Now I’m not a celebrity chaser – I don’t try to wangle my way into the opening of fridge doors just to catch a glimpse of some soap star getting shandied-up on champagne. But when an opportunity comes along to meet the actress who brought to life so brilliantly a shoe-obsessed character, well one has to take it. Read the rest of this entry »
Forget Vogue, if you want to be fashion forward the magazine to subscribe to is Drapers. A trade magazine for the fashion industry, it covers the catwalk as well as what the high street and boutique buyers are perusing at the various trade shows. Read the rest of this entry »
While the holidays bring good cheer, gift hunting can be an ordeal. To ease the stress of seeking out gifts in New York, we’ve selected some of the season’s yummiest offerings — which should reduce anxiety and allow more time to indulge in the season’s whirlwind of events.
One of our favorite style sanctuaries, SoHo’s Via Bus Stop, stocks an eclectic array of directional designers. While a selection from Ann Demeulemeester (a new addition this season) can sate the fashionistas’ thirst for deconstruction, the capelet with a bow closure by Anne Valérie Hash and Georgina Goodman’s two-toned demi-boots could nicely punctuate that special woman’s wardrobe with a bit of moody romance. At Kirna Zabete, a seminal downtown retailer since it opened several years ago, (currently housing young powerhouse brands like Lanvin, Proenza Schouler, and Rick Owens) the ultra-luxe Gutzees mink sleeping mask could give the A-list globe-trotter a lavish incentive to take a beauty nap. Near Canal on Greene Street, Cloak’s new store is not only home to its deftly tailored menswear, but a present from its library would thrill any pensive academic stylista. A soon-to-be-released Cloak library card will gain you access to vintage editions of literature by Edgar Allan Poe, Sylvia Plath, and ’30s issues of National Geographic magazine; its focused selection of art books, including titles on Daido Moriyama and Diane Arbus, are on sale. End your SoHo retail sojourn at Format, where an order of a Molteni & C porcelain chandelier in any Pantone color can add a spark of modern Baroque to any home. Read the rest of this entry »
Fashion Style Me loves having a new bundle of joy but being a new mom has made her question just how wide a divide there is between stylish living and motherhood. We say slingbacks versus ballet flats is a better more inclusive debate. We err on the side of flats even without having a cutie making us run around! Read the rest of this entry »
We all know how much and how often velvet is a ‘don’t’ but, like any textile (hello, polyester!), there are exceptions. Done well, velvet can be chic and luxurious, perfect for any holiday party or regular night out on the town. In a sea of a hundred little black cocktail dresses, your velvet number will stand out without making you feel like you don’t fit in. Here are some of our favorites. Read the rest of this entry »
I don’t know how many Hail Marys are in order, or if they would even help a wretch like me. Because I was a bad, bad girl. However, you could say that my trip to the Prada boutique this weekend was a spiritual experience in a way: I did walk out thinking, “Holy shit!”
I had heard and accepted the gospel; how did I lose my way? I was looking for an outfit for an upcoming event, and I told myself that I had to avoid the sales at certain designer boutiques because I knew myself: I knew that I would be so caught up in the moment that I wouldn’t be able to think straight, I wouldn’t be able to resist buying way too much just because it was 50% off. That’s just what happens to me. And while that’s okay at a store like Saks or Neimans, which both have quite reasonable return policies, that doesn’t fly at boutiques where most of the time, sale or not, there are simply no returns. Read the rest of this entry »
Maybe it’s only appropriate that I’d be obsessed with that vainest member of the animal kingdom. Don’t we all want our clothes to say “Look at me!” sometimes? (Okay, all the time?) And I’m not the only one, of course, because peacocks keep recurring in fashion. Their feathers were everywhere last spring — from the Prada runways to Nicole Kidman’s Gucci gown at the Golden Globes. Then Gwen Stefani put the preening birds on L.A.M.B. hoodies. Now these fabulous Valentino sandals and handbag just popped up on the Bergdorf’s site for spring. Love, love, love. Oh, spring, come soon! Read the rest of this entry »
A black leather bag is a great staple to have in your handbag collection—nothing too embellished or fancy, just basic and classic, such as this Large Severine Hobo by Yves Saint Laurent. Made from black leather with suede trim and accented with gold hardware, it features two front flap pockets which are great to hold things you frequently use. It also has an open top with drawstring ties. You can pick your very own up for $1,595.
I’m all for having some handbags in your collection that are unique and different—hey, let’s even say whimsical, but you need to be careful. Sometimes, whimsical turns into sensory overload—in the desire to create a purse that’s fun and almost one-of-a-kind looking, a designer can many times end up going overboard with too much color, too many patterns, too many charms—just too much! Read the rest of this entry »
Michael Kors has taken a classic shape, mixed in a few chic details and came out with the beautiful “Ashbury” East/West Satchel (14″ l x 7.5″ h x 4.75″ d). This has a clean, simple look to me with it’s whipstitched handles, leather zipper pulls and silver hardware. Read the rest of this entry »