Showing posts with label Les Copains. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Les Copains. Show all posts

1/22/13

Favorite Looks for Spring


For the show Mirror Mirror on the Live Well Network, I was asked to pick my favorite looks for spring.  I chose three main looks for this feature - color blocking with brights, how to wear lace and high/low - mixing price points.  
With Rebecca Spera from Mirror Mirror

Wearing a David Peck Top, J.Crew Sequin Skirt and YSL Tributes
( These also happen to be the colors of The Vintage Contessa logo )
This is a wedding dress that I re-fashioned into a skirt, paired with a D&G Tank, Vintage Belt and Cowboy Boots


Here is a peek into my accessories closet. 

For my High End/Low End Look I have on a Les Copains limited edition top and Kirna Zabete for Target faux leather leggings.  I love mixing expensive pieces with basics from Target. 



9/26/12

Les Copains... Milano, Italy

Milan Fashion Week's perfectly ordered 70 degree sun shining day was a welcomed backdrop to the amazing architecture of the Domo further setting the stage for fabulously edited and styled Les Copains Spring Summer 2013 runway show. Following the pink carpet down the cobblestone path, we entered a grande cathedral like setting filled with energy and anticipation in the air. The excitment of watching and photographing the hightly fashionable guests arrive was only surpassed by the Spring Summer line designed by the famed Allesandro Dell'Acqua.
Milan Fashion Week's perfectly ordered 70 degree sun shining day was a welcomed backdrop to the amazing architecture of the Domo further setting the stage for fabulously edited and styled Les Copains Spring Summer 2013 runway show. Following the pink carpet down the cobblestone path, we entered a grande cathedral like setting filled with energy and anticipation in the air. The excitment of watching and photographing the hightly fashionable guests arrive was only surpassed by the Spring Summer line designed by the famed Allesandro Dell'Acqua.


The energetic line hit a high note with geometric patterns in bold black and whites, infused with intense colors of blue and orange. A hightly stylized yet wearable line of lovely ladylike luxe pieces showed a sassy and contemporary flair.



The mix of patterns and color were fresh and light, offering the perfect silhouette for models as they sashed down the runway. Playful skirts, exposed backs, handmade knits and structured detailing were the perfect balance for the feminine body.



I loved the statement by Best Dressed fashionista and acclaimed interior designer, Lucinda Loya, who traveled from Houston to Milan for the show, " The line showed detailed sophistication with a lot of pretty and a little bit of edge." She and I were thrilled to see it live from the front row!




We are so grateful for the amazing hospitality of our fabulously composed and stylish host, Paolo Viera, CEO of Les Copains. From an amazing meals, front row seats, back stage pass and introductions to his highly acclaimed staff, I felt swept away from the moment I arrived in Milan.

8/14/12

Vail, Co: High Fashion & Pop Art

Vail is undoubtedly unrivaled when it comes to skiing the back bowls. However when it comes to fashion and art, many perceive Vail to take a back seat to it uber wealthy and chic neighbor, Aspen. After a bit of hands on investigating, I beg to differ.
Visiting Luca Bruno Due, and Luca Bruno in Vail, Co , I found exceptional international brands that rival what I find when traveling big cities throughout the world. However, I felt like I was shopping in my own town with a personal friend; in the business. Both of their fashion houses offer exclusive brands hand selected by owners Luca and Jen Bruno for their growing international client list.

I've been shopping at Luca Bruno for almost a decade, adding pieces annually that I still wear today. Luca is so personable and warm with his authentic Italian accent and zealous Italian hand jesters, you cant help but find him fabulously endearing. In fact, I still remember the first day we met him. I walked in with my very Italian father, Vito Cangelosi, and was offered hard parmesan cheese cut off a huge block in the front of the store. His wife Jen, raised in Manhatten, has such a great eye for hip and cool pieces in luxe brands that are modern yet wearable in the casual yet chic ski town of Vail, Co or a big city like Houston, Dallas, or Austin.

When walking thru the store, I as instantly drawn to an amazing modern yet timeless designed suit jacket by Les Copains. It became even more coveted when Jen told me it was worn recently by the stylish and beautiful Catherine Zeta Jones.

I had the honor of meeting the sophisticated CEO of Les Copains, Paolo Torello-Viera, in town with an amazing array of pieces from the Fall ready to wear line, joining the Brunos for a private style show at the nearby exclusive Sonnenalp Hotel. The Italian brand surprisingly named after French talk show, Les Copains, is 100 % Italian, designed and manufactured in Italy.

Coming from my background of an Italian owned family business with a focus on craftsmanship and quality, I was impressed to learn from Paolo that the owner himself, Mario Bandiera who founded the company in 1959, still walks the factory in Bologna daily, overseeing every detail of the line personally.

Knitwear is the primary element of the line, with cashmere as Les Copains first love, even as the brand has evolved throughout the years. Currently designed by Alessandro Dell Acqua, there is an elegance mixed with a sensuality that is very glamorous and luxurious without being stuffy.

The headliner piece was a fabulous cable knit cashmere sweater that was surprising lightweight due to its genius design of a base sheer layer of cashmere. The reality is that Les Copains created a uber stylish sweater that can be worn and belted by real women who aren't necessarily 6 foot tall and 100 pounds. For myself and my amazingly talented yet equally short friend, Tricia Swenson, there was a shorter version that was a better proportion for petite girls who are better suited with pieces that synch at the waist.

The even more practical yet equally sporty chic equestrian line is Les Copains Blue. I found a pair of irresistible suede like jodhpurs that will be fab with riding boots and a tailored jacket. My favorite look was a vintage styled Gucci or Versace turtleneck that took me back to my early days in Vail with big hair and deglo ski jackets. Thank goodness we aren't revisiting those trends.

The timeless sporty aristocratic vibe that dates back to the brands inception comes through loud and clear with the tundra and military accents. The menswear houndstooth, mini checks and prince of whales patterns are offset by a form fitting feminine silhouette of the 21st century woman.

What would be the ultimate piece of outerwear for a ski town and a Texas woman? The amazingly stylish and ├╝ber luxe fur brand, Dennis Basso. I had the pleasure of meeting the stylish and debonaire New Yorker Mitchell Adelman, International Director of Sales for Dennis Basso. I was utterly delighted to see, feel and try the beautiful pieces made from exotic sable, chinchilla, mink, and lynx.

Dennis Basso is the leading American furrier, at the top of the style chain with a combination of modern styling reminiscent of times past. The Fall 2012 collection trunk show showcased the deep rich tones of chocolate and caramels mixed with brilliant hues of cayenne orange, amethyst purple and navy blue.

I was most drawn to the fab luxe cape in caramel tone of woven sable that felt as soft on the inside of the cashmere lining as the outside. The interior lining detailing of each coat and wrap was so spectacular that each piece seemed couture in styling and certainly worthy of glamorous divas Elizabeth Taylor and Sophia Loren.

The dress that immediately caught my eye consisted of a full detailed skirt in a palette of pastel pink so lovely I dreamed of twirling in it just as If I were a 4 year old girl showing off her Easter dress. However it was so beautifully styled I could see Carrie Bradshaw running across a bridge in Paris dawning the dreamy style.

Being a lover of vintage handbags and train cases, I must mention the femme fatale style of the Russian broadtail retro styled train jewelry and cosmetic case. Again, the leather interior was so magnificently designed, I would want to leave it open in my closet so I could see the stunning craftsmanship.

When speaking of luxury furs and femme fetals, one often conjures an image of Marilyn Monroe with her sultry pin up style. With a short walk down the cobblestone streets of Vail Village toMasterGallery you will find DeVon Stanfeld's version of Cozy Marilyn popping off the wall. Wearing a fur and diamonds, the prexy glass image of Marilyn is stuffed with feathers, almost bringing the icon to life.

When asked about his Marilyn pieces DeVon stated, " I believe in magic still, it's a little bit of magic." In choosing style icons Marilyn and Audrey Hepburn as the focus of his pieces, he hits a cord in all women.

Luxury fashion brands and artists alike are blurring the lines between art and fashion. When watching Breakfast at Tiffany's for the umpteenth time, I was mesmerized by Audrey's timeless style. DeVon captured that indelible image on plexiglass with alternating Tiffany and white boxes creating a backdrop.

Using Swarovski crystals as Marilyn's diamonds and Audrey's rose; he captures a moment in time and a moment of the subject not seen in a flat image. DeVon wants to uplift, make people think and become aware of their environment and surroundings. By layering images, his pieces are constantly evolving.

Director of Masters Gallery, Rayla Kundolf, caters to an international clientele, understanding their love of pop art in Vail. DeVon, who ironically resides in his own ski country, Park City, Utah is a unabashed artist pushing the envelope in his pieces focusing on heroes.

He said he believes there is a hero in all of us that needs to come out, so his art is a call to be a hero. I suspect he is referencing his art showcasing images of Superman and Spiderman but as a fashion lover, I can inequitably state that Audrey is my hero.