Monthly Archives: March 2009

Fancy footwork

If you’re looking for a way to make a statement with your footwear, look no further than these colorful patent leather sandals by Matt Bernson ($160).  With an unexpected color combination and playful fringe detail, they’re the perfect addition to any neutral outfit.  

Obviously, keep the accessories minimal when you’re dealing with a show-stopper like these.  No colorful earrings.  No statement necklace.  No big bracelet.  I could see myself wearing these with something as basic as some casual chino shorts and a roomy white tee.  Whatever you do, just keep it simple.

Image courtesy of Piperlime

Image courtesy of Piperlime

Tip:  Piperlime actually has a huge selection of colorful sandals at all price points if you’re in the market…

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Topshop Talk

Well, it seems Topshop has finally made the leap across the pond. The first ever American store is scheduled to open this week in NYC (natch). And the fash pack are positively rabid with excitement.

Image courtesy of The Cut and Everett Bogue

Image courtesy of The Cut and Everett Bogue

Well, I have a startling confession to make.  Prepare yourselves.  

I’m just not that into Topshop.

There.  I said it.  Feels good to come clean.

As many of you know, I lived in London for three years up until this past fall.  So trust me when I say to you that I’m familiar with Topshop, or “Toppers” as it’s been affectionately nicknamed over there.  (Shortening words to make them end in “ers” {see Topshop example above} or “ie” {as in football becomes “footie”} is one of the great British past times.)  When I arrived on yonder shores in the fall of 2005, every local girl I met was all too happy to extoll the virtues of Topshop on me.  “You like fashion, so you simply must go to Topshop!  You’ll die!”  

So I went to Topshop and my general reaction was “Eh.”  The stuff was ok but it basically looked exactly like what every single girl on the street was wearing.  Primarily because that was exactly what every single girl on the street was wearing.  I walked in, walked around and walked out.  I didn’t see one single thing that interested me.  I’m aware that I’m in the serious minority here and I’m okay with that.  In fact, I take pride in being, quite possibly, the only twirty-something ever to have lived in London and purchased nothing more than a pair of black opaque tights from Topshop.  I was much more content with Ted Baker, French Connection and Whistles.

And if Topshop mania wasn’t already bad enough, Kate Moss (second only to Princess Diana in the hearts and minds of Britain) announced she was introducing a collection for Topshop.  As soon as I heard this, I knew it would be hysteria on the high street with girls queueing up the night before to get their very own piece of Kate’s style.  And, sure enough, it was.  News channels and papers covered the launch and interviewed the girls standing in line.  Topshop further fed the beast by announcing that each person was limited to purchasing a certain number of pieces, though I can’t recall what that number was.  Three, maybe five?  Either way, the decree served its purpose because no girl was coming out of there without her maximum allotment.  Once the doors opened, it was like a Prada sample sale.  Girls were stripping down and trying on the clothes right there in the aisles.  

Well, I’ve got another confession.

I’m just not that into Kate Moss’ style.

To me, she almost always looks sloppy, bordering on homeless.  Sure, it’s a look.  But I hardly think she’s pushing any fashion boundaries with denim cutoffs, a baggy white tee, a beat up leather jacket and Frye boots.  Just my opinion…

Anyway, I doubt Sir Philip Green has anything to worry about.  Either despite or perhaps because of the current economic environment, I’m sure there will be plenty of New York fashionistas more than ready to throw their cash (or Visa, more likely) at Topshop.

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Trend: Watercolor prints

Here’s Coco Rocha in H&M’s spring ad campaign, showing off another trend for this season – watercolor prints.  I like this look because it gives off a very ladylike vibe without being too OTT prim and proper.  

H&M dress
H&M dress

In retrospect, yesterday’s Moschino Cheap and Chic dress probably falls into this category as well, though it’s a different interpretation than this one.  But whether you chose floral or a more abstract print, there are a slew of ways to wear this trend and you’ll find them everywhere from Matthew Williamson tops to Old Navy scarves.

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Not so cheap but definitely chic

I came across this cotton/silk blend Moschino Cheap and Chic dress ($650) while perusing Shopbop.

Image courtesy of Shopbop

Image courtesy of Shopbop

 

 

 

 

My favorite thing about it is the pleating in the neckline.  Clearly, I’m a sucker for details.  

In another picture, they had it styled with a slim grey fine-knit cotton cardigan by Juicy Couture and a black L.A.M.B. bag and it looked even more amazing.

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I Need It: DVF top

This Diane Von Furstenberg sheer top ($265) is the embodiment of casual elegance.  Paired with a skinny crop trouser and flats, it would look effortless yet polished.

Image courtesy of Bloomingdale's

Image courtesy of Bloomingdale's

 

 

 

I love the twee print.  I love the gathered sleeve.  What else is there to say?  I love it.

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By request

A friend emailed me and said she was looking for a new spring bag for under $200.  Game on.  

Perlina is a perfect here because you can get a great-looking and well-made leather bag for a pretty reasonable sum.  Prime example: their snake embossed pleated satchel is gorgeous, roomy and costs just $168.

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Image courtesy of Nordstrom

I think this bag would look equally gorgeous on holiday or at the office.  Even the inside is pretty and functional, with a patterned lining and zip, wall and cell phone pockets.  

If the purple is a bit much for you,  it’s also available in yellow, black and off white.  Though I have to say, I really think the bright color is a big part of what makes this bag noteworthy.  And what a fun way to add some punch to your neutrals this spring!

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Rock what you’ve got

Will someone please get married or have a fancy little cocktail party so I can have an excuse to buy and wear this dress from White House | Black Market ($168)?  Because as it stands, I have absolutely no reason to buy it, yet I am dangerously close to doing just that.

I am a big fan of playing up one’s assets and, at the risk of sounding like I’m tootin’ my own horn, I happen to know that I have a lovely, slim neck and collarbone area.  A halter neckline really accentuates this so I’m definitely partial to this style.  

I am also a big fan of disguising one’s problem areas.  For me,  it’s the hips.  I just don’t feel they’re in proportion with the size of my waist.  So this silhouette is particularly helpful in showing off my relatively small waist and hiding my hips.

Image courtesy of White House | Black Market

Image courtesy of White House | Black Market

 

What you probably can’t tell about this dress from the picture is that it’s actually a burnout design layered over a white underpinning, giving it the black and grey look.  I think that adds a definite level of interest to it.

And I love those shoes.  They remind me a lot of the pink Louboutins (the “Hello, lover” shoes) that Carrie wore in the I Heart NY episode of Sex and the City on her last night out with Big before he moved to Napa.

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