{MFW Fall 16 RTW} Bottega Veneta’s Vintage Craftwork

I’ve always had a bit of a love affair with Bottega Veneta. A few years ago they were one of if not the first fashion house to make an all lace ankle boot, and I wanted it so badly. They were stunning. Of course, I had to try them on during a trip to NYC, and I was absolutely stunned by how gorgeous and, at the time, innovative they were. The craftsmanship was unparalleled, and they felt amazing.


In the end, I decided not to get them – where would I wear them? They were the in-between style at the time, and I thought I wouldn’t be able to wear them often enough to justify buying them. I regretted that decision for a long time. Once I realized I was still thinking about them months later and searched online for my size, they were all gone.

But that’s Bottega Veneta. Innovative, incredibly stylish, and worthy of covetous behavior.

And the label’s Fall 2016 RTW collection is no different – expertly crafted jackets, ever so flared pants, duster coats, and an array of midis. No theme, just beautiful, sophisticated clothing. Tomas Maier was not catering to millennials like many of his counterparts. No, Maier wanted to create sensuous clothing for a woman with class, not a girl. I’m imagining Angelina Jolie or Amal Clooney.

The silhouettes were classic vintage chic, with slightly relaxed pencil dresses cinched at the waist, a few slouchy trousers with intricate knit tops, a few stellar plaids, and woven strips of animal print creating fabulous texture over semi-sheer dresses. The collection felt caught somewhere between the 50’s and the 70’s, only in silhouette as the techniques and textures were clearly in the now like the barely there knits. Stunning craft work.

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OOTD: Afternoon Tea and Holiday Party

So a recap of the holidays: We took the kids to our favorite historic hotel to have afternoon tea with scones, finger sandwiches, and macarons. Oh my goodness, it was delicious.

Treat Tray

For the afternoon tea, I went for a vintage look, with this green A-line, a vintage pink wool sweater, black rounded toe mary janes, and my freshly cut bob.

Amy Afternoon Tea OOTD1.jpg

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Celeb Style: Reese Witherspoon’s New Label, Draper James

Last Autumn, Reese Witherspoon opened her flag ship store in Nashville to launch her new Southern style company, Draper James. Her fashion line is filled with American southern grace, vintage inspired clothes. Witherspoon has always been a modest dresser, and her new company has definitely pepped up her style game.

Courtesy of Reese Witherspoon / @reesewitherspoon

We’re now seeing Reese constantly photographed in Draper James, and I can’t blame her. I would too if my (imaginary) fashion line was that cute and flattering!

Photo: Paul Costello / Garden & Gun

Not only has she started a fashion label, but Draper James also offers accessories and home interiors as well as personalized gifts as well. If you’re a sucker for the understated classic glam…or you wish it was always 1950’s in Chaaaarleston or Savaaannnnnah, you may want to check out her collections.

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The Luxe Lookbook Best of 2015

2015: What a year! Writing for this blog has been incredibly rewarding –  I’ve gone from just showcasing luxury fashion to covering travel, red carpet awards, interior design, as well as top style and beauty blogs. Some of my favorite posts to write have been the Luxe Look for Less, but ooohh the temptation every time I found a great deal.

So let’s take a look at the highlights of the year. Here are the best Luxe Lookbook posts of 2015. Thank you for making it such an amazing year!


1. Luxe Travel: Singapore


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Luxe Christmas: NYC Holiday Displays

The holiday spirit is alive in my house. There’s just something magical about all the beautiful lights and window displays during the holidays. What better place than New York City to experience the magic? Each year the city seems to outdo itself with gorgeous displays by department stores, hotels, and restaurants. Check out this compilation of my favorites this year!

The Plaza New York

The Plaza New York - Courtesy of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts
The Plaza New York – Courtesy of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts

Bloomingdale’s NYC

Bloomingdale's - Sai Mokhtari - Gothamist
Bloomingdale’s – Sai Mokhtari – Gothamist

Sak’s Fifth Avenue

The Peninsula New York

Peninsula New York - Courtesy of Overnight New York
Peninsula New York – Courtesy of Overnight New York

The Carlyle Hotel

The Carlyle New York - Photo by Justin Bare - Architectural Digest
The Carlyle New York – Photo by Justin Bare – Architectural Digest

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Best Dressed Red Carpet Review: Star Wars Premieres

Between London and LA, the fashion was fierce at the Star Wars: The Force Awakens premieres. Celebs like Lupita Nyong’o, Sarah Hyland, Elizabeth Banks, and suprisingly Gwendoline Christie of Game of Thrones slayed the red carpet with their gorgeous gowns. Check out the best luxe looks by top designers.

Gwendoline Christie in Oscar de la Renta - REUTERS
Gwendoline Christie in Oscar de la Renta – REUTERS

Get the look: Oscar de la Renta

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Carolina Herrera’s Crisp Pre-Fall 16 Collection

Smart tailoring by day and glam by night were the focal points of Carolina Herrera‘s Pre-Fall 2016 collection. The day looks were crisp but feminine, via skirt and pant suits, a trench and officer jacket, bubble sleeve blouses, and a few vibrant florals.

Evening looks were a combination of gala-ready gowns in stripes or floral print, and little cocktail numbers with stripes of feathers, beading, and lace.

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Best Luxe Looks: Zac Posen’s Floral Nod to Cubism

For his pre-Fall 2016 collection, Zac Posen toyed with structure and silhouette, showcasing both evening wear as well as a few floral frocks and separates. Particular focus was placed on suits, with a floral jacquard jacket that gave a nod to cubism with its spliced and layered structuring, labeled the ‘Braque technique‘. An over-the-top emerald gown had stacked godet pleats that were so large, the piece looked like a sculpture rather than a gown. Please somebody wear that on a red carpet. Um, actually…I seriously want to wear that. Too much for a dinner party?


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Luxe Red Carpet: 2015 Bambi Awards

The 67th annual Bambi Awards in Berlin, Germany celebrated the extraordinary achievements of international celebrities, including Heidi Klum, Rita Ora, and Hilary Swank. Check out the stunning princess gowns these ladies wore as well as the jaw-dropping, red-carpet-killer gown model attendee Sylvie Meis was wearing by Lever Couture.