After treading the historical Sicilian landscape from a time loooooooong ago when the island interacted with ancient Greece, Dolce & Gabbana returned bearing treasure: these amazing golden sandals studded with gemstone goodness. Dressy enough to replace your usual hell-on-heels all summer, they would be a super-fun footwear go-to for the duration of the warmer weather.
Coco Chanel once observed that fashion went beyond just hemlines to encompass everything from the ideas of the day, to the way we live & what is going on around us. It's "in the sky" she noted. I agree, so I recently launched daily podcast which filters all this zeitgeisty fabulousness through the lens of fashion! It's around 5'ish minutes long & covers fun topics like how camo crossed over from the battlefield to the runway, who was behind the trench coat, the LBD, the history of jeans & why I think Fashion Week is for sale.
Leather boxing gloves, brass jump ropes & a LED timer which simulates the countdown in a round of a boxing match round out this cage installation - a continuation of the OBJECTS N.3 collection - at the Alexander Wang store on Grand Street in NYC. Oddly cool methinks.
“Every so often, an author creates...a female figure of such dazzling originality and truth that she will resonate with readers for all time," observes Samantha Hahn. "As an artist consumed by the female form, I could not resist the challenge of bringing each of the greatest women in literature (in my own opinion, of course) to life, as, reading intently, I see them spring forth in my mind." The NYC-based illustrator has just published Well-Read Women: Portraits of Fiction's Most Beloved Heroines,
in which she portrays 50 fab females in Western literature with watercolors, pen & a sharp eye for the best details. Including Anna Karenina in furs, Clarissa Dalloway rocking a Jazz Age turban and everyone's fave mystery-solve'stress, Nancy Drew. In fact, the minute I saw the Nancy illustration I realized it would be easy & fun to dress just like her likeness this fall!
GET THE LOOK: top - Proenza Schouler; skirt - OAK; kitten heels - Bruno Magli; earrings - Kimberly McDonald; clutch - Olympia Le Tan - all Net-a-Porter
- Lesley Scott
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The gorgeous new Miss America, Nina Davuluri, has her roots in Andhra Pradesh on the southeastern coast of India. During yearly visits to the country, she trained in both the Bharatnatyam & Kuchipudi forms of Indian classical dance; the former is modern revival of an ancient temple-dance artform called Cathir, while the latter originated in Andhra Pradesh. For the talent portion of the beauty contest, she performed a rollickingly fab Bollywood fusion dance routine which she developed with Nakul Dev Mahajan, choreographer for So You Think You Can Dance. “It’s the first time Bollywood has ever been performed on the Miss America stage," noted Davuluri, "and it’s such an honor for myself, my family and the Indian community, as well."
Here are five excellent Nina-approved style not-so-secrets to try for yourself:
#5: Baby blue & claret-red look most excellent together. With so many variations of oxblood, wine & burgundy in stores for fall, take advantage of these sartorial riches to buy at least one item in this chic shade. And pair it with something in a snazzy schade of aquamarine blue, such as a scarf, belt, necklace or earrings.
#4: Bangles! Stack 'em high, higher, highest. Repeat on other arm.
#3: State it with a standout necklace. Find the biggest, boldest & baddest one you feel comfortable wearing & workitworkitworkit.
#2: The eyes have it: bold eyeliner at the very least & a fringe of fake fluttery lashes if you really wanna pump up the volume.
Until World War I, the French military went to war wearing snazzy knickers in a chic shade of... #shootmedead red. Not surprisingly, devastating losses forced them to rethink their battlefield attire. To transition the uniforms from targets-practice-on-two legs to stealth, they brought people who were artistically inclined. Although most of these Camoufleurs were illustrators, designers & painters, zoologists were part of the mix later, notably because of their passionate belief that camo was vital for evading aerial observation.
The designers fighting in the trenches took camo out of the context of battle and in 1943, it appeared in Fashionland. “The early article explained what proper military camouflage was to the Vogue reader," explains Hamish Bowles, the magazine's European editor-at-large. “The next article came in 1971, when we published a trend collage on camouflage [that] showed little pictures of society girls around town. It says, ‘It works: the look of uniform. It’s functional, practical, good-looking’ . . . they put it right up there with blue jeans."
The fact that blue is the hue dominating many fashion-camo color palettes merely reflects a massive ongoing trend in the world of style. Starting with what Pantone dubbed the "Expressive 00s", the color giant celebrated the new millenium by selecting Cerulean Blue as the Color of the Year for 2000. Blue was also one of the Top Social Media colors for 2012, garnering 125 million mentions; "Dazzling Blue". The same shade as the Facebook logo, was selected as the #1 shade for Spring 2014, so don't be surprised if, come December, it is crowned the reigning overall Color of the Year for 2014.
This fur & sweater look showed up on the Michael Kors runway. For spring. Cashmere & a fur stole…in spring?!
Not only does Fall start about a week later than it used to, but Spring starts up to 10 days earlier as climate change continues to throw the traditional fashion calendar into stormy disarray. (11 of the Earth’s 12 warmest years since 1890 have occurred after 1996.) And the difference between seasons just ain’t whadditchustabe as the weather continues to morph into a single extended season with some variations in temps & inclement weather. Plus, we all spend so much time indoors & in our cars, we don’t really need the heavy winter clothes of grandma’s day. Transitioning from spring to fall often means rocking the same pair of jeans, but tossing on a cashmere sweater or maybe a blazer - ie. just adding a layer. Going forward, how might fashion designers respond to climate change?” In the New York Fashion Week of the future,” predicts one writer about the catwalks of 2025, “we might see Marc Jacobs showing just one Fall/Winter/Summer/Spring collection.”
"Before, some men looked at fashion askance," observes Toby Bateman, the buying director of the male attire arm of Net-a-Porter in T, The New York Times Style Magazine (September 12, 2013). "But now it has become more gentrified; it’s about cut, tailoring. It’s contemporary, chic and stylish rather than glitzy, trendy and logo driven." Which is why Dolce & Gabbana, Lanvin & Ralph Lauren have all flourished despite the economic crisis, and in the case of Tom Ford, grown to almost 100 stores worldwide and $200 million in annual apparel sales. "Men’s wear," adds Bateman, "is the new women’s wear.”
This Drop of Tear ring (available at Boticca) is made entirely by hand with oxidized sterling silver and a 9mm zircon by Turkish designer Selda Okutan. It obviously makes a striking statement as is, but for the bold bride, it would certainly be an eyecatching engagement ring.
- Lesley Scott
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Google Glass may look goofy (just sayin') but goofy seems to be in at present judging by fashion tastemakers rocking them at #nyfw, including like Lucky magazine's Eva Chen (left), Project Runway's Nina Garcia and these two dapper dudes (below) futuristic'ing up their retro vibe - quite successfully, I might add.
One thing that's not goofy is this new app which will allow Glassholes to snap a pic of someone wearing something they like or perhaps in a store window and then order: "OK Glass, I want this." To fulfill your command, the Glashion app will query the ShopStyle API to find matches, which you can either swipe to see more options or, when you find something you want, simply tap & Glashion will email you a link on a retail site so you can buy.
Alternatively, if you're out & about and want to get your brick & mortar on, it will direct you to a store nearby that has the item or something similar.