Yes, it may be starting to soar into the 90s out there and all us ladies are all probably dreaming of floaty, organic cotton spaghetti-strapped sun dresses, but I was happy to shift into autumn/winter mode while attending the breakfast presentation of the Lola & Sophie Fall/Holiday 2015 collection this past Thursday morning, where I was treated not only to sweet green juice, but the fun creative contemporary output of designer Gene Kagan.
Gene is an affable fashion talent, genuine and down-to-earth. And his designs are easy to understand, comfy and fun to wear, filling many different functions in a woman’s wardrobe. Lola & Sophie (named for two of the designer’s favorite beings — furry friends who happen to be a Chihuahua and a Havanese!), is fashion for women who want a style spin with a lot of comfort in their everyday wear.
Many of the pieces have a layered or asymmetric effect, with knit sleeves peeking out from modal bodies, or two-directional zippers on pieced jackets for comfort, fit and flare. An understated oomph is added from sparkle tops given a matte sheen by sheer fabric-covered sequins, as well as sheer on sleeves or attached bottom layers on tanks. One adorable dress had an attached jersey “top” over a distressed satin bottom.
A very cool piece that Gene says many of his 300+ boutique and specialty buyers out there love for its uniqueness is his modal turtleneck. Not your typical turtle, turn this one around and, voilà!, it has a slinky matte satin piecing in the back that makes it super cool and fashion-y.
Something you’ll probably crave once temps start to drop this fall!