August 26, 2007

A shoe thing


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August 17, 2007

Fall's bestsellers

There are only 10 of this See by Chloe dress ($515; check for store locations) left in New York. Mischa Barton loved the color-blocked frock so much, she walked out of intermix wearing it this week (left). The dress is so popular that the factory has completely run out of stock, says a company rep. Buy now or regret later, we say.



August 17, 2007 -- THERE'S an old saying in fashion circles: The early bird catches the, uh, "It" bag. While it's still August and a humid 95 degrees outside, you'd never guess it from the way fall's woolly dresses, puffy jackets and wet-weather gear are flying out of stores. In fact, despite the balmy weather, early trend adopters have so thoroughly pillaged boutiques that some of this autumn's best pieces are already sold out.
But don't panic. If you haven't bought any of these superhot items, it's time to get on waiting lists for second shipments - or cross your fingers and hope for returns. We also have suggestions about where to search for the last of these items in New York, and how to find similar versions. Get hunting.

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Haute List

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August 16, 2007 -- ‘IN my family, we love a bargain,” says a bubbly and very blond Amanda Bynes. “And I love things that are well-made, but it’s always nice when I find something that doesn’t break the bank,” adds the 21-year-old actress fully clad in Dear, her new under-$20 clothing line debuting at Steve & Barry’s today.

“It’s all about mixing and matching,” she says, pointing to her $99 pair of Steve Madden “Brytni” peep-toe Mary Janes that she paired with a YSL Muse bag and Dear miniskirt, long pink tank and black shrug.

Her favorite bargain destinations are H&M and Forever 21. And when she was younger, she says, her dad made her ditch the idea of rhinestone Kate Spade sandals for Payless pairs instead.

“I’ve been drawing dresses since I was 8 years old. I used to watch the Oscars and sketch dresses,” she says. “If I wasn’t an actress, I would have definitely gone to Parsons. I love fashion.”

Bynes’ collection comes on the heels of Sarah Jessica Parker’s budget-conscious Bitten line that hit Steve & Barry’s stores in June. Recently, Parker’s fall collection (in stores Sept. 15) has been plagued by controversy - her Bitten “City Handbag” ($9.99), which appeared in fall look-books, was never produced because of its similarity to Anna Corinna’s “City Tote.”

Dear, although colorful, sweet and perfectly priced could also face some well-manicured finger pointing - the printed nylon mini-makeup bag ($6) is reminiscent of LeSportsac’s three-zip cosmetic pouch, the heart hoodie ($15) fits the L.A. vibe just like Primp and the white glasses T-shirt ($8) references Maison Martin Margiela’s men’s glasses, camera and hammer tees.
The 150-item line is well-suited for both back-to-school and comfy weekend style. Bynes says the casual collection - soft waffle thermals, padded plaid hoodies, skinny stretch jeans and whimsical hoodies in heart and star prints - were all inspired by her favorite clothes and down-to-earth style.

“I brought in some of my favorite pairs of jeans, because I wanted them to see what I like about my stuff,” she says. “I love little bags too, one for only lip gloss and one for eye shadows that fit inside your purse. And I wanted hoodies that I could wear snowboarding and at the movies. You know, stuff that’s cheap enough that you could have the same thing in a million different colors.”

Obsessions of the week

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Eco-chic: It ain’t easy being green - we know, we love cabs, too. But if this summer’s crazy heat wave, rainstorms and borough tornadoes have you convinced about global warming, it’s time to start sharing the message.
Our favorite ones? These in-your-face T-shirts that leave nothing to the imagination. 1. Kenneth Cole’s “Is it me or is it warm in here?” tee, $35 at $10 from the sale of every shirt will be donated to fight AIDS and help the homeless, through the Awearness Fund.
2. World Wildlife Fund’s “Hotter than I should be,” free with $50 donation at
3. Public Library’s “Little Miss Green”, $50 next week at
No string attached: Stop in at Urban Outfitters in the Village (374 Sixth Ave.; [212] 677-9350) and grab a free copy of Filter Good Music Guide. We didn’t read the articles - we’re just obsessed with Nike’s Oregon Waffle pins that come with the mag and say things like “The Mustache Rides Again,” “Hell on Waffles” and “Just do it. Again.”
Not as slutty as we’d thought it’d be: Paris Hilton launches her latest vanity project - a casual clothing line - today at Kitson in L.A. Featuring acid-wash jeans, shiny dresses, and sequin tops priced from $38 to $98, the 20-piece capsule collection is pure California wannabe-heir-wear. Our favorite from among the candy-colored polyester sateen pieces? The “Paris” scoopneck tee emblazoned with a cartoon rendition of Hilton, $38 at
Painted lady: Isabella Fiore’s “Live to Love Jeni” hobo ($695 at was one of the first from the fall line to hit stores, and as soon as it did, more than half the stock blew out of Saks Fifth Avenue. Available in black and brown shimmery rich elaborately painted metallic leather, it’s big enough for work files, but cool enough for a night out.
Wind machines: Madonna loves Shu Uemura’s ultra-over-the-top false eyelashes, and so do we - especially these newest incarnations. “Lucent Sky” blue, $20; premium edition “Blunt Blue,” $50; premium edition “Velvet Feather,” $50, all at Shu Uemura (121 Greene St., [212] 979-5500).

August 12, 2007

End of Summer buys

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Two corrections: The navy sleeveless draped dress in the center top is a Rachel Roy dress, which is $720 at; The Juicy Couture blonde faux fur jacket is $350.

August 10, 2007

Haute List, 8/9/07

August 9, 2007 -- CHECK out the September issue of Lucky magazine to catch a glimpse of the mag’s once-in-a-lifetime collaboration with six New York designing women - Charlotte Ronson, Cynthia Rowley, Tracy Reese, Rebecca Taylor, Jill Stuart and Wenlan Chia.

Lucky commissioned each of the designers to create a one-of-a-kind right-hand ring. The precious metal, diamond-encrusted pieces go on sale today at, as well as at Macy’s Herald Square and each designer’s New York boutique.

The rings (from left): Cynthia Rowley natural yellow diamond and yellow-gold ring, $1,500; Rebecca Taylor diamond and 14K pink-gold flower ring, $2,750; Twinkle by Wenlan diamond and white-gold ring, $600; Tracy Reese diamond and 14K pink gold floral ring, $2,500; Jill Stuart diamond and white-gold bow ring, $1,000; Charlotte Ronson diamond and 14K pink-gold ring, $1,950.

Obsessions of the week
Your new favorite undies: Hanky Panky is beloved for its super-comfy, one-size-fits-most panties, and now there will be even more of the brand to love. For fall, Hanky Panky introduces a line of underwire bras and corselets in pretty feminine colors and lacy patterns. Hanky Panky bras and corselets, $48 to $65, at
Your new favorite undies: Hanky Panky is beloved for its super-comfy, one-size-fits-most panties, and now there will be even more of the brand to love. For fall, Hanky Panky introduces a line of underwire bras and corselets in pretty feminine colors and lacy patterns. Hanky Panky bras and corselets, $48 to $65, at
Bond beauty: Bond No. 9 is famous for making scents out of New York neighborhoods, bottling up Chinatown, the West Side and Bryant Park, among others. This month, the local parfumeur is branching out, adding 24/7 Body Silk ($105 at Bond No. 9, 9 Bond St.; [212] 228-1732) - a luxe, heavily perfumed body cream. Currently, 24/7 is available in seven scents, including Chelsea Flowers, Nuits de NoHo and eau de New York. In November, the brand plans to launch 24/7 New York Body Lotion. And early next year, look for 24/7 New York body oil and hair perfume.
Death becomes you: For fall, stuffy shirt-maker Thomas Pink embraces its inner badass with skull accessories, from pocket squares to cufflinks and jeweled black ties. Our favorites are the $30 pink and black socks, the perfect pair to wear to a meeting when you’re sure to be bored to death. Get them soon at Thomas Pink, 520 Madison Ave.; (212) 838-1928.
For skull haters, there’s Jack Spade’s No Mas tote ($165 at Jack Spade, 56 Greene St.; (212) 625-1820), an oversize canvas bag boldly declaring the end of the trend. The bag hits stores in two weeks, and they’ll even take your name and number to let you know when it arrives.

August 04, 2007

Get JLo's style

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August 2, 2007 -- EVER fancy walking a mile in Jennifer Lopez's shoes?

Well, hustle down to Screaming Mimi's on Lafayette Street first thing tomorrow morning, and you could be wearing Lopez's shoes, clubbing in her party dress, getting married in her lacy white frock, or even taking the 6 train in her denim hot pants and lacy print crop top.

The iconic downtown vintage store scored the fashion-film coup of the year when it purchased hundreds of wardrobe items from the set of Lopez's film "El Cantante."

"They took really great care with the wardrobe - sourcing pieces that are specific to the era," says Laura Wills, owner of Screaming Mimi's. "We bought everything we thought was interesting and are giving part of the proceeds to AmFAR."

The pieces, which, at less than $550 are surprisingly well-priced for Hollywood memorabilia, will be on sale beginning at noon tomorrow at Screaming Mimi's, 382 Lafayette St.; (212) 677-6464.

Haute List

August 2, 2007 Haute List

IF you're tired of plunking down more than $100 for the perfect pair of cute and comfy sweats, we have answers. Head over to Victoria's Secret for the adorable new VS Pink Fleece Fits collection.

New fits include ($28.50-$44.50): the Skinny, an ankle-length slim-leg look with zips at the hem; the Boyfriend, a long, slightly oversized pair with pockets; the Signature, a low-rise style with a loose fit and wide waistband; and the Classic, the old-school style that can be worn scrunched at the knee or long. Pair the candy-colored sweats - available in bubble-gum pink, bright yellow, turquoise and orange - with a tank for casual weekend-wear or with a T-shirt to the gym, guaranteeing you'll be the cutest girl there.

More than meets the eyes

Beauty products are the new Optimus Prime - add these ingredients to your existing products, and watch them grow superpowers.

Adding one packet of Wei East Pomegranate Anti-Oxidant Exfoliating Grains, ($26 for 24 packets at adds exfoliating powers to any regular cream, foam or gel facial cleanser.

Use Napoleon Perdis Cake Eyeliner Sealer ($20 at Sephora) on a superfine eyeliner brush, and watch your powder eye shadow become smudge-proof liquid liner. Blend equal parts moisturizer or foundation with Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster with SPF 30 ($33 at and any of your face-care products will have the ability to block the sun.

A spritz of Sue Devitt's Luminous Finishing Mist ($45 at over your foundation gives it anti-aging properties, increases collagen production and fills in fine lines and wrinkles.

Obsessions of the week

*Dr. Avant-garde: Legendary Japanese avant-gardeist Yohji Yamamoto has teamed up with iconic utilitarian shoemaker Dr. Martens for an autumn-winter men's and women's boot collection. The men's strappy and embellished limited-edition boots are available now at Yohji Yamamoto (103 Grand St.; [212] 966-9066) and the women's pointy Docs will arrive mid-September. Pictured: brown strappy boots, $600.

*It's Lacroix, dahling: Christian Lacroix is the first haute couture designer since Karl Lagerfeld to produce a collaborative mass-market collection - and the six pieces he's designed for La Redoute, the French mail-order catalog, are sure to sell out tout de suite. We love the flora-print bronze and lilac towels, from $20, pony leather applique handbags, from $150, and the silk taffeta and lace dress, $200. But our favorite piece is this crimson red "Falbala" ruffled trench , $300 at

*Drive by: If you're packing up your car to head out to the Hammies and just realized that you're fresh out of CrÅ me de Corps ($16) or Abyssine Cream ($40), don't panic. Call the Kiehl's downtown flagship (109 Third Ave.; [212] 677-3171) or the UWS location (154 Columbus Ave.; [212] 799-3438), order over the phone and a store rep will run the products out to your car.

*Cherry good: It looks like 45 cherries a day keeps the dermatologist away. The tart summer fruit is a powerful antioxidant and also works as an anti-inflammatory that helps decrease the appearance of rosacea. A bottle of CherryPharm - the cherry equivalent of the pomegranate drink Pom - is made with 45 cherries per 8-ounce bottle. Eight bottles for $20 at

August 03, 2007


One of my closest friends and favorite photographers, Chris Vidal, sent me a few photos from Helsinki this July. Love them.



August 01, 2007


Check out this sliver of mattress someone sent us in a press kit. It's labeled "This mattress may not soak up vomit."