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New Book: American Fashion Travel, Designers on the Go

American Fashion Travel: Designers on the Go

Norma Kamali traveled to Iran during the reign of the Shah. Seattle-born designer Chris Benz’s favorite souvenir is a friendship bracelet. You’ll learn this and much more in American Fashion Travel: Designers on the Go (Assouline; $45)—a scrapbook-style compilation of Q&A’s with handwritten responses and personal snapshots from a range of stateside talent, plus a foreword written by intrepid traveler and New York style icon Diane von Furstenberg. The result is a colorful glimpse into the globe-trotting lives of fashion’s who’s who.

Photo by Lars Klove

Travel Outfit: Anna Trzebinksi

Anna Trzebinski

When Nairobi-based fashion designer Anna Trzebinski boards a Tropic Air helicopter or a single-engine Cessna, she’s usually heading for Lemarti’s Camp, the eco-glam safari lodge she owns in the northern frontier of Kenya with her Samburu husband, Loyapan Lemarti. “I have to pack ultralight when traveling this way,” she says. “But that doesn’t mean I leave my favorite pieces behind.” Her look: cross-cultural bohemian. “I love clothes that have harmony and balance,” says Trzebinksi, who pairs a paisley cotton Etro shirt ($525) with stretch-twill Worn Jeans jodhpurs (from $80) and canvas Ed Hardy slip-on sneakers ($59). She never takes off the gold-and-citrine Carolyn Roumeguere snake talisman ($1,950) that hangs around her neck or the stack of beaded bracelets ($45 each) that she designed with the names of her husband and her daughter, Tacha. Trzebinski tops off the ensemble with a vintage suede-and-shearling hoodie vest. And it all works, whether she’s on a game drive in her custom-fitted Land Cruiser or jetting off for one of the African-inspired trunk shows that she hosts from New York City to Aspen, Colorado.

Her Packing Picks:

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Borrowing Berkeley Hotel’s Vintage Accessories

Berkeley Hotel

Playing dress-up just got more sophisticated at London’s Berkeley Hotel. There, along with cocktails from the Blue Bar, you can have a steamer trunk filled with baubles and accessories—all curated by Carmen Haid of vintage e-boutique atelier-mayer.com—delivered to your suite to borrow (gratis!) for a night on the town. Fall in love with that Pierre Cardin clutch? Any piece can be purchased for your permanent collection. the-berkeley.co.uk; doubles from $597.

Illustration by Ryan Hashka

Travel Uniform: Jimmy Choo's Tamara Mellon

Jimmy Choo chief creative officer Tamara Mellon

“I overpack,” says Jimmy Choo chief creative officer Tamara Mellon, OBE. “Always!” For a woman with an estimated collection of 1,000 pairs of shoes, that can sometimes mean checking four to eight suitcases. The English-born, New York–based executive’s main route is JFK to Heathrow, but since Jimmy Choo is a go-to label for A-list actresses, flying to Los Angeles for glitzy Hollywood parties also counts as a business trip. She takes a surprisingly streamlined approach when it comes to her travel look, however. “My rule,” Mellon says, “is to keep it simple.” She starts with J Brand stretch jeans ($158) and a cotton T by Alexander Wang top ($76), and adds a blazer ($525)—such as this wool-blend style, also by Alexander Wang. She accessorizes with leather biker boots ($1,195) and oversize sunglasses ($295)—“you never feel good when you get off a plane, so it’s great to hide behind a big pair of shades”—both by Jimmy Choo. Her mock-croc tote ($1,795) and wheelie ($3,595) are from the brand’s recently launched 24/7 bag collection. After all, you’re going to need the right luggage if you pack 30 pairs of shoes “just in case.”

WHAT'S IN HER BAG?

Fit for the Road: “I’m sure to bring Tracy Anderson’s Mat Workout DVD ($30), so I can exercise in my hotel room.”

Magazine: “I always pick up the British edition of fashion weekly Grazia at the airport. It’s my guilty pleasure.”

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Perfect Men’s Spring Outfit

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These sporty pieces will have you ready for a weekend getaway.

A Dapper Look: Cotton polo shirt, $80, by Lacoste. Lightweight corduroy blazer, $695, Gant by Michael Bastian. Linen shirt, $195, and cotton pants, $125, Façonnable. Seersucker belt, $80, Ernest Alexander. Leather-and-suede saddle shoes with Nike Air technology, $198, Cole Haan. Gingham bow tie, $60, Ernest Alexander. Canvas tote with calfskin details, $450, Ralph Lauren.

Photo by Teru Onishi

Jeweler Kendra Scott Opens Flagship Store in Austin

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, Texas has always favored and encouraged local entrepreneurs; it’s how they “Keep Austin Weird.” Although Kendra Scott is a Wisconsin native, she began her jewelry line as a mini-collection in Austin in 2002 with only $500, an extra bedroom and a newborn baby. Today, her collections are in more than 800 stores worldwide including big name retailers such as Nordstrom, Henri Bendel, and Lord & Taylor. Due to Austin’s large part in the success of Kendra’s company, she only felt it was appropriate to anchor her flagship store in this flourishing city.

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Contest Watch: Win 1 Million Air Miles, a Bulgari Watch + More!

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This month's contest watch is all about accessories: camera, watch, lei, whatever. With two photo contests, a Bulgari watch-giveaway, and a dream trip to Hawaii, there's something for everyone's taste.

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Kate Betts on First Lady Fashion—and (Yes) the Royal Wedding Dress

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Wonder what Kate Middleton’s going to wear down the Westminster Abbey aisle this Friday? Or what Michelle Obama’s going to wear on just about any given day of the week? Recently, I chatted with T+L contributing editor and style guru Kate Betts—hot off the heels of publishing her new book, Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style (Clarkson Potter, $35)—about the fashion sensibilities of first ladies around the globe.

201104-b-first-lady-michelle-obamajpgQ: People the world over have been enraptured by Michelle Obama’s sense of style. Considering her presence on the international stage, what sort of statement is she making about herself—and America—through what she wears?

A: She is making a statement about the power of confidence. The idea of wearing young, unknown American designers perfectly mirrors many of the ideas her husband campaigned on: new faces, new ideas, change. And at the recent state dinner for the President of China, she made a very bold statement by not wearing a dress designed by an American. A lot of people were upset about that—particularly the American fashion industry. But to my mind her self-possession and confidence define American style better than any label in her dress ever would.

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A Fashion Photog Goes Rogue in Milan


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Read the first part of guest blogger-photographer Elizabeth Lippman’s special series about departing from the fashion flock here.

After flying into the new airport in Milan, I hop on the Malpensa Express into the city, as guided by my super-helpful host from AirBnB.com, Fabrizio, who sent me emails with PDFs of maps, directions, his cell number, email addresses, etc.

But my cabbie drops me off with all my camera equipment (I am in town to shoot the fashion shows) on a street corner nowhere near where I’m going. Two panicked phone calls and another 12 Euro cab ride later, I find Fabrizio waiting for me nervously in Piazza 24 Maggio.

I get a tour of the apartment where I'll be living WITH Fabrizio and his wife, Asia, for the next four days. Only I, the lone American, seem to find this arrangement incredibly weird and awkward. All my other accommodations on this trip have required borrowing someone's personal space, but not actually sharing it. Here I will be sharing an apartment, and a bathroom, with this married couple.

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Best Espadrilles for Spring

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For a shoe traditionally made out of canvas and esparto grass, the espadrille has logged a lot of miles over the years. First worn by Catalan peasants in the 1200’s, by the mid 1900’s they were all over Europe, slipping on and off the feet of Salvador Dalí, Coco Chanel, and Brigitte Bardot. In 1970 the look went high fashion when Yves Saint Laurent sent a high-heeled, gold-ribboned pair down his runway. Since then the shoe has been reimagined season after season, appearing on travelers from Malibu to Marrakesh—and no wonder. Whether a graphic Tory Burch flat or a wedge sandal by Coach, the espadrille is the tunic of footwear: easily tucked into a weekender, it can go for a stroll along the beach or a night out on the town.

Photo by Charles Masters

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