Round Out Your Look

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The 1950’s hasn’t only exploded on the women’s fashion scene this winter.  Witness these men’s black, round-toed boots.  Very James Dean, no?  Instead of scowering the vintage shops for just the right pair, take advantage of Topman‘s good design sense and order a pair on line.

Mount Olympia

Charlotte Olympia Shoe

Before you get upset with me, yes, I know that it is Mount Olympus and that Olympia is elsewhere in Greece.  But I ask you, if I submitted to proper geography and naming conventions, how could I make a pun about mounting these 6″ platforms by Charlotte Olympia?  You see my quandary.  What I am not in a quandary over is how to wear these shoes (besides as much as possible).  If you love color like I do, toss them on with an already colorful dress.  If you prefer to allow the shoe to make the loudest statement, try something more simple.  Either way, your style quotient will climb.

Bombs Away!

Burberry Bomber

Much to my delight, shearling bomber jackets are appearing everywhere this season.  From Jerome Dreyfuss (Isabel Marant’s husband) to Bebe to H&M to my very favorite, Burberry Prorsum pictured here.  Invoke your inner bad-ass and try styling one with a skirt or dress.  You can make the look more congruent by adding combat-inspired lace up Alexandre Birman boots.  You’ll be the bomb!

Duluth Sleuth

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Full disclosure:  one of my biggest style pet peeves is a grown man carrying a backpack to work (or anywhere for that matter).  Let me repeat: NOT acceptable.  Unless, of course,  your idea of a backpack is the sleek urban “Scout” utility pack pictured here.  I fell in love with an almost identical version at Barneys called the Flap Top Backpack which runs for $235.  A little investigation of Duluth’s own site yielded the Scout pack for $85 (the only discernable difference being the patch).   If you were so inclined you could wield a $3 pair of seam rippers, remove said patch, and stash the money you’ve saved in your new, cool pack.

(Cow) Hide and Seek

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Has leather ever been so pretty?  I never remember it being more so than this season’s beautiful lady-like skirts fashioned from calf skin.  I’m particularly taken with this beauty from Louis Vuitton, but everyone is showing them – Vince, Celine, and Martin Grant to name a few.   So go seek the style that suits you best.   As for me, I’ll continue to dream about the LV pictured here but will likely invest in this shorter (sigh) but infinitely more affordable Cynthia Steffe.

Good Twill Hunting

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Billy Reid’s Twill Hunting Coat for Levi’s Workwear has perfectly captured that vintage- feel using turn-of-the-century manufacturing techniques and sporting details like antique brass buttons.  Not only that, it also comes replete with a full blacksmith’s apron attached to the inside which serves as a game pouch.  Need I say more?

No Skin Off My Back

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No animals were harmed in the making of these Gucci python pattern lace tights.   So feel free to pair them with more lace, a simple sheath, or one of fall’s feminine skirts and pumps.

Time Matte-rs

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I guess you could say that watches are the face of this fall’s military trend.   And those faces, as well as the surrounding hardware, are decidedly matte.  Take this LL Bean Signature Collection vintage field watch with canvas strap.  It’s rugged, masculine, and at $125 you can afford to buy into fall’s shearling trend as well.

Picture Perfect

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Why cover a National Geographic photo on a fashion blog?  Because the above is not a photo but a luxuriant hand-knotted silk and cashmere rug designed by the late, great Alexander McQueen.  If you were as enamored with his 2009 collection as I was (which featured many pieces with hummingbirds), then you will be enchanted by his devastatingly beautiful design for the Rug Company.  Eerie and spectacular in equal measures, these colorful birds are captured forever ascending into the night sky.  They say that hummingbirds flap their wings at a rate of approximately 100 flaps per second.  If you had $10 for each flap captured in this sumptuous rug, you could still not afford it.  ($18,900 made to order)

What’s The Story?

Stella Jacket

“Katha” means story or fable in Sanskrit and so Stella McCartney’s camel coated, peplum, Katha jacket is aptly named.  It tells the story of three of this season’s hottest trends – (1) the return to ladylike, curvy shapes; (2) the emphasis on tailored suiting; (3)the current explosion of neutral coloring. (The two-button shoulder closure is also faintly military – another white hot trend for fall.)  This is an investment piece, for sure, but one that can be justified when you consider it’s uber versatility- pair with skinny jeans, narrow pants, a pencil skirt, or even a sheath dress.  As appropriate for work as it is for a night out, it’s the ultimate day-to-night piece for fall.  It can also serve as the happy ending to your wardrobe story.

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