Thursday, February 28, 2008
Last year there was all this hoopla about new rules concerning minimum-weight in models and sticking to them, and what happens? Nothing apparently. It makes me so mad because we are told the clothes look best on a hanger, not a person (essentially these rail thin models act as hangers, no curves to fill out the clothes). And young girls look at those unattainable bodies and think they are supposed to look like that. let me tell you, having lived in Manhattan and seen a few of these models in person, they look like giraffes. When a successful model talks about looking awkward when she was young i totally believe it, these girls are incredibly thin, and incredibly tall at a very young age.
At least this particular girl has a mom with a good head on her shoulders. Read the story here.
My first reaction was incredibly childish, a big fat DUH.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
These were the jeans:
They are Joe's Jeans Muse style, available at Shopbop. I have to say, these are some sharp looking jeans.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
and the beast:
Don't get me started on that monstrosity above. ick.
Then there is Burberry Prorsum (no, that is not a typo)
and Oliver Twist?
Maybe it's more Raskolnikov than Oliver Twist, either way, someone get this man some calories and some fake tan so he doesnt look sallow anymore.
Monday, February 25, 2008
What, you ask, is that? a shoe for Russel Crowe-looking fighting men in weird outfits?
Not exactly. It's more like this:
This Pour le Victoire Nanette will ease you into the trend, unless you are ready for the high heeled version by Charles David:
Bluefly has this cool Stuart Weitzman wedge version that I am totally loving:
This one seems less obvious as part of the trend than the others. I'm into it.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
The Brooks Brothers non-iron shirt ($79-$89) comes in a ton of colors and patterns, Lands End also makes them and they are less expensive($39-$45).
I love light-weight wool flat-front trousers like these I recently discovered at Banana Republic:
Lands End also makes non-iron flat front chinos for men whose offices are less formal.
Now there is no excuse to show up to work in wrinkled shirts.
I LOVE all the red dresses, and Helen Mirren is one woman who knows how to dress her body and for her age, or perhaps she leaves it to a trusted stylist like Jennifer Garner who I will forgive for hiring Rachel Zoe since she clearly does a great job for her.
It's funny how a person so good at bringing high fashion to people wears the same thing everyday.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
I find that men don't really have many options when it comes to a daily bag that isn't a computer bag - you know, the man-bag or murse.
For the young hipster it seems easier to find a bag, the smaller messenger type works - like this one -
available on ebags for $45.
Or this J.Fold's leather version for $140:
But for my father who could not pick a hipster out of a crowd let alone define the term the right bag needs to be something a little more refined, more appropriate for his life. So, to start looking I went to the sites I would search for a bag for my mother and checked out the men's options.
This eco-friendly option available on Tobi for $70 lies somewhere in the middle:
It's got a very clean look, and is still very cool.
Cole Haan has some nice options, although they are a bit pricey (no surprise there, you pay for quality) such as this leather newspaper bag for $295 :
Or the canvas/leather version for $275:
But those aren't quite right.
Jack Spade is always a good option, such as this messenger available at Nordstrom:
A smaller version of this bag is available at the Jack Spade store, you can call to order it, just check out the website for the information.
Of course leave it to Ferragamo to make a really gorgeous version available at Nordstrom:
I'm not sure we have found the right bag, but this is certainly a start.
Ahh, the beauty of DVR.
They argue that this is a woman's shot to have a real photo shoot and be in the limelight, I agree with that, however I'd prefer to remember myself as more Audrey Hepburn than say, Jenna Jameson. Am I alone in that?
Read the article.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
It was a nice show, very funny, the women agreed with everything he did -who wouldn't - he made them stop wearing sweatsuits and start wearing real clothes and real shoes. He gave his list of 10 things every woman should have in their closet and while a good list (black trousers, trench coat, etc) I'm still trying to figure out what makes his list different from Tim Gunn's. In other words, it wasn't earth shattering, but unlike those other makeover shows, he and his shlumpadinka (a real Yiddish word I'm told by my mother - but Oprah never actually explained that to the audience) group bought everything (or was given?) at J.C. Penney, so the pants were all under $50, the bags were cute but affordable, all-in-all, a fun show.
They also had another stylist, a woman, espousing the magic of the Brooks Brothers non-iron white shirt.
You can check out clips from the show, and plenty of before and after shots on the Oprah website.
So, back to why it might be worth spending so much($345) - hello, comfort? The pink parts on the sole that are a little visible in the picture are deep cushions, what a great idea! If you want a hot shoe that you can actually wear all night, this has got to be it, plus - if you dye it black, you actually could wear it with every dress you have, right? It's worth trying.
I want her to start making all kinds of shoes, why only bridal? No fair.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Anthropologie version for $98:
The Target version for $24.99:
It's true that the Target version doesn't have butterflies, but as far as I'm concerned, that is a good thing- very few adult women can pull off butterflies. Plus, this is a trendy shape that won't necessarily be wearable next spring, I would advise people not to spend much on this kind of piece.
Monday, February 18, 2008
A young woman I respect in northern California describes Hillary as "grotesque." A middle-aged successful artist I know -- herself a bit of a virago -- thinks she's "evil." And my mother, who is admittedly a Republican, is capable of going on and on about how Hillary is in it all for herself, that she'll do anything to win, that she'll kill to push her agenda through, that she's just a disgusting human being, that the sound of Hillary's voice is enough to send her racing for the remote control to turn off her beloved Fox News. The New Republic points out that many Democrats describe Hillary Clinton as "mendacious, brutal, willing to bend (or break) any rule in pursuit of power." And they're on her side.
This special anti-Rodham anger is especially troubling because it's impossible to separate from sex or sexism. Hillary Clinton reminds me that it's possible that all powerful women are, as my friend puts it, "grotesque." They are exaggerated humans, extreme cases, everything to everybody.
I guess we aren't so ready for real change, no matter how often Obama says it.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Banana Republic is offering 30% off select pants for men and women, and it looks like many of their belts are on sale as well.
eLuxury is offering an additional 30% off of sale merchandise, and free shipping for orders over $150. I LOVE this adorable flat from Pedro Garcia:
They were originally over $300, now once you add them into your cart they are $157, soooo cute and perfect for Spring!
Active Endeavors has an impressive amount of merchandise on sale, a lot of it would make perfect transition clothes for moving from winter into spring like this silver jacket that would dress up any outfit of jeans and T:
Or this adorable dress, marked down to $79 (from $264), that can be worn over a turtleneck or with a jacket or cardigan when it's cold, and on it's own when the weather turns warm:
Bloomingdales and Macy's are also having amazing sales this weekend, through Monday night.
Friday, February 15, 2008
Why are you still reading this post? Go buy it now!
There are those ads in fashion mags for a high end brand, of course I'm blanking at the moment but I'm pretty sure it isn't YSL even though they seemed to start the trend with this gorgeous dress:
From Robert Rodriguez we have this green paint splattered one($319 at eLuxury):
And this Vince version for $285 at Shopbop:
Or this other Vince version for $245 at Tobi:
Even BCBG has it's own version at $142:
At first I wasn't so sure about the trend, but I'm into it now. It makes for a fun dress and if the splatters are well placed, could help camouflage those flaws as we like our clothes to do - such as the second Vince dress which is black on top and looks as though the paint "drips" down onto the white bottom- that is perfect for someone who is bigger on top.
The Robert Rodriguez dress is great for someone who is long-waisted (has a proportionately longer torso) as well as for someone who doesn't have much of a hip to waist ratio (what I lovingly refer to as my tree-trunk bod, otherwise known as "boyish")
Anyway, these are fun looks to play with.
***Update - when I posted this I hadn't checked my email, Shopbop sent out an email today with pictures of 3 dresses and the title "Wearable Art" - we must be on the same wavelength, although they did not include any of the dresses I posted.
The Princess Project of the Bay Area accepts dry-cleaned formal and semi-formal dresses to provide to girls who can't afford a prom dress. How great is that? And to add a cherry on top (or for me since I hate maraschino cherries it's more like the whipped cream or chocolate sauce) if you are in San Francisco and donate through the Fillmore st. boutique Her, you get 25% off of one full-priced item.
2 great things rolled up in one good deed, very cool.
And if any readers know of a similar program in your neck of the woods, please submit a comment to let others know.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
The fall fashion shows this past week had me kind of forgetting about spring, but I looked at Shopbop today and they had some adorable new stuff, so now I can happily plan for the coming season with outfits like this:
Please ignore the hideous shorts in the picture. The top is Tbags, I'd wear it with my skinny or wide-leg jeans I think, or a skirt if it's very warm, and this Gorjana necklace:
it can be worn doubled or as one long strand. And we can't forget the shoes:
Ah, I can feel the sun on my face already.
A woman took her laptop to best Buy to repair it because she had purchased their $300 three-year warranty. Rather than repairing it they "lost" it - most likely an employee stole it is what it looks like, and then gave her the run-around for months as different customer service people with the report in front of them that the computer was "missing" continued to tell her it was in the process and would be ready for return shortly.
So, now she is suing Best Buy for $54 million. She says she doesn't expect to get that, but when the store finally admitted the computer was gone and only offered her a $500 gift card she was understandably upset. That doesn't cover the computer, software or music she lost, it's hardly more than the freaking warranty. She chose the dollar amount because of the story last year where a guy sued a dry cleaners for $54 million when they lost his pants. You might recognize that story from the recent Law and Order about it, of course they made it much juicier - related to a corporate cover up of the distribution of poisonous chinese-made toothpaste. Gotta love Law and Order. I could watch it all day, in fact i have done that on many occasions.
Anyway... back to the matter at hand, awful shopping experiences. It's true, interest in customer service has taken a nosedive in many places but from the comments attached to the story, it seems that it is actually a corporate strategy to screw people this way. I had hoped that was more of a wacko conspiracy theory, but apparently not.
So take that all of you with a Y chromosome that visit and can't believe how small my TV is. I prefer to buy things that don't require a warranty - like shoes.
Monday, February 11, 2008
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Read the column.
Saturday, February 9, 2008
The New York Times on Cashmere Mafia and Lipstick Jungle.
Omiru has a wrap-up of trends seen at NY Fashion Week.
Bagsnob got to hang out with Oscar de la Renta. Lucky.
The Fug Girls cover fashion week at New York Magazine. As always hilarity ensues.
I love flats, those are flat shoes for you novices. Ballet flats, pointy toe flats, embellished, plain, I am an equal-opportunity flat lover and my closet sings that loud and clear (or really it's the gasp I hear when people see my open closet for the first time and all the shoes crammed in there, and yes I occasionally answer to Imelda)
Sadly not everyone else understands my love of flats because if you choose the wrong ones after a day of walking on them you feel like you have been walking directly on concrete (it hurts in the ankles, knees, pretty much everywhere). I can help steer you away from the bad ones.
First, if they are cheap, it's highly unlikely they are good. Sad but true. Unfortunately price is not the only way to tell because there are plenty of expensive flats that have no business being called "shoes" - they are more like slippers and pretty unwearable outside. So, as cute as the Loeffler Randall line for Target is, don't expect those flats do be well made like their regular line with prices more in the $300 range. But also don't look to J.Crew for well made comfortable flats. In my experience their flats have absurdly thin soles - and a hefty price tag in the $118-$165 range.
I have also made the mistake of buying Nine West ballet flats. While incredibly cute, I can only wear them when I am spending the day on carpeted surfaces, or walking less than 2 blocks. After a few blocks outside my knees feel like I've just run a half-marathon (I would say marathon, but I've never actually run 26.2 miles all at one time).
My favorite line of flats, as I've said before on this blog is Me Too, (like the yellow one above) they are really well cushioned, and all cost well under $100. But I also love my Cole Haan flats, while not cushioned exactly, are so well made that they absorb shock, are very wearable and they aren't even the Cole Haan/Nike Air collaborations. The ones with Nike Air technology are even better.
The downside is that those can get expensive, but Calvin Klein actually makes less expensive flats with a lot of cushioning as well. I got a pair for ridiculously cheap during one of Bloomingdales' amazing sales (I mean around$40) so keep your eyes open. I found them on Zappo's at full price:
Zappo's has this cool price-matching deal that if you find a pair of shoes cheaper, they give it to you for even less than that cheaper price, and I know they really follow through with that deal so shopping around is always a good idea.
But, if you don't like embellished, and I totally get that - there are plenty of options. Personally I like the bling, but HATE logos, which is why I won't buy one of those incredibly popular Tory Burch flats. I just don't want to pay a lot of money to be a walking ad for her. And I never want everyone who looks at me to know exactly what I'm wearing. I don't see the fun in that.
So find some comfy flats for Spring. Happy Shopping!
Friday, February 8, 2008
Some smart people have figured out a way to get around all of that by starting online sample sale sites, but when I first heard about the sites I did find myself scratching my head and wondering what this was about. So I thought about it.
I realized that beyond saving us from waiting in line and all of that, it helps the clothing lines because it means the extra stuff doesn't end up on Bluefly and at Nordstrom Rack, which basically means death to the line - a glut of sale merchandise diminishes the cache of line and can lead to ruin. Some lines have managed to come back from that front, like DKNY a few years ago for example, when you couldn't go to a sale site or Nordstrom Rack type store without tripping over piles of their ugly crap (the line was restarted and now produces nice pieces again)
These new sample sale sites allow the brands to sell leftover merchandise and even increase their cache because for some of them, you have to be "invited" or some such nonsense to shop there. They include Ideeli, Haute Look, The Gilt Group.I think Haute Look is the only one a person can just sign up for.
Besides avoiding the crappy warehouses and little(or big)-miss-greedy grabbing the clothes right out of your hands, these sites take credit cards and for clothing at least, they take returns. Unheard of for real sample sales and a real plus in my book. But of course you aren't able to try the clothes on to see if they fit when you order them online, so I guess it's a wash.
Thursday, February 7, 2008
And there is also this other book I have been thinking of reading. It's by a shoe historian and curator so maybe we can consider it 'serious' reading!
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
So Clark Kent or '50's private eye, right?
And this one:
Maybe a little more "Mad Men" then Clark Kent.
And for women:
I love the purple, and the shape of course.
You can see the rest of the images here.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Or this tulip skirt for only $29.50:
It comes in black also, yippee!
There skirts are both great ways to build outfits like those coming down the runway just this week.
The detail on the dress and shape of the coat are gorgeous!
I also love this sweater and the slim pants are actually refreshing considering everyone else is only doing high waisted wide leg pants.
These are highly wearable outfits, yet interesting enough still to set them apart. Very nice. To see the rest of the images from the Door.Ri show, click here.
Monday, February 4, 2008
If you'd like to see the rest of the photos from the show, you can check it out here
Sunday, February 3, 2008
Although some things look really familiar, like Herve Leger bandage dresses which I have loved since the OG of supermodels sported them in the '80's (Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, think the cast of that George Michael video circa 1989-90), Max Azria of BCBG -bought the line and the show went on this morning. Lately PYT's of Hollywood have been seen wearing the dresses again. Since Herve Leger was actually a man's name, when his name and brand were purchased, he had to change his name. That is pretty F-ed up. You can read a review of the show here, and find out Herve's new name.
I love this red dress:
This dress however gives me pause:
gives me pause and makes me think "WTF?"
Max Azria's other line, BCBG also showed this weekend, in what I can only describe as a colorless color palette, I guess he interprets the new trend towards the 'non-showy' for the shrinking economy as we should all look sallow and starving in khaki, although the shapes of the clothes were beautiful, like this one:
Alexander Wang showed clothes all in a range of black and gray, The pieces are great, but for some reason the models walked with ripped pantyhose - he calls it 'edgy', I say its tired like grunge, anyway, ignore the stockings and enjoy the clothes like this fantastic skirt:
or this belted cardigan/dress: