Just a quick reminder that it’s sale time on one of my favorite sites, SHOPBOP. Whether you’ve been holding out on your favorite basics for the upcoming winter season or lusting over a new bag for the past few months, there’s really no better time to pull the trigger than sale time at 25% off site-wide. Personally, I spend most of my time perusing through the site for good basics like striped tees and pajamas. And let’s be honest, I’m always looking for more stuff and my wish list is never-ending… here are just a few of my favorite picks! CHANEL CC bucket bag // AUDEN earrings // DANNIJO sami ear cuff // ALEJANDRA J sandals // ELIZABETH AND JAMES ring // T By ALEXANDER WANG // TORY BURCH leather belt bag // DITA VON TEESE sunglasses // PAULA BIANCO wrap scarf // KATE SPADE blue embossed croc watch// SALVATORE FERRAGAMO slip-ons
I just unpacked from my weekend trip oversees, and I am proud to say that I brought nothing but a few slips of lingerie, shorts, a blazer, a pair of jeans, and my daughter. Before I departed, I vowed to take nothing but what I could fit in my carry-on bag, and when I arrived, I still found that there was no reason to pack anything other than white sneakers and a pair of heels. As far as accoutrements go, I only packed one earring and one necklace to lighten my load.
A single oversized earring? Yes, and the best part was when I had a conversation with somebody, they immediately stared at my ear and asked if I was missing something.
“Yes, I have one earring on and no, I replied, I’m just going solo tonight.”
The statement earring is back, yet again, but this time not in pairs. So if you have a tendency to lose one, you’re in luck! The Fall 2014 runways at Louis Vuitton and Céline embraced the art of only wearing one, a singular, emulating true French je ne sais quoi. These editorial darlings below seen on CR Fashion Book confirmed my desire to try the trend. I’m not convinced it is just a trend, but the good news is, you can always clip one on the other lobe, once you tire of the look. Natch.
Leather jacket and earring Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane
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Photos: Lydia Hudgens
During this crazy hot weather we have been having, all I want to do is streamline my life and make getting dressed easy and breezy. No-fuss dressing is my motto for the summer months.
Style doesn’t have to be expensive. With this in mind, here is a sample of what I wore the other day including some of my favorite brands like Asos, Zara, Mango, and Topshop, now on sale!, hitting my top list. Of course, adding an accessory like these slides below and a cool earring is my way to personalize it even more.
Hit the plus signs on the photo to shop the look right to your doorstep. More on this coming soon. Happy Shopping!
Photography: Lydia Hudgens
Spring weather may not be officially here yet, cue today’s 40 miles per hour winds. But springtime events occurring in April, May, and June are creeping slowly into our collective radars. If you’ve been to a mall recently, you know that prom season is upon us. Ah, prom. Graduation. they are rites of passage. How about Spring Fling? “What is Spring Fling?” I ask my daughter as she furiously searches the black hole that is the world-wide web for a dress. Just another reason to get dressed up, MOM.
Picking out that perfect dress though. that’s another story entirely. How about renting the dress of your dreams for the one night of fairy-tale promises? I bet Cinderella would have been psyched. The want: An all-white sheath with a little bit of edge.
Enter Rent the Runway, a one-stop shop for that one special night that turns into a pumpkin at midnight.
I hit upon Rent the Runway many times before but this time my daughter was on the hunt so she came on board. She initially set on this Hervé Leger white dress featured down below. The deep V was too low-cut for her liking and so was the price. But she like other girls entering adulthood might not otherwise get to wear high-end designer dresses for another 10-20 years. A positive experience in an otherwise unaffordable designer’s dress can – and usually does – lead to future purchases. It also creates buzz around the hot, new designer’s creations. With “fast fashion” retailers like Zara and H&M selling designer knock-offs for less, Rent the Runway has found a way to reverse the trend toward commoditization of designer labels while simultaneously helping the environment. And an added benefit, designers who rent their gowns through Rent the Runway get exposure to a core group of new customers, mostly in their mid-twenties.
After trying on several dresses, this Opening Ceremony was a top contender.
And the winner was…this Peter Soronen white-hot sequined dress.
Rent the Runway is just starting to tap the teen and college market, but this is only the start – their new bricks-and-mortar store in Manhattan brings Internet retail to the streets. With 50,000 unique inventory items, Rent the Runway aims to be your closet full of clothes. There is no doubt you’ll surely find something to wear like my hard to please teenager.
Art Basel Miami Beach kicks off this week just in time to enjoy all the art, the pop-up events, gallery exhibitions, and for us New Yorkers, a chance to unwind from the stresses of the impending holidays. Think of it as your getaway car.
If you happen to be descending on Miami Beach this week, be prepared to “Do the Basel,” which will take you from the Art District to the Soho Beach Hotel, to the Dutch, and possibly to the thousands of happenings all over town as long as your heels aren’t too high. There will be over 260 galleries and over 50,000 visitors that will flood the state, and it just keeps getting bigger. In other words, there’s no sleeping.
Art Basel 2013 has turned into one sprawling fashion fair with some art sprinkled on top. Over the past few years I have partaken in the festivities, I have noticed the influx of fashion brands and fashion people at the annual Floridian pilgrimage, seemingly every social person in New York is now there. No complaints over here, as I get to hobnob with the likes of Stavros Niarchos, art critics like the Rubells and Schnabels, and the slight possibility of Yeezus showing up in a performance art piece with artist Vanessa Beecroft in the arts district. What?
Beecroft’s piece will feature replicas from her past performances, from 1994 to 2008, and one new work, which will feature 140 women acting as a choir in a Greek Tragedy.
The over-the-top insanity makes me want to kick up my heels and dance. For me, Hannukah is now officially over and out, so I’ve got the next few weeks to start celebrating everyone else’s Christmas eggnog.
First timers looking for straight-up advice and for those of you who will join the throngs and thongs to boost your confidence, this is for you.
The Real Deal:
Art Basel is like an octopus, the mother ship itself is the Miami Beach Convention Center, and then the arms spread far and wide to about 20 satellite fairs and a thousand different directions. These include parties, meals, concerts, readings and Getties — many of which simply feed off the host. I’m heading to the off-beat events, and will check out the MOCA museum which I have yet to see.
Street art duo FAILE is transforming the arcade experience into an interactive aesthetic feast, full of video game machine artworks you can actually play, from psychedelic foosball to pinball machines.
For what to wear to the ultra-hip art scene in Miami this week, I checked the weather and it is going to be postcard perfect, with high temps in the 80′s, and almost zero chance of rain. Black is the new black, but you’re better off wearing white. If you want to be noticed at Art Basel, good luck. Everybody from all over the world will be wearing their coolest things; only the most secure of us will ignore the fashion sirens. During this week, we are all artists. Accessorize wisely and think, “I don’t always do galleries, but when I do, I prefer to dress the part.” Boots are mandatory. So are jumpsuits, although I don’t own any. Square shades are best in the Ray-Bans version. This is not the car show or boat show, or the Superbowl, so dress accordingly. Here’s my suitcase.
T By Alexander Wang burnout tank, a pair of ripped jeans in just the right places from J. Crew, Jeepers Creepers specs for hiding out and pretending you’re one of the cognoscenti, a bikini from Sass & Bide because it will be sunny, and you should be sassy. Saint Laurent Palm print slip-ons for the beachy vibe, and to top it off, Edie Parker has it going on with this flamingo clutch. A Chloé blazer, Courreges dress with these Walter Steiger yellow sandals, a starry Jimmy Choo clutch, and this Dannijo cuff will be your statement for evenings out. A book on Miami for your reading pleasure, a camera for taking pics to show you were there, and a red NARS lipstick is the only makeup I will be wearing.
How to get Swag:
Act like you’ve been there. Big camera, not small. Sport a baseball cap. Men, button up your shirt if you are not wearing a tee underneath. Don’t bring your print-out of all the places you’re supposed to be, it looks cheesy.
Take a bike or pray.
Like American Werewolf in Miami — stick to the main road, Art Miami and its neighbors, the Design District; Wynwood Walls.
Miami Cognoscenti Destination Tips:
Follow the art consultants to Pulse, Context, Perez Art Museum Miami, Tapas in the Moore Building and, of course, venerable Art Miami. Design Miami brings legit cache. NADA and Scope always keep it real. Visit Colette and Alchemist at 1111 Lincoln Road.
Head for the hotel pools.
Food Tips for the über stylish:
So there you have it, my schtick that stirs Miami’s paint. If you go, heed the tips or ignore them, but feel free to judge. Just dance, and follow Will Smith to the beach.
I’ve always loved the figure-flattering shape of the fit-and-flare skirt. In the past few seasons, I have living in denim rags of all kinds, skinnies, and a melange of bottoms that don’t include a skirt. Thankfully, it’s been experiencing a fashion renaissance the past few seasons, and my wardrobe is ready for a change. We can thank Stella McCartney for starting the trend back in fall 2012. She showed body-hugging dresses and skirts with a flare at the hem of her miniskirts, and the style has caught on fire. Rebecca Minkoff showed the look for resort 2014 and I kind of like it.
After a recent browse into my favorite shops, I couldn’t find anything that I like, but good things seem to come to those who wait. Leave it to Zara to come up with a great iteration of sorts, of a basic black, not too flippy version that I could get my hands on without spending a ton of money. (For the record, it clocked in at paltry $39.00). Now I can’t turn my head without spotting a version of this skirt and have added a few options to the color wheel.
Now I may not be the stunning model seen above, but I tried my hand at it, proving the point that you don’t have to be in your 20′s to wear a skirt. I paired it with a white linen lace top, a statement necklace, a pop of color in the bag and shoe department, and voila!
band of outsiders lace top, get a similar one at free people // zara skirt get a similar one at parker// dannijo vala necklace // stella mccartney bag get a similar one here // pierre hardy shoes // iro jacket
They’re easy to wear right now in early fall with a cute top and sandals, and as the temperature drops, they’re perfect paired with tights and a sweater.
This was taken during spring/ summer fashion week last month and all I can say is, “dude, where’s your lipstick?”
photos: lydia hudgens
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Today on the Fashion Hunter, I am seeking inspiration from the streets of Paris where spring 2014 shows are happening as we speak, in the form of effortless style. I am always intrigued by what those women are wearing, eating, and how they just have that joie de vivre. I’m not intimating that I am French, or ever will be, I’m just imitating the unexpected and anything goes mantra. Take note of this jean jacket paired with a full skirt. Truly recherché.
Rather obsessed with the Parisienne way of dressing, and their chic everyday style, I tried to capture that je ne sais quoi during Fashion Week. Just from glancing at Vogue.com, Style.com, The Sartorialist, and other street style blogs, there’s a sense of ease and carelessness that doesn’t exist on our side of the Atlantic. The Europeans look naturally chic and unstyled like they just toss everything together in 10 minutes every morning. I always pre-plan my Fashion Week outfits, but we all know Emanuelle Alt and gang would never do that. The cliché has some truths but it’s true that the French women go to the world’s end to look like they just threw everything together.
I took a test drive with this bright pink blazer, forever ripped jeans, and sky-high heels. And here is the result. Candy-colored coats are popping up everywhere, c/o Carven, below Current/Elliot jeans and a basic white tee in my closet, and I won’t lie, Christian Louboutin shoes scored at their sale.
see sunglasses, get a similar pair here//dannijo necklace//banana republic white tee//elizabeth & james blazer//current/elliot jeans//christian louboutin candy-colored sandals, get a similar pair here //charlotte olympia clutch, get a similar one here//linea pelle belt
I am sitting impatiently at
Lincoln Center French café waiting for a friend to arrive. Looking ambitiously cool is my mode of operation.
I love and swear by stripes and have the adopted the following unspoken rules over the years and the ways of Parisian dressing. Here goes:
Use fashion to flatter your body.
Don’t wear something that doesn’t flatter your body.
Never go for the total look i.e.: wearing Lulu lemon leggings and gym sneakers outside of the gym.
The French women are uninterested in trends, unfazed by dictates of what is appropriate for a certain time of day or for a women of a certain age.
She is confident of her decisions be it a pair of red New Balance worn with a black skirt, or the way they wear their jeans.
Always over accessorize, but take one thing off.
photos: lydia hudgens
But the real question if whether or not the French grab the flip flops out of their handy back pocket in case of blister emergency? Does that effortless CC logo speak for itself. What do you think?
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Summer Fridays are a time when most of us get out of work early, or at least try to, and bolt out town. I know because I am one of the masses. Especially this week when its been unbearably hot. I know I cannot wait to jump in the pool, relax by the beach, and just chill out. So I bet you’re wondering what to wear in the depths of your closet that will take you from office, to train or car, straight to a BBQ without looking too underdressed (no jorts please). How about a pair of high-waisted shorts? Frankly, I can’t even fathom wearing anything but simple, no-more-than-two-piece white ensembles.
Today on NY Fashion Hunter, we continue our study of Five Foot Fridays, Part 2 of the summer series, with a quick study of big shorts. Just to be clear, this is intended for those of us blessed with everything but vertical stature or a courageous attitude to pull it off. So many petite women often get down on themselves about having a small stature. One look at stylish petite girls like Natalie Portman, Amy Poehler, and the Olsen twins, just to name a few, more than proves the point that not everyone is long and lithe. I will try to dispel that myth.
And what a better way to wear your pride than a graphic emblazoned with your city of love. Because nobody loves New York more than the true die-hard New Yorkers, who love their city sticky, stinky, and sweltering. TGIF.
I’m wearing a SheInside NYC top, Lauren Moffatt white shorts, 3.1 Phillip Lim clutch, K Jacques linen flip flops. nOir ID necklace, Super by RETROPSUPERFUTURE sunglasses, bracelets by Vita Fede, and Vensessa Artizaga, Dannijo friendship bracelet worn as anklet.
Photos: Michael Dumler
As I was putting together a day into night outfit this week, I wanted a casual look for day that would seamlessly transition into a chic evening look with a nod to the coolness factor. I first thought of the multiple uses of this particular white cut-out eyelet shirt that I recently scored on Net-A-Porter. I have been was furiously searching for white cut-out anything on the internet recently, and when I saw this, I immediately fell in love. White cut-outs pants can be tricky, but an eyelet top is not. When I got around to styling it for NYFH, it became clear we could paint the shirt as the ultimate blank canvas and build around it for two different looks what could be a fun story idea.
In the snapshots below, I have featured a typical day in the life of the Fashion Hunter and how I might dress on a typical day. The top tells all: it lends a feminine twist to a rather sporty vibe. Keep in mind, I tried to make the fuss as seamless as possible with a quick 2 minute footwear change for an evening out. Cue the proverbial skin peeking through the eyelet top for effect.
Outfit one, I’m wearing the one and only Isabel Marant top, get a similar one here, over Tibi black shorts, and Converse Chuck Taylor All Star High Top sneakers in washed neon. Super Sunglasses and a Reed Krakoff bag complete the sporty look. Fait accompli.
And then, a quick footwear change, albeit more Sex and the City, less Cinderella, for those who love their glitter. I maintain my shopping rule of thumb–if I can’t picture it with at least three items I already own, I don’t buy it. Admittedly, these shoes were an indulgence but I have a million things to wear with it, (See: denim jeans, skirts, skorts, et al.) and they were on SALE (does that count?) That doesn’t mean that is was utter decadence. Add a black and white graphic bag for a bold statement, throw those Converse in the bag, stash the bag, and the look is more polished without the trivialities of getting dressed up for the night.
Tom Ford sunglasses, Cuore & Pelle Caterina purse, Christian Louboutin shoes, oh my! And finally, you can’t go wrong on any given day or night with a bunch of bracelets and rings to filtrate your limbs. I’m loving dainty rings and watches these days.
photos: Jim D’Angelo
What do you think of the versatile white shirt? And on a more important note, what about the Isabel Marant X H&M collection coming this fall? Her style is so organic and now that it will be available on the streets for the masses, do you think it will lose its cachet?
It was apparent to me from the onset that I didn’t want a sedentary secretarial job after graduating from college - I longed for a more esoteric position – when I failed my first typing test. On my first job interview, little unbeknownst to me, the requirements for the position, were to type at a lightning fast speed of 55 wpm among many other unattainable requirements, like owning a few pairs of Manolo Blahniks on an assistant’s measly salary. My fingers did excel at Katherine Gibbs secretary school, knowing it probably was an applicable skill to have under my belt. I finally procured that highly covetable editorial position, albeit circuitously, and realized there was a lot more that came with the entry-level position. I was able to cover the market, style shoots, attend press functions, and meet with industry professionals, all at my day job.
Little did I know, fast forward many years later, I am speed typing on my laptop, producing blog posts at the speed of sound, all in the name of working from home. I get to wear pajamas all day! Perhaps it is time to celebrate. When Marc Jacobs paraded pajamas down the runway at Louis Vuitton, and Rihanna and Sofia Coppola showed up at parties in pajamas like tiny Julian Schnabels, I was elated.
If pyjamas were fair game to wear to actual events in the day, my wardrobe actually just became much larger and significantly more cutting-edge. Remember last spring, designers like Stella McCartney showed lingerie down the runways and I along with everyone else adopted the look? Designer pajamas are still so cool, like better-cut, ultra-feminine suits that a very short person could wear. Yes, Spring has sprung finally, and what a better way to celebrate the new season than a pair of comfy silk jammies. And in that same spirit, I will wear pajamas and sweatshirts out of the house and see if I will become Sofia Coppola. Or, at least, enjoy brunch as much as her.
Starting down at the pants which are printed and loose, and let it be known: are as close to cozying in bed as they come. Photographed below: Sea New York drawstring pants FTW. All links optimized for your stay in bed with your laptop shopping pleasure.
Photography, Lydia Hudgens
Linda Farrow sunglasses, J Crew lightweight denim blue shirt, T by Alexander Wang grey sweatshirt, Dannijo necklace, Sea New York (On Sale! I might add) drawstring pants, ASOS clutch, get a similar one by Givenchy, Manolo Blahnik metallic single sole pumps.