The Artistry of La Perla

La Perla Creative Director Quote

Italian luxury lingerie brand La Perla believes “Lingerie is a part of life.”

Founded over six decades ago on the ideals of female empowerment, an obsession for the finest quality and the need for intelligent design La Perla is living proof that a historic brand can adapt, innovate and transform into today’s modern world while still holding true to their roots.

Any women who loves lingerie knows the name La Perla, their pieces are all at once breathtaking, glamorous and seductive but the craftsmanship behind those pieces is unparalleled.

Last week the La Perla Boutique in the Forum Shops at Caesars invited me to an exclusive look at the Spring Collection and a lesson in the Artistry of La Perla.

The main inspiration of the SS18 Collection is the hidden beauty to be found within stones.  The beautiful fluid patterns that are discovered once you cut through a stone.

Showcased in three stunning collections: The Maison Collection, Crystal Forms and Garnet this season is a masters class in fine Italian craftsmanship.

With a heritage of being designed and created in Italy, it is no wonder that La Perla’s lingerie is synonymous with sophisticated artistry and meticulous expertise.

Before I introduce you to the SS Collection it’s important that I share a little about the artistry La Perla uses to create these stunning pieces. These techniques which Italian artisans have used since the 18th and 19th centuries are works of true art.

La Perla is known for three classic Italian techniques in their lingerie pieces: Leavers Lace,  Frastaglio, and Soutage.  These sophisticated techniques are the key to the uniqueness and quality that is La Perla.

La Perla Leavers Lace

Leavers Lace is named after the loom which makes it. Characterized by very elaborate processes to weave the weft and warp, the ability of the leavers loom to work with a very high number of threads means that the lace created stands out thanks to the high definition of the pattern and a particularly fine gauge. It is the most exquisite and precious lace in the world.  There are only 1,200 Leavers looms in the world.

La Perla Frastaglio

Frastaglio is an antique Florentine fretwork technique.  Precious flat stitched embroidery is trimmed on a transparent veil of tulle and then attached onto silk by a meticulous stitching process that done completely by hand.   The embroidery is individually placed on the silk in a way that sits perfectly against the skin.

La Perla Soutage Technique

The Soutache process consists of a loop similar to a ribbon, made of silk or other material, which is meticulously attached by hand onto a fabric base in such a way as to form a design.

These three techniques are used both together and as single components in the Spring/Summer 2018 Collections.

La Perla Maison Collection

La Perla Maison

The Maison Collection is iconic, classic and timeless. It is the core of La Perla and a permanent collection offered year round.  Handcrafted from specialty silk sourced from Como Italy and finished with Frastaglio embroidery this cult collection was created by La Perla founder Ada Masotti over 30 years ago and remains the same today.

La Perla Crystal Forms Collection

La Perla Crystal Forms

The Crystal Forms collection is inspired by waves crashing on the rocks and releasing light effect similar to crystal facets.  The collection utilizes Leavers Lace, metallic threads and silk georgette to create these gorgeous watery patterns.

La Perla SS18

La Perla Garnet Collection

The Garnet Collection utilizes both the Soutache technique and Leavers Lace as well as embroidered tulle, patterned tulle and silk georgette to recreate the movement of stones veins.

I have always admired the quality and beauty of La Perla lingerie but somehow now after learning about the techniques and artistry involved in making them it is so much more to me.  The La Perla Boutique is like an Art Gallery showcasing these timeless techniques.

View the full La Perla SS18 Collection at the La Perla Boutique in the Forum Shops at Caesars.

La Perla Artistry and Techniques

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Erdem for NARS Strange Flowers Collection

ERDEM for NARS

For those of you that are frequent readers you know I am a HUGE Brit Fashion Fan and my most favorite of all British designers is Erdem!

Which is why I was so excited when word hit the streets that Erdem Moralioglu was partnering for his first EVER makeup collaboration with my favorite beautifying brand NARS!

“Modern, unexpected shades and petal-soft textures meet the British visionary’s signature floral aesthetic, creating an exclusive, custom-designed collection that flourishes with feverish femininity. Lips feel the rush. Cheeks get flushed. Eyes mesmerize. When fashion goes full bloom, expect the unexpected.”

The Erdem for Nars Strange Flowers 13 piece limited edition capsule collection which launched last week includes six lipsticks, two eye-shadow palettes, a highlighter stick, two blushes, and the brand’s first powder lip palette and blotting papers.

The packaging is absolutely stunning, the colors are the perfect amount of rich moody vibrancy paired with wonderful sultry sheers it truly is everything I LOVE about ERDEM embodied in a beauty collection.

The whole collection is hauntingly romantic but the real hero piece for me is the Lip Powder Poison Rose Palette. Lip Powder? YES!

Erdem knew from day one that he wanted a lip powder to feature in the collection: “I love the effect of stamped-on, really matte red lips. They remind me of my mother who would always wear a red lip as a sign she was ready to go out and face the world.”

The wonderful thing about these lip powders is that they can be incorporated with ANY of the lip colors in the collection (or with a favorite you might already have at home).  If you follow my Social Channels you know that last week I hosted and exclusive launch of the Collection at the NARS Boutique here in Las Vegas for Influncers where we learned up close and personal HOW to use this magical Lip Palette.

How to Apply Erdem Poison Rose Lip Powder:

  •  I always suggest using a liner first to create defined lips.
  • Then prime the lips with the Lip Priming Balm (the only creamy blend in the palette OR use any of the lipsticks) to create a base and an even canvas.
  • Select your favorite color from the palette and apply with the lip brush to get a matte finish.
  • (Optional) To create an ombre look apply a lighter shade or dab Zira (the shimmering rose gold shade) toward the center of lips.

The powders will create a perfect matte finish that is uber chic, long wearing and transfer resistant!

To check out the Limited Edition Collection out for yourself visit the NARS Boutique at The Forum Shops at Caesars.

ERDEM for NARS

ERDEM for NARS

ERDEM for NARS

Erdem for Nars

Erdem for Nars

Not in Las Vegas?  Click Below to SHOP the Collection:

How to Apply erdem for Nars Poison Rose Lip Powder

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Mixing High and Low Fashion

Mixing High and Low Fashion

Mixing designer pieces with fast-fashion affordable items is the secret weapon of every fashionista.

I won’t spend alot on a piece unless it’s a staple I know will be timeless, stay in style for years to come and I will wear ALOT.

Handbags, shoes, jackets, coats, LBD’s and sunglasses are the pieces I’m willing to splurge on. These are staple pieces that can elevate any look and you can wear them over and over.

But how do you make your outfit seem cohesive, styled, and chic when mixing pieces from such different price-points?  Which pieces can you pair without cheapening the look?  There is definitely an ART when it comes to mixing high and low but once you get the basics down you’ll be mixing it up like a fashion influencer in no time!

Mixing high and low fashion begins with your shopping habits. First you have to determine what you want to be your investment pieces and where you place your priorities. Are you a high end shoe gal or a luxe coat collector? Whatever you want those staples to be, make sure your investments can get you some long-term mileage. You’ll be wearing these pieces repeatedly, so make sure they’re high-quality, durable, and won’t need to be replaced after a couple of wears.

Trends, ah trends. We all love them, follow them and want to rock them BUT you should NOT  invest in them.  Trends will come and go.  This is not the time to make it designer. Now if a timeless piece happens to fall into a current trend then YAY but don’t buy it just because of the trend.  For example if you are thinking of purchasing  a yellow Chanel bag yes Yellow is a trend right now BUT that Chanel bag will be timeless so go for it!  If you want to rock a certain out-of-the-box trend like a glitter jacket try looking at fast-fashion stores like H&M and TOPSHOP.  Lately I’ve been finding the most AMAZING pieces (like this skirt) at TARGET in their Who What Wear and Universal Thread Collections.  These pieces are made well and have a high quality look but also have the most pocket friendly prices EVER!

When shopping for investment pieces, make sure you shop smart. Buy at the end of the season or off-season, shop outlets and check resale websites like my secret weapon TheRealReal. Make sure you shop around to find the best deal before going all in.  Just because it’s designer doesn’t mean you have to pay full retail for it.

Look for the LUXE no matter where you are. Search for expensive-looking items when you are shopping fast fashion. Check the fabrics to make sure they won’t instantly fall apart, pill , tear or easily stain. Most fast-fashion stores still offer good-quality items if you look hard enough but they also offer poor quality fall-apart-the-first-time-you-wear-them pieces, so make sure to check EVERYTHING, and if it looks cheap at first glance, it’ll be even worse when paired with your other designer clothes later so skip it.

This is my single biggest SHOPPING RULE.  NO KNOCK OFFS! There are tons of designer dupes out there. Everything from fast fashion copies to straight up forgeries you can get in back alleys. These items stand out and will cheapen your true designer items. I won’t even get into the ethics of buying frauds I’ll just say that it’s so much better to look for unique items with personality or vintage pieces than to buy a forgery. Trust me, people will know and worst of all YOU will know!
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When mixing high and low the key is to mix and match items that coordinate and don’t stand out too much on their own which cheapens the entire look.  You want your look to flow and create a cohesive vibe.  You shouldn’t be able to tell at first glance which pieces are high and which are low because they work seamlessly together.
Mixing High and Low Fashion
Mixing High and Low Fashion
Mixing High and Low Fashion
Mixing High and Low Fashion
Mixing High and Low Fashion
Mixing High and Low Fashion
Mixing High and Low Fashion
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Click to SHOP Some of my favorite luxe looking for less pieces: 
How to Mix High and Low Fashion Like an Influencer

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Hunter for Target

Hunter for Target

We are just days away from one of the most anticipated collaborations of the season, Hunter for Target.

Hunter, the British heritage brand behind the famous Wellington rain boot will release more than 300 limited-edition items with Target on April 14th.

The limited edition lifestyle collection is colorful, playful and spans everything from apparel to accessories for the entire family. Think backpacks, travel-friendly outerwear, Chelsea boots, classic rain boots and pool slides. This will also be Hunter’s first foray into home and outdoor items with hammocks, sunshades and coolers.

It’s a festival goer, fashion lovers dream and the best part is that the collection is oh so pocket friendly with pieces ranging from as little as $5 and up to $80,(most items falling under $30). Making this is the perfect time to score those wellies you have dreamed about because in comparison, a regular pair of Hunter boots can cost up to $150.

“For this collaboration, we wanted to pair Hunter’s great heritage and iconic style with Target’s ‘Expect More. Pay Less.’ design capabilities,” Mark Tritton, Target’s executive vice president and chief merchandising officer, said in a press release. “Hunter and Target worked hand-in-hand to create a colorful assortment of all-weather wear for the entire family – one that will protect them from the elements no matter where they are or what they’re doing, all for a fantastic price.”

Here’s a peek at a few of my favorites from the collection to help get your shopping list started:

Hunter for Target

Hunter x Target Lookbook1

Hunter for Target Lookbook2

Hunter for Target

Hunter for target

Hunter for target

Hunter for Target

View the entire Hunter for Target Collection at Target.com

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Stuart Weitzman SS18 Collection

Stuart Weitzman SS18 Collection

Most of the buzz lately surrounding footwear brand Stuart Weitzman has been the SS18 ad campaign.

The campaign has made fashion history by featuring Gigi Hadid and Kate Moss, photographed together for the very first time. Shot by renowned fashion photographer Mario Testino, the images capture two iconic supermodels embodying the brand’s multi-generational appeal while showcasing the essential silhouettes of the season.

I, of course, wanted to get a first hand peek at the collection so I popped over to the Stuart Weitzman boutique at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace and it’s even better than I imagined.

The Stuart Weitzman SS18 Collection marks Creative Director Giovanni Morelli’s second collection with the brand.  Morelli is the first person other than Mr. Weitzman himself to helm the accessories brand in its 32-year history.

For me it’s the beginning of an exciting new era for Stuart Weitzman.  Still holding true to their iconic classic style yet in an updated, refreshed and refined way.

The collection was inspired by the architectural sensibility of sensual curves and focuses on texture and details.  Curve details make a showing in everything from heels to straps, hardware and silhouettes.

Opulent satins, buttery nappas, suedes, exotic snakeskin and crystal embellishments highlight texture and flow effortlessly through the collection creating unusual pairings that are works of art- like the satin straps on the Botanical Jacquard pieces.  Two fabrics that on paper don’t work but when brought together on a shoe are pure summer magic!

Stuart Weitzman SS18 Collection

Stuart Weitzman SS18 Collection

Stuart Weitzman SS18 Collection

Floral details are a recurring motif throughout the collection blossoming in every category from edgy metallic rose stud details on slides to pretty ladylike hand painted florals on python pointy toes and sandals.  How gorgeous are these!

Stuart Weitzman SS18 Collection

Stuart Weitzman SS18 Collection

Stuart Weitzman SS18 Collection

Bold Vibrant Color is key for S/S 2018 and there is no shortage of that in this collection.  There is an entire wall dedicated to the season’s hottest love story: Pink and red.

Stuart Weitzman SS18 Collection

Stuart Weitzman SS18 Collection

..and then it was love at first sight.  My handbag loving heart skipped a beat when my eyes met this beauty, The Petite Harness.

Crafted from satin it’s a modernist take on the backpack.  It features a foldover compartment with an interior pocket. Its front satin sash is detachable. Wear it with a gown for luxe contrast or pair with trousers for a street-wear chic vibe.  The styling possibilities with this unique beauty are endless!

Stuart Weitzman SS18 Collection

Stuart Weitzman SS18 Collection

Stuart Weitzman SS18 Collection

There is so much more to see in this fantastic collection.  Check it out for yourself at the Stuart Weitzman Boutique at The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace.

Stuart Weitzman SS 18 Collection

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