MDS Stripes – Stylish Fashion

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I recently saw a friend from out of town. She was wearing the most stylish blue and white striped dress. When I asked about it, she said… “you blogged about it”. I did?!?

I couldn’t place it until she mentioned the designer’s name….Mark Sikes. I HAD blogged about Sikes, but I had focused exclusively on his interior design chops. My friend found his new clothing line, on her own, as it was on his website.

In less than a year, Mark Sikes has managed to “own the stripe” thanks to his line of American sportswear made from Italian fabrics. The simple silhouettes and classic tailoring with the “volume turned up” are a return to timeless fashion. It’s the kind of line that Jackie would have worn while vacationing in Capri, but would look fresh today in Nantucket, Atlanta or Santa Barbara.

Currently, his 2017 resort line (with an intense shot of red) is available for pre-order on Moda Operandi. I’m eyeing the “everything top”, which can be worn numerous ways.

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Best Kept Secret: Claire Florence

I get an email from my dear friend in Washington, D.C. about this amazing line that everyone is talking about. So, of course, I had to check it out. 
Turns out, it is the just-launched website and eponymous label for long time fashion darling, Claire Florence. I just didn’t know her name. Until now.
Claire was something of a teenage fashion-design whiz, who then was brought on to consult with firms such as Tom Ford and Calvin Klein. After that, she opened a chic atelier in Nolita (North of Little Italy) in New York City and was a fashion favorite of celebrities, such as, Minnie Driver and Julia Roberts.
Fast forward. Claire moves to D.C. Starts a family. Decides to launch her own website and viola….Claire Florence is born. Sold only in private shows or online, she’s still something of a well kept secret. But, I’ve decided you need to know about her and her cashmere + bits formula.

 There’s the ever versatile travel wrap/evening wrap.

 Resort wear.

 And, my favorite. These amazing cuffs made of all kinds of chic bits. 

They even have a program where they’ll ship you a selection and you just send back what you don’t want to keep.

Can I keep a secret? You bet. But this one is definitely worth sharing!