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The Minxies are loving unexpected layering pieces this season- like these Neuw Denim Overalls. Gone are the days of only associating overalls with memories of romping around in the garden as children or painting your kitchen walls the perfect shade of salmon. Here we have paired these dark-wash overalls with a simple white long sleeve and black ankle booties from Frye. What really ties the entire look together is this Tracy Reese Overcoat, adding interest and warmth without completely over-shadowing the understated foundation. And can we take a minute to completely process how beautiful this Matt + Nat Crossbody bag is?! For those who have never crossed paths with this glorious brand- all of their pieces are made from 100% recycled materials. This vegan line puts an entirely new spin on what it means to be ethical and, still, incredibly fashionable and timeless. Sometimes it pays off to stick your nose out and see if there are any new spins on well-loved classics like overalls and leather accessories. You may just be surprised!


Shop similar looks in our Downtown Asheville boutique!

Collar Overcoat, Tracy Reese – $198
Long Sleeve Knit Top, RD Style – $48
Georgia Overalls, Neuw – $143
Ilana Booties, Frye – $269
Earrings, Seaworthy – $64
Phi Vintage Crossbody Bag, Matt and Nat  – $130

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

Ten Out of Ten

Mixing prints like dots and leaves and colors like red and fuchsia all on the same dress… in theory it shouldn’t work.  But implemented the right way by a smart designer like Tracy Reese, it’s the makings of a very special garment.  The full skirt, almost retro prints and flattering built-in obi belt make this dress a ten out of ten.

dots and leaves silk dress, Plenty by Tracy Reese– $317
brass maple leaf earrings, Monserat de Lucca – $49
notty pumps, Dolce Vita – $81

Special thanks to Breanna Wright, our lovely guest model; Guadalupe Chavarria, hairstyling; and Paola Nazati, photography.

I may not know about trends but I know what I like.

For your consideration, here are my picks from New York fashion week.  Are they indicative of the trends for the fall?  Who knows…  I’m not always sure what the trends are.  My brain just doesn’t see the big picture that way – when I look, it’s all about me!  I don’t tend to look at fashion and say, “Oh, I see that satins, stripes and sapphire blue are in this year.”  I see something I like and say, “That’s me!”

Watching the Oscars it was easy to tell that white and cream, particularily when offset by sequins, was THE look for the red carpet this award season.  But as I made my way through the Fall 2009 ready to wear shows, whenever an outfit spoke to me, it spoke to ME.  It embodied my current sense of style: it featured my favorite silhouette or color; it made me think of a favorite movie or musical moment; it made me say, “oh… that is me!”

So I guess that my criteria for picking the looks below.  Each of them said to me, “I’ve got ‘Letitia Walker’ written all over me.”

Tracy Reese dresses the inner Letitia Walker

Tracy Reese

What don’t I love about this look! From the librarian glasses underneath that birdcage veil to the perfection of that shade of blue to the black lace at the hem to the 50s party dress silhouette. I’m even secretly loving the over the knee stockings.

Chris Benz

Chris Benz

Hitchcock usually went for the blondes: Tippi Hendren, Grace Kelly, Janet Leigh, Kim Novak. Only Suzanne Pleshette stands out in my memory as a Hitchcock brunette. But if I were the brunette in a Hitchcock film, I hope I would get to have these Chris Benz’ pieces as my wardrobe.

Phillip Lim

Phillip Lim

Another nod to the 50s party dress underscored by the choice of fabric referencing black illusion lace so popular for cocktail dresses during that era. But pairing that black chiffon with that clunky-chunky, crazy-wide belt and the absolutely to die for “military” coat, this look becomes thoroughly post-modern. In times of war, we must wear armor but at least we’ve got a party dress on underneath.



Camilla Staerk names Patti Smith in her Horses era as photographed by Robert Mapplethorpe as her inspiration for this collection. That’s good enough for me… And if that beautiful motorcycle jacket wasn’t enough, it’s toughened up (or maybe femmed up?) by a lovely aluminum floral brooche from Japanese designer Shinji Nakaba.

Stephen Burrows

Stephen Burrows

Right now I’m an absolute sucker for graphic tees featuring heart designs. I love the whole Cabaret feel to thi ensemble as well. I think there’s a little bit of Joel Grey in this one with the hat, scarf and the pinstripes. Is it truly wearable as a look or is it just a leftover from an Alternative Apparel ad campaign?  Hard to say…  Do I want those leopard booties…. I think I might….

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