Sunday, May 15, 2016

MANUS X MACHINA

For a look at how fashion has evolved over the last 100 years head to the Metropolitan Museum Of Art's latest costume exhibit. Fashion has gone from hand sewing to computer printing and the exhibit showcases over 150 garments. This is the perfect chance to see how garment making has changed since the last century. 


Is it Live or is it Memorex?  C&C Promises Her Undying Admiration for the First Person to Identify Which Dresses Were Made (in part) with Computers


 

 
Photo Credit:  M. McKenzie


MANUS X MACHINA runs from May 5th through August 14th.

Until next time,

C&C

Monday, April 25, 2016

Great Dane!




Leave it to the Danes to bring a fabulous new boutique to Manhattan's upper east side. FLYING TIGER, out of Copenhagen located at 1282 3rd Avenue is a joy to explore. 

From home goods to quirky items (for kids of all ages) there is a wealth of stuff that you never knew you needed until now. I dare you to pass up a mini pocket sized calculator in the shape of a strawberry, or a tin of butter cookies with a cartoon of the Danish queen on the lid. From socks to sunglasses, art supplies to garden tools this boutique has it all. The best part? Prices start at a dollar with most items in the 2-3 dollar range. Break a 20 dollar bill and stock up on everything that you could possibly think of.

Socks, Pigs, Lunchboxes, Dishes, and... Ting!


 




Photo Credit:  M. McKenzie

FLYING TIGER is a welcomed addition to an otherwise overpriced nabe.

Happy shopping,

C&C

Friday, March 4, 2016

(EDIT)or's CHOICE

Twice a year I head over to the EDIT trade show at the Javits Center where there is always a curated selection of up and coming ready to wear and accessory collections.


For fall/winter 2016 the following designer lines really stood out from the crowd:

ELLIE MAE STUDIOS caught my attention with their beautifully understated outerwear. Each item combined rustic textures with an unexpected color palate. My choice-- a wool boucle topper in rose pink was simply to die for. Its classic shape combined with the unexpected color was simply eye catching and is a perfect piece to spark your winter wardrobe. For more looks go to www.elliemaestudios.com.

MARIE SAINT PIERRE is one of Montreal's most celebrated designers. Her RTW combines sophistication with whimsy in a collection that tweaks the classics. The palette is composed of black with a sprinkling of pale neutrals. The collection is a shoo-in for the fashion forward customer. On your next trip to Montreal check out her boutique or go on line to www.mariesaintpierre.com.

BODYBAG by jude is aimed at a young trendsetting customer. The under 30 set will find lots of pretty dresses and separates with a ladylike slightly retro vibe.



BODYBAG: Looks Great on the Living!

Photo Credit:  Dominique T. Skotlz

The geometric prism print "TWIGGY" dress captures the 60's era perfectly.  See the rest of the collection at www.bodybagbyjude.com.

Since I'm addicted to handbags I just had to stop by designer JOANNA MAXHAM's booth. This collection has it all ....sophisticated styling, supple leathers, all combined with superb workmanship crafted by artisans in Poland. This is a connoisseur's dream collection at prices that won't break the bank.

Most retail under $600......a steal compared to big name designer lines. I would personally kill for the chubby "CASTAWAY' satchel, gorgeous in cedar or merlot


Johanna Maxham's Castaway Bag Makes "Wilson" Irrelevant!


 


Photo Credit:  Joanna Maxham

See what all the fuss is about at www.joannamaxham.com.



It's never to early to plan ahead for Fall'16..... xxx. C&C

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Fashion Redux

Why spend your money on overpriced designer apparel ? Why not go another route and do your own thing. Instead of cookie cutter fashions, why not try going vintage. You'll find that the past has much to offer, better quality, unique styles and a full range of price points. 

Half the fun is in the search so we suggest hitting the Manhattan Vintage Show on February 5th & 6th. It's held at the Metropolitan  Pavillion at 125 West 18th Street. NYC

I've scooped up many a chic bargain, not to mention a wonderful selection of old Vogue & Harpers Bazaar issues plus a fabulous selection of vintage accessories.

Speaking of accessories, Nula Thanhauser has one of the best collections of antique and vintage purses. I'd love to own one of her stunning handbags. (HINT....I can be bribed)

Her collection is pricey but worth ever penny. She does the major antique shows around the country. 

For further information contact.........Nula @ 1-215-266-2888 or check out her website, www.NulaThanhauser.com.

So dip your toes in vintage waters, I'll guarantee that you'll be hooked. See you at the shows.....


C&C

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

YES, YES NANETTE

Ditch your Birkin, dump that Prada......it's time to get with the program. Switch to Nanette Lepore's debut spring handbag collection in major retailers in February 2016.

With a 70's boho vibe, the collection includes a variety of silhouettes from to satchels to cross body, buckets, totes, etc. Besides the elegant signature gold hardware on supple leather and suede, the line features patchwork and applique detailing, fringe, tassels, saddle stitching etc. Pretty print linings add feminine appeal. All in all the different elements set Nanette Lepore's handbags apart from the rest.

BAGS!  BAGS!  BAGS! 
In 2016, Birkins will be so 2015... Nanette Lepore will see to it! 

 


Now with the money that you've saved, check out her brand new watch collection. PUT ASIDE YOUR CELL PHONE ! The days when everyone owned one fine watch are over......today every fashionista owns a wardrobe of watches. If you want to keep your arms free for all those bracelets, I recommend that you buy the pendant watch dangling from a long gold tone chain from Nanette's lower priced diffusion line. From Nanette's designer range (still very affordable) the sporty chic watch with it's double wrapped leather band offers the look of Hermes .

Stay tuned for more fashion updates from Nanette Lepore's growing lifestyle brand.

Happy shopping,

C&C

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Take Five

Fashion week is over, the tents have folded, the off-site venues have shut down, press lounge is kaput and the trade shows are finito.

While I saw quite a few designer offerings I've narrowed my selection down to my top five picks (translation...I want to owe them all).


1. TAN & BROWN : A scrumptious luxury handbag line from Australia. The saddle brown cowhide and "leopard" calf hair are stand outs. All bags are beautifully lined in rich suede.
Find out more at tanandbrown.com


What is Australian for "Leopard on the Bag?"  It Might Be "Tan and Brown."


2. CANADA BLISS: Perfect for the cold days ahead, this line of hand knit and crochet caps are comfy and come in a variety of colors. This is a great unisex line. Find them on line at www.canada-bliss.com

What Are They Up To in the North? Blissful Headgear.
 

Photos Credit: M. McKenzie

3. MOLLY BRACKEN: Recently launched in the U.S, this French ready to wear collection can be found at upscale boutiques. Perfect dresses, separates, outer wear and even shoes all have that Parisian je ne sais quoi. For more info go to www.mollybracken.com

The Name Sounds Irish, but the Style is All France! Vive la France!
 


4. ANGELA ROI: This is a very affordable of vegan leather handbags from a talented South Korean designer. The collection includes a variety of tote bags, satchels, saddle bags that come in a variety of great colors. Buy on line at angelaroi.com

FW Models Look Better with Angela Roi's Vegan Leather Handbag


Photo Credit: Angela Roi
Photo Credit: M. McKenzie


Photo Credit: M. McKenzie


5. ERIC JAVITS: One of my favorite milliners has outdone himself this time. Thinking ahead to resort/spring there's a drawstring bucket bag that's on trend. It's available in gold or silver with brown leather trim. Pair this with anyone of his "Squishee" packable hats. Perfect for town or travel. The line is carried at all major retailers. For more info go to ericjavits.com.


Spring 2016 - All You Will Need Is an Eric Javits Bag and Hat!*
*additional clothing may be required per local ordinances

Photos Credit: M. McKenzie


C&C


Saturday, August 1, 2015

BEACH BUY

No, I'm not talking about swimsuits and sandals. Yours truly in an never ending quest to bring you the latest fashion finds trekked to Ocean Grove, New Jersey (easy access via N.J transit). This charming resort town offers a wealth of quirky boutiques plus a fabulous ice cream parlor that should not be missed. 

Since I'm always on the hunt for vintage finds where ever I go, I made a bee line to a boutique called "FROM HEART TO HEARTH" at 62 A Main Avenue.....phone # 732-774-0269. The shop's warren of rooms are filled to the brim with affordable collectibles, from vintage 50's straw hats and purses to jewelry, figurines, books and toys, etc. I scooped up a delicately carved intaglio stick pin and vintage Avon perfume encased in a ceramic bottle in the form of an Elizabethan era doll. A lack of funds prevented me from doing more damage......besides black raspberry ice cream was calling me.

Just letting you know that if you get the chance......Ocean Grove will be hosting a flea market on September 8th.

Since there is more to life than shopping......maybe.....take a stroll on the boardwalk that runs from Asbury Park to Ocean Grove and beyond. If time permits be sure to splurge on dinner at the "MOONSTRUCK" restaurant.....reserve a table on the second floor porch and enjoy the views. For information go to moonstrucknj.com......phone 732-988-0123.

Enjoy yourself ........who knows.....you just might run into Bruce Springsteen.

Until next time......C&C

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