Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Fashion Style Tips

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Shop Your Closet Time: 3 New Ways To Wear Last Summer's Sun Dress

If you're anything like the rest of other shopaholics, you've got a tight budget for your warm-weather wardrobe and at least one perfectly fine frock from last summer that you're sorta sick of. And that's where it's about time to come in with some brilliant shop your closet advice--get three new ways to wear your old sundresses, after the jump!

We're starting with the ruffled floral frock from Topshop (photo above), but anything that's lightweight and comfortable will work just fine. Now it's time to get creative with your styling tricks...

#1 Make it work for work
. If your office is a business casual environment, you can easily make your dress to double duty with a few additions you probably already have in your closet. Add a boyfriend blazer in a dark neutral color on top (black or navy works best), a simple belt around the middle (no studs or embellishments, please!), and a great pair of peep-toe pumps to take this look from frilly to focused.

#2 Throw a skirt on top! You already know what big fans most of us are of wearing two skirts at once, but did you ever think about wearing a skirt over your dress? It's a great way to try out the pattern mixing trend and to add a totally fresh feeling to an outfit you might otherwise be sick of. Go for something that doesn't compete with the pattern of the dress--if it's a small floral, throw a big graphic print on top. If your dress is striped, contrast it with some polka dots. Just look for colors that are either in the same family (ie, there's blue in both pieces) or on opposite sides of the color wheel, ie, complementary.

#3 Hippie-fy it. Most of us equate sundresses with casual summer chic, so why not get all Kate Hudson about it and embrace your inner bohemian? We're loving boots with dresses this summer--remember how many celebs rocked the look at Coachella?--so start with a great pair of brown cowboy or Frye boots, add a fringed bag, tons of long layered necklaces, and if you're feeling really fashion-forward, a denim vest!

What do you think, dolls? Are you newly inspired to bust out last season's sun dress? Which of these versions is your favorite? Have you already been experimenting with new ways to wear your old summer dresses?

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Fashion News Roundup

*Sourced and Edited by Dayana Sobri

Rumor: MTV Has Canceled The City

Rumor has it that MTV has canceled (seemingly) successful scripted reality series The City.

The City, a spin-off of the The Hills, which was a spin-off of Laguna Beach, documents the “life” of Whitney Port, a young designer trying to make it in New York. It mostly takes place at real-life fashion industry companies, including Kelly Cutrone’s public relations firm People’s Revolution and Elle magazine, where main characters Erin Kaplan and Olivia Palermo “work.” (Kaplan does indeed work full time at Elle, Palermo does not.)

In general, it's a surprising news.

The City seems genuinely popular, and even if it doesn’t pull in ratings equivalent to those of The Hills (which is also ending this season), it’s much buzzier. For a brand like MTV, it seems like it’d be worth sacrificing some ratings for press.

But guess that’s not the case in this circumstance. The masses were also guessing that, Palermo, who has become a celebrity outside of her work on The City, is “over” the show, as is Whitney Port, who is very serious about her fashion career, even if the rest of the world isn’t.

At Men’s Fashion Week in Paris, Brits Fight for Equal Opportunity

PARIS–English fashion still thrives on a history of fine bespoke tailoring originating from London’s Savile Row. Also known as The Row, off Regent Street in the center of town, the legendary street is known for its high concentration of old-school, blue-blooded suits.

Yet, despite the dozens of shows during London fashion week, many of The Row’s best are left behind–including key old-school masters.

To coincide with Paris Men’s fashion week, Esquire UK selected seven designers who don’t show. Ever. But who should–according to editor-in-chief Jeremy Langmead and co. The mag went on to organize a fashion show for each.

On Friday at Paris’s Bristol Hotel, Esquire threw its “7 Brilliant Brits” event. In every corner of the room, a screen showed a film of each designer’s catwalk, along with explanation booklets about each collection.

The selection included Richard James, who won Bespoke Tailor of the Year at the British Fashion Awards; Domingo Rodriguez, who has a penchant for white seamless cuts (think Kanye goes to Berlin); E Tautz, whose clothes evoke a garden party in the British country side; Oliver Spencer, the man with a definite cheeky Brit pop twist; Gieves and Hawkes, one of the oldest, located at number one Savile Row, with a look ready for hopping on a yacht; and last but not least, Baartmans and Siegel, who put forth a series of dark dandies.

It is not surprising for a magazine such as Esquire to favor classical tailoring. After all, Langmead has oft praised the values of Savile Row craftsmen. As he once wrote in British newspaper the Guardian, “What man doesn’t—whether he admits to it or not—appreciate a good photograph of himself looking hot in a smart suit? And Savile Row seemed the best place to turn to for help…because a bespoke tailor specializes in cutting a suit to fit the wearer’s body shape.”

The good news is, all these multiple expressions of British masculinity are no longer a secret to French men. And they have Esquire to thank.

Lindsay Lohan’s Leggings Collection is Alive and Kicking

If you haven’t yet tuned into Bravo’s new reality series Double Exposure, you might want to. Tweetin’ fool Lindsay Lohan will guest star, all in an effort to promote her leggings collection 6126.

The stars of Double Exposure, photogs Markus and Indrani, shot Lohan’s most recent marketing campaign for the label, which surprisingly still exists.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Fashion Career Talk: Unpaid internships?

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Will Prohibiting Unpaid Internships Kill the Fashion Industry?

Recently, there’s been lots of talk regarding the legality of unpaid internships. The New York Times, for instance, ran a story over the weekend about how labor officials in several states believe that most unpaid interns should be paid minimum wage. Patricia Smith, the federal Labor Department’s top official, has said that she and staff are planning to enforce labor laws on a national level.

What does this exactly mean for the fashion? Our industry, and most creative industries, rely on unpaid interns to make things happened. If we didn’t have unpaid assistants working on set, or in the office, magazines wouldn’t get published, film wouldn’t get developed, and fashion shows wouldn’t run so smoothly.

The good news: According to the better-educated colleagues at Above the Law, interns who are unpaid but receive college credit are fine. As are interns who are being mentored and educated by their superiors. The bad news: 18-hour days working on a shoot or a day spent cleaning the office–for free–is going to be harder for an employer to defend. That is, if labor officials do indeed question the company’s practices.

Thomas Onorato, a partner at New York public relations and events firm OW!, says that he sympathizes with both sides of the debate. “People mismanage their interns and turn them into personal assistants or a messenger service,” says Onorato. “Our small PR and event business would not run without the help of our amazing interns (which are very hard to find by the way!).”

On the other hand, he also worries that companies who can’t afford to pay interns minimum wage will become less effective, and that the lack of internships will leave many who aspire to break into the industry unprepared, not to mention deflated.

“I personally would not be where I am without the two amazing internships I had while in college. Yes, I got a lot of coffee and ran errands but I also watched and learned so much,” he says. “Many successful people in our industry started this way and it’s ridiculous to think these great opportunities for young professionals would all of a sudden go away.”

Whether you’ve been an intern, you are an intern, or you want to be an intern, what do you think?

Should everyone be paid something, or are unpaid internships simply a part of getting your foot in the door?

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Style 101: Style Tips From The Rich&Famous!

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The Best-Kept Secrets Of The World's Most Fashionable Women

We've all been there. Minutes before a cocktail party standing in front of the closet "without a thing to wear!" And this age of fast fashion hasn't helped. Sure, that $50 party dress ripped from the runway seems like a bargain find, but if you only wear it once, is it really a steal? Plus, how long are those fast and fleeting fashions, well, fashionable? "You will find yourself getting 10 times more use out of staple, investment pieces than cheaply made bargain finds," says founder of the FEED Projects and Lauren Pierce designer Lauren Bush. In fact, it's perfectly possible to build a wardrobe that's forever in fashion--you just need to be aware of a few secrets of fashion insiders.

Start With A Couple Essentials and Build From There
Amy Smilovic, designer of the celebrity favorite fashion line Tibi, selects six favorite pieces--her closet essentials--and builds her wardrobe around them. "Everything I purchase should work with those items. It's the failsafe way to make sure that everything in your closet can be layered in some form." Starting with that perfectly tailored pair of black pants, a trench coat, an office ready blazer, a go-to cocktail dress, a great cashmere sweater and a crisp white button-down shirt can serve as a great foundation from which to build.

After you select that edited collection of basics you'll be in the good position to carefully add to your wardrobe. Just be sure you don't clutter your wardrobe with impulse purchases.

Skip the Impulse Purchase

Supermodel Beverly Johnson, who was the first African-American woman to grace the cover of Vogue in 1974, says that limiting the number of times a year she actually goes shopping helps her make better purchasing decisions. "For me shopping is not about quantity," says Johnson. "I go shopping four times a year. I maybe buy two good pieces a season." Perhaps that is why Johnson always looks classic on the red carpet in looks ranging from a black and white pinstripe suit to a black belted cocktail dress.

Cut and fit is crucial when building a wardrobe of great basics. Celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe, who has worked with everyone from Demi Moore to Cameron Diaz, says, "Women don't often buy what's best for their bodies, they buy what's best on the model." Go through your closet and get rid of anything that doesn't fit you properly. If you can, salvage ill-fitting items by taking them to the tailor, if they can't be salvaged, donate them. When buying new clothes, spend some time in the dressing room to really assess if an item is right for your body. Zoe also adds, "Never buy shoes you love that don't fit. Just because you love them, you'll never wear them." It sounds obvious, but how many times have you walked out of a store with one-size-too-small strappy sandals just because they were on sale. (If your answer is even once, that's too many times!)

Shop For Your Body (And Your Lifestyle)

Cut and fit is crucial when building a wardrobe of great basics. Celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe, who has worked with everyone, says, "Women don't often buy what's best for their bodies, they buy what's best on the model." Go through your closet and get rid of anything that doesn't fit you properly. If you can, salvage ill-fitting items by taking them to the tailor, if they can't be salvaged, donate them. When buying new clothes, spend some time in the dressing room to really assess if an item is right for your body. Zoe also adds, "Never buy shoes you love that don't fit. Just because you love them, you'll never wear them." It sounds obvious, but how many times have you walked out of a store with one-size-too-small strappy sandals just because they were on sale. (If your answer is even once, that's too many times!)

It's also important to factor in your lifestyle when making wardrobe choices. Most women actively balance multiple roles--a work life, family commitments and hopefully a bit of a social life too, and a wardrobe should reflect that. Ivanka Trump, who juggles a role at her family's, is president of her own namesake jewelry line and is a newlywed to boot, knows this balancing act all too well. She advises women to carefully evaluate how they spend their day when making purchases. "Make sure each [purchase you make] can be worn from the workplace to a dinner with friends," she says. "The more mileage you can get out of something, the better the investment."

Say No To "It" Bags (And Fads)

Easier said then done, but saying goodbye to buying trendy items will have a rejuvenating effect on your wallet and closet. Next time you find yourself pining for that Proenza Schouler tie-dye dress, those Chanel clogs or all the copies they have inspired this season, try to have a little self-restraint. That's not to say you shouldn't invest in a few key designer pieces: Zoe advises splurging on a few standout items that have a timeless appeal. "Definitely invest in a designer bag, but not the 'it' bag of the season," she says. "Get a classic like a Chanel 2.55 or, of course, a Hermès Birkin." Sure the Chanel 2.55 might cost a staggering $2,995--but if you sport it for half of a year it comes to a little under $17 a wear. And odds are you'll carry it for years after that.

Avoiding fads doesn't mean you should be buying staid clothes. Bush says she has bought some of her favorite pieces while traveling and she favors items with a "unique, one-of-a-kind quality." Just make sure your purchases are more in tune with your personal style rather than the trend of the moment.

Remember: Accessories Make the Outfit

If there is any place to truly invest in your wardrobe, it's accessories. A statement necklace can completely transform that basic black dress--and take you from day to evening in 30 seconds. Trump favors simple diamond hoops, which she throws on "for a low-key dinner or to wear to a high-powered business meeting," she says. And when she needs to add some glamour to a basic suit or a cocktail dress, Trump dons a statement necklace. "It's drama without the fuss," she says.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Counter Checkout: BirdMotel Australia! (Online Store)

*Sourced and edited by Dayana Sobri

Established in August 2005, Birdmotel is an Australian shopping website aimed at sun-kissed, fashion goddesses. Called Birdmotel for its free and retro vibe, the site is a one-stop shop, enabling you to buy the best women's clothing, swimwear and accessories from Australian and International street and boutique fashion labels.

It all started with a lust for beach culture, a fashion addiction and thousands of hours spent surfing the net. Disappointed with the current offering of online fashion shopping sites within Australia, former Sydney fashion publicist Jo Ferro and long-time partner Dan Gray, a designer/photographer, decided it was time to combine their talents. Identifying a gap in the market, they have created a shopping site that stocks clothing and accessories by One Teaspoon, Tigerlily, Bec and Bridge, Nookie, Minty Meets Munt, Something Else, Grab, Milk and Honey, Piper Lane and many more.

Every item on Birdmotel is hand-selected for its versatility and wearability: look for the best in cheeky swimwear, laid-back street separates and sundresses.

The driving idea behind Birdmotel is to offer a well-edited range of the very best items from each label. So that means no more trawling through rack-upon-rack of clothing at your local chain store. We hope that you will find that must-have item that you're looking for on Birdmotel.

New York Quirk by Bird Motel

New York Quirk: Follow the lead of style icons like Chloe Sevigny  & Mary-Kate Olsen & Mix classic pieces mixed back with quirky  prints & vintage-y shapes.

*A magazine layout by Bird Motel which features some of the brands being sold at Bird Motel online (

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Designer 101: Betsey Johnson's Biography!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Fashion News: Seen & Heard

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Why Anna Wintour Gave Her Staff LeSportSac

LeSportSac confirmed that Anna Wintour recently gifted her Vogue staff the brand’s totes in platinum ($98) and patent leather ($88).

So it’s no ten grand plus an iPad (Hi Oprah! We love you too! Winkface), but it’s something.

Why LeSportSac?

Turns out the Voguettes (who, we’re sure, are desperately in need of another bag) can thank Pat McGrath.

The legendary make-up artist and LeSportSac designer recently showed Wintour her collection.

“Anna loved it and got reacquainted with our brand and hence made the request.” says Paula Spadaccini, spokesperson for LeSportSac.

Seems a bit random, sure, but who are we to look a gift horse in the mouth, especially when that gift horse is Anna Wintour?

Fashion News Roundup: Mirlando Make It Official, Anna Can’t Walk Down Stairs, and Lily Cole to Quit Modeling?

Love in Full Bloom: Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom, also known as the most beautiful couple ever, are tying the knot. {Vogue UK}

Disappear Here: Acclaimed photog Douglas Friedman visited the Swiss town of La Côte-aux-Fées to photograph (quite beautifully) watchmaker Piaget’s 136-year-old facility. Douglas enlisted his friend, Bret Easton Ellis, to compliment the photographs with a beautiful short story about time. {NOWNESS}

Tim Tells All: According to his new book, “Gunn’s Golden Rules,” Tim Gunn has witnessed Anna Wintour being carried down a flight of stairs by bodyguards, as well as Andre Leon Talley being fed grapes and cubes of cheese, one by one. Vogue denied both stories. Who knew Gunn was so brave? {Huffington Post}

Balenciaga’s Retrospective: Speaking of Vogue editors, Hamish Bowles has curated an upcoming Cristobal Balenciaga exhibit. Called “Balenciaga: Spanish Master,” the exhibit will open to the public November 19 at the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute uptown. The Cut has a preview. {The Cut}

Lily to Retire?: Our favorite angelic redhead Lily Cole would quit modeling altogether if the right acting gig came along. Sad, but we look forward to seeing her on the big screen. {Vogue UK}

Quote of the Day: ADR Says Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery


–From Anna Dello Russo’s fashion week etiquette rules. There are nine more on

Adventures in Copyright: Givenchy Hearts Ziggy Stardust

Note the obvious influence of a Ziggy Stardust-era David Bowie on Givenchy’s Spring 2010 collection.

Bowie rocked a striped blazer during the ’70s that was strikingly similar to Givenchy’s popular graphic black and white striped jacket–right down to the angular psychedelic striping on the lapels. It’s a popular piece from the collection, and, as we pointed out earlier, Zara and Anthropologie have created similar styles, which are in stores now.

But since the rock god wore his striped lapels about 40 years ago, is Givenchy’s blazer more inspired than imitation?

The Colour Clasher