CREATIVE CLOSET RODS

Hanging rods may seem like one of those closet essentials that is strictly functional, and even uninspiring; but, I have news for you...hanging rods are one of the closet’s most dynamic elements! From the finish to the shape and beyond, hanging rods can be real closet heroes. 

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I’ve always thought the best closet rod inspiration comes from your favorite retailers. They often challenge the norm by using fabrics (I've seen leather!), striking colors and finishes, and various shapes that all create a unique shopping experience. Last year, Chanel created a pop-up in St. Tropez and designed a ceiling-suspended black hanging rod grid. The result was architectural and felt like an art exhibit. Balenciaga’s New York flagship store took an industrial take on rods, placing merchandise on aluminum foil-covered ceiling rods on warehouse conveyor rails. Dover Street Market, which opened last year in Los Angeles, has some of the most inventive hanging rods I’ve seen. Each designer is represented as an installation and store-in-store concept, so there’s a diverse range of rods -- from spherical shaped to cages to acrylic boxes. 

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Recreating hanging rods like these in a home closet may not always be possible; but, there are plenty of imaginative iterations. While some clients certainly want a traditional look when it comes to displaying their wardrobe (think built-in round chrome rods), more and more are willing to take risks and embrace design-driven rods. That often means playing with color -- bronze, rose gold, brass, matte black and acrylic rods give spaces a stylish pop and that reflect the owner's personal style. Beyond color, shape is another way to get creative with rods. U-shaped rods are popular with those who want to bring a boutique experience to their space. I implemented ceiling-suspended brass rods in my recently revealed closet, which adds a sophisticated sensibility to the space. Wall-mounted rods, like the ones I installed in Jessi Malay’s dressing room, are a great way to show off certain pieces or merchandise looks. 

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Hanging rods have really evolved over the years, beyond aesthetics.  LED rods are the ultimate high-tech rod, helping to illuminate your garments while also looking sleek. (You can now shop custom LED rods from us in the online boutique!) For closets with tricky corners, corner rods are a smart solution that can fit your mold to your closet's curves and add additional hanging space. Mobile rods that move up and down with the press of a button are a great option for smaller spaces that have height but not width expansion. Other options for hanging storage solutions are this innovative double hang closet rod, this contemporary clothing rack, and this clever spiral display.

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INFLUENCER CLOSETS

Ever wonder what the closets of your favorite influencers look like? I’m here to pull back the curtain to share a few projects I’ve worked on for some of the world’s top bloggers and show you a few of the elements that make them picture perfect! 

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Influencer closets, much like celebrity closets, represent what many of us dream of when we imagine the ultimate dressing room (hashtag blessed). They far exceed the basics of a traditional closet -- think gold hanging rods, spacious staging and “unboxing” areas, store-like shoe displays, and vanities. While no two influencer closets are alike (we are talking about tastemakers with strong design aesthetics, after all), they are crafted with a mission to capture the influencer’s lifestyle, embody their brand and be functional in a way that allows them to do tutorials, reveal products they’re sent, pack for trips, and, ultimately, show followers their personal style. I’m finding with influencers focusing more on their closets, people from all walks of life are being inspired and really stepping up their closet game! 

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Over the last few years I’ve worked with such influencers as: the Kardashians, Giuliana Rancic, Olivia Culpo, Brad Goreski, Chriselle Lim of The Chriselle Factor, Jessi Malay, Tania Sarin, Monica Rose, Ali Fedotowsky, and Katie LaFrance of KT the Blondie. And, I have an upcoming project with Jules Sariñana of Sincerely Jules that I can’t wait to share! 


My closet is where the magic happens, it’s my studio, the place where I organize my inspiration and bring my creative ideas to life. It is my personal archive of new, old and vintage! Each piece is a reflection of where I’ve been and there’s a story behind everything! It holds more than just clothes - it’s a trip into my world.
— Jules Sariñana - Sincerely Jules

One of the most prolific trends in influencer closets is the use of a neutral palette with glam, high-gloss touches. Chriselle, Jessi, Olivia, and Giuliana are a few influencers who opted for this aesthetic, which offers a clean and chic backdrop that allows clothes and accessories to really pop! And, it not only looks good in person, it translates well on camera. 

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Staging areas are another influencer must. Whether it’s a boutique-inspired changing room like what we created for Monica or a vignette to hang looks like Jessi’s mirrored staging space, influencers revel in having a place to play dress up -- no filter needed! 


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As a lifestyle/fashion/beauty influencer, my closet is literally part of my office where I go to piece together looks to shoot and share — looks that will inspire. So in order to do that, my closet must be inspiring and intuitive so I can quickly create cohesive looks when on the go!
— Jessi Malay

Many influencers, particularly those with a popular beauty or grooming following, like the idea of having a vanity or easy access to their products. In Jessi’s closet, I added a vanity with acrylic drawers so she can see all her skincare and makeup essentials, and she can create beauty and fashion looks in a single dressing room. Brad’s closet is part of his bathroom, so rather than try to separate the spaces, I created a seamless transition that incorporates the bathroom’s storage space and mirrors, making it feel like one large lifestyle space to get ready.

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Shoes and bags are the real showstoppers in many influencers’ wardrobes, so one of my goals is always to spotlight them and give them the attention they deserve! Monica, Olivia and Tania have enviable footwear and purse collections, and they wanted a way to properly display them, almost like artwork. To accomplish this, I designed builtin shelving, in some instances, at different heights in order to accommodate the varying bag and shoe heights. Now, they’re ready for their #shelfie! 

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My closet is an integral part of my life. It’s not only part of my job but it’s also a place where I find inspiration and confidence. I start my day in my closet and end my day there!
— Chriselle Lim - The Chriselle Factor

Final touches -- whether feminine, statement-making or original -- are what make influencer closets especially Instagramable (and double-tap worthy!). In Ali’s baby closet, the gold and Lucite hang bars took the space from ordinary to extraordinary! Similarly, Tania’s gold hang bars, coupled with the modern black and gold light fixture are truly style statements. Meanwhile, Monica’s multifaceted 1800-square-foot industrial-meets-minimal space that serves as a closet, studio and office is a sight to be seen, in large part because of its jaw-dropping size. 

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CLOSET CORNERS

Corners in any room can be a tricky design challenge…

…but they can seem especially complicated in closets. So how do you maximize the space in your closet when you’re dealing with annoying angles?

Here are five of my favorite hacks for how to handle closet corners!

Carousels  -- If you want to use that awkward closet corner to store more hanging garments, then a carousel is a good way to go. The stylish spiral storage solution rotates 360 degrees and allows for hanging items all the way around, making it not only functional, but eye-catching, too! You can purchase one like this or have it custom created.

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Lazy Susan -- We often think of lazy susans as a kitchen accessory, but they’re an excellent closet corner hack, too! Perfect for storing shoes or bags, a closet lazy susan operates in a similar fashion as a kitchen one where you can rotate it, revealing one side. In most cases a lazy susan needs to be custom built to fit the exact measurements of your space.

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Rods -- If your closet hanging rods stop short of the corner, it’s possible to find specially made corner rods, like this one from Home Depot, which curves and attaches between two impression towers to fit in a corner space.  Another option for added hanging space using rods is to customize them to fit precisely. We’re big fans of the LED hanging rods! This additional hanging space helps ensure your pieces aren't crammed and have some extra breathing room.

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Shelves -- If your closet corner is large enough, installing shelving might be the most efficient solution. Home Depot has plenty of options, but shelves can also be customized. Additional shelving can be used for holding folded garments like sweaters and jeans to housing shoes and handbags. They’re also great for showcasing framed photos, plants and memorabilia.

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Three-Way Mirror --  Mirrors have many uses beyond just giving yourself a once over before heading out the door; they can add instant style to a space and also make a room appear bigger. And, a three-way mirror in the closet corner checks all the boxes! Now, all you have to do is decide what style you prefer -- classic art deco,  contemporary with LED lighting,  hip and industrial or sleek and modern. You can also create a 3-way effect using mirrored doors in the closet, providing additional hidden storage behind!

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DESIGNER DIGS

CLOSET STYLING TIPS FROM TOP INTERIOR DESIGNERS

We all know the devil is in the details! This has never been more true than in the case of the closet - a space made up entirely of an attention to detail. Good styling can take any space from drab to fab and the closet is no exception. A beautiful closet relies on good styling to inject a client’s personality, and to tie the space into the rest of the home as an extension of the living space. I always promote the idea of treating the closet in the same way as you would any other room in the home! For that reason, I thought it would be fun to turn one of our projects over to a few top designers — to get their take on the endless possibilities for dressing up a dressing room!


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The designer lineup includes four of the industry’s top tastemakers! They were all given the same task — to translate the design language of the dressing room pictured here into a palette of accessories and materials that could take the closet up a notch.

See and shop their stylish picks below:


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Georgia Tapert Howe chose to inject her design sensibilities through a soft, yet luxurious palette of accessories. Georgia specializes in residential interiors that combine a classic elegance with a modern twist and a youthful practicality. Her palette includes a simply glamorous oval-shaped crystal fixture and an alpaca rug. At the vanity, she opts for a chic little pouf with a brass base, a silver accessory tray, and a colorful floral arrangement!

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Bennett Leifer blends sophisticated color palettes, historical references and whimsical concepts to create uniquely tailored homes for his clients. The firm is known for its livable, elegant and artful interiors. This is clearly embodied by his colorfully eclectic palette — incorporating a playful wall covering, and a luxe blue velvet vanity chair. Accented by a bold brass light fixture and a glamorous green rug, Bennett’s palette injects instant personality and immediately elevates the space!


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Adam Hunter is a force in the Los Angeles design community. After years of leading roles under the bright lights, Hunter shifted his passion for drama and spectacle beyond the stage to designing extraordinary interiors across the country. Adam’s palette takes a modern, subdued approach, incorporating a cool range of colors and an intriguing series of textures. He incorporates an ombré roman shade at the window, a patterned area rug, and a petite side chair at the vanity (which he would powder-coat to incorporate in the closet). Love the subtlety he sees for the space!


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Kristine Kamenstein of Jackson Paige Interiors takes a characteristically refined, sculptural approach to the space. She opts for a satin brass finish throughout, which she accents with a simple side chair. She incorporates contrasting black accessories and a bold green rug (the same chosen by Bennett Leifer!) to bring a little life to the dressing room. The soft lines of a tufted pouf add a feminine touch to the room, while a markedly modern pendant hangs above the island!

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KRISTINE KAMENSTEIN



Make sure you check out all the designers who participated, and show some love! Let us know some of your favorite ways to accessorize in the comments below!


TREND SPOTLIGHT: MAXIMALISM

If ‘over-the-top’ sums up your style, 2019 is your year!

One of this year’s top trends is maximalism (aka the opposite of minimalism). Maximalism is an explosion of textures, fabrics, colors, time periods and styles. Basically, an amalgamation of excess and emotion! Check out these Instagram accounts to acquaint yourself with the decadent design trend: Matthew Williamson, Sasha Bikoff Interior Design, Marcie Kobernus, Michelle Nussbaumer and Cabana Magazine.

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I’ve worked with clients who purposely want to downsize and prefer minimalistic design to simplify their lives, but more often than not, we celebrate maximalism (sorry, Marie Kondo)!  In a way, our closets are inherently based on maximalism because we are housing so many diverse items in one space. But, if you want to add an extra dose of decadence to your closet, here are a few ways to incorporate maximalism into your dressing room:

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Add artwork -- Artwork is a key element in maximalism and it’s a great opportunity to experiment with the trend. Gallery walls are one of the most popular ways to incorporate maximalism art, but you can also opt for a large bold piece like this Moglea print or elaborate frame like this baroque-inspired one to accompany a painting.

Design by Philip Nimmo (@philipnimmo) | Photo courtesy of Roger Davies Photography (@rogerdaviesphotography)

Design by Philip Nimmo (@philipnimmo) | Photo courtesy of Roger Davies Photography (@rogerdaviesphotography)

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Layer...a lot -- More is more with maximalism and what better way to achieve that than by mixing patterns, colors and textures? Rather than sticking to a specific color scheme or focusing on a single pattern, overlap them to create eclectic charm. Try layering two or three printed rugs, mix and match seating options or create unexpected color stories. While it’s important to keep scale and orgainzation in mind, the general rule is to keep adding and adding!

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Design by Philip Nimmo (@philipnimmo) | Photo courtesy of Roger Davies Photography (@rogerdaviesphotography)

Design by Philip Nimmo (@philipnimmo) | Photo courtesy of Roger Davies Photography (@rogerdaviesphotography)

Transcend time -- Nothing says maximalism like mixing pieces from various time periods. A little Victorian here, some Art Deco there, sprinkled with some modern elements. By bridging vintage with contemporary you create a unique design story that is personal and unique. 1stdibs is a great place to score rare antiques and artifacts, as are flea markets.

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Work in wallpaper -- Wallpapering a space is an easy and affordable way to create a bit of drama. If your aesthetic leans romantic, try the Ellie Cashman’s oversized floral print that’s trending right now. Prefer something more whimsical? Opt for a palm leaf print, similar to what I incorporated into Whitney Port’s closet.  Feeling bold? Black Crow Studios’ “Dystopian Opulence” collection is a collision of color, nature and texture that is sure to make a style statement!

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DESIGNING FOR DAD

Sorry ladies, today's post is for the guys. Happy Father’s Day to the dads! If you’re like many, your dad duties will be honored this weekend with a new wardrobe addition. After all, you’re not a regular dad, you’re a cool dad! Whether you unwrap a belt, hat, pair of sunglasses, tech toy, tie, or watch come Sunday, you’ll need to find the perfect place in your closet to proudly display and store your new Father’s Day fashion.

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Belts

Most men can get away with just a few belts in their wardrobe; but, if you find you’re running out of space to store them, it might be time to invest in a mounted belt rack, which can hold several. A belt rack allows you to easily see your inventory and also keeps belts in ideal waist-wearing shape. Another storage option is a drawer insert with designated dividers that create pockets to accommodate coiled belts. Placing belts in a drawer not only protects them and prevents scratches, it’s easy to organize them by color or occasion.


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Hats

With baseball season in full swing (go Dodgers!), perhaps you scored a new ball cap for Dad’s Day. The best way to store your favorite baseball hats is to fold them in half so the back tucks into the brim, and stack in a drawer or on a shelf, tightly pressed up against the one behind it. Alternatively, if your closet has empty wall space, you can hang hats on hooks like an art display!


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Sunglasses

Finally got those Ray-Bans you’ve been eyeing? Storing shades properly is critical for maximizing their longevity. Since they’re delicate, I recommend storing them in display boxes, pull-out glass displays, or acrylic vanity trays to avoid potential damage. Custom suede drawer inserts are another way to care for your favorite designer spectacles. LA Closet Design can create personalized inserts in a range of colors and fabrics. Other sunglass storage solutions include a L.E.D. optical display, a rotating chrome display rack, and a sunglass box organizer.


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Tech

Lucky enough to get some new tech this Father’s Day? Well, you'll be glad to know your closet can be enhanced to accommodate charging outlets built into cabinet drawers. Now, you won’t have to be too far from your new tech toy while getting ready for the day!


Ties

One of the most timeless go-to gifts for Dad is a new tie. So, if you’re adding to your tie collection this Father’s Day, it’s time to think about where (and how!) you’re storing your favorite neck accessory.  I’ve seen the good, the bad and the ugly (think sloppily shoved in a drawer or haphazardly draped over a hanger) of tie storage. But managing tie storage doesn’t have to be tricky. One of the simplest solutions is a mounted tie rack, which keeps ties untangled and makes them easy to grab and go. Another option I’ve often incorporated is a built-in display, almost like cubbies, where ties are folded the way you’d see them showcased in a store. It’s the ultimate retail experience within your own home!  

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Watches

If you’re the Pops who enjoys pricey wrist candy, there are some tricks to keeping those timepieces ticking like new. Don’t always have the time to wind your watches? Invest in automatic watch winders, which not only carefully holds your watch, but also helps keep the day and time function running properly. Custom pull-outs with pads to wrap your watches around can fit in a drawer or, for more expensive timepieces, sized for a safe. Lastly, if you’re a devoted collector, I suggest investing in a humidor, which provides optimal temperature control..how cool is that?!  

PACKABLE TRAVEL FAVORITES

As the busy travel season takes flight, I've got my head in the clouds thinking about all the clever packable and easily foldable finds that will streamline summer jetsetting. Unfortunately, some of our favorite wardrobe staples don’t travel well, like that wrinkles-in-two-seconds linen dress or that chic but bulky straw hat. But, don’t fret, I’m unpacking a few of my favorite hacks and ideal travel pieces to make your journey stylish and stress-free.

Luggage Storage Essentials:

The travel laundry bag -- Don’t leave home without a bag to store dirty laundry or wet clothes. Trust me. Plastic bags will do the trick, but for something a little more stylish (and environmentally-friendly), this set from West Elm packs easily and even has descriptions so everything stays organized while on the road.

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The all-in-one makeup and jewelry organizer -- Discovering this clever invention from The Flat Lay Co. has been life-changing! A time and space saver, this flat makeup and jewelry storage piece rolls up into a nice, tight packable ball.  

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The hat holder -- This little leather magnetic charm from TopTote may look unsuspecting, but it’s one of the most inventive packing pieces I’ve ever found. Adhere it to your travel tote or purse and the magnetic force grasps your hat so you don’t have to worry about holding or wearing it. Genius!

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Clothing and Accessory Essentials:

The day-to-night dress -- This relaxed maxi dress from The Row is effortless travel dressing at its best! Breezy, yet tailored, this flowy frock can easily go from yachting in the Mediterranean to dining al fresco in the city.

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The fancy foldable flat -- Travel shoes don’t have to be boring and these Badgley Mischka crystal foldable flats are proof! Whether wandering the cobblestone streets of Rome or road tripping across the US, these fancy and functional flats were made for journeying.

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The hat that won’t lose its shape -- You won’t find me traveling without a head-topper or two, and my latest go-to is Janessa Leone’s packable straw hats. I especially love the Marcell -- it packs down and returns to its original shape like new.

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The light-as-air sleepwear -- I’m obsessed with this washable silk sleepwear set from Lunya. A little sporty, a little sexy and super compact, this luxurious tank and shorts combo makes going to sleep while on vacay a little sweeter.

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The packable puffer -- Many summer travel destinations don’t require a jacket, but for camping trips or locales with cooler climates, this Aritzia puffer is a no-brainer. It packs into a little bag, comes in tons of colors and won’t break the bank.

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The sleek and stylish workout sneaker -- I never leave home without my workout wear. Even when I can’t make a Barry’s Bootcamp class, I’ll find a way to get my heart pumping. I love these Stella McCartney Adidas running shoes made of knit and neoprene. They’re super light and bend easily so can fit into the tiniest suitcase crevasses.

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The trendy travel tote -- I’m always on the lookout for the ideal travel tote and I think I found it! Fendi’s Runway Collection Calf and Canvas Tote Bag is big enough to hold all my personal belongings like magazines, iPad, beauty products and more. I also love the idea of affixing the brand’s Tamburo Pocket Leather Charm so I can carry along an extra packable tote to bring home all the fun purchases from a trip!

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SUN HATS AND SWIMSUITS

After a rough winter for many (including us Angelenos), summer can’t come soon enough! With sun-filled days on the horizon, it’s time to update a couple of my favorite warm weather wardrobe staples -- hats and bathing suits! Whether sporting a one-piece suit with a straw fedora or bikini with baseball cap, swimwear and hats make the perfect summer pair. But, with their unique shapes and fabrics, properly storing them can prove challenging. Luckily, I have some storage solutions for both in my arsenal.

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For swimsuits, start by making sure they’re clean. I recommend washing then air drying them completely so they’re moisture-free. Any dampness can form mildew and also damage the delicate fabric. Then, lay the suits flat until they’re ready to store.  This helps to maintain their shape and also keeps bikini tops and bottoms organized. Lastly, place the folded swimwear on a shelf, in a lined, partitioned drawer using acrylic divers like these or hang on a body shape hanger like this to optimize closet space and extend lifespan.

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When it's time to store suits for winter, put them in a fabric bag, not a plastic bag which can hold moisture and damage the suits.

Need some beach-ready bathing suit inspiration? These styles caught my eye this season:


I’ve always loved hats and it seems like there are several fashionable styles to choose from right now -- from bucket and baseball to fedora and floppy.  Even in summer, though, hats are one of the least worn accessories, meaning a thoughtful storage system is imperative.

The best way to store your favorite designer or sports team’s baseball cap is to fold it in half so the back tucks into the brim, and stack in a drawer or on a shelf.  

If you have extra wall space, hang your straw and floppy hats on hooks that aren’t too sharp or pointy. Hooks with a broad tip are best, as they help the hat keep its shape. Wall displays are not only functional; they can be a chic way to highlight your headwear, almost like an art installation!

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Other storage options include hanging head-toppers on a hat rack like this or keeping them upside down in hat boxes like this and this (a proper hat box has a circular cut-out to stick the crown through so the hat is suspended in the box).

Just like clothes, hats are susceptible to moths (they especially love wool!), so I recommend using lavender or eucalyptus sachets like this and this to keep them away. Hats are also best kept in dark areas away from sun to ensure a long lifespan.

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Here are a few head-turning hats to provide shade while helping your style shine this summer:

CLOSETS WHERE YOU'LL WANT TO SPEND THE LONG WEEKEND

While many jet set or road trip for Memorial Day weekend, I’m dreaming up closets where I’d want to spend a long, leisurely three-day weekend. From playing dress up with designer duds to cozying up with a glass of chilled champagne to retreating with a binge-worthy show, closets can be a truly sacred space to relax, decompress and escape. So, here are few LA Closet Design projects and inspirational closets that offer all the creature comforts for an ultimate holiday weekend hideaway!   

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I recently shared some cool closet fridges for storing everything from beauty products to booze, and outside of beautiful bags and dazzling diamonds, it might be the best closet accessory out there. So, this weekend, pop some bubbly and toast your prized possessions!

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I love adding nice, plush seating to a dressing room. It makes the space feel like its own dwelling. A glam ottoman or chaise provides the perfect place to curl up with a good book, journal or simply take time to admire your wardrobe during that extra weekend day.

One of the most popular closet requests I get, especially from men, is to design a designated space for a TV. And, when you have the luxury of time (as one does with a holiday weekend), what better way to enjoy your personal escape than by tuning into a baseball game or binge watching “Game of Thrones?”

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If you have the luxury of space, you might find even more reason to spend the long weekend lost in your own fashionable fantasy! This closet we designed for a client in Minnesota, making up a dramatic 2-story space, leaves plenty of room to lock yourself away and play with all of your favorite things, without any reason to leave. Complete with a mini fridge and coffee station, this spacious retreat has all the makings for a comfortable weekend in.

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When a client’s closet is located in a part of the home that offers a striking view, I like to optimize the favorable positioning with a window or door facing the vista. So, with a few extra hours to relax during a long weekend, taking in a tranquil setting sounds pretty serene.

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Wellness has become such a significant part of the home and that has spilled over into the closet.  From chic vanities with spa-like amenities to stylish workout spaces,  closets are an ideal place to indulge in self-care without having to go anywhere.

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CREDENZAS: A STYLISH EXTENSION OF THE CLOSET

Wardrobes, armoires and dressers are a traditional bedroom storage solution, but credenzas are another closet extension option that can dress up a space. While credenzas are most often seen in living and dining areas, they’re proving to be popular organizing piece in the closet or bedroom.

The angular furniture piece dates back to the Renaissance era and has transcended centuries and aesthetics. As functional as it is fashionable, credenzas are timeless additions to nearly every room in the house. Here are few striking options that could be a continuation of the closets in your home!

Mid-Century Makes a Comeback -- Credenzas were popular in the mid-1900s, as closets and storage spaces were much smaller. Today, as mid-century design makes a pervasive return, minimal wood credenzas are a common storage staple.

Earthly Delights -- Incorporating natural materials like stone, marble and leather are a great way to bring nature into the bedroom and these credenzas are sure to add a rustic layer to the space

A Touch of Metallic -- Credenzas get a glam upgrade with metallic hardware like handles, feet or doors. Whether adorned with bronze, gold or silver accents, a metallic credenza is a classic, yet modern way to elevate your space.

Pops of Print & Color -- Want to make a statement in your space? A colorful or printed credenza can add a playful pop that will make your space anything but traditional.

TREND SPOTLIGHT: OMBRE

Fashion’s biggest night took NYC by storm this week as the Metropolitan Museum of Art celebrated its annual Vogue soirée, the Costume Institute Met Gala. This year’s theme, “Camp: Notes on Fashion,” celebrated Susan Sontag's 1964 essay that defines camp as "love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration."  Designers decked out celebrities, athletes and tastemakers in bold, eclectic, over-the-top fashions that were some of the most daring the decades-long event has ever seen.

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The pink carpet (a thematic shift from the traditionally red entry), served as a runway for feathered frocks, colorful confections and playful props that made the iconic star-studded stairs feel more like a Broadway stage than an art and fashion festivity. The internet is still abuzz about Lady Gaga’s multi-look strip down courtesy of Brandon Maxwell, Cardi B’s head-to-toe ruby red Thom Browne ensemble and Katy Perry’s Jeremy Scott getup -- chandelier and all.

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Whimsical looks aside, the Met Gala saw plenty of glamorous couture showstoppers. One of my favorite trends of the nights was ombré. Twins Victoria and Cristina Iglesias donned ethereal ombré watercolor feathered Oscar de la Renta dresses while Kylie and Kendall Jenner were also on the “birds of a feather flock together” train with their feathered ombré Versace gowns in purple and orange, respectively. Priyanka Chopra’s Dior dress boasted a rainbow skirt and cape adorned with handmade tulle ombré “feathers.” Guys embraced the ombré trend, too, as exemplified by Henry Golding who rocked a purple and blue metallic ombré Versace suit.

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Ombré isn’t just reserved for fashion’s biggest night. All these over-the-top ombré looks have me thinking about ways to bring the creative use of color into the home! The trend is trickling into today’s home decor, and one of my current favorite ombré projects is Adam Hunter X Studioart collaboration, which recently released an ombré leather wall covering collection that celebrates a love for color and how it is arranged.

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Here are a few other eye-catching ombré pieces that can help you take a tasteful dose of the trend home with you!:


CLOSET TECH

Remember Cher Horowitz’s revolutionary computer program that catalogued her wardrobe and generated her daily outfits? Twenty years ago that was the most inventive closet tech the world had known. Since the days of Clueless’ pleated plaid skirts making the rounds on her rotating closet carousal, technology has become an essential component in creating luxury custom closets. 

Today’s homeowners are super savvy — from their digital companions like Alexa to having one central switch that controls lights, sounds and more. So, naturally, closet design has evolved to include tech advancements, allowing the dressing room to be an even more seamless space. These are a few of my favorite closet tech innovations!


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Air Purifier — Incorporating an air purifier into the closet isn’t only great for your health, it’s good for the health of your wardrobe. Dust and microorganisms can affect the look and longevity of your garments, so adding a state-of-the-art air purifier into the space will make you and your clothes breath easy. I like this one from Sharper Image that was specifically designed for the closet and hangs on a clothing rod. It “uses advanced plasma breeze technology to quietly remove lingering odors (smoke, mold, gym clothes, etc.) and sanitize the air with safe, natural ozone.” 


Automated Watch Winders — Those who don’t always have the time to wind their own watch or watches, can use automated watch winders. While they don’t work with all watches, if you have a compatible watch it helps keep the time is current and day and date function running smoothly when you’re not wearing it. We’ve installed these in a few men’s closets and they’re always a hit! 

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Automated Lighting — I’ve been incorporating LED lighting into closets for years; but, today the advancements in lighting are truly illuminating. Automated lighting is especially popular — not only is it energy efficient; it also makes walking into your closet feel like a magical experience every single time! 

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Biometric Locks — Clients who have pricey pieces like Hermès handbags and Cartier jewels rely on a system that keeps their valuables safe. While a standard safe will do the trick, today’s tech-inclined prefer biometric locks that ensure only they can access their big bucks belongs. Plus, it’s very James Bond!

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Closet Offices — A recent trend in closet design is transforming the designated space for a walk-in closet into a closet-office hybrid. With this new found pairing, closets naturally need to be equipped with everything you’d find in an office — from electric-powered standing desks to outlets for laptops to modern lighting. After all, who wants to take an afternoon nap when you can play dress up?  

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In-Home Dry Cleaner — It was just a matter of time before dry cleaning solutions came into the closet. LG’s new Styler system is an innovative machine that removes odors and wrinkles without detergent or other harsh chemicals by using its TrueSteam technology, with just the touch of a button. No more wire hangers (and weekly trips to the dry cleaners)! 

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Integrated Charging Drawers — One of my favorite simple tech closet enhancements is charging outlets built into cabinet drawers. Perfect for the person who doesn’t want to be too far from their phone or electronics while they’re getting ready in the morning or decompressing at night,  the addition of these is life-charging (er, changing!). 

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Smart Home Capabilities — We’ve seen smart home technology become mainstream in recent years and it’s an easy closet upgrade. Centralize lighting and music, and getting access to news and weather from the flip of the switch or verbal command makes life easier and more efficient. Brilliant is no dummy and has designed the ultimate single-stop smart solution that can be installed anywhere you have a standard light switch. 

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CUSTOM CREATIONS

Customization is a critical part of my job as a closet designer. Each new space I create is personalized to a client’s specific needs and way of living -- from the materials used for the framework down to the knobs on drawers -- meaning I never recreate the same closet twice. From Khloé Kardashian’s custom fitness closet to Brad Goreski’s bespoke dressing room to Olivia Culpo’s one-of-a-kind closet, they’ve each been tailored to their individual tastes and lifestyle.

As someone who truly appreciates the beauty of customization, I’m excited a few of my favorite footwear brands have limited time bespoke offerings available right now. Talk about personalization at your fingertips (err, toes!).


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Amanu -- Founded by stylist Anita Patrickson, this minimalist, timeless custom sandal brand offers 10 core silhouettes, 2 leather sole options, and 5 strap materials. Whether you want a pair of snakeskin slides or suede strappy sandals, the possibilities are endless. Talk about designing your dream sandal! While the brand has a boutique in West Hollywood, they currently have a pop-up in Palisades Village until May 12.

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Dior -- A newly launched personalization program from the house of Dior, ABCDior, allows clients to customize their Walk’n’Dior sneakers. Outfitted in the classic Dior Oblique canvas print in the brand’s signature burgundy or blue, you can embroider up to three letters of your choice on each shoe, which is then hand-riveted directly onto the shoe. J’adore!

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Fendi -- For a limited time, Fendi’s Colibri shoe can be made-to-order! The new#MyFendiColibri program allows you to fulfill your Fendi footwear fantasies by customizing the iconic shoe.  Choose from seven front toe options, three ribbon options, and two heel heights in four different finishes. For an extra bespoke touch, add up to three initials on the ribbon to create your own couture Cinderella slipper. The service will be available in LA at the Rodeo Drive boutique May 3 – 6 and online April 15 – May 26.

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NEW FAVORITE THINGS FOR SPRING


With consecutive sunny days surpassing 80 degrees, I think it’s time to start getting my Spring wardrobe in order. The warm weather is ushering in a slew of new eclectic and exciting styles -- from retro tie-dye and nouveau neon to natural fibers and monochromatic neutrals. I’m looking forward to finding fresh ways to incorporate these into my rotation. Here are a few ideas about how I might integrate them, and others for work, play and travel.



Work

I love shorts and I love blazers, so, naturally, I’m thrilled that short suits are a spring trend. This look works well in a place like LA where I want to look polished for business meetings, but not overheat! I could see myself living in this playful-meets-professional Veronica Beard gingham blazer and shorts combo, paired with Gianvito Rossi neon strappy heels, Givenchy bucket bag and this season’s must-have hair accessory, a pearl clip.  

Play

Neutrals are a constant in my closet, but I’m always up for a seasonal refresh, especially given skin tones are “in” this spring. While there are countless ways to update the wardrobe with nude, blush and cream hues, this feminine and slightly edgy Nanushka croc-effect midi dress could work wonderfully for weekend shopping or cocktails with friends. I’m imagining it dressed up with this chic embroidered Fendi shoulder bag, versatile Mansur Gavriel mules and feminine Jennifer Behr headband, and dressed down with this artful Rejina Pyo tote and comfy Chloe snakeskin sneakers.

Travel

Tie dye isn’t normally a go-to print for me, but the pervasive trend has me thinking of ways to incorporate it into my spring style. I can picture this resort-ready Rhode frock anywhere from the beaches of Honolulu to al fresco dining in Palm Springs. And what pairs more perfectly with a punchy print than natural fiber accessories like wicker bags, straw hats and raffia shoes? Other vacay-worthy wardrobe essentials include this pretty Marysia printed scalloped one-piece, these sleek Row leather sandals and these whimsical Cult Gia acrylic hoops.

SUNNIES

I just returned from a whirlwind spring break trip — exploring Hong Kong and Singapore, seeing the sites, tasting the street food and living out “Crazy Rich Asians” wherever possible. So, now that spring break has come and gone, I’ve got summer in my sights. With longer, sunnier days, I’m thinking about a sunglass refresh. A summer staple, this season is all about deciding what decade you want to channel with your eyewear -- the ‘70s, ‘80s or ‘90s.

Style icons from the ‘70s like Farrah Fawcett and Bianca Jagger were experts at accessorizing with oversized, pink-hued glasses. Today, the look is still popular among the fashion set with Chloé, Linda Farrow and Sunday Somewhere are all revitalizing the retro rose-colored spectacles.


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CHLOE

OVERSIZED ROUND-FRAME SUNGLASSES

$475

SUNDAY SOMEWHERE

POPPY D-FRAME ROSE GOLD SUNGLASSES

$290

LINDA FARROW

ROUND-FRAME ACETATE SUNGLASSES

$485


Straying from the feminine ‘70s aesthetic, the ‘80s produced Terminator-style visor glasses. And, the look has returned (I suppose we could have guessed they’d “be back”).  Gucci, Stella McCartney, and Victoria Beckham are a few of the designers putting a modern day spin on the statement-making shades.


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STELLA MCCARTNEY

SHIELD D-FRAME MIRRORED SUNGLASSES

$355

GUCCI

AVIATOR GOLD-TONE SUNGLASSES

$580

VICTORIA BECKHAM

D-FRAME SILVER-TONE SUNGLASSES

$295


Moving into the ‘90s, glasses shrunk significantly offering slim-framed silhouettes. The trend resurfaced last year and continues to be a fiery fad. This season designers like Ganni, Illesteva, and Miu Miu are adding a strong cat-eye to the design, making it puuurfect for trendsetters.    


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ILLESTEVA

ISABELLA CAT-EYE SUNGLASSES

$230

MIU MIU

CAT-EYE CRYSTAL TORTOISESHELL SUNGLASSES

$345

GANNI

CAT-EYE SUNGLASSES

$235


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Whether you have a go-to set of shades or several spectacles in rotation, storing them properly ensures they always look good and stand the test of time! There are several custom storage options I like to employ for eyewear, including display boxes (for Olivia Culpo’s closet we did a cool brass one), pull-out glass displays (similar to what we did for Jaime King), as well as acrylic vanity trays. One of the most popular ways we incorporate sunglasses for our clients are with custom suede drawer inserts! Available in a wide variety of fabrics and colors, these are a great way to add personality to your closet, and care for your designer sunnies! (If you’re interested in having these made for your own space, contact us today.) There are also several storage solutions that aren’t custom including this chic L.E.D. optical display that resembles a set-up you’d see in a luxury boutique, this retail-ready rotating chrome display rack, and this affordable sunglass box organizer.

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ECLECTIC ELEGANCE

Natural, organic feeling materials are dominating the decor world right now. From rattan to jute to wicker, rustic woven fibers are popping up everywhere. While the use of these materials might have formerly come across as retro beach house, today the fad modernizes luxe boho in the best possible way. Economical and easy to incorporate into your home -- from small accents like trays and baskets to large eye-catching furniture like benches and chandeliers -- natural fibers are an approachable way to have fun with decor this spring!  Here are a few ways to bring the trend into your home for Spring and Summer.

Statement Seating -- Whether a stool for your closet, bench for your entryway or chair for your living room, weaving a rattan, jute or wicker statement seat into your space adds an exciting eclectic element!


Simple Storage -- Woven baskets for blankets, pillows or magazines have long been a storage staple; now, there are so many other natural fiber storage pieces -- from cabinets to bars to vintage vanities (!!). So, don’t be afraid to step outside your storage comfort zone.

Add Accents -- Not ready to go full boho? Dip a toe in with a texturized, minimal accessory like a rattan mirror above your dresser, jute rug in your kitchen or rope picture frame on your closet island.     

COOL CLOSET FRIDGES

Room temperature is so last season! Cold is officially in. The coolest trend heating up posh closets is mini refrigerators. A fridge may seem like an unlikely closet accessory, but it has many practical uses!

Often beauty products require refrigeration for longevity (and because nothing’s more refreshing than a chilled eye cream hitting your face!). Rather than keeping beauty products near the kitchen condiments (let’s face it, Crème de la Mer shouldn’t be next to the mayo), store them in your closet or vanity for easy access. The Fashion Spot has a breakdown of what products should and shouldn’t be refrigerated.

 
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And, of course, a closet fridge is the optimal place to store a few snacks for those late night cravings or busy mornings that require a quick bite before rushing out the door. After all, who wants to walk all the way to the kitchen to satisfy that sweet tooth or fuel up?!

One of the “coolest” projects I worked on was Khloe Kardashian’s workout closet, in which we installed a mini fridge for her Fiji water bottles. I love the ‘grab and go’ ease of it and it makes staying hydrated top of mind first thing the morning and before bed.  

 
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If you have a large enough closet, there’s nothing better than gathering your girlfriends in your sacred space, am I right? So, naturally, a mini-fridge filled with bubbles and your favorite refreshments is a luxury your friends will appreciate. I see no better way to bring the luxury shopping experience home than having champagne always at the ready. Heather Dubrow, a member of the Real Housewives of Orange County cast took this idea and ran with it, installing a ‘Champagne Doorbell’ in her closet, so the bubbles are always at her fingertips! Cheers to that!

 
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To be clear, there is a closet fridge for everyone. For the client really looking to make a statement, Veuve Clicquot’s Porsche-designed champagne fridge comes fully stocked and is sure to be the focal point of any luxury man-cave or diva-den. A fabulous collector piece and guaranteed conversation starter, this stainless steel behemoth stores up to 15 bottles for a pretty penny, with a mere $70,000 price tag!

 
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HOME UPGRADES TO SPRING FOR

Spring is in the air, which means it’s time to get cleaning!

I have plenty of go-to closet organization tips that I rely on this time of year, like purging, or creating a system in which you categorize your pieces, and store off-season styles so they last. Many of the organization principles I employ for closets can be translated to to the rest of the home. So, here are a few ideas to get your whole space in tip-top shape for Spring.

Everything Has a Home -- Just as each item in your closet should have its perfect place, so too should items in other rooms in your home. After purging, determine where everything should “live.”

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Kids’ playrooms are especially difficult spaces in which to control clutter, but with an “everything has a home” philosophy, it makes managing kids’ chaos much easier. Cute benches and chests are some of my favorite furniture pieces to help ensure toys, books and games return to their rightful homes after a day of play.

Home offices can get out of hand quickly with endless paperwork. The simplest way to ensure things like bills, medical information and tax returns land in a proper place, is to invest in a file cabinet and folders. File cabinets and folders have come a long way from the days of metal rolling cabinets and manila folders, so have some fun finding a home for those not-so-fun documents.  

Over in the kitchen, it’s all about getting the most out of drawers and cabinets — similar to how we approach the closet! Maximizing space and being strategic allows each item to live comfortably in its respective home. Drawer and cabinet organizers are the best way to achieve this. These can range from simple to complex, colorful to neutral, inexpensive to pricey; but, I recommend finding ones that work most seamlessly in your kitchen.

Create a System you can Stick to -- In the closet I recommend sorting garments by style, color or occasion so that it’s logical to you and works with how you live your life. The same goes for other rooms in the house.

In a kid’s playroom, create a storage system where toys are categorized by child, age or activity. A color system works well (ie. all the books go in the blue bin), as does sorting catchalls according to activity (ie. art, sports, etc.). This allows kids to get involved and makes decluttering more fun. There are tons of stylish storage systems out there, so don’t feel like you have to compromise fashion for function.

In a home office it’s so important to have a system that is efficient and effective, so you’re not bogged down or distracted by clutter. We all know papers can stack up quickly, so have a place for them to go besides directly on your desk. A letter tray or file sorter are ideal for organizing mail and documents that need to be filed.

A particularly popular room in the house, the kitchen can quickly become clutter-central. So, establish a system that’s clear and easy for the entire household to understand. One method to get the entire family excited about developing a system is incorporating labeled storage containers to sort foods. It’s a simple hack that will have you feeling like Khloe Kardashian!

Add Fashionable Finishing Touches -- Even if you don’t have it all together, adding a few luxury elements can make it seem like you do! Whether a beautiful smelling candle, charming vase or stylish decorative object, sometimes it’s the little things that can make transitioning from one season to the next feel most exciting.

Kids’ playrooms should be playful and inviting, and there are a few extra elements that can make it feel like it’s even more of a special (and elevated!) space.

My inner-nerd could go crazy with home office accessories! From pencil holders to paperweights, I’ll always put in the “work” if it means I get to use my geek-chic desk goodies.

Even if you’re not the best home chef, you can still play the part with a few glam gadgets.

CREATIVE COLLABS

I always have my eye out for unique collaborations in fashion, home decor and design, and there are a few recent ones that have caught my attention!


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Evian X Virgil Abloh -- It may seem an unlikely pairing, but sometimes the best combinations celebrate the fusion of form and function, right? Off-White’s founder Virgil Abloh, who is serving as Evian’s Creative Advisor for Sustainable Innovation Design, designed the company’s first refillable glass water bottle as part of the “One Drop can make a Rainbow” collection. Made in collaboration with beverage brand SOMA, the fashionable limited-edition glass bottle is topped with an eco-friendly bamboo lid. What a perfect addition to any workout closet?! Cheers to staying hydrated in style!

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The designer is known for his bold color sensibility, and his unique ability to take fashion houses from tired to trendy! Most recently, we saw him revolutionize French fashion house Louis Vuitton, bringing the classic staple pieces of the collection into the 21st century with neon accents and iridescent accessories. It’s exciting to see that he’s continuing to think outside the box and bringing his modern art perspective to everyday items we can all enjoy.

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VIRGIL ABLOH X LOUIS VUITTON

VIRGIL ABLOH X LOUIS VUITTON


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Georg Jensen X Kelly Wearstler -- Two of the design industry’s leading brands -- Georg Jensen and Kelly Wearstler -- have joined forces to create a collection called ‘Frequency.’ The organic, minimal six-piece collection was inspired by the fluidity of water and light. The wavy-shaped steel bowls and hurricanes are the ultimate statement-making pieces that make for great closet accents!

Wearstler’s deco design approach is unmistakable in her work, and I love that she’s teamed up with an iconic maker like Georg Jensen. Now, you can add a little sculptural flair to your own home, and take inspiration from the rest of Kelly Wearstler’s forever fabulous home furnishings!

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Tommy Hilfiger X Zendaya -- The legendary American designer, Tommy Hilfiger, and multi-hyphenate Hollywood starlet, Zendaya, partnered on Tommy Hilfiger’s Spring 2019 collection. The decidedly ‘70s-inspired collection, which was recently presented at Paris Fashion Week, honors the female icons that defined the era. I especially love the feminine blouses, power suits and oxblood leather accessories that all embrace the season’s trends and are available to purchase now - groovy!

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Possibly the most surprising collab, Hilfiger is known for his classic Americana styling and quality denim — meanwhile Zendaya brings a fresh, youthful soul to the stylish collection and brings the designer into the present, appealing to a whole new generation of style seekers and consumers.

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TOMMY HILFIGER, DESIGNER

ZENDAYA

ZENDAYA

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RUNWAY RECAP

Fashion month concluded this week and there were multiple memorable moments, including a black light runway rave at Saint Laurent and a soulful send-off to Karl at Chanel. Among the shows that spanned New York, London, Milan and Paris, noticeable trends emerged -- bold hues, animal prints and slouchy, relaxed garments among them. But, there were a few overarching themes that really resonated with me and I’m looking forward to fall when I can integrate them into my wardrobe and home decor!

Frills Thrill

Runways were rife of ruffles -- from stiff and structured to flexible and fluid. The feminine frills were seen at several shows, including Givenchy, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs and Off White. Though ruffles are often considered soft and romantic, designers proved they can be much more versatile and avant-garde this time around.

Leather Weather

Leather is consistently woven into fall/winter catwalks and this year was no exception. This season, however, designers like Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, and Tibi gave leather looks a colorful upgrade, infusing jackets, skirts and dresses with rich, vibrant shades like green, red and yellow. If you’re not up for the risk, there are plenty of black and white leather styles to satisfy your edgy aesthetic.

Purple Reign

Though catwalks were like Crayola boxes exploding with color, purple reigned supreme at several collections including Christian Siriano, Gucci, and Valentino. The regal shade painted the purple spectrum, from light lilacs to rich jewel-tones. I think it will make the perfect pop just as the winter weather starts to cast a shadow.