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September 14, 2013
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happy lfw!

happy lfw

We’re so excited to see what’s coming from LFW this year! KZ has become a home to many British designers, whose innovative textiles and fashion forward prints we eagerly anticipate each season. So if you can’t make it to foggy London Town, come visit new KZ favorite Mary Katrantzou, the print masters of Peter Pilotto, and Christopher Kane, whose brain motif is pictured here, at 477 Broome.

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July 13, 2013
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club surf

Club Surf

Missed the plane to Miami? No ticket to St. Tropez? Not included in Ibiza? Join the club. Though you may not be jetting off to any exotic locale this summer, channel your dream beach getaway on the streets of NYC. After all, fashion is best when it’s fantasy.

Surf the Bowery in postcard-ready Hawaiian motifs, like this cheeky floral Christopher Kane. To make the look really sizzle, look for neon accessories that pack an electric punch, like these acid Tom Binns hoops and Proenza Schouler ombre bag. You’ll also need a carryall for all your surfer girl necessities– wink!– like this Meredith Wendell backpack. Proenza’s checkerboard sandals ground all these saturated hues with a graphic black and white pop that’s perfect for the club. You are now the attraction, no destination needed.

June 08, 2013
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black & white feels so right

Black & White feels so right

Summer is upon us and it is glorious in all its promise and potential: weekend jaunts to Montauk, picnics in the park, lobster rolls, gelato, rosé… I become positively giddy with anticipation, dreaming of all the possibilities. The days might be longer and filled with adventure, but with rising temps comes the inevitable outfit backlash. As in, how to look chic when you’re wilting in the heat? I can’t stand to spend another summer in droopy tank tops and denim cutoffs.

Instead, I’ll be making a strong sartorial statement this season in graphic black and white pieces. This is a trend worth revisiting, the combo feels fresh and fierce especially in these muggy months. Keep accessories minimal, the snappy color contrast is your impact. Bonus points for crisp fabrics and clean lines like this Christopher Kane tape dress.

June 01, 2013
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best of sale

Best of Sale

A special dress: It’s occasion season. Graduations, weddings, parties, parties, parties. Ugh. One can become overwhelmed, unless you have that one special dress that goes everywhere. A multi-tasker, she has to be special enough to please co-workers, in-laws, boyfriends, even ex-boyfriends. No one has to know you got her on sale.

Whimsical necklace: Alber Elbaz dreams up the most whimsical fairy tale pieces for Lanvin. Investing in exaggerated fashion jewelry is a great way to add a playful element to any pretty dress, as well as kick up your casual summer basics.

A Pierre Hardy bag: I love how Pierre Hardy bags are still flying under the It-bag radar. The messenger strap makes it user friendly, a plus when it’s blazing hot and you don’t want to be fussing with anything. But mostly I’m just a sucker for cobalt blue ostrich leather.

Evening Oxfords: Introducing the Evening Oxford. I know, bear with me though. There’s something so modern and surprisingly sexy about a cut out flat as opposed to heels for summer nights. They lend a cheeky schoolgirl appeal to any skirt or sundress.

Leather boxers: Leather is so unexpected and chic when worn in warmer months. With shorts just make sure they’re breezy– the stick factor! The length should be less Daisy Duke than urban appropriate. Pair with an airy top for contrast… and ventilation.

Frankenstein tee: I love this t-shirt! You’d think a giant Frankenstein graphic wouldn’t work, and yet in Christopher Kane‘s hands…monster magic. The genius of a fashion tee is this is your one extreme style statement, you’re allowed to tone it down everywhere else.

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.

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.