After 16 years at Coach, Reed Krakoff has announced that he'll leave his role as president and executive creative director of the accessories brand next June.
It's time to shed the Winter armor and upgrade your warm-weather wares with some refreshing Spring pieces. Whether your dress code is all-business or casual-cool, this definitive shopping guide is here to help you start the new season in style. Chambray shirts from J.Crew, sharp Burberry trench coats, polished oxfords from Cole Haan — see and shop all of our editor's top picks below.
Think of our ultimate Spring shopping guide as an easy, no-fail cheat sheet to all of the hottest trends and styles for the season. That being said, it's time to embrace bold prints, standout sandals, and bright minibags from top designers like Alexander Wang, Dolce & Gabbana, and Reed Krakoff. Dress season is also in full bloom, and we have the prettiest picks and most flattering silhouettes for you to slip into right now. Shop our editor's picks below.
The rumors were true: Vogue today revealed that First Lady Michelle Obama is indeed the star of its April cover and, as suspected, she's wearing a Reed Krakoff dress selected from her personal wardrobe.
Photographer Annie Leibovitz shot the cover in the White House's Green Room, and also captured Obama wearing a sweater and ball gown from Michael Kors. In another portrait, the first lady drapes her arms around the chest of a seated President Obama in the Red Room.
Spring is here — well, not quite yet — and we're more than excited to swap out our heavy Winter gear for lighter layers and pretty prints in anticipation. This month, we're transitioning into the new season with an array of colorful bags, dresses, and, of course, gorgeous sandals and jewels to polish it all off. Additionally, we found the perfect pair of cool shades to block out those harmful UV rays and an adorable floral-print baseball cap to stylishly hide those occasional bad hair days. Click through to shop all of our editors' March must haves now.
Michelle Obama's second official White House portrait has been released, and rest assured, the FLOTUS is looking as chic as ever in custom navy blue Reed Krakoff. Unlike the sleeveless black Michael Kors sheath she chose in 2009, Michelle opted for three-quarter-length sleeves here, a move that takes the focus away from her famously sculpted arms. The other subtle differences worth noting? She wore a single strand of pearls instead of a double strand, and unlike the previous portrait, Michelle's "midlife crisis" bangs are front and center.
This isn't the first time Michelle has reached for one of Reed Krakoff's designs. In fact, she wore one of his sheaths and cropped cardigans to President Obama's official swearing-in ceremony, and styled the latter again with a Thom Browne dress at the inaugural lunch. Lest we forget, she also wore a pair of customized boots to walk in the inaugural parade. While neither Krakoff nor the first lady's office have commented on their fashionable partnership, it's safe to say we can (most likely) expect more Krakoff pieces to make their way into the presidential spotlight.
Reed Krakoff's Fall 2013 collection was a quick study in luxurious fabrics like leather, cashmere, satin, and crocodile. From the array of knee-length leather skirts and flat black over-the-knee boots to the designer's spot-on use of print and fabric mixing — not to mention a selection of gorgeous leather handbags — it was clear that sumptuous materials and strategic layering were on the designer's mind for Fall. One of our favorite pieces has to be the gray cashmere zip-up sweater with crocodile patches. Click through to see the other sleek cold-weather looks from Reed Krakoff's runway now.
Reed Krakoff's middle name might as well be polish. For Fall 2013, the designer showed a well-put-together collection of mainly monochromatic looks that had a definite ease about them, while still maintaining a certain smartness. If his Pre-Fall 2013 collection was all about athletic and military uniforms, Fall turned to the kinds of personal uniforms women adopt every day. A sleeveless forest green sweater looked cozy on top of a shiny skirt in the same color, and so did a practical blue coat paired with blue trousers and a blue tunic.
Krakoff showed just as much of an affinity for monochrome looks as he did for textures, showing crocodile print shirts and skirts, and using snakeskin to accent a white dress.