousers | Saint Laurent Tote

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Street Report: Elizabeth at Rebecca Minkoff

This lovely blogger describes her style as “ladylike” and “vintage-inspired.” I’d say she hit the nail on the head! It’s so great to see subtle, feminine style at Lincoln Center, amid all the attention-grabbing craziness. Elizabeth Keene modernizes her vintage look with a crisp palette and metallic heels. Love the pop of blue in her purse, too!

xo,
Crystal

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Blue Satchels | Black & White Print Pants | Metallic Classic Pumps

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Saint Laurent Tote | Lafayette 148 New York Pants | kate spade new york pump

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Street Report: Peony Lim Outside Elie Saab

Surprise, surprise: Peony knocked it out of the park yet again! Peony is the master of youthful, understated elegance. She always (and I mean always!) looks flawless.

Today’s look is a masterful mix of vibrant blues and soft neutrals. I love her ruffled skirt, which is sweet yet modern. And what outfit wouldn’t be bettered with a little Hermès?

xo,
Crystal

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Fall Trend: Peacock Hues | Leopard Print Pumps | Fall Designer Trend: Cobalt Blues

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Lafayette 148 New York Blouse | L.K. Bennett Pump | Diane von Furstenberg Skirt

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Street Report: Olivia at Lincoln Center

In a sea of bloggers and fashion editors, it’s refreshing to meet a non-industry gal. Olivia loves style, but focuses her energy on interior design. She says she is inspired by the energy of Fashion Week and molds her style to her mood.

She clearly has an eye for proportion and pattern. Love, love, loving that pencil skirt!

xo, Crystal

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Black Pointy-Toe Pumps | Pencil Skirts | Men’s Striped Dress Shirts

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Yves Saint Laurent Pump
Lafayette New York 148 Skirt
Robert Talbott Dress Shirt
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