Deep in the Heart of Chanel

Something huge happened in Dallas today, the Chanel Pre-Fall 2014 show. I had been excited about the show since the announcement, due to my love of the line and the fact that the show would take place in Dallas. With the craziness of the holiday season in full force at Lane-Knight, I had unbelievably forgotten about the show until a few friends asked me tonight what I thought. I sadly had no response, so the moment I returned home I of course had to check out Karl Lagerfeld’s Paris-Dallas 2013 Métiers d’Art Collection.

 Amazing as always, all 96 looks were stunning. Below are a few of my favorite looks from the collection. The Americana West inspired collection featured sequins, fringe, organza details, pearls, turquoise, and beautiful heritage American prints.

 Although Chanel has produced the most breathtaking shows for the past few years, this show was on another level, Dallas’s Fair Park was transformed. As a Texan, I can say that every last detail of the stage and collection was perfection and truly captured the essence of Texas.

Gold & Gray Holiday Trunkshow

Lily Gray the super talented designer behind Gold & Gray will be at Lane-Knight December 23rd from 12-4pm for a holiday trunk show. Just in time for last minute gifting! Since last minute gifting can sometimes be how our male clients prefer to shop for the ladies in there lives ….we expect to see a lot of you that day as well! We will be offering 10% off all Gold & Gray purchases during the trunk show, and on the house gift wrapping. We look forward to seeing everyone!!image

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Hurrah For Houndstooth!

Our obsession du jour is undoubtedly the menswear inspired houndstooth plaid which has shown up on the backs of everyone from street style doyennes to models walking the runway. We love the versatility of the pattern; wear it with denim and leather for an added bit of edge or pair it with neutrals for office appropriate style.

imageHarper’s Bazaar editor, Joanna Hillman, rocking a double-breasted houndstooth blazer and leather jeans. 

imageTommy Hilfiger A/W 2013 Runway

imageOur Style Star, Miroslava Duma, adds a bit of playfulness to her look with a houndstooth jacket in a exaggerated pattern and bold shade. 

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Michael Kors A/W 2013 Runway 

Last Chance Getaway: Nantucket

While the weather may be scorching in our home state of Texas, it’s refreshing to know that elsewhere in the country, denizens of cooler locales are sipping cocktails al fresco, strolling city streets in the sunshine, enjoying every minute of it. We were fortunate enough to spend a weekend in Nantucket this summer and have been dreaming about sailing back there ever since. Here’s our top picks for a last chance summer getaway on the picturesque island of Nantucket. 

1. Drinks at Cru  Sip cocktails on the deck while admiring amazing yachts on the waterfront. We even spotted Secretary of State John Kerry’s modest yacht. 

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2. An afternoon on Dionis Beach Nantucket’s famous for its white sandy beaches and we can’t imagine an afternoon better spent than catching rays on one of the most beautiful in all of New England. 

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3. Coffee at Nantucket Coffee Roasters Pop into this charming, locally owned and operated coffee shop and sample the wide variety of beans roasted to order. You might even bump into a celebrity like we did. P.S. If you see Drew Barrymore say ‘hi’ for us!image

4. A Stay at the White Elephant Located on the water in one of the island’s oldest buildings, the White Elephant has been THE hotel to stay at since its opening in the 1920s. Grab a good book, head to the lawn and relax in one of the enticing cornflower blue recliners. image

5.  Pick Up Lunch at Bartlett’s Farm The perfect spot to grab all the fixings for an impromptu picnic, Bartlett’s Farm is Nantucket’s oldest and largest operating farm, having been in the business since the late 19th century. Make sure to visit the garden out back where you can literally pick your own strawberries fresh from the plant. image

6. Browse Haute Couture at Gyspy Parisian fashion in a laid back setting? Yes, please! We couldn’t help but fawn over the fabulous lines including Celine, Isabel Marant and Band of Outsiders at this chic Nantucket boutique. image

7. Dine at Toppers Indulge in a lavish meal at Toppers, the island’s critically acclaimed restaurant located in the Wauwinet Hotel. Our butter poached lobster, asparagus and meyer lemon custard were to die for.

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8. Don’t Forget the Details While there is so much to do and see on Nantucket, we at Lane Knight like to stop and take a second look, often noticing something that we hadn’t at first. Nearly all of Nantucket’s quaint, historical homes boast clever, cute and sometimes even irreverent brass door knockers. We picked up a seahorse to bring a little piece of the island back to Texas. imageimage property of Liz Nyman via Flickr.

Style Star: Phoebe Philo

Lately, when we’ve been dealing with a fashion conundrum, we’ve found ourselves asking the question, “What would Phoebe Philo Do?” Philo, the creative director for Celine, has put the French fashion house back on track thanks to her modern minimalism and chic, super-casual style. Before her gig at Celine, Philo was creative director at Chloe, where she reached occult status with her coveted boho, flowy designs and iconic “Paddington” bags. However, these days, we prefer the current incarnation of Philo - Nike trainers and all. Impeccable tailoring and the “less is more” approach have become staples of Philo’s wardrobe and Celine’s collections

Philo relaxes in her London studio

A look from Celine’s Fall/Winter 2013 collection

Designer Spotlight: Mara Hoffman

The verdict is in: we can’t get enough of Mara Hoffman and her quirky, eclectic prints and designs. The American designer, who has amassed a legion of celebuntante fans, got her start in 2000 after studying at New York’s Parsons School for Design and Central Saint Martin’s in London. Inspired by her travels around the world and fantasies in her own head, the designer is now a regular at New York Fashion Week.  

Shop the collection at Lane-Knight!

Whitney Port in a Mara Hoffman skirt at the designer’s runway show

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Jennifer Lopez walks the red carpet in a Hoffman design

Alex & Ani: the New Preppy Staple

Last week, Lane-Knight’s travels took us to the quaint and charming seaside town of Newport, Rhode Island where we were able to explore Alex & Ani’s Flagship store. The company, which has made a name for themselves with their delicate and fun gold and silver bangles adorned with charms of your choice, is currently the go-to jewelry line for the East coast preppy set. 

We love the company for their youthful, personalized designs, affordable price points and their commitment to manufacturing their products in the USA! Stay on the fringe and shop the trend before it hits Texas! In store, $24 - $32. 

*images courtesy of Alex & Ani

MIROSLAVA DUMA: From Russia With Love

Our latest style crush is none other than our chicest Russian comrade and fashion blogger extraordinaire, Miroslava Duma. The 27-year old has become a regular front row fixture at big name shows like Louis Vuitton, Ralph Lauren and Kenzo. Never seen without her requisite chunky, eye-catching necklaces and skyscraper tall platform heels, we admire her adventurous spirit and playful attitude. 

Get the look: 

Alexis Bittar Panther Pendant NecklaceClare Vivier Striped ClutchKara by Kara Ross Bib NecklaceKelly Wearstler Abstract Necklace, Orla Keily Silk ShortsTibi Box Top Karen Walker Sunglasses

Follow Miroslava on instagram @miraduma