Monday, December 27, 2010

Winter Vacation

Such a Winter eve. Now for a mellow fire,
some old poet's page, or else serene philosophy.
H.D. Thoreau

Monday, December 20, 2010

Newly Vintage From YSL

Yves Saint Laurent Jacket, $2,250, Shirt, $1,490, Bustier, $850, and Pants, $850. Available at Yves Saint Laurent New York, call (212) 980-2970.
Only YSL can make vintage as good as new. After the success of not one but two environmentally feel-good capsule collections, New Vintage, initiated by YSL’s creative director, Stefano Pilati, and Julie Gilhart, is having another go. New Vintage III’s moxie is quite simple: reclaim, recycle and sustain. “The collection is materially comprised of garments made from recycled fabric and from existing patterns instead of new ones, to start a dialogue with the market using known codes and a common language that are reassuring and familiar,” says Pilati about the 180 pieces that will be available this week. Metallic wide leg trousers, velvet tuxedo suiting jackets and leopard-print wrap dresses with a hint of disco pay a refreshing nod to Saint Laurent’s iconic 1970s designs. You’ll have a second chance to finally own that missed ready-to-wear piece, and no doubt appreciate the brand’s intelligent use and reuse of its existing resources. Via The Moment

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Joyeux Noel

Alber Elbaz, head designer for Lanvin, was chosen to create the windows this year at Printemps. The theme is Noel au Chateau, and represents the famous Chateau Mr. & Mrs. Lanvin lived in. Marionettes styled after Mr. & Mrs. Lanvin dance their way through the various rooms of the chateau in each window with one of them being haunted by ghosts. Actress Kristin Scott Thomas was the mistress of grand opening ceremony last month. 
(Love the pink!)
These windows top to bottom are pure genius,
from the concept and design to the detailed execution...
flawless,  yes?

Friday, December 10, 2010

Pop Up Shop- ok...Pop Up Igloo- Oh Yes!

Kate Spade is not joking around with the holiday cheer this year. In addition to a cute campaign and some decked-out stores, the label is hosting apop-up igloo next to the park's Citi Pond skating rink. The igloo opens at 10am every day, closing at 10pm during the week, 11pm Friday and Saturday nights, and 8pm Sunday. 
In my world, Kate and Andy Spade can do
 no wrong. I know it's weird but, from the way it looks,
they are the reigning Queen and King of the deck.
Don't believe? Take a look at what The Selby 
found when he came a callin.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

American Inspiration

Recently, Michael from A Continuous Lean met with
Hitoshi Uchida in Tokyo and took a tour of his vintage store,
J’Antiques. The shop, with considerable opinion in accession,
just may be the 
Best Vintage Store In The World-
with uber creative, detailed merchandising,
the overall look is something out of 
Ralph Lauren 101, or perhaps vice versa.
Forget the fact that much of what is here 
could be found and laboriously curated stateside,
the key here, bold passion meets creativity.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Windows of New York: The Big 6

Saks 5th Avenue

Lord and Taylor


Bergdorf Goodman

Henri Bendel

Now that the Big Six of New York department stores—Saks, Lord & Taylor, Barneys, Bendel, Bergdorf, and Bloomingdale's—have all unveiled theirholiday windows, it's time for our annual poll. Which store best captured all that is magical and joyous about New York City in late December? And which stores need to step it up next year? It's your call. But first, take a moment to reacquaint yourself with the contestants.

Who wins the Battle of the Holiday Windows?
Lord & Taylor