Image from style.com
When life gets you down, what does one do?
If you’re me and get an email from Rachel Roy offering 30% off during their Friends and Family sale (November 19 – 23), you ignore the inner voice screaming rationalities about your spending and splurge.
Luckily, the splurge wasn’t too bad. Rachel Roy, an amazing designer who specializes in elegant uptown clothing for women, has created a new line for Macy’s called Rachel Rachel Roy. The line is full of young, fresh looks with a downtown edge for girls like you and me who aspire to wear her high price fashions (some pieces in her fall 2009 collection are well over $1,000). Prices for Rachel Rachel Roy dresses, which are of higher quality than something you would find at Target, top out at $129 while blouses and pants are up to $70 and $90.
So what did I end up getting?
What’s that saying? As one grows up, it’s time to put away childish things? That adage came to mind as I watched a video for Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s newest line for JC Penney, Olsenboye. It harkened back to their days as mini-moguls creating lines for Walmart back in the 90s. Oh Mary-Kate and Ashley, say it ain’t so!
Target, the big box chain store loved by all, may have single handedly brought luxury items and design from Fifth Avenue to Main Street with its Go International collection. Say what you will about the democratization of high end goods, but fashion and budget conscious women alike now have a better chance of having a Proenza Schouler top or an Anna Sui dress hanging in their closets.
However, the newest label to join the likes of Alexander McQueen and Erin Fetherson may seem a little out of the ordinary. Continue reading
This past summer, I lived in a pair of gray, tab-front shorts I bought on sale at Urbanoutfitters.com two years ago. While other women faced the unseasonably cool weather in baggy tanks and shredded short shorts that left little to the imagination, I was content in oversized blouses tucked into my British schoolboy-esque shorts.
Common sense should tell me to put the shorts away now that I can see my breath when I go outside. But instead, I find myself winterizing my shorts with a pair of sheer or opaque tights, a trend I’ve seen other women embrace in the real world and online. Joanna Goddard of a Cup of Jo cosigned on the trend by offering up tweed shorts by menswear for the ladies genius, Steven Alan, and I love the easy elegance of the woman above snapped by fashion photographer (and the Sartorialist’s sweetheart) Garance Dore. I could definitely see her wearing dark patterned tights to keep warm.
While these photos are inspiring, there is always more than one way to interpret a trend.
We here at Naute So Couture love Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power of Who What Wear. Their always on point fashion coverage and great high-and-low styling always brightens up our inbox. So when we heard there would be a Who What Wear book revealing all their style secrets and tips, we already had a place on our bookshelves for it.
Monica and I were lucky enough to attend their Chicago book signing at Cynthia Rowley at the end of September. The two women – impeccably dressed, of course – were nice enough to sign our copies and give us some tips about breaking into the industry. But as we headed home slightly tipsy from the complimentary Prosecco and great clothes, we couldn’t help but wonder how the duo’s Web site would translate into a book.