Saturday, May 31, 2008
Friday, May 30, 2008
Some fun facts about "Vogue's" involvement with the "Sex & The City" movie from Fashion Week Daily!
Below, some fun facts surrounding Vogue's involvement with the fashion-forward film:
-The Sex and the City crew met with Wintour and her staff over eight weeks to get approval for the gowns in the shoot.
-Wintour approved all of the Vogue background players in both the fashion shoot and the scenes at the Vogue offices. Among those who made the cut were Demarchelier, Serge Normant, Gucci Westman, and Vogue's André Leon Talley, Plum Sykes, and Lawren Howell.
-Talley coached Parker on how to pose. "The dress that was most physically cumbersome was the Dior dress with the massive hat," the actress recalled. "André directed me to stand that way. I happily obliged."
-Talley had initially said that he could stay at the shoot only until 5 p.m., but ended up there until the middle of the night. "André was never at any of my [past Vogue cover] shoots," said Parker. "It was like having the Godfather come to dinner."
-One dress the costume department could not gain access to was a YSL gown from the designer's 2002 retrospective nicknamed "Q-Tip" due to its shape similar to a giant ice cream cone. Not even calling the Met Museum's Costume Institute, friends of Yves Saint Laurent himself, nor his foundation worked. "We had a plan that we would fly the dress in with handlers, who would only remove it from its box for the time we needed it for the shoot," recalled Melinda Relyea, the film's associate producer. "Sadly, none of our plans were convincing enough to the foundation, and the dress stayed in France."
-Carrie Bradshaw's Vivienne Westwood wedding dress almost didn't happen. Molly Rogers, one of the film's costume designers, originally wanted a Dior gown with a huge flower on it that she had seen at the Paris show. DVDs were sent to LVMH chief Bernard Arnault, but it failed to materialize. "In an earlier version of the script, the gown had to show up in the fashion show after the wedding," said Rogers. "So this gown was going to dictate which designer's fashion show was in the movie. The biggest bang for the buck would have been a Dior show, because Dior is known for being completely theatrical." Patricia Field, for her part, originally suggested the black Zac Posen gown for Carrie that Kristin Davis, aka Charlotte York Goldenblatt, eventually wears instead.
-Of all the outfit changes and the scenes to shoot, the most difficult one was the wedding in front of the New York Public Library. It required two costume dressers, and because the dress had to touch the New York streets, an inner tube was created and placed inside the gown so it wouldn't drag.
-As for that Vivienne Westwood dress, its 15 minutes of fame has paid off: Two "hero-worshipping" brides ordered it by the time the movie wrapped. The cost? $25,000.
If you want to look like Sienna Miller, go no further than her (and her sister's) line twelve8twelve. This scarf is a great example and SO much better than the copies you'd find at Urban Outfitters! Certainly they don't cost $98 at Ron Herman so they can't be as nice, right???
More sales via Racked!
Deal: Printed tees, jersey cardigans and skinny pants priced from $20 to $100; 75% off F/W 2008 items
When/Where: Friday, May 30th through Sunday, June 1st. Fri, Sat noon—8pm; Sun noon—6pm. 338 Broadway between Keap and Rodney Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-302-1480).
Deal: The big sale on her final collection for Everlast (including samples from development and select pieces from her Spiegel collection) continues.
When/Where: Friday, May 30th through Saturday, June 14th. Mon—Sat 10am—6pm. 11 W 56th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-957-9797).
Deal: In their first sweep of seasonal markdowns, staffers are taking up to 25% off the store's attractive selection of indie brands (Vena Cava, Antik Batik, Clu, LD Tuttle)
When/Where: Begins Friday, May 30th; no end date set. Mon—Sat noon—8pm; Sun noon—7pm. 220 Smith St at Butler St, Cobble Hill (718-797-3774); 430 Seventh Ave between 14th and 15th Sts, Park Slope (718-768-4940).
Deal:50 to 85% off current collections and past-season samples (graphic tees, selvedge denim, hats, sweatshirts, bags); the first 20 people in line can pay $350 to fill up a duffel bag with whatever they'd like (all the details are here); cash only
When/Where: Friday, May 30th through Sunday, June 1st. Fri, Sat noon—8pm; Sun noon—6pm. 350 Broadway at Keap St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (no phone).
Deal:30 to 50% off the store's entire stock (lines like Willow, Lover and Karen Walker; discount increases from 30% to 50% after June 13th)
When/Where: Thursday, May 29th through Monday, June 16th. Mon—Sat noon—7:30pm; Sun noon—6:30pm. Online and at 639 1/2 Hudson St between Horatio and Gansevoort Sts (212-243-3201).
Greg Norman Collection
Deal: Prices on golf-inspired sportswear slashed: hats, belts and accessories are $5, sweater vests, short-sleeve shirts, shorts and skorts are $10 and cashmere starts at $50; cash and checks only
When/Where: Thursday, May 29th and Friday, May 30th. Thu 10am—4pm; Fri 10am—2pm. 110 W 57th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves, fourth floor (no phone).
Deal: Below wholesale prices on Spring merchandise (tops, skirts, shorts, pants, blazers, totes); no children under the age of 12 allowed
When/Where: Thursday, May 29th through Thursday, June 5th. Thu, Fri, Mon, Wed 10am—5:45pm; Sat, Sun 11am—4:45pm; Tue, Thu the 5th 10am—6:45pm. 261 W 36th St between Seventh and Eighth Aves, second floor (no phone).
Deal: Serious discounts on clothing and denim from lines like Development, Mara Hoffman, G-Star, L.A.M.B. and McQ by Alexander McQueen; inventory replenished daily
When/Where: Thursday, May 29th through Sunday, June 8th. Daily noon—8pm. 2 Great Jones St between Broadway and Lafayette Sts (no phone).
Deal: Markdowns on clothing from lines like Clu, Band of Outsiders, Cheap Monday (priced from $10), Rogues Gallery, Vena Cava, Shipley & Halmos and Wayne
When/Where: Thursday, May 29th through Saturday, May 31st. Daily 10am—6pm. 495 Broadway between Broome and Spring Sts, fifth floor (212-925-9700).
Deal: Clearance sale, with major markdowns on sneakers, tees and hats; cash only
When/Where: Thursday, May 29th through Sunday, June 1st. Thu, Sun noon—7pm; Fri, Sat noon—8pm. 158 Rivington St between Clinton and Suffolk Sts (212-375-8116).
Deal:30% off dresses, tops and skirts from designers like Phillip Lim, Thakoon, Matthew Williamson, Rozae Nichols and Proenza Schouler
When/Where: Going on now; no end date set. Online and at 68 Washington St between Front and York Sts, Dumbo, Brooklyn (718-237-4022).
Deal:40% off simple, immaculately-cut tops, bottoms, dresses and more from the Spring/Summer collection
When/Where: Begins today; no end date set. Mon—Wed, Fri, Sat 10am—6pm; Thu 10am—7pm; Sun noon—5pm. 1042 Madison Ave between 79th and 80th Sts (212-838-6100).
Deal:60% off the Spring/Summer collection
When/Where: Thursday, May 22nd through mid-June. Mon—Wed, Fri, Sat 10am—6:30pm; Thu 10am—7pm; Sun noon—5pm. 628 Madison Ave at 59th St (212-751-9082).
Deal:25% off clothing and shoes from brands like Jonathan Saunders, Michael Kors and Martin Grant; more merch will be on sale as time goes on and vendors agree to the discounts, apparently (we're told to "keep checking back")
When/Where: Going on now; no end date set. Mon—Wed, Fri 10am—8pm; Thu 10am—9pm; Sat 10am—7pm; Sun 12:30—6pm. 449 W 14th St between Ninth and Tenth Aves (212-206-1272).
Laura Dahl, Bliss Lau, Bijules
Deal: Markdowns on dresses, tops, leggings, bags, belts and jewelry from these and other brands; free cocktails will be served
When/Where: Friday, May 23rd through Sunday, May 25th and Friday, May 30th through Sunday, June 1st. Fri noon—7pm; Sat, Sun noon—5pm. 425 W 13th St at Washington St, fourth floor (no phone).
Agate is hot for Summer!
This one by Melissa Joy Manning is quite beautiful and subtly chic. Buy the handmade piece for $485.
This one is such a fun bight color. It's also very affordable, costing only $60 at South Moon Under.
Opening Ceremony is have a 30% to 60% sale starting today, you lucky New Yorkers and LA-ers! Why won't they sell clothes on their website!?!
Opening Ceremony New York
35 Howard St
New York, NY 10013 Tel 212-219-2688
Store Hours: Monday - Saturday 11-8pm and Sundays 12-7pm
Opening Ceremony Los Angeles
451 North La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048 Tel 310-652-1120
Store Hours: Monday - Saturday 11-7pm and Sundays 12-7pm
Thursday, May 29, 2008
I've been looking for women's swim trunks forever! I think it's a fun, tomboy look that's surprisingly sexy and definitely less stress than a bikini. Enter Trunkettes, where you can buy swim trunks and matching tops! Prices ranges from about $45 to $59 per piece and my only complaint is not enough options.
Thanks Outblush for finding for me!
District Line Closing Sale
What: Say so long to the Brit-licious store with up to 75 percent off Boxfresh, Fred Perry, Merc, and more.
When: Thurs.-Sat., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m.
Where: 1250 Wisconsin Ave. NW, b/t Prospect & N Sts. (202-558-5508).
Modern Trousseau Trunk Show
What: Check out wedding-ready dresses for you, mom, and your mother-in-law.
When: By appointment only. Fri., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Hitched, 1523 Wisconsin Ave. NW, at Volta Pl. (202-333-6162).
This black silk dress has an unusual houndstooth underlayer that's so unique! It feels like something Charlotte from SATC would have worn, especially while she was married to Trey. Buy at Zendie for the sale price of $93 Australian dollars or about $88 US dollars.
I own a large, vintage hat box, and ever since I got it I've been craving a smaller one I could use as a purse. Well, I finally found a cute one which you can buy at the Handbag Gallery (I've never bought anything from there before, FYI) for $69.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
What goodies have I found today...
Ooo, love these KORS Michael Kors zippered flats, I can't believe they're not sold out yet! They're 50% off at $97.
This ruffle front blouse come in shocking pink or slate gray and costs only $46.
This preppy MARC by Marc Jacobs cardigan is perfect for chilly Summer nights! Buy for $148.
This floral hem top is so pretty and delicate! Originally $320, it's now on sale for $192.
This oversized, ruched clutch is the perfect cherry to your sundae of an outfit! Buy for only $136 in leopard print or gold.
Hopefully you know about Billion Dollar Babes, a company that does massive sample sales! They're returning to Los Angeles for a sparkling Spring Sale on Friday May 30 and Saturday May 31. Escada are hosting a private boutique featuring over 1200 pieces of their latest Spring 08 collection straight from store shelves - all at 60% off. Tons of other designers too, like Joe's Jeans, TiBi, Oliver Peoples' and more! Well, get yourself into the special VIP Pre-Sale event for LA by RSVPing at www.bdbinvite.com and entering the promotion code: "fashiondaily"
This sleek phones most obvious trait is Christian Dior’s Cannage design featured throughout the entire cellphones’ exterior. More features found on the Dior phone includes a Mini Camera, touch screen display and an extender for your phone that is meant to clip onto a woman’s handbag, or better yet, a woman’s Christian Dior handbag. A set retail price hasn’t been released for the Dior phone, but a limited edition diamond encrusted “My Dior” phone’s will be available for retail price tag of $5,000!
WANNNNNNNTTTTTTT!!! I'm a big sucka for designer gadgets!
Via Bag Bliss
ROCK & ROLL FASHION SHOW
TIME and PLACE:
Angels Rock Bar
10 Market Place - Power Plant Live!
Baltimore MD 21202
Redken Hair presents a Rock And Roll Throughout the Ages Fashion Show at Baltimore’s Angels Rock Bar on Wednesday, May 28 at 10 p.m. From old school rock to now with a twist of Baltimore flavor!! Tickets are only $10 an all proceeds go to a charity helping women going through cancer treatment (www.lookgoodfeelbetter.org).
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
I thought this 3.1 Philip Lim skirt sold out everywhere, so imagine my surprise to find it for 50% off at La Garçonne! It's only available in a size 6 and still costs $225, but I would definitely grab this as quickly as possible if I were you! As for sizing, I'm in between two sizes and usually fit better in the smaller one for Philip Lim.
Minnetonka Moccasin is the celeb boho boot of choice this Summer, for visually obvious reasons. It looks like something right out of the '60s, but I recommend not going overboard with the rest of your outfit or you may end up looking costume-y. Maybe over some skinny jeans and with a loose but not flowy top? Buy this pair at Piperlime for $80.
I bought a Development dress at a sample sale not too long ago and I love, love, love it! I may have to add to my list of favorite labels! This top is quite a stand out piece, something to wear for work, brunch or even a date! Buy at Luv Charlie for the sale price of $168.
Satine is having a 30% off sale, which means their pieces are possibly affordable if you plan on splurging on something big! And they really are having the sale, for some reason they have their sale price listed twice, making it look like there's no discount. And yes, that's the sale price... :(
Friday, May 23, 2008
British designer Jonathan Saunders has been confirmed as the next Target collaboration! Saunders' limited-edition collection of women's designs will launch in early October. He created a capsule line for Topshop that debuted this Spring and showed his namesake collection in New York during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week for the first time in February. Looks like someone's becoming a big deal, no?
Thursday, May 22, 2008
I’ve noticed the Beauty tab on Jill Stuart’s website for a while and wondered why I never saw any beauty products in the NYC boutique. Turns out the beauty products are only sold in Japan and Taiwan. That makes me so sad! The products are beautifully packaged. Very feminine, luxuriant, and creative – I love it! Note to Jill Stuart or anyone in charge of distribution: PLEASE try selling beauty products in the US! I will definitely buy everything I can get my hands on!
Note: You can check out everything you can't buy in the US at JillStuart-Beauty.com
I just read a New York Times article about fashionistas purposely having chipped nails...
"PITY the mothers and grandmothers. Visible bra straps, glaringly obvious roots — these are but a few of the grooming no-nos that have become yes-yeses in recent years.
Now there is another stylistic tic that would have been unthinkable on a proper lady in your Aunt Beatrice’s day. Over the last few years — since the era of the skull print scarf, let’s say, or the (metaphorical) rise of the Olsen twins — having streaked, chipped or just plain grotty nail polish no longer suggests drug addiction, manual labor or pure laziness. Like untied high-tops, thread-worn jeans and bedhead, it’s now part of a deliberate look.
And chipped polish is not sported solely by nail-biting school students and downtown punkers. It has been spotted uptown, in professional settings and gala parties, behind department store sales counters and even (gasp!) on beauty and fashion industry insiders."
That's just the first three paragraphs, but you get the idea! While I appreciate how much easier it is to let a manicure go a few days, doesn't this just feel like an excuse to be lazy?
I'm still debating about "fashion backpacks," but this one is pretty cute and only $58 at Urban Outfitters. It looks more like a satchel than backpack, though the thin straps make me wonder if it's practical - especially if you're still in school.
Want to try colored jeans, but worried they won't ever truly come into style like all the fashion editors swear they will? How about some turquoise jeans, recently seen on Cameron Diaz and Emmy Rossum! Technically still blue, but a brighter, more fun blue! Buy at Rumor for $140.