BOUTIQUE CRITIQUE :: A. Turen : Look 3
May 11, 2011 - by Jessica Lapidos
For Ashley Turen, owning a shop runs in her blood. She tells us, My grandmother had an incredible store in Alabama. I fell in love with the art and creative freedom of having your own shop. I wanted to open a shop that represented my dream one stop shop. She recently moved to this new space on Stanton Street from just a few blocks away on Ludlow to make room for shop in the one stop. My old space was very small, and mainly housed my line, and some jewelry. This store has mens, womens, shoes, accessories, lifestyle products, all under one roof.
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Look Three: Barefoot Summer Walk
The Stripe Dyed Skirt: Maggie Ward, $300
This maxi looks straight out of the desert. The flowing chiffon will hit the floor when worn at the waist, but I pulled it up to just below the bust to extend the possibilities of layering. Its even more comfortable than it looks (if you can imagine), which is designer John Wards goal with the brand.
The Nude Lace Top: Pas de Calais, $258
Pas de Calais is a region in the north of France known for its exquisite lace. That is why this Japanese company chose to name the company as such. I chose the top for its delicate nature and the ability to see through it to the under layers an important factor this season.
The Mesh Metal Bra: Diana Broussard $594
With the metal detailing of the bra and the height of the skirt just showing a sliver of skin at the ribs, this is a classy way to see through a shirt. Having worked under the tutelage of John Galliano at Dior (in the 90s, pre-drama) and at Gucci designing shoes, Diana Broussard now creates ultra stunning shoes, and a collection that encompasses lingerie like this.
The Sweater as Belt: Pas de Calais, $258
A mens sweater tied round the waist whispers nonchalance while defining the waist. Luckily, it will keep you warm as the night rolls in chilly later on. The quality of the wool is superfine, as is the tradition of Pas de Calais.
The Skirt as Shawl: Pas de Calais, $298
Whether they know it or not, and they probably do, Pas de Calais has crafted a seriously versatile piece out of this. It hangs as wrap around skirt, meant to sling low. I however threw it over my shoulders as a shawl. I like things that do things.
The Gold Scale Bracelet: Diana Broussard, $590
Like a dragons skin of solid gold, this engulfs my forearm in luxury. Broussard has a personal legacy of haute couture houses, of course its divine.
The Longest Necklace in the World: Laura B Collection Particuliére $500
Woven gold and silver and other various metals block together to form a necklace, that has the capacity to twist and drape on your body to your desired length. Spanning from neck to shin, I have found my favorite way to wear it. Little fact about Laura Bortolami she was studying law and economy before she met Armani s primary assistant, which set her on a path to fashion.
A. Turen | 85 Stanton St (btwn Orchard and Allen), New York, NY | (212) 533-8200
Photography by Christopher Hall