One cannot have too many shirts. I’m a sucker for a button-down and thank goodness they’re in style right now. I already own a white star-print shirt from Equipment, but seeing Kate Moss wear the black version in Brazil made me want another one. It’s such an easy piece and goes as well with cutoffs as it does with leather leggings. I just placed my order online. Now I need to wait a week to channel Ms. Moss.
Equipment slim signature star-print shirt in black, $248, Buy it now
Neon has been “on trend” for a while now, but it wasn’t until recently that we saw a clear distinction between smart neon and rave-wear. If you aren’t heading to an electronic music festival but want to brighten up your summer wardrobe, opt for sleek, minimal shapes in super-saturated hues that beg for zero accouterments. Whether you go with a single flash of color on a pair of earrings or brights from top to toe—a look we loved at Sydney fashion week—the final result is clean, graphic, and, best of all, easy. Shop our favorite new neon pieces from Valentino, J.Crew, Dannijo, and more, below.
1. Preen by Thornton Bregazzi multicolor tile Shelton top, $625, avenue32.com
2. Dannijo Lizabeth crystal earrings, $605, mytheresa.com
3. Valentino floral lace skirt, $2,190, farfetch.com
4. J.Crew Kiki ballet flats, $150, jcrew.com
5. Saint Laurent Sac Du Jour small neon leather tote, $2,650, net-a-porter.com
Earth Day is coming up next week, and I’m trying to think of more conscious ways to consume. I try to keep things organic—especially when it comes to my baby, George. This applies to everything, whether it’s his body wash or his clothes. While searching for eco-friendly kids’ wares, I came across Mini Rodini, which has an extensive organic-cotton collection for babies and children. From fun animal-print onesies to T-shirts to tiny pants and hats, you name it and they have it. I particularly like the Lizzard LS tee for George. It’s so freaking cute! I’m spending the rest of the afternoon browsing the website and getting my kids a conscious spring wardrobe—I mean, working…
Mini Rodini lizzard SS tee, $47, Buy it now
I’m so proud of my fellow Brazilian countrywoman Barbara Casasola. She is a Brazilian-born, London-based, Central Saint Martins alumnus who worked at Lanvin, See by Chloé, and Roberto Cavalli before launching her own line. Casasola’s aesthetic is simple and sophisticated. Her pieces are always superfeminine and cut with clean lines that accentuate the woman’s body. This color-block pleated skirt is what I want to wear every day this spring—flowy in rich shades of fuchsia and orange, one of my favorite color combos.
Barbara Casasola two-tone skirt, $1,135. Available at modaoperandi.com.
Photo: Courtesy of Moda Operandi
What happens when an American sportswear powerhouse collaborates with a U.K. prints legend? We are talking about Nike and Liberty of London, who, yes, have collaborated since 2007, but for summer 2014, the two have done something extra special.
“Nike was clear from the beginning they were interested in denim looks,” explains Anna Buruma, Liberty archivist. “So we chose a number of fabrics from our archives which we felt best matched that description.”
Fabric and prints geeks out there, take note: From the vast and legendary Liberty archive, Nike chose “Anoosha,” a 1930s blossom and bell print; “Lora,” a take on a 1970s version of William Morris’ “Willow” pattern; and “Crown,” a paisley block print from deep in the archives.
The patterns were printed on denim and remixed for some of Nike’s best-loved shoes, including the Air Max 1, Air Max 90, Roshe Run, Internationalist, Blazer, and Dunk Sky Hi. Magnhild Disington, Nike footwear designer, explains her choice: “These prints caught our eye right away, but rather than jump on it at the moment, we stepped away from it all and thought about it. If the prints came back to us a few days later, we knew they were the ones. They became something out of the moment, and became something more enduring—which for us led to a more authentic, honest collection.”
“From the dozens, if not hundreds, of prints we presented to Nike, their selection of prints for us was fascinating,” says Buruma. “The way they combined it was not only delightful for us, but I think will be for our customers.” Given the empty Nike shelves in Liberty a day after launch, it seems she was correct about that.