04/01/2008 - 05/01/2008Bostonista: 04/01/2008 - 05/01/2008

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

A Model Moment: Lily Donaldson

Lily D just bought herself an apartment down the street from best friend (and fellow super model) Gemma Ward in New York City paying a cool $2.2 million for a co-op building. According to The New York Observer:

Very blond, well-boned, expensively jeaned buyers have been pouring into East Village apartments for so long that it’s hard to find new excuses to complain about the area’s über-gentrification. But then again, it’s hard to remember when someone as upsettingly young as Lily Donaldson, the 21-year-old Vogue cover girl, spent anything like $2.2 million on a neighborhood apartment, especially one that happens to be as far east as Avenue B.

Her new two-bedroom place on Tompkins Square Park around East Eighth Street could be the most expensive co-op ever sold on the block, according to listing broker Danny Davis.

She has Brazilian cherry wood floors (“that glow with the setting sun,” according to his listing), two bathrooms with original pedestal sinks and cast iron tubs, a 40-foot-long living room with six windows facing three directions, and, of course, a dressing room off one of the two bedrooms.

On the downside, the building is massively nondescript and un-frilled, plus the apartment needs work. “I’d put money into it,” Mr. Davis said, “I’d bet she will, too.”

Nevertheless, it sold for well above its $1.895 million asking price from this December. “I had six offers on the place,” said the broker, though he wouldn’t discuss the deal itself. The model’s rivals included a husband and wife from Goldman Sachs, a bachelor who owns a PR firm, and a woman with a trust fund.

But Ms. Donaldson was “the highest bidder and very qualified. The board liked her and approval was unanimous, which is always a concern when you’re dealing with a young model,” Mr. Davis said. “You’re never sure how a board would see her.”

The last sale in the building, according to city records, was a $650,000 deal just one floor down. That was in October 2004; nowadays, Avenue B has a lot of models and PR executives willing to pay more. Those new buyers make things nice for brokers like Mr. Davis, who wears slicked-back hair and a big smile in his Web site’s photograph: He left for Mexico after the apartment was listed in December, held just one open house when he came back, and accepted Ms. Donaldson’s offer a week later.

After closing, Mr. Davis went south again for a 40th birthday celebration in Jamaica: “Twenty-one people, all friends, no kids,” he said. “Awesome place—yeah, it was great.”

Everybody's favorite fashionable duo:



Monday, May 26, 2008

Disney Couture Wrap Bracelets by Kidada Jones

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It's no secret that I love Disney to the point of scary obsession. So it's no surprise that I love the Disney Couture line because it blends my two loves: fashion and Disney. Kidada Jones (Quincy Jones' daughter) designs a line of semi-high end Disney jewelry it is super cute. My favorite piece is the Wrap Bracelet it's the perfect way to blend the whimsy of Disney to a more mature look. The bracelet comes in various colors and is inspired by classic Disney movies like Bambi, Alice in Wonderland, and Peter Pan. It's made of soft braided Italian leather with 20 14-k gold charms and is 34" inches long. The line is often worn by celebrities like Nicole Richie, Lindsay Lohan, and Kate Moss. It's also been featured in magazines such as British Vogue and Elle magazine.

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You can wrap it around your arm and wrists however you want and then you tie and knot it yourself. I like how Nicole sometimes wraps hers with other bracelets to give it a chunkier look or you could wear two or three  on one arm. 
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They retail for about $110 each and versions include Alice in Wonderland, Bambi, Princess, Tinkerbell, Sleeping Beauty, Pocahontas, The Seven Dwarfs, etc. They come in all sorts of colors like pale blue, black, pink, navy, white, purple and green. My favorite is the black Sleeping Beauty version:

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Disney Couture Wrap Bracelets by Kidada Jones, $110-$135
Find them at:

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Yay Kate Spade!

I found out that my awesome cousin Ashley is working at the Kate Spade store so naturally I had to go say hi! I also said hello to a beautiful new wallet. Of course. 

Kate Spade New York The Maria Broome Street Wallet in Sky/Blush Original Retail $175 (I paid $75. Totally sweet.)

Kate Spade:
Boston, 117 Newbury St, 617-262-2632
Natick, Natick Collection, 1245 Worcester St., 508-651-7035
Wrentham, Wrentham Village Outlets, 508-384-6348

Saturday, May 24, 2008

A Model Moment: MASHA Tyelna!

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I just love this picture of Masha in Paris a few seasons back and I would kill, KILL, for her eyes. They're so lovely. Plus, she's adorable.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Karl's Got A Gun

You might remember that I mentioned the "Miami Vice" shoes from the Chanel Cruise Collection that are in the shape of a gun? Well I finally got a picture of them. They aren't very practical but they are interesting. What do you think? I think it would be pretty cool if you could whip off your shoe and fire a gun if you needed to like some kind of super hero.

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A Celebrity Moment: Mischa Barton at the Cannes Film Festival

I'm not usually a fan of Mischa Barton's style (or of her really) but besides being insanely beautiful she's always willing to take a chance with her style. US Weekly may have dubbed her one of their worst dressed for the Cannes Film Festival but I really loved her Roberto Cavalli hippie chic look! 
The dress is a little bit loose around her chest (and she really shouldn't smile with her mouth closed it makes her face look a bit too full) but otherwise I think she accessorised the dress perfectly. Plus, she's one of the few girls I can think of who can actually wear a headband like that. 
Here are two more Mischa home runs from this past week at Cannes:

Valentino Cruise/Resort 2009

On Wednesday, Alessandra Facchinetti showed her third collection for Valentino in New York. I always associate Valentino with bold, strong evening wear and bright structured pieces with an unadulterated sexiness. But this season Facchinetti showed a softer, more lady like look for Valentino clients in muted, subdued colors and designs. Ruffles, organza gowns, metallic peep toes, high waistlines, and tiny buttons reigned supreme.

My favorite looks:
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Thursday, May 22, 2008

A Celebrity Moment: MK in LA


MK looking casually chic while getting coffee in LA today. She's wearing Pedro Garcia booties and either Kova & T or The Row leggings. I love how they come down as stirrups but are still able to bunch in all the right areas. Plus, her bag is amazing. The only thing I don't like? Her Marlboro Reds. Quit smoking, MK!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Ali Michael

I finally read Ali Michael's exclusive interview with Teen Vogue about her eating disorder. It was sad but hardly shocking. The shocking thing is the amount of venom that is being spewed at her within the industry for speaking up. I've been reading so many blogs and talking to my (very, very few) sources and there seems to be an understanding that if she had gotten healthy (as she was doing at the last round of shows) she could have continued to work fairly consistently for the next few years. She wouldn't be the super star she had been set up to be earlier in her career but she'd be a working a model. Unfortunately by talking out she's pretty much committed career suicide in the eyes of many in the industry. The things I've been reading and have overheard concerning Ali is insanely disheartening especially since so many of the most hateful things are coming from adults towards a child. But designers and casting agents aren't going to change the aesthetic that they want to achieve anytime soon and certainly not because an 18 year old girl wants them to. And if that 18 year old girl is going to cause problems they won't hire her. They'll simply hire a girl who will meet that standard. And they will come in their thousands willing to hurt themselves for a chance at a real modeling contract. 

 I see both sides. I'm one of the first people to jump to defend the modeling and fashion industries. I love skinny models; I wish I could be one. But being healthy should always, always come before anything else. Beyond that, even at her "healthy" weight Ali is still a very thin, tall, beautiful girl. I can't imagine the pain and humiliation that she must have felt at the (undeserved) "fat ankles" comment that probably happened at a casting in front of dozens of other models and agents. Some agents say they make a point of only signing or working with girls who are that tall and that thin naturally. I'm sure that this happens occasionally but please those girls are "working" on being that thin either in a healthy way or in an extreme way. 
Honestly, fashion models are just glorified walking clothes hangers. As was pointed out in the original Wall Street Journal article that sparked Ali's controversy: Clothes are no longer designed for women or for models. We're now trying to design our bodies for the clothes.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Nothing to do with fashion I just love Edward Norton and the enviornment

I AM working on fashiony things and will update soon. But green affordable housing is an important issue and The Incredible Hulk premieres in June. Plus, it appears that this meeting happened in Boston. Had I known that he was there I would have gone all crazy fan girl on him.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Bloomingdale's Girls' Night Out Event

On Thursday, May 22 Bloomingdale's Chestnut Hill is hosting a Girl's Night Out event from 6-8 pm. Head up to their contemporary Y.E.S. section for music, fashion cabanas, treats, and yummy refreshments. Also, if you spend $200 you'll receive an exclusive Free People printed beach towel. Spend $250 or more to receive a $50 gift card (this offer is good between 5/23-6/08) Also as an extension to your clothes shopping make an appointment to stop by the Cle De Peau cosmetics counter to try out their new luxury Fluid Foundation. The Clarins and Chanel counters are also offering some freebies such as a custom complimentary facial by Clarins and an eyelash analysis to find the perfect mascara diagnosis for you at Chanel just make sure you call first! 
Bostonista will probably be there so show up and hang out! 

Bloomingdales- Chestnut Hill Mall, 225 Boylston St., Newton, 617-630-6000

Sunday, May 18, 2008

The Ali Michael "Controversy"

You might remember that at the last round of Paris shows that 17 year old model, who only months before was the new fashion IT girl, Ali Michael, was sent home by her agency for having gained five pounds. Designers complained that her legs had simply become "too fat" and she wasn't booking jobs. She was still between a size 0-2. What we didn't know when we heard she was sent home for five pounds was that she had begun treatment for an eating disorder. At the time of her huge success, and huge prospects for her and her career she was only 105 lbs. She hadn't had her period in more than a year. Her hair was falling out in clumps. How many hair stylists covered that up for her? Or said that it was the overuse of products and yanking and curling irons? Ali turned 18 this past week and is talking to Teen Vogue in the latest issue (she had graced their cover with Karlie Kloss and Chanel Iman back in the fall and no one even guessed that she was sick) and spoke to The Today Show about her battle:

I think it's pretty brave of her to speak DURING her career. We all know how Karl Lagerfeld feels about "fat" girls although on the latest cover of Muse she doesn't look fat at all, does she?

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Because sometimes life just needs some Sasha P

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I used to hate her for being the poor man's Gemma Ward but I've come to appreciate the ugly insane beauty that is Sasha. It pissed me off that when E! was talking about Gemma being one of the highest paid models they showed a picture of Sasha on the runway. They don't look THAT much alike. It's easy to tell them apart if you try! ANYWAY, as of late I've been finding Sasha more and more inspiring. But maybe it's just Gemma withdrawal?

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Marc Jacobs as Andy Warhol in Interview

Marc Jacobs on the cover of Interview as Andy Warhol. Hot. But. I'm really starting to miss fat, nerdy Marc Jacobs. Hot, socialite Mark Jacobs makes me feel so inadequate. 



I do really like the one with his eyes closed and the false eyelashes. He's still my number one man. 

The New Old Navy

The Old Navy Neon Nights commercials have been haunting my dreams. All because of what the ad calls the Night Orchid Dress on a girl walking over to her motorcycle riding boyfriend. So, anyway, I went over to the Old Navy website and couldn't find it. Very frustrating. Until I realized that off a beautiful model it's just a plain old handkerchief hem dress that looks really, really awful when photographed laying flat on a white background. 


But I have a hope that when tried on with heels it will look more like how I want it to look. Maybe. Maybe? What do you guys think? I haven't worn a handkerchief hem since the tenth grade. Should it stay that way?

Friday, May 16, 2008

Chanel Cruise Collection

I'm sorry I haven't updated since Monday. I'd love to be able to tell you I was down in Miami for the Chanel Cruise Collection but I wasn't I was just sick and then yesterday my Internet wasn't behaving. So to make up for my lack of posting I thought I'd show you some of my favorite looks from the Chanel Cruise Collection.

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I love the rich hippie look can't you just see Nicole Richie strutting around LA in the third and fourth look? The fifth look is clearly a modern tribute to Jackie O but I read that Lagerfeld's inspiration for the entire collection was a gun. In fact the heels of the shoes were shaped as pistols but I've (disappointingly) yet to find any pictures of the "Miami Vice" shoes. 

More to come soon! I promise!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Leighton Meester At Dior Resort 08

Leighton Meester is braver than I am wearing this lime vintage Dior dress to last night's Dior Resort Wear show in NYC. She was by far the best dressed woman of the night who wasn't on the runway! And, as always, she as Blair Waldorf was the best part of Gossip Girl last night.

I'm not sure who Blair was wearing last night to Lily's rehershal dinner but I'd kill for the headband and I love that she manages to be sexy while being fully covered up. I really want her and Chuck to get together (and get both Vanessa and Nate off the show. So boring!)


Monday, May 12, 2008

"Lemon-Lime You'll Be Fine!"

Modal Silk Interlock Dress Marc by Marc Jacobs

One of my best friends is a fourth grade teacher and he asked his kids to write an essay about anything they think they're an expert on. Happily for me, one girl chose to write about fashion and he let me read it after he corrected it. It gave me hope for future fashionistas everywhere. She was very concerned with matching colors for example if you're wearing a lemon colored top then you should be wearing lime colored shorts. If you're ten this will make you a style star. If you're older it might be taking it a bit too far.

But she's definitely right about the lemon colors. I'm currently obsessed with ANY shade of yellow like the above Marc dress or the Wendy Woven Platform Sandals by Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent, both at Shop Bop.

If you want to go the lime route I suggest the bright shade in small doses like Kate Spade's Clinton St., - Tayrn Vachetta French wallet. It's bright, super preppy and you'll fit right in walking around the Back Bay. Or, if you're still in high school, you could get this Chanel knock off by Juicy Couture and be the queen bee just like my favorite fourth grader.

Valentino Plans to Expand...

Now I'm the first person to admit that I can't do math or understand really anything with numbers ( just look at the my high school transcript) but even I understand the announced expansion of the Valentino brand since, despite the terrible economy, the sales of the fall collection were up by 50% this year. The brand may be losing money here in the US but, according to today's WWD, their retail sales actually rose by 65% in Asia.

The company is planning to nearly double it's yearly $381.4 million in take over the next five years with a huge directly owned retail expansion on nearly every continenant and with a younger, edgier look from new head designer Alessandra Facchinetti (who took over womens wear and couture from Valentino himself when he retired last year) at a "younger" price point.

Read the full story and their plan for world domination over at today's online edition of Women's Wear Daily.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Leather Leggings Trend Alert

 It all started way back in 2003 (Bostonista was just an adorable 17-year-old suburban fashion victim) when Ann Demeulemeester showed beautiful lambskin leggings in her FW collection. Now, five years later, leather and leather-like leggings are extremely popular.

So the first time I saw a celebrity walking around in those leather leggings all I could think about was Ross on Friends. 

Fortunately for us this won't be an issue since the trendy leggings are usually made out of a latex and actually look cool (sorry Ross).  For example Julia Restoin Roitfeld (last month's Bostonista's Style Star) looks pretty bad ass. 

The most popular version are the Kova & T Oxy leggings and are back ordered through June from most of the websites and stores that I've checked at. However they're thin, light and comfortable. With an elastic waist and cut out heels (yep, stirrup pants) you can bunch them up around the knees and ankles or wrap and pull them tight. They're also about $125 depending on where you're getting them from and if you have to get shipping. 

But personally, this isn't the sort of item I would buy without trying on first. Because, lets face it, there are a lot of people out there who shouldn't be even trying to wear this. I might be one of them, you might be one of them. So if you're not someone who OBVIOUSLY can't wear them (I'm not trying to be mean, but you know who you are) then try them out in the privacy of a dressing room with your most brutally honest friend. If they don't work on you then just move on. It's okay. 

If you can't wait for the Kova & T's to become available or the price tag is out of your range then head over to American Apparel and grab their lamé black "shiny" leggings. (If the lamé scares you they also come in a matte.) They have regular waist  and high-waisted styles and are just $42-$44. 

Now if you're brave enough to wear the real deal leather leggings then...God Speed.  

Kova & T:  
Casa de Stile, 371 Hanover St., Boston, 857-233-4885
Jean Therapy, 524 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 617-266-6555

American Apparel:
Back Bay, 138 Newbury St., 617-536-4768 
47 Brattle St., Cambridge, 617-661-2770

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