We are about midway through the brand update for what will surely be an amazing shopping extravaganza at 515 East 72nd Street/Miraval Living. Next up is a brand I feature on The Gift Of Style often. I am such a big fan it has actually already had two solo stories (something I rarely do). Yes, I am fast becoming one of their brand ambassadors!!! Sometimes you just connect to design in a almost visceral way...this is how I feel about Haute Hippie. It is a similar reaction to a fab pair of shoes...I just have to have it!!!
As a reminder, Haute Hippie was launched just a few season ago, by the talented Trish Wescoat, who spent many years building the Theory brand. Now Haute Hippie has nothing in common with Theory by the way. I only mention it because I do see one of the key Theory principles in the Haute Hippie line...if you create fashion that people really want, they will flock to you. Now Theory built the business by giving women the styish basics they wanted and needed, but Haute Hippie takes the concept so much further. The line is created around what women really want; not basic, simple clothes, but fabulous, exciting, gorgeous and yes FUN fashion. Haute Hippie taps into our inner "starlet" with a collection of highly embellished (metal appliques, sequins, beading, feathers are the norm) yet incredibly easy pieces.
The dresses and tunics are always a standout in my mind. For spring they evolved the collection a bit adding some new details such as ballet inspired tulle, flapper-girl fringe, layered charmeuse...almost adding a little soft rocker edge. Don't worry though, we still get plenty of fantastic embellised pieces as well. The tops and tee shirts are also favs on my list...the necklace tees are absolute standouts and the fringe detail on the tanks is modern 20's at its best.
Finally, I would be remiss if I didn't mention one of the best parts of the line. These jeweled, sparkly, girly creations are not just for that special occasion. In fact they really are conceived for daytime. Haute Hippie is created around the concept of layering...the formula is so easy and the effect is pure drama. Take one gorgeous embellished creation, layer over a tee shirt or under a cozy cardigan, perhaps wear it over leggings and voila you are not only daytime chic, but dressed to impress (though in a non-fussy way). Of course, you can unlayer a bit for nighttime impact...I love the versatility!!! Haute Hippie also doesn't just let you flounder as you search for that perfect layering piece, they give you the tools from their Nude Collection...amazing tanks, tees, sweatshirts (yes wear one over a sequin frock).
Anyway, I could go on an on, but I think a better solution is for you to come see Haute Hippie at Retail Therapy at Miraval Living, April 3rd 3-7, April 4th/5th noon-5. Don't miss out on getting hands on styling tips from the Haute Hippie team...they are sure to make you look so fab!!!!