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May 11, 2013
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what to wear: the first date

What to Wear: the First Date

A recent post on Natalie Joos’ charming blog Tales of Endearment sparked much debate at Kirna Zabête. In “Skirting around the Issue,” Natalie details a first date that went badly after her dinner companion gave her much-labored-over outfit a negative review. Like Natalie, us gals here at KZ dress to impress our girlfriends. We decidedly do NOT dress for men. This isn’t a feminist stance, but a fashion one. Men are clueless when it comes to Christopher Kane, they lack Lanvin knowledge, are unaware of Jason Wu. We wear these favorite designers proudly for those moments when a fellow fashionista recognizes and gives props. But once in a while that treacherous and tricky event known as the “first date” arises, prompting many a fashion quandary, and often a full-on crisis. Below are some ideas the fashion forward gal can use for dressing for a casual-but-vague night out. I’d like to think this is still dressing for the occasion, not the man. And if he doesn’t like it, surely he’s not The One.

When a dress or skirt feels too effortful/poser, shorts can be a modern choice for a look that still gives serious leg. Seek formal fabrics like a woven or silk to keep it playful but polished– this is not an excuse to wear your old denim cutoffs. Add your favorite slouchy designer tee for a look that’s relaxed and comfy. Boys love that.

Our favorite scarf is a safety blanket, a shield against the world. You should have one that is luxuriously soft and generously sized, so that it may transition into a shawl should the temperature drop.

You gotta have some sparkle, but serious bling will intimidate. Keep it light by layering delicate pieces that enhance, not distract. You should be his only focus.

Unless a formal dinner is the plan, ditch the predictable date night clutch for a more action-y (no hands!) cross body bag.

When you’re unaware of the agenda, a sexy skin baring flat can be your friend. It seems counter-intuitive to forgo the expected stiletto, but you should be able to dart around the city with your guy, Roman Holiday-style, should the night lead to an impromptu adventure. Do a low heel if you need the extra height, but just remember stumbling over cobblestones after drinks in Meatpacking is never a good look.

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May 04, 2013
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easy does it

Easy does it

As the weather continues to warm (thank the Lord and knock on wood), I’ve been eyeing my closet’s contents with derision and disdain. Maybe it’s End of the Season Blues, but I can’t stand the sight of my jeans and knits that have carried me so faithfully through these frigid months. These old friends just aren’t cutting it anymore. Or maybe they just need new friends to play with.

Designed by W editor Karla Martinez and Cecilia de Sola, Piamita is a line of pajama-inspired silk separates with louche tailoring, the perfect spring pick-me-up I’ve been searching for. These breezy basics will effortlessly glide right into my wardrobe and freshen up my stale standards, but I really aspire to rock a full look like my Street Style favorites. How to keep it more daytime than bedtime? Sleeken up the Carmen long sleeve top and the Clemence sunflower print short with a smart little linen blazer from Veronica Beard (ruched sleeves keep it playful), and an edgy kitten heel from Givenchy. One serious statement cuff from Aurelie Bidermann is all you need to walk out the door in style.

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April 27, 2013
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i lust, i must

I lust, I must

Occasionally, an item lands in the store that is so tempting, so Must Have This Now, there follows a collective oooh-ing and ahh-ing on the floor. Clients and staff alike flock to said item in a frenzy to fondle, and slip on, and admire its perfection. Such was the case the other day when 3.1 Phillip Lim’s flower print biker jacket was unearthed from its inconspicuous packaging. And for good reason.

This jacket is exactly what I want to be wearing right now. I’ve been in the trenches for far too long (albeit Céline), and my own black leather jacket has become more of a workhorse than a piece I lovingly select while dressing. The love child of Jane Austen and Joan Jett, Lim’s jacket has all the floral romance you want injected into your wardrobe come spring, toughened up with his signature biker jacket detailing. The cording makes it feel Victorian, and gives the jacket serious gravitas. The peplum element and zipper detailing modernize it just enough, and the washed-out lavender gray is a lovely choice. For day, I’d keep it fresh and airy in a neural monotone outfit. Pair with any of the similarly washed-out gray jeans from Christopher Kane for J Brand, the new light pink tee from T by Alexander Wang, and the nude suede cage sandals from Givenchy (so comfy and sexy on the leg, you won’t take them off this season). Tom Binns’s shark necklace is your final touch.

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April 20, 2013
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boho in soho?

Boho in Soho

Maybe I’m inspired by the latest Coachella style pics. Maybe it’s that winter has finally skedaddled and we have (could this be??) legitimate Spring weather. Either way, I’m feeling a floaty, feminine frock to frolic around in, albeit to walk to La Esquina for dinner and not the nearest soundstage.

Duro Olowu designs the most romantic floral dresses that I utterly covet. Still too early for sandals– at least my lack of pedicure makes it sadly so; instead I’ll be pairing my Duro with these new blush beauties from Tabitha Simmons. The fringed pouches from Sara Battaglia are the perfect luxe hippie accessory, and I love the idea of wearing one with my more usual, classic pieces (read: jeans), for that one dash of whimsy. Jewelry from Venessa Arizaga and Aurelie Bidermann finish the look with their playful irreverence. Rock on!