Bellissima Italy

There is something magical about Italy. Picture-perfect vistas, charming towns, an air of romance and of course…the food. For our 10th wedding anniversary my husband & I spent two weeks discovering “Il dolce far niente” (the sweetness of doing nothing) in beautiful, inspirational & bellissima Italy.

On the beach in Montersosso al mare, Cinque Terre. Vivid colors, the beautiful sea….this photo is definitely going on my inspiration board. Perfection.

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Lounging on the Italian Riviera in my Kushcush Wallflower bikini!

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The vistas of Italy…grapes on the hillside, terra-cotta houses…amazing.

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The Italian cocktail…a Campari at sunset (aka: the apertivo!).

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Uh, I could eat these colors with a spoon.

Loving the white-washed and pastel coat of adorable Vernazza, Cinque Terre.

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Best.dish.ever. Angelo happy as a clam…er’ I mean, mussel.

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Hello Torino! The U2 tour continues in Torino, Italy…

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The rock star pose…Bono and the U2 famiglia!

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Swimming, reading + eating pizza = bliss in Vernazza, Cinque Terre.

Wearing my Kushcush Coquette Maillot.

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Beautiful Lake Como (no, we didnt see George Clooney).

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Stepping back in time…quaint and quiet Varenna on Lake Como.

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Our  hotel in Bellagio… so much history, Im still convinced it was haunted! Or maybe it was the huge thunderstorms and lightening crackling over the lake & alps. Either way = spooky!

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Bellissimo…my husband Angelo looking oh so handsome after a day of shopping in Milan.

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The Duomo…absolutely stunning.

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Mama’s got a brand new bag…shopping Miu Miu in Milano.

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Awww, now that’s amore… xoxo

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Kushcush in Heaven

When I started Kushcush seven years ago, my husband gave me a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition book with a sweet note of encouragement written on the inside cover.

Now, seven years later, the new Sports Illustrated Swimsuit book Heaven by world renowned SI photographer Walter Iooss contains a photo of Marisa Miller wearing one of my swimsuits. It’s a gorgeous book and feels like a small moment of coming full circle.

Available online at Amazon.com.

Designer diary

So excited that my new Resort 2011 collection is almost finished!! Cant wait to share it with you all… inspired by travel, I’m coveting a serious vacation just looking at these dreamy new pieces!

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In other behind-the-scene news, the office is busy, busy, busy these days getting everything prepped and ready for market. Jayne from the Apparel News stopped by the studio today to pull some pieces for her new ‘trends’ story which means we are officially into the season… hello swim 2011! I have about 400 unanswered emails  (sorry everyone!) and have been diligently crazed scouting locations for our lookbook photo shoot, casting models and finalizing the collection. Whew! Wish me luck! ~KC

The Top 10

In their former identity, Park Vogel crafted perfectly cut tanks, tees and cashmere that added just the right amount of style to wardrobe basics. I’ve been a fan for years (and not just because they are in the adjacent design studio and I could shop their sample sales on my way from the elevator…although yes, shopping in the workplace is fabulous).

Now known as Vogel 10, design director Vanessa Vogel and her team hand curates a list of 10 coveted must-haves every month from their new line of equally luxurious closet staples as well as designer collaborations .  This month it’s a wardrobe inspired by a Greece getaway and includes my ‘Riviera’ bikini in black! Check it out here!

Costume Couture

Every fashionista worth her weight in tulle stepped out last night for the Metropolitan Museum’s 2010 Costume Institute Gala, check out the belles of the benefit!

Jennifer Lopez. So polished and pretty! I mean, c’mon….mama is looking h-o-t these days. This is just fabulous and so right on for fashion’s favorite fete. I saw Mrs. Lopez at the UsWeekly Hot Hollywood Style party last week and woa! I had a moment. A far cry from her Jenny from the Block tracksuits. She is glowing & gorgeous and rocking curves in all the right places. J.Lo-ve it!

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Im probably the last person on earth yet to see Avatar, but if the on-screen eye candy is anything like Zoe Saldana is rocking here, sign me up! The asymmetrical shoulder fits her like a glove and the gold cuff and boxy clutch are spot on. Love this chic look!

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The grande dame and her mini-mogul….flawless! Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour is absolutely stunning with a Chanel Haute Couture silver jacket over her satin column dress. Gorgeous! Now this is how to age gracefully. And while it cant be easy to walk in her mother’s stilettos, Bee Shaffer rocks this season’s obsession with blush and black perfectly in Balenciaga.

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