Friday, May 29, 2009
For "Henley and I," I chose to incorporate one of my favorite high-tops ever by designer Rick Owens. A similar style, in black and in white, have been marked down as part of Barneys New York "Designer Sale," where select merchandise is up to 40% off.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Lora Chio: If you get an invitation, you have to send a gift. Yup. This means that if you don't know the bride, but she invites you to her shower, you need to send a gift (regardless of whether or not you attend; regardless of whether or not she knows your name).
LC: The unspoken rule of thumb for giving cash is to basically pay for your plates. For example, if you are at a wedding where you believe the reception rings in at $100 per head, and you were allowed to bring a date, you should give $200. That's just a starting point -- many other considerations should be made before you decide on a dollar amount:
- How close are you with the couple? Very? Give a little more.
- Did they give you money at your wedding? If yes, you should give the same amount (or $1 more, just to be clever).
- Did you have to travel for the wedding (and therefore pay for a hotel, a rental car, plane tickets, etc.)? Feel free to knock the dollar amount back a little -- you've already done a lot to be there for the special day.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Aloha Rag carries this awesome brand from Japan named Cassaves, which is exclusive to New York. Cassaves was established in FW 2007; characterized by its minimal and sharp style by eliminating the decorative and artfulness. Cassaves offers clothing that does not choose the wearer but draws out individuality of the wearer. Garments are simple but premium, based on functional design, and street-consciousness. When I was shown the Cassaves collection I was drawn to this white and navy hand-spotted polo. Most polo's offer an awful boxy silhouette unlike this exclusive polo, which offers a slimmer fit. Nothing worse than a polo that gives you the same shape as Sponge Bob. Another great exclusive available at Aloha Rag are these cool white and light-grey leather and suede sneaker designed by Raf Simons for Jil Sander that were made to fit Aloha Rag's white, bright and clean aesthetic. The sneakers are featuring a limited production run of fifty-five pairs in each style. Talk about exclusive!
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Images have been released for the first ever Balmain Homme campaign and I'm in love. Karim Sadli photographed Clement Chabernaud for the campaign. I was very curious to see what the fall/winter 09 collection would look like. Judging Christophe Decarnin's work for Balmain's women's collection, I expected it to be avant-garde, but am pleased it's a classic, masculine and wearable collection; which was a smart move on Decarnin's behalf, especially during these economic times. I have read many saying the collection is "boring" but this collection will sell more without being smothered with obnoxious chachki's and a plethora of pleats. In my opinion, the clothes look cool and Clement looks cool in them. With that said, this collection will look great on anyone who is thin enough to fit in the clothes and may I add wealthy enough. The suit, trench, belt and jeans (you could never have too many jeans) are on my fall wish list. I would definitely hand the sales rep my AMEX and perhaps a lung for those pieces. After all you can survive with one lung.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
The Hermes Birkin bag is an iconic bag originally designed for British born singer and actress Jane Birkin. When Jane expressed her difficulty finding a leather weekend bag to then Hermes CEO Jean-Louis Dumas the bag she described was shortly delivered to her flat. Today, women will wait an eternity and beyond on the legendary wait-list for their 48-hour hand-stitched arm candy in black or one of many candy colored hues available. The legendary bag is offered in a variety of leathers: Ostrich, saltwater croc, alligator- or whatever strikes your fancy. Many famous women carry the Birkin; when Martha Stewart was on trial she was photographed carrying a Bordeaux hued Birkin upon entering the courthouse and Victoria Beckham is known to own several.
When I watched the Ralph Rucci documentary, A Designer and His House, I noticed various Goyard and Louis Vuitton bags lined up en route to Paris for the Couture shows. As he walked to his waiting car, I noticed he carried a black Birkin. Now, I have seen this documentary on several occasions and have always asked myself, "Is it cool for a man to carry a Birkin?" Is it not just a tad obnoxious? Another man known for toting about with a Birkin is tastemaker and musical genius Pharrell Williams. He's actually boasted about getting his Birkin special ordered and was photographed with it for Paper magazine's June/July 08 cover. Pharrell does not own your standard-sized Birkin. Why would he? Not only is it big enough to fit a toddler, but it's also purple alligator. The bag alone needs its own private jet and security. You might have noticed Pharrell dragging it along the floor in Madonna's 'Give It 2 Me' video. Fashion's golden boy, Marc Jacobs, has also been photographed carrying a Birkin as well.