Check out more pictures, and read the interview of this hollywood icon here.
(Photo Credit Hermès)
Woah! Hermès continue their creative window series with this incredible installation from Studio Toogood under the direction of designer Faye Toogood. A bloody theme as red takes over the entire ground floor of their flagship Bond Street store with gallons of red resin and red leather are placed against walls of craftsmen’s tools. Celebrating the makers behind their fancy accessories, each tool is scaled up in linear neon and set against drapes made from remnants of Hermès’ iconic silk scarves, covered in scarlet-pigmented resin.
Check out the display until December 7, 2013!
(Photo Credit Polyvore)
Black Friday 2013 is here!! While I rarely make the trek to the big department stores, I do take advantage of the sales and discounts online. In fact, they tend to be better because you can quickly google the lowest price, don’t have to be surrounded by mobs of people, and you can do it from the comfort of your bed!
Here are the deals I took advantage of:
Mr. Porter - 30% off select goods: (Common Projects Crepe-Soled Leather Derby Shoes)
Saks Fifth Avenue - Up to 60% off select goods/40% off designer: (Band of Outsiders White Oxford Shirt)
Cheers to early holiday shopping!
(Photo Credit Instagram)
Donatella, is that you? Nope, It’s Lady Gaga! While the fashion world has known for awhile that Lady Gaga would take the helm of Versace’s Spring/Summer 2014 campaign, we know have photographic evidence thanks to the Instagram of Mert Alas from Mert & Marcus who shot the advertisements! In the photo, Gaga is no doubt channeling Donatella Versace, wearing a long blonde wig and a sexy cut-away gown from Versace’s Spring/Summer 2014 line. The photo is certainly more demure than I expected when I heard of the collaboration. On one hand, the styling is definitely a welcomed change from some of the crazier looks Gaga has been sporting lately, but on the other hand this is VERSACE. If there is one time to ham it up for the cameras, Versace certainly fits the bill. What are your thoughts?
(Photo Credit Tom Ford)
"I have always been fascinated by unusual ingredients from exotic cultures. The ume plum is an exquisite ingredient that has great meaning in Oriental culture; in Japan and China, it is a sacred symbol of spring. I wanted to craft a fragrance around the ume, because it has a texture and aroma that is so luscious." - Tom Ford
This past weekend, I made a quick flight home spending two days in the ever-great New York City. On one of these days, I spent almost entirely scouring through the many stores I have not been to since summer and, of course, admiring the beautiful Fall/Winter collections. Accordingly, one of the first stops I made, besides Barneys New York, was Bergdorf Goodman while waiting for a dinner reservation. Admittedly, I spent most of my time trying to justify certain Saint Laurent pieces to myself, but I also checked out the stunning Tom Ford counter on a mission for a new cologne.
The first one I laid eyes on and smelled was the relatively new Tom Ford Plum Japonais ($210 USD for 1.7 fl oz.), part of Atelier d’Orient collection for Fall 2013. Like most Tom Ford scents, Plum Japonais is a very sensual, unisex, slightly smoky scent revealing the beauty of the ume plum, with notes of camellia and vanilla, juxtaposing against a lush mélange of exotic Asian ingredients like Saffron, cinnamon bark, everlasting flower and Sawara cypress. Expectedly, the fragrance, with just two spritzes, lasted well over eight hours and I had multiple people coming up to me asking what I was wearing.
While I did not buy the fragrance this time around, the buying of this scent is of highest priority for when I return to New York over winter break!
(Photo Credit Givenchy)
Givenchy opens a new 4,000 square-foot flagship store on Avenue Montaigne in Paris dedicated to womenswear (where is the menswear?!). While the pristine exterior is like any other luxury shop, the dark wooden and marble floors and gray lava stone walls of the interior stay true to Givenchy’s darker, warrior-like brand aesthetic. French interior designer Joseph Dirand worked with creative director Riccardo Tisci to give a nod to Hubert de Givenchy’s original black box packaging used in the brand’s early days. This is one of the first of Givenchy’s army of stores to come, with the new CEO, Sebastian Suhl, in plans to open 26 more boutiques globally by 2015. I know one of my first stops when I visit Paris during my semester abroad!
(Photo Credit Polyvore)
Part III: T-Shirts
While one does not necessarily associate t-shirts with the winter, they are a great transitional staple and can be worn under button-downs, sweaters and, for the ones willing to brave the cold, by themselves! I also do not like long-sleeve shirts at all, so my options are already intrinsically limited. The two keys, In my opinion, to making t-shirts seasonably appropriate are to keep them within a darker color family and made with a heavier weave. I would also suggest crew-necks for extra-warmth! So, lets begin, shall we?
To start, I suggest everyone have some sort of statement t-shirt. To be honest, I am still not 100% sure what this means, but I assume it means any item of clothing/accessory that has enough “ooh” factor to elevate any outfit by itself whether it be during the daytime or night. if this definition is true, than this beautiful Marni t-shirt , containing everything from color-blocking, paneled stitching to longer sleeves (trust me- it is universally flattering), definitely fits the bill! While the price tag is definitely steep, I think it just may be worth it. Another t-shirt I believe may be worth the price, is this beautiful Raf Simons Paneled t-shirt (yay for paneling!). While I am not a huge fan of the logo, this shirt screams luxury from the thick-cotton construction, pentagon imprint and ending JUST at the perfect spot length-wise, which is surprisingly one of the hardest components of t-shirt shopping I have come across.
If the Marni and Rag Simons t-shirts are not your style or outside of your price-point, I strongly suggest this stripped, Rag & Bone t-shirt or this Acne t-shirt. While I am new to Rag & Bone t-shirts, I have accumulated four, throughout the past couple of months, and let me tell you they are some of my favorite t-shirts I own. While I cannot speak for all aspects of Rag & Bone, both their denim and t-shirts are universal praises in my book. Similarly, Acne has become one of my favorite brands, with this t-shirt really cementing this status for me. While embroidered with the word “romantic”, the shirt anything, but trite seen through its all-black construction and its thick, cotton material.
If you are looking for something a bit more trendy (and less of a hit on your wallet), I suggest this Topman faux-leather pocket t-shirt. If you choose the Topman route, let me warn you however that Topman t-shirts have a relatively short shelf-life from either losing their shape quickly or threading coming undone while laundering. But hey - the t-shirt is only $32 dollars, so no harm or foul.
In addition to a statement t-shirt, I also suggest having a go-to black t-shirt that helps make you feel confident. Hopefully, you already have one of these, but if not I strongly suggest any t-shirt by James Perse or any basic t-shirt by Rag & Bone. I own this Rag & Bone t-shirt and this James Perse t-shrt, so, if you are indeed in the market for one, I can personally attest to the greatness of these two above.
See you for Part IV sometime this week!
(Photo Credit Polyvore)
Part II: Accessories
I feel a bit silly dedicating a whole post to accessories, but hey - why not? Personally, I do not really own or wear that many accessories, but I think it is important to have some classic staples to carry you through the year. To begin, I think a great wallet/cardholder is a must. You should be carrying it everywhere with you and should last you quite a while, if treated well. In fact, I have had the same Yves Saint Laurent wallet for almost 2 and a 1/2 years! While this may not seem like a long time, it is for me because before I use to go through cheap wallets like tic tacs. While I do not think you can buy my exact wallet with the whole rebranding of YSL (look at the improved Saint Laurent Paris ones instead), I can, however, personally vouch for the Givenchy cardholder! Yes, it is expensive. Yes, it is more expensive than the contents within my wallet nine times out of ten. Yes, I bought it for the Givenchy name. BUT - it is made from great, pliable leather, has an embossed logo (fancy) and is my favorite brand. Plus, I always have it on me, or my wallet, so the price-per-wear is extremely low.
Similarly, I highly recommend a great leather shoe, preferably high top and, you guessed it, black. The one above is from the great shoe brand, Common Projects, and like my Band of Outsiders oxford, is a lucky charm for me. While the price is a bit jarring, mine have lasted for three and a half years with barely any noticeable wear and easily transition from super casual to semi-formal occasions. Besides the high top, another great investment shoe is in an ankle boot. Before I begin, boots are EXTREMELY hard to find and, at least for me, always look slightly wonky - especially with how some people wear them. While I JUST bought a pair of ankle boots and thus no pro, I recommend only wearing ankle boots with a very tapered leg or shorts (if you dig that sort of thing). The ones above are from Sandro, bought on hautelook for 70% off from $630, but basically every brand makes some version of the ankle/chelsea boot. I HIGHLY recommend Zara for all your shoe needs, but remember to be wary of the quality! Footwear, in my opinion, is generally worth the splurge!
If you are like me and wear hats on days you are too lazy to shower or like the look, then check out this great all-leather hat by Oak. For reference, Oak is a trendy boutique in New York City that was recently bought by American Apparel. While you are there (and to push your order into the free-shipping category), may I also suggest you pick up one of the many Comme des Garçons colognes they have in stock. While we are on boutiques, check out this great belt by COS at Opening Ceremony. I like the matte-black finish inverting the stereotypical black leather and gold/silver buckle, which will elevate any outfit to cool. Note: I have not purchased this belt and instead keep it simple with a black leather belt I bought at Zara a year ago for $29.99.
Last, but certainly not least complete any outfit with a great pair of sunnies and a versatile backpack. The sunglasses above are the Tom Ford Campbells, but any pair will do depending on your budget and personal aesthetic. Sunglasses are not just for summer! In fact, the sun is closer to earth in the winter, so make sure to protect them (and maybe where spf?)! The backpack is MBMJ (Marc by Marc Jacobs), all black and is “packable” meaning you can compact and throw it in another bag when traveling. What more can you ask for? Just kidding - don’t ask that.
Have a great Monday!
(Photo Credit Polyvore)
Part I: Button-Down Shirts
Who else is excited for this influx of colder weather? I know I am! Inspired by this weather
and my unholy desire to keep procrastinating, here are some of my fall/winter button-down staples I plan to incorporate into my wardrobe. So, lets begin, shall we?
For those who pay attention to how I dress, I am all about the color block. This is not necessarily on purpose per se, but I always wear some variation of black pants and a colored top, so it just happens innately. To break up this pattern, I am trying to incorporate some textures into my button-downs. What better way than with this great faux-leather collared shirt from Topman? I am obsessed with leather collars and it is nearly impossible to find one at a decent price (I am looking at you Givenchy), so this is a great high street alternative for $60 dollars. Plus, you don’t have to worry about washing it because it’s not real leather! I just made the leap and purchased it, so I will let you know my thoughts once it is in my possession. In similar fashion, I am also really liking this muted-floral print button-down from Topman, as well! While it is a little loud for my liking, the colors help tone it down and keep it more wintery (is this really a word…). Plus, who needs real flowers, when you can have ones on your shirt? Just because it is/will be cold out, does not mean you need to put your short-sleeved button-downs away! One piece that I have been eyeing for awhile is this beautiful A.P.C chambray button-down, which will definitely carry you through all four seasons. If interested, buy it now since this shirt is selling like hotcakes!
If none of these shirts suit your sartorial fancy and want to go back to just black, I HIGHLY recommend this black oxford from Band of Outsiders. This was one of my first major fashion purchases, so it has SLIGHTLY sentimental meaning to me and continues to be one my favorite shirts in my closet. Plus, I swear it is lucky, so I am almost always sporting it during important occasions! Talk about an expensive lucky charm! Last, but certainly not least is a beautiful, poplin Jil Sander shirt. If you like minimalist dressing, look no further than Jil Sander. I was able to score mine on sale, so try waiting until this price tag of $420 goes down, even if Jil may be worth it. Just kidding - do not spend $420 on cotton!
* I was originally going to include all my staples into one post, but my verbose nature got the better of me. Sorry guys.
* Yes, I am aware all these shirts are variations of black and thus not a color block because black is not a color. Thank you color wheel!
(Photo Credit Tom Ford)
Tom Ford For Men Skincare and Grooming is coming! There has been a huge amount of buzz surrounding this launch and it’s the first time a major fashion player has produced a male grooming line since Jean Paul Gaultier back in 2006!
You may or may not know that Tom Ford Beauty is a sub-brand of the Estée Lauder Companies and the connection really speaks volumes here. In fact, the Tom Ford For Men collection comes across as a perfect combination of the Estée Lauder, Clinique and La Mer brands. The Ford and Lauder team have taken the classic branding of Esteé Lauder (and of course Tom Ford); the efficacy of Clinique and the ultimate luxuriousness of Crème de la Mer. In other words - heaven.
How EXCITED are you?
The collection will be available at all Tom Ford beauty counters nationwide this November. I cannot wait to get my hands on it!
*While I first heard of Tom Ford’s new male beauty line back in June, I have been bad and have yet to dedicate a blog post - so better late than never!
(Photo Credit Chanel)
For the Chanel Cruise 2014 campaign, Karl Lagerfeld enlisted models, Ashleigh Good and Nadja Bender, which is a nice surprise as they have mostly been relegated to solely runway status. In fact, I believe this may be the first campaign they have fronted! Per usual, I love everything from the styling, to the stark surroundings and the slightly grungy, yet captivating arm chair. I cannot wait to see the other photos, when they are released!
(Photo Credit Mister Muse)
Clément Chabernaud brings his French charm to the Big Apple in the latest from Mister Muse. Shot by Bruno Staub, the “in a city that never sleeps” pictorial features the model in an atmospheric editorial centered around the iconic New Yorker Hotel. Sporting stylist Sean Spellman’s favorite fall fashions from Calvin Klein Collection to Prada, the styling efforts get a check plus in my book, along with the entire pictorial!