Friday, August 27, 2010

Fall Buy - Barneys, Bloomingdales, Bergdorf Goodman

Earlier this week I hit my three favorite B's (Barney's, Bergdorf, Bloomingdales) for you guys in search of the best buys for Fall 2010. This fall will be all about the play on workwear and military inspired garments mixed with lush knits. I've tried to find garments that are not too trendy and will give you the most wear for their price.

My trip to Barneys began and ended with my search for the perfect toggle coat. While the classic Barbour or Peter Elliot option is certainly viable, I'm looking for something a little bit more modern, and a little less bulky.

This Gloverall coat was interesting, but still restrained with the exception of the leather panels on the upper chest. At almost $600, I was hesitant.

The search was over, though, when I came across this Oliver Spencer version. Priced at $100 less than the Gloverall (probably the best price in the whole store), this option is much more intriguing (plaid with contrasting brown leather detailing), light, and fitted. Ladies and gentleman, we have a winner! Sorry the picture is quite blurry, but I had to be secretive. Barneys is strict about the whole taking photos thing in case you didn't know.

Bloomingdales has really stepped it up this season. Usually their men's selection is one of three things: extremely basic (they specialize in mountains of Theory, always for sale), incredibly outlandish ($2000 Marc Jacobs vests anyone?), or cheap. I guess I didn't give them enough credit because their fall men's wears are, for the most part, reasonably priced, on trend, and chic. Here are some examples:

John Varvatos Toggle Cardigan (Around $700)

Michael Kors Khaki Jacket with Grey Hoodie Insert (Around $325)

Comme des Garçons Parka ($1,100)

Paul Smith Fair Isle Sweater (Around $275)

Moncler Hidden Hood Parka (Around $780)

I think the John Varvatos sweater is a great statement piece, the Michael Kor's jacket is warm and the perfect take on workwear, the Comme des Garçons parka is full of design details (EX: a plaid patch on the upper back and rich brown leather elbow patches), the Paul Smith sweater is chic and phenomenally priced, and the Moncler coat is comfortable and simple.

Bergdorf Goodman:
BG was pretty dry with the occasional breath-taking piece that I could never afford, though I did manage to find a nice Lanvin scarf (still ridiculous at around $300), and some really cool bracelets.

At the end of the day, I'm going back for the Oliver Spencer Coat, the Paul Smith Sweater, and possibly a Moncler OR the Comme des Garçons jacket. Where the money is coming from for all of these is still a mystery...

UPDATE: A better look at the Comme des Garçons parka courtesy of Trés Bien Shop.

Splurge - Fall Shoes

For fall I always look for a dress sneaker, a casual sneaker, a boot, and a loafer/driving shoe. This season presents a perfect option for each one of these categories. It's clear that they are all very expensive shoes, but there is something about a great shoe that is hard to find. My shoe needs to compliment everything in my closet while retaining it's own voice and standing out so that I get some bang for my buck. Here, I present my picks for Fall in every category. Splurge.

Dress Sneaker: Trussardi 1911 High-Top Sneaker - $526
This Trussardi high top is classic and stylish. The plaid works perfectly with the black leather, and the white laces and sole lighten it all up and provide a nice contrast. This shoe would look great with a pair of dress pants or some skinny dark jeans and a dress shirt.

Casual Sneaker: Common Projects Zip-Up Sneaker - $385
The zip is a cool detail and the two tone gives it a little edge. On the other hand, white and grey go with everything and their design durability ensures that these sneakers will only look better with wear.

Boot: Sorel Caribou x colette Snow Boot - $322
Sorel Caribou make the classic snow boot. Through their collaboration with colette, they have updated the boot into something that will look classic with any winter look, while still delivering pop by way of the neon laces.

Loafer/ Driving Shoe: Tod's Moccasin - $425
Tod's make, hands down, my favorite driving shoe loafer. I would probably go with the grey for everyday wear, but the red and green could definitely be a chic statement.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Va-ca Essentials and a Summer SAVE

My posting has been a little irregular lately due to my extended stay in the Bahamas. No, I'm not in Atlantis, I'm in my favorite place in the world: Harbour Island. Here is a quick look at my Va-ca (vacation) essentials. Pictured is my Creep striped shirt with a false pocket, my 70's style Lightning Bolt Swim Trunks, my Soludos espadrilles (more on that later), and, of course, my Herschel Supple Co. backpack filled with books and mags.

Now feast your eyes on a closer look of my Soludos.

These shoes are super comfortable and look great with shorts and a tee. Find these and more Soludos on there website for $24 each. Save.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

SPLURGE - Bottega Veneta Lambskin Bomber Jacket - $4,480

Just thought I'd post this as a little funny. See my college tuition joke in the previous post on bomber jackets...Yes it's beautiful and perfect, but save your damn money!

SAVE - Uniqlo Coated Military Jacket - $49.90

Fortunately and unfortunately, Fall is approaching, and with it comes blustery days, slight chills and school, all of which this Uniqlo Coated Military Jacket will be perfect for. At $49.90, this is a complete steal, especially if, like me, you are in the market for an updated bomber jacket that doesn't cost you a year of college tuition. I'm in love with the color and will most certainly be picking one up at the Uniqlo Soho flagship store come my return to the city. Save.

SPLURGE -King Baby Bracelet - $170

Man jewelry. To wear or not to wear? My personal stance: Acceptable in small doses for bracelets and on a strict case by case basis for necklaces. What I find with most of my guy friends (and myself to some extent, though I've never worn a man-necklace) is that they find a super cool bracelet or necklace, generally with some sort of bone or skull on it, wear it for a week, and eventually abandon it because it's too much.

I prefer a simple beaded or woven bracelet in a brown or black to add a little texture to an outfit. For example, this King Baby Bracelet. The black beads are masculine, and the sterling silver skull charm is perfectly sized and perfectly badass. Worn on the same wrist as a sharp black watch (casual or dressy), this accessory should perfectly complement anything and everything in your closet. Splurge.

[See my friend Jay Jay's gaggle of beaded bracelets below, all of which look amazing on him (though I don't think I could pull that many off), for reference]

SPLURGE - 20 Years of Dolce & Gabbana for Men - $158

Dolce & Gabbana do great books, and I'm sure the latest compilation for their 20th anniversary in menswear will not disappoint (especially with art direction from Fabien Baron). The book is available for pre-order at a discount from it's $250 sticker price on Amazon so get it while its "cheap". Splurge.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

SAVE - Kai Aakmann Nylon Jacket - $156

So you can't fork over $1,400 for a sick leather jacket. I totally understand. So that's why I scoured the web and found the next best thing at less than 1/8 of the price! Enter the Kai Aakmann Nylon Jacket, available at Revolve Clothing. Kai Aakmann is a cool, urban brand that specializes in androgynous clothing with an eye towards the classics, but with a distinctively modern edge. Last fall, when I was still in the unsure stages of my leather jacket quest, I purchased a Kai Aakmann nylon jacket at Oak for around the same price.

This fall, their nylon jacket is a bit more fashion forward with a fold over collar. The banded cuffs are perfect for rolling up the sleeves and I assure you the fir will be slim and complementing. But hey, if you don't believe me, order one for yourself and see. At $156, you really can't go wrong. Consider if your guiltless, standout purchase for the season. Save.

SPLURGE - Band of Outisders x Sperry Top-Siders - Around $195

Every season for a while now, Band of Outsiders has done a collaboration with Sperry Top-Sider. Band takes the classic boat shoe model and remixes it to produce a modern version, whether that be through the use of a strange fabric or a new silhouette, and, of course, charges about three times the original boat shoe price. As always, Top-Siders are one of the most well designed and durable shoes out there, and with Scott Sternberg's creative touch, they become some of the chicest shoes as well.

This fall offers styles in corduroy, shearling, nylon, and wool. I'm partial to the gray wool ones myself, but who can say they don't want to at least see the shearling ones in person? Spurge.

Monday, August 16, 2010

FASHION'S NIGHT OUT - September 10th - 6-11 P.M.

Here, straight from the Fashion's Night Out Website, is my itinerary for the whole night. As you can see, most of the action is clustered around the Midtown, Meatpacking District, and Soho areas. Expect the crowd to be crazy at the Barneys, Bergdorfs, Jeffery, and Opening Cermony events (last year, my friend and I waited 45 minutes on line to get into OC before calling it a night and moving on).

I will definitely be getting to Barneys early to start my night (with a quick stop at Dolce & Gabbana before and Calvin Klein after), then on to the Plaza to meet the young designers from the CFDA Incubator project and Douglas Hannant. After that it's fair game downtown. I've heard Billy Reid's bash was a success last year, and I'm sure Oak's event will be full of gothic hipsters and fashionistas.

If you are looking to spend the duration of your evening in one location, I would suggest one of the big department stores. I would say Bergdorfs (with appearances by Tom Form, Thom Browne, Simon Spurr, and Victoria Beckham) and Barneys (Mary-Kate & Ashley, Rag & Bone, Shipley & Halmos) are your best bets.

Both Jil Sander and GANT will be debuting new lines, and Moncler will finally be opening their Prince St. doors.

Opening Ceremony will most likely have their "limited edition" merchandise from designers such as Alexander Wang, Rodarte, and Proenza Schouler available past the event, so don't fret if you don't make it down to the ACE hotel in time to beat the crowds.

All this said, I attended last year without a plan (and it wasn't for lack of trying) and still had a great time. This year seems offers a more shopping driven experience with stores offering more exclusive "one-night-only" product as well as complete store openings and the usual shopping incentives.

Have a great night!

Barneys New York

660 Madison Ave New York NY 10021

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212 826 8900

FNO Collection Available In-Store

FNO Collection Available Online

Shop & mingle with fashion icons: Mary-Kate + Ashley Olsen, Daphne Guinness, Julie Gilhart, Simon Doonan + more! Meet the geniuses: The Proenza Boys, Isabel + Ruben Toledo, The Rodarte Girls, Rag & Bone Boys, Alexander Wang + more! Participate in fabulously demented activities: Ping-Pong, Karaoke, Drumming, Musical Chairs + more! Greet & meet with fashion icons: Island Records’ Chris Blackwell, Johnny Rozsa + more! Amazing exclusive clothing & accessories: Special edition FNO Alexander McQueen scarf + more! Complete schedule with details at

Bergdorf Goodman

754 Fifth Ave at 58th Street New York NY 10019

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FNO Collection Available In-Store

FNO Collection Available Online

FNO at Bergdorf Goodman With Appearances By: Jason Wu Mary J. Blige Nicole Richie Simon Spurr Thom Browne Tom Ford Victoria Beckham 6-11pm 5F Photo Studio 6pm Face-Off Makeup Artist Competition With judges BryanBoy, Catherine Malandrino, Hamish Bowles & Trish McEvoy. 7pm BG Best In Show: Designer Dogs Take The Catwalk! Master of ceremonies Robert Verdi. Judges Kelly Rutherford & Monique Lhuillier. 8pm Play With The Pros With athletes Georgina Bloomberg, Joey Cheek, Sarah Hughes & Tim Morehouse. 9pm Karaoke Party! Special guest host Patrick McMullan. For complete BG schedule: LINK TK

Billy Reid

54 Bond Street New York NY 10012

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Billy Reid brings his Southern charm and hospitality to Fashion's Night Out. Guests can enjoy the best of Southern infused refreshments and fine spirits as an exclusive band plays live in the store.

Calvin Klein Collection

654 Madison Avenue New York NY 10065

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FNO Collection Available In-Store

FNO Collection Available Online

Calvin Klein Collection will be collaborating with renowned musician and photographer Bryan Adams in celebration of Fashion's Night Out 2010. The evening will be co-hosted by the brands' Creative Directors, Francisco Costa and Italo Zucchelli, alongside Vogue's Fashion Director, Tonne Goodman. The Calvin Klein Collection store on Madison Avenue will provide the backdrop for an exclusive in-store photography exhibition showcasing influential American women, shot by Bryan Adams, in honor of this special initiative. Adams will also be performing at the store throughout the evening.

Comptoir des Cotonniers

155 Spring street NY NY 10012

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(212) 274-0830

FNO Collection Available In-Store

From 6-11pm shoppers can enjoy a cocktail party with champagne, hor d'oeuvres and sweets. Gift with purchase will be offered to customers. Photographer will be at the store taking photos of shoppers with digital Polaroid camera in front of “I love, I Hate” Comptoir des Cotonniers background. The shopper will be able to take away picture of them as a keepsake.


825 Madison Avenue at 69th Street New York NY 10021

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You’re invited to join Dolce & Gabbana and Naomi Campbell to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of her career A collection of limited edition t-shirts featuring Naomi Campbell portrayed by some of the greatest contemporary photographers and signed by Naomi will be available for purchase* Special surprise performance choreographed by Laurie Ann Gibson at 7:30pm and 9:15pm Music by DJ Lindsey T-shirts sold exclusively at the Dolce & Gabbana boutique will support Fashion for Relief, a charity founded by Naomi to raise funds in the fashion world in time and places of need *T-shirts will be signed from 6:30pm to 9:45pm

Douglas Hannant

Plaza Hotel 1 west 58th street New York NY 10019

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Douglas Hannant @ the Plaza Hotel will be co-sponsoring the CFDA Incubator collection with special fashion presentations of the CFDA incubator designers and a performance by Recording artist Corrine Bailey Ray in the Plaza courtyard. The event will be a fundraiser for Breast Cancer. Douglas Hannant will be there mixing his famous Hannant margarita during the evening. More details to come over the next few weeks.


645 Fifth Avenue New York NY 10022

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FNO Collection Available In-Store

To celebrate the launch of GANT by Michael Bastian and FNO, GANT is unveiling a sexy lacrosse themed window display featuring real lacrosse players taking their post-game shower LIVE in our Fifth Avenue windows! In addition Gant will be hosting a personal appearance by designer Michael Bastian from 8-9pm, where he will be signing free autographed copies of his limited-edition Style Guide, featuring tips and tricks on how to build your very best wardrobe. Limited availability - first come first serve basis! Ice cold beer will be served until 10pm.

Helmut Lang

819 Washington Street New York NY 10014

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FNO Collection Available In-Store

Helmut Lang will create a festive block party atmosphere inside and outside their Washington Street store along with blogger Cobrasnake. Expect a host of cool games, prizes and other special surprises. DJ’s Harley Viera Newton and Cassie Coane will provide the music for the evening and East Village's Death & Company will bring their signature cocktails to the celebration.

Jeffrey New York

449 W.14th Street New York NY 10014

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FNO Collection Available In-Store

Personal appearances by designers L'Wren Scott, Jason Wu, Nicholas Kirkwood, and Monique Pean. There will also be a personal appearance by celebrity Christina Ricci. Denim event hosted by the designers of Current Elliott. A menswear trunk show hosted by designer Devon Scott. Exclusive limited edition black leather messenger bags by Proenza Schouler available for $250.


30 Howard Street (at Crosby Street) New York NY 10013

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001 212 925 2345

Introducing the Jil Sander NAVY S/S 2011 Collection. More details will follow soon.


90 Prince Street New York NY 10012

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FNO Collection Available In-Store

On the occasion of Fashion’s Night Out, Moncler celebrates the opening of the New York flagship store with an evening of cocktails and shopping. Moncler Boutique - 90 Prince Street (6-10pm / RSVP: (646) 336-1398 Ext: 308 or


28 Bond st. New York NY 10002

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FNO Collection Available In-Store

Join us for OAK's interpretation of a mall. Make your own charm necklaces at the Surface 2 Air kiosk, shred t-shirts with the ladies of LNA , and then stop over at OAK's stand for a special surprise. Come play dress up with us in our fashion photo booth. 7-10pm. Drinks and D.J's of course. Welcome to the OAK Mall, now get ready to shop.

Opening Ceremony at Ace Hotel

1190-1192 Broadway New York NY 10001

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Opening Ceremony will ring in Fashion's Night Out with a French flea market staged in the lobby of the Ace Hotel. Inspired by the famous Les Puces de Saint-Ouen market in Paris, the French flea market concept coincides with the launch of France as O.C.'s country of focus for 2010-2011. Brands will have their own flea market booths with exclusive items and designers will be present to meet with fans and enjoy the festivities. Participating brands include agnès b., Alexander Wang, Band of Outsiders, Deyrolle, Joseph Altuzarra, Keds, Ladurée, Patrik Ervell, Proenza Schouler, Rodarte, and more.

Ralph Lauren

379 West Broadway New York NY 10012

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FNO Collection Available In-Store

FNO Collection Available Online

Join Andre Leon Talley downtown at Ralph Lauren Soho for a stylish performance by Grammy nominated singer, Janelle Monae, in honor of Fashion’s Night Out. Guests will enjoy champagne cocktails and shopping while Monae shares her soulful musical musings.

Roger Vivier

750 Madison Avenue New York NY 10065

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212 861 5371

FNO Collection Available In-Store

On September 10th, Leighton Meester, Lauren Santo Domingo, Coco Brandolini and Caroline Seiber will help Roger Vivier celebrate the exclusive preview of its first fragrances. The 5 new scents will be available in limited quantities, exclusively at 750 Madison Avenue between 6pm and 11pm. There will be cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and live music. Part of the evening proceeds will benefit the New York Aids Fund.


40 Gansevoort Street New York NY 10014

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FNO Collection Available In-Store

FNO Collection Available Online

On September 10th, Theory Gansevoort will celebrate Fashion's Night Out with the debut of the Fashion Insider Remix and a live DJ set by Miike Snow. The Fashion Insider Remix will comprise of a series of original tracks mixed exclusively for Theory by Miike Snow. Theory Fall Fashion Insider stylists will also be on hand to “remix” the customer’s fall look, and get the must have pieces for the season.

What Goes Around Comes Around

351 West Broadway New York NY 10013

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(212) 343-1225

Jewelry Designer Pamela Love, Menswear Designer George McCracken, Melissa Ackey of Thread Social and Denim Designer Stefan Miljanic of Gilded Age will create a collection of one-of-a-kind Custom Vintage pieces to be unveiled and available for purchase at WGACA the night of Fashion's Night Out. WGACA co-founders and collaborating designers will be on hand that evening to celebrate.

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