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September 07, 2013
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ny fashion week essentials

fashion week essentials

1. Editor’s blouse: Channel Carine, our favorite front row femme fatale, in a blouse that means all business, and by all business I mean all fashion. Look for sophisticated sexy details like lace that’s equal parts lady and vixen.

2. Fierce jewels: Jewelry is strong and architectural for Fall. Stow bohemian stacked bracelets and choose a bold Anndra Neen cuff or Art Deco earrings from Eddie Borgo.

3. Print set: The print of the season, literally. Fashion week is the best time to sport a full look, as we know matching is de rigueur again. Make maximum impact with minimal effort and get set!

4. Statement coat: When it comes to coats this season: go big or go home! By big, I mean big statement. Color, print, and volume (cocoon shoulders are a must)– your coat is your car in New York (Kirna once said) so invest and go bold!

5. Top handle satchel: Get your hands on the new bag shape- the top handle satchel. Alexander Wang‘s embossed croc version is a fierce choice, and with enough room for all your notes from the show, it’s actually practical.

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 ZabĂȘte. 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.