Designer Spotlight: Kobi Halperin

About two and a half years ago, my close friend, mentor and major fashionista, Janet Mandell of Fashionaholic took me to Neiman Marcus to meet the Israeli designer, Kobi Halperin. We looked at his then current line (I'll never forget the leopard print wool vest from that collection which I ended up wearing to Fashion week the following September. See it HERE) and were in total awe. Everything was gorgeous and the details? Perfection. It didn't take long until we were all talking fashion, laughing and having a great time. It was clear that Kobi was extremely genuine and absolutely loves what he does. We chatted with him and his lovely wife, Sagit about Kobi's travels, where he draws his inspiration and his history in the fashion world.

His pieces since then have continued to blow me away. If it's possible, I think I love each new collection more than the last. THIS embellished sweater with the feather sleeves caught my eye the first time I saw it on Kobi's instagram story. I paired it with THESE amazing wide leg pleated pants for a elegant yet easy Winter white look.

Now, let me tell you a little about Kobi Halperin. He was born and raised in Israel. Bringing his eastern European roots and heritage into his designs, Kobi creates pieces for women who aspire to elevate their everyday attire. With his unique designs and attention to detail, the amount of workmanship that goes into each piece very evident.  He aims to make women feel great in what they wear and elevate their everyday looks. The mixing of luxury fabrics with sparkling embellishments create pieces of wearable art. By channeling his roots and family history, each of his designs carries a part of him as well. 

Although designing is his first passion, he also mentors at Savannah College of Art and Design. He is on the board of the CFDA and is an extremely involved and loving father to his two daughters, Mika and Gali.

We learned about his history in fashion and family when we all got together for dinner that same night two and a half years ago. We bonded over pasta, talking about our families and Israel. That night, Sagit styled the cardigan I'm wearing below so beautifully and effortlessly. Although I loved Kobi's clothes on the rack, the way she put together her outfit that night absolutely sold me on him as a designer. She looked so chic and completely effortless. Jeans, a t-shirt, beautiful loafers, this cardigan, a sleek bun and small gold hoop earrings, you could tell she felt great and she looked even better. I knew I needed that cardigan after seeing her wear it and I started saving for my first piece by Kobi Halperin. Here, I paired it with simple black overalls, mules and of course, my favorite beanie, also designed by Kobi Halperin.

I have stayed in touch with Kobi, Sagit and their wonderful team since then and feel so lucky to be a part of the Kobi Halperin family. They have dressed me for fashion week and I hosted a super fun event with Kobi a few months back at Neiman Marcus in Chicago. Meeting and getting to work with people like Kobi, Sagit and their lovely director of marketing, Alaina, is a huge reason why I love this job. It’s a true delight to work with such a passionate designer and a team who are just as kind and genuine. I am so very fortunate and grateful!! 

OK! Enough gushing! Here are a few more photos with a current, amazing jacket from his line. You can also shop my featured looks below.

Photos by: Christian Sampson Photography

xx Ali


New York Fashion Week Recap: The Outfits

I am back from my first NYFW with swollen feet, tired eyes and a very happy heart! The last four days have been a complete blast and a total whirlwind! From the stress of literally running in heels to make shows to the enjoyment sitting outside enjoying drinks and apps with some of my favorite Chicago blogger girls to seeing and meeting some of my biggest inspirations and everything in between. These last four days (my first four days) at NYFW were everything I hoped for and more! 

I have never had more fun getting dressed because truly, anything flies at Fashion Week! I am super grateful to Kobi Halperin, FELT Chicago and Rent The Runway for pieces that made my fashion week wardrobe a total dream! I managed to fit 8 looks into the four days and I really can't choose which is my favorite... (Find links to outfit details below each image, either exact pieces or similar for older items) stay tuned for a recap of all the shows I attended on Thursday!!!

Day 1

Dress: Kobi Halperin Jacket: Veda Shoes: Common Projects Sunglasses and bag: Céline

Dress: Kobi Halperin Jacket: Veda Shoes: Common Projects Sunglasses and bag: Céline

I started off on the first day with this gorgeous Kobi Halperin dress. I wanted to dress it down so I paired it with comfy sneakers and my leather jacket (forget that it was 90 degrees out). I quickly learned that at Fashion Week, nobody has any regard for the weather.... For that night, I left the jacket and sunglasses behind, swapped out the sneakers for heels, swapped the big bag for a small one and I was ready to go! 

Day 2

Romper: L'agence Vest: Zara Shoes: Loeffler Randall Bag and Sunglasses: Céline Necklace: Just The 2 Of Us Jewelry

I started off day 2 with an all white look to beat the heat. You know that "no white after labor day" thing? That's one fashion rule I don't follow! I paired a white romper with a long white vest for a bit of a play on proportion. I added darker accessories and a Just The 2 Of Us oxidized necklace for the right mix of light and dark. In the afternoon, I changed from all white to all black, pairing high waisted faux leather shorts with a lace turtleneck. I liked the juxtaposition between the femininity of the lace and the edginess of the leather. 

Top: Aritzia Shorts: Zara Shoes: Zara Bag and Sunglasses" Céline

Day 3

Top: Milly c/o Shopstyle Social House Jeans: Levis Shoes: Loeffler Randall Headpiece: Yu Not Me

Day 3 I went for a simpler look with my favorite Levis and this leather tunic top. For a fun addition I added this amazing headpiece made by my friend, Gloria (Shai and Janet are also wearing her headpieces- site linked above). I felt simple and comfortable!

Day 4

Jacket: Kobi Halperin Skirt: Nicholas c/o FELT Shoes: Common Projects Bag: Alexander Wang Bodysuit: American Apparel Sunglasses: Céline

Somehow, yesterday I managed to get 3 outfits in. I started the morning in all black but kept it interesting by mixing textures. I wore this look in the morning for a meeting but by the time I was back it had heated up so it was time to change!

Jacket: DIY (Similar: HERE) Shorts: Levis Bag: Anya Hindmarch c/o Rent The Runway Sunglasses: Le Specs

For my final show at NYFW I went comfortable and casual. I wore my go to cut off jean shorts with sneakers and this DIY jacket. I made it a little funky with this silver smiley bag and silver mirrored sunnies.

Last night it really cooled down. I wanted to wear something different for the x MiLK makeup event. I wanted something dressy but I wasn't quite in the mood for a dress. So! I took my levi jeans and paired it with this lace turtleneck top. I finished off the look with this amazing Kobi Halperin vest, a cute little studded bag and the comfiest heels I own (by the fourth day my feet felt like they were going to fall off)!!! I felt like I achieved the perfect mix of dressy and casual and felt great in my final outfit for my first NYFW.

I'm still in shock that I spent these last four days living my dream and I can't wait to share the shows I attended with you on Thursday!!!

xx Ali