Photo credit: Carolina Palmgren
Brazilian fashion is gaining more of a global presence every year, and Ana Beatriz Lerario is just one of the reasons why. The print-loving designer - who's now a New Yorker, though she grew up in Sao Paulo - created the collection Lerario Beatriz, which caught our eye for both its sweet custom florals and obsession with mixing textures. That makes sense, considering that Lerario previously worked on Marc Jacobs' design team and served as head designer of TseSay, TSE's cashmere diffusion line.
Know what else is great about Lerario? She makes a great playlist, which we found out when she invited us to work with her.
What do Christy Turlington, Jane Birkin and Sofia Coppola have in common? They've all guest-designed for the ever-luxe brand Lutz & Patmos, established in 2000 by Tina Lutz and Marcia Patmos, two former designers of Barneys' private label who find five-minute trends unsavoury. The duo earned their name for clever knitwear, with some of the best cashmere work we've seen. (Time magazine even named Lutz & Patmos' Teflon-coated cashmere one of the "Coolest Inventions of 2002.") And the best part of the label, which recently moved from knitwear-only ranges to full collections? All the styles are ecofriendly, and at least one design per season is dedicated to charity.
This week, the designers invite you to New York's Meatpacking District for a look into their lives at work.
Want the perfect remedy to a bad day? Wear head-to-toe Louise Gray. The Scottish designer behind the self-titled line has us sold on her bright, rebellious East London quirk - and she's the perfect example of how a background in hand embroidery can come in handy. Gray's simple lines let her fabrics speak for themselves, and speak loudly they do. Or at least fashion-scouting guru Lulu Kennedy thought so, since she invited the Central St Martins grad to Fashion East for three seasons straight at the start of her career.
What's a typical day like in Gray's studio? Let's just say, don't show up if you're anti-Guns n' Roses.
When you think husband-and-wife dream team, think of designer Amy Smilovic and her husband, Frank. Amy launched her label Tibi in 1997, making her trade in pieces perfect for a city girl's day of dressing sweetly. Two years into the business, Frank joined in, and he now serves as president of a label that retails in more than 500 specialty stores worldwide. During the day, Amy designs at her massive New York studio, then commutes back to Connecticut with her man. We'd be jealous if we didn't like her dresses so much.