Fall StapleSplurge: Prince of Wales Check Trouser by Black Fleece

20/10/2011 § Leave a comment

Another grey trouser?? you’re saying right now.  But no!  This is completely different.  Black Fleece by Brooks Brothers has a lovely black and white Prince of Wales check on a wool and cashmere trouser that I found myself admiring more than a little at the Bleecker Street Black Fleece shop a few weeks ago.  Like blackwatch tartan, the Prince of Wales check is another pattern I find myself drawn to this fall.  Fun fact: the pattern — also known as glen plaid — is called Prince of Wales because the Duke of Windsor popularized wearing it when he was the Prince of Wales.

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You should know that while I have a distinct weakness for Black Fleece — which is essentially all that I like about Thom Browne with a dash of wearability — I definitely think it is a smidge overpriced.  Hence the “StapleSplurge.”  My best Black Fleece scores have been thrifted.  I might tell you where, if you ask really nicely…  If $350 is a bit steep, try these from Paul Smith (on sale!), these from Incotex (also on sale!), or these from Banana Republic.

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King Me {Paul Smith RTW Spring 2012}

22/09/2011 § 3 Comments

Desperately trying to not get carried away here.  You already know how I feel about Sir Smith (please refer to my adoration of his fall/winter 2011).  Suffice it to say that in a field of a very unsatisfying — at least for me — shows at London Fashion Week, Paul Smith hit the cover off the ball (as he always does).  Menswear infused, slouchy and tousled, I often feel like Sir Smith is designing with me in mind.  While I may aspire to the glittering heights of Mr. Lauren, my day-to-day is much closer to this aesthetic (case in point: I have been called out on my frequent employment of the “bro tuck” by my mostly male team at the office).  Detractors will point out that Sir Smith has long been playing it safe with his designs.  I’d argue that there are plenty of women out there that value his collections distinctly because they are classic, because they are timeless.  We can’t all be Daphne Guinness, and nor should we want to be…

Paul Smith sent pleats, plaid and pinstripes down the runway.   The shoes were amazing.  For spring 2012, the Paul Smith woman sometimes rolls up the sleeves on her blazer and sometimes forgets to brush her hair.  She wears her shirts unbuttoned down to there…or sometimes doesn’t wear a shirt underneath her blazer.  She might be a little mod.  She’s sexy, but not in the conventional manner.

In. Love.

Few of my favorite looks from the show below.
To see everything, head over to Vogue.

Love the belt.

The “bro tuck” on the runway…

Shoes!  Gah!

Few things to note:
Marcio Medeira is fast becoming my favorite runway photographer.  These pictures, along with his shots from the Ralph Lauren show, blew my mind.

AND – Diana, aka Miss Moss, made an amaze collage of this show that you must see!

All images via Vogue.

LFW FW2011 Pick: Paul Smith

27/02/2011 § Leave a comment

London Fashion Week has come to a close and the fashionable set is already enjoying the festivities in Milan.  After surveying the amazing collections, I’m ready to award my Best in Show for LFW to none other than Paul Smith.  Clearly, there was too much sartorial goodness to narrow down, but I made a valiant effort, my darling. My favorite looks below.

A reputed menswear designer, Paul Smith’s FW2011 collection relies heavily on Smith’s knowledge and instinct when designing for men, but displays an uncanny knack for understanding what will work for the ladies.  This collection is strongly influenced by the world of business.  As a girl who almost always has an OCBD (aka “oxford cloth button down”) on — and sometimes a tie, I am right at home.  The collection is timeless, wearable, androgynous and deliciously British.

J’adore the menswear accents that are directly lifted, not fussily reinterpreted (see: the ties and shoes), the smart layering, the bit of the deshabille, the tortoiseshell glasses and high hems — either tailored to be that way or hand-rolled.  Paul Smith, we were meant to be together.  You even sent your girls out with their hair caught underneath their collars — did you realize I look like this every morning?  Let’s make this thing real, ma chere!

High note: collarless camel jacket

High note: trousers.  I love the slightly higher rise and volume of the trousers Smith sent down the runway.  I am immediately reminded of Katharine Hepburn.

High note: the casual way overcoats or heavy weight knits were thrown over the shoulder.  Please do act surprised if you see me doing this in the near future.

High note: pop of green here.  Tasseled loafers added to my shopping list.

High note: double breasted coat — especially the gold buttons

For more looks from the show, head here.

Honorable MentionsHouse of Holland‘s playful color blocking and use of Harris tweed.  Aquascutum‘s orange/navy palette and fingerless furred gloves.  Mulberry‘s bags, scarves and boots.  Burberry Prorsum‘s cinched waists and this amazing coat:

All images via Vogue Paris

Earlier: NYFW FW 2011 Pick – Billy Reid

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