QC Loves || Studio Nicholson F/W 2012

20/12/2012 § 2 Comments

Studio Nicholson FW 2012

I previously mentioned my love of Studio Nicholson, an elegantly tailored womenswear line by British designer Nick Wakeman, but upon viewing her F/W 2012, it confirmed again that Wakeman creates the sort of timelessly chic, menswear-inspired stuff my sartorial dreams are made of — and I had to share it with you.  F/W immediately called to my mind a modern Katharine Hepburn-like sensibility — probably helped a bit by the gorgeous turtlenecks — and whenever a designer manages to do that for me, I know I’m home.

High points in this collection include that gorgeous alpaca Bruno topcoat above, the aforementioned Rocco turtleneck sweater, and that perfectly pleated and cropped wool Aida pant.  And as I am a bit tardy in bringing you the news of F/W — forgive me! — you’ll be happy to discover that the collection is currently 30% off.  So get while the getting is good.

For further detail, be sure to visit Studio Nicholson.

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Ralph Lauren at Downton Abbey

19/12/2012 § 1 Comment

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A private showing of Ralph Lauren Collection Fall/Winter 2012 at Highclere Castle, the real-life stand in for Downton Abbey?  Evidently my invitation was lost in the mail, but at least we have these gorgeous photos taken by Chris Allerton to comfort ourselves with.

Images via Ralph Lauren.

QC Loves || Bridge & Burn F/W 2012

17/12/2012 § 1 Comment

A gorgeous little love note to New York, Bridge & Burn‘s Fall/Winter 2012 short by Monica Reyes makes me want to bundle up in Erik Prowell’s amazing collection and take an extra long walk around the city.  I’ve long been a fan of this Portland-based brand that effortlessly mixes just the right amounts of ruggedness, prep and menswear detailing, and Fall/Winter 2012 has definitely proven to be no exception to this rule.

Be sure to visit Bridge & Burn.

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A Prayer for the Wild at Heart

04/12/2012 § 1 Comment

Maiyet.

Maiyet.

Maiyet.

Maiyet

Maiyet.

Maiyet.

Maiyet.

Maiyet.

Maiyet.

Mixing equal parts Isak Dinesen, Amelia Earhart and Katharine Hepburn, the campaign for Maiyet FW 2012 is exactly the sort of thing that my African safari dreams are made of.  Featuring the Daria Werbowy in Chyulu Hills, Kenya, photographer Cass Bird has gorgeously captured the free-spirited — yet refined — essence personified by the collection’s deft combination of luxe textures and tailored details.  And can we please talk about that wide-brimmed fedora, and how badly I need it in my life?  Such perfection…!

For more, hop over to Maiyet.

Fall-apalooza

03/10/2012 § 6 Comments

A few fall treats that I’ve been eying…

Top row:
Rag & Bone Maharaja Coat
GANT by Michael Bastian Grey University Blazer
Rag & Bone Isabelle Pincher Cardigan
Madewell Goldrush Jean Jacket

Second row:
Barbour Down-Filled Waxed Gilet
Veronica Beard The Button-Down in olive
GANT by Michael Bastian Tartan Tuxedo Bib Sam Shirt
Tory Burch Daphne Dress

Third row:
J.Crew Cafe Capri Wool Pant (on sale!)
Topshop Blackwatch Check Cigarette Trousers (only $80!)
J.Crew Colorblock Check Mini
Topshop Tweed Invert Pleated Skirt

Fourth row:
McQ Alexander McQueen Brogue Booties
Grenson Rose Wing-Tip Brogues
Paul Stuart Wool/Silk Paisley Scarf
Tory Burch Marianne Pump
NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Damned
OPI Nail Lacquer in Lincoln Park After Dark
Frye Lindsay Plate Boots in cognac stone wash

Bottom row:
Billykirk Schoolboy Statchel in golden brown
Bass Wayfarer Loafers in burgundy
Timex x J.Crew 1600 Stainless Steel Watch
Reiss Ava Trilby Hat
Mulberry Silky Snake Alexa Bag

It always feels right giving your wardrobe an overhaul in the fall, doesn’t it?  It’s like back to school, without the school — unless of course you are in school, and in that case, welcome back!

Autumn is Calling || Veronica Beard F/W 2012

02/10/2012 § Leave a comment

When two talented sisters-in-law, both inexplicably named Veronica Beard, launched their eponymous collection in fall of 2010 it was with a single, well-tailored blazer: “The Jacket.” In the seasons since, the line has blossomed into a full ready-to-wear collection — recently debuting their S/S 2013 at New York Fashion Week — with a strong foundation in familiar, iconic pieces.

I’m not sure how this line escaped me for almost two years, but upon first glance, I knew we would be fast friends — and when I read that the designers strive to create a “uniform” for the modern women, I upgraded that to very best friends.  Classic, yet also very contemporary, the Veronica Beard woman is effortlessly chic in clothes that are made to be lived in.  She’s a tailored city girl who highly values style, fit and comfort.

Before we get too lost in what’s to come for S/S 2013, I wanted to take a moment to share the F/W 2012 lookbook with you.  I only have one tiny complaint, and it has nothing to do with the clothes.  I’m not too terribly fond of those grey platform boots, but adore every single other thing.  The jackets and outerwear still stand apart as their very best work — the silk lapels on that blazer below?  The those luxurious fur collars?  The colors and textiles you can sink your teeth into?  Gorgeous, simply gorgeous.  And the best part?
You can get it right now.

All images via Veronica Beard.

QC Prêt-à-Porter || Fantastic Ms. Fox

01/10/2012 § 2 Comments

Acne Mape cropped lizard-embossed leather jacket
Tory Burch Samantha sweater
McQ Alexander McQueen tartan wool mini skirt
Eugenia Kim Gabriella feather trimmed rabbit-felt fedora
Tory Burch fox head hinge bracelet
J.Crew cashmere-lined leather gloves
J.Crew Brompton hobo
Sam Edelman Petty Kid suede ankle boot
J.Crew solid opaque tights

For me, fall doesn’t really begin until I’ve got my first pair of tights on for the season, and guess what?  Today was that day.  In honor of fall’s arrival, an outfit with just the right amount of schoolgirl gone bad and a few foxes thrown in for good measure.  I’m especially drawn to the richness of deep jewel tones this fall and am in love with the burgundy and green here.  The Acne moto jacket is the obvious budget-killer here, but I couldn’t resist  You can find a similar and much more affordable and non-leather option here, if either qualities are more desirable to you — but alas, no green.

What’s keeping me busy around the city this week?  Quite a few things, indeed!  I will be catching Grace Kelly in Hitchcock’s Dial M for Murder (in 3-D!) at Film Forum before it closes,  a champagne-infused girldate at The Drybar in Flatiron, an opening reception for artist John Whitlock at Goose Barnacle in Brooklyn on Thursday (details here), a record release party for the country duo The Vanity Belles (tickets here) and a happy hour or two.  I’m definitely in need of a pair of boots made for walking like those gorgeous Sam Edelmans above.  Love!

Have a lovely week!
What will you be getting up to?

xoxo. M.

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About Last Night || Gap Fall 2012 Preview

30/08/2012 § 2 Comments

I was very pleased to attend the Fall 2012 preview for The Gap a few weeks ago.  Marisa and I spent a lovely summer evening over drinks and live music atop the McKittrick Hotel in Chelsea, visiting with the new fall collection.  Full of the kind of basics we’ve all come to love and expect from the brand, the new collection is a playful and modern update of several iconic wardrobe staples.  Of particular interest are the blazers, a whole slew of colorful flats and one adorably polka dotted chambray shirt.  Be sure to visit The Gap for more fall goodness.

Please get in my closet!

Aside from the fall fashion inspiration, the highlight of the evening was a truly showstopping Manhattan sunset.  From our perch above the west side we were treated to the kind of skyline porn usually reserved for Sex and the City flyover shots.  Funny how sometimes floating above the city can feel more “New York” than walking along its streets, no?


Wearing: Gap 1969 legging jean in tropic green //
Zara polka dot blouse (similar) // Uniqlo blazer (similar)

The signs of a good party…

Afterwards we headed over to Yama in the West Village for sushi.  Per usual, we ordered too much and then the advanced maths were required.
But thankfully, we had a mathlete on hand…

Autumn Is Calling || Massimo Dutti Fall 2012

15/08/2012 § 2 Comments

Massimo Dutti‘s August lookbook is doing its best to get me excited for fall and for the new store that is set to open on Fifth Avenue soon — the first stateside location!  With clean lines, elegant styling and more than a bit of gamine chic, Massimo Dutti’s summer-to-fall story is right up my alley…and these moccasins need to get. on. my. feet.  I also can’t help but notice shades of Mme. Alt, no?  Especially with those white jeans…

Photos by Gemma Edo for Massimo Dutti, via FGR.

Flying Into Fall

12/08/2012 § Leave a comment

In love with the Fall/Winter lookbook by the Tulsa boutique Miss Jackson’s!  Shot at Tulsa International and featuring a gorgeous 1952 Daimler and a beautifully restored airplane, the nostalgia these photos invoke is most fitting when you consider the fact that Miss Jackson’s has been serving the Tulsa area for over 100 years.

All images via Miss Jackson’s.

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