These leggings have two elastic straps connecting the legs, interesting... Buy at 80's Purple for $60, they're currently having a big sale!
Monday, August 31, 2009
Temperley London is a great line, launched in 2000 by Alice Temperley. The label has a bit of an romantic, rock and roll vibe, and did a collection with Target back in 2007. Well, I guess due to the success of it's collaboration, it's going to launch it's own more affordable line this spring, with prices starting around $57 and maxing out around $500. Much less than the average of $1,500 for a dress! I can't wait for more details to come out!!
"A BikiniBand is a thin, translucent, stretchable band worn around your chest and over your swimsuit top. The patented, tan-through band securely holds your top in place, allowing you to untie your straps and relax strap-free. Whether you're walking, reading, sleeping or chatting with your friends, a BikiniBand makes your time in the sun hassle-free and keeps you looking picture perfect for any summer outfit (and neckline)!"
I truly hate tan lines with strapless dresses, so I was really interested in this product! I tried it at the pool, and it definitely prevented tan lines! It was secure enough to walk with too, though I did get some odd looks. But for only $9 it's totally worth it!
I know, I've been posting a lot of crop tees lately, but can I help it if the fashion gods have dictated they are chic?? And that I do whatever the fashion gods tell me to do?? At least this is affordable, just $17 at American Apparel. And look at all the different color options! I have a strange urge to layer one over a bodysuit now...
Peter Pilotto is certainly up and coming! This London-based designer, who trained at the legendary Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, is fast becoming an editor favorite and is certainly one to watch. I die over the prints, which seem to subtly oscillate like a kaleidoscope! This may be due to the fabulous draping. The collection was inspired by the big bang theory, very explosive! You can purchase pieces at Opening Ceremony but price points go from $1,020 up to almost $2,000! It's not cheap being a fashion insider :P
Oh wow, the Spring '10 Rebecca Taylor collection is going to be super crave-worthy, start saving your moneys now!
"The Rebecca Taylor girl for spring explores urban femininity. She works, lives and plays in the city. Towering printed sandals and architectural structured stretch dresses are softened with femme corset-inspired bustiers and flippy, fun, pull on printed skirts. Our girl likes to wear her boyfriend’s blazers and super soft cashmere athletic inspired sweaters thrown over top tiny leather skirts.
Spring 2010 encompasses playful use of colors, prints and textures. The palette is intense with shades of big apple reds, shocking pinks, electric blues, and retro jades contrasted with desert tans and soft, peachy oranges. Sharper than seasons past, strong shoulders and a new, waisted silhouette enhance the look our girl wantonly craves. "
Love the colors and ruffles, can't wait!
Friday, August 28, 2009
I love dance, so present your fashion line to me with a little booty-shaking and I'm sold! Kensie's Junior line KensieGirl does just that with the fun video featuring the StoneFoxx Dance crew breaking it down to the song "Shake it Like A Girl." They look like they are having a great time and its infectious!
Find out more about the line at http://kensiegirl.com/
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Runway to Service is a great initiative of the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance and New York Fashion Week. Designers will be donating one item from their Spring collection to support the online auction of those items beginning September 11th, 2009 and running through September 30th, 2009. This is a chance to own a one-of-a-kind piece that will be the pattern of fashion to come.
Designers and brands that have so far agreed to participate include Donna Karan, Phillip Lim, Tommy Hilfiger, Rachel Roy, Carmen Marc Valvo, James Coviello, Charlotte Ronson, Milly, Tibi, Vivienne Tam, Tracy Reece, Rebecca Taylor, Max Azria, BCBG Max Azria and Hervé Léger. Sales of the items will support 9/11 and fashion charities, including Fashion for All.
Today only! Shop at Bloomingdale's to help them donate to AMFAR - use the code "GIVEBACK" to get 15% off almost everything at the store. Hmm, I don't know if that's in addition to the discounts that seem to be automatically applied!
Another re-branding in effect, Bebe Sport will hereby be know as PH8. Lucky has a sneak preview on the clothes, which will be less Bebe in rhinestones all over and more sophisticated - I like! Expect pieces to start showing up in stores in September
During Labor Day weekend (September 5, 6 and 7) Martin + Osa is offering a free woman’s silk scarf or men’s woven belt with the purchase of any denim. With their guaranteed, best-fit selection of jeans, never has there been a better time to stock up on your favorite staple to carry you through season to season! The giveaway will be available at all Martin + Osa store locations. We have images of the gifts with purchase:
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
I REALLY want this dress, so I'm staring at my huge credit card statement until it sinks in that there's no way I can afford it! And I'm posting it so you will all snatch it up and it will be sold out! Buy at Pixie Market for $98.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Beanies are one of the grunge-inspired accessories that are popular for fall. Here are two options for you!
This Paul Smith beanie will run you about $174 at My Wardrobe. It is a blend of lambswool and angora, but I don't think that will convince me to buy it.
This hat, on the other hand, comes in a variety of colors and will only cost you $28 at Urban Outfitters, not bad!
Monday, August 24, 2009
Oh wow, these super skinny camo pants are just screaming "Buy me!" One look and you can just tell everyone will be jealous of you - they capture the feel of fall without obviously being pulled from a Top Five Fall '09 Trends list. Pre-order at Tory Burch for $235.
Fashion's Night Out, an initiative by "Vogue," is set to take the world by storm on September 10th! In order to celebrate fashion, restore consumer confidence, and boost the industry’s economy more than 300 NYC stores will stay open late for shopping, with designer appearances, live windows, celebrity guests, and other special events. There are so many things going on, so Alyssa and I have tried to compile a list of events you cannot miss!
Alyssa's Top Five Picks:
1. OPENING CEREMONY
35 Howard Street (at Crosby Street)
New York, NY 10013
For Fashion's Night Out 2009, Opening Ceremony will host a festive block party featuring food, music, and special edition merchandise. Gathering inspiration from nearby open air vendors on Canal Street, Opening Ceremony will transform its Howard St. store front into a friendly neighborhood sidewalk shop. Designers and friends of the store will participate, including Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler, Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte, Delfina Delettrez Fendi, Alexander Wang and Scott Sternberg of Boy/Band of Outsiders. Each designer will offer goods made exclusively for Fashion's Night Out, sold out of the back of custom cars tailored to each designer's aesthetic. A classic convertible low-rider (Rodarte), a black van (Alexander Wang), and an iconic VW Minibus (Proenza Schouler) will be among the vehicles featured. In addition, shoppers will enjoy DJ sets by O.C. friends as well as food and refreshments from neighborhood vendors.
2. BERGDORF GOODMAN
754 Fifth Avenue (at Fifty-eighth Street)
New York, NY 10019
Zac Posen paints one-of-a-kind creations in the Fifth Avenue windows. Available for sale. 5:30–6:30 P.M. Padma Lakshmi, Bravo’s Top Chef, judges a designer cook-off with Peter Som, Cynthia Rowley, and others. 6:00–7:00 P.M. Designers Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen guest bartend at 7:00pm. Fifth Avenue windows showcase an exhibition of photographs from Extreme Beauty in Vogue, a collection of Vogue’s most provocative beauty images curated by Phyllis Posnick with an appearance by Dr. Pat Wexler. André Leon Talley hosts the new game Fashion Rules, with teams led by Donna Karan, Linda Fargo, and Robert Verdi. 8:00–9:00 P.M. Alexander Wang presents his T-shirts benefiting the September 11 Memorial. Roopal Patel and Troy Surratt present the Roopal Patel Palette from Le Métier de Beauté. A conversation with Isaac Mizrahi and tunes by the Ben Waltzer Trio. 9:00 P.M. Designers will sign Fashion’s Night Out T-shirts benefiting the September 11 Memorial. Music by d.j.s Andrew Andrew, Johnny Dynell, and Jon Jon Battle.
3. BARNEYS NEW YORK
660 Madison Avenue (between Sixtieth Street and Sixty-first Street)
New York, NY 10065
On September 10, Barneys New York at Madison and Sixty-first will be transformed into a street fair of designer personal appearances and creative events. Customers will have the opportunity to shop and mingle with Isabel Toledo, Marcus and David from Rag & Bone, Narciso Rodriguez, Amanda Brooks, Waris, Thom Browne, Jonathan Adler, Lisa Perry, Alexander Wang, the Row’s Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, and many more. In addition to the personal appearances, Barneys will stage a roster of happenings. Wool and the Gang will teach knitting; Lipstick Queen Poppy King will offer “lip readings”; Vogue editor Tonne Goodman will curate a fashion green market; Gianluca Isaia will offer Neapolitan delicacies; Adam Kimmel will show a Gerard Malanga video installation; Loomstate will customize T-shirts; Leonid Khankin will host an Ernst Benz watch trunk show; Alabama Chanin will host a sewing circle; Juan Carlos Obando will give salsa lessons. And there’s more. . . . Complete schedule at Barneys.com. TASTE LUXURY HUMOR.
4. BIRD AND VENA CAVA
203 Grand Street (between Bedford Avenue and Driggs Avenue)
New York, NY 11211
We will be hosting an all-girl block party with Vena Cava! All female designers, hosts, artists, and DJs. Food and drinks provided by the local restaurants. Good times for all. Come stop by!
15 East Fifty-seventh Street (between Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue)
New York, NY 10022
CUSTOM-CREATE YOUR VERY OWN CHANEL CLASSIC BAG. Season after season, Karl Lagerfeld reinterprets Coco Chanel’s iconic “2.55” handbag. . . and now it’s your turn to create a modern classic! For the first time ever, CHANEL is pleased to present a Customized Handbag Studio, in celebration of Fashion’s Night Out. Enjoy sipping on champagne while collaborating with our specialists to design your personalized bag.
Choose your favorite lambskin color, lining, hardware, and chain—and be among the first in the United States to own a customized, monogrammed CHANEL classic bag. MEET CHANEL CELEBRITY MAKEUP ARTIST ANGELA LEVIN. Jennifer Aniston, Nicole Kidman, and Blake Lively rely on CHANEL celebrity makeup artist Angela Levin to make them feel red-carpet ready. Get your own A-list makeup look from Angela and discover the lush shades of the CHANEL fall 2009 makeup collection, inspired by Coco Chanel’s fascination with the romance and drama of Venice.
Vyqué's Top Five Picks:
1. alice + olivia
80 West Fortieth Street (between Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue)
New York, NY 10018
alice + olivia will be hosting two events for Fashion’s Night Out: The alice + olivia Bryant Park boutique will be transformed into a photo studio where modeling hopefuls will have a chance to compete for one of the coveted spots in the always over-the-top alice + olivia Fashion Week presentation the following week. Attendees will be treated to professional hair and makeup as well as wardrobe styling before posing in front of photographer Brian Boulos’s camera. Hopefuls’ photos will be posted on the alice + olivia Web site, where a winner, to be chosen by designer Stacey Bendet and Cheri Bowen, head women’s booker from Marilyn Agency, will be announced the following day.
2. BCBG MAX AZRIA
2003-2005 Broadway (at West Sixty-ninth Street)
New York, NY 10023
On September 10, BCBGMAXAZRIA will partner with The Daily to recreate the Runway show at the flagship boutique on Fifth Avenue at 40th just hours after the 2010 Runway collection is shown at Bryant Park. For the first time ever, guests will be able to purchase an exclusive, limited edition look straight from the show and will have a chance to meet Lubov and Max Azria.
3. KIRNA ZABETE
96 Greene Street (between Prince and Spring)
New York, NY 10012
Kirna Zabête will celebrate its tenth anniversary in conjunction with Fashion’s Night Out on September 10. Our favorite New York–based designers — Narciso Rodriguez, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler, Thakoon Panichgul, Jason Wu, and Peter Som — will host our celebration of shopping. Each designer will be on hand to debut their exclusive items for Kirna Zabête: Peter Som limited-edition aprons, Proenza Schouler print tote bags, Thakoon one-of-a-kind dresses, Narciso Rodriguez photo collages, and Jason Wu fall 2009 fashion sketches.
4. TORY BURCH
257 Elizabeth Street (between Houston Street and Prince Street)
New York, NY 10012
Tory Burch is hosting a neighborhood block party at her boutique in the Meatpacking District to celebrate Fashion’s Night Out. Deejay Cassidy will be spinning, La Esquina will be barbequing, and the Street Peeper will be snapping pictures of all the guests! The Tory Burch boutique at 257 Elizabeth Street will also be open late for a special evening of champagne and shopping. A limited-edition camouflage tote bag will be given to every customer who makes a purchase that night. Our Tory Burch world charm necklace will be offered exclusively for the event in navy blue and 100 percent of the profits will benefit the Tory Burch Foundation.
5. PATRICIA FIELD
302 Bowery (between Houston Street and Bleecker Street),
New York, NY 10012
Patricia Field is working overtime on Fashion’s Night Out by staying open until midnight or later, with a midnight raffle, custom airbrush demonstrations, trunk shows from A-Morir by Kerin.Rose, Tom Tom Fashions, and Pavon by Luz & Victoria. Tom Tom Fashions will be customizing our Fashion’s Night Out T-shirts in his unique rock-’n’-roll-glamour style. Refreshments and a special appearance by Ms. Field guarantee that the Patricia Field Boutique will be a must on your list of of stops on Fashion’s Night Out!
I have yet to find a pair of perfect leather shorts, too short of tight and you can be mistaken for a lady of the night :O But I do feel like I'm getting closer! These Charlotte Ronson ones would be great except I just cannot pull off the high waisted look. If you can, but at Revolve Clothing for $193.
Friday, August 21, 2009
I am thrilled to announce that Geren Ford has launched a new E-commerce site. Since Geren Ford has no retail boutiques, this is the first time you can shop the entire collections! The covetable items available on the site feature urban, edgy black leather and exposed zippers paired with feminine ruffled tops. Most items range from $200 to $400, an affordable price point for great designer pieces.
Geren Ford designer, Geren Lockhart, began her career as an advertising production executive during which time she had the opportunity to travel the world. During this time she designed her first pair of pants. Eventually leaving advertising, she studied fashion design at Parsons and launched the Geren Ford line in 2002. Last year Geren Ford was selected one of the 10 most exciting US Brand by Saks 5th Avenue and featured as part of their contemporary department showcase.
With the advent of the new site launch I had the opportunity to ask designer Geren Lockhart a few questions about the new website and the Geren Ford Line:
What items are exclusive to the website?
“Not with this first launch and the Fall 09 collection, but watch for the website to be a medium to explore categories, collaborations and exclusives for our customers.”
What lead to the decision to start an e-commerce site?
“For Geren Ford, the need came from our customer. We have an incredibly loyal support base, that until now we have not been able to reach directly or create a brand experience for them to enjoy. As a brand, it allows us to interact directly and try to take the customer on a journey of interpretation ~ a portal for us to communicate with her directly.”
Where do you get your inspiration?
“The art, film, music and architecture found in the diverse and fantastic cities of the world have shaped the vision of the brand. It is the experiences that happen while surrounded by these different cultures that inspire a collection. By translating these influences into unique, alluring and functional garments, we infuse every woman’s wardrobe with worldly chic.”
Does your background in advertising influence your fashion designs?
“It influences how I build my brand, but not the designs. The influence from my past comes from the travels, locales, and incredible roster of creative talents I was surrounded by.”
Many designers have been participating more and more in social media, such as blogs or twitter accounts, with the advent of the e-commerce site, do you have any plans to expand your web presence further?
“Absolutely, it is a way to establish communication with our customer, and for her to learn about us as a brand and our voice.”
What is coming up in the future for the Geren Ford line?
“The possibilities are endless. As a business we have reacted aggressively to the “new” market that we now all exist in. We hope to grow the core brand offering and the categories that we sell. Watch out for the Spring 2010 show, as we will have new categories debuting and one very exciting new collaboration.”
This Alexander McQueen top with zipper details on the shoulders is another great buy if you need to update your wardrobe for fall! Plus, I feel like zebra print is less season specific than leopard print, which I usually only wear in the fall and winter. Buy at Chick Downtown for the sale price of $204.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
This coming fall/winter, Diesel will debut a new collection of jeans, t-shirts and sneakers with a special florescent coating that will make the clothes glow in the dark. The collection will be called "Flash for Fun," a name I have to admit brings to mind a skeevy naked man in a trench coat rather than glowing clothing. That aside, I think this is a fun idea, although I think only elements of the clothing will glow. I want the whole pair of jeans to glow so I look like a disembodied pair of denim dancing around the room! Get more info at this weird fake twitter site that confuses and befuddles me.
Beauty, Style, & the Blogosphere
Edited by Ashe MischiefBeauty and Style come in many forms, and this weeks Links á la Mode choices showcase the many discussions entering the world of fashion blogging at the moment: excessive judgments, the value of personalities, and cultivating your inner beauty as well as your outer beauty. Bonne-Vie challenges the values of the show “More to Love” and Fivve Blog shares model sensation Lara Stone. Newcomer Jaka’s Tea Party calls to action with the Wholestyle Manifesto and Betsey J asks “Are we too judgmental as fashion bloggers?”
Not to overshadow this weeks Links á la Mode with too heavy of discussions, we’ve also go a great roundup of make-up tutorials & inspiration, along with great DIY projects & giveaways in the forums!
- Ask ThinkThru: – What Can You Wear From the Office To an Event?
- Betsey J: – Have we become too judgemental when it comes to fashion & style?
- Bonne Vie: – Fox is doin’ it wrong with new reality show “More to Love”
- BRICK MY LANE: – 3-in-1 DIYs: Ripping, slashing andd patching everything, rock’n'roll style
- Broke & Beautiful – International Indie Designers can be found with Novica, plus an opportunity to REALLY make a difference by shopping.
- Confessions of a Fashion Editor – Fed up of emails from big fashion brands demanding interviews, I decided to speak to a young, bright and new designer instead.
- Denim Debutante: – How to Clean & Care for Your Premium Denim
- fivve blog: – If you have a fashion mag addiction, then you probably have seen who W Magazine is calling the “fashion it-girl” Lara Stone.
- Jaka's Tea Party – A mission statement for a new movement that believes style isn’t about the clothes you wear, it’s about being a whole person.
- Little Miss Makeup: – Pretty makeup is an evergreen fashion trend. Get the low-down on how to get the look!
- Meilily: – Highlights the debut collection of Project Runway phenom Christian Siriano for VS Makeup.
- pie wacket: – yesterday I worked with Kiehl’s to create a wonderful late summer giveaway and shot an original beauty story to demo the products.
- Rags to Reverie: – 2 days ago Space 15 Twenty’s Pangaea Pop-Up makes deka ray’s architectural jewelry available for the masses
- Retro Chick: – Why we buy – One woman’s journey in fashion and the decisions we make every day.
- sweet archivia: – Anthropologie’s Secret Code – In-House Brand Guide
- THE COVETED – The Coveted: Make that a double: Take Off Your Clothes Double T-Shirt Dress
- The Demoiselles – Jennifer Nicole uncovers the secrets behind the new PETA ad, which degrades women based on weight.
- The Fashion Planner: – The Fashion Planner’s Guide to Chicago offers great places to eat, shop, and more.
- The Midnight Feast: – Did I really just put on black lipstick? How to tackle this trend: a guide for those who would prefer to leave the gothic look in the 90s.
- Unfunded – Unfunded: White Rabbit Inspired Baubles
- Wit & Whimsy: – First Look: Michael Kors Goes Hollywood Glam with the launch of VeryHollywood.com
Bland by Teddy Willoughby is an upcoming label that's generating a lot of buzz with the downtown cool kids! The two collections so far have been very black, moody and a little scary - without doubt unique! Willoughby studied at Parsons and worked for a few years as a freelance designer, hanging out with the tres arty crowd in NYC until deciding to launch his own line last year. As far as I can tell there is no website yet, but I hear his fake cigarette pin accessory sold out at Colette super fast!
It's possible that I just bought these... aren't they totally fab??!? On point with the round sunglasses trend, the flip up shades are a great way to differentiate yourself from everyone else's round sunglasses (except me, who will be wearing them too!). Buy at 80s Purple for $10.