Fashion and food have a strange relationship. They're often seen as antagonists, or partners, or two completely separate entities that have nothing to do with each other. I believe they're all of those things: creative enterprises that have the potential to innovate, and can work together to explore new avenues of art. Restaurants are not only places to taste amazing food, but spaces to see and be seen, and fashion provides attire that's made for the hot, trendy spots du jour. You can't think of Studio 54 without thinking of Halston.
Partnering up with a local designer and local restaurant, both new influencers on the scene, seemed like only a natural progression for this blog. Jessica Faulkner is a new designer, whose line embraces timeless, classic pieces that are versatile, polished, yet still edgy. They're a little sweet, and a little spicy-- exactly like the food at Preux & Proper. Serving New Orleans-inspired fare made for a Southern Belle, Preux's sharable plates have some of those classic Southern flavors with a modern, contemporary twist. Which is what makes both the brand and restaurant up-and-coming influencers; they can get in touch with LA's roots, while putting their own spin and creativity on their creations.
I love this textured crop top and snakeskin mini. There's something classic and feminine about the silhouette, colors, and texture of the top. But the cropped shape, mini length, and snakeskin texture add an undeniable edge and sexuality to the look. I can see a million girls lusting after these kind of clothes: feminine, sweet, but still allow them to be tough and cool.
And let's not forget the food! We ordered a selection off of their Happy Hour menu (from 4-6pm, and 11pm-1am), including some refreshing cocktails. The Pimm's Cup (Pimm's, lemon, lime, orange, cucumber, mint, simple syrup, and ginger beer) was really nice and refreshing, while the Louisiana Lemonade (Gentleman's Jack, Triple Sec, Vodka, Lemon Juice, and Sprite) was just alright. In terms of the food, we ordered the Proper Fries, which were crunch on the outside, soft inside, and delicious. The corn fritters were really nice, and came with a delicious creme fraiche. Smoked shrimp beignets were definitely a favorite: the shrimp flavor was subtle, but didn't get lost in the fried dough. Of course, we had to get a fried oyster po'boy, which was flavorful and had some great bread. Overall, the meal was really fun, flavorful, and unique-- if you're looking for New-Orleans inspired food in LA, look no further.