Cindy N Gordon
New York, NY
Having long been a resident of New York City, I understand that we serve as the means of transportation. I get it. Suburbia has cars. We have ourselves...our bodies as the vehicles. We can liken our shoes to car tires (which is, by the way, a great platform for why we need more shoes than someone in, say, Kansas). And our handbags serve as our glove boxes.
But where do we draw the line? I am just shy of five feet tall--and my everyday "purse" has somehow evolved into a gargantuan weekender bag. I don't know how or when this happened, but it did. I would be a prime contestant for "Let's Make a Deal." Anything you want, I've got it. If I splayed the contents of my bag on the NYC sidewalks, I could keep up with any of the Joneses on Canal Street. Do I really need a value-sized bag of cough drops or an extra pair of underwear? Enough is enough. I've seen women struggling to get around while toting their ginormous Balenciaga bags. Hunched over sideways like poor little Mary-Kates, with their tiny frames, lugging around what might as well be a piece of luggage... Today's NYC handbag has become more of a spectacle than a statement piece. It's not even a functional piece of the wardrobe anymore.
So what can we do to lessen the load? Answer: the return of the crossbody bag. We've seen it rear its head again over the course of the past few seasons. And now it's in full-effect. It evenly distributes the weight--putting less stress on your dominant shoulder. It also takes up less room since it sits close to your body under the arm.
Where can you find them? Hayden-Harnett has a lovelySao Paulo Crossbody Prato bag($398). Gryson for Target offers an unbeatable deal on theirWoven Pouch Collection ($19.99). Marc by Marc Jacobs makes the buttery-soft Messenger ($398). And Chloe created an indulgent Bay Cross-Body Messenger bag ($1,600).
Pair it with a flirty floral sundress or a bowtie blouse with jeans and youre in business. Now we can actually walk down the streets without taking someone out along the way.
We're making straw hats for our customers who aren't going to the Derby, and straw hats for our customers who are.......so why are we immersed in felt, fur, and leather ? for the stylists, that's why!
While we're setting ourselves up for a Spring and Summer season of lightweight, cool NY fashion, all of the magazines are shooting their September issues.......that means that for those of you who want a sneak peek at Fall '08, you can come in and see pieces coming and going back and forth to shoots. It's like there is no summer anymore........we cringe our way through March, not knowing what each day will bring, and suffer hopefully through April, knowing that May will bud any minute, only to run to pre-Fall sales............at least the furs went into storage for a few months.............Photo from Style.com,3.1PhillipLim Fall 2008(millinery by Ellen Christine)
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May 3rd - 4th, 2008 |Saturday - Sunday from 12 - 6pm
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A girl friend of mine is the Creative VP for Gilt Groupe. Some of you may have gotten invitations from friends. If someone you invite purchases something, you get $25 dollars! Good deal, right? They have some awesome sales on high-end, luxury designers. Send over your email address if you'd like an invitation! Be fast, because the sales aren't long, and the good items sell out in about 30 minutes after the sale starts.
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New York, NY
Commercial fashion has gotten a lot smarter as of late and I have to admit to being quite devout in my frequenting of these outposts (as much as I would love to line my closet with designer duds exclusively, this luxury is simply not available to me). I was slightly startled tonight with what seemed to me a very un-brotherly display of "ripping-off-ness" (let's call that a word for our purpose du jour). OK saying that commercial fashion and indie designers are in any way "brotherly" is a stretch but I'm an eternal optimist who likes to believe that the little guy won't get exploited ALL the time. I'd like to think that the powerful minds of indies work their way as inspiration and inform commercial design. But in my naive bliss, I have been had. This is simply not the case. Target's "Go! International" collection was so bizarrely reminiscent of Zero + Maria Cornejo's S/S 08 collection it gave me quite the "wtf" feeling deep inside. It's one thing to take your cues from Prada but ripping off a very small indie line is a whole other issue. And I guess I feel torn because the fashion zeitgeist is reaching the far corners of walmart and there is no clear "originator." I was told a harrowing tale of a small line of handbags whose best selling design was ripped off to an even more blatant level by Target a few years back. Certainly there are others doing the same, but unfortunately, having not delved more fully into this issue I can't name names, though I am sure of a few lawsuits Forever 21 has faced in the past.
I have terribly mixed feelings on the topic- in the case of exact replicas I am infuriated, but in the case of this Go! vs. Zero likeness the line is grey. What say you all? I am curious to hear thoughts on the issue.
Ah yes the patent trend. Even as a shop owner, I was initially skeptical of the return of the patent. Seeing it conjured up images of 3rd grade mary-janes and other childhood fashion trends. I wasnt sure I was ready to see it reappear. Then I ordered one style of my beloved Marianas in a black patent. Trying to prove a point to myself, I tried a pair on. Much to my surprise, they looked fantastic. Then they got the most attention in the shop and sold out faster than any other styles Id ordered for the Fall/Winter season. So, this would be an example of the not-so-trendy shop gal finally coming around. I have a few more patent styles in for the Spring/Summer season, but Ive also been eyeing a few others out there. Check them out:
Open Toe Pump by Tapeet - $475 at Shopbop.com / Most definitely the pair that I would buy for myself if I actually had cashflow! I absolutely love the combination of the black patent leather and the cork. And check out the shape of that heel. Its like a strange combination between a heel and a wedge and I love it. It also looks like it would be sturdy and comfortable for hoofing it around the city, which as we all know, is key for the NY woman!
Myrna in Black Patent by Kork-Ease - $150 at Clarabella in the Lower East Side / The less expensive, sportier version of my coveted heel from Tapeet. These sandals are based on a classic Kork-Ease style, updated with a little bit of patent. Ive tried these on as well and can vouch for their comfort. I think they would fit in nicely for a stylish bike ride around the city as blogger/shopper Ruby so gloriously mentioned in her last post!
Studded Patent Flat by Kalliste - $340 at Shopbop.com / These fall right into my last category as well available in the shocking full of sunshine yellow and the not-at-all-plain white, these studded, airy flats are perfect for any summer day. I particularly love the squared off toe. Its not a shape you see quite as often these days as it can sometimes look frumpy. This is a perfect example of a non-frumpy square toe. Sheik and sleek!
Ruby Thongs by Matiko - $68 at Anthropologie.com / A simple sandal in red patent: vibrant enough to make a statement, subtle enough to serve as an accompaniment to your sundress rather than taking the lead. A simple sandal is a must for the summer and with so many adorable patent options out there at great prices, why would you want to turn them down??
Patent Cutout Ballet Flat by Belle / Sigerson Morrison - $195 at Shopbop.com / The cutest little cutout flat in red, black and white patent (but not all at the same time.) These cuties will work equally well with jeans and a tee or a cute little summer dress.
Belted Skimmers by Dolce Vita - $68 at Anthropologie.com / a slimmer version of the old Dr. Scholls classic slide, and in hot pink patent!!
The Louise by Mariana - $125 at Clarabella in the Lower East Side / Available in traditional black for the safe and blush patent for the flirty! This is a great heel height from a company known for style and comfort. Well, theyre known for that here at Clarabella one of my best selling lines! And on that note
The Pam by Mariana - $115 at Clarabella in the Lower East / in blue and blush patent, these summer slip-ons are so comfortable, wearing them almost feels like wearing a sneaker. Pure bliss for happy happy feet!!
New York, NY
Hello. My name is Ruby and I'm a shoe addict. Truly, I am. I'm obsessed with beautiful shoes. In the morning when I dress, I begin with my feet. "What shoes am I feeling today?" And then I work my way up from there. I experience short orgasms at the first sight of some amazing designer shoes. As I sit at the Starbucks window, I practically break my neck to view potentially great shoes that go by on the street. *Sigh* It happens often since New York gals have THE-BEST style...particularly in shoes.
New York women understand the importance of the shoe. Dress in an entire outfit from Kmart and add Marni shoes or McCartney boots and voila! You look fabulous; like the fairy godmother waved her wand. Try throwing some Chanel on with a bit of Fendi and add a pair of Payless shoes. You will undoubtedly miss the mark.
Something about NY style that is indeed distinctive from Miami hottie's brightly colored pumps; sassy LAers's gold and strappy sandals; or prim and proper Chicago-an's Tods. If you are living in New York, you must come correct with your shoe game...or don't come at all.
There is nothing that shouts "Out-of-towner!" more than wearing running shoes around the city. We just do not wear running sneakers even with all our bustling across town and descending to city subways. They are for the gym, marathons, and biking and even when biking, you'll see chicettes in flats or wedges (LOVE YOU GIRLS!). The shoe competition amongst NY chicettes is, in no doubt, one word--fierce.
Let me leave you with this one fundamental fact--the shoe unequivocally makes the woman.
I feel like the nautical phase comes and goes every.single.summer.
Is it just me, or do we constantly hear, "Oh, nautical is so out..." Yet, come springtime, navy stripes and sailor pants are back in EVERY SINGLE magazine. I think it's about time we stop considering nautical to be a "trend" and start realizing it's going to be a repeated summer style. Face it... the weather gets nice, and we tend to connect that to sailing and sun. Let's just stop making it seem like this amazing new style trend. It's not. I think I have nautical clothing from atleast 5 years ago, that I could probably still pull off if I were to wear them this summer. I'd like to consider it just a "summer habit." It's nothing new or special!
The recent photograph of 15-year old Miley Cyrus seen in the June issue of Vanity Fair has been highly controversial! Being a photographer, I believe this photograph shows nothing close to eroticism. I was curious what you all thought about it. I think Annie Leibovitz did a beautiful job showing form, shadows, and movement. True, a lot of skin is showing... but it's her back. There is no butt crackage. There is no side cleavage. NOW, I'm just wundering how you all react to this image? Innappropriate or beautiful?
Check out the Behind the Scenes Video here.
Photo: Vanity Fair
the long anticipated panty raid sale is back. It starts Monday, the 28th. Find coveted brands like belabumbum, cosabella, huit, princesse tam tam and more at 30-60% off !
Store hours are M-Sa 12-8 pm and Su 12-6pm . Azaleas is located at 223 east 10th street. Or shop from home/work at azaleasnyc.com. Enjoy messenger service delivery in manhattan (below 86th street).
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