Archive for ‘shopping’

April 7, 2011

The most beautiful watch in the world?

Georg Jensen Men’s Koppel 18K Watch  pays homage to the original understated design that Henning Koppel created back in 1978. Elegant black dots replace the traditional numerals around the circumference of the 41mm dial. $6,200

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April 7, 2011

Clutch Cargo: Knock them out with the Alexander McQueen Lace Four-Finger Knuckle Duster

My clients constantly request clutches that are actually practical  in size and, increasingly, with some sort of shoulder strap.

Yes, the Bottega  “Knot” is the go to red carpet clutch, but ever try putting in anything more that your lipstick and credit card and a breath mint?

Enter the newly enlarged Alexander McQueen four finger knuckle clutch. Not only will it hold your phone, your makeup and reading glasses, it will add four rings to your jewelry collection every time you slip it on.

Carry it this way and you can carry your drink and a sparkling conversation at the same time. Just don’t get carried away by  all the compliments you’ll receive.

I’ve just bought a client a different version of the one pictured above and it is an absolute husband proof TKO.

This version is made of buff kidskin with ivory floral-lace overlay with skull and jewel accents adorning the four-finger top. Available everywhere the Black American Express card is welcome (see Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Helen Yi Chicago).

April 5, 2011

How to Don a Henley: Chase Crawford in John Varvatos

Chase Crawford in John Varvatos at the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.

Who says you need to wear a shirt and tie under a suit to look great at your next semi-formal event? Not I.

I’ve been doing this look myself and always to great acclaim.

Chase is doing it with a  single button notch lapel navy suit with satin trim paired with a short sleeve Henley and a pair of distressed black oxford shoes.

Related Post: Don a Henley

April 2, 2011

Going to new lengths: The most flattering maxis of the season

Keep the skirt close to the body, like the Helmut Lang in the top photo.

Make sure to show some leg, either with a slit or a sheer overlay: BCBG Runway, Marc Jacobs and Pucci.

A wide leg silk pajama pant–which billows when you walk– is much sexier than a full skirted maxi, especially if you’re petite or full figured: (Dries Van Notten and Haider Ackermann. ). Done correctly, it’s also a stunning evening look. All images from Style.com


April 1, 2011

Bright Ideas

Mary Katrantzou Scarf available at Barneys New York

Alexis Bittar Woven Cuff at AlexisBittar.com





Fendi Super Platform Mary Jane available at Neiman Marcus

March 24, 2011

How to double the life of your blue or grey suit? Brown shoes.

Before black shoes became appropriate to wear with everything, the traditional choice for a men’s shoe with a blue  or grey suit was brown.

Look closely at this 1961 portrait of Edward Wormley, Eero Saarinen and Harry Bertoia. All three are wearing a grey suit with brown shoes.

On any given day, if you tune into “The Today Show,” you can see how the conservatively but always impeccably dressed Matt Lauer follows this rule.

I always recommend to clients who buy a grey suit that they buy both black and brown shoes (usually from Ferragamo) so they can get two different looks from the suit.

The same applies to a blue suit. GQ magazine recently advised:

Always, Always Brown with Blue
1. Learn what every well-dressed European man knows: The best way to bring out the richness of your blue suit is with equally rich brown accessories.
2. A brown leather bag only gets better with age.
3. Brown dress shoes should be dark, like the color of coffee with just a touch of cream.

Cotton poplin suit, $1,845, shirt, $420, belt, $300, and shoes, $760, by Prada. Duffel bag, $3,420, by Louis Vuitton.

March 18, 2011

Under The Influence: Celine Resort 2010 collection this spring at a mall near you

Pheobe Philo showed her debut collection for Celine two years ago to instant superlative reviews. Designers at Zara and Ann Taylor apparently took notice, as well.

Celine, above, from Style.com

Merchandise below from Zara.com and Anntaylor.com

Zara jacket

Zara jacket with colored cropped pant



Zara jacket and leggings

Zara dress

Ann Taylor silk top and wide leg pant

Ann Taylor canvas motorcycle jacket

Click here to see a better view of the motorcycle jacket. It’s not the superb $3,000 version from Celine, but not bad for $179.





March 9, 2011

Runway bride: Alexander McQueen Fall 2011

Image from Style.com

So yesterday, one day before the Fall 2011 presentation of the Alexander McQueen collection, international rumor mills  were in high gear confirming that Katherine Middleton’s wedding dress would be designed by McQueen creative director Sarah Burton.  Will it turn out to be the truth or just a brilliant public relations move that (deservedly) steered all eyes to this collection today? Only time will tell.

And just as if to make sure the  flames of speculation and publicity get fanned as high as possible, Ms. Burton showed some exquisite white dresses (wedding gowns?) to prove that she’s up to the royal task.

The dress shown above was my runaway favorite. I especially like the neckline which looks so sculptural but is also, in fact, the perfect practical way to secure a heavily beaded dress to the body.

See the entire collection on Style.com here.

March 9, 2011

Where do I find a slim fit dress shirt that doesn’t pull across my chest?

The Banana Republic Slim Fit non-iron dress shirt $79.50

If you tend to run a little bigger through the chest, you’ve probably found that most slim fit dress shirts pull across that part of your body. That’s because the armholes on the shirts are too high.

If that’s the case, this is the dress shirt for you. It’s tapered like a proper shirt should be but the armhole is cut lower just enough to fit you perfectly. It comes in a variety of solids and patterns which is, fortunately for you, updated regularly. Many styles available in XS-XXL and Tall.

Related post: The 411 on the Gap 1969  Selvage skinny fit jeans for men

March 8, 2011

Design: Iconic mid-century portrait turns 50

George Nelson, Edward Wormley, Eero Saarinen, Harry Bertoia, Charles Eames and Jens Risom

We are coming up on the 50th anniversary of this iconic photo which features “The Mad Men of of Mid-Century Design.” It appeared, believe it or not, in    Playboy, July 1961.

For lovers and collectors of mid-century furniture, we think of this image as the Playboy Playmates of the Century.

The photo was accompanied by  an excellent article which  I highly recommend you read here.

Yes, as you might have suspected, I do read Playboy for the articles.

I also recommend the link to the blog The Selvage Yard.

From a fashion standpoint, I want to point out that the men are dressed in suits of every conceivable shade of grey.

Guys, this is exactly what your closet should contain in 2011.