Tuesday, December 23, 2008
When I needed a dress for a holiday party a few weeks ago and had basically zero cash flow I decided I'd try to hit up Marshalls to see if I could find anything. I have to admit that sometimes I'm a little weary of the discount department store chains. I'm usually able to find a good deal but only after hours of searching, digging, and creative styling. But I'd heard really great things about the new in-store "boutique" that Marshalls has recently launched called The Cube. It's not at all locations so I trudged up to Framingham to check it out.
I was pleasantly surprised. Although the rest of the store still maintains an overwhelming chaos the clearly portioned off section of The Cube is neat, well organized and colorful without looking like The Limited Too.
The selection was surprising too. Rather than finding a too small but cute top and then finding it in a size 18 but nothing in between (as so frequently happens to me in TJ Max like stores) and in a completely different department styles and sizes were actually grouped together! Shocking! Plus, there were multiples of each size and style.
Now, if you're looking for super high-end you'll be disappointed. But mall store brands that are overpriced in their own stores actually cost what they should here which makes it easy to stock up on both basics that you can wear over and over and super trendy items you'll only want to wear once or twice. Plus, I did find some great diffusion line pieces from Marc by Marc Jacobs and Michael by Michael Kors mixed in although they were a lot fewer than the large selection of super soft Aerie by American Eagle underthings that I couldn't resist.
So, how did I do? I did find a great silver brocade party dress (Suggested retail price? $240. I bought it for $54!), three matching undies/pj sets from Aerie, HUE sweater tights (I saw them at Lord and Taylor for $18. I got them for $7), a pair of black heels by Jessica Simpson (super classic, surprisingly comfortable and only $25), and some other odds and ends accessories.
My total? $105.60! The only downside was that it was super crowded but then again it was before Christmas on a Saturday afternoon at Shoppers World. What did I expect? Also, it is definitely marketed to an older teenager audience. I did feel a little old when going through a rack of slogan t-shirts next to a sixteen year old, who thought they there were, like, totally the cutest! But still, it was a great experience. Three plus outfits for the price of one? Definitely worth the trip!
In this economy we all need to find ways to get back but if you need a dress for some event or just feel like a new scarf or bag go check out The Cube at Marshalls. You'll find something you love at a great price.
The Cube can be found at select Marshalls locations including: Framingham, Quincy, Medfield, and Nashua.
Friday, December 19, 2008
(EDIT! I used a different picture than before and this time uploaded it to both of my photo places so hopefully the image will now show up!)
So I'm not a huge fan of this Karl Lagerfeld dress that Anna Wintour wore to the Costume Institute Gala back in May but it does kind of fit with her "Nuclear Wintour" image.
First of all, there were far more terrible outfits at this same event and throughout the year. Secondly...is Time in any position to criticize the editor in chief of Vogue magazine?
Then again I always call her and other editors out and who am I? Just a simple blogger.
I'll eventually be posting my best and worst dressed of the year over the holidays but I won't have Anna on the list. She's far too terrifying!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
It looks like the economy may have an effect on the Fall 09 shows after all. New York Magazine reported today that Betsey Johnson has decided to cancel her show this February at Bryant Park. She did however say that a presentation or a show at a separate location is still a possibility for Fall 09.
And other designers are following suit--DKNY is abandoning the tents and staging a presentation while Carmen Marc Valvo is also leaving Bryant Park for the first time in ten years. The Wall Street Journal is expecting more cancellations, scaled back shows, and alternative formats to be announced before February.
I'm disappointed about Betsey not having a show since they are always so fun and colorful.
But as long as Marc doesn't cancel anything and the shows in Europe remain basically the same I'll be okay.
Monday, December 15, 2008
...Another actress on the cover of American Vogue. Hasn't Caroline Trentini done enough in Vogue to be worthy of a cover?
Although I do have to say I thought that The Devil Wears Prada had killed Anne Hathaway's chances of ever getting a Vogue cover. But having a millionaire con-man as a boyfriend and an almost guaranteed Oscar nomination must have changed Anna Wintour's mind.
I used to hate Sasha Pivovarova (as a creepy Gemma wannabe!) but lately I think her face has gotten stronger and she seems to be just glowing inside out. I really loved this photo from Style.Com of Sasha at the opening of Miu Miu's 57th St Store in NYC earlier this week. I just think her expression is priceless! I also want to wear backless outfits and gold head dresses every night!
Sunday, December 14, 2008
I know I haven't done Bostonista's Style Star for a few months but I thought I'd bring it back this month because I've been inspired by Nicole Richie's care free but not sloppy looks lately. I think her style has ebbed and flowed over the past few years as her body and life have changed and changed again. Sometimes her style is impeccable for weeks even months at a time and then SMACK! It seems like why were we impressed? But, anyway, right now the new mom is definitely having a good fashion moment. If only it was warm enough at Christmastime in Boston to wear easy sundresses!
Thursday, December 11, 2008
I imagine that now-a-days even women who can afford to buy clothes practically off the runway are trying to cut back and spend a little less. Better to spend money on a few investment pieces that will last rather than lots of trendy pieces that will be easily identifiable and hard to wear past a season or two. This season investment pieces is where Carolina Herrera's brilliance lies. These are pieces that will be worn and loved for years to come and ladies in the office won't be whispering, "Carolina Pre-Fall 09!" and rolling their eyes at you behind your back.
Cropped jackets, narrow skirts, and slim sheaths came in different patterns and bright colors to keep it youthful but timeless was the name of the game. If any line is going to be recession proof for Pre-fall 09 all of my money is on Carolina Herrera.
Now I usually love Alexander Wang. His edgy, off-duty model clothes are what the girls I aspire to be wear on a regular basis. But I can't deal with velvet and and biker-short-esque sheer tight things. It looks like her Spanx are showing! I just can't deal with that. I know that grunge is supposedly back but ugh.
Granted, I haven't seen the entire collection yet just the shots that WWD has up but so far the only look I like is this lingerie inspired number...
I didn't get to attend ICA's anniversary party last night but the rumors were true! Ashley Olsen did hike up here to Boston for the event! Today's Boston Globe had the scoop (well a blurb and a picture anyway...) on the party. My lesson for the week? Inquire WELL in advance about getting on the press list. :sigh:
Vera Wang combined a modern take on Japanese obis with a boyish silhouette to create a look of pure sophistication for Pre-Fall 09. Tulle lined sweaters, cropped trousers paired with sleek black tights, and bejeweled everything kept the Vera Wang aesthetic in the fore-front but the narrow silhouette and dark palette was reminiscent of the great Coco Chanel.
This last look is actually my favorite because it's the type of thing I can actually see myself wearing. I love layering lots of fabrics (chiffon, cashmere, silk) and I always wear cardigans or wraps so I love how these pieces were styled. What is your favorite look from the collection?
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Hi my lovely readers! I just wanted to find out what you all think of Bostonista's new look? How is Camilla Belle for a header star? What do you think of the purple background? Do you like my Pre-Fall Runway reviews? I'd love to have some more feedback about what you like, what you don't, and what you'd like to see more of! I'm also considering starting a monthly give-a-way...would you guys be interested in that? Any feedback you might have would be just fantastic!
Francisco Costa may have created the most perfect pre-fall collection for Calvin Klein. The fitting and cuts of the fabrics are the epitome of chic--tapered pants, kimono jackets, and an almost art deco like theme running through out. The mono-chromatic palette was only really broken once with an ill-conceived green dress but still managed to be far from boring.
The proportions allowed for entirely black outfits without a gothic twist thanks to mismatching textures and layers. And the whites were surprisingly wearable unlike many previous CK whites.
Here are some of my favorite looks...
I wasn't sure how I felt about Oscar de la Renta Pre-Fall when I first looked at it. Sheer knee highs? Shiny red and green leathers? Not exactly my idea of classic chic. But when I went back and really looked over a lot of the looks I found simple and classic among the mix.
I really loved the little belted sweaters and the gray tweeds. The skirts seemed complicated without being confusing and could be easily dressed up or down. And of course Oscar is king of the pretty little cocktail dress and there were plenty to drool over. Did I feel inspired? No. But sometimes clothes just need to be pretty and wearable and Oscar certainly achieved that goal.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Narciso Rodriguez is a minimalists dream but he still infuses bold beautiful colors and prints throughout his collections. His silk cocktail dresses may feel like an extension of his previous collection (the banding motifs continued to be a main idea through out) but they have an added layer of being more regal this time around. It seems they may have been designed with Michelle Obama in mind.
Zac Posen looked to the last days of the Great Depression to try to inspire us out of this one.
Fur stoles wrapped around embellished cocktail dresses that swung and hung with fringe and modern bows tramped down the "runway". Trumpet skirts and matching chic jackets left me imagining afternoon garden parties of Gatsby-esque proportions. It's also really nice to know that longer length gloves don't appear to be going anywhere as it is a trend obsession of mine this winter.
Zac really outdid himself for a Pre-Fall collection (although usually some of the best sellers of the year the Pre-Fall shows are normally ignored by mainstream media). It ended up being the epitome of easy glamour.
Photos Courtesy of Style.Com
Monday, December 8, 2008
The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston is celebrating it's second anniversary on Wednesday night with an amazing party celebrating The Art of New American Fashion. Designers such as Brian Reyes, Chris Benz, Elise Overland and others are scheduled to be in attendance. Rumor also has it that Ashley Olsen will be there as designer of The Row! The ICA is a truly amazing space here in Boston and even if you can't attend the party you should find some time to head over there to check out their exhibits and permanent collection.
Non-members $425 per person/ ICA Members $200
To order tickets call 617-478-3184
As if Iekeliene actually ever eats her mom's famous Dutch pancakes with Gouda cheese and maple syrup. And as if anyone working at Vogue/Style.com would ever dare indulge in the recipe she share with us for their favorite holiday treats story. Seriously look at her eyes in that picture! She probably wants to pass out from hunger just looking at it.