What happens when two freshman at NYU meet in Paris and share their love for fashion, culture and the City of Lights? Charlotte Beecham and Lisa George? can tell the tale, as their friendship and appreciation for the same pleasures in life turned into a sophisticated line of scarves, Charlotte & Lisa. I caught up with the design duo to talk about holiday dressing, cold weather staples and their favorite fashion moments of 2011. Click for the Q&A and a chance to win a gorgeous hooded fur scarf from the brand.
FashionIndie: What are your best tips for holiday dressing?
Lisa George: Keep your outfit simple, and invest in a few key accessories you can work in throughout the season. We designed our scarves to be worn with everything from parkas to dresses – they are grab-and-go pieces. Fur framing the face can look soft and feminine or edgy depending on how it’s styled.
FI: Which cold weather staple accessories are your favorites?
Charlotte Beecham: Scarves and ponchos. It is very difficult to look stylish and warm simultaneously, so anything chunky you can layer or throw over multiple outfits is a godsend come winter. The extra layer keeps you warm when walking through the street but is great thrown over a dress or a bare shoulder indoors.
FI: What are the best materials to pair fur with?
LG: I love layering fur with outerwear. I often wear a black fur vest over a leather jacket, a beige one over a trench coat and my new favorite combo is a white silk blazer with our C&L grey fur hood scarf. The hood is unexpected, especially when worn indoors.
CB: Fur is such a versatile material and looks great with denim and chunky knits. It’s very easy to dress up or down, and pairing it with jeans or an oversized sweater gives it a youthful look.
FI: What’s on your holiday wish list?
CB & LG: An iPad and a boyfriend…
FI: What’s your favorite jet set holiday getaway?
FI: What is your favorite fashion moment of 2011?
LG: Waking up at 4 AM and making a cup of PG tips to watch the Royal Wedding
CB: Lanvin?€™s campaign video to Pitbull?€™s I Know You Want Me
How can you WIN one of the fabulous Hooded? Fur Scarves pictured above? Tell us in the comments how you would work this staple into your holiday wardrobe. The best and most creative commenter will win!
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