Cat Lady

My cat Belle and I worked on this post together…seriously! (She sat on my lap.) Everyone knows that kitties are adorable, far superior to dogs, and a rich source of inspiration in the world of fashion and art. Here is some feline-themed clothing that is as fun to wear as it is to pet a cat!

Rotita  Unique Vintage  Storyland

Palm Beach   Miss Sweety   Grumpy Cat for Prada

    Brian Lichtenberg

rolling cat   Karl Lagerfeld  Noir Jewelry

Orla Kiely  Burberry  Anna Sui

Dolce & Gabbana 2 (2)  computer bed   Charlotte Olympia 7

Eugenia Kim  Au Jour Le Jour  True Facet  Judith Leiber  The Aristocats

1. Rotita earrings, $6

2. Unique Vintage leggings, $10

3. Storyland top, $24

4. Palm Beach ring, $28

5. Miss Sweety handbag, $31

6. Olivia Pratt watch, $50

7. Bling Jewelry brooch, $60

8. Brian Lichtenberg beanie, $65

9. Karl Lagerfeld tee, $115

10. Noir Jewelry bracelet, $135

11. Orla Kiely cardigan, $150

12. Burberry Prorsum scarf, $220

13. Anna Sui skirt, $245

14. Dolce & Gabbana wristlet, $289

15. Charlotte Olympia shoes, $705

16. Eugenia Kim headband, $1,270

17. Au Jour Le Jour dress, $1,274

18. Chopard necklace, $1,620

19. Judith Leiber minaudiere, $5,595

 

Flats to Heels

It is common knowledge that walking long distances in heels is bad for your feet…but, perhaps even more unfortunately, it is bad for your shoes. Though they may very well catch the eye of passersby on the city streets, beautiful stilettos were not designed to take as many steps as their heelless counterparts. I learned this the hard way, and have spent a lot of money getting heel nails replaced over the years. The best solution, in my opinion, is to carry a large handbag, walk the long distance in chic flats (no need for sneakers!), and change into your more delicate shoes at a discreet location nearby.

Here are some pairings of flats and heels that would work well together to compliment the same outfit…

Bloch   Dolce & Gabbana (2)

Bloch, $183 + Dolce & Gabbana, $695

Charlotte Russe (2)   Kate Spade 5 (2)

Charlotte Russe, $20 + Kate Spade, $328

DVF   Kurt Geiger

DVF, $169 + Kurt Geiger, $300

Francesco Milano   L.K. Bennett

Francesco Milano, $120 + L.K. Bennett, $375

Kate Spade 6 (2)   Christian Louboutin (2)

Kate Spade, $45 + Christian Louboutin, $325

Charlotte Olympia 6   Kate Spade 7 (2)

Charlotte Olympia, $303 + Kate Spade, $350

Franco Sarto   Kate Spade 8 (2)

Franco Sarto, $38 + Kate Spade, $199

SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker 

SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker, $285 + Manolo Blahnik, $725

8 Ballet  Casadei

8, $131 + Casadei, $695

French Sole   Dune

French Sole, $104 + Dune, $135

Jimmy Choo  Jimmy Choo 2

Jimmy Choo, $675 + Jimmy Choo, $900

Tom Ford Yes   Tom Ford 2

Tom Ford, $716 + Tom Ford, $900

If I Could Buy the Entire Collection, I Would — Moschino

Moschino Pre-Fall 2015

I will admit, the McDonald’s stuff kind of freaked me out. When I think of McDonald’s, I think of a place where college students go at 4am because there is nowhere else to eat when they are studying, and where homeless people go at 4am because there is nowhere else to sleep. I also don’t think barnyard red and sunshine yellow are a pleasing color pairing, fast food connotations notwithstanding.

But as Katy Perry would say, that was then and this is now (“Part of Me”). For Pre-Fall Jeremy Scott is still basing the collection around one obvious motif, but this time it is much more chic. The pieces below evoke objects found in a clothing atelier, like tape measures, order forms, hangers, and garments still under construction.

Moschino 7 Yes   Moschino 11 Yes  Moschino 3 Yes  Moschino 6 Yes  Moschino 8 Yes  Moschino 5 Yes   Moschino 15   Moschino 12  Moschino 10 Yes   Moschino 1 Yes   Moschino 4 Yes   Moschino 13   Moschino 9 Yes   Moschino 14

Standouts from Pre-Fall 2015

While I understand that the planning and execution of a single seasonal collection involves more time and work than the average end consumer could even imagine, the idea that the fashion world has two seasons per year, while the weather and our lifestyles have four, is still a bit of an odd idea to wrap one’s head around. Even more trippy is the fact that technically, February is the first month of “Spring/Summer” and August is the first month of “Fall/Winter”. It is as if the fashion world is proof that a parallel universe does indeed exist.

Thankfully, Resort and Pre-Fall collections are here to (somewhat) normalize the annual cycle, so that, just as we plan our year around four seasons, we can plan our fashion calendar around four different points of reference. Pre-Fall collections are the epitome of “short and sweet”; they do not involve as many looks as the average Fall collection, yet the looks are more wearable than the theatrical ensembles one might see on a Fall runway. Here are ten such looks that caught my eye:

Theia   Giamba 5

Theia, Don O’Neill ~~~~ Giamba, Giambattista Valli

Rodebjer  Co

Rodebjer, Carin Rodebjer ~~~~ Co, Stephanie Danan and Justin Kerr

Noon by Noor  Mantu

Noon by Noor, Shaikh Noor Al Khalifa and Shaikh Haya Al Khalifa ~~~~ Mantù, Jane Hayward

Public School  Yeohlee

Public School, Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osbourne ~~~~ Yeohlee, Yeohlee Teng

ICB   Won Hundred

ICB ~~~~ Won Hundred, Nikolaj Nielsen and Anna Bauer

Trend of the Day — Plaid Cape Coats

I may go to NYU, but I can still appreciate the New England, Ivy League vibe of a plaid cape coat! Here are my current favorites, at every price point.

Girls on Film  Nasty Gal

Girls on Film, $29                              Nasty Gal, $69

 

Runyiyi  Vivienne Westwood

Runyiyi, $118      Vivienne Westwood Anglomania, $290

 

Club Monaco

Ralph Lauren, $510            Club Monaco, $695

 

St. John 2  Libertine

St. John, $1,395                      Libertine, $2,750

 

Love This Brand — Alice + Olivia

My fantasy is to travel the globe in search of new Alice + Olivia pieces. Here is how I would go about it…

START: ALICE + OLIVIA BOUTIQUE, NEW YORK, NEW YORK

Alice + Olivia boutique  Alice + Olivia from Alice + Olivia

Cherry pouf dress, $698

SCOOP, NEW YORK, NEW YORK

Alice + Olivia from Scoop              Scoop

Lewis drop waist knit skirt, $220

SAKS FIFTH AVENUE, NEW YORK, NEW YORK

 

Saks Fifth Avenue           Alice + Olivia from Saks Fifth Avenue

Lang two-tone strapless cut-out waist jumpsuit, $440

NORDSTROM RACK, WESTBURY, NEW YORK

Alice + Olivia from Nordstrom Rack                          Nordstrom Rack

Dakota ankle strap flat, $120

MYTHERESA.COM ON THE PLANE

mytheresa Alice + Olivia from mytheresa

Verity fur jacket, $1,315

OXYGEN BOUTIQUE, LONDON, ENGLAND

Alice + Olivia from Oxygen Boutique      Oxygen Boutique

Wynn sleeveless slim fitted dress, $525

SELFRIDGES, LONDON, ENGLAND

Selfridges                     Alice + Olivia from Selfridge's

Floral ball gown skirt, $900

SMETS, BRUSSELS, BELGIUM

Alice + Olivia from Smets              Smets

Sheer crochet top, $235

LA CASA MODA, SCHORNDORF, GERMANY

La Casa Moda   Alice + Olivia from La Casa Moda

Breton sweater, $173

EXCELSIOR MILANO, MILAN, ITALY

Alice + Olivia from Excelsior Milano     Excelsior Milano

Mandy dress, $352

SHOPBOP.COM ON THE PLANE

Alice + Olivia from shopbop

Shopbop Logo. (PRNewsFoto/Shopbop.com)

Vintage box leather car pouch, $225

LANE CRAWFORD, SHANGHAI, CHINA

Alice + Olivia from Lane Crawford          Lane Crawford

Perna flower swing coat, $810

THECORNER.COM ON THE PLANE

Thecorner                         Alice + Olivia from thecorner

Knee length skirt, $490

NORDSTROM, SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

Alice + Olivia from Nordstrom                               Nordstrom Headquarters

High waist wide leg pants, $365

DSW, NOVATO, CALIFORNIA

DSW                   Alice + Olivia from DSW

Dina floral pump, $290

CUSP NEIMAN MARCUS, SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA

Alice + Olivia from Neiman Marcus Cusp                             Neiman Marcus

Eddie floral-print boot-cut pants, $298

BLEU, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

Bleu                           Alice + Olivia from Bleu

Sarita sequin drop shoulder top, $385

ZAPPOS.COM ON THE PLANE

Alice + Olivia from zappos                        Zappos

“Only you could know how perfect our trip is XOXO” Stella, $345

TOOTSIES, HOUSTON, TEXAS

Tootsies                         Alice + Olivia from Tootsies

Cady patterned shorts, $290

AND BACK HOME TO NEW YORK, WITH A BETTER WARDROBE TO SHOW FOR IT!

My Favorite Things at Nordstrom

I work at Nordstrom in Corte Madera, California, mainly in the TBD and Savvy departments, but also in Point of View, Individualist, Dresses, and Men’s Clothing when needed. Here are the best things I have noticed during my days there…

Kensie   Natasha Couture

Kensie, $15              Natasha Couture, $48            ASTR, $49

Joa   Sondra Roberts        kate spade 2 (2)

J.O.A., $92              Sondra Roberts, $98                           Kate Spade, $109

Jane Post   Alice + Olivia        St. John

Jane Post, $325             Alice + Olivia, $345                         St. John, $2,595

Departments (from top left): Hosiery, Trend Accessories, Savvy, Savvy, Trend Accessories, Accessories, Studio 121, Via C, Via C

Style Icon — Athena Calderone

Athena Calderone graduated from Parsons, has done modeling and created a line of custom children’s products. She is now an interior designer and writer of the blog Eye-Swoon. 

Athena in Suno          Athena in a jumpsuit

(Left) Suno dress

Athena in A.L.C.   Athena in black

(Left) A.L.C. dress, Nicholas Kirkwood pumps

Athena in fur   Athena in Peter Pilotto

(Right)  Reformation top, Peter Pilotto skirt

Athena in white   Athena in Topshop

(Right) Topshop top, Helmut Lang pants, Alejandro Ingelmo shoes

 

Neighborhood Store — Patricia Field

Charlotte Olympia Popcorn                              Movie Popcorn Purse

Save $536
Charlotte Olympia, $600                     Patricia Field, $64

                     Shiny Milk Carton Purse

Save $4,760
Chanel, $4,800                                           Patricia Field, $40

Tu Es Mon Tresor 2                        Stripe Fake Fur Clutch

Save $809
Tu Es Mon Tresor, $895                             Patricia Field, $86

Les Petite Joueurs        Robot Face Purse

Save $522
Les Petits Joueurs, $610                             Patricia Field, $88

Charlotte Olympia Flirty         Pin Up Clutch

Save $1,047
Charlotte Olympia, $1,115                           Patricia Field, $68

                              

Save $4,967
Kathrine Baumann, $4,995                          Patricia Field, $28

                           Action Movie Purse

Save $567
Charlotte Olympia, $663                               Patricia Field, $96

Patricia Field is a highly acclaimed costume designer. She won an Emmy for her work on Sex and the City, and was nominated for an Academy Award for The Devil Wears Prada. Her eponymous boutique is located on 306 Bowery in Manhattan…a block away from my dorm room!