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September 27, 2013
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PFW SS14: so far, so very good


I’m baaaaack. Rested, rejuvenated and, more importantly, absurdly tan in late September. And while I had to say bye-bye to the beach, I’m so excited to be back in New York as Fall crisps up the air. It’s the most beautiful time in the city, and also the most bustling. It’s back to school, back to work, and back to fashion. So let us turn our eyes to the Paris runways, because the shows have not disappointed.

Look 1: Fact: Raf Simons has changed the game at Christian Dior. Under a beautifully surreal dripping canopy of flora, he sent out his signature minimal lady looks that have me wanting to disown my jeans and put on a skirt and pumps. The florals did not translate to the frocks, thankfully, which continue to be super simple and chic. Who else could make a candy-striped silk dress with a bubble peplum look downright sporty?

Christian Dior is not available online but come on in to 477 Broome and behold the genius.

Look 2: I’m thrilled KZ added Nina Ricci to its roster recently. It’s sexy and girly but never fussy. A question many designers have asked but few convincingly answered: How to modernize Victorian romance? Chop it off to mid-thigh, turns out. A watercolor print and ruffled high neck yet still date-appropriate. Yes please.

Nina Ricci favorites in store: Lace and crushed velvet cami (wear with jeans and pointy toe pump!), ruched front tank, my new favorite flap bag.

Look 3: Love me some Lanvin! Alber Elbaz had me at Jamie Bochert; my favorite grunge-goddess-model strutted out in the first look. It was like ladies who lunch meets glam rock David Bowie. It was glorious. Suddenly I need something lamé in my life, and it might have to be the icy pink blazer thrown over Jamie’s shoulders. Oh so nonchalant, oh so Parisian.

Lanvin favorites in store: THE best boots, I’d live in this cardi-coat amazingness, the dress we all need for Fall (wear with aforementioned boots!)

August 31, 2013
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jacket required

jacket required

Fall is imminent. It’s that time of year when women are beginning to dream of the return of layering, of coats and boots and sweaters. Dressing is interesting again. But how do we make our shopping list of key pieces we want to pepper into our wardrobe? Confusion sets in. It can be daunting to suss out your own personal style or daily go-to look these days when designers are offering such an array of styles. It’s almost as if we have to ask ourselves: Which girl do you want to be?

I say, when in doubt, go classic. Veronica Beard‘s preppy blazer and dickie combos offer wardrobe relief for those in need of a quick and versatile solution to everyday outfit trauma. The genius trick of these jackets (besides the dickies which you can switch, of course) is their tailoring, which smartens up any casual look. The styling opportunities are endless, so think beyond jeans. I’ll be wearing my blazer with my new favorite cropped cargos from 3.1 Phillip Lim, which are incidentally the pant of the season. Hint, hint. And in case they weren’t already on your list, ankle boots from Lanvin are a must this season as well. Happy Fall Shopping!

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.