REMEMBERING KARL

“Improvise. Become more creative. Not because you have to, but because you want to. Evolution is the secret for the next step.”

-- Karl Lagerfeld

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Like many, I was deeply saddened to learn of Karl Lagerfeld’s passing this week. He was truly a creative genius who never grew uninspired and whose remarkable career spanned more than half a century. I really admire his ability to generate such unique work as creative director for multiple fashion houses at once, and constantly reinvent, while remaining true to his brands’ DNA. No doubt, we lost an inimitable icon who created some of the world’s most significant and timeless art. To try and articulate the contributions he made to the world would be a disservice; his impact on fashion, design, culture and society are too great to even fully comprehend. His legacy and indelible imprint will inevitably live on. And, I know I’ll cherish my inspiration drawn from him along with his designs that hang in my closet.

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One of my favorite Karl memories was seeing him photographed with Dottling, the safe company that LA Closet Design represents in the U.S. Dressed in his typical “uniform” he helped make the Dottling look ultra-chic.

Another memory is when I saw a story a few years ago that toured Karl’s spacious pied-à-terre. I found it fascinating that a person with such a vibrant design aesthetic retreated to a monochromatic, and in some spaces, sterile-feeling, home. While his muted gray apartment straddled modern and classic, the most memorable part of his home was not his closet (surprisingly!), but rather his insane book collection. I’d love to know when he found time to read while designing for multiple fashion houses!

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Not only was Karl a visionary in the fashion world, he had an undeniable aesthetic that was entirely his own, and allowed him to seamlessly bridge the gap between fashion and interiors! Most recently, the Hotel de Crillon in Paris commissioned his inimitable eye for the re-design of their most exclusive guest suites. The resulting collaboration was timeless, modern, and clearly Karl.

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As the world mourns, perhaps the best way to pay tribute to the famous fashion fixture is to continue to make the world a chicer place, and purchase a piece of Chanel, Fendi or his namesake Karl Lagerfeld merchandise. If you need some ideas, here are few pieces that are sure to reflect his creative spirit:


Chanel

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Fendi

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Karl Lagerfeld

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MONSTER MANIA


Halloween is such a fun time of year -- the candy, the costumes, the celebrations. But, this year, I’m embracing the creepy, crawly season with some non-frightful high-fashion! Menacing monsters, blood-curdling bugs, spine-chilling serpents and scary skulls are all part of this season’s spooktacular style. So, here’s some inspiration to get you into the Halloween spirit...no tricks and no costumes required!

Fendi’s monsters have been woven into the house’s collections for seasons. Though they’re more sweet than sinister, they can certainly raise a few hairs. Seen on bags (often, discreetly), tees, shoes and, perhaps most notably, as bag charms and keyrings, Fendi monsters aren’t just critters that hide under our bed.

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FENDI

FENDI

Bugs and serpents are another Halloween horror that have crawled into more everyday fashion. Alexander McQueen brings beetles to life with printed dresses and chunky jewelry, while Gucci’s snake print has slithered onto everything from bomber jackets to totes to sneakers.

GUCCI

GUCCI

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN

A combination of chilling critters and ultimate chicness, jewelry designer Daniela Villegas's hand crafted, one-of-a-kind pieces draw from nature. Available at Just One Eye, the pieces feature everything from a quail skeleton made of 18-karat rose gold atop a tourmaline gemstone and accented with white diamonds to an 18-karat rose gold beetle medallion necklace embellished with champagne diamonds and multicolor sapphires to an 18-karat spider rose gold necklace adorned with opals which represents luck, abundance and creativity.  

DANIELA VILLEGAS

DANIELA VILLEGAS

DANIELA VILLEGAS

DANIELA VILLEGAS

Spiders and spider web-inspired threads and accessories are slowly creeping into wardrobes. From Alaïa’s cutout booties to Vetements playful Spiderman-print glove-sleeve jersey dress, even to fine jewelry, this trend is a web you might want to get caught in!

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VETEMENTS

ALAIA

ALAIA

PRADA

PRADA

They may be morbid, but skulls in fashion are as timeless as they are terrifying. A signature of Alexander McQueen, the brand has made haunting hollow heads totally chic. Scarves, leather goods and apparel can’t escape the house’s trademark symbol.  360Cashmere also doesn’t shy away from skulls, adorning their cozy, cashmere sweaters with them. And, iconic housewares brand, Fornasetti, reproduces opera sensation, Lina Cavalieri’s face on everyday objects like candles and plates, giving elegant decor surreal style.

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Alexander McQueen X Damien Hirst

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Dolce&Gabbana X SMEG

House of Monsters Fridge

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These monsters make a modern appearance in the home, and especially the closet! When fashion and funky interiors intersect, you’ll see the same skull patterns and moody materials applied to the interior finishes. What better place to get inspired and assemble the perfect fashion-forward look for that Halloween party (or any day for that matter)?!

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LACD X TSHome

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Here’s Sneak peek of how I’m creating a moody, multi-functional closet for Tania Sarin!

I’m so excited about a recent project that I had to give you guys a sneak peek before it’s even complete! I’ve been in the process of designing a dressing room for my good friend, style maven and influencer, Tania Sarin, and it’s been such a fun project. Tania’s space is different than other closets I’ve created in that she wanted it to be convertible to a second bedroom, and she wanted the aesthetic to be dark, moody, cool and contemporary -- no soft neutrals or overly feminine elements. I wanted to keep the space true to her style, which she describes as edgy, modern, and classic with a twist of masculine undertones (check out her Instagram for endless wardrobe inspiration). With that in mind, I focused on a predominantly gray and black color palette with touches of brass and art deco accents to capture her cool, contemporary sensibility.

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THE AESTHETIC: CONTEMPORARY COOL


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A few weeks ago we hit the streets of LA for some inspiration, scouting at stores like Stella McCartney and Consort and assessing how pieces could work in her space. From there, I mocked up renderings in which I included a sleeper sofa (how fun for her houseguests to sleep amongst her chic clothes!), a modern end table, and brass accessories.  

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I can’t wait to share the finished closet. But, in the meantime, enjoy these renderings and a few of the pieces I plan to use to bring her closet to life!

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ULTRA-VIOLET: Pantone's 2018 Color of the Year

Prepare for purple everywhere!

Are you ready to pump up your purple game? You may have heard purple will be pervasive in 2018 with the Pantone Color Institute naming “Ultra Violet” the “Color of the Year.” With purple reigning supreme, prepare to see the more-blue-than-red purple shade popping up across all areas of design -- from home decor and fashion to art and food.



According to Pantone, the hue which pays homage to Prince, David Bowie, and Jimi Hendrix, who all used purple as a personal expression of individuality, was selected “to evoke a counterculture flair, a grab for originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking…” An ideal color for creative types and freethinkers, the dramatic shade, “reflects the idea of living not inside the box or outside the box but with no box at all.”



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BLACK FRIDAY

Whether you choose to partake in the Black Friday frenzy or not, you are sure to love these finds! In keeping with the namesake color of the day, I'm giving you my favorite monochrome black moments in fashion and interior decor. From belts to bags, and boutiques to bathrooms, black is back, and bringing far more excitement than a day of discount shopping!


Matte black basin and marble top

Matte black basin and marble top

Black Marble Bathroom Accessories

Black Marble Bathroom Accessories

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Marble is one of the many materials designers are using to bring black into the home. Either through kitchen counters, bathroom fixtures, or simplified accessories, this is a stylish statement that upgrades any space.


GUCCI Matte Black Logo Belt

GUCCI Matte Black Logo Belt

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Alexander Wang pop-up


Bold doses of black are not only taking over modern residential design - they're making a chic statement in the world of fashion as well. Whether it's the pieces themselves, or the boutique spaces in which the clothes are presented, matte and monochrome moments in black are big!


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MR DARK'S MAN CAVE - LA CLOSET DESIGN

MR DARK'S MAN CAVE - LA CLOSET DESIGN

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The perfect storm of fashion and function, I am seeing more interest in monochrome closets than ever before! Lighting is key to living with a black closet, but it's easily one of the most transformative ways to achieve a curated boutique appearance in your space.