Fashion Week isn’t just a time for crazy-expensive brands that are out of most people’s price ranges to show what they have coming down the pipeline. Besides the fine looks we saw from Snuggie, Ann Taylor also hosted a show, attended by important editors and celebrities, including Elle‘s Joe Zee, Vanessa Williams, Gretchen Mol, Mena Suvari, Amanda Bynes, Kelly Rutherford, and more.
The clothes shown weren’t what the retailer will be selling come spring 2010, like most shows. Instead, they were items that are available right now. While the whole thing was a marketing ploy to get more people interested in Ann Taylor clothes, it might have worked. Vanessa Williams admitted to being a fan of the dress she wore for the event, which fit her off the rack, and Katherine McPhee told WWD she loves their accessories.
Check out Ann Taylor’s newest arrivals, and tell us what you think! Keep reading »
What joo lookin’ at, huh? Oh, my rad Joodito hoodie? Look away, my friend.
Joodito, an Etsy seller specializing in creatively constructed clothes, describes its garments as “retro futurist,” and we couldn’t put it any better. Pieced together from raw textiles and scrap material, the dresses and tops play on vintage-y cowl neck shapes but go back to the future with asymmetrical lines and utilitarian colors. And unlike so many reconstructed and sustainable clothes out there that look like mad fashion experiments, Joodito pulls things together in an edgy-meets-elegant way.
We’re loving on the Grandmaster Flash sleeveless hoodie with its black and navy angular patchwork, as well as the Sen Dog top, which pairs a huge space-like collar with a purple plaid bodice. [Etsy.com] Keep reading »
We find the word “shootie” (a combination shoe-bootie) deplorable. Can we stop with the made-up names, already? But the footwear itself is pretty cute. Like Tsubo’s Hepti heels, which have an understated design and come in this unexpected color pairing. Seriously, how often do you see a shoe in olive gray that’s lined in pale neon green? The supple suede is highlighted by curved ribbing along the back and heel, but no element of the shoe outshines the others. The Hepti is a complete package that gets attention without having to scream, “Look at me!” We’ll wear them with long, fluid pants in a coordinating tweed or with tights in a similar olive green and a dress or skirt. [$145, Tsubo]
We’re giving five readers a pair of Tsubo’s Hepti Heels (which haven’t even hit their website yet!), but you have to work if you want your feet to look good. The five best commenters for this coming week—from today, Friday, Sept. 18 through Thursday, Sept. 24—will be awarded with a set. So, be as clever, smart, and original as you can! Click HERE to read the official rules. Keep reading »
They say ya gotta have a gimmick, and eco-designer Patricia Ordonez certainly has one down: Send her two pair of your ex’s jeans and she will craft them (along with burlap and broadcloth) into a custom-made tote bag ($90) or duffel ($125). Kind of funny, but we’re not sure we’d want to advertise all of that baggage. Would you? [Patty O Designs] Keep reading »
God we love the odd fashion video. Usually, they’re pretty artsy and avant-garde, but somehow we missed the video that everyone’s favorite shoe designer made for the opening of his new Rodeo Drive store earlier this month. It’s a pretty straightforward (not to mention totally entertaining) take on Hitchcock’s “Psycho,” ahem, until it turns into something totally unexpected involving singer Mika. And we don’t wanna ruin anything, but you already may have guessed the murder weapon in this version. [Chic Report] Keep reading »
There were plenty of celebrities (Kathy Griffin was all up on it) and gorgeous Amazonian girls backstage at Isaac’s show, but this was the only sandwich anyone touched. For those not invited to the event itself, Mizrahi live-streamed the show on his site. What a sweetie. [New York, 09/18/09] Keep reading »
A model kicks off London Fashion Week at a “hedonism”-themed designer exhibition. [London, 9/18/09] Keep reading »
It was “Grapes of Wrath” meets “Simply Ballroom” at Ralph Lauren, where Depression-era coveralls and distressed boyfriend jeans were paired with shiny, strappy heels. (Although the closing act — a metallic overalls-inspired dress — took the theme waaaay too far.) Not sure how we feel about the whole dainty shoes and baggy jeans look — the proportions always end up looking weird in real life, no? Then again, we’re totally inspired by the pageboy caps and blazers and dressing in drag in general. But screw waiting for next spring. We’re pretty sure we can put something similar together at the local thrift store. Keep reading »
London Fashion Week begins this weekend, and one of the first things to make headlines isn’t about clothing but the models wearing them. The Royal College of Psychiatrists has publicly decried Fashion Week as a promoter of anorexia. “The catwalks of international fashion events such as London Fashion Week can act as a showcase for underweight women,” said, Ulrike Schmidt, a professor at the college. Keep reading »