Besides coming from a storied, highly collectible & influential label like JEAN CHARLES De CASTELABAJAC, the original wit-master himself, this pencil skirt is a great starting point for chic summer dressing. Its a seductively fitted elegant yet cheeky ode to 80's nautical preppiness with crisp metallic gold pinstripes set against a demure oatmeal background that's counterbalanced by substantial gold decorative buttons. A pencil skirt with such polish & symbolic flair is a genius proposition for summer suiting and is a very chic alternative to the relentless parade of boho basics and cut-off denim shorts that those around you will be tirelessly parading around in. Best of all, it's linen composition ensures that this time around you won't have to sacrifice comfort to look put together.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Two weeks ago Vogue's Anna Wintour gave 60 Minutes an exclusive interview that was good t.v for fashion junkies like ourselves, yet it didn't hit on anything new as it was filled with the exact same content that every previous interview with the editor has supplied. And while everyone loves throwing stones at Wintour, making her out to be a relentless villain, we at Vnyc find Wintour to be very smart & likable, albeit the most important person in fashion. Even after reading her unauthorized biography, View from the Front Row, we were left feeling that the author just wanted the audience to come out despising the woman, which was not quite the case for us, it made us like her even more.
And while we love French Vogue and what not, it wasn't until CNN's recent profile of editor Carine Roitfeld that got us thinking, if Wintour is stereo-typed as fashion's villain, it's Roitfeld who could be considered fashion's sweet, fairy godmother. The profile left us with a feeling that Wintour does not, where Wintour is guarded and calculated, Roitfeld is lighthearted, breezy and down-to-earth, like a goofy girlfriend who isn't afraid to let loose. In the end, while these women are very different, we can't think of a world without them.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
WOLFORD Ombre MultiTube Stretch One-Piece-$88
Thursday, May 21, 2009
80's NORTH BEACH LEATHER Fitted Blazer: $182
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
I like hats. At best they are form and function in one neat little package - parts of a greater whole. Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, Inez and Vinoodh, Cookies and Milk. I am a major proponent of the humble knit ski cap - preferably picked up at Duane Reade for $3 on a freezing night when the cashmere Marc Jacobs beret thing I'm wearing seems over-affected for the circumstances. Also, the cheapest ones are the most malleable - length and width wise - and always come in my favorite colors - black, gray, charcoal, army-green, bandaid . I don't feel bad if I lose them and they allow me more time between $300 highlights. It's also freezing in NYC in winter.
I don't like hats that are worn without thought or purpose or a sense of wit. (Isabella Blow -how dearly we miss her - wore hats like a pro, with cheek and fuck-all elan.) When I style stuff I use hats to mess with proportion and to offset and draw they eye wherever I want it to go. I often love them on the runway. The tri-corn George Washington, Napoleon Bonaparte numbers in KL's most recent and excellent resort 2010 show in Venice come to mind'. As do the pastel feathers of Marc's aw 2008 subtle tour de force. And of course there's the rich explorer woman in Ralph's retro romances.
I hate hats on Sienna Miller and Ashlee Simpson and all other media types of dubious talent. A big black bowler hat in L.A. in July? As yucky as Crocs and Uggs. Disney Hunk A in a ski hat same month. Anyone in a straw cowboy hat thing (as below). What's to say? Why? Those hippie hair things worn by Nicole and her ilk are equally useless. Fuschia Kangols and drape-like extensions. If I sense d they were worn with a bit of irony, I might cut them some slack. But I doubt...
I don't mean to hate on the above people bec. that's paying attention. I just feel bad that my 10 year old nieces have no choice when they turn on the telly but to observe and absorb crap tweeny girl pop-culture. (At least I had Madonna when she was cool and Michael Jackson when he was Off the Wall versus Never Land guy.)
Okay, all this to say that we here at VagaBondNyc are very discerning with our hat edit and when I came across this 70's modified pith helmet I was all over it. It has a chin strap, it's corduroy and it's Lanvin:
70's Modified LANIVIN Pith Helmet-$148
It recalls YSL's safari collection of the same era with a splash of my current sartorial inspiration, Out of Africa. The movie. Sweeping outback, washed out liberty florals, sweeping prairie skirts, Meryl Streep's porcelain skin shaded by wide-brimmed sunnies.
So there you have it, my take on hats. And, I promise, we will NEVER EVER post pictures of Heidi Montag EVER EVER again. Doing so is rough in and of itself.... I feel a bit tainted.
Monday, May 18, 2009
June 25th 2009...Even So, May He Rest In Peace.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
PRADA Gray Pebble Leather Speedy Purse-$374
JUNYA WANTANABE Tweed Cropped Trousers-$232
Saturday, May 16, 2009
As you can imagine, we at Vnyc wait with baited breath every season to see what new tricks the always forward thinking Miuccia Prada has up her sleeve, and the recent Fall 2009 showings did not disappoint. The men's & women's shows effortlessly incorporated all of our favorite Prada-isms, from savage furs to urban warrior hardware, all with the expected dose of vintage subversiveness. And besides filling our shopping lists with a relentless sense of desire, we love the fact that Prada is one of the only houses to go a step further in the execution of their presentations by releasing fashion show videos with an artful, fully realized treatment. We have been looking high and low for these full videos and besides the videos themselves, we also couldn't wait to get our hands on the amazing soundtracks. Season after season Prada show soundtracks(much like Chloe)often give us amazing unearthed musical finds, Fall 2006 had us addicted to German band Blacken the Black(now one of our favorite bands)and Fall 2009's music from Zomby has unleashed an entirely new obsession.
Pictured above: 80's Ultra-Wide KIKIT Jumpsuit-$96
70's YOUNG EDWARDIAN Draped Front Jumpsuit-$180
80's BASILE Black Sculpted Futurist Jumpsuit-$244
Early 80's GIANNI VERSACE Graphic Sweater-$428
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
We at VagaBondnyc aren't usually ones to point fingers at red-carpet events because they are usually so controlled these days that they are beyond boring, however with this year's latest Met gala, devoted to the "Model as Muse," we felt like we were finally given some material to go hog-wild with! First off, the crew in charge of photographing the event should be dismissed, everyone looks like they just exited Popeye's(fried chicken face), nobody's legs look good from the angles they shot from(look at Anne Hathaway's) and in general, these people look all too much like common folk(look at Topshop's Sir Phillip Green & family looking as if they were diverted on their way to Atlantic City). Overall, thanks to this crew and their detrimental coverage and quite a few detrimental fashion choices, we wanted to take a moment and celebrate not only the good, but the really ugly as well! We find it especially enthralling since over this past decade we have seen fashion watered down by celebrity and their so-called know-it-all stylist's, and finally for once, we get to see that many of these people actually don't know whats good.
Lou Doillon in Nina Ricci with the house's last designer, Olivier Thyskens, proves just how important and forward thinking of a designer this still "young" talent really is.
Anna Jagodzinska, in Altuzarra, perfectly reflecting fashion's current moods in one of our favorite new labels.
Vanessa Traina in Phi, the hair, the dress, the ease...this look maybe more bar ready, but yet it also hits fashions current mood dead-on.
Kristen McMenamy in Givenchy Haute Couture with Julien D'Ys, two very enigmatic, rarely seen icons looking great.
Leighton Meester in Louis Vuitton has appropriately been referred to as "court jester" & "jack-in-the-box" and we agree! This Vuitton collection was so Lacroix, and we did actually like it, yet on Meester and many of the others that night, it needs to be worn in pieces, because this is just way too much Baroque-ness for today. And besides having that smug look, that "I look so darn cute look," what's up with her awful skin-toned hair???
Madonna in Louis Vuitton, in heavy thigh-high witch boots topped off by a big mangled scrunchy on her head. At her age, it would have been smarter for her to go Sasha Pivavora's polished route, rather than the sloppy back-up dancer she showed up as.
Anna Hathaway in Marc Jacobs sporting one of the fakest updo's ever, and by fake we mean that Hathaway has probably never worn her hair like this, and has never even thought of it, she looks like she's channeling Wonder Woman more than Bridgette Bardot. We just imagine a team of stylists telling her how "old Hollywood" she looked before the event when in reality she looks like she is ready for a Tresseme ad shoot. And note how the bad photography just kills her body, those thighs & knees.
Michael Jackson is that you? No it's Lisa Airan in Balmain... Does she ever look good? Everything on this "society darling" is almost always soooo wrong, and is always lacking sincerity! And besides picking on her, who is NOT tired of Balmain now?
Victoria Beckham in Marc Jacobs, enough is enough! Something about Beckham, whether she is in Couture or jeans, just looks so cheap. She to us, is NOT fashion, instead she is just another new-money footballer's wife with a big mouth and a grotesque ego to match. And those shoes? Whatever Marc Jacobs has been doing at his own namesake label and at Vuitton, this event seems to be proof that this designer is fresh out of Good ideas.