Spring is taking its precious time to arrive. As I eagerly wait for the weather to warm up beyond 50 degrees and the bright sun to shine, I find myself perusing accessories to brighten up my day. And the artistry behind Cathy Waterman's jewelry always delivers.
April showers bring may flowers but they can also get you rather wet in the process. Classic British clothing brand Burberry has just launched a brand new capsule collection called April Showers under their Burberry Brit label. The collection, for both men and women, includes fitted trench coats, polo shirts and dresses, padded jackets, "stowaway" windbreakers and accessories. The iconic Burberry house check is used in innovative ways on everything from umbrellas to wellington boots, and handbags to iPod cases. Splashes of bold primary colors abound, while trench coats get an extra set of buttons and eye-catching linings. The collection will be available in select Burberry stores and on www.burberry.com starting now. Check out the video to get a feel for April Showers.
Tuesday brought another round of dazzling shows in Paris. Karl Lagerfeld's Chanel show was black and white and true to the heart of Chanel. Against a backdrop of white paper flowers including Chanel's signature camellias, models paraded by in silhouettes that were blocky but ornate with details like sequins and passementerie and topped by giant flowered confections serving as hats. The entire collection was a showcase of the intricate detail that defines haute couture. One could look at the pieces and imagine the hours of painstakingly detailed work.
Of course no Chanel experience is complete without a Karl quote. Reuters delivers another one of Lagerfeld's pronouncements on the recession. Lagerfeld's latest words reiterate the statements that he made earlier on the healing qualities of the recession. He likens the recession to "having an upset stomach from eating too many good things." His bright white and cream wardrobe of baroque simplicity is meant to be an antidote to the age of excess.
Short women across the world, behold the
Canvas Platform Wedge! Put on these babies and you will instantly grow over three inches. Made of natural and white
washed canvas, it features a white leather trim and adjustable elastic ankle strap. The covered wedge heel measures at
3 4/5". It's difficult to imagine this with an outfit beyond what you see on the runway, but I'm sure someone out
there will be able to pull this off. Price:
The days of low rise seem to finally be in defeat and
the waistline is returning. This dramatic tasseled sash from Valentino has a look that is reminiscent of a Japanese obi
and draws all the attention to your middle. It is leather with embroidered flowers and sells for $2150.