Our network partner, Fashion Pad, poked around the newest arrivals at Urban Outfitters to see which affordable sandals might get her through the summer months. We have to say, Urban Outfitters sometimes surprises us. Just the other day we were talking with a Mr. Alex Norden (see many of our original Coutorture editorials for more) about this fact. He reminded us that, outside of New York, Urban Outfitters is still very much the trendsetting empire. And sure, yes, they are and they've got some pretty cute sandals for less than $100, bottom line. And sandals, you know, are meant to be worn through so perhaps the quality argument isn't as pertinent here. And they've Urban Renewal and they stock Tom's so, you know, Earth Day too...This the the bulleted list of things you tell yourself when you walk into that place. All we can say is god bless e-commerce. Check out our spread of the spring Urban Outfitters sandals below.
Posts for April 21st 2008
Coutorture Cocktails is our little rundown of what fashion parties and events you might want to drop in on during the week. We encourage comments on goings' on in other cities, or, you can just read on for the fun of it. You may not go out every night of the week but drop it in your planner because you might be in the neighborhood and fancy a glass of bubbly. Okay, let's get down to business...
Monday: Tying the knot? Er, interested in this bazaar spectacle called The American Dream? Well, today there's a giant wedding trade show happening over at Gotham Hall. It's called The Wedding Salon and we're guessing there will be free champagne and cake. Hey, we know a thing or two about priorities. It's on until eight so you can head over after work unless you're busy cooking supper for your man.
Tuesday: Happy eco-fashion day! Eco-friendly brand Ryann is holding a trunk show at swank health club, Clay, including the Spring 08 RTW styles and the basics that Clay normally carries. Goody bags will include health food and samples from Sonya Dakar Beauty.
Wednesday: Design Cares is putting on A Night Of Thousand Lights with benefits going to St. Jude Children's Hospital. Marchesa will be featured in a runway show and wine tasting, silent auctions, dancing, and food will be plentiful. The event will be held for the second year at Roseland Ballroom, tickets around $200.
Thursday: It feels like Dolce Vita is in constant sample sale stasis, or maybe it's just that theirs has such visible results (indeed, the next day you will see many a stacked sandal or python gladiator) that it feels like it's never ending. Welp, Thursday marks another round of mark downs. In case you aren't familiar with their Ludlow stations, 149 Ludlow street is the main shop where you'll find the current collection and their boutique offerings, two doors down is, like, their mini-shop which is meant to stock cheaper, younger styles in both clothing and shoes (as if the brand were too mature?), and then across the street is their showroom where they hold the beloved sample sales. Just knock on the sketchy metal door, it's number 156.
Friday: If you're gearing up for a personal makeover before Summer hits, check out this tutorial at Saks Fifth Avenue. Rick Dicecca, an Estee Lauder National Makeup Artist will be talking complexion and makeup tricks from 10-6. There's no better way to spend a lunch break, especially when you ate your lunch at 1030 because you were, um, starving.
This eco-friendly tank is a must-have if there ever were one. Made from 100% sustainable silk (a nearly inherently sustainable fabric, although some companies use chemicals to yield greater results) with 50% soybean, 50% organic cotton braided banding, this versatile tank meets all of your new eco-resolutions. Nora Caliguri and Rachelyn Porter make up the design duo for Larsen Grey and are contributors to the new age of eco-friendly design with high aesthetic integrity. This Bellara Crop Braid Tank is a perfect year-round basic and comes in two fabulous colors, cement and royal. Admittedly, this tank will most likely only work with a high waisted number to match. If you're down with the whole look, check out our spread of some high waisted options below.
It is reported that Balenciaga will launch its own ecommerce site this May. So far, though, it's just accessories. Balenciaga seems to be expanding in spite of the recession as a new Los Angeles store opened this past March. Racked Los Angeles reported on the store opening by saying "The only Balenciaga boutique in the U.S., besides NYC, officially opened today...". To which we say, hehe.
Philadelphia University's Institute for Textile and Apparel Product Safety (ITAPS) was established last Fall, given the demand for environmentally friendly clothing and the school's reputation as a leader in textiles research. This past week, a study at Harvard revealed a "link between formaldehyde exposure and a greater risk of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis - ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease" which prompted a response from David Brookstein, the dean at Philadelphia University. This new study is relevant to the fashion industry as formaldehyde is a chemical often found in clothing and, for reasons other than this, has long been an example of why 'green' textiles need be a priority.
Georgio Armani is on the search for America's Next Top, wait, oh...Georgio Armani is apparently running an international contest to see who might direct the next television ad for his Emporio Armani fragrance line. Despite it seeming tacky to follow in the footsteps of reality television, we're pretty sure the results will bring about a fresh perspective. We just wish they'd kept the contest a little a quiet, now it will surely feel like those Coca Cola movie shorts you have to sit through before a film.
Take that American Apparel, it looks like Hanes is making a comeback. The company's first quarter sales revealed a 200% profit as a result of some 'business strategies' that seem to have little to do with selling tighty whities. Regardless, it looks like this American company is not going down without a fight, though sales dropped, their overall profit soared. Remember, these are the people who engineered the 1990's classic, the Wonderbra. We're pretty sure they're in it for the long haul.
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Costume National's new fragrance, '21', was created in honor of the company's 21st anniversary. Our network partner, A Wee Bit Skint, toasts to the new fragrance by trying it out after years of wearing another scent by the brand, namely, er, 'Scent'. The new fragrance apparently encapsulates 21 of Ennio Capasa's favorites scents. That is, bergamot, milk, orange blossoms, saffron, cumin, pepper, cashmere wood, royal jelly, moss, clary sage, patchouli, olibanum, amber, sandalwood, oudh wood, cedar, vetiver, labdanum, tonka bean, vanilla and musk. Whew, as if they needed to justify the name. In the end, the new perfume smells 'heady and milky' and joins the ranks of slick product the brand is known for turning out. Like Commes des Garcon wallets, you'll see it in all of the boutiques where people buy posh designer accoutrements to go with their Hanes undershirts and Cheap Monday jeans.
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A Mom In Red High Heels explains what all those organic labels actually mean.
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The Scented Salamander helps non-perfumistas understand a scent's complexity.
Hip Candy is enthusiastic about bamboo clothing.
Debutante Clothing gushes over discovering her vintage soul sisters.
Courtney Crawford wants his designs to be "repulsively attractive". The St. Louis native is one of the golden 'beautiful people'; an award Paper Mag bestows on New York's movers and shakers. His career is thriving and, in case the quote didn't tip you off, in a somewhat unconventional manner. The Multi Color Pump in Nude, Red, and Black perhaps best symbolizes Crawford's aesthetic, one part trend focused (nude), one part vamp (red piping), and one part unpredictable New Yorker (the heel, baby). So far his designs do not seem to be repulsive in the least (nor is their price point) but alas, something that sexy could also be described as vulgar and then, just a few steps down the road, repulsive. Looks like Crawford has beat the the press to the chase which could mean the designer's in for a long run. Nothing, afterall, spells staying power than a shoe designer who can think on his feet.
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