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The Summer Friday Look

Summer Fridays are ideal for beating the traffic out of town (if that’s on the agenda, check out our beach weekend packing guide), and for doing all those things you love doing – and rave about to out of town visitors– but can never quite squeeze into the routine of work/family/friends/errands/gym. So today we’ll be packing up early and heading to the Met (with a gelato stop on the way!) in a look that can go from meetings to out-of-office in a snap: museum-friendly flats, sunglasses for the stroll, a petite crossbody and the Denny shirt dress. You’ll find us in the Decorative Arts section, looking for the Florentine tiles that inspired our prints!


In the Bag:
Beach Getaway Essentials

Ocean, sea, river, lake… it’s beach getaway season and no matter where that may take you, you’re going to need a perfect bikini, perhaps some items to throw over it at lunch, and a few of those little paper drink umbrellas because yes, summer is finally here!

The Bikini: This one may be named for the Italian Riviera, but it looks just as chic at a swimming hole in the woods or on a boat in the Bahamas.

The Culotte: A lightweight denim pair is an easy way to cover up in the sun. Just add an easy button-down or a printed tank. Which brings us to…

The Mixed Prints: Skip the basic jeans-and-tee. On day two, pair that tank with silk shorts for a playful mixed print look that’s as light as it is chic.

The Ballet Flat: All the comfort of the classic, plus playful ties that shout “out of office!”

The Sunglasses: Compliment all this color with a blush pair of shades.

The Security Blanket: That’s what Diane calls our big, printed scarves, and we couldn’t agree more. Sarong, umbrella, airplane blanket… this colorful Grace scarf does it all!


The Rehearsal Dinner Dress

We don’t mean to be alarmist, but while you’re planning (stressing) that rehearsal dinner speech, don’t forget that what you wear matters, too. Let’s start with the shoes: go for a very high heel that lends confidence and is secure—this is no time for a slingback to slip off! As for the dress, we love the romance of a floral lace, but make sure it’s a modern one, so it doesn’t feel bridal. A bright color may be tempting, but in this case we’re all for black: it won’t show drips from the glass of wine you had before the speech, or any evidence of the hors d’oeuvre your new bff the flower girl dropped squarely in your lap. Added benefits of this particular LBD: the slightly flared skirt is universally flattering, and the v-neck shows off your neckline and works with your favorite jewelry, but isn’t scandalously low. For your finishing touches, remember you were invited to be a bridesmaid, not a wallflower! Dazzle with a gold clutch that will go with your wedding look, petite earrings and, for your touch of color, a bold and fabulous coral cuff.


¡Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Jane Coxwell’s cookbook, Fresh Happy Tasty, was aptly named; her recipes (Diane’s favorites!) are always bursting with fresh, green herbs. So when we turned to her for a last-minute Cinco de Mayo (or Derby weekend) cocktail, it’s no surprise she mixed beautiful greenery with champagne to make one very potent punch!

Tequila, Lime and Jalapeño Cocktail

Serves 1
This is one festive drink. These measurements are for one serving but this is cocktail is definitely for sharing so just multiply according to your guests.

1 shot of ice cold tequila (I used Patron)
1 teaspoon of freshly squeezed lime juice
1 teaspoon of agave nectar
1 tablespoon of roughly chopped cilantro
A couple of slices of jalapeño chili
1 cup of good quality sparkling wine

Mix the tequila, lime juice, agave nectar, chili, and cilantro in a glass and stir vigorously. If you have a cocktail shaker, shake with some ice and pour into a glass. Then add the sparkling wine.

Put your glasses in the freezer for a few minutes before using to keep the drink really cold and fresh.


Festival Dressing (Coachella tickets optional)

Whether your weekend will be spent living off watermelon in the Palm Desert or catching up on Broad City is completely irrelevant here. Fashion influenced by the music pilgrimage is just part of summer, so here’s your all-in-one packing list/guide to pulling off the trend.
The Record Collection: Your Airbnb has a record player, and who knows what kind of vinyl. Come prepared with prior festival headliners that everyone will love (think AC/DC, Madonna) to get in the mood. Or, if you’re staying home, pick up some Guns N’ Roses, turn the volume to 10 and you’ll get the same general feel.
The Fringe Carryall: This crossbody bag has room for your wallet, camera, sunglasses, another pair of sunglasses, and a water bottle. Plus tons of boho fringe for an easy look all summer long. For Coachella-level fringe quantities, a tassel charm is an approved addition.
The Sunglasses: Obviously sun protection is a must. These shades will also hide your heat-induced mascara melt from everyone’s Snapchats.
The Boho Dress: Every weekend getaway – actually, make that every weekend – needs at least one knockout look. Go full bohemian with this off-the-shoulder dress in a nature-inspired print that’s perfect for festival kickoff parties, and your best friend’s rooftop birthday.
The Day Look: For daytime at the festival, we’ll just remind you they’re forecasting 94 degrees. Go for white pointelle and cotton separates to stay and look cool.
The All Day Sandals: An espadrille platform lends the comfort, while gold leather ties add the flair. If these survive the fields, they’re sure to become your go-to pair for carrying on festival style all summer long.


Color Story:

April’s new arrivals revolve around a rich coral hue straight from the ocean. That is, after all, what happens when you give a designer inspired by nature an underwater camera! Our favorite Emerson romper is refreshed in the summer-ready shade, or for just a touch, an effortless slide sandal and new aviator bring color to tee shirts and jeans. Continuing that under-the-sea theme in a wearable, modern way, the texture of a starfish has been reimagined in abstract prints on the bias-cut Dita slip dress and our breezy Baylee tank—essential summer styles all brought to life by one brilliant hue.



Find Your Swim Style

Our swim collection is filled with effortless pieces that evoke sun-kissed moments in Malibu, Ipanema, Positano, Mustique… But let’s be honest: finding a swim style that’s all you, and works for your body, is an integral part of a carefree beach season. Our vintage flower power print is a standout on flattering, confident swim silhouettes like the DVF Capri one-piece with cut out details and the petite DVF Amalfi triangle bikini, both in a high-quality Italian fabric with 4-way stretch for comfort and wearability (Read: You won’t be tugging it back into place). Match your suit style to a peekaboo coverup in hand washed Indian cotton lace, whether it’s a classic tunic or a playful romper, and finish the look with your perfect shades, just for safe sunning—you won’t be hiding in these looks!


Get Away:
The Packing Guide

Let’s be honest: by the time you’re en route to your grown-up spring break in Sayulita/Rio/Bali/The Maldives, you already have a mental photo list going: balcony of your adorable boutique hotel, colorful local street. And you’ll be wearing… well, nothing you’ve already worn will do, so we’ve built a packing list ready for any spring getaway. First, let’s talk accessories: when it comes to jewelry and sunglasses, bigger is better! Vacation style is all about going bold. Layer on bangles, a necklace and earcuffs, with angular black sunglasses that will go with any look. Separates in textured cotton are light, practical and flattering (plus, pants are sunburn-proof!), paired with an exotic flat. Last but not least, be sure to carry a scarf for styling or an evening breeze, and a chic set of bags to keep your travel essentials picture-perfectly arranged on the go.


Build Your Brunch Look

So you’re saving up for your spring getaway, but your college roommate is coming to town, your best friend just got a promotion, and the weather is (finally) beautiful. Basically, it’s brunch season. Our favorite meal for catching up requires an easy look that still says you have everything under control. For the classic girl, a white pullover with gold lace accents and delicate sleeves pairs nicely with a slim indigo jean, subtle jewelry and chic clear shades. Our favorite downtown crossbody, the LES bag, is a versatile and polished finish in tan. For a colorful take on those same silhouettes, swap for an LES in fire orange and a playful printed-and-lace sweater with a high-waisted black jean. Add square black sunglasses and angular jewelry before you head out to your date. After hugs, coffee and major updates, be sure to order the frittata—we hear it’s great.


The Statement Boot for Fall

These boots were made for turning heads, in luxurious, deep red python. A favorite shape of Diane’s, with a rounded toe and straight heel, the Gladyss is the essential statement boot for fall that’s perfect with black jeans and a long blazer or the Lillian, our favorite desk-to-dinner staple. Taking a bit of inspiration from supermodel Karlie Kloss, we’re finishing this look with Harper shades and a go-anywhere DVF Secret Agent tote.


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