When you are known to be one of the most theatrical designers, you have a reputation to live up to. While we anxiously await Alexander McQueen's Spring 2010 video extravaganza, I found his Fall ads. If you recall, his collection was brimming with goth glam houndstooth and sculptural shapes — it was nothing short of magnificent. I guess it's hard to top the clothes, so McQueen opted for a broken mirror background. The multiple image effect is sometimes cool, I guess I just expected more from Britain's bad boy. Are you impressed?
Based on the runway makeup from their Fall/Winter 2009 runway show, twins Dan and Dean Caten of DSquared looked to the deliberately undone appearance of young Hollywood stars like Lindsay Lohan and the Olsen sisters for inspiration. "It's kind of 'rock-on' makeup, but it's effortless and not overly done or perfect," said Dean. Known for a humorous approach to fashion, like their recent take on glamping, DSquared has been partnering up with MAC since their first show 12 seasons ago. This time around, the MAC DSquared Fall/Winter Collection is edgy, purposefully disheveled, and not meant to be taken too seriously — or as MAC says, it's Ziegfeld Follies by way of Grey Gardens with a little Girl, Interrupted. Did you catch all that? It's all about a dark, glistening eye with a neutral face and nude lips.
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I already own three green parka-like jackets, but there's no resisting this shorter, sherpa-lined version from Nicholas K. However, that's not the only piece worth swooning over from the Fall collection. Step into Nicholas K's world of cozy knits, structured coats, rad flannels, silky frocks, and tailored pants. These pieces are ideal for the indie city girl looking to add a little extra flavor to her repertoire. There's something about the meticulously cut jackets and grungy vibe that just exudes a carefree attitude. I can already picture Ashley or Mary-Kate Olsen rocking some of these goodies — what about you?
After witnessing their Spring collection, my obsession with Vena Cava grows. Let's immerse ourselves into their Fall look book shall we? This collection of modern feminine pieces is composed of structured leather jackets, soft silk frocks, printed tops with hard edge embellishments, and streamlined skirts. Their feminine touches are just right, not overly so — exactly how I like it. It's still warm here in SF, but once the clouds roll in, I'll be living in this understated leather dress. So cool. Want to see more slickness from Vena Cava? . . .
Urban Outfitters is the gift that keeps on giving. First it brought us its snazzy early Fall look book and now is delivering even fresher merchandise for Fall '09. Shall we dive in? This bunch is filled with girlie florals, cropped jackets, studded booties, understated bags, flannel, ripped jeans, and so much more. One of my favorite looks is this print dress with a vest and black hat. It's part folk, part boho, part rock 'n' roll. This colorblock backpack is pretty rad, too.
No doubt, Jessica Stam took Numero Korea's October issue by storm. Stam storm. Showing off her posing prowess, the model donned an assortment of scintillating dark separates comprised of sleek bodysuits, fur coats, LBDs, and bustiers. The selection of animal print buckled booties, suede wedges, and towering heels are downright savage. How hot is her blond blowout and smoky eye makeup? Peep the accessories; fishnet tights add a sexy touch, while studded chunky metal bangles and studded necklaces inject a don't-mess-with-me attitude.
I admit, I don't shop at Mango much because of its high(er) prices, but times have changed, and so has the Spanish retailer. Mango just announced a new concept for Fall, dubbed Think Up, offering customers a variety — about 90 pieces — of its current collection at cheaper prices. I like to think of it as a permanent sale. All we have to do is look for the special Think Up tags when shopping in stores, or, check out the special Think Up section online. Side note, Scarlett for Mango = hotness.
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We've all been anticipating Jimmy Choo's collab with H&M, and while the collection won't hit stores until Nov. 14, feast your eyes on the newly released Fall look book. I can't seem to focus on just one item — the faux fur vest is calling my name, but there's also shoes, bags, dresses, jewels, and a pair of amazing leather-like leggings. Jimmy Choo on the cheap, life is sweet. Set your calendars . . .
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I have plenty of Summer pieces that can work in the Fall, but I'm thinking some stylish socks will help take them from warm weather to cold. So I did some sock hunting and found plenty of cute pairs — striped, solid, short, long. I think these J.Crew Trouser Socks ($10, left) and Urban Outfitters Crochet Socks ($5, originally $8) will fit most seamlessly into my wardrobe. Which one's for you?
If you're a fan of M.I.A.'s daring maquillage or Chloë Sevigny's bold makeup, you already know Robin Black's work. The look she creates, like the perfectly lined pout, pretty blush, and huge '80s sunglasses she styled M.I.A. up in for a performance last month, is defined by its classic prettiness but with a strong element that makes it pop. For some expert post-Fashion Week analysis, I spoke with Black, who runs the Face section of LA's Warren-Tricomi salon and does some beauty writing of her own, about how the looks we saw on the ramps are going to translate into magazines (also known as editorial) and eventually onto the drugstore shelves. We covered a lot of ground, and she has some amazing tips for turning runway makeup into real-way looks. To find out how anyone can wear black lipstick and other juicy tidbits, just keep reading