Monday, August 31, 2009

eBay Find: Leather Bomber Jacket

Just arrived today! I've been looking for a fitted leather bomber jacket, but sometimes the shoulders are too big or it makes me feel short. This one is great because the sleeves are cropped--which I think makes it more proportional--and it has an aged look! (I think it might've been a little boy's jacket.) My favorite part is the silk lining, which has illustrations of vintage airplanes printed all over it.

It's all about finding solid staples for the wardrobe these days, and I think I'll get a lot of mileage out of this one!

Friday, August 28, 2009

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A Taste of September

There was a hint of fall air last night in New York which whipped up a desire for me to get dressed up. Mind you, I've been living in t-shirts and American Apparel cordoroy shorts all week so I welcomed this opportunity with open arms! I dragged The Fiance off the sofa and ordered that we have a sushi dinner at BondSt and meet a friend of mine at Thom Bar for a drink afterwards.

I wore a Prada dove-grey top with an asymmetrical bow-tie detail, Dolce & Gabbana high-waisted satin leopard skirt, Alaia nude patent T-strap sandals, and a Chanel black satin evening clutch. No jewelry except for a thin little navy woven bracelet with wooden beads that a friend had picked up for me on a trip to South America.

Leopard seems to be all the rage this coming season and Dolce & Gabbana's leopard print is iconic (next to YSL, of course). I should've taken a close-up pic of the skirt--the pattern is sumptuous and looks almost real. Usually, I would pair this skirt with a white or black top but I think the grey softens the look.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Fall Fashion Shopping List

This probably won't happen but I do have a Lady Dior Cannage bag on my list because of a picture on TheSartorialist that featured a very chic French girl carrying one with a messy top knot, camel wrap coat, and black leggings while smoking a cigarette. It's only chic if you carry it with everything.

Military jacket to juxtapose with "dressy" outfits such as satin skirts--never with jeans.

Vintage Ungaro dress in the manner of Chloe Sevigny


An 80's dress or an 80's-inspired dress as seen above in the Altuzarra F/W 2009 collection. I believe Bebe is coming out with a silver lame ruched dress with one sleeve for $129. (Saw it in the August 2009 issue of American ELLE, page 276!)

Slim--but not skinny--white jeans. Tres chic. Any recommendations on brands and fits?

A few T by Alexander Wang tee-shirts

Vintage V-necked Lacoste sweaters in a variety of colors such as white, kelly green, maroon, navy, etc.

Leopard pony-fur flats. Sam Edelman makes one for $149. Saw it in the August 2009 issue of Vogue. (Supposedly Belgian Shoes, seen above, makes the most amazingly comfortable loafers. It's a WASP cult favorite but they're $310!)

Sperry Top-Siders or boating shoes. Rain-appropriate footwear

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Fashion Memories

One of my favorite fall items as a teenager was a burgundy, long-sleeved, V-necked cashmere sweater from the Universite de Sorbonne Paris. The university's crest was embroidered in white on the chest. I wore it with a tailored white shirt underneath, and wear super dark slim jeans, high-heeled cognac leather loafers, and a trench coat. Back then I had long hair. It was very Ali McGraw a la "Love Story."

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Vogue Italia (November 2008): Cottage By the Sea

This is one of my favorite editorials--shot by Steven Meisel and featuring icy blondes Katrin Thormann and Toni Garnn!

The styling is so utterly chic: chunky cable-knit sweaters, simple white cotton sundresses, thick black headbands, fur vests, and black maillots--a timeless resort capsule collection.

The shoot was inspired by Ingman Bergman's masterpiece "Persona," which was made in 1966. The film is described as a "modernist horror film." I've YouTubed some clips and it looks very avant-garde. I should look for this film next time I'm at Kim's Music & Video.

Woof, Woof! Newbarks as a New Footwear Phenomenon?

Just got a mailer about a new label from L.A., NewbarK, by a pair of stylist sisters Maryam and Marjan Malakpour. Apparently, they're unisex and work on all types of terrain: indoors, outdoors, rain, sand and city sidewalks. They're even rumored to bump "ballet flats" as the functional (or comfortable) chic shoe. The retail price is $350 a pair. Yay or nay?

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Stylist Picks: Linda Rodin

I love that rose pillow from A Detacher! And I'm totally going to check out Olio Lusso!

A Grace Jones Moment

I've been reading about Grace Jones' comeback and found this amazing clip of her singing "La Vie en Rose." She's like an elegant, otherworldly mythical siren. So ahead of her time!