Lela Rose’s aesthetic of adding whimsy to elegance through handcrafted details has brought a fresh point of view to modern American fashion. Lela was raised in Texas and went to school in Colorado where nature, its surrounding landscapes, and the sublime colors it offers have long been an inspiration. Today, Lela continues to draw from these early influences as she designs clothes for the modern sophisticated women that embody a spirit of effortless elegance.
After graduating from Parson’s School of Design in 1993, she went to work with two esteemed designers, Richard Tyler and Christian Francis Roth. There she honed her love of couture fabric as well as fanatic attention to detail. In 1998, Lela’s vision and passion compelled her to create her signature collection, Lela Rose.
Built on a design philosophy of creating hand-finished clothes that exude a casual luxury and refinement, the beautiful embellished fabrics are the foundation of this innovative collection. Through intricately designed and finely detailed separates, dresses and jackets, Lela has established herself as a renowned designer. Lela’s ready-to-wear apparel under the Lela Rose label is sold in more than 75 specialty stores nationwide, as well as Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales and internationally in Canada, Europe, Russia, the Middle East, Taiwan and Japan.
Here Clarise loves her Lela Rose eyelet dress for the summer. Retail $695. B Chic $149
Manolo Blahnik was born in Santa Cruz de la Palma (Santa Cruz de Tenerife) in 1943 to a Spanish mother and Czech father. He studied literature and architecture in Geneva, although he went on to work in artistic and theatrical design. In 1970 he showed his theatrical designs to the editor of “Vogue”, who was impressed with his design for some men’s shoes. After being convinced that he should try his hand at shoe designing, Blahnik opened his first shop in Chelsea (London) in 1973. His carefully crafted style make each shoe into an almost unique creation. The most famous women on earth, ranging from Diana the Princess of Wales to Madonna, have worn his creations.
Sara Jessica Parker made Manolos iconic with her role as Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City…and today they are still fabulous!
In photo…black snakeskins (sz 39 1/2), classic beige slingbacks (sz 39), Black chain pumps (sz 30 1/2), linen mules (sz 39)
Marni is a unique Italian designer and know amongst curious and sophisticated women. Clarise is sporting a fun Marni print dress Size Small (retail $1195, B Chic $299). Its polyester with pockets. You will surely be noticed!! Here is a bit more information about Consuelo Castiglioni, the Marni designer as well as a profile of her followers.
Launched in 1994, Marni is a luxury brand favored by a discerning coterie of international women who are curious and sophisticated: not necessarily fashion-driven, but with a strong identity and a personal vision. The Marni woman is hard to pinpoint. Elusive and arty, she likes to play with forms, prints, textures and colors. Marni is in fact, essentially, a mindset: slightly out of the schemes and subtly subversive. It’s a quirky, unpredictable visual language: graphic, rigorous. Consuelo Castiglioni is the author. The Swiss-born designer conveys her personal sense of elegance and experimental approach to materials and colors, her unique flair for mixing prints and shapes in collections that are at once irreverent and emotional, with an eclectic yet coherent flavor. Age and status are irrelevant to her: she encourages women to express themselves through clothes, mixing pieces from different seasons in endlessly new, utterly individual permutations. Far from being a diktat, Marni is a range of possibilities. It knows no boundaries or impositions: this is how Consuelo conceives style. Her signature is timeless, her approach avant-garde. In an ongoing dialogue with the art world, Consuelo involves artists, both established and up-and-coming, in special projects for both retail and product. A family business in the best Italian tradition, Marni is a standout example of the qualities that make the Made in Italy label relevant. Everything, from prototypes to final pieces, is made in-house in the Milano headquarters, ensuring the highest level of quality, something Consuelo does not want to compromise.
Thierry Muglar’s jacket at B Chic completes this special look put together by Bruno Limo, fashion stylist. You can pair this jacket with any of your favorite black bottoms… be it lace, fur, wool, chiffon or silk. Thierry Mulglar has been referred to “The prophet of Futurism”. He is an instinctive designer who never looks for inspiration. According to Thierry Mugler, “intellect is the servant of the spirit.”
He strongly feels that his clothing is modernistic and not futuristic. Clothes of today should have nothing to do with the past. They should create elegance with simple form and structure and add defined shape to the body, volume, form and simplicity.
When one has found a method of self-expression, one evolves with it. His clothing attracts a woman of strength and elan.
Come find this special piece at B Chic!
Bruno is at brunolimadesign.com
Pair this fine Stella McCartney Silk Chiffon blouse (sz S) with the Akris Punto Skirt (sz 6). Its great for fall and wonderful warm colors. McCartney’s line blends sweet elements like pastel silks and ribbons with street-worthy rocker accents, like slasher tees and industrial zippers. All clothes are animal-free, including the shoes, which are outfitted from a leatherlike plant derivative. Akris is a Swiss-owned private company and is sold in about 100 stores in the US. Stella Blouse retail $480 B Chic $99. Akris Punto Skirt retail $798, B Chic $199. Great finds!!!