Archive for March, 2006

Tower Belt

Tower Belt at Doe SF Now here’s a belt buckle with some (quiet) personality.  Great for those who want to add a bit of flair to an everyday ensemble.

Comes in pewter or brass, and in brown or black leather.  Yay customization!

$40 at Doe SF.

1 comment March 21st, 2006

Trendscape: Men’s Fur Trim Coats

For better or for worse, fur seems to be everywhere these days–from the runways of the Fall 06 shows to the closets of celebrities.  Be careful how you wear it– Go Fug Yourself called actor Erik Balfour out for sporting a feminine fur-trim coat.  Rest assured, we wouldn’t want you to compromise your manliness, and to that end, we’ve got a few picks that will take you from the urban jungle to the rugged outdoors.

Kenneth Cole Fall 06 Fur Coat

Fur was spotted at Kenneth Cole’s Fall 2006 show.  Photo Credit: NY Metro

fur parka

 Victorinox “Novgorod” Down Parka | $550 at Nordstrom

Macy\'s fur coat

Tommy Hilfiger “Hopkins” Down Jacket | $131.99 (sale) at Macy’s


Bluefly fur jacket

Theory Pine Convertible "Kerovac"  Mid-length Parka | $393.99 (sale) at Bluefly

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Street Style: The Unstructured Hobo Bag

Oversized Bag
An unstructured hobo bag seen on the streets of downtown San Jose, the Only Day I’ve Ever Seen it Snow. Someone made a tiny snowman in front of the IRS building. Seriously.

The Hobo Bag has made its way around the fashion circuit during the last couple of seasons.  Is it still In?  Is it Going Out?  Or is it Out?  Tell us what you think on our weekly poll!  And if you’re into the unstructured hobo bag look, look no further for our picks…for every price point.

Our $500+ Pick:

Elisa Atheniense Large Stud Belt Hobo

Elisa Atheniense Large Stud Belt Hobo | $648 at Shopbop

Our Under $250 Pick:

Whiting and Davis Black Metal Mesh Chain Hobo

Whiting & Davis Mesh Hobo | $197 at Bluefly

Our Under $50 Pick:

Forever 21 Never Boring Hobo

Never Boring Hobo | $18.80 at Forever21

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BCBG Doctor Bag

BCBG Doctor BagWhile searching for cute unstructured hobo bags this weekend, we found this gem of a bag…just thought we’d share!

$192 $159.99 (sale) at Bluefly.

Add comment March 20th, 2006

Profiles in Style | Bryon Malik

Byron Malik Profiles in Style

 Name: Bryon Malik
Occupation: Photographer
Found: House of Mamasan Fashion Show, at The Supper Club.

Style Philosophy
: Style is the essense of looking great without even trying.
Wardrobe Staples: Black Leather Blazer….Classic Shaft.
Where I Shop: I like to shop at many diffrent places, from Kenneth Cole to Crossroads [Trading Company].
On a scale from 1-10, how important is style to you? Style is very important…I’d say a 10.
If you could save only one item from your closet it would be: It would have to be The Shaft….Black Leather Blazer.

Add comment March 20th, 2006

Hip Hop Culture Couture

Hip Hop Fashion at Mamasan Fashion Show
Hip Hop Fashion as seen at the House of Mamasan Fashion Show

Hip-hop culture consists of four primary elements: MC’ing, turntablism, breakdancing and graffiti.  Some might say that basketball is the unspoken fifth element, but in our humble opinion, fashion is more relevant in the fabric of hip-hop culture.

Ever since the days of the retro rap of Run DMC, there has been a phenomenal impact of hip-hop culture in the world of fashion.  Think about it – the bling, the Adidas track suits, the fat laces, the hoop earrings – it’s all been a prominent force in urban street garb.

Now, the world of hip-hop takes up a reasonable chunk of the fashion industry.  Brands like Roca Wear, Sean John, Baby Phat, Fetish and Akademiks play a big role in hip-hop while other brands like Triple 5 Soul and Juicy Couture are more of an authoritative undercurrent.

Sure, there are the more obvious aesthetics involved in this realm (i.e. uberbaggy jeans, Kangol hats, throwback jerseys), but there is a less blatant spectrum to this edgy world of hip-hop.  And as cliché as it may sound, it’s a lot about the attitude when trying to pull off some of these hip-hop clothes.  Otherwise, you’ll just look like a big poser.


 ecko Connectivity Track Jacket | $68 at



Rocawear Men’s Aspen Jean | $75.99 at


 House of Dereon Cashmere Blend Swing Coat | $109.99 at


 Apple Bottoms Stitched Apple Jeans | $39.99 at

1 comment March 17th, 2006

Locket Necklace

Madley�s Locket NecklaceVintage pieces + Designer genius = A necklace that is One of a Kind.

$285 at Maneater Threads.

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House of Mamasan Fashion Event Better than Food

Local Bay Area designer Andrea Lamadora of House of Mamasan debuted her Spring collection at the Supper Club, where beds replace chairs as a means of lounging. Despite the hordes of stylish fans sprawled out as if in the comfort of their own home, the night was anything but sleepy. 

Lamadora’s creations are wise beyond her quarter some-odd years. Kimono tops with exaggerated sleeves and dresses made of rich fabrics dominated the room. Vibrant colors, a signature of the Oakland resident, reflected a streak of global influence from her worldly travels to Bali, Hong Kong, Thailand, Cuba, the Yucatan, and Hawaii. Her unconventional styles are not only influencing northern California club hoppers and hipsters, but also celebrity clientele such as Bay Area natives Goapele, Jean Grae, Tekitha, Aceyalone and The Hieroglyphics. 

Designing isn’t Lamadora’s only forte: Her styling works have showed up in magazines such as Hype Hair, Essence, Vibe, Ebony, Savoy, Jane and Teen People. Check out


1 comment March 17th, 2006

Friday Fashion Hotlist | 3.17.06

Issue XXXII of the Friday Fashion Hotlist: a weekly compilation of the
cutest and coolest stuff Style Intelligence Report saw out there this

week, we went animal happy and found a handstitched embellished tee for women and a unique iPod case for both men and women.

For women:


saltlick nyc \"angry kitty\" tee

Angry Kitty Shirt | $58 at Saltlick NYC

 The handstitched design (and, of course, the kitty) make this tee stand out.  But why is Kitty so angry?  Special deal for Omiru readers: 20% off until 5/1/06 with code OMIRU06!

And for Men and Women:

Fluffy Co. iPod case
Hummingbird iPod Case | $24 at Fluffy Co.

Birds really are making quite an appearance these days.

1 comment March 17th, 2006

DIY Design It Yourself

D.I.Y. Design It Yourself!For the designer in each of us :)

$19.95 at Fred Flare.

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