LE WEEKEND, our take on the denim trend. This is a perfect piece to wrap-out summer and transition you to fall. Luxurious Italian denim stone-washed to create the softest hand, it feels like it’s been in your closet for years. We love to throw it over a bathing suit for dinner after the beach, and of course it pairs perfectly with a skinny white jean.
There’s something about those super elegant Parisian women! They have an inimitable chic that makes you ponder.
You can’t help but stare as they walk by on a prestigious right-bank shopping street. The look is hard to pinpoint- they make it seem so effortless, yet it’s the particular look of the privileged few - polished, timeless, and perfect.
This season, we dedicate our collection to that simply, impec- cably put-together woman, and to the French idiom that says it all - “L’air de rien”.
“L’air de rien” roughly translates to: “looks as if it were nothing”, and is the perfect description for such effortless chic.
Our Fall collection is our most timeless and luxurious ever, true investment pieces for the keeping.
We hope you appreciate the unpretentious beauty of our world-class fabrics and sleek, simple silhouettes, and that you can employ these pieces for a little “L’air de rien” of your own!
During my recent travels, I got the idea to share some of my favorite finds from around the world. The concept was not to design one category of product, but rather to bring to the market great and striking pieces whenever I found things I loved - be it bags, scarves or tribal beads!
For Fall 2011, I'm offering a small range of luxurious scarves I did in collaboration with a renowned mill in Lake Como, Italy. We combed through their archives and found magnificent vintage patterns to coordinate with our Craig Taylor shirts.
The European women know how to work their scarves, and as the inspiration for our Craig Taylor collection is that effortless, yet so well put together woman, we just couldn't resist. The French actually have a name for that look, and it's “L'air de rien”, which
roughly translates to “looks as if it were nothing”. It's classic, and timeless and it never goes out of style.
You have to feel these scarves to experience the luxurious hand, and then effortlessly throw one on, to add some instant chic to your “L'air de rien”.
- Yul Taylor
We adore this honey yellow beauty, for its supremely summery air. This highly structured Yul Taylor natural cane and water hyacinth Bonair handbag with intricately woven leather trim and paisley lining is part of Craig Taylor's European line of women's accessories.
Taylor's affinity for fashion and old-world tailoring is evident. No surpirse considering he spent several years traveling through Europe. His stints as a Danish fashion model and automobile designer surely didn't hurt either.
The handbag, available at at Danielle San Francisco on Union Street, will pair perfectly with the seaon's essentials, like maxi skirts and wide-leg trousers.
Now that it is officially summer-time it’s time to think about the beach, pool, and vacations! We have the perfect solution to the warm weather- throw on one of our tank tops, a dangling necklace, our Yul Taylor Santorini Carry-all, some shades and you are set to go!
Enjoy your time in the sun
The shirt of month is "Matterhorn", an exquisite example of an Austrian eyelet. This fresh eyelet is perfect for summer dates. Some added chic with gold cup buttons, and don’t forget to pair it with the white Craig Taylor tank top.
Our "Life of Luxury" shirt is very on-trend with its bright colors. This is the perfect mix of paisleys and florals. This has been a favorite for the season, we recommend wearing it with a white pant and accessorizing with a Yul Taylor "Santorini".
Feb. 8 kicked off Fashion and Arts Week, an event designed to bring new life to the beautiful Cleveland Street District.
Strolling the sidewalk on that balmy evening, one could hear music wafting from every lighted doorway and relaxed conversation from every outdoor table.
A good first stop was the new studio of Craig Taylor (pictured right), whose world-famous shirts have been worn by Oprah and other notables. His designs hung from racks in colorful disarray, lining the brick walls and reflecting off the strings of lights in the windowsills. Visitors strolled throughout the small rooms, stopping to ask a question of the designer, whose breezy nature and ready smile made him as easy to approach as an old friend.
Stepping into the studio at System Productions for the night’s big event was exactly like stepping into any New York City studio, which seems to be owner and fashion photographer Troy Plota’s (pictured below) goal. A hodgepodge of art lined the dark gray walls, while red couches dotted the floor and lamps that looked like they might have had roots at IKEA glowed from every corner.
Guests were already spilling through the doors and gravitating toward the cash bar as a DJ played music videos on a large screen and caterers from Greektown Grill set up a tantalizing spread. One corner of the room was set aside for the modeling, with a stark white backdrop and large umbrella lights poised for photography of the models, which would be done by Plota himself that evening.
In a small room toward the back, gaggles of young pretty things got primped before their close-ups, and in another room, a video presentation of some of Plota’s best work played in a loop. Guests were free to experience it all.
The models began to filter out, all dressed in designs by Lending Luxury. The line provides the opportunity to rent designer gowns at a fraction of the cost. The girls took turns in the photography area, while Plota snapped their photos and called out directions. While they waited their turn, they chatted with the guests, who ranged from scruffy teenaged boys with wide eyes to elegant men and women in suits who pretended not to be impressed with the festivities. Photographers from all over pushed and ducked their way into a good angle for the best shots.
The overall event managed to be laid back and electric at the same time, making you feel as if you had been invited to the most exclusive party in town by a bunch of familiar friends.
It was certainly a success that set the scene for another spectacular Fashion and Arts Week.
Back by popular demand… our knit tank program! I’ve been asked many times for these tanks tops, and I’m very excited to have them back. We have selected the colors to match beautifully with the fabrics in our spring ’11 collection. Wear it under your favorite shirt or on its own, and you’ll see what all of the hype is about!