Like the most delicate first blooms of spring rising above a layer of snow, Alejandro Ingelmo’s sleek, streamlined and impossibly elegant shoes announce a major season change. These heels are pure simplicity, drawing their drama and strength more from little or no superfluous decoration. The woman who wears Ingelmo is the focus with his skinny criss crossing straps that effectively change the definition of “Gladiator” sandals, whether open toed or closed. No statement making platforms to be found here. Just the sexiest heels that climb the leg behind like a bootie but in fact is all strappy sandal.
With much of the shoe design these past seasons focused on large exaggerated volumes Alejandro Ingelmo’s seductively simple collection of shoes in dusty pale pastels and state of the art metallics are a breath of fresh air. Spring is coming!
For Spring the Flat at McQueen is the most desirable shoe for night and day. Hand-made in Italy this refined slipper in black, cadet blue, royal and olive suede, piped in leather and embroidered at the toe in minute sequins in the guise of a skull, the iconic image of the house.
Cadet blue suede is paired with icy pale blue sequins at the toe and olive suede has a skull at the toe in matte and shine minute sequins as well. The luxury of these shoes is not only their fantastic craftsmanship but also the ease with which they carry you anywhere in comfort. Besides the suede versions, there is a white patent leather Flat piped in razor thin contrasting leather and scarlet sequins glistening at the toe.
It’s almost impossible to find the perfect cashmere sweater, Tee or Hoodie that’s both luxurious and hip. That is until Frenchman Lucien Pellat-Finet came onto the scene. His charming sweaters, accessories and jackets are of the highest quality but always with a graphic tweak that gives his work humor and weight.
This season he plays with imagery that has become almost his signature: skulls, animal portraits and peace symbols. Whether it is a humble grey tee shirt or a hoodie made of the most delicious cashmere you’ll find a printed skull or an over sized peace sign with a hemp leaf for good measure. The color grounds for some of the sweaters are lividly rich whether primary or pastel. The pale pink cashmere crew neck has a bold portrait of a Husky and the television blue sweater sports a Ziggy Stardust skull complete with a shower of crystals blazing across the face.
Lucien Pellat-Finet offers a skull patterned lace cardigan-coat and a sleek tailored multi-striped grey blazer. Ipad covers, cashmere knitted hats; gloves and scarves round out the collection. There are so many great pieces to add to your arsenal of COOL!
With the Sochi 2014 Olympics starting up today even before Friday’s Opening ceremony there’s a subtle buzz in the air about doing, being and having the best of everything, that gold medal thrill that inspires the whole world. Alber Elbaz’s Lanvin Resort Collection personifies that notion. Every piece in the collection is in their own ways triumphs of a modern day design genius using the most up to the moment fabrics. His approach in all things is a distilling of the idea to come to its essence.
Faliero Sarti is the preeminent Italian company responsible for some of the most arresting scarves to be found. Their scarves of silk, wool and cashmere are printed with images of contemporary artists, abstract compositions and imagery derived from nature. The “Poison Snake”, “Tiger”and “Wings” scarves are graphic studies of reptiles, moths and large cats. Each is printed painstakingly to achieve the most dramatic finish. The “Warhol” and “Basquiat” scarves pay homage to these giants of contemporary art.
Faliero Sarti creates their own imagery with an array of scarves with prints of tartan plaids, color-blocked polka dots and a color field that bleeds from one color to the next. The art of these scarves is the fact of their functionality and their intrinsic beauty making them suitable for framing. At an average size of 70”x 50” they are in deed large scaled. Not surprisingly, many people collect these scarves as wearable as well as frame-able works of art. Hirshleifers is fortunate to have a wide selection of these beautiful scarves for Spring 2014. Come in and become a collector of these timeless examples of Italian craftsmanship.
Hedi Slimane and his team at Saint Laurent Paris are churning out great shoes, accessories and bags. For spring the latest offering The Mini Rider is a smart satchel with lots of great hardware. Shaped like a feed bag, this moto jacket inspired bag has a belted and buckled bottom, 2 chrome zipped outer pockets and grommets with a leather string tie weaving its way around the top. The nappa leather is supple and rich coming in black, red and metallic silver. What really satisfies is that it is a 24-hour all season bag and ready day or night.
AR the successful offshoot of Aloha Rag from Hawaii has been a hot brand of inspired sportswear for the last several years. Now with a studio in NYC, Tatsugo Yoda, the designer, has focused on vintage pieces of Americana as inspiration for the collection. Many pieces riff on the uniforms of the Army with a focus on camouflage and fatigue details. This is in turn mixed with a healthy dose of graphic patterns, embroidery and unexpected materials used in combination. The relaxed nature of the clothes lend themselves to any sort of occasion/location. The green fatigue inspired jacket with black stars printed all over is a perfect example of the ease and humor that defines AR. Come to Hirshleifers ETC to discover all of the goodies in store from AR for the upcoming spring. Sportswear doesn’t have to just function, it also needs to be fun. AR is loads of fun!
This dynamic French designer of some of the sexiest shoes around has created a new group of Booties for Spring 2014 that walk a fine line between the romantic and the edgy. That message is that much clearer thanks to the fantastic quality and workmanship that is synonymous with Ms. Dacade.
The edgy “Farrel” suede bootie has a double row of polished brass studs and grommets surrounding the sole. The studs provocatively set off the top stitching that crisscross the front of the boot. The “Deric” in white leather is an all over studded bootie with an open toe and cut out sides. The top of the bootie that climbs up the ankle closes shut with straps and polished buckles. The effect is sexy and strong. Then in a complete turnaround, Laurence Dacade shows a very romantic bootie in linen covered in embroidery. Blossoms, leaves and dragonflies rendered in beautiful thread all but roar, “Spring”! There are lots of great new shoes and booties to consider from Laurence Dacade. ShoeLab at Hirshleifers is where you’ll find them.
Hirshleifers will preview the J. Mendel Spring 2014 collection with a trunk show on Wednesday January 29th through Thursday January 30th from 11 am-4 pm each day. From springtime furs and accessories to a collection of dresses and evening gowns, there will be an opportunity to select styles specifically for you. A J.Mendel representative will be there to assist you in any way and answer whatever questions you may have.
The breadth of the collection offers an array of styles for any occasion coming up this spring and summer. Mendel’s lace cocktail dresses and gowns are the perfect solution for summer parties and travel. The smart crisp dresses for day and cocktail are versatile and easily suit lunch, dinner or a cocktail party.
Make a point to come and see J. Mendel’s collection for Spring 2014. This harbinger of spring will completely lift your spirits!!!