London chic and Mad Men cool might sound like an odd combination but believe me, it’s fabulous! Raya and I met with Elaine Turner at her NorthPark store yesterday and got to see and hear about this fantastic new collection straight from the designer’s mouth. First let me say that Elaine was a sweetheart – warm, friendly, easy to talk to. She explained that she’s always had a passion for interior design and often gets inspiration for her handbags and shoes from various interiors. Many pieces from the current collection are based on the work of well-known British interior designer, David Hicks who was extremely popular in the sixties. Hicks was known for mixing styles and patterns into a cohesive, clean, clutter-free space. Additionally, Elaine was inspired by the interiors and fashion of the TV show, Mad Men. Several of her new bags represent the forties in shape, materials and patterns. The entire collection is made up of gorgeous bright-colored patents, patent neutrals and sexy animal prints. Elaine kept the recession in mind while creating this line making bags that she thought would carry over from season to season. (Bless you, Elaine!) My personal favorites are here, here and here. (I couldn’t narrow it down to just one!) And Raya loves this week end bag. If you’re wondering where Elaine’s signature bold patterns and prints are don’t worry. They’ll be back for the summer. In the meantime, indulge in the pops of color, exotic embossed leather and retro shapes of her fall line. C’est magnifique!
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