Monthly Archives: August 2011

DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: COSTELLO TAGLIAPIETRA


I sometimes daydream of how, one day, I will own the perfect wardrobe. And I don’t even mean in the fantasy sense per say, but in the perfectly-fitting-timeless-classic-staples sense, if you get my drift; that no-fail closet full of flawless garments that not only fit like a glove, but which I enjoy wearing everyday. And when I envision that glorious closet space, I picture it packed full with oodles of goodies from my personal canon: YSLChloéDries Van Noten, and, one of my more recent loves, Costello Tagliapietra

I know that when some plunge into a sartorial fantasy, they might see themselves in a mind-blowing McQueen creation, kicking ass in an outrageous Gaultier gown, or va-vooming it up in Versace, but I tend to revel in quotidian fantasies myself; my idea of clothing nirvana is infusing the everyday with master-crafted creations that don’t try too hard. Costello Tagliapietra will no doubt be a key player in this fantasy. I have to say, too, that the hefty amount of caché the label totes around by, apparently, not being available for purchase virtually anywhere on the Internet, isn’t helping me not crave what I can’t have all the more. Gah.

The label’s collection for this fall consists of what one might expect from uber-talented designers Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra—pieces that are at the same time timeless and smart. I love how there always seems to be a focus on movement in CT collections, and pieces from the fall 2011 collection all have a sort of confident swoop about them. Let me tell ya, I want to attain that swoop–whether I’m hoofing it to a power lunch or ordering a latte on Saturday morning…


Serving up expertly tailored pieces since 2005, the dynamic duo (seriously, how cute are these two?) behind the label, who have been living and working together for about ten years, is known for its dedication to impeccable quality. As in… French seam quality. Yup, believe it—I’ve seen the close-ups on eBay. Now, if that doesn’t make a garment worthy of any gal’s fantasy wardrobe, I don’t know what will…

The Costello Tagliapietra collection is sold at Barney’s New York and at various specialty boutiques around the world.

–JEAN CANDIDO
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RUNWAY TO RETAIL: GIAMBATTISTA VALLI’S CONTROVERSIAL COLORBLOCKING


The Giambattista Valli number Emma Stone wore to the Friends with Benefits premier certainly caused quite the stir in the blogosphere–mainly due to the questionable little throw pillows dangling from the top of her skirt. Well, I, for one, think that Emma pulls it off well and looks pretty fabulous. And, if nothing else, the color combination is super hot, fun, and totally wearable so long as you opt for a neutral heel (preferably nude) and simple hair and accessories. Since this look, and its exorbitant price tag, isn’t for everyone, the fast fashion gods have yet again graced us with a few more affordable–and totally wearable– options…

What are you waiting for? Get at it, girls.

Urban Outfitters Lucca Couture Colorblock Bustier Cutout Dress, $69
Topshop Bodycon Mini Skirt, $45
American Apparel Leaf Flower Lace Top in red, $36 (Pair it with a cute bandeau!)
Zara Short-Sleeved Pullover in red, $60
Colin Stuart Platform Pump in nude, $49

Photo of Emma Stone provided courtesy of redcarpet-fashionawards.com
–NATALIE OPSITNICK
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COLLAR ME BAD


Detachable collars. What do we think of them? I must admit I approached this trend with a bit of trepidation–at first. But part of me (the part that is, to this day, still super obsessed with Miu Miu’s S/S 2010 Collection) really wants to give them a chance.


Now that I’ve had a year plus to let the idea of this trend marinate in my mind, I’ve decided to keep an open mind to it, and if you have too, then we have a few helpful tips for you when picking out your own detachable collar:

Price, obviously. How often will you wear yours? If you’re simply planning to dip your feet into the pool (and your answer is once or twice), then I suggest opting for one of the collars priced $50 or below. You’ll be able to say you did it and walk away with unmarred pockets and a trendy piece that’ll take you through the entire fall/winter 11-12 season.

Weight and structure. You don’t want a collar that’s too lightweight–one that will shift every which way when you’re wearing it. The whole point of the detachable collar is to add a bit of polished flair to your ensemble, not to appear… a whole lot of disheveled. The exaggerated pointed collar is my favorite for its sophisticated, clean look, but of course, there is a time and place for the rounded collar too.
Note: There’s no shame in resorting to a bit of double-sided tape. If you have to do it, you have to do it. Stick a couple of pieces at the very tips of the underside of your collar to hold it in place… they’ll never know.

How you plan on wearing it. You’re going to need to pair your collar with a crew neck, short Mandarin collar, deep scoop neck, deep v-neck or strapless top or dress. Strapless looks good with both the rounded and pointed collars; the same goes for crew neck or short Mandarin collars. I’d say to exercise caution when pairing with anything else and simply to use your own discretion.

That being said, here is a little trend-spiration to get you on your way, provided by UK-based illustrator and personal favorite of mine, Kris Atomic.


Choose your collar wisely.
1. Eleven Objects Tan Pony Collar with Brass Studs, $325*
2. Gemma Lister Gold Leather Collar, $229*
3. Boyhood Clothing Peter Pan Fringe Collar, $72
4. Norwegian Wood x Jen Storey Detachable Silk Shirt Collar in Wheat, $65*
5. Kathy Coleman Studded Peter Pan Collar, $59
6. Tilt Adornments Blush Suede Peter Pan Collar with Metal Studs, $56*
7. Wear The Canvas Detachable Floral Cotton and Vintage Lace Collar, $38*
8. EqueGlitz Detachable Leopard Print Collar, $21
9. Princess Zhing Black Lace Peter Pan Collar, $18
10. ASOS Crochet Collar, $11

*Items pictured above

Runway photos and fashion illustration provided courtesy of krisatomic.com
–STEPHANIE KAO
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INSPIRATION FOUND: STEVEN KLEIN’S EROTIC TRANSGRESSION

The work of contemporary American photographer Steven Kleinprovocateur par excellence.

–JEAN CANDIDO
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BANANA REPUBLIC’S NEW MAD MEN-INSPIRED COLLECTION


Like many, I was really bummed to find out that Mad Men‘s fifth season has been delayed until 2012, but luckily, Banana Republic has helped ease the Don Draper withdrawal by releasing a stunning little collection inspired by my favorite series…


The show’s remarkable costume designer, Janie Bryant, collaborated with the retailer to create a 1960s-inspired 65-piece collection consisting of both clothing and accessories for women and men. The line hit stores a couple of weeks ago and is also available online.


Joan Holloway, here we come…

Photo of Christina Hendricks provided courtesy of urbandarling.com
–DUYGU DURMUS
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FIVE SUMMER DON’TS FOR DUDES

Although summertime is indeed winding down, its scorching temperatures don’t seem to be going anywhere quite yet. That said, fashion faux pas do not afflict the ladies only–dudes have also proven themselves fair game during these warm weather months. So, guys, do us all a favor–please take a gander below and pray to the black bar that you don’t happen to fall into any of these categories…


Jorts and Shants
Ok, guys, pick one: Do you want to wear pants or do you want to wear shorts? Either of these options can be quite attractive in its own right, but trying to combine the two into these… calf and ankle-grazing concoctions is just downright awful and pretty pointless. They make your legs look like short, little sausages loosely wrapped in raver jeans that got shrunk in the wash. Need we say more?


The Pit-Stained Tee
Hipsters love ‘em… and that’s about it. Oh wait, so do hobos. Are you seeing the line that’s being drawn here? Invest in a stain stick or in an industrial shredder; then, go put on something that’s clean.
Underarm shields, $7


Constantly Going Shirtless
I don’t care if you’ve got the body of David Beckham or Danny DeVito–unless you’re at the beach or at a pool, put on a damn shirt. Have some class. Chances are, you’re not that hot.


Too-Tight Jeans
Dude, where’s my b… Oh, wait, they’re right there–in that suffocating mass located to the side of your crotch. Boys, do yourself a favor and save the potential embarrassment of having people think you sh*t the front of your pants and perhaps buy some jeans that FIT–from the men’s section? Skinny jeans are great, and can look damn hot, just be sure to give your boys some room to breathe and to leave at least a little something to the imagination.


B.O.
Well this one’s just a given. I’m actually not quite sure how or why it has suddenly become so hip to forgo the DO. But I’m concerned about my health. Well, I personally am concerned about being able to breathe next to your sweaty ass on a subway car that doubles as a urinal cake. And there are plenty of natural options out there, sans zinc, like this one from Lush ($7), which is one of the best natural options we have yet to find on the market.

Sources for photos included in this story [1], [2], [3], [4], [5]
–NATALIE OPSITNICK
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THE SCOOP ON TAVI GEVINSON’S FORTHCOMING ONLINE MAGAZINE


Almost a year ago, we learned that Tavi Gevinson had plans to start an online magazine. For those of you who have no idea who I’m talking about, allow me to fill you in. In 2008, at the ripe young age of 11, Tavi launched her blog, Style Rookie, which has taken the fashion blogosphere by storm.

Since then, she has appeared in magazines such as Pop and Teen Vogue, taken a week off school to attend New York Fashion Week, and served as a muse for Rodarte’s line for Target. And now, at 15 years old, she’ll be launching her own digital magazine.

Initially, the project began when former editor-in-chief of Sassy magazine, Jane Pratt, launched her site xoJane.com. Catching wind of Tavi’s adoration for her now defunct (RIP) publication, Pratt approached her with the idea to start up a digital fashion magazine for teenage girls through xoJane.com, backed by Say Media.


However, Tavi has since rejected the offer, stating, It was just that I want to have full control, and it’s important to me that we’re independent, not so that we can be indie and ‘down with the man,’ but because I find a lot of comfort knowing that it’s all in my control.

Tavi’s magazine will ultimately be a spin-off of her world-renowned blog and will thusly be named simply Rookie. Immediate plans entail a monthly online issue, but plans are also in the works to release a printed issue bi-annually. Rumor has it we can expect to see a launch sometime this September… that’s soon. So be sure to keep your ear to the ground and stay tuned.

–JENNIFER CARDILLO
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