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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Kate Spade New York Statement Chandelier Earring

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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.

 

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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  
Filed under Fashion

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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. 

 

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Oscar de la Renta Sheath Dress with Asymmetric Peplum

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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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 PROENZA SCHOULER

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MICHAEL KORS

Convertible Clutch
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KATE SPADE

Floral Bella Pouch
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East Sabrina Clutch
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Fashion Friday: Maria Cornejo Designs for ‘Brainy, Strong Women’

April 18, 2014 by  
Filed under Fashion, Pleasures

maria_cornejoIn a recent feature in The New York Times, Chilean-born designer Maria Cornejo said that at the heart of what underlines her vision for dressing women is that she is “trying to bridge the disparity between what is being photographed and what people actually wear. . . ” Amen! She later added, that she is “craving things that have substance, rather than being just eye candy.” And in addition to substance, her designer’s eye has produced pieces that are a hybrid of minimalist and eccentric, strong and feminine.

This year, Cornejo’s label, Zero & Maria Cornejo, turned 15. Since launching the brand, Cornejo has won the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award, opened three stores in New York City, and expanded the line globally.  Notable women of both substance and talent such as  First Lady Michelle Obama, Tilda Swinton, Susan Sarandon, and Cindy Sherman have donned her dresses. These are “brainy, strong women, not arm candy,” she told The Huffington Post. “They buy my clothes to wear in real life, not just when they are getting photographed.” And it’s an incredible list of women, some of whom are included on Cornejo’s website.

For the woman of style and substance, we’ve found much inspiration in Cornejo’s 2014 Spring/Summer Collection. Here are our favorites, curated around an aesthetic of minimalist meets eccentric, and all available at zeromariacornejo.com. Enjoy!

 

D14-DOP702-117_01KALI DRESS: A sleeveless dress with round neck, seam detail at empire waist, and an asymmetrical draped wrap-effect skirt.Wear to holiday parties through early spring.

 

A14-THS702CHALKBLACK_01BIRI DRESS: This striped, woven cotton cap sleeve dress with geometric v-neck, seam detailing at fitted bodice and skirt, is reminiscent of faraway desert lands, old civilizations, and explorers.

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D14-DOP701-117_01BELI TUNIC: Featuring a draped neckline, slight stand collar, front welt pockets, cut-out detail at hem, and long sleeves.

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A14-MLS501PIXPRINT_01WIDE PRINT SCARF: We’re told this Pix Print originated from an iPhone picture taken by Maria. The white, yellow, and blue pixelated image evokes the broken tiles of a modern mosaic.

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A14-LHP902WHITECHALK_01REVERSIBLE TOTE: For this soft nappa leather tote bag with camel hair, Maria was inspired by goats seen during holidays in Spain.

 

 

Fashion Friday: Spring Reading

Spring will be here soon (we can’t wait), and so, to get us into the mood, we’ve chosen a selection of fashion books that function as both great art to top your coffee tables as well as great reads to serve as blueprints for iconic style.  From the artistic creations of Elie Saab, Oscar de la Renta, and Carolina Herrera to a homage to the classic little black dress, we’ve got your spring fashion reading covered. —Ed.

 

 

by Janie Samet
Self-taught fashion designer Elie Saab’s interest in dressmaking started at age nine, when he began making clothes for his sisters, and as an adolescent he was selling his creations to the women in his neighborhood. In 1982 he opened his couture atelier in Beirut; he soon presented his first collection and instantly won critical attention. His reputation rapidly transcended borders, and high-society women the world over desired an Elie Saab dress.  The designer magnifies femininity, building his fairy-tale creations with the finest materials, intricately detailed hand-embroidery, and a sophisticated fusion of cultural influences. Brimming with gorgeous imagery, including original photography by the esteemed Laziz Hamani, this oversize Assouline edition is presented in a luxury slipcase. (Excerpted from the Publisher)
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Oscar de la Renta is one of the most celebrated couturiers in the world, a renaissance man of American fashion. Born in the Dominican Republic, he has played a central role in the fashion scene for over forty years and has dressed everyone in the celebrity world. This beautifully updated edition of the original 2002 volume, brimming with iconic fashion photography and images from de la Renta’s personal albums, gives an inside view of the designer’s creative inspirations and private world. Oscar is the story of a man whose artistic, generous spirit transcends his fashion creations. (Excerpted from the Publisher)
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Weaving together elegance, delicacy, and femininity, Carolina Herrera has defined a graceful aesthetic that is all her own. Born into an aristocratic Venezuelan family, Herrera developed her fashion sensibilities at the age of 13 when she attended her first fashion show. From her emergence as an acclaimed beauty surrounded by royals and artists like Andy Warhol, to her current renown as a the woman who dresses women who know how to dress, Carolina Herrera has established herself as a fashion icon. Through the celebrated photography of Annie Leibovitz, Arthur Elgort, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Mario Testino, as well as the words of friends, colleagues, and admirers like Calvin Klein, Ian Schrager, and Bianca Jagger, Carolina Herrera is a portrait of one of today’s most timeless designers. (Excerpted from the Publisher)
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by Andre Leon Talley
The zenith of elegance in any woman’s wardrobe is the little black dress, the power of which suggests dash and refinement. The very term “little black dress” was established in 1926, in an American Vogue illustration of Gabrielle Chanel’s first black “Ford.” It has since become a metaphor for cosmopolitan glamour; yet it is no longer an invariable of convention and propriety. The little-black-dress club has opened its doors wide, as vast as the endless horizon, to allow for individual choices and interpretation. (Excerpted from the Publisher)

Fashion Friday: Home Is Where the Hearth Is

January 24, 2014 by  
Filed under Fashion

Living in older buildings in NYC does come with some benefits: vintage crown moldings, thicker walls, and an endearing lived-in feel. The drawbacks are aging heat and plumbing:  the boiler in the basement fizzes out, leaving you freezing in your room and relying on the gym for showers. The weather is COLD, COLD, COLD, and it will continue to be for quite some time. Having a space heater helps when the radiator is dead, but you definitely need some heat-trapping items around to prevent the cold from stealing the body heat you’ve produced. Not only are faux fur throws elegant and luxurious, they are very cozy! My personal favorite: Life Comfort Sherpa Throw (got mine at Costco). It is hands-down the most comfortable and warmest blanket I have. I wrap myself in a cocoon with this blanket every night.

Of course, there are many other great options (scroll down for a list).  If you own one of those old-fashioned hot water bottles, you can even get a cozy alpaca cover to keep the heat lasting even longer.

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The easiest way to stay warm indoors is simple layering. Start with a thin baselayer or undergarment and throw on a sleep shirt or robe. Look for fabrics that are woven in a thermal or waffle pattern or fabrics that have fine, tight weaves of synthetic fibers. These types of fabrics are more likely to keep heat close to your body. You can always add a down vest for extra warmth. Don’t forget your feet. Wooden or stone floors hold in cold temperatures.  Keep your feet and toes warm with shearling slippers on, or  you can always opt for nice plush socks.

If you feel like those extra layers just aren’t doing the trick, grab the closest domesticated animal (man, dog, or cat) and snuggle! Top off the day with your favorite book and a big mug of hot cocoa with extra marshmallows.

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UGG Sheepskin Pillows
Calypso Faux Fur Throw
Zara Faux Fur Throw
Alpaca Hot Water Bottle Covers
Bedeck Drift Knitted Throw
Sea Coral Dhurrie Rug

UGG Slippers
Zinke Raglan Sleepshirt
Only Hearts Sleepshorts
Victoria’s Secret Sleepshirt
Arlotta Cashmere Robe
La Perla Balletto Robe
Brooks Brothers Wrinkle-Resistant Oxford Pajamas
Brooks Brothers Supima Robe

Fashion Friday: Accessories for the Polar Vortex

January 10, 2014 by  
Filed under Fashion, Pleasures

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The Polar Vortex is the new normal for New York City weather. We have gathered ideas for winter weather gear that will allow women in these unusually frigid days to be warm, ‘cuz, baby, it’s cold outside!  Ice on the roads, sidewalks, and outdoor stairs can be particularly hazardous, so boots with both increased warmth and soles that have been engineered to decrease slipping are a necessity. Many of us have fashionable boots in our winter closets, but now we need to shop for safety. Look for boots with thick rubber soles to prevent heat loss.

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Hats and winter scarves provide protection from wind chill and temperature loss. Look for wider scarves that can wrap around your neck and face to avoid forming nose icicles! Cashmere is light and sturdy, and, when used as lining in gloves and other accessories, it’s  insulating. Gloves that are lined are essential. And, of course, we found a muff—and yes, we know it is made of fur!

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Aquatalia by Marvin K ‘Orso’ Boot

The North Face ‘Janey II Luxe’

Born ‘Rhoslyn’ Shearling Lined Boot

UGG Australia ‘Krewe’ Boot

UGG Australia ‘Korynne’ Boot

UGG Australia ‘Grandle’ Boot

Trotters ‘Blizzard III’ Boot

Hunter ‘Tour’ Boot

 

Burberry Fur PomPom Beanie

Misha Lampert Knit PomPom Beanie

Hayden Waffle Knit Cashmere Infinity Scarf

Neiman Marcus Offset Plaid Cashmere Scarf

White + Warren Cashmere Travel Wrap

Moncler Rabbit Fur Ear Muffs

Brookstone 180s Down Adjustable Ear Muffs with Headphones

Vika Gazinskaya Muff Shoulder Bag

Stefano De Lellis Muff/Clutch

New Year’s Celebration: Go Glam or Lounge?

December 27, 2013 by  
Filed under Fashion, Pleasures

There are two fabulous ways to celebrate the New Year:

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1. #glitzandglam
When we think of New Year’s Eve parties, we often think of glitter and fireworks. Why? Maybe because of the sparkling Times Square ball drop that we are all familiar with. Or maybe because we hope that the New Year will bring with it shining new opportunities and memories. Whatever the reason, we want to start off the first of the year right. After all of the holiday shopping and spending, it can be hard to muster up a fabulous new outfit for the New Year countdown party. No need to worry or pout, because you can RENT a $3,000 dress for just $300! For us non-celebrity folk, purchasing a $2,000 to $3,000 dress is a big deal especially if you only plan on wearing it once or twice in your life. Rent the Runway allows you to book a 4- or 8-day rental period for your dress and a free second size. After the big day, you simply send it back in the pre-paid envelope and they take care of the dry cleaning. Check out their website to browse for your New Year’s Eve outfit.
P.S. The jewelry from this look is also available on Rent the Runway!

For Rent:
Catherine Deane Rita Gown
Reem Acra Florence Gown
Osman To be Exquisite Dress
Reem Acra Golden Lace Locket Dress
Catherine Dean Patricia Gown
Oscar de la Renta Northern Lights Earrings
Dannijo Finley Earrings
Alexis Bittar Lucite Talon Drop Earrings
Janis Savitt Smokey Crystal Earrings

For Sale:
Judith Leiber Crystal Sphere Minaudière
Jason Wu Karlie Gold Box Clutch
Jimmy Choo Abel Glitter-Coated Leather Pumps
Charlotte Olympia Margherita Leather Sandals
YSL Classic Janis Escarpin Pump
Oscar de la Renta Valerie Sequin Peep-Toe Pumps

 

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2. #loungeinPJs
Staying home for New Year’s Eve? Why not! Unwind into the New Year in comfortable pajamas, cozy slippers, and a mug of hot cocoa. For some of us, we prefer to be at home and avoid the hustle and bustle of people heading to parties and Time Square. Sometimes, we just want to be out of the Spanx and in something more forgiving like silk PJs or a fluffy camisole to just, well, hang out or watch the New Year’s Ball Drop from the comfort of your home with the people you care about. It’s another perfect alternative to ring in the new year.

For Sale:
Arlotta Cashmere Robe
Sweet Pea & Willow Pom Pom Throw
Eberjey Gisele PJ set
Journelle Hepburn PJ Set
Minuit Douze Vismara Camisole
Minuit Douze Vismara Matching Shorts
Uniqlo Sweat Room Shoes
Mary Green “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” Eye Mask

 

 

 

 

 

Fashion Friday: Holiday Red

December 20, 2013 by  
Filed under Fashion

Red is festive, vibrant, and strong. To make a bold entrance (without looking like you’re trying) at holiday parties this season, chose ONE shade of red and be confident wearing it!

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For the work or casual holiday party, wear a red top in a shade that complements your skin tone and black or white trousers that have clean vertical lines. If you’re feeling especially brave, try CL’s spiked Pigalle pumps! Add some hardware with bangles or cuffs and finish off with a simple red (or black) handbag.

Alice + Olivia Peplum Top
Christopher Kane Lattice Blouse (matching skirt)
Zara Faux Leather Cuff Blouse
Burberry London Cashmere Sweater (another top option: here)
Emilio Pucci Wool Pants
Ted Baker Tailored Crepe Trouser
Victoria Beckham Mini Tote
Christian Loutoutin Pigalle Spikes Pump
Tiffany & Co. Gold Criss Cross Cuff

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Tartan and checkered patterns have been trending for a while now, so why not bring them back in red for the holidays? The key to plaids and layered lines is proportion. Be sure to choose prints that aren’t overwhelming for your stature. If tartan is not for you, try bold red stripes or splashes of red. Anchor red with a dark neutral like black.  Wear with a plain turtleneck or crew neck sweater and elongate legs with opaque black tights. Bring more light to your face with a fabulous pair of sparkling earrings. Finish off with red (or black) pumps and a matching clutch or small handbag.

Chloé Silk-Cotton Turtleneck Sweater
Tory Burch Florence Sweater
Alexander McQueen Tartan Wool Skirt
Fausto Puglisi Tartan Skirt
Burberry Duchess Pencil Skirt
(Other skirt options: here and here)
Uniqlo Heattech Tights
Michela Bruni Reichlin Phoenix Earrings
Ruper Sanderson Elba Suede Pumps (Similar here and here)
Diane von Furstenburg Flirty Minaudière (Similar here)

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For the holiday dinner party, try a structured red dress that is tailored to you. Because red is such a commanding hue, be sure you are wearing IT and not vice versa. Tailor, tailor, tailor! Not this Taylor or that Taylor. Keep the look clean and simple with nude/mesh heels or classic black pumps. Finish off with one eye-catching  small red clutch.

Oscar de la Renta Ruby Dress
Roland Mouret Myrtha Dress
Bottega Veneta Sleeveless Dress (other dress options: here, here and here)
Christian Louboutin Glitter Pumps
Prada Round-toe Suede Pumps
Barney’s New York Elan Clutch
Verdura Kensington Cuff

Fashion Friday: Winter White

December 6, 2013 by  
Filed under Fashion

Inspired by the white of winter’s first snowfall, we bring you two looks that will keep you feeling warm and fabulous.

As with any monochromatic look, it’s best to mix and match textures and tones to add dimension to your outfit. Look for pieces that have visible vertical seams and lines that add length rather than seams that lie horizontally. For some color and femininity, try wearing a light peach, powder, or ivory color dress like Martin Grant’s Entrevée dress. Pair it with a pale pink pleated coat from Bottega Veneta. For a more relaxed fit, try Haider Ackerman’s ivory coat over a three-quarter length sleeve dress.  As well as being a modern neutral, gray can also serve as a charming accent color to winter white looks (Michael Kor Miranda Tote in Gray). Keep the look clean by adding one statement jewelry piece, like Alexis Bittar’s chain link necklace. Complete the look with a classic pair of black patent leather pumps.

Winter White2Martin Grant Entravée Dress
Bottega Veneta Wool and Cashmere Blend Coat with Pleats
Sofie D’Hoore ¾ sleeve Dress
Haider Ackerman Bradford Coat
Michael Kors Miranda Pebbled Tote
Alexis Bittar Chain Link Necklace
Manolo Blahnik Patent Pumps

 

The white on white look can be difficult to wear. But just keep in mind two words when choosing your white-hot looks: vertical lines. Avoid looking washed out and bulky, especially with structured pieces, by selecting garments with lines that run up and down, since eyes focus on and trail the dictated line. Try a wool tuxedo trouser with a pleated blouse that has long vertical seam lines. When choosing an oversized coat, the challenge becomes that the coat not be mistaken for poor fit. Instead, you want it to look intentional and trendy, as well as great for your shape and frame. Try Gareth Pugh’s tree embroidered coat with a high collar or Maison Martin Margiela’s coat with oversized lapels. A simple gold cuff or bangle accentuates the bright white pieces. Match your gold jewelry with a simple white bag with gold hardware. Finish the look with a comfortable pair of nude stretchy ankle boots.

White on White

Gareth Pugh Tree Embroidered Coat
Maison Martin Margiela Coat
Mulberry Aurora Blouse
Alexander Wang Tuxedo Trouser
Acne Studio Stretchy Leather Ankle Boots
Miu Miu Leather Tote
Tiffany & Co. Crossover Estate Cuff

 

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Black Friday and Every Other Day

November 29, 2013 by  
Filed under Fashion, Pleasures

Let’s face it: Black is always the new black. It’s flattering on every figure and is so easy to incorporate into outfits. Black is the perfect canvas to play with trends and new color combinations. To celebrate the notorious Day After Thanksgiving, we are dedicating to our readers three different Black looks that you can wear while shopping, or watching mobs of shoppers, today and every other day.

fashion friday black and pinkBLACK & PINK

All black leather can seem intimidating and dark. To avoid the dominatrix mode, soften the look with pastels and delicate jewelry. Try a slim fitting black blouse with leather (or faux leather) pants, all under an oversized three-quarter length sleeve pink coat. Pair with your favorite black leather ankle boots to elongate your legs like the Acne Black Colt Ankle Boot.  Add a touch of femininity with a woven gold cuff and rose pink crystal ear clips.

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fashion friday black and goldBLACK & GOLD

It’s one of those tried and true color combinations that remain timeless. Adding gold chains and gold lines to a black monochromatic outfit transforms the look into one with character and sass. Jill Sander’s wool pencil skirt with a linear gold leaf print begs for attention. Wear with a simple fitted sweater and pair with classic black pumps. Accessorize with different textures to add dimension to the look. A Chanel Vintage Quilted Mini Flap Bag is always a good idea. To offset the gold in the skirt and the simplicity of the sweater, top off the look with a chunky gold necklace (like the Eddie Borgo Supra Link Necklace that we’ve shown in previous looks).

Featured Above:

  • J-Brand Theodate Wool-Jersey and Chiffon Top
  • Jill Sander Wool Pencil Skirt
  • YSL Escarpin Pump with Gold Tone Metal
  • Eddie Borgo Large Supra Link Choker Necklace
  • Chanel Vintage Quilted Mini Flap Bag

 

fashion friday black and cobaltBLACK & COBALT

FACT: Everyone needs a little black dress. This peplum little black dress with three-quarter length sleeves is perfect for winter. Raoul’s Lydia dress can transition effortlessly from work to evening cocktails with the addition of some bold cobalt accessories. Couple the dress with extravagant earrings to draw in the light and sport a daring cobalt clutch to capture wandering eyes. Wear with semi-sheer black tights to lengthen the legs. To bring in even more attention to those lean gams, dress your feet in a pair of cobalt suede pumps. Round off the look with elbow-length leather gloves like Kenneth Cole’s Leather and Knit Gloves. 

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  • Raoul Lydia Peplum Dress (optional leather bow)
  • Tom Ford Suede Signature Pump
  • Kenneth Cole Leather Gloves with Long Knit Cuffs
  • Anthropologie Cobalt Lucite Clutch
  • Verdura Quatrefoil Ear Clips
  • Wolford Cotton Blend Velvet Tights