Baby showers are a time to celebrate, but gift givers shouldn't feel that they have to break the bank! Yesterday we covered incredibly practical presents, and today we're getting truly basic. From onesies to crib sheets, new mamas and pops need it all, but stocking up can be tough in this economy. Help them prepare by purchasing one or some of the economical essentials. Check out our slideshow to see all the options!
Is it just us or are the cotton basics that cost more worth the extra money--for all of the Urban Outfitters tank tops and American Apparel t-shirts we own, we wear our Daftbird, Clu, and Splendid pieces more than twice as often. In our opinion, we think it's worth it to invest in high-quality cotton basics that will wear beautifully over time. This morning, when we scoped out Clu's newest delivery on La Garconne we realized that they would also be a great midseason strategy. Just peel off the layers and you're ready for Spring.
We don't know what it is about New York label Sophomore that has us positively enchanted--but we're not going to analyze it too much. Let's just say that we have a weakness for DIY look books, thick eyebrows, cotton basics, and goofing around. We could try to talk about the color palette and the cuts but it's hard to go from trend reports of the Paris shows to an easy-to-wear contemporary line made primarily from cotton. There's a place for both in fashion and we're just saying that Sophomore tops our list when it comes to that kind of thing. We will say that there are silhouettes and zippers in this collection that are spot on in the trend-department and suggest maybe Sophomore is, well, graduating. Click the link below for the Spring 2009 look book.
No one, especially in New York, can be high-fashion and fabulous all the time--no matter your age, income, or geographic location everyone, once in a while, needs to run to the store to get milk. With the Thanksgiving holiday coming up we can't help but endorse a product that scores a little higher in the comfort department than most of our fashion suggestions. On the bright side we think Penfield has the most chic coats in this category. Pair this Novi Penfield coat ($200) with slim dark jeans, a pair of riding boots, and a knit hat and you'll be warm, comfortable, and not embarrassed to run into someone you know in the grocery store. For all the chic cotton pairings to wear under the fabulously warm coat, check out Net-a-Porter's 'home comforts' shopping list. You'd be surprised what a cotton jumpsuit will do to your life...
We're happy to see the color orange and inclusion of zip dresses from Sophomore though as trend aware as the Fall 08 collection may seem, it's still a very simple formula--we're loving the new look book shot by Cass Bird, who also shot the Spring 08 collection. Little New York brands like this make fashion so easy to break down. There are more important things, they remind us, than fashion. Sophomore is excellent at communicating the importance of simple, sexy style over thousand dollar handbags and it-frocks. In fact, these are the depictions of women that your boyfriend probably prefers nine times out of ten to the glossy magazine spreads. And, no matter how accessible cotton-basics might be, we think that's saying something.
The Suh Tahn Spring 2009 show was made up of great denim, black, and white pieces that can only be described as 'edgy basics' whether it was a body-skimming cotton dress, denim vest, or geometric leggings. The pieces all neatly fit into a contemporary aesthetic that admires Rick Owens and Rad Hourani but from a slightly lower price point. Our favorite piece was the two-tone jacket/vest (left) that looked easy to wear and versatile for day and night looks. Having a jacket like that in your wardrobe would probably rid you of the desire to wear anything with it but body-skimming cotton dresses, denim vests, and geometric leggings--sometimes it just takes on piece to make the point for an entire collection. In New York, Suh Tahn is carried at Opening Ceremony. If you should be stranded somewhere, they've an online store coming soon. Also, check out our first glimpse of the Spring 09 collection, when we visited Coterie last month.
You know the brand Adam+Eve? Well now designer Adam Lippes has nixed that name and relaunched his basics under Adam. Plain and simple, much like his offerings. The new Adam, debuting on Oct. 15, will offer everything from throw-on dresses to simple slouchy tank tops, sheer camisoles, and chic harem-style bottoms. Prices range from $45 to $200. Not bad.
These pieces come in cashmere and pima blends that are so soft and provide a pretty drape silhouette. Another difference is that Adam is now using a newly developed quality of mercerized cotton, which gives fabrics a lustrous appearance. Perfect.
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The great disappointment of the Liz Claiborne and Narciso Rodriguez partnership sits for us at the uncomfortable space between creative vision and production values. As a designer, Narciso is not one for daring geometric interpretations or commercially confused offerings, he gives high end consumers the subtle brilliance of basics done right. In this sense the partnership should have been a great boon to a designer needing production and sourcing help to further his commitment to making the best possible garments. Having a conglomerate on your side gives you the ability to negotiate deals with textile firms and producers that would be impossible as an independent. Whether or not this support manifested we may never know. But we can only hope that there was no stifling of creative effort because in truth we wonder who could possibly argue with his incredibly appealing and easy to sell garments.
Basics are often associated with boring, but why should they be? It's up to us to find unconventional basics that make us feel simple and stylish at the same time.
Skin and Threads provides basics that surpass the simple tee. In the Winter collection, you'll find long cardigans, tunic dresses, and turtlenecks that can be worn as separates or layering pieces. The best part is that all Skin and Thread material is made of organic and natural fabrics. What I particularly like about this line is that it's timeless and slightly off-kilter . . . perfect for those times when you seek a no-fuss ensemble.
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