June 27th, 2015|

Derek Lam continually creates pretty, classic sportswear and he has done it again in this ensemble of easy separates in shades of grey and ivory.  The lace “collage” top is made special by the addition of patches of  charcoal and gold lace to buff, ivory and grey.  The top has a stretch jersey back with center invisible zipper. Shown paired with perfectly fitting double-knit flared trousers in grey melange, these easy separates are great for so many uses now and in to fall.
Layer on the reversible boucle knit cardigan in charcoal and ivory for extra comfort in colder climes and a/c.  We think the soft sloping shape and portrait collar of this cardigan make it extra special and add to its versatility. We see it belted over an LBD for day into evening and love the idea of pairing it with a gorgeous floral blouse and high waisted trousers as well.
We accessorized this ensemble of easy separates with the YSL monogram clutch in black.  We are loving the way the surprising gold lace in the top invites tossing in gold bling with the grey, so often shown with silver accessories.
Our model’s own floral Givenchy pumps echo the beautiful floral lace and perfect this look for the office or dining out.
Please contact us for shopping details!
Cardigan, top, pants: Derek Lam
Clutch: Saint Laurent
Shoes: model’s own (Givenchy)

-Linda Rae for Luxe Blog

Model: Erinn
Photography: Gu Zhongsheng




June 24th, 2015|

This black dress from Giorgio Armani’s Pre-fall 2016 Collection is so subtly sexy, yet versatile, it just may be our new favorite LBD!  The eminently wearable tunic shape and shirttail hem are enough to make this a “go-to” dress for work and shopping. However,  this black dress gets so special in the detailing that we think it works for virtually any occasion.
The gorgeous silk fabric, deep v-neckline and hint of thigh you get with the shirttail hem make this dress oh-so-sexy, yet it remains professional enough for work and lunching with your gal pals.  The sleek, simple silhouette is made extra special with exquisitely tailored details: deep cuffs accent the sleeves, the shoulders are perfectly defined with a yoke,  and the standup collar ties with a beautiful silk ribbon that then falls into that deep-v neckline.
Imagine our gorgeous Francesca with a briefcase and you’ve got an executive look for day. Our ensemble above is perfect for a power lunch downtown and translates well to evening. We show the dress with a great pair of strappy black suede sandals and the iconic Saint Laurent Monogram Clutch in black.  A vintage crystal and gold dome ring completes this look.  Another evening option would be to throw on big diamond hoops, pump up the volume in that ponytail and reach for a sparkly clutch.
The possibilities  for this subtly sexy black dress in your wardrobe arsenal are limitless!! Please contact us for shopping details on this look.

Linda Rae for Luxe Blog

Dress: Armani Collezioni
Clutch: St. Laurent
Accessories: model’s own

Model: Francesca
Photography: Gu Zhongsheng



June 21st, 2015|

In our last blog we showcased a special white dress.  Today we keep the focus on white and bring you a white jacket with attitude.
Here, Balmain crafts their iconic double-breasted six button blazer in a beautifully textured viscose with goldtone engraved buttons. Stylistically a classic, the white jacket incorporates two flap pockets on the front as well as a handkerchief pocket. The attitude shows up in the edgy close-fit cut, wrist-length sleeves, and dramatic notched collar.
We styled the white jacket here with a short-sleeved black and white gingham shirt by Comme des Garcons. The shirt brings its own brand of attitude to this ensemble with the asymmetrical construction of its ruffle-front and shirttail hem AND lustrous iridescent grey shell buttons.  Our model’s own black jean leggings and suede leather platform boots complete this  look and echo the rock and roll attitude of this fantastic white jacket.
A Celine Phantom bag in white grained and black smooth calf’s leather perfectly accessorizes our edgy look. Perfect for a day of shopping or sightseeing, this tote can handle all your essentials and more.
This fun and polished look is great for day and casual night; please contact us for shopping details.
Linda Rae for Luxe Blog

Jacket/blazer: Balmain
Shirt: Comme des Garcons
Bag: Celine
Jeans and boots: model’s own

Model: Allyson
Photography: Gu Zhongsheng


June 17th, 2015|

Tired of a closetful of LBDs?  Derek Lam’s twist on the LBD, this little black and white dress is a great go to for so many occasions.  We see this dress from Madison Avenue to Wall Street, an afternoon polo match to an evening wedding, and just about everywhere in between!
The easy to wear shift is all business black jersey from the rear but gets fresh and fun in front with assymetrical detailing, a handkerchief hem, and the beautiful white bonded boucle fabric.  This black and white dress, like all Derek Lam pieces, manages to be unfussy yet luxe at the same time with its easy shape and marvelous detailing.
We went eclectic with our styling of the black and white dress, pairing it with Aquazzura + Olivia Palermo suede and mesh pumps, a great graphic vintage clutch, and a mix of bangles including one from The Ropes.  The feather choker is fashioned from a feather skinny belt.  This entire look is a traffic stopper- the world will see you coming!  Please contact us for shopping details on this look.
Linda Rae for Luxe Blog
Black and White dress: Derek Lam
Shoes: Aquazzura + Olivia Palermo (model’s own)
Clutch: model’s own
Bangles: model’s own
Choker: model’s own

Photography: Gu Zhongsheng