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Finally TOMS Shoes We Would Wear

Honestly, the heartwarming charity angle aside, there was something about TOMS shoes that looked decidedly … un-chic. Hence, while we’ve admired the shoes from afar, we’ve never seen a pair we wanted to sport around town. Until now. Behold: TOMS with laces, formally known as the Cordones. It’s a total departure from the traditional TOMS shoe, and while some might say it takes away all the charm, we disagree. (And we think dudes who had problems walking around in TOMS’ signature espadrilles are with us on this one.) They’re available now for between $69 and $78. Find them wherever TOMS are sold or online. [Racked] Keep reading »

Crave: Danielle Stevens Jewelry (Win It!)

Danielle Stevens stumbled on a style secret while playing in her mom’s closet as a child: “Whether it’s a well-crafted piece of costume jewelry or one with diamonds and other fine gems, a girl needs a beautiful accessory.” Luckily for us, this didn’t mean a lifetime of collecting jewels from other designers, but creating a collection of her own. After months of making beaded jewelry to share with friends and family, Stevens decided to make her hobby official and launched her own line. Since 2002, DSJ , as she and her team call it, has grown at a slow and steady pace. Everyday fashionistas built up the buzz, and before long, celebs, like Drew Barrymore, have been snapped wearing her pieces. Stevens produces four collections each year and they range from bold, chunky, and colorful necklaces to cute cuffs and bracelets. Our favorite, though, is her line of legendary engraved necklaces. These pieces are simple, stylish and total classics. They average out at about $70 a piece and can be customized with your initials, name, favorite saying or symbol. [$24 and up, Danielle Stevens Jewelry]

We’re giving away five engraved Danielle Stevens Jewelry necklaces, but you have to work if you want one. The five best commenters for this coming week — from today, Friday, Sept. 4 through Thursday, Sept. 10 — will be awarded with one. So, be as clever, smart, and original as you can! Click HERE to read the official rules. Keep reading »

Finally, Fashion For the Over-70 Crowd

Get a load of “Old Ladies Rebellion,” a clothing line launched by a 24-year-old specifically for, well….old ladies. And by old, Karst means old: seventy-plus. Her catwalk shows are only for the gray-haired and gorgeous. The elderly models elegantly sashay out in a series of knee length shift dresses. Karst keeps her signature silhouette interesting via bold graphics, quirky, clever spins tromp d’oeil (patterns that give the illusion of accessories or items that aren’t there), and ironic statements such as, “Let’s Begin With The End.” The designer has said she looks to older women, specifically her grandmother as muses. She cut her chops at the prestigious Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London and went on to gain experience on London’s Savile Row and in Paris. Now, with buzz building and the collection available to view online (you must reach out directly to Karst for purchase), it’s beyond clear that this is a rebellion worth joining. [HighSnobette]

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Finally, Fashion For the Over 70 Crowd

Finally, A Clothing Line For the Elderly Crowd

Who is Fannie Kirst and once it becomes legal across the land, can I marry her? Anyone woman who thinks up sassy, stylish and just plain old smart fashion like this surely deserves my hand in marriage. I’m talking about Old Ladies Rebellion, a clothing line launched by the 24 year old specifically for, well….old ladies. In a total send up to the fashion industry’s Lolita complex, by old, Karst means very mature. Specifically, she means sixty, seventy and older. To that end, her catwalk shows are only for the gray haired and gorgeous. Her elderly models elegantly sashay out in a series of knee length shift dresses. Karst keeps her signature silhouette interesting via bold graphics, quirky, clever spins tromp d’ liel (patterns that give the illusion of accessories or items that aren’t there) and ironic statements (Lets Begin With The End.)

But perhaps the real irony here, is unlike the majority of collections modeled by young women and flattering only to young women, this clothing line – targeted at a more mature clientele – looks good on all ages. The designer has said she looks to older women, specifically her grandmother as muses. She cut her chops at my alma mater, Central Saint Martins in London and went on to gain experience on London’s Saville Row and in Paris. Now, with buzz building and the collection available to view online (you must reach out directly to Karst for purchase) its beyond clear that this is a rebellion worth joining. Learn more about Karst at Oldladiesrebellion.com Keep reading »

Finally, TOMS Shoes We Will Wear

Honestly, the heart-warming charity angle aside, there was something about TOMS shoes which looked decidedly….unchic. Hence, while we’ve admired them from afar, we’ve never felt compelle to actually buy a pair. Until now. Behold TOMS with laces, formally known as the Cordones. Unlike the traditional TOMS slip ons, these shoes are designed more like an old-school sneaker with a flat sole and laces. Some might argue that this new style takes all the charm out of TOMS, but we think it finally ads it. It’s available this month and retails between $69 and $78, depending on the style. Find it wherever TOMS are sold or online at www.TOMSshoes.com. [Valet Mag] Keep reading »

Quick Pic: “Labels Mean Nothing To Me”

Do they sell paint like this at Sherwin-Williams? Cause if not, we don’t even want to imagine the time, energy and technique it took to paint the Louis Vuitton logo all over this house in Mexico. But if you have a passion for fashion, guess no task is too great. [Freshome] Keep reading »

Balenciaga Unveils Fall Ads Starring Jennifer Connelly

Famed fashion photog Steven Meisel clearly had a busy summer. A quick scan of the top fashion books this month reveals that he’s shot covers and fashion stories for a laundry list of international publications from Vogue Italia to W Magazine. We can now add campaigns to the list, like this new campaign starring Balenciaga veteran Jennifer Connelly. The brunette beauty dips, flexes and bends it like Beckham in Balenciaga‘s luxe finery. (Please spare a few minutes to take in the towering glamazon heels.) Everything about these shots is perfect: the kinetic clothes which range from subdued wools to metallic silks; the bold hair and makeup which lends an air of haphazard chic; and even the set comprised of pricey antique furniture strewn helter-skelter. Oddly, that the only element that doesn’t work so well is Connelly herself. Beautiful though she is, am I the only one that finds her a lackluster choice–literally–for a starring role in a haute fashion campaign? [Fashionologie]

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Quick Pic: Tacktastic See-Through Jeans

Whoever came up with the phrase “so wrong it’s right” was totally inspired by these jeans. The half-denim, half-nylon hybrid by Siwy is available online for an outrageous $242. Because we know you’re so interested in buying these. [The Cut] Keep reading »

Are You Ready For The Fashionair Launch?

Have you heard of Fashionair yet? If not, it’s only a matter of time. The British-based fashion site is formally launching online tomorrow, Sept. 3. And for such a new site, it is beyond impressive. It combines the conversational news delivery of your favorite fashion blog with the luxury retail component of a Net-A-Porter. This one-stop shop destination features a dizzying number of video interviews with fashion insiders like famed photographer Ellen Von Unwerth and Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, daughter of French Vogue editor, Carine Roitfeld. The boldfaced names featured on the site make sense when you consider the boldfaced name behind the site: Simon Fuller. The power producer who hails from England is the mastermind behind the careers of Victoria Beckham (aka Posh Spice), Claudia Schiffer and Carrie Underwood. Including original television programs, insider interviews, and 24-hour online shopping, this hybrid shopping site is poised to be a breath of fresh air for online fashion content. We plan on tuning in. Will you? [The New York Observer] Keep reading »

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