Archive for June, 2006

Yosifa-Penina Kites Barrette

Yosifa-Penina Kites Barrette Think barrettes, like Trix, are for kids?  Think again.  Jules Sherman is turning stereotypes about barrettes upside down with her new line of micro-injected PVC hair barrettes, which are flexible, comfortable to wear and water (and chlorine!) proof.

Sherman, an industrial designer by trade, is inspired by historical and modern design patterns and color combinations.  Her carefully chosen patterns are fun enough for kids, yet grown-up enough for you.

$12 at Smashing Darling.

8 comments June 19th, 2006

Ready Made Outfit: Casual Chic at the Club

Rouge Club Style

Spotted: At the Rouge, San Francisco.

The Look: The wifebeater paired with the denim miniskirt bleeds (Southern) California casual chic, but the black belt worn at the waist adds an element of sophistication to the ensemble.

Your Version: Equally laid-back, with a punch of color: Colored tank + Black Leather Belt + Denim Miniskirt.


Racerback Tank

Racerback Ribbed Tunic | $7.80 at Forever 21

Bebe Belt

Patent Leather Canvas Belt | $59 at Bebe 

 

jean skirt

Chip and Pepper Denim Miniskirt | $169 at Nordstrom 

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Friday Fashion Hotlist | 6.16.06

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

This
week, we bring to you a gorgeous fitted jacket for women and a buckle-happy pair of hi top sneakers for men.

For women:

 

L.A.M.B. Trooper Jacket
L.A.M.B. Trooper Jacket | $425 at Nordstrom
Why do we love it?  The oversized collar, the cute front closure, and the utilitarian pockets.

And for men:

Double Identity Sneakers
Double Identity Hi Top Sneakers | $69 at
Shop at Milk
Quite unique.

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Alanna Bess Firenze Bracelet

Alanna Bess Firenze Bracelet
Seven strands filled with fresh-water pearls, green chalcedony, rose quartz, moonstone, garnet, smokey quartz, and 14k gold.

Lovingly designed by Alanna Bess.


$645 at Alanna Bess.

2 comments June 16th, 2006

Designer Profile: Zoë Hong


Last month, Zoë Hong went to New York as a self-described “not-famous everyday fashion designer.”  Days later, she came back to her hometown of San Francisco as a semi-famous award-winning fashion designer.  As the winner of Gen Art’s prestigious Perrier Bubbling Under Award, Zoë competed against 800 aspiring designers representing 28 countries and 33 states.    The down-to-earth designer says, though, that the green trophy hasn’t dramatically changed her life.  Maybe not yet, but we expect great things to come from the disarmingly modest twenty-six-year-old.

Zoe Hong IllustrationO: Tell us about the collection that won you Gen Art’s Perrier Bubbling Under Award.

Z: This year, Perrier’s theme was “sparkle.”  However, I’m not a sparkly designer.  “Sparkle” makes me think of beads, sequins, and other add-ons.  It was a challenge, but I love a challenge.  I gave it my own twist and made sure the collection looked like me.  I like mixing menswear elements in clothes, unexpected color combinations and fabrics.  I played with these ideas with this “sparkle” theme in mind.  So many designers out there are creating convoluted concepts.  I like concept for the sake of clothes, not concept for sake of concept.  I wanted to make something beautiful, something that was concept for the sake of clothes.

O: Tell us about your trip to New York for the competition.

Z: It was pretty insane.  I’m trying to become a citizen, and I had an immigration interview scheduled for the day before.  That’s not one of those things you can reschedule.  I went to the interview, came home to get my bags, hopped on the plane to New York, got in at 6am the day of the event, only to find that the hotel check in started at 3pm.  After check in, I hopped into the shower, then did a Coutorture interview right before the event.  

O:  What about the actual event?

Z: Really, the first hour was a blur.  I had too much caffeine and not enough sleep.  The awards ceremony itself was pretty straightforward.  I was in the second segment, and the person who won right before me was Bruno Grizzo.  He’s a great guy, and I have a lot of respect for him.  However, when he won, he had a speech.  It was written on a tiny little piece of paper.  I freaked out!  He had a speech.  I really didn’t have a speech.  I calmed myself down by figuring that I wouldn’t win anyways.  So when I won, I was completely unprepared.  I was blinded by the lights, and I rambled something.  I didn’t know what I said until Coutorture showed me the video of the event later.

O: You were quoted in WWD as saying, “I’d like to give Gen Art mad props for existing for this exact purpose.”  Would you like to comment on your comment?

Z: I was just really worried that I had offended Gen Art with my comment.  I actually asked Tali at Gen Art to see if it was offensive.  Luckily, she thought it was a great quote.

Zoe Hong Cinderella FlatO: First thought when they called your name as the winner?

Z: I just sort of sat there.  My boyfriend poked me on the side and asked, “Are you going to get up there?”  I was wearing a traditional kimono for unmarried women.  The sleeves were long, and they went just past my knee.  I was also wearing 5-inch platform heels.  I just kept thinking, “Don’t trip! People are watching!”  

O: How did you celebrate your big win?

Z:  I’ve been meeting a lot of fashion bloggers online, including Julie Fredrickson, one half of the Coutorture team.  I emailed her a couple weeks before I went to New York and told her why I was coming.  She decided to throw this huge party—a Coutorture Launch/Congratulations Verbal Croquis [my blog’s name] party.  It was at Lucky Jacks on the Lower East Side.  WWD, Fashion Wire Daily, and Glam were there.

O: How did winning the award change your life?

Z: It hasn’t really changed my life.  I don’t ever think that these sorts of things change your life.  It’s what you end up doing with it.  I feel like my 15 minutes of fame are over.  But for me, the most important thing was an industry validation of my talents as a designer.

O: In addition to being a designer, you’re also an avid fashion blogger.  For our readers who aren’t familiar with your blog, Verbal Croquis, would you please describe it?

Z: Verbal Croquis is the adventures of a not-famous everyday fashion designer who is extremely ambitious and hardworking.  It’s a realistic view of the life of a fashion designer.  It’s not always glamorous.  A lot of days, it’s coming home really tired, waiting for your samples from China that are stuck on a boat somewhere, going to boring meetings, and not being able to meet fabric minimums.  It’s a boss who’s not feeling you one day, and yet, totally feeling you another day.  Interestingly, people recently started writing me asking for fashion career advice.  Now I appear to be the blogosphere’s go-to gal for how to get your fashion career started.

O: What’s your most important piece of advice for aspiring designers?  

Z: You really have to figure out where in the industry you belong.  Pinpoint what you want.  That will guide you to whatever methods you need to get started.  There are various options, and plenty of options as a designer.  What kind of designer do you want to be?  Where do you want to be?  How involved do you want to be in production and construction?  First, nail down your long-term and short-term goals.  Only then can you figure out how to get there.

O: How did you get into the fashion industry?

Z: I’m one of those cliché stores that always loved fashion.  There’s a picture of me at 7 years old, with a JC Penney catalogue in my arm.  It had hundreds of pages of pretty pictures, and I carried it everywhere.

Zoe Hong Cinderella IllustrationO: What do you love about fashion?

Z: When you talk about fashion, you can have one conversation about the cute shoes you have to have, which can turn into a discussion about fashion trends and consumption and how things have changed.  I love the variety and how it reaches different parts of my brain.  I never get bored.  

O: What do you dislike about fashion?

Z: The preconceived reputation of designers.  Everyone assumes you don’t need any training.  It’s not like law. You don’t need to pass an exam, you don’t need a degree.  Sure, we’re not saving lives or anything, but it does the profession a disservice when people come in and say, “Oh, design can’t be hard.”  It lowers the already tarred reputation of designers as lazy.  

O: What do your parents think about your career choices?

Z: I was groomed to be a lawyer.  I had piano lessons.  I had to learn how to cook, quiet my voice at the appropriate time, and do the whole docile Asian thing.   When I was preparing my portfolio for design school during my senior year of high school, my dad not so subtly hinted at alternative college options.  He left a Yale Law school sweatshirt outside my bedroom door.
 
O: What’s your definition of style?

Z: It’s your personality in tangible items.  I have no personal style because I never groomed it.  I’ve been too busy grooming other people.  My uniform is a leather jacket and jeans.  When I have to go to an event somewhere, I start sweating thinking about it.  I was never my own muse. 

O: Favorite designer?

Z: It’s a tie between Alexander McQueen and Nicolas Ghesquière at Balenciaga.  I love them both because they do it different.  I don’t think their designs are really about shock value.  It’s just how they are as designers. 

O: High maintenance or Low maintenance?

Z: Personality wise, I’m pretty low maintenance.  I leave all of my Type A-ness to my work.  I have a free flow social life, but at work, I’m really organized with a very detailed calendar.  You have to deliver.  So much of this industry is all about deadlines.  I’m demanding of my team, but I try to be friendly.

Zoe Hong Bell DressO: What’s in style right now?

Z: I had a very interesting conversation with some fellow fashion bloggers.  We decided that it’s everything and nothing.  We did the whole bohemian look for awhile, but that’s done, even though the garmentos are still doing it.  More recently, we saw designers doing the “new minimalism.”  Really, it was about looking like a woman instead of looking like a girl.  That’s where fashion is right now.

O: Everything and nothing?

Z: Fashion doesn’t have an identity this year.  It’s trying to make an identity for itself this decade, while trying really hard not to do the vintage thing.  It’s tough, because a lot of what’s out there has already been done.  It’s giving fashion a bit of an identity crisis.  There’s a whole movement towards making fashion more democratic with small design houses proliferating.  There’s no fashion dictatorship anymore.  All of the big stars—Marc Jacobs, Prada—they’re left over from the 90s. 

O: Last words?

Z: I’m still young, I have a lot of energy, can you expect a lot of new things coming from me, and not just from my blog.  I have more ambition than most fashionistas have shoes.  I love this industry.  

Love Zoë as much as we do?  Visit her blog at http://verbalcroquis.wordpress.com. 
 

1 comment June 15th, 2006

Gear Shift Cufflinks

Gear Shift Cufflinks For the motorsport enthusiast :)


$17.99 (sale) at Silk Tie Factory.

3 comments June 15th, 2006

Shopping Guide: Men’s Khakis


Khakis will forever been known as one of the most versatile pieces of clothing in a men’s wardrobe. The neutrally delightful garments are perfect for work, night, business power lunches or even a hokey stroll on the beach. Here are some pairs that range from the reasonably priced to the indulgently posh.

 

Our Cheap-Chic Pick

 

Men’s Regular Fit Super Khakis | $20.00 (sale) at Old Navy 

 

Our Reasonable Splurge Pick

Modern Amusement Tropical Trouser 

Tropical Trouser | $98 at Modern Amusement 

Our Outrageously Indulgent Pick

 

 Dries Van Noten Dress Pants | $170 (sale) at Yoox.com 

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LAMB Striped Ruffle Pencil Skirt

LAMB Pencil Skirt Sinuously curvy and oh-so-chic! 

What do we love so much? The ruffle detail at the bottom hem and the sailor-inspired tab front detailing.

$325 at Shopbop.

2 comments June 14th, 2006

Ready Made Outfit: Funky Sailor

It seems everyone these days wants to look like a sailor. But don’t you want to distinguish yourself from all the other fish out there? Setting out to sea doesn’t have to
look so predictable. Say ahoy to the new funky sailor look.

Fashion Formula = Chain Necklace + Striped Tank + Overalls + Wedge Sandals.


sailor necklace

Multi Design Link Sailor Necklace | $51.99 (sale) at Shop Intuition

sailor top

Striped Sailor Tank | $15.80 at Forever 21

overalls

Cotton Overalls | $22.80 at Forever 21

Lucky Lou Shoe Upper Lucky Lou Shoe Bottom

 Lucky Lou “Sailor Dream” Wood Sole Shoes  | $84 at Pinupgirlclothing.com

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Development Brown Chain Dress

Development Brown Chain Dress at Le Train Bleu It’s the silk-enclosed chain necklace that turns this dress into a stunner.

$215 at Le Train Bleu.

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