Our favorite versions of the closet staple.
Perhaps we're crazy, but we're starting to think the right leg trend, pioneered, or at least made famous by the meme-ification of Angelina Jolie's 201
A little birdie told us there will be some girly outfit coordination going on at this year's Costume Institute Gala, which is less than two weeks away. The Vogue-hosted event will celebrate the opening of "Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations" at the Met and we hear the hostesses--namely, Vogue editors, will be paying a little tribute to one of the exhibition's subjects by following a strict dress code: they all have to wear pink.
I'm not gonna lie, I wanted all of it. Especially the sweaters. And the envelope clutches. And a pair of those new Manolo's for J.Crew in mint green.
For their lead story today, Page Six is reporting that J.Crew president and one of our personal fashion heroes Jenna Lyons is going through a 'messy' divorce from her husband, artist Vincent Mazeau. According to the gossip column, Lyons and Mazeau split this summer. They married in 2002, had the prettiest most perfectly decorated townhouse in Park Slope (you remember that Domino story), and were often photographed together in J.Crew's catalog with their son, Beckett. This is really shitty news to have splashed in the tabs, even shittier because we so admire Lyons and the work she's done at J.Crew. It sucks that this is the price you pay for being wildly successful and making yourself accessible. And Page Six has got more salacious dirt.
When the gay marriage bill was passed in New York, we couldn't help but wonder what impact that might have on the New York-centric fashion industry and apparently neither could Cathy Horyn. In the Times today, she writes about stylish gay couples heading down the aisle and the outfits they have to choose from. We have been seeing some unconventional wedding attire during bridal fashion week, and there are pieces that could work well for a lesbian wedding. See: simpler options like the pants suit, and tea length dresses that could counter a partner wearing a longer more traditional dress. According to Horyn, same-sex couples are a growing market that designers and retailers will be catering to. And J. Crew is happy to be one of those retailers.
Every season, we notice a few key designer items that populate street style blogs more consistently than others. They're those must-have, eye-catching pieces that end up on waiting lists because editors and other girls about town snatch them up first (probably on Moda Operandi, long before they hit stores). And then we see them on street style sites on the backs of people like Anna Dello Russo and Carine Roitfeld and Emmanuelle Alt. Lately, it's been Isabel Marant jeans, Celine everything, Miu Miu booties. But what will it be next spring? We've taken another look at the spring 2012 collections to predict what we think will be catching the eyes of Scott, Tommy, Phil et al come February. Or, alternately, here is what we think those of you hoping to end up on a street style site, should wear.
Name: Aya Occupation: Stylist How would you describe your style? Very men's style. What is currently on your iPod? Radiohead.
New York Fashion Week wrapped last Thurdsay, and while the event won it's fair share of sartorial praise, for many it was yet another reminder of how painfully un-diverse the fashion world and particularly, the runway, is. The site Loop21 has analyzed diversity on the New York runways for a few seasons now, and the spring 2012 report is in. The site found an uptick in the number of models of color on the runways this season, highlighting the efforts of Tracy Reese, J.Crew, St. John and Imitation of Christ for putting on the most diverse shows. Kudos also to Costello Tagliapietra, Ohne Titel and Rad Hourani, each of whom cast over half their shows with non-white models. But while numbers may have been up since last year (where 25 out of 144 shows featured no black models at all), they're still pretty dismal. According to the report, out of more than 200 designers showing at New York Fashion Week, 20 of them featured no black models. And for the most part, the runways are mainly white, with percentages of models of color hovering somewhere in the 20% region. Writing for the Huffington Post, Loop21 contributing editor Kelly Goff notes that there are still some designers who could do better.
New York Fashion Week has come to an end. And while what we really want to do is shut off our computers and tune out on Bravo, there are a few collections (sadly only a few) that we still can't stop thinking about. So, here are our ten favorites, in no particular order. Also, London Fashion Week started today, so stay tuned for more reviews!
J.Crew presented their spring 2012 collection for the first time ever during New York fashion week at Lincoln Center yesterday. Unsurprisingly, the presentation room was packed--especially the side devoted to the women's collection--but the men's collection on the flip side didn't disappoint either, and there's an anorak we're hoping fits in XS. The models all looked like mini Jenna Lyons--particularly the one styled in thick framed glasses--as they should be; J.Crew's president and brand poster girl is the woman we all (or at least many of us) aspire to dress like. The clothes were fantastic, comme d'hab, and styled to perfection. Things we learned from the presentation: neon is not going anywhere (phew), hot pink and fire engine red should be worn together (a color combo that recalls a Prabal Gurung ensemble SJP wore recently), mint green and yellow are colors to stock up on, and don't forget to incorporate your prints--as long as they're subtle. We can say that J.Crew knocked it out of the park for their first showing at Lincoln Center, but we think it means more that a pregnant J.Crew-clad Beyonce stopped by (along with sis Solange). The Queen B seal of approval? What could be better than that.
We've never been shy about our unabashed love for Madewell--so we were pretty psyched to hear that the brand is putting out a catalog, set to hit stores on August 27. Madewell's big sis J.Crew does a catalog like none other, so we were pretty confident Madewell would do a bang-up job with theirs. And they did. We got a first look at the brand's inaugural catalog a few weeks ago on Madewell's road trip to Montauk where Madewell's creative director Kin Ying Lee and J.Crew CEO Mickey Drexler were both on hand to talk about the brand to a handful of editors. Issue #1 of Madewell's catalog looks more like an expensive indie fashion mag--it's oversized (10x13" on matte broadsheet) and mixes editorial features with Madewell designers and brand "insiders" (think Alexa Chung) with beautiful images of the fall collection. The catalog will be quarterly, with the next issue set to drop for Holiday 2011. We got a chance to talk with Kin, a calm counter to Mickey's high energy, about Madewell's evolution, her fall favorites, and how Madewell's mag will set itself apart from imposing big sis J.Crew.
Name: Caroline Age: 21 Occupation: Student How would you describe your style? I would describe it as simple with a twist of unexpected and as having a subtle edginess. I try to pair classic feminine pieces with boyish pieces. i.e. dresses with sneakers, T-shirts with skirts. What was the last thing you bought? A phone charger.
New York magazine's fall fashion issue features a lengthy profile on J. Crew president, Jenna Lyons. When I started reading it I thought I couldn't admire Lyons any more than I already do - she worked her way up in a national company and revitalized J. Crew from a fuddy-duddy lady brand into the coolest thing for ladies of all ages. But lo and behold, there were a slew of facts about the California native that even the most obsessed Lyons follower wouldn't have known. So click through to find out more about Jenna Lyons. (Bonus fact: Her workspace is cooler than yours... and ours too.)
Michelle Obama may have met her match when it comes to selling power. During the Obama campaign and her first 100 days in office, whatever Mrs. O wore created a buying frenzy. The $148 Donna Ricco floral print dress from White House Black Market that Michelle Obama wore on The View during the campaign? Gone. The three-piece J.Crew ensemble the First Lady wore on the Tonight Show back in October of 2008? It crashed the retailer's site. Now it's Kate Middleton who sends shoppers to stores and online in droves to buy whatever she's wearing.
Israeli-born NYC-based designer Nili Lotan has been quietly churning out simple, stark, elegant designs since she launched her eponymous label in 2003. But it's hard to stay under the radar when J.Crew CEO Mickey Drexler stops by your showroom and wants to collaborate. Lotan teamed up with the specialty retailer to produce a very small capsule collection of relaxed basics including a perfect striped boyfriend sweater that sold out immediately. We talked to Lotan to find out how she landed that plum collaboration, how her background in Israel and time in the air force has influenced her design, and if she would ever consider putting on a runway show.
Looking for the best gift for your mom this mother's day? Well, forget about the "Mom" tattoo (seriously, those are hard to get off), and peruse our gift guide for the best most fashionable gifts for that special lady in your life--at price points to suit every budget. Our guide is a sure way to infuse your mom's life with a little high fashion--this is not to say, of course, that moms aren't stylish to begin with.
Name: Sadie Stein Occupation: Editor at Jezebel.com How would you describe your style? It's a mish-mash of laundry day and transitional weather. What is your favorite vintage store in the city? Portia & Manny--they have the best shoes selection.