Tuesday, March 31st 2009

accessories come out to play

I’ve got a closet full of black dresses. They’re classics, and I’m of the mindset that I can never have too many. Does that make me boring? Maybe, but the other day I was perusing Style.com and found a feature by Candy Pratts Price highlighting playful accessories. Light bulb moment: the season’s whimsical accents play perfectly on my wardrobe’s black canvas.

I recently added a Vanessa Bruno frock to my cache of black dresses, and I plan to make it my go-to for summer’s series of weddings. With the Style.com feature in mind, I set out on a little accessories hunt. Being a footwear girl, I started with the shoes. A silver pair with a sweet curl by Eileen Shields makes my toes twinkle and hints at fall’s feminine footwear trend. For a pop of color, I’ll carry a fuchsia Elie Tahari clutch named after a certain plastic icon, and I’ll don some look-at-me earrings with a hint of pink tint to match. And as the finishing touch, I’ll mirror my kicks with a tiny bow bracelet from Bing Bang.

Tell me ladies, will you accent your LBDs with whimsy, or do you prefer to play it straight?


Tuesday, March 31st 2009

first fashion

Our Favorites from What's New
What does Ksubi mean? If you look to Ksubi.com, you’ll find an uncensored, random stream of social commentary and wry humor: a YouTube video of a bushy-bearded Joaquin Phoenix rapping on the mic, drawings that recall Ralph Steadman’s tormented Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas sketches, snapshots of “excellent Tokyo babes,” couples making out on NYE, and P. Diddy accidentally stepping in sidewalk dog poo. For those who “get it,” Ksubi is an underground urban lifestyle, a melding of art, music, and current events that ultimately translates into killer jeans. Or as brand creators Dan Single and George Gorrow say: “Ksubi is a word to describe our movement and our creative collective. It has no other meaning than what we give it.”

In the future stores may stock cans of spray-on jeans, but until then these are painted-on perfection. Ksubi – Spray On Jeans


Who doesn’t need a pair of headline-grabbing, scandalously short shorts? Ksubi – Clam Mini Shorts


Ksubi knows a chick can’t possibly buck the establishment without these babies. Ksubi – Zip Super Skinny Jeans

Ksubi is a brand with something to say. Speak your mind, with a vocabulary from What’s New.


Monday, March 30th 2009

holding patterns

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All winter I’ve been carrying my same old black handbag and black wallet. Yes, they’re classics, and yes, they’re functional, but I’ve been thinking about diversifying with something a little brighter, something with more personality. I came across a NYT article that sings the praises of candy-colored and floral-printed wallets for spring, and the featured See by Chloé wallet (which could double as a fun clutch for evening) inspired me to finally buckle down and scope out some other equally functional yet playful possibilities.

Handbags that can pull double duty as totes and shoulder bags have been pouring into shopbop lately, perfect for my summer self who loves to carry a book for spontaneous stops in the park and a lightweight cardi for cool evenings. The Foley + Corinna Mid City Tote is a classic favorite, and the tie-dye version plays with spring’s printed handbags trend (its refined take on the boho print will look great with a crocheted dress, or a lightweight blouse and faded flare jeans). An equally cheerful option is the Classic Q Huge Hillier Hobo (one of a passel of convertible Marc Jacobs bags in bright shades), which will help schlep all my stuff this summer and really pop against my black wool coat come next fall.


Monday, March 30th 2009

first fashion:

Our Favorites from What's New
My summer uniform revolves around dresses (Milly dresses are some of my faves), and with the selection of sweet frocks that have been arriving at shopbop, this year will be no exception. A few that will surely make their way into my wardrobe:
I love the sporty look of this dress. It makes me feel like I could be dashing off for a game of tennis, even if my only planned exercise is the short walk to meet friends for lunch. Wayne - Pocket Tank Dress
There is something so delightfully decadent about a lounge-worthy dress that’s fashion-forward too. Generra - Dip Dye Gathered Dress
This floor-sweeping frock has “summer goddess” written all over it. Nieves Lavi - Halter Long Dress
Build your summer look with styles from What’s New.


Friday, March 27th 2009

dominant jeans


Back in January, I posted my fashion resolution for 2009: expand my denim horizons. And unlike most folks who dump their New Year’s resolution by mid-Feb, I’m still adhering to mine like industrial-strength glue. My main objective? To finally venture away from denim’s failsafe Holy Trinity (Citizens of Humanity, Joe’s Jeans, 7 For All Mankind) and trade in my standard boot cuts for some other sizzling silhouettes.

If the Anlo jeans pictured above were a man, we’d be registering for fancy stemware right about now. The Ava Skinny’s higher rise helps me follow Rule #1 in jean shopping: Avoid the “whale tail” at all costs.   (Not familiar with this poor denim fit phenomenon? Check out denimblog.com, third pic down, for a frighteningly graphic illustration. Oy.)
The Avas rest a figure-flattering two fingers below my belly button, a handy (no pun intended) guide when you want to know where a natural rise should be. But just because their rise is higher doesn’t mean these are your mom’s jeans—well, unless your mom is insanely sexy.  The fabrication is stretchy so as to eschew the painted-on look, and the dark rinse goes everywhere from the office to a rock club. Plus, there’s no need to hem—these look even fiercer scrunched at the ankles with a pair of Camilla Skovgaard stilettos peeking out. 

Next target on my denim hit list: an LTR with the perfect boyfriend jeans. Wish me luck!

Tell me, ladies, do you have one pair of sick jeans that trumps all others?  Have you stuck to your New Year’s resolutions? Do you know of any other awesomely bad terms for ill-fitting pants?


Friday, March 27th 2009

must-have spring collection: nightcap clothing

The Latest by Kate, Fashion Director

Nightcap Clothing is one of my favorite lines this spring. The items are effortlessly sexy and I find myself wearing my Nightcap pieces over and over again. The perfect special touch on tees, pants, and dresses creates the cool look I'm perpetually striving to achieve without "trying too hard."
I am living in my Drop Back Top right now, and obsessing over the black and white printed Motif Vest. The Mon Amour Shirt is that perfect date top that’s totally no fuss—just hot! And the Willow Dress is one of my favorite frocks of the season. Add in brilliant fit and fabrics (and great prices, too!), and this line is perfection.
Snatch up a few pieces for yourself before I buy them all, and stay tuned for their fall cashmere. It’s insane!

Thursday, March 26th 2009

color me timeless

There’s been a lot of gravitation toward black and white these days (I’m guilty as well) because of their timeless appeal, but as classic as the colorless duo is, shades of the rainbow have been a factor in fashion for years. In the right hands—like those of Chris Benz, whose masterful employ of Roy G. Biv makes your basic black and white look like boring fare—color has real staying power.

Look to Benz’s spring collection, the inspiration for which is as seemingly out-of-left-field as a dress that mingles red, fuchsia, teal, and orange (Benz does this, brilliantly). The designer took his cue for the season from “Revolutionary War-era dressing,” he told Style.com. That’s right: styles of the American Revolution. And yet each piece feels modern and unforced. The faintest hint of military influence underlies the collection as a whole and comes out strong in a militia-inflected jacket (a clever, fashion-forward take on The Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper). The rest is about color. Bright colorblocking plays beautifully among neutral pieces, and even the boldest combinations—like the red-fuchsia-teal-orange number mentioned above—feel effortless under Benz’s deft eye.

So keep thinking about those investment pieces, ladies, but don’t limit yourself to the b’s and w’s. Every wardrobe could use a color lift like Chris Benz.


Wednesday, March 25th 2009

searching for spot-on swimwear

Pickiness is often considered a negative trait, but I’d argue that it’s good to be choosy. Especially when choosing swimwear. (If I’m showing that much skin, I need to look great.) So to help us all with our summer swimwear search, shopbop stylist Bobbie gives us tips on how to find the perfect suit (it must be out there somewhere) to fit both our personality and our body type.

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When selecting a suit, first you need to figure out the look you are trying to achieve. If you’re going for a fun and flirty feel, try Zimmermann, Milly, Kushcush, or Shoshanna. For a sophisticated, chic look, suits by Diane von Furstenberg, Tibi, or Mara Hoffman will be your best friends. For a timeless suit with great fit, Melissa Odabash and Rachel Pally are spot-on. And for a super glamorous poolside look, throw on some beachy heels, bangles, sunglasses, and suits from Tyler Rose or Vix.

Once you’ve got your look, you need to assess your body type. Shoshanna swimwear is a flattering pick for curvier figures, with tops that lend support, while Loeffler Randall suits are ideal for less curvy girls, with bandeau tops that are a great choice for smaller busts and fuller bottoms that accentuate the hips. And for fuller figures, triangle tops and halters are always a must; Rosa Cha swimwear has some perfect options for this body type.

--Bobbie, Stylist

Wednesday, March 25th 2009

elsewhere & otherwise

news from the other fashionable corners of the web

* The ladies at Who What Wear take a closer look at the strong shoulder trend that’s sprinkled throughout spring and promises to be big (pun!) come fall. [ Who What Wear ]

* Thread Social had a low-key showing of their fall collection last week, and Style File liked what they saw. [ Style.com Style File ]

* A charming profile on handbag designer Jerome Dreyfuss. I want to take up residence his Paris shop. [ Stylecaster ]

* Diane von Furstenberg is stepping into the world of eyewear, but we’re going to have to wait for it. The pieces will be available next January. [ FabSugar ]

* Martha Stewart Living launched a fashion section in its April issue, and gasp! it’s good. [ The Cut ]

* Candy Pratts Price says have fun with your accessories this season. We can get on board with that. [ Style.com ]

* Garance Doré sings the pantsuit’s praises. Très femme. [ Garance Doré ]

* An Oxygen TV poll reveals 25% of women ages 18 to 34 would rather win America’s Next Top Model than a Nobel Peace Prize. Oh, Tyra! [ The Cut ]

* And a little something for the wine lovers. Sommelier Kermit Lynch offers a list of his favorites with nearly scandalously miniscule price tags. Cheers! [ The Moment ]

Wednesday, March 25th 2009

first fashion

Our Favorites from What's New
It is my most persistent and preposterous fantasy to be the erstwhile girlfriend of a Rolling Stone. Not the long-suffering kind, but one of the wild ones who gave Mick and Keith a run for their money, someone on the order of a Bianca , a Marianne, or an Anita. But like I always say (as of about five minutes ago): if I can’t be it, at least I can wear it. 3 ways to crib the early-’70s rocker girlfriend look:
325trench Has the trench ever felt more hip? This one looks like it went on tour for six months and came back with some secrets in its pockets. Golden Goose Cropped Trench Jacket
325smythe A white blazer is so Bianca Jagger circa 1970, and the tailoring on this one is impeccable. SMYTHE Equestrian Blazer
325nightcap The crochet trim gives a subtle nod to the Woodstock era, and the linen-y fabric lends it a cool, lived-in look. Nightcap Clothing Motif Vest
Live your fantasy (or at least wear it), with looks from What’s New.

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