In the 1920's, when Coco Chanel unveiled the Little Black Dress, it was yet another item that we would continue to add to our lists that would become apart of our fashion staples. Coco knew about LBDs and their staying power. It's something we gravitate towards many cocktail to black tie functions and one that never goes out of style. At the same time, it's easy to get stuck in a rut. When you're hitting your next function, think about how your dress can get an update. Whether you have a series of LBD's that you cycle through or you're purchasing a new one, there is no rule that states that it must be accessorized a certain way. I just recently fell in love with the house of Vionnet which has amazing styles that take a classic and bring another aspect to it - in essence the looks are reimagined which breathes a new life into each piece.
In many cases, I am a fan of securing the dress, wearing sterling silver pieces that also have black in them whether it's onyx, hematite or black sapphire and then it's all about the shoes or the clutch. It's these two areas where I bring in my personality and the unexpected. Many find it daunting when they opt for shoes outside of black and gravitate towards red, gold, silver, a skin or an animal print. Although these are great choices - what about a completely unexpected color and throwing in a bit of texture to boot! I'm loving the blush color as we all know that black and blush are fashions new "sushi and sake" pairings of style; however, how cute is it that as opposed to a rounded toe or peep toe - that we have a ruffled bootie by Cesare Paciotti? Whether you wear this with a simple sheath or even a dress that has ruching, gathering, a cowl effect etc - this is the perfect way to play with fun proportions!
I love transitions! Throughout the next few weeks, you'll notice new topics on Kitten Lounge! Although our days will stay with the same themes, our concentration has slightly changed. On the days where we cover fashion, I always present complete looks that allow you to see how an outfit can be accessorized - in many ways it becomes a look book or guide that you can use. At the same time, I love the idea of creating ideas of key items that you should think about getting in your closet. These fall along the idea of trends whether we're talking next season or what should be in your closet this season! Going forward, our Fashionable Fridays will now include Fab Five. The Fab Five are the top pics of items that I believe you should know about and even if you don't get the exact pair, the body should be something that you should think about within your favorite brand!
I think a boot is essential for this weather and now with boot styles that incorporate cutouts, these can be worn whether you're in NYC or visiting friends in South Beach! My top three boot picks include Alexander McQueen's Grommet boot (perfect when you're look needs to have more of an aged or rocker look with edge), Dsquared2 Spectator Bootie (probably not good for our chilly NYC days; however, I love the old world style that is brought into today's look) and finally Vivienne Westwood's Roman Boot (the red color is so delicious and being a girl that loves hardware - this is a must even with the peep toe - I love this pair).
Now when it comes to heels you have two choices (of course this is assuming that you already have a fab black pair and a cute tortoise shell pair as well) a pump that has pops of color and one that is an alternative strappy one. The pair by Guiseppe Zanotti has bold stripes and would be perfect t wear with a pair of jeans and a neutral color top. Maybe you and your girls are flying down to South Beach to get away from the chills of NYC - this pair will get you in a Sunshine State of Mind. Of course if it's a night out, you may want to consider Cesare Paciotti's heels which bring the inner golden goddess out of all those that wear them.
Five pairs of shoes that work for various occassions! Each one will not only work for this season but can carry you into future ones as well! Take some time to check out what pieces you want to bring in and let me know what you'd like to see on next week's Fab Five!
Kimmie will style EC Twins and Sarah Polonsky of DJ Mag who is one of the sponsors. Follow along with the hashtag #AEFOLDFestival15 on Aug 4th and Aug 6th which is being held at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead, NY. As always, you'll be able to see my favorite items when I am traveling on location to style my clients as well as getting exclusive backstage access within the VIP tents.
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