Monthly Archives: September 2010


When it comes to fashion, Sarah Jessica Parker never fails to catch my attention. Last Tuesday, Parker was spotted across the pond for London Fashion Week, where she attended the Burberry Prorsum show wearing this amazingly-fitted camel leather jacket… which I simply adore. The jacket has everything we want for fall: it’s in this season’s hottest color (camel!), it bears a healthy dose of buttons for those aspiring for that chic military look, and of course, it’s leather!

Three hot in-the-now trends + one little jacket + you = a match made in heaven? I think yes…



So you might be wondering: What’s with the turbans? Perhaps Mr. Armani also caught that Treks in a Wild World episode, Nomads of Niger, in which Holly crosses parts of the Sahara where the Tuareg Tribe resides, a people who wear something called a taguelmoust, a shawl or scarf (often indigo blue) that completely covers the face…

Anyone can tell you that when it comes to both art and design, the most effective way to hone in on your creativity is to limit your color palette, i.e. Picasso’s Guernica or Gerhard Richter’s 48 Portraits. Now, let’s take Giorgio Armani’s Spring 2011 show put forth in Milan: every outfit is exquisite. Not only can the onlooker clearly follow the designer’s vision, she or he can also clearly see the evolution of his ideas. Armani’s unique perspective on women’s sportswear and his incredible eye for textures negate our desires to view it in any other color or fabric than the ones chosen. This prolific collection covers everything: trousers, jackets, blouses, camisoles, leggings, dresses, and vests. He may not be taking color risks, but Armani certainly isn’t confining himself to merely dresses and jackets like so many other womenswear designers. And I can’t tell you how entirely refreshing it is to view a spring 2011 collection that isn’t beige!
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Velvet is back and better than ever! I personally am a fan of velvet anytime, but if you’re waiting for cooler weather, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by some upcoming fall/winter looks that will have you feeling like royalty on any budget…

Be the queen of any and all occasions in Alexander Wang‘s Velvet and Lace Dress for Opening Ceremony; or, if you prefer something a bit more peasant in feel, check out Urban Renewal‘s  Curatorial Drop Waist Dress at Urban Outfitters; last but not least, if you’re leaning more toward a Stevie Nicks-inspired gypsy look, American Gold via Spanish Moss Vintage has all the velveteen floral caftans you could ever dream of…

No matter the style you’re going for, remember that velvet is a statement fabric all on its own. You definitely won’t need too many over-the-top accessories or fancy shoes to make this work, and velvet can be easily dressed up or played down, depending on your mood.


We’ve all been seeing a lot of fur handbags on the runways for fall/winter 2010. At first, I really didn’t like the idea… until I saw this super cute specimen offered by Marc by Marc Jacobs. “Fur” is such a sexy material to begin with, so no matter how you work it, it’s usually safe to say that you’ll welcome a generous amount of attention. With this mini-Jacobs on your shoulder, you’re guaranteed to make any outfit look sexy. The problem? This bag is made of real fur and isn’t cruelty-free (Stella McCartney would not approve). The solution? We recommend finding the look for less—both your credit card and karma will thank you. Peruse some more positive (but equally delicious) alternatives below.

Yup, VG has all your bases covered…



My God, do I love Céline. I first really discovered the iconic French label… where else? Why, studying abroad in France of course. It did sort of re-ring a bell for me at the time, seeing as though I did start buying Vogue at an Arkansas IGA at the age of 12…

So I guess I should say, the first time it really occurred to me to seek out the name was when I spotted the label on another exchange student: the uber-fashionable-and-enviably-pint-sized Japanese chick that sat next to me in writing class. She had a Céline bag. It was then that I knew we, that is, Céline and myself, would have a life-long friendship (imaginary friendship counts, right?). The bag… it was amazing. Clearly. I haven’t forgotten it after almost ten years, for God’s sake…

Fun fact! Michael Kors was Creative Director at Céline in the late 90s, up until 2004. I can definitely see the parallels between what he did at Céline and his MK collections now, but there’s still a sort of… hidden, mysterious quality to Céline pieces that renders them extra-special. A quality that is distinctly, well, Céline. Currently, Phoebe Philo stands at the brand’s helm. She designed the Paddington bag when heading up Chloé, y’all. She’s got it going ON. Oh, and let me tell you, if you didn’t catch a glimpse of her Spring 2010 collection for Céline last year… well. Boy do I feel sorry for you.

When I see a Céline ensemble (much like when I see anything Chloé), I always gasp to myself something along the lines of, “Oh yes, I want to embody what I am seeing.” In my humble opinion, it’s that enviably chic quality + French allure + razor-sharp Brit styling meets American sportswear that gives it a certain… edge. To say the least.

Stay tuned for more (the Spring 2011 collection, that is) come next SundayOctober 3rd at Paris Fashion Week. I have a feeling that with Philo in the kitchen, we’ve got all sorts of treats in store. Just you wait.


We’ve said it once, we’ve said it twice… hell, we’ve said it a lot: neutral tones are (still) huge as we all transition into the fall/winter season. Camel is currently winning the race, offering up a bevy of sandy-hued pieces from which to choose. Here is a rundown of my top five:

1.  Anthropologie‘s Lustrous Lavalier Top, ($88) delivers two trends in one with a lovely lace accent around the neckline. Create a little juxtaposition by pairing it up with skinny military cargos and your favorite heels.

2.  Back in the day, every proper lady had a long, luxuriously soft camel coat in her closet. Shake it up a bit with Express‘s Ruffle-Bottom Wool Trench ($198) and its sweet military styling.

3.  What goes better with camel to(n)es than a bit o’ Wang? Sir Alexander’s Pointe Zip Dress ($145) is hot to trot and great for layering.

4.  In addition to neutrals, purple and red are big accent colors for fall, so why not get more bang for your buck and throw ’em all together? Fleuvog‘s Libby Smith Boots ($295) are easy on the eyes, and *hint hint,* would look gorg with the Wang mentioned above.

5.  While I preach my love for pointy studs, round ones will do too–when placed properly, of course. La Mer CollectionsStudded Wrap Watch ($115) gives you not one but two hues, and will look great stacked with Kooba‘s Triple Strand Cuff ($95).


Hailing from New York, NY, The Hundred in the Hands take on diverse musical influences ranging from French house and new-wave to garage and girl groups… Rest assured, this duo will keep you moving on the dance floor all night and we here at VG are loving their recently released (as of September 21st!) self-titled album.

If THITH is new to you, you won’t want to overlook their amazing EP The Desert:

Like that? Well, THITH has also released some new tour dates, supporting acts like Temper Trap, Bear in Heaven, and Delphic. Be sure to check them out live because they will be stealing the stage this tour, without a doubt.

September 24- Cocco 66, Brooklyn, NY
September 26- Trocadero, Philladelphia, PA
September 29- House of Blues, Boston, MA
September 30- Wellmont Theater, Montclair, NJ
October 1- Terminal 5, New York, NY
October 2- Le National, Montreal, QC, Canada
October 3- Capital Music Hall, Ottawa, ON, Canada
October 5- Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto, ON, Canada
October 6- Water Street Music Hall, Rochester, NY
October 7- Newport Music Hall, Columbus, OH
October 8- Beachland Balltoom, Cleveland, OH
October 9- MOTR Pub, Cinciniti, OH
October 11- St Andrews Hall, Detroit, MI
October 12- Metro, Chicago, IL
October 13- Turner Hall, Milwaukee, WI
October 14- First Avenue Minneapolis, MN
October 21- Titch (Pospscene), San Francisco, CA
October 22- The Fox Theatre, Pomona, CA
October 23- Club Nokia, Los Angeles, CA

–BRANDON JENKINS, Guest Contributor