We asked: Are Cropped Sleeve Jackets In or Out?
You said: You love them! A full 62% think they’re in. Only 22% think they’re on their way out, and a mere 16% think they’re already Out.
Omiru’s take: It’s a cute silhouette, and although it’s not here to stay forever, we’re having fun with it now. Cropped sleeves are flattering on most body types, which should propel this trend further into the mainstream.
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June 12th, 2006
We’re all over the dragonfly on this necklace.
Lori’s inspiration for the necklace? She was looking for unique pendants and ran across some lovely Thai Hill Tribes silver. She bought one and paired it with some organic turquoise. It sold immediately. Since then, she’s made many dragonfly necklaces with the dragonfly in various sizes and with different (but always natural) stones.
Lori recommends pairing the delicate necklace with a casual linen shirt.
$45 at Lori Anderson Designs.
June 12th, 2006
Cut AIDS Out: Cutting & Coloring for a Worthy Cause
Elevation Salon + Café’s stylists and colorists will snip and spray away for a good cause during the fourth annual San Francisco AIDS Walk Cut-a-thon on July 9th. Between noon and 5 pm, guests getting their manes tamed will enjoy the sounds of a DJ, snacks, drinks, and goody-bag giveaways. Haircuts will be $40, tints $50. All proceeds from this party-like event will go to the San Francisco AIDS Walk.
Elevation Salon + Café
451 Bush Street (between Kearny and Grant)
San Francisco, CA
Call 415-392-2969 for an appointment.
If you don’t need a new hairdo but would still like to contribute, make a donation at http://www.aidswalk.net/sanfran/index.html.
June 11th, 2006
Issue XXXXIV of the Friday Fashion Hotlist: a weekly compilation of the
cutest and coolest stuff Style Intelligence Report saw out there this
week, we bring to you a cute printed zipper top for women and a bright pair of flip flops for men.
Music Lover Zipper Top | $19.80 at Forever21
The headphone print (which reminds us of Project Runway’s Jay McCarroll) and the short sleeves are adorable!
Havaianas Brazilian Flag Flip Flops | $16 at ScoopNYC
Beach time, anyone? The electric color makes this pair of flip flops stand out.
June 9th, 2006
Linen and silk for luxury in a classic racerback silhouette.
Lovingly designed by Carol Young for "Undesigned."
$125 at Undesigned.
June 9th, 2006
Like Manolo Blahnik before him, Milan-based shoe designer Max Kibardin initially studied architecture before he leaped into the fashion world. His designs combine the structural beauty of architectural designs with the decorative detailing evocative of nature—in this case, simple vegetables. Kibardin’s self-described dialogue between architecture and nature harmonizes in strikingly gorgeous shoe designs. Omiru caught up with Kibardin to get the scoop on his design process, his inspiration, and his style philosophy.
O: How did you get into the footwear industry?
M: Three years ago, I had an opportunity to have a colloquium with Fabio Zambernardi (head designer at Prada), showing him my prêt-à-porter womenswear collection. At that meeting, he asked me if I was interested into shoes. I wasn’t initially, since my thoughts were about producing my own collection, but I started to think about it.
O: Who wears your shoes?
M: Fashion journalists. They are my favorite celebrities.
O: Describe your design process.
M: I start by collecting interesting details from movies, old magazines (I have big archive of them), art, nature, and architecture. Really, the whole world surrounding me. I do this several months before I start designing, and then one day it all comes together like a pieces of mosaic. My next step is to "stick" all the research work over the shoe form and create unique inspiration for the combination of colors and lines of shoe construction. Then you have to find a compromise from what do you want and what can you have, using a technical language for materializing the drawing. I rarely do fabric, color and trend research before designing. Normally, I am searching for the right fabrics, with drawings already in my hand, which might help me better to express my concept.
O: How do you manufacture your shoes?
M: My shoes are made in Vigevano, a small town next to Milan. Vigevano is traditionally famous for the factories, which are best for manufacturing high quality shoes. My shoes are being produced using old craftsman studio processes, and they can take about 3 months in production.
O: Any advice for aspiring designers?
M: Accept any experience that enriches your own fashion vision.
O: As a designer, do you feel extra pressure to wear trendy clothing?
M: Not at all, I still feel very comfortable continuing wearing my Helmut Lang jeans with Lacoste polos.
O: What do you think about this increased interest in what celebrities are wearing?
M: Celebrities, in this day and age, gain more human aspect, unlike the unreachable divas in the era of old Hollywood. As a result, it’s very easy for any person to identify himself with celebrities.
O: If your house was burning down, and you could only keep one thing in your closet, what would you keep?
M: Helmut Lang jeans, since his shops are closed and they are so hard to find!
O: What is in style right now?
M: Chunky heels.
O: What’s going out of style?
M: Diamond shoes.
O: What clothes have you worn that you’re now ashamed of?
M: None. You have to try everything you want to, to find your own style.
O: What are you inspired by?
M: Mostly by old movies.
O: What are your favorite designers?
M: Miuccia Prada, Jil Sander, Helmut Lang, and Alber Elbaz.
O: High maintenance or Low Maintenance?
M: Trying to be low maintenance.
O: What’s your style philosophy?
M: Less is more.
To purchase Max Kibardin’s shoe designs, fax orders to 00390236555547.
June 8th, 2006
The bold green is a welcome complement to the luxurious, sand-colored suede.
$370 at Vivre.
June 8th, 2006
Just when we thought the fedora was on its way to hat heaven, Kate Moss (and half the designers at Fashion Week) revived it. Now the likes of Sienna Miller and Mary Kate Olsen are wearing it on bad hair days, good hair days, and any time in between. Whether you go gaga for the latest skull craze or prefer a more subtle style, there’s a fedora out there that’s perfect for your head and personality. So go on, buy yourself a fedora and stop dreading those bad hair days.
Pinstripe Fedora Hat | $12.74 (sale) at Target
Plaid Fedora | $18 at Journeys
Skull Fedora | $24 at Journeys
June 7th, 2006
Shirts from Edoc Laundry include more than what meets the eye.
Each shirt produced by Edoc Laundry has a hidden code. Decipher it, plug it into the website, and unlock one episode of an ongoing online murder mystery about a starry-eyed music band called Poor Richard and a killer on the run.
Edoc produced more than 40 interactive episodes to correspond to its inaugural 40+ piece Spring collection. Quite impressive!
$29 at Edoc Laundry.
June 7th, 2006