Monday, February 28, 2011

This Betsey Johnson Prom Dress The Symbolic Manifestation Of The Prom Scene In Grease

($498, Betsey Johnson,
I love this Betsey Johnson prom dress, and I love that Modcloth (whom I love unconditionally) refers to it as a sugary confection, because that's exactly what it is. It's SO "Those Magic Changes." Speaking of which, Sha-Na-Na's gold two-piece suits and zip-up boots are LIKE TO DIE.

Cele mai frumoase rochii la Premiile Oscar 2011

Ca in fiecare an pentru Premiile Oscar stilistii muncesc din greu cautand in cele mai noi colectii sau in arhive rochii si bijuterii care sa le faca pe vedetele invitate sa straluceasca, sa arate impecabil si sa ajunga in lista celor bine imbracati.
Preferatele mele in acest an sunt:
Nicole Kidman in Dior haute couture, diamante vintage Fred Leighton si pantofi Pierre Hardy

Gwyneth Paltrow a optat pentru o rochie minimalista,care ii urmareste linia corpului, semnata Calvin Klein Collection la care a adaugat Louis Vuitton high jewelry

Anne Hathaway a sosit la ceremonie intro-o rochie de un rosu aprins vintage Valentino couture, cu trandafiri aplicati, accesorizata cu diamante Tiffany & Co.

Ca gazda a evenimentului, alaturi de James Franco, Anne a schimbat mai multe tinute printre care s-a aflat si aceasta rochie Givenchy couture

Anne a purtat si o creatie Oscar de la Renta

Amy Adams a stralucit in L'Wren Scott si Cartier

Natalie Portman, castigatoarea premiului Oscar 2011 pentru cea mai bună actriţă în rol principal din "Black swan" a purtat o rochie Rodarte impodobita cu cristale Swarovski si accesorizata cu bijuterii Tiffany & Co., clutch Roger Vivier si sandale Jimmy Choo

Reese Whiterspoon a ales o rochie simpla Giorgio Armani Prive, diamante si smaralde Neil Lane evaluate la 1 milion de dolari si o coafura retro

Marchesa nu putea lipsi de la Oscaruri, Halle Berry este cea care a purtat o creatie by Georgina Chapman si Keren Craig

Melissa Leo, cea mai bună actriţă în rol secundar pentru rolul din "The Fighter" si cea careia i-a scapat "the F-word", a purtat Marc Bouwer

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Amazing Things From Old Teen Magazine

God only knows what fleeting train of thought led me down the rabbit hole from which I fished these retro teen magazine gems, but I'm definitely glad I fell down that hole
(Credit: Seventeen)

OBVIOUSLY the most notable thing about this 1984 issue of Seventeen, which featured Diane Lane on its cover, is the cat. WHY can't more magazines have a cat on their cover? If you have a magazine, it should be a LAW that you have to feature a cat on your cover at least once. That's great for sell-through, right? Also, like WHY is that a FULL-GROWN cat? His paws are like the size of half a Diane Lane. You can tell that behind that half-assed smile is terror. That cat is not fucking around. Also, note the "Nice guy Tom Cruise" photo inset in the left-hand corner. I wonder if he did that squirrely, high-strung "heh-HEH!" laugh back in '84.

(Credit: Seventeen)
Oh man. Winona! Back in 1990, when she dressed like an Amish boy but totally pulled it off. Wino forever. This makes me wanna go to Saks and check out their sweater selection.

(Credit: Seventeen)
Cameron Diaz, back in 1990. There's no way anyone could possibly have THAT much American pride without spontaneously combusting into a dangerous downpour of fireworks.

This is SO batshit and awesome. It's from Teen magazine 1971 (via the EXCELLENT Kitschy Kitschy Coo). Clearly the editors of Teen were huffing glue, but that doesn't stop me from wishbing I had a pair of ABSURDLY chunky Hawaiian Punch platforms. Also, could you really even imagine a teen or even women's magazine today suggesting you make an ass out of yourself just for the sake of it being fun?

Teen magazine, 1975. Again, everyone was probably high and had crazy eyes.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

What to Watch Out for Men Casual Wear in this summer

Clothing for work, especially in regard to offices, business transactions, has changed quite a while now. It is a fact that is no longer necessary to use a coat and tie to be smart. There are many options and combination, accompanied by appropriate accessories that you can take and still be stylish.

There is an expression in English, literally "business casual" can be translated to Spanish saying something like "executive but casual." But it's worth being clear on what fits the style parameters, to avoid errors and above all to preserve the taste.

For example, there are ways to wear a suit without looking like you're going to a wedding.


The trick is to clarify the suit has a bit of color underneath, for example blue, indigo, beige, or purple. This revives the color of the dress and adds a personal touch.

As for the shirts, the basic concept is that the less conspicuous the better. Opt for a plain shirt, but if you do not like, I suggest you try out the scratches.

For the coldest days, if it coats and divers, I recommend you have in your wardrobe a Bleiz or jacket of blue cloth. With this, rest assured that you'll always well dressed either to the days of coat and tie or those that will informal.

Maintain discretion and elegance, having your garments spotless. You could have the best designer clothes but impact would be terrible, if you use soiled or frayed. Watch these details, because believe me women do not ever forgive.

Like wearing jeans?

Mens fashion jeans are so popular today that you can find them everywhere, are central to the style as it is casual business attire, but we must take into account:

Can Match Your Favorite Tie With Jeans?

For your jeans are the perfect garment must include a good range of tones, you can combine a classic jeans with a dark blue dress shirt and a light-colored sports jacket. A blue jeans usually paler look great with a dark jacket or blazer.

But do not just blue jeans. The black jeans can be a lifesaver on a trip. Under a sport coat, give you entrance to many places where blue jeans have no place. At home, are a nice change of pace, especially if you want to look like a bohemian. Just keep your poetry to yourself. 

Do not make the common mistake of wearing a shirt with loose sleeves at the opening of a gallery. If the occasion is something serious, tight sleeves used (sample those biceps.) The shirts are going to wear under sport coats should have a bit of lycra or spandex, which makes it a bit to fit your torso.

If you're wearing tight jeans, wear a loose shirt to avoid "sausage?. Conversely, if your jeans are a little loose, wearing a shirt a little tighter to avoid the appearance of bin of dirty laundry.

The jeans must be worn with shoes with a matte finish and a thicker sole than dress shoes. For times lower in the scale of formality, wear shoes with thick soles, perhaps something like a boot or booty to scale with contrasting stitching or jumping. But if you're wearing jeans to a cocktail, climbs the ladder of sophistication with suede shoes or loafers. The jeans look best with a wide belt buckle has a flat, heavier than a formal.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

H&M Conscious collection

Pe langa colectia principala, H&M vine si in aceasta primavara cu una creata din materiale eco-friendly ca bumbacul organic sau poliesterul reciclat.
Designerii brandului suedez au folosit diferite nuante de alb si au pus la punct o colectie de inspiratie romantica din care nu lipsesc volanele, drapajele, broderia englezeasca si dantela.
Primul magazin H&M din Romania se deschide pe 25 martie in AFI Palace Cotroceni, iar al doilea pe 26 martie in Unirea shopping Center.
Colectia "Conscious" va intra in magazine pe 14 aprilie.

sursa: H&M

Monday, February 21, 2011

Mascara Minute: Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies

($7.49, Maybelline, CVS)
Okay, EYE LOVE this mascara. Get it? "Eye" instead of "I"? You get it. Anyway, if you think you can't find a decent mascara at the drugstore, you are sorely mistaken. And the great thing about drugstore mascara is if you buy it and don't love it, you're out like a couple bucks instead of, say, $22. Also, I'm in no way paid to endorse them, but they are my favorite drugstore (especially since there's one about 14 steps from my apartment), but I really love CVS because they'll let you return any and all beauty products if you tried something and you were like "meh." But you will SO not be "meh" about Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies. It's got a rounded spoon brush that's made of fibers, not rubber (though I definitely LOVE a rubber brush), which separate and truly truly outrageously elongate your lashes, while the keratin formula makes your lashes look way more full. Of course, like any mascara in the entire universe, you need to apply a few coats -- The Falsies dries quickly, so apply fast. I like to do one entire eye -- curl, apply one coat starting from the base to the tips, doing that wiggly technique thing, and then apply a second coat to really bring them out. If The Falsies fails you it's because you have failed The Falsies. Oh yeah, since I don't do waterproof mascaras, I can't tell you how the waterproof version works. Only the "Very Black." There's a reason Maybelline's The Falsies has the letters "T," "F" and "M" in its name: it also stands for Tamar's Favorite Mascara.

(Disclosure: I was sent this product by PR.)

Sunday, February 20, 2011


PEOPLE! GET READY! There are DYNASTY BARBIES in this world! An Alexis Barbie and a Krystle Barbie to herald the 30th anniversary of Dynasty.

If you've been reading this blog for more than a minute plus, you may possibly know that '80s power dressing is my FAVORITE THING IN THE WORLD (besides cats). Metallic jacquards, all sequins all the time! It was a time when lamé wasn't lame, everyone overdressed and overaccessorized for EVERYTHING, makeup was generally WAY too dark, shoulder pads weren't met with the abhorrence one associates with a used condom. Ah, those were better, tackier, happier days.

Check out the new Dynasty Barbies. I think I may need to buy Alexis because I was always a bigger fan of her, and because the detailing on her dress is more majah.

They're $34.95 each at

Also, how CUUUUUTE is the new "She Said Yes" Barbie and Ken set commemorating Barbie and Ken's getting-back-togetherness? (Disclosure: I was sent the set --- and THANK YOU! I LOVE!)
($13.91, Amazon)

I like how they're dressed to go on a beach holiday and I'm into the fact that Barbie's wearing a throwback take on her original maillot. I do have to say though, that Ken's ombre trunks, his slimmed-down waist, and his very blond hair have me wondering if he's more a friend of Judy than of Barbie. Oh wells! To the happy couple!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Oprah Goes Grace Jones

Dude, LOOK at Oprah. She is exuding the joy of the theme song to the Wendy Williams show. I can't. Amazing.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's day!

Lovely stuff!
Bratara Gorjana

Cercei Marc by Marc Jacobs

Bratara Jennifer Zeuner

Bluza Wildfox

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Be Your Own Valentine. Turn Your Swag On.

Here is a photo of my Valentine. It's me. Yes, I'm married. But we don't really celebrate Valentine's Day beyond giving each other a card with an animal on it, because Valentine's Day is kinda meh. If you celebrate it and you derive pleasure from it, then God bless. I'm not saying I won't partake of some drugstore chocolate. Because I already have.

For Valentine's Day, I'm posting this photo I took of myself this past July in the dressing room at Bloomingdale's. I was having a really good day. You can't tell in the photo, but my hair looked really good. I'd just interviewed for a job (which I didn't get -- the interview went well, and I went on to have another interview, but it just wasn't meant to be... important life lesson there: things happen when they're supposed to, and jobs you don't get probably weren't the right jobs for you). But I'd busted my ass preparing, and I celebrated with a little excursion to Bloomingdale's, where, for some reason, this Cynthia Steffe dress jumped out at me. An asymmetrical ruched silk party dress the color of the blazing sun was the last thing on my must-buy list. Especially at $286. But I tried it on and the feeling of confidence and like "EFFYEAHCYNTHIASTEFFE" I got was immeasurable by money or exclamation points. I felt bona fide awesome wearing it (and after a few days of deliberation, I went to the downtown Bloomie's and bought it).

I snapped a photo to remind me of that feeling you get when you feel great in something. When you finally calm the voices in your head that say "you still need to lose 10 pounds," "ugh, your stomach's gonna stick out," "the top backs of your arms aren't toned enough," "you weigh more now than you did two years ago." And my favorite bizarre little personal demon: "When you turn your face to the side, that area between your nose and cheek sometimes looks weird in photos." WHATEVER. WHO. CARES. Every day that you get out of bed and walk around on your own two highly functional legs unassisted and live a life relatively unconfined by illness or suffering or an oxygen tank on wheels is a fucking gift that not everyone on this earth was granted. But it's really easy to lose sight of that big picture when you're staring in a mirror squinting at a mild case of bra-induced back fat that really no one but you will ever notice. (Something else I've learned: people are too busy going about their own lives and dealing with their own weird insecurities to notice yours.) Even the most confident women I know (and I consider myself one of them) probably say 10 disparaging things about themselves for every one good thing. And when they do admit one nice thing about themselves, it's almost always apologetic and hesitant. I'm trying to do something about that. I'll go first: I feel like I look as good in this dress as that model. If you think I'm nuts or deluded, then this probably isn't the blog for you.

My point is that everyone deserves a dress, a pair of shoes, a blouse, a jacket, jeans, whatever, that make you feel as good as you deserve to feel. And everyone deserves to be able to confidently say "I LOOK AWESOME" instead of being modest or conservative, without feeling like you're bragging. Turn your swag up to 10. Eleven, even.

I used to roll my eyes when people on TV or in magazines talked about self-love and loving your body. But the older I get, I realize we need to hear those things -- and remind ourselves of them -- even if they sound corny and "you-go-girl"-ish. We should be able to toast ourselves and celebrate feeling and looking good, inside and out.

So, consider this a little love letter to myself. And I hope you put on something awesome, turn your swag on, and write your own Valentine too. You deserve it.

Soulja Boy Tellem - Turn My Swag On

Saturday, February 12, 2011

FashionBinge Goes FABB + Words To Live By By Joan Rivers (AKA: Zen And The Art Of Fashion Blogger)

The faces of FashionBinge! Catherine (Mary-Kate) and Tamar (Tamron)
This past Tuesday I had the pleasure of attending Lucky Magazine's first-ever Fashion and Beauty Blog Conference. It was basically summer camp without the Birkenstocks. With Joan Rivers (more on that tk). I was honestly a little hesitant when I first RSVPed "yes." Why? The landscape of fashion blogging has changed so much in the five years I've been doing Fashionbinge. I was (pointlessly, as it turns out) a little curious as to whether it'd be a bunch of chicks vying to out-dress each other and namedrop designers and stuff. That's actually not really been my experience with fashion and beauty bloggers -- the ones I know are generally great writers and intelligent, media-savvy girls whom I now consider friends first, beyond just blogging. But I started fashion blogging back in 2006, when the market was less crowded, and the "'Net" (who even still calls it that??) was literally smaller as was the metaphorical net you could cast and not reel in nearly as many fashion bloggers and blogs as you can today. 

Five years ago, when FashionBinge was born, there weren't really fashion bloggers as models, fashion bloggers in front rows at fashion week, fashion bloggers as household names. Fashion bloggers on billboards in Times Square. Fashion bloggers in the Times. And FashionBinge still carries that scrappy, hey-we're-just-a-fun-little-blog-on-Blogger aesthetic and mantra. That's important to me. We (Catherine and I; we started FashionBinge together, and these days I post regularly and handle the nuts and bolts, while Catherine still chimes in on occasion) are not trying to be anything we're not. I just like to post some fun boots or a necklace I either bought, would very much love to buy, or would never in a month of Sundays buy. I'm not expecting an email from Garance Dore begging to photograph me, or Marc Jacobs to name a bag after me. Supermodels don't show up to my birthday party. 

I can the number of fashion shows I've been to on two hands and the number of times I've been to "the tents" probably on one. I've never been flown to cover shows in Europe where I've landed, gone right into fittings, and then taken a private car somewhere where I boarded a boat to watch models wear couture on a gondola. I do sometimes receive access to cool things or receive cool things, and I'm always appreciative of those things. I'm proud of the things I've worked very hard for, and I'm appreciative of any opportunities that come my way. Because really, no one deserves any special privileges simply because they have a blog. (Or because they're a really good athlete or went to a fancy university or know someone famous.) It's important to work hard for things, be appreciative for anything extra you've been given, and while you should have high expectations for yourself, you shouldn't expect that things you haven't worked for will simply be handed to you. (Celebrity gifting suites being an exception.) Maybe that's the immigrant's daughter in me speaking, but I really believe in those things.
Anyway, I'm not a fashion encyclopedia nor an expert. I probably know more about blogging, writing, and social media better than I can reference, say, the difference between Chanel's and YSL's 1999 resort collections or wax poetic on the merits of Mulberry boots versus Burberry boots or tell you whether a Balenciaga bag is better than a Birkin (as I will probably never own either).

I just know what looks good on me (and when to admit that something doesn't), how to shop for it, how to get the look for less, and how to navigate mainstream stores and select things in a way that doesn't scream HI I GOT THIS AT THAT STORE IN THE MALL WHERE EVERYONE SHOPS. And I know how to mine the Internet for hidden gems. Especially when there's a sale involved. I'm a great style curator. I hope that if and when you visit FashionBinge, you experience a little "Ooh, look at this fun thing you dug up" sensation. That's one of the things I love most about blogs. 

So, when it comes to fashion, the essence of FashionBinge is that it's not how much you spend, it's what you spent it on and how you wore it. And did you feel great in it? Yes? Awesome. As Santino Rice sagely said on the second season of "Project Runway," "Lighten up! It's just fashion!"

That's all a roundabout, reflective way of explaining why I was really happy that the FABB Conference was a celebration of fashion and beauty bloggers of all types, stripes and, well... hype. There were gorgeous glamazon-y newcomers with legs longer than my entire body and modeling deals. Girls with superstar style sense. Girls whose fashion blogs demonstrate their hilarious, irreverent take on fashion. Budget bloggers. Accidental cewebrities. Super shoppers. Discount doyennes. Hustlers and reticent bloggers. And the best thing was that there was a feeling of democracy, support, and a recognition of the fact that, at the heart of this diverse group of bloggers, there's one thing everyone has in common: basically, everyone who blogs does it because they love it. Fashion (and beauty) blogging is a crowded, busy, well-accessorized market, but there's room for all.

Anyway, I just wanted to really share that takeaway: everyone at FABB was extremely friendly, super supportive, and felt like the offline extension of what the whole online experience should be: a celebration of community, passion, and personality.

But more importantly... HERE'S WHAT I WORE! Har.


1.) Lazerade Manilow Top: This blouse is covered in a really cute star print, and it fits perfectly, (so curvy girls, take note.) It's from Urban Outfitters and has gone on sale since I purchased it a week ago. If I'm not feeling lazy, I'll go back to the store and have them credit me the difference. Ladies, NEVER be afraid to post-sale shop! It works! Saved myself $112 at Diane Von Furstenberg after I found the exact same dress I'd just purchased from their boutique on sale at Nordstrom. You work hard for your money, so never leave it on the table.
2.) Uniqlo jeans! Comfy and stretchy, but desperately in need of a belt.

3.) Chie Mihara Catame Bow Heels:

($361.33, Chie Mihara,, courtesy of the designer)
I've had these Chie Mihara bow heels for years, and they're far chicer in person. They go with absolutely everything and fance-up an outfit in as much time as it takes to zip them up. 

Okay. Here are four things I took away from the Lucky FABB Conference:

1.) Joan Rivers is a bad ass. Joan Rivers was the keynote speaker, and at first you might be like, well, what does Joan Rivers know about fashion blogging? A lot, actually. She's been in the business of fashion for years (she's an HSN mogul, and she's been a red carpet correspondent for years. And if you're not watching her show, "Fashion Police," on E!, then you're doing yourself a great, grave disservice). She's the queen of power dressing, and she's one of the last great stalwarts of a bygone generation that believed in dressing up and looking your best. But moreover, she's a true feminist pioneer. She's a business woman. (If you haven't seen her documentary, "Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work," rent it immediately. You'll truly get the scope of her business acumen.) She beat down doors that were slammed shut in her face (and, as a rule, in the faces of women back when she started out in the early '60s). She's obviously brutally honest and hilarious (and is as quick to point the finger and laugh at herself as she is at others, which is one of the most important rules of being funny, and, lest you pigeonhole her as a bully, she was quick to point out that, when it comes to fashion, she only makes fun of people (like celebrities) in the public eye and can hit back, and not everyday people. Her message to an entire room of women trying to either become bigger names in the blogosphere, take what they're passionate about to the next level (or, like myself, sustain their side project while balancing a job, relationship, and life), was absolutely inspiring (and relevant to anyone pursuing a dream of any ilk or size): go through any door, seize any opportunity, don't say no to anything, write the truth... and let gay men dress you. And finally, probably the most meaningful thing she said (believe me, this woman is as powerfully sage as she is riotously razor-tongued): "don't let anything negative touch you." Words to live by. As it turns out, Joan Rivers loves needlepoint, as do I. And I'd totally needlepoint that onto a pillow. 

2.) Susie Bubble is rad. Right, and the sun also rises in the east and sets in the west. You knew that. But I saw her speak on the "The Ones To Follow" panel about staying true to your voice while leveraging your blog as a promotional platform and business opportunity, and it was obvious that her ego is inversely proportional to her fame. Between Susie and Tavi (and Sea of Shoes, etc), there's really no bigger fashion blogger out there. But Susie, who seems both intelligent and humble (rare, winning combination!) emphasized that she only engages in projects and partnerships that she believes in and are organic to her and her sensibilities. That's obvious via her site, but it was good to hear that in a room full of bloggers who are often offered (and sometimes accept) partnerships or opportunities for the exposure and not because they believe in or simply love a brand or product. Her opinion on fashion bloggers basically parallels mine: "We just need to settle down... and accept they (fashion blogs) exist as another medium." Very Zen, very relatable. More fashion bloggers should aspire to like her: not simply famous but a blogger who works with integrity and perspective.
3.) Karla Sugar is rad. On that same panel, beauty blogger Karla Sugar, who's extremely articulate shared this important rule of thumb that, once again, applies not just to blogging but pretty much to anything you do, anywhere you go:  "Start small. And as you get bigger, be nice to everyone. You never know who'll be huge tomorrow." Golden rule right there.

4.) Publishing platforms and tools and apps are overwhelming! Oh my! Seriously, back when FashionBinge started, there was Blogger, Moveable Type, uh... Geocities maybe, and good old-fashioned hard coding. Social networking was Friendster and using a fucking phone. Now there's social shopping (that used to be going shopping on Broadway in Soho with your friend), Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, SquareSpace, YouTube, Foursquare, Instagram, other buzzwords your mom will be asking you about in a few weeks, and the 745 tools and platforms that will inevitably come to fruition by the time I'm done writing this (extremely long) post. Does your website need to be a totally multi-platform experience? Maybe. Depends on much time, understanding, (and money) you have. FashionBinge will probably remain a Blogger blog. I like clean, easy, and quiet. But you should definitely be aware of what these platforms do and how they work so you can decide if you want to go from more of a blog to more of a blog-brand.

... Um... okay. PHEW. I said a mouthful. I guess the point (yes, I have one), is that it was great to experience both a reinvigorating celebration of fashion and beauty blogging and what it's become and where it's going, but at the same time to have a kind of reality check for me: FashionBinge started small and got bigger (we just crossed the 1 million pageview threshold, which is pretty exciting). Will it get bigger? Eh!? Who knows. Will FashionBinge be front-and-center at Marc Jacobs at Fall Fashion Week? Uh no. Will we be profiled in the Times? I highly highly doubt that. I just know that I love to write about what I know: finding fun shoes on the Internet!! Lipsticks I love! Cat t-shirts!... And that I truly appreciate every single person who comes here daily or lands here by accident, leaves an encouraging comment... And learns where to find an awesome cat sweater.

Friday, February 11, 2011

I Actually Didn't Buy These Shoes. For Once.

My darling coworker, MTV Twitter Jockey Gabi Gregg, who also runs Young, Fat and Fabulous, had on a great pair of studded boots. I was like, point blank: I'm buying those. Until I realized I own about seven pairs of black boots. At which point nly my spotty, waning sense of financial propriety kept me from buying these really fun studded boots from ModCloth. Ugh. I hate being a grownup sometimes.

By the way, LOTS more stuff to post from the Lucky FABB Conference, great stuff I bought, etc. Silly work keeps getting in the way though! I was on a social media panel, like a fancy person, and I did a bunch of radio press about the Grammys today. So if you live in Arizona or Alaska and heard someone blabbering about bloody Lady Gaga, that was me. And if you're interested in Britney Spears, well we're premiering her video on on Thursday. DAMN YOU, BRITNEY! FOR KEEPING ME FROM FASHION BLOGGING!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Sneaker of the Week: Converse New Chuck Taylor Sneaker

Converse debuts new version of the Chuck Taylor All Star Leather Jacket sneaker with Schott leather.

With deep roots in American style and culture, the Schott NYC jacket and the Chuck Taylor All Star shoe have led somewhat parallel lives. Converse began in 1908 and Schott in 1913 and as the part of the 20th Century unfolded, Chuck Taylor All Star shoes were unveiled and quickly became nearly ubiquitous in American life. Not long before Chuck Taylor added his name to the already then famous All Star shoe, in 1928, Schott unveiled the first motorcycle jacket ever. Named the “Perfecto”, by the 1950s, the jacket had become a symbol of the new rebellion that was taking hold with the burgeoning teen culture that arose after the War.

Referenced in classic film and television— the uniform of the rock and roller, the hoodlum and the rebel often wore a pair of Converse Chuck Taylor All Star shoes and a black Schott Perfecto leather jacket. Likewise, as the punk rock movement swept the streets of downtown New York City and beyond, a Schott leather jacket and a pair of Chucks became synonymous with the scene. Today, both Schott and Converse connect with the American spirit and represent the individualism that both brands have embodied throughout the decades.

Mating the original motorcycle jacket design with the Chuck Taylor All Star shoe, Converse and Schott developed a sneaker that showcases the best of both labels, including heavy-duty rear zip entry, zips under the laces and a patchwork of motorcycle jacket leather. Further details include quilted lining, snaps on the tongue, a leather rand, and the Schott label sewn discreetly inside the shoe. 

Source: highsnobiety

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Mens Fashion Week: Lanvin Fall 2011 Collection

If there were something which other fashion designers might learn from the house of Lanvin, it would be in which not anything keeps a roomful of jaded show-goers pleased as if warm espresso and nice treats. This seems easy, however just a little goes a very long way.

Easy luxury is at the heart of a Lanvin collection - a cashmere turtleneck poking out from beneath a shirt collar, or a flowing silk suit - but there was something buttoned up, almost stern, in a knee-length coat tied tightly at the waist with rope, or a suit jacket fastened just that bit too snug.

"Where there is tension, there is energy," declared Lanvin menswear designer Lucas Ossendrijver after the show, "and this collection was really about that tension. A classic loafer and then an extreme hiking boot, or luxury tailoring mixed with sportswear. We tried to find the hybrid."