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Sometimes with fashion and putting together an outfit outside of your routine uniform, it means putting together pieces you wouldn’t think would go together. Utilizing different textures and fabrics within the same look adds interest and depth. We are loving this look styled with a chunky knit sweater and lovely emerald skirt. While it may not be instinctual to have these two items together, you can see these opposites really play off each other in creating a cohesive look. If you’re trying out this trend for the first time, keeping each piece in the same color family may help add some comfort and congruence. Too cold for bare legs? Add some tights or a neutral sock and you are weather-ready!

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Shop similar looks in our Downtown Asheville boutique!

Ulitmate Knit Sweater, Neuw – $132
Knee-length Skirt, Current Air – $56
“Gaggle” Heels, Seychelles – $123
Tassel Necklace, Seaworthy – $95
Earrings, NY Jewelry – $12

Thanks to Ellen for modeling and Paola Nazati Photography for the beautiful images.

Trick or Treat

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Tino Fedora in Blood Orange, Bailey– $63
Knit Maxi Dress, Love Riche– $59
Wrap it Again Sam Infinity Scarf in Jasper, Isobel & Cleo – $152
Las Vegas Nero Boots, Gidigio – $398
Animal Buckets- available at Minx Upstairs! – Fox $59, Owl $43

Thanks to Michelle for modeling and Paola Nazati Photography for the photos!

Piko Tops and Our Favorite Coated Skinny Jeans

Want to know what we’re wearing this winter? A couple of key mix and match pieces have been in nearly constant rotation around Minx.

1. Piko Tops-

You’ve heard it before. And we’ll say it again. We love Piko Tops!

Piko Tops are comfortable, soft, stylish, and forgiving. Made from a bamboo and spandex blend, these tops are even softer than your favorite jersey sheets, which, on especially dreary mornings, is a requirement. Our Piko tops are available in a range of colors and styles, from basic grey to electric blue, so there’s a look that works for everyone.

We’ve worn them with shorts, blazers, and leggings. And now, with a comfy sweater on top, we’re wearing them all winter long. Already a fan? Make sure to read our crucial care tips to keep your Piko looking tip-top!

Piko Top/ Coated Skinny Jeans/ Dolce Vita Booties Piko Top in Sand

2. Our Favorite Coated Skinny Jeans

One of Minx’s most requested items, these pants are a customer, blogger, and employee favorite! Do you ever wake up in the morning ready for a rocking day and want to dress the part? For those days that even your coolest jeans don’t cut it, these faux leather coated skinny jeans are perfect! The best part of all? They’re only $39!

Need a second opinion? Our friend Emily has been rocking her Faux Leather Coated Skinny Jeans on her blog, Life With Emily! Check it out for some fantastic style inspiration!

Piko Top / Coated Skinny Jeans Numph Sweater / Infinity Scarf

3. Cozy Knit Accessories

Piling on the knitwear is an easy way to add a little texture and a lot of warmth to your outfit. Invest in a couple key pieces, like a beautiful cashmere beanie or an infinity scarf, and mix and match them all season long. If you’re looking for daily wear, opt for neutral shades. Or, pick a rich jewel tone to add some color to the winter.

Echo Designs Cashmere Hat Piko Top and Numph Sweater

Some of this outfit is available in our brick and mortar store, the rest can be found online.

Piko Top in Sand – $30
Miranda Long Cardigan in Pond , Numph– $99
Coated Skinny Jeans in Chocolate, Cielo– $39
Cashmere Beanie, Echo Designs- $64
Infinity Scarf, Minx (similar style available online)- $40
Bixa Necklace, Seaworthy- $99
Colie Wedges, Dolce Vita – $242

Thanks to Meagan for modeling and Paola Nazati Photography.

RD Style Sweater Gidigio Perforated BootsBanana Print Tank / Seaworthy Necklace

This entire outfit is available in our downtown boutique.
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Striped Cocoon Cardigan, RD Style – $60
Banana Racerback Tank, Suburban Riot – $31
Sweatshirt Skirt, Ark & Co. – $57
Star Studs, Minx Accessories – $12
Stamped Brass Statement Necklace, Seaworthy – $74
Handcrafted Lecroix Canna Di Fucile Booties in Bronze, Gidigio – $311

Thanks to Grace for modeling and Paola Nazati Photography.

Sweater Weather!

YES! The winds of change have slowly crept in, and it’s nearly time for boots, sweaters and hot apple cider. What’s a better way to welcome autumn than by picking up a few new, fall-inspired pieces? This pretty fallen leaf-hued sweater by Kersh and DV’s Phillipa wedge booties will help you welcome the season with a fresh perspective!

colors of fall pleated back crew neck sweater, Kersh – $84
well-loved scorcher, Red Engine (available online this fall) – $157
long painted wooden triangle necklace, VoZ – $22
kimono fabric and leather clutch (with optional chain strap), Mei Vintage – $159
Phillipa wedge bootie in rust, DV by Dolce Vita – $101

Thanks to Justus Orchard in Hendersonville for letting us take these photos on their property and in their shop. Photography and (hair!) by Paola Nazati.

jersey skirts and graphic tees

Call it your summer go-to or getting away with practically wearing your PJ’s in public… either way, nothing beats the combination of a cool jersey skirt and an inspired graphic tee.

locally designed and printed graphic tees, either by Seven Swans or Look Good Tees – $28
striped maxi skirt, Monteau – $36
black maxi skirt/strapless dress, Lani – $45
heather grey fold-over skirt, Kersh – $44
blue fold-over skirt, Solemio – $24

Photography by Paola Nazati.

Milano Fashion Week: Showing a Strong Suit

My coverage of New York fashion week was a bit, shall we say, self-referential.  Was it New York’s doing?  Did the American fashion week bring out the American in me?  The “It’s all about Me” in me?  Looking through the Milan shows had a very different effect…

It’s not that New York doesn’t have a stake in the fashion world.  It is NEW YORK, after all.  But the European fashion shows just seem to have a longer lineage.  New York is like the youngest sister in the fashion family with London, Milan and Paris as older siblings with the bigger collections in the closet.

The Milan houses are Names, by god, with histories, traditions, ideologies:  Pucci, Missoni, Ferragamo.  Houses that when we say “vintage” we don’t just mean the early 90s.  And how do the big Names deal with a recession?  They have a big, flashy party!  Milan Fashion Week seemed to be characterized by evening-wear, club-wear and an Eighties fixation (I’m looking at you Gucci, Versace) with few pieces of day-wear in sight.  Not being a big Eighties fan myself, I present for your consideration, my favorite picks from Milan Fashion Week:  the moments that depart from a night at the club and instead promote the image of the Strong Woman, powerful but pretty.

Prada

Prada Fall 2009 RTW

Miuccia Prada was the stand-out favorite of the week for the editorial set with her blend of the city and the country and her interplay of contrasting textures drawn together by belts.  Rather than dipping into the Eighties well as so many other designers did for the Milan shows, Prada seemed more austere, more utilitarian with its boiled wool forties-style coats and suits.  I particularly love this evening look (the bag: so fun, the shoes: so wearable, the leather detail: so boldly aggressive but flapper-esque) but why did she have to choose Day of the Dead figurines as her models.

Dolce & Gabbana/D&G

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2009 RTW

For their Dolce & Gabbana collection, Stefano and Dominco drew from the Surrealist movement  and their obvious love of Elsa Schiaparelli to give us a different take on suits, coats and evening wear.  Taking their cues from Schiaparelli with the ballooning shoulder as the silhouette detail and Schiaparelli “Shocking Pink as the accent color and adding surrealist touches like leather gloves masquerading as scarves and hats, Dolce and Gabbana made it clear that they are not about to scrimp on materials or details.

D&G Fall 2009 RTW

A Night at the Opera was the theme for D&G.  And in some instances, they meant this quite literally, creating evening wear that sometimes looked like it was fashioned out of left-over curtains from forgotten opera halls.  While most of the pieces were just a bit over-the-top for me, as if D&G were shouting from their box seats, “the Show must go on!” I did find the emblazoning of Maria Callas on tees paired with slim black trousers to be irresistible.  Strangely though, I found the similar use of Marilyn Monroe images in their Dolce & Gabbana collection to be a little cheap.  Why do I choose Callas over Monroe?  Is that the Monroe images just seem a bit overdone? Like Elvis on sequined purses in the tourist trap stores leading up to Graceland…

Jil Sander

Jil Sander

For the first part of the show, Raf Simons played it safe, reminding his audience of the simple beauty of classic Sander: tony cashmere, spare porportions, perfect tailoring and the flat shoe.  But things really got interesting for me in part two when the pieces referenced mid-century French ceramicist Pol Chambost.  These looks were sinuous sculptures of simplicity but nevertheless in keeping with Sander heritage.

Marni & Missoni: layered knitwear as suitwear

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Overall, I found Consuelo Castiglioni’s collection for Marni to be a fantastic master class on the art of layering.  When taken elementally, the pieces didn’t seem like they could work together but the result of this barrage of prints, plaids, baubles and brocades was a strong, controlled point of view.

Missoni Fall 2009 RTW

My first introduction to Missoni was seeing a vintage 60s suit set with the classic Missoni zig-zag stripes:  a sheath dress covered with a long cardigan then belted as worn by Rocky, immitable Asheville style-queen and bluegrass fiddler.  I have always loved Missoni but this new collection from Angela Missoni truly peaks my interest.  Is there nothing in this look that I don’t want…  And in that beautiful nude palette punched up with cerulean blue?!?

Want to see the Eighties stuff?  Check out Style.com or WWD.com