It’s time to peel off those layers and feel the sun on your skin! And with the light of longer days comes a slew of lighthearted spring collections. Designers clearly had fun this season, infusing clothes and accessories with wit and whimsy, cheerful colors and sunny graphics.
Ken Downing, Neiman Marcus' senior vice president and fashion director, grew up in art-centric Seattle and now spends his days...well, traveling, mostly. More specifically, shepherding a contingent of fashion editors in the New York office, advising several hundred merchants at corporate headquarters in Dallas and presiding at seemingly every major designer show around the world to cull standout pieces and uncover burgeoning trends. And far more than dictating which colors or silhouettes the buyers should embrace, Downing discerns the brand’s message of the season from the many that spring off the runways and clearly conveys it.
She is one of fashion’s most recognized designers—a household name of sorts whom you’ve likely come across on any particular shopping jaunt, be it on the hunt for clothing, eyewear, jewelry, fragrance, office supplies, home furnishings and, yes, surf wear, which she just happens to know a thing or two about.
When working these jewel tones into your look, there are two basic rules to bear in mind. First, let the bright hue take center stage, and go neutral with your extras. If you’re wearing a tangerine dress, try a nude strappy gladiator sandal. If you opt for a cobalt number, carry a black or gray purse. Second, know that these zesty hues draw the eye in, so they can have a figure-flattering effect. If you want to accentuate your legs, try a tangerine trouser with a neutral top. If you’d rather downplay your rear, stick with basic black on the bottom and go brighter on top. These haute colors flatter all complexions, thanks to the cool undertones—consider it your permission to play.
Banish the winter beauty blues and spring forward with a fresh start. Here's a week's worth of ways to totally transform before summer. This list is our definition of #Goals
Every ceremony inspires us to reach beyond our everyday rotation of beauty staples, and the holiday season is the ultimate ode to opulence. This is the time to ditch your day-to-day routine and turn out some serious glow. Thanks to our beauty pro’s tips and techniques, you’ll be totally ready for that big holiday soiree.
During the reign of queen victoria, creativity flowed endlessly. From poets like tennyson and bronte to artists like degas and rodin, it is no wonder that the fashion was also inspired. This winter we will see a revival of the victorian silhouette with notable embellishments, such as laced corsets, embroidery, velvet and trim. High necklines and frilly shirts will be taken from the runway to the sidewalks.
It’s time to gear up for the holidays! For me and my team this means exploring our Americana stores to discover the very best gifts. Clients often ask for help finding the perfect presents for the guys in their lives. Here, some choice selections for gift-giving. Plus, a look at resort wear for that much-needed post-holiday getaway.
“Nothing compares to a suit that fits impeccably,” says Donald O’Connor, director of Made to Measure at Woodbury Mens Shop. “A custom suit or jacket is made to a customer’s measurements, dimensions, body type and posture. Whether the body type is of athletic, stout, tall or short build, when measured correctly, the suit will fit to perfection.”
Newspapers, motion pictures, photographs. Be an original. Go back to the basics and wear black and white to celebrate your personality. This season we are seeing it in bold prints, animal prints, geometrics and florals. Black and white packs a punch on its own, but it can be paired with other colors as well.