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Perfect Outfit: 5 Hot Picks For A Cool Cocktail Party

19 Sep

By: Kate Mulling

|   Photos by: Amanda Thomas

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Whether it’s a garden party at your fave gallery or a housewarming on the patio, you know you’ve got at least a few outdoor parties lined up in the next few weeks. So skip the worrying about what to wear and take a dressing lesson from today’s perfect outfit subject, Lily. A pretty patterned pencil skirt, an effortless semi-sheer blouse, and a few key accessories are absolute no-brainers and will keep you sailing in style all summer long for any festive occasion that may come your way.

Essential # 1: Sleeveless white blouse. Nothing feels as fresh for summer than a crisp white blouse, and this semi-sheer, sleeveless version is as good as it gets. Tuck it into your fave high-waisted shorts and jeans to dress up even your most low-key looks, or pair it with a printed pencil skirt to mimic this perfect outfit.
Alexander Wang T Rib Football Tank, $82, both available at Creatures of Comfort, available at Creatures of Comfort, 7971 Melrose Avenue (at Edinburgh Street); 323-655-7855.

Essential # 2: Patterned pencil skirt. Easy and elegant, without being a snooze-fest, a slim silhouette in an eye-catching print is a fail-proof piece for a warm-weather fête.
Fleurette Pencil Skirt, available at J. Crew, $59, 10250 Santa Monica Boulevard (at Avenue Of The Stars); 310-286-7595.

Essential #3: Wedge heel. This summer essential is the only shoe you’ll need to raise your style to new heights. We love a wedge with some substantial straps in black or nude for every occasion.
Slow And Steady Wins The Race heels, $115, available at Opening Ceremony, 451 North La Cienega Boulevard (at Rosewood Avenue); 310-652-1120.

Essential #4: Mismatched mani/pedi. While some think it’s ladylike to have coordinating nails and toes, we are all about the clash. Lily’s metallic pedicure and pastel pink nails are anything but matchy-matchy, just the way we like it.
Deborah Lippman My Romance Nail Polish, $16, available at Barneys NY, 9570 Wilshire Boulevard (at South Peck Drive); 310.276.4400.

Essential #5: Unfussy bracelets. Pare down your jewelry look with a strong metallic bracelet or two, like this petit Phillip Crangi railroad spike. It makes a killer statement and goes with everything.
Giles and Brother Skinny Railroad Spike Bracelet, $55, available at Barneys NY, 9570 Wilshire Boulevard (at South Peck Drive); 310.276.4400.

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Ann Taylor

10 Jul

Ann Taylor’s rich heritage dates to 1954, when founder Robert Liebeskind, the son of a dressmaker, opened his first shop. Back then, “Ann Taylor” represented a best-selling dress style that had been gifted to the storeowner by his father. The “Ann Taylor” design embodied the well-dressed woman, and the Ann Taylor legacy was born. By 1983, Ann Taylor had grown from a regional, primarily East Coast brand, to a national brand with 47 stores across the United States. Today, the Ann Taylor brand is represented by two brands with four channels of distribution: Ann Taylor Stores, LOFT, Ann Taylor Factory and LOFT Outlet. At the end of fiscal 2008, Ann Taylor operated 935 stores throughout the United States, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico and generated nearly $2.2 billion in sales.

Stuart Weitzman

6 May

After graduating from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Stuart Weitzman had his eyes set on Wall Street. But when his father, a shoe manufacturer, died unexpectedly about a year later, Stuart decided to join his father’s company, Mr. Seymour.

Today, with Stuart remaining as head designer and CEO/Founder, Stuart Weitzman Holdings LLC is one of the most recognized shoe manufacturers of high-fashion women’s shoes in the world. Stuart Weitzman shoes have waltzed their way into the pages of top magazines, movie screens and the red carpets of Hollywood. Women around the world can find his shoes – they are sold in more than 70 countries, with over 30 retail stores in the United States alone.

Stuart Weitzman embodies a playfully glamorous style. Stuart is dedicated to fusing fashion, fit and comfort and is frequently recognized for his creativity and use of unique materials, such as vinyl, lace and painted reptiles. His footwear designs often evoke a sense of fantasy with their whimsical flare of elegance

7 For All Mankind

11 Apr

7 For All Mankind is the world’s premiere brand of luxury denim-lifestyle products… products focused on innovation in design, fabric, finish and fit, which makes modern consumers feel sexy and sophisticated.

The story of premium denim is one that is intricately intertwined with the launch of 7 For All Mankind in Los Angeles, California in the Fall of 2000. 7 For All Mankind was the first company to truly bring premium denim to scale, marking Los Angeles, California as denims’ venerable center for research and development worldwide changing the landscape of denim forever.
7 For All Mankind’s premium jeans literally exploded onto the scene, quickly earning critical acclaim and an immediate following for its innovative use of fits, fabrics, and finishes in denim. Sales for the first year reached a staggering $13 million, an unheard of figure in the denim market, and have continued to show exponential growth year after year. In the past seven years 7 For All Mankind has become both an established modern classic for its sophisticated fits as well as a leading trendsetter for its newest fashion forward washes and designs.
The brand, famously dubbed “Sevens” by fashion editors and stylists, grew to fame in no small part because it became an instant favorite among Hollywood’s elite. 7 For All Mankind jeans continue to rank as a preferred jean among Hollywood’s leading ladies such as Angelina Jolie, Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Garner and Liv Tyler. Male celebrities such as Jake Gyllenhaal, Ben Affleck, and Ryan Reynolds became fans of the brand shortly after the launch of the 7 For All Mankind’s men’s collection in 2002.
The company continues to grow and evolve as a true denim lifestyle brand, expanding its product line to include women’s, men’s, kids, sportswear, handbag and footwear collections. The brand’s offerings also continue to expand through innovative collaborations with highly regarded designers such as The Great China Wall, Zac Posen, Azzedine Alaia, Evan Yurman and Pucci. Exciting partnerships that push the envelope of design and creativity are now a signature part of the brand’s exploratory endeavors. 7 For All Mankind continues to merge the worlds of denim and couture to redefine the fashion landscape. The brand is currently sold at its owned retail stores, http://www.7forallmankind.com, luxury department stores, and high end specialty boutiques in over 80 countries throughout the world.

Bluefly

27 Mar

Founded in 1998, Bluefly, Inc. (NASDAQ SmallCap: BFLY) is a leading online retailer of designer brands, fashion trends and superior value. Bluefly.com is the ultimate hook-up for discount designer clothes, bags, shoes, jewelry and more from brands like Prada, Fendi, Gucci and Ralph Lauren.

Urban Outfitters

28 Jan

Urban Outfitters is a global retailer with a boutique approach.

Does that sound like a contradiction? How about this: Urban Outfitters is the biggest small retailer in the world.

Still confused? That’s because we didn’t start Urban Outfitters to make sense on paper and we certainly never thought we’d be writing something like a brand bio.

Kenneth Cole

7 Dec

Twenty years ago, I wanted to open a shoe company with limited money. From experience I knew one had to get in quickly because so often new companies run out of cash flow before they get the chance to conduct business. I also knew
it was easier to get credit from factories in Europe who needed the business than from American banks that didn’t. So I lined up the factories, went to Europe, designed a collection of shoes, and returned to the states to sell them.

At the time, a shoe company had two options. You could get a room at the Hilton and become 1 of about 1100 shoe companies selling their goods. This didn’t provide the identity or image I felt necessary for a new company, and it cost a lot more money than I had to spend. The other way was to do what the big companies do and get a fancy showroom in Midtown Manhattan not far from the Hilton. More identity, much more money too.

I had an idea.

I called a friend in the trucking business and asked to borrow one of his trucks to park in Midtown Manhattan. He said sure, but good luck getting permission. I went to the Mayor’s office, Koch at the time, and asked how one gets permission to park a 40 foot trailer truck in Midtown Manhattan He said one doesn’t. The only people the city gives parking permits to are production companies shooting full length motion pictures and utility companies like Con Ed or AT&T. So that day I went to the stationery store and changed our company letterhead from Kenneth Cole, Inc. to Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc. and the next day I applied for a permit to shoot a full length film entitled “The Birth of a Shoe Company.”

With Kenneth Cole Productions painted on the side of the truck, we parked at 1370 6th Avenue, across from the New York Hilton, the day of shoe show. We opened for business with a fully furnished 40 ft trailer, a director (Sometimes there was film in the camera, sometimes there wasn’t) models as actresses, and two of New York’s finest, compliments of Mayor Koch, as our doormen.
We sold 40 thousand pairs of shoes in two and a half days (the entire available production) and we were off and running.

To this day the company is still named Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc. and serves as a reminder to the importance of resourcefulness and innovative problem solving.

-KENNETH COLE