I know, I have promised in these tougher times to keep the price point at a digestable level, but sometimes I just feel compelled to share the somewhat unattainable… A few weeks ago I fell in love the most amazing website, CoutureLab. Really, it puts its close competitors to shame…no names mentioned, you know who they are. It specializes in one-of-a-kind, limited edition and bespoke merchandise and features lesser-known design-phenoms. It celebrates art and true over-the-top, yet modern creativity!
The highlights for me are many, but I will start with a collection that if I had the wherewithal, I would buy away… Walid For CoutureLab, one of the most unique accessory lines I have seen of late. Walid Al Damirji started his collection in 2005, developing a cult following for his antique passementerie, luxury textile and embellished pieces. One piece is more spectacular than the next, though my favorite is a to die beaded antique collar. The embellished fur collars are also beyond fabulous and the honey-colored mink vest with Victorian lace and 1920’s pearl beading is so freakin amazing, that I am speechless. Even if you can’t afford the pieces, they are simply worth salivating over.
The next line that flipped my "vintage-loving" skirt is E2, from Parisian design team, Michele Meunier and Olivier Chatenet. They create the most covetable dresses and coats by recycling vintage fabrics and altering original couture designs. My favorites are a 1930’s silk kimono dress, an Hermes scarf print dress and the most beautiful reconditioned Dior dress. For all of you girls who just need to have your designer labels, E2 will not only give you a big fix, but you will own a true one-of-a-kind… How can you pass this opportunity up?
If you haven’t heard of Bea Valdes, you don’t know what you are missing. Bea Valdes grew up in Manila, Philippines, and has created one of the most wonderful and awe-inspiring accessory lines. The bags are mind-blowing! Her use of embellishment is true artisan perfection. If you ever had any doubt that fashion is art, then look no further than this uber-talented designer. Her jewelry collection shares a kinship to the East and is show-stopping on every level. They are true conversation pieces, so if you like to be noticed, Bea Valdes in the artist for you.
There are so many lines to talk about on this perfectly curated site, but I am only going to feature one more, minaPoe from Parisian designer, Mina d'Ornano. By now you are tired of hearing about how I love my Bohemian, but minaPoe’s capes and ponchos are Boho knitwear perfection. I absolutely adore her knotted ribbon cape…an amazing combination of drape and movement and her crocheted, silver flower poncho is seductive and feminine. The grand finale is a silk satin cape with delicately crocheted panels…a must-have replacement to your go-to Spring evening fur!
I hope this blog entry has inspired you to always search for the true artisans in fashion. So often, we hear that there isn’t anything truly unique in design anymore…everyone knocks everyone off… All of the brands featured on this site, prove this theory wrong…each has a rare voice and a passion for creating wearable art, so if you want to splurge, forgo that $2,000 It Bag and invest in these one-of-a-kind dazzlers. They are the true “Its” for this Spring and really any season to come!!!!