Preview the new Fall lineup from Alasdair here. In store now!
Preview the new Fall lineup from Alasdair here. In store now!
"So you’ve got your look nailed down all year long. The super-chic outfit day in & day out; the envy at the office with the side glances in line at Starbuck’s. Until . . .it jumps above the refreshing 75-degree mark, and the humidity comes creeping around to make you just that extra bit uncomfortable. Suddenly you're confused and in danger of heading from a fashion hero to hot messy zero."
"You're off your game and mistakes happen. So you reach for that burst of color, that sheer piece, or that “should I be wearing something this short” dress. What to do?"
"Let’s go over some suggestions for getting through the dog days of summer while looking like a fox."
1 - Don't be drawn into wearing color when it isn't you. I think black in summer is SO chic. You just have to make sure the fabric is light, say linen, cotton or gauze. Take your favorite silhouettes and find them in a summer friendly black fabrication.
For the store I brought in a shrunken, fitted blazer by Majestic Filatures in a cool linen, with a cotton jersey back and sleeve, and I love it back to a Studio Nicholson black cotton A-line skirt. So easy!....
2 - Embrace nautical. Blue is the new black, at least for three months… We adore navy, white and chambray all year round - but in summer these colors can be a lifesaver! A simple chic navy shift dress can ease all the, “I must wear color” anxiety. Or try one of our new nautical Orcival tee's - paired with a full skirt or loose pant - you'll be channeling Chanel on vacation in the South of France.
One of my favorites pieces this season is by Harvey Faircloth - a silk navy dress with dual zippers, AND it can take you way into the fall!
3 - Don't be fooled by the "fall" in "pre-fall." Shop Pre Collections. These days a designer looks to put out a staggering four to five collections a year. Summer can be my favorite delivery window, as many of the pieces are in fact wear-now. Designers are following the fashion migration towards immediate gratification. At SPACE 519 you'll find pieces coming in right now which will easily bridge summer to fall.
Rachel Comey does a fantastic job on bridging the gap between seasons. I love her light weight fabrics used in fuller breezy silhouettes.
4 - Although the summer weather seems to be short in length - your hem line need not be. Reach for fuller skirts in light weight fabrics. They give you and easy airy look. And a cropped jean is a great way to go short and not look like a Kardashian (who may have left her pants at home).
We are loving the Frame cropped boot cut right now - it feels fresh and dressed.
5 - Bring color into your wardrobe with accessories and make-up. A fresh fun colorful necklace, or a clutch in a bright hue signals summer without screaming it. Similarly lighten up your cosmetics. A great way to do this is to take your face oil and mix it with a dab of concealer and suddenly you have a dewy tinted moisturizer.
Lizzy Fortunato's pieces make you feel like you are on vacation all year round They are a great addition to any warm weather look. And the aesthetic has just that hint of 1980s Miami that will also make you feel super cool.
Upon a recent scouting trip to Brooklyn we came across the work of Los Angeles based artist Claire Nereim. When we first spotted her work we found ourselves instantly drawn to the calculated simplicity and bold color contrast of her botanical prints. This is especially apparent in the Poison print - with its dark pallet and ironic beauty.
Even though it seems like it has taken an eternity, the warm breeze of spring has finally found us.
With that, we all switch out our coats and overhaul our closets. In the apothecary world, I love a new regime and freshness in beauty. At space519 we always embrace the healthier side of the industry, with most of our partners being organic, natural and clean, but that does not mean one has to forsake the hottest trends. Here are some of my favorites that you will find at space519.
1. The Angelic Glow
One of the many lessons I have learned from Rose Marie Swift, of RMS fame, is that glowing, dewy skin looks younger, and matte dry skin reads older….
This season that is even more true with the launch of GOOP skincare. Here is is as important prepping the skin as to what you are putting on it. I am a fan of layering GOOP’s Enriching Face Oil with a dab of James Read Day Face Self Tanner as an all over moisture base. Letting that sit for a minute, then layering on GOOP Day Moisturizer with a smudge of Kjaer Weis Foundation, to give you a sheer moment of coverage. Let that dry for a second, than work RMS Luminizer on the cheekbones for that angelic glow. Follow up with a light pink cheek dusting to solidify the look!
2. The Strong Lip
This past season we have seen the resurgence of the statement lip color on the runways. This trend can definitely be seriously taken into daily life. This time you can still get the boldness but in a guilt-free, organic form. Paired with the sun-kissed face from above, I am obsessed with RMS’ new do-everything product, Master Mixer as a highly golden lid color. My favorites are the new SPF15 Kokomo from ILIA Beauty and Kjaer Weis’ Rapture. Both of these are a great way to nail this with the brooding berry tones of the season.
3. Natural Volume Hair
With the beauty industry leaning towards a prettier, natural feeling, the hair world is not far behind. What feels fresh and new is the un-forced trend in hair. Take your natural state, it being curly, wavy, etc. and embrace that element. The key here is to create luxurious, healthy looking hair that has movement, bounce and sheer. Not to sound like Prell commercial, we have been straightening, blowing and singeing our hair for so many seasons, so now it is time to give it a little TLC. Start with de-toxifying your hair with the organic Volume Shampoo & Conditioner from Rahua Beauty. Majeed form Rahua tells us that it takes two weeks for the hair to fully detox and clarify when using his regime. To get that full, bouncy feel, we love David Mallett’s Hair Serum to start and his Spray no.2 Le Volume to finish. You can’t go wrong with these two amazing lines!
4. Everything is coming up Rosy . . .
With the return of pretty, there is embrace of all things girly. Not only did we see this color in collections for spring, but we smelled it in our beauty appointments as well. This time around Rose has a more modern (not your grandmother’s perfume) feel. First, we started to see this in the nail polish world with Jin Soon’s Tea Rose color, which she used in the latest Miu Miu ad campaign. The pretty nail color felt fresh and light on shorter nails. Then we experienced it in the straightforward fragrance of French perfume line, Mollinard’s Rose. Done in a one note fashion, this scent felt new and elegant. For an easier take away option we are always fans of go-to organic fragrance line MCMC’s Kept. Layered with black tea, leather & clove, this roll-on oil is an easy way to see how pretty you can get…..
We had the chance to sit down with our favorite fashion forecaster - our own Jim Wetzel - to find out what he is feeling for spring.
"Ladies - it’s that time of year again, when you (gladly) put away your wools, tweeds and cashmeres and (happily) break out your cottons, chiffons and silks. Sometimes the weather does not always agree with that move - forcing our hand in figuring out how to make the transition. When buying collections one of the mindsets we always carry at space519 is the sense of versatility. Can this piece take you from day to evening, chilled winds to sunny days, and heels to sneakers? Here are some of my current faves at space519 that can put some SPRING in your STEP!
1. Atea Oceanie High Slit Dress in Flame
"When we saw this dress in Paris from Atea Oceanie, I thought it felt SO fresh. The ease of the cut, the liquidity of the fabric and the unexpected side slits… To top it off you have this amazing red that reads strong, powerful and sexy, yet being such an easy piece. I love the versatility of this either dressed up with a thin sky-high heel for a new take on cocktail, or back to a sleek tennis shoe for weekday dinner."
2. Jil Sander Navy Techo Taffeta Anorak in Army
"In Chicago we love our coats, and are seen in them more so than not. I am always on the hunt for outerwear that feels new, cool and can switch between many seasons. Here Jil Sander Navy gave us this amazing nylon taffeta version of the army anorak. The way they created the bottom ruffle gives this utilitarian coat a feminine twist. I love the way this jacket delivers a luxurious take on a tough staple. Wear it today and take it all the way into Fall with a fur vest as a liner. Versatility at its finest!"
3. Rachel Comey Legion Pant in Indigo
"For a long time we have not had any excitement in the denim world - that is until now. Rachel has created the cool-girl’s answer to jeans in her Legion Pant. Done here in a washed indigo, as well in a light salt color, the higher rise and wide leg can go dressed or dressed down. I particularly love this piece worn with a simple fitted crewneck sweater and a killer statement heel. High meets low in the most chic mash-up."
4. Trademark Sorrento Bucket Bag
At space519 we are always on the hunt for the perfect bag, bags are something that our clients look to for fashion as well as function. When this bucket bag from NYC’s Trademark came along we knew it was spot on for our ladies. I love the combo of luggage leather tan and suede in a new feeling cage style. Able to hold a day’s worth of necessities, as well as looking wildly chic, this satchel will take on the sands of time. The classicism Trademark delivers in this bag will take anyone through many seasons to come."
5. Pamela Love Levitation Lariat
"Lately I feel there is a bit of a shift in jewelry. What really feels new is the whispery, languid pieces that are a slight and simple. Here Pamela Love delivers a sexy, barely there lariat that can be worn easy for day with a button down and jeans, or amp it with a daring neckline. I love the silver and Iolite combination that just has a glint of shine against the skin. This modern, simple piece delivers a statement that feels just as important as the statement necklaces of yesterday."
That's a wrap for this week - more soon.
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