Saturday, July 30, 2011

The Bold & The Beautiful


About five years ago the paparazzi caught MK wearing an old, ripped Rolling Stones t-shirt with an elaborate (presumably very expensive) crystal necklace.
An over-the-top piece of evening jewelry worn during the day to a college lecture?!
Most people were unimpressed but I loved the contradiction.
It was the ultimate high/low mix; Proof that any piece can be dressed up or down with some simple styling.

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When Proenza Schouler showed dramatic, baroque inspired necklaces for fall I was reminded of that paparazzi picture. Even though the style is obviously very different one thing is very clear- statement making necklaces are FINALLY having a moment. So whether you're dressing up a pajama top with crystals, or playing clash of the colors adding a bold necklace (or three!) can completely change the style and feel of any outfit.
This season there are plenty to choose from at all different price points!
Oh, MK, always ahead of your time!

A simple or neutral colored outfit can always use a punch of bright colors.
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If something simple is more to your taste J.Crew's resin and gold link necklace ($39.50) still adds a pop of color without being too overwhelming especially for day.
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Want to re-create my favorite mini-mogul's look?
A gold, tribal version will look great through the rest of the summer while the dramatic, over-the-top crystal look can work any time!
I really like Pamela Love's Hope Crescent Breast Plate ($400) in gold or bronze. It manages to be dramatic and sexy but not overpowering and would look great against a tan or crisp, white shirt.
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If its a shimmery look you want then Tom Binns' saves the day with his large white deco crystal necklace. It's beautiful but it has the large price tag ($1700) to match.
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My lower-priced choice comes from Etsy seller, KillerJewels. (Supporting independent artisans and businesses is always stylish!) Their Art Deco Pewter Necklace also contains some Swarvoski but rings in at a sweet $23!
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If you're still after Proenza's version (Nina Garcia wore it in white, paired with a black top on this week's Project Runway premiere) sorry- it doesn't seem to be available. The boys have announced a costume jewelry line but it's not yet in stores. But don't fret! If you're crafty and up to a challenge head over to PS I Made This for a step-by-step guide to creating your own, one-of-a-kind baroque necklace!
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Friday, July 29, 2011

Events in Boston: Vince Fall Preview

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A Celebrity Moment: Young Hollywood Covers Love

These girls better like each other because I think its pretty clear they're going to be thrown together a lot. They're also probably going to be competing for the same roles, awards, celebrity boyfriends, endorsement deals, and magazine covers for the rest of their careers.
At least this month they get to share.
Check out Elle, Hailee, and Chloe each getting their own cover for the latest issue of Love!
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I love Hailee's cover but all of the girls look beautiful and haunting.

(Thanks to ONTD and Fashionista for the pictures!)

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Events in Boston: Swapping Uncapped



Saturday, July 23, 2011

Nailing Neon


Neon has definitely been having a moment in the past year. From Diane von Furstenberg Resort 2012 to the omni-present Cambridge Satchel on every blogger neon is officially everywhere!

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But if you aren't brave enough to rock neon clothing the best way to get in on the trend is with nail polish!
Trying out the trend with nail polish is also considerably more economical than splashing out a lot for what is probably just a passing trend.
Summer is the perfect time to test out bright polishes- things are just a little more casual- but if you work in a professional setting make sure to keep your outfit extra simple, in neutral tones, so you're not overwhelming your co-workers or clients!

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My personal favorite is the bright banana yellow that celebrities like Gwen Stefani and Beyonce. Thanks to the ubiquity of the trend you have lots of shopping options- from Chanel's Mimosa, American Apparel's Neon Yellow, and Sally Hansen's Salon Effects in Electric Shock.
I really like American Apparel's polish because its thick formula only needs one coat and dries fairly quickly.
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If you want to go the fashion favorite route might I suggest Debroah Lippmann in Yellow Brick Road.

I find that while I love neon nail polish I often want to change it rather quickly since it can easily clash with outfits and accessories. The problem is when it comes to my nails I'm pretty lazy. I don't always want to take the time to take polish off and do themselves, nor do I want to change polish quickly after I've spent money on a manicure. So in the summer I usually stick with a neutral or paler color like OPI's Heart Throb on my fingers. But on my toes I go neon crazy!
Neon pedicures just look amazing in the sun and sand at the beach. And they look chic in the city on hot summer days!
I especially love Lara Stone's collaboration shade with Debroah Lippmann- Double Dutch Orange -it works on any skin tone. It even makes my pale skin look subtly tan in comparison!

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Hot pink is also universally flattering, looks great on nails and toes, and can match any outfit a little easier than, say, lime green. Try China Glaze's Shocking Pink Neon or Milani's Hot Pink.

Of course if even just your toes are too intense you can always try a french similar to what walked the runway at Tibi's Fall 2011 collection.

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So are you brave enough to wear neon? Or do you prefer to keep it subtle?

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Suddenly, Suddenlee!


One of my pet peeves is when a big store doesn’t have online shopping. I mean, if a tiny vintage store in California has an online store and can ship my order to me in Boston why can’t a huge, international store like H&M?
Anyway, while stores like Zara and H&M take their time launching online shopping a new service, SuddenLee, has sprung up that allows you to shop ANY store online!

SuddenLee has only been live for less than a month but it has already built a loyal following of online shoppers, Bostonista included!

Why?
Because SuddenLee provides affordable, overnight shipping in one box. Which means you can get your shoes from Zara, dress from Madewell, and belt from H&M all in one box. Tomorrow.
Yeah. It’s amazing.

But does it work?

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In the interest of journalism I decided to test it out.
There has been a certain pair of color blocked, flat sandals from Zara that I couldn’t find in my size. Since the girls at Zara aren’t exactly willing to help you out or call their other stores I trudged around to the three Boston area stores in search of these much blogged about shoes. No luck. I figured it wouldn’t hurt to see if SuddenLee could find them for me.
I signed up and added their tool to my browser’s bookmark bar and brought up the shoes on the Zara website. One click on the SuddenLee tool brought up a tiny box asking for things like size, color, and price. Before I knew it the order was placed and I received an email informing me that an actual person had been sent out in search of these shoes and I’d be informed by 5 pm if they had been purchased. (If they can’t find your item they’ll let you know and you won’t be charged.) Twenty minutes later I had an email that my sandals had been purchased and would be shipped by 6 PM.

When I got home at 4 PM the next day my shoes were waiting for me on my back porch.
So how much did this personal shopping service and overnight shipping cost me? Ten dollars!
It was the perfect online shopping experience.
Except for one thing: They’d sent me the wrong size.
It was kind of devastating.

I figured it would be a torturous return process and that the service fee was lost.
But when I emailed SuddenLee they couldn’t be more apologetic and sent another courier out in search of the shoes in the correct size. When they couldn't find them they let me know right away, sent me a pre-paid UPS shipping label, refunded my money and to make up for my less than perfect first experience gave me a discount code for my next order.
Yep. Amazing!

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SuddenLee’s surprisingly low prices for their service and overnight shipping roughly equal standard shipping costs from most major e-commerce stores. As I mentioned before, the base price is $10 for goods from two stores and another $2.50 for each additional store.
Right now, SuddenLee is only available to the East Coast. But with such great prices, over 300 stores to shop from, and easy returns I think its fair to assume that they’ll be expanding quickly to the rest of the US!

(Photos Courtesy of SuddenLee and Zara)

(Also, thanks to 6one7 Productions for featuring Bostonista as a featured style blogger this summer! Remember to sign up for their Boston newsletter!)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Events in Boston: Louis Boston Summer Sale Begins This Week!


50% off the women's clothing at Louis Boston?!
I'm there!

Sale runs from Wednesday July 13th- Sunday July 17th.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Is the Duchess BAD for McQueen?

The whole world watched Kate Middleton finally marry her prince back in April.
The fashion world waited to see who she'd turn to for the all important dress.
Of course no one was all that surprised that she turned to the quintessential British fashion house Alexander McQueen.
Sarah Burton, now head designer at McQueen, collaborated with Kate on her famous wedding dress as well as her evening dress for the reception.
But is Kate's sweet and prim style bad for McQueen?

Since taking over the helm Sarah Burton has infused a more girlish feeling to the dark moods, strong shapes, and hints of fetish Lee Alexander McQueen was famous for. Burton accomplished this especially well with the Fall/Winter 2011 collection for Alexander McQueen.
The looks are sometimes a little more commercial than in the past but for the most part I think she's stayed fairly true to Lee's vision.
But when it comes to the Duchess of Cambridge the McQueen aesthetic seems to go out the window. And since Kate is (arguably) their most well known client around the world- is she giving off an impression of the house that doesn't really exist?

My mom (an ardent royal watcher) seemed off put when she glanced through my copy of Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty. She was expecting to see Kate's style reflected in the pages: sweetly detailed ball gowns, little innocent day dresses, and a well structured coats.
The fact that McQueen (especially in life) was associated with skulls, antlers, and "highland rape" was the complete opposite of what she expected.

Of course Kate is in a very public position and she can't embrace fashion in the same way as Daphne Guinness. I understand that. Things have to be appropriate for a royal, a princess, and a role model. As much as I love that McQueen is now a household name, I want to scream at her, "Pick a different designer!"
In my opinion Lee would have been utterly bored by both of the "McQueen" ball gowns Kate has worn.
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I was shocked when I read that the dress Kate wore to the BAFTA dinner in LA last night was McQueen. Other than the structured bodice does anything about this gown say McQueen to you?

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Other than her ceremony dress at the wedding there has only been one other time that I felt like she was truly wearing McQueen correctly. Here she is in a McQueen military coat at some sort of Irish Guard event.

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Here are some more Kate in McQueen moments.

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So what do you think? Do you like Kate's McQueen or do you want her to step far away from the brand?

(Thanks to The Fashion Spot, What Kate Wore, and Just Jared for the pictures!)

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Chanel Haute Couture FW 2011-2012


The mood was somber but beautiful at Chanel.
Karl Lagerfeld has created and re-created the Chanel suit again and again since he became creative director back in the 80s.
This time around he tweaked proportions but the real beauty came from the use of rich, embroidered fabrics, crystals, and jeweled buttons.

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Of course the peplum skirt style is nearly impossible to wear.
But if you're a couture client you're obviously having things fit and made to your specifications so I guess that easily overcomes my peplum problem.

Other than the fabrics this didn't exactly feel like a couture collection and part of that can probably be accounted to Karl's "tripartite" looks. A business suit that turns into both a long gown and a strapless cocktail dress is just one example. So many options for each piece is great versatility its just usually found in ready-to-wear.

Don't worry the drama of Chanel couture was still present in the veiled eyes of the models...
....and the robot Coco on top of the set.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Christian Dior Haute Couture A/W 2011-2012


I know things have been bad at the house of Dior this year but I don't think having Pierrot for inspiration is going to help turn things around.

Former longtime Galliano assistant Bill Gaytten was given the reins for Dior's first couture collection in 16 years without John and it was....disjointed at best.
I guess after 15 years of being second in command you get a lot of ideas that get pushed aside (or never even considered) that suddenly being in charge seems like such a miracle you want to realize all of those ideas all at once just in case its your only chance.
Besides the tragic clown Bohemia, the eighties, Cinderella, Frank Gehry, and disco all took turns down the catwalk. It would be hard to top Galliano's over the top couture spectacles and Gaytten would have been better off not trying.

Don't get me wrong there is some stunning craftsmanship and beautiful pieces here. It just wasn't the breath of fresh air or sophistication that Dior desperately needs now.

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Thanks to NowFashion.Com
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