THE FASHION RANT//

"give me time and I’ll give you a revolution"

- Alexander McQueen (via evachen212)

Jan 27th
2012 GOLDEN GLOBES: BEST DRESSED
this year’s first big awards show was a snoozefest for the red carpet. everyone was channeling their inner princess with either beige/greige/blush gowns or stuffed into completely ballooning ball gowns - not pretty. to make matters worse, the fug girls didn’t even bring out the snark for their live blogging or after-awards commentary. yawn!!
nobody wowed me like they should’ve. the golden globes are the (excuse me) least series of the major award shows. this is the time to bring out the fashion-forward pieces! this is the time to experiment! this is not the time to play it safe. all i have to say is that everyone better be dressed to the nines for the academy awards.CHARLIZE THERON was the best dressed for me. that dior couture gown with the cartier vintage headband, brooch, diamonds galore was a mix of whimsical and sexy (thanks to those givenchy heels, swoooon). she looked very romantic and whimsical, two things i do not associate with charlize, but it definitely worked for her this round. the deep neckline and the tough shoes really brought her dress to the next level.
NICOLE RICHIE was a puzzle for me. why was she at the golden globes? regardless of the reason, she looked like a knockout in a shimmering beaded julien macdonald dress, perfectly accessorized with metallic jimmy choo sandals, her own house of harlow clutch and super sleek blunt bangs. nicole richie is her own best brand ambassador, right up there with victoria beckham and margherita missoni. the hair and makeup were truly the most stunning elements of her overall look. i think the fit of the dress was a little off… maybe not as flattering as it could’ve been, considering she’s still a waif after two kids. the back was the most interesting part of the dress for me. see a shot of it here.

TILDA SWINTON is a hit or miss with me and the rest of the fashion police. at the golden globes, she was a resounding HIT. everything from the david bowie hair whoop and statement accessories to the monochromatic look and mix of textures spoke to my sartorial soul. i’m aware many people do not like this look. i’m aware many people think tilda swinton is a freak on the red carpet. i agree with the second statement - that’s what brings us such magnificent joy when she pushes the envelope on red carpet dressing and actually COMES OUT ON TOP. sorry, let me contain my excitement here. tilda’s haider ackermann look consisted of a powder blue chiffon fishtail gown topped with a silk/satin blazer with nipped in chiffon waist. absolute perfection and a personal best, i’ll say. love it or hate it, tilda swinton is never boring.

CLAIRE DANES made the best of her j. mendel gown, accepting her golden globe for best actress in this futuristic art-deco look. i’m glad she kept her hair off her face in an unfussy bun, but this relaxed look is severely undermined by her heavy makeup. bold eyes AND lips? claire, do me a favor and fire your makeup artist. she committed the same crime twice! (see claire danes at the SAG awards in 2011, although sporting this look to a lesser degree of offense.) for me, claire looks the best when in sleek column dresses like this and last year’s pink calvin klein at the 2011 golden globes. and, as always, her best accessory is hottie hubby, hugh dancy.

ROONEY MARA might have all eyes on her… but she’s not letting the attention get to her. well, style-wise anyway. the new mara has perfected her red carpet look: black/white/cut-out gowns, sleek hair, minimal makeup, playing with fingers pose. that being said, she has proven that while she may stick to a certain formula, rooney mara is never boring. this black nina ricci gown is the perfect example. black? check. cut-outs? check. volume? in the back, check. drama? check. style? check check double check. i kind of have a girl crush on her. i have really high expectations for her this season and can’t wait to see what else she brings to the table!
see you after the SAGs!

photo credit: JUSTJARED.buzznet.com, POPSUGAR.com, GLAMOUR.com, GETTY
Jan 17th

2012 GOLDEN GLOBES: BEST DRESSED
this year’s first big awards show was a snoozefest for the red carpet. everyone was channeling their inner princess with either beige/greige/blush gowns or stuffed into completely ballooning ball gowns - not pretty. to make matters worse, the fug girls didn’t even bring out the snark for their live blogging or after-awards commentary. yawn!!
nobody wowed me like they should’ve. the golden globes are the (excuse me) least series of the major award shows. this is the time to bring out the fashion-forward pieces! this is the time to experiment! this is not the time to play it safe. all i have to say is that everyone better be dressed to the nines for the academy awards.

CHARLIZE THERON was the best dressed for me. that dior couture gown with the cartier vintage headband, brooch, diamonds galore was a mix of whimsical and sexy (thanks to those givenchy heels, swoooon). she looked very romantic and whimsical, two things i do not associate with charlize, but it definitely worked for her this round. the deep neckline and the tough shoes really brought her dress to the next level.

NICOLE RICHIE was a puzzle for me. why was she at the golden globes? regardless of the reason, she looked like a knockout in a shimmering beaded julien macdonald dress, perfectly accessorized with metallic jimmy choo sandals, her own house of harlow clutch and super sleek blunt bangs. nicole richie is her own best brand ambassador, right up there with victoria beckham and margherita missoni. the hair and makeup were truly the most stunning elements of her overall look. i think the fit of the dress was a little off… maybe not as flattering as it could’ve been, considering she’s still a waif after two kids. the back was the most interesting part of the dress for me. see a shot of it here.

TILDA SWINTON is a hit or miss with me and the rest of the fashion police. at the golden globes, she was a resounding HIT. everything from the david bowie hair whoop and statement accessories to the monochromatic look and mix of textures spoke to my sartorial soul. i’m aware many people do not like this look. i’m aware many people think tilda swinton is a freak on the red carpet. i agree with the second statement - that’s what brings us such magnificent joy when she pushes the envelope on red carpet dressing and actually COMES OUT ON TOP. sorry, let me contain my excitement here. tilda’s haider ackermann look consisted of a powder blue chiffon fishtail gown topped with a silk/satin blazer with nipped in chiffon waist. absolute perfection and a personal best, i’ll say. love it or hate it, tilda swinton is never boring.

CLAIRE DANES made the best of her j. mendel gown, accepting her golden globe for best actress in this futuristic art-deco look. i’m glad she kept her hair off her face in an unfussy bun, but this relaxed look is severely undermined by her heavy makeup. bold eyes AND lips? claire, do me a favor and fire your makeup artist. she committed the same crime twice! (see claire danes at the SAG awards in 2011, although sporting this look to a lesser degree of offense.) for me, claire looks the best when in sleek column dresses like this and last year’s pink calvin klein at the 2011 golden globes. and, as always, her best accessory is hottie hubby, hugh dancy.

ROONEY MARA might have all eyes on her… but she’s not letting the attention get to her. well, style-wise anyway. the new mara has perfected her red carpet look: black/white/cut-out gowns, sleek hair, minimal makeup, playing with fingers pose. that being said, she has proven that while she may stick to a certain formula, rooney mara is never boring. this black nina ricci gown is the perfect example. black? check. cut-outs? check. volume? in the back, check. drama? check. style? check check double check. i kind of have a girl crush on her. i have really high expectations for her this season and can’t wait to see what else she brings to the table!

see you after the SAGs!

photo credit: JUSTJARED.buzznet.com, POPSUGAR.com, GLAMOUR.com, GETTY

DEAR SANTA:
please let me wake up christmas morning and find these under my nonexistent tree, wrapped all pretty and twinkling with the promise of an amazing 2012. pretty please. love, lexa.

RAY BAN OVERSIZED WAYFARER SUNGLASSES, $145 - a modern take on a classic shape, these oversized frames will keep my eyes shaded in that uber hipster “i don’t go above 14th street” vibe that i usually try to avoid at all cost. a tortoise frame (not shown) will be even better! hear that, santa?

CARTIER 18K YELLOW GOLD LOVE BRACELET, $5575 - #1 coveted item on my list. after realizing that it’ll take three years of saving $50/week to purchase on my own, i’ve decided that this special piece will be more treasured if it was gifted. as in, free. as in, get moving, santa!

PROENZA SCHOULER PS1 TURQUOISE LEATHER POUCHETTE, $895 - i stick to a mostly neutral wardrobe (black, white, nude/blush, navy, grey), so i need a stand-out accessory like this little taste of PS1 heaven. i don’t wish for the PS1 bag, as it’s too recognizable, but i want in on the proenza fun with this mini - suitable to slip in a wallet, lipstick and phone for easy breezy day drinking.

BALENCIAGA ANTHRACITE GIANT ROSE GOLD DAY BAG, $1495 - i’m sick of the city bag (please see above), but minorly tempted by the giant velo. i’m torn between this day bag and the bucket bag, but i definitely need the rose gold accents. i’m also in need of a slouchy day bag, so this is perfect.

WALTER STEIGER LEOPARD CALFHAIR OXFORD ANKLE BOOT, $1095 $439 - leopard is the new neutral. if i could, i’d wear all leopard every day, like this or like her. also, walter steiger makes the best curved heel outside of the unwalkable realm of alexander mcqueen armadillo shoes.

MIU MIU SORBET PINK CROC-PRINT LEATHER WALLET, $415 - completely and totally affordable. it will definitely brighten up my winter wardrobe and soften my ice cold exterior with a poppin’ pink punch. got that?

photo credit: BARNEYS.com, NET-A-PORTER.com, SHOPBOP.com, BALENCIAGA.com, MIUMIU.com
Dec 21st

DEAR SANTA:

please let me wake up christmas morning and find these under my nonexistent tree, wrapped all pretty and twinkling with the promise of an amazing 2012. pretty please. love, lexa.

RAY BAN OVERSIZED WAYFARER SUNGLASSES, $145 - a modern take on a classic shape, these oversized frames will keep my eyes shaded in that uber hipster “i don’t go above 14th street” vibe that i usually try to avoid at all cost. a tortoise frame (not shown) will be even better! hear that, santa?

CARTIER 18K YELLOW GOLD LOVE BRACELET, $5575 - #1 coveted item on my list. after realizing that it’ll take three years of saving $50/week to purchase on my own, i’ve decided that this special piece will be more treasured if it was gifted. as in, free. as in, get moving, santa!

PROENZA SCHOULER PS1 TURQUOISE LEATHER POUCHETTE, $895 - i stick to a mostly neutral wardrobe (black, white, nude/blush, navy, grey), so i need a stand-out accessory like this little taste of PS1 heaven. i don’t wish for the PS1 bag, as it’s too recognizable, but i want in on the proenza fun with this mini - suitable to slip in a wallet, lipstick and phone for easy breezy day drinking.

BALENCIAGA ANTHRACITE GIANT ROSE GOLD DAY BAG, $1495 - i’m sick of the city bag (please see above), but minorly tempted by the giant velo. i’m torn between this day bag and the bucket bag, but i definitely need the rose gold accents. i’m also in need of a slouchy day bag, so this is perfect.

WALTER STEIGER LEOPARD CALFHAIR OXFORD ANKLE BOOT, $1095 $439 - leopard is the new neutral. if i could, i’d wear all leopard every day, like this or like her. also, walter steiger makes the best curved heel outside of the unwalkable realm of alexander mcqueen armadillo shoes.

MIU MIU SORBET PINK CROC-PRINT LEATHER WALLET, $415 - completely and totally affordable. it will definitely brighten up my winter wardrobe and soften my ice cold exterior with a poppin’ pink punch. got that?

photo credit: BARNEYS.com, NET-A-PORTER.com, SHOPBOP.com, BALENCIAGA.com, MIUMIU.com

HOLIDAY WISHLIST: ACCESSORY FIENDS
DAZZLE your fashionista friends with these tiny gifts that are sure to pack a punch! these accessories are definitely not for the faint-hearted, so buyer beware!
KAREN WALKER TORTOISE CAT EYE SUNGLASSES, $180: seen all over the blogosphere and for a very good reason! these geometric frames push the relatively tame tortoise and cat eye glasses into instant street-style territory. wow your friends, coworkers and your neighborhood photographer!

YVES SAINT LAURENT GOLD-PLATED GLASS RING, $250: yes, it’s a YSL ring that seemingly everyone has. but have you ever seen this cracked gold number? even if you shy away from jewelry in the winter (metal is cold, i get it) - make a statement with this cocktail ring. sure - the style is trendy, but remember, YSL is eternal.

ALEXANDER WANG “RAFAEL” HAIRCALF STRUCTURED BAG, $730: ladylike shape? calfhair? PRINTED calfhair? yes, please. this black-and-white print is none-too-subtle, but in the time of neon outfits and crazy mixed prints, this may just be considered the new neutral.

SEE BY CHLOE CANVAS AND LEATHER TRIM TASSEL WALLET, $145 $72.50: sneak a little utilitarian vibe into your bag with this leather-trimmed canvas wallet. the tassel adds a sassy edge to an otherwise straight-forward place to store your cash.

JONATHAN ADLER LION KEYCHAIN, $18: something to bring out the inner LEO that won’t break the bank - a cutesy lion keychain from a design world favorite.

FRENCH SOLE DRAMA VELVET FLATS, $140: move over, knee-high boots! when the whole city is trekking in chunky boots, put a dramatic foot forward in these luxurious velvet slippers that will add just a touch of holiday cheer in your (let’s face it) black-dominant winter wardrobe. cheers to that!
photo credit: BONADRAG.com, NET-A-PORTER.com, SHOPBOP.com
Dec 13th

HOLIDAY WISHLIST: ACCESSORY FIENDS
DAZZLE your fashionista friends with these tiny gifts that are sure to pack a punch! these accessories are definitely not for the faint-hearted, so buyer beware!

KAREN WALKER TORTOISE CAT EYE SUNGLASSES, $180: seen all over the blogosphere and for a very good reason! these geometric frames push the relatively tame tortoise and cat eye glasses into instant street-style territory. wow your friends, coworkers and your neighborhood photographer!

YVES SAINT LAURENT GOLD-PLATED GLASS RING, $250: yes, it’s a YSL ring that seemingly everyone has. but have you ever seen this cracked gold number? even if you shy away from jewelry in the winter (metal is cold, i get it) - make a statement with this cocktail ring. sure - the style is trendy, but remember, YSL is eternal.

ALEXANDER WANG “RAFAEL” HAIRCALF STRUCTURED BAG, $730: ladylike shape? calfhair? PRINTED calfhair? yes, please. this black-and-white print is none-too-subtle, but in the time of neon outfits and crazy mixed prints, this may just be considered the new neutral.

SEE BY CHLOE CANVAS AND LEATHER TRIM TASSEL WALLET, $145 $72.50: sneak a little utilitarian vibe into your bag with this leather-trimmed canvas wallet. the tassel adds a sassy edge to an otherwise straight-forward place to store your cash.

JONATHAN ADLER LION KEYCHAIN, $18: something to bring out the inner LEO that won’t break the bank - a cutesy lion keychain from a design world favorite.

FRENCH SOLE DRAMA VELVET FLATS, $140: move over, knee-high boots! when the whole city is trekking in chunky boots, put a dramatic foot forward in these luxurious velvet slippers that will add just a touch of holiday cheer in your (let’s face it) black-dominant winter wardrobe. cheers to that!

photo credit: BONADRAG.com, NET-A-PORTER.com, SHOPBOP.com

"style is a simple way of saying complicated things."

- jean cocteau

Sep 27th
RUNWAY STYLE
it really feels like autumn today! take tips from the fall 2011 collections and bundle up against the newly cool weather.
TIP #1: reverse your layering technique! try a cropped bright jacket over a longer dark top for a refreshing look. the unique collar here perfectly showcases the romantic tie of the silk shirt underneath.

TIP #2: celine's phoebe philo created an uptown layered look with a button-less leather blazer over a long fur gilet. the white cashmere turtleneck and subtly patterned burgundy pants add just the right mix of basics+interest to keep this ensemble from looking a little too mature.

TIP #3: derek lam showed tailored separates to create a refined layering silhouette in his collection. the just-clingy-enough rolled neck sweater with asymmetrical hem is the perfect grounding element for the boxy jacket, which ties in with the always stylish leather pants with its leather trim.

TIP #4: altuzzara shows that layers can be sexy with this bold sheer ensemble topped with one of his gorgeous fall parkas - with unexpected details like suede and dominating zippers.

TIP #5: at christian dior, many luxe layered looks were sent down the runway, but this one pairing a dramatic, long coat with iridescent shorts takes the cake. give the outfit more flair with distinct textile additions - exotic skin over-the-knee boots and fur collar and cuffs.


photo credit: STYLE.com
Sep 16th

RUNWAY STYLE
it really feels like autumn today! take tips from the fall 2011 collections and bundle up against the newly cool weather.

TIP #1: reverse your layering technique! try a cropped bright jacket over a longer dark top for a refreshing look. the unique collar here perfectly showcases the romantic tie of the silk shirt underneath.

TIP #2: celine's phoebe philo created an uptown layered look with a button-less leather blazer over a long fur gilet. the white cashmere turtleneck and subtly patterned burgundy pants add just the right mix of basics+interest to keep this ensemble from looking a little too mature.

TIP #3: derek lam showed tailored separates to create a refined layering silhouette in his collection. the just-clingy-enough rolled neck sweater with asymmetrical hem is the perfect grounding element for the boxy jacket, which ties in with the always stylish leather pants with its leather trim.

TIP #4: altuzzara shows that layers can be sexy with this bold sheer ensemble topped with one of his gorgeous fall parkas - with unexpected details like suede and dominating zippers.

TIP #5: at christian dior, many luxe layered looks were sent down the runway, but this one pairing a dramatic, long coat with iridescent shorts takes the cake. give the outfit more flair with distinct textile additions - exotic skin over-the-knee boots and fur collar and cuffs.

photo credit: STYLE.com

BUT WHEN SHE WAS BAD…
temper your sweetly romantic wardrobe with these sultry must-haves. the new “sexy” isn’t about wearing overtly revealing or clingy items. ooze sensuality - not sexuality - with lace accents, sheer utilitarian blouses, sequins and more.

SULTRY PEEKABOO: it’s a covered-up sexy! genius draping adds the “sexy” to this dress, as well as the peekaboo lace counterpart. wear with a strong lip and a slicked back ponytail for a va-va-voom moment - minus the cliche. EMILIO PUCCI wool-jersey and lace mini dress, $2290


PROVOCATIVE LINGERIE: to feel sexy, you must begin with the underlining! the laser-cut bra and brief set with scalloped edging feel sweet, but the color brings the heat. whether you wear it alone or underneath your clothes, you will feel sexy and on top of the world… even if you’re wearing a conservative look! knowing that you’re wearing such provocative underwear will give you a much-enthused rush. AGENT PROVOCATEUR laser-cut balconette bra, $220 and AGENT PROVOCATEUR cotton briefs, $130


JUNGLE SHOES: where is the sexy without a bit of leopard? lace-up cut-out sandals take the wildcat print out of the mainstream and into a fantasy world. CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA leopard-print calf-hair sandals, $875


SHEER LAYERING: try a lace bodysuit under a sheer blouse or other work attire for an illicit thrill. LA PERLA embroidered mesh/lace thong bodysuit, $390


SIGNATURE WANG: the no-nonsense, straight-forward shape of the top contrasts the sultry sheer material in the perfect mixture of masculinity/femininity. pair with the above lace bodysuit for a bigger impact. ALEXANDER WANG asymmetric chiffon blouse, $395


SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER: sequins are the new herve leger. how else can you ensure that all eyes are on you? ALICE+OLIVIA sequined silk top, $370


TEMPERED LEATHER: how do you balance sequins/lace/sheer items? ground these tops with a strong and sturdy leather short, which feels more fresh than leather pants. RAG & BONE brushed-leather shorts, $595
photo credit: STYLE.com, NET-A-PORTER.com
Aug 29th

BUT WHEN SHE WAS BAD…

temper your sweetly romantic wardrobe with these sultry must-haves. the new “sexy” isn’t about wearing overtly revealing or clingy items. ooze sensuality - not sexuality - with lace accents, sheer utilitarian blouses, sequins and more.

SULTRY PEEKABOO: it’s a covered-up sexy! genius draping adds the “sexy” to this dress, as well as the peekaboo lace counterpart. wear with a strong lip and a slicked back ponytail for a va-va-voom moment - minus the cliche. EMILIO PUCCI wool-jersey and lace mini dress, $2290

PROVOCATIVE LINGERIE: to feel sexy, you must begin with the underlining! the laser-cut bra and brief set with scalloped edging feel sweet, but the color brings the heat. whether you wear it alone or underneath your clothes, you will feel sexy and on top of the world… even if you’re wearing a conservative look! knowing that you’re wearing such provocative underwear will give you a much-enthused rush. AGENT PROVOCATEUR laser-cut balconette bra, $220 and AGENT PROVOCATEUR cotton briefs, $130

JUNGLE SHOES: where is the sexy without a bit of leopard? lace-up cut-out sandals take the wildcat print out of the mainstream and into a fantasy world. CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA leopard-print calf-hair sandals, $875

SHEER LAYERING: try a lace bodysuit under a sheer blouse or other work attire for an illicit thrill. LA PERLA embroidered mesh/lace thong bodysuit, $390

SIGNATURE WANG: the no-nonsense, straight-forward shape of the top contrasts the sultry sheer material in the perfect mixture of masculinity/femininity. pair with the above lace bodysuit for a bigger impact. ALEXANDER WANG asymmetric chiffon blouse, $395

SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER: sequins are the new herve leger. how else can you ensure that all eyes are on you? ALICE+OLIVIA sequined silk top, $370

TEMPERED LEATHER: how do you balance sequins/lace/sheer items? ground these tops with a strong and sturdy leather short, which feels more fresh than leather pants. RAG & BONE brushed-leather shorts, $595

photo credit: STYLE.com, NET-A-PORTER.com

RUNWAY STYLE
hurricane irene, meet your sartorial match: alexander wang resort 2011. too funny.
how chic would you look running to stock up on bottled water, food and batteries in these resort looks? URBAN WARRIOR. bring it, irene.photo credit: STYLE.com
Aug 27th

RUNWAY STYLE
hurricane irene, meet your sartorial match: alexander wang resort 2011. too funny.
how chic would you look running to stock up on bottled water, food and batteries in these resort looks? URBAN WARRIOR. bring it, irene.

photo credit: STYLE.com

WHEN SHE WAS GOOD, SHE WAS VERY VERY GOOD…
fall’s main trends play on the classic feminine v. masculine aesthetics featuring uber womanly, prim&proper looks from MIU MIU, ELIE SAAB and CHLOE. play up your good side with this shopping guide.

A LOOK FROM CHLOE’S FALL 2011 RUNWAY.
SWEET BLOUSE: add sparkling wit to a simple white blouse with a bedazzled peter pan collar. THE ROW silk-georgette blouse with sequined peter pan collar, $1300

SHINY SHOES: not just for tap dancing! these shiny shoes will elevate your feminine ensemble - and keep it from looking too little girl-ish - and add some sass to your all-white outfit. MIU MIU patent leather mary-jane pumps, $485

GRAPHIC CARDI: you can never go wrong with a black and white cardigan! chanel coco chanel in this white cardi with black and chain accents. MILLY wool and cashmere cardigan with chain detailing, $340

NECK CANDY: draw eyes upward with a knock-your-socks-off bib necklace. you may dress primly but won’t seem too precious with this kind of hardware. best of all, it works equally well with a dressed-up elegant look and a plain white t-shirt. LULU FROST glass crystal bib necklace, $765

SHEER LACE: enjoy the popularity of lace again without looking like you dug through grandma’s closet! the sheer elements of this skirt provide the perfect sensuality to keep it looking fresh… and not old-lady. BIRD BY JUICY COUTURE sheer-paneled lace skirt, $280

SHARP TUXEDO: a white tuxedo jacket is a timeless choice for women of all ages. it adds polish and sophistication to any outfit. with the double contrast lapel, you will surely stand out amongst even the most extravagant of black tie affairs. pair with cropped skinny jeans and ballet flats for a more versatile outfit. JASON WU double-lapel tuxedo jacket, $1750

METALLIC CLUTCH: with something this shiny, you will never need another accessory! the bow accent is sweet, but the femininity is tempered by the strong metallic hue - perfect to pair with any white outfit. LANVIN crystal-embellished satin clutch, $690

BOUCLE PANTS: these pants may have been perfect for that holiday party last year, but now it’s more versatile than ever! wear with a plain white tee for a toned down appeal or go all out with a contrastingly romantic top - like a ruffled or sheer blouse. for the ultimate chic look, pair with the above tuxedo jacket. MOSCHINO metallic bouclé cropped pants, $1080

photo credit: STYLE.com, NET-A-PORTER.com
Aug 24th

WHEN SHE WAS GOOD, SHE WAS VERY VERY GOOD…

fall’s main trends play on the classic feminine v. masculine aesthetics featuring uber womanly, prim&proper looks from MIU MIU, ELIE SAAB and CHLOE. play up your good side with this shopping guide. A LOOK FROM CHLOE’S FALL 2011 RUNWAY.

SWEET BLOUSE: add sparkling wit to a simple white blouse with a bedazzled peter pan collar. THE ROW silk-georgette blouse with sequined peter pan collar, $1300

SHINY SHOES: not just for tap dancing! these shiny shoes will elevate your feminine ensemble - and keep it from looking too little girl-ish - and add some sass to your all-white outfit. MIU MIU patent leather mary-jane pumps, $485

GRAPHIC CARDI: you can never go wrong with a black and white cardigan! chanel coco chanel in this white cardi with black and chain accents. MILLY wool and cashmere cardigan with chain detailing, $340

NECK CANDY: draw eyes upward with a knock-your-socks-off bib necklace. you may dress primly but won’t seem too precious with this kind of hardware. best of all, it works equally well with a dressed-up elegant look and a plain white t-shirt. LULU FROST glass crystal bib necklace, $765

SHEER LACE: enjoy the popularity of lace again without looking like you dug through grandma’s closet! the sheer elements of this skirt provide the perfect sensuality to keep it looking fresh… and not old-lady. BIRD BY JUICY COUTURE sheer-paneled lace skirt, $280

SHARP TUXEDO: a white tuxedo jacket is a timeless choice for women of all ages. it adds polish and sophistication to any outfit. with the double contrast lapel, you will surely stand out amongst even the most extravagant of black tie affairs. pair with cropped skinny jeans and ballet flats for a more versatile outfit. JASON WU double-lapel tuxedo jacket, $1750

METALLIC CLUTCH: with something this shiny, you will never need another accessory! the bow accent is sweet, but the femininity is tempered by the strong metallic hue - perfect to pair with any white outfit. LANVIN crystal-embellished satin clutch, $690

BOUCLE PANTS: these pants may have been perfect for that holiday party last year, but now it’s more versatile than ever! wear with a plain white tee for a toned down appeal or go all out with a contrastingly romantic top - like a ruffled or sheer blouse. for the ultimate chic look, pair with the above tuxedo jacket. MOSCHINO metallic bouclé cropped pants, $1080

photo credit: STYLE.com, NET-A-PORTER.com

SHOPPING WITH TFR: FALL 2011
while the summer heat has finally died down, store windows are now displaying fall gear… what better way to welcome the cool season than with a shopping spree? inspired by my walk through bloomingdales to view their new fall merchandise, the following fall essentials will make you wish for the end of summer!

FUR-LINED PARKA: find a timeless oversize parka with luxurious fur (in this case, faux!) accents to help the later transition to winter. pair with skinny jeans or cargos and a stacked heel for maximum appeal. MICHAEL MICHAEL KORS faux-fur satin-twill parka, $325 [hooded version in olive here]

BOLD COAT: fall’s interpretation of past season’s brights includes this gorgeously colorful coat. when buying something in such a powerful hue, make sure the shape is classy without too many fussy details, as it will quickly look dated. this collarless version with hidden buttons and classic j.crew-tailoring will make you stand out in a sea of muted fall coats. J.CREW double-cloth “symphony” coat, $350 [see j.crew’s site for other colors, including a classic camel!]

GOLD ARM CANDY: with the launch of MICHAEL KORS’ first jewelry collection, i’ll admit i’m turning away from my minimalist jewelry approach to fully embrace armfuls of bracelets. these yellow gold pieces would work perfectly with what i already have on - and make quite the statement with some of the pieces for fall. MICHAEL KORS wide golden cuff, $125 (too big for your tastes? see this thin gold bracelet to simply accent your gear for fall here]
taking inspiration from CARTIER's iconic LOVE collection, i'm sure, here is a screw bracelet for a fraction of the price! MICHAEL KORS screw buckle bracelet, $85 [if you decide that you MUST have the LOVE bracelet, see Cartier’s website for more details]

CLEAN SCENT: this fragrance is hardly new to the market, but it still takes my breath away. the violet notes are tempered with peppery accents that goes on bold and fades to a lingering allure. wear to work for a classic twist or wear on its own to bed for a sensual kick. BALENCIAGA PARIS eau du parfum, $130. [try the carry-along purse version here]

OVER-THE-KNEE BOOTS: these hidden-wedge over-the-knee boots are an updated version of last season’s popular leather/elastic boots that swept every designer’s collection. the same soft calfskin from seasons exudes luxury, while the elastic backing provides a shapely and comfortable fit. wear with skinnies or leggings, and rock with casual flair or a trendier vibe. STUART WEITZMAN “mainline” over-the-knee boots, $595 [or go for the original here]

FLARED JEANS: although skinny jeans still reign supreme, people are looking for more relaxed jeans in the form of flares. these are not the ostentatious flares from the seventies nor the embroidered catch-all of the nineties revival. the 2011 edition is more streamlined to provide a perfect lift of the bum and a figure-slimming slight flare below the knee. wear with chunky heels and a fur vest to channel your inner rachel zoe. CITIZENS OF HUMANITY “hutton” flared jeans, $198 [find a lighter wash with a high waist for a more boho feel here]

MIXED MATERIALS TOTE: REED KRAKOFF is quickly becoming known as THE go-to designer for accessories, as his mixed-materials pieces have been featured in the pages of fashion magazines and on the arms of stylish women over the country. as the name suggests, the “editor” tote is a perfect shape and size for work, but the bag is made to be a looker with its leopard-printed calf-hair front panel. work it with autumnal colors like mustard and burnt orange pieces or let it stand on its own with a monochromatic ensemble in ivory or black. REED KRAKOFF calfhair “editor” tote, $1690 [a similar metallic version can be found here]

HEELED LOAFERS: while i love loafers and heels, some of the styles out there are a little too daring for my personal style. this pair holds the allure of comfort in stacked heels and rubber soles, but it also has the perfect component of masculinity - perfect to pair with relaxed jeans and an inspired varsity jacket. SEE BY CHLOÉ “misaki” wool-insert leather ankle boots, $290 [try a hiker-inspired version here]

COLOR-BLOCKING: this has been a major trend on runways for fall and the beauty is that it is so easy to replicate for daily life. color-blocking can work on one piece, like a dress or coat, or with mix-and-match separates. an atypical way to color-block is envisioned by designer PHILLIP LIM, who chose to use this trend to create a flattering illusion on pants. if you dare, wear with a bright top and delicate shoes. 3.1 PHILLIP LIM two-tone cropped pants, $425 [see black and gunmetal grey contrast version here]

photo credit: NET-A-PORTER.com, BLOOMINGDALES.com
Aug 20th

SHOPPING WITH TFR: FALL 2011

while the summer heat has finally died down, store windows are now displaying fall gear… what better way to welcome the cool season than with a shopping spree? inspired by my walk through bloomingdales to view their new fall merchandise, the following fall essentials will make you wish for the end of summer!

FUR-LINED PARKA: find a timeless oversize parka with luxurious fur (in this case, faux!) accents to help the later transition to winter. pair with skinny jeans or cargos and a stacked heel for maximum appeal.
MICHAEL MICHAEL KORS faux-fur satin-twill parka, $325 [hooded version in olive here]

BOLD COAT: fall’s interpretation of past season’s brights includes this gorgeously colorful coat. when buying something in such a powerful hue, make sure the shape is classy without too many fussy details, as it will quickly look dated. this collarless version with hidden buttons and classic j.crew-tailoring will make you stand out in a sea of muted fall coats.
J.CREW double-cloth “symphony” coat, $350 [see j.crew’s site for other colors, including a classic camel!]

GOLD ARM CANDY: with the launch of MICHAEL KORS’ first jewelry collection, i’ll admit i’m turning away from my minimalist jewelry approach to fully embrace armfuls of bracelets. these yellow gold pieces would work perfectly with what i already have on - and make quite the statement with some of the pieces for fall.
MICHAEL KORS wide golden cuff, $125 (too big for your tastes? see this thin gold bracelet to simply accent your gear for fall here]
taking inspiration from CARTIER's iconic LOVE collection, i'm sure, here is a screw bracelet for a fraction of the price!
MICHAEL KORS screw buckle bracelet, $85 [if you decide that you MUST have the LOVE bracelet, see Cartier’s website for more details]

CLEAN SCENT: this fragrance is hardly new to the market, but it still takes my breath away. the violet notes are tempered with peppery accents that goes on bold and fades to a lingering allure. wear to work for a classic twist or wear on its own to bed for a sensual kick.
BALENCIAGA PARIS eau du parfum, $130. [try the carry-along purse version here]

OVER-THE-KNEE BOOTS: these hidden-wedge over-the-knee boots are an updated version of last season’s popular leather/elastic boots that swept every designer’s collection. the same soft calfskin from seasons exudes luxury, while the elastic backing provides a shapely and comfortable fit. wear with skinnies or leggings, and rock with casual flair or a trendier vibe.
STUART WEITZMAN “mainline” over-the-knee boots, $595 [or go for the original here]

FLARED JEANS: although skinny jeans still reign supreme, people are looking for more relaxed jeans in the form of flares. these are not the ostentatious flares from the seventies nor the embroidered catch-all of the nineties revival. the 2011 edition is more streamlined to provide a perfect lift of the bum and a figure-slimming slight flare below the knee. wear with chunky heels and a fur vest to channel your inner rachel zoe.
CITIZENS OF HUMANITY “hutton” flared jeans, $198 [find a lighter wash with a high waist for a more boho feel here]

MIXED MATERIALS TOTE: REED KRAKOFF is quickly becoming known as THE go-to designer for accessories, as his mixed-materials pieces have been featured in the pages of fashion magazines and on the arms of stylish women over the country. as the name suggests, the “editor” tote is a perfect shape and size for work, but the bag is made to be a looker with its leopard-printed calf-hair front panel. work it with autumnal colors like mustard and burnt orange pieces or let it stand on its own with a monochromatic ensemble in ivory or black.
REED KRAKOFF calfhair “editor” tote, $1690 [a similar metallic version can be found here]

HEELED LOAFERS: while i love loafers and heels, some of the styles out there are a little too daring for my personal style. this pair holds the allure of comfort in stacked heels and rubber soles, but it also has the perfect component of masculinity - perfect to pair with relaxed jeans and an inspired varsity jacket.
SEE BY CHLOÉ “misaki” wool-insert leather ankle boots, $290 [try a hiker-inspired version here]

COLOR-BLOCKING: this has been a major trend on runways for fall and the beauty is that it is so easy to replicate for daily life. color-blocking can work on one piece, like a dress or coat, or with mix-and-match separates. an atypical way to color-block is envisioned by designer PHILLIP LIM, who chose to use this trend to create a flattering illusion on pants. if you dare, wear with a bright top and delicate shoes.
3.1 PHILLIP LIM two-tone cropped pants, $425 [see black and gunmetal grey contrast version here]

photo credit: NET-A-PORTER.com, BLOOMINGDALES.com