Monthly Archives: January 2009

Fashion Revolutionary

Style Innovator: Patricia Field 

 

 

To have personal style is a blessing. To revolutionize the contemporary identity of fashion is quite another. Case and point, stylist, costume designer and entrepreneur, Patricia Field. This vibrantly haired firecracker has reinvented the cast of Cashmere Mafia, The Devil Wears Prada and her most notable work on Sex and the City.  Her ability to transform television from a one dimensional realm populated by lifeless clones to an idealistic cerebral high that brings this slew of stiletto clacking Manhattanites to life. The ferocity and dedication of Field’s following is unparalleled, and rightly so, she has instilled the belief in millions of women that fashion is accessible, personal style is mandatory and that taking fashion risks is absolutely must.
Field’s extensive resume includes work on the following television programs and major motion pictures:

 

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The Weekender

Listening to: “A Cause Des Garcon”


  Drinking: 

Pomegrante Champagne Cocktail

Pomegranate Champage Cocktails

ingredients

– 1  ounce chilled pomegrante juice or chilled    ..cranberry juice (2 tablespoons) – 3  ounces chilled champagne (6 tablespoons)

directions

1. Pour the pomegranate juice into a champagne flute. Slowly add champagne. Serve immediately. Makes 1 serving  

 

Lusting:

Statement Earrings  

Small Peacock Cluster Earrings in 10 Karat Gold After the eye catching necklaces of Fall ’08, the accessory spectacle has become the Samantha Jones style statement earrings. Large, bright and beautiful are the only requirements successfully adorn this spring staple.

 

Wearing:  

MICHAEL Michael Kors 'Annabel' PumpAfter tracking down the Annabel Pump, by MICHAEL by Michael Kors, I knew it had to be mine. While falling in love with shoes isn’t difficult to do, getting them to you is quite another. Chances are if you are lusting a pair, your friends will be soon to follow. With that being said, I was finally gifted myself, via FedEx, my sole-mates and I have been looking forward to sporting them all week.

 

Doing:

Shopping, Shopping, Shopping!

Yes, it’s difficult to open your pocketbook when every media counterpart  encourages you to deny yourself a bit longer. As you await the other shoe to drop, these sales are pushing all of the smaller retailers into oblivion. With the unreal list of  companies force to file Chapter 11, we all must try to do our patriotic dubty and shop, shop, shop! And with all of the tempting sales on contempory lines, no one should be twisting your arm to steal goods at 70% off. 

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Trend Du Jour

Zippers: Spring 2009

Zip into spring 2009 with an edgy closure. The rocker accents of motorcycle boots and hard edge jackets of Fall are now translating to more traditional pieces with a rocker twist. This closure is no longer for function. Zippers can take a once feminine ensemble to urban rocker.

zippers

Diesel, Matthew Williamson, Michael Kors, Preen

Wanting to take this trend from runway to reality?

No problem. Here are some contemporary solutions:

1) This Elizabeth and James Zip Hoodie dress will help you keep up with the  Blake Livelys and Lindsay Lohans of the world and with the proper styling you may even have a chance at making it past the bouncer at  Bungalow 8.

$295

Complete the Look:

15-Piece Purple Bangle Set
MICHAEL Michael Kors 'Penelope' Sandal

Treesje Women's Metro Clutch

 

 

 

 


patent platform zipper sandal shoes welcome to hu's shoes2) These Sergio Rossi Patent Platforms have an edgy flair that will add a little sex appeal to any outfit. Consider pairing something this daring with a soft feminine piece, demonstrating your killer style and an otherwise impossible ability to create a  juxtaposition that will undoubtedly awe your fellow fashionistas.  $850   $595

 

Complete the Look:

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Members Only Leggings

Maison Martin Margiela Sunray pleated tunic

Maison Martin Margiela Tunic

Hysterie Glamour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Zipper-trim leather shirt, Barbara Bui

3)  This futuristic Barbara Bui Top appears to have leaped off the pages of an Elle spread on the fashionistas of 2020. The flashy metallic hue and zippered detail may find the more conservative woman a bit nervous, but with the proper accessories you will dress to kill and maybe just perhaps all of the luck due to you in the future will surprisingly find you in the present.

The liquid gunmetal fabric with contrasting gold zippers on both cap sleeves and the exposed back zipper bring this trend to a new level. Paired with the right accessories you too will be ready to wow Nina Garcia from across the room at Pastis.

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Remember the key to earning Sarah Jessica Parker or Rachel Bilson status is making these trends your own! So be creative…… and if you have questions don’t hesitate to ask.

What Not to Wear?

So, I finally bit the bullet and sent my first three resumes for  Summer 2009 internships. Ironically, this step forward has only helped to sky-rocket my anxiety. While I feel comfortable with my experience , skills and interviewing capabilities, I seem to be mentally jumping the gun and find myself completely overwhelmed by possible interview attire.

While yes, this is not the most important aspect to securing a fashion industry internship, it is somewhat crucial to prove that you have good taste, sensibility and style. In my chosen field of buying it is demanded to have a “excellent fashion sense,” says the Internship posting on Intermix.com. Keeping this in mind, I find myself pulling together mental lookbooks instead of paying attention in class, browsing shopstyle.com instead of calling friends back or paging through images from the Spring ’09 runway shows instead of hitting the books. Hazardous…….. I know!

After surveying the goods, I have determined several potential ensembles:

 

1) Look #1: Masculine Feminism

Elizabeth & James Floral Print Cotton Skirt

 

Elizabeth and James Skirt

This vintage print, high-waisted skirt  combines a polished, professional cut with an effortless fabric and print that makes this a perfect compromise for a fashion industry interview.

$295     (available at Nordstrom.com)

 

McQ Blazar

Alexander McQueen’s new contemporary line McQ, brings the best of the designer’s impeccable taste and creativity that is more affordable on a starving fashionista’s budget.

As you can see by this chic cropped blazer, McQ  looks to the spirit of Rock and Roll in the 60’s and 70’s as the inspiration for the Autumn Winter 2008 collection   

 

 

 

    Banfi Zambrelli Taylor Open Side Pump

These stellar pumps add a sophisticated flair to the ensemble. Consider pairing black  opaque tights with these slides for a more conservative look.


 

Kale Handbags fuchsia washed lambskin ‘Stella’ 

I love how Kale creates craftsman style bags with artisan pattern and ultra vibrant hues. This accessory will allow the pink florals of the ensemble to shine.

 

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Velvet Sequin Tank

This tank top tucked into the high waisted skirt will lightly blouse over the top of the waist band for a bohemian accent. The sequins’ sparkle beneath the shine of the satin lapels will  emulate a look only seen on the pages of InStyle

 

 

Monica Vinader Sterling Silver with 24 Carat Gold Plating Round Cocktail Ring

Monica Vinader Ring

This chunky ring  will help to bring together the hues found in the skirt and the gold of the pendant below.

 

 

Me & Ro Transformation Pendant

I am an unbelievable fan of this Buddhist inspired line. The designer, Robin Renzi, looks to human strength, love, and faith for inspiration.

 

 

More outfits to come later this week! Please stay tuned to help me choose an ensemble that will help me ace my interviews.

The Weekender

Listening to: 

“The Mating Game”

Drinking:

I know it’s January, but this tangy beverage may be a perfectly affordable substitute for your highly craved  weekend get-a-way.

Asian Pear Mojitos:

– 1 1/2 parts white rum

– 1 part fresh squeezed lime juice

– 2 parts freshly extracted pear nectar

– 1 part simple syrup

– 4 sprigs mint

– seltzer

 Add rum, simple syrup, lime juice, pear nectar and 3 sprigs mint  to shaker and muddle until desired mint flavor is achieved.  Strain into footed glass filled with ice. Top with seltzer. Garnish  with sprig of mint and slice of pear.
   

 

 

Lusting:

Elizabeth & James Chrissie Dress We’d be crazy to pass up the phenomenal sales going on now……
Many of you avid on-line shoppers may have seen the barrage of post-holiday discount codes. While I took home barrels of goodies 25, 30 and even 35% off from shopbop, revolve and tobi,  I was dismayed to find several brands exempt from these lust-worthy sales.
Everyone’s new favorite, Elizabeth and James, is one such brand. After seeing buyers overtake this vendor’s display for ENK’s Coterie Trunk Show, in New York City, its no surprise that this popular brand has been able to dodge the desperate conditions of retailers.
Consequently, when coming across the vividly hued “Chrissy Dress” I knew I had to sample sale snatch it before some desperate fashionista in Texas took my size. 

 

Doing:

Enjoying fabulous stories of my soul-sister‘s adventures at Teen Vogue over fabulous cocktails.
My best friend just got back from three weeks of interning at the New York offices of Teen Vogue. While she too aspires to garner a a spot in the fashion industry, for now we both settle for internships, giving us the chance to take a bite of our dreams. However, a small dilemma ensues….. once you take a bite, that only wets your appetite for more.

 

Please enjoy a fantastic weekend with your soul-sister!