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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

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

Spring Trendspotting at Las Vegas Premium Outlets North

Trendspotting at Las Vegas Premium Outlets North

I am a sucker for a designer outlet.

I remember the days when the only outlet shopping to be found was by driving a gazillion miles away, uphill both ways in the snow..LOL.   We would plan outlet shopping day-trips, but thankfully now you can find them located conveniently close to home.

Designer Outlets offer past season merchandise, re-issued popular styles from previous seasons using materials the designer already had and pieces that may have been labeled incorrectly or that arrived late to mainline stores and missed their retail window.  Some brands even make pieces exclusively for their outlet stores.

Hunting for a good bargain really get’s my juices flowing and I get some of my best deals at The Las Vegas Premium Outlets North.

Nestled close to Downtown Las Vegas,  The Las Vegas Premium Outlets North with over 40 acres of shopping and designer brands like Ted Baker, ETRO, Kate Spade, Dolce & Gabbana, Tory Burch, AllSaints, Marc Jacobs, John Varvatos and more! I have found some of my most treasured steals there!  A fab ETRO bag at a ridiculous 75% off 75% off, a steal of a deal on a John Varvatos suit for my hubby, and a head turning Kate Spade dress for under $100 to name a few.

Last week I hit the shops at The Las Vegas Premium Outlets North to show you how easy it is to find this season’s current trends at a steal-of-a-deal outlet price.

Let’s Shop!

DENIM

Dark or light, acid washed or selvedged, cropped, flared, skinny or straight leg however you do denim it’s a must have for Spring 2018.  Pairing denim with denim used to be a no-no but for Spring 2018 you can go head-to-toe.  This trend looks best when you vary the shades/washes of your denim to create depth. My all time favorite cuts and best fits are from AG Jeans and this store is packed literally wall-to-wall with every fit imaginable so its easy to fall in love.

Denim Trend Spring 2018

 

Trendspotting at Las Vegas Premium Outlets North

LAs Vegas Premium Outlet North

Denim Trend at las Vegas Premium Outlets North

GRAPHICS AND PATCHES

A bevy of graphic and patch laden designs, as seen on the streets flooded the runways this season. The trend’s not limited just to souvenir bombers and emblazoned denim styles anymore; now we see artful graphics on everything from bags to backpacks, sneakers and evening wear.  I am OBSESSED with this collection from Marc Jacobs.  For this Hippie Dippy Collection the designer collaborated with Julie Verhoeven, the multi-talented British artist who created art for Kate Moss and Primal Scream’s single, as well as for Nouvelle Vague.  Her patchwork prints including  pills, spray paint cans, rocket ships with tongues and eerily unblinking eyes adorn sweatshirts, jackets, tote bags, and box clutches throughout the collection, adding a dark kind of wonderful whimsy. The collection is almost impossible to find anywhere except at the Marc Jacobs boutique at the Premium Outlets North!

Las Vegas Premium Outlets North

Las Vegas Premium Outlets North TrendSpotting

Las Vegas Premium Outlets North Marc Jacobs

FLORAL

The old Spring perennial, floral prints are everywhere this season. Whether they’re in a patchwork effect, printed, embroidered or painted, this botanical trend is in bloom for Spring/Summer 2018.  Ted Baker always has the best uber girly Spring-tastic florals that look like they came straight out of the pages of a story book.  Right now all Dresses are an additional 30% off the already low outlet price!

Ted Baker Floral Trend

Las Vegas Premium Outlets Ted Baker

Ted Baker Las Vegas Premium Outlets North

Ted Baker Las Vegas Premium Outlets North

Ted Baker Las Vegas Premium Outlets North

BOLD COLOR

For Spring 2018 Bright, bold optimistic colors flooded the runways in a rainbow of saturated mood boosting shades.  If you need an instant dose of happy all you have to do is open the doors of the Las Vegas Premium Outlet North’s DVF Boutique to grab the rainbow.  Seriously these colors are everything!

DVF Las Vegas Premium Outlets North

DVF Las Vegas Premium Outlets North

Las Vegas Premium Outlets North

DVF Las Vegas Premium Outlets North

SPARKLE and a bit of Whimsy

Glitter, Glitz and Holograms are IT this season and no one does the perfect blend of glitz and glam like Kate Spade.  These fusha hologram effect bags and gorgeous glittery chain strap bag are the PERFECT pop of color to brighten any look this season!  I also found these perfect for summer camel graphic bags- aren’t they adorbs!

Insider tip- they always have some kind of AMAZING sale happening.  Click here to see the current deals at Kate Spade as well as the other retailer at the Las Vegas Premium Outlets North. 

Sparkle Glitter and Hologram Trend

Kate Spade camel Bag

Kate Spade camel

Check the deals out for yourself.  The Las Vegas Premium Outlets North are located at 875 S Grand Central Pkwy Las Vegas, NV 89106-4541

How to find the hottest trends at outlet prices

Chloe Fall Preview

Chloe Boutique Forum Shops at caesars

The FW ’17 season marks creative Director Waight Keller’s final collection with Chloe and it’s a collection that encompasses everything I love about the brand.

Girly and feminine with that perfect mashup of boho and refined the collection draws inspiration from both the ’60s and ’70s infusing folksy details and lots of charm.

Any of you that are frequent readers know that I am head over heels OBSESSED with Chloe.  The brand suits my personal style to a T!

I wanted to give you an up close and personal look at some of my favorite pieces from this stunning collection so I popped into the Chloe Boutique at The Forum Shops at Caesars to take you on a little Shopping Adventure.

Chloe Forum Shops at caesars

This dress.

It’s Everything.

Crêpe de chine with delicate eyelet details and a button down front.  Imagine this with tights, the cutest booties, Oversized Chloe sunnies and a floppy hat.

Chloe is know for their “it’ bags.

Remember back in 2005 when they launched The Paddington lock bag?   Waiting lists were a mile long and getting longer; the fashion industry was in a full-on Paddington panic, and EVERYONE was clamoring to get their hands on one!

Fast forward to 2017 and meet the Nile Bracelet Bag. It’s “THE” bag of the season.

The gold hardware acts as a bracelet that you can either lift up and carry or wear down with a shoulder strap attached. Being able to wear the bag multiple ways makes the bag that much more versatile and timeless. The Nile Bracelet Bag is available in Motty Grey, Black, Caramel and Off White two sizes, small and medium.  Shown below is the small in Motty Grey and Medium in Black.

Chloe Nile Bracelet Bag Small

Chloe Nile Bracelet Bag

Speaking of “IT” pieces I have to talk about the Chloe Susanna boot.  This iconic style has been hotter than hot in fashion circles for the past few seasons (it was released in 2008) and it’s still on fire for 2017.

This season we will see the Susanna in a wide range of colors, including cherry syrup, greige, bordeaux, jasper green, black and reef shell in both leather and suede with either gold or silver hardware.  So many choices!  I need a pair NOW!

Stylist Tip: Wearing these boots 1/2 zipped is the fashion forward trend.  Keep that zipper loose ladies.

Chloe Susanna Boot

I am OBSESSED with Chloe sunglasses (I own like 6 pairs, yes I have a problem lol). There is something so perfect about them.  Statement making with a retro vibe and a perfect fit.  They are oh so chic and in my opinion the most fashion forward sunnies out there.

This season there are three styles that will be taking over: The Carlina, The Jackson and the Dafne.

Chloe Carlina Sunglasses

Chloe Carlina Round Sunglasses.

Chloe Jackson Sunglasses

Chloe Jackson Round Sunglasses.

Chloe Dafne Sunglasses

Chloe Dafne Sunglasses.

Last but not least meet Faye.  I am convinced she is going to be my BFF.  Oh the adventures Faye and I could have together!

I’ve been eyeing this bag for the last year in one form or another and now I know I have to have her in this patchwork stripe.  Look how happy she makes me!

Chloe Faye Handbag

Fall in LOVE with the Chloe FW ’17 collection for yourself  at the Chloe Boutique at The Forum Shops at Ceasars!

Jimmy Choo AW ’17

Jimmy Choo Forum Shops

I have been neck deep in Fall Fashion shoots for the last few months (September is coming fast) and out of everything I have been working with, for me there is one huge standout for the coming season, the AW ’17 footwear collection from Jimmy Choo.

Of course I couldn’t show these beauties from set, at least not until the magazine’s print but luckily for me Fall ’17 has finally landed at retailers so I popped into the Jimmy Choo Boutique at the Forum Shops to share with you some of my favorites from the collection.

Jimmy Choo’s Creative Director Sandra Choi’s mission for AW 2017 is “To do sexy in a new way.”

And boy oh boy did she do it!

The AW 17 collection plays with proportions and shapes in an interesting and new way.  With a mix of fabrics and textures the collection offers a little something for everyone including leopard, metallic, fringe, rhinestones, velvet, patent, satin, pop art star cut-outs and a variety of different heel heights, from low to high, stiletto to block heel.  There are tons of sexy strappy details, metal hardware embellishments and this season’s must-have, high cut shoes.

Always game for a shoe trying on sesh, I put together a little shoe-montage for you with my top picks from the collection:

Jimmy Choo AW 17 Collection

Jimmy Choo “Hustle” Black Suede Mules with Pink Galaxy Star Print and Studs.

Jimmy Choo AW 17 Collection

Jimmy Choo “Tiff” Hazelnut Leopard Print Pony and Black Calf Leather Pointy Toe Pumps

Jimmy Choo AW 17

Jimmy Choo “Hansa” Vintage Rose Suede and Nappa Leather Ankle Sandals

Jimmy Choo AW 17 Fringe Heels

Jimmy Choo “Malia” Mink Suede Sandals with Fringe Detailing

Jimmy Choo Lark Bootie

Jimmy Choo “Lark” Bottle Green Shiny Calf Leather Booties

Guys, I didn’t forget about you.

The Jimmy Choo AW ’17 mens collection is something you don’t want to miss.  In my opinion it’s their best men’s collection to date!

Focused on the idea of contrast, the mix of sartorial and edge. The collection is inspired by the band The Clash, and combines unexpected materials such a flannel to create a mash-up of style genres.  Dressy finishes are used on more casual styles and a rebel edge is added to typically conservative formal styles.   The new collection incorporates Jimmy Choo’s signature star motif in a way that is oh so polished but oh so punk.  The detailing is sheer perfection.

Jimmy Choo Mens AW 17

Jimmy Choo Mens Fall 2017

Jimmy Choo Mens Fall 2017

Jimmy Choo Mens AW 17

Pop into the Jimmy Choo Boutique at the Forum Shops at Caesars and view the collection for yourself!