Archive for August, 2005

Runway to Reality: Edwardian Bohème

Luxe clothing reflecting the Edwardian period made a splash on the runways for Fall 2005, with rich velvet button-up jackets, lacy tops and lace-up boots.
We want to know: What do you think? We think the Queen definitely would have approved.

Our inspiration: Peter Som’s Ode to England.

Peter Som Fall 2005
An Edwardian look at Peter Som.
Photo: New York Metro

bebe Velvet Military Jacket
Velvet Military Jacket | $169 at bebe

Banana Republic Lace Blouson Camisole
Lace Blouson Camisole | $68 at Banana Republic

Anthropologie Regent Street Skirt
Regent Street Skirt | $188 at Anthropologie

Stiletto Lace-up Boot
Stiletto Lace-up Boot | $128 at Victoria’s Secret

Add comment August 17th, 2005

Trendscape: Suede Round-toe Pumps

Come fall, it’ll be all about the well-rounded suede pump in rich, dark hues. They’re a perfect match with the some of the fall trends we’ll be featuring shortly - and a great way to dress up jeans or a pretty skirt.

A closet staple, like the LBD:

Michael Kors Suede Pump
Michael Kors Suede Pump | $295 at Neiman Marcus
Nine West 'Tallara' in Dark Pewter/Pewter
Tallara in Dark Pewter/Pewter | $75 at Nine West
'Alegra' Suede Pump
‘Alegra’ Suede Pump in Deep Plum | $69 at Ann Taylor Loft
'Wendy' Pump in Honey
‘Wendy’ Pump in Honey | $198 at Cole Haan
Michael by Michael Kors 'Gwen' Pump
Michael by Michael Kors ‘Gwen’ Pump | $108.95 at Nordstrom
Joey O 'Jane' Pump
Joey O ‘Jane’ Pump | $295 at Nordstrom

Add comment August 16th, 2005

Back to School: Collegiate Fashion Trends

More than anything, college style is all about looking good without looking like you’re trying too hard. And let’s be realistic–chances are, you won’t be going heavy on the Edwardian fashion or rock rebel chic clothes.

Luckily, collegiate fashion is In. Think preppy collared shirts, vests, and cardigans–and sporty chic track jackets, polos, and henley shirts.

What should you be wearing for a fresh, collegiate look? Whether or not you’ll be attending classes this fall, Style Intelligence Report has the answer for you:


  • Sports-inspired items, like track jackets,
  • Patterned sport shirts,
  • Cardigans,
  • Knit ties,
  • Fitted polos,
  • T-shirts over polo shirts (or sport shirts), and
  • Denim, as usual.


  • Cropped anything: blazers, sweaters, and pants,
  • Henley shirts (a casual nod to Nautical fashion),
  • Cardigan sweaters,
  • Vests,
  • Premium denim: as the prices rise, the popularity of status denim only increases,
  • Oversized sunglasses with square-shaped frames,
  • Plaid and Tweed, and
  • Sports-inspired items (e.g. track jackets, tennis tank tops).

For more information, check back next week for our back-to-school packing list. We’ll drill down on Exactly what you’ll want to have hanging in your closets.

Add comment August 15th, 2005

Friday Fashion Hotlist | 8.12.05

Issue VIII of the Friday Fashion Hotlist: a compilation of some of the cutest and coolest stuff Style Intelligence Report saw out there this week.

This week, we’re hot on accessories: a grosgrain belt for women, and classic canvas slip-ons for men.

For women…
Polka-Dot Grosgrain Belt
Polka-Dot Grosgrain Belt | $28 at JCrew

Style Flash: Dots are hot. And this belt perfectly bridges the reigning stripe standard with a smattering of adorable dots.

And for men…
Vans Classic Slip Ons
Vans Classic Slip Ons | $37 at Vans

We’ve been seeing these classic canvas shoes on the feet of stylemakers everywhere. Some may prefer the more fashion-forward wildly patterned look, but we’re opting for a more versatile solid color. Find both varieties at the Vans website.

2 comments August 12th, 2005

Introducing…Profiles in Style | Tim A.

Tim Anderson

We’ve been scouring the Bay Area for fashion forward folks, and we’re happy to introduce a new recurring feature highlighting these people’s creativity and individual sense of style.

We’re pleased to inaugurate "Profiles in Style" with Tim, an ensemble cast member in the San Francisco production of Wicked. And by the way–we Loved the show. If you’re in the area, buy tickets. ASAP. They’ll sell out fast.

Name: Tim A.
Occupation: Ensemble cast member in "Wicked," currently playing at SF’s Orpheum Theatre.
Hometown: Los Angeles.
Style Philosophy: Casually dressy with a funky flair.
Wardrobe Staples: A closetful of jeans. Today, I’m wearing Parasuco jeans. I bought them in Toronto; they’re not readily available in the States.
Where I Shop: Beverly Center, and a lot of small boutiques, like Jet Rag. I also like Diesel stores.
Last Words: Fashion doesn’t always have to be uncomfortable.

Add comment August 11th, 2005

Runway to Reality: Parisian Mademoiselle

Ooh la la! With its rich hues and luxurious fabrics, the tailored Parisian chic of Lanvin’s past collection is a perfect transition from summer to fall. With its classic tailoring, our runway-inspired ensemble has a timeless polish.

Parisian Chic
Parisian Chic at Lanvin
Spring 2005 Ready-to-Wear
Photo Credit: Marcio Madeira
'Lexie' Puff Sleeve Blazer in Sapphire
‘Lexie’ Puff Sleeve Blazer in Sapphire $58 at Original Zinc
'Darla' Top in Linen
Nickleby Blouse $13.50 at Original Zinc
Pearl Rope Necklace in Purple
Pearl Rope Necklace in Purple $198 at Anthropologie
Diab'less Marina Circle Skirt in Black
Diab’less Marina Circle Skirt in Black $135 at Bluefly
Marc by Marc Jacobs Quilted Metallic Pump in Gold
Marc by Marc Jacobs Quilted Metallic
Pump in Gold $365 at Bergdorf Goodman

3 comments August 10th, 2005

Shopping Guide: Metallic Shoes

Lately, we’ve spotted feet in a range of shades that run the gamut from bronze to pewter. 24K heels bring us back to the days of ’70s and ’80s excess, barely-there flats have us longing to soak up the sun in Capri, and strappy sandals allow some of us think we’re partying in Ibiza, even if we’re just in a seedy nightclub. Fulfill your greatest (shoe) fantasy with all of the gilt and none of the guilt!

Alphonse Sandal in Gold/Purple
Alphonse Sandal in Gold/Purple | $52.50 at Nine West
Belle by Sigerson Morrison Sandal
Belle by Sigerson Morrison Sandal | $152.99 at Bloomingdale’s
Mossimo Corinne Gold Birdcage Pumps
Mossimo Corinne Gold Birdcage Pump | $16.99 at Target
Miss Trish of Capri Embellished Flat Sandal
Miss Trish of Capri Embellished Flat Sandal | $380 at Neiman Marcus
Emilio Pucci Woven Slingback
Dolce & Gabbana Woven Slingback | $535 at Neiman Marcus

Mossimo Gold Pricilla Crocodile Sandal
Mossimo Gold Pricilla Crocodile Sandal (Web Only) | $19.99 at
'Crushable' Boot
‘Crushable’ Boot | $480 at Stuart Weitzman
Giuseppe Zanotti Jeweled Thong Sandal
Giuseppe Zanotti Jeweled Thong Sandal | $395 at Neiman Marcus

Add comment August 9th, 2005

Working Out In Style: Tennis Edition

Here’s an incentive to frequent the court. This tennis dress is unlike anything we’ve ever seen — sporty yet feminine, just like Ms. Williams herself — and it’s perfectly highlighted by other up-to-date yet useful accessories. Doubles, anyone?

Serena Williams Cowgirl Dress
Serena Williams Cowgirl Dress | $79.99 at Niketown

Dri-FIT Mesh Wristbands
Dri-FIT Mesh Wristbands White/Cerise/Imperial Blue | $8 at Niketown

Ashworth ColorBlock Visor
Ashworth ColorBlock Visor | $16.99 at Sportmart

adidas Barricade III
adidas Barricade III | $123.95 at Zappos

Add comment August 8th, 2005

Friday Fashion Hotlist | 8.5.05

Issue VII of the Friday Fashion Hotlist: a compilation of some of the cutest and coolest stuff Style Intelligence Report saw out there this week.

This week, we’re keeping warm with the perfect summer-to-fall jacket for women and a motocross-inspired jacket for men.

For women…
Zoe Jacket
Zoe Jacket | $99.50 at Abercrombie and Fitch

The medium weight of the jacket combined with the detatchable hoodie makes this the ultimate jacket for the summer to fall transition. Plus the pockets are really cute.

And for men…
“Can You Handle It” Biker Jacket
“Can You Handle It” Biker Jacket | $69.99 at Kenneth Cole

The motocross styling on this lightweight jacket adds to its classic charm.

2 comments August 5th, 2005

Ready Made Outfit: Casual Friday | Men’s Edition

An outfit friendly to those with a casual workplace. For those with more conservative workplaces, save this one for Casual Friday.

Fashion Formula = Cardigan + Sport Shirt + Cargo Pants + Oxfords.

Pima Cotton Zip Cardigan
Pima Cotton Zip Cardigan | $59.50 at Banana Republic

Stimson Trail Shirt
Stimson Trail Shirt | $69.50 at Abercrombie and Fitch

AE Vintage Cargo
AE Vintage Cargo | $39.50 at American Eagle

“Career Builder” Leather Oxford
“Career Builder” Leather Oxford | $119.98 at Kenneth Cole

Add comment August 4th, 2005

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