Friday, February 29, 2008
1. Are you sure you didn't get this from a museum vault?
Thursday, February 28, 2008
1. A calmer, less post-ity dress that would be easy to wear:
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Even though we have yet to see Chanel and Andrew Gn, Paris Fashion Week has proven to be one monstrosity after another. Designers have resorted to ridiculous "bad fashion" gimmicks that prove to be more show than store. The puffy, the tawdry, the mismatched, the tacky, and the downright fugly have taken hold of Parisian designers, and I can both barely look and barely not. Let's hope that Karl Lagerfeld doesn't get too experimental.
Additional Fugly Looks:
1. Maison Martin Margiela, Fall 2008: Anyone need a tire for a turtleneck?
2. Vivienne Westwood, Fall 2008: Pippi Longstocking Meets Snuffleupagus!
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
2. (BEST) RUNNER UP: Marion Cotillard in Jean Paul Gautier: She shone in La Vie En Rose (I was absolutely moved by her performance), and she shone in an unexpected mermaid gown (not everybody can pull off mermaid with aplomb).
3. (BEST) THIRD PLACE: Anne Hathaway in Marchesa: Roses are red...and fabulous.
1. WORST DRESSED: Tilda Swinton in (gasp!) Lanvin: She looks like a corpse in a lopsided garbage bag (she has always creeped me out).
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Saturday, February 23, 2008
1. A space-agey look that Fendi has nailed (note the spectacular belt and boots):
Thursday, February 21, 2008
1. Another taupe snakeskin clutch (I already have a larger version):
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
1. I'd wear this wedding cake:
1. All prim and (somewhat) proper:
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
As a "normal" person, I find myself juggling this very issue. As a woman, I must consider that financial recklessness is akin to loosing one's self-esteem and financial options. But if you are willing to shop in an unconventional manner, you can find a resolution that satisfies both your bank account and your closet.
1. This may seem like a no-brainer, but wait until sale season. For many women, this option is about as pleasing as snakes on a plane (I happened to watch about half an hour of this monstrosity before I had to shut the TV off). The trick to this option is to know what items will sell out and which ones won't. Shoes are unlikely to sell out, and unless you are considering a "limited edition" bag, chances are they won't sell out either. Clothes, however, do sell out, especially if you have a common size.
2. Consider shopping at high-end consignment shops for non-"it" items at a fraction of the cost. I discovered this amazing one on my way to the Barneys Warehouse Sale the other day (total madness, BTW). I snagged a pair of emerald and diamond earrings for a ridiculously low price and crocodile belts (one was Chanel, the other one was Barneys' brand) for a shockingly satisfying price. I also noticed that they had a copious amount of REAL Hermes bags--Birkins and Kellys--for a marked-up price but at least they were readily available (no wait list!).
3. Shop at sample sales. I have snagged many a deal, but it does require a "Rambo Mentality" (my phrase). Prepare to do battle. (See my earlier post for war tactics that work.)
4. Create a shopping list for each season, and stick to it. Evaluate your closet, and be mindful that each additional item will bring either worth or dross to your closet's real estate value. (Do you really need another black dress?) If there is one hot dress that you have to have, buy only that one. Save elsewhere (manicures, coffees, taxis, and take-out are all items that are unnecessary costs that you can cut).
5. Mix high and low. You don't need every item in your closet to be "designer." H&M, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, JCrew, and Kenneth Cole all are low-end stores to find cute, trendy tops, tailored slacks, and cashmere cardigans. Standout items should be designer, but peripheral items can be low-end.
And remember: set aside some money to save as well as to spend. Set up an automatic savings plan from one account to the other (I recommend ING Direct, as they have one of the highest interest plans--you know that you are making money on your savings). Good luck!
Monday, February 18, 2008
1. Rich colors, easy look:
Friday, February 15, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
In my earlier post about Ferragamo's hit stingray clutch, I hailed the beauty of the stingray skin. Recent sightings have confirmed my prediction that this is the new "it" skin. Oscar de la Renta created a luscious, soft gray stingray clutch for Fall 2008, Celestina created a demure cream stingray clutch, and Marios Schwab created fierce jackets that mimic the texture of the stingray skin. (I personally am dangerously close to purchasing the wallet version of Ferragamo's clutch, but my husband insists that my Chanel wallet has been doing a fine job so far. Husbands. They're so...practical.)
1. Oscar de la Renta: call your nearest store to put your name on the (long) waiting list. NOW.
2. Celestina: available for $1,445 at net-a-porter.com.