Rodarte’s Swan Song

I know it’s Christmas time but this year Swan Lake spanks the Nutcracker.   “The Black Swan”  was not only a tense thriller (and more than a little disturbing), it was also breathtakingly beautiful.  The Mulleavy sisters of Rodarte fame completely outdid themselves.  I will personally wear a sandwich board and picket if they are not considered for an Academy Award for costume design.  (Can sandwich boards be made of cashmere I wonder?)  The performance costumes were outstanding but my heart belongs to the long, white, virginal dress with the cross-back that Natalie Portman wears to the party announcing her as Swan Queen.  I searched in vain for a photo and feel almost as frustrated as Natalie’s Nina in the movie.  OK, maybe not that frustrated.

Fantastic Mr Fox

I’d say that I’m sweating these Lanvin Fox Fur Earmuffs  (sans creepy mannequin) except that I can’t produce any sweat due to the frigid temps.  Case and point as to why you must add these to your quilted gloves, soft scarf, and toasty boots.  Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

Dress to Beat the Band

The holiday season (AKA Party Season) has just begun and I’ve already grown weary of men’s standard uniform – trousers + shirt + sweater.  Yawn.  Consider switching things up one evening.  Start with this Band of Outsiders knit navy bow tie, add a crisp white shirt, shawl collar tux jacket, white pocket square, dark-wash well tailored jeans, and a polished black leather slide.  You may dance to the beat of your own drummer, but at least you’ll be in tune.

Putting the Fair in Ferragamo

Later this month Salvatore Ferragamo rolls out the Red Carpet Project which will allow customers to design their own shoes.   There will be six models (from sandals to stilettos) and 23 (gasp!) different colored satins.  Monogramming is yet another customizable option.   The process reportedly takes about six weeks but lips are tight about the cost of a pair of perfect pumps.  No Ferr.

To The Victor Go The Spoils

Victory at last!  The Brian Atwood Maniac Pumps that I’ve been sweating since their inception have a sister shoe.  Witness the Pour la Victoire Irina hidden platforms pictured here.   At less than half the price, you’d be a maniac (sorry, I had to) to pass these up.

Everything’s Coming Up Roses

Let the holiday festivities commence!  And with that, you’ll need a hearty arsenal of day-to-night looks.  Start with this stunning yet simple Lela Rose dress.  For daytime, pair with more conservative pumps (admittedly snake platform pumps are not very conservative but the color is!), diamond studs, and a monochromatic belt like the one pictured here.    For nighttime, add some color to your feet and have fun with your earrings, bracelets, and rings.   You’ll soon be viewing life through rose-colored glasses.

Saks of Gifts

I’m not sure I subscribe to the whole idea that it’s better to give than receive but Saks is making it easy with their holiday gift giving guide.  Choose from over 100 designer gifts with something to suit everyone.   My obsessions are the Chloe cross-body bag and the Trilogy fox fur neck muff pictured here. (Note:  even Santa could not get me to use the word “snood.”)

Loehmann on the Totem Poll

Daffy’s, Filene’s Basement, Century 21 and other discount retailers might get the holiday gift they’ve been wishing for – more customers.  That is if direct competition, Loehmann’s, closes up to 15 underperforming outlets as has been reported.  The story goes that it could not convince lenders to extend its debt.   Head’s up bargain hunters – if this happens the retailer will be selling off its inventory over the next year which means even bigger savings!

Bittar Sweet

I’m not sure that obsessed is a strong enough word for my feelings regarding Alexis Bittar’s lucite pieces (actually, all of his pieces).   Witness the above mercury gold wavy disc earrings.  Pair with one of his amazing lucite rings and you have instantly and irrevocably upped the chic factor of any outfit.

Son of a Stitch


Designers (and twins!) Ariel and Shimon Ovadia are demonstrating the value of family business.  In December, the Brooklyn-raised team will launch (via their website) an impecibly tailored (and decidedly preppy) line of suits, shirts, ties, and footwear.   The beauty of the  Ovadia and Sons brand is that it mixes old-school quality and craftsmanship with a modern sensibility and fit.   The brothers’ sense of timing seems to equal their creativity considering the fashion world’s current obsession with all things preppy.

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