Fashion Friday: Casual Pants to Love

September 19, 2014 by  
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We all know how to dress for work, a meeting, or lunch with our most fashionable friends. The question, however, is what to wear when you’re running errands, popping out for breakfast, or just waiting to see what the weekend brings. Fortunately, we are living in a time when women on the go don’t need to look like women whose sense of style is long gone.

Here are some alternatives to what used to be called slacks—a downer of a name if there ever was one. A pair of any of these will make you look forward to walking out the door.

 

Cuff Ankle Pants‘Uovo’ Tie Front Cuff Ankle Pants, by Weekend Max Mara

Precise tailoring shapes this wool pair, finished with front pleats and a self-tie belt.

  • Self-tie belt with belt loop
  • Zip fly
  • Front pleats
  • Side slash pockets
  • Cuffed leg
  • Back button welt pockets
  

 

VF-P1980-BLACKThe Jersey Slouchy, by Eileen Fisher

This slouchy pant has a tapered leg. According to Eileen Fisher, it’s “too chic to be this comfortable.”

  • Front pleats, 1 1/2-inch waist with elastic in back, dropped angle pockets
  • Light and lustrous, with just the right amount of stretch
  • Approximately 27 1/2″ inseam
  • Washable

 

 

73910L7733L_P3H_lg_v1_m56577569835320681Flying Monkey Jeans, by Buckle

Don’t let the model scare you away. These jeans work on mature women. They are truly high-waisted, they stretch, and they fit.

  • High rise
  • Zip fly
  • Stretch jean
  • Slimming through hip and thigh

 

 

crop pantsBeaded Cropped Pant, by J. Crew

J. Crew says about these pants, “. . . it’s the trim—hand-beaded in an angular pattern from the pockets to the side seams—that makes them so bewitching. They say the devil is in the details, after all.”

  • Sits above hip
  • Fitted through hip and thigh, with a slim, ankle-length leg
  • Wool
  • Off-seam pockets, back welt pockets
  • Dry clean

 

crosby derekCashmere Sweats, by 10 Crosby Derek Lam

Yes, these are investment pants, but in midnight blue cashmere you won’t see yourself coming and going, and you will have them forever.

  • —Elastic drawstring waistband
  • —Two pockets
  • —Ribbed cuffs. In midnight blue
  • —100% cashmere

Fashion Friday: The Statement Necklace

September 12, 2014 by  
Filed under Beauty, Fashion, Pleasures

It’s Fashion Week in New York City (well, we’d like to think it’s always Fashion Week in some part of the world!). As the fashion community salivates over next spring’s attractions, we’re continuing our focus this September on Jewelry. We believe that one of the easiest and most adventurous ways in which you can discover the power of your individual style is with lush jewels. Last week we paid homage to The Cuff—as a bold statement, a minimalist layer, a work of art, an architectural marvel. (See The Jewelry Edition—Cuff Love.) This week, we urge you to feast your eyes on another fabulous piece of statement jewelry: The Necklace.

Like the cuff, a stunning statement necklace (and by “statement necklace” we mean oversize, decadent, and unmistakeable) can add an instant zsa zsa zsu to an ensemble and re-energize even the simplest of day or evening outfits. It can also provide the most elegant finishing touch.

Here are our five must-have statement necklaces for the fall season. They include palettes for all tastes—neutral, red, gold, smoky blue, and classic black. Be forewarned, however: like the cuff, the statement necklace also functions as a work of wearable art. And remember, the bolder and more playful, the better! 

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Grand Bouquet

Designer: Kate Spade

Details: A pale palette with gold tones softens the striking silhouette of this necklace featuring a mix of clear and opaque crystals, mother-of-pearl details, a 14-karat yellow gold plate, and a lobster clasp.

 

 

 

 

 

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Beaded Chain Mesh Bib

Designer: ABS by Allen Schwartz Jewelry

Details: This colorful rondelle,  in neutrals of gray and copper spanning to vivid yellow, blue, and red, is strung in a wide sweep within a rose gold-tone mesh, for playful statement style.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Designer: Ippolita

Details: Features  18-karat yellow gold, five-tiered pendant with cognac citrine/red agate/cognac citrine triplet, orange citrine/brown shell doublet, orange citrine, clear quartz/black shell doublet, and green gold citrine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

img-thingPhoenix Smoky Blue Tressage Necklace

Designer: Alexis Bittar

Details: Smoky blue strands of labradorite, aventurine, sodalite, pyrite form this tressage necklace with crystal embellished vine accents. A lux side clasp is set with clusters of jasper, labradorite and pyrite in textured gold tone bezels.

 

 

 

 

 

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Black Horn Collar Necklace

Designer: Nest

Details: A cluster of rich, African brass beads, with a statement collar style and gorgeously earthen appearance.

Fashion Friday: The Jewelry Edition—Cuff Love

September 5, 2014 by  
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As a piece of jewelry there’s probably nothing more classic and timeless than The Cuff. It can serve in many ways to complement a woman’s multidimensional style—as a bold statement, a minimalist layer, a work of art, an architectural marvel.

Although the fashion blogs might tell us that cuff bracelets are the hottest trend for the fall season, the fact is, they have never gone out of style. Fashion legends Diana Vreeland and Coco Chanel, for example, always considered the cuff a staple because it can easily transition through the seasons and it adds an unmistakable elegance and class to an outfit. Case in point, our own Women’s Voices for Change board member Colleen Caslin’s beautiful handling of a Verdura cuff (featured below) as she was recently profiled and photographed in 1010ParkPlace.

As we wind down the summer and transition into a new season, here are the five pieces, carefully vetted (hard work for us!) from the designers’ brand-new fall/winter 2014 collection, for which we’re feeling some serious cuff love. Be forewarned, however: these pieces function as works of wearable art.

 

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Gold Liquid Metal Edged Cuff

Designer: Alexis Bittar

Details: Hand-carved and hand-painted Lucite cuff with an edge of liquid gold tone metalwork.

 

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Melted Geometric Cuff

Designer: Anndra Neen

Details: Polished gold-tone bangle with textured accents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Maltese Cross Hinged Stone Cuffs

Designer: Verdura

Details: Amethyst, peridot, diamond, pearl, mammoth ivory, and gold (left).  Ruby, sapphire, diamond, pearl, black jade, and gold (right).

 

 

 

 

 

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Wings of Desire Cuff

Designer: Michele Lerner

Details: Silver crafted in the image of enveloping wings that are stitched onto black leather.

 

 

 

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Green Jeweled Cuff Bracelet

Designer: Oscar de la Renta

Details: A sculptural, leafy cuff with 24-karat gold plated brass and faceted crystals.

Fashion Friday: Colleen Caslin’s ‘Ageless Style’ on 1010ParkPlace

August 29, 2014 by  
Filed under Beauty, Fashion, Pleasures

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If you’re like us, you’re tired of seeing clothes and magazines that don’t reflect the women we see in the mirror: smart, accomplished, grown-up. 1010ParkPlace, founded by entrepreneur Brenda Coffee, is out to counter these kinds of misrepresentations with the understanding that a woman’s style continues to evolve as she does. This week the site beautifully profiled Women’s Voices for Change board member Colleen Caslin, COO of Verdura fine jewelry.
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In Coffee’s interview, we learn about Caslin’s love affair with jewelry. While she’s been at the helm of Verdura since 2008, her romance with diamonds and pearls began in her student days when she studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology while simultaneously working at Tiffany & Company. Caslin shared with 1010ParkPlace, which also curates fashionable clothes chosen with women over 40 in mind—and whose motto “Where Style is Ageless” we absolutely adore—her personal definition of ageless style:
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“Most women, when they reach a certain point in their lives, are empowered and truly embrace their life. They aren’t afraid to change and push boundaries, or they become complacent, and there’s not the desire, or the theater in their daily life. Being comfortable in your own skin and not basing your feelings on someone else’s attitude is important.”
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Read the full profile on Colleen Caslin  at 1010ParkPlace and make sure you subscribe to its refreshing and much-needed take on fashion and beauty for grown-up women.
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Fashion Friday: Favorite Summer Indulgences from Susan Sokol

As we wrap up summer, we asked several accomplished women of style whom we admire to come up with 10 Sweet Indulgences for the season. This week our invitation went to Susan Sokol—a renowned leader in the global fashion industry whose business acumen and exceptional taste have earned her a reputation as one of the fashion industry’s most highly regarded executives. She has partnered with the founders of iconic brands in president and COO positions at Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Michael Kors, Vera Wang, and J. Mendel.

A lifelong New Yorker, Susan is a frequent lecturer on the fashion industry at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business, where she is Executive in Residence. More recently, Ms. Sokol has become a mentor to the CFDA fashion incubator program, where she has mentored three designers.

Favorite Summer Destination: Bridgehampton continues to be my favorite summer destination. Its everlasting beauty, incredible topography, and gorgeous beaches make it a cherished place where I love being, especially during the summer season!

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Current Summer Reading: I just finally finished The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt. I was totally immersed in this page-turner of a book. I am now onto The Orphan Train, by Christina Baker Kline; after only 10 pages I can tell it will be a satisfying read.

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What to Wear to a Summer Party: I tend to lean more towards the casual side of dressing in the summer. I love James Perse’s long bias-cut slip dresses in linen/viscose blend fabrics. They are simple, chic, understatedly sexy, look summery, and can be dressed up or down.

 

Favorite Summer FragranceI wear Cristalle, Eau De Toilette by Chanel year round. Its light citrus scent suits me and is imbedded in my skin. At this point, it’s difficult to change things up. I’m a classic girl when it comes to fragrances, so occasionally I will go all out and wear Chanel No. 5.

 

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Necessary Summer Indulgence: I’m learning how to paddle board. Taking the time to learn it is an indulgence!

Favorite House Gift for a Summer-Weekend Invitation: Everyone loves rosé in the summer, so we bring a couple of bottles of chilled good rosé as a house gift.

Favorite Summer Entertaining Tip: Delicious food, using organic veggies, great background music, and keep the wine flowing.

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Preferred Summer Accessories: I tend to wear a lot of white in the summer, and I bought a pair of Ted Muehling turquoise drop earrings that look great with almost everything I wear.

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Current Film on Your List to See This Summer: At the top of my list is Boyhood! Everyone I know who has seen the film has raved, and I am obsessed with seeing it as soon as I can!

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Favorite Summer Indulgences from Amanda Ross

August 8, 2014 by  
Filed under Fashion, Pleasures

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Amanda Ross for Harper’s Bazaar Japan at the launch of her jewelry collection in October 2013. Photo by Gigi Stoll.

As we are now in the throes of summer, we’ve asked several accomplished women of style whom we admire to come up with 10 sweet indulgences for the season. This week we invited Amanda Ross—an internationally renowned fashion director, stylist, costume and jewelry designer, and consultant for celebrities, film, TV series, and designers. She is known for the elegant, refined, and sophisticated eye  she has developed through her years as a staple in the fashion industry.

Amanda is the former Market Director at Harper’s Bazaar U.S. Following this venture, she moved to L.A. to become editor at large of C Magazine. Now based in New York City, Amanda has worked as Consulting Fashion Director at Anne Klein and the Fashion Director for Departures magazine, where she had her own monthly column called “Uptown Girl.” In October 2013 she launched her first jewelry collection with Grossé, in Tokyo. She is a N.Y.C. founding member of both the British Fashion Council and React to Film.  She sits on the Board of Directors at Free Arts N.Y.C. and is also actively involved in a number of charity projects.—Ed.

 

 

Favorite Summer Destination: Il Convento Santa Maria di Costantinopoli, Puglia, Italy.

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Current Summer Reading: Rome, by Robert Hughes, and  The Idea of Him, by Holly Peterson.

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What to Wear to a Summer Party: A little white dress, green metallic sandals, and Chloé by Clare Waight-Keller.

Favorite Summer Fragrance: Love, Don’t Be Shy by Kilian. 

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Necessary Summer Indulgence: Talenti gelato and caramel sauce from Laduree.

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Preferred Seasonal Spa Fix: Pedicures by Bastien Gonzalez.

Favorite House Gift for a Summer-Weekend Invitation: Chocolate covered ginger slices from Laduree.

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Favorite Summer Entertaining TipKeep dessert simple with Melt Chocolate from London, or watermelon.


 

Preferred Summer Accessories: Grecian flat sandals by Manolo Blahnik.

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Current Film on Your List to See This Summer: Woody Allen’s latest, Magic in the Moonlight

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Fashion Notes: Trending This Week on the Fashion Blogs

Here’s what’s making our hit list as we comb through the mash-up of fashion blogs and trending-this-week articles to find what’s fashionable, stylish, and—more important—of substance. 

 

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10 Classic Films to Inspire Your Summer Wardrobe

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Yes! A real reason to spend the afternoon cooling down with Netflix. For this week’s Most Wanted, the Vogue editors took a break from the catwalk and turned to the silver screen for their summer wardrobe inspiration.  What’s great about the feature are the direct links to the online shopping sites where you can find the matching looks! And there are some real gems in that top 10—Faye Dunaway in The Thomas Crown Affair, Jean Seberg in Bonjour Tristesse, and Katharine Hepburn in Bringing Up Baby and The Philadelphia Story.

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Going Gray: Why I Finally Stopped Coloring My Hair

No fifty shades of gray for this gal. tells us:

Two years ago, I stopped coloring my hair and realized I had unintentionally done something radical. People assumed my long, gray hair was a statement against our culture’s celebration of youth and our rigid conventions of beauty. Or, conversely, they assumed my hair revealed an inherent laziness on my part.

Not so fast. Turns out McGaha has been dyeing her gray hairs since her 20s. But then she stopped as she remembered her mother’s grace and beauty in wearing her natural gray.

 

 

@ ELLE

Gorgeous Alternatives to the Traditional Wedding Veil

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For many women heading down the aisle for the second, third (we could go on) time, a wedding veil is usually not on the priority list. We loved this assembly from Elle of sophisticated, mature, romantic, and gorgeous alternatives to the wedding veil. It includes embellished headbands, woven strands of jewels, and white pearl hairpins.

 

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Beverly Johnson Talks Diversity in Fashion Today

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Forty years ago this August, model Beverly Johnson made history as she debuted as the first-ever African-American to grace the cover of Vogue magazine. She recounts what that moment meant for her in this feature for Women’s Wear Daily and also talks about the lack of diversity in the fashion world, where, she thinks, “there aren’t as many African-American models, hair stylists and makeup artists working to the degree they once were and there is a lack of women of color on certain runways during fashion week.”

 

@ OPRAH

10 Women Who Prove That Great Style Is Ageless

Four of those 10 women featured are in their 70s, or way beyond! They are the fabulous 73-year-old Jessica Walter—best known for playing the matriarch on Arrested Development; the stunning 84-year-old Tippi Hedren—founder of the Roar Foundation, a nonprofit educational organization that supports the Shambala Preserve, an exotic-animal sanctuary in Acton, California;  the very flexible 95-year-old Tao Porchon-Lynch—Yoga instructor and award-winning ballroom dancer; and the tireless 100-year-old Agnes Zhelesnik—considered the oldest working teacher in America. What an inspiring quartet!

 

 

Favorite Summer Indulgences from Stylist Cristina Ehrlich

July 25, 2014 by  
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78b0a3_c5a6732e091a4725b05e6486e1d90bb0.jpg_srz_p_260_480_75_22_0.50_1.20_0As we are now in the throes of summer, we’ve asked several accomplished women of style whom we admire to come up with 10 sweet  indulgences for the season. This week we invited stylist Cristina Ehrlich to share with us her favorite picks. Cristina’s style philosophy is a classic, chic and timeless sensibility with a modern edge. Her contributions to the fashion scene span celebrities, editorial, and advertising as well as design. She works regularly with Hollywood’s stars, including Penelope Cruz, Margot Robbie, Julianna Margulies, and Tina Fey. For her unique vision and style she was awarded “Celebrity Stylist of the Year” at the 2012 Style Awards in New York City.—Ed.

 

 

 

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Favorite Summer Destination: The Beach.

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Current Summer Reading: Just Kids, by Patti Smith.

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What to Wear to a Summer Party: A Yvonne Sporre sundress handmade in Ibiza.

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Favorite Summer Fragrance: Moon Oil, a beautiful scent from the boutique Warm in New York City. 

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Necessary Summer Indulgence: Throwbed/outdoor mattress from The Hedge House—a fun, chic cross between a mattress and pouf that is light enough to roll up and take on the go.

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Preferred Seasonal Spa Fix: The signature stem cell and oxygen treatment from Dr. Harold Lancer

Favorite House Gift for a Summer-Weekend Invitation: A bottle of rosé wine from my boyfriend’s vineyard.

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Favorite Summer Entertaining Tip: Dinner outdoors as often as possible.

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Preferred Summer Accessories: Raquel Allegra shredded scarf to keep the sun off my chest; Thierry Lasry sunglasses; and a VK Lillie medicine bag.

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Current Film on Your List to See This Summer: Saint Laurent, the French biography drama film co-written and directed by Bertrand Bonello, on the life of  Yves Saint Laurent.

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Fashion Friday: Simple as Black and White

June 20, 2014 by  
Filed under Fashion, Pleasures

In past summers, we’ve celebrated The Black Dress and The White Dress. But we also know sometimes you’ve got to be a little more bold than black or white. Thankfully, the twosome produces a stunning, chic, and modern look fit for warm summer months during the day as well as cocktail hour. In fact, the The Black & White Dress can be more edgy, impactful, artistic, and modern. And yet, with all its modernity, black and white is the most classic of combinations. Here are our five favorite looks for a modern take on an age-old couple.

734e5d27-c8d2-4f71-b9ff-8f273c6d8f36Chiffon Floral Dress by Oscar de la Renta

This Modern-meets-Victorian look features sharp contrasts, chiffon floral motifs, beautiful illustrations, and a scoop neck.

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hbz-black-white-dresses-spring-2014-02-proenza-farfetch-mdMonochrome Pleated Dress by Proenza Schouler

The pleats in this dress are simultaneously smart and whimsical. The dress features a round neck, back keyhole slit, upper body layered design, and long accordion-pleat skirt.

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Two-Tone Dress by Emilio Pucci

For the office, house of worship, and even cocktail hour, this dress with its v-neckline, short sleeves, and just-on-the-knee length is the ultimate in versatility.

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Silk Tiger Print Dress by Jaeger

This Silk Tiger Print Dress is the perfect trifecta—sophisticated, sexy, and chic.
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This long-sleeve dress features a bias neckline with a contrasting black satin trim—which, subtle as it is, gives the ensemble it uniqueness.

Fashion Friday: Ode to Yellow

June 6, 2014 by  
Filed under Fashion, Pleasures

In 2000, the British rock band Coldplay composed one of the most beautiful tributes to a color, the color yellow:

Look at the stars,
Look how they shine for you,
And everything you do,
They were all yellow.

I came along,
I wrote a song for you,
And all the things you do,
And it was called “Yellow.”

The song, which was on the band’s debut album, became an international hit and put Coldplay on the map. And, perhaps, we adopted a newfound respect for the color yellow. While most of us associate yellow with sunshine, daffodils, and lemons, the psychology behind the color is rooted in mindfulness, intellect, optimism, and enlightenment. Undoubtedly our fast-paced days could always use a little more of these things. And the fashion world is paying attention. Kat Thomsen at Glamour, who’s on a campaign to crown “yellow as the new power color,” recently deemed it the summer color that looks good on everyone!

Continuing our Fashion Friday tradition of focusing on colors (see our feature on “Going Green for Spring”), we’ve scoured the Web to find some innovative accessories to weave a little bit of yellow into your summer style.

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Fashion Friday: Online Fashion Sites for Women, Run by Women

May 30, 2014 by  
Filed under Fashion

Not all of us have the luxury of strolling down New York City’s Madison Avenue at whim. And probably most of us would rather don the little black dress just one more time rather than subject ourselves to the mall. Now, more than ever, online fashion stores, known in the industry as e-tailers, are not only influencing how we buy clothing but influencing the trends in fashion. Given the ever-growing list of online shopping sites that go way beyond the department-store household names we know and rely on—sites that are beautifully curated around various concepts, themes, and personalities—it’s becoming increasingly difficult to settle on just one or two best bets for online shopping. A new crop of e-tailers founded by women entrepreneurs is staking a claim in the $54-billion apparel e-commerce market.

For this week’s Fashion Friday we’ve highlighted our top three favorite online fashion sites; most importantly, each has at it helm women whose taste, vision, and business and technological savvy are redefining the industry of online shopping.

 

 

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Natalie Massenet, Chairman of the British Fashion Council, launched Net-A-Porter in 2000. The pages are cleverly and beautifully presented in the style of a fashion magazine; the site caters to more than 2.5 million women each month who are  style-savvy and expect unprecedented access to international cutting-edge labels.

 

POLYVORE

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Co-founder and CEO Jess Lee earned her stripes working on Google Maps before she joined Polyvore. Her stint at Google is clearly reflected in Polyvore’s mission to solve “problems intelligently, in clever, faster ways through technology and creativity.” And, yes, they’re talking about a fashion site, whose global community has created more than 80 million collage-like “sets” that we have come to love. Indeed, we’ve shared plenty of them   on Women’s Voices, like the curated collection above on “What to Wear to a Daytime June Wedding.” Of Polyvore’s aesthetic and culture, Lee told The New York Times, “We believe that you have to keep things as simple as possible, edit out the things that are unnecessary or extraneous and focus on polishing the details.”  We agree with that kind of fashion policy!

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RENT THE RUNWAY

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Here’s a concept: Rent the designer gown! Men have been renting tuxedos forever without any scandal. So why shouldn’t women be able to rent their black-tie dresses as well? Co-founders Jenny Fleiss and Jenn Hyman of Rent the Runway  say their philosophy is: Borrow, don’t buy. The concept is simple: find your dress, book for a 4-day or 8-day rental period. After your night out, send back your items in the easy pre-paid envelope provided. Dry cleaning all taken care of. We couldn’t think of anything easier.

 

Book Review | ‘The Windows of Buck House—Fabulous Fictional Females,’ by Deborah Buck

May 23, 2014 by  
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Here at Women’s Voices for Change, we love to celebrate the Art of Reinvention—women who have successfully re-created their lives and shifted their own trajectories. But Deborah Buck—artist, author, and design entrepreneur—is simply a woman of Invention, literally. In her new book, The Windows of Buck House: Fabulous Fictional Females, she curates 22 fabulous fictional women—feisty, fearless, global, courageous, trailblazing, and heroic—and the objects of style and decor that define who they are, give us a sense of what they care about, and offer a glimpse into their worldview.

So the question is, why invent these women? The story behind the invention is just as eclectic as the book itself. From 2001 to 2012, Buck was the mastermind behind Buck House on Madison Avenue in New York City, where she sold her unique selection of  furniture, art, and decorative objects. When the business reached a point where it needed to make a deeper mark, Buck decided to use the store’s 6-foot-by-6-foot window to curate a collection of invented characters surrounded by antiques, fabrics, and props. Needless to say, it stopped lots of foot traffic on Madison Avenue.

Deborah Buck discusses the inspiration for and making of The Windows of Buck House: Fabulous Fictional Females.

Those storefront women became the inspiration for the book. And though they might be fictional on the page, they are very much based on real women. Perhaps that’s what makes Buck’s clever idea both a glamorization as well as a triumphant ode to the women who touch our lives daily. In each chapter, which is presented in four categories—Artists, Business Women, Scientists, and Explorers—we meet a roster of women with names just as intriguing as their ZIP Codes:

  • Ink Lee | Artist — Shanghai, China, 1885
  • Avril Médoc | Winemaker — Bordeaux, France 1980
  • Sheelock Holmes | Detective Extraordinaire — London, England 1900
  • Dusty BonVoyage | Author, World Traveler — New York 1927

Aesthetically, the book is a visual feast, saturated with beautifully rich full color images. In addition to its decadence, there’s an important message running throughout the biographies of the characters. In his review for The Huffington Post, interior designer Bob Richter explains that Buck’s collection of women goes beyond a book of style and decor, that Buck might be endeavoring to give women a platform for their stories and identities:

“The book defies categorization. The photos offer up an eccentric mix of beautiful objects that tell the stories of women who dared to be different and fearlessly forge identities in a man’s world. Of course such real-life women have been celebrated in many ways, but Buck chose to zero in on archetypes of women that might not have had their stories told.”

The biographies are punctuated with quotes and quips on life, on living, and loving that we applaud and adore for their charm. We’re reminded of Coco Chanel’s wit (“Fashion fades, only style remains the same”) and  Confucius’ wisdom (“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it”).

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The strength of The Windows of Buck House lies in Buck’s crafting of the characters’ biographies. They are masterfully written and offer up a glimpse into lives fashioned by art, passion, and grit. Of Dusty BonVoyage | Author, World Traveler — New York 1927, we learn:

“The heroine of her own life, she stands poised between past and present, between the rich experiences of her travels and the inevitable fame that will come from recounting the roaring good time of a world tour, replete with enough romances to fill a book and enough champagne to float a cruise ship. Hell, make that a cruise line.”

The  idea that the woman in the window is a prop whose only purpose is to sell the product is thrown out the window. Instead, Buck has invented women characters that are THE SHOW and are narrators of their own stories. 

Fashion Friday: Women in Fashion Exhibitions

May 9, 2014 by  
Filed under Fashion

This week, a great feat occurred at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. No, not the annual Met Gala. The famed Costume Institute at the museum will now become the Anna Wintour Costume Center. Christening the renovated space, named after Wintour—who is the artistic director of Condé Nast, editor-in-chief of Vogue, and has been a trustee of the Met since January 1999—Thomas P. Campbell, director and CEO of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, remarked:

“Through her bold leadership at the helm of the annual Costume Institute Benefit plus other significant fundraising, Anna has helped us realize a place where The Costume Institute can move into the future with the latest technology for creating immersive, cutting-edge exhibitions, developing new techniques for object conservation, and designing a customized collection storage facility. Her interest in our mission has allowed us to rise to new levels of growth and prominence. She is an exceptional benefactor, advocate, and friend.”

It’s an incredible accomplishment for Wintour, an iconic woman in fashion who is a star even without this new honor. However, the institute, arguably the premier venue for both the celebration and the preservation of fashion as an art form, can improve its representation of solo exhibitions focused on groundbreaking women designers. With the exception of Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations (2012), the Costume Institute has largely focused its solo exhibitions on a succession of male designers in the  past  seven years: Charles James: Beyond Fashion (2014), Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty (2011); Paul Poiret: King of Fashion (2007).

In the meantime, while we wait on the Met to add to its roster more women designers, we’ve found these incredible global exhibitions honoring women in fashion as well as the contributions women have made to the field.  Here’s how the museums describe their shows:

 

The Great War: Women and Fashion in a World at War

July 24, 2014 to July 5, 2015

Stager and Blum Galleries, Kent State University Museum, Kent, Ohio

Journal-des-dames-1914_1From 1914 until 1918, the world faced war on a scale never before seen. In addition to the loss of millions of lives, this period saw tremendous technological, social, and political upheavals. These profound changes led to a transformation in the way women dressed. Increasingly called to work and contribute in numerous ways to the war effort, women made great strides towards equality. Gone were the cumbersome petticoats and rigid whalebone corsets, and in their place were slim, clean lines and serviceable suits. This exhibition explores the changes in women’s lives during the first quarter of the twentieth century through a careful look at how they dressed.

 

 

Wedding Dresses 1775-2014

May 3, 2014 to 15 March 15, 2015

Victoria and Albert Museum of Art and Design, London, UK

Lead-wedding-dress1000This exhibition will trace the development of the fashionable white wedding dress and its treatment by key fashion designers such as Charles Frederick Worth, Norman Hartnell, Charles James, John Galliano, Christian Lacroix, Vivienne Westwood, and Vera Wang offering a panorama of fashion over the last two centuries. On display will be the most romantic, glamorous, and extravagant wedding dresses from the V & A’s superb collection. Included will be some important new acquisitions, as well as loans, including the purple dress worn by Dita Von Teese for her marriage to Marilyn Manson and the outfits worn by Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale on their wedding day. The exhibition will highlight the histories of the dresses, revealing fascinating details about the lives of the wearers and offering an intimate insight into their circumstances and fashion choices.

 

Hats Between Art And Extravaganza

through June 8, 2014

Palazzo Pitti, Florence, Italy

This is a monographic show devoted to the hat. The museum possesses collections—deriving from the generosity of numerous donors—that amount to over 1,000 exemplars, normally stored in the repositories and only a part of which is destined to the exhibition. The exhibition includes more than 1,000  hats by international designers, including Christian Dior, Givenchy, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, and more.

 

 

 

Wrap 40: the Journey of a Dress

through May 1

Wilshire May Company Building, Los Angeles, CA

The Wrap DressAfter the Little Black Dress, perhaps the next best fashion invention is the Wrap Dress, made iconic by designer Diane Von Furstenberg. Created in 1974, the Wrap Dress came to symbolize power and independence for an entire generation of women. Serendipitously, the Wrap Dress turns 40 this year—fitting perfectly with Women’s Voices’ mission of redefining life after 40. To mark the milestone, the exhibition Wrap 40: the Journey of a Dress is currently on view in Los Angeles.

 

 

 

 

 

Fashion Friday: Going Green

These days, the term “going green” immediately conjures up all things eco-friendly and earth-friendly.  In this particular moment, however, we mean it literally—wear the color green, all fifty plus shades of it!  It’s not just for St. Patrick’s Day. The color symbolizes growth, regeneration, fertility and nature. It has also had a constant presence in the fashion limelight. And with so many lush iterations of green—mint, yellow, lime, forest, olive, apple—why not embrace your inner mother nature and woman of constant reinvention. This Spring season, surrender to the color infamously associated with envy by donning these beautiful green monsters. You might just conjure up some friendly jealously. 

 

Green 1Lilly Pulitzer Forsyth Maxi Dress

Carolina Herrera Sparrows Shirtdress

 

Zac Posen Sleeveless Flared Midi Dress

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GREEN Kimono Short Sleeve GownISSA Kimono Short Sleeve Gown

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Oscar de la Renta Sheath Dress with Asymmetric Peplum

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Tillie Lace Insert Dress

Whistles Tillie Lace Dress

Fashion Friday: Spring Accessories—the Clutch

April 25, 2014 by  
Filed under Fashion, Pleasures

The Clutch for Spring:

Sophisticated. Elegant. Timeless. Simple. Versatile. Reinvented.

The Clutch makes the contemporary fashion headlines each season as one of the hottest accessory trends. Women are usually drawn to the lightness, convenience, and demureness of the sleek design. However, for the modern woman, whose 21st century essentials are cell phone, lipstick, business cards, cash, keys, etc., the clutch can at times be all style, no space. Fear not, modern woman. This handbag is constantly being reinvented and adjusted to complement the fashion landscape of the time and to fit women’s changing needs.

To help you take hold of your accessories this spring season, here are 5 of our favorite clutches—large enough for all your accoutrements without shirking a reputation that the best things come in small packages. We hope they add both elegance and zsa zsa zu to your fashion wardrobe this spring.

 

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CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN

Loubibow Clutch
barneys.com

 

 

 

 

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 PROENZA SCHOULER

Large Silicone Lunch Bag Clutch

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MICHAEL KORS

Convertible Clutch
saksfifthavenue.com

 

 

 

 

 

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KATE SPADE

Floral Bella Pouch
katespade.com

 

 

 

 

 

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EAST

East Sabrina Clutch
johnlewis.com