Thursday, March 26, 2009

Steel in McQueen

I was flipping through the January issue of W magazine the other day (yes, I realize it's almost April, but I'm currently trying to do more "real" reading - aka books - so my magazine pile is growing out of control) and found this pic of Danielle Steel wearing something from the rather regal Alexander McQueen Fall 2008 collection.

I think she needs the headdress.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The Basics

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

While We're on the Subject of Bags....

Valentino's vertical pleated tote in lavender. I love Valentino bags, and this one is more versatile and go-everywhere than the rose-encrusted bags I usually drool over. $3395.00

Jimmy Choo Saba Cuff Suede Hobo in fuchsia. I saw this one at BG's in NY last month and it is scrumptious! Huge, yet lightweight. $2025.00

Fendi Forever Maxi Python Bag. Love the colors. $3200.00

Diane Von Furstenberg Mandala Shoulder Bag. Completely crazy, but fun. I think my Barbie doll had one just like this in the 70s. $1200.00

Monday, March 23, 2009

Handbag Lust

Last year, I was lusting after this Hype Minato bag in the mottle copper shade. Well, I managed to find a brand new one on eBay for a good price, so this baby is now mine.
Next up: to find a Kooba Bailey in this great silvergray patent, for under $150. Wish me luck!

UPDATE 3/27: SCORE! Gotta love those sample sale sites! Should have my bag in a couple of weeks. :)

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Kenley Collins Arrested!

You may have already read that Project Runway season 5 designer Kenley Collins was arrested for assaulting her former fiancé. With a cat. And yes - we will stoop to making sexual innuendos about the incident!

Because of the loss of income from the loss of Project Runway, Bravo is taking desperate measures by airing Kenley's trial, live. Who doesn't want to see the whiner designer have her day in court?

Throw the book at her. And the laptop. And some fruit. But the cat has suffered enough.

Highlights from Paris Fashion Week

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Classy Amy

The always classy Amy Winehouse shows up for a court appearance in a frivolously short, cleavage-baring dress. It's not *that* warm in London.... I like how she has to hold on to something while going down the stairs.

At least she doesn't look as emaciated as she has in the recent past.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Short Enough?

Looks like Dannii Minogue forgot her pants. Pretty blouse though, by the absurdly named "J'Aton" (designers Jacob Luppino and Anthony Pittorino).

Hope she didn't have to sit.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Paris Fall '09 Fashion Week - Viktor & Rolf

Dutchmen Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren was more into statuary than fashion when they designed this collection of pleats and drapes in mostly stiff fabrics. I understand why they chose to whiten the models' faces, but it really didn't work.

Here are some of my favorite looks from the collection.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Paris Fall '09 Fashion Week - Balanciaga

Balanciaga has been quite the "it" house for a few years. I can't count how many times I've heard Nina Garcia utter the name. Wonder how popular this new collection will be, with its satin drapery, busy-busy-busy prints, and a couple of more conservative trouser/jacket combos?

I'm hating the satin.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Highlights from New York and Milan Fashion Weeks

This season's themes seemed to be "aggressive woman" and "80s revivial."

Monday, March 9, 2009

Get Your Boots On

Dig the crazy Frankenstein-meets-Posh Spice boots that Olivier Theyskens showed with his final collection for Nina Ricci.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Paris Fall '09 Fashion Week - Gareth Pugh

Gareth Pugh's Fall 2009 Ready-to-wear collection is far more wearable than his last two. Considering how avant garde/spacey/sci fi they were, it's not really saying much.

But don't you think this is heading right up Tilda Swinton's alley?

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Milan Fall '09 Fashion Week - Pucci

Pucci has a new designer in Norwegian Peter Dundas, and he managed to design a collection without using any of the iconic swirly fabrics for which the house is famous. Instead the collection was filled with either thigh-high boots or skinny pants on the bottom half, furs and short dresses on top.  All rather hip and fresh and "rock star."

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

London Fall '09 Fashion Week - Basso & Brooke

This season, Basso & Brooke explore rococo and and baroque styles and architecture, all digitally printed on their fabulous fabrics. The shapes of their garments are simple, acting as a canvas that showcases their prints.

Looks like a fur suit - but it's not.

Looks like an exotic skin - but it's not.

Love, love, love their stuff.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Les Halles

Remember Les Halles jeans?

Les Halles is the influential, trendsetting denim-based clothing line started in 1979 by Marlene and Stephen Baum. Responsible for creating such popular styles as the "Paper Bag" jean, the "Baggie" jean, the "Shooting Tuck" jean, the "Annie Hall" pant, and the "Zip Leg Marilyn," Marlene and Stephen decided to re-launch their Company in 2008, with help from their daughter, Remy. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, the Baums enjoyed successful careers in the fashion industry before marrying in 1976 and joining forces in 1979 to launch Les Halles. Through their immense vision and talent, Les Halles rose to become one of the most infuential denim brands in the United States between 1979 --1982, landing the cover of Women’s Wear Daily on June 2, 1982.

Les Halles is back, and introducing seven new styles:

1. Hip-slung and sexy, the baggy Boy Jean was created for the fashion savvy woman who wants to keep up with the current trends but refuses to compromise her own personal style and comfort. The inseam is 30" but should be worn even shorter, with the bottoms rolled up. Distressed and destroyed, it comes in four washes -- Medium, Dark, Vintage Bleach and Dirty -- and retails for $120.

2. Like its namesake, the Denim Straw Legging is long and skinny yet has an easy, comfortable fit in the hips and waist. These design elements, combined with details such as abrasions, rips, and tears, give The Denim Straw Legging a fresh, modern appearance. With a 32” inseam, it comes in two washes -- Dark/Medium and Black. The Denim Straw Legging retails for $120.

3. Rips and holes give the Boy Jean Short that ultimate vintage look. Hip-slung and sexy with only a 5” inseam, it has an easy, relaxed fit. In two washes -- Medium and Vintage Bleach -- it retails for $62.

4. The Zach is the "Shorter Boy Jean Short" sporting an inseam of just 2.5”. Baggy and distressed, flirty and fun, The Zach will be everyone’s favorite cut-off vintage denim short. In a Medium Wash and Vintage Bleach Wash, it retails for $62.

5. Like the original Denim Straw Legging, the Straw Ankle Legging fits snuggly throughout the leg, but has a relaxed, curvy yet in the hips and waist. Updated with a cropped 26” inseam and in a Dark/Medium and Black Wash, it is perfect to wear by day with˜ats or at night with heels. The Straw Ankle Legging retails for $108.

6. The Boy Jean Capri has the same relaxed, worn-in sensibility as the full-leg Boy Jean; however, its inseam is 24”. In a Medium Wash, Vintage Bleach Wash and Dirty Wash, it retails for $108.

7. The Olivia "the Low Rise Ankle Jean" is simply sexy, fitting like a second skin. Inspired by Olivia Newton John’s character from Grease, The Olivia is cropped at the ankle giving it a hip, sexy look. With a 26” inseam and in two different washes -- Ice and Caulifower. The Olivia retails for $108.

Les Halles’ Denim Collection will be available beginning Winter 2008 at select boutiques nationwide including Poppy, Precision, Michael, Irma (New York City), Havana Jeans (Stamford, CT, Scarsdale, NY, Rye, NY), Tupelo Honey (Adventura, FL), and Post Jeans (Miami, FL).


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