Friday, January 29, 2010

ANTM Winner Lands McQueen Campaign

For the first time ever, a winner of "America's Next Top Model" has landed an international campaign! Nicole Fox, who won last season's (or cycle, whatever) 5'7 and under modeling contest will be featured in print and multimedia ads for Alexander McQueen. I'm waiting for Tyra to make a statement about how amazing she is for giving a "petite" model (5'7 is not petite!) a chance any second now.

I actually watched the season (cycle, whatever), because it was focused on petite models and I'm 5'1. So I can say, without a doubt, that Nicole really was born to model and that I was actually sorry for her since girls on ANTM never get anywhere! I'm happily eating my words now.

Adrianne Curry must be furious!

Please Do Not Feed The Models Tee

Not affordable like the last Please Don't Feed The Models Tee I've seen, but at least it's in stock! And love the graphic! Buy for 36 € or about $50 US dollars at Style for Style.

Peplum Back Coat

Peplum Back CoatIt's sooooo cold outside! But cute winter coats are starting to go on sale, like this peplum back one from Juicy Couture! Originally $398, it's now $279.

Pointelle Cropped Sweater

Pointelle Cropped SweaterWith it's crochet sleeves and back, the idea of wearing this Camilla & Marc sweater makes me feel so cold (it's freezing out today!). But I love how it's crochet and yet gives off an athletic vibe, which is quite chic for spring. Buy at ShopBop for $380.

My Fashion Challenge: Day Two

While I don't plan on posting my looks daily, I do think yesterday's look was close to a win for me! I managed to keep my relatively clean style without sacrificing a fashionable look! And while my jewelry was NOT changed, which I really need to make myself do, I managed to take my look to the next level with my beret! Now I just need to teach my friends to hold the camera lower when taking a shot of me so my legs don't disappear! What do you guys think of my ensemble?

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Links à la Mode: A Touch of Frivolity

links a la modeEdited by Retro Chick

It’s been a long time since pay day and this weeks Links à la Mode brings a touch of much needed frivolity as we crawl into the second month of a new decade. Idiosyncratic Style takes Scooby Doo’s Velma as her style inspiration, Dirty Hems is inspired by dolls houses and Ode to Awe shows off her leopard print nails. Want something for nothing? A few Goody Gumdrops has an Aspinall of London bag to giveaway and Retro Chick (that’s me!) has 2 Valentine goodie bags to giveaway worth over £100 each. We’ve also got some great designer interviews and some practical advice.

On a more sober note there’s some timely tips from Sway, Sway, Sway! on how you can continue to donate to Haiti without getting scammed, Shoe Daydreams discusses Tanya Golds “Why I hate Fashion” article and Ventures of Jenn shares her opinions on the body image debate.

Bring on February!

Note from Editor : Please be sure to check out the IFB Conference at NYFW : Evolving Influence

  • 39th and broadway – 5 Questions To Ask Before Beginning a Career in Fashion

  • A Few Goody GumDrops – A Few Goody Gumdrops and Aspinal of London are Giving away an ever-so chic and sophisticated beige patterned skin clutch!

  • Analogue Chic – Looking good while doing stuff – braving the weather and the commute with a sense of style.

  • Bonne Vie – Invest in Quality Denim; featuring How-To Tips from Denim Debutante

  • Cafe Fashionista – Style Secrets: Cowboy Boots Made Classy

  • Cindy Whitehead – The Modern Snow Bunny

  • Denim Debutante – Aeropostale Gives Back with Teens for Jeans Campaign

  • dirty hems. – In the Dollhouse – Miniature inspiration and a teeny resulting DIY

  • Dramatis Personae – a feature & interview with the designer behind i am dorkas

  • Fasshonaburu – I challenge myself to follow my own dress code regulations in order to wow up my day to day ensembles.

  • fête à fête – Clarins debuts first certified organic beauty soap

  • Idiosyncratic Style – Inspired by the sartorially underrated Velma Dinkley.

  • Independent Fashion Bloggers – IFB Presents : Evolving Influence Conference NYFW 2010

  • kaKofonie Of si(gh)lenS – Interview with Janeane Marie Ceccanti

  • Ode to Awe – I review Minx Nails, plus my glamourous Russian Garnet cocktail ring

  • Oranges and Apples – Vintage teenage hair inspiration

  • Retro Chick – Valentines Day is on it’s way and Retro Chick has 2 goodie bags worth over £100 each to give away to help you celebrate!

  • Shoe Daydreams – Fashion Influences (?)

  • Style Eyes Fashion Blog – I have avoided eco and ethical fashion in the past because of the price but I have just discovered it is affordable and stylish.

  • Style Symmetry – How to Choose Items at a Clothing Swap Party

  • Sway Sway Away! – A passionate plea from a member of the global community to her fashionable brothers and sister: help Haiti!

  • THE COVETED – Suzy Menkes, Facehunter, LeMads & The Coveted talk about fashion blogs

  • ventures of jenn – on body issues

OneStopPlus.com

While I wasn't really too impressed by the look & feel of OneStopPlus, a premier online plus-size fashion emporium, I did just find out that one of their fashion experts, Nancy LeWinter, is a former Vogue editor!

This resulted in me taking another look. Hmm, a lot of the styles seemed to suffer from the plus size curse of appearing a bit, dare I say it, matronly. Lots of looks that would get a designer kicked off "Project Runway" in a heartbeat!


But I did manage to find a quite few cute pieces under New Arrivals, which gives me hope that they're only going to improve.
Overall, worth looking at, particularly some of their newer stock! But the sad state of plus size fashion is just not improving fast enough, which shocks me, considering the potential market! I think the key is that it's all "potential" - how many plus sized women do you know love to shop for clothing? So many just want to hide in bland, unflattering clothes! First we need to change attitudes, and the market will come ;)

Studded Suede Backpack

Studded Suede BackpackI very much considered getting a cute backpack to stuff my netbook and giant camera in for NY Fashion Week, but the only one I found that was remotely fashionable for less than $500 was still $300 and had super thin shoulder straps that would surely dig into my skin. Well, here's a new one you can pre-order at Nine West for $159.

Elastic Back Over the Knee Boots

Elastic Back Over the Knee BootsMy suede over the knee boots are a bit on the shapeless side, I really want a pair that's stretchy, so it will fit my tiny calves and show off their shape! The best I've come across so far are these elastic back Stuart Weitzman boots I covet, anyone know where I can find in a 6.5? And on sale? Buy at Bloomingdale's for $535.

Fashion 2.0 Social Media Awards

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Next Big Thing Award in Social Media
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Flutter Sleeve Top

I just adore this purple / teal color combo! It's quite eye catching, without being too in your face. Buy at 80's Purple for $67.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

My Fashion Challenger: Day One

As you may have read, I'm challenging myself to really step up my day-to-day wardrobe! Well, today was the first day of said challenge and, as you can see, I'm off to a very mediocre start >.< I did manage to get up the courage to wear my Rodarte for Target lace tights to work, where you see pantyhose more often than anything else. But my mind kept telling me I needed the tights to be the showcase of the outfit, thus a complete lack of accessories. Looking at these pictures, I could have totally thrown on my bright pink scarf for a more interesting look. Do any of you have suggestions on how I could have improved my ensemble? Does standing like Wonder Woman count as part of my ensemble, cause I'm rocking that!

Even though it's not up to my standards, everyone here in DC has told me how cute I look, ahaha. It's hard to push yourself in such an un-fashion forward environment, but I'll get there with your help!

UPDATE:
While too late, when I got home I forced myself to put on some accessories so I could see how unpainful it was! Looky, it's practically a last minute redemption!

Oversized Bow Clip

Oversized Bow ClipAlas, exactly what I was looking for LAST season, here is a giant bow you can clip onto your hair. It is really cute and only $32 at Lulu*s...

Christian Siriano for Payless

Christian Siriano for PaylessPictures of Christian Siriano's next collection of shoes for Payless have leaked online! What do you ladies think? While I adore the shape (very Alexander McQueen lobster claw shoe, but I believe these were in his fashion show, which was before McQueen's), I feel like they've gotten overly embellished. Let the unique silhouette stand on its own, Christian! They'll be $80 each, and I would def buy the first one if it came in black or grey!

Zip Front Leather Shorts

Zip Front Leather ShortsI've it before and I'll say it again, leather shorts are so hot right now! I'm not sure how I feel about this minimal pair, but they're on sale for just $48 at Asos!

Grecian Style Cocktail Dress

Grecian Style Cocktail DressI have an addiction to cocktail dresses!!! This amazing frock by Paul & Joe Sister is super sexy and would be a great buy for spring. Buy at StleBop for $190.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Rachel Roy Digital Pop Up

RACHEL Rachel Roy Petal RingDesigner Rachel Roy and Grammy-award winning singer/songwriter Estelle have joined forces to create a limited edition RACHEL Rachel Roy jewelry collection!

Be the first to shop this brand new, limited edition RACHEL Rachel Roy jewelry collection! Launching Feb 9th, for three days only, Rachel will be hosting a digital pop-up store on her Facebook page, debuting the collection weeks before it hits stores! The chic collection ranges from funky rings to unique ear cuffs to statement necklaces - all comprised of inspiration and styles from Rachel and Estelle. Prices range from $34 - $50.

Fan Rachel on Facebook now for VIP access and be first to shop this limited quantity jewelry collection in February. Plus, you’ll have a chance to snag an ultra exclusive full finger petal ring that was designed to be sent to Rachel & Estelle’s closest friends – fashion and music insiders. The petal ring is only available via Facebook and can’t be purchased anywhere else!

Don't you LOVE it when designers know how to really utilize social media?? :D

A Fashion Education: Rodarte

I like to discuss up and coming designers, but it never ceases to amaze me how many DC locals have never heard of brands I consider established! I find it tres frustrating when I'm discussing fashion with a friend or co-worker and they get confused once I go beyond Prada, Chanel or Marc Jacobs (not that there's anything wrong with those fab brands)! So I'm starting a new series, A Fashion Education, in the hopes that people will become more familiar with "consumer-unfriendly" brands.
First up is Rodarte. Designed by sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy, it's possibly my favorite label. Coming into existence in 2005, they have since won the 2008 CFDA Swarovski Emerging Womenswear Designer award, the 2008 Swiss Textiles Award, and a passionate fan base, including Anna Wintour, Natalie Portman, Chloë Sevigny and many more.
While their look is certainly recognizable, with almost incomprehensible detailing and romantically draped chiffon contrasted with deconstructed, tough accents, the label is constantly innovative and driving many of the fashion trends you see today. So, no you can't afford a wardrobe of their collections (I wish!), but you can find inspiration.

The spring '10 collection was a futuristic tribal mix, with touches of goth. Inspired by Death Valley, it was about how someone could "be scarred and still beautiful."

You may know the name from their Target collaboration, which sold out all over NYC. Here in DC, it wasn't quite as popular, so if you're desperately looking for pieces on eBay you should have me check first! If you want the real deal, try Opening Ceremony or a trip to NYC!

I'm wondering if I can sharpie on those arm tattoos for NY Fashion Week...

All Images via NY Magazine

My Fashion Challenge

I previously wrote about a sorority who sent out dress code regulations, such as no American Apparel denim leggings. While the concept was initially horrifying to me, I admit I do sometimes need a Mean Girl to force me to step up wardrobe choices and tell me I can't sit at their table during lunch.
So in order to rejuvenate my style and force me to be a little more fashion forward in my day to day life, I've come up with the following rules:

  • Do not wear the same pair of trousers to work twice a week
  • Before you leave the house put ON one accessory
  • Wear non-black shoes at least once per week
  • Wear color and/or print top & bottom combo at least once per week
  • Wear a skirt or dress at least once per week
  • Wear a multi-layered ensemble (not just top and cardigan!) once every other week
  • Try dressing down a cocktail dress at least once a month
  • Planning your outfits the night before is better than pretending you don't sleep in and throwing on whatever's closest each morning
  • Don't be afraid to stand out!!
The will be surprisingly difficult for me, particularly at work! Most people here (here is both DC AND my office) dress tres conservatively, you pretty much can't buy anything at Banana Republic or J. Crew without five others wearing the same thing. But looking fashionable does not mean you look unprofessional, and I need to get that through my head!

So I plan to start posting my outfits on Lucky Style Spotter and occasionally here too - you all have to hold me accountable! Any of you have your own rules to suggest or plan to follow yourself?

Strappy Back Tee

The thick straps across the back of this Elizabeth and James tee kind of remind me of the the straps on a bullet proof-vest. The sharp geometric shapes created by the straps definitely create a striking contrast to the loose, casual fit of the rest of the tee. Buy it at Tobi for $225.

Silk Stud Print Trench

Silk Stud Print TrenchMaybe not the warmest of coats, but a silk trench is great for the later months of spring! This Alexander Wang one has the coolest stud print and is on sale at Opening Ceremony for $348, originally $695.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Embossed Suede Bag

Embossed Suede BagOoooh, this Rebecca Minkoff crossbody bag is another great buy for fashion bloggers at NY Fashion Week! Or really just any career girl with a great sense of fashion. Buy at Bluefly for the sale price of $297.

Chanel Temporary Tattoos

If you were coveting the tattoos shown on the Spring/Summer runway, you're in luck. The temporary tattoos will launch Feb. 1, 2010 to Chanel boutiques. Each tattoo is a Peter Phillips drawing and the package of 25 tattoos will run approximately $75.00. Call your Chanel rep to get on the waiting list - these are too beautiful to not get snatched up! Though I wonder how they they are applied...and well they stay on...

Oversized Denim Shirt

Oversized Denim ShirtAnother trend for spring is lots and lots of denim. Not really my thing, a bit too "country" for my taste, but this denim shirt does look amazing soft and comfy! Buy at Intermix for $158.

Fashion Rules

A story recently broke on Fashionista about a sorority present sending out a long list of dress code requirements. Some of the highlights would have to be:

— Denim leggings are appropriate as long as it’s done right: aka, not from American Apparel and worn with chic, cool, chunky boots over them and a longer top.

-Accessories: I expect EVERYONE to be wearing accessories. This is an important part of every outfit and can make or break many ensembles.

-I'm not saying you have to be wearing the Harry Winston wreath for me to like it, but I am saying I will not tolerate any gross plastic shizzz... I love things on wrists and I demand earrings if your ears are pierced.

— No satin dresses. No one looks good in satin dresses unless it’s from Betsey Johnson or Dolce & Gabbana, you weigh less than 130 pounds, have three pairs of Spanx on and it’s New Years Eve.

— Booties ok if you can pull them off, aka probably not.
Like many of you, I was pretty horrified by this. Personal style is what really invigorates the fashion industry, not a fashion dictatorship!

But then I thought... hey I could use my own fashion drill sergeant. There are so many days where I don't push myself, where I try to kid myself into believing that I'm going for minimal but I'm really just being lazy. Maybe I need someone to yell at me to change up my earrings, which I shamefully admit to you now have been the same for the past six months.

No, I'm not advocating the clone-generating extent of the letter, but wouldn't it be a fun experiment to have a friend dictate your wardrobe choices for a week? Standby for a follow up post, because I am SO doing that for NY Fashion Week!

Pleated Tailored Sweatpants

Pleated Tailored SweatpantsSome people think high end sweatpants will be in for spring. Someone needs to explain to Alexander Wang that no one wants to buy $300 sweats in this economy! Well, if you do want to rock the look, this pair at least has a fly and pockets up top, making it more wearable out of the house. It will cost you $132 at Oak... I would actually buy these if they weren't pleated!

The Topless Bikini

The Topless BikiniReally, this is more of a monokini, but that's really besides the point, isn't it? I imagine this will be all the rage in Vegas and Miami, would you consider wearing it? It comes with a detachable bandeau top, making it wearable in a more family friendly environment as well. Buy at Victoria's Secret for $68.

Silk Maxi Skirt

Silk Maxi SkirtHere's another silken maxi skirt for those of you interested in rocking the look, this one relatively affordable! Of course, that means it's almost sold out, so quick to TopShop to purchase for $100!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Zip Back Wedge Booties

Zip Back Wedge BootiesI'm not huge on the open toe version of these Jeffery Campbell booties, but these zip back ones are so cute! Back in stock (for now) at Nasty Gal, you can pre-order for $178.

Lace Naked Dress

Lace Naked DressI really like this large, circular lace pattern! And, if paired with a nude slip like shown, very naughty, perfect for a Valentine's Day date! Of course, it's a super expensive $720 at SHE Boutique, but I still wanted to share! Especially since the designer, Samantha Sleeper, might possibly be worth watching ;)

Crazy Awesome Wire Eye Mask

Can you tell by the title that I love these? wire, studs, chains; this mask has all the hardwear you could ever want. Curse me for wearing glasses! I always have to miss out on the fun eye stuff. I insist that some fashion blogger out there purchase these and wear them to fashion week. Get them for $75 from It's Not Me.

Giant Comfy Sweater Hoodie

Giant Comfy Sweater HoodieDoesn't this sweater look deliciously warm and cozy? I would love to roam the cold winter days ensconced in its warm embrace, but I'm afraid that if you're not model-skinny, or are wearing, you know...pants, that it might end up looking overly bulky. What do you think? You can buy it at pixiemarket for $156.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Howl Tee

I probably have at least one moment daily where I feel like this. Buy this Beatrice Boyle tee for $105.70 at Browns and let it do the screaming for you! RAWR!

Links à la Mode: The Heavyweights

links a la mode
Edited by Dramatis Personae

Fashion’s getting heavier– and I’m not just talking about the rise of supermodels like Crystal Renn. This week we’ve got meaty posts covering ethical topics like the sustainability of bamboo at Awakened Aesthetic while Bonne-Vie covers the the implications of buying items made in China. We’ve got not 1–not 2, but 3 AMAZING Interviews this week at Alice in Stilettos, kaKofonie Of si(gh)lenS, and White Rabbit. Even Gala Darling’s post on her 2010 Style Direction could serve as a paperweight, it’s so chock full of inspiring images, details, and notations.

As usual, there’s a fabulous collection of links in the forums for your continued reading pleasure!


  • Alice in Stilettos: – Interviewed brilliant 18 year old designer, Nathan Gerard!

  • Awakened Aesthetic: – How Green is Your Bamboo?

  • Bonne Vie: – At Bonne Vie, we talked about the impact of conscious spending on your wardrobe (and one girl’s journey to not buy “Made In China”)

  • Cafe Fashionista: – Style Secrets: Stormy Sophistication. A comprehensive guide for the girl who wants to remain fashionable even in the midst of a monsoon!

  • DailyDivaDish: – Vintage Broaches: 8 Unique ways to wear these treasures & more — includes many pics of different broaches & a DIY idea for reusing those with broken clasps.

  • dramatis personae: – Following Your Instincts…When Meeting New People, When Shopping, When at Work, and When in Love

  • Fashion Pulse Daily: – Ponders the significance of the C. Finley Wallpapered Dumpster Project

  • For Those About to Shop: – nternational runway sensation Stacey McKenzie inspires aspiring models to be themselves.

  • Gala Darling: – 2010 Style Direction: Psychadelic Ladies Who Lunch

  • girl friday : – DIY Ribbon Necklace & Bracelet. tutoirial on how to make your own ribbon necklace.

  • hello beauty! – In my post on Hello Beauty, I wrote about the new Bobbi Brown campaign. She’s using friends – not models.

  • Idee Fixe: – Fashion and the arts charities supporting Haitian Relief on Idee Fixe

  • In Life & In Fashion: – Make a “Most Coveted List” to avoid silly impulse spending! Includes tip on how to create your own list and what is currently on mine!

  • Independent Fashion Bloggers: – How to Create Your Media Kit

  • kaKofonie Of si(gh)lenS: – My exclusive interview with Inbar Spector, an Israeli London-based designer whose renowned avant garde Bjork-inspired designs have been worn by celebrities such as Rihanna.

  • Model Max: – A special report on the history of male modeling – from the 1980s to the present time, with short profiles of selected male models who remain successful even after modeling.

  • Oranges and Apples: – Top tips for organising your wardrobe

  • Retro Chick – The 4 things I’ve always wanted but never owned

  • THE COVETED – Marion Cotillard and Franz Ferdinand team up for Dior

  • the fashionate traveller: – the rock/burlesque/voodoo vibe that is alternative Sydney label Baroque & Roll.

  • White Rabbit: – Introducing Sorcha Gillet, the Irish born textile designer and blogger.

Shopping for Haiti Relief

In an effort to help the Haiti tragedy, the below brands are donating a percentage of sales to various relief organizations:

Kooba - from now until Jan 29 15% of their online sales will be donated to the Haitian Relief efforts by Doctors Without Borders.

Hanky Panky - Through Jan 31 10% of their online sale will be donated to the American red Cross.

Havaianas - teaming up with Lucky Magazine to give 30% of the proceeds from the sale of the "Little Bird" sandals on LuckyMag.com to the Red Cross from January 22 to March 1.

Anthony Logistics for Men - When customers purchase any ACTION by Anthony For Men products on their website, 10% of the purchase will be donated for Haitian relief through Partners in Health.

Celeb Style: Statement Rings

Stacy London from "What Not To Wear" has great taste, as evident here with her two amazing statement rings! Both by the uber-talented Wendy Brandes, she's wearing the Queen Min ring and the Clemence ring!

Stitched Together Pumps

Stitched Together PumpsThe studs on these purple suede pumps almost look like staples, giving the heels an almost Frankenstien-like look! Am I crazy for actually liking that? Buy at Bluefly for $117.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Brightly Patterned Top

Brightly Patterned Topneed something to brighten up your closet? This kimono style top certainly does the trick! Buy in two different color combos at Couture Candy for $129.

Vegan Leather Shorts

Vegan Leather ShortsLeather shorts are what everyone is wearing for spring, but that doesn't mean you have to break the bank or go against your ideals! These faux leather shorts will fix you right up and only cost $26 at Lulu*s.

Locher's Sale Code

Get 50% off all delightfully naughty jewelry at Locher's from now until Jan 31 with the code "CELEBRATION" at checkout!

Fluid Maxi Skirt

Fluid Maxi SkirtIf the Olsen twins are any indication of trends to come, long maxi skirts shall be in next! Which surprises me, because they're just as petite as me - I suppose if the skirt is long enough it will elongate you, but that usually involves a bit of hem drag. Buy this skirt at Ron Herman in black, gray or navy for $198.

Nautical Strip Sweater

Nautical Strip SweaterNautical styles are almost always in for spring, so if you're a preppy type this sweater is the perfect thing to wear while it's still cold out! Buy at The Limited for the sale price of $32.

Faux Bustier Mesh Tee

Faux Bustier Mesh TeeThe top of this LnA tee gives a faux bustier look, perfect for spring's lingerie trend! Buy at Singer 22 for $94.