A Bi-Coastal Fashion Conversation

Cuel shoes

Remember when I told you last year the woven huarache type shoe would be in this year? Here ya go, never seen anything cooler:



Ziptastic Accessories from Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang hits my sweet spot this year with his accessories. With every turn of the fashion pages, I find a new best in class design. Here, my favorite bag, sunglasses, shoes, all zipped up and ready to go.

alexander wang brenda bag
black brenda mini camera bag black leather mini camera bag with top zip, two exterior zipper pockets and long snake chain shoulder strap. fabric lined interior.Available at Oak

These sunglasses are not for the masses. They require a strong outlook on life.Available at Opening Ceremony.
Ankle boots that are sure to stay on. Fit to be tied AND zipped.

I WANT This Dress from Backstage!

ALTER: New: Dresses from BACKSTAGE

Is it Spring yet? I promised myself no summer dresses until at least the first day of Spring, but its tomorrow, so maybe . .  not like I will be able to wear it here in New York for a month or two. But I love it!

Backstage Cabaret Dress, Black $158.00
Tunic length flowing dress with built in slip dress.
Available in sizes XXS, XS, Small, Medium.

Click this image to see the true beauty of this dress.

Backstage Cabaret Dress, bottom hem detail.

Midnight Ostrich Feather Jacket

This jacket is a great sexy, versatile black. Unfortunately, it is sold!
  • Midnight Ostrich Feather Jacket
Midnight Ostrich Feather Jacket
Midnight Ostrich Feather Jacket
Midnight Ostrich Feather Jacket
Midnight Ostrich Feather Jacket
Midnight Ostrich Feather Jacket
Midnight Ostrich Feather Jacket
Midnight Ostrich Feather Jacket
Stunning vintage 1980s black marabou jacket featuring long fluffy ostrich feathers throughout. Hidden hook & eye closure at neckline; fully lined. Guaranteed to glam up virtually any cocktail or party dress in just the right way!

Miss Selfridge Ostrich Feather Jacket

Miss Selfridge

The pink jacket is "eh", but the cobalt blue is the leading contender, because of the long beautiful feather construction. The blue is so bright though, that this would stand out even if it were not feathers. Too much?

ostrich feather

    • This came in black also, but it went on sale and is now sold out.

    Feathers Are More Fun Than Fur!

    So last Fall, I tried on what I have come to view as an exquisite white feather bolero jacket at a little boutique here in DUMBO. There was only one, in my size, and it was on sale. I was immediately drawn to the uniqueness and impracticality of it, which is also, I guess, why I didn't buy it. I felt like it was an extravagance that would just sit in my closet and look pretty. A month later, I was putting together an outfit and realized the perfect capper for it would be the white feather jacket. I went back to buy it, and it was gone.

    Since then, I have continually seen more and more ways to wear a piece like this, and I have so much remorse for NOT making an impulse buy. I continue to search for another one just like it, but to no avail.

    I have found a couple brightly colored feather jackets, but it seems to me something this wild and attention-getting should at least be in a basic color if you are to wear it much, right? White is optimal, with black coming in second.

     There is also the difference in eather construction. I found this nice white jacket, but it seems to be made of the downy marabou, not the long feathers of the cobalt blue jacket from Miss Selfridge, which are much more modern.

    These are just too costumey.
    Marabou Jackets


    Marabou Feather Jacket

    Oh, darling this is to die for! Jacket is made with Marabou feathers.  Fully lined with front hook closure.  Available only in two sizes that fit most medium and extra large.  Choice of red or purple. 




    Drunk Pump Purchase

    The bow has to go. Love the heel though. Half off at Giraudon going
    out of business sale in Chelsea.

    ZIpper, Zippers, Everywhere!

    OK, I swear I wasn't drunk when I bough these yesterday. I got drunk after. I still can't believe I bought these instead of the very versatile comfortable Repetto Kiss booties I blogged about earlier. In reality I kind of put down this new zippered bootie trend. Too rock n' roll right?
    I wrote them off as too tall, or too gimmicky. Case in point, the zippers on these Giuseppe Zanotti boots are tacked on top of the leather boot, not integrated into them. Plus, they are $1975.00! Click the boot to link to Intermix where they are sold.

    Now these are much more to my liking, with a hidden platform, and lower, not-so-spindly heels that you can actually walk around in. The zippers look cool, and are integrated into the suede, but are permanently stuck in the halfway open position.

    Studded Leggings by StyleStalker

    Studded Leggings at StyleStalker

    These are drop-dead cool. The best leggings I have seen so far. Part of the new trend of embellished leggings, but these are more rock 'n roll than glam. Perfect with ankle boots. If you click on the link for the StylesStalker website, you will see these in action on the home page right now.

    Studded Leggings
    Double click on above image to view full picture.

    Studded Leggings


      Traditional fitting leggings, with mesh insert panel.
      Two rows of weathered brass studs, run down the leg and around the mesh panel, one circular and the other pyramid shaped
      Both types of studs are approx 1cm in diameter

      95% Rayon 5% Lycra


      DIY - 80's Studded Leather Pants

      Just bought these on Ebay. Here is my idea - cut off legs just above knees to make into leather leg warmers. They have a few stud up the side of the legs, so I thing they could be really cool. Then I realized I might be able to use the leftover parts as leather shorts. They are hi-rise though so we will see. I am not sure the old hi rise look is the same as the new fashion forward hi rise look.

      These are regular 5-pocket jean cut, so they would make for a very good leather short.

      Kiss Boot in Black by Repetto

      Kiss Boot in Black -Available at  Zoe

      I tried on these booties yesterday and fell in love! Saw them in the window of a boutique in Soho. I had forgotten how unbeLIEVable comfortable Repetto brand dance shoes are. will these be my new winter boots?

      NOS Shoe Boutique

      How cool are these? Beautiful grey color too. 5" heel with 1" platform. Net, about 1" too high for me to be able to walk down the subway steps in.
      I can see them on you though, since you commute in a car.