Monday, April 19, 2010

Bang!

BANG FOR THE BUCK: Fall 2010’s Best Buys

Since I’m taking it for granted that you’ve already put together your spring/summer wardrobe, let’s move on to some terrific fall stuff that I recently came across in my travels. By now you’ve probably figured out that I ‘m all for getting the most out of my money, in other words MORE BANG FOR THE BUCK! In this category I have to include a fabulous above the knee boot. Designed by Lisa for Donald J. Pliner (let’s face it, it takes a woman to know what feels comfy yet still looks trendy), the boot comes in a black crepe/calf combination with a triple row of silver studs down the back. Not only will this boot make a woman’s legs look a mile long the comfort factor is built in (thanks Lisa). The price will set you back a mere $250. Yeah, I know, that’s not chump change but have you checked out the price of boots lately? I rest my case. Looking for a pair of affordable pumps? Lisa’s husband, Donald Pliner has the most adorable pair in antique metallic gator with the important new curvy kitten heel and squared off toe. The vamp is embellished with silver hardware. Again, the price is right at $235. For more info check out donaldpliner.com. Even less expensive are the mid heel “leopard” pumps from Ann Taylor. Spots are hot and at a cool $198. They’re definitely affordable and part of a great fall/winter collection. My other picks include Ann Taylor’s signature satchel in the softest, buttery leather in creamy bone color. While it looks very expensive, it’s a steal at $248. The details are special and include stitching like a man’s oxford shoe, a turn lock closure and an inverted pleat in front plus double handles and a shoulder strap.

EVEN MORE BANG FOR THE BUCK! It’s not all about accessories at Ann Taylor. I would also explore the possibilities of the lovely boiled grey wool knee length topper with a gorgeous ruffled collar. It’s a classic yet at the same time it’s dramatic and fashion forward. This coat will work both day or night so your $278. Will be money well spent.
Most of fall’s merchandise will be hitting the stores in September/October so there’s time to start saving up.

MOST BANG FOR THE BUCK! If you’re like me and love (or even occasionally wear) vintage be sure to check out the upcoming Manhattan Vintage Show at New York’s Metropolitan Pavilion at 125 West 18th Street on April 23-24. I found some real bargains at the last one including a caracul lamb jacket in pristine condition for under $150. And unworn brown satin, bow trimmed ‘60s pumps by Margaret Jerrold for a measly $40. And believe me, it’s not easy to find vintage shoes bigger than a size 6. You can even drag your better half along as the show is starting to attract more dealers of men’s apparel. For more info contact manhattanvintage.com.

THE BIG BANG! While I’m a big believer in high/low dressing (hence the name crap and couture), there may be those of you out there who prefer investing in one or two fabulous and expensive pieces that will work forever. Then Blanc de Chine is the resource for you. I recently attended their fall fashion show held at the company’s Manhattan retail outpost on Fifth Avenue. Sure there were lots of pretty pieces including menswear, I especially loved the timeless beauty of one ensemble in particular that featured a round necked velvet jacket ($925) a sequin bustier ($995) and satin stretch pants ($485). This is definitely investment dressing for the well heeled sophisticated woman. However, even if you only buy the jacket, it will look great for many years and you can wear it with grey flannel trousers, simple dress or even skinny dark jeans. And I don’t even have to mention the many ways that the satin pants could work. I’m thinking a little cashmere sweater for day but you get the picture. As the press release stated, “the fall/winter collection draws inspiration from the refined elegance of the Ming Dynasty.” And since it lasted for 267 years, I think that a fraction of that time should make you and your wardrobe choices happy!

As more great bargains turn up I’ll keep you informed. Until next time, C&C.

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