True story: I mostly miss the boat on trends. About three years ago, Ray-Ban Wayfarers made the scene. I saw them on the likes of Kirsten Dunst and Sienna Miller in paparazzi photos—and, at the time, wasn’t so sure about their place in my wardrobe. For one, I wasn’t about to spend the money on something that wouldn’t at least kick around for a season (cough cough, my numerous misguided baby doll dress purchases) but also, I didn’t know if they could be me. Let’s just say that, sartorially speaking, I’m not hipster-ish, not super-pink-green-and-pearls-preppy—I try to be a classic version of what’s happening in fashion at any given time. How would Vogue characterize me? Slightly seasonally madcap, but optimistically sophisticated? Uh, yeah sure, I’ll stick to that.
So, for the last three years I’ve mulled over the Wayfarer purchase, at times getting quite close to plunking down the 120 dollars—i.e. spending an hour in Solstice discovering that buying a pair can be rather confusing, didja know there are about three versions of the original out there?—and alternatively swearing off the trend completely. Fashion shouldn’t be this hard. I should save my over-analyzing nature for more important topics, right?
Mostly my M.O. is to become entirely no-looking-back enthralled with a trend because of one photo. Keep reading »
We love fun scarves just as much as the next fashionista, but, dang it, trying to make a fancy scarf look cute, rather than like something Jan from “The Brady Bunch” would wear, isn’t always the easiest task. Thankfully, this statement piece crafted from vintage Oscar de la Renta or Chloe silk scarves will look beautiful around your neck, no fancy scarf-tying skills needed. Sure, it costs $125, but just remind your label-loving self that it’s designer. [$125, Manic Trout] Keep reading »
Not even three full days into being The First Lady, Fashion Week organizers are already planning to invite Michelle Obama to the festivities in February in New York City. Mrs. Obama has been making headlines for her fashion trends for some time so this invite comes as no surprise. She’s been so influential for her fashion sense and style. J.Crew’s Website saw a 64 percent traffic spike the day after she wore the label on “The Tonight Show.” She put designer Jason Wu in the spotlight for her inaugural gown, and she continues to make other designers become household names like Thakoon Panichgul and Mario Pinto. Mrs. Obama’s invite couldn’t have come at a better time considering many designers have pulled out of Fashion Week and the industry really needs a boost right now. IMG senior vice president said, “We have several other great initiatives like that that I certainly think are perfect for her and her daughters.” No word on which shows are extending invites. [NY Mag ] Keep reading »
Fall 2009 Fashion Week will hit Bryant Park in less than a month and designers, faced with a poor economy and dwindling sales, are running scared. Young designers have a difficult time securing the $100,000 necessary to show in tents, so well-known designers and bigger labels make up the largest group of casualties. After the jump, an update of who is showing where during Fashion Week. Keep reading »
Have you ever had one of those days where you feel your hair is a total mess? When it looks bad in a ponytail and really bad when you wear it down? Well, if you don’t have a cute little beret to cover up that messy mane on your head, one of these lace headbands from Urban Outfitters will totally do the trick. Putting one on is such a quick and simple way to manage uncooperative hair. People will be spending so much time checking out (and complimenting) it, they won’t even notice that you didn’t brush out those knots. [$11.99 UrbanOutfitters.com]
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The name Jason Wu is hot on everyone’s lips right now, as it should be. The 26-year-old designed Michelle Obama’s inaugural ball gown and, let’s not forget, the shift dress she wore for a Barbara Walters interview in November. After the jump, a brief introduction to the cherubic-faced designer, whose dress for the new First Lady will become part of the Smithsonian’s collection of inaugural dresses. Keep reading »
Michelle Obama looked stunning at last night’s inaugural balls in a white one-shoulder full-length gown by 26-year-old Tapei-born, New York-based designer Jason Wu. But her choices might not only be based on what looks good on her. In fact, if you read into yesterday’s outfits, Barack and Michelle are very much on the same page when it comes to fashion and politics.
1. Just as Barack Obama’s presidential campaign aimed to invigorate young people and emphasized that their votes counted, Michelle is giving the same sense of purpose to young designers. No longer does a designer need to be an household name to have their designs worn to big-time events, though it helps if they’ve been in the running for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund endowment like many of the designers she’s worn (Jason Wu, Isabel Toledo, Thakoon). Keep reading »
At last! We finally know what Michelle Obama, our new First Lady, chose to wear on Inauguration Day. Starting the day in a sparkly “lemongrass” colored shift dress and matching coat by Cuban-American designer Isabel Toledo, Mrs. Obama received mixed reviews from fashion critics. Find out what the fashionistas had to say after the jump. Keep reading »
Every so often, I like to visit this website that sells some of the most extreme shoes that you have ever laid eyes on, some of which are stripper shoes, because pole dancers like their stilettos crazy. In addition to the fact that several are eight inches high and upwards, some glow in the dark, there’s ones with built-in tip jars, and a few include rubber duckies. And you thought those gold spiked Louboutins were hardcore. But it wasn’t until my most recent visit that I found the men’s section. Therein I discovered the mind-boggling pair you see here. The model is “Pimp.” Fake cheetah fur! A see-through, 3-1/2-inch, liquid-infused heel! That contains swimming plastic gold fish! I don’t think life gets any better than this. Except for maybe the elf shoes. If you showed up for a blind date, and the guy was wearing these shoes, what would you do? Keep reading »
Forget collecting newspaper clippings of President Barack Obama and his family. Yes We Can tells the story of Obama’s journey to the White House from when he was an unknown junior senator from Illinois. Photographer Scout Tufankjian followed Obama throughout his two year campaign and Yes We Can features more than 200 photos of the most intense moments and ecstatic receptions for the young politician. This photo book not only documents a historical moment in our history, but it also can document your personal experience during the presidential campaign because you can personalize the book jacket with your own photo. [$29.95, powerHouse Books] Keep reading »