KRIS Likes… OMBRÉ in Autumn

Defenition of Ombré:  Having colors and tones that shade into each other – used especially of fabrics in which the color is graduated from light to dark.

Origin of Ombré: French, past participle of ombrer to shade, from Italian ombrare, from ombra shade, from Latin umbra. First Known Use: 1893

– Merriam Webster Dictionary

The Ombre trend in fashion really started to gain momentum in the Summer of 2008 but there is something about it that keeps me coming back for more!  When done correctly, it gives off that ethereal bohemian vibe while still being sophisticated, crisp and clean. It adds instant dimension wherever it’s applied.  It’s the solid that is not a solid and nothing gets better than that!  Typically, when people think of Ombre they think summer.  Luckily, for Ombre freaks like me the trend translates nicely into fall as well.  Below are just a few of my Ombre favorites to carry you into Autumn.  Enjoy!

Alexis Bittar Mercury Ombre Hinge Bangles

Oscar De La Renta Jeweled Snakeskin Peep-Toe Pumps

Alice + Olivia Voula Sequin Dress

Missoni Chevrom Stripe Belted Boiled Wool Sweater in Pink Degrade


Papyrus – Orange Purple Ombre Thank You Notes


Anthropologie Smoldering Hues Shower Curtain

Shock and Wave Velvet Fabric in Sand and Sable Colorway by Schumacher & Co



KRIS Likes… Michele Varian

Objects are more interesting when they have a little conflict and ambiguity. So, even though I like natural and organic, I like to use gold to luxe it up or to use dark iconic imagery, such as skulls, crosses or guns.  – Michelle Varian in Interview for Design Sponge.

Michele Varian is an unquestionably unique decorative home accessories store located on 35 Crosby Street (between Broome and Grand) in Soho.  Michele Varian, who describes herself as, “an artsy egghead who could spend hours looking at art books, drawing and reading everything in her parents library.” opened the store to showcase her collection of decorative pillows that she makes in her studio behind the store.  Every object seems to have been carefully selected or handcrafted by Michele.  Still, this whimsical store with its vintage charm seems to have something for everyone (and a wide-ranging price point to match).  If you don’t live in New York, not to fret!  Items can be purchased at her online store.  Below are just a few of my favorites.  Enjoy!

Blue Beaded Native Earrings

Gold Flatware (Steel covered in real gold – dishwasher safe)

Nomad Silk Print Pillow – Color Rust

EL Sol Ultra Suede Applique Pillow – Colors Black/Bone

Industrial Stool (adjustable)

Wire Basket Chair in Vintage White Finish

Hand Painted Metal Globe Pendant

Felt Octagon Pendant – Gray

Felt Ocatagon Pendant – Tomato

Edison Lamp