Rebecca Minkoff

Lone Ranger

Dressing in the summer in anything that is not going to stick to you, be smelly and revolting by end of the day, is a hard act to follow. In extreme heat, high heel sandals promote blisters and stepping in whatever is vile, and Havianas are no better (albeit more comfortable). I have therefore decided to show up and dress for the occasion.

Inspired by the upcoming release of The Lone Ranger, starring..can you say super hot Johnny Depp!, I am loving the laid-back casualness, and southwestern chicness of Kate Bosworth’s style and basically anything that involves a bit of a western vibe. The fictional masked ex-Texas Ranger, first captured American audiences over the radio, and if I recall, The Lone Ranger and Tonto fought hard against injustice in America. While I certainly remember the cultural icons mark in history, heroic antics aside, I can distinctly remember what they were wearing.

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Outfit creds: Enza Costa snakesin-print chiffon onesie, Rebecca Minkoff ankle boots, Seth Sobek black bag at Anthem Wares, get a similar one here, or here, Jennifer Zeuner hand chain, Skagen watch,  Jennifer Zeuner necklace, Gabriela Artigas necklace and on the top, All Saints fedora.

The western wardrobe, consisting of denim, bandanas, and fringed suede jackets was always considered southwestern chic. As for the grittiness, and the snake charmer, it’s an untold tale. Putting my bets down on wearing onesies, casual dresses, snake-skin prints, cowboy boots, and turquoise jewelry, the time to embrace the country life is nigh. Whether you make your home in the city or on the range, look westward for inspiration where the sun always shines.

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In today’s edition of The Fashion Hunter, here’s to more utility dressing. Unitards are reminiscent of Spider Man, and overalls aren’t meant to be in worn in the city, but I don’t care. Hi Ho Silver, its Lone Ranger time. Plain and simple, change your denim shirt for tank, throw on some cowboy boots, and you’re ready for anything.

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Photos: Jim D’Angelo

Stay cool. And get ready for any adventure. Happy Wednesday!

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Arm Candy

Is anyone else so bored with their winter wardrobe? I bet you are. Spring fashion is still a few weeks away from hitting the stores, but as I reported last week, single sole shoes are in, blinding neon has dug its grave, yellow is king, and I don’t know about you, but my exhausted wardrobe is well, exhausted.

Resort wear, available now, has some stellar pieces in many of the collections, and just like Pre-Fall, its sometimes even that much better than the Spring collections. Today on “if the world wide web was my closet,” let’s salute to the end of winter blahs with a migration to pastel bags to brighten up the cold weather staples in your closet. Sure we can invest in beachy pullovers and single sole shoes now, but the oh so fickle weather might not cooperate with what we want to wear now. It might be fifty degrees today, but tomorrow and the rest of the week looks to be bitterly arctic. Give thanks to the schizophrenic weather person who writes that script.

Because twenty degrees doesn’t have to mean black, grey, and navy, pair these hot new bags shown below with denim and an oversized chunky sweater to kick-start your wardrobe and wear now. If white pumps can be worn year-round, anything can. FYI, all the links below lead you to websites to purchase the looks. You can also shop the post in the new format by clicking the small pics on the bottom! Isn’t that new format cool?

pastel bags

Collage by Carina Gupta

1. Proenza Schouler Small Lunchbag Clutch, $765.00

2. Loeffler Randall The Rider Bag, $495.00

3. Dior bag, Get the Marni  Two-tone leather tote here£869.00

4. Rebecca Minkoff  Sienna Tote, $525.00

5. Jason Wu Daphne Crossbody bag, $1,595.00

6. Diane von Furstenberg Tonda raffia clutch, $325.00

Wear now, wear later, why wait?

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Craving Cat-eyes

Ready to rock out in a new pair of sunnies? Sunnies is most definitely a fake word that I found out whilst reading my Instagram and Twitter feeds, and  fashionable blogs like The Glamourai and I am not sure I even like it. It’s sunny, so what?  Even so, it sounds cooler than sunglasses, so let’s go with it for the sake of this post. I have recently done stories on mini bags, what to pack for the beach, and which bandeau to choose for this incredible spring that we are experiencing… La di da..ho ho hum. So its only natural to move upwards on the body towards the accessory that lay on the bridge of our noses. I must admit, I have collected a few pairs of sunnies over the years, but I’m not one to misplace these babies as I put a lot of thought into what goes in front of my eyeballs and on top my head when I’m indoors and want to be inconspicuous. The cat eye infatuation began when I saw a Warby Parker sunglass booth outside the Pulse exhibit at Art Basel back in December. I tried a few pairs on, but nothing hit me. It got me thinking that it is really important to try on lots of frames because although cat eye frames are having a moment, face shapes don’t change. I almost titled this post “Look at crazy me”.

Alexander McQueen sunnies: Get the look here from House of Harlow. Photo by Michael Crook

 

Here is my selection of cool sunnies from white to black, classic and fancy, to last you through the season. Which ones will you wear? I need to know. I happen to be loving the top right white shades. From left to right we go. Click here to buy the look. Missoni, Asos, Stella McCartneyHouse of Harlow 1960Rebecca MinkoffLinda FarrowThe RowTom FordKaren WalkerKaren WalkerMiu MiuElizabeth and James.

Get them while they’re hot. And sunny. See ya on the flip side slim shady~ !

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Weekend update Part 1

It being Tuesday, Valentine’ Day, I am ready to report on the weekend that happened in fashion. There are many trends erupting as the days go on, so here is my roundup thus far. Starting off with the two Rebecca’s, Taylor and Minkoff on Friday afternoon. I start by focusing in on Rebecca Taylor’s new rocker-chic sensibilities. Veering off from her girly past, Taylor toughened up her feminine and flirty aesthetic through the use of menswear-inspired outerwear this season. There were tweeds and bomber jackets, a tribute the 90′s that I loved. The color palette was rich with mercurial hues, and by adding mismatched 90′s pieces, she did a fantastic job of layering. Take notice of the leather shorts and furry boots. You will be seeing a lot of those in the posts to come.  Applause!

 

Rebecca Minkoff‘s show was a hard act to follow. Before the show even began, while everybody was taking their seats, Theophilus London came out and did a rap song to set the tone for the show. He then danced with the models and then let them strut the runway. It put me in a dancing mood as I waited for the clothes to come out of the smoke-filled walls. On the menu, I’ll take a a little fun with my fashion thank you. And a side of fries. Based loosely on the 1984 documentary Long Way Round, Minkoff celebrates the modern woman by her use of jewel tones and menswear-inspired pieces. Keep your eye out for the Blue Hendrix pants and the Black and White Kaleidoscope pant, a trend that will be threaded into other collections as well. I’m loving the geometrical knits, the bright python prints, and the peplum jacket.

Onto a launch party for the new Hudson LouLou jeans, a “phosphorescent invasion” at Scoop NYC in the Meatpacking district. I did feature this cool video if you remember… if not click here to watch it again. As we all know, neon has been trending now for some time and it was quite timely that Hudson decided to launch these highlighter-neon side stripe jeans. Inspired by YSL’s muse LouLou de la Falaise, the LouLou jean is inspired by the iconic “Le Smoking” tuxedo suit.  They are kind of similar to track pants but can be worn out for a night of glamour. I also got to meet Leigh Lezark who hosted the event and Ben Taverniti, the Creative Director of Hudson Jeans. They shared some of their inspirations with me and I was glad to be dancing after a long day of fashionizing. Check out the really cool photos below, everything is glowing including my bracelets. You will want to get these jeans or something neon for yourself. Trust. See you at the tents!


All photos Michael Crook. Visit website here: www.michaelcrook.com/

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Talking trends at MBFW Fall 2012

So far on the runways for Fall 2012  fitted looks, military influences, a continuation of the peplum, and fierce rough fashion are just of few of the hot new emerging trends. In sharp contrast to Spring’s flowy looks that dominated the runways, I am seeing a lot of menswear- inspired looks and great textured leathers, python, and iridescent fabrics. Victoria Beckham, DKNY, Prabal Gurung, and Alexander Wang were just some of the designers that nailed those concepts. During a short break on a schedule that is booked by the hour, I had a chance to chat with one of WGSN’s leading runway analysts, Maren Hartman, about her forecast for Fall. Traveling globally to find inspiration, WGSN is one of the leading fashion forecasters for top brands like D&G, Paul Smith, Tommy Hilfiger, Gap, Nike, Puma and countless others as well as the Official Trend Sponsor of Fashion Week 2012. She predicts macro-trends 2 years into the future. She has such a cool job. Listening to Maren’s predictions, I was impressed by her astute insights. Watch on to see some of the latest trends like vapor prints seen at Rachel Comey, and hints of wallpaper textures at Rebecca Taylor. Blink and you might miss it.

Without further adieu, here is a fashion round-up with Day 5 coming at you. Check back loyally and follow me on Twitter for the latest updates. Onto the tents!

 

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How to Wear Leather

Chic and stylish, leather is showing up everywhere and no longer just in the accessories department.  Leather is appearing on shirts, shorts, tops, dresses, and of course, jackets. With the plethora of styles showing up, (hello metallics, laser-cuts, colors, and trimmings) there’s a leather investment piece out there for everyone. No longer relegated  to some punkster’s wardrobe, now ultra feminine and glamorous women can get in on the leather craze too.

Check out the clean sleek new lines from the following designers.

VALENTINO FW 2011

VALENTINO FW 2011

 

VERSACE FW 2011

VERSACE FW 2011

 

THE ROW FW2011

THE ROW FW2011

 

Phillip Lim Laser-cut leather top

PHILIPPE LIM Laser-cut leather top

 

 Worn with shorts or a skirt

TIBI leather shorts

TIBI leather shorts

Or this great look…..

REBECCA MINKOFF Linda jacket with leather sleeves

REBECCA MINKOFF Linda jacket with leather sleeves

 

PARKER Leather skirt

PARKER Leather skirt


You don’t need a Harley  to jump on this season’s biker trend, but it sure wouldn’t hurt. Whether you pair yours with lace or spiked boots, you’ll have trouble making it through fall without a leather jacket. If that staple’s well covered in your closet, add pants courtesy of Rag and Bone or Helmut Lang or don a sexy shift. Think Marianne Faithfull’s “The Girl on a Motorcycle” or “Easy Rider “for inspiration—or just head to your local biker bar for total cultural immersion.

 

Easy Rider

ASOS Faux leather bomber jacket

 

Leather waistcoat Ann Demeulemeester

Leather waistcoat Ann Demeulemeester

 

There are few things as totemic as a black leather biker jacket. Even ZARA is in on this trend.

 

Rock n' Roll

Some of my favorite Rock n' Roll looks

 

ASOS Red leather peg pants

ASOS Red leather peg pants

 Kind of in-between rocker girl and sleek

 

Leather dress

DKNY Leather strip dress

 

Model spotted at NYFW

Model spotted at NYFW

 

One of my favorite looks from this season comes from Barbara Bui. There were great motorcycle jackets with zip-off fur hems. But a girl, warrior or not, cannot live by coat alone. Though a drop-dead chic one can score you a lot of mileage, these are pretty badass.

 

 

If you want a pop of color in your winter attire, try a proper leather  coat dress in tangerine orange, sky blue, or candy apple red from Loewe.

 

LOEWE FW 2011

LOEWE FW 2011

 You can also pair a silk dress with tough-girl accessories like these no-nonsense leather gloves from Vera Wang.

Vera Wang FW2011

Vera Wang FW2011

 

Channel your inner Fonzie. Urban Dictionary states a “Fonzie” is somebody that is cool. Of course, if you’re cool you already know that.

Stay Fabulous…Happy Days are here again!

 

 

Photo credits: Elle.com, style.com, asos.com, Fashion Imperitive.

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The Coterie

Coterie

Coterie

 

Shopping the Coterie

Shopping the Coterie

No VIP passes to Mercedes Benz Fashion Week?  Don’t fret. New Yorkers in the know can still get their fashion fix without the hassle of the velvet rope.  The Coterie is the chicest show in New York with a global clientele who understand sophisticated, directional, and timeless clothing. Those that flock to the Coterie represent the cream of the crop in all areas of fashion and style.  This show is the center of the contemporary design universe. What could be better than that?

JOY CIOCI SS

JOY CIOCI SS

Coming on the heels of  New York Fashion Week, over 3,000 vendors show at the Coterie . Unlike the fashion shows, at the Coterie  buyers and press can take in the lines at a less frenetic pace. If you’ve checked out my recent posts you know that Fashion week involves  racing from show to show all across the island of Manhattan. Fashion week with all of  its hoopla, also brings logistical issues worthy of your own personal sherpa, or at least a Fashion GPS. Not so at the Coterie. All the vendors are self-contained  under one roof- The Javits Center. It was merely a light jog from appointment to appointment, booth to booth, yet my feet still hurt. :(

All the trends are here, from ladylike dressing to super cool shoes, from casual athletic wear to neon thongs.  It’s all there for the blogging, and the ordering of course.

Trends for Spring

Trends for Spring

 

Ramy Brook, Allison Parris

 

AG Jeans

AG Jeans

 

Hanky Panky

Hanky Panky

 

shoes

shoes

 

Next up.. a preview of the trends from Milan to Paris!

Till then- xo

 

 

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