While the adage, “things aren’t always as they seem,” may be old, it applies to some of the freshest designs out there. In English, trompe l’oeil translates to “deceives the eye,” and these designers make that deception one that you’ll welcome with a smile.
What’s at the end of the rainbow? It’s not a pot of gold. It’s something better: Kotur! Inspired by the art and design attitudes of the 1950s, Fiona Kotur looked to the Robert Indiana’s sign paintings and Memphis’ Lansky Brothers, the famed tailors who fashioned Elvis’ signature look.
Charlotte Olympia Take Me Away Box-Clutch Bag and Kate Spade New York Hello Shanghai Cruz Mini-Bag: Snob or Slob?
In high school, I discovered that fortune cookies are actually American (it appears the Chinese invented almost everything except these cookies). Growing up, I awaited the close of each meal at my family’s favorite Chinese restaurants for those damn cookies, believing they held the keys to my future.
Had you told me 15 years ago that one day Ms. Bradshaw would be carrying a bag that Kelly and I designed, I would have fainted, which is almost what I did this morning when I saw the lovely SJP with our green Jewel Box!
Classic elegance never goes out of style, and Nina Ricci’s Ecrin clutch exudes just that. But this piece isn’t as typically timeless as it might seem at first glance. On the contrary, its brand of classicism is modern and distinctive. Best of all, it feels new, so you won’t want to wait on it.
I love green in all its many incarnations, from forest to moss to lime to mint, but it’s military that’s perhaps the most versatile of them all. On the tomboyish side of the spectrum, it eliminates the prissiness from any ensemble, but don’t think the army-inspired shade can’t feel fresh and alluring.