Archive for October, 2009

A Classic: in Nude.

Ports 1961 Nude Dress

Ports 1961 Nude Dress

For those of us that have always searched for the perfect classic dress that is relevant for a work environment, holiday party, daytime luncheon, or fabulous night out, we have found the quintessential answer: this Ports 1961 Nude Dress.  It is the most stunning nude hue of  butterscotch meets blush.  The silhouette is fantastic – no matter what your body type it is an without a doubt an extremely flattering sheath.  It definitely harkens back to a more glamorous time (the wardrobe in The Aviator comes to mind which would have been the 30’s, but I also would not be surprised to see this dress on an episode of Mad Men). What I love most about this dress is the combination of the color and neckline – even though most think of nude as a weak color, I happen to think this is a very strong choice and rich statement.  A great alternative to black. I see it with fabulous black peep toes, a python printed sandal, or even a gorgeous red.  No matter which avenue you would choose to wear it for, this is definitely a head turner that we will happily be taking out of our closet on multiple occassions. Designer Tia Cibani knows how to design for women’s bodies and this dress certainly exemplifies her design aesthetic.

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Daily Street Chic Inspiration: Elle Style Blog

Parisian Street Chic as captured by ELLE

I wanted to share with all of you the source for some of my daily fashion inspirations: The Elle Style Blog for Street Chic.  The editors and photographers have captured some very stylish women from fashion capitals all over the world: Paris, New York, London, and Milan.  I find them very relate-able as these are real women, albeit some that are quite gutsy in their style choices, but it gives me that little extra motivation needed to continue to push the fashion envelope.  Take a look – who will inspire you most and from what city?

ellestyleblog (click here) .

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ACCESSORY OBSESSION OF THE WEEK: Elizabeth and James Jewelry.

Elizabeth and James Snake Diamond Necklace

Elizabeth and James Snake Diamond Necklace

We are very excited to be featuring the Robert Lee Morris for Elizabeth and James Jewelry collection!  The collection is produced through Robert Lee Morris, the jewelry industry’s leading innovator in the art as jewelry movement.  The collection is extremely wearable and absolutely beautiful.  Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen were extremely hands on with the designing of the collection as it was important to them for it to remain synonymous with the Elizabeth and James brand as well as their unique penchant for layered jewelry.  The concept behind the collection is mixing and matching metals, pieces, and functionality.  Necklaces (such as the snake pendant above), are designed on chains that can either be worn around the neck or wrapped twice around the wrist as a bracelet. Each piece is either a mixing of metals such as sterling silver, 14k gold, and rose gold or intertwining of one metal such as their twig collection.  Unlike many contemporary designers who foray into jewelry, the Elizabeth and James collection is price conscious AND made of 100% fine jewelry metals and diamonds (no fakes here!).  Some of our favorites are the twig cuff, the snake necklace (above) and the delicate diamond arrow bracelet.  We think you will find it hard to choose a favorite – we love them all!

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Accessory Obsession: 3.1 Phillip Lim Headbands

3.1 Phillip Lim Headband with Chain and Stones Detailing

3.1 Phillip Lim Headband with Chain and Stones Detailing

Just when I began to feel as if I needed some sort of fun accessory to add to my daily style, Phillip Lim’s headbands arrived from his Holiday 2009 Collection!  Headbands have come to the forefront of style this fall. They were shown all over the runways from the Downtown New York shows to the Paris Couture Runways.   The headband has evolved over the years from Catholic school accessory, to 80’s pastel plastic, to 90’s Cher Clueless, and now to Blair Waldorf of Gossip Girl, it is back in full force. I almost wish I still had one of those Goody ones lying around from childhood but of course since they were plastic they broke long ago.  The great thing about modern headband styling is that they can be worn with short hair, long hair, hair that’s up, or all the way down and they all have very unique detailing and appliques on them.  These Phillip Lim headbands are absolutely beautiful!  They are very lightweight which my head is definitely happy about – most headbands dig into the back of the head that by the end of the day either your head is pounding because you have put up with it all day or you’ve cursed off the accessory all together. Not this one – I wore one of them all day yesterday and ZERO pain -and bonus! I felt like it refined my look a bit too!   The one I had on is the faux python with the black beads (below). I paired it with the Camilla Skovgaard booties and Helmut Lang leather pants from this season – I think it also looks great dressed up with an LBD.  It has a really modern Downtown feel to it, while the chain detail one (left) is extremely pretty on – I would definitely play this one up in an Uptown way – perhaps back to the Smythe black jacket that I have previously blogged about – very Leighton Meester meets Prada.  So how to choose a favorite? I don’t think you have to because both are completely different and a very easy way to accessorize with a lot of the fall looks this season in a very refined, fun, and modern way!

3.1 Phillip Lim Faux Python Headband with Black Stone detailing

3.1 Phillip Lim Faux Python Headband with Black Stone detailing

3.1 Phillip Lim Faux Python/Grosgrain Headband (Detail)

3.1 Phillip Lim Faux Python/Grosgrain Headband (Detail)

3.1 Phillip Lim Chain Headband (Detail)

3.1 Phillip Lim Chain Headband (Detail)

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Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis//Style Icon.

Jackie Kennedy Onassis Style Icon

Jackie Kennedy Onassis: Style Icon

The heir to the effortless chic style throne is without a doubt Jackie O.  Her style was timeless, chic, and she is perhaps the most influential style icon since Marie Antoinette shook up the French throne at Versailles.  All of our style icons have had confidence, ease, and grace, which are not necessarily synonymous with specific styles of clothing.  However, they appear to be essential between looking fabulous in an outfit and  looking not quite put together properly.  Jackie O. inspired millions of women to wear bright colored dresses, sheaths, and wonderful outerwear accented with clean but rich detailing such as bows, lace, oversize buttons, and pattern.  It is difficult for a lot of women (myself included) to maintain pops of color during the fall/winter. It is so easy and chic to go more Audrey Hepburn with the head-to-toe black ensemble, but learning how to integrate color into our favorite black attire can help add dimension to any outfit during the winter and make our skin glow more!  Here are our favorite looks right now that have been inspired by our style icon Ms. Kennedy Onassis: (below) Our Marc by Marc Jacobs dress is absolutely amazing! The color is so fabulous on everyone and the bow is ever so chic!  I’ve seen this paired with a black peep toe stiletto for a very sleek and leggy look and also I LOVE it with sheer black tights and black suede stiletto boots.  Imagine with a black overcoat how amazing this look is for dinner – the green just pops from underneath and then once the jacket is off, sitting at the table, the bow frames the neckline oh so perfectly and not in an obnoxious bow sort of way!  I am definitely inspired to wear this to work over the next couple of days.  This time of year especially,  I love finding these bright  pops of color to brighten up my look!

Marc by Marc Jacobs Jade Bow Dress

Marc by Marc Jacobs Jade Bow Dress

The most stunning dress coat: Hanii Y Black Fur and Lace Detail Coat

The most stunning dress coat: Hanii Y Black Fur and Lace Detail Coat

Our favorite dress coat of this season (right) is definitely Jackie O meets Nordic-chic. Even for someone who feels that a fur coat can be overwhelming (that would be me), this coat is very easy to wear and super glamourous.  There is just the right amount of fur on the top of the coat to keep that glamour yet eliminate the usual bulk that comes along with fur.  The lace trim is a bit victorian inspired and softens the graduation from the fur to the coat’s base fabric.  What I love most about this coat is that it gives you the perfect opportunity to pair it with a great pop of color underneath – the purple Shoshanna dress underneath shows off the detailing of the coat and softens the bold color of the dress for those of us that need something to ground the boldness.  The purple dress under the fur looks very royal to me – and of course now as I write this, I see my subconscious inspiration was also of course The Tudors/ Henry VIII and Ann Boleyn time period.  I love purple and black paired together – also very rock and roll chic if edged up a bit with tights and a bootie.  This has definitely become my favorite look of the week – for those of you that will be in the store this week  – it will be on the mannequin!

More Jackie O’s inspired dresses:

ADAM by Adam Lippes Navy and Black Houndstooth Dress

ADAM by Adam Lippes Navy and Black Houndstooth Dress

We already sold out of ADAM’s navy and black houndstooth trousers not only because of their amazing fit, but also the fabric choice was so unique and rich so when this sheath dress (left) arrived in the same fabric we were ecstatic to say the least.  The fit is incredible, it is so timeless, and the perfect alternative to wearing an LBD.   For a more casual and work oriented lifestyle, Shoshanna’s purple ponte dress below is our final Jackie O. inspiration dress for today.  For those of us that love purple (me!) and might not have a more formal occasion to wear her party dress pictured under the fur coat, this ponte dress (below) is extremely versatile.  Ponte is an amazing fabric – comfortable, flattering, and versatile.  This dress can easily be worn during the day with black tights and flat boots or a ballet flat. To dress it up, pairing it the same way as the party dress (above right) is easy enough or paired with a fitted thin black turtleneck underneath and black tights is a more modern work friendly, cold weather option.

Shoshanna Purple Ponte Dress

Shoshanna Purple Ponte Dress

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Style Icon: the ever ‘glowing’ Gwyneth Paltrow

gwyneth paltrow style icon

gwyneth paltrow style icon

White Jersey Dress with Black Bustier Waist

White Jersey Dress with Black Bustier Waist**

Gwyneth Paltrow’s intial success came from her acting; however in the fashion industry she is a much loved style icon and muse to many.  Her style is impeccable: balancing classic grace with modern edge and architectural lines.  She takes risks, no one can accuse her of playing it safe, but for the most part her risks end up being fabulous!  She knows how to dress for her leggy body type and it works time and time again, often showing up at premieres and appearances looking absolutely stunning.  Style icons aren’t necessarily required to be from the past – Paltrow made our list because her style has substance.

White Sateen Bustier Dress with Black Waist Detailing

White Sateen Bustier Dress with Black Waist Detailing**

The choices, risks, and successes of her fashion are all backed by a woman of great intelligence – she has a mind and I personally really enjoy following her  GOOP Newsletter where she lets us know what she is inspired by in her life – food, travel, adventure, and fashion wise (many are calling her the new generation’s Martha Stewart, while others have been chastising her for this new endeavor – I think she is amazing!).  Her food show, On the Road Again with Mario Batali, which films the duo bouncing around Spain on culinary adventures – solidified her icon status with me.  She has this whole smart girl, laid back vibe thing going on with a passion of the new and a penchant for not caring what others think.  So today our style icon is Gwyneth.  My most early memory of a strong fashion choice of hers was the princess pink gown she wore to the Oscars when she took home the award for Best Female Actor for Shakespeare in Love. I just love where her style has evolved to – often photographed in architectural shapes and quite a bit of black and white.  A modern woman of strength, grace, intelligence, and likability.  These soon to arrive Holiday ‘09 dresses (pictured above) inspired our glowing Gwyneth day!

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In Honor of Halloween: Our take on the Copy Cat

Copy Cat

Copy Cat

We had to interrupt this week’s style icon blogging to bring to the forefront, in honor of it being Halloween month, the chronic epidemic of: THE COPY CAT.  In the fashion world, copy cats are very prevalent -with designer items being knocked off all the time and sold on the street as a poor excuse for the original.  Well, in the boutique world the copy cat has reared its ugly head again and just in time for Halloween.  We at glow do all of our homework scouting out the best designers and collections that are in the industry to bring them exclusively to you – my preblogging of my mounds of paperwork reference this never-ending research.  Copy Cat boutiques don’t do this homework – they take the shortcut – spying what their competitors offer and trying to countersell the same collections.  It’s like that kid in school who wants to be on the honor roll but doesn’t have the work ethic to do the homework that is required so what happens? During test time he cheats by looking over onto the smart kid’s paper for the answers.  In the end… copy cats never win. Halloween ends and the masks come off and all you are left with is who you really are. When you’ve done your homework, who you are is fabulous and glowing – but when you don’t and all you do is copy others who work hard – you never have your own identity – how do you ever expect to succeed unless you join the circus where they wear disguises as a job?  (just food for retail thought.)  Well, all I know is even after October we at glow are going to continue our hard work in doing what we do best and we know that’s what you love – I guess it’s like my Grandma used to say: “we should be flattered” – they want to be like us!

Style Icon: Grace Kelly

Today’s style icon I have become inspired by is Grace Kelly.  The actress, icon, and princess was known for her easy elegant style. Always featured in dresses with clean lines and simple silhouettes that were perfectly proportioned for her body.  The fluidity of her style and ‘grace’ can inspire us to style ourselves with ease and confidence.  When I see a customer fidgeting with something they are trying on, I always tell them to pass on it because when you fidget in an outfit – it will never work.  You and your outfit need to feel cohesive – otherwise the fluidity and confidence will never be there.  I am guilty of this quite often when I am rushing in the morning – I will sometimes put something on that I might not have been in the mood to wear and then I throw it off, then another outfit goes on…throw it off…another..until my patience, time, and closet organization are completely lost.  These are the times when the less-is-more mentality works best.  Grace Kelly never over-accessorized – she just seems to have always portrayed this innate confidence and ease.

Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly

Byron Lars Peacock Blue Silk Dress

Byron Lars Peacock Blue Silk Dress

Our new Byron Lars dress (right) inspired our Grace Kelly Icon Day – it looks AMAZING on every woman that has tried it on.  The color is super flattering on and the ease of the style has been working for black tie affairs, theatre events, day luncheons/showers, and even fancy dinners!  It is a great dress to have in the closet because of its versatility, ease, and style.  No matter what we know that when we wear this dress we will feel like Grace Kelly for the night (and possibly pretend to have that Princess title)!  I love this dress so much that I had to put it in the window which has made the window quite glamorous!

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