Thursday, August 27, 2009

Movie to Watch: The September Issue

Yes yes, RJ Cutler's real-life "Devil Wears Prada" documentary The September Issue finally hits the cinema starting tomorrow (selected engagements only). Vogue's Editrix Anna Wintour has been making her rounds of press by showing up in 60 Minutes and the David Letterman Show promoting the film (well, sort of). For those who has not heard of it yet, here's the official trailer for your perusal. Is this a must-see? Well, just by watching Andre Leon Tally screaming "It's a FAMINE OF BEAUTY!" might worth a trip to your local cinema.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Can You Walk in these Shoes?!

We have to share this video clip from the geniuses of New York Magazine's fashion department, who sampled some of Fall's craziest shoes in real life. Can runway actually translate to reality? Well, click on to find out!

PS - Thank you, New York Magazine, for one of the most entertaining two minutes!

Fall Fashion Report: The 80s Revival





Blame it on Marc Jacobs, or Balmain, or the bevy of designers who are bringing back shoulder pads, pleated trousers that tapers at the ankle, or big hair (Yes, I mean hairsprayed, teased BIG). For Fall, 80s is coming back with a vengence. Big and bigger is the new modern - a juxtaposition of the recession minimalism we've seen from past seasons. If you have the attitude, take yourself out of your comfort zone by going a little bit overboard - pile on that statement necklace, or try on the boyfriend blazer with big shoulders. That's the idea. -- Edith Moy.

PS: Aren't those Christian Louboutin boots WICKED? They reminded us of the ones Julia Roberts wore in Pretty Women. Pair these with a short mini-sweater dress or tight jeans for an updated look.

Photos: New York Magazine.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Fashion's Night Out: Where to go, What to do

To spike up businesses during a down economy, this year's New York Fashion Week will be even more festive than most. Fashion's Night Out, a night where hundreds of our city's fairest retailers and designers will open their doors late for the sake of consumerism, fetting loyal customers will special discounts and all-night festivities.

Racked.com actually came up with a list of Top Ten to-go places during this special night to help stylistas navigate the dizzying array of festivities. (So many places to shop! So few time!) We're here to share the list - we'll be there, and so should you.

Top Ten Events During Fashion's Night Out On September 10:

10. Rag & Bone
Guys, this is for you: Rag & Bone will turn their Christopher Street store into an Irish Pub, complete with free beer, a sawdust floor, and a live Irish band. We might just end up calling it a night here. 100 Christopher Street.

9. Adam Lippes
Not content to party until 11pm, Adam's Meatpacking store will stay open until 1am with free cocktails. He'll also have special edition personalized T-shirts for sale, and in case you've missed them thus far—the Havaianas customizing crew! All proceeds from the sale of the Havaianas will go to the 9/11 fund. 678 Hudson Street.

8. H&M
Even though all area H&Ms will stay open late, it's the Herald Square store that'll celebrate the most. Surrender yourself to their stylist and then pose for their "celebrity photographer." Your photo will then be projected onto their big billboard overlooking the Meatpacking District. 1328 Broadway.

7. Kirna Zabete
It's Kirna's 10th anniversary, so they'll be celebrating double-time by bringing in Narciso Rodriguez, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler, Thakoon Panichgul, Jason Wu, and Peter Som to debut their exclusive items for Kirna. Want to snap up a Wu sketch or a Proenza Schouler tote bag? This is the place to do it. 96 Greene Street.

6. Juicy Couture
With Anna at Macy's, it's only proper that Hamish Bowles be at Juicy, right? He'll be at their Fifth Avenue flagship to read from the works of Noel Coward as shoppers lounge in a "gentleman’s club, reminiscent of founder Gela Nash-Taylor’s eccentric English manor (featured in Vogue’s September issue)." 650 Fifth Avenue.

5. Chanel
Actually hosting two large events at different stores, Chanel will cater to both the rich and the poor. At 139 Spring Street, they'll debut the jade nail polish with free mini-manicures and a DJ set by Alexa Chung. Meanwhile at 15 East 57th Street, for the first time ever, Chanel will have a create-your-own-handbag studio. "Choose your favorite lambskin color, lining, hardware, and chain—and be among the first in the United States to own a customized, monogrammed Chanel classic bag." Oh yes, and there will be champagne of course.

4. Bergdorf Goodman
If this doesn't get you to BG, then nothing will: Andre Leon Talley hosting a fashion game show with "teams led by Donna Karan, Linda Fargo, and Robert Verdi." Also, Annie Leibovitz will be around, Padma Lakshmi will host a cook-off with Cynthia Rowley and Peter Som, Zac Posen will be selling his paintings, Alexander Wang will drop in and Isaac Mizrahi will hold a talk. This is some crazy shiz right here; make sure to jot down the exact times for the event you most want to see. 754 Fifth Avenue.

3. Alice + Olivia
Right alongside the Fashion Week tents in Bryant Park, the Alice + Olivia boutique will become a photo studio, with auditions to be a model in the Alice + Olivia presentation the following week. Hopefuls won't be left to their own devices either; they'll get pro hairstyling, makeup and wardrobe styling before stepping in front of the camera. Here's something for the resume. 80 West 40th Street

2. Opening Ceremony
In the spirit of Chinatown, OC will take their celebration to the streets, with special-edition items sold out of the backs of vintage automobiles (example: a Thai truck sporting Band of Outsiders gear). In addition, you'll able to meet and greet with the designers behind Rodarte, Band of Outsiders, Proenza Schoulder, Fendi, and of course Alexander Wang. Munch on food from neighborhood restaurants and enjoy DJ sets by "friends" of Opening Ceremony. 35 Howard Street.

1. Barneys
As expected, Barneys will be killing it during Fashion's Night Out, hosting such famous faces as the Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen bartending, Isabel Toledo, Alexander Wang for runway lessons, Juan Carlos Obando teaching salsa and more. Oh yea, and they'll be teaching knitting and hosting a fashion green market curated by Vogue editor Tonne Goodman. There's too much to list here; click above for all the details. 660 Madison Avenue.


Fashion's Night Out official website here.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Fall Fashion Report: It's All About Balmain





If you follow fashion (which you do, that's why you're reading this blog), you'd know that the hottest designer as of late is Balmain. Designer Christophe Decarnin vowed insiders with his couture tailoring with a cool rock-n-roll vibe. His spring 2009 opening look - a military jacket with exaggerated shoulders and tattered jeans -has literally been photographed to death by all the fashion mags. And now, there's a cult celebrity following wearing the now-iconic shoulders in the rendering of tailored jackets or sequined minis.

Come this fall, you can own a piece of this Balmain cool without breaking your wallet. High street retailers such as H&M and Zara have delivered Balmain's brilliant shoulders in smartly tailored jackets and black minis. Our favorite? A black double-brested jacket from Zara's Fall 2009 collection. Worn cuffed up, you can wear the iconic cool without needing all that drama.


Photos from Top: Gwyneth Paltrow wearing Balmain, Zara's Fall 2009 lookbook, Balmain Spring 2009 Opening look, a look from Balmain Fall 2009.

Photos source: Style.com, Instyle.com, Zara.com.

Fall Fashion: Fashion Week Recap Part III

Sioloonim
In these lean times, who doesn't appreciate the classic quality and versatility of a white shirt? Sioloonim's Fall 2009 collection of couture white blouses is a suite of versatile signature looks, appropriate for day or night. The line, designed by Minoo Hersini, was presented during a relaxed champagne reception that allowed us to appreciate — close-up — the collection's careful construction, details and fine fabrics. Unique details, like a gathered sleeve or the puckered texture created by hand stitching, give each blouse a unique character and special charm. We especially liked the silk chiffon blouse with the hand crocheted sleeve, which had a modern, minimal architectural quality. -- Julie Yee

Fall Fashion: Fashion Week Recap Part II

From our previous coverage: Part II

Ports 1961
As in previous seasons, the Ports 1961 Fall 2009 collection both honored and elevated its source of aesthetic inspiration -- in this case, the jeweled richness of India's Mughal dynasty. While the collection's vibrant tones of ruby, gold and copper recall a regal heritage, they also remind us of the fiery warm colors of autumn. We have come to appreciate the Ports 1961 shows as standout aesthetic presentations that blend rich creative visual concepts with sound. A traditional dhol drum and brass band scored the show and helped to transport viewers to another reality.

While the collection was a celebration of color, it was also rich in texture -- jewel-toned, metallic fabric shone against matte wool, cotton and velvet. The silhouette was loose, graceful and relaxed. Long coats and maxi dresses were fitted through the torso with full, long skirts. Relaxed wide trousers with loose draping folds and tassles were paired with dolman sleeved blouses and jackets. This same soft draping was echoed in scarves and collars in jeweled tones. The looks were not all loose and flowing — tailored long vests, day coats and sheath dresses hugged the body. The forms of traditional saris and were recalled in the draping of several dresses. Tapestry carpet bags and clutches and quilted ballet slippers complemented the looks, but our favorite accessories were the wood-heeled, suede booties.

Not all of the collection is vibrantly colored — several looks in pale "moonstone" and white had a more subdued shimmer. A suite of looks in fuschia and another in gold lame added a modern rockstar touch to the collection. We especially liked the long sleeved, short skirted fuschia and red dress — simultaneously bohemian, romantic and modern.

We are consistently impressed with Tia Cibani's range and creativity, and eagerly look forward to her next collection. Since September is a long ways away, we'll settle for visiting the recently opened Ports 1961 boutique in the Meatpacking District. -- Julie Yee.

Fall Fashion Report: Fall 2009 Fashion Week Recap

As Fall fashion rolls into your local retailers, now is a good time to do a recap of what we have seen six months before during Fall's New York Fashion Week. Here's a few reviews from some of our favorite shows:

Morgane Le Fay
The Morgane Le Fay Fall 2009 collection, shown in the round, under a gauzy tent-like canopy in the fashion house's Soho boutique, satisfies the dreamer and the pragmatist in every woman. Urban, wearable separates and delicate dresses — in a palette of muted teal, gray, purple, white and basic black — were edgier and more body conscious than previous seasons.

The collection conjured up visions of man-made angels — dresses and blouses in sheer fabrics glided and hovered away from the body. Dresses with sheer layers and ribbon-like detailing created movement within and around the garment. A layer of white feathers accented a simple fitted white tunic dress, adding texture and whimsy. Hoop skirts in sheer fabrics showed a sensitivity to structure and construction, floating away from the body in a jaunty, playful way.

There were hints of the punk rocker and the equestrian. Day and evening looks were all paired with tall black riding boots, striking a balance between tough and delicate. Slim dark trousers and fitted skirts were matched with short jackets in tweed and dark wool. Structured coats in wool and fur created volume and contrasted smartly with the slim silhouette. Asymmetrical coat collars exposed a sheer blouse and broad yoke collars added height to the silhouette. Long coats with tails and blouses with long trains also contributed to the fantasy.

Our favorite look: a sleeveless wrap dress with a hoop skirt, made from sheer gauzy layers in pale pink, lavender and black. We loved how the linear elements of the dress — the visible structure of the tiered hoops, seams and layering — was delicate, pretty and edgy, both concealing and revealing. -- Julie Yee.