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August 17, 2013
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going green

going green

Green is THE color for Fall. A bold statement you might say, but stroll the racks at 477 Broome and you’ll find a veritable fashion forest: shades of sage, olive, emerald, and forest green. Choose your hue and rock it right now, a color statement is a great way to transition into the new season. As an accessory it can be surprisingly neutral, or make an impact in a full look like this Proenza Schouler cave print set. Choose jet-black accessories so the color takes center stage. Go green!

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August 10, 2013
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hippie luxe redux

hippie luxe redux

Some trends have serious staying power, clinging for life in the vicious, take-no-prisoners cycle of fashion. Animal print will always be chic. Punk is forever associated with all things cool. Le smoking will always be…well, hot. While we naturally gravitate toward masculine/minimal looks in cooler months, Boho style and all it’s airy romanticism always looks right again come summer. So while the heat won’t quit and you’re suffering from end of season outfit boredom, use this time tested trend for some inspiration while getting dressed. And if its good enough for the Kate’s– Moss and Hudson have been doing it for years– it’s good enough for me.

A fresh take on Bohemian style? As is the KZ way, more is more! Pile on colors, prints and textures for a rich, artfully thrown together look that reads laid-back but oozes luxury. Layer up jewelry from Venessa Arizaga, the more silly charms the better. It’s called a wrist party. Bags should be unstructured and preferably fringed, eschew the usual neutral for a bright berry Sara Battaglia. Proenza’s tie dye tees are borrowed from the boys-cool, not Deadhead cheesy. Mother ends our futile foraging for the perfect pair of jean cut-offs. But the pièce de résistance is the army jacket topper. Once a symbol of 60s counterculture, the army jacket has had a modern makeover. Choose from updates like Figue‘s appliqués and sequins, or rabbit fur lining from 3.1 Phillip Lim. Peace and love, people.

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July 20, 2013
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embrace the lace

Embrace the lace

These lace Nicholas Kirkwood booties are everything. The marriage of ladylike lace with the sharp silhouette of an ankle boot is juxtaposition genius, the leather trim further funks it up, but the gold heel really seals the deal. I see them with my trusty black skinnies for night, or have a Bianca Jagger moment with a full trouser, and I can’t wait to pair them with a pretty cocktail dress for some attitude. These beauteous booties are glam rock perfection– made suitable for the girliest of girls.

Lace is a major trend for Pre-Fall, but one you can incorporate now. What style could be more warm weather friendly than sheer lace? Stella McCartney has proven herself master of the chic cut-out, as seen in her leggings here. Like the boots, the lace looks fresh as an unexpected detail, not to mention a a healthy dose of sexy. Sharpen up the silhouette with menswear elements like one of Stella’s signature blazers, and a Crayola blue fedora from Mason Michel.

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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.

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July 06, 2013
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summer storm uniform

Summer storm uniform

“Is it going to rain for the rest of summer??,” reads many a concerned New Yorker’s Facebook status, and sadly this is not hyperbole. Our iPhone weather apps have predicted doom and gloom for weeks now, the thunderstorm emoticon becoming the norm. And while April showers bring May flowers, wise women everywhere know summer storms wreak hellish havoc when it comes to our hair, and more importantly wardrobe choices. Schlepping an umbrella through steamy subway stations is torture enough, but a trench coat in July? No thanks. Wellies with shorts only look good on Tweens, or Kate Moss at Glastonbury ten years ago. Make the mugginess stop. Or at least give me the right gear to withstand it.

Sonia Rykiel‘s olive anorak is our first saving grace. Light as a feather, the exaggerated size also gives it a street wise appeal that sets it apart from other sad-sack jackets on Broadway. Imagine my delight upon discovery of the sandal from the Kirna Zabete for Nine West collab specifically designed for summer rainstorms. A cross between a jelly and gladiator, you’ll be able to show off your pedicure as you puddle jump. White jeans and a striped linen tee keep it clean and crisp even on the soggiest of days. The final touch is a pop of color by way of a bright cobalt bag– the antithesis of rainy day blues.

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June 29, 2013
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love letter to love leather

Love letter to Love Leather

Dear Love Leather,

Full disclosure? My summer wardrobe was lame until you came along. I’ll admit it. Filled with the predictable preppy pieces, the sweet cotton sundresses, and an over abundance of stripes that borders on an addiction; my closet lacked a certain edge post Memorial Day. Then you showed up in store, controversial as you were, a whole slew of leather pieces in the midst of summer. I knew just what this collection had to give me– freedom from the banal, albeit respectable, summer outfit offerings.

The key is the breeziness of these pieces, they’re wearable even in these soaring temps. I’ll be sporting the skater skirt with any of my old summer tops that are in heavy rotation for an instant update, but pair with the mesh leather tank top repping NY for Rihanna-level cool.

So thank you, Love Leather. My Soho stroll just became a strut.

Love,
ShopGirl

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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.

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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!