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What’s spring without a big hit of color? 

 

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Red is well-known for its seductive powers, and we both feel it is the the fiercest shade in the wardrobe for a trailblazing Spring.  We jumped into this editorial layering different (but compatible) shades of crimson for power moves and playful laughs.  Wearing fiery red always helps boost our mood, stamina and confidence.  Not for the shy or faint of heart, our favorite bold color will satisfy anyone drawn to making a strong statement.

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On Francesca:

A lot of people write to me asking why I don’t wear jeans or pants, and then proceed to ask if it is ‘okay’ to wear pants.  Of course it is okay to wear pants (and whatever else you want), as long as you are comfortable in them!  Personally I find pants very restrictive and love to wear skirts for comfort and mobility.  But last week I embraced something new and bought the silkiest, loveliest crimson pants from H&M that feel like pajamas.   I had to add a feminine touch by pairing these relaxed pants with a bright red corset.  I satisfied all of my current fetishes…including my corset over blouse obsession, my sparkly chocker addiction, and (duh) my monochrome craze.

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On Valentina:

I resisted the urge to stop at just a pop – instead I created a long line of color that is often visually slimming and stunning.  As (almost) always I opted for pairing feminine (my light and silky dress) with masculine (my tough puffer jacket). I find an addictive balance in this combination, and I can’t seem to ever walk way from the habit of combining my daily outfit in this manner.

I’ve been obsessed with my red Ienki Ienki Puffer Jacket ever since I first tried it on, and even though it feels like summer has arrived, I have desperately been trying to wear it during the few, last remaining rainy California days.

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FRONT ROW

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BRING IT LIKE A SUPERHERO

 

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Confession:  2017 has been a rocky start for us.

Let’s be real.

It feels like monsoon season (cold, dark, and raining for days), Christmas is over, Trump’s executive orders scare us everyday, and in the midst of it all our New Year’s goals have been slightly sidelined.

All we want to do is getaway!

It’s easy to get caught up in the stresses of life, and we often find ourselves neglecting our health (and sanity!)  Sometimes we need what feels like superhuman strength to keep pushing forward.

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How do we become our own superheros and power through?
Focus on reinvigorating inspiration, which for us starts with the power of a dramatic #OOTD.  To get re-inspired, we went back to basics in a clean  white and black palette (on the one day the sun came out to give us enough good light to shoot an editorial). Black and white are very cleansing to the mind, and always looks modern. The perfection of high contrast is shocking to the system in an ultra chic manner, jolting the wearer into action once again.

 

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VALENTINA’S BOLT OF WHITE

A refreshing hit of white is just the tonic for turning a palette of darks from boring and insignificant into something memorable and interesting.  Valentina took her creativity to the next level and re-designed an old Forever 21 long white dress (similar here) into a striking, minimalist, white coat – perfect for asserting her authority and confidence in herself and with others.  To elevate the clean lines from to ladylike into edgy territory, Valentina employed the sophisticated underpinnings of Wolford’s lacey black tights.  Valentina encourages us all to use the cold weather as a time to get creative with seductive touches of black lace, silk and suede a la her outfit here.

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The LBD has been around for at least 100 years.  Coco Chanel was the first designer to create a big shift in the 1920s with the LBD; she gave power to an alluring concept, that simple black meant strength.  In the 1920s Vogue had tipped the LBD to become, ‘a sort of uniform for women all over the world, from all backgrounds regardless of their walk of life’.  Today Francesca chooses to wear the LBD as a statement of freedom and confidence.

Legs. For. Days.

 Francesca’s perfect addition to her superwoman LBD has also become her official addiction.  Spring’s key statement heel – thigh high boots – are becoming a growing staple for Francesca.  This statement approach to dressing that instantly elongates the body. As someone who is never caught in pants, these velvet ( a hint of Old World elegance) Raven Simmi Shoes boots make the perfect addition to Francesca’s sculptural black cape dress.

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Tell us below – how do you conquer your stress and become your own superhero?  What are your go-to power outfits?