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.


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.

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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.

 


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.”


 

The Matching Suit

While the boudoir trend has proven to be one of Spring's biggest trends, there was another look that jumped off the runway and onto the street. Matching suits, both in prints (a Miu Miu staple) and whole colors, were spotted all over the sidewalk, and even last week at the Met Gala (see Alexa Chung in sparkly, shimmery Thakoon, above center).

The matching suit may seem tricky to pull off, but the look du jour couldn't be simpler. Piamita offers pajama styles with flared pant hems for a chic look for day, while Olivia von Halle follows suit with silky sets that can be worn as separates. The bonus is that it looks just as good for work as dinner, and is equally as comfortable to wear to brunch.


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.


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


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.


Veronique Branquinho

VERONIQUE BRANQUINHO has been designing for years, but always remained slightly under-the-radar. The Belgium-born designer creates the type of clothes that you spot on a chic woman across the street, then berate yourself later because you didn’t asked her what she was wearing. There isn’t anything groundbreaking in her design, she simply creates instantly desirable and wearable pieces that look different enough to set you apart. The ability to position herself outside the A-typical is also evident in her imagery. Due to a long-time partnership with photographer Ronald Stoops and makeup artist Inge Grognard, Branquinho’s look books convey exactly what her clothes do: Immediate attraction and ease.