At the Shows – Spring 2011

At the Shows – Spring 2011

What a fun day I had at the shows yesterday! I’m sure you all know by now that Mercedes Benz Fashion Week has a new home at Lincoln Center. Everyone seemed thrilled with the new venue – there was lots more space for attendees, an entire computer “pit” for the dedicated fashion bloggers and evidently much more room for the behind the scenes people – make-up artists, dressers, hair stylists etc. And the temporary structure even created an outdoor garden lounging area which was very popular.

I had been invited to the Nanette Lepore show (reviewed next), so had always planned on attending yesterday.…

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Michael Kors Spring 2011

Michael Kors Spring 2011

First was Michael Kors. A very popular show, the Theater was jam packed. This show, choreographed to lively renditions of Here Comes the Sun, felt like a slight departure for Kors. Like the back to nature theme of many of the other shows, the collection featured lots of neutrals and spring colors but was not as structured as usual. The shapes felt looser and easier, like an easy summer at the beach, and sported linen and gauzy textures.

There were great trenches

including this spectacular saddle colored leather one

This very cool and sexy swim suit – that I don’t quite understand how you swim in

And great combinations of texures

None of the usual Kors body hugging sheath dresses or high heels.…

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Nanette Lepore Spring 2011

Nanette Lepore Spring 2011

This show was held in the more intimate Stage, which I really liked. Not to mention, I was sitting across from Stanley Tucci and Kristin Chenoweth (not sure who’s in between them).

And there was live music provided by John Forte, which made it feel even more like a special event. You can go to Nanette Lepore’s site to see a video of the show, including the music.

Lepore’s clothes are always feminine and flirty and these were no exception. The make up by Mac was wonderful, highlighted by a beautiful lip shade of pinky red, which was a great counterpoint to the colorful collection.…

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Milly – Spring 2011

Milly – Spring 2011

Michelle Smith said her inspiration for this collection was the “stylishly eccentric ” Peggy Guggenheim. She channelled her spirit with “unexpected combinations of pattern, texture and color”. This 10th anniversary collection also marked the debut of Milly‘s handbag and jewelry collections. All of this was accomplished with a great sense of fun and creativity. I’ve attached a video to give you a sense of the entertaining presentation.

The show had a ton of energy and offered an upbeat collection with quite a few terrific pieces. In true Guggenheim style, Smith assembled many of the outfits in unconventional but appealing combinations

or just the opposite – where everything matches.…

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Fashion Week Favorites

Fashion Week Favorites

Today I will be going to a couple of the shows at Fashion Week – Michael Kors and Nanette Lepore. I’m totally excited, especially to see the fabulous new venue at Lincoln Center, which everyone has been raving about.

Although you probably have a handle on my taste by now, I thought I’d show just a very few of my favorites from the shows so far – showing you all of them would take a full week of posts! I love Jason Wu. He has a winning combination of pretty and tailored (photos by Thomas Iannaccone).

Loved the denim and clean lines at Derek Lam.…

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Persephone Perfection

Persephone Perfection

As the younger generation heads back to school, we can also consider our educational agenda for the fall. For all of you book lovers, I have good news and bad news. The good news is that I have a wonderful new literary source and the bad news is that you will need to make room on your already overcrowded shelves. One of my oldest friends, Deborah, a compatriot in searching out all things of style and substance, recently divulged a fabulous new source for collectible titles.

Persephone Books, out of London, has found a literary niche that I’m sure appeals to many of us.…

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Sugar Paper

Sugar Paper

I was in my favorite local stationer, MMilestones, in New Canaan, the other day (more on them soon). Looking through the books for several needed items, I was reacquainted with the beautiful offerings of Sugar Paper. I had originally seen their book last year for Christmas cards but was too late to the game. There are certainly many lovely lines for stationery products, but if you like letterpress, then you’ll be in heaven when you see Sugar Paper. After looking at their collection, there’s just no going back.

Founded in 2003 by Chelsea Shukov and Jamie Grobecker, Sugar Paper is the quintessence of understated luxury.…

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Traveling Companions

Traveling Companions

For those of you who romanticize travel and long for the days of civilized airports, airlines with glamorous stewardesses, ocean liners with formal black tie dinners and train travel on the Twentieth Century (which I actually experienced), then you will probably be pleased to learn of the new book, coming out on December 1, just in time for the holidays, Louis Vuitton: 100 Legendary Trunks.

As most of you know, Vuitton was founded in 1854 when the original Louis opened his first store in Paris. He made history with the creation of his first trunk which had a flat top and could be stacked as opposed to previous trunks which had barrel shaped tops to aid in the dispersion of water.…

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Seeing Spots

Seeing Spots

I can’t remember seeing such a pervasive fashion trend as this season’s penchant for leopard. From clothing to every manner of accessories, leopard is everywhere. Witness some sightings.

Chances are you have something leopard in your closet to wear this season. If not, here are a few choices with price points from high to low or in between to satisfy your cat craving.

prrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr……………

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In Vogue

In Vogue

Just in time for Fashion Week and and Fashion’s Night Out, which I discussed earlier today, Vogue has announced the fabulous overhaul of its website, vogue.com (of course). What an improvement!! Vogue was evidently given a hefty budget by Conde Nast to update their online presence and it shows. The site is naturally beautifully designed, clear, easy to navigate and has lots of fun new features – you can now comment on stories, connect to Facebook and Twitter, and create “lightboxes” with your favorite fashion picks. It is much easier to read and incorporates interesting content, including original features and videos such as the fun one with Carey Mulligan discussing the October cover photo shoot in the Camargue region in southern France (you have to go to the site to watch).…

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