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2012 OLYMPICS: OPENING CEREMONY FASHION SILVER MEDAL

And the winner is…The Netherlands! I mean, blue and orange can go awry so easily, but when it’s done correctly it’s so, so gorgeous. I’m loving the natty piped blazers and tennis sweaters, the ties, the trench…on and on. Like their competitors on the Jamaican team, the Dutch athletes could wear these ensembles out on the street and look better than everyone else around them.

Honorable mention to Belgium, who tried something similar and did it pretty well…just not as well as their next door neighbors. They veered a little too close to the airport-themed look that bedeviled many nations’ teams.

xo

A


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2012 OLYMPICS: OPENING CEREMONY FASHION GOLD MEDAL

The clear winner in this event is…Jamaica! Hip, chic, flattering, interesting…adjectives abound for these two amazing looks. When I heard that Bob Marley’s daughter, Cedella, was the designer, I thought, “Of course she was…that gene pool is overflowing with talent.” Not to mention the fact that the Jamaican team looked like they were having a total blast during the ceremony. Best dressed and most fun to hang out with…GO JAMAICA!! Usain Bolt…call me!

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A


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DAILY DUO: WHITE + BLACK BUTTONS = CHIC

Do you covet this Milly coat as much as I do? White is HUGE this fall, and this coat is a perfect way to get on trend. Or, if the coat’s price point is a bit out of reach, a mere $40 will get you this buttoned-down pillow from Overstock. Cheap and chic FTW!

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A


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DAILY DUO: SUMMER ROMANCE…IN PASSIONATE PURPLE

FYI: Crate and Barrel’s Summerlin Collection, with all its romantic, vintage, wicker-y appeal, is up to 60% off. Do your front porch a favor!

And do yourself a favor by getting the Louisa Dress from J Crew. It’s perfect for any semi-formal end-of-summer parties you’re planning to attend. If you’re a bride, it’s a lovely bridesmaid’s dress. The thing I like about J Crew for weddings is that you can assign a color/fabric, let the ‘maids pick for themselves, and rest easy knowing that, because there are no bad choices on offer, anything they pick will look good. Easy peasy. :)                 

xo

A       


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DAILY DUO: CHARMING CHAIN LINK

Navy links are classically chic, for home and fashion. The rug is from Horchow, and Tory Burch necklace is half-off at Nordstrom.

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A


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DAILY DUO: TARGET EDITION

I bought this awesome striped dress at Target today for a mere $20, and I had to share. It’s completely adorable, so comfortable, and, believe it or not, it makes you look thin, which is a mystery to me since I think of horizontal stripes as being unflattering to all but the skinniest Minnies. Stylish, flattering, and cheap-what more can you ask for?

The dress inspired me to pull a sampling of Target’s black and white decor (clockwise from top left):

Striped Shower Curtain

Zig Zag Chevron Slipper Chair

Outdoor Pillow Set

Corelle Cafe Dinnerware

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A


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DAILY DUO: SASSY CITRUS!

How cute is this West Elm lamp?! I’m loving zesty color, obviously, but also the inverted proportion between the base and the shade. Since I have about a million lamps, though, maybe this zingy little bangle is the best way to get more yellow into my life. Plus it comes in tons of other colors, too.  So cute!


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DAILY DUO TWO FOR ONE: NAVY AND KELLY GREEN

Clockwise from top left:

1. This J Crew swimsuit is a cute preppy girl’s dream. I see beach clubs and boat trips.

2. This Jillian Rene Decor pillow featured on Etsy would look so chic on a white couch. All of this seller’s many lovely pillows come in an array of colors, so you can pick and choose.

3. Etsy seller Rebecca’s Finds has these adorable retro flower earrings, plus a matching brooch.  Cute, cute, cute!

4. Love this quatrefoil print!  I believe manufacturer Lacefield Designs also sells the fabric by the yard, which is awesome because this print would look so dope on a painted chair.

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A


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DAILY DUO: RED, NATURAL & WOVEN

I dig the fact that West Elm is branching out and forming partnerships with different designers around the world. The Source Bench, designed by a South African husband and wife team, is fabulous in red with turned wood details and a woven natural seat. A woven pattern is also the star of the show on this Tory Burch wedge sandal. I like the folk art look happening here. I can even see this sandal working beyond summer into a warm fall day, with jeans or a skirt and a sweater. I’m a always a fan of a good transitional piece.

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JOSS & MAIN brings you Maison a la Mode…a fashion-inspired collection of home decor, curated by the editors of Fashion + Decor!

Gretchen and I are always eager to put our ideas into practice, so curating this amazing collection for Joss & Main was a dream come true! We started with runway looks by Dsquared2, Diane von Furstenburg, our lovely friend, Mimi Plange, and Prada, and just let the inspiration flow. We hope you have as much fun shopping as we did curating!

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A


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DAILY DUO - CHEVRON 

This one is kind of a trio…but, never mind that. Let’s just enjoy chevron while we can, because this trend is is headed into the twilight phase of its current incarnation. Like time itself, style marches on relentlessly ;)

[Handbag by Kate Spade, rugs by Serena and Lily and Land of Nod]

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THE DAILY DUO - MARVELOUS MULTICOLOR

Here is the first entry in our new F+D daily feature, The Daily Duo! It’s a mini-StylePair of fashion and decor products we love!  

Today we have two bright-hued beauties: the Bargello pillow in chevron multicolor by the one and only Jonathan Adler, and this sassy espadrille by Paloma Barcelo.  It’s summer - live it up in color!


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CLOSET CLOSEUP with Shane D. Inman!!

As a contributor for Fashion + Decor, I was delighted to be asked to comment on a couple of my very own looks.  I chose two different ones, one professional and one for downtime, to give you a sense of who I am.

Here in downtown Chicago, on the famous Magnificent Mile, high-end department stores and boutiques have expertly designed window displays bombarding everyone who passes with the latest fashion for all to imitate – should you be so forward. Gucci, Prada, Marc Jacobs and Armani are all staples for those men who dare to dress to impress here in the Windy City.

Being an interior designer, fashion means so much more than mere fabric covering ones physique – it defines who I am, what I do, and how I do it.  My personal style offers everyone I meet a window into my aesthetic, my relationship to trends, and my understanding of quality.  Offering up my professional high-end services to the elite, as one of the best in business, is an aggressive move, and it’s imperative that my personal look reinforce the message that my talent is worth every penny I charge. My fashion sense is a tangible example of my knowledge in details, scale, proportion, color, texture and harmony–all the elements of interior design. I express my own creative decision making skills in my daily dress to herald my belief in challenging the status quo and thinking differently. My ideal clients share this philosophy. I don’t desire or need to dress like every other man–I prefer to stand out just as my interiors do!

Love and light-

Shane

On Shane - Detail of the “Casual” look

Shirt                             Theory – Neiman Marcus

Pant                             Theory – Neiman Marcus

Sweater                        Marc Jacobs – Neiman Marcus

Boots                           Wolverine – Neiman Marcus

Belt                              Gucci – Gucci Boutique

Watch                          Swiss Legend – Gift

On Shane - Detail of the “Modern Formal”

Jacket                          Ralph Lauren – Barney’s

Pant                             Ralph Lauren – Barney’s

Shirt                             Prada – Prada Boutique

Pocket Square             Prada – Prada Boutique

Shoes                           Suit Supply – Suit Supply

Watch                          Nixon – Saks Fifth Avenue

Glasses                        Gucci


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We at Fashion + Decor have been HUGE fans of Mimi Plange for quite a while now. So you can imagine how thrilled we were to visit Mimi’s NYC showroom!  

We’re happy to report that we’re far from alone in our love for all things Mimi…her latest new fan to sport one of her gorgeous skirts on The View is none other than First Lady of the US-and of Fashion-Michelle Obama! Michelle wore a skirt featuring trapunto embroidery, which is a centuries old technique that uses batting and intricate stitching to create a raised pattern. Mimi’s use of this technique is inspired by African scarification rituals, and the result is both thought-provoking and beautiful!  

We saw an example of this embroidery during our visit, and it was absolutely gorgeous to the eye and the touch. Also gorgeous: the beaded shoe pictured above, created in partnership with Manolo Blahnik. It has all of Mimi’s signature elements: magnificent beading (hand-done in India), a hint of the Victorian, a nod to the traditional dress of the Himba and Herero people of Southern Africa, a luscious spring floral in rich color…we could go on and on!

Mimi Plange is a star on the rise, and you can count on us to follow her progress. We send her our heartfelt thanks for sharing her exquisite work with us in person.

Coming soon: Mimi answers a few of our questions…watch this space!

xo

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Our newest contributor: Shane D. Inman of The Inman Company



We’re delighted to have the stylish, talented and charming Shane Inman as part of the Fashion + Decor team!  We asked him a few questions to help our readers get to know him.

F + D: Some interior projects call for a decorator, while others require an interior designer. Please explain to our readers the distinction between the two professions, and tell us how your education and experience as an ASID and IIDA certified interior designer adds value for your clients.

Shane: Great question, one that I get asked often, and that I absolutely love to answer.  Interior designers, like decorators, have an innate ability and understanding of aesthetics, and what it means to beautify a space through scale, balance and harmony.  But it is the interior designer who has graduated from an accredited university, is educated in both interiors as well as architecture, and is permitted to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) examination. Successful passage of the NCIDQ examination permits the individual to become certified and to refer to themselves as a licensed and professional “interior designer” in their state of practice. Professional interior designers are governed by councils, hold licenses (varying by state), are held to strict professional and ethical guidelines, and are expected to gain continued educational credits for the remainder of their careers. Furthermore, interior designers have the knowledge to produce construction documents, floor plans, elevations, and detail drawings in industry standard computer programs such as AutoCAD, in order to work in expert collaboration with engineers, architects and general contractors. The most important differentiating factor is that interior designers are educated in electrical, plumbing and HVAC, as well as being well versed in city, local and national building codes and laws in order to guarantee the health, welfare and safety of individuals in both commercial and residential spaces. 

I hold the highest ranking professional memberships under ASID (the American Society of Interior Designers) and IIDA (the International Interior Design Association) that can only be attained by the passing of the NCIDQ. These and other appellations that I possess signal to serious clients that I can not only provide aesthetically pleasing interior spaces that motivate as well as inspire, but also that I have the education and experience to actually build the home from the ground up.

F + D: Every client has different needs and taste, naturally. Yet all of your clients have at least one thing in common: you. Tell us about the elements of your aesthetic and design philosophy that makes your work distinctly yours. What is it about your work that draws your clients to you? 

Shane:The first thing that draws clients to my firm is my reputation of providing old-fashioned customer service, the like of which they may have never experienced. My clientele truly understand how serious I consider customer service to be, how I sweat every minute detail of their project, and how I will not rest until I have over-delivered upon every promise and expectation given. Outside of superior customer service (as if there is anything else) clients also gravitate to my firm for my versatility in design. Through the total understanding of interior design and by incorporating age-old guidelines, I am able to provide classic and timeless interiors in any “period” or “style”.  At the end of every project, I leave my clients with spaces they wanted to have - not spaces that I wanted them to have. I don’t just change spaces, I change lives. 

F + D: You’re not only an interior designer and writer, but also an entrepreneur. Tell us about the challenges and rewards of running your own company. 

Shane: As anyone who has ever owned their own business can tell you, you have to wear an incredible number of hats, and that alone can be overwhelming and exhausting at times. However, in the end, the reward for giving your blood, sweat and tears in exchange for fulfilling your dream is the creation of your own destiny. This is something that no one can take away from you. It is the closest thing to a miracle that I have ever experienced. For me, the biggest challenge of owning my own business is being my own boss! I am extremely hard on myself; I push myself to the limits of destruction for my clients, think of myself only last, seldom take a day off, and judge myself on every detail at every minute of the day. I am the worst boss that I have ever had! 

F + D: On to fashion…you’re a one of a kind, but even a true original has his influences.  Who are your style role models, and how do they inspire you? 

Shane:  My ultimate role model in fashion is thee, Mr. Tom Ford! I have been in love with Gucci since I was old enough to pick up a GQ. I love the edge and the branding. When I invented my own corporate identity, I required my graphic design team as well as my marketing pros to design and launch The Inman Company with a look and brand that could emanate such taste and sophistication. I believe we were successful! Ralph Lauren is another role model, in the way that he keeps reinventing the classics – very similar to what you have to do in interior design.

F + D: You’ve just begun contributing to Fashion + Decor, and we’re thrilled to have you on board! Tell us about the experience thus far. What have you learned? 

Shane: Well, I have learned a lot about fashion- that’s for sure! When I was starting my formal education, I was torn between fashion design and interior design. I dreamt of being a huge fashion designer some day, like Valentino, but I opted instead to be the one Valentino would hire to design his house.  I love fashion, but I’ve never regretted my choice. Fashion has to be in your bones, actually, and it’s carrying yourself with confidence that truly counts!  

I tend to be too matchy-matchy at times…but since I found Fashion + Decor, I am pushing all the envelopes with my clothes. Rolling pant legs, wearing scarves, layering with contrasting colors and mixing patterns – it is really fun to look like those on the Fashion + Decor website. I may need to fire my professional stylist if I keep this up!  

F + D: Let’s wrap up with a little bit of fun: what decor mistake makes you cringe every time you see it?  

Shane: Oh, like with fashion, there are so many interior design faux-pas out there that it would be impossible to list them all…but here are just a few. Sloppy interior paint jobs are just deplorable, inexpensive wall-to-wall carpeting gives me panic attacks, placing furniture in front of any window is inexcusable, placing plants and accessories above kitchen cabinets is an absolute “no”, and the coup de grace of all interior design mishaps would be placing vinyl on the floor of any space whatsoever!

Watch Fashion + Decor for Shane’s StylePairs, and see how a pro interior designer takes on the runway!

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