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

Stella Tennant for Zara Fall 2011

11/08/2011 § 4 Comments

I am reasonably sure that Zara has figured out the surefire way to get my attention is to use Stella Tennant, who I honestly adore with a ferocity that might alarm some.  But really, think about it…

  1. She’s forty.  FORTY!
  2. She comes in just under six feet tall
  3. That body has given birth to four – count them, FOUR! – children
  4. Her ancestors are titled Scottish gentry

Add all that to her signature, androgynous look, and I’m nursing a serious girlcrush.  She also kind of makes me want to chop all my hair off.

But only for a second.

Zara is all Katharine Hepburn-y turtlenecks and smart suiting/blazers for fall, and I couldn’t be more pleased.  While there is a preponderance of black and grey, I like how they’ve also retained some of their fun use of colors from S/S.  I’ve had a love/hate relationship with Zara for years, and it’s great to be a fan of theirs for two seasons in a row.  Now, when sister brand Massimo Dutti finally opens up shop on Fifth Avenue, Zara might get a run for my money, but if they keep this narrative going, I see no reason why there isn’t enough of me to go around.  My Amex may disagree, on the other hand…

Naaaaaavy.  And lapels to die for.

Turtleneck is perfection.

Love this neckline.

Loving everything about this.

Images via: FGR.

Featured: Quite Continental on Two Inch Cuffs ~ “Carmen Jones: Rebellious Bird”

04/05/2011 § 3 Comments

Image via Twentieth Century Fox

“Carmen Jones: Rebellious Bird”

Happy to share with you my first piece as Culture Contributor for the online style guide Two Inch Cuffs, cherie.  I’ve chosen my Spring 2011 Fashion Muse, and she is Dorothy Dandridge as Carmen in Carmen Jones (1954).

Head here for a discussion that includes mention of: spring fever, historic firsts, the opera, Miucca Prada, The Hill-Side, Georges Bizet, wanton hedonism, colorblocking, LIFE Magazine, and floral pocket squares.  Yes, really.  All that and a darling Prada bag of chips, no?

Dat’s Love ~ Carmen Jones (1954)

Music: Habanera by Georges Bizet
Libretto: Oscar Hammerstein II

My lovely 1954 Dandridge edition of LIFE Magazine.

Be sure to head here to read the feature on Two Inch Cuffs.

Elegancia {Massimo Dutti April 2011 Lookbook}

04/04/2011 § 4 Comments

Spanish label, Massimo Dutti, recently released their April 2011 lookbook and thereby struck a major chord with me.  I adore the quiet elegance of this line — very “classic American style with European elan” — right up my alley (and practically at my front door).  A menswear designer that relatively recently moved into the womenswear space, Massimo Dutti champions the kind of look that I love in their latest lookbook: menswear-flavored accents, classic lines,  jackets galore, jolts of bright color, pretty flats, swingy skirts, stripes, polka dots…the list goes on.  For a girl who enjoys looking like a polished tomboy,  I found plenty to love.

Because Massimo Dutti is currently without a US boutique, it looks like I will have to wait until my next trip to London to see the clothes for myself.  I’m a smidge wary, as they are owned by the same parent company that owns Zara — a shop I don’t usually have much luck in — but I’m reserving final judgment.  From outward appearances Massimo Dutti looks like a label after my own heart.  See the rest of the lookbook here.

2011 Cruise Collection

While we are on the subject, the menswear lookbook is rather handsome, as well.  See it here.  My newest menswear crush!

All images via Massimo Dutti

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