If only life were as magical as an MGM musical. Bursting with color, magnificent details, and never without a sense of occasion. For designer Alexia María, it is. Her Upper East Side boutique is a divine vision of a time seemingly long gone.
A rotary telephone fit for a royal sits among a still life of books, gold chiavari chairs, vintage suitcases, cameras and candelabras. In a courtyard just off the main room, a très Parisian scene unfolds as a bistro table set perfectly for two faces the film Funny Face projected onto a white brick wall. A gold framed "Press For Champagne" button beckons a push the fitting room. A discerning penchant for the finer things is present in absolutely every detail, no matter how small.
At the center of it all sits Alexia, a charming creative whose dreamy elegant style feels contagious. Based out of La Jolla, she's been sketching up the sort of playfully classic pieces every socially curious woman desires since launching her first collection back in the spring of 2014. From tailored column gowns and flirty jumpsuits to dramatic cape tops and crystal headbands, we dare you not to fall in love.
[Photos by Yumi Matsuo]