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The “LOW” Leather Leggings That Keep Up With “HIGH” Fashion

November 17th, 2015 No Comments
Club Monaco Leather Leggings
For years now leather leggings have been a winter essential.  Why have they not made their way into my closet:  they’re so damn expensive! For the $1k price tag I want something that fits like a Saint Laurent stiletto: comfortable, snug, and sexy. This year I resolved to hunt down a pair and hand over my card happily.  After weeks of shopping, I had tried the standard J Brand, Rag & Bone, Vince, Helmut Lang, and a handful of boutique designers.  None of their cuts fit my chicken legs and tiny ass.  Even my Intermix stylist was shocked.
It wasn’t until I was browsing for work clothes in Club Monaco (my vote for conservative chic corporate attire) that I stumbled upon this front panel leather and spandex combo.  When I first saw them I thought to myself, “Those are cheap….and totally cheating.  I want the real deal.”  Then I saw the price tag…. “Well, for $99 on sale, it wouldn’t hurt to try them on.”
 Club Monoco Leather Leggings 2015  Mary Rambin

I actually love the way the panel cuts in and gives my legs more definition.  The spandex is just what I needed to hug my barely-there bum!

For 1/10th of the price I now have an edgy, sophisticated pair of “leather” leggings I love MORE than anything I tried from the contemporary powerhouse brands.  People stop me and ask if they’re IRO or Rag, when I tell them faux by Club Monoco, fashionista jaws drop.

High Low Leather Head to Toe:

UPDATE: YOU LOVE THEM TOO!

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Club Monaco Accessories Winter 2015

Other things I loved pictured with Mason:

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YSL’s new SoHo “boutique”

June 11th, 2013 No Comments

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Last week YSL opened the doors to its new block wide boutique on Green Street in SoHo.  Unfortunately I rolled up to inspect the space after it closed, but my instincts tell me we’re not missing anything.

The walls are lined with bags we’ve seen.  There isn’t a big selection of clothing…. And don’t get me started on their shoes and bags. Both have gone the way of closet “staples” instead of jaw-droppers.  I used to wear new YSL pieces with pride, now I don’t really consider the brand much anymore.

After Stefano Pilati was fired as creative director (and soon found a home at Zegna), Heidi Slimane was promoted to the position.  The fact that he was previously the head of menswear doesn’t give me hope he’ll bring glamour back to the brand.

We shall see my fashionista friends…

Next time you’re in SoHo I would think the new Kirna Zabete that every press outlet is raving about would be a better destination for you.

 

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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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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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The lipstick you LOVED!

April 19th, 2011 3 Comments

As much as you loved the artistic cat eye that Karla created, you went crazy for the lipstick!

After looking at the pictures again, I did too.  So I went back to Neimans and asked Karla what color she used.  Like any good artist, she mixed and matched a few to get the perfect shade.

  • YSL Rose Romantique #146
  • Chanel “Chance”
  • Chanel “Boy”

The main color was the first YSL.  So I tried that one on by itself and I’ll tell you, it’s BOLD.  Like, a nighttime party pink with a matte finish; not something you would wear everyday.  Although, it’s a statement that will make an outfit – like bright red or hot pink, just softer.

For more frequent use, I bought “Evasion” from their new Coco Shine collection and “Genie” Rouge Allure gloss.

Evasion (on the left) is much more neutral and sheer than what I wore that night, but it has a nice pink hue that I don’t have much of in my arsenal already.  (For some reason it looks more orange here than pink.) The coral Genie gloss is THE COLOR of the season and enhances your lips (without being too aggressive) against blue, yellow, white, and black clothes.

(BTW…those are my lashes!!!)

*Karla works at the Chanel counter at Neiman Marcus in Houston.  If you’re looking for the most talented artist in your city, here’s my suggestion.  Go up to the designer floor and ask a sales woman who she refers her clients to.  It’s they’re job to know who the best is so they won’t lead you astray.

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Ballerina slippers for big girls!

December 7th, 2010 1 Comment

YSL is saying the ballerina flat trend is here to stay!

Admittedly, they’re a little behind getting on this trend bandwagon, but we’ll let that slide considering how awesome the simple yet sleek the design is.

(Found on TheTrendReport)

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November 10th, 2010

60% off YSL shoes on Editor’s Closet right now!  Someone save my credit card and buy these in a size 10 asap.  Thank you.

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