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I see I want

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It’s not especially in my wheelhouse, but I became obsessed with the quilted leather bomber that Loeffler Randall’s Jesse Randall is wearing in this profile on Madewell’s blog the second I saw it.  It walks that classic/edgy line quite well, if you take the quilting to Barbour-type places in your head, which I do. It also seems like it’d be a good weight for early spring. Should spring ever actually come.

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The closest approximation I could find is this—which is Isabel Marant and a wonder to behold and probably too pricey even for Princess Week.

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This one’s a little more like it.


Posted on February 28th, 2014 10 Comments

When a splurge doesn’t need to be

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Longtime readers may recall that back in January, in a move that surprised no one more than me, I forked over big bucks for a pair of Isabel Marant wedge sneakers. It was a completely impulsive, potentially disastrous move, but they’ve become a wardrobe workhorse, and—crazy pricey though they were—it’s looking like the cost-per-wear is going to work out just fine. Going for them instead of one of their many knockoffs was the easiest part to justify: the knockoffs all made the wedge look quite obvious and un-sneaker-y, which came off very disco and not at all suitable. These Nikes, however, get it exactly right, for a whole lot less cash than the Isabel Marants. I’ve got a hunch they’re more comfortable, and they’re maybe even a little bit cooler just for being Nikes and not trying so hard. There’s a bit more of a high-top look going on, but that can be very cute as long as your jeans are slim enough. And that is because, as a fashion editor once told me, the clunkier the shoe, the skinnier the thigh. (True, this was 20 years ago, and true, she was talking about Doc Martens, but I feel it applies here equally.)

Posted on August 18th, 2013 6 Comments

Get stripey

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It is a testimony to just how much the elements have been bringing all of us down here in New York that when a friend  referred to the weather outside today as “glorious,” I knew what she meant, even though the sun was nowhere to be found. It was just one of those days that usually don’t come along until February if you’re lucky; days that tease spring with balmy air and temperatures high enough that you can stuff your scarf and gloves in your bag and feel almost human again. My self-appointed duty this afternoon was to look for basic, long-sleeved black tees to replace my old ones, which are truly dead and busted. But instead, I decided to seek these out: striped tees that aren’t like all the other striped tees, and that you don’t have to wait until April to work into your wardrobe. Like this multistriped number from Madewell, which is made so chic by that unexpected drop shoulder.


Sometimes I feel I am a bit too hard on Isabel Marant. Yes, this red, white, and blue top is pricey, but it is so dead-on cool that I can hardly bear it.


I have been circling this R13  diagonal-striped tee for quite some time now. It’s the perfect example of a striped top that works all year round, and is soft as the day is long.

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The particular pattern of these stripes feels so excellently Peter Brady.

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Stripes and ethnic flourishes on the same top: almost too much to bear.




Posted on January 30th, 2013 17 Comments

Did not see that coming

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Reader, I bought Isabel Marant sneaker wedges. A trend I have maligned by a designer whose prices I have ridiculed as insulting.  And can I just note that I have only taken them off to sleep? Travel really does do weird things to the shopping part of our brains.

Posted on January 16th, 2013 12 Comments