Stella McCartney is a leader in the fashion world. She speaks openly about the fashion industry’s harmful effects on the environment. Stella operates a transparent company that designs with intention and produces clothing in a responsible manner. Her designs are a combination of: feminine + masculine, utilitarian, and timeless. Stella hopes her pieces will be lifers in your closet. She is not about fast fashion. She is about awareness with action. Stella leads by example and believes the industry must do better. She was one of the first designers to drop leather and fur some 15 years ago.
Her recent Paris runway shows her commitment with upcycling, faux leather, organic materials, faux fur, Eco-canvas, and sustainable viscose (btw this is nothing new for Stella). She partnered with the iconic British brand, Hunter boots for this collection. A sustainable boot crafted from natural rubber and feature Yulex sock inserts (a plant-based alternative to neoprene). Stella McCartney is one to support! All images from Stella McCartney
Embrace tie-dye because it’s in full force on the runways. If you care to invest in a piece then I suggest you do so now and wear it straight through summer. Not all tie-dye pieces will have you on board with this trend. But here are few selections that can easily be worked into a wardrobe. Maybe one piece would be fun to play with. The Raquel Allegra (California-based designer with an interesting approach to everyday wear) jumpsuit piqued my interest. It also checks the box for both trends: jumpsuit + tie-dye. Brace yourself, the cost of tie-dye is shockingly expensive!
Jonathon Simkhai denim, Raquel Allegra jumpsuit, DSQUARED denim shirt, Jerome Drefus clutch bag, Diesel Black Gold dress, Raquel Allegra blue pink dress, MM6 t shirt (subtle, I like it), PSWL short sleeve poplin shirt
It is all about disruption! If you haven’t heard of allbirds then get to know the “World’s Most Comfortable Shoe”. A San Francisco based company founded by Tim Brown and Joey Zwillinger are shaking up the sneaker industry with affordable sneakers and wool lounge shoes. Wool, tree, sugar, castor bean oil, recycled bottles, and recycled cardboard magically come together to deliver simple, no logo, no fuss functional footwear. Allbirds is a transparent company from start to finish. They have a wonderful program with the charity organization, Soles4Souls. Lightly worn returned allbirds are given a second life to those in need. This delights me (stay tuned for an upcoming post about returns!)
I gifted my family for Christmas the allbirds’ wool loungers. I am happy to report there were no returns only a few size exchanges. The hype around this company is real and genuine. Get ready Boston for allbirds opening on Newbury Street. (images from allbirds)
Hair ties, typically scattered from handbags to the everything drawer but never on hand when you need one. They will never go out of style. The other day, I noticed a friend wearing a silk bow tie scrunchie. It was a sweet twist that looked chic not to mention kind on the hair. Check out Silke London (also check out their very cool head wraps!) and Slip for new alternatives that won’t break or damage your hair. Plus bows are so trendy at the moment!
It is no secret that Uniqlo does it well. You can count on them for all your wardrobe essentials. They are committed to simple and functional designs for every day living at an affordable price. Also Uniqlo’s collaborations are consistently good. They partner with designers who understand their core values. Check out the Lemaire collaboration that just dropped. One to not miss! It is a collection of elevated basics found in warming tones and bold accents. The long sleeve pullover sweatshirt is a favorite. A simple no logo and well designed sweatshirt with a nice neckline is hard to find. One would think this is a simple task but not so much. Lemaire nailed it in my opinion with their updated version of U’s classic sweatshirt. The boxy relaxed silhouette with a mock collar is feminine and sporty. It is offered in five colors. The pink is pretty fab for spring! Check out the entire collection. I also like the simplicity of the ultra light puffy and the men’s black hoody (very nice!).
Here is something to think about for spring! The boiler style jumpsuit, the all-in-one is becoming a wardrobe staple. It makes itself an easy go to piece. Neutral tone colors are safe but the brights are super fun. I do believe you have to style it to really pull it off. The fit and fabric are important. It can’t be too tight or to loose and ill-fitting on the backside. You want enough fabric to play around with the sleeves and pant cuffs to achieve a nonchalant appearance (see the Scandi cool girl above rocking the Ganni pink jumpsuit). Or perhaps dressing in a monochromatic inspired look of a one piece like Victoria Beckham’s army green ensemble. A style that is chic, sophisticated, but also very utilitarian.
Dress it up or down with kicks or heels. Make it seasonless by layering with a tee, turtleneck, or approach it like a button down shirt. Don’t over accessorize. The boiler suit is meant to be uncomplicated. The one major downside: the complete undressing to use the bathroom. Otherwise it is all up. No matter your take on this style, you can’t ignore the clean, chic look of the dark navy suit, soft black knee-high boots, and the Bottega Veneta bag. It rivals any two piece number you can put together! (all images from Pinterest) . Check Net-A-Porter, & Other Stories, Garmentory