If you’ve ever woken up in the morning and tried to solve the problem of how to pick one outfit that will last you until well after dark, we feel your pain. In fact, I feel your pain right now – I tried to accomplish that feat this morning, and only time will tell whether or not I was successful. I do have some practice at all-day outfit crafting, though, so my hopes are high that I won’t look like I came directly from work beyond the requisite happy hour.
Even though our Thanksgiving meals may still be hanging out around our waistlines, there is no stopping the fact that the holidays are knocking at our doors. Holiday season means time with family, friends, colleagues, and everyone in between. With so many parties and gatherings to attend, prepping outfits to help get you through the season is a total must. I could spend most of my days draped in ALLSAINTS from head to toe, and that goes doubly for the holiday season.
Menswear, as an industry, is in an interesting position right now. More men than ever are interested in personal style and upping their aesthetic game, but because of the traditional cultural views on men and fashion in the US, so few of them have any idea where to start. Of course, we have a novel (or not so novel, to our loyal readers) idea: Start with a great bag, like the AllSaints Stonewall Laptop Bag and go from there.
How to put this delicately…the fashion at Sunday night’s 2012 Emmy Awards was mostly not great. A lot of it was fine, if you like sparkly, crowd-pleasing gowns or bright colors, but there were only a few wow moments to be found. Well, guess, what – we found ‘em. And we made a little post out of ‘em, as we are wont to do.
3.1 Phillip Lim is the new “it” kid in the accessories world, and I find myself wanting to sit at his lunch table all day, every day. Of the Phillip Lim handbag family, the standout star has been and continues to be the Pashli Satchel. For Spring 2013, a faded floral canvas print adorns the bag. You know what, I’m in love.
If you’re a regular PurseBlog reader, you know that Megs, Hilary and I all have really different, distinct tastes in accessories and clothing. Megs tends to lean toward clothes with a hippie vibe, Hilary likes clean-lined, modern neutrals and I like lots of industrial black mixed with occasional bold prints and colors. Somehow, all three of us find a lot to love at British retailer AllSaints, which has a location in Soho that we all visit semi-religiously.
I’m not going to lie, one of my favorite aspects of fashion week is seeing people who exude style walking in and out of the shows. There are lots of people who try too hard, but some just have it, and Joanna Hillman, Senior Fashion Market Editor of Harper’s Bazaar, might be my top fashion crush right now. Her signature red lip and blonde hair can’t be missed and her impeccable style has everyone that passes by her doing a double take.
Since fashion’s Internet explosion, the art of lookbook production has changed quite a bit. What used to be straightforward product catalogs that brand and retail employees used for reference have turned into artistic spectacles, pored over extensively in the style-conscious corners of the Web. It’s rare that you see a model in a full outfit against a white background anymore; instead, the books are styled and shot like a season’s second ad campaign.
Bloomingdale’s is among the most storied of American retailers, and if you don’t include it in your regular online shopping rounds, you’re missing out. Beyond the brands that you might expect to find, Bloomingdales.com also offers lust-worthy pieces from the likes of Chloe, Giuseppe Zanotti, Ferragamo and more, including some of the hottest shoes and handbags that you’ll want to have on your radar for Fall 2012.
We spend a lot of time talking about accessories (and with good reason), but a concern that’s equally important to an accessory’s design and quality is how it interacts with your wardrobe. No handbag, shoe or piece of jewelry is an island, and it’s the overall picture that’s important; you want your outfit to be more than the sum of its parts.