Friday, August 31, 2012

Blogs We Love

Fellow bloggers stand together, root together. Few blogs we're absolutely obsessed with right now:

(Photos: Paris versus New York. Photo credit: Vahram Muratyan)

Fellow Californians Erica Chan Coffman and Lauren Kolodny's pet project. In addition to sourcing fabulous pictorials and cool sartorial choices (not to mention a PinIt option for any photographs on the site), we're especially obsessed with their DIY section. Those yummy bracelets just inspired us to make things instead of buying things - thank you Erica! 

We've always admired Karen Blanchard's non-chalant cool. A Brit transplant in New York, Blanchard started her blog to document her treasured fashion finds and answer that eponymous question "Where did you get that?" I met her few years back during a Doo.Ri presentation. She was wearing the most fantastic men's fedora hat paired with black blazer, cut out denim shorts, ankle boots and a fringed shoulder bag - YEARS ahead before everyone caught on the hat/blazer/shorts trend. Karen - if you see this - call me. Love to catch up with you over coffee.

Paris vs New York

OK - so this isn't exactly a fashion blog. But we always have a soft spot for Paris and this is way too good to pass up. Parisians and New Yorkers always note the similarities between the two cities - and now through the illustrations of Vahram Muratyan, Paris vs New York tracks contemporary paradoxes through tiny but telling cultural aspects of the two cities. J'adore!
Note: Muratyam published a visual book earlier this year called - you guessed it - Paris versus New York, a collection of his sharp, witty designs once appeared on his blog. The book, published by Penguin, is available at Collette and A Prada t-shirt collaboration is also available as part of the SS12 strastopheric collection.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

A/W 12 Fall Preview

As Fashion Week kicks off in New York next week, no doubt trend-setters would wear the latest trends of Fall 2012. How to capture that distinctive look that's worthy of a Tommy Ton shot? Wear these:


Peplums are here to stay. Why the trend? "Peplums offers illusion to the hour-glass figure that paid homage to old Hollywood. Plus it hides a multitude of sins," said designer Roland Mouret. This fall, peplums come in a variety of sizes and colors. Look for them in tops, in skirts, in jackets. Don't be afraid to play with patterns and texture (such as leather!), and remember to wear a slim, cropped pants or pencil skirt to balance out the silhouette. (From top: Peter Pilotto A/W12, Etro A/W12, Burberry A/W12. Photo credit:


Give your beloved leather jacket a run for the money - leather is here to stay. This fall, look for them in stretchy leather leggings (pair THAT with a pair of Charlotte Olympia's sky-high platform pumps. YUM), leather sheaths, and you guessed it - your well-loved motorcycle jackets. Soften the look with a slouchy sweater, or a floating floral maxi dress that will transition well from summer to fall. (From top: Alexander Wang A/W12, YSL A/W12. Photo credit:

Embellished Luxe

If you thought you've seen the most elaborate of statement necklaces in the past, think again. Designers really embrace the idea of embellish luxe this season - with bright baubles the size of palms hanging on everyone's neck. At Zara, even a simple sailor tee is now adorned with silver spikes and swarvoski crystals for a tough-luxe effect. Don't be afraid to pile on the accessories - and by all means wear that jeweled peter-pan collar with your white t-shirt. I. Dare. You.  (From Top: Lanvin A/W12. Photo credit:

Tunics over pants

Blame it on Marc Jacobs for sending down the runway tailored dresses layered over pants. This is not your 90s grunge comeback with tattered jeans and flowing floral dresses. The A/W 13 version is all grown-up, with boxy tunics paired with tailored pants. For inspiration, look no further than Miu Miu's quirky sixties drop-waist sheath paired with matching cropped pants. The look should be clean and streamlined, not layered. (From top: Marni A/W12, Miu Miu A/W12. Photo credit:

Have a great Fashion Week(s) and see you on Pininterest!