>> I just don't get it. One of Gwen Stefani's major inspirations for her S/S 2007 collection was Michelle Pfeiffer's character Elvira Hancock from Scarface. The coolest thing Elvira wears in that movie by far are her sunglasses. The color of the sunglasses is good, sure, but oh, the shape. I would die for a pair of sunglasses in that rounded, cat-eyed kind of shape. But no, Gwen had to stick with the tacky gold-rimmed aviators instead. So close, and yet so far away. And now I'm stuck lusting after a pair of sunnies that existed before I was born.
Posts for January 2007
>> You know, I am always against the gratuitous display of logos, but there is one brand I can always make an exception for -- Chanel. Don't ask me why, don't ask me how, that's just the way it is. Somehow the double-Cs of Chanel look so elegant, but Gucci's double-Gs, just a few small lines apart from the double-Cs, don't have the same effect at all. Maybe I've been brand conditioned. Chanel. Elegant. Chanel = elegance. But you know what, I think I'm okay with that. Besides, wouldn't Gabrielle herself be proud that Chanel is still synonymous with elegance, after all these years?
Let your eyes gorge themselves on the curvy, the wonderful, the double-Cs.
If that wasn't enough, ne t'en fais pas, more CC-encrusted jewelry and bags for your viewing pleasure at Resurrection.
>> Watch out, New York Fashion Week attendees -- Sacha Baron Cohen will be right there with you, braving the lines, sifting through the crowds... and gathering new footage for his movie starring his alter ego Bruno, a gay Austrian reporter with Nazi tendencies. So watch what you say... and who you say it to.
P.S. Think you want to spend some time at NYFW this February? If you would like to volunteer, contact IMG at for opportunities at IMGNY_volunteers@imgworld.com. Or, if you want to try for press accreditation, go here for the form.
>> Usually I go to New Orleans to eat, but from now on I might have to go expressly to shop. Over the holidays I discovered a real diamond-in-the-rough kind of store -- a vintage boutique known as Lili. Laura Hourguettes, the store's owner, keeps a well-edited collection of everything from eel-skin clutches, snakeskin shoes, and slips to a bright red Carolina Herrera 60's empire-waisted dress that I saw when I was there. The person who tipped me off to the place said she saw a Chanel skirt in the store about a month ago.
Most items come from estate sales and are priced well under $100 -- I found a fantastic black fringe dress with a low back for $42. Miss Hourguettes restocks every Wednesday or Thursday, so many of her customers return weekly to check out the new wares, and she cleans and repairs the items before putting them up for sale -- everything I saw was in exquisite condition. I'm telling you, I was tempted to buy a plane ticket to New Orleans just to visit Lili again soon.
Lili Vintage Boutique
4514 Magazine Street
Open Wed-Sat, 12-4 pm