Olivia Palermo‘s style is both enviable and enigmatic: Her ability to mix and match high-end with high street, adopt different styles along the way while always looking almost unbearably impeccable. Maybe that’s because she wears many professional hats (not only the intricately manufactured ones at fashion week and red carpet events) She’s a former reality TV star, model, social media influencer, brand consultant and entrepreneurial founder of website oliviapalermo.com. She’s also the face of beauty brand Aerin, Max Mara off-shoot label MAX&Co, Banana Republic, as well as the latest the digital face of Swiss luxury watch and jewellery brand Piaget.

The 31- year old’s sartorial effortlessness sells out items as soon as she’s snapped sporting them. So what makes this Upper-East Sider so special? We here at GeeQuinn, have attempted to dissect her always composed, elegant and on-point sense of style.


When it comes to belting Olivia Palermo is a natural born killer. We know it sounds easy, but how does she pull it off so well? Her secret lies in proportions and materials. Case in point the ethereal, floor-skimming summer dress which can be ideal for a walk to the fruit market or at the gallery but not so much for dinner plans or a night out. She cleverly opts for a sleek thin belt around her waist to create structure and definition. Another trick is to choose a skinny cropped jacket, a sleek updo and a bold red lip. Finish your look off with a clutch or one of our Spring/ Summer 2017 favourites: the mini.


Athluxury – Stepping up from athleisure
Let me explain. Whereas we’re still sporting that cropped top and black tights Olivia is, of course, one step ahead of the pack leading with athluxury which according to Vogue means ‘ elegant, country club–ready athletic apparel’.  Athleisure may be on it’s way out and Olivia has already jumped on the athluxury waggon. 
It was during the Alexis Mabille show during Paris Fashion Week that Olivia proved how a military inspired jacket finished with red velvet cuffs and pockets can look less Britney Spears in Circus and more Princes Diana whilst horse-back riding. She added a riding hat with detailing and oversized trousers with a bright pink stripe going down each leg. If country-club attire is not really your thing – you can tone it down by opting for a plain polo t-shirt, tennis shoes and a matching skirt. A foolproof way to master the art of athluxury. 
Going Monochrome
Choosing a full on monochrome look is a favourite trend amongst many. From Kim K and the entire Jenner clan to  Chiara Ferragni and Pandora Sykes. But there is a certain artistry into nailing this trend mostly because it can easily go from modern to dreadfully boring and anachronistic. One of Olivia‘s favourite tricks is experimenting with texture. For example,  she teamed a pair of black skinny leather trousers with a sheer black shirt, a cashmere black duffle coat with ruffles and black low cut booties. She added a small black band tied around her neck and even went for a smoky eye in terms of make-up. Although the common factor here is the black colour there’s nothing expected here about texture, proportions or style. Give your workwear a kick by pairing your basic collar shirt with a pair of skinny trousers, and focus on the accessories: a skinny scarf, a beaded necklace or statement earrings will make your monochrome look stand out. Throw on a black cape as seen on another beautiful street style snap from Olivia Palermo, or a black leather jacket with high stiletto pumps. You’re now ready for your after work drinks. 


The Statement Coat
Sometimes a seemingly safe outfit can be elevated solely by putting on a statement coat. The one that is so bold that can stand out on its own. Olivia Palermo knows this trick well and works it to her advantage. As a permanent resident of Dumbo, New York, she’s well aware that if you have to brace the cold you better do it with style. Last month she was captured wearing a scrumptious navy statement coat with bold white floral embellishments. The shape of the coat was more reminiscent of a knee length jumper made of rich velvet. Because of the volume created on the top part, she juxtaposed the outfit by donning a pair of skinny leather pants and pointy low-cut leather boots. To incorporate her style, go for the oversized, detailed jacket but keep the rest of the outfit in a similar demure colour palette. Choose a skinny silhouette for a balanced outcome. If the voluminous coat makes you cringe, go for OP’s tailored version of a statement coat with bold prints and design. She paired the coat with a short tight skirt, and kitten heels. Again, your statement is the coat so stay away from loud accessories and items that compete against each other and let the coat do the talking. 


70’s bell bottoms
As the world is currently drooling over another reincarnation of the 80’s (velvets, metallics, tussles and shoulder pads) Olivia proved that the 70s trend is still thriving. She matched beautifully her navy flared trousers with gold buttons at the hip and a yellow stripe going down each leg. That stripe is not only a slight nod to athleisure/ athluxury but also elongates her legs and gives extra points to her petite physique. She donned her bell-bottoms with a navy jumper with ties and -hello ginormous sleeves- one of the biggest hits of the season. Once again, she chose that skinny scarf for an added Parisian je ne sais quoi elegance that matches both her sense of style but also an air of effortlessness. 
Channel your inner 70’s music idol by going for a pair of navy flares, and pair them with a cropped top and navy jacket and a pair of chunky platforms. Complete your look with 70’s inspired paraphernalia such as OP’s favourite: the skinny scarf, earrings and bracelets with feathers, beads and embellishments and a cross body bag with fringes.
Matching Head to Toe – Florals
If you think matching head-to-toe is an archaistic styling method look no further than Olivia Palermo‘s take on florals for inspiration during Paris Fashion week. And yes, mixing and matching is another of her traits but she truly nailed matching her outfit by giving a modern twist. Her blatantly exposed secret is opting for pieces that achieve a degredé effect in similar hues, patterns and proportions. The osmosis of the variety of colours that belong in the same palette results in a well-balanced if not a strikingly effortless outfit. For this wanderlust plethora of blooms she chose French designer Moncler Gamme Rouse, but don’t worry you can try this much more affordable version  if you scroll down.
Suit Up (Á la Garconne)
This fashion guru recognises the elegant power of a man’s suit. We’ve caught her on more than one occasion doning this trend for example that white silk pyjama Zara suit that sold out the minute she was snapped wearing it last June. This time, she truly mastered the art of softening rugged, masculine tailoring. Taking cues from Annie Hall, she paired her check Chloé suit with a double-breasted blazer with attenuated bell bottoms, that would make any hippie scream with envy. She traded the masculine tie for a sophisticated skinny scarf that she tied loosely around her neck to the side. She really scored styling points by scraping off the white shirt completely which resulted in a much more feminine, and sexy look.


The Art of Layering
No one can master layers like Olivia Palermo. Whether it’s wearing a slip dress over a plain white -tee, mixing tussles, with fur and a shirt or simply adding a silk khaki shirt over her black top there’s nothing she can do wrong when it comes to layering. You can blame it on the grunge movement of the 90s but the contrast between the romanticism of a floral or silk dress with the ruggedness of a leather jacket and Dr Marten boots was all the rage in the 90s. One of the biggest styling trends of the time which have been adapted to 2017 standards, is wearing your strappy dress or top over a classic white tee. For the bolder ones go for a black bralette worn over your t-shirt. Complete your look with black leather boots, or white tennis shoes and a denim jacket for a summer walk around the city or lunch with friends. If you’re more of a 70’s type of girl, then let your inner hippie shine by donning a faux fur jacket or sleeveless vest over your top. Complete the look with a floor-skimming skirt and flatforms with colourful embellishments. If you’re more of a classic type then there’s no better way to amp up your look than to add a pop of colour. Go for that khaki shirt over a head-to-toe black look taking cues from OP, or try a stripped shirt and make a knot at the end to give definition to your figure. Finish the look with a bag with a rounded handle (which we love for this season as it works both as a bracelet and as a lovely bag to hold all of your everyday essentials).


The New Pink

Spring-summer-2017-trend_pink_800x450If there was one undeniable trend that completely describes the mood of this season that would be the fresh new empowered outlook on the very feminine and delicate identity of pink.
Iridescent poppy metallic hues of flirty pink perfectly comprise this omnipresent trend. It seems as there was an unspoken consensus between designers who gave life to intricately created garments in unabashed optimistic shades of pink.
Filled with female empowering nuances, this pink is less damsel in distress and describes more a millennial vixen that is strong and uncompromising.
The silhouettes are a fine testament to the new pink: Pastel and neon shades of pink amalgamations topped with boyish caps and oversized caps at Chanel. Bottega Veneta and Michael Kors perfectly contrasted the femininity of pink by splashing it over business boiler jumpsuits and severe boxy trench coats.
Even when pink reclaims its traditional position on dresses they are far from romantic and ethereal. Blunt side slits on bright pink draped dresses worn with colourful tights and heels. That was the case at Balenciaga Céline and Valentino.
If we have to attribute this sudden influx of bright pink to a specific designer that would be Demna Gvasalia who kicked off the trend in Spring 2016 with a bracing collection for Vetements while Phoebe Philo and Pierpaolo Piccioli have a perennial affinity towards loose nonchalant effortless draped dresses. This laid back laissez-faire attitude is ideal for uber comfortable and stylish attire all summer long.
This season the trend is bold whether it’s a full-on pink outfit or a teasing clash and contrast of pink against navy, reds and yellows. Opt for a head-to-toe pink power suit following in the footsteps of blogger Pandora Sykes and top it off with slicked back ponytail, and kitten heels for an alternative take on business attire. Get playful and creative with your accessories and indulge in the infinite styling options offered with this season’s serving of pink patents, leathers and silks with intricate designs, tassels, pop art patterns and logo detailing. For shoes, look to Dolce & Gabbana to provide sandals, Gucci for healed loafers or the freshly innovative Balenciaga cutout flat ankle boots. Go for a round handled bag from Mansur Gabriel or Sophie Hulme’s signature tote. Your new pink attire for this season is complete.

Your Outfit Guide to Spring/ Summer 2017 Bags

As the weather is increasingly gracing us with decent Spring days and warmer nights, there’s an insatiable need to update our wardrobes with items from the new season. Case in point: The Bag. The SS17 runways were clearly influenced by the 70s and 80s but still diversified enough to make any girl fall in love. The fashion team at GeeQuinn has selected the most prominent trends in bags for this season and has provided you with all you need to know on how to style them effortlessly.
Gym Gear Backpack 
As the athleisure trend shows no signs of slowing down, designers have tapped into our appetite to stay in shape and upped the ante when it comes to looking good in athletic gear- This, of course, includes your bag. Yes, join in the omnipresent trend of the cropped top and leggings with your favourite trainers and health monitor bracelet. Opt for a full on a monochrome black outfit or choose metallic details for an extra shimmy effect. Finish your look by throwing over an oversized denim shirt, or a chunky hoodie if you’re feeling extra sporty that day. Don’t forget to pack your water, protein bar, deodorant and towel- Now you’re ready to meet the girls for coffee after your morning workout.



MARC JACOBS Leather-trimmed printed shell backpack$225


MIU MIU Appliquéd satin and mesh backpack$1,290


MANU ATELIER Fernweh suede backpack$535


VERSACE Palazzo medium leather backpack$1,995

Cross Body Chain 
One of this season absolute favourites is the cross body chain bag. We love how it can be so practical while it ever so discretely gives an extra oomph to your outfit. With festival season upon us, this bag will be your absolute life saviour. It’s large enough to hold all your essentials: small makeup case, keys, phone, a bottle of water (all that jumping around will make you feel dehydrated instantly) and your cards. Throw it over those denim shorts, or trousers if you feel uneasy about the potential mud, a plain tee, and a cropped denim vest or a long kimono for an added Coachella effect. Complete your look with leather boots or sandals embellished with crystals for your ultimate going out look.



ANYA HINDMARCH Eyes mini leather-trimmed shearling shoulder bag$1,375



JÉRÔME DREYFUSS Pascal suede-paneled textured-leather shoulder bag$570


SAINT LAURENT Monogramme mini quilted textured-leather shoulder bag$1,550

Bucket Drawstring Bags
Think of a young Brigitte Bardot strolling around the South of France on a bicycle and you get the inspiration behind this trend. The bucket as seen by Pandora Sykes, Leandra Medine, Alexa Chung and so many other bloggers and influencers has been more than an Instagram accessory. The romanticism effect is undeniable while it can be easily incorporated into any outfit. Try a baby blue and white striped shirt with ruffles or oversized sleeves (added romanticism points there) and team it with a pair of white silky trousers and favourite espadrilles for Syke’s take on the trend. Go for a vintage va-va-voom Bardot and don a red off the shoulder dress with a ruffled hemline and complete your summer day outfit with a floppy straw hat, white kitten heels or chunky platforms and of course your SPF30 sunscreen.



DIANE VON FURSTENBERG Love Power mini leather-trimmed satin bucket bag$200


MANSUR GAVRIEL Mini Mini patent-leather bucket bag$345



BALENCIAGA Leather-trimmed canvas bucket bag$1,095

Metallics/ Shiny
You can’t flip through a fashion magazine, or scroll down your Instagram feed without spotting metallics. Tassels, fringing, metallic dresses, jackets, tops, earrings and bags. The metallics ubiquitous trend is easy to pull off – you just need to be aware of hues and overall mood. A tasselled metallic clutch doesn’t look great on the beach for example. Also, you don’t want to feel like someone took you out of an 80’s teen movie. So choose your fabrics, and shapes wisely. For a casual day outfit pair a metallic bucket bag with a white blazer, jeans and metallic sandals or pointy kitten heels. For a night out, go for a boxy metallic clutch with a chain and wear it over a fringy LBD, or a twirl belted black dress and strappy heels. You may have heard that you shouldn’t mix your silver and gold which is why a metallic accessory won’t look great with earthy, golden hues so stay away from your khakis browns and mustards no matter how much you love them.



THE ROW Wristlet mini tasseled metallic layers clutch$1,590


MAISON MARGIELA Metallic leather clutch $795


SAINT LAURENT Monogramme Kate medium appliquéd metallic textured-leather shoulder bag$2,150

Geometric/ Sculptural
Boxy, severely geometrical bags always look uber avant-garde – almost acting as a statement bag that can hold together an entire outfit. So, if you’re that kind of girl with a very classic wardrobe that feels it’s time to spice it up – this is the bag for you. Go for a clean cut leather boxy bag in a blush pink or baby blue, and pair it wonderfully with a minimal office look or smart casual outfit. Due to the rectangular lines of the bag, the outfit will look better with equally square and polished attire. So, get your suit jacket out of the closet and pair it with skinny jeans, or cigarette pants, a crisp shirt, and put your hair in a sleek low bun. Outfit ready!

EDDIE BORGO Boyd small leather clutch$990


ANYA HINDMARCH Circle mini leather shoulder bag$825

When we say minis, we don’t mean your basic petite sized clutch but a tiny Thumbelina- sized bag in the size of a card box that can only hold your lipstick and some change, smartphone optional. Anna Wintour is a real fan of this trend as she dislikes bags in general. This type of bag is ideal for the girl that means business and doesn’t have to carry her entire day essentials on her. It’s more of an accessory pocket rather than an actual bag. Pair it with your favourite party dress, and stiletto heels or opt for a floor-length skirt in a shiny salmon with a crop top and team it with an animal print mini. Two birds/ trends with one stylish stone/bag. 



KARA Micro textured-leather shoulder bag$350


PRADA Textured-leather shoulder bag$1,190



CHLOÉ Drew mini suede and watersnake-trimmed leather shoulder bag$1,890

Fringe/ Tassels
As with metallics, tassels and fringing are omnipresent and usually, they go quite well in collaboration. Not that a tassel embellished bag necessarily needs it. We’ve noticed many variations of the fringing trend on the SS17 runways. Tassels served as add-ons, that were attached to the bag but could very well stand on their own. In other cases, tassels were blended beautifully with other materials such as suede and leather, and others were constructed by metallic material infusing a very punk-rock attitude.
When going for a tasselled bag choose the fabric wisely for the overall mood of your outfit. Suede will look great for a classic look, metallics for your night out and studs for a concert. 

SANAYI313 Cascata fringed satin clutch$2,000


SOPHIA WEBSTER Claudie fringed tweed and leather shoulder bag$950


NANCY GONZALEZ Crocodile shoulder bag$2,600

Jungle Overdrive
Jungle snakeskin and animal prints were a common theme amongst designers for Spring/ Summer 2017. While many opted for the print and pattern route showing off unique designs of animals on the intricately designed bags, others took the fur and placed it on the rim, handles or the entire body of the bag. Animal print and snakeskin are tricky to pull off as they can age an outfit, but employed right they can really elevate an outfit’s potential. For a classic elegant look, try a monochrome white or black outfit as your canvas emphasising on the bag’s serpentine embellishments. For a more modern look go for a 70’s hippie-inspired outfit complete with a loosely, ethereal skirt or summer dress, chunky boots or platforms and a denim jacket. Experiment with 70’s inspired accessories: bracelets with beads and feathers, gold hoops, skinny scarfs and flower pins. The world is your hippie -trippy oyster. 

GUCCI Lilith Bamboo medium embellished elaphe tote $5,500



FENDI Double Baguette micro elaphe and crocodile-paneled leather shoulder bag$2,450

Round Handles 

It’ s almost like there was an unspoken consensus amongst designers this year when they were contemplating handle shape options. The round, firm handle that can work as an extension of your bag as well as a chunky bracelet that happens to be attached to your bag. From gilded, circular hardware to studded versions at Miu Miu and Vuitton’s rope, the fabrics varied allowing for different styling ideas. Go for a round gold handle to accessorise your going-out party dress, and complete your look with drawstring high heel booties and a leather jacket. Go for a poppy red number to accessorise your black & white sleeveless day dress and ballet flats for a casual smart outfit. Amp up your office look and head straight to the bar for afternoon drinks.

SIMON MILLER Bonsai 20 nubuck bucket bag$590


KARA Ring textured leather-trimmed calf hair clutch$350

Message on a Bag
Far from the logomania of the early naughties, and less political than the t-shirt messages such as We Should All Be Feminists – designers showed an act for sharing words on their creations. Branding was still part of the game but sometimes it was well, just another way of embellishment. Go for a personalised bag with your star sign and pair it with your jeans, sneakers and rocker tee for the perfect concert/ festival look. Add a little extra mascara and eyeliner for effect.

LOEWE T printed textured-leather pouch $1,150


GUCCI Dionysus appliquéd coated-canvas and watersnake shoulder bag$5,900


GUCCI Osiride embellished textured-leather shoulder bag$2,980

Pop Art
If you’re afraid of colour, this trend might not be for you. Big bold patterns, graphic prints and painterly effects dominated the bags at the SS17 catwalks. The trick of pulling this look off is quite simple. Avoid clashing patterns and colours. Consider your statement bag as your point of reference as you strategically arrange the other items of your outfit. Pick two shades of colour from your bag and match them with pieces of clothing. For a safer option go for a full monochrome outfit in white, black, navy or eggshell and let your bag shine and stand out on its own.

MARK CROSS Grace small paneled smooth and textured-leather shoulder bag$2,395


SARA BATTAGLIA Plisse leather bucket bag$1,735


LOEWE Elephant striped leather coin purse$380