Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Bootie Call

Every season, I have the tendency to indulge in a new ankle boot. This is only somewhat of a routine, for the simple fact that when I make a purchase of any shoe -- I wear them almost everyday. Therefore none of my boots tend to last, and traveling back and forth to New York while living in New England doesn't do the heels much justice. As of late, I've been in search of yet another pointed toe ankle boot preferably in black of course. Surprisingly, I'd like to incorporate more subtle prints (i.e the Tabitha Simmons 'Tinsley' boot) or even a neutral metallic like the Acne Studios 'Loma' boot, because Scandinavian's just get it. What has caught my eye the most, are the 'Eternal' half boots by Louis Vuitton. A style statement of Nicolas Ghesquière's debuted at the first fashion show for Louis Vuitton, this half boot in plain and patent calf leather is embellished with a distinctive crisscrossing strap around the ankle. The innovative seamless heel construction demands a high level of craftsmanship. 

Searching for the right pair of boots can be a bit of a challenge per season, but if you know what shape is best essential to your lifestyle and wardrobe -- then you're off to a great start. When you think about it, buying a new necessary pair of boots is similar to the anticipation of a one-night-stand. Let me explain. In the moment you think you need them and have to go home with them because if you don't -- then, well you'll regret it. Oh, and let's not forget the walk of shame once it's all set and done. In this case in regard to shopping, the buyers remorse sets in and your bank account hates you for taking the sartorial plunge. See what I did there? It happens to us more than we'd like to admit, ladies. Before you even think about feeling ashamed, the Chicest Degree has curated the ankle bootie edit featuring the most wanted hardware-adorned styles of the season for your shopping pleasure.

Bootie Call
1. Tabitha Simmons Tinsley leather ankle boots /2. Acne Studios metallic Loma ankle boots /3. Saint Laurent Paris western suede ankle boots /4. Gianvito Rossi lace-up ankle boots /5. Acne Studios Jensen leather ankle boots /6. Louis Vuitton Eternal half boots

Which ankle boots are your favorite? Tell me everything leave nothing out.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Turtleneck

I can think back to when I was growing up and just the thought of wearing a turtleneck, made me cringe. Thankfully, the more adult version of myself can highly appreciate the versatility and simple ways to wear a turtleneck -- without looking like I've stepped out of a Talbots' catalog. It shouldn't be much of a surprise to you all that I paired this mock turtleneck bodysuit with high-waisted baggier denim, and a pointed toe ankle boot (majority of what is the bulk of my wardrobe this time of year). The bigger the denim, the better -- or at least in my world, sartorially speaking of course. Getting back on topic here, it's almost as if everytime a designer sends a turtleneck down the runway, it takes off and eventually formulates into a trend. I know that it's silly to declare regular articles of clothing as suddenly in style -- but, it truly is the case with these funnel-neck knits. In fact, it would be easier to list the shows where they didn't make an appearance, but if you're curious they popped up at The Row, Proenza Schouler, Derek Lam, Balenciaga, Stella McCartney, and so on. Since this is such a classic staple, I find it best to just go with pairing the turtleneck with simple silhouettes and a muted neutral color palette on a mildly warm fall afternoon. 

Marc Jacobs leather jacket, H&M Trend mock turtleneck, Levi's 501 vintage jeans, Tibi 'Billie' ankle boot, Alexander Wang 'Racketeer' satchel, Ray-Ban Aviator sunglasses.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Reed Krakoff Introduces The RK40

Designer Reed Krakoff unveiled the RK40, a new collection of bags that exemplifies the effortless luxury of his eponymous brand. The name pays homage to the address of the company's New York City headquarters and atelier. The RK40 is available in three sizes, RK40S, RK40 and RK40L -- all simple silhouettes with modern subtlety and lightweight construction, perfect for your sartorial lifestyle happenings and work of course. Handcrafted in Italy by the world's top leather artisans, the RK40 is structured yet soft, sophisticated yet simple and is available in a mix of materials including French leather and exotic skins. The distinguishing detail is the iconic belt, first introduced with Krakoff's signature Boxer bag back in 2010.

For those of you who aren't familiar, Reed Krakoff is creative director of his distinctive brand. Drawing from over twenty years of experience designing for iconic American fashion houses, Krakoff has elevated his New York -based label into a global brand and has become internationally recognized for his personal contributions to the industries of fashion, art and design. He has been honored as CFDA Accessory Designer of the Year three times, most recently for the Reed Krakoff Collection in 2012. Reed Krakoff designs are available at fine retailers worldwide, including Saks Fifth Avenue and Reed Krakoff's Madison Avenue boutique in New York. 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Girls I Want To Be From Fashion Month

Although fashion month has officially ended, I have to say that my beauty obsession from the spring/summer 2015 collections lives in eyebrows and wet hair. Every season, we all have a little bit of beauty envy from the runway shows during New York, London, Milan and Paris fashion week. Of course, the beauty looks for spring/summer 2015 ranged from extreme in a good way as seen at Alexander McQueen, to very soft and feminine at Burberry Porsum, as they always do, but their was a great concentration of minimalism as well. This is where the girls I want to be inspiration stemmed from -- that can be easily added to your beauty routine now and well into next season.