Boyy, not to be confused with Boy (by Band Of Outsiders), is a handbag line that sticks to classic shapes and color combinations. Borne in 2006, designer's Jesse Dorsey and Wannasiri Kongman, have braved the harsh reality of starting a leather handbag line in light of a recession (leather is expensive) and the growing popularity of eco-friendly non-leather bags. The pair seem to have just the spirit for the job, where their Spring/Summer 2008 collection is themed with a complex (and quarky) set of theories surrounding the number eight, the year 2008, eight's divisibility by two, the fact that they are two designers, and so on (literally, and so on, part of this theme has something to do with the concept of infinity). This aside, we think these bags are a contemporary price point classic, most notably, the Patent Trim Summer Serge Weekender. Toss this sucker into the passenger seat of a convertible headed for the Hamptons (or Mexico City, we swing both ways) and you're in pretty good standing with the gods of fashion.
Sure, it's probably the worst time of year to be editorializing extra-long fur coats but hey, sometimes you feel like a nut. When writing about the Jayson Brunsdon Spring/Summer 2008/09 show we'd made some reference to him being the sort of designer who is likely inspired by fashion icons like Marleine Deitrch. This, as any good blogger knows, had us searching Getty for her pictures and thus we bumped into a totally different usage of her on Coutorture. That is, we saw her wearing one magnificent long, white fur coat circa 1963. Where had we seen this coat before? The Blonds Fall 08 collection and our Glittering Cruelty photo shoot, of course. Is it just us or is fashion just one big conspiracy theory? Immaterial worthy if ever. Happy Monday.
There are two great things about this Long Sleeve Pleated Blouse by Derek Lam. Namely, it's an office appropriate blouse that will still keep you cool during those hot summer months (and will work just fine layered in the fall) and it's representative of that washed out leopard print that we'll be seeing a lot of this season. Leopard prints don't have to be styled with hot pink press on nails and teased out hair, remember. Pair this blouse with smart trousers, sharp heels, red lipstick, and a boys club briefcase and your colleagues won't know what hit them. For more immaterial, click here, and, to see the Fall 08 Derek Lam fashion show, click here.
Acid wash is back. That is right you heard it here first. Acid wash is making a comeback and we couldn't be more excited. We grant we aren't quite ready for an acid wash denim jacket with fringes and matching jeans, but like our community partner The Budget Fashionista, the pale end of the denim spectrum is beginning to look really appealing. And we can't stop the feeling. Corpus has some crazy colored acid wash jeans for fall which if you pair with American Apparel's Unisex Acid Wash Jersey Deep V-Neck Short just might make us plotz. But if you aren't quite as adventurous as the colored acid wash trend (that is right we are calling it a trend) there are still plenty of acid wash options that stay in light denim range from these Stella McCartney High Waisted Trouser Jeans to Ksubi Super Skinny Zip Jeans in Uzi Blue Vein. That's right we have got you covered from high waisted trousers to super skinny jeans. No excuses now huh?
These Ksubi Write Sunglasses demonstrate the illustrious power of limited edition accessories. With only 50 pairs made worldwide (in New York they went to OAK, of course) in the gunmetal and white versions, if you don't have them already, you probably never will. Never fear, that's what ripoffs are for, and they don't have to be from the street vendor (funnily enough we saw a vendor selling a rip off yesterday on Broadway, making us wonder if street vendors might be just as skilled at trend forecasting as the agencies). Maison Martin Margiela turned out an even pricier version of these wrap around glasses for Spring 08. Also, hey, there's always those grandpa versions from the drug store.
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A lot of things are happening in fashion down around the ankle. This is, indeed, a transitionary period and one that doesn't evolve over one single season. Having lived with the skinny jean for quite some time, trouser silhouettes are, as we know, starting to open up again. Now wide legs are all the rage but what's tricky is actually making the switch from one season to the next. Your silhouette is something that you don't change that often and so those of us who have a closet full of skinny jeans are kind of perplexed as to how to begin the transformation. Because of this we've seen spats, or spat-like footwear, appearing all over the place. Pant rolling, another big trend for spring is, likewise, evidence that the ankle is changing and we're just not ready for it. In other words, these micro trends are emerging where the skinny jean is altered (or covered) but not, er, gone. It's like rehab really. Anyway, rehab has never looked so good. These Opening Ceremony Mid Boot With Cut Out Sandals are straight up amazing. They're burlap with an ethnic/geometric print, and, most importantly, they address the changing ankle situation without making, you know, a big deal of it.
It feels like just as someone is proclaiming the death of one trend that trend is popping up everywhere. Fashion trend tipping points and mass market bell curves aside, we think proclaiming the death of the dress is a little premature.
Plenty of other trends seem over done to us (purple, vests and wedges come to mind) but others we don't mind keeping around for a long time. Thus we celebrate two of our favorite long term trends, saturated hues and dresses, because no one else will. After all, what is easier than slipping into a brightly colored dress on those first few glorious days of spring? We are particularly enamored by this MM6 by Maison Martin Margiela Lilac Silk mini dress and this Jungle Green Marc by Marc Jacobs Button Down Dress.
In the Summer, it is hot and that means ditching your thermal underwear for some sexy lingerie. Go ahead, sleep with the windows open, take that fur throw off the end of your bed, and get yourself some Vena Cava lingerie. Our favorite piece from the collection is the Myrna Camisole. As with most high end lingerie, the trick of wearing it past your bedroom door can be difficult. This camisole is as thin as rice paper and, paired with the matching shorts, can easily be worn with wide leg loose trousers or flowy summer frocks. There is no better confidence booster than wearing something sexy under something sexy. This 100% silk number also has underwire cups so you need not worry about any bra-on-camisole-on-blouse action. The idea is to say cool, baby, and there 'aint nothin better than a thin camisole and some bloomer-like shorts to get you though it. Our spread of Vena Cava's Spring 08 lingerie below.
Do you own a nice maxi dress? The thing is, the maxi dress 'thing' isn't really crystal clear until you wear one. Many women shy away from the silhouette, and truthfully, it's understandable. A maxi dress, if it isn't a high quality fabric and appropriately sized, can feel like a mumu. But, if you splurge on something really special, it will change your life. Not only is it flattering to almost any figure, it's a classy way to keep cool in the summer. Going out to dinner with your boss? Preparing for a picnic in the park? Accidently get a major sunburn on vacation? A maxi dress is the answer, we cannot stress this enough. The Matthew Williamson Leaf Print Maxi Dress is the perfect example. The initial reaction is 'Whoa, that's a lotta' dress!' but, take a deep breath, imagine it with thin gold sandals, a slick chignon, the most basic makeup, and you'll see the point. It puts all those mini skirts and babydoll dresses to shame, and we promise, you'll stand just a little bit taller as you glide across the room in this leaf print number. For more maxi dresses, see our spread below.
Fancy a pair of short shorts? These 18th Amendment 'West' Denim Shorts in Herringbone are just the ticket. The thing to remember, however, when shopping ecommerce is that nothing is quite as short as it looks, unless, that is, you happen to be 5'11". If you're not, you can count on that 'mini' dress coming straight down to your knees, those floor sweeping wide leg trousers to bunch up at the floor, and those 'short shorts' to just be, well, short. While many jeans shorts walk a fine line between relaxed and straight up tacky, these shorts have the sort of details that put them in the former category. There's a smocked waistband at the back which helps with the sizing issue, that is, high waisted garments can be hard to size as you have to consider not only your hip measurements but your waist as well. The denim, a light (right on trend) herringbone wash also give them that tailored fabric feeling, so they don't look like the Levi's cut offs you've had for ten years. 18th Amendment is an Australian denim company. The line pivots on vintage silhouettes and so became especially coveted when styles like the high waisted, wide leg trousers came back into fashion.
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