Hi Everyone! I just wanted to let you all know that I am headed to Cancun for a nice vacation and will be back on Wednesday! Hopefully, Hurricane Gustav won't ruin my vaca plans. I should be able to update this blog on Thursday next week!
Hope you all enjoy the long weekend and take good care!
New York, NY
I can't really believe that I have decided to blog about the stupid fashion question- yay or nay to white after labor day- but I have made the decision because my bored google search produced some very entertaining ideas and thoughts on the issue.
It's my own insecurity that drove me to even search the subject in the first place, since my most exciting purchase in Paris was a pair of white oxfords from Paraboot- a store not particularly known for their fashion-forward styles but more for their gorgeous construction. It seems white shoes were the root of all the "No White After Labor Day" hoopla- which I suppose is logical given the slushy mess of a commute most people have from December - March. Once white shoes made the "Out" list, white clothing quickly followed suit.
I get it, I know- ultimately the idea is really practicality. But I think nothing looks more beautiful in the winter than a lush white coat, white cashmere or white wool trousers. And I suppose if you are going to dare sport the color on your feet, as I will, if there isn't a filthy mess of a sidewalk to contend with, there isn't much reason not to. I bought white shoes, I accept the risk! As I read more and more of the heated arguments I came across on the issue, I was bemused because no matter how impractical some may say the color is in the winter, I think white is NEVER really practical in NYC. Sweat stains, smog, clumsy NYU students with glasses of red wine...Winter/Spring/Summer or Fall- if you're going to wear white you have to be courageous year round.Just for fun- what are your thoughts wunderkids on the outdated adage?p.s. Chloe ankle boots (pictured) should not hibernate this winter.
Cindy N Gordon
New York, NY
Turning leaves. Crisp, cool air. Soup. Lager. Football. Pumpkins. Back to school. The World Series. Sweaters.
Okay, so a strange mix of thoughts comes to mind for me when I think of Fall. But all are equally enjoyable and comforting. Especially the idea of wearing knits again! I relish in that fleeting point in the season--sweater season--when you can't quite get away with only a shirt, but wearing a coat is unthinkable.
So what to wear? Yes, your answer might be to throw on your standby cardigan. Or perhaps you prefer to wear a versatile pashmina. But there is no better way to embrace the transitional weather than with a piece that is similarly transitional: the wrap sweater! It's the perfect hybrid of cardigan and shawl.
Give one of these casual, rico "swathe" pieces a whirl: 1) James Perse Ribbed Wrap Cardigan ($725) pictured 2) Jamison Striped Cashmere Wrap Sweater ($394) 3) Velvet Clementa Wrap ($85) 4) Lucky Brand Lauren Long Wrap Cardigan ($98) 5) VPL Martha Cashmere Wrap ($495) 6) Grace Sun Cashmere Wrap ($290) 7) Vivienne Westwood Wrap Cardigan ($319) 8) Christopher Fischer Chrissie Wrap Top ($225) 9) C&C California Agnes Pima Cotton & Modal Cardigan ($98) 10) Proenza Schouler Cotton Cashmere Wrap ($1,250) 11) M2K2 Bell Sleeve Wrap Cardigan ($231) 12) Victoria's Secret Cotton & Cashmere Wrap ($58) 13) Brochu Walker Heritage Wrap ($464) 14) Vince Wrap ($335).
Wear one with a sleek ponytail, tissue tee, rockin' jeans, and some funky boots to complete your look!
New York, NY
I'M SEVERELY FINICKY when it comes to handbags. I've grown so extremely selective that I wouldn't even call it that. I just confess I dislike handbags. Such a daunting quest for me when it comes time to search for one. I don't do vinyl; I don't do plastic; I don't do totes; I don't do crazy embellishments; I don't do fringe. I don't like contrast stitching. My heavens, I need help. Unlike my shoe and wardrobe sensibility, I'm not a fan of the full bells and whistles when it comes to handbags.
Fashion Week is fastly approaching and the handbags of choice for the week are especially important. Shoes are a huge deal at the shows but bags are even more huge. It can get very crowded waiting to take your seat outside the tents. So at certain points, people can't even see your shoes but guess what? They have full view of the little accessory hanging on your shoulders, hence why it is so crucial. So just think about it. We're packed like sardines and the chic next to you is examining your bag, steadily. Who's is it? That's a major question if they cannot recognize the bag. Next. Is it real? ...if you are not a recognizable industry person, you're suspect. I feel like I have to apologize for this ... but it is what it is. *imploring*
Once, I was admiring Finola Hughes' pumps and I asked her who's were they. They were Steve Madden! I nearly fell out my chair. Much respect to Finola who, I'll tell you, is one of my biggest fashion influences growing up. I'll save that rambling for another blog. But I think you can do that with shoes. Handbags--not so much.
I'm also less inclined to carry a handbag by half the designers currently doing handbags. Naturally, I would carry the elite Italian designers--Gucci, Fendi, Prada--and, of course, the handbag of handbags--Louis Vuitton. Also, Chloe, Miu Miu, Balenciaga, Dolce & Gabbana, and Isabella Fiore. Americans--Marc Jacobs, Be & D (although I didn't like the spring collection), and ... L.A.M.B. Do you find that to be odd? I love what they are doing over at L.A.M.B. They offer a collection. I also love Mulberry and other iconic fashion houses whose roots are in handbags and leather goods. (And I don't mean Coach for heaven's sake.) Many of the other designer handbags do not appeal to me and, a lot of the times, are not really worth the pricey tag the bags are carrying. For example, I don't like Valentino. *gasp* When I spot these leather bags with the bows on the side I just want to ... let's just say I have to fight violent thoughts running through my head.
I should be clear. I have a low tolerance for handbags and these designers are the ones I wouldn't be ready to give away to my nearest Salvation Army ... or sell on eBay. I own Susan Farber bags, Bally, Marc Jacobs, a leather satchel I picked up at Zara and a blue bag that I purchased for like $40 dollars two years ago and I, surprisingly, wear it often. And that's it. I've gotten rid of everything else. Betsey Johnson--gave it to my younger sister. Calvin Klein or maybe Ralph Lauren (I can't remember) but gave it to my older sister. Tommy Hilfiger ... hmmm. What did happen to that Hilfiger bag? Oh well, it's not in my closet anymore. So, as a result, I have made it a rule not to purchase a handbag unless it is by one of the designers I listed above. I really can't afford to dump $400 on a bag just to hate it in a week. I can't do trends. It HAS to be classic and stand the test of time. Needless to say, I haven't bought any bags in the last 8-12 months.
So, BagBorroworSteal.com. Like I stated, Fashion Week is approaching and I need to get a couple of handbags. You didn't think I was purchasing those designers? Not in this economic climate. Those designers are the only bags I fancy.
These are the bags I'm contemplating including the Dolce & Gabbana (top) and Be & D (bottom) bags pictured. While I am a bit late to be making my order and to expect to find any of these available, I'm taking my chances anyway. I'll get two and then borrow one of the bags sent to the magazine. Shhh.
We are proud to announce that Vittorio J has been featured in Gear Crave!
Gear Crave is known for being the ultimate lifestyle and buying guide for men. I have been a big fan of this site for awhile now because it is SO informative. If you are looking for up-to-date info on anything related to men (from cars to product reviews), this is the site to go. It feels like they update the site every two minutes so I am on Gear Crave all day long.
I reached out to editor, Mike Payne, last week to see if he would be interested in featuring Vittorio J. He suggested for us to do a giveaway and I thought it was an excellent idea. So please click on the link, follow the instructions and make a comment on the page. You will get a chance to win one of the five Vittorio J ties we are giving away. The contest ends on September 2nd, so please make comments early!
Mike is one of the most professional editors I have ever dealt with. He absolutely loves what he does and it shows in his product. Gear Crave has only been online for 15 months yet they average over 300,000 hits per month and growing exponentially. Please bookmark this site. You will not regret it.
New York, NY
THE INFORMATION AGE is on speed (the drug). Weve gone from "we want it now" to "we want it yesterday"...and it's being delivered. Style.com is introducing an application for the iPhone which will allow you to view the shows on your phone a few hours after the show closes. Are you wishing you purchased the iPhone now? So, while at the shows and debating a previous show during the week with a seatmate, you can whip out your iPhone and pull up the look you're discussing. Fantastic.
I just can't wait til I'll be able to work completely from my iPhone. Yes, companies, get all your applications and services on the iPhone so we can sit at the beach and work or have lunch at Deborah's and work. "No, Abby, I'm not coming into the showroom. I'll just pull everything from my iPhone and electronically send it to you. Thanks. Is the e-showroom complete?" That sort of thing.
It will be available Sept 5th--the first day of Fashion Week. Now, if only there were messenger services that move at the speed of light on some rail running along 6th Ave.
To prepare myself for Fall, I decided to get a new haircut.
Another reason Im excited for Fall is the Premier of Tinas New Line launching in October call Paradise inspired by Miltons Paradise Lost. A mix of light and dark. Evil and good. Ying and Yang. More details to come. Heres a sneak preview.
Cindy N Gordon
New York, NY
I love denim. Isn't it so easy to get overwhelmed with the vast selection?! I get lost in the many brands, types, and finishes. ARGH! One of my favorite trends as of late is the distressed jean. There is something so rocker chic, sexy, and rebellious about a hint of skin showing through a pair of funky ripped jeans.
However, the distressed jean can be severely misunderstood.
A few "jean"ious recommendations for your Fall shopping list: 1) True Religion Joey Flap Pocket Jean ($262) 2) True Religion Bobby Shredded Flare ($240) 3) Abercrombie Tristan Destroyed Boot ($100) pictured 4) Current/Elliott Skinny Jeans ($216) 5) AG Jeans The Kiss Straight Leg ($305) 6) PRPS Dart Distressed ($360) 7) D&G Distressed Flare ($355) 8) Taverniti SO Jeans Jamie 3D Bootcut ($198) 9) 7 For All Mankind Organic Boot Cut Jean ($225) 10) 1921 Surplus Flare Jean ($194) 11) Ksubi Mac Soul Discharge ($69) 12) Unknown Factory Skinny Jean ($198) 13) Forever21 Straight Leg Extra Frayed ($30) 14) Patrizia Pepe Skinny Jeans with Abrasions ($363) 15) Red Engine Sliced Boot Cut Jean ($176).
Alternatively, make your own! Take an old pair of jeans and cut some holes in the knees. Be careful not to cut too large of a hole, as it will naturally widen and fray once you've washed and dried them. And don't forget the ol' cheese grater/steak knife idea. If you're looking for an overall "not-quite-a-hole," frayed look, then rub 'em and wear 'em down with a grater or serrated-edge knife.
Like fine wine, they get better with age!
We are proud to announce that Vittorio J was featured three times this week! The pieces were all related to Vittorio J's 20 Peacocks Sample Sale.
Here are the articles:
The interest for this sale has definitely picked up thanks to the added exposure. Remember, the sale will only last until Friday this week, so go visit 20 Peacocks and pick up your favorite Vittorio J necktie!
Also, don't forget Vittorio J will also be holding a sample sale in Midtown NYC via Imparali Custom Tailors from September 8 to 16.
New York, NY
Back from Amish Country and all the other places this summer has taken me. So nice to settle back into NYC! Since we are on the brink of fashion week, I've been wondering how this all plays out for you, boutique owners, at this time of year.Fall always makes me a little nostalgic for those early mornings when the sun hadn't even come up and I was getting myself together for the first few days of school. And there is the inevitable wardrobe overhaul, Fall wishlist (Ruby you totally inspired me to create a dream one), and tons of "Back to School" shopping signs. It seems to me that this would be the PERFECT time of year to pitch yourself (remember way back to those previous entries about creating your bio?) as a guest for morning shows that are doing "Fall Trends" segments. There will be lots.
If you're an expert on children's clothes go with that. If you know a lot about new organic and eco friendly alternatives pitch yourself as presenting the "Best Of" for the coming season.Whatever your niche of knowledge gives you coveted insight to- find a way to take advantage of this "fashion transition" season and get your name out there.Beyond morning shows, this is also a good time to take a crash course within the blogosphere and pitch some good tips for transitioning into fall to one of the web editors there.Keep yourself out there and make sure to always have the information on your boutique available as well as your bio!
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