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Modern Cocktail Attire

Modern Cocktail Attire

With the arrival of June comes a whole new season of events - weddings, graduation parties, bridal showers - and with those events comes the need for a versatile, chic new dress. 

We love that rules for event dressing are looser, and you can get creative with not only your dress but your accessories as well.  Instead of a bold necklace, try throwing on a fringe, skinny scarf for a totally modern and updated take on the lariat.  And rather than stick to the basic black handbag, add color, texture and sparkle with a Lucite clutch filled with flowers.

From L to R: Ashlyn'd clutch, Versace Collection dress, Sarah Weinstock french lace starburst pendant, Halston notch neck dress, Shiraleah leopard print clutch, Chan Luu skinny scarf with fringe, ALC "Louise" dress and Claudio Cutuli laser cut leather handbag

Each of these dresses can easily take you from a daytime luncheon to an evening wedding, all you need is a change of footwear and a touch more lipstick.

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Dressing for Spring, Now

Dressing for Spring, Now

Although it doesn't feel like spring yet - hello, surprise snow storm - we're getting stocked (and stoked) for warmer weather in the store.  With every shipment comes more flirty dresses, bright colors and floral prints and we couldn't be more ready. 

Even if the pieces your purchasing for the upcoming season don't seem practical for the weather outside, it's hard to resist wearing a new item in your closet.  Rather than wait until the temps rise dramatically, it may take months after all, layer your new, spring-y pieces under chunky sweaters and scarves or over textured tights and long sleeve shirts.  You'll get more use out of your new clothes, while staying cozy against the chill.

From L to R: Eileen Fisher sweater, M Missoni skirt, Rag & Bone "Abbot" fedora, Chan Luu necklace, Rag & Bone shearling backpack, T by Alexander Wang rib turtleneck, Theory "Kyon" dress, Hartford cashmere beanie, Rene Escobar bangles and Vince "Signature V" cross body bag.

This is the perfect opportunity to mix colors and textures in unexpected ways, lightweight silks for Spring pair beautifully with a fuzzy sweater.  Go bold with your choices, you won't regret it.

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Modern 70's Vibes

Modern 70's Vibes

The seventies are alive and thriving for Fall.  We saw it all over the runways and now in the store.  It's not just flares that are referencing the decade, it's showing up in pattern, texture, silhouettes and accessories.  

Rather than channel your inner flower child, it's important to put a modern twist on the retro trend by keeping the styles sleek and the prints sophisticated. 

We've pulled a couple looks to inspire you featuring flares, layers, crochet and leather fringe, all staples from the groovy era. 

Vince Textured Vest, Rag & Bone Alanna Top, Frame Denim Le Flare de Françoise, Chan Luu Pendant, CLP Snakeskin Cuff, Bauxo Brass Cuff and Rag & Bone Bradbury Cross-body Bag

Theory Sharlia Top, A.L.C. Joseph Pant, Vince Directional Knit Cardigan, Rag & Bone Floppy Brim Fedora, CLP Tassel Pendant, Kim White Ring Clutch

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How to Wear - Culottes

How to Wear - Culottes

Culottes are back, in a big way.  Nearly every designer featured a pair or two on the runway including RED Valentino, Theory and Halston Heritage. 

Before you roll your eyes and say this trend isn't for you, we've got three easy ways to wear them.

From Left to Right: Vince Reversible Shearling Vest, Current/Elliott Costa Shirt, Vince Culottes, Chan Luu Double Horn Necklace, Rag & Bone Grayson Back Pack.

From Left to Right: Max Mara Lettera Jacket, RED Valentino Scalloped Silk Top, Vince Culottes and Max Mara Leda Bag.

From Left to Right: Theory Melanis D Jacket, L'Agence Lee Wrap Top, Vince Culottes, Samira 13 Necklace, Kim White Metallic Ring Clutch.

Treat your culottes as you would a pair of tailored pants, a midi skirt of even jeans.  As you can see they easily transform form weekend wear to work to a glamorous night out.

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