September 30, 2011

Fall/Winter Wardrobe: Leather and Wool

New fall/winter jacket from Zara online: Wool jacket with leather sleeves $189.00.

I'm slowly getting a few new items for the winter.   I dutifully went through my wardrobe last week, and made piles: one for consignment, one for beacons closet, and one for friends.   There have been a few things that just needed letting go.   And now that I've done that I feel a bit better going out and getting a few of the things I've had my eye on.  So look for a few small posts with pics of my PICKs, with detail. I added prices when I could, because my friend Hannah keeps asking.

September 19, 2011

The Man Repeller Takes on Fashion Week

Leandra Medine, of The Man Repeller,  is hands down my number one favorite blogger.  I love a girl with smarts, spunk and bad-ass attitude.  She's bleeping hysterical!  If I need to laugh, all I have to do is read her blog. 

To my delight, Kanon Organic Vodka shot Leandra last week during fashion week,  following her as she dressed in the morning to prepare for the Alexander Wang and Charlotte Ronson shows, and attended cocktail parties, and played with her glow-stick at a Alexander Wang after party that looked like a frat party.


Probably the Best About page on ANY site:


outfitting oneself in a sartorially offensive way that will result in repelling members of the opposite sex. Such garments include but are not limited to harem pants, boyfriend jeans, overalls (see: human repelling), shoulder pads, full length jumpsuits, jewelry that resembles violent weaponry and clogs.
–verb (used without object),-pell·ing, -pell·ed.
to commit the act of repelling men:
Girl 1: What are you wearing to the party?
Girl 2: My sweet lime green drop crotch utility pants!
Girl 1: Oh, so we're man repelling tonight?
*DISCLAIMER: the above conversation is not a dramatization, took place in this room 5 minutes ago.
2009-10; < repellius (ptp. of repellia to eliminate male attention), equiv. to L repel- (s. of repellix) unattractive, celibate, paris fashion week, M.C. Hammer + -repel -ler1

man·re·pell·ant, noun

September 15, 2011

What I Would Wear - Spring/Summer 2012

Looking at all the designers showcasing their new pieces for Spring of 2012, I often try to picture myself in the clothes.   There is no doubt that many of the things I love– feathers, furs, long gowns and slinky skirts–  are not quite wearable... for me.

Gucci, my all time favorite NOT-wearable clothing. Unless I get a different life.

I don't lead a glamourous life.  I don't go to cocktail parties very often, nor have black tie dinners to attend, and galas to slink off to.   I have a calm life.  I appreciate fashion.  I love it.  But I don't have places where it's important to dress up or a work office where I "have" to dress up.   That might be why I do dress up more than a pair of jean and t-shirt to pick up kids from school, or to the store, and to run my errands.   I dress up, because I want to, and love to.. but it still can't be in an Alexander McQueen or Christian Dior Gown.

So when reading through, and absorbing all the new campaigns and samples of Spring to come, I try to imagine outfits I  COULD wear. Not just WOULD wear.   And I find there are quite a few.  With one designer who really hits the Mark.

I give you the Winners:

Starting with Antonio Berardi, who by the way is pretty damn sexy! I love silk! I love the flow, I love how it will (depending on the design, which he does) makes me think scarface, 70's glamor, Donna Summers, Faye Dunaway...   I also love the structure, the cut, and most of all the colors!   This sea foam green pants and top! YES!  The Coral??? YES.   Okay, normally no. BUT YES.  The blue with the dayglow yellow.  YES.  And the structured dresses above. YES. They are sexy, but descretely.  I can imagine myself wearing them.  I can. But okay, maybe wear?   A party. Realistically? Yes they would work for a dinner party. Okay, so I go to a few.   And  I would so wear the other ones.. some just for fun on my way to book club or drinks with the girls in the city.   So YES.

Last season's winner of Project Runway, Gretchen Jones.   Her stuff is wearable. VERY wearable. Maybe too wearable.  But why not?   I love her silks.  I would wear the red dress  just to dinner!  And the jumpsuit.. during the day.. well day into night. The denim shorts and pants? YES. To school, to my FASHION CLASS I teach. Yes, I'm still doing that! So yes. And I can't wait to see more.   Love her jewelry too.  Beautiful.

OMG, Helmut Lang. These two pieces... YES.  I do go to bars, and a few parties. I could pull these off.  I could. Don't you remember me at Sonya's partyAt the Brooklyn Museum opening?   I could.  And I'd look better now.   I'm not so frownie. SO YES to HELMUT.  Ya.

LANVIN. Okay. Normally I like but can't picture me rockin' it.  But these... YES.  Okay, so there are not too many places I could wear that long down with feathers. But Hell ya, if I was invited again to an event, like the one with Clive Owen, celebrating Nick Sullivans anniversary with Esquire, I would so wear that dress. And this time when Clive Owen shakes my hand, he'll kiss it instead, like BONO did.  I swear he did.  Really.   Okay, so the other outfit is styled a bit busy.. but yeah, I would wear it going out with Rikke to that club we went to... oh a while back.

Prabal Gurung. Okay, I'm thinking great Easter outfits, yea?  YES.   The one on the left, I'm going to Easter at my husbands friends parents house on the upper west side. The one on the right?  Well, I'm going to Laura's Easter party in Tribeca.   Well, if I were. YES. PURPLE.  Love it!!!

I'd have to say, SONYA RYKIEL, is like, my favorite all time designer. Remember that think i have with silk and the 70's.  Duh. She started it?  Or maybe was a part of the posse like Halston.  Oh those hedonistic glamorous days. Where does the time go?  SO YES. Count me in. I'd wear both of the outfits on the left to pick up kids and the post office.  You know why?  Because it makes the ordinary extraordinary! The ones on the right to go out in!   Ah, fall isn't even here, and Spring is calling!

Stella McCartney. Okay. So these are a bit drab compared to the rest. But totally lovely, and very wearable for every day use.   I would style the one on the right a bit differently. Different shoes I think.  But love the little pant suit.   SO YES.   Thanks for doing something we can wear!

So now for my Number one Pick. Wait, you thought it was Antonio?  Well, almost. I saved the best for last.

Daryl K Spring/Summer 2012!  Okay.  Everything, absolutely everything is wearable, and gorgeous.  Daryl knows her customer: A real woman.    And even though it feels like Daryl past, it's very fresh.  Her collaboration with  Spencer Sweeney added a hip dynamic vibe. And the colors are bold but it feels soft, and the silk makes it fluid... oh wait! Did I say silk!  ahhh.  A girl after my own heart!!  Yup, silk.   But this is a very modern take on it.  And that's what silk needs.  Oh I got a silk woody going on!   I'm excited for Daryl. She deserves this.

So that's my short and brief, and ONLY Spring Fashion Runway critique.   I'm leaving it to the pros and the pro bloggers.  All of which are fantastic.  Here are two of my favorites who've kept me up to date, since I don't get to see the real thing in person:ERIN JEEN   &   SEARCHING FOR STYLE .

September 9, 2011

LANVIN: My Favorite Ad Campaign for Fall/Winter 2011/2011

I know you've all been seeing the new Lanvin prints in the new September issue of Vogue and ELLE, and the video that's been circulating across fashion and style blogs; but just in case you missed it, I'm sharing it here with you now!

The video is really fun with Raquel Zimmerman and Karen Elson dancing to Pitbull. And
at the end, Alber Elbas comes out and dances himself. What I think is charming about this video is that the models, or Mr. Elbas, are not great dancers, nor are they even dancing in sync. It just feels like they are having fun!

Karen Elson, Raquel Zimmermann & Alber Elbas dancing for Lanvin Fall/Winter 2011/2011 Campaign by Steven Meisel

The Prints work for me, and seeing the video brings a little giggle every time I see one.

September 7, 2011

Falls Fashion Has Influenced Me to Pull Out The Vintage

Things I've been collecting– before I spotted them in print.
Top Left: Turqouise silk shirt from 1 of a find; Bottom Left: Green silk Dress from 1 of a Find; Bottom and far right: From Ebay.

There is a lot of "I need, I need" that runs through my head as I shuffle through my magazines each month. Especially this time of year. Otherwise I'm pretty sure the need wouldn't be there. But all of a sudden I need a long pair of grey, and a long pair of purple slim denim jeans (1&2); I need some silky slouchy evening pants in metallic or a bright color(3)... or both; I need an evening jumpsuit(4), preferably with cropped legs in a silky material; I also need a crocodile purse(5)....  Hey I got that(6).

Just can't get enough of pants!  I've decided Gucci takes the prize for my favorite outfits this fall.

Just by chance I stopped in at Honey's store one afternoon, 1 of a Find, and finally found the vintage crocodile bag I've been looking for.   She had one I was considering, but it had a spot on it, so I thought I would wait until the perfect one found me. But then as I was standing at the register (to purchase my a lovely silk turquoise shirt), Looking down at me from a shelf placed conveniently by the register was the perfect mint condition bag, with red silk lining.  And it came with a lovely change purse!  And only for just $50.00!   Upon purchasing, I was told, "Croc is really in right now".  Yes, they are, so I see as I  flip the pages of my magazines.  They are all over the Fall spreads, and are priced designer sky high at a whopping $350 minimum, if not $3000.     What a bargain!

Croc is in!

Just like last winter and spring when I was buying all these old silky 70's and 80's shirts in cobalt blue, turquoise and green, all of a sudden I see that that's the new big thing.  And hopefully from what I've read, it's going to stick around for a while.    It's not that I care to be on trend.  I don't.   But I like to see color on people, not just black.  Although... I do like some black.  But it's fun to see what everyone will do with it.

Lady Croc, via One of a Find

For me, my obsessions in clothing and style are inspired by movies from my past, like the Eyes of Laura Mars.  And designers from the past, like Halson and Norma Kamali.   I think being a tween/teenager during the late 70's and seeing my friends older sisters dressing up and going out, while we merely pretended, is why I still yearn for those glamorous, hedonistic nights decked out in silky dresses, with lip gloss and glittery eye makeup.

Faye Dunaway in the Eyes of Laura Mars


Fashion just grabs me that way.  When I "dress up", I feel like I embody the spirit of the garment or the time, and then the garment absorbs my personality back.   I don't spend time strategizing about what I'll wear (unless there is some event I'm off too), I just grab a piece out of my closet, and then try to work from that.  I usually go through about 3 looks until it feels right.  And I don't usually go through magazines making lists of what I need for the fall.   Why plan, when it can simply just happen.  But, what I sometimes do is think of the outfits I have, and imagine how to make them look fresh. Then when I go through the magazines, I get ideas of how something-- like a pair of red ankle boots and a black croc bag-- would look with my new turquoise silk top; The one I got from 1 of  a Find!

Here comes Fashion Week.  And how exciting is that. I can't wait to go out this Thursday (tomorrow), with the girls, as we will once again be joining the throngs of Fashionable boys and girls during Fashion Night Out.

Maybe I'll see you out there as well!