Though I'll RARELY to NEVER admit it (bookmark this post, bitches), sometimes it helps to have a male point of view. And that's where writer Matt Brand - sartorial master (this man wears seersucker without a TRACE of irony, y'all), dating and relationships "expert" (oh, hey, check out his dating network/The Onion-esque news site The Impersonals) and voice of clever menswear blog, The Straight Leg, comes in.
On a recent rainy night, I dispatched Matt to cover the opening of the new Frye flagship in SoHo, and let's just say reviews are mixed. Is the big, shiny Frye store worthy of a CLOONEY or is the store leaning a little...TOM CRUISE? What the hell is a Clooney and what does it mean to lean Tom Cruise? I understand your confusion, friend. Click here to read more, for complete and utter illumination, etc.
Do you remember the first time? That's the question iconic Brit footwear brand Dr. Martens is posing to fans this fall with their new (and utterly gorgeous) campaign starring the appropriately English models Agyness Deyn and Ash Stymest.
Dr. Martens tapped revered British photog Gavin Watson to capture the brand's 'spirit of rebellion' (thankfully, this marketing speak actually feels legitimate as it references Docs) and inate Britishness. Check out my fave image of Aggy and Ash, and be sure to view the lovely film below.
Share your FIRST - first love, first fight, first show, first embarrassment, or yes, first pair of Docs - with the brand by following them on Twitter and tagging your tweet with #firstandforever.
I first met shoe designer Jerome C. Rousseau a few years ago, and I was charmed by his youthful exuberance and playful yet undeniably luxurious designs (is there a finer combination? Seems unlikely.) My love of Jerome has, thankfully, been reinforced by the amazing Autumn/Winter campaign images that just crossed my inbox, featuring pint-sized pop powerhouse Siobhan Fahey - founding member of the iconic '80s Brit girl group Bananarama and later, the band Shakespeares Sister (STAYYYY).
Time has treated Siobahn well, and she's still adorable and sexy. The series of playfully eccentric images, live now on site, was shot by Patrick Fraser and inspired, in large part, by legendary 1970s performer and choreographer Lola Falana.
Do these snaps inspire you to add any Jerome Rousseau shoes to your fall shopping list? While I might need to be BURIED in them to justify CPW, I'm admittedly tempted by the knee-high leopard wedge boots...meow!
To call me an UGG Australia afficiado is a generous understatement. When it comes down to nitty-gritty, bitter cold winter weather, I can think of no shoe or boot I'd rather have on my feet. In fact, earlier this year, I even submitted a v. special request to UGG via Twitter - namely a request that they make a full body suede and shearling-lined snuggie for cold-weather climates like New York. FINE, that might be excessive. And admittedly, the folks at UGG apparently found my idea ridiculous, as they haven't behooved my request. Yet. I mean, I am holding out HOPE over here.
UGG's making a big move this September with the launch of the all new UGG COLLECTION, inspired by the rustic luxury of Italy. The high-end collection pays homage to the centuries-long history of fine craftsmanship and superior materials for which the region is known and will be available at select high-end retailers, UGG Flagship stores and www.uggaustralia.com beginning on September 1, 2011. Price points for footwear range from USD $495-$1195 and handbags range from USD $650 - $1950 - pricey, I know!
For a preview of select UGG Collection boots, take a gander through the gallery - and tell all, do any styles tempt you, your wallet, the like?
Yesterday, I left the house with little to no time for sartorial preparation for my day. As I am wont to do, to be clear. That was UNFORTUNATE, to say the least, as my evening entailed an encounter (at Lucky Magazine's chic Summer Jam soiree)... an encounter with The Bumbys.
In case you're not familiar - I wasn't mentally prepared myself - The Bumbys are Jill and Gill, a cleverly disguised, mixed-gender duo that provide an "honest appraisal of your appearance" on a charmingly typed (yes, TYPED on a TYPEWRITER TYPED) notecard. Find out more about their unique brand of performance art on THE FACEBOOK or THE TWITTERZ and check out Gill's hilare (and not entirely inaccurate) assessment of my style from last night:
While I clearly didn't put the appropriate amount of effort in my jig yesterday, here's what I wore and what The Bumby's therefore judged:
Tom Ford Anouk Sunglasses (no longer available)
Sky Top (no longer available, other styles available here)
My love of wedges is much like my love of pyramid studs - it's, at this point, expected of me, not a surprise to anyone, etc. etc. But even I didn't expect to fall so madly, deeply and truly in love with the ALDO for Julian Louie Sobeslava Wedge.
This graphic, structured wedge is nothing short of an architectural marvel, with a towering 5-inch wedge, including a 1-inch platform. Surprisingly, the shoe stays walkable, though I did insert a Killer Kushionz insert from Foot Petals to add some comfort to what would otherwise be an entirely unforgiving insole.
The African-inspired print on the Sobeslava wedge is SUPER fierce, and garners a TON of attention on the street. Warning: this shoe is NOT for wallflowers.
Snag the Sobeslava wedge at an Aldo store near you (but move fast, I snagged the last pair in store!) or online for $125.
Photo snapped by Danny Chung of The Modman. Danny, thanks for crawling on the floor to capture this magic moment in footwear.
At this point, it's high hilarity for me to discuss my love of shoes. Blah, blah, blah, you've heard it all before. And while I usually lean in the direction of a splurge as opposed to a steal when it comes to footwear, there are a few notable exceptions to the rule, including Sole Society, the shiny, new shoe club from Hautelook.
Sole Society members receive a monthly "closet" of carefully selected shoes designed to complement their personal style. Picks are based on an in-depth questionnaire that you complete at registration, and come with handy dandy styling tips from Fashion Insiders that include stylish gals about town like my pal Jamie Stone of Queen of the Quarter Life Crisis and the delightful Jeannine Morris of Beauty Sweet Spot. If you choose to order a style from your Sole Society closet, you'll pay just $49.95, with free shipping and returns. There's no obligation to purchase (of course!) and if for some reason you're not loving the month's selections, you can request new picks in an instant.
Included in the mix for ME this month was the Kyte, a nude (also available in black) strappy, open toe shoe/bootie hybrid seen above (p.s. ignore the weird dents in my leg from sitting cross-legged!) The versatility on the Kyte is boundless, and for that, I'm loving it. Try it with a skinny jean, flirty summer dress or an easy silk cargo to add a bit of polish.
To become a Sole Society member, you can use my personal invitation link here.
What you see above is a failed and therefore, sadly cropped Outfit of the Day photo, friends. But, as I'm oft forced to acknowledge, they (read: photos of me) can't all be winners - sometimes, the camera just doesn't cooperate. So, instead, let's focus on the positive. And by positive, I mean the amaze Ruthie DavisPierced Platform Pumps that I snagged for just $30 at Beacon's Closet yesterday (originally...wait for it...$865).
These entirely ridiculous claret leather pumps walk a fine line. Namely the line between me WORKING A POLE (the staggering 5" platform heels leave few other viable career options), and me FALLING FACE FIRST ON WORKING A RUNWAY. For the record, I do NEITHER in my day to day life, but these shoes let me live out a wide variety of fantasies, and for that, I love them.
Learn more about Ruthie Davis and her TDF collection here, and shop online at Endless.
It took a long time for me to come around to the idea of a peep toe bootie, and rightfully so. I mean, let's think through the logic of this style (or lack thereof, as the case may be is).
A bootie (keeps your feet covered and warm)...with a peep toe (exposes your toes to the elements!) Non-sensical, I know, but if you're tempted to get on board, meet Kenneth Cole New York's Meshing Around.
With a built-in 0.75 inch platform, and a staggering 4-inch heel, these booties make a MAJOR statement, yet somehow, inexplicably, remain insanely walkable. While unlikely in terms of actual, you know, execution, they make me feel like I can run a marathon, leap tall buildings in a single bound, etc., etc.
If you need a towering statement heel that allows you to go about your business "like a woman in the world" (cc: Felicia Sullivan), the Meshing Around bootie is available in black or fatigue green (seen above) online for $228 at Kenneth Cole.
FTC Disclosure: These booties were gifted to me following a press event sponsored by Kenneth Cole.