BABY ITS COLD OUTSIDE

What is timeless but not boring? Beautiful but still edgy? Sexy, but not vulgar? Retro, but not thrift store old? What is so versatile that it can work on different figures, skin tones, and different personal styles? Cue the Classic Trench Coat.  It ticks all the boxes and warms up our delicate California blood as the temperatures decrease.  But more importantly, it makes us feel like we are stepping into a Jean Luc Godard film and are Bridget Bardot personified! Or perhaps Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

What remains intriguing to us is the sliding scale of eclectic associations that this one garment can possess.  There is its professional role as a sophisticated, double-breasted, weather-resistant staple for businessmen; its powerful silver-screen status as the uniform of sly film noir gangsters and detectives; and then, of course, its seductive side. Add a pair of stilettos and something lacy or nothing at all underneath, and the buttoned up trench becomes erotically charged, suggesting an underlying state of undress.

Whatever mood you are in, this historical WWI piece will match the variety of personas you wish to portray.

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Francesca played the coy romantic by pairing her vintage Burberry Coat with a white lace corset peeking through. Not going to lie – she was inspired by the off-the-shoulder Kim Kardashian Balenciaga look pre-Paris robbery.  Fall 2016 has seen a revival of corsetry on the catwalk, and Francesca loves reinterpreting the corset in combination with the trench coat.  The key to making corsets contemporary and elegant is layering well.  The lace-up fabric belts a la Prada make a great accoutrement for wearing over your trench as well as wearing a classic corset under…

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SIMPLE STYLING, MAJOR IMPACT


Forget the little black dress; Valentina’s number one Fall obsession is  a classic, well made trench coat. Valentina loves wearing her trench as a statement piece and a canvas to create her own unique look. If you’re wondering when to wear a trench coat, Valentina’s answer is: don’t be limited by your imagination! Slip your trench coat over a tee and jeans, a mini dress, or in a silky blouse with tailored pants and heels.  Valentina wore this H&M trench as a statement piece on its own, and paired it with a bold red lip.  Having grown up in London, she loves the British heritage roots of the trench, and wishes more Californians would catch on to the elevated piece of British history.  The beauty of a trench coat is the way it lets you stand out, while blending in with your natural style.

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HAVANA NIGHTS

After the post-election shock turned into a week of heaviness filled with impending apocalyptic dread, we needed to re-capture the spirit of openness, global unity, and freedom that we hold so dearly.  We looked back through our recent shoots and found one that represents our current rebellious mood – an anarchic, colorful Cuban carnival editorial shot in San Francisco’s mission district – where people of all races and backgrounds can express themselves, the neighbor’s laugh together against the brightly painted houses and local bands play loudly while people dance up a storm!

aaimg_0599Inspired by Chanel’s recent staging of its Resort 2017 show in Havana, we picked up on the musical Havana essence associated with pre-Revolutionary exuberance, and donned a vibrate color palette that translates to a wearable sense of joy.  Cuba’s rich artistic and cultural heritage has inspired designers like Lagerfeld, McCartney and Piccioli, and similarly we have fallen in love with the romantic sunbaked colors, decaying colonial buildings, and clandestine retro cars.  The island has now become a potent symbol – an isolated, stagnating nation slowly embracing change.  Cuba’s own traditional dress is an exclusive synthesis of diverse nations, influenced by several cultures including Latin and African roots, empowering a sense of vivacity built on a tradition of simplicity and authenticity.

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aimg_0541aimg_0560What a perfect time to inject for Fall with the energy of island-infused Caribbean colors? Think coral, turquoise and bright yellow – and birds of paradise, palm fronds and Fifties car prints – all perfect for dancing the election blues away.  We focused on traditionally feminine, ’50s and ’60s-inspired silhouettes in the form of ankle-length skirts, paired with a fitted top on Francesca or a structured jacket on Valentina. We love this paring because it creates a fit-and-flare bombshell shape. Tropical motifs featured heavily, like the wildly colorful patterned vegetation on Francesca’s skirt and the bold embroidered prints on Valentina’s jacket.  Combined with simple, strong colors to balance out the patterned statement pieces, these outfit are perfect for an elevated day to night look.  We hope the Cuban spirit moves you to connect with the visual therapy of color and utilize what you wear to spread joy and positivity.

Kick up yours heels and cha cha cha!


Similar billowing skirts on Francesca: Stella Jean Graphic-print skirtMarni wool midi skirt, and Delpozo High-Waisted culottes 

Similar maxi skirts on Valentina – Peter Pilot Butterfly hemmed skirt and Diane Von Furstenberg  Melita Skirt 


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