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July 23 2014

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Editor Obsessions: Pierre Hardy’s Eye Motif Sandals

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Every day, Style.com’s editors reveal their current obsessions—and where to buy them. Check out today’s pick, below.

Pierre hardy

As a beauty editor, it’s fair to say that I know my way around a mascara wand. And it appears that Pierre Hardy recognizes the importance of a full set of fringe as well. These heels aren’t just eye-catching (sorry, couldn’t help myself), but they add interest to a classic LBD in seconds. I might be a brown-eyed girl, but I’d strut around in these lime-green peeper-motif calf-hair sandals any day of the week.

Pierre Hardy leather and suede sandals, $865, Buy it now

Photo: Via net-a-porter 

London’s Luke Brooks and Beth Postle Fuse T-Shirts, Art, and Sincerity

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Trees and FacesIf you are in London this week, I highly recommend—nay, insist—that you stop by Trees & Faces, a pop-up shop launched by up-and-coming designers Luke Brooks and Beth Postle. The store, whose countertops are comprised of Brooks’ artist father’s paint-encrusted tables (his works are on display, too), is set in East London at 99 Morning Lane, and is open through Sunday, July 20. On offer are one-of-a-kind T-shirts hand-painted with Brooks’ trees (he’s lovingly dubbed those “tree shirts”) and Postle’s abstract, freestyle faces. Also for sale are a range of Brooks’ foam “G-O-D-” and flower fascinators, as well as Postle’s leather goods, made in collaboration with Hannah Cope.

Brooks, if you’ll remember, made quite a stir with his Central Saint Martins MA collection back in 2012, when he, along with Craig Green, won the coveted L’Oréal Professionnel award. Since, the designer has built upon his cerebral, largely handmade approach to design. He has presented at London fashion week, been featured in such magazines as Dazed & Confused and Love, and even crafted looks for Lady Gaga. Postle, meanwhile, is the little sister of Brooks’ friend Jenny Postle, another CSM grad who is one half of vibrant knitwear label Leutton Postle. Beth, too, is in the CSM crew, and will complete her MA this fall.

“Aside from immediate visual aspects that cross over slightly, like painterly-ness, I think [Beth and I] work well together for a few reasons,” Brooks told Style.com. “First, we both care about injecting a degree of humor into our work. But equally important is the fact that it’s sincere work, not ironic or glib. The craft of making is very, very important to both of us. And the things we make look like they were made by a person, with feeling.”

Indeed, the shirts have an emotive, genuine quality to them. And the vibrancy of each DIY product reflects the designers’ untainted passion and enthusiasm. “We bounce ideas off each other very well,” said Postle. “We both get excited and love the work we do, which is quite rare.”

While the one-off T-shirts boast a definitive artistic quality, the price points are (thankfully) significantly less lofty than those you’d find in a gallery. Accessories start at £20, while clothes range from £60 to £120. “We wanted to keep the prices as low as we possibly could because the impetus behind this project is an urge to see people wearing and enjoying our things now, in the summer, having fun,” said Brooks. “It is very much in that spirit—an easy spirit.”

Faces & Trees is located at 99 Morning Lane, London, E9 6ND. The pop-up will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Sunday, July 20.

Photo: Courtesy of Luke Brooks and Beth Postle

A First Look at Des Kohan’s Newest Designer Capsule Collection

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Pearls

L.A.-based store owner Desiree Kohan is a veteran of exclusive collaborations, with a roster of past partners that includes Alaïa, Chalayan, and Juan Carlos Obando. For the latest capsule collection for her namesake boutique, Des Kohan, which has become one of the city’s most well-regarded shopping destinations over the past ten years, she sought out fellow Angeleno, jeweler Gabriela Artigas.

Comprised of six distinct pieces that marry Japanese cultivated pearls and oversize vintage spheres with Artigas’ already architectural designs, the range of chokers, cuffs, pendants, and earrings is anything but ornate. “I love the modernity and timelessness of the pearl, and I knew she would have the right understanding on how to work with a perfect sphere,” Kohan tells Style.com.

Artigas articulated the collaboration as a way of furthering their existing relationship (the store was one of the first to carry her line) and creating a capsule of wearable art. Working off of Kohan’s original inspiration, Artigas found ways to bring her own designs back to their roots in an inventive way. “The collection is a blend between elegance and architecture,” Artigas said of pairing the pearls with Kohan’s vision. “They’re the kind of pieces that you wear and immediately evoke the grace and pureness of being a woman.” Here, a first look at the pieces.

The collection (from $276 to $1,955) will be available beginning July 17 at Des Kohan, 671 South Cloverdale Avenue, Los Angeles, and on deskohan.com.

Photo: Courtesy Photo

Change Begins With a New Pair of Workout Pants

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livetheprocessIn case you hadn’t heard, Transcendental Meditation is on the rise as of late, especially within the fashion crowd. “I think it’s because it’s a very crazy world full of very creative people and word spreads quickly,” explains model and actress Alyssa Miller, who is a dedicated practitioner (along with the likes of Martin Scorsese, Paul McCartney, Oprah, Italo Zucchelli of Calvin Klein, and David Lynch, who has his David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace), of the style set’s TM obsession. “It changed my life.”

That’s a mantra you’ll hear a lot from its followers. When Miller bonded with New York-based fashion publicist Robyn Berkley over their life-changing experiences with TM, the two decided to collaborate on a capsule collection (launching today at Barneys) for Berkley’s activewear line, Live the Process.

What is TM, exactly? “In short, TM is just a way of getting through the chaos of your day-to-day life,” says Miller. “You spend twenty minutes in the morning and twenty minutes at night giving yourself the time to sort through your emotions. It’s all about change from within, like our T-shirt logo says, and this collection just made sense because it’s about eating well, working out, taking care of yourself, and giving back.”

The capsule line, with prices ranging from $105 to $170, includes two bra tops, several floral print bottoms, and an exclusive T-shirt designed in association with New York artist Jason Woodside that says, “Change Begins Within, Live the Process.” (A portion of the proceeds goes to Lynch’s foundation, which gives scholarships to military personnel, survivors of domestic abuse, and schoolchildren so they can learn the practice.)

And, not to worry, the gear isn’t limited to the gym. Or the club, for that matter. “I wear it all day—shopping, meditating, running errands, and working out,” says Miller. “I could get behind wearing it at night, too—maybe the pants with a chic button-up and heels?”

LIVE THE PROCESS, David Lynch Foundation and Alyssa Miller Collaboration

Photo: Jamie Isaia; David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com

Editor Obsessions: A.L.C.’s Leo Bucket Bag

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Every day, Style.com’s editors reveal their current obsessions—and where to buy them. Check out today’s pick, below.

A.L.C. Bucket bag

Over the years, I’ve accumulated a collection of purses so vast, it could fill a bellman’s luggage trolley. But the one item I’m still sorely lacking in my arsenal is a classic bucket bag. For some time now, I’ve been jonesing to get my hands on one of Mansur Gavriel’s popular, well-priced styles. But after seeing so many other girls carrying their MGs in recent months, I’m now coveting something a bit more anonymous: A.L.C.’s new Leo bucket, which I first spied designer Andrea Lieberman toting at a recent Resort appointment. It’s roomy enough to stash all my daily essentials—plus my notebooks, press releases, and even a spare pair of shoes. The convertible Leo (named after Lieberman’s son) features smooth leather and unassuming hardware, but the best part is it can be worn as either a hobo or a cross-body. Simple, practical, and guaranteed to break in beautifully.

A.L.C. Leo convertible bucket bag, $895, now available for preorder on barneys.com.

Photo: Via Barneys.com