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Menswear Spring ’11: Bottega Veneta

June 20, 2010

And so another show season begins. Tomas Maier showed some great monochrome outfits, but the stars of the show were really his amazingly cast models. Scruffy and sharp, they embodied the road trip warrior that the collection was inspired by. Who said men’s fashion can’t be fun!

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Accessories Report: The NY Edition

June 20, 2010

Rounding up the resort accessories:

Marc by Marc showed some great costume jewelry, and reworked the twisted belt look on some of his messenger bags – so cute!

Michael Kors went back to his roots and showed some true resort pieces: fringed bags, agate necklaces and leather sandals.

Alexander Wang kept to the same shoe shapes that we’ve grown to love in new colors and finishes.

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Store Review: Les Toiles Du Soleil

June 20, 2010

Les Toiles Du Soleil means “the fabric of the sun”, so when I was shopping for a summer housewarming gift, I thought Les Toiles de Soleil in Chelsea would be the perfect place to go check out the wares. In addition, I live on the same block as the store and like to support my local businesses and entrepreneurs (karma’s a B, baby).

Stepping into the store is like walking into a rainbow — the colors surround you and fill you with sunniness and a sense of joy. I mean, how can you be sad looking at that wall of fabrics?

They have great gifts for the home and host, including beach chairs, dish towels, tote and yoga bags, table runners and my personal favorite, espadrilles, all for very reasonable prices (most items run under $100). Even better, they make everything in the store itself and will custom make anything for you as well.

Since this is a gift for a friend, I went with something that I know she could use — dish towels that will brighten up her modern kitchen in her Scottish home. I had a great time picking out all the colors and finally landed on a tropical punch combination, totally inspired by summer and very Missoni-esque, if I might say so myself. My friend P also picked up a cute summer tote for his girlfriend to brighten her days in gloomy London.

All in all, Les Toiles du Soleil is a great little store, a perfect gift for the next time you’re a house guest or just a pick me up for your own home.

Les Toiles du Soleil, 261 West 19th Street, New York, NY

My gift, all wrapped up and ready to head off to Scotland!

Accessories Report: 3.1 Phillip Lim Resort ’11

June 19, 2010

In his new accessories collection, Phillip Lim riffs on the tried and true themes of nautical and punk. And even though we’ve seen them before, Lim (who is my all time favorite contemporary designer) still makes them look new, and more importantly, covetable.

The Lanvin-esque jewelry is to die for, and you can be sure I’ll be saving my pennies up for one, while the studded clutches balanced by the pastel colors are great for the girly girl with an edge (like my darling sister).

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Accessories Report: Gucci, Givenchy & Versace Resort ’11

June 19, 2010

For Resort ’11, Gucci goes tribal, Givenchy channels goth (that necklace is sick!) and Versace sticks with a retro vibe, mixing a dash of punk rock with a pinch of disco.




Am I crazy to think this backpack is AMAZING!?

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Accessories Report: Jimmy Choo Resort ’11

June 19, 2010

Shiny and sparkly, with heels of Amazonian proportions. What’s not to love about the new Resort ’11 Jimmy Choos? They’ll come out just in time for all those fabulous New Year’s parties we’re going to – and what’s a celebration without a pair of fabulous shoes, right?!

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Accessories Report: More Celine

June 18, 2010

Ok ok, no more talking about Celine until the fall show. I promise.

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