Cinq À Sept

Named for that liminal, twilight moment between day ending and night beginning, new label Cinq à Sept has a goal: to bring chic and pretty back to everyday life. 

Created by Jane Siskin (formerly of 7 for all Mankind and Elizabeth and James), consider these pieces an antidote to the black, white and navy basics you have hanging in your wardrobe. There are prints, ruffles and flounces, and plenty of wide leg pants. "We were most inspired by our strong understanding of what the contemporary consumer wants and when she wants it," explains Siskin. "I feel we have a relationship with the customer and we're excited to be offering her something fresh and new." Launched late in 2015, the label recently launched their resort collection (shown above), with a focus on floral, unique silhouettes like flounced hems, and statement, off-the-shoulder tunics. Siskin looks to travel for destination (she just returned from Morocco and is soon journeying to London), and a touch of her own closet. "My personal style has always been diverse and not too serious," she says. "My closet is a curated assortment of pieces I have picked up all over the world. Personal style for me is about self-discovery and is very much a part of our design process."

Visit the Cinq à Sept world here.


Isolda The New Fashion Label

The beauty of clothes is their ability to transform you, allowing you to step into character if even for a moment. Brazilian label Isolda does just that through their vivid hues and dramatic silhouettes, which for all the world look like the clothes you would pick up on vacation, pulling out of your closet when you need a little joy.

Designed by friends Juju Affonso Ferriera and Maya Pope, who describe their customer as "loving life and the luxury of how a beautiful, soft natural fabric feels close to her skin. She is very motioned by art and is always seeking for new adventures. She is very interested in life itself," the line is known for its hand painted, signature prints. The duo, who met in London but both hail from Brazil, draw upon the colors and festivity of their homeland to create the line. "Brazil, our home country, was and still is our main source of inspiration," says Ferriera. "However it was in London and the time we spent living there that aroused the desire to create something truly new, exciting and unique which we then called by the nickname of my great-grandmother, Isolda."

Often realized in off-the-shoulder dresses with trailing ruffles, A-line skirts, and dramatically printed trousers, theirs is a collection that feels instantly romantic, but also entirely wearable.

Discover Isolda.


Lovehard NYC Shirt Label

Think of white shirts as flowers. There is an abundance of them, and each can seem more beautiful than the last. There can also never be too many. Such is the case with LoveHard NYC, a recently-launched label with an entirely new strategy. Rather than deliver one collection with a smattering of shirts, pants, and dresses, the brand will release one 'series' at a time, presenting different versions of one piece—like a white shirt or navy trouser—each time. Series 1 consists of four different takes on the classic menswear button down.

Launched by Lindsay Cohen, who also heads up New York-based luxury retail and brand consultancy GogoLuxe as the creative director and market editor, the idea was born from a desire to break down the basic model of a traditional ready-to-wear collection due to how people are actually buying clothes these days. "Not everyone goes out looking for a full wardrobe at once," says Cohen. "You go searching for the perfect shirt, or dress, or jacket. I created a spectrum of styles based on one silhouette, so people can choose what works best for them."

With a new series launching each season, the idea for each collection is "to focus on a piece of clothing you always want to have on hand," she explains. "Your go-to item in your closet for day-to-day, as well as the first thing you grab to pack for a trip. The next series will most likely be an arrangement of blazers."

Cohen's vision stemmed from her years spent working directly with the consumer, rather than a traditional design background. "From a very young age I was constantly cutting everything up and reworking items. I have some really embarrassing notebooks filled with fashion thoughts/designs dating back to my middle school era," she says. "Because I never had any formal training I thought it was important for myself to gain industry knowledge and perspective before properly launching. I started to think about it in a real way approximately a year ago." Her inspiration however, comes from the way those consumers style their real wardrobes—the pieces that we pull out daily and can be worn over and over again. "I don’t have specific style icons, however I always appreciate people who dress for themselves. There’s always an element of ease that comes from that which I admire."

Buy it here. 


Katerina Makriyianni earrings

Cretan-born jewelry designer Katerina Makriyianni got her start early. While still a young girl, her parents opened a jewelry boutique and workshop, which specialized in unique, bespoke designs. Her interest sufficiently piqued, Makriyianni went on to study ballet and theatre throughout her childhood before following the family legacy and taking specialized courses in design and engraving. 

Years later, her eponymous label is making waves. Her collections are filled with a mix of ancient Greek-inspired bracelets and necklaces, rings made from hammered gold and colorful gemstones, and her now signature Kilims earrings (shown above). Already a fashion set favorite, they're the type of shoulder dusting statement makers that you want to wear whilst vacationing on a Greek island.

Order your pair here.


Christie Nicolaides

Australian-based jewelry designer Christie Nicolaides possesses the innate ability to create opulent, decadent earrings that don’t seem to be too much. Inspired by her Greek heritage and unique designs from ancient Mesopotamia, Nicolaides’ hand crafted pieces are dramatic, yet still modern (she credits the extra large proportions for the contemporary feel). Ranging from shoulder grazing earrings to rings, crowns, and necklaces, her creations often feature brightly hued semi-precious stones, coins, and beaten gold. Just like a Sicilian treasure that has been rediscovered after years hidden away in an ancient jewelry box, these are pieces you are thrilled to discover, then joyous to wear.

Own them now.


Atea Oceanie x Man Repeller Collaboration

New Zealand-based label Atea Oceanie is already a celebrity favorite (Alexa Chung, Elizabeth Olsen and Kate Moss have all been spotted wearing it), and their straight forward but detailed pieces are certainly worth the hype. Like every label beloved by cool girls now, these are clothes that don’t need much thought to look good. They’re comfortable, work for day, for night, and the weekend, and pair just as easily with slides as they do with heels.

It makes sense then, that another cool girl has teamed up with the label on their first collaborative collection. Man Repeller’s Leandra Medine joined forces with the brand to create an eight-piece capsule collection that includes all her favorites: wide leg trousers, a long blazer, slip dresses and a midi skirt. They’re immediately desirable—and exactly the clothes we want to be wearing right now.

Buy it now.


AMMARA shirt label

If you could only have five garments hanging in your closet, the perfect shirt would undoubtedly be one of them. But what if there were 12 variations of said shirt? Such is the case for new label Ammara, who launches their shirt-only line today. “There are two types of people in the world, the dress people and the separates people. The dress people tend to be safer, they buy something, put it on and they know it will look put together. The separates people are a bit more adventurous. They put pieces together and try to make the look uniquely their own. I am definitely a separates person,” says founder and designer Ammara Yaqub. “A great top makes the outfit and I love putting together something that is uniquely mine. Not to mention when you sit down at a restaurant all you see is the top, it’s the most important part of your look!”

The quest for shirt perfection (and constructing an easy-to-pair, always-looks-good wardrobe) is what inspired Yaqub to launch her new label, a succinct collection of 12 different shirt styles for every occasion. “I’ve always felt that collections tend to focus on coats, jackets and dresses,” she says. “When I had a full collection, I found myself doing the same and it has been much more challenging to come up with a very edited collection of interesting and functional tops. However, I’ve found this is exactly what women are looking for. Every woman I know (including myself) has a favorite pair of jeans, a trouser she loves to wear, or that one pair of shorts that makes her feel great, and they’re always looking for the perfect shirt to pair them with. There are never enough interesting, high quality, well-constructed, au courant styles in the market. The top makes the outfit and an amazing top is the modern woman’s LBD.” Included in the collection are ruffled t-shirt styles with cap sleeves, leather options, a classic button down with a sculptural, billowing twist, and an off-the-shoulder shirt with a subtle ruffle in the back.

The label’s edge, however, comes from its easily accessible price point. While shirts are made from luxurious fabrics, they’re priced at a contemporary level. As such, it's easy to find a shirt for every occasion. 

Check out the styles.


 

Off-the-Shoulder trend

There was an undeniable trend that emerged at the Spring 2016 shows, and now that those clothes have finally hit stores, it’s taking over the streets, too. The off-the-shoulder top (or dress, if you sway that way), is officially making the rounds. New label Caroline Constas’ poplin version with a sweetheart neckline and voluminous sleeves is an Instagram favorite, and is both comfortable and flattering. Tibi has long been an off-the-shoulder brand, whose offerings are both work and play appropriate.  

Whether it's bell sleeved, ruffled, for evening or day, the off-the-shoulder top is 2016's official summer uniform. Check out some of our favorite versions below.

 


Mercedes Salazar earrings

Statement earrings have been a fixture on the runway for multiple seasons now, and besides the choker, are undeniably the accessory du jour.

However, bigger is always better, and Colombian designer Mercedes Salazar’s line of vibrant and (literally) shoulder dusting earrings are impressively dramatic. Her line has become a staple amongst the fashion and music set (Katy Perry donned a pair on Instagram and Lauren Santo Domingo), and her earrings the biggest hit. Made with a Latin influence in mind, the hand-made fabrications (like mini pom poms and swishy tassels) they have a certain joi de vivre that can sometimes only be achieved by putting on something fantastic.

Own a pair.


Hugo Matha handbags

French designer Hugo Matha has a way with accessories. Take his plexi glass and wooden clutches. They sound a little complicated, but the light-as-air 100 year old wood and curved, clear plexi glass (which acts as the lid), are both beautifully handcrafted sculptures and incredibly unique purses.

Born and raised on a vineyard in the Aveyron region of Southern France, Matha employs the same grape makers to craft his bags during the wine making off-season. For Fall 2016, he introduced a new silhouette to his repertoire: the tote/clutch hybrid. The shape is traditional Matha: inventive, practical, and unexpected. Wire handles make it sturdy and easy to carry and the front pocket practical. Consider him a new—and standout—member of the French fashion guard.

Own your own.


Monse Travel Guide

Living in New York is akin to living in a dream—anything can happen, and quite frequently does. There's also one thing that almost everyone in New York agrees upon: sometimes you have to leave the city in order to best enjoy it.

As such, there are plenty of places to go and plenty of people with wonderful suggestions. Two of those are Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia, the designers behind Monse, a two-season year old label with a penchant for creating clothes that can easily transition from wandering a market to an evening out. Here, they share their summer guides to jet setting the globe.

Favorite travel destination?

Laura: I love to go to Canada, because it's a bit cooler during the summer months.

Fernando: London because it's not so hot. And there's beautiful countryside to explore! 

Packing essentials:

Laura: All my beauty and hair products are La Mer, SKII, and Kerastase. I also always take a denim jumpsuit with tennis shoes. and one pair of heels.

Fernando: Two t-shirts and a pair of jeans.... 

Reading material? 

Laura: Zinio, the digital magazine

Fernando: System Magazine

Must-Visit Places:

Laura: I love to stay in the Lake Louise Chateau and order room-service and go to the spa. 

Fernando: Chiltern Firehouse is a hotel and restaurant in London. It's like a little world inside. It reminds me of Greenwich Hotel, which is also a favorite of mine in NYC.  It's very good for people watching.

Favorite thing to do on vacation?

Laura: Sleep

Fernando: Explore

Newest destination you'd like to visit and why?

Laura: Dubai to understand the market. 

Fernando: The new Harry Potter section in Universal Studios - I am dying to go!

What do you always pack in your plane bag?

Laura: An SKII mask and my laptop. 

Fernando: Toothpaste

Soundtrack?

Laura: k-pop

Fernando: M83

Must-do:

LK: Walk around and explore!

Fern: I like to go to obscure towns and vintage stores, outside of the main city.

Travel candle/scent? 

Laura: Red Flower Icelandic Moon Flower

Fernando: Ralph Lauren Christmas candle


Regal Tiger

When Sarah Lalji set out to launch Regal Tiger, her new line of diaphanous, light-as-air dresses, caftans, and separates, she had two goals in mind. One: to produce the most luxurious lounge and resort wear possible, and two: to raise awareness for animal conservation. A huge animal lover, the second mission came easily through a partnership with Panthera, the world's only organization dedicated exclusively to the protection of wild cats and their vast landscapes (they work to protect big cats all over the world by working with local people to save them).  The partnership is founded on activism and transparency, with a dedicated percentage (15%) of each purchase supporting ongoing global preservation efforts.

Consequentially, the big cat theme runs throughout her inaugural collection. Featuring animal prints such as tigers and cockatoos, the 100% silk garments were inspired by exotic destinations, and look just as chic with a bikini as when worn as a matched, printed suit. “Everything is 100% US made and with the best quality silk,” explained Lalji over tea. Exceptional quality, tailoring (the maxi dress has a thoughtful, small train that floats out elegantly when you walk), and luxury were the key elements for the designer; who is as passionate about animals as she is fashion. Raised in California, Lalji held a senior level corporate position (which she consequentially found unfulfilling), before deciding to launch her own label. “My husband is Indian, and after learning more about his culture and wearing sari’s I fell in love with their beauty and craftsmanship,” she says. “I wanted to merge that Eastern influence with my Californian background and decided to launch Regal Tiger. I’m also a huge animal supporter and wanted to merge fashion with animal activism without making it too granola-y. I call it fashion activism.”

Available at RegalTiger.com, the collection has the sort of luxurious ease that allows for a couple of pieces to be thrown in a suitcase before jet setting off on your summer vacation (with the knowledge that you’re also helping the animals). In the end, Lalji says it best, “We’re promoting purpose beyond profit in the luxury space. Our customer is always compassionate- and that's what's truly beautiful.”


 

New Evening Wear Designers: Caroline Hayden, Elizabeth Kennedy, Solace London

For the past few seasons, a change has been stirring in fashion land. Sleeves have gotten bigger, pant hems have widened, and oversized ruffles are commonplace. Whether you call it fashionable dramatics or eccentric maximalism, it’s a trend that's making a marked difference both on and off the runway (Gucci!). It’s also upping the anti on how we dress. While streetwear and athleisure is still growing (especially thanks to Kanye’s Yeezy line and Rihanna’s Fenty collection), dressed up, daytime glamour and evening wear is getting stronger. Jeans and t-shirts are accessorized with dramatic earrings and “going out” outfits are making a comeback. Oscar de la Renta alum’s Fernanda Garcia and Laura Kim’s new brand Monse introduced silk evening dresses in a whole new way, Brandon Maxwell is winning applause for his incredibly tailored suits and evening gowns (Karlie Kloss debuted a stunning cutout dress at the Met Gala last week), and a new collection of labels launched their own evening wear options for Fall 2016. New York-based Elizabeth Kennedy debuted a beautiful collection this season and has already won fans (Laverne Cox and Maura Tierny have worn gowns on the red carpet), thanks to her couture-like craftsmanship and luxe fabrications. Having spent time working for designers such as Donna Karan, J Mendel and Isaac Mizrahi, she honed her skills creating one-of-a-kind gowns that sit in the same field as Delpozo and haute couture. Solace London has also taken over the red carpet with their modern and elegant designs (Rachel McAdams, Lily Collins and Anne Hathaway have all worn their pieces). Created by designers Ryan Holliday Stevens and Laura Taylor, these are night out worthy pieces that could also be paired with jeans for a cool day time look.


And finally, custom-gown designer Caroline Hayden. Made in the US, her pieces are directed towards the fashion forward bride (although her designs are so forward thinking you could wear your wedding dress to a fantastic party later in the year). Debuting nationally this season, Hayden spent her youth embroidering quilts, a skill she has transformed into designing and making custom couture gowns.

From left: Elizabeth Kennedy, Solace London, and Caroline Hayden.


Accessory: Rebecca de Ravenel Jewelry

These days, it seems not a day goes by without a pair of Rebecca de Ravenel’s Les Bonbons earrings appearing on someone fabulous. The jet-setting designer launched her namesake line in 2015, and has won fans around the world for her fun, statement jewels. Raised between the Bahamas and Paris, de Ravenel was inspired by the stylish women that flitted in and out of her life, influencing both her personal style and her jewelry taste. “There are a few pieces of jewelry that have never left my mind,” she says. “One was an extraordinary charm necklace worn by a woman I grew up around, each charm was more dazzling and amusing than the next and it was full to the brim of goodies. I always was fascinated as to how it didn't break. I have loved that necklace for as long as I can remember. Another was a friend of my mothers, who I still refer to as the lady with the ring. She wore a ring on her little finger that had two delicately dangling chains one with a diamond and one with a pearl."

De Ravenel's ‘Les Bonbons’ earrings (currently the only style she stocks), began rather organically. She needed a pair of lightweight earrings that were whimsical and wearable, and whilst donning a pair she quickly gained compliments from family and friends. Handmade in India with silk thread, the earrings marry de Ravenel’s mix of Bahamian and Parisian style, references that appear in both her jewelry making and home (she's also an interior designer). “I find French women tend to dress more effortlessly than others. In the islands, comfort and ease are essential. What I love about each is that the essence of island style and Parisian style are similar in the sense that people wear what is practical and feminine, it's less curated than the women you see in most places at the moment.”

Own a pair. 


New designers Koché, Gosha Rubchinskiy, Magda Butrym

When Vetements sent its deconstructed, reinvented take on classic wardrobe pieces down the runway, it began a streetwear revolution. All of a sudden, torn up reimagined denim, floral dresses, and oversized sweatshirts became symbols of a new, punk-ish way to wear your clothes. They seemed like ordinary pieces a college kid could pull out of his closet, but in a whole new way. It was a step back from the ‘70s nostalgia that had plagued the runways at Gucci (pre-Alessandro Michele), Chloé, and Saint Laurent, and reflected a fresh wave in the industry.


Two seasons later and Vetements has solidified itself as the cool crew's label. Designer Demna Gvasalia’s band of street kids is changing up the fashion landscape, and a slew of separate tribes has emerged—the eccentric and maximalist Gucci girls, the futuristic Louis Vuitton warriors, and the street gangs of Vetements. Following suit is a group of inspired young labels. Koché, the Parisian-based offering by designer Christelle Kocher, who is also the creative director for Maison Lemarié, one of the specialist ateliers (in this case, feathers) owned by Chanel subsidiary Paraffection. Her pieces are more party than Vetements, but possess the same type of patched together, alternate fabrications and reinvented silhouettes. Then there’s Gosha Rubchinskiy, whose Russian menswear label possesses a punk-ish, Soviet-inspired vibe that has won him legions of followers. Lastly is Magda Butrym, a luxury, ready-to-wear label that delivers evening wear pieces with street influences. A silver, sequinned dress could be worn to a ball, but then slashed at the sides to feel more appropriate at a sketchy club in the early hours of the morning.

(From left: Gosha Rubchinskiy, Magda Butrym, and Koché)


Jeanne Damas' new line Rouje

French It-girl Jeanne Damas is known for her insouciant, Parisian style. So much so, that she decided to launch her own line. Called 'Rouje,' her inaugural collection includes flared jeans, miniskirts and floral dresses—the perfect kind that all the French girls wear—and is intended to bring together a collective of her talented friends. Consisting of thirty pieces that Damas considers the staples of the iconic French woman (the kind of clothes you forget about, but actually wear more than anything else in your closet), Rouje is a tribute to all the women that inspire her. “I was always surrounded by feminine women with strong personalities; my mother, my friends, my aunts, my sister. This is where my love of women comes from. I am fascinated by the look women have - simple details such as the way they move, speak, a gesture, or the way they wear a garment."


Available now at Rouje.com


Orit Elhanati

Copenhagen-based jewelry designer Orit Elhenati’s sculptural, gold hoop ‘Stranger’ earrings (they look as if sheets of metal have been crushed in the hands of a giant), are the stuff dreams are made of. Raised between Denmark, Israel and Greece, Elhanati was inspired by her grandmother’s jewelry collection and the clean lines of Scandinavia. While the ‘Stranger’ earrings (and a matching choker) were created for Danish fashion designer Mark Kenly Domino Tan during Copenhagen Fashion Week in January, Elhanati also offers a complete line exclusively in gold. Her most recent collection, Letter M, features bright gold round disks inlaid with tiny jewels and a unique chain, drawing upon her love for Middle Eastern culture.

Buy Orit Elhanati now.


TRUSS NYC Bags

INSPIRED by the traditional market bags of Oaxaca, Mexico (where each bag is made by local artisans), Brooklyn-based handbag label TRUSS is creating updated versions that can go from errands to evening drinks. Their newest Fall collection (available in July) features a chic double handle that is sturdy enough to carry all your goods home from the farmer's market (and won't wear and tear easily).

For designers Elise Durbecq and Gillian Tozer, who were drawn to the bold colors and geometric shapes of the local market bags on their first visit to Oaxaca, TRUSS isn't just about creating cool totes. They also work to support and preserve the growth and craftsmanship of Oaxaca's artisanal trade, particularly young women. 

TRUSS NYC


Hunting Season

In a market with so many handbag options, it can be hard to find something that’s just right. Hunting Season’s satchel bag is exactly that. Launched in 2013, the line was created by Miami-native Danielle Corona, who honed her skills in the Valentino accessories atelier under the tutelage of Maria Grazia Chiuri and Paolo Piccioli. Now, Corona is based in Colombia, working with local materials and artisans to create her pieces.

Hunting Season's timeless, effortless design (combined with exotic fabrications) is what makes it a brand worth knowing—and coveting. However, Corona also offers up playful iterations, such as a small black and white striped hat box with a long shoulder strap and a tassled drawstring bucket bag. She has also branched into homewares, with chic, cube-shaped table lighters in horn. Consider her pieces the chicest option, for both your outfit and your apartment.

Invest in a bag here.

 


Olivia von Halle

Luxurious sleepwear designer Olivia von Halle has a dog named Bathtub. She also lives in London, prefers to have a gin and tonic before retiring to bed, and was inspired to launch her line by the chic, lounging pajamas worn by Coco Chanel in the '20s. Launched in 2008, her eponymous line includes matching pajama sets in beautiful prints, night gowns, sleep shirts, dressing gowns, and silk eye masks in sorbet shades. Slip on a pair after splashing your face with water and applying your favorite night cream, while reading the paper and enjoying brunch on a Sunday morning, or with a pair of heels for cocktails with you friends. Honestly, they’re so chic you can wear them right out of the house.

Von Halle also offers monogramming, and a bespoke fitting service (so your PJ’s are even more luxe). The only hard part is deciding which pair to get.

Order yours here.