Thursday, March 3, 2011


Happy Day Everyone!

So  during my 'haute hunt' today, I seem to have come across a 'theme'. 
Not sure if this is indicative of my state of mind these days but today's post has been inspired by 'studs'.... yes, 'studs'... the punk rock kind... not the young, hot, stallion of a man kind.... ;-).

To give you some background, about a week back, I was invited to the Burberry flagship in NYC to a private viewing of the Burberry Prorsum A/W 2011 Womenswear Line (thanks Mz. H!).  

This collaborative event between Vogue and Burberry (more on collabos below) was a beautiful, streamlined, and sophisticated affair.  Of course you already know how haunted I've been by the line's gabardine/leather sleeve trench (to which I successfully snagged the more affordable TopShop alternative I posted about a few weeks back!), but while viewing the show, I was pleasantly surprised at the sight of  Kate Bosworth walking into the tent wearing the designer's studded/spiked pencil skirt and matching jacket.  TO DIE....seriously!    We could barely control ourselves as we watched  Kate work that skirt from every angle!!!  It is definitely only a dream.... (as the jacket runs upwards of $5000 so I'm sure the similarly intricate skirt is within the same price-range). 

Alas, that brings me to today.  While checking out the new offerings on ASOS, I discovered the most darling, sensuous, and economically endearing studded shorts ($54)!  The combination of the soft, khaki fabric encapsulating the metal studs gives this item a unique versatility.   It also put  me 'in the mind' (as the old folks would say) of the Burberry Prorsum skirt.  Take a look at both and let me know if you are able to 'feel' the 'connection' (maybe it's just the  khaki and the thought of  how uncomfortable it must be to literally ' sit on studs' ;-)).

I also came across a few other 'studded' pieces that might be worth checking out  (esp. since the price points are a bit more foreseeable to the budget than the BBP items discussed above).

Haute Hippie studded miniskirt-retailing at $595 but currently on sale for $297

TopShop leather "flippy" mini with studded bottom for $160

White House/Black Market subtly studded suede skirt on sale for $99

Before I get to the latest news in the world of fashion collaborations (I guess it's a sign of today's economic hand definitely has to wash the back of the other in this market), I want to share a few quick blurbs:

* Zappos is offering free VIP memberships (one huge advantage to joining is FREE OVERNIGHT SHIPPING).   Click this link to sign up....

*Secondly, as I discussed in the blog announcing the Barney's Warehouse sale a few issues back, as the sale continues, the prices are slashed dramatically!  
Although the FINAL markdowns are slated to hit tomorrow, Women's shoes and Men's outerwear have already been marked down by an ADDITIONAL 60% off of the wearhouse sale final markdown price. 
Whether you can find your size/style this late in the game is going to be an issue but hey, it's worth checking never know what kind of steal you'll come away with!

*Thirdly, TopShop has launched a line of limited edition dresses that are a 'must see'.  Check out my favorites (can't you just imagine my 'flow' in these pieces?!? ;-)):

Now, for the latest in designer collaboration news:
The Rory Beca for Forever 21 line officially launches this week.   Rory will be at the NYC Time Square F21 flagship this evening from 5pm-7pm offering tips as how to style her designs.  She will be offering the same 'in-house' services tomorrow at the F21 outpost in LA at The Grove. 
Here are two pieces that I recommend:

Beaded dress $24

Satin-Trimmed Skirt $19

On a more 'upscale' note, British designer Roland Mouret  has created an exclusive custom collection for New York's own Bergdorf Goodman department store (my absolute FAV dept store EVA). 
The Spring 2011 collection totally exemplifies Mr. Mouret's awesome ability to cut, shape, fold, and influence a fabu fit!  
I must say that I'm still VERY  upset that I missed out on his collaboration with The Gap a few years back (those dresses were AMAZING and at an even more AMAZING/AFFORDABLE price) so I guess that will forever be the 'collabo that got away'...
Nonetheless, here is a sampling of a couple of dresses from Roland Mouret's BG line

 Lastly, designer Derek Lam produced an exclusive collection for EBAY that is available in sizes 0-16 and will be priced between $175-$295 (AMAZING price-point for Mr. Lam who's a fav of FLOTUS-Michelle Obama). 
 Check these out:


In parting, I will leave you with some not so affordable designer tids:
I would like to share my  fashion 'crush': Haider Ackermann-
(well, the crush is not so's been a few years but now that Lady GaGa is blowing him  up on the cover of Vogue, I might as well 'out' myself). 
Here's a sampling of the sexy HAUTENESS!

1 comment

  1. I love this blog! It is so much fun to read!!! I love it.


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