ImageWe love it when our friends and clients send us photos wearing our clothes! Here is the lovely actress Dionne Lea, who recently performed her amazing one-woman show “The Way I Am” in Los Angeles. She’s pictured here with her husband, the acclaimed actor Keith David, famous in our house for his portrayal of the ice-munching CIA Director in “Agent Cody Banks”. They were in Indianapolis for the Superbowl and were lucky enough to hang with legendary sports stars at the NFL Alumni Awards Show.

Dionne is wearing our Owen dress in our Golden Chevron and the silk charmeuse print really complements her glowing skin and hair!!

Please send in photos of you wearing Electra Lang! We would love to add you o our blog and it’s so fun to see how everything looks on different women!   —Ciao, Laura

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The vivacious and charming Maureen McCormick with the equally charming Electra Lang in Hollywood.

You can just imagine our excitement when we realized our friendly repeat customer was none other than actress and writer Maureen McCormick! We invited Maureen to come to our office in Hollywood for a glimpse of our spring line (she bought the Owen Ocean, the Pemberley Pink and Mayfair Garden Elizabeth coats, and the dandelion Spencer tunic) and have lunch with us at our favorite Italian trattoria. We felt like we were reconnecting with a long-lost friend, since the three of us, Electra, Kristi and I, were all fans of the Brady Bunch, and especially Marcia Brady! We were charmed by grown-up Maureen’s optimistic view of life, fantastic sense of humor and the deep wisdom she gleaned from growing up in Hollywood. The lunch flew by as she is a brilliant story-teller! We were delighted to learn that Maureen has been happily married to the same man for almost 30 years and has a daughter in college. We realized Maureen is exactly the kind of lovely and talented woman we had in mind when creating our clothing line!     –Ciao! Laura

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Miss Bennet and her muddy boots!

When Elizabeth Bennett tramped through the moors in her gown, muddying her shoes on her way to see her ailing sister Jane at Netherfield, she was a vision of beauty and effervescence to our darling Mr. Darcy. I think Elizabeth Bennett might be the first bohemian blue-blood I admired too. Self-directed and confident, she let fashion take second place to her individuality. Miss Bingley and Mrs. Hurst, on the other hand, would be dressed in the most up-to-date finery, but they were absolutely no fun! Don’t we all want to envision ourselves not caring a fig about our muddy shoes, when we show such higher purpose in life? Whether it’s caring for a beloved sister, playing with our children or enjoying the company of our friends and loved ones, to fuss about one’s clothing would infringe on the gaiety.

My interpretation of the blue-blood bohemian is a woman with great personal style, who isn’t defined by fashion trends. She is a do-er, whether it’s running with her dogs, painting in her studio or making dinner for her family–and whatever she is doing, her unfussy style shines through. When I was a young girl, I remember flashes of the Hepburn women–Audrey and Katherine–both Hollywood royalty. I found them both equally appealing. Katherine was the epitome of a stylish tomboy–and clearly she did what she wanted. Audrey was more the hip, individualistic girl-woman with a sensitive soul. How bohemian is a woman who grocery shops in Chanel with her pet goat! Both women logged many hours in their gardens–getting back to nature while looking smashing. Both icons let their personalities shine through their gorgeous clothes. Their sartorial choices were fairly sophisticated, and elegant, yet simple at a time when clothing could be very ostentatious. I simply can’t imagine either one of them letting their dresses or their grooming get in the way of an adventure! Very blue-blood bohemian in my book!

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Katherine Hepburn looking sporty, but golf with a dog is true boho!

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Audrey Hepburn and Pippin pick out some cereal.

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Blue blood Jackie O in a totally boho dress with Ari.

Through the years there have been other style icons that also posses the panache of a blue blood bohemian. Jackie Onassis always managed to look energetic and fresh whether she was strolling the streets of Capri or the halls of a publishing house. Whatever woes she suffered privately, her public persona was a glamorous wide smile and a sense of fun. Any woman who is full of life, and looks happy, also becomes very attractive to others. Perhaps the essence of how these women have influenced my own style was their pure expression of joie de vivre. I certainly know that it is more enjoyable to spend time with those who have passion for life and a great sense of humor than with those who don’t. Women in the arts have also developed a boho blue-blood style. Take Francoise Gilot, the muse and lover Pablo Picasso for ten years, and mother of his children, Claude and Paloma. She was a wildly beautiful young woman, fiercely intelligent and an artist in her own right. While studying law, she would sneak off to museums to indulge her true passion. She built a life around the famed artist and and was known for her creativity, conversation and relaxed entertaining style. When I was in my twenties and Ms. Gilot was then Mrs. Jonas Salk, I has the pleasure of meeting her. She was super elegant, but not stuffy in the least. Pure blue blood bohemian!

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Francoise Gilot being a blue blood bohemian with Picasso.

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Stella Tennant with her kids. So boho, but so upper crust too.

When I think of modern day blue-blood bohemians, two come to mind. One is the super model and mom Stella Tennant. I still remember a shot of her in Vogue where she is in a field, in a gorgeous dress and she’s wearing a pair of mud-splattered wellies, reminiscent of Elizabeth Bennet. Or maybe it was a just a dream. Stella Tennant is the grand-daughter of Deborah Mitford–another blue blood bohemian if there ever was one. In fact I think all the Mitford sisters would have fit the bill. The other modern day blue blood bohemian is a woman I see almost every day. A woman who juggles a high-powered career in television commercial production, four children, her own fashion company, a multitude of friends and acquaintances, and yet, she always stays calm and positive, and to top it off, she always looks amazing! That would be my friend and business partner, Electra Lang.  Electra, to me, is the epitome of the woman with great style coupled with a strong sense of individuality. She approaches everything with an analytical eye and a kind soul. The first time I ever visited her house I immediately felt totally at home–her kids’ projects and artwork were everywhere, she served delicious foods and drinks, was smart, funny and irreverent and the surroundings were a feast to eyes from an aesthetic standpoint. Her work and home are filled with children, pets, love, projects, laughter, friends and art–always a feeling of life, lived beautifully–by a blue-blood bohemian!

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Electra Lang, my friend and my modern-day blue blood bohemian!

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                                             Luscious linings in our coats!

Our tunics are revolutionary with a front pleat and back tie for camouflage and slimming effects.

Katie David in our Julian caftan with designer Electra Lang

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Kristi tries on the Jackie 'O coat and dress updated with super fun prints!

Could it be any easier….?

Spring 2012: It's about feeling beautiful.

Our caftan for spring is meant to be glamorous yet versatile. Our vibrant cotton-silk dress is adjustable at the bodice, and the back features a long pleat, reminiscent of the elegant vintage Pauline Trigere caftans of the fifties. This dress will be as chic on the beach as it will when you are sipping cocktails on the terrace.

What sets it apart from all the other caftans in the fashion pages? It is lined in a light cotton, so no need to wear a bathing suit underneath or struggle to find suitable undergarments–it’s all done for you!

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Electra Lang in her home surrounded by some of her favorite things.

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