New Kid in Town || Massimo Dutti on Fifth

17/10/2012 § Leave a comment

After a whole lot of lusting and a whole lot of waiting, Massimo Dutti has finally opened the doors at its very first stateside location, on Fifth Avenue.

They’ve also taken this opportunity to release a rather handsome NYC Limited Edition Collection — which just so happens to be shopable online, just in case your MetroCard can’t quite get you to 5th Avenue and E. 54th Street.  The pinstripe suit and the studded slips are personal faves, but be sure to click through to see the entire NYC Limited Edition Collection…as well as the sparkling new US e-commerce site.

And of course, there’s a collection for the gents as well.

Massimo Dutti
689 Fifth Avenue, at E. 54th Street
New York,  NY 10022

Slips for Sale

11/08/2012 § Leave a comment

Pardon the repetition — I did mention these shoes only yesterday — but after noticing that The Gap currently has a 30% off Friends and Family Sale on through this Sunday (promo code: GAPFRIENDS), I realized that these slips are *only $27!*  Order two pairs, and you get free shipping.

Boom.  Your summer-to-fall footwear, instantly solved.

From top: 
Suede loafers
Tassel loafers
Herringbone loafers
Embroidered loafers

QC Prêt-à-Porter || Poolside Pin-Up

06/04/2012 § 1 Comment

Models in Miami, Fl, 1956. Photo by Lisa Larsen for Life Magazine, via the Life Archives.

Yes, it’s about that time again — by that I mean bathing suit time.  Love it or hate it, it’s time to start thinking about long weekends we’ll be spending at the coast, near a lake or sitting poolside.  With all the ridiculous options available (purely for illustrative purposes: exhibit A and exhibit B), a classic one-piece suit inspired by the lines of the 1950s seems like a fresh — almost daring — choice.

From top left:
Norma Kamali Bill halterneck suit in emerald
Ank Ginger maillot in purple

Norma Kamali Bill ruched halterneck suit in chartreuse
Lanvin ruched suit in black
J.Crew Hot Dot underwire tank in cerise
J.Crew Anchors Aweigh skirted tank in navy anchor print

Featured: Quite Continental on Racked NY ~ “Shopping Confidential”

07/09/2011 § 2 Comments

Just a short note to let you know I’ve been featured elsewhere on the interwebs.  I wrote a brief post for Racked New York’s “Shopping Confidential” series about one of my favorite sources for vintage art in New York City.

To read it, head here.

Last Looks: Winter Sales + Classic Purchases

18/01/2011 § Leave a comment

With everyone’s attention turning to S/S 2011, and Pre-fall after that, I decided to take one last look at what remains of the Winter sales.  Not the time to finally buy that “of the moment” Fall/Winter investment piece (unless you don’t mind that you don’t have much time to wear it), I usually cast a rigid eye on the (usually very picked over) selection.  I look for classic pieces that will work forever and for transition pieces that will work in the immediately upcoming seasons.  A few of my finds are below, but be sure to check out the online boutiques yourself!

Rugby Ralph Lauren Shrunken Button-Cuff Crewneck
Originally $79.50, now $39.99This is practically a no-brainer purchase — cable-knit is the epitome of classic  — and is currently available in 6 colors.  The detail at the cuff is slightly reminiscent of the military trend that was really big for Fall/Winter, but it comes off more genteel here — like the timeless combination of gold buttons on a navy blazer.  Scoop it here.

Rugby Ralph Lauren New Essex Velvet Jacket
Originally $228, now $169.99

Like it or not, velvet figures big for Spring/Summer 2011 – here’s a chance to pick up a transitional piece at a reduced price.  Personally, I’ve always had a soft spot for velvet – at 13 I cajoled my mother to buy me an electric blue velvet blazer that I wore until it was threadbare – so any old excuse to add to my collection will do.  I especially like the tuxedo trim on this jacket — makes me want to listen to Frank Sinatra while sipping a gin gimlet.  Scoop it here.

Lauren Ralph Lauren Striped Grosgrain Ribbon Belt
Originally $38.00, now $9.99

The grosgrain ribbon belt is a prep classic, and is currently available in three different colors.  Even if you aren’t a prep at heart, this Spring/Summer is all about vibrant combinations of bright colors and patterns.  This belt is a great way to incorporate a little color into your wardrobe.  Scoop it here.

Freda Cecile Dress
Originally $505.60, now $202.24

After her LBD, every girl needs a LRD – and this shift dress by Freda is a versatile dress that can go from day to night, depending on how you dress it up or down.  For day, try it with a swingy blazer and nude heels, for evening pair it with black tights, a sky high black heel and statement bijoux.  Scoop it here

**It’s also worth mentioning that Matches took even deeper cuts (up to 70%!) to their sale this morning**

Joie French Dot Silk Top
Originally $284.46, now $141.37
This top promises to be classic and current at the same time.  While the dots are a classic nautical-inspired choice, the dolman sleeves and the delicate silk will be in tune with the ladylike look of Spring/Summer.  Pair this with another graphic print or cinch it with a full skirt – the possibilities are endless.  Scoop it here.

J.Crew Camden suede brogues
Originally $250, now $198
I’ve been a fan of J.Crew’s Camden brogues for a long time – and here is a chance to get them in stone-colored suede, just in time for Memorial Day…if you care to follow those rules.  Menswear for women isn’t going anywhere, so these are a solid buy.  Scoop them here.

Reiss Dezrae Trench
Originally $485, now $183
When pressed to pick one classic piece that makes me think “spring,” it’s got to be the trench coat.  If you’re already covered with a classic khaki-colored trench — an essential! — here is a chance to pick up an alternate in a fun color.  Only one size left, so you’ve got to act fast.  Scoop it here.

Happy hunting!

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