StyleNotes September 2019
Posted on September 3, 2019
From high-rise pants to animal prints, Neiman Marcus will help you get dressed in style for fall. The luxury retailer reports that lizard, leopard, zebra, and python prints are having a major moment, whether worn alone or, for the more adventurous, matched and mixed. Not wild about that look? Consider adding a more subtle animalesque accent in a bag, belt, or boots.
For women who love glam and glitter, there are plenty of sequins to go around in cocktail looks inspired by the ’80s. Party dresses haven’t felt this fun in decades, according to NM. Look for strong silhouettes detailed with draping, ruching, and gathering. Add even more sparkle with accessories.
Suiting is softer this season. Although borrowed from the boys, menswear-inspired looks now have a decidedly feminine edge, with details that cinch and accent the waist. Consider camel fall’s “it” color — especially fresh when worn with white. You might pair a camel jacket, for instance, with a sleek white skirt or jeans. Pants have taken on new proportions, with flared hems and high waistlines to visually lengthen legs. 619.692.9100, neiman.marcus.com
Just opened at Westfield UTC is Indochino, billed as “made-to-measure suits for the modern man.” The Vancouver-based company, with more than 30 showrooms in North America, was founded on the philosophy that men don’t have to spend a fortune on a custom wardrobe. Customers can order in-person or online. Book an appointment for measurements at the UTC showroom or take your own with the help of a friend, a tape measure, and an online video tutorial. Choose from hundreds of custom options including color, fabric, lapels, lining, monograms, and buttons. Indochino also offers bespoke blazers, overcoats, shirts, and chinos. The company promises clothing delivered to your door in two to three weeks. 858.334.0788, indochino.com/showroom/sandiego
South Coast Chic
Coming soon to South Coast Plaza’s exclusive, curated collections is Isabel Marant, the French designer known for a bohemian aesthetic “embodying a casual, perfectly tousled but never over-thought look,” according to British Vogue. Marant launched her eponymous label in Paris in 1994. She describes her well-made clothes as authentic — free from trends and clichés — with a love of detail, whether embroidery, over-stitching, or a piece of lace.
Marant’s designs flow; everyday fashions offer ease, comfort, spontaneity, and fluidity. According to the designer, customers truly enjoy wearing her clothes, “like a smile, a peal of laughter.” They embody joie de vivre: the joy of living. isabelmarant.com
Marant, scheduled to debut in November, joins South Coast Plaza’s renowned international collection of more than 250 boutiques. Recently opened are the Australian brands Camilla, known for ornate prints and breezy silhouettes, and Zimmermann, with sophisticated femininity, opulent prints, and lavish details. Eve by Eve’s is a luxury lifestyle brand of beauty, skincare, ready-to-wear, and home décor. southcoastplaza.com
Flame & Flamingo, a boutique on El Camino Real in Encinitas, offers a mix of bright colors, fun patterns, and a tropical-bohemian vibe perfect for many occasions, whether a ladies’ lunch or a casual night out.
Co-owner Sophie Shah, a 23-year-old San Diego State interior design grad, opened the brick-and-mortar with her mother after the duo had success selling their handmade jewelry and flower crowns at markets and stores. The shop also carries personal touches: scarves, bangles, and other accessories brought back from family vacations in her parents’ native India.
Is there a story behind the boutique’s name? “I wanted something that sounded bright, fun, and unusual,” says Shah. “I personally love animals, and when thinking of the most colorful animal, I couldn’t help but think of a flamingo.” Her brother added “flame.” The name stuck. 760.230.1216, flameandflamingo.com Andrea Naversen