Bihor Couture’s Story

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Something good to share!  Beau Monde, a fashion magazine is partnering with a small town in the Beius Country of Romania to keep their craft alive by creating the brand Bihor Couture.

Fashion designers find their inspiration by traveling around the world and immersing themselves into different cultures and traditions to draw inspiration for their next line.  Unfortunately they don’t always give those communities credit.  But through the awareness and support of Beau Monde the story is changing.  The local creators of Bihor can now sell their 100% authentic Romania design pieces online.  Their handcrafted pieces are bold, bright, unique, and steep in tradition.  The Beius Authentic Jacket is artwork, the scarf is fantastic, and the blouse is simply perfect.  Pieces are for pre-order only due to the length of time that goes into each handcrafted and hand embroidered piece.  Quality takes time.  There is no mass manufacturing here in Bihor.

The video is eye-opening, beautiful, inspiring, and true!  I want to visit these ladies.  I want to befriend them.  They are talented and don’t hold back any punches!  I want to learn their craft.  This story makes my heart sing and it deepens my love for authentic fashion.  Connecting faces to stories is how messages can be conveyed.  Thank you to my dear friend, solid liquids who shared this story with me. Keep them coming my way!  I have been meaning to share this story and no better time than now. Discover Bihor Couture for yourselves and share this story.

video @ Bihore Couture and images @ Branding News

Cord Appeal

H&M Wide Leg
H&M mid rise, wide leg in navy looks so promising
Everlane Corduroy
Keeping it simple with a straight leg crop is flattering
COS Wide Leg Corduroy
Cropped in a cool mint is a nice transition color 
COS Corduroy
Always good in navy and black

Make room for some reasonably priced cords. Preferably a loose mid rise, wide leg, in a deep color will do for me.  Looks like H&M wins.  Alternate them with your denim.  Pair them with a turtleneck and hoody or an over sized blazer but keep the turtleneck (big fan of the neck hugger). Cords look stylish, polished, and remain a classic.  Keep it chic for fall and winter.  So easy to wear for any age.  Love them!

top to bottom H&M navy cord, Everlane‘s brown straight leg, COS’s sage and navy wide leg cropped (images from Pinterest, COS, Everlane, H&M)

It’s All About The Turtleneck

Everlane
Cotton Turtleneck Tee $22.00 From Everlane
L'Agence
L’Agence’s Stretch Jersey $130.00 From Net-A-Porter
Modal Ribbed Turtleneck Gap
Modal Soft Ribbed Turtleneck $35.00 From The Gap

Time to swap out your basic tee for a basic black turtleneck.   Always hunting for good black turtlenecks this time of year. Turtlenecks layer nicely under blazers, flannels, sweaters, and dresses.  They can look simply chic and uncomplicated when worn alone.  A classic must have for the cooler temperatures.  Here are few to get you interested.

Everlane, Net-A-Porter, Gap but also check out J.Crew’s tissue turtleneck

Lounging With Lunya

Here is a little something that we all can appreciate.  Happy Sunday ladies!

Who doesn’t love coming home at the end of the day and immediately changing into loungewear?!  I pretty much race up the stairs to change.  But do you struggle a bit to find something that is stylish that is not full on pajama mode?  If the doorbell rang would you hide?!  The problem is that spending money on sleepwear/ loungewear can get over looked.  But time to reconsider.  Lunya is a game changer.  They are shaking up the sleepwear world with luxury pieces that offer a refreshing modern spin to something that just lacked excitement and thoughtful design.  The pieces are comfortable, flattering, and well just perfect for every woman.  Lunya is meant to be seen and not hidden.  Compliment with underbares.

Silk Jumpsuit
Washable Silk
Siro Jogger
Own Them, Love Them! The Joggers
Organic Pima Muscle Tee
Muscle T with no side boob exposed. Thoughtful design!
Restore Pocket Legging
Simply Perfect
Organic Pima Long Sleeve
Wardrobe Lounge Basics
Restore Short
Rest Your Booty Shorts

Lunya, keep designing for the modern woman.  isostilo is a big fan of yours. Thanks to my sister-in-law who gave me a lovely gift with Lunya lounge pieces.  Best gift to receive!!  All pics are from Lunya.

Teddy Bear Appeal

The long and short of it: coziness works!  The teddy bear style coat is sticking around.  This season every designer/brand is showing off their favorite version.  The creamy tones complemented by its soft texture come together to create a stylish outerwear piece.  It will fold right into your wardrobe.  The teddy bear coat is perfect for the crisp days ahead.  Time to start thinking about laying up.  Here are a few styles that may inspire you.  You will also appreciate that all budgets can be happy.  Boy does the price swing!

From Top Left to Right:  Vince Shaggy Coat, Max Mara Teddy Coat, Gap Teddy Bear Bomber, OFF-White Bear Faux Shearling Jacket, Emerson Fry Teddy Bear Coat, Zara Hooded Faux Fur Jacket, Apiece Apart Shearling Parka

Hedi Slimane’s Celine

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all images from Vogue

The new Celine with no accent and no Phoebe Philo was the much-anticipated show at Paris Fashion Week.  It is now Hedi Slimane’s Celine.  The only pre-glimpses to his collection were seen on the arm of Lady Gaga, who was sporting the 16 bag at the Venice Film Festival and then prior to the show, Korean pop star, CL posted a very stylish pic of herself with Slimane’s quilted box bag with the letter C on the clasp.

Changing guard is often hard.  Phoebe earned a devoted following with her feminine, sophisticated designs that made women feel strong and confident.  Hedi Slimane has a different aesthetic and not much different from his Saint Laurent days.  The new Celine appears to be very rock’ n’ roll worn by thin models ready for a night out but this isn’t terribly new to the fashion scene.  I am in the Phoebe camp 100% but in all fairness these are tough shoes to fill when you are nostalgic for the past because it was so damn good.  At the moment I am not a fan of the new Celine.  isostilo will remain open-minded for the future of Celine.  With that said, the one piece from this collection that is eye-catching are the black tapered trousers with the geometric shaped oversized pockets.

Bad Boy Chic With Nili Lotan

Voile NLShirt

Military Pant

Humphrey Blazer

Leather Trench

Eliaanna Silk Top

Nico Lambskin Leather Pant

Anitra Turtleneck

Libson Jean
All pics from Nili Lotan

Nili Lotan nails that tomboy edge while maintaining a clean and minimalist style.  A look that catches my eye.  Rock n roll, city life, and a certain sexiness is delivered each season.  One must just be confident to rock it.  It is all personal style.  Having some edge and grit to your look is a good thing.  Give me those loose-fitting cognac lambskin pants any day of the week.  Absolutely killer!  Nili Lotan is not known for the most approachable prices.  This season each one of these pieces are ridiculous.  But the fashion inspiration is fully appreciated!  Take the shapes, lines, textures, style, effortless appeal, and run with it.  Find your happy edge.