Monday, May 31, 2010

Milan Fashion Week: Spring Summer 2001 Time Table

Fashion Week: Milan Menswear

Season: Spring Summer 2011.

Date: Saturday - June 19, Tuesday - June 22, 2010

June 19. 2010

D&G, Corneliani, Costume National Homme, Laboratori Scala Ansaldo, Calvin Klein Collection, Burberry Prorsum, Frankie Morello, Versace, John Varvatos, Byblos

June 20. 2010

Bottega Veneta, Emporio Armani, Gianfranco Ferre, Salvatore Ferragamo, Vivienne Westwood, Giuliano Fujiwara, Gazzarrini, Moncler Gamme Bleu, Prada, Roberto Cavalli

June 21. 2010

Ermenegildo Zegna, Z Zegna, Enrico Coveri, Gucci, John Richmond, Etro, Canali, Neil Barrett, Pringle of Scotland

June 22. 2010

Iceberg, Dsquared2, Ermanno Scervino, Dolce & Gabbana

Man Fashion: New Era Caps for Fashionista Like You

When it comes to summer, the new era caps are the most popular choice of hip hop and sports fanatics. So what are new era caps basically?

The new era caps are the largest sports-licensed headwear company in the United States. The company is the premier cap provider for MLB, as well as a number of NBA and NHL franchises, plus a handful of major collegiate athletic programs.

Before we go further to commit our money into this fanatic caps, let look at what are the primary buying tips.

One of the first things that you should check is the quality of workmanship of your New Era cap. Examine the top of the hat and look at the top button. The button should be centered with the seams. If it is not, there is a good possibility that the cap is a fake.

In addition, check the quality of the stitching on the cap. On all authentic New Era Caps, the stitching will be smooth, dense, and tight. A good way to examine the quality of the stitching is to check out the stitching of the New Era logo. If it is uneven, crooked and/or seems to contain gaps between stitches, the hat is most likely a fake. Since the logo is one of the top branding factors, you can bet that New Era gets this right every time.

Next, check out the profile of your New Era 59Fifty fitted cap. The crown should be high and rounded. Inferior quality, imitation caps almost always tend to have a much lower profile and can actually look a bit flat across the crown.

You should also examine the New Era tag that is stitched on the inside of the cap. The edges should be stitched evenly, and the tag should lie smooth with no bunching at the edges. Crooked stitching that goes beyond boundaries most likely indicates a fake. You should also check for the New Era hologram on the underside of the brim of the hat. If your cap is missing this, it is probably an imitation.

In short, please put some common sense, time to examine these new era caps before you shelll out your hard earned money.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Giveaway: HP Mini 210 Netbook Vivienne Tam Edition

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* Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit

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* 2GB DDR2 System Memory (1 Dimm)

* 250GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive

* 10.1″ diagonal WSVGA LED Anti-glare Widescreen Display (1024 x 600)

* HP Mini Webcam

* Wireless-G Card with Bluetooth

* HP Keyboard

* 3 Cell Lithium Ion Battery (standard)

* Microsoft(R) Works 9.0

* HP Home & Home Office Store in-box envelope

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Friday, May 28, 2010

Man Fashion: Designer Bags, Daily Essentials

Designer bags are the perfect accessory to add a sense of style, charm and elegance to men's appearance. It's not surprise all fashion designers are now focus on designer bags for men. They are trendy, stylist and quite useful. Designer Bags come in varied shapes and sizes. You must be very careful in picking the right kind of bag which may suit your body type as well as your lifestyle. Check out our selection of designer bags, your daily essentials.

Retro Resonance

BOSS Orange's retro style cotton denim backpack goes against the grain of well dressed carriers. Details like cow leather trims, straps and drawstrings ensure hardiness and inspire backpacker style wanderlust.

This retro-style bag features three outside pockets, one roomy inner compartment and a zipper on the back. With adjustable shoulder straps and one carry handle at the top. With dimension of 50 x 42 x 20 cm, you can basically put almost your daily needs inside.

Exotic Travel

GUCCI's crocodile leather tote is guaranteed to elicit envy. The precious skin parades unabashed flair that would be right at home or at a high power night out. This double handle tote is secured by an inside push lock tab and features a zip pocket to compartmentalize your necessities! Like this, grab one for yourself here at $925.00 .

Homme Run

DIOR HOMME's DH2 large leather men messenger bag is designed for the city slicker like you and me. The satchel's no-nonsense appearance, exemplified by clean lines, ensures that it pairs well with your favorite suit or a T-shirt and retro jeans. Its soft shape and spaciousness can accommodate both laptop as well as large document folders!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Fantasy Shopping: Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale

I've been shopping like a FIEND lately. Must. stop. shopping. And so today I'm just fantasy shopping, hoping that'll satisfy the urge. Here's what I put in my cart whilst shopping the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale, where stuff is 40 percent off and seemingly going fast (anyone wanna actually buy it for me?!):

Robert Rodriguez lace overlay skirt, $144.90. So hot!

Leifsdottir "Ink" dress, $169.90.

Alexander Wang leather-trim sweatshirt, $354.

Theory "Kessie - Critique" pants, $139.90.

Eileen Fisher "Earth Conscious" double-wrap belt, $57.90.

Steve Madden "Serious" sandal, $39.90.

Tory Burch "Robbe" top, $129.

Free People two-tone strapless dress, $39.90.

Frye "Mary" sandal, $78.90.

Amount saved: $1075.40! PHEW!

American Idol Season Finale: So Long, Simon!

Last night's American Idol finale was bitter sweet as we said hello to a new star and goodbye to our old friend Simon. (His wise-cracks and snooty 'tude were the only reasons I watched the show! Good thing he'll soon be judging a new series!) Check out a few snaps from the extraordinary event including the crowning of this season's Idol. Spoiler Alert! If you haven't yet watched and don't know who won, don't click below the fold!









Your Daily Dresses

Lead me not into temptation with these cute, affordable dresses.

Tommy Hilfiger "Lizzie" dress, $125. So flirty, colorful, fun.

And on the other end of the spectrum....

Michael Michael Kors grommet dress, $99.50 to $109.50. Uh, what is up with that price structure? If you wear a 14 or larger, you have to pay ten more bucks? Really? Did that dress cost even an extra HALF yard of fabric to make? Did the seamstresses work an extra three hours on it? I call utter bullshit. That is just plain RUDE.

Loft painted stripe dress, $79.50.

Ella Moss "Taffy" dress, $92.90.

Finally, a PSA: If you live near an Anthropologie, check it out! They've got a major sale going; I learned about it from Effortless Anthropologie, who tirelessly tracks the store's sales and merchandise. I got three skirts for a grand total of 60 bucks yesterday. Cute ones, of course! They're not online, except for this one:

Odille "Late" skirt from Anthropologie, $19.95.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Potential ModCloth Binge

Oh ModCloth. You're like Urban Outfitters without the copyright infringements! So many cute offerings, so little dollars in my pants pockets.

Were I to gorge on ModCloth's cute stuff, here's what I'd add to my sadly empty basket:

($149.99, Miss L. Fire,
Almost nothing else on this oil-stained earth makes me happier than a pair of '80s heels. And detachable gem clips with bows (bows are SO big right now!) are just icing on the cake. And honestly, icing's always my favorite part. Seriously, when will someone just make an all-icing cake anyway?

Seriously, I HATE summer and shorts SO much that I just wear black jeans all summer and pray for a freak snow storm. This cuters black and yellow top is perfect exactly such a scenario.
And it doesn't look hugely tacky or cheap like sooo many tank tops. Am I the only one who's encountered that? What's up with super cheap-looking tanks? Bullshit!

($49.99, Industry,
LOVE this tank. Reminds me of the type of shit you used to be able to find on St. Marks before it basically turned into McDonald's.

A crafty take -- check out the raised threads in the stripes -- on Breton stripes! Plus, button shoulders? Oh, ModCloth. You're too good to us.

Exciting Fashion Challenge: Hats!

So, in exciting non-recessionary news, my husband just got a freelance job doing graphic design for a polo event on Governor's Island, which means an opportunity to a) look at fancy people dressed up fancy, and b) dress up faux-fancy myself (it's free to the public unless you want to pay for a VIP picnic ticket). The "polo style tips" page emphasizes "hat first; outfit second" and advises a large brim and some sort of flair that "amuses" (yay!). And so, here is a short list of hats I am considering for either buying or inspiration: I may just MacGyver my existing H&M floppy straw hat with some fun gussying-up materials. Any hat I buy has to be extremely cheap, of course, because that's how I roll, i.e. not in hats, unless it's a costuming situation. Which I consider a polo match to be, or, really, any event involving horses. And so, perhaps:

So here's your basic fedora with a cute colored ribbon: French Connection Shamble Hat, $39.99. Of course, this is easily customizable if you DIY it. Colored ribbon plus cheap hat = done.

Sundried hat from Anthropologie, $128. This is one hundred percent DIY-able; just get some raffia and start tying. The only question is where does it fall on the cuteness scale?

You could probably just go to the dollar store and wild out, too, as demonstrated by this Juicy Couture "Pompom Tassels" hat, $88.

Pansy field fedora from Anthropologie, THREE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-EIGHT DOLLARS. Seriously. Again, dollar-store doable. And cute!

A white hat would also be cute for summer. Here's a really basic white straw fedora from Tilly's, $12.99. Ribbon and done.

Or...handy with a grommet gun? Try to re-create this seriously cute Eugenia Kim grommeted fedora, $297.

Or add some sparkle with a sequined scarf, like Eugenia Kim did with this "Craig" sequined straw fedora, $315. I don't have to say that you could DIY this, right? Cough cough.

If you don't feel like doing any work and just want to spend a few bucks on a hat, here are some nice inexpensive options:

Forever 21 two-tone fedora, $8.80. (I'd probably still switch out the ribbon though...maybe?)

Aeropostale plaid-print fedora, $7. So sweetly preppy! I might just get this just because. It's seven bucks!

Torrid silver straw fedora, $18. Bling it out!

Tarnish floral overlay fedora, $38. Actually classy. I could totally see my friend Michelle T. rocking this.

Eugenia Kim for Target fedora, $16.99.

Now for the ridiculous:

ASOS bunny-ears fascinator, $33.82. This exists.

Finally, I am all for Betsy's tiny hat idea, which she executed wonderfully. I'd even go so far as to suggest pinning this item to your head if you really hate hats:

Blue and white straw hat, $2.50. (OMG.)

I would not, however, recommend bringing your, um, rat to this event, as the seller notes: "Never leave your rat unattended while dressed. While they can slip out of the outfit if needed, harm could still come to them if you are not there to watch them. Please note that it sometimes takes a few tries before some rats will keep their clothing on." Ain't that the truth!

I'll leave you with this fun fact: Carl will be taking direction at times from a star polo player named Nacho who also models for Polo. His assistant is also named Nacho and will also be contacting Carl. This is not going to lead to any hilarity at all!