Rosie Pope Shares Her Top 5 Maternity Must-Haves

To help kick off our semi-annual Rosie Pope Maternity Final Sale event (starting today at noon ET), the multi-hyphenate designer, author, and mother-of-four shares her top picks from the sale, and why you need them in your wardrobe now. From the perfect day-to-night dress to the chic diaper bag that doesn’t look like a diaper bag, Pope’s picks will have you looking stylish 24/7.

Rosie PopeClockwise from top left:

Bohemian Shirtdress
“This is the ideal desk-to-dinner dress that you can wear over and over during pregnancy. The exclusive wishbone print is from my Lucky Charm series designed in our Tribeca lab to make you feel as special and as lucky as you should during this amazing time in your life.”

Maria Blouse
“I love this classic in a beautiful color to quickly pull together an outfit. Plus, no need to dry clean so you can hurl it in the wash – anything to make life that much easier!”

Newberry Blazer
“I’ve always loved blazers and during each of my pregnancies I’ve found they make me feel so pulled together even on those crazy days when all I can manage to do is yank on a pair of leggings and an oversized T-shirt and some ballet flats (which was most days!).”

Best Dress
“I named this the ‘Best Dress’ because it is the best dress! It’s so versatile and flattering, a must have for any maternity wardrobe.

London Shopper Leisure
“I love a good diaper bag undercover! It has every asset a diaper bag needs in the way of pockets, washable interior, stroller straps and changing pad but, and this is a big but, it doesn’t look like a diaper bag!”

 

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Flower Power: Marimekko’s Unikko Print Turns 50

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Sunny prints and Marimekko go hand in hand, but one of the Finnish mega-brand’s most recognizable motifs almost didn’t see the light of day. In 1964, despite founder Armi Ratia’s company-wide ban on florals, trailblazing designer Maija Isola was inspired by the flower power revolution of the times and rebelled to create the classic Unikko pattern, celebrating its 50th birthday this year. The striking poppy graphic has made its mark on everything from double-decker buses and Finnair jets to super-cute clothes for baby and kids. Want to get your own little ones in on the festivities? Shop our mix to score this signature set and soft cotton onesie stamped with Unikko blooms, plus more colorful picks for pint-sized wardrobes.

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New on Gilt: Rebecca Minkoff Diaper Bags

Photo c/o Lucky Magazine

Photo c/o Lucky Magazine

Considering A-list moms have raised the bar when it comes to what constitutes a diaper bag — we’re looking at you and your Birkin, Kim K. — it was only a matter of time before go-to downtown designer Rebecca Minkoff got in on the diaper-toting game. Second-time mom-to-be Minkoff is known for her instantly covetable pieces (must-have Mini M.A.C.s and more are available on Gilt Women’s today), and her mommy bags don’t disappoint, featuring un-frumpy details like splashy graphic prints and edgy studded hardware. And there’s plenty of function savvy parents can get behind: Think interior bottle pockets, stroller attachments, and bonus changing pads for clean-ups on the go. Equal parts stylish and practical, these city-ready carryalls will be on your arm long after your tots are potty trained — shop them now.

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Meet the Artist: The Magic World of Uti’s Cristina Ghelfi

utiart3When it comes to decorating your kids’ rooms, white walls just won’t do. But before you give them free rein to plaster their space with stickers and crayon scribbles, why not introduce a little fine art into the mix? Enter The Magic World of Uti, a colorful line of perfect-square prints — back on Gilt today — and the brainchild of Italian painter Cristina Ghelfi, whose mother, Uti Fontana, serves as muse for the collection’s titular character. We chatted with the Modena-based artist about her family, her inspirations, and her signature craft.

Little Inspirations: Where did this line of artwork begin? Does each painting have a special meaning?
Cristina Ghelfi: This work has always been inside of me because it is related to my love for nature, animals, and colors. Often I take inspiration from the news, from a photograph, from a book, or while walking somewhere. With the colors, the play and lightness, I try to exorcise the lack of respect that human beings have for the land. I illustrate what surrounds us, what we do not see or have forgotten — A world of colors, smells, trees, flowers, mountains, and animals. As Gandhi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” Uti is a little girl who rejoices in what she sees and what surrounds her — she loves to play and constantly interacts with everyone and everything with curiosity and wonder. In her world, there is space only for color and positivity — she is what I would like to see every day.


LI: What is your training? Do you have a background in fine art?

CG: I started drawing from a young age and it has always been my passion, perhaps conditioned by the environment in which I grew up. My grandfather, who designed engines, had a passion for painting, also my uncle, my mother, and then my father, Franco Fontana, who is a gifted photographer. I attended art school and graduated in graphic design, with a Master’s of art and decoration. I attended 3-D animation and illustration courses, but honestly, I’ve never been an excellent student and possibly because of my shyness, the academic environment made ​​me feel like I was in a cage and my creativity was hidden. My most important training comes from experiences of life, my family, and also the time I spent in the United States which has been very important in my journey of creative growth.

FRANCO FONTANA E UTI

Ghelfi’s parents, Franco and Uti Fontana — Portrait by Douglas Kirkland

LI: How does your mother, Uti, act as your muse? Do you have a favorite character from “The Magic World of Uti”?
CG: My mother is an endless source of inspiration for my work and there is no particular reason.  She’s just a wonderful person, a very positive and strong woman, and a constant point of reference in my work. Uti is the main character of my children’s illustrations and definitely my favorite.  I get attached to the most recent piece of art I am working on or to those which I have only imagined.

LI: What other artists have inspired you?
CG: I have a great admiration for Mark Ryden, a wonderful contemporary painter.  In photography, without a doubt, Franco Fontana. And, going a little back in time, I would say Leonardo da Vinci and Perugino.

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