30 Spring Bags I Want to Buy Now. →
Think I have an accessories addiction? *I took the link down because FashionEtc.com has died. May it forever RIP.
6 Eco-friendly Products--Green Is Chic. →
Earth Day may have passed but you can still go green with these enviro-friendly products. Future generations will thank you.
Warby Parker Finally Launches RX Shades →
I’ve been waiting for this day FOREVER. Prescription sunglasses courtesy of Warby Parker, my go-to for glasses and charity. My summer is made.
Maje Launches Brigitte Bardot-Inspired Capsule... →
Not content to merely open a new boutique this month, French label Maje has just released a capsule collection of tees inspired by iconic actress Brigitte Bardot. Pair with—what else?—that other Bardot staple, a sexy bikini.
15 Chic Gifts for Stylish Moms... →
Mother’s Day is coming! Fret not, I rounded up 15 items, from bags to clothes to shoes and skincare—and yes, even jewelry—that your mom will love. I love spoiling my mother, much to her dismay. So break out the credit card and start shopping.
Sneak Peek at Fashion Girls for Japan sale! →
I love when great causes and fashion combine. It just works. Julie Gilhart helped pull Fashion Girls for Japan together last year, raising $275,000. This year, the sale is back, and she gave me a preview of the goods up for offer and what they’re hoping to accomplish the second time around. Check out the items and get the info on where to go this weekend.
The best 30 minute facial you'll ever have... →
To introduce its new Skin Caviar Liquid Lift serum, La Prairie invited editors to try out a corresponding facial. My skin has never felt or looked this good. The serum is pricey ($500) but the facial is worth the $95.
Lotto Jackpot shopping. →
As if you weren’t fantasizing about your shopping jags once you scored the $500 million Lotto jackpot. FashionEtc picked out what we’d buy with our winnings.
Check out my fave pieces from Kenneth Cole's new... →
The big news this week in accessories is that Kenneth Cole is launching an entirely new line. It’s more fashion forward (and thus, more expensive) but it’s pretty darn nice. And it’s more than just shoes. Cole played with texture for the Fall 2012 collection, using pony, leather, snake and more in rich colors. It’s definitely a line I’m going to be keeping my eyes...
Stuart Weitzman is launching bags for Fall. →
40 Shoes I want to own for Spring. →
There are few things I love more than accessories. A great shoe, bag, or necklace can pull your entire look together. And if you’re like me right now, you’re staring at your winter wardrobe wondering how to quickly update it for the balmy weather. Easy. Buy new shoes. I combed through pages and pages of shoes to find the 40 best heels, wedges, sandals, pumps, oxfords, and flats all in...
Rachel Zoe's Spring 2012 collection is in stores... →
So of course I had to pick my favorite pieces that you should buy. From sequins to gowns to cute animal print, these are summer musts. Shopping, anyone?
Coach launches its new Legacy collection →
You know what they say: what’s old is new again. Coach delved into its archives for a collection that’s bright, bold, and so very now, even with its vintage heritage. From the duffle sacs to iPad cases to Magazine totes, the line is very chic. It hits stores August 1.
New obsession: DVF's Fall 2012 accessories →
Remember those fun little bags DVF sent down the runway during NYFW? They’re even better up close. Opened up, they have a fantastic mirrored compartment. How genius.
Laura Mercier adds a new foundation--rejoice! →
I’ve been a big fan of Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer for years. It’s just about perfect. Except sometimes you want a little more coverage—without looking like you’re wearing makeup. The brand has just launched the lightweight Oil Free Suprême Foundation (out in April) that comes in the variety of shades you expect from LM.
My 50 fave shows from Fall 2012 →
That’s right, 50. To be fair, this is from all four Fashion Weeks. Narrowing it down from there is almost an impossible feat. The best part of collections, once they end, is going through and catching things you missed. Click through on FashionEtc.com to see all 50 shows. You might even find a new favorite.
Anna Sui and Tumi team up, we all win! →
Ditch that dull black roller carry-on bag and instead, pack your necessities in Anna Sui’s luggage collab with Tumi. The suitcase (carry-on), tote, laptop cover and shoe bags come in her signature purple with black butterfly stamp. Love.
I'm obsessed with Van Astyn bags. →
I like a clean, understated bag that isn’t too over the top for my day-to-day looks. But with so many chains, tassels, and logos adorning most, it’s almost impossible to find the right purse. Meet Van Astyn, your new favorite line. The leather is pure butter, the quality is beyond, and the price points are friendly. Bags run under $1,500. Go to FashionEtc.com to see more!
Who will take over Dior? →
Can’t keep up with the always-growing list of contenders for the top spot at Dior? Not a problem. I compiled a comprehensive list at every name suggested, who declined, and who just might take the job. Enjoy.
Calvin Klein Collection Fall 2012 Review →
Moody, dark, minimal. Oh how I love Calvin Klein Collection. Francisco Costa’s muse sat front and center—Rooney Mara—as her clones walked out on the runway. Lisbeth Salander goes high fashion, and works it. Austere, black (mostly) and full of leather, this was a collection so very Calvin Klein that you can’t help but applaud. I love a brand that doesn’t cave to...
Ralph Lauren Fall 2012 Review →
We knew that Downton Abbey had to make an appearance at the collections. How could it not? That it took the most American of designers to bring us looks inspired by a popular British costume drama shows just how important the show is to fashion. In a word, gorgeous. Yes, Ralph Lauren’s collection was sumptuous, chic, elegant—you want to wear the dresses while lounging in a drawing...
Anna Sui Fall 2012 Review →
Forget Givenchy’s cats. This Fall, it’s all about owls. Anna Sui’s collection was full of the wise old birds, and the effect was fun, whimsical, and so Sui. She reached into several decades for references—’60s through ’90s—but the collection was cohesive and really one of Sui’s best. Won’t lie, I was all about the caftan, but then,...
Narciso Rodriguez Fall 2012 Review →
The great excitement at Narciso Rodriguez’s show was that he was unveiling his new accessories line. Calf-length boots were the predominant look—and sure, they’re hard to pull off, but if you can, they’re guaranteed sexy. Rodriguez’s girls were subtly colorblocked, a nice change from all the bright clashes we saw last season on every runway. This was understated,...
Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2012 Review →
Going to a runway show can evoke a certain feeling, mood, that you associate with the clothing that you wouldn’t just by looking at images. Marc by Marc Jacobs is a good example. The mood was set by the music blasting—“Order of Death” by Public Image Ltd. Then the models marched out, in military and preppy looks that gave me a feeling of unease. Not because the clothes...
Zero + Maria Cornejo →
There’s one show I look forward to every Fashion Week, and that’s Zero + Maria Cornejo. Often times people don’t find what’s sent out on runways to be wearable, or even practical. (And, granted, what makes it into stores is the more toned-down version of what walks the catwalks.) But Cornejo makes beautiful clothes without sacrificing function. Her pieces are dresses that...
Donna Karan Fall 2012 Review →
I love the idea of power dressing = sultry, sexy (but not garish) and strong. Donna Karan’s Fall 2012 collection was all about the strong silhouette—shoulders, menswear inspired suits re-imagined and re-cut for the feminine figure, and even slinky dresses that made it clear who was in charge. And the hats! It’s a chapeau moment, people.
Tommy Hilfiger Fall 2012 →
Set in an indoor park, the Tommy Hilfiger Fall 2012 runway show immediately brought to mind Downton Abbey (which I missed in favor of NYFW). So it’s no surprise that, having one popular Brit on my brain that another came to mind seeing the clothes. The town and country themed pieces were very proper, sophisticated, and perfect for Kate Middleton. Can’t you just see her in the quilted...
DKNY Fall 2012 Review →
I loved this collection. Can I just say that? DKNY has really matured and grown. It’s no longer a “younger” line to Donna Karan, but a companion one. This collection (inspired by Beats and New York City) was full of leather. LEATHA! On coats, sleeves, jackets, dresses, skirts—you name it. The look wasn’t over the top however. It was just right, and just what I want...
Rachel Zoe Fall 2012 Review →
Rachel Zoe showed a collection heavy on the ’60s Brit rockstar look. If a young Mick Jagger had swaggered out on the runway, we wouldn’t have been surprised. The dresses were adorable and chic, the (faux—and good ones at that!) fur coats were, yes, rocking, and the skinny suits were spot on. A great outing for the stylist-turned-designer.
Doo.Ri Fall 2012 Review →
I’ve always loved Doo.Ri’s pleats—who doesn’t?—but her show today was about much more. She played with texture in a way that was clever and fun, and used intriguing fabrics to showcase her talents. All in all—gorgeous.
Costello Tagliapietra Fall 2012 Review →
It’s Fashion Week! Which means, pardon the slow posting. I’ll be over at FashionEtc.com posting and editing away for your viewing pleasure. In the meantime, here’s the first of my reviews this season. I always love seeing the Costello show. The boys know how to drape on a woman’s body. Just gorgeous. And it’s fun to see fall florals. I really can’t wait for...
Drugstore beauty confessional...
Truth time: My favorite lip color ever comes from the drugstore. Maybelline’s Color Sensational in Mauve-ulous has just the right amount of purple to flatter medium skin tones. It’s dramatic, bold, but not overpowering. And I get compliments every single time I wear it. Best of all: It’s under $10. Who says beauty has to cost a fortune? What’s your favorite drugstore find? ...
A little Stella McCartney Pre-Fall to whet your... →
If this doesn’t get you in the mood for NYFW (and Fashion Month!) nothing will! My favorite part of the Stella McCartney Pre-Fall collection was—wait for it—the accessories. I know, big shocker right? But her quilted chain bags and platform loafers, sandals and booties walked the perfect line between UES and downtown girl. Maybe that’s what I love so much about...
Who needs flowers for V-day?
I’d rather have shoes! My perfect guy would know this (note: this is probably why I’m single). I keep staring at these Pierre Hardy wedges at Barneys and am swooning! It may not be spring yet, but it sure does feel like it. I just need a hot new pedicure and I’m good to go. Pierre Hardy Tri-Color Wedge, $595; Barneys.com.
It's all about the boyfriend bag. →
Coach has teamed up with Brooklyn based artist Hugo Guinness for a collection of totes and small accessories that are super chic. They’re also for men, but frankly, I think the bags are chic enough for any girl to carry. I want.
What to buy from Jason Wu at Target →
Late last week, editors and fashion insiders not only got a sneak peek at the Jason Wu x Target goods at the launch party, we also got to buy up some goodies! The lines were long, my feet were killing me, and I skipped trying things on. (Which means the zipper of one dress will barely go up—don’t you love having boobs?) But it was worth it—if only to bring you the top things to...
In which I pretend to be Hitchcock heroine at... →
Ferragamo showed its first Pre-Fall collection (ever) today and it was to die for. I know, that sounds like pure exaggeration but really, it was fantastic. Imagine the outfits Hitchcock heroines would wear, while traveling on a train. A really chic train. I’ve decided the one key accessory I need is a scarlet croc train case, paired with a cape and possibly a chapeau. It’s a look. And...
My love affair with La Prairie continues. →
Rarely do I find one beauty brand that I like quite so much. I pick and choose from various counters; an eye cream here, moisturizer there, anti-aging serum from elsewhere. But so far, La Prairie has a face peel, eye cream, day cream, night cream, and yes, hand cream that I love. LOVE. My skin has never looked or felt better. (And I’m wrinkle-free, a major feat for someone my age.) The...
My day: Styling a Karl look for Net-a-Porter. →
Can I just say that my day was completely awesome? Not only did I get a sneak peek of the Karl collection (debuting on Net-a-porter.com Wednesday, Jan. 25), but they asked me to style any look I want. To be honest—there were so many great pieces it was kind of hard to choose. This isn’t at all like the Macy’s line. Think great separates, cute dresses, and tough-girl looks that...
Oh, hello lovers. →
I want. That’s all.
It's a mod, mod world. →
Some years back I got the greatest set of eye crayons by Mary Quant. I loved them and used the set for years. Alas, finding them in the U.S. again is close to impossible. But with the rise of ’60s styles on the runway and at beauty counters, I can channel my inner mod gal with ease. From Oliver Goldsmith shades (re-issues of original styles from 1966) to Paco Rabanne’s acrylic bag and...
Rachel Roy's Ghana Clutch gives back. →
Everyone knows I’m a huge fan of mixing fashion and philanthropy. Why not shop or party for a good cause? Which is why I love Rachel Roy. Her work with various organizations is heartwarming and admirable. Roy’s latest endeavor is the Ghana Clutch, which benefits OrphanAid Africa. 100 percent of proceeds go to the cause. And the bag is damn chic, with the mantra Kindness Is Always...
Who doesn't need blue suede shoes? →
Sure spring is all about color, but I’m obsessed with the blue suede pumps that are everywhere. From YSL to Brian Atwood to Pierre Hardy, there are pairs in various shades of cobalt, cerulean, and sky. Makes you want to dance, doesn’t it? Check out all the shoes at FashionEtc.com.
missfashionfin asked: wheres the blue top in whit's first pic from?!
Whitney Port chats with me about NYFW. →
The adorably sweet (and really, she is) reality star-turned designer is making her Lincoln Center debut this NYFW. She’s admittedly nervous, but I’m sure she’ll rock things. Check out the full interview on FashionEtc.com, including Whitney’s big addiction: eyedrops. You heard it here first, folks.
Fashion's Finest Give Back
corbinchamberlin: Fashion’s finest is giving back. Mickey Boardman of Paper Magazine, Meenal Mistry of W Magazine/Style.com and Amina Akhtar, queen of the world and fashion director of fashionetc.com are grouping together January 17th at the Tribeca Hotel in benefit for Pancreatic Cancer Research. It’s a $20 minimum donation for a good cause, open bar and chance to mix and mingle with Mickey,...
I have a deep, dark secret.
I have been obsessed with Marc Jacobs Quilted Stam bag for years. Years. Since it first came out in 2005, I’ve eyed it. I’ve watched girls on the subway fling it around, with a few deadly sins flashing in my eyes. And yet, I never bought it. (I can feel you judging me.) There are zero good reasons for not having the bag on my shelves right now, nor can I actually explain my undying...
There's something about a giant watch on a tiny... →
It’s just chic. I’ve long fantasized about scoring a vintage gold Rolex to wear, but let’s face it: editorial is not a money-making scheme. (Or perhaps I’m just doing it wrong.) But the new crop of Boyfriend Bracelets won’t break the bank—though they just look like they do. (The Chanel and Chopard versions notwithstanding. They’re my I-landed-my-dream-job...
This is called lust.
I’ve been waiting for this python and gold spiked clutch by Christian Louboutin to hit stores for months. Look at it. Just. Look. At. It. This, my friends, is what I dream about. (Well, after world peace and a cure for cancer—I’m not a monster.) Is $2000 too much for a bag this unbelievably sexy? I say no. I’m already planning outfits around it for when my fairy godmother...