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Before you buy those new boots…

October 30th, 2012 No Comments

Consider buying shoes with a little attitude.  You’ve collected at least a half dozen pairs of new boots over the last few years.  Unless there is snow on the ground for the next 6 months, let’s consider some of your other options. This year, designers are offering you basic, every day styles with a sense of style you will appreciate.  Below you’ll find a few examples I found at Barney’s in NYC.  Because they’re all made by your favorite designers, you can find the same elements across different high-end and mainstream brands at a variety of price points.

Sculptural Heels (Miu Miu)

Wedged Ballerina Flats (Lanvin)

Blue Suede (Prada)

Winged Pumps (Casadei)

Colored Python (Pierre Hardy)

Embroidery (Miu Miu)

 

All shoes available at Barneys.com.

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The fabulous flats of fall

September 4th, 2012 No Comments

You don’t have to wear heels to be stylish. Day or night, you’ll find NYC fashionistas strutting around in various styles of flats. This fall, true trendsetters will opt for smoking shoes, which you’ll see all over the celebs right now. As you’ll see below from my recent trip to Barney’s new show floor in NYC, the shelves are teeming with the loafer.

Thankfully, designers were being playful when re-inventing this “old man’s” shoe. Grandpas like to be comfy and so do we. I say go for it!! Pair the smoking shoe with rolled up jeans or even skirts.

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GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI

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CHANEL

I tried on these chocolate Chanel with fingers crossed that the 40 would fit. Closed toe Chanel never does for me. This pair was no different. It was a very upsetting moment because I could see myself in these everyday this fall and winter.  Poo.

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PRADA

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YSL

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MIU MIU

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Not feeling that adventurous yet? You’re in luck because Ballerina flats are still in.  Now more skins, stones, metal, plastic, vibrant colors, and textures make them stand out in your outfit.

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MANOLO BLAHNIK

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MIU MIU

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PRADA

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Fall Shoe Trends: Square Toes + Metal Accents

August 7th, 2012 2 Comments

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YSL

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YSL

See the more affordable Rag & Bone here.

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CASADEI

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MIU MIU

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GUISEPPE ZANOTTI

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PRADA

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PRADA

Shoe departments are flooded with square toe shoes marked with bright metal pieces.  It sounds good on paper…needless to say the room in the toe and thicker heel would make the shoe comfortable…but I am not a fan.  I think I would like the concepts separately, like in the Casadei stiletto or YSL flats, both of which have round toes.  The square toe is just so unflattering.  Paired with a thick heel, the shoe is overwhelming visually.

You’ll notice I don’t have photos from Lanvin, Chanel, Christian Louboutin, Sergio Rossi, or Givenchy because they don’t have these elements in their fall lines.

If I really wanted to incorporate the square metal toe into my wardrobe I’d choose the first YSL and pair it with skinny jeans and a chunky sweater.  I don’t think I would accessorize a dress with them because they would steal the ensemble’s feminine nature.  Possibly a high-waisted, full skirt, but not a suit. This style would steal your womanhood with a suit.

Now, are you curious to see what trends I did buy?? :)

(All photos from my trip to Barney’s NYC, August 2012)

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Prada “Made in India” isn’t so exclusive, but is more expensive.

September 20th, 2011 6 Comments

Have you seen the latest woven Prada purses? Kinda like more structured Bottega…

Last week at the Prada luncheon at Saks, Steven Fritsch (the Prada accessories manager who is fabulous as you would expect) introduced me to the new collection with the first “Made in India” labels.  Very limited run so it’s a very big deal of course.

Here’s the deal.  Most of their leather comes from India all the time and is shipped to Italy for manufacturing, hence the “Made in Italy” label.  But now they’re ditching the shipping and high labor costs and simply constructing the bags in India.  They save some major money and guess what, charge us more for the “exclusive.”  Brilliant!

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Joining the army or waging war against camo this fall?

August 16th, 2011 No Comments

You can’t run or hide from the camo trend this fall.  The question is will you fight the chic fight and hold your classic-style ground protesting the trend as sloppy and regurgitated? Or, being the savvy fashionista that you are, find a way to adapt the color-palate to your style?

I have never been a camo or military fan, but I won’t deny it’s one of the most affordable ways to create a trendy ensemble with your favorite classics as a base.

The jacket is the easiest to find and incorporate:

Banana Republic on sale $78

Refinery 29 did a slide show of more inventive options such as purses, watches, skirts, and ties (I didn’t find any MUST HAVES in their collection).

Click here to view.

Last night, Heather was carrying my favorite camo piece I’ve seen thus far:

 

Apparently he has a whole collection which would be tolerable if you ripped of the obnoxious MK.

Small Satchel top left $298

It should be no surprise that Prada has a showstopping camo bag.

And I love Troussardi 1911 luggage collection.

(Last three images via)

Bags aren’t your only accessory options.  A scarf will look fab with any jewel tone sweater and of course black.

From Denim & Supply $60

 

Of course you should know the most affordable place to find camo: The Thrift Store! Goodwill, Salvation Army, or your local boutique.  It will always be cheap and genuinely worn in :)

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Fall Trends To Keep Your Eye Out For Now

August 2nd, 2011 3 Comments

Trends have been regurgitated out the yin-yang since the recession hit (as they should I suppose).  Finally this fall, I’ve seen some variations emerge within our favorite trends.

LEATHER

It’s a staple for colder months, I don’t need to show you pictures of overcoats and blazers.  In the past couple of years, leather pants and dresses have made a comeback.

Lanvin

This fall make a statement with a leather shirt!

Rodarte

 

H&M

PENCIL SKIRTS

Miu Miu

They’re not just for the office, btw.  Most women want skirts above the knee (those are always “in”), but I’m sending you to go on a new mission to find skirts AT or BELOW the knee.

Phillip Lim 3.1

The real trendsetter will hunt for the mid-calf pencil skirt.  Curvy girls this probably won’t be flattering.  For those of use without much hip or ass to speak of, we are thanking out lucky stars these are back in style.

Vivienne Westwood (via Daily Mail)

Alice + Olivia (I could wear this outfit EVERYDAY with different shoes and accessories.)

Dona Karan

 

PATTERNS

Every season designers are pushing a new signature pattern.  This fall true fashionistas will successfully mix them together in what Style.com is calling “Collage.”

COLOR BLOCKING

If you’re like me and patterns aren’t your thing, take another stab at color blocking. 1 bold color + another blog color = fantastic.

A very practical example by Phillip Lim 3.1

PARKAS

Parkas have always been more practical than overcoats.  If we’re lucky they’re stylish.  Somehow a fashion angel was at my side when I stumbled upon a Prada Sport, waterproof, 3/4 length parka/overcoat with a fur trimmed hood for $500 while I was living in NYC.  Years later, it’s still fabulous and wearable after 3 years of sludge.

If you’re able, take your parka to the next level.  Go glam!  Big collar, bright color. Make a statement.

 

BEWARE!!!

Three trends that don’t even look good on the models!!!

The Over-sized Tux


Even the tux that fits looks bad…

The Sixties

 

Style.com did a whole trend section on the 60′s.  I’m telling you.  You’ll look like you’re going to a costume party if yougo head to toe in the decade.  It’s femme, but not strong in terms of style.

Fur Gone Wild

Crazy fur is simply crazy.  For something that wont’ go with everything or stand the test of time, a “psychedelic fur” is ridiculously expensive.  Who are we kidding, all furs are expensive.  This outfit would be fabulous color-blocking ensemble (for spring) without being draped in dyed carcass for the sheer purpose of showing fur.

**Runway shots with captions via Style.com

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PRADA UPDATE FROM RACKED.COM

October 20th, 2008 No Comments

PRADA UPDATE FROM RACKED.COM

Apparently, the discounts aren’t as remarkable as we would have hoped….but the clothes are in better condition than in past years. 

I’ve been to plenty of these sales, and I always walk away with a few things I HAVE TO HAVE.  My favorite was a Badgley Mischka coat for $450.  I wore the bejesus out of it.  Unfortunately, the NYC hustle got to it after two winter and it needs a little TLC before/if I bust it out again.

Looking at my schedule, I don’t know when I’m going to get a chance to make it cross and uptown. Sigh.  But I will!

(Thanks for the tip reader.)

THE DEADLIEST MAN ALIVE

August 27th, 2008 No Comments

Standing with “The Deadliest Man Alive,” but in my opinion more like “The Techiest Man Alive.”

His Head To Toe:

  • Hugo Boss suit
  • Gucci tie
  • Prada shoes

My Head to Toe:

  • Gucci sunnies
  • Dolce and Gabbana top
  • Charlotte Russe tank
  • Chanel scarf
  • Laundry pants
  • Chanel flats

Wow, we’re decked out in labels today. But not for long. I’m off to change into spandex and sweat for the SECOND time today in Keith’s spin class.