Posts for September 11th 2006
On Monday, I was lucky enough to attend the Jill Stuart runway show, held at the New York Public Library as part of Fashion Week. Stuart's brave Spring 2007 collection blended traditional femininity with racy accents using lacy fabrics atop black and neutral tones. A few bolder colors stood out—including one hot-pink lace dress—but even the quieter pieces looked like they'd be great for a night out on the town. One of my favorite pieces was this flirty, white strapless cocktail dress with boning on the bodice.
Jill Stuart's highly wearable clothes clearly have a fan base that is all its own, and the guest list reflected that. In the front row sat a stunning Kate Bosworth, who was debuting her new razor cut bob, as well as Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Seventeen Magazine's Atoosa Rubinstein, Lee Ann Rimes, and The Devil's Advocate star Tamara Tunie.
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Fashion photographer Stephen Meisel—known for his controversial but brilliant work for Vogue and Calvin Klein—has created an artful and arresting War on Terror-themed fashion spread for the September 2006 issue of Vogue Italia. Given the timing, the pics are likely to generate a lot of buzz. But the photography—showing models in various stages of undress facing riot squads and airport security lines—is truly remarkable. To see the full spread, read more
Everyone loves having an excuse to buy a fabulous new coat, whether you live in southern California or northern Michigan. Though temperatures haven't dipped to autumn levels just yet, it's time to start thinking about the coat that will get you through the Fall and Winter. Today we begin our weeklong look at coat trends for Fall 2006. Today’s spotlight: military-inspired styles. These uniform-inspired coats actually vary wildly, from high-collared decorated looks to epaulet-adorned field jackets. Here are my picks for some great military-inspired styles at both designer and non-designer prices.
Miu Miu Felt Military Coat, $1,185, available here.
Burberry Landscove Caped Coat, $795, available here.
Reyes Back Belted Coat, $950, available here.
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If you love dresses, you're in luck, because they were in abundance at Diane Von Furstenberg's Spring 2007 runway show at New York Fashion Week on Sunday afternoon. The bad news? If you like your dresses to hug your curves, you're going to have to wait around for another season. Because even DVF—the queen of the form-fitting wrap—is embracing the big dress trend, focusing on loose-fitting, boxy styles and mod-inspired sheaths.
There are some things I really love from this line: the big, bold floral and geometric prints; the slouchy, off-the-shoulder necklines; and bubble miniskirts. Not to mention the dresses with pockets! But I was disappointed to see the persistence of animal prints (in day-glow colors, no less) and sack-like dresses that don't even flatter on the models. To see the collection for yourself, read more
Now that the heat waves are under control and fall is just around the corner, it's hard not to take note of all the cute new cold-weather items coming out—specifically, the fisherman caps that everyone is crazy for right now.
I absolutely love this adorable Coach Fisherman's Wool Cap. It's a limited edition, so you can't buy it online, but you can buy over the phone for $148. Just call (888) 262-6224 and ask for item number 80019.
The DKNY Runway Hat is a fall and winter must-have. So much so that it's currently sold out online and in stores. Mark this very special suede cap as one of your Fab Finds and check DKNY for new shipments. It sells for $145 and is available in chocolate brown, plaid, and black; more colors are TBD as the season progresses.
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Flats are all the rage right now, and the style goes great with anything from skinny jeans to skirts and dresses. Plus, when they have a little bit of sparkle and sequins, flats can add some flair to whatever you wear. Here are three of my picks for fabulous, glittery flats.
I simply adore Tracy Reese's clothes, and these Bowtie Kitten Schmid Sparkle Flats are really something special. They aren't sold online, but you can call the Tracy Reese flagship store in NYC at 212-807-0461 to order a pair. They are available in silver or bronze and sell for $355. Just keep in mind, they run half a size to a full size small.
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With friends like Chloe Sevigny and fans like Scarlett Johansson and Sean Lennon, Imitation of Christ designer Tara Subkoff has been a celebrity darling since the line's launch in 2000. The label is high concept to say the least, transforming salvage clothing into new, avant garde pieces and turning runway shows into quirky happenings. At last night's unveiling of the Spring 2007 collection, waiters roamed with buckets full of Budweiser and guests gazed at the fashions from runway-side recliners.
The fashion, meanwhile, struck an eclectic, childlike vibe, with models wearing flat sneakers and toting stuffed animals like girls dressing up in their mothers' clothes. That is, if their moms' style tended toward boxy, asymmetrical dresses, wide cummerbund-like belts, and 1970s-era pants jumpers. To see the highlights from the show, read more
As both a lip balm addict and a lip gloss lover, I have a hard time deciding which gooey stuff should go on my lips at any given moment. Even if I want a nude look for my lips, plain old lip balm doesn't give me the polished look I need. For that reason, I am currently obsessed with C.O. Bigelow Mentha Lip Shine, made by the Greenwich Village apothecary brand that's sold at Bath & Body Works. I love this stuff for so many reasons, starting with the super-high-gloss finish that makes even nude lips look nicely made up. Better yet, the moisturizing shine feels more like lip balm than lip gloss (note: kissing partners will appreciate this), and the tingly, minty flavor (advertised as a breath freshener) doesn’t conflict with my gum. You can buy it here for $7.50.
I actually love this chain-adorned handbag and small-pleat baby-doll top from the Rock & Republic Spring 2007 runway show on Saturday. Unlike many runway fashions, these pieces would easily translate to the real world; I could easily see myself combining this cute top and dramatic bag to wear out to a concert or a nightclub. There's just one problem: While this visible panties look might work on the runway, the outfit needs some bottoms if it's going to leave the house. A skirt, hot pants, some skinny jeans—anything!
So let's all go Fab Finding to complete the outfit. How would you wear it? Be sure to come back and tell us all what you found. To learn what a Fab Find is and how to make one, click here. To see some of my favorite online stores to try, read more