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Project Runway Update: Guess who’s going to Fashion Week? November 7, 2009

logoWell, the last challenge is over and 2 of the 5 designers went home. Read here to find out who …

 

Cowgirls unite: Couture Western Shirts September 24, 2009

A Western-styled jacket---isn't that just the coolest!

A Western-styled jacket---isn't that just the coolest!

In my ongoing tribute to Canada, here’s a site I found that makes the most painstakingly crafted Western shirts and more. If you’ve been seeking Western wear that’s created the couture way, look no further. I’m always thrilled to find another fan of slow sewing. Read below to learn about Golden West Clothing:

“I make western shirts and jackets.  Most styles are organic cotton.  At present, all patterns, cutting and sewing is done by me in my studio in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.

I manufacture according to principles that have become known as “slow fashion”. The designs endure, materials are chosen for their quality and eco-friendly characteristics.  Construction emphasizes craft over mechanization.

Some shirts recreate vintage styles. Others re-imagine classics with a modern edge. They all pay homage to the western shirt in one way or another. The piping is custom made. Chainstitch embroidery is not computerized. There’s no fusing. All seams are flat-felled by hand. You won’t find shirts like these in any store.”

See more Golden West Clothing …

 

Fashionista Must: The September Issue September 6, 2009

septissue_largeConde Nast once called me to interview for a fact-checker position at Vogue. I turned it down, declaring indignantly that I was an editor, not a lowly miserable factchecker for Vogue, a punching bag for staff editors. This, of course, was in the 1990s, long before The Devil Wears Prada and now The September Issue. Really, if I had played my cards right, I could have written Devil before that writer had finished fifth grade, and better, I like to think, hah!

I wouldn’t turn that job down now, if only to be inside the citadel doors; I imagined at the time that I had much bigger fish to fry than to get sidetracked into Vogue factcheckerdom. But since I was too foolish to leap at an opportunity to work at Vogue when Conde Nast called, I can just go see The September Issue, an almost frightening insider documentary based on the production of the September 2007 Vogue, the biggest ever.

Now playing in New York theaters and opening in Los Angeles and other select theaters around the country on September 11th. Learn more about The September Issue here …

 

Barney’s Warehouse sale this weekend in NYC (through Sept. 7) September 5, 2009

NY_03Walk, don’t run to the Barney’s Warehouse sale at 17th btw Sixth and Seventh Avenues. You’ll find Valentino, Burberry, Armani, Givenchy and more at prices up to 75% off. Find it here!

  • Survival tips:
  • Bring only your purse and enter via the downstairs men’s department so that you can bypass the bag check line!
  • Wear leggings and a close-fitting shirt so that you can try on in any aisle without stripping down (the dressing area is a tiny cramped vortex of naked women and flying couture—once you enter you may never get out.)
  • Use the mirrors in the men’s department and pay down there, too. It’s cooler and more civilized. (No man would ever survive the pandemonium of the upstairs women’s department at the Warehouse Sale.)
 

Spring 2010 NYC Fashion Week Preview September 4, 2009

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fashionweekgagaWhile athletic others may be eyeing U.S. Open previews, the fashionista-minded are panting for a Spring 2010 Fashion Week they can all but taste. Get the scoop on Fashion Week previews here.

 

My Own Personal Stylist: Style Made Simple August 27, 2009

styleIf I could wish for anyone in the world to dress me everyday, it would be Allison of Style Made Simple. She styled me for some former editor-in-chief pics and did I look good! Blessed with impeccable taste and experience like being head stylist on What Not to Wear, Allison has a well-established personal styling business. Give her a chance to clean out your closet, and rev up your wardrobe. You won’t regret it! Discover more …

 

Jil Sanders Men’s Collection Spring 2010 June 29, 2009

jilsander7See the latest minimalism in men’s with Jil Sanders Spring 2010 men’s collection. More here.