A friend’s boyfriend emailed me the other day and wanted to know what he could get for his lady this Christmas. He was thinking jewelry, and something “interesting” and not too expensive, but so that she knows he tried. Kind of hard.
I like unique pieces that are mid-range in price, or else less expensive pieces that are on trend (or trend-adjacent so I keep a sense of self while wearing them).
Here are some of my choice for a range of items I’d be happy to see in my stocking or under the tree this year (from the top down):
Anthropologie color-blocked strands necklace, $42. Available here.
DanniJo animal print cuff, $230. Available here.
Kenneth Jay Lane basketweave bracelet, $110. Available here. (this one is my favorite as it looks like one that is waaaayyy more expensive)
Topshop articulated fish pendant, $28. Availble here.
Pink Mascara wrap bracelet, $112. Available here.
Holiday party season is upon us. For me, it started the night after Thanksgiving with a dinner party for 13 at my house, followed by a Saturday night dinner for roughly the same group at a friend’s home. And with that, I am two outfits down in my lineup, and it’s not yet December.
I always think black and white are a chic choice for winter, no matter what the climate. Accessories can punch up a look if you’d like a shot of color, or add a metallic shoe and some jewelry. I am a purist, however, and generally like to keep color out of this combination.
Above are my picks for what to wear over the next weeks. What do you like?
Dolman sequin top available here
Belted coat available here
Sequin dress available here
Vegan leggings available here
Embellished cardigan available here
In order to introduce our new series, Love Her Style? Shop Her Look, who better to feature than Vogue editor and fellow entrepreneur, Lauren Santo Domingo. LSD, as her own column at Vogue.com is called, is one of the coolest girls in town. Her sartorial choices are always chic and elegant. For that reason, I am loving her look here, featured on Vogue.com's column, 5 Days, 5 Looks, 1 Girl.
I think this look, taken at NY Fashion Week in front of the Lincoln Center fountain, works for numerous occassions – work, lunch or casual dinner out, running around town, you name it. Here is a similar look you can purchase now for less.
Pants, available here
Shoes, available here
Sweater, available here
Bag, available here
Elie Tahari is a department store favorite, the fashion equivalent of broadcast TV, if you will (I have worked for 2 broadcast networks….I love the current programming!) compared to the edgier designs of more niche brands. You can buy current offerings from Elie Tahari here.
The line is consistently wearable, on trend but not too far so the interpretations really work season to season. Tahari breathed an easy spirit into the spring 2012 collection with softer colors and pieces that will work with other items in your closet…. always a plus!
Above are my top picks from the show this week.
What happened yesterday? In about 1 hour, we went from warm to cold – just like that. Now that fall has arrived, here are some bow-tie blouses that are great pieces for wearing alone for all of you where it is still warm, and that work perfectly under a blazer or cardigan where the temperature is dropping. I love these tops with pencil skirts or slim trousers – perfect for work, and with dark jeans for going out.
Holmes and Yang (that would be Katie Holmes's line) tie-neck blouse, available here
Emilio Pucci Silk Jaquard pussy-bow blouse, available here
Asos heart print Peter-Pan collar shirt, available here
By Malene Birger Pinella metallic woven blouse, available here
Diane von Furstenberg Trelodie tie-neck blouse, available here
Amidst the color riots of this season and last, Rachel Roy's latest collection for spring was a cool, chic customer. The color palette is made up of mainly black and white with small, effective details of color. And not the neon pops that look amazing in the pages of the glossy, but make me feel incredibly self consious when on. Rather, these are details like belts, trim, contrast piping and hand painting.
Ms. Roy went over to Asia for her inspiration, right to my favorite place, Vietnam (see a feature on me and my trip there in January on my friend Sarah's fab blog Hotel Chic). The collection takes elements of the Vientamese style that always look appealing to the Western eye, but how often can we really walk around in an Ao Dai?
Even better, the styles look sophisticated and timeless, and in the rapidly raging torrent of change in fashion these days, who could ask for more? You can buy current items from Rachel's collection here.
Favorites? Mine are above.
I have been watching the preparations of the annual Met Ball, hosted by Anna Wintour, for several days now outside the venerable Metropolitan Museum of Art: the tented entrance in case of rain, the spiffying up of the exterior stairs and facade, and this morning, visible through the windows into the Egyptiian Wing, tables with beautiful flowers next to the Temple of Dendur. Surely Cleopatra herself would be a guest, or possibly the decorator, should she be alive today (read her awesome biography by Stacy Schiff here). This year will celebrate the all-too-short career and life of Alexander McQueen – if you are in NYC over the next months, be sure to go see.
This evening, none other than the ever-inspiring, most fabulous guest, Daphne Guinness, will take a seat in the windows at Barneys, facing Madison Avenue, and prepare herself for the party this evening. Surrounded by pieces of her unrivaled couture collection, Ms. Guiness will prep (hair and makeup) and dress herself inside the vitrines. A terrarium of a whole different sort!
If you can't get yourself to Madison Avenue and 61st street from 4 to 6pm this evening to Ms. Guinness's routine commence, then do watch it live streaming here beginning at 4pm.
Photo courtesy of Daphne Guinness – check out her gorgeous Tumblr blog
Cue up the 70s cozy vibe: up and coming designer Timo Weiland was channeling some great themes from the decade that everyone is referencing these days – the 70's. It has finally been long enough that fashion is ready to revisit the decade that brought us wide-legged jeans, vests, long scarves and layering. I, personally, find this decade a very friendly one to most women as the options for being on trend are myriad. Throw on a long scarf, or a pair of wide legged trousers with a crisp jacket and you nod to the decade without looking like you have been ripped off a Carly Simon album cover (but doesn't she look fabulous?!)
Weiland's knits, graphic patterns and dreamy layers convey a thoroughly modern sensibility that works well in a woman's wardrobe from work to play to gala. I am looking forward to seeing what he does next.
Nicole Miller, a Glance into the Future for Fall
by Maria Willis
While some designers look back to influences of previous decades and even centuries, Nicole Miller is surely one step, or decade, ahead.
Futuristic, sharp angles adorned body-con Jetsons-like dresses with skin tight leather sleeves – a look not for the faint hearted, but definitely a look which will keep the night interesting!
Sure to be an editor's favorite are the black wool slouch trousers; enough elegance to sustain a formal business look for the office, but pair it with a sequined tank top and the trousers will be transformed into chic modern disco trousers reminiscent of the 70s disco era, which is on trend for this season.
The sometimes extreme sci-fi concept of the collection was beautifully balanced with luxurious materials like Persian lamb and leather coats as well as elegant pant suits, proving to us once again that Nicole Miller is not one to tread lightly onto the fashion stage.
We sent our intrepid intern Maria Willis to Lincoln Center to cover the Adam show at this year's New York Fashion Week. She got the scoop from the Adam team about inspiration, influence and what themes they are channeling this year.
From Adam: Recently, I saw a small but breath-taking exhibit at the National Museum of the American Indian in lower Manhattan. The show highlights art and objects from Native peoples ranging from Alaska to Argentina. I have long felt the American Indian culture to be one of the most beautiful and I walked away from this visit inspired. This led to the colors, textures, and details that are the foundation of this collection.
TRENDS: Lace, plaid, 70s, feathers, mohair, knits, loose trousers, knee-length and mid-calf skirts and socks inside heels!
COLORS: cobalt, currant, claret, grey, thistle, gold, alabaster
Photo Credit: Dan Lecca