Posted on August 13th, 2010 No comments
Rodebjer, the eponymous line by Swedish designer Carin Rodebjer, has made the jump from boutique and Gen Art darling to mass market with her fall line being sold at Urban Outfitters, Revolve Clothing and Pixie Market. Sleek, strong and contemporary, yet with a timeless feel, items from Rodebjer are modern tinged with classic styling. All I have to say is I LIKEY!
Check out some of my favorite looks from the A/W 2010 Collection:
Posted on August 10th, 2010 No comments
Sometimes your shoulders sag along with the girls. In such cases, ShapeFX, the wizards of all things shapewear, have introduced the ingenious shoulder pad bra. This bra adds shape to jackets and blouses and evens out pear shapes in a Cris Angel-type optical illusion. Because if the shoulders are bigger, the ass looks smaller. Viola! All kidding aside, I actually really like this bra and can see it adding shape to certain garments. Good job, ShapeFX!
Posted on August 9th, 2010 1 comment
This adorable dress from Kensie, featuring the oh-so-current-for-fall neutral tone and utility details like an asymmetrical snap placket, vertical exposed zippers, and drawstring ties is on sale for only $32.99 at Lord & Taylor, with an additional 20% off!
Wear it bare-legged through the end of summer, then wear with tights, boots and a cardi for fall. Tres cheap, yet tres chic!
Posted on August 8th, 2010 No comments
Check out this space-agey short fashion film for Dazed Digital marrying Lady Gaga’s unique fashion sensibility with the abstractness of a fashion film. She rocks two outfits–one somewhat wearable black dress with fringe and one more typical Gaga with football player shoulder pads on top of a superhero outfit. Enjoy!
Posted on July 28th, 2010 No comments
I hate to admit, but I’m a big fan of Kathy Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb on The Today Show. That back-and-forth banter! Hoda’s eye-rolling when KLG’s not looking! Their constant drinking. Really, they’re my heroes.
Anyway, they brought out beauty editor Bobbi Brown today who gave a really great tip on how to lengthen dresses that are too short. Oftentimes, we find dresses that are really adorable but are about three inches too short and simply scandalous when trying to sit, especially if you’re tall. Bobbi’s tip? Add a half-slip to peek out from under the dress. This simple idea that hearkens back to what our mothers and grandmothers wore makes formerly unwearable dresses versatile and unique.
Take this Lavender Sachet dress from Lulus: it’s flowy, feminine and only 32 inches from shoulder to hem.
Add this 17 inch flounce slip from Farr West and you’ve got a little more length and a little more style.
Mix and match slips for different looks. And of course, this idea only works on flowy loose-fitting dresses. So give your too-short dresses the slip and transform them into something sweet and wearable!
Posted on July 26th, 2010 No comments
Fall is just around the corner, and when the leaves fall, the fashion changes from summer flirty to fall chic. No need to overhaul your closet, though. From over-the-knee boots to velvet leggings and updated cargos, adding a few key pieces to your fall wardrobe is all you need to punch it up!
Velvet comes around every so often, but nothing looks fresher than touches of velvet on jackets or updated velvet leggings peeking out from under a tunic and boots.
This fitted oxford jacket from MARC by Marc Jacobs has velvet accents at the collar, waist and wrists–upping the sophistication level sky-high! Available at Neiman Marcus.
Velvet leggings present a new take on the tight pants that have dominated the pants market for the past few years. Wear with over-the-knee boots, a longer tunic and motorcycle-inspired jacket.
These Bop Basic velvet leggings have a rich sheen and long length, perfect for fall! Available at Shopbop.com.
TREND: OVER THE KNEE BOOTS
When over the knee boots exploded on the the fashion scene last fall, some women worried that the look would be a little too “Maid Marian at the Renaissance Fair.” Luckily, their surprising versatility has spurred their comeback this fall! The key is to keep the rest of the outfit low-key and to keep the heels on the lower side, otherwise professional women will look like a different kind of “professional” if you know what we mean.
The sleek suede and low heel of the Steve Madden Overrpass boot is perfect for pairing with dark skinny jeans and an oversized patchwork sweater. Available at Nordstrom.
These Modern Vintage Carina boots come with edgy buckle detailing and mid-heel height. Available at Singer22.com.
TREND: SKINNY CARGO PANTS
Cargo pants are no longer the bastion of comfort-loving soccer moms. Updated with a skinny silhouette and hardware details, fall’s cargo pants pair perfectly with gladiators or tucked into ankle boots. Military inspiration never looked so fashionable!
These J BRAND Houlihan zip cargo pants have achieved cult-like status due to a flattering ankle length, zipper detailing and the perfect amount of stretch. Available at Revolveclothing.com.
Posted on July 22nd, 2010 3 comments
The low-end clothing market was transformed forever when game changer Forever 21 arrived on the scene, leading to a glut of cheap stores selling throwaway clothes. But I was still a little surprised when I saw shirts on sale at Charlotte Russe for $2.99! I mean, my coffee costs at least $3 in the morning (or closer to $4 when I’m feeling spendy).
Let’s compare, shall we?
This is the Charlotte Russe pocket tee:
And this is the James Perse relaxed v-neck tee for $50:
Here’s the Charlotte Russe ribbed cotton v-neck tank:
And LNA’s u-tank for $64:
Check out Charlotte Russe’s oversized pocket racerback tank (this is a splurge at $4.99):
And T by Alexander Wang’s mini pocket tank, priced at $74:
I’m not saying these shirts are exactly alike. I know that the James Perse tees feel like clouds settling on your skin and that there are differences in fabric. However, the disparity in price cannot be ignored. I for one, would rather stock up on the cheapies and splurge once in a long while on the luxury tees when they’re on sale.
Posted on July 19th, 2010 1 comment
Miami Swim Fashion Week ends today, and while nothing was truly groundbreaking, some of the looks blurred the line between swimwear and lingerie (expected) and swimwear and burka (unexpected). Five days of designers using one square foot of material (or less) manifested in countless options for your next pool party.
Check out the looks that caught our eye!
Beach Bunny showed looks that go straight from the pool to the boudoir or S&M club, no extra accessorizing required.
Cia. Maritima showed a suit that may or may not be appropriate for the middle east. (I say not.)
I wish I could comment on this blue bikini by Crystal Jin, but the model’s tattoo is too distracting!
Just say no to denim invading swimsuits, like in this Dolores Cortes boyshort two-piece! (Weren’t jeggings bad enough?)
But say YES to these gorgeous on trend tribal-inspired looks from Mara Hoffman! Perfect for global beach-hopping.
This suit from Red Carter is multi-purpose: it covers up (sort of) AND it’s perfect for catching fish off of your billionaire boyfriend’s yacht.
Posted on July 13th, 2010 No comments
Mara Hoffman is the queen of easy sexy dresses in exquisite and exotic prints. Her Spring 2010 collection features quite of few of these easy-to-wear dresses that are perfect for dinner in South Beach, dancing on the sand in Ibiza or exploring the Greek islands. Bonus? Some of them can even double as beach cover ups.
Posted on July 11th, 2010 No comments
Jean-Paul Gaultier has produced a high-end lingerie collection for the Italian label La Perla. The collection includes lacy corsets, underwear “which streams the body’s curves”, extra high-waisted pants and bustiers emphasizing the neck. (Because the neck is what we want emphasized when we’re wearing lingerie. Uh huh.) No surprise, the line also includes bras similar to the cone-shaped Gaultier’s suits created for Madonna in 1990.
Gaultier said, “In my latest prêt-à-porter collection I revisited the conical bras and corsets worn as outerwear. Lingerie is part of my core beliefs and my heritage. It has been nearly 30 years since I created my first corset dress.”
Hey, lingerie is part of our core beliefs, too! (BTW, IS lingerie a belief?)
With Dita von Teese making a welcome appearance–because what’s a couture show without a burlesque performer?–two pieces from this limited edition collection were shown on July 7th at Gaultier’s couture show.
Posted on July 11th, 2010 No comments
Sometimes you want to buy an outfit that costs less than dinner, just for fun. Walmart carries a juniors line called Susie Rose that has some surprisingly cute items, so I chose a top and a skirt that I would wear to a drunken brunch (or “drunch” as one of my urbane friends calls it). The outfit below comes to exactly $20–$8 for the top and $12 for the skirt.
This hits the nautical trend that seems to roll around every summer and both pieces can slide into fall with an additional of a cardi and boots. Tres chic and tres cheap!