Roberta Einer spring 2017
This designer's clothes aren't for shrinking violets.
Estonian-born, London-based designer Roberta Einer's frenetic and playful vibe is infectious. Since launching her label in 2015, Einer has become known for her bold use of couture-level embellishment and hand embroidery. It's no surprise that prior to launching her label, Einer worked with Olivier Rousteing as a print and embroidery assistant at Balmain.
We chatted to Einer about her spring collection, which is a mix of mad prints and reworked silhouettes inspired by pastel-hued South Beach circa 1980.
A look from Roberta Einer's spring 2017 collection
What's the mood and feeling of this collection?
"I drew main inspiration from Miami and South beach – 1980’s poolside poster art was translated into embellishment, highly worked fabrics featured botanicals and tropical birds. For the colours I was inspired by illustrators like Jiro Bevis and Yoko Honda who [featured] Miami a lot in their work. I wanted to recreate what all those strong Studio 54 characters like Bianca Jagger, Janice Dickinson and Debbie Harry would be wearing if they went to Miami. The pastel hues of the city’s architecture lead to using rainbow palette of greens, blues, pinks and fluorescents that were set by monochrome. It’s a very fun and sexy collection – just like Miami! – with lots of high shine and big contrasts in textures and cuts."
In terms of textures, what was the process in selecting or creating then?
"Fabric and material sourcing is one of the most important parts when designing collection. We get custom tweeds done in Linton mill, which is the same mill that develops Chanel tweeds. We get jacquards from Paris and leather from Italy. All embroidery is manufactured in one of the best hand embroidery factories, that also produces for Balmain, Ralph & Russo and Lanvin. We [experiment] in-house for the most creative techniques and finishes and then give the production to the industry’s best."
Who's the Roberta Einer customer?
"I don’t really believe that there is a certain age or image that most of our customers have, because for me it has always been about designing every kind of woman – all ages, all ethnicities, all body types and characters. I started selling from the very first season globally, so it became vital to design for all types of women.
One thing that unites all customers is that they wish to stand out and have this playful way of dressing and living. For me, it’s really important that the customer wears clothes and not the other way around. And with designs like mine, you will really need a quite a character to pull it off!"
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Remember paper-bag pants?
Stylish star Sienna Miller was spotted out in London in a somewhat forgotten trend, the paper-bag waist.
While a trend inspired by a paper bag may not sound like one you'd ever want to bring back, when styled with the right ensemble they make for a major street style moment. Before getting Sienna's stamp of approval, the pant was notably revived on the runway at Stella McCartney, who paired the pant with fitted, corset-like tops. It's the first time in several seasons that the cinched silhouette has entered the fashion conversation.
Pants like these can't help but take the spotlight, so we love how Sienna rocked her dusty rose pair with a simple sweater and matching peep-toe shoes.
Here are some options to get the tapered trouser look:
Ann Demeulemeester Cortez Trousers ($661), at farfetch.com.
The view from the author's cottage at Turtle Inn. Image by: the Family Coppola
It’s 11 a.m. on the beach, and my friend has just suggested we open a bottle of rosé. “It’s not even noon yet!” I protest. “And?” she says. Good point. The bottle is almost gone by lunchtime.
I feel justified in taking on this level of indulgence because we’re on holiday in Belize. We’re winding down from the previous few days’ adrenalin highs (I’m pleased to report we were completely sober for zip-lining and waterfall rappelling) in the most picturesque setting: white sand, blue sea and sky and a smattering of palm trees leaning over the water’s edge just so.
The tiny Central American country appeals to visitors on two fronts: adventure in its wild and verdant interior and relaxation on its Caribbean coastline. Our bases for the week – a jungle idyll and a beachy haven – are both owned by one Francis Ford Coppola (who, by the way, has three other high-end properties, in Guatemala, Argentina and Italy), and they are duly luxurious in a laid-back, rustic way.
The author's cabana at Blancaneaux Lodge. Image by: Ciara Rickard
Blancaneaux Lodge is a secluded oasis surrounded by mountains and lush vegetation in Cayo, near the western border of the country. Peppered with waterfalls, caves and Mayan ruins, this region is truly an explorer’s playground. And when we were done exploring for the day, our cabana’s private terrace and infinity plunge pool would lure us back.
The beach in Placencia. Image by: the Family Coppola
Turtle Inn, on the coast and farther south, was the perfect chaser after a few days inland. The resort’s 25 luxe thatched cottages are on, or just back from, the beach, and it’s a 20-minute walk (or a quick cab ride) from Placencia, a seaside village of colourful clapboard buildings, fairy-light-bestrewed patios and laid-back beach bars. The sea view from the veranda of my cottage will be forever imprinted on my mind.
The entrance to the Cave of the Crystal Sepulchre. Image by: Belize Tourism Board
CAVE OF THE CRYSTAL SEPULCHRE
This is a fascinating five-kilometre-long underground river and cave system where the Mayans performed ritual sacrifice around 700 to 900 AD. They believed that caves were the portal to the underworld and therefore a direct line to the gods, so that’s where they went to make offerings: bloodletting, the severing of limbs or digits and, when times were really rough, death. We entered through a small opening deep in the jungle and then waded through waist-high water, our headlamps spotlighting the stunning rock formations surrounding us. (Very Indiana Jones.) After about an hour, we reached “the Cathedral,” a surreal cavernous space that reminded me of Fraggle Rock (minus the singing puppets). Enormous stalactites and stalagmites cast eerie shadows on the walls while we took in the in-situ remnants of its dark past: hundreds of Mayan pots, the phalangeal bones of severed fingers and the calcified skeletons of 14 victims, including the “Crystal Maiden,” whose bones sparkle from centuries of calcite buildup.
The practicals: While you only spend about three hours in the cave, a visit here takes the better part of a day – it’s about an hour’s bumpy drive in (the tour operator will pick you up) and a 45-minute walk to the cave opening.
Ruins at the Mayan city of Xunantunich. Image by: Belize Tourism Board
Once we had learned how to pronounce the name of this Mayan city (shoo-nahn-too-nitch), we gave our calves a workout and scaled two of its major temples for vertiginous views and the de rigueur feet-hanging-over-the-edge photo op. Further ruins are still being unearthed at the site; in fact, archaeologists discovered the tomb of a high-ranking individual last summer. Around 10,000 people lived in Xunantunich at the height of its power, but it was abandoned by around 1000 AD. Today its buildings carry the echoes of Mayan life, but howler monkeys, iguanas, tarantulas and other wildlife have since moved in.
The practicals: This is one of the smaller Mayan sites, so you can cover it in a couple of hours. You don’t need a guide (especially if you rent your own wheels), but it does add to the experience, and you can book one through the hotel.
The author zip-lining in the Bocawina rainforest. Image by: Sunitha Shivakumar
BOCAWINA RAINFOREST ADVENTURES
“Not that many people die doing this,” joked our guide Wilson as he attached my harness to the zip line. His nonchalance actually did calm my nerves, and after one turn flying through the canopy 50 metres off the ground, I was hooked. We followed this adrenalin high with another: rappelling down a 35-metre-high waterfall. Looking up at the crashing water was one of the best views of the whole trip.
The practicals: This day trip is an hour’s drive from Turtle Inn, and transfers are included in the tour price.
A white sand beach in Placencia. Image by: the Family Coppola
THE BEACH AT TURTLE INN
Placencia is known for having the best beaches in the country: white sand, the calm turquoise sea and enough palm trees to hang the odd hammock. Our first day here was a super-chill cycle of reading on chaise longues, swimming in the bathwater-warm sea and refuelling at the Laughing Fish beach bar. A wobbly attempt at stand-up paddleboarding was the extent of the day’s exertions.
The practicals: The resort also has sailboats, snorkel gear, kayaks and water bicycles, and helpful beach staff are on hand to get you started. Scuba diving is also on offer, and you can do your training there if you aren’t already certified.
This article originally appeared in the February 2017 issue of ELLE Canada.
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The takeaway: A white turtleneck is a must-have.
As the new face and possible future celeb designer for Coach, Selena Gomez has already started rocking Stuart Vevers' most coveted pieces.
Selena was snapped leaving a nail salon in West Hollywood in the brand's statement 'Rexy' sweater layered over a crisp white turtleneck and her favourite patchwork Vetements jeans. She finished the look with nude pumps by Kurt Geiger.
Her vintage, rose-tinted sunglasses by Caviar were the perfect final touch for this retro-nerdy look styled by Christian Classen.