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Pierre Hardy’s Soho Shop By Sara Gartman

December 18, 2010

After debating between uptown and downtown, French shoe genius Pierre Hardy settled on an old garage in Manhattan's West Village for the location of his first U.S. boutique. Nestled between a row of matching brick buildings on Jane Street, the smoky glass storefront disappears behind the shop's whitewashed brick. Hardy worked with David Mann of MR Architecture + Decor to rebuild the space entirely. In the transformation, they made sure to preserve the original walls and constructed see-through partitions to feature the exposed original brick. The goal was to create a glass box inside the authentic brick structure by combining contemporary materials with the raw urban feel of New York. The cozy, intimate vibe of the store was then achieved through dark color schemes, dim lighting, velvet cushion benches, and semi-leather covered floors to protect the feet of shoppers trying on shoes.

Hardy has even created an exclusive new shoe to celebrate the brand’s Manhattan debut—the “Skyline” shoe (pictured below), which captures the architectural city backdrop of the store.


Jean Rejuvenation By Sara Gartman

December 18, 2010

If it's high time to throw out your favorite jeans, the pair with holes in the knees and a missing button, think again. Look to the experts at Denim Therapy, the New York-based company which vows to bring new life to well-loved jeans. They've seen it all, from the slightly torn to the totally tattered. Mending frayed hems, broken zippers, and detached belt loops, their online repair service is more than just a patch—they reconstruct worn-out denim by hand for $7 per inch. Salvage your old blue jeans by sending them off to Denim Therapy today.


Leighton Meester, Missoni’s New Face By Sara Gartman

December 18, 2010

It’s no secret that Gossip Girl cast members Blake Lively and Leighton Meester have proved themselves to be stylish on set and off. Now it seems that both ladies will be fronting major fashion campaigns next year. Lively is the new face of Chanel, while Meester is rumored to be Missoni's new model, according to Elle UK. Meester, who currently appears in campaigns for Vera Wang fragrances and Herbal Essences, will be modeling for Missoni in a campaign launching in summer 2011. If there’s one thing that’s certain, it’s that you know you’ll love them, xoxo.


Holiday Shopping at Resurrection Vintage By Sara Gartman

December 18, 2010

World-renowned vintage shop Resurrection is making all your shopping wishes come true this year. Hosting a series of high-fashion vintage events, their NYC and LA stores will be stocked with stylish designer pieces from past decades. Get your hands on this decadent Dolce & Gabbana Jewel and Charm Bustier or Black Corset Dress with Drape Detail. May this holiday season find your closet brimming with fabulous vintage finds.

Chanel 2.55 Classic Handbag in Navy

Chanel Drop Earrings

Pucci Print Dress


Accessorize Like Audrey By Sara Gartman

December 17, 2010

Arrive in style with this oh-so-chic Audrey Hepburn necklace ($28) from Fred Flare. As if the Breakfast at Tiffany's photo wasn't enough, this timepiece pendant doubles as a miniature mirror, so you can touch up your lipstick and hair while on the go. So take a tip from Miss Golightly herself and make sure you are always on time (or fashionably late), looking absolutely fabulous, and always, always remember to stay classy. Fans of this particular Audrey flick, before you’re ready to accessorize make sure you get some shut-eye, Audrey-style. Even a party gal like Miss Golightly knew the importance of beauty sleep. Get some sleep with the Holly GoNightly sleep mask ($14) and wake up looking movie star fabulous and, of course, well rested!


J.Crew Spring 2011 Lookbook By Sara Gartman

December 16, 2010

Nothing says springtime like bursts of color, and J.Crew's 2011 ready-to-wear collection screams sunny with shades of pink, orange, and blue. For the perfect post-winter pick me up, feast your eyes on a colorful assortment of boyish button-ups tucked into high-waisted shorts and fitted shorts topped with lacy tailored blazers. Scattered throughout the lineup are pleasantly unexpected pieces, such as a chambray shirt paired with a sequined maxi skirt. In keeping with the brand's usual hipster spin on soccer-mom cool, J.Crew continues to bring it with chic new looks and hip ways to mix 'n match in style. View the lookbook here.


You Are Cordially Invited to Anna Sui, Tonight! By Sara Gartman

December 16, 2010

Anna Sui's new fashion tome, Anna Sui, was recently published, with a shimmering foil-stamped cover and 400 photographs spanning Sui's 20-year career. In honor of the book, she is hosting a winter wonderland holiday bash tonight that includes free gifts with purchase of the book and the priceless opportunity to meet the designer herself. In keeping with Sui's signature rock and roll style, the book is not only a visual retrospective of her career, creative process, and inspirations—it defines Sui as the design icon and global fashion influence that she is. More details after the jump. Anna Sui’s book launch/holiday bash will take place tonight, Thursday, December 16, from 6pm to 8pm, at the Anna Sui store. 113 Greene Street, NYC; 212-941-8406.


The Trend for Less: Peter Pan Collars By Sara Gartman

December 10, 2010

If you loved the Peter Pan collar on the catwalk but not the designer price tags, don't fret. You saw it on the Spring '11 runways and now you can rock the trend for less. Check out online shop ASOS for a Cute Peter Pan Collar Dress, the Pins and Needles Peter Pan Woven Collar Blouse at Urban Outfitters, and Topshop's Long Sleeve Peter Pan Contrast Collar Tunic. Whether you’re going to the office, meeting up for after work drinks, or headed to holiday parties, this trend can go anywhere from sunrise to long after sunset.


The Paper Clip of Personal Style: Chance’s Striped Classics By Sara Gartman

December 10, 2010

The timeless nature of a classic striped shirt is captured by style icons time and time again— from the '50s elegance of Audrey Hepburn to '60s rebel Edie Sedgwick to present-day fashionistas like Charlotte Gainsbourg. The iconic striped shirt is not only the starting point and anchor from which clothing line Chance builds off of, but founder Julia Leach says it is "the paper clip of personal style." With a fresh take on French classics, the nautically themed lifestyle brand offers effortless fashion for the modern-day muse. Leach, who is also the former creative director of Kate Spade, combines the spirit of travel with that of city life to create functional, artfully designed clothing, accessories, and travel-related essentials. Whether you’re packing a suitcase or wrapping a gift this winter, make sure you check out Chance for a boatneck top, pajamas with pockets, a straw stitched fedora, or vintage Vera scarves.


Spring Trend: Peter Pan Collars By Sara Gartman

December 02, 2010

Peter Pan collars were a trend all over the spring 2011 runways. The school girl-inspired neckwear turned up again and again in the season's ready-to-wear collections, which stepped it up with new ways to wear the conventional collar. Take Isaac Mizrahi's whimsical version of the classic button-up with a rhinestone-adorned neckline. The rounded collar look took on sophisticated edge over at Araks, with a Dutch farm girl take on the Pan collar that used contrasting trimmings on semi-sheer chiffon tops and flowing dresses. Jill Stuart put a fun spin on a classic black collar that contrasted with sleek ivory blouses. While lace proved the perfect way to round off necklines in Erdem‘s collection of seasonal calico-printed sundresses and feminine frocks, adding Victorian touches to both with white lace, doily-like collars.


Cure Your Winter Blues at Rag & Bone’s Sample Sale By Sara Gartman

December 01, 2010

Rag & Bone, the brand designed by Brits Marcus Wainwright and David Neville, presented their women's line on its own for the first time for Fall 2010. Given the duo's background specializing in menswear, their fall ready-to-wear women's collection perfected the current menswear-inspired trend to a tee. Using traditional English fabrics, they paired classic blue and red flannels with gray tweed waistcoats and thick, knit miniskirt-like kilts. And they will be unloading their extra samples this week. Details after the jump. Hit the Rag & Bone sample sale: Thursday, December 2 and Friday, December 3, 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, December 4, noon to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, December 5 from noon to 5 p.m., at Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Avenue.


The Row’s Resort 2011 Collection By Sara Gartman

November 28, 2010

The Resort 2011 collection of the Olsen twins' The Row clothing line maintains a focus on topquality fit and fabrics. Fans of the line will find designs that feature drapery on a modern ankle-length black dress or flowing floor-length white frock. Transforming basic types of tops and trousers, their clothing this season continues to be menswear-inspired, with oxford blouses buttoned up to the neck, collared shirts peeking out from slouchy heather gray sweaters, and matching blue tweed pantsuits of tightly fitted mini blazers paired with lowslung pants that hit at the ankle. The overall influence of the collection is a bit of businesswear formal with a hint of comfy, easygoing '90s grunge. Shop The Row here.


Wool & the Gang’s Knitwear with Flair By Sara Gartman

November 28, 2010

Knitting isn't just for grandmothers anymore. Take Peruvian-sourced knitting company Wool and the Gang. Launched in 2007, the collective appeals to knitters and lovers of knitted fashion alike. The online shop sells kits for everyone from beginners to advanced that include the essentials—yarn, needles, and patterns—to create your very own knitted looks. For the knitting-needle-phobic, each collection of ready-to-wear knitwear offers stylish wool essentials made from top-grade wool produced in Peru's Andean Highlands. From knitted basics like scarves and sweaters to more unexpected wool products such as bags and bras, go to Wool and the Gang for a new spin on Nana’s sweater.


Tying It All Together: Clip-On Bows By Sara Gartman

November 25, 2010

From hair bows to bow ties, party planning to celebrating, these dainty little clip-ons are the perfect way to accessorize the holidays. Add a touch of pink to primp your hair or clip bows on classic pumps. Bring some glitz to a basic belted look with sequin-studded ribbon or string on a necklace. Whether you add these clip-ons to your wish list or as the final touch to giftwrapped presents, these itsy bitsy little bows from Etsy store No. 144 will be your go-to garb, whatever the occasion. Shop No. 144 here.


Bringing St. Tropez to NYC: Chanel Pop-Up Shop at Jeffrey By Sara Gartman

November 23, 2010

If you couldn't make it to the south of France for the debut of Chanel's Resort 2011 collection, you’re in luck. The iconic Parisian brand is bringing St. Tropez to Manhattan’s Meatpacking District with a temporary boutique at shopping hot spot Jeffrey New York. Recreating the Café Sénéquier where the brand held its cruise runway show last May, the Chanel pop-up has transformed the store into an authentic imitation of the red-roofed resort town. With this small taste of life in the European seaside village, shoppers will be transported onto the chic Tropezien beaches that were known in the 1920s for attracting famous personalities from the fashion world including Coco Chanel herself.


On Trend: Minnie Mouse Chic By Sara Gartman

November 23, 2010

From her red-and-white polka dot mini dress, black stockings, and over-sized yellow pumps, Minnie Mouse has become the most famous style icon in animation. Originally designed in 1920s flapper-style, the fashion-forward Disney character has been a trendsetter for nearly a century (and not just as a Halloween costume for tots and tweens). In 2008, Minnie took on NYC Fashion Week as part of Zac Posen’s memorable ready-to-wear collection, where models walked down the runway with black pom-poms in their hair like mouse ears. More recently, Mickey’s better half has made an appearance in Forever 21’s 2010 holiday collection as “Minnie Muse." Minnie Muse is a line of loose-fit, lightweight-knit long and short sleeve tees, tanks, hoodies, and cardigans each displaying a different Minnie Mouse image, from graffiti and airbrushed versions to rhinestone-embellished graphics. Another line of Minnie-inspired tops, Purple Cloth’s Holiday 2010 “Mini-Minnie” collection features screenprinted crewneck T-shirts.


Microflorals for Your MacBook Air: Apple x Liberty of London By Sara Gartman

November 21, 2010

Carry your MacBook around in style with a new collection from Liberty of London. The collaboration between Apple and the British brand presents an exclusive line of sleeves, briefcases, and messenger bags decked out in Liberty's iconic prints. Featuring a variety of classic microfloral and leatherembossed patterns, toting your Mac around town in the perfect Liberty-printed pouch is oh-so-chic.


Layering Legwear for Hot Winter Looks By Sara Gartman

November 20, 2010

The end of summer shouldn't mean storage for your favorite minifrocks. Take a tip from Paul & Joe's Fall/Winter 2010 collection on how to bundle up with cozy legwear under knitted jumpers and sheepskin-trimmed shorts. Try a layered look under micro minis, pairing crochet tights with mohair legwarmers or over-the-knee shearling boots. Leave bulky snowsuits for the slopes and go for a sleeker, more feminine silhuouette in all things legwear. As temperatures begin to drop, find a way to stay toasty by slipping into a pair of American Apparel stockings or thigh-high socks from Forever 21.


Heavy Metal Trinkets for Your Next Headbangers Ball By Sara Gartman

November 19, 2010

New Zealand-based Stolen Girlfriends Club has recently added jewelry to their hip clothing collection. The whimsical line, entitled "Heavy Metal," includes an assortment of charm necklaces, chain-link bracelets, and dangly earrings made of gold and silver metal (hence the name). Expanding out from their pop-culture inspired women's and menswear, this separate collection still resonates with cool, youthful appeal. And what’s more rock-and-roll than a heart-and-crossbones pendant with the phrase “I Love You To Death” engraved on it? Shop Stolen Girlfriends Club at Pixie Market, 100 Stanton Street, 212-253-0953.


Topshop’s ‘60s Flashback By Sara Gartman

November 19, 2010

When dressing up for a night out on the town, you can never go wrong with a great '60s Twiggy homage. For this look, I am loving the Demi Couture collection at Topshop. Featuring festive sequin shift dresses and vintage-style faux fur swing coats, each piece captures mod chic to a T. Get all dolled up this holiday season in Peter Pan collars and jeweled tights by the iconic London brand. Finish with a thick fringe of faux lashes, Twiggy-style.


I See London, I See France By Sara Gartman

November 18, 2010

I have often contemplated the acceptability of wearing my slips as dresses. And while my friends have voiced their contrary opinions, what's the point of owning cute silk slips with lace trim and beribboned satin rompers if only to wear them around the house? Offering a solution to the whole underwear-as-outerwear debate is clothing brand VPL (which stands for Visible Panty Lines). VPL designs both outerwear and underwear with lingerie in mind, embracing the frequently neglected category of underthings by combining the style of intimates with the functionality of sportswear. As of this fall, New Yorkers can visit VPL’s new Soho store, which designer and founder Victoria Bartlett has decked out in vintage gym equipment, at 5-7 Mercer Street; 212966-2145.


J’adore myPetsQuare By Sara Gartman

November 17, 2010 Fans of the French New Wave and Godard films should know about the Australian clothing brand myPetsQuare. Channeling Anna Karina's iconic '60s style, the spring '11 collection, "Club-Ciné Cinémathèque," is quirky yet classic. Whether it's a fitted cotton dress with a twist (literally) or a bold navy striped tank that hangs delicately, each piece captures the breezy sophistication that kept characters in new wave flicks looking fashionable until the fin.

And New Yorkers will be happy to know that myPetsQuare is available at Nolita shop Babel Fair.


No Bunnies Were Harmed in the Making of this Adorable Vest By Sara Gartman

November 17, 2010

Whether you're an animal activist of the red-paint-throwing stripe, or just skeezed out by the idea of wearing the latest in chic bunny outerwear, faux fur has become a stylish and ethical way to sport the season's fluffiest trend. Not to mention faux's main selling point: the affordable prices that accompany it. You can find fashionable alternatives to the real deal in Rachel Zoe’s QVC range of fake-fox vests, a leopard-print jacket from Target, or the LC Lauren Conrad black crop jacket from Kohl’s. Your wallet (and furry friends) will thank you.


Looking Bookish By Sara Gartman

November 16, 2010

Being well read and actually looking it is not always obvious to the naked eye, but these unique tees and sweatshirts by Out of Print definitely do the trick. Featuring the cover art of your favorite books, like The Catcher in the Rye, Lolita, and The Great Gatsby, being the bookish type has never been so fashionable. And as if that’s not enough, for each shirt they sell, the company donates one book to a community in need. The way we read books might be changing, but it’s undeniable that classic literature is always in style.


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