Archive for March, 2012
If you have pieces by Susana Monaco hanging in your closet, you already know the line is well-crafted, long lasting, and super comfortable. A Jersey girl at heart (that’s why we love her!), Susana’s father was an engineer and tailor, so fine form and flattering the female silhouette is not only important, but ingrained when it comes to the designer’s approach.Susana Monaco doesn’t come cheap, but there’s a reason her tank tops, bottoms, dresses and swimwear always look outstanding ($75 – $200 on average)—good craftsmanship.
Newport’s Chace N’Lulu on Bowen’s Wharf carries the line, and just let fans know the new Susana Monaco pleated romper is in at $168 in red or navy blue, and there may still be some fab pieces on the sale rack! Happy spring shopping!
Sperry has long been a reliable shoe, I mean, really long. The first Sperry Top-Sider was designed in 1935 by avid boatsman Paul Sperry who created an innovative non-slip technology (inspired by watching his dog trounce on slippery surfaces with ease) that was later adopted by the Navy.
Today’s Sperry merges that age-old function with forward thinking fashion, and the brand recently unveiled their new slogan, A Passion for the Sea. Whether searching for a weather-resistant Welly, traditional top-sider, fabulous flat, wonderful wedge, sassy sneaker, sexy sandals, or best-selling boat shoe, the men’s and women’s styles are as diverse as they are divine.
This spring, designer Michelle Smith of Milly fame (interviewed on Newport Stylephile here) collaborated with Sperry for a limited collection big on color. See the collection on Stylist.com by clicking here.
For the smallest state in the union, Rhode Island is brimming with talent. Tiverton’s own Nicole Lebreux personifies our creative spirit with her line of funky, fresh, globally-inspired design, which turned heads at January’s StyleWeek Providence. Here’s what Nicole had to say about the experience and what she has in store moving forward:
What inspires your design in general, and what was the inspiration behind your StyleWeek collection? My main inspirations for design are the female form, nature, bright vintage fabrics, bold prints, comfort, and simple utilitarian silhouettes. I took these main ideas a step beyond for my StyleWeek Fall 2012 collection by furthering my study on ancient Egyptian dressing techniques and surface design. I spent some time at the local library but also the MET in NYC looking at Egyptian pottery and carvings. I used a lot of their “organic geometric” shapes of zigzags, swirls, and hard edged florals and incorporated them into the silhouettes of my garments, but also into the design of the original screen print that I created and printed onto organic knit fabric. That fabric was an experiment for me but it was a huge hit!
Your line’s signature may be unexpected patterns that meet in feminine silhouettes—pieces that make women look beautiful. Would you describe your work as a celebration of the female form? Absolutely! The female form is one of the most beautiful of nature’s creations. Every woman should celebrate the physical traits that make her feminine as well as the characteristics that make her different. When you start exploring, accepting, and flaunting what makes you unique you can really let your personal style shine through!
What can we find you wearing on a comfortable, relaxed Saturday afternoon? A pair of my signature long leggings with a fitted tank or tee and a long thrift store cardigan accessorized with vintage jewelry and my bright red Toms.
Where do you source your fabrics? I find my spectacular fabrics in a million places from basements to midtown Manhattan fabric showrooms, from mills in California to the thrift store a block away from my house. Most of my vintage fabrics come from yard and estate sales, thrift stores, and auctions while some are donated by people who want their collections to be put to good use. My organics come from California mostly and mill surplus comes from a few old mills in RI and MA.
Where do you dream of taking your line? Your closet!
To see more of Nicole Lebreux’s designs, click the MORE link below!
Loving these new Greek key bracelets from Sequin in Newport! Bright, bold, and virtually indestructible, these eye-catching arm candies come in baby blue (favorite!), royal blue, hot pink, orange, green, white, silver, gold, royal blue, neon yellow, lime—15 fabulous colors in all, retailing for $25 each. Sequin’s work has been featured in Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Town and Country, In Style, Lucky, and Elle, and designers/sisters Kim and Linda Renk have lent their skills to globally-adored lines including Badgley Mischka, Ralph Lauren, J. Mendel, Henri Bendel, Bloomingdales and Neiman Marcus.
We’re lucky to have a trio of Sequin locations here in Newport* (in addition to the Palm Beach and Chicago boutiques):
119 Bellevue Ave., (401) 619-5713
182 Bellevue Ave., (401) 619-5685
474 Thames St., (401) 619-0015
*Please note: you may want to call ahead if you plan to visit as hours may be limited this time of year.
Photo courtesy Sequin
Newport stylistas love their bling, and most love it even more when it’s an absolute steal. Check out Jojo’s Fleur Bling Sale with pieces priced under $25. (Perfect gifts for galpals, bridesmaids, and of course, yourself!) CLICK HERE to check these lil’ beauties out!
This Friday, fans around the country will be flocking to the theater to see the long awaited film adaptation of The Hunger Games. (Personally, I haven’t had a chance to read the series, but I’ve never heard anyone have anything but praise for the futuristic tale.) In collaboration with the release, China Glaze has launched a Hunger Games nail color collection, “Colours From the Capitol,” just in time for the spring mani/pedi frenzy. I spotted the line at Sally Beauty Supply in Newport for $6.99 and there are some fabulously refreshing shades:
Longtime Newport design darling Angela Moore is trading the Ocean State for the Sunshine State, taking her corporate contingent to sunny Florida. The good news? Angela Moore’s Newport boutique on Bellevue will be business as usual and remain one of “the avenue’s” best loved boutiques. Even better? The crew wants to pack light so they’re kicking off a Spring Moving Sale today through Friday with clothing, totes and accessories. If you’re a sample sale seasoned pro, note the new sale location of the third floor of Angela Moore’s corporate headquarters (for the next few days at least) at Two Corporate Place in Middletown.