DANIELA CORTE

Elegant and understated, effortlessly chic, Daniela Corte elevates Boston style to a higher level.
First day of our Sample Sale -> Let the *treasure hunting* begin!!!  

First day of our Sample Sale -> Let the *treasure hunting* begin!!!  

As we’ve just recently rolled out our S/S 2012 & Resort Collections, bursting with full spectrum of colors (you name it, we have it all: from whites in silks and pinks in delicate laces to navys in jerseys and wild green custom prints for the Sports Illustrated-approved bathing suits!), I began to wonder: why it is that so often, “fashion” is merely scoffed off, brushed aside as merely something so effervescent, superficial, and purely vain?  As someone who has grown up outside the country (and admittedly has an ongoing, lifelong identity crisis (which I’ll save you from)), it is rather mind-boggling to witness this über-lax, “laissez-faire” attitude towards dressing oneself in the stateside. Case and point: mom-jeans, sneakers beaten to death, worn all around, outside regular exercise routine.  Crowning moment: 80s power skirt suit combo with the aforementioned pair of sneakers.

Believe me, I’ll be the first one to raise my hands for having more than enough vanity to linger in front of my walk-in closet wayyy longer than however much time I have to get ready to rush out the door every morning.  But that aside, since when did it become okay to not put an ounce of thought, effort and energy into dressing oneself before heading out the door for the day? One of the biggest pet peeves I have that makes me cringe, is when so many of us resort such lame excuse of “if people genuinely care/love about me, and are interested in what important things I have to contribute, they would look past what I cover myself with.”  Sure, we’d like to all believe so.  But the truth is, presenting yourself in the best light, and in the most creative and interesting way possible does matter.  Tallulah Willis, one of the interviewees featured on StyeLikeU, who graciously opens up her closet and shares her attitude and definition about what style and fashion are to her sums it all up: “[fashion is like hav]ing an armor on.” It is the ultimate non-verbal representation of who you are as a person to every encounter you come across.  Fashion carries much symbol, meaning, and unspoken connotation of your message to the outside world.  I’m openly jealous of (and happy for) friends who are lucky enough to get a handful of one-of-a-kind, can’t-find-anywhere-else heirlooms from their grand-relatives within families, not just because those heirlooms are “can’t-take-my-eyes-off” gorgeous (completely true, BTW).  But also because they carry the significance of: history, bond, meaning, and love that bind the giver and the wearer altogether.  Style and fashion are more than mere pieces of “stuff”, “things” we put on.

As I was flipping through my cable channel late one night and setting my remote to the MTV station, which featured a young ex-Amish going through the arduous decision process of separating himself from the tight-knit community he had grown up in. In it, the young ex-Amish packs up all of his Amish-day clothes, and brings it to his parents’ house to signify that there was no going back in his decision.  This was his way of stating what he chose to believes in, and how he chose to lead his life, demonstrated as clearly as night and day through his (albeit, everyday) fashion, when his words weren’t enough to convince his loved ones of his decision.

Like the brave young man’s case shared above, if you’ve got so much to convey, push forward, function and participate as a full member in the society, shouldn’t what you inevitably (because we clearly don’t want to offend anyone with our nakedness!) show matter just as much?  Deliberate dressing not only displays one’s hint of personality, it also demonstrates one’s disciplined attitude towards thoughtful dressing.  Moreover, I lament such passing of era when we would certainly not consider lounging in the airports in trucker caps and Juicy Couture velour tracksuits, respectful.  Gone are the days when we dressed in our best ties, suits, rolling luggages and hats with pill boxes.   Apparently many of us share the same sentiment, as evidenced by the (unfortunately recently cancelled) PamAm series on ABC.  

How we dress ourselves in the privacy of our own homes is our own business.  I get that.  But there needs to be a clear and unmistakable delineation between the public and the private; there needs to be an awareness that perception is reality in our eyes, however much we’d like to deny the fact.  In this Digital Age, where the degree of self-promotion knows no boundaries through our constant 140-character-long status updates on Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, *cough* Tumblr, Instagram, and the like, how is it that we don’t realize we are our own walking self-advertisement, more effective than anything else we blindly type away at, and posted pictures of?!

Honestly, nothing makes me happier and giddier than this peek-a-boo eighty-degree weather, especially being back in New England (as I’m shuddering at the momentary flashback from the record-breaking blizzard that hit us on April Fool’s Day in ‘97)!  

The 116th Boston Marathon maybe over, but it’s still gorgeous out!  Maybe this pretty little thing can accompany you on your way to a summer-time’s-a-coming workout session?! :) Courtesy of BodyRock Sport! Only available at Daniela Corte! 

The 116th Boston Marathon maybe over, but it’s still gorgeous out!  Maybe this pretty little thing can accompany you on your way to a summer-time’s-a-coming workout session?! :) Courtesy of BodyRock Sport! Only available at Daniela Corte

Our resident stylista, Anilka’s best friend, Sarah, in our BodyRock Sport ‘The Sophie’ Bra & our own Daniela Corte ‘Gym Shorts’, in celebration of the 116th Boston Marathon as a fellow (former) Boston Marathoner herself!

Our resident stylista, Anilka’s best friend, Sarah, in our BodyRock Sport ‘The Sophie’ Bra & our own Daniela Corte ‘Gym Shorts’, in celebration of the 116th Boston Marathon as a fellow (former) Boston Marathoner herself!

Minimalists: the New “It” Designers?

With Hedi Slimane and Raf Simons, the two ultimate icons of the contemporary Minimalist designers, being recently appointed as creative directors (Slimane for Yves Saint Laurent, and Simons for Christian Dior) there seems to be another trend-within-trend spotting going on here!  

(image: courtesy of Fashionista.com)

The never-ending merry-go-around in the high fashion world seems to have come to a momentary halt, with the exception of our favorite Italian, mister Stefano Pilati, who has endured unending rumors of being replaced, season after season (though it is also *rumored* that he maybe in the top picks for being Giorgio Armani’s successor, they say *cough cough*).  So for the time being, we’re turning our attention to this unintended battle of the minimalists at the helm of three of the most revered and coveted fashion houses:  Slimane of YSL, Simons of Dior, and the one-and-only Phoebe Philo, currently of Celine. The archives for YSL with their signature ‘Le Smoking’ Suit, and Dior with its the ever-so-flamboyant Galliano designs as historic references, this should be quite interesting!  Add to the race, the impeccable Ms. Phoebe Philo, who, with her midas touch has had a cult following circa her reign at Stella McCartney and Chloe, swooping in the once-sweet-girly aesthetics with her clean palette. 

Come June & July, with the first round of showing from both Slimane and Simons at their upcoming couture collections for the houses, we’ll get to have a sliver of taste of what to expect during the much anticipated Paris Fashion Week this September.  The exact quotient of paying homage to the history and the evolution of these fashion magnets vs. infusing each of their own signature designs will be critical to launching their next tenures as creative directors for the fashion mega-houses, YSL and Dior.  

Despite the fact that all three of the creatives are drama- and fuss-free, staying under the radar, and quietly dominating the fashion world with their talent, no doubt, the fashion hawks in this small circle of world will be drawing comparison after comparison.  

Regardless, I’m taking a deep sigh of relief and finding solace in that the fashion gods have once again played an interesting-to-say-the-least, impeccable and exciting choice of cards and players for more seasons of collections to come!

(Palazzo Blouse (White), $325; High-Waisted Shorts (Navy) $225; Knot Belt (Navy) $185) 
Never mind the Spring Rain weather!  Changing up the window to up the dampened mood (and shoes)!  Here is a staff favorite ensemble of outfit, head-to-toe Daniela Corte, with a bit of added sparkle from Catalina de la Torre Jewelry!

(Palazzo Blouse (White), $325; High-Waisted Shorts (Navy) $225; Knot Belt (Navy) $185) 

Never mind the Spring Rain weather!  Changing up the window to up the dampened mood (and shoes)!  Here is a staff favorite ensemble of outfit, head-to-toe Daniela Corte, with a bit of added sparkle from Catalina de la Torre Jewelry!

Finally!!! Some Spring-y 60-degree weather!  ”Fresh”en up your dull, dying-for-the-scorching-bikini-beachy-weather days with these handpicked selection, courtesy of our friendly neighbor, Fresh!

Finally!!! Some Spring-y 60-degree weather!  ”Fresh”en up your dull, dying-for-the-scorching-bikini-beachy-weather days with these handpicked selection, courtesy of our friendly neighbor, Fresh!