Tuesday, June 28, 2011

HAUTE HUNTER: Te Quiero....HI/LO!!!

Happy pre-Independence Day Weekend!

Well, I must say that I didn't realize how much my 'hi/lo'  comparison section would be missed from my last blog post!   After fielding a couple of inquiries as to why I didn't include any comps last week, I decided to dedicate today's post strictly to my haute hunt 'hi/lo' evaluations!  BUT...before I get into the comps, let me give you a brief overview as to what's been going on in the world of fashion this week....

Although NBA Champ/Olympic Gold Medalist Dwayne Wade wasn't able to secure the championship for Miami this year,  Wade is bringing the 'heat'  as a result of his partnership with Hublot watches! Wade has been hand-picked to join the ranks of sports luminaries such as Usain Bolt and Jet Li as brand ambassador of the luxury Swiss watch brand.  Both Wade and Hublot intend for this partnership to strengthen Hublot's existing ties in the world of professional athletics.   Way to go Wade!

In additional brand partnership a/k/a "collabo" news, Vera Wang's bridesmaid collection for David's Bridal that I wrote about a few months back is finally available in David's Bridal stores and online!  The line of signature Vera Wang dresses are all priced under $200 and are DEFINITELY wearable post-wedding day.   Here is my favorite for $196 (don't be mad if you see me in this dress at the next cocktail party/gala.... this  design is too good of a steal to relegate to wedding-wear only!).

In more designer news, Versace is nipping at  the heels of  Lanvin with the recent announcement that the Italian design house is designing a line for pint-sized divas/divos!  Versace's children's line will consist of clothing designs for both boys and girls (as well as a Swarovski-studded baby bottle).  Can't wait to see that baby bottle!

Lastly, when I heard about the John Barrett salon's 'Barrett’s Braid Bar' inside of NYC's famed Bergdorf Goodman department store, I almost choked on my apple! Fashionistas paying $45 per braid to mimic the pigtails, fishtails, and wreath braids that are all over the runway/red carpet these days.....WHY didn't we think of that (right, Mz. KW????) ?!?    Although I'm not knocking Barrett's hustle,  I hope that the news of this 'au courant' demand inspires some of the  real 'braid experts' on 125th Street/Flatbush Avenue to expand their customer base to accommodate the 5th Avenue-lovin' fashionistas  who are willing to pay a pretty penny for box braids!

I digress.... let me get back to the business at hand.... Haute Hunt hi/lo comps:

First, let's hunt in the world of accessories....

Check out the Bottega Veneta woven hobo bag retailing for between $1,900-$2,700 against its Top Shop 'cousin' for $175!

Likewise, Topshop is giving  Marc Jacob's  a run for his money with their $56 100% leather version of Marc's $328 'Airliner' clutch (will the 'real' Marc Jacobs stand up???  ;-)):

Lastly in accessories, I was so blown away by the design/architecture/sheer sexiness of this Lanvin 'fishnet' heel ($1050), that I had to find something a bit more 'realistic' to show to you.  Thank God I found it (albeit a more 'tame'/less 'architectural' version) in this Casadei pump on sale now for $191 at farfetched.com. 

Moving on to apparel.....
Now most of you have already figured out that I'm a huge fan of Gucci's Spring 2011 line (esp. since I've discussed or compared pieces from the line in many of my previous posts).   Continuing with that trend, I want you to check out these body suits from ASOS ($24 for the green).   You can get the same Gucci Spring 2011 'look' by pairing one of these bodysuits with a contrasting colored peg-legged pant/pencil skirt and tying it all together with  one of the $20 replica metallic obi belts from H&M or ASOS (as featured in a previous post):

 While we're on the subject of bodysuits,  check out this very Lanvin-esq bodysuit currently on sale at TopShop for $90!  It’s shape/ drape is very much reminiscent of the Spring 2011 Lanvin asymmetric  bodysuit below that you’ve recently seen on the likes of  Rihanna, January Jones, Jessica Alba, and Cindy Crawford.

Ok guys & dolls, I have to run now but if I don't post prior to the July 4th weekend, have a happy/safe holiday!



  1. Great finds! I love the Lanvin-Inspired bodysuit, however, since I can't strut around with just that alone, what would be good to pair with this? Pencil skirt? Jeans?

  2. @ Mz. KPN- I would suggest a lean bottom since the top is a bit voluminous
    And detailed. So yes, a pencil skirt, straight or pegged-legged pants or sexy skinny jeans -preferably white to keep the look very 'rich' & 'cote d' azur' looking! Xo me


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