The New York shopping experience is never dull. These days the stakes are high and the creative juices are in higher gear, Well most of the time. More about that..
Take a look and let us know which bags you would rate a 5 star...
Balenciaga is having fun. Graffiti bags or city shoppers? The look is hip and funky, though certainly not inexpensive. Nothing ladylike here.
Day or night Dolce Gabbana knows how to play. Feel like Cinderella with your carriage? Feel like playing your cards, do it right with this bag. Or just go for glamour. These bags are like nothing you have ever seen. A for imagination.
And then there is Celine. Quiet chic. A luxury statement that whispers. If you are a fan, get your bag now. Serious cool clout.
The fashion professional celebrates the all American luxury of Mark Cross. The New York based iconic brand that mixes the classic with the subversive.
Fendi is just plain inspiring. The heritage of humor and craftsmanship is outstanding. And as we venture into the logo wars...who dreamed up this dreamy F Bear?
Chanel balances the classic with the creative. Fancy a Chanel tennis racket and it's own bag. It's yours. Dior is working with Niki de Saint Phalle's many wonderful images for an spiritual take one luxe. And Vuitton? Always the best.
And what more needs to be said about Gucci.....Hold on to your heads, so many more bags coming.
And a call out for personality and point of view. Merci M. Louboutin for the dog friendly bag. And Stella McCartney leads the way with sustainability, Just as Margiela leads with an ironic Grand Slam, bag, mask and neck roll to ease your travel pain.
New York City shopping tours can help you find this Off White statement, if that's what you are looking for. It's up to you. Who wins?
Nothing looks fresher than whites and light neutrals. Add a pop to your look.
Forget the never after Labor Day or before Memorial Day dictum. That's old. White any time of the year is cool.
First step- add a bag. Play it against black, neutrals or color.
You can't go wrong with Azzedine's take on a bucket bag. And Valentino has updated the ever so hot Rock Stud with tonal namesake studs. Marni mixes white with contrast color. The leather woven to look like a sweater knit gives this shopper a one of a kind look.
A Chloe classic in suede spans the seasons. But the soft clutch from Celine is a must have. Phoebe-Philes need to stock up, her last Celine show bowed in Paris this month. Stylists and fashion pros alike are not necessarily looking forward to the new Hedi Celine.
How about a white suitcase? A weekender will take you everywhere.
Add texture with your shoes - a shiny patent Balenciaga bootie or a soft furry clog from Mr Maier look outstanding with a wide variety of looks.
Go tough- D2 gives strutting an artful turn, while Givenchy shows you how to kick it.
White sneakers can be nothing new- but the special edition NYC Valentinos or the Rocha pretty pearly kicks are a nice change from the aggressive Dad models.
Add an Alaia to your look for a couture finishing touch. Feminine and tough.
And of course white clothes are seasonless . Vintage whites, a perfect white shirt from LV, or a boho dress. Go for the unique stores and one of a kind looks.
Shopping in New York is always inspirational-from Soho to Fifth Avenue.
It's February. It's dull, dark and damp in New York. But just maybe spring is around the corner. Not into florals? Then why not pick up on one of the cool trends around.
Sharp and chic is the statement from Valentino. A romper, a wonderfully detailed blouse with a double waist band pant and a RockStud bag. Clean fresh and modern.
Casual and cool these seasonless looks are a wardrobe cleanser. Relaxed does not have to mean dull. Neutrals are always nice.
Don't want to do head to toe? Then slip these on. Sometimes a touch of a camo print is all it takes to perk up your look.
Military goes quirky and offbeat too. Sacai and Miu Miu are also marching to the beat. Sacai working the look with her one off touch.
Feel free to add some accents. If you don't fancy camo heels, then what about a gold Louboutin boot? Or a red sweaters with those utility pants?
Bootm line is- they all look great.
The New Year brings champagne toasts and lots of shopping froth all over the city. Newness is part of what makes NYC a fun place to shop. So many new venues have opened recently, and there are many more to come.
Welcome The Webster to New York. The Miami based store owned by the chic and edgy Laure Heriad Dubreuil opened late in 2017. They did a long and painstaking gut renovation to an entire building, Visit the store to see the one of a kind design as well as to shop. Their signature Flamingo looks right at home.
European wild child Faith Connection also opened their flagship boutique. The design team is headed by Christophe Decarnin. M. Decarnin resurrected and reinvented Balmain some years ago, making it the most coveted and buzzy labels fusing fashion and rock. Come check out his work, rich hippy to the max. Customization lives here. Artists tweak boots and clothing, painting or playing with stitchery, and there is a machine that can distress fabrics any way you or your artist partner wants. See above. It's one of a kind and only in NYC.
If you love jeans, you love Frame. Come check out the newest arrival from LA.
Australian brands are also landing in NY. Flannel has a cool boho vibe that works 12 months a year.
Twin Set, a long time Italian favorite opened its US flagship late last month.
Check it out for head to toe polish.
Need workout clothes- A Day features a fresh, clean and comfortable options.
Tired of online shopping? Internet star Everlane also opened a brick and mortar store. Looks stark in the snow, but the inside has warm and welcoming clothes.
Did you love the look of Le Cou Cou and The Standard? Then check out Guild, The designers of the above, Roman and Williams, have opened a store selling the wares they love and use. It has everything you need for a super hip home. Currently there is a cafe called Le Mercerie serving light breakfast, tea and cocktails helmed by Marie-Aude Rose, the French wife of Daniel Rose of Spring (Paris) fame and chef at Cou Cou. Later this month the cafe will start to serve lunches. There also also plans for a new restaurant downstairs. If Rose and his wife are involved we all want to stay tuned in.... only in NYC.
Temperatures have taken a dive all over the country this week. Seems like it's going to stay that way as well. Designers doubled down and showed so many covetable coats and jackets this year. Stand out and stay warm. Take your pick of the best coats of the season- before they vanish. If a cold wind is going to drive you, let it drive you to the hottest coats around.
Balmain's Rousteing and McQueen's Sarah Burton have the edge on when it comes to shearling. Moto inspired and blazer like who wouldn't want to throw these on to brave the elements? And red shearling- simply the best. Hot- you bet. The hottest? Could be.
Rick Owens cleaves to the cool as ever. Pure, simple, sculptural and perfect. Makes you just want to throw it on and flaunt it. Do you need it? Maybe. Do you want it? Of course.
Don't overlook capes and wraps. Loads of layers do keep you warm, and capes are hot. Try these from Fendi and D2. Make it even warmer with a touch of fur.
Marc Jacobs and John Galliano for Maison Margiela make a wool coat look enviable. Plaid or embroidered these are among the hottest coats of the season. The toasty shades of caramel and spice heat the equation up.
If fur is your thing, this is the season for the hottest of fur coats. A mad plaid from Miu Miu, and an intricately pieced together stripe from Valentino are for those who prefer to stand out in a crowd. All hand done with an artisan's skill. They are to be appreciated for their craft as well as their style.
Fur lined brocade or a flowered fur from Valentino both sport wide collars. Turn them up to turn out the cold.
The easy shape envelopes the body.
70's tinged or forties chubby...you pick. Popover jackets to keep the cold out and your cool quotient up.
Look to Marc Jacobs and Fendi to make stand out statements.
And when you need a finishing touch turn to Libertine, and their crazy quilt reworked vintage.
This coat will brighten up your night in style. Taste, style and humor. Just what we all need.
Are you in New York or coming to New York?
Christmas is hard to miss. And why would you want to? The Tree, the Star on 57 Street, and all the wonderful store windows among other things...
The amount of thought, imagination, hard work and talent that comes into producing the Christmas windows is staggering. Artful, over the top, expensive, tongue in chic, extravagant, heartwarming. Brave the lines and crowds and head out to see the windows.
Barney NY teamed up with the Haas Brothers. The artist twins created an imaginary world that mixes fantasy with irony. Tag lines included. Here you have HAAS FOR THE HOLIDAYS.
Can't Have Rainbows Without Rain Boulder and Wiser Sunbody Loves Me Snake Love, Not War
Love Snakes the World Go Round The Future is Your Present Cloud and Proud
Several blocks away Bergdorf Goodman celebrates the institutions of New York City.
Museum of Natural History - Museum of the Moving Image - Central Park Zoo
or simply Break Dancing
Stroll around and your will find Dior, Fendi, Bulgari and Saks each adding their visions.
Or take a look at the feast at Dolce Gabanna.......
ANd this is just the start... if you head downtown, catch the fun at Moschino or the festive Williamsburg look
Photos thanks to #philde_photo... ENJOY
It all has to start somewhere. Some will say that ground zero might be the Nike and Adidas flagships.
Corporate and coveted. But who makes these decisions? Perhaps it is the customer and the unique niche stores that they flock to that start the conversation. The new Kith store opened last month. want the coolest and best of the best? This is one of the places to start. Ever seen a sneaker sculpture before? Or an art gallery in a kicks emporium? They're all here.
Around the corner, you can find a quirky "mall" with a machine that dispenses the chance to get sneakers.
Designers and the super-Brands have realized that there is a new world out there. Sneakers have been spun to within an inch of their life. Nike and Adidas might spend oodles of money on scientific R&D, so you can run faster and perhaps jump higher, designers have worked hard to make sure that all eyes are on your feet.
What follows is only a very small sampling of the what a lot of money can buy today.
Do you want the unique and limited edition? Try the Valentino Rock Stud in their Soho pop-up, or the flowered special for Bergdorf's. If you don't like that, how about the Vuitton Kabuki? Put a face on it.
Maybe some Chanels ( high or low top) in a signature Chanel fabric.
Or if you want bling....try Giuseppe Zanotti. Very creative bling at that. Trendy? You bet.
Even the bros are not left out....Louboutin, Zanotti and Dolce Gabbana have your back.
But take heart....Margiela and Simone Rocha rock a more delicate vibe.
If you really want Adidas, but you want something totally different....try these. The art of the sneaker.
Fall is finally here. As the temperatures fall, it is time to pull out all the cool new things that have been sitting in the closet. Velvet, satin and pearls-check. Flares or super-skinnies, sequins and sleeves- check.
There is one fall trend that can pull everything together. It's a mix and match world, so take a look at what can pop all your looks.
A Canadian nod to winter glamour with lumberjack plaid booties from D 2, to butterscotch school girl looks mixing plaid, sequins, tweed, velvet and leather from Marc. Add a hat for maximum attitude.
Who would have thought that plaid and feathers could work so well together. Miuccia Prada throws a beaded and studded leather mix jacket over the . How clever to give the jacket an extra punch by pairing it with a touch of plaid- lifting the look a chic melange of textures and context. Trendy? Yes, but also sophisticated.
Mixmaster perfection from Gucci. Start with an embroidered hoodie, and pop on a plaid coat that
is BLIND FOR LOVE. Spaniels and stars.
The plaid is the perfect foil for the appliques.
Need to perk up a black dress- why not add some plaid kitten heels with a major buckle statement. These Miu Miu shoes will lift your look. Polite but perky.
Or if you are going for a 70's countryside vibe rock a Chloe jacket. Add a stripe rib sweater to complete the bobo boho mood.
Last but not least- look to street inspired plaids. Punks knew how to play plaids. Follow their lead to put your hard edge look together. Pants, skorts, skirts, shorts, blouses... mix them with denim and punky prints.
What you can't leave out though is the boots. A riot of color cannot over power the plaids. It only makes them look better.
Plaids are the perfect mixer. Just add plaid to your basics, and you have an on trend look that will set you apart.
One enters the galleries at MoMA to find an array of the usual suspects found at most fashion exhibits. This show opened a few weeks ago. The theme of the show is a big question mark.
The first gallery has little black dresses from Chanel with an overload of text , and goes on to include Versace and Mugler, in the same space as a Wonder Bra. interesting, but groundbreaking? Many of the vignettes of couture or high end ready to wear are on the more experimental or futuristic end of the fashion spectrum....including Courreges, Issey Miyake, and Comme des Garcons. This is the past. Not the now.
A range of footwear is shown, starting with some of the more interesting items, Elton John's platform boots from an unkown London cobbler that friends of mine could easily identify and the infamous
MacQueen Armadillo shoes.
The show then goes on to feature some sneakers, but interestingly does not seem to understand the modern obsession with "kicks", celebrity or otherwise. It wobbles back and forth from the banal- single string pearl necklaces and Tiffany engagement rings, Breton jerseys and Aran sweaters and Levi 501's that really had very little to do with "fashion" even though the show tries to "update" them- to some of the controversies currently making eyes roll around the world- like what used to be known in the business as "knock-offs", but are now politely called "appropriations" - case in point the very recent copying of 80's uptown designer "Dapper Dan" by the current Gucci designer( who made absolutely no mention of the knock off status before the recent catwalk show.) Dapper Dan in his turn had copied the Gucci and Vuitton logos way back then. Since the new Gucci jackets have been not yet been delivered for public consumption, there was an attempt to explain the reason for the double appropriation. Interesting that they cobbled this bit together so quickly, as Dapper Dan and his hot pimp style had long faded from the public eye.
The exhibit covers a number of world cultures, including saris and burkinis ( why burkinis??) that could use a show all their own. But it then dives right back into politics by featuring a hoodie, that is rather haunted looking and some "Team Jerseys" that are available to buy in stores around the country. One of the choices was pointed and stood out from the more banal examples.....but again- why this one?
There were some interesting pieces such a a 60's paper dress featuring Bob Dylan..... and a lot of items featuring technical materials- Moon Boots, and other pioneering materials. And new futuristic versions of them.
Possibly the most special item in the show- the White T Shirt - the last item to be shown- was subjected to the most tortured genealogy...tying it back to the cotton picked by slaves in the south before the Emancipation. Does this mean Mr. Brando should have refused to be one of the many people to make it iconic and be made iconic while wearing it? Who knows what the curators meant by that one.
This was the first time that MoMA has tried to digest fashion since a show in 1944. While this one may be interesting and fill in many gaps in the history of items of clothing it has absolutely nothing to do with Modernity, and does not even begin to answer the very question it asks. Lists do not answers make, and looking back is not the future. You have until January 28th to ask your own questions.
September is always a busy and exciting month in New York. Everyone is back from their summer jaunts, and looking for something new. We welcomed Tom Ford, a New Yorker we miss, back to fashion week. His fabulous and hi wattage show was the perfect start to Fashion Week. From the hot clothes to the Studio 54 inspired after party, Tom brought glamour and humor (they can coexist) to the Armory.
September also saw the opening of several cool new French imports. Apt Sezane, a Parisian lifestyle destination opened to long lines. Offering a cool collection of affordable clothing, bags and shoes, books, home and beauty products was an instant success. The racks were nearly emptied in the first few days. New shipments are on the way. What's not to like?
Maman and Cafe Maman have the first collection of Frederic Fekkai's new beauty venture, Cote Bastide.
Provence comes to New York. All natural beauty products with the French touch. Maman itself mixes it up, a small cafe and a bar serving the most delicious sweets, fresh flowers, and other goodies. What a treat.
Close by you will find Maison Kitsune. Ultra hip clothes for men and women in a clean new setting.
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