|Giuseppe Zanotti Metallic Leather Wedge Sandals, $895 | www.net-a-porter.com|
|Hutchinson-Scofield shirt/Armani jacket/Tom Ford tie|
|Alexander McQueen s/s 2008|
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Getting Into The Spirit
Edited by Taylor Davies
Thanksgiving is now officially behind us, so it's time to start looking ahead to the coming holidays and all the fan-fair that comes along with them. From Black Friday shopping to holiday parties to festive DIY projects, there's a lot of inspiration in this week's Links a la Mode selections.
Along with all this inspiration, a few of our bloggers tackled some tough issues, from finding the balance between sexy and frumpy dressing in the workplace, vanity sizing, recession dressing and improving your blog posts. I thought these were important and critical to include for this week's round up, because even as the holiday season gets into full swing, and we're overcome with twinkling lights, festive parties and sequins galore - the same problems and difficulties we face the rest of the year will be here.
THE IFB WEEKLY ROUNDUP: LINKS À LA MODE: NOVEMBER 25TH
- 33 Avenue Miquelon: Has Black Friday Jumped The Shark?
- Bon Vivant + A Budget: A Good Sweater Is Hard To Find
- Clothes: Pepe Jeans To Launch Tru-Blu Jeans To Sustainable Fashion Market
- Cosmolawlitan: Benetton Ads Spark Controversy but Embody Fashion Spirit
- Fashion Is Evolution: How To Make A Book Clutch
- Fish Monkey's Writing Stuff: Not-Sexy Dressing
- Forever Amber: Size Zero, My Ass
- In Her Glam: Glam Feature Jill Allison
- Koi Story: Hair Tutorial v2: Beehive
- Oh To Be A Muse: Make Up and Muses: The Eyes Have It
- Oranges & Apples: My Relationship With Make Up
- Out Of Order: Easy DIY Bow Belt
- Paperdoll Vintage: My Top Ten Online Vintage Shops
- Paper + Cloth: 10 Crosby Is Here
- Roses et Epines: Is The Most Exciting Industry In The World Turning Boring?
- Semi: DIY Fringe Belt
- Tansuann: Versace For H&M Timeline
- The Style Confessions: Fashion For The Recession
- The Window Shopper: Your Christmas Party Survival Guide
- Statements in Fashion: How To Write Better Blog Posts
Holiday Sale at Shopbop: Rachel Roy, Anya Hindmarch, Rachel Zoe Bags, Coated Denim, Vix, Paige Jeans, Boots, Alexander Wang Purses, Sonia Rykiel, Tory Burch Bags, Vince Tops, Marc Jacobs Bags & Shoes.
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10 Crosby, Derek Lam's new diffusion line, debuted on Shopbop today, and it doesn't disappoint. Lam launched the line, named after the address of his NYC headquarters and inspired by the cool downtown girls who populate the neighborhood, back in June with a Resort lookbook starring model-of-the-moment Hanne Gaby Odiele. The collection is finally available for sale, and Shopbop celebrated the launch with their own lookbook of some of 10 Crosby's must-have pieces. Check out my favorites below - along with some more ideas on how to style the pieces.
Too gorgeous for words. This amazing behind the scenes look at the Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2012 show is breathtaking - the detail on the clothes, the hair, the makeup. And it really captures how much work goes into creating such a transcendent fashion moment.
I think I have died and gone to holiday merchandising heaven. Printemps, the famous Parisian department store, enlisted Karl Lagerfeld and his team at Chanel to create 11 window displays with the theme "Christmas: Dreams of Far Away." The results are absolutely amazing. For the Paris window, mini Karl's climb on the Eiffel Tower amid perfect little Chanel camellias. For Moscow, mini ballerinas dance on the stage of Chanel Theatre. For Venice, everything glitters, from the chandelier to the gorgeous gown. I just have one question: Karl, want to come help me decorate my place for the holidays?
Last week I had the pleasure of co-hosting an event at the Salvatore Ferragamo boutique at Somerset. The event celebrated the Ferragamo's Creations collection, a limited-edition series of historical styles created by Salvatore Ferragamo, many of them for Hollywood screen sirens like Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Judy Garland, Ava Gardner, Greta Garbo, Sophia Loren, Anna Magnani, and Carmen Miranda. The re-released styles are made on the original lasts, and each shoe is produced in a limited number of 150, 250 or 500 - and once they're sold, that's it. The style is no longer available.
The event was not just an opportunity to ogle some seriously beautiful shoes, though - I also learned a lot about the Salvatore Ferragamo heritage. For example, did you know that Ferragamo invented both the wedge heel and the stiletto? Ferragamo created the stiletto in the '50s for Marilyn Monroe. Who knew?
Check out all the gorgeous Creations styles at the Salvatore Ferragamo boutique at Somerset Collection through Sunday, November 20, and see pics from the event after the jump.
|Pieces from Daphne Guinness' wardrobe, currently exhibited at the museum at FIT|
It's no secret I have a major girl/fashion crush on Daphne Guinness. She is ridiculously inspirational to me. Check out an incredible profile on Daphne by NPR here.
(P.S.: Thank you to my good friend Kelly Lynne for sharing this interview with me!)
Giffords Circus By Ellen Von Unwerth from nathan guillaumey on Vimeo.
|Looks from the 2011 Kelly Lynne collection|
My favorite Detroit designer, Kelly Lynne, is having a one-day-only online sample sale on Black Friday (November 25). Via her Etsy store, you can score gorgeous, handmade pieces from past and present collections at incredible prices. Whether you're shopping for yourself or someone special on your holiday shopping list, you don't want to miss this! Check out the Kelly Lynne collection on her website, and be sure to log on to her Etsy page on the 25th!
UPDATE: Psst...I have a secret! Kelly Lynne launched her sample sale a little early for friends and family - since I love all my little blog readers, I wanted to make sure you were in the know. ;)
One of fall 2011's key colors, I fell for red back in August when I styled a shoot with local rock band See Jane Rock. Fronted by twin sisters Mia and Sydney, the band was going for a rock chic look. I pulled a pair of super skinny, bright red jeans by Rich & Skinny and paired them with a sparkly Alice + Olivia top, my own leather jacket, and Mia's own Converse.
|Mia from See Jane Rock|
Mia looked pretty badass, and I was instantly obsessed. After the shoot I even bought my very own pair of red skinny jeans.
So back to my birthday shopping spree - my love affair with red, sparked by those red skinny jeans, was in full effect. Check out my new wardrobe staples:
Carine Roitfeld, former editor of French Vogue, is a super hero. Since leaving the magazine, she has started working with Barneys, styling their windows and catalogues, and is even a face for the store. In this fabulous video shot by Mario Sorrenti, Roitfeld goes about her fabulous day being her fabulous self in fabulous Paris. Yes, she's that fabulous.
Ever been flipping through the latest issue of Vogue and thought to yourself, "You know, this magazine would be WAY better if it was bigger"? Well, then the latest issue of Visionaire, the super expensive collectors fashion magazine, is definitely for you.
The Standard Edition of the "Larger Than Life" issue, which features Lady Gaga as a mermaid on the cover, measures up to over 3' x 4' - yes, FEET. If that's still not big enough, there is a 5' x 7' Deluxe Edition available in a limited edition of 250.
So what does the extra, Guinness World Record-breaking real estate offer? As Visionaire says on its website, the issue "gives iconic artists and image-makers the forum to take their visions to a massive scale." To see just how massive, and to find out who contributed to the largest magazine ever, watch the video here.
Visionaire #61 "Larger Than Life" Standard Edition, $375, and Deluxe Edition, $1,500 | http://www.visionaireworld.com/shop/
Christian Louboutin: Celebrating 20 Years and the Launch of the Book from BARNEY'S NY/ Michelle Chu on Vimeo.
As if you weren't already convinced that the Barneys visual department is genius, check out this behind-the-scenes video of how the New York store's current windows, celebrating 20 years of Christian Louboutin and the launch of the designer's new book, were created. Absolutely brilliant.
|Sui He and Hanaa Ben Abdesslem|
"It's a big moment of change in fashion. In some cases, you feel like it’s the end of an era. I have been feeling this with cover subjects, and especially models. These eight girls are unique, not one is like the other. Candice is the only blonde and blue-eyed of this new generation of supermodels. Joan is black, Sui He is Asian, Hanaa is North African. It’s their diversity that makes each of them, to me, truly modern. They bring a new energy to fashion."
Many seasons ago, before she was adorning the likes of Mia Wasikowska, Lara Stone, and Kristen McMenamy for publications like Interview, W and Vogue Italia, I met couture milliner Heather Huey at a party she was throwing during fashion week. An absolute sweetheart and total doll, Huey is also brilliantly creative. Known for exquisite headpieces and incredible cages (seriously, how does she make those beautiful things?), Huey has taken the fashion world by storm, and it's been fun to watch her star rise. Earlier this week, The Cut ran a slideshow of some of her best work to date, which you can see here. Also be sure to check out her site, www.heatherhuey.com, to see more creations so beautiful they'll make you cry.
Diving for McQueen on Nowness.com.
I am obsessed with this video of New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn talking with Alexander McQueen designer Sarah Burton about the house's breathtaking, marine-inspired Spring/Summer 2012 collection. The detail the camera catches is exquisite - when shot in extreme close up, the clothes look like living, breathing creatures. You really see the level of craftsmanship that goes into creating each and every piece. And how amazing is the Alexander McQueen atelier? So pristine, the perfect incubator for otherworldly fashion.
It's also fascinating to listen to Horyn and Burton talk about the next generation entering the fashion profession. They are from two ends of the fashion world spectrum, but they both seem to be saying the same thing: Everyone wants the glory - to sit front row, to be the designer - but no one wants to put in the actual work to get there.
Thank the fashion gods there are people like Burton and the genius she succeeded who took the time to learn the craft and become true artists - without them, fashion would be just a sad, commercial mess.
When developing the BCBGMAXAZRIA fragrance, the goal was to create something that would truly embody the spirit of the BCBGMAXAZRIA woman. Our woman is both trendsetting and timeless. She does it all, and the BCBGMAXAZRIA fragrance embodies that appeal, making it perfect for every woman. We worked with rare ingredients, such as the orris flower and lily of the valley from the south of France, to achieve a sophisticated yet flirty fragrance jewel.
When you live in Michigan (or anywhere else with schizophrenic fall/winter weather), your outwear wardrobe deserves just as much attention as your regular wardrobe. With the temperature dropping, I find myself craving the comfort of a warm, cozy jacket that will help me transition from the golden days of autumn to the gray days of winter. Fortunately, lots of labels have been updating a utilitarian classic: the parka. The best come with (faux or real) fur trim and extra special details. Here are some of my faves:
Set your DVRs - a documentary on designer/film director/fashion god Tom Ford is airing October 23 on OWN. (Marie Claire)
The LA Times jumps on the Alexander Wang train. (LA Times)
How does Carine Roitfeld stay in such svelte shape? Ballet! (Huffington Post)
Preview Madewell's spring collection. (The Cut)
Tavi interviews Lula editor-in-chief Leith Clark (NOWNESS)
Anyone looking for super fancy, $19,000 shoelaces? Yeah, I didn't think so. (Fashionista)
Yep, it's official - Doo-Ri Chung is the next guest designer in Macy's series of collaborations for its Impulse line. Slated to hit stores on February 15, 2012, the Doo.Ri for Impulse, Only at Macy's collection will preserve the artisanal draping, knits and prints that have made her signature line a success.
Chung, who recently dressed First Lady Michelle Obama in a purple jersey gown for a state dinner in honor of South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, told WWD that she didn't water down her design aesthetic for the mass market:
"The customer is very different from whom we've catered to before, but I really didn't have to adapt. Macy's wanted to keep the design level high. I didn't feel the challenge was very different," Chung said in an exclusive interview.
"We wanted her to keep to her DNA," added Nicole Fischelis, Macy's Inc. group vice president and fashion director. "It’s about her soft sinuous draping, how she works with jersey, her colorblocking. She has a very sensuous approach to clothing. It's modern couture for the new millennium customers."The fifth designer to collaborate with Macy's, Chung is in good company. Karl Lagerfeld's line for the retailer bowed earlier this fall, and Giambattista Valli's collection debuts next week.
Thanks to fashion wunderkind Alexander Wang, our nails will be plenty chic this spring. That's when the collection of nail polish he created in collaboration with Sally Hansen for his S/S 2012 show will hit stores. Including three shades - Oxblood, a deep aubergine, Parchment, a milky neutral, and Petrol, a blue black - the collection is dark, moody and will go with everything in your wardrobe.
Into the Gloss got the details from Sally Hansen's Jin Soon Choi backstage at Wang's show:
"Sally Hansen and Alex worked together on a nail collaboration—they come out in April. There’s three shades: Parchment, Petrol, and Oxblood, and they were completely inspired by him. He gave them his fabric swatches from the collection. Today we used Parchment, and only one coat, no base or top coat, because he doesn’t want to have a really high gloss. I think it’s going to be cool to mix dark colors with bright colors for spring: hands bright, toes dark…I think it will be very very cool."Also, check out a behind-the-scenes video of the collection and interview with Wang after the jump.
|The Monika Chiang store in Los Angeles, photographed by Stefanie Keenan for WWD|
Designer Monika Chiang now has a home for her tough-yet-polished collection of womenswear. The clothing and accessories - marked by leather, studs, spikes and lots of black - are displayed in an uber-femme boutique on Robertson Boulevard in Los Angeles.
“I want people to feel like they are walking into their dressing room,” Chiang told WWD of the boutique, which was designed with Space Architects using a dreamy palette of blue, gray and white and chic brass chandeliers.
The LA store is Chiang's retail debut, with a New York store slated to open early next year.
|Boxer in haircalf and leather, $1,390|
|Jason Wu s/s 2012|
“This partnership offers an exciting opportunity for me to interpret my aesthetic into a collection made for a broader market,” he said. “It was very interesting for me to translate my signature touches into a more affordable collection without compromising quality, design and sophistication. My collection for Target features clothes and accessories that are easily convertible from day to evening — sophisticated, feminine dresses, mix-and-match separates and playful accessories all with a bit of charm and dressed-up attitude.”The collection will be available February 5 through March 6, 2012 at most Target stores and Target.com. Prices will range from $19.99 to $59.99 for apparel and $19.99 to $49.99 for handbags and scarves.
UPDATE: Watch a video of Jason Wu talking about the collection after the jump.
Fashion art brand Rodarte has launched an official YouTube channel, where you can watch past runway shows, behind-the-scenes footage, and fashion shorts like the exquisite The Curve of Forgotten Things, starring Elle Fanning. The video from the spring/summer 2012 collection is of course on view, and there's definitely more to this collection than what came across on first view. The clothes are youthful and pretty, but the Van Gogh references are also a bit melancholy. Plus the soundtrack, hair and makeup are killer. Tune in here for more Rodarte.
Sometimes you just need a shoe that makes you feel like a badass - these Sam Edelman "Zoe" platform wedge booties deliver. The quilted, buckled harness detail gives off a serious don't-mess-with-me vibe, and the 5" wedge heel is the perfect height for power stomping down the runway of life.
|Photo credit: J.Crew.com|
Undeniably chic, J.Crew's ladylike-with-a-masculine-edge Edie purse is the perfect structured bag for fall. The matte leather - in one of the season's key colors, flame - is offset by antique hardware, and this little beauty is versatile: it can be carried briefcase style by the top handle or worn crossbody thanks to the detachable strap.
$238 at www.jcrew.com
The Burberry Prorsum show walked in London yesterday, and it was yet another phenomenal outing from designer Christopher Bailey. You can always expect three things from a Burberry collection, and this one does not disappoint: amazing outerwear, gorgeous dresses and sweaters, and killer accessories. Some of the patchwork mosaic prints were a little odd, but there was enough working in this collection to let it slide. The opening purple trench coat with a full, pleated skirt was a beautiful way to start the show, and frocks don't get prettier than the yellow and green pleated numbers. The closing coat, a trench with chunky knit sleeves, was yet another innovative take on the classic garment - seriously, who knew there were so many different ways to interpret the trench coat? And the accessories - every pair of shoes on the runway was drool worthy, and shoppers will be swooning over the bags. But the real star were the great parkas - cropped, cinched at the waist, beaded or embellished with raffia, each one is a must have.
The September shows are such a tease. Just as the weather is starting to go downhill, slowly descending into the icy depths of winter, designers trot out their spring collections, showing clothes made for weather that won't be seen for at least six months. Sigh.