Archive for June, 2011

Louboutin at the Louvre?

While some of us may think of designer footwear as high art, Christian Louboutin took the notion to a whole other level with his Fall 2011 lookbook. Shot by renowned photographer Peter Lippman, the images reinvent classic paintings including Whistler’s Mother by James McNeill Whistler and Magdalene and the Flame by Georges de la Tour with the addition of signature red soles and handbags.

I think Louboutin’s instincts are right on: Why not celebrate a gorgeous luxury stiletto as a form of fashion art? We can only hope that our shoes and bags remain as timeless as the paintings!

Birkins & Denim

You know those pieces you spend an absolute fortune on that you really can’t get much use out of? I’m talking a really fancy, really distinctive evening dress that seems far less special the second time around. Or that pair of sky-high stilettos that look fabulous but can’t be worn for more than an hour without major foot distress?

The Birkin is not like that. Here’s a bag that can go easily from a work event to errand running or from a PTA meeting to a vacation. It fits everything, is totally durable and never goes out of style. Pretty good, right? Take, for example, Alessandra Ambrosio (above) heading home from lunch at the Ivy. Her chocolate Birkin makes even a pair of jean shorts and a sweatshirt top look luxe.

Similarly, Heidi Klum looks polished in jeans and a t-shirt with her canary yellow version. You just know she is carrying tons of essentials for her kids, but still looks totally put-together.

Finally, let’s take a look at Victoria Beckham as she’s leaving Barneys New York. She wears a similar outfit to Heidi, but chooses a pair of sky-high stilettos to dress things up a bit. The Birkin, of course, still looks totally appropriate and eternally stylish.

There’s no doubt this most-wanted handbag costs a pretty penny, but we’re all for investment pieces that will truly stand the test of time. Which one is your favorite?

Images via JustJared

Jungle Fever

Just when you think animal prints are taking a back seat to newer summer trends, suddenly they’re showing up everywhere again. Here’s Cameron Diaz looking leggy as ever in sequined Pucci at the premiere of Bad Teacher yesterday. She does the right thing by keeping her accessories minimal and keeping the focus on the dress (and those legs, of course!).

Both Rosie Huntington-Whitley (above) and Lily Collins (below)  also chose jungle-inspired dresses for last week’s MTV Movie Awards, accenting their ensembles with subtle metallic accessories.

It just proves the point that this animal attraction will really stand the test of time. Rather than investing in a really expensive dress, why not pick a luxe bag in a similar print? Many of our favorites have long-lasting appeal that will look great with jeans and a t-shirt or for a night out on the town. Here’s our picks for this summer:

Jimmy Choo Leopard Saba. This is the ultimate go-to day bag that will hold all of your essentials and more. Wear it with solid colors and it acts as a neutral that elevates any outfit.

Christian Dior vintage snakeskin handbag. We are smitten with this old-school tophandle bag that just oozes ladylike glamour. It will be in your collection forever.

Valentino Zebra pony hair satchel. Another structured tophandle bag, this one can easily go from day to night.

Images via JustJared

Suit Up

Last week when I was in Las Vegas, one of my most complimented outfits was a white linen pantsuit a la Bianca Jagger in the 1970s. While menswear is a trend that circles back often, I’ve been seeing some great examples of the evening tux lately that make me want to put the LBD aside in favor of the Little Black Suit. Take, for instance, Hailee Steinfeld at the MTV Movie Awards last week. I am smitten with her Louis Vuitton tuxedo paired with an emerald green and black mica striped clutch by Edie Parker. So chic, and yet she makes it perfectly age-appropriate by wearing her hair loose and donning a simple white t-shirt.

Get Hailee’s look with this DEVI KROELL Swarovski Wooden Clutch or this GUCCI Parrot Green Snakeskin Clutch. The pop of bright color adds jus the right touch to a mature outfit.

I also liked the stark simplicity of Kirsten Dunst in Patrick Ervell at the CFDA Awards in New York City. While it’s very buttoned up, the contrasting blue lapel and oversized hoop earrings give it a polished edge. Make this look your own with these DAVID ALAN 18K Yellow & Diamond Gold Hoop Earrings or go for all-out glam with these 18k White gold & Diamond Hoop Earrings.

Images via JustJared

Only in Vegas

Although I was technically in Vegas for Jewelry Market Week, I couldn’t pass up stopping by the Wynn hotel’s Chanel shop. In my experience, the Vegas locations seem to always get some great, limited-edition, unusual items that you just can’t find anywhere else. Case-in-point? The gorgeous matte blue stingray reissue with inlaid crystals you see above.

According to my helpful sales associate, this was one of two produced for the United States. And it was $16,000. So although I couldn’t buy it, I could definitely take a picture of it. I also took a picture of this beauty:

A fantastic alligator flap with sequins sewn into the scales. Yes, sequined alligator. As if the exotic skin wasn’t enough and you might need some extra flash.

Although most of us can’t afford these rare, brand new bags, there’s still hope! We have a few fantastic limited edition Chanel bags that will be in style forever. Here are my favorites:

Chanel Rare Deep Burgundy Chanel Exotic Alligator Skin Evening Flap Bag

Chanel Limited Edition Chanel XXL Patent Reissue Flap Bag

Chanel Fabulous Limited Edition Swarovski Lucky Charms Flap Bag

Jewelry Show Mania!

I just returned from “Jewelry Market Week”, a slew of shows in Las Vegas representing the industry I’ve worked in for the last decade. I spent most of my time at the Couture show, a gorgeous, invitation-only event that showcases some of the biggest names in the biz as well as up-and-comers with serious design chops.
One of my favorite booths was Irene Neuwirth, a California-based designer who truly appreciates the beauty of colored gems. Her signature is using large, saturated, candy-colored stones in bold jewelry with a BoHo edge. My favorites this year? Drop-dead gorgeous opals ranging from shades of blue to green to white, set within sparkling pave diamonds in oversized geometric forms. (See above!)
Opals really do have amazing range, and whether they are of the orange Fire Opal variety (usually from Mexico or Brazil) or all shades of the rainbow (like Boulder Opal), these stones have a mysterious glow that make them highly unique.
A perfect gem for summer, opal is well-represented on Portero right now. These Jewel of Ocean pink opal earrings are just the right touch for a formal affair, while these Rotenier opal cufflinks (above) are the perfect gift for Father’s Day–which is right around the corner!