by style contributor, Julie
Fashion is a massive merry-go-round of borrowing. It’s a field where original ideas are a farce, but repurposing is paramount. You’ve surely heard someone say, “If you hold on to that long enough it’ll be back in style.” And you must be aware that couture always seems to find itself on the fast fashion circuit of what we insiders call the “High Street”. So, with all this borrowing, trading, and inspired-by styling, what’s more often than not a lady’s most adored source of wardrobe restyling? Hold on to your pinstripes and pocket squares fellas: the fairer sex is Manning-Up and not so subtly stealing your style!
Borrowing from the boys is something we have loved doing for centuries. Case-in-point, high heels were actually invented so a MAN’s foot wouldn’t slip out of the stirrup whilst riding his horse into fierce battle…yup, our men once wore stilettos willingly, and they liked it! So, why do women go gaga over a guy’s apparel? It’s the almost anarchist juxtaposition of masculine power being perfectly married with ultra-soft femininity that make it such a sexy and sought after approach to dressing.
How, though, do you capture this elegant femininity that bares a bite?
1. Be a damsel in his dress…shirt that is: One of the most popular take-aways from the closet of the GQ’er is his crisp white button down. But why stop there? That traditional shirt can be reworked to better suit you. Give it a little length or play with patterns that are customarily manly. Give his dress shirt a little more darling!
2. Take back the man bag: So what! Sometimes the boys steal from us too, but there’s nothing wrong with taking back what was truly ours. The man bag has become a staple with the Wall Streeter and studious collegiate alike, and what they’ve done with the handbag has changed their worlds. With a little “lady” added back, we can capitalize on the utility without the fuss of a “too-fancy-to-carry-your-computer-in” bag.
3. Posh up his plaids: We’re not advocating you wear those anti-social blah plaids made popular by ‘90’s grunge bands, but we are suggesting that with a little rework going from Lumber Jack to “Lumber-Just-Perfect” will be pretty easy.
4. Chapeau of a Beau: Accessories are the easiest way to make a fashion statement without making a commitment. If you want to dip your toe into these uncharted waters, with the perk of concealing a possible undesirable hair situation, nothing says, “I’m channeling my inner alpha” more than a hat. Skip the flowers and anything that might read Derby and go more Diane Keaton.
When you’re building your inventory for Fall, there’s nothing wrong with being inspired by the Toms, Dicks and Harrys of the world…you’ll make it look even more extravagant anyway!
by style contributor, Julie
Everybody has a favorite color, one that they seem to gravitate to no matter what other options are offered. At Peruvian Connection, our colors come together to tell a well-woven story of culture, artisan crafts and global travels. Whether muted and washed, or regal and rich, color is one of our favorite ways of telling our story. This Fall, selecting the perfect shades to color our collection got quite deep.
We wondered what would happen if we went royal with the rainbow and took our favorite tones down a notch. Here’s how we’re telling our color story this Fall.
Ultramarine: An alluring take on your tried-and-true blue, Ultramarine marries the perfect balance between Royal Blue and Navy with a stunning simple complexity that steals the eye but manages an almost neutral-like versatility.
Merlot: An exquisite take on red that floods the garment with sophistication. Merlot evokes thoughts of walks on Italian cobblestone streets, or memories of espresso-sipping at a corner café in Provence.
Tarragon, Clover and Petrol Green: The grown-up versions of the classic Kelly green, these are rich colors that are perfectly fitting for Fall. Living up to its reputation as the color that’s most associated with youth, hope and envy, these updated and elevated shades of green will leave onlookers lusting for more.
Pewter: What would a season of jewel tones be without a little precious metal? Pewter is a lustily stainless-steel finish that, like Ultramarine, is strong enough to stand alone but can unexpectedly complement any color, finish, weave, or texture to create a polished look.
These key colors along with a palette full of robust jeweltones are what’s painting Peruvian’s Fall and Holiday collections. No matter if they are stoically standing alone, or mingled majestically in a whimsical print or pattern, we’re sure this season you’ll undoubtedly find the hue that’s oh so you!
by style contributor, Julie
We generally stay away from the dirty little word “trend” here at PC. These five letters imply quick fading, flash in the proverbial pan styles that are literally in vogue one minute and very back of the closet the next. Shopping trends and stacking your racks with fast fashion is a method that we couldn’t find more tragic. Key pieces that are exquisitely tailored, expertly styled, and come with an ample life expectancy are items that send our hearts pitter-pattering. Every season we call our most lavish of these pieces our “IT” pieces. Although these styles are on point with what’s trending, they are far from trendy and will revamp your wardrobe, taking it from so-right-this-second to always classic, with one whip of a stitch.
So here’s our “IT” Piece answer to what’s Trending:
The Not-So Conspicuous Cut Out…
Creatively placed cut outs can be an alluring way to show a little skin – BUT, there’s a fine line between keeping it chic and giving the world more than just a peek!What’s Trending: Cut Outs (PHOTO: Style Du Monde, as seen on Whowhatwear.com) | Our “IT” Piece: Donatella Dress $218
In The Trenches…
There’s nothing trendy about it: the classic coat in a rich camel color. If your closet is without one, you’re missing a piece that would have inevitably changed your life forever.What’s Trending: Camel Coats (PHOTO: Getty / Pascal Le Segretain as seen on FabSugar.com) | Our “IT” Piece: Marlborough Coat $498
Lighter Than Leather…
It’s been up and coming, and for great reason. It’s the look of leather, the breathability of cotton, and the green-ness of granola. Coated denim has finally staked its claim as a fashion staple.
What’s Trending: Coated Denim (PHOTO: Marc Piasecki/GC Images as seen on Whowhatwear.com) | Our “IT” Piece: East End Jeans $179
Handcrochet and look-a-like lace have morphed from a tiny hem detail to an all over impressive affect. Not for the faint of fashion heart, these it pieces take a little flare to wear.
What’s Trending: All-Over Lace (Lily Aldridge as seen on WhoWhatWear.com) | Our “IT” Piece: Nico Tunic $398
So remember leave trendy to the fashion-not-knowers, the teens and in-betweens, and the tries-too-hards, because there’s nothing more très jolie than a woman who’s got “IT”.
by style contributor, Julie
It’s time for us to address an issue that we run into every time we début a new season’s collection. Before the skinny spin gets cracked and the hot-off-the-press catalog ink has dried, the phones in our customer care center begin to ring off the hook…what’s the voice on the other end uttering most? “Where can we get those SHOES?!?!”
We’re ready to spill our stylist’s secret and let you in to the wonderful world of what we put on our models’ feet. The outfit may be the main course, but every ensemble needs a little BAM of seasoning à la Emeril Lagasse to “kick it up a notch” and feed the fashion sole…
This season we had the pleasure of pulling from brands like Marc Jacobs, Freebird, and L’Autre Chose just to name-drop a few. Here are 3 of our favorites – AND for the cherry on top, we’ve even provided you the perfect alternative shoe just in case you are curious about some not-so-funky footwear styling.
The Jeffrey Campbell:
This season we’ve channeled our inner super chic rock star. What better way to set off a pair of leather-like black jeans than with a pair of chunky heeled rocker boots with metal buckles! (Shopbop.com) http://goo.gl/oRcXzGBut if these bad girl boots are a little to 1980’s Hair Band for you, then don’t be afraid to trade in the chuck heel for a stiletto and knock off a buckle or two. Jeffrey Campbell Belair Boot (Neiman Marcus) http://goo.gl/rPokwa
The L’Autre Chose
We’ll never leave our rustic roots, which is why we picked this buttery brown ankle- hitting bootie. They’re the perfect wear-with-all pair, but the low riding ankle cut keeps them up-to-date. (yoox.com) http://goo.gl/IiVdMa
If you’re digging something that’s more of a tall drink of water, there’s no way you can go wrong with a just-to-the-knee almost edible chocolate classic boot. Not only will they be the only pair of boots you need for the season, they’ll make your legs look a country mile long! L’Autre Chose Tall Boot (stylebop.com) http://goo.gl/pDs1i8
Borrowing from the boys is never a bad idea. And the juxtaposition of a big bulky boot and a lovely lady says “Yeah, I raided your closet, and guess what, sir…I wear it better than you.” (Nordstrom) http://goo.gl/bHOQZYOr if you’re more of a buttoned-up beauty that prefers just a hint of him in your wardrobe, you might want to sub the super boot for something a little less biker boy. Freebird Saddle Boot (Steve Madden) http://goo.gl/fFP1HE
Now go forth my lovers of shoes and don’t forget to ALWAYS let your soles shine!
There are few steamier co-stars than Mr. Benjamin Bratt. Very well known for his role in the crime solving Law & Order show and for dating the most darling of Hollywood darlings, Bratt has more than a little culture in his DNA. His mother, a Peruvian from Lima, moved to the United States at the age of 14 and has had close ties to her country ever since. Benjamin was raised with his 4 siblings in San Francisco, and attended the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he earned a B.F.A. in Theater and was an active member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.
Despite being busy with his career and charity work, B.B. remains a family man, spending time with his wife, Talisa Soto, raising their two children Sophia Rosalinda Bratt and Mateo Bravery Bratt.
Benjamin Bratt, as Grand Master in the San Francisco Mission district parade. Photo by Frank Kovalchek