You may not know Rebecca de Ravenel by name, but you’ve certainly seen her creations. Everyone from Lupita Nyong’o to Lily Aldridge has worn her playful Les Bonbons earrings. Now, she’s launching a collection of colorful, fun handbags for Fall 2017, which are sure to be equally popular.
Last week, the designer celebrated the collection at the Little Cupcake Bakeshop in New York’s Nolita, which had been transformed into a garden of delight of sorts, with bags displayed on cake-stands in lieu of edible treats (it is fashion week, after all). The handbags, which are bright and colorful with hard resin tops and chain straps, were a welcome change from the black and brown-colored bags typically offered for fall. “Designing a Fall/Winter collection comes less naturally to me as I was raised in the Bahamas, hot summer colors are just the way my mind gravitates towards,” she explained. “I think that even though it is a fall collection it still has an island feel that I hope to never shake. My inspiration came from my godfather’s old dinning room in Paris. It was an emerald room from floor to ceiling, and being a little girl was one of the most wonderful things that I had ever seen.”
Like her designs, de Ravenel’s personal wardrobe is filled with tropical touches, like bold colors and playful prints. Here, the chic designer shares her style notes.
Daily uniform: I always wear a dress, with sandals for summer or knee-high boots in winter and my new basket bag.
Favorite place to shop: Soler in London (I can never leave without something, all the prints are simply delicious), and de Vera in New York.
Vintage stores: Marlene Wetherell in New York, Lofty Vintage near Hudson, Golyester’s Los Angeles.
Style icons: Bianca Jagger always, Jackie Kennedy in Capri, and Loulou de La Falaise for her sense of color.
Best recent discovery: My dog, Luna.
Style pet peeve Looking uncomfortable.
Last purchase: Plane ticket to Japan
Lusting after: A piece of jewelry from Taffin.
Always in your bag: A small Mason Pearson hairbrush, my new velvet pouch and a few pairs of earrings. You never know when you might a need a different color.
Most prized possession: My mothers hot pink couture Yves Saint Laurent gown.
Fashion week go-to: When I am in New York I am usually working, so if I can get away for a minute I love having lunch at Blue Ribbon Sushi.
Music of the moment: Link Up NxWorries.
Best winter read: Before the Fall by Noah Hawley, so clever.
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