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Kristen Shirley

Kristen Shirley

Kristen is the luxury editorial director at Elite Traveler and regularly travels the globe looking for the hottest destinations and most decadent hotels, testing new private jets and styling shoots, including our covers. A former fashion editor at ELLE magazine, Kristen’s favorite place to be is on a beach, cocktail in hand.

The Kitten Heels to Wear this Summer

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the May/June 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. Paul Andrew Paul Andrew keeps both fashion and comfort in mind, offering a plethora of downright lovely low-heeled and flat shoes. The 2.6in-high Carpanthian slingback’s defining flourish is the metallic silver accent on its strap. $795, available online at farfetch.com Jimmy Choo At 3.3in high, the sophisticated Erin slingback […]

A Closer Look at Innovative Watch Brand Urwerk

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the May/June 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. It can take a few minutes to wrap your head around an Urwerk movement, and for the firm’s co-founders, Felix Baumgartner and Martin Frei, that is the point. They deepen the relationship between wearer and watch, and create innovative movements and complications that require you to think, and, in […]

Designers Transforming the Traditional Trench Coat

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the May/June 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. Forget the traditional beige trench coat. This season, designers transform the utilitarian garment into a surprising statement piece. Erdem Moralioglu brought his trademark femininity and embroidery to a plaid trench. A nature scene blossoming with flowers and animals winds its way around the base of the coat, and there’s […]

Marking 25 Years of the Royal Oak Offshore

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the May/June 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak Offshore model, and the watchmaker is celebrating in a big way. In addition to reissuing the original from 1993 (with a modern, in-house movement), there are two major new watches in the iconic case. First, there’s a grande […]

Breathtaking Carved Creations in Fine Jewelry

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the May/June 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. One of jewelry’s most enduring traditions, carving motifs into precious gems, can bring a lightness to significant stones, as well as be simply breathtaking. Secret watches frequently incorporate carved stones that slide away to reveal the time. Graff is particularly adept at this, creating beautiful pieces that marry its […]

The Ultimate Island Escape for Stargazing

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the May/June 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. If a private-island resort with only 12 beach villas isn’t private enough for you, spend an evening alone with your beloved on Quissanga Island. This tiny, deserted tropical island off the coast of Mozambique has no electricity, no structures and no running water. There’s just a decadent dinner that […]

The Season’s Prettiest Plaid Designs

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the May/June 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. Plaid takes a feminine twist this season, appearing in ladylike silhouettes and colors. At Oscar de la Renta, Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia showed an oversized plaid navy-and-white top whose dramatic grid contrasted beautifully with its nipped waist and trailing asymmetrical hem. Christian Dior’s Maria Grazia Chiuri, meanwhile, impressed […]

Top Suites of Los Cabos

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the May/June 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. Perhaps it’s the sparkling water or its unique where-the-desert-meets-the-sea landscape, but there’s something magical about Los Cabos. Located at the tip of Baja California, Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo have a remarkable pull to visitors, which is perhaps why so many resorts also have residential communities: […]

The First SUV from Rolls-Royce

The long wait is over. Never again will you have to leave the comfort and luxury of your Rolls-Royce to go on an adventure. Whether it’s scaling the dunes outside of Dubai, driving up a snowy and city path to a chalet in the Alps, or the facing treacherous path to the soccer field, the Rolls-Royce Cullinan can conquer them […]

H Moser & Cie Launches Endeavour Tourbillon Concept

By Kristen Shirley

This story originally appeared in the May/June 2018 issue of Elite Traveler. For those in the know, it takes just a glance at an incredible sunburst fumé dial to recognize it as the work of H Moser & Cie. The independent Swiss brand—known not only for impeccable craftsmanship but also for being a bit of an enfant terrible for its antics, […]