A State of Grace

A State of Grace

A State of Grace

A State of Grace

A State of Grace

Once upon a time, when glamour still reigned supreme and reality television and Kim Kardashian’s large derriere weren’t the center of pop culture, a glamorous Academy-Award winning actress fell in love with a prince. Their courtship captivated the world and their wedding, a royal affair, became the stuff dreams and romantic movies are made of.

Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco met on a photo shoot at the Cannes Film Festival in the 50’s. At the time, Grace was just 25 years old, but already a bonafide movie star in Hollywood. Legend has it, Grace actually wanted to cancel the shoot because she had to get her hair done (something I totally understand,) but instead, upon a fellow actor’s urging, she decided to show up. The pair hit it off immediately.

There are a lot of different rumors about the way the rest of Grace’s life played out. The more salacious ones are said to be highlighted in the new movie, “Grace of Monaco,” starring Oscar-winning actress, Nicole Kidman. It’s debuting this year at Cannes, which I happen to be attending.

For more on the life and style of Grace Kelly click here: www.wsvn.com or channel her most famous fashion statement (a beautiful scarf and dramatic sunglasses) at www.hermes.com

The Graduated Gladiator

The Graduated Gladiator

The Graduated Gladiator

The Graduated Gladiator

The Graduated Gladiator

I fell head over heels in love with all things Roman esque back in 2000, when Russell Crowe breathed life into the rugged, rough-around-the edges and somewhat romantic character, General Maximus Decimus Meridius in Ridley Scott’s epic drama,”Gladiator.

Matter of fact, everyone in the movie looked nothing short of spectacular, thanks to British Costume designer Janty Yates. Her designs were such a dazzling display of decadence, they spilled off the big screen and splashed onto fashion runways everywhere. Eventually, the Greek chic look became mainstream and Janty would go onto win her first Academy Award.

Over the next fourteen years, Gladiator styles (everything from ribbon braids, one shoulder maxi dresses, bold arm cuffs and gold wired earrings,) would fade in-and-out of fashion, but the shoe, or some version of it, would make a lasting impression. Especially this Spring and Summer. The leather-bound, head-turning, leg-climbing, sexy sandal has become a strapping wardrobe staple for fashionistas everywhere.

Rome wasn’t built in a day, but a romantic Roman look can be, just click: www.kokoandpalenki.com to get started or to find out more about the history of this bold, buckled up, beautiful shoe click here: www.wsvn.com

Flower Power (a true awakening)

Flower Power (a true awakening)

Flower Power (a true awakening)

Flower Power (a true awakening)

I smile wholeheartedly when I see flowers speckling the landscape of what is called a “fashionable life” (like the dress pictured in the blog by Clover Canyon.) And while a gorgeous, garden extravaganza on any garment is a clothing trend now, for me “Flower Power (a true awakening)” is a way of life. Find out why at www.wsvn.com or to buy the dress featured in the blog, click here: www.kokopalenki.com
Happy Spring!

Out on a Lim (with fashionable Phillip)

Out on a Lim (with fashionable Phillip)

Out on a Lim (with fashionable Phillip)

Out on a Lim (with fashionable Phillip)

Provocative, utilitarian and deliciously modern: that’s how I would describe fashion designer Phillip Lim’s creations. He’s the kind of artist that stays true to his own vision, despite what’s going on around him. Phillip naturally bucks the trends, toils in his own world and continues producing some of the most enticing fashion of today.

Phillip recently came to Miami for the launch of his shop-and-shop at Saks Fifth Avenue, Bal Harbour. Click here: www.wsvn.com to read my conversation with the fashion savant. You can also find Phillip’s creations (like his signature pants, similar to the pair featured in the blog) at www.31.philliplim.com

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 ,

Fabulously Fat (the return of the low & wide heel)

Fabulously Fat (the return of the low & wide heel)

Fabulously Fat (the return of the low & wide heel)

Fabulously Fat (the return of the low & wide heel)

Fabulously Fat (the return of the low & wide heel)

The chunky heel of the moment is all about being comfortable, classy and choosing a shoe with charisma. It’s totally unexpected and unique. Not only that, it’s a nice change from the typical sky-high, single sole heels we often torture our feet with.

The best way to wear this look is to pair it with a fab onesie (definitely the must-have outfit of the moment) or a long dress that doesn’t need a lot of shoe power, as in height.

I prefer my “Fabulously Fat” (the return of the low & wide heel) with an open-toe and strong straps (pictured in the blog.) I’d tell you which brand to buy, but the shoe is literally everywhere. You’ll find it online, at your favorite department store, even at expensive shoe boutiques. Remember, not all shoes are created equal, so try them on for size to find the best fit.

I say, buy a pair in your go-to-brand and whether that’s Prada, Steve Madden or Boutique 9, you’ll be right on trend. The “low & wide” heel for Spring is very blocky, so wearing it with romantic clothing streamlines the look.

Find out why I love the return of this mod look by clicking here: www.wsvn.com or to snag either pair of the comfy, chic shoes I’m wearing in the blog, click here: www.kokopalenki.com

Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 , ,