Along The Côte d’Azur

Adrian Brody & Natalia

Natalia Vodianova

He, Adrian Brody, had me at Summer Of Sam, spiked hair and all. He’s been wowing me, and eliciting swoons ever since. In July’s Vogue, Brody and Natalia Vodianova embody Bardot and Roger Vadim along the Côte d’Azur.

Brody dressed a la a Wes Anderson character, and Vodianova wearing enticing vintage feeling pieces from the fall collections (they’ll be in stores in a blink of an eye). We’re treated to glimpses of what’s to come from Miu Miu, Oscar de la Renta and Saint Laurent to Maison Margiela and more, all along the idyllic scenery of the French Riviera.

It’s never too soon to soak up inspiration!

Natalia Vodianova

 

Adrian Brody & Natalia Vodinova

Photos by Peter Lindbergh for July’s American Vogue.

1st photo — Oscar de la Renta embroidered techno dress and Dior stretchy vinyl boots. On Brody: Saint Laurent.

2nd photo —  Marc Jacobs double breasted pea coat and pleated maxi skirt.

3rd photo –  Maison Margiela vinyl trench coat, wool dress and hat.

4th photo — Saint Laurent colorful fur coat, mohair sweater, micro leather mini and sandals. On Brody: Saint Laurent.

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When Will I Have My Last First?

Stone Cold Fox Radical Bell BlouseMango Ribbed Top

Stone Cold Fox Grom ShortSophie Hulme Lansdowne Medium Envelope Cross Body Bag

Zara Ankle Strap FlatsAstrid Sarkissian Motif Red Pops Pocket Silk Scarf

I’m the midst of reading Marie Kondo’s, The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up, to prepare for the massive undertaking of “tidying” my home. It is has me uber aware of only bringing anything into my home that elicits joy, as that is the basic premise of the KonMari Method for what stays in your home.

As you know, Zara is in the midst of a huge sale, making this an ideal time to add some super fun pieces to your wardrobe. One of my favorite Zara sale takeaways (I only kept 3 pieces) were these ankle strap suede chic flats — an excellent beginning for a casual summer date night look.

Being a fan of matching print combo’s, I fell hard for Stone Cold Fox’s bell blouse/jacket and high-waisted  navy printed shorts (they make fantastic separates too). Layering a knitted halter top underneath, and a sleek small shoulder bag/cross body (I’m so into Sophia Hulmes’s bag these days) perfects your casual chic ensemble.

In lieu of jewelry I opted for Astrid Sarkissian’s printed scarf. Tied as a bracelet on your wrist, or as a head scarf, either way, the cherry red adds a welcome pop of brightness to your look.

And, remember, safe dating always!

Stone Cold Fox Radical Bell Blouse // Mango Ribbed Top // Sophie Hulme Lansdowne Medium Envelope Cross Body Bag // Astrid Sarkissian Motif Red Pops Pocket Silk Scarf // Zara Ankle Strap Flats // Stone Cold Fox Grom Short

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Monkey See, Monkey Hear, Monkey Do

Leon Bridges Coming Home

It took one listen to Leon Bridges single, Coming Home, to know I needed more of his smooth, soulful croon and Sam Cooke like tunes. Bridges, an American gospel and soul singer from Fort Worth, Texas was still playing dives when the world was introduced to the single, Coming Home. Soon the title track landed on Spotify’s Top 10 Most Viral Tracks and before he knew it he was signed to major record label Columbia. I’m sure the rest will be history, and with the success he is garnishing now, it will be quite the future!

Read more about Leon Bridges debut album at Paste Magazine.

This is how I enjoy waking up of late: dancing to Beck’s new single — Dreams. Love how he switched gears from Emmy winning Morning Phase (which I also loved) in a heartbeat.

Check out Kate Bosworth’s 8 piece collaboration with LA based footwear label, Mattise, here.

Kate Bosworth & Matisse Lois Block HeelKate Bosworth & Matisse Catherine Ankle Boot

Kate Bosworth & Matisse Lois Block Heel // Kate Bosworth & Matisse Catherine Ankle Boot.

Y Yoko Ono: One Woman Show

If you’re in New York this summer take a visit to MOMA, and look in on Yoko Ono’s One Woman Show: 1960–1971  May 17–September 7, 2015.

It is Moma’s first exhibition dedicated exclusively to the work of Yoko Ono featuring nearly 125 of her early objects, works on paper, installations, performances, audio recordings, and films, alongside rarely seen archival materials. Definitely piqued my interest.

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The Best $15.00 You’ll Ever Spend

Frank & Eileen Limited Edition Barry Long-Sleeve Striped BlouseZara Jacquard Tube Skirt

Alexander McQueen Legend Leather Shoulder BagAdidas Stan Smith Tennis Shoes

How to get the most out of $15.00: purchase Zara’s sale jacquard tube skirt (I got mine in yellow/black/white color combo), on sale for $12.99, check out these 3 distinctive looks, shop your closet, and I’ll bet you can come up with similar (or better) day, work and evening ensembles. Also, shop these accoutrements — many, actually half, are on sale!

Unfortunately, the Alexander Wang Chastity tote is not on sale. But, is a worthy investment piece @ $895.00.

Which look do you prefer? Share your thoughts!

Frank & Eileen Limited Edition Barry Long-Sleeve Striped Blouse // Zara Jacquard Tube Skirt // Adidas Stan Smith Tennis Shoes // Alexander McQueen Legend Leather Shoulder Bag

Saint Laurent Georgette BlouseAlexander Wang Chastity Tote

Aqualino-Rimondi Black BeltMarc By Marc Jacobs Bianca Mary Jane Flats

Saint Laurent Georgette Blouse (alternate reality) // Alexander Wang Chastity Tote // Marc By Marc Jacobs Bianca Mary Jane Flats // Aqualino-Rimondi Black Belt

L'agence Criss cross Crop TopPre-Owened Charlotte Olympia Nylon & Tassels Black Clutch

W Britt Hinge CuffAquazurra Amazon Suede Heels

L’agence Criss cross Crop Top // Charlotte Olympia Pre-Owned Nylon & Tassels Black Clutch // Aquazurra Amazon Suede Heels // W Britt Hinge Cuff

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It’s F***ing Summer — Annual Play List!

Today the sun will reach its farthest point north of the equator (day with the most sunlight), and is the official start to summer, not to mention my favorite day of the year! Nothing goes better with summer than music, so here at Curators of Style we have an annual tradition of celebrating with a music compilation.

Have a rockin summer and a happy Summer Solstice!

Blondie  Call Me

Lou Reed  Take A Walk On The Wild Side

Florence + The Machine  Ship To Wreck

U2  One Featuring Mary J Blige

Eminem  Monster Featuring Rihanna

Mackelmore & Lewis  Can’t Hold Us Featuring Ray Dalton

Mumford & Sons  Believe

Robert Plant  Rainbow

Beck  Where It’s At

Tom Petty & The Heart Breakers  Mary Jane”s Last Dance

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band  Girls In Their Summer Clothes

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Resort 2016 — Balenciaga & Alexander Wang

Balenciaga Resort 2016Alexander Wang Resort 2016

Balenciaga Resort 2016 1Alexander Wang Resort 2016

Balenciaga Resort 2016 Alexander Wang Resort 201 2

Balenciaga Resort 2016Alexander Wang  Resort 2016

I had already viewed and loved Alexander Wang’s namesake resort 2016 collection when I first laid eyes on his beautiful Balenciaga’s resort 2016 show. First thoughts were how easily he has adapted into his Balenciaga post, along the way gathering higher technical skills and enlarging his silhouette repertoire.

Wang’s two women have succinctly different aesthetics, with his own line derived from his knack for zeroing in on street style trends, and giving them a one up, while the Balanciaga woman has a more elegant and sophisticated vibe. She too is a risk taker, yet in a more refined, feminine manner. Or are the two women so divergent? Could they be the day and night, the yin and yang versions of a similar woman? Would the Balenciaga woman wear Alexander Wang when in the mood to play with the edgier side of her personality?

Wang’s trademark collection let go of some of the goth street energy of his fall collection, infusing resort with an urban feel and lightness, albeit with a slight tough girl attitude. Maintaining the perfect tension between masculine and feminine. There was a strapless LBD layered over a white tee (stamped with QR codes, that when scanned took you to his e-commerce site) that gave the look a cool edge. Also included was a classic trench, t-shirts dresses, grommeted tops and slip dresses, all infused with a bit of tough-girl vibe. A sure must have will be his Trap jean, (new for Wang) crop-flared denim pant!

At Balenciaga’s, Wang worked with the concept, “couture from the inside out” resulting in a lighter, airier, extremely beautiful and wearable collection. Continuing his exploration of Cristóbal’s mid-century shapes were peplum tops and jackets, structured strapless and v neck frocks. As vogue.com nicely describes, “a gathered peplum waists echoing Cristóbal Balenciaga’s iconic sophisticated babydoll dresses; only these were created not by crinoline or horsehair stuffing but by technological advancements in pattern cutting.

As a vacationing woman, as is Balenciaga’s, they will hit the beach in finely boned swimwear — one chic bicolored zip front malliot can easily double as a top — with branded towels (worn as a scarf above). Or, they can put those towels to better use and intricately wrap, tuck and tie themselves as in the black-and-white floral-printed strapless dress made of blended cotton terry and silk.

Both of Wang’s collections, although ultimately different in aesthetic, certainly share common themes of being both superb, relatable and wearable!

 

Balenciaga Resort 2016Alexander Wang Resort 2016

Balenciaga Resort 2016Alexander Wang Resort 2016

Balenciaga Resort 2016Alexander Wang Resort 2016

Balenciaga Resort 2016Alexander Wang Resort 2016

Left side – Balenciaga Resort 2016.  Right side – Alexander Wang Resort 2016

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Cara's Solo Vogue Cover

It’s about time one of the most recognizable, beautiful, and beloved super models gets her own Vogue cover. In July we’ll not only get to see Cara grace the pages of Vogue (we’ve all seen that), she will also share her thoughts on life, love and being a rebel. Cara also will disclose her future plans for modeling and life.

Cara Delevingne photographed by Patrick Demarchelier wearing a Prada dress.

More Looks from her July Vogue Spread.

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Cara Delevingne photographed by Patrick Demarchelier wearing a Giambattista Valli turtleneck, skirt, and boots.

Cara Delevingne In July's Vogue

Cara Delevingne photographed by Patrick Demarchelier wearing a Rodarte dress.

 

 

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8 Best Gifts For The Cool Dads

Cycle Faded & Distressed Cotton T-ShirtJ Brand Kane Crown Double Weave Trouser

Longabaugh Felt HatMark Weldon Silver Boxer Brief

Jose Cuervo® Reserva de la FamiliaUE Maga Boom

Twin Luxe Anti-Aging Moisturizer SPF 40Williams-Sonoma Outdoor Walnut Steak Knives

Warning: these gifts are suitable for Cool dads only. If your father, or your children’s father, or even friends that are dads, are uber hip, hot and awesome dads, then look no further than these perfect gifts.

For your extra bonus, the Longabaugh felt hat will not only look fab on him, you might find your self borrowing it every now and then! And, if your extra good maybe he’ll share the Cuervo special reserve tequila – it’s hand selected from the Cuervo family’s private collection. Cheers!

Make sure to check out Barney’s Father’s Day gift guide. See picture link below.

Cycle Faded & Distressed Cotton T-Shirt // J Brand Kane Crown Double Weave Trouser // Mark Weldon Silver Boxer Brief // UE Maga Boom // Williams-Sonoma Outdoor Walnut Steak Knives // Twin Luxe Anti-Aging Moisturizer SPF 40 // Jose Cuervo Reserva de la Familia // Longabaugh Felt Hat

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Get The Look — The Stripe Duo

Striped Band Of Outsiders Short Suit

Love this strip on stripe chic summer look featured in this month’s Vogue. Band of Outsider’s high-waisted shorts and schoolboy blazer (both on sale) paired with Equipment’s silk stripe blouse reads like a cool summer breeze. Trade-Mark’s tall straw hat, and Soludo’s ankle wrap espadrille complete this must have look.

Shop the look:

Band of Outsiders Striped Schoolboy JacketBand Of Outsiders Striped High-Waisted Shorts

Equipment Margaux striped cotton shirtTrade-Mark Tall Straw HatSoludos Ankle Wrap Espadrilles

Band of Outsiders Striped Schoolboy Jacket // Band Of Outsiders Striped High-Waisted Shorts // Soludos Ankle Wrap Espadrilles // Trade-Mark Tall Straw Hat pre-order at customercare@trade-mark.com //Equipment Margaux Striped Cotton Shirt

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When Will I Have My Last First?

Getting Back To Square One Cropped Tee ShirtTory Burch Crochet & Fringe Long SkirtBuilding Block Bucket Handbag 3.1 Phillip Lim Martini Pointed Flat

Ca & Lou Kyra Single Ear CuffCa & Lou Silver Pixie Lobo Single Ear CuffCynthia Desser Double Wrap Bracelet

As most of you probably know, one of my favorite (of many) things about summer is that there seems to be a must-see concert every week, and with a variety of musical genre’s so everyone has something to choose from.

Dinner and live music calls for an impeccably chic, comfortable and edgy look. Today’s date look encompasses all three making it an exemplary choice. ComfortTory Burch’s crochet and fringe skirt interlaces yellow Japanese waxed yarns with bright blue gimp for a skirt with a bit of give. ChicGetting Back To Square One’s cropped tee-shirt, and Phillip Lim’s pointed toe flat would look right at home on Audrey Hepburn, and you can’t get any chicer than that. Edge — I choose jewelry that gives this ensemble its rock ‘n roll vibe. Ca & Lou’s ear cuffs along with Cynthia Desser’s double wrap bracelet with fringe (one of my favorites of her new pieces) amp up this look from classic to edgy.

Getting Back To Square One Cropped Tee Shirt // Tory Burch Crochet & Fringe Long Skirt // 3.1 Phillip Lim Martini Pointed Flat // Cynthia Desser Double Wrap Bracelet // Ca & Lou Silver Pixie Lobo Single Ear Cuff // Ca & Lou Kyra Single Ear Cuff // Building Block Bucket Handbag

Building Block (the bucket bag above) and Welcome Companion (one of Racked’s 2014 Young Guns winner) are having a complete blow-out sample sale today and tomorrow. Stop by 1727 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 from 12 – 7 today, and from 12-5 tomorrow for up to 60% off.

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Summer Daze

Nili Lotan Bohemian DressReformation Misha Dress

Alice & Olivia Mandy Dress3.1 Phillip Lim Freeform Hem Cotton Dress

Reformation Betty DressZara Lace Dress

Summer is officially a mere 10 days away. Finally, the weather is starting to get warm enough to pull out my summer dresses, purge the ones that no longer suit me, and add a few new dresses to the collection.

There is a plethora of choices out there (some even on sale) — literally something for everyone, what ever your style preference. I’m loving the Reformation dresses, and the fact that they are made right here in Los Angeles. They also take into account their environmental footprint with the RefScale. Great style and uber conscious!!

Nili Lotan Bohemian Dress // Reformation Misha Dress // 3.1 Phillip Lim Freeform Hem Cotton Dress // Zara Lace Dress // Reformation Betty Dress // Alice & Olivia Mandy Dress

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