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Slide Show

June 3, 2016

The pitter patter of little feet will be coming to an office or restaurant near you. No, we don’t mean someone is expecting a baby. We’re talking about slides and mules, those late 90’s throwbacks that make a rather annoying sound as our feet slap about when we walk.

This time around, there are lots of variations to the theme. From pancake flats to chunky block heels, there’s one thing to be sure of… they’re back!

Low heels and closed pointed toes make these mules almost seasonless:

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Phillip Lim, Prada, Opening Ceremony, Gucci

Simple slip on slides in tumbled leather or metallics:

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Wide crossed straps, embellishments and chunky soles take “shower shoes” to the next level.

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Chunky heels and peep toes in colored suede, denim or floral prints modernize the mule and are the perfect warm weather option that’s not too bare:

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Prada, Phillip Lim, Gucci, Mansur Gavriel

If last year was about the Birkenstock, this summer will be all about the designer Dr. Scholl:

Alexander McQueen, Ferragamo, Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler

Alexander McQueen, Ferragamo, Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler

Whatever shape you choose, it’s time to slide into summer!

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At First Blush

January 20, 2016

The Pre-Fall collections have been in full swing, providing a glimpse into what designers may be showing when fashion week rolls around in mid-February. Pre-Fall also tends to be more consumer focused, as opposed to the spectacles that take place on the runways. One thing is for certain, it seems that next season, designers will be tickled pink!
Shades of pink, from barely there blush, to fully saturated versions are popping up as accents to more nuetral collections.

Jason Wu showed an impeccably cut dusty rose coat with military details.

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At Dior, pink mixes with red and black for a graphic take on the trend. The soft pink double breasted coat provides a feminine touch to an edgy look.

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Iceberg keeps it young and casual with their red and pink blocked fisherman’s sweater, sans pants.

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Gucci continues with their girly and geeky gender bending look that took the fashion world by a storm, adding their now signature flower and bow to a peachy pink dress.

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Stella McCartney showed a sheer rose colored dress over wide leg pants for an unexpected take on layering.

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Ermanno Scervino added a buckle detail to his pink cape, shown with thigh high boots.

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Jason Wu mixed matte and shine for an icy pink pant and top look that exudes sophistication.

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Photos: Vogue.com

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Gucci Gucci Goo

November 11, 2015

When Gucci’s new creative director Alessandro Michele debuted his collection last fall, I admit I was a little puzzled. The much heralded departure from the sleek, sexy look that the label had been known for under the direction of Tom Ford and later Frida Gianinni had been replaced by a more eclectic, dare we say frumpy chic look? The first collection erred on the side of ill fitting, and unflattering. Despite the obvious, the fashion flock hailed Mr. Michele the second coming, reminding us of a modern twist on the Emperor’s New Clothes. While that might make for some interesting street style from everyone’s favorite fashion victims, the question remained whether or not we would see it”in real life.” or on the red carpet. That burning question was answered last weekend, when the star-studded LACMA event took place and Gucci seemed to be the label of choice.

( Full disclosure: In my opinion, the second collection, while playing to the same theme, felt more wearable, appeared to be better cut than it’s predecessor, and is serving to provide a much needed shift in the world of fashion.)

Without further ado, here are some celebs sporting Gucci on the red carpet. What do you think?

Dakota Johnson getting her Pilgrim on in a squash colored frock

Dakota Johnson getting her Pilgrim on in a squash colored frock

Salma Hayek in a pepto pink dress

Salma Hayek in pepto pink

A more youthful take from Saoirse Ronan

A more youthful take from Saoirse Ronan

Britt Marling wears the pants in this crowd!

Britt Marling wears the pants in this crowd!

Chloe Sevigny takes a more decorated route in her conservative gown.

Chloe Sevigny takes a more decorated route with a questionable array of snakes, strawberries and tigers adorning her yellow gown.

Gwyneth shows some leg in her sparkly teal number

Gwyneth shows some leg in her sparkly teal number

Only Rosie Huntington- Whitely, who would likely be gorgeous in a garbage bag, takes the sexy bridesmaid dress to the ball!

Rosie Huntington- Whitely, who would likely be gorgeous in a garbage bag, takes the sexy bridesmaid look to the ball!

On a similar, yet unrelated note, do you think Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy secretly hates Kim Kardashian? Some of her absolute worst looks, including her Met Gala disaster during her last pregnancy were designed especially for her by her supposedly dear friend Riccardo. Here is what she wore to the LACMA party:

Well it certainly isn't what I might call matronly! Is Riccardo Tischi off giggling somewhere at his latest Joke?

Well it certainly isn’t what I might call matronly! Is Riccardo Tisci off giggling somewhere at his latest joke? Real friends don’t let their friends go out looking like this! Or upholster them like a lumpy sofa as he did in the past.

Let us know what you think of these looks in the comments. Sometimes it takes a little while for our eye to adjust to new proportions, but if I was walking the red carpet, I know I would want to be in something a little more flattering than these!

Photos via Harper’s Bazaar

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Loafing Around

August 24, 2015

We love borrowing from the boys. Slouchy sweaters, crisp button downs, tailored blazers; we like taking the classics and adding a quirky twist to make it our own. Footwear is no exception. This fall, its time for our beloved oxfords to move over just a titch, and make room for the triumphant return of the loafer.

In recent seasons we have seen the rise of slipper shapes and slip on sneakers, but the newest iteration is actually based on the oldest one; the quintessential penny loafer. The back to school staple lives on in upscale skins and new colorations.

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Skinny jeans, crisp woven shirts and tailored coats work perfectly with shiny new loafers.

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Menswear checks and colored leather loafers are a match made in sartorial heaven. A hint of patent, or a new twist on the metal horse bit modernizes the look. Gucci got in the game by reinventing their iconic loafer as a mule, lined in fur.

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photo via Who What Wear

One of the Olsen sisters (does anyone really know which is which?)levels up with exotic skins for her loafers and oversized tote.

 

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Think Small

February 2, 2015

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In the last few weeks, the fashion industry has imploded with news of high profile firings, and store closures. From the termination of Frida Giannini at Gucci, to Rebekka Bay at the Gap, brands on all ends of the spectrum are panicking. Last week the Gap announced the pending closure of it’s Piperlime division, Kate Spade is abandoning their Saturdays and Jack Spade divisions, and Jones New York, an iconic giant in the moderate market decided to give up the fight. All on the heels of C. Wonder shutting down the week before. What does it mean, when the big players decide to pack it in and call it quits?

Throughout the last several years, we have lived in a difficult economy. Retailers blamed poor economic conditions for  the state of their business, when not blaming the designer. Anything, to avoid taking responsibility for their own failings. As the financial landscape has improved and consumer confidence has risen, it’s harder and harder to make excuses. Especially multi-million dollar ones. Investors are running out of patience and rescources.

It’s easy to blame the designer, who most think decide what ends up on the racks. In a large retail environment, the buyers, or the merchants in fact call the final shots. The best designed and concieved collection can be rendered unsuccessful when bought incorrectly, or edited and tweaked to the point of losing it’s integrity.
Yes, designers do concieve the creative vision, and execute the product to that end. But once the people with check books get ahold of it, it can often go astray. Analysis paralysis sets in. The mentality tends to be that if we sold a zillion green turtlenecks this year, we should offer 10 green turtlenecks next year. That 78% of the assortment should be in pants, even if it’s a skirt or dress year. We can’t sell blank:(fill in a color or style here.) I could go on and on for days, or perhaps start a Twitter account entitled “S*@t merchants say.”

Dont’ get me wrong. It’s not always their fault, and designers do often design plenty of unsaleable merchandise. Playing the blame game doesn’t solve the problem. What does however, is acknowleging that now, more than ever, it’s time to throw the excuses out the window and forge ahead exploring new ideas and new processes.

The consumer has changed. They are savvier than ever, more exposed to fashion and culture, and things are accessible to people across the globe, all thanks to the wonderful world of the technology. If a drone can deliver to a remote location in the western plains, fast fashion is available to anyone, anywhere.

So what does that mean for the industry?

Perhaps it’s time to think small, and execute big. Ask yourself some hard questions, and think like a start up. What does the consumer want that nobody else is giving them? Where do you fit into the retail landscape where you can be best in class? Find your passion again, and do something with it. Be original and authentic, rather than a “me too.” Dare to follow your gut instinct and have some conviction. Someone once told me that if you didn’t have a little bit of stomach ache when making big decisions, you were probably not making the right ones. During the most successful and fruitful years of my fashion career, I ingested an awful lot of Maalox, and made some pretty damn good decisions to boot. Sadly, that is another brand that rode silently off into the sunset too.

I truly believe that now is the time to embrace an entreprenuerial spirit, and to try to think differently. Those that can do that, will be the big success stories of coming years.

In the meantime, I’ll just set out to change the world, one s’more at a time.

photo: Glasshouse Images

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Borrow From the Boys

December 11, 2014

We are just starting to dig into our fall wardrobes, just as stores are feverishly marking  down winter attire to make room for spring merchandise.

If that feels a little escalated, think about this: designers are showing their “pre-fall” collections, which will ship into stores in mid to late 2015. The good news is, that there are trends for next season that you can start gearing up for now; often at 30% off!
Designers are borrowing from the boys next season, with many showing classic menswear elements with quirky new proportions and luxe fabrications.

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Gucci showed grey flannel trousers, cropped above the ankle, with a bejeweled version of a crew neck sweater and shirt. It’s topped with a chic camel coat and worn with tricolored high heeled oxfords.

Nab it now: A classic camel coat, and a shetland or cashmere sweater. Bonus points for finding cropped trousers.

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Gucci also showed a Fairisle sweater over slim ankle skimming tweed pants.

Nab it now: It is prime time for this type of sweater, which tends to make it’s appearance near the holidays. Pick one up on sale and love it even more next fall.

Michael_Kors_08_1366Michael Kors plays black and white polka dots off of cropped trousers in a salt and pepper donegal. Love the saddle shoes and crisp white shirt!

Nab it now: You can never have too many white shirts, so finding the perfect one on the sale rack is a coup. That polka dot sweater might be kicking around somewhere, so be on the lookout.

Michael_Kors_19_1366Kors kept the classic sweater and shirt look going, this time pairing it with crisp denim with a wide cuff. That (faux) fur jacket pulls it all together and makes it look new.

Nab it now: Again, look for the classics, including button down shirts and crew neck sweaters. Camel or grey seem like winning shades to pick up. If you stumble on a great faux fur jacket in a retro-modern silhouette, grab it!

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Gucci also showed pulled together denim, although more distressed than Kors. The patterned sweater and shirt combo under a piped peacoat brings richness and  texture into the mix.

Nab it now: Outerwear will be at major discounts soon, and you can’t go wrong with a chic take on a peacoat. Be on the lookout for non-Christmas-y versions of patterned sweaters.

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How great does this outfit look from Rebecca Taylor? An oversized, chunky sweater and a new riff on the jean jacket top a lacy feminine skirt.
Nab it now: Holiday skirts in lace, feathers or other interesting textures will be going on sale any minute now. Pick one up to pair back to a longer, chunky knit sweater, which you might just find out there too!

Oxford shoes, especially two toned versions seem to be great finishing touches. Keep your eyes peeled for some to update your look right now.

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Culottes

October 16, 2014

All of the sudden, they’re everywhere…that hybrid between full cut pants, and an easy skirt. They hit anywhere from just below the knee, to just above the ankle, and come in fabrics ranging from leather to fluid silk. Yep, you guessed it; the culotte is back! Reminiscent of the 70’s, the culotte is making a comeback, and the look is more modern than ever.

Today’s culottes are versatile enough to be worn casually with a sweater, or more elegantly with a blazer. Designers have been seeding the idea for a few seasons now, and this fall, the culotte is the “it” silhouette to own.

Gucci’s pre Fall collection in 2011 featured culottes with a chunky cable sweater and boots that looks perfect, several seasons later.

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Soft and fluid, or in green leather, culottes are the perfect daytime option to a skirt or trousers.

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Add a crisp white shirt and strappy sandal to luggage leather culottes.

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Topshop Unique uses an inverted pleat to create the look of a riding skirt.

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Belles of the Ball

May 7, 2014

The annual Met Ball, feting the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute is the fashion equivalent of the Super Bowl and the Academy Awards all rolled into one. This year was no exception, as the rich, famous and simply fabulous walked the red carpet to celebrate the opening of the exhibition entitled “Charles James: Beyond Fashion” in the newly christened Anna Wintour Costume Center. The dress code included white tie and tails for the gentlemen, and grand gowns for the ladies.
While the new designers generally set the tone for the future of fashion, tonight it was the old guard that ruled the red carpet.

Oscar de la Renta dressed some of the evening’s standouts, including this spectacular look on Sarah Jessica Parker:

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Allison Williams was also elegant in a red Oscar de la Renta gown:

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Taylor Swift glowed in her de la Renta dress:

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Anna Wintour’s daughter, Bee Shaffer wore a stunning baby blue Alexander McQueen gown:

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Idina Menzel ruled in a frothy Donna Karen Atelier gown:
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Blake Lively glowed in gold Gucci with the ultimate accessory: husband Ryan Reynolds!
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Others didn’t fare as well, as many of the younger stars took fashion risks and failed.

The very sexy Kate Upton donned something from a bad western movie. Just…no:
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Chloe Grace Moretz also missed the mark in Chanel:

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Sarah Paulson was a hot mess in Prada:

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Diana Agron looked matronly in Mui Mui:

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Katie Holmes channeled a Disney princess, and failed:

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Speaking of Disney, it appears that Sandra Lee’s gown was semi-homemade and came off as more wicked step mother than princess:

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Check back later this week to see the starlets that took risks and ruled!

Golden Girls

January 27, 2014

The ladies of the music world positively glowed in gold as they made their way across the red carpet:

Chrissy Teigen channeled old Hollywood glamour in her gorgeous gold gown by Johanna Johnson.

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Taylor Swift went platinum in  shimmer by Gucci.

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Amber Rose rocked golden stripes by Naeem Kahn.

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Chiara brought maternity glam to the red carpet in her Emilio Pucci devoré gown.

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Rita Ora wore a simple Lanvin frock in gold with a patina effect.

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The Pope Wore Prada

March 14, 2013

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires has been named the 226th Pope of the Catholic Church, taking the name Pope Frances.

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As his predecessor, Pope Benedict turns in his red Prada slip-ons and shuts down his Twitter account, “@Pontifex” in preparation for his departure, Cardinal Bergoglio will be finding his way around his new town, and thinking about how to make his mark as the new Pontiff.  Once the smoke clears (pun intended) he will need to make some stylistic choices to get this Popedom started.

In honor of the momentous occasion, we have gathered some of the season’s fiercest red shoes for his perusal.

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These skull embossed patent leather Alexander McQueen slippers would lend an edgy vibe to the traditional Cossack look.

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Nothing screams Italian like a horse bit loafer, and these Gucci patent ones will have him blending in with the locals in no time.

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Fashion duo Dean and Dan Caten of DSquared2, have created a classic wingtip in rich red. A manly choice.

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Perhaps he will choose the iconic Tod’s driving moc, which is perfect for cruising around town in the Popemobile.

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For the modern Pope on the go, these DC skateboard shoes are just the thing, offering both comfort and a sense of urban cool.

We’re sure whatever he chooses will be historic. Best of Luck Francis! Glad we could help.

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