3 Luxe Classics That Are Worth the Investment

Versace. Valentino. Salvatore Ferragamo. The world of luxe is filled with bold names and, sometimes, even bolder prices. So how do you know if an item is truly worth the investment? Assistant Buyer (and expert in all things luxury) Michael B. explains his top three picks. And why they’re worth every penny.

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Navy Suit: Unlike less expensive options, luxury suiting is tailored to perfection and constructed in quality wool – which means it should last for up to ten years of sporadic wear. To keep things current, Michael recommends go-with-everything navy paired with a light blue dress shirt for a tonal look.

Bit Loafers: If you’re investing in a shoe, it’s best to invest in a versatile one. And no other shoe is more easily dressed up or down than the loafer. Pick a pair of Salvatore Ferragamo’s Gancio Bit versions to convey instant status, then condition the leather and have a cobbler resole to exude it forever.

100% Silk Tie: Stiff synthetic fabrics are prone to wrinkles. But this fine weave? It will always hang straight and hold a dimple under the knot. Try jazzing up your look with a classic stripe or polka dot. The pattern adds more interest than a solid without venturing into full-on print territory.

Knock these classics off your to-buy list. Shop The One-Stop Luxe Shop: Versace & More for Men Boutique, which opened Tuesday, September 16, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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September 16, 2014

Most Coveted: A Peek at This Week’s Boutiques

By Nicole Andrew, Rue La La Fashion Editor

 

Balance is needed everywhere from yoga class to your skincare regimen – but especially in your wardrobe. To achieve it, be mindful of proportion, color, and texture. Check off each one with this week’s picks and find yourself on the path to a harmonious outfit.

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1. Salvatore Ferragamo “Vara” Mini Shoulder Bag. This chain-strap mini may be small in size, but it’s large in impact.
2. Parker “Quinn” Dress. Digital prints make fall dressing a breeze – just accessorize with a matching neutral or complementary cool hue. The options are endless.
3. b.u. “Sister” Pendant Necklace. Dainty jewelry adds a personal touch without overdoing it.
4. Cartier 2000s “Pasha C” Watch. Round out a feminine look with an oversized watch.
5. La Prairie Cellular Refining Lotion. Maintaining equilibrium is crucial for your skin. Prep for fall with this luxe toner.

By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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August 18, 2014

Worth the Investment: Luxe Loafers to Own Now

There are shoes you buy and replace – like those sneakers you ran 500 miles in – and then there are shoes you invest in. The ones you take to the cobbler, resole, and wear over and over again. The pairs below? They’re in that latter category. Here’s why you should own them. And how you can wear them.

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TOD’s Gommino Loafer
Why We Love It:
 This iconic driving shoe gets its name from the 133 gommini – rubber pebbles – embedded in its soles. When Diego Della Valle founded TOD’s in the late 70s his goal was to “make more relaxed shoes that are also elegant and chic,” as he told Telegraph. He succeeded.
How to Wear It: Live in this loafer come the weekend with casually cuffed jeans, no socks, and a lightweight button-front.

Salvatore Ferragamo Gancio Bit Loafer
Why We Love It: Much like a fine wine, the high-quality Italian leather of these classic loafers actually gets better with age (you know, rather than basically disintegrating into nothing). Plus, the shoes are accented with Salvatore Ferragamo’s instantly recognizable Gancio bit.
How to Wear It: With a suit. Tailor your pants so they have little-to-no break. You’re not going to want to conceal these shoes.

Start building your wear-forever shoe collection. Our Men’s Italian Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo & More Boutique opened Tuesday, July 29, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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July 30, 2014

All in the Family: Ferragamo’s Latest Campaign Stars A-List Offspring

Salvatore Ferragamo’s latest campaign? It’s all about the Fiamma, a handbag named after the designer’s late daughter. The short film and interview series highlight the February release of the carryall with VIP names like Poitier, Ruspoli, and Hemingway. To say this ensemble of Hollywood, art-world, and actual royalty is inspiring is a total understatement.

Salvatore Ferragamo Fiamma handbag campaign

 Image via ELLE

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May 9, 2014

The Platform Shoe: A High-Style History

Fashion, like history, often repeats itself. Case in point: platforms. With each generation, the high-style shoe seems to reappear. So, before you go tossing out last season’s wedges, let’s take a look at where platforms came from and how they’ve been reinvented time and again.

A History of Platform Shoes

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March 11, 2014

Our Fashion Director On the Vara’s 35th Birthday

By Jackie Nasser, Rue La La Fashion Director

Only a handful of fashion items ever make it to iconic status. Among the few: Hermès’s Birkin bag, Burberry’s trench, DVF’s wrap dress, and, of course, Salvatore Ferragamo’s Vara shoe, which turned 35 this summer.

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Photos via Salvatore Ferragamo

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August 22, 2013

Ferragamo Takes Fifth Avenue

Lauren David Peden

It was fashion, Italian-style, in Manhattan last week thanks to Salvatore Ferragamo’s Resort show, which injected a little Old World glamour into Uptown New York. Held in the James B. Duke Mansion overlooking Central Park, the event drew fashion’s finest, along with celebs and notables such as Eva Mendes, Freida Pinto, Ashley Greene, Emma Roberts, Rachel Roy, Olivia Chantecaille, Brad Goreski, Scott Speedman, and… need I go on?

They (and I) braved the heat (and it was seriously h-o-t) to visit the mansion, replete with a soaring marble staircase, imposing carved fireplaces, and countless urns overflowing with ivory and lilac flowers.

Fittingly, the collection (designed by Massimiliano Giornetti) was inspired by the late heiress Doris Duke (aka, “the richest girl in the world”), who grew up in the mansion. Heavy on nautical-themed looks and fringed everything (from skirts and gowns to scarves and handbags), there was a definite Thirties feel to the clothing, yet the collection never felt dated.

I especially loved a slinky white halter dress worn by Karlie Kloss and a white, double-breasted pantsuit Mariacarla Boscono wore to open the show. But what made this so special was seeing some of fashion’s finest models (Karolina Kurkova, Jac, Vanessa Traina, and Constance Jablonski also walked the runway) wearing such beautiful clothes in such a grand and intimate setting. Belissima!

Lauren David Peden writes for Rue La La as a Contributing Editor.


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