What should be the easiest part of everyone’s day ie: getting dressed in the morning, is sometimes the hardest. Getting dressed is actually a real pain. Matching, styling, digging through your closet — especially at a way-too-early morning hour. Luckily, this spring’s hottest denim trend comes in one easy piece: the overall. They can be great especially on a lazy Saturday when you don’t want to wear your gym clothes all day long, you don’t have any real plans, but you are miffed by what else besides basic jeans you could throw on.
Nineties style as I have written about before, See: Neo grunge, has returned in a big way, with flannel shirts, floral babydolls, and Dr. Martin combat boots slowly taking over our wardrobes. But that one item I wore in the 1990s I truly haven’t missed: overalls. Remember wearing overalls?! There were long ones, short ones, skirt ones, colorful ones, corduroy ones. Sometimes I’d even leave one strap unbuckled for cool points.While it can be intimidating for those of us who haven’t donned a pair since elementary school, no fear–why not try a pair and see how easy it is to get out and start your day?
Overall, (get it?), wearing them is a great idea, except for the bathroom necessities when you’re out and about. Last week while on a showroom appointment, I used the ladies’ room and my straps literally fell into the toilet. Sometimes you have to laugh things off, and not take life too seriously. The key here? Wear them, don’t style them. It’s a very real piece of clothing. Nothing underneath except a tube top or a blouse.
Wearing Topshop Full-length overalls, get a similar pair here and Current / Elliotts here, J Crew Breton striped shirt Elizabeth & James bright pink blazer, V73 transparent tote bag, Retrosuperfuture sunglasses
I watched silky overalls march down the runway s this past fashion week and wasn’t sure how quick it was going to catch on. I’ve already spotted many variations of the ’90s-tastic style, some even with one strap un-hooked à la Salt N’ Pepa. I think it’s safe to officially call it a spring trend.
Photos taken by Ria Michelle
I’ve never wanted to get additional ear piercings, because I was too afraid I’d regret it later, never had the desire for unnecessary pain by needle, and wasn’t that into punk. Frankly, I have a hard time drawing attention to the side of my head, namely my hairline. But it is really hard to ignore my recent appreciation of the single earring and hair jewelry happening right now in the accessories world. Piercing on all counts, is definitely a hallmark of punk style – in a safety-pin through the ear kind of way. Even if I consider a delicate piercing, it is out of the question for me, as my children delicately told me they would disown me if I were to pierce any body part. While I still fantasize in some way about going through with it, and regret my 19-year-old self bailing on the prospect, (I have truly seen too many horror stories) my ear cartilage is happy to be in tact.
Edgy and modern Generation Xers are constantly searching for something new. With their ears, lips, nose, and others piercings already adorned, they are on the hunt for the next body adornment. Not part of Generation X nor Y, with all the offerings available now, I am happy to say that you don’t need to pierce a body part to get the look. Why not try a toe ring this summer? Or jump into hair jewelry, or the single unmatched earring in a hole that is already pierced? Obviously Claire’s does the ball and chain thing pretty nicely for the under-13 set, but I have a new-found appreciation for all things delicate and simple. With a downtown edge. No needless needles going through my body required.
Today on The Fashion Hunter, we celebrate the adornments sans needles and the temporary fix to get just the decoration your ear and head is looking for. The key to decorating your limbs is to mix and match a me with a spiked cuff, and watch all those single eyes widen.
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1. Max & Chloe Nolan Chain black diamond chain cuff earring, $340.00
2. BCBGMAXAZRIA chain elastic headband, $48.00
3. Nasty Gal Hematite spiked ear cuff, $25.00
4. Maison Michel ‘Liberty’ Studded headband, 651.00
5. Delfina Delettrez Eye ball in gold/pearl/enamel single earring, $575.00
6. RP Encore single ear crow earring, $100.
7. Perfect for spring “It can’t rain all the time” single earring by Delfina Delettrez who lends us her sense of humor on our lobes, $320.00
8. Jacquie Aiche Ball chain ear cuff, $165.00
9. Jennifer Fisher star mini star and moon with pave diamonds, $1,200
10. Jennifer Meyer me stud in rose gold, $275.00 to mix your messages on a daily basis, $275.
11. Anni Jurgenson ear cuff with gold-plated spikes, $47.00
Spring’s performance has been less than stellar of late and now that it is finally May, and not much has changed in the weather department over these past few weeks, (okay we had one warm day), its time to break out the classics; the boyfriend jeans, the blazer, and the oversized men’s shirts. Borrowing from the boys has always been something that I lean towards, given my pared down simplified routine, and it isn’t a bad thing. Especially if you’re surrendering to a solid spring uniform.
Tired of sporting those washed up prints from last season? Or the “ish” dresses that sit in your closet? Me too. Not coincidentally, menswear for women is nothing new. I’m obsessed with the idea of a uniform, and men have that down to a science. I find myself picking up style tips from men’s sportswear. When I stare blankly into my closet wondering what to wear, eureka! It’s so simple. I just want to wear a blue and white striped dress shirt with an easy-to-manipulate collar and silver buttons that would look so incredibly French and chic, layered over anything. Maybe it’s the style hound Emmauelle Alt, the Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Paris, who makes that dress shirt so appealing. Her raison d’être is nothing but mere existing in her blazers and skinny jeans, and yet her über handsome French style is copied worldwide. Paired with a just right mini skirt for work, or jeans for le weekend, and a small lizard pouch, I know this look will do the trick with a capital T.
I recently asked a handful of the chicest moms I know to tell me about their dream Mother’s Day gifts. The common theme? Jewelry, homemade breakfast in bed, and some sleep. I can totally relate to that and the older my kids get, the more I just want the sleep portion of the day, and some good hugs, rather that anything else. With each passing year, my understanding of what it means to be a mother deepens, gets challenged and teaches me more and more about myself. Even with the joys, trials, and tribulations of motherhood, given life’s circumstances, there is no way I would trade it for the world. Today and throughout the weekend, The Fashion Hunter is dedicating this to all the beautiful mothers in the world, especially my own.
As far as what to get mom, she would probably be happy with just a long phone call, but why not go the extra mile for the woman who spent five hours baking your birthday cake or consoled you when that guy broke your 16-year old heart? Not a mom? You can give these things to yourself too, you know.
This is a brief collage of last-minute gift ideas should you find yourself without anything to give her on Sunday. Those on team mom, shift your eyesight just below where you will find a small slew of ideas, and don’t forget to show your appreciation and thank her for giving you a life which is more than anybody can ask.
Starting top left: Acne Studios ponyhair baseball cap for those moments that you just want to have that extra shade. Moving down the ladder, Catbird stackable necklaces because You are My moon and Stars says just about everything. Who has time for a mani pedi these days? Let alone waiting for the polish to dry? Hopefully somebody will cut you a break and give you the gift of time. This Butter LONDON black nail polish is awesome, get a similar one from NARS.
Middle row, on the top, the Jayson Home Burlap vase with the white roses inside is just the thing to make her smile. Did somebody mention rest? ZZZ right on this Calypso St. Barth skull rabbit pillow, no alarm clock needed. I was told by my dermatologist how important using face cream is especially now that the sun’s rays are known to be damaging to the skin, causing unwanted wrinkles. Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay cream is just the magic potion you need.
And finally, spread the joy and light up the room with some black votives, tell everyone how much you love them with this Paris Love ring, curl up with a cool stack of DIOR books, have your freaking Magnum Ice Cream bar if you want, and call it a night. Because nobody deserves it more than you.
Here’s to mom.
Come the beginning of May, high school girls’ thoughts stray away from homework, final exams, and school work as they start daydreaming about going to the beach, taking off their thinking caps for a bit and of being asked to the prom. Pinterest is currently swarming with weddings, cocktail attire, and details of what to wear for all types of party-goers. Tis’ the season for dressing up, and today on The Fashion Hunter, we will throw it back to the high school prom, not on throwback Thursday, otherwise known as #tbt, but on a random Wednesday.
Does anybody out there remember Your Prom Magazine? A few years back, I was their in-house stylist, and I can recall the drastically different dresses from then to now, testing my knowledge of the prom market. I used this shoot as a launching pad for my upcoming styling work on three high school girls who were willing to strut their stuff. Like any fashion shoot, it was a showcase to style the girls in three different looks in three different price ranges: vintage, glamourpuss, and the columnar embellished glitzy dress whilst covering just the tip of what’s out there for prom – sans the boyfriend. This post was a lot of fun to style as these young stars surprisingly never modeled before. To be honest, it was a day of girly fun starting at the hair and makeup station at 8AM, to getting lost en route to our location, to the perfect final shots.
I asked each girl what prom meant to them and I am happy to report that nothing has changed since the dinosaur age of my prom days. It’s all about top 40 remix heaven, the getting ready beforehand, and of course, stashing the heels and enjoying the after party. Take a peek below at the lovely girls and what they have to say. Notice a similar thread running though each of their minds. Say yes to the dress, but the date takes second place by far.
Starting with Sarah who says “getting dressed is the biggest thing and looking pretty for the pictures. Date doesn’t matter, that is just a detail.”
Decode 1.8 strapless prom dress, $298.
Michelle says prom is “glamorous, magical, and fun. Getting dressed up is definitely the best part , hair, makeup, and nails — it’s fun being a girl! It’s special, the one night you can let loose!”
For Olivia prom is about “spending the night with a guy that you have a good time with. She says, you never really get the chance to get all dressed up and really look nice. Even better? Your favorite teachers can come and see you at your best.”
Sue Wong spaghetti-strap dress, $450.00
Pretty in pink, was the theme of the day because , well they looked like princesses getting dressed for the ball. And frankly, in the end, it fit their ideal prom look. I loved how they lived in the moment and laughed the day away. And then the fun happened. And as you can see from the pics below, those sky-high shoes were ditched for bare feet.
Photography: Jim D’Angelo
A shout out goes to Carina, my intern, for helping out with hair, makeup, and assisting me on-set, Jim D’Angelo for taking fantastic magical pics, and for all the lovely girls for making this day possible.
Collage: Carina Gupta
Do you know what I spent most of Sunday doing? Editing the sad state of my overcrowded closet, putting some once sartorial treasures up on Copious, (I am selling a pair of awesome overalls), and relegating what once adorned by body, in a massive love affair, to the internet masses. And do you know why? Because everybody likes a fresh look. And after a few seasons of wearing the same few ripped jeans, motorcycle jackets, and freakin’ Margiela black boots ad nauseam, frankly, the state of my outfits feel stale and boring and I want new garb.
Every morning I gaze into the depths of my closet, wondering why I feel the “I have nothing to wear” syndrome, but that just isn’t true. The sweaters and coats that lived on my body this winter need to peel off moving towards lighter, brighter days. And after endless editing, my last season’s garments still look, eh. Ah, yes! it’s this time of year where it’s not cold, but not hot either that we all face this dilemma.
And what’s a fashionista to do under these circumstances? Buy a new uniform for spring.
Everyone loves a bomber jacket, and this Miu Miu red leather one, for $2,990 is the bomb. In fact, from street style hit to front row uniform, a bomber jacket is essential for spring 2013. Destroyed light wash denim? Duh. Here’s a pair of J Brand for $216. Moving down to the accoutrements: DVF Carolina Lips snake and leather clutch is the perfect conversation piece in a turquoise blue adding just the right pop of color and Gianvito Rossi black studded leather pumps for $445 and $960 respectively. All yours for a grand total of $4,600 excluding tax.
And for a more economical version of the same look, here you have it. Topshop Varsity bomber jacket, $70. and Topshop MOTO bleach skinny jeans for $70. An ASOS clutch turquoise bag with the same pop as the DVF number, for $33.00. As for the black studded shoes, they are ZARA for $69.00. Total all in for this look? $242.00.
So what’s the takeaway here? Think about how many times you will wear said outfit costing you $4,600. vs $242.00 and dividing it by cost per wear. Don’t have a budget? No problem. You won’t need a calculator. But, for the rest of us, who may need to go thrifty, save up something big. Like this shark tooth pendant.
And as Ludacris says How Low can you go? I only have $20 in my pocket.
Hover. Click. Buy. Repeat.
Art historians, writers, and costume designers alike commonly reference the past as a rite of passage. Visionaries in the art and fashion worlds, examine the past and they incorporate many subcultures and styles in their work of today. When those worlds collide, you have art as we know it and fashion on the street.
To celebrate the opening of the Punk Fashion exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum on May 6th, today on the Fashion Hunter, I will illustrate how haute couture and read-to-wear have borrowed punk’s visual symbols, in my much abridged version. Although studs, spikes, and stilettos were not a huge part of my vocabulary in the 1970′s, (yet I was a bit rebellious with a capital R). I mended the rips in my shirts with safety pins, listened to the Clash, attended shows at dark and seedy CBGB, (no, Sid Vicious was not my icon), and decorated my jeans with studs. For a visual snapshot, see Balmain’s runway show below from Spring 2011.
Punk over the years has changed, but the core, it still has the sense of rebellion and controversy. Anna Sui presented punk looks on her runway this season, she actually lived the punk era, and claims that studs and chokers appearing in fashion doesn’t have the same shock value. If you didn’t live through it, she claims consumers today are appropriating the concept which gets lost and cheapens fashion. That bring said, the do-it-yourself impact of punk will never die. My take on punk goes like this: as an honorary member of that era, in the rip-to-shreds spirit, I can wear a choker without referencing rebelliousness, and romanticize the past with the wild crowd and the fierce energy that highlighted the times. Punk fashion is about mixing elements with other seasonal trends.
Photo: Lydia Hudgens
With the sponsorship of Moda Operandi (the website is offering access to the upcoming creations and the upcoming fundraiser on May 6th) they will be live-streaming the show, and will feature designers like Vivienne Westwood and Givenchy on their site May 2nd. I am anticipating a use of recycled materials from trash and consumer culture, graffiti and razor blades to be a part of the exhibition. And, if you are one of the lucky few to attend this celebrity-studded event, I have curated my own outfit collage for your purchasing pleasure below, complete with studs, collars, spikes and the like for you to wear and celebrate with a punk-rock edge for 2013.
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Tom Binns Safety Binns earrings, Asos Punk multipack rings — you can’t go wrong for $12.00 here! , and finally we all know your feet are going to hurt by night’s end, so why not exchange those heels for these Miu Miu studded leather metallic sneakers? Huh?
Being a New York girl, even in the warm weather, wearing shorts to work or to a meeting was never really a viable option ever since I can remember. However, neither are pajamas. But the tide is changing and now almost anything goes. Paired with blazers, jeans can really werk an outfit like nobody’s business, vests are the new motorcycle jackets, and white wrap shorts are my new favorite go-to piece.
My goals are to establish a uniform that is comfortable to wear, yet can be mixed and paired with a multiple of different pieces in my closet. While staring blankly into my closet each spring and wondering what to wear, I came up with this theory of keeping a separate rolling rack in my room with all the basics– white, black, loads of denim, and a pop of color here and there. Keeping them separate really identifies their true power.
The magic of fashion is the ability to transform who you want to be on a daily basis. Feeling playful today? See above. Feeling strong and confident? See below. Feeling like a celebrity? op on those sunglasses. It takes years to create an easy dressing routine, but once you know what looks good on your skin, you can master the art of “I have nothing to wear today” dilemma we all face.
Photography: Lydia Hudgens
Hope everyone has a happy Monday and thanks for visiting my blog! xo
A new season always brings new opportunities to shine, so why not put some well-deserved life into your hair? Along with spring and summer comes heat and humidity, so what a better way to attack it than with a cool braided do. I’m always trying so hard to straighten my hair with a ton of products, a straightening iron, and lots of wasted time, so I caved to the cowlick and started to experiment with my hair. The result? A manifestation of new plait-spiration to try at home. Want this cool trendy turban, shown below, made completely out of braids? Yeah, me too.
Twists, plaits, and fishtails are now considered an essential part of every girl’s coif repertoire —and if you’re not well-versed on this hair lexicon, don’t worry. Although this is not a tutorial, a DIY, or a how-to on braids, (leave it to the folks at Honestly WTF or The Beauty Department to take care of that) with a hot-crossed bun made for even those with short hair.
For those of you that may be intimidated by this seemingly complex style, all it takes is sections of braids (the messier, the better) and a handful of bobby pins to help them stay in place. Where to start? Take a peek at the products you might want to have handy:
Collage by Carina Gupta
1. Ouidad Climate Control Heat and Humidity Gel. A must-have styling aid to control frizz in all climates.
2. ghd Candy Collection hair styler
3. Sephora hair ties for when you need to tie your hair back in a pretty pink wrap.
4. DryBar yellow brush perfect for detangling
5. DevaCurl Flexible Hold Spray for the final touch
6. Carol’s Daughter Loc Butter looks like something I want to eat, made with soybean oil and natural shea butter but it’s food for the hair. This pomade intensely moisturizes twists, coils, braids, and “locs.”
Perfect for that weekend prom, or wedding coming up in the next month…Happy Braiding!
One afternoon, when I was old enough to take the crosstown bus by myself in New York City, when tokens were a part of our lexicon, I recall passing Bergdorf Goodman while on my way with friends at the 57th Street stop. I remember thinking how grand the 5th Avenue landmark was, and did I need an invite to get in? My friend proudly proclaimed that it was her favorite store in the world even at the tender age of 14, and that she wanted her ashes to be scattered there. As for myself, I was still shopping in the boy’s department at Brooks Brothers as nothing else fit me, and I thought it was pretentious of her to shop at a store that my mother frequented.
Years later, I am a Bergdorf Goodman patient and hesitate going anywhere else for my monthly routine visits. The elaborate windows draw you in, the magic awaits each one of us as we enter’s its doors, and the whole retail store lends itself to a dramatic experience. At this point in my life, I do most of my shopping through My Hunts, but if I am going out to shop in an actual brick and mortar store, there are very few I will enter, and Bergdorfs is on my hit list.
Who is the Bergdorf Woman? She is a sharp, fashion-forward go-getter with a highly edited shop at her fingertips. Fashion is tricky business and the iconic store is a laboratory for new talents. Linda Fargo, the senior vice president of the fashion office and store presentation, shops for that talent, and is the luxury department store’s chief trend spotter, ambiance master and gatekeeper of style. She sets the bar by predicting trends, and is a true leader deciding whether a designer and his or her collection is BG worthy. And she supposedly is a very real person, extremely admirable, and is a riot to work with. And its a win-win shopping with sharp-tongued personal shopper Betty Halbreich who is not afraid of saying exactly what’s on her mind.
From retail dreams to reality, have you ever wanted to go behind the scenes at one of the most iconic department stores in the world? Wouldn’t you want to sit back and watch what goes on behind the scenes, with a bag of popcorn, the real gut-wrenching belly scenes behind this iconic establishment? Huh? Huh? You’re just in luck, read on.
A new documentary premiering May 3rd, Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s delves into Bergdorf Goodman’s rise from a simple shop to a pillar of fashion culture. The scene of many a fashion fantasy, the documentary, filmed in conjunction with Bergdorf’s 111th anniversary, features testimonials from a WWD‘s worth of fashion luminaries, including Michael Kors, Rachel Zoe, Oscar de la Renta, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, and the Olsen twins. It also traces the history of the high-profile figures that have been devoted shoppers at the store, which has been open since 1899.
To celebrate, The Fashion Hunter is giving away two tickets to the exclusive screening on May 2nd. Without giving away the dirty gossip, and the hilarious vignettes, (I will only say that Yoko Ono once bought 70 furs on Christmas Eve), you have a chance to peek behind the backroom doors and into the reality of the fascinating inner workings and fabulous untold stories from Bergdorf Goodman. Want to win? Want to hear what heavy-weights are weighing in? Here’s how:
Post your favorite look, tell a story, show a lipstick, tell a tale, or write about your experience you had shopping at Bergdorf Goodman for a chance to win 2 tickets to the New York screening. The funniest, most witty and creative entry gets it all. Enter your email address in the comments below.
In order to be applicable to win, you must do the following:
· Add the hashtag #GetScattered and #Followthehunter to your caption on Twitter
And watch the trailer!
I will keep the contest open all week, tweeting out a few favorites, and will choose the winner on April 30th. Contest closed, congratulations Carolyn! One lucky winner will receive a pair of passes to an exclusive advance screening of SCATTER MY ASHES AT BERGDORF’S on May 2nd at 7pm at a downtown Manhattan theatre. Visit http://www.bergdorf-movie.com for more info!
Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s
Premiering May 3rd and directed by Matthew Miele, you will get a rarefied chance to peek behind the backroom doors and into the reality of the fascinating inner workings and fabulous untold stories from Bergdorf Goodman’s iconic history.
I’ll meet you there…and Good Luck!