Smarter Women’s Workwear

Three brands who are making business-casual actually enjoyable (and supremely wearable)

A new year means a re-assessment of your closet. Not many people ever get excited over buying a button-down, but just because you have a meeting scheduled for Wednesday doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. The three brands below are working overtime to design pieces that are more than what meets the eye, and most important of all, offer a boost in confidence when …

Lazy Oaf’s New Line: G.E.M.

Drawing inspiration from Cyndi Lauper and Barbara Cartland, a flamboyantly fun and frilly collection

We’ve been longtime devotees of Lazy Oaf, the fun London-based label that truly lets you wear your (even most curmudgeonly) feelings on your sleeves. Founder Gemma Shiel launches new pet project G.E.M. today, and the statement pieces are not for the fainthearted. G.E.M. (standing for Give ‘Em More) experiments with more texture, volume and frills—think dresses with furry sleeves, a sheer color-block jacket, jeans that …

Olivia Wendel’s Handpainted Scarves

Why the Brooklyn-based artist finds wool and silk to be the fitting canvas for her work

The last time we wrote about Olivia Wendel, it was back in 2014—her stained silk tapestries were a notable highlight in that year’s annual RISD graduate thesis exhibit. Armed with an MFA in textile design, the now-Brooklyn-based painter has since developed a synergetic relationship with the rippling canvases of wool and silk, resulting in her debut collection of six scarves this year. A brief look …

Just One One-Piece by Apricoss

The ethically-minded independent brand offers a single swimsuit style

Upon a recent visit to one of our favorite online boutiques, Kindred Black, we came across a new brand that only offers a single, sophisticated swimsuit style. That was enough—one look and we were undeniably impressed by Apricoss‘ Ariana Swimsuit. The deep V, the high cut, the luxe lining, the way the adjustable straps loop around the shoulder edges for a much more exposed back, …

House of Cards “Femme” Collection

Designer Ashiya Omundsen explores the concept of femininity with a super-playful range

Exploring the concept of femininity, House of Cards designer Ashiya Omundsen has created possibly her most exciting collection to date. The New Zealand-born, Melbourne-based Omundsen released her “Femme” collection recently, and the diverse, bold range of pieces is a feast. The covetable collection includes fabrics covered in cellphone illustrations, cotton candy pink, tulle, metallics and even a boob pattern. We spoke with Omundsen about traditional …