It's winter sports time! I am so looking forward to hitting the slopes this season. I wasn't able to go snowboarding last year so I have a lot of lost time to make up for. This also means that I have to update my gear, because unlike skiing, snowboarders have a particular sense of style and the brands that cater to them are constantly trying to keep up. Even so, many enthusiasts just board in their regular clothing and you'll see many a person in just jeans. My boyfriend, for example, will just layer his jeans and pair them with a waterproof jacket while I fuss over whether I should purchase a new suit.
I remember the first time I'd heard of Italian blogger Chiara Ferragni otherwise known as The Blonde Salad. It was several years ago at a blogger's conference during New York Fashion Week. She was one of five speakers on a panel that also included Wendy Lam of Nitrolicious. The panelists spoke on a topic I can't quite remember. Actually I don't remember at all. I do, however, remember that both Chiara and Wendy were very shy and quiet compared to the other panelists. I also remember what they both wore and isn't that all that matters? After all, what a personal style blogger says has more to do with her appearance than what comes out of her mouth and out of the five panelists they were the only two I remember. (For the record, Chiara wore red leather pants, a black top and a wide brim fedora over her much blonder hair and Wendy wore a black dress with these sick cobalt blue chunky heels that had a mohawk fringe that ran down the back of the shoe) Fast forward to the present and Chiara is taking over the world (or at least taking over the spot vacated by Bryanboy). For what she lacks in loquaciousness she makes up in spades with her photogenic looks and killer style.
With that said, it's no wonder that Guess has chosen her for their All I Want is Everything digital holiday campaign. Shot in Beverly Hills at the Maison 140 Hotel, Chiara takes the Guess holiday collection and dresses it up in her signature style. If you're follow her blog, you'll also note the signature poses. It's hard to pick a favorite look out of the bunch. Chiara wears them so well. But I do love how she paired the floral dress with boots.
You can shop the collection on Guess.com and read Chiara's take on the items here.
Scroll down to view the rest of the images and be sure to view the behind the scenes video as well.
The M.I.A.'s homage to Versace knockoffs are now available on SSENSE.com. SSENSE has a very straightforward way of making product look visually pleasing which I like, but I have to say, they're photos of the M.I.A. x Versus Versace collection look ten times better than what was released to us last month (see M.I.A. x Versus Versace Knocked Off Knockoffs).
Levi's has reintroduced the first Levi's RED collection in seven years and it does not come cheap. The most expensive item is the 'Low Crotch Twisted Jeans' (below) which run a cool $1458 and the least expensive are the t-shirts at $279.
...pause for quick up and down scroll and scrutiny of all Levi's RED Archive items here...
...additional pause for indignant reaction here...
In defense of the price, Levi's RED is a premium concept dedicated to reinventing the iconic Levi's 5-pocket style with new forms and aesthetics. Since it's debut in 1999, there have only been seven collections, Levi's RED Archive being the eighth. The pieces in the current iteration were selected from the first ever Levi's RED release called Twisted RED, a collection that marked the turning point in reinventing the 5-pocket.
Essentially, this collection is meant to be viewed as a celebration of art and design in denim and will appeal to those who consider themselves denimheads or denim connoisseurs. They for sure will appreciate the craftsmanship of the product and the heritage aspect. So if you're one of those, these jeans can be purchased at online boutique LN-CC.
If you haven't already, see more pics of the Levi's RED Archive collection after the jump...
The weather is getting colder and as much as I mourn the absence of cold weather (and rail at the unchangeable heat setting in my apartment) I'm stoked at being able to pull out my winter coats. Just like jeans and shoes, I feel like you can never have enough. I know that goes against what most people feel, especially if your day consists of going from a heated apartment, to a heated car, to a heated office. If you live in a city or use mass transit to get to work, than you're spending a good chunk of your day in a coat and it is an integral part of your wardrobe.
I own a fair number of coats. I've found that at those times when I have to look somewhat decent but am too exhausted to put anything together, throwing on a nice coat and handbag makes even jeans and chucks look good. I've noticed though that I don't have enough functional coats for days when I just want to be warm. That's why when I saw the Wrangler parka, I thought, perfect!
It's obviously not a new look. Parkas have been around for years, but this is the first time I've wanted one. I also like the fact that it's not in the ubiquitous green color that everyone seems to prefer when owning this style coat. I still like the green but when it trends out, it will trend out big, meaning you won't be able to wear one without looking dated. Owning it in blue will make this coat a little more timeless.
I was browsing SSENSE the other day and came across this bag by Alexander Wang and immediately fell in love.
Rosegold is a thing and I have a thing for it, so I was immediately taken by the corner bumpers. I also have a thing for mixing textures and the pebbled leather contrasts amazingly with the smooth rosegold. And it all comes together with lots of shine.
There is also something old-fashioned about it. Almost as if it's a futuristic update to your 90 year old Grandma's purse.
What do you think about it? Do you love it as much as I do?
Last night Vogue Gioiello held an event celebrating the grand opening of Eli Halili'sSoho boutique for his eponymous jewelry line. What a night! The space, limited in size, was packed with attendees and there was barely room to move. And this is where going somewhere solo has it's benefits. I was able to weave through the crowd to view the collection more readily than those who had friends in tow.
The handmade collection can be described as beautifully coarse with uneven stone pendants on chain links and matte gold rings that embrace uneveness. Jewelry ranged from necklaces of leather straps to renaissance portraiture on oversized medallions of gilt gold and beading, but no matter what the direction, the central themes of uneven textures and mixing elements remained.
Adding to the presentation was the design of the boutique itself. Patina'd walls with hebrew lettering hovering over the jewelry cases marked the first floor, while a narrow spiral staircase led to a cozy studio on the bottom floor with leather bound books, throw pillows and other ecoutrements from Halili's many travels.
If you are in Soho stop in and take a look around.
I'd never been fond of Zara shoes in the past. For some reason, every time I looked at them my feet would experience phantom pains -especially in the pinky toe area. I'd had no prior experience with the footwear, but nevertheless, one look and pain was all I could imagine. Weird. But lately, ever since I downloaded the Zara app on my iPhone, I've been going nuts over the brand. From the outerwear to the shoes, Zara has been at the top of their game lately and I am a full blown fan(atic)!
I purchased a pair of silver t-straps from Zara in the spring (see Shopping Bag: Checkin' Out Zara) and no kidding, I get complimented on them every time I wear them. People are always shocked when I tell them they are from Zara and only cost me $40.
Lately, I've been obsessing over these menswear inspired ankle boots by Zara. They are the perfect fall bootie with the chic pointy toe and high shine finish. Details like the stitching on top (I don't know what the technical term is) emphasizes the sharp toe and seal the deal for me.
The booties have been sitting in my shopping cart for two weeks now. I have other things I have to purchase first, like a new DSLR camera, ipad and other essentials, but the moment my essentials are purchased, these shoes are mine! If they don't sell out first. Fingers crossed.
What do you think about these shoes? Do you love 'em, loathe them or just like them?
Never did I think I would see the day when a construction equipment company with an iconic name, would be putting on a legitimate runway show. But this is today's world where boundaries are blurred and your reach is only limited by the scope of your ideas.
Caterpiller, the company best known for it's iconic yellow construction machinery has an alter ego. It's alter ego is called CAT, and CAT has a big time shoe fetish! CAT Footwear has actually been around for over 20 years but has largely been known for work boots. That's all about to change, however, because there is a serious marketing push to modify our perception of the brand. I say modify, and not change, because it's not really a change per se. The brand calls its fans 'earthmovers' after it's famed machines and the logo still contains that testosterone-charged yellow color we're all familiar with. So there is a definite effort to channel the brand's heritage and keep some continuity. Now, I know you're thinking right now the same thing I was thinking yesterday. How the heck is a brand known for construction equipment and dirty, smelly men going to convince me that their shoes are fashionable? Well, let me start with constructing last night's event (pun absolutely not intended, but still funny anyway).
I live in Manhattan and am one of those types that rarely leaves the island. No elitism. It just is what it is. So with everything normally within a half hour reach by subway, I was shocked (not in a good way) to learn it was going to take me a whopping 50 minutes by subway and another 10 minutes walking to get to the venue which was in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Well, maybe that is a little snobby. After chastising myself the whole train ride for not reading through the entire email to learn the location of the event. And after pulling out my GPS to figure out which direction to walk and dreading it the whole time, a vintage, or vintage-looking, trolley pulled up in front of the subway entrance with the CAT logo on the windows. I knocked on the door and asked the driver if he was shuttling people to the event. He nodded in the affirmative. And after my inner self stopped being in awe of my first time inside of a vintage coach, I knew that from that moment on, I had to go into this with a fully open mind.