MK and A’s: The Row


Mary Kate and Ashley’s upscale modern-bohemian line, The Row, has just unveiled it’s first stab at accessories. For now the sunglass collection will feature four styles: a classic metal aviator, an oversize square frame, vintage-inspired brow-line rims and a pair of ’60s-inspired round shades. The Row sunglasses range from $325 to $390 and will be available at Barneys and Bergdorf Goodman in the spring of 2010.





Patiently waiting…

Seeing Spots

It’s official: black tights weather is upon us. But this season it’s not just about the typical opaque, high denier hose we’re all used to sporting – no, this season, the chicest legs will be stepping out in spots.

The happy, polka-dot hosiery was seen all over the Balenciaga Fall ’09 collection (see above looks) and now they have made their way to the streets… and hopefully into your closet! Check out Bare Necessities to snag a pair of these. An update on last year’s lace trend, dotted tights add depth and spunk to any winter ensemble.

Styling Tip: Wear with fitted dresses, skirts and throw on a bright shoe for some extra pop.

Jewelry Display Help


Have you ever come home after a night out and seen a pair of earrings that would have looked SO much better with that outfit, had you only seen them? One of the most difficult things about accessorizing is being able to visualize each piece of jewelry with your outfit. That is why having an organized jewelry area is so helpful. Here are a couple creative ways to store, display and organize your jewelry collection.

Shadow Boxes

Lined with colorful wallpaper, these boxes double as wall art.


Lay it flat

Marble bust on dresser

Something vintage? Try Etsy’s WhoMadeIt

Tray with Dividers
Hook it up
A great selection can be found at Urban Outfitters Online

How are you displaying your jewelry?

Wardrobe Essential: Trench Coat

Lightweight, weather resistant and perennially chic, the trench coat is as stylish today as it was when Audrey Hepburn donned the piece in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. But the classic nude coat goes back a lot farther than Holly Golightly and her days at Tiffany’s. In 1901, Thomas Burberry, the inventor of gabardine, proposed the garment as the official raincoat for officers of the British Army. When World War I began, Burberry altered the coat slightly, adding new features such as epaulettes and shoulder straps. The coat was primarily worn by soldiers fighting in the trenches – hence the name “trench coat.” Today, the coat remains one of fashion’s most iconic pieces.

Now that you know the history, it’s clear that this is one garment that’s here to stay. The gabardine coat is a wardrobe staple that will take you from season to season. If you don’t already own one, you should think about investing in one now. While the classic Burberry one may be out of your price range, there are many other affordable versions of the coat. Whether you pair it with your favorite pair of jeans and flats or throw it over a cocktail dress, the trench is certain to make you feel stylish and effortlessly put together.

$1395

$595

$480

$69.99

$49.50

Fashion Week Special: Chanel

It’s no secret around here that I am totally and completely in love with Chanel. My love affair with Coco’s eponymous line began as a young girl when I first laid eyes on my mother’s black, quilted 2.55 handbag – and with a click of those interlocking C’s, I was hooked. From that moment on, Chanel has never failed to inspire and surprise me. And the Spring 2010 collection unveiled by Karl Lagerfeld in Paris yesterday is no exception. Set in the traditional Chanel venue of the Grand Palais, models emerged from a barn and walked through the hay-covered runways clad in tweed jackets and thigh-skimming A-line skirts. Lagerfeld’s impeccable attention to detail was apparent in every single ensemble – from the colorful knit flowers strewn across the jackets to the interlocking C-tattoos that graced the legs of the models. At it’s best, fashion is a story, a narrative – and no one tells Chanel’s story better than Karl Lagerfeld.

All photos via Style.com

Trend Report: Earn Your Stripes


Classic stripes are one of those eternal staples in your wardrobe that never go out of style. The stripe-top is easy to wear and very versatile: throw it on with distressed jeans for a more laid-back allure, or pair it with a mini and some statement accessories (see Olivia Palermo’s look below) for a more polished look. While Christopher Decarnin mastered the sea-worthy stripes with his glittering Breton top for Balmain’s Fall 2009 collection (a la Kate Moss), most of us can’t quite handle that type of investment. Here are some alternative options that won’t break the bank:

Kate Moss in Balmain’s rendition of the classic look
          
   
Olivia Palermo in a Club Monaco version
Intermix ($210)

My favorite: Sonia by Sonia Rykiel ($385)

Welcome to October

Hello, October. The warm of summer is officially over and the smell of autumn has arrived. Here are a few things to look forward to during the tenth month of the year:
1. Orange
This is a color to love year-round, but it has a special place during the month of October. Find ways to incorporate the bright hue into your life. Orange is the new red (at least until Christmas rolls around).
No one does orange better than Hermes. 

2. Pumpkins
Pumpkin bread. Pumpkin muffins. Pumpkin pie. Love. It. All. My advice: get to Starbucks now and order the pumpkin spice latte.
3. Where the Wild Things Are
If you were ever a child, you know all about Max and his adventures to the jungle. This month the book you read a million times over again is coming to theaters. With directing by Spike Jonze and Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs on the soundtrack, this film is sure to be a box-office success. Get in touch with your six-year-old-self again when this film hits theaters on October 16.

4. Think Pink
Autumn is all about new colors, and this month the focus is on pink. You probably already know that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but what you might not know is that you can shop for the cause. Everyone from Sony to Clinique is showing their support by donating a portion of the proceeds made this month to breast cancer research. Or you can support the cause by heading to beauty.com and stocking up on all your favorite products.
5. The chill-factor
The cold-front has arrived and it’s here to stay. I am all about chunky knits this autumn – sweaters, scarves and the like. So pull out the winter clothing from storage, you’re going to need it.

6. Costumes
Who doesn’t love a costume party? October is the only month of the year that has a whole day dedicated to wearing costumes – which brings me to the final item on my list…

Paris Vogue October 2009
7. Halloween
I always like to save the best for last – and so does October. The 31st day of this month is a 24-hour fun-fest full of candy-corn, costumes and jack-o-lanterns. Trick-or-treat, indeed.