Great style and exceptional value is certainly a win-win scenario, and JCPenney has certainly hit the nail on the head with its array of styles for spring 2015. Per usual, I heavily focused on the accessories across it’s design and in-house brands, with some eye-catching printed blouses and home furnishings worth a mention. See the slideshow above for some of my top picks, which include Nicole by Nicole Miller, a.n.a, i heart ronson, and l’amour by Nanette Lepore, to name a few. If you’re in the mood to shop sooner than later or need to get a jump start on the holiday shopping, reference JCPenney’s “gift by price” assortment, where you’ll be sure to find something for everybody on your list!
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November 20, 2014
October 9, 2014
Dubbed “Mindscapes,” the spring/summer 2014 collection from Marimekko was “inspired by the invigorating feeling of freedom one can experience when faced with the force of nature, offers an escape from the busy everyday life by bringing natural elements into the urban environment.” Sounds good to me! Without really knowing any of this and just looking at the the clothes can still invoke a sense of awe and a desire to dress in these free-flowing forms that look as pulled together as they surely are comfortable.
The black and white pieces will surely get a lot of play in your work wardrobe, but don’t under estimate the powerful patterns and pink paint stroke prints that are sure to be head turners, if not make for a fantastic iconic, signature look. See the slide show above for some of my top selections from the upcoming collection.
p.s. -does something look familiar? Perhaps I got to test one of them out during New York Fashion Week.…
October 7, 2014
“There is NO time limit to anything; when you look good, you look good!” This quote, as expressed enthusiastically by the 95 year-old Ilona Royce Smithkin, summarizes what “Advanced Style” is truly about; looking and feeling your best and truly coming into your own through the sartorial choices you make.
Financed through Kickstarter, the documentary “Advanced Style” brings Ari Seth Cohen’s blog of the same name into full bloom, by following around seven fashionable New Yorkers who range from 62-95 years old around the city, learning about their outlook on fashion, confidence, loss, acceptance, and living life to the absolute fullest! It’s so interesting to hear each of their stories, some that range from pain and suffering to overcoming obstacles and establishing their aesthetic identity alongside joy and pleasure derived from clothing and the way that they style themselves.
Cohen, who photographs women that are 50+ on the streets of New York for his blog, has built incredible relationships with his subjects, who have in turn opened up to him and filmmaker Lina Plioplyte, inviting them into their homes and closets to explore the truly behind-the-scenes aspects of their lives.
See the link above to view the trailer, and follow the link here to the film’s homepage for additional details, including screenings and events in your city. The DVD is $24.99, and is also available through iTunes; and see below are a few of my favorite quotes from the film’s subjects.
“I wanna teach young girls how to dress, and I want to teach the hollywood actresses how to dress.” –Tziporah Salamon
“From the waist up I’m wonderful, from the waist down, don’t ask don’t tell!” –Ilona Royce Smithkin
“If you are happy when you look at me, I’m happy!” — Lynne Dell
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October 2, 2014
Animal prints, exotic skins, and renderings are very very hot right now, so it only makes sense that this trend trickles down, literally, to footwear! This week I spent a lovely afternoon with David Bromstad (artist, interior designer, TV personality), celebrating his Bromstad for Naturalizer fall 2014 collection, featuring a mix of cheetah, snow leopard, python, and zebra prints on shoes, handbags, and scarves for the brand. Available now, the footwear ranges from $99-$179, while the scarves and handbags come in at $36 and $119 respectively.
The items were envisioned by garnering inspiration from an original painting created by Bromstad exclusively for the brand that incorporates multiple animal prints in a linear fashion onto canvas (see a portion of it, here).
Courtesy of the brand, I’ve been wearing the Bromstad Tanya (pictured above, left), a gorgeous bootie that features sleek leather on the front, with a cheetah print adorning the heel with N5 Comfort Elements for added cushion, support, and sole flexibility. Some additional styles are featured up top in the collage of the ones I would absolutely love to wear; which one is your favorite?
You can shop the line now at Naturalizer stores, online at Naturalizer.com, and at select retailers nationwide
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