Finding the perfect leather jacket can be quite the challenge — the fit and the price have to be just right. In comes Veda to the rescue: the brand, first conceived in 2008 by Lyndsey Butler, not only offers edgy chic leather jackets, but also delivers them at an affordable price point. Veda designer Lyndsey grew up splitting her time between Texas and Argentina and quickly developed a love for sumptuous, rocker-cool leather goods. After graduating from NYU, Lyndsey followed her fashion dreams by launching Veda, a line of super chic, amazingly innovative leather jackets ranging from classically cool to fresh, slightly offbeat designs. For Veda's Spring '12 collection, Lyndsey mixed things up even further by serving up architectural, sculpted leather tank tops, hot shorts, and floaty, boho-chic tops and dresses. We caught up with Lyndsey to talk Veda's Spring pieces, her personal style icons, and tips on finding the perfect leather jacket. Click through to see Veda's Spring '12 lookbook, as well as some exclusive quotes from the designer — and find out for yourself why this line should be on your style radar.
Joseph Altuzarra is one of the coolest, most talented new designers out there right now — as evidenced by his 2011 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund win just a couple nights ago. He has quickly become known for his sexy, utilitarian take on feminine dressing, and his uncomplicated approach to separates. For Resort, Altuzarra went slightly conservative, but still youthful giving off a polished, French insouciant vibe — punctuated by short formal dresses, cropped, shrunken day jackets, and sleek, feminine skirt suits. We viewed the line during a sit-down brunch hosted by Neiman Marcus San Francisco and the designer, and we were delighted to see the sweet, classic-cool pieces up close and personal.
FabSugar: What's your favorite part of this collection?
Joseph Altuzarra: The eyelet! We did a lot of classic eyelets from Switzerland that are hand-embroidered, and also some really cool digital eyelet prints and knit eyelet pieces as well. Putting together the moodboard, we knew we wanted to do a ton of eyelet, and overall wanted a very St.-Tropez, Brigitte Bardot feeling. We also injected a '90s vibe into it, because we wanted it to have a connection to Fall as well. Resort is much more tied to what the customer wants, and because there isn't a show you can design less editorially, and more commercially — which is a great thing.
Find out more about the collection, as well as Joseph's Winter party dressing tips and what's on his holiday wish list when you keep reading.
Sophie Monet has been making a strong statement with her line of sculptural wood-based jewelry, and we're smitten with the simple, yet incredibly striking results. The clean, geometric lines are a breath of fresh air from layered chains and embellishments, while the combination of elements ranges from the intriguingly earthy—think turquoise, crystals, and unfinished gemstones—to the decidedly modern: sleek shapes with a gilded touch. Her line is growing; you can now buy it at Fred Segal and Planet Blue, as well as her website. We had a one-on-one with the 24 year-old designer, and got the scoop on her budding line.
FabSugar: How did your jewelry line begin?
Sophie Monet: I started experimenting with wood almost 3 years ago. It was my first summer out of college and after interning for Alexander Wang and Nylon Magazine I was kinda like “Now what?" I made one ring, a few necklaces and a line sheet, then all of sudden I was in Fred Segal and Planet Blue. It’s all fun for me. I get to make art all day, get dirty and end up with an awesome-looking end result.
FS: What made you start with woodmaking?
SM: I’ve always loved making things with my hands. I really just started using wood out of convenience. I grew up around it, playing in my dad’s art studio, gluing scrap pieces together.
FS: What was your breakthrough moment?
SM: Probably when I saw my double finger rings in Women’s Wear Daily. I was excited to tell everyone. Doing interviews like this is just amazing and makes me feel so lucky.
For the rest of the interview, and pics of Sophie's incredible jewelry, click our slideshow.
Who doesn't love Rebecca Taylor's soft, feminine clothing and bold styling? The New York City-based designer has an uncanny ability to make leopard feel new and fresh every season; she's also got a way of making us feel girly without compromising sophistication. Basically, she is one of the coolest chicks we know, and we got the inside scoop on her favorite things about Fall — right before she debuts her Spring 2012 collection at New York Fashion Week.
Favorite Part of Fall: I love watching the seasons change in New York — my favorite part is the brisk air and changing of the leaves, it's very picturesque! Coziest Weekend Outfit: Jeans and a Lanvin striped tee layered with a Rebecca Taylor chunky cableknit oversized cardi. If I Weren't a Fashion Designer: I would be a makeup artist if I had a more steady hand! My Foolproof Styling Advice: invest in items that are transitional and can bring you from Spring to Fall.
Today is International Women's Day. Annually on this day, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate their achievements. Definitely look in your local paper to see if there are any events in your community celebrating this day, and for now, take a look at some of my favorite posts celebrating creative women here on CasaSugar.
- Designer Natalie Chanin creates beautiful and innovative repurposed designs for your home.
- Architect Zaha Hadid was the first woman to win the Pritzker Prize in its 26-year history.
- Artist Yvette Molina paints dreamy flora on aluminum.
- Photographer Tria Giovan has established a successful career shooting for a number of coveted shelter magazines.
- Designer Sheila Bridges makes inspiring interiors for livable and lovely homes.
- Architect Julia Morgan was the first woman allowed in Paris's Ecole des Beaux-Arts.
- Artist Cal Lane brings an unexpected feminine twist to traditionally male-dominated objects.
- Designer Eva Zeisel has not only lived an incredible and dramatic life, she's also making beautiful designs well into her 90s.
Design, home, and lifestyle expert Robin Wilson launched her eponymous firm, Robin Wilson Home, in 2000 with a focus on interior design, residential renovations, and project management. Over the years, Robin Wilson Home has built a superior reputation in the renovation and design business through the consistent use of a thorough, hands-on approach to ensure "on-time and on-budget" completion with unique styling and the highest level of quality craftsmanship. Today, it is Robin Wilson's mission to combine healthy living with her passion for design.
Robin Wilson and her team at Robin Wilson Home handle everything for the home from the foundation to the furniture in a style that is characteristically classic with a modern touch, creating a comfortable environment with a timeless feel. Her passion for indigenous cultures is found in her use of eco-décor, which integrates textured patterns, natural stone, and organic fibers throughout her design portfolio.
Robin has appeared in publications such as O at Home, the Wall Street Journal, New York Daily News, and the Chicago Tribune, and she has made appearances on CNN, ABC, CBS, and NBC. In May 2007, Robin was featured in the New York Post's annual list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in New York.
To take a look at one of Robin's interior-renovation projects, including the bare-bones before pictures and the stunning afters, just check out the slideshow!
Cath Kidston creates undeniably girly stuff for people who aren't really into girly stuff. The U.K. designer of textiles, wallpaper, clothing, kitchenware, and home accessories has developed a distinctive, vintage-inspired look, with florals and other patterns that are funky and feminine.
Her designs feel at once once old-fashioned and also adorably modern, so walking into a Cath Kidston boutique is like entering a space that exists in its own kitschy era. Since opening her first store in London's Notting Hill district in 1992, Kidston has expanded her empire to include 11 more shops in the U.K. and one in Tokyo. This month, Cath Kidston will be unveiling a new online store for U.S. customers; until then, check out my finds from the U.K. site by clicking on the photos below.