Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The New Fall Staple

As every season comes and goes so does your wardrobe staples. With winter comes a great coat, spring, the casual wedge and summer is filled with the perfect swimsuit quest. The Fall staple? Boots. This season the runway exploded with the most beautifully designed boots.

Christian Louboutin, Prada and Nicholas Kirkwood for Rodante were the Fall 2009 footwear leaders. Their designs were forward with immaculate craftsmanship. They all combined the trendy over the knee silhouette, with silver hardware and slouchy leather. The trickle down effect was pioneered flawlessly by Joie and Aldo.

When wearing this edgy staple style just as you would tights or leggings. Pair with the latest leather mini or a baggy boyfriend shirt. To get the look for less try Joie’s Twiggy style or Aldo’s Velardi style.

Friday, September 11, 2009


Is the American shopping attitude morphing into that of China? I work at a high end men's boutique, and even with our clientele ranging from producers to agents to doctors and lawyers I still feel like I have a little hut in the middle of a Chinese market. The infamous recession is slowly evolving our shopping culture into a climate identical to the Chinese black market. If the American culture is demanding eco-friendly and American made products there is no room for haggling. If society is against the man, then how come our preferred shopping habits are killing small business owners? The conflicting desires among consumers today are throwing independent retailers into an even more chaotic downturn. Next time you are temped to haggle, just remember our marketplace will surly reap the benefits.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Trend Watch: Navajo

Being a proud Oklahoma citizen you can only imagine the excitement that filled my heart when the Native American influence made a mark in fashion history. Even though the Navajo fad will make it's departure as quick as it's appearance, there's still something quite nostalgic to know my heritage had a minute of fame. The fabrics and patterns of Navajo is a drastic change from the 40's silhouettes of F/W '09.

Overall, this trend is highly welcomed and executed extremely well by Pendleton/Opening Ceremony. Pendleton is a brand with a rich history of producing Native American fabrics and textiles since the 1800s. Opening Ceremony has teamed up with Pendleton to collaborate a trendy meets outdoorsy line. The outcome of the line is an ingenius artistic approach to our nation's richest and earliest settlers.

(To get this look for less check out Club Monaco, Forever 21 or Moyna.)

Monday, August 17, 2009

Budget Friendly Fall Staples

Fall is prime time to claim your F/W season staples. Designers have done an amazing job releasing on-trend budget friendly options. My top picks for key wardrobe pieces this season are scarves, schoolboy blazers, over the knee boots, nylon totes and a great time piece. When money is tight your greatest investment is one you can wear with anything. Rather than snatching up the latest dress you might want to consider how versable it is. These staples are sure to give you extra wear through those mild autumn days and cold winter nights.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Giorgio Armani + Anna B. Sheppard = Brad Pitt

Costume designer, Anna B. Sheppard collaborated with leading designer, Giorgio Armani for the latest Pitt Flick, "Inglourious Basterds”. When two immaculate designers come together and dress Brad Pitt the outcome is absolutely infallible. The release date for “Inglourious Basterds” is August 21, 2009. (The above photograph is Armani's sketch of the design.)

Anna Wintour on Letterman

Anna Wintour on The Letterman Show? Many are questioning motives for this meet & greet on national television. But one thing is to be true, along with the Letterman regulars there will be fashionistas and skeptics tuned in for this long awaited engagement. Will it be a standard Letterman powwow or will Wintour be wiggling in her seat? Make sure to mark your calendars for August 24, for this might put Joaquin Phoenix's interview to shame.

Inspiration: Nicholas Kirkwood for Rodarte

The Miley Cyrus photo shoot in Elle Magazine is my absolute favorite shoot I've seen in a long time. Everything from the Michael Kors dress to the thigh high Nicholas Kirkwood for Rodarte boots was absolutely perfect. It is evident that stylist, Joe Zee and photographer, Carter Smith work extremely well together. There is so much inspiration to take from the chunky chains to the polished 80s look. Elle Magazine truly went above and beyond my greatest expectations.