Friday, November 2, 2012

Reviving a Classic

Once upon a time, every budding fashionista’s wardrobe consisted of Ann Fogarty dresses, Pappagallo shoes, Kimberly knits and Etienne Aigner handbags. The latter, a New York made staple since 1950!

Fast forward many decades ahead and this fashion maven is happy to report that Etienne Aigner is back and better than ever with a classic brand that has a whole new lease on life. Yours truly made the trek to the new showroom to view the gorgeous spring collection. While I have fond memories of my original sporty cordovan leather and linen handbag, the depth and breath of the new stuff took my breath away (translation, I want everything).

Let us start off with the bags. I get palpitations just thinking about Vachetta leather trimmed smooth leather totes, the small epic satchel, a large grain pebble leather satchel and a vintage inspired large gusseted satchel in the classic glazed leather /linen combo. Ah memories!

 Etienne Aigner - His Bags Make C&C's Heart BEAT!

Photo Credit:  M. McKenzie
Moving on to footwear, my eye was immediately struck by a pair of perforated cap toe oxfords in butter soft leather called the “Bedford”. Offered in four color-ways my first choice would be a honeydew/ivory combo followed by a pair in softest blush. For summer I’d opt for the “Tonne” slip-on in coral suede or natural linen trimmed in black cow leather. 

Loving the Shoes, Still Obsessed with the Bags!
Photo Credit:  M. McKenzie

After handbags and shoes what do girls covet most? Jewelry of course and Aigner showed a terrific collection. Top of my fashion chart is the sporty (think very Hermes looking) leather horn closure bracelet, the hinged water snake bangles and a drop dead gorgeous chunky block necklace in oxidized brass with coral vein stones. It’s bold and beautiful, The chunky block ring with white mother of pearl and coral on brass is another striking find.

Last but not least, we come to RTW. And boy does Aigner deliver. From silk crepe to suede and cotton poplin, the look is easy breezy and sophisticated. If I had to narrow it down to my fave pieces, number one would be the button down shirtdress with pleat detailing at the waist, in a tonal marble print (like Florentine marbelized paper) poplin. Over this I’d toss a cropped double breasted cotton/spandex trench jacket in khaki with petal suede trim and I’d be good to go.

 Aigner's Shirtdress - Smooth Classic Style... oh, look another fab BAG!
Photo Credit:  M. McKenzie

My descriptions have just scratched the surface but if you can hold out till early next year, Etienne Aigner’s flagship boutique will make its debut, so start saving those pennies. I adored this brand in the late ‘50s ( I was a mere child) and I’m still a fan!

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