Monthly Archives: September 2011


I have two weaknesses (among a few others) when it comes to clothing: pieces that epitomize comfortable luxury and pieces with a rock ‘n roll edge. French label Zadig & Voltaire combines these two aesthetics effortlessly, which isn’t necessarily the easiest thing to do…

It all started with Thierry Gillier, the brand’s founder (and son of the founder of Lacoste), in 1997. Gillier sought to create an edgy collection that incorporated luxurious fabrics. In 2003, he took on Swedish model Cecilia Bonstrom as an assistant, and a mere three years later, Bonstrom became Artistic Director of the label, all the while staying true to Zadig & Voltaire’s mission of churning out luxe pieces with personality.

As you can see, the lovely Erin Wasson posed for Z&V’s SS ‘11 campaign, a collection which she also helped design. Oh, and did we mention Kate Moss is also a fan? It becomes clear rather quickly that this label holds a fair share of caché, especially on this side of the pond, as it’s not readily available on a large scale geographically (NYC, LA… that’s it), or even online; but perhaps even more importantly, Zadig & Voltaire is still an it-name on the streets of London and Paris. The price tags may be up there, but when it comes to the Euro-hip-reliable-wear factor, you’ll be getting some serious mileage on these items, which are well worth hunting for. It’s all in the thrill of the chase, isn’t it? At your marks…

Clockwise from top-left: Ana Cardigan, Caro Deluxe Caraco, Peace Pant, Heart Gold Bracelet, Christy Bubble Deluxe Handbag, Ceramique TDM Watch

Not pictured: Cora Dress, Roberts Print Dress, Tribal Silk Top, Perfia Leather Coat, Anyta T-Shirt

Zadig and Voltaire is available for purchase at and (limited selections). Z&V also has four NYC locations and one in Los Angeles.

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Even though it hasn’t really dropped below 50 degrees over the course of the past few weeks, my brain can’t seem to get off of the coat caravan.

Admit it: I’m not the only one looking forward to cozying up in something super cute and warm as we start the transition from hot to cold… to colder. Last spring’s runways offered up three great possibilities for trend-worthy coverings: faux fur (in numerous color options), dusters, and parkas. Let’s dig in a bit deeper, shall we?

Talk about psychedelic! No more boring, normal colors as far as fur is concerned. These choices are all a ‘horse’ of a different color. And don’t you worry, no animals were harmed in the making of the following coats:

Topshop Faux Fur Pom Pom Duffle Coat, $190
Blackheart Epic Colored Faux Fur Coat, $293*
Evil Twin In For The Kill Coat, $162

You may remember duster sweaters making an appearance in the early to mid 2000s. This time around, they went the full distance and turned into coats. Worried about something too long literally dusting the floor? Go with these slightly more practical options inspired by the runway.

Elizabeth & James Duster Coat, $329*
New York & Company Long Wool Trench Coat, $78
Creenstone Long Faux Shearling Coat, $415
Uscari Forbidden Lullaby Wool Knit Coat, $355

A go-to classic that never gets old, this year, the parka went through more than a few variations. From printed to puffy to the olive green standby, these babies will keep you warm for years to come.

Ralph Lauren x Denim & Supply Navajo Print Snorkel Canyon Coat, $439
Anthropologie Flounced Pintuck Parka, $198
Patagonia Women’s Lidia Parka, $199
ZARA Parka with Buttons, $90*

*Items pictured


Erdem Moralioglu brought forth many a luxuriously wearable delight during his Spring/Summer 2012 presentation at the Savoy Hotel in London last week. Well-known for his acute ESP of what ‘real’ (stylish) women want to wear, Moralioglu’s expertly honed tailoring skills and topographic familiarity of the female form shined through brilliantly in this well-articulated collection of precious floor-grazing gowns, prim wiggle dresses and crisp, slim-tailored separates. Printed and embroidered cornflowers, primroses, delphiniums and marigolds invited onlookers to take a whiff of the fresh, spring air that seemingly permeated the hotel’s Wedgwood ballroom, as they danced serenely down the runway to each model’s stride. Sheer lace panels, knife pleats and boyish dress shirts made another triumphant return in this collection, this time, painted in muted blue and yellow hues–it could have been boring–but to us it was anything but. After all, you can’t argue with perfection like this; it would be a waste of everyone’s time.

Photography by Eliott Waters


Sapphire and snakeskin and creepers, oh my! This fall is stocked full of fun trends; and, if you play your cards right, you can even rock ‘em all at once. The key, as always, is to not overdo it–let one piece do most of the talking. Read on for a taste of our top picks, from savvy and sassy to pricey and punchy.

Maybe we’re all still in state of blue bliss from the royal wedding; or, maybe designers have simply come to the realization that sapphire looks pretty damn gorgeous on just about everyone (us reds and blonds in particular). Whatever the reason, this hue stands out just as well on its own, in apparel form, as it does slapped on a standout accessory. If you’re more daring, pair it with fellow primary colors yellow and/or red for a sweet mod look.

Mulberry Bayswater Electric Blue Bag, $1,150*
Forever 21 Bold Leatherette Handbag, $17*
Nasty Gal Tank, $38*
Alexis Bittar Tapered Bangle, $145
Debenhams Blue Maxi, $55
Paige Denim Roxbury Crop Jeans, $99
Ruche Top, $29
Alexander McQueen Suede Platform Pump (we can all dream), $1,195*
Steve Madden Trasie Platform, $90*

This trend first landed at my feet (literally) in the form of the ever-irresistible Jeffrey Campbell Lita Boot freshly slicked in snakeskin, of course. While the Lita is an investment piece by my standards, I can safely say that these babies go with EVERYTHING, which goes for the whole lot of python pieces in general, actually. Usually, I prefer to pair this print with classic black or cream, but, as far as I’m concerned, the sky’s the limit in terms of color ‘matching’ here. If you decide to throw another print in the mix, be sure to stick to a single one only, while keeping the rest of your outfit neutral.

H&M Wrap Dress, $15*
Kelsi Dagger Greenwich Hobo Bag, $95*
Jeffrey Campbell Python Lita, $170
Topshop Natural Skinny Faux Snakeskin Belt, $28*
AllSaints Python Curse Scarf, $90*
AllSaints Bleach Python Vest, $90*
Chloé Python Print Coat (for the heavy hitter), $1,595*
Wheels and Dollbaby Chinoiserie Bohemian Python Dress, $196 (on sale!)

Yes, you read correctly: Creepers, as in the low-top Docs you sported back in high school, are back. However, there’s no longer need to sport all black and a sour puss to pull them off, as the fashion gods have immaculately reincarnated our once sullen mate into sleeker and more wearable versions (flatforms, anyone?). The classics are still out there, though, and look anything but dour with the right duds. Heck, I saw a 70+ year-old woman sport a sweet white-on-black pair at the IFB Evolving Influence Conference a couple weeks ago. Now how’s that for versatility? Again, so long as you opt out of piling on ALL of your body chains and harnesses with these shoes, they’ll be good to go with just about anything in your wardrobe.

Jeffrey Campbell Busted Platform, $192*
TUK Creepers in Black, $65*
ASOS Monroe Platform Creeper, $174
TUK BW Creeper, $60*
ASOS Mystery Monk Creeper, $64*
Jeffrey Campbell Oxford Creeper (not for the accident-prone), $169
ModCloth Go for Brogue Platform, $152*

*Items pictured


If you know me personally or if you’ve read any of my posts on VG, it’s no secret that I am a proud Turkish Philadelphian with a great love for fashion and for green living. So it should be no surprise that I’m beside myself in (over)excitement, as today is the day I get to introduce to you all a very special brand called Cuval.

Cuval (chu·val) means ‘sack’ in Turkish and the label designs just that: bags and accessories which are all handmade in Istanbul by Turkish craftsmen using mostly milled fabrics and materials derived from 100% natural leather remnants.

Originally hailing from Istanbul, Cuval designer Ayse Ozgunes, a Drexel University graduate, seeks to establish her brand as an eco-conscious one, combining her Turkish roots with Philly’s burgeoning fashion scene. Ozgunes’s main goal in creating Cuval was to raise eco-awareness while simultaneously churning out fabulous bags in the process; there is no doubt in my mind that she has succeeded. Ozgunes chooses only remnant materials to construct her bags, and, in this way, stays on the good side of the gods by making use of what would otherwise be waste while continuing to build her budding brand, which is mostly inspired by a 21st century mega-mix of trend, art, music, and pop culture.

I am, admittedly, pretty much in love with every single piece of the Cuval collection but I suppose if I had to narrow it down to just one favorite, it would be the leather shoulder bag bearing a red pattern. If you too see a bag here that you’d like to make your very own, they are available for purchase at Vagabond boutique in Philadelphia or at eco-retailer Barret & Strater in New York City. And hey, if you ever happen to be strolling through Istanbul or Megura (Japan), they are also available for purchase at a handful of select organic fashion boutiques. However, if you simply can’t wait because you ‘WANT IT NOW,’ you can point, click, and shop online directly on Cuval’s website. Psst! A little secret from a Turkish insider: These pieces are all priced in Turkish liras, so they’re even less expensive than they appear. CHA-CHING!

Now, are you crushin’ on Cuval as much as we are? Well, here’s your chance to snag your very own slice of Turkish delight… for FREE. Simply leave a comment below (*be sure to fill in your email address*) telling us which Cuval bag is your favorite and ‘like’ us on Facebook to win one of Ozgunes’s beautiful Belt Bags, which will be shipped right to your front door. BETTER STILL: Follow us on Twitter (note in your comment!) and receive an EXTRA entry to win! Contestants will have until 11:59pm on Friday, October 28, 2011 to enter. The winner will be notified on Monday, October 31, 2011. Good luck, everyone!

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Karen Elson’s got a lot of things going for her. She’s a unique beauty, a talented musician, was married to rock star Jack White of The White Stripes, and to top all of that off, has some insanely awesome vintage style. And now, she can add designer to her already impressive CV. Elson has introduced a very small line of shoes, purses, and jewelry as part of the aptly named ‘Vintage America’ division of Nine West.

The items are exactly what you would expect from a supermodel extraordinaire like Elson but with the Nine West buyer in mind (Read: This collection is not as goth-y Victorian as we might have hoped). Still, the things that she did have a hand in creating vastly outshine those that are already part of the Vintage America collection–particularly the Inthedirt boots and those knockout Theghost wedges in either deep blue or wine. This lady has some great designing potential, but does that really come as such a surprise?

Pictured top to bottom: Inthedirt Boot, $249; Key Charm Bangle, $32; Moonlight Boot, $189; Theghost, $149; Sorrownwoe Crossbody, $69

Pictured top to bottom: Guitar Pendant Necklace, $36; Multi-Strand Necklace, $44; Midnightsun, $269; Theghost, $149; Hundredyrs Satchel, $99