Dressing Up from Head to Toe
By THÉRÈSE MARGOLIS
When it comes to ego-boosting, it is often the little things that make a big difference, starting with your appearance.
Polished nails and salon-blown hair can definitely feed your self-confidence, as can the right clothes and accessories.
Trendy apparel and jewelry can make a look-at-me statement, and send a message that you are indeed fashion-forward.
But keeping up with every new style is not only impractical, but can be unaffordable.
The best approach to keeping on fashion trend is to choose a few attention-grabbing items to add to your wardrobe each season that can be worn with your stock basics to give a fresh and timely look to your ensemble.
Here are some new items that will be trending come fall and winter, and which are sure to eventually become classics in their own right.
Tout le Tous
A signature piece of jewelry is a must for any outfit, but how about a signature piece of jewelry that is as versatile as it is elegant?
The Spanish design house Tous, now with 80 stores and boutiques in Mexico, is about to release its new fall/winter collection, and the key element in these items is that they are multipurpose: a necklace that can double as a bracelet, a pair of earrings that can be transformed into a choker, a ring that can become a pendant.
Whether you opt for a piece with the company’s classic little teddy or decide to go demure with a more reserved pearl and diamond necklace, this collection lets you mix and match at will to create your own unique jewelry style, either with add-ons charms to past favorites or using a single piece in multiple ways.
This endless-possibilities Real Jewelry collection has click-open pendants and clasps that can hold one or more smaller charms and pendants to allow you to set your fancy free and craft the piece of jewelry that is just right for you, or just right for you at the moment.
Available in gold, sterling silver and pink vermeil with natural gemstones such amazonite, pink quart, onyx and spinel, each of these new pieces is especially designed to accommodate items form previous Tous collections or even jewelry from a different label.
One must-have accessory for fall and winter will be Dior’s new saddle bag purse , a revival of the label’s now-classic 1868 pouch.
Dior artistic director Maria Grazia Chiuri has revived an era when the rules of fashion were turned on their head.
These versatile, day-to-night bags are inspired both by the desire for freedom and the house’s heritage, such as the iconic saddle, which made its debut in the spring-summer 2000 ready-to-wear collection designed by then-creative designer John Galliano, with a form alluding to a horse saddle decorated with a gilt “D.”
Becoming an immediate cult object, the “saddle” was propelled into the limelight internationally by numerous artists and celebrities and is revisited here in two formats: a monochrome leather, in a 1970s-inspired patchwork bearing the inscriptions peace and love Dior, and a new ethnic strap, with its fringing and metal pieces, allows it to be worn cross-body for unrestrained movement and expression.
The emblematic saddle bag comes in two sizes and is available in all leather, Dior Oblique canvas or embroidery.
Sold separately, the embroidered wide canvas straps add a stylish touch and allow the bag to be carried in different ways.
Be Your Own Accessory
Nothing says chic like perfect skin, and if you want to ditch the accessories and wardrobe add-ons, trying instead perfecting your own complexion with a faithful daily cleansing routine from Uriage’s Eau Thermale collection, which hydrates, softens, nourishes, brightens, protects and repairs damaged and irritated skin.
The collection’s new addition, Eau Thermale Crème d’Eau Riche, is a lush and smooth cream that nourishes the thirstiest of skin deep down, especially during the cold, drying months of winter, which can wreak havoc on your complexion.
Formulated with Uriage Thermal Water, this rich water cream delivers instant comfort for radiant skin all day long by helping to rebuild the skin’s natural barrier to maintain an optimum moisturization level.
Uriage’s Crème d’Eau Riche acts by rebuilding of the corneocyte cement to boost moisturization with long-term effects.
Perfectly nourished and comforted, the skin is energized and softened thanks to a formula enriched with natural shea butter.
Add a Opulent Scent
Perhaps the most individual element a woman can wear is her scent, and although the intangible signature of your fragrance may not technically qualify as an accessory, it certainly says a lot about you.
Updating your perfume can give you a lift, both mentally and by creating an olfactorial aura that surrounds you and complements your attire.
Versace, the quintessential Italian luxury fashion design house that has become synonymous with opulence and extravagant elegance, has just released a new eau de parfum, Versace Pour Femme Dylan Blue.
Intended to be a companion fragrance for its masculine Versace Pour Homme Dylan Blue, which was released last year, this thoroughly feminine floral-fruity-woody composition is the creation of perfumier Calice Becker.
It opens with an intoxicating gourmand bouquet of black current sorbet, Granny Smith apple, clover, forget-me-not and shisolia.
At its heart, Versace Pour Femme Dylan Blue is a garland of eglantine rose, petalia, rosyfolia, jasmine and an ice infusion of peach.
The perfume’s base is seductively woody, with patchouli coeur, styrax, white smooth woods and musk.
Versace Pour Femme Dylan Blue, which the brand’s face Donatella Versace, describes as “a tribute to femininity,” is flasked in an elegantly curved Mediterranean blue bottle that resembles a Greek amphora.