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Throwback Thursday: ‘Sleek Heat’

Taking a cue from our friends over at SideDish, each week we’ll bring you a glimpse back at D Magazine‘s most fashionable moments.

With the recent chill we’ve experienced the past few days, we felt it was only appropriate to bring you exotic and elaborate furs from our November 1981 issue. Furs that “cost more than a car.” Furs “our models neglected other appointments for to stay and model longer,” to be exact.

This six-page feature shows models wearing elaborate furs perfect for any occasion a fashionable Dallasite might find herself in:

Our winters may be mild, but there will be times–elegant evenings at the symphony, $1,000-a-plate Republican fund-raisers, debutante balls and extravagant dinners at Jean Claude–when nothing but a fur will do. Deliciously impractical, completely unessential.

Click on the images to enlarge and take a look back at Dallas’ fashion scene in 1981.
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Olivia Palermo Unveils Clothing Line at NorthPark

Socialite Olivia Palermo has continually added to her fashion résumé since her days opposite Whitney Port on The City, MTV’s spinoff of reality show The Hills. In her new venture, Palermo, whose sculpted features have graced several magazine covers, has teamed up with Nordstrom’s in-house brand, Chelsea28, to design her own clothing line.

The collection, described as “modern staples with a high-fashion edge,” offers “modern feminine fashion at an accessible price level.” (Those prices range from $68 to $448.) Some items from the spring collection are currently available in stores and online, while others will be released periodically throughout the year. Palermo’s one-year partnership with Nordstrom will produce four collections. StyleSheet caught up with Palermo during her Feb. 12 appearance at NorthPark’s Nordstrom, where she discussed the transition from modeling to designing as well as her inspirations.

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND YOUR CHELSEA28 COLLECTION WITH NORDSTROM?

It’s been a great collaboration. Nordstrom and I started talking about a year ago. They approached me, and it was about the right time to branch out and do a little bit of apparel. I’ve already been working very much in accessories and in beauty, so it’s a nice transition.

WHAT GOT YOU INTERESTED IN DESIGNING CLOTHES?

I thought it was a nice transition. The timelines for ready-to-wear beauty and accessories are a bit different, so it was nice to try that, work with different factories in different parts of the world. I was very hands-on through the whole process.

WHAT HAS THE TRANSITION BETWEEN MODELING CLOTHES AND DESIGNING THEM BEEN LIKE?

You know, it’s not so much a change, because everything that we do will be with OliviaPalermo.com. We do all the styling; we do all the production; we do all the creative; we pick the photographer; we pick hair and makeup, location …  So, for this, we kind of wanted to keep it very clean and stick to a studio shot. You know, just let the clothes speak for themselves for the first season. And then maybe move on in a different direction for the following season.

I NOTICED ON THE WEBSITE THAT YOU MODELED ALL THE CLOTHES IN YOUR COLLECTION. WAS THAT MORE USEFUL?

You know, I think it makes sense. It is my collection. How I wear it or one would wear it. I think it’s important to be supportive in your own clothes. Obviously, we have fit models for the product shots, but I think it is important [to model my own collection].

YOUR DESIGNS HAVE MANY EUROPEAN INFLUENCES. WHICH COUNTRY OR CITY’S FASHION DO YOU THINK IMPACTS YOUR STYLE THE MOST?

I think probably Paris, France. Through all of my travels, I get all of my inspirations all over the world, but this collection is really a foundation. You know, building a young girl’s wardrobe and starting with–I refer to them as lifer pieces–and then each season we do more statement pieces. So I think that bringing in the sporty element of denim and kind of elevating that, making it a bit more structured; adding a Breton stripe obviously keeps the Parisian feel. And I think the cuts and silhouettes are kind of for everyone’s body type, and that’s something that I took [into] consideration. Proportions are very important–I always say you need a good tailor. But we are women on the go, so I did find that a culotte can be very versatile. You can wear it with a pointy flat or you can wear it with a heel, and that makes it a bit easier.

The military jacket offers versatility as a vest or dress.
The military jacket offers versatility as a vest or dress.
WHICH ITEM IN YOUR COLLECTION DID YOU HAVE THE MOST FUN DESIGNING? 

I love the military jacket. Every girl loves a great military coat in their closet. And this was just adding the ability to make it into a vest or a dress if you want, or you can leave it open.

YOU’VE SAID THAT EVERY WOMAN HAS TO FIND HER OWN FASHION COMFORT ZONE FOR HERSELF. WHAT EXPERIENCES HELPED YOU FIGURE OUT YOUR OWN PERSONAL STYLE?

I think it takes time. You have to figure out what works for your body type, what doesn’t, what colors you like. Whether you prefer more of a structured feel or a loose feel. So you have to just play around with it. Take a few minutes; you can be in front of the mirror at home. And sometimes just playing with prints–you’d be pleasantly surprised.

The 5 Most Interesting Gifts From Neiman Marcus’ 2015 ‘Christmas Book’

Dallas-based Neiman Marcus unveiled its 89th annual “The Christmas Book” this morning, complete with a guest appearance from Keanu Reeves, who–non-ironically­–arrived on a motorcycle.

Aside from the usual Tom Ford boots, Saint Laurent bags, and Neiman’s much-loved cashmere collection, the 196-page book also features the retailer’s famous “fantasy gifts.” And this year’s selection, which range in price from $10 to $400,000, upheld the retailer’s reputation for eccentric offerings. It’ll ease that impending shopper’s guilt to know that a percentage of the proceeds from the fantasy gifts go toward The Heart of Neiman Marcus, the retailer’s non-profit organization focused on youth art education and experiences.

Explore India. The most expensive of the fantasy gifts, this 12-day, five-city trip to India includes private jets, luxury suites, a sunrise tour of the Taj Mahal, and a private dinner with a Bollywood star.

Price: $400,000

Take a ride with Keanu Reeves. No, really. This two-day, three-night motorcycle ride along the California coast features time with Reeves and custom bike maker Gard Hollinger. This is open to three lucky customers and a guest. (“Speed” references possibly welcome.)

Price: $150,000

Courtesy of Neiman Marcus' "The Christmas Book"
Courtesy of Neiman Marcus’ “The Christmas Book”

Go to the edge of the world. A high-altitude balloon will lift a luxury pressurized capsule 100,000 feet above Earth, offering 360° views of Earth. You’ll have to wait until 2017 though.

Price: $90,000

Courtesy of Neiman Marcus' "The Christmas Book"
Courtesy of Neiman Marcus’ “The Christmas Book”

Get styled by Iris Apfel. Limited to five customers, this fantasy gift comes with a 4-to-5-foot truck built to specifically house Apfel’s jewelry and accessories, which were inspired by her personal collection, and a personal styling session and lunch with the 93-year-old style icon at Neiman’s flagship store in downtown Dallas.

Price: $80,000

Courtesy of Neiman Marcus' "The Christmas Book"
Courtesy of Neiman Marcus’ “The Christmas Book”

Dress to impress. Neiman’s took a slightly different approach to the His & Her gifts this year, offering MacKenzie-Childs trunks featuring your child’s hand-painted initials and holding a selection of Chasing Fireflies Ultimate Collection costumes. The boys’ version includes five Marvel super heroes costumes, while the girls’ holds five Disney Princess-themed costumes.

Price: $5,000

 

Honorable mentions:

  • This $10,000 couture diary.
  • This $28,000 limited edition golden peacock figurine.

Also new this year is an 11th fantasy gift, which is only sold through the store’s mobile app. The gift is a Memory Mirror, an interactive device that can be installed for $40,000 and allows shoppers personalized service from their favorite stylist.

We’re still not sure how a motorcycle ride with Keanu Reeves yields more than being lifted 100,000 feet above the earth, but you’ll report back to us, right?

For a closer look at everything in this year’s edition, check out the book yourself.

Ana, Afternoon At The Mansion

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We’re in love with Ana Khouri’s beautiful designs, dramatic shapes, and especially her signature hand bracelet, that Ana paired with a playful navy silk dress, black scalloped sandals, and of course her beautifully sun-kissed skin. Her jewelry is considered haute couture and her designs are exclusive. We really enjoyed meeting the gorgeous Brazilian and discovering her incredibly unique and rare creations.

Reece In Dallas

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We finally had the opportunity to meet Reece Solomon, the force behind the rising Reece Hudson handbag collection, at the W Hotel in Dallas. Hosted by Roopal Patel, Joyann King, and Nasiba Adilova, we toasted Reece and her fellow designers as they tour W cities across the country as a part of the prestigious CFDA Fashion Incubator program. Not only is she one of the most beautiful women in the room, but she designs a wicked clutch that it-girls and luxury retailers are drawn to, including mega celebrities like Beyoncé.

Charlotte

Whether it was Charlotte Dellal’s romantic half-moon manicure, MAC Russian red lips, or the fact that she’s well-versed in dinosaurs, we left our little visit completely star struck! Never mind that she’s the genius behind the iconic silhouetted designs we know and love as Charlotte Olympia.

 

We chatted about her Cosmic Collection of Birthday Shoes in which she revealed, ‘I’m a Gemini, but with Virgo feet.’ She draws most of her inspiration from nostalgia, Rita Hayworth, and American culture during the ’40s and ’50s.

 

On her upcoming collection she simply hinted, in her glamorous British accent, ‘it’s the bit more bubblegum.’ How we can’t wait!

 

Viktor & Rolf

Forty Five Ten hosted a very cool welcoming soirée for Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren, along with their incredible Viktor & Rolf Fall/Winter 2013 trunk show. Known for their avant-garde conceptual fashion, this particular Viktor & Rolf collection was slightly more accessible even with the fanciful ruffles, lacy frayed details, and overstated bows. You don’t want to miss this collection, which Dallas folk will surely love.

Babi

We had the pleasure of meeting Sachin + Babi during their stay for Fresh Faces of Fashion benefitting The Suicide and Crisis Center.

 

We picked out favorites from their incredibly cool Spring collection at The Shak and took a few snap shots of the power couple outside. We couldn’t resist sharing this beautiful candid of Babi, wearing one of their Spring folksy pieces, a denim jacket with patchwork embroidery and metallic sequins.

 

We can’t wait to stop by and check out recent arrivals from their inspiring Pre-Fall collection!