Saturday, January 24, 2009

Style Tips from the Golden Globes: Part III

Although pale shades ruled the red carpet, a fabulous print is much more fun! Heidi Klum looked stunning in vintage James Galanos accented with bright red blossoms and mile-high strappy dominitrix heels. And Maggie Gyllenhaal set herself apart in a classy Lanvin.

Notice how both dresses have a small, close-set print pattern. Large prints can be cute, but are not flattering to most figures, especially on camera. This is why you don't see it on the red carpet, even on super-slender celebs (remember, the camera adds 10 lbs). We would never advise you to play it safe (how boring), just keep in mind what looks good on your shape, what's appropriate for the occasion, and then have fun!

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Friday, January 23, 2009

Style Tips from the Golden Globes: Part II

Whites and nudes were on celeb stylists' agendas at the Golden Globes. Lucky for us, we can easily wear this trend through the next 3 seasons. Structured and stunning like Eva and Kate, or ruffled and romantic like Sandra and Elizabeth, the right accessories are what will pull your outfit together. Looks like turquoise was the accent color of choice on this red carpet. One of our favorites was Eva Mendes; that amazing necklace really glams up her dress and simple updo. Turquoise also showed up in Sandra Bullock's clutch and Elizabeth Banks's necklace. (below: Eva Mendes in Christian Dior, Sandra Bullock also in Dior, Elizabeth Banks in J. Mendel, and Kate Beckinsdale in J. Mendel).

Check out the rest of the red carpet photos at

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Style Tips from the Golden Globes

Fashion week is 3 weeks away. Academy Awards are a month out. Although the holidays are over, there are still plenty of photo-ops to be had. And because Oscar and Carolina aren't scrambling to loan us a dress, we've picked out some fave red carpet trends from the recent Golden Globes to help you identify a look and then do it yourself more affordably.

The Kids Love Champagne

Find the right shade of nude for your skin or risk looking washed out. Champagnes come in various shades and look great on many skin tones. The color is sophisticated yet fresh. I adore America Ferrera's look below. It's figure flattering and age appropriate. Notice how the dress hits at the perfect place on her leg. This below knee/high calf length is flattering and ladylike on most figures. (below: Amanda Seyfried in Stella McCartney, America Ferrera in Oscar de la Renta, Vanessa Hudgens in Alberta Ferretti)

Thanks for the Photos.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Menswear Cat Fight

Below: Giorgio Armani Fall 08, left, and Dolce & Gabbana Fall 09, right
WWD reports today:

Giorgio Armani is also hardly shy about defending the originality of his designs. On Monday, he took a swing at Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, accusing the designers of copying his quilted pants from fall 2008 and putting them on the Dolce & Gabbana runway for fall 2009.

"For now they copy, later on they will learn," Armani said after his Emporio show on Sunday.

Dolce and Gabbana struck back, saying, "Stylistically speaking, the Armani style is not, and never has been, an inspiration source of us. We made our fortune by creating a Dolce & Gabbana style which is strongly tied to Sicily and its traditions, as well as to the world of tailoring: a style which is globally recognized," the designers continued. "Surely we still have much to learn, but definitely not from him."


As much as I support creative diversity and intellectual property, I don't think Armani can "claim" quilted pants, but you can judge for yourself. (Below: Giorgio Armani Fall 08, left, and Dolce & Gabbana Fall 09, right)

Monday, January 19, 2009

Showroom Seven Opens Shop: Beyond 7

I've gotten some choice duds at Showroom Seven's sample sales over the years. Imitation of Christ, Issa dresses, a sick Martine Sitbon bag, all in perfect condition and near-wholesale prices. I wasn't sure how to feel about the news of their new retail space. I mean, it's the sample sale prices that set them apart from retailers. But Fashionista reports their designers are doing one-of-a-kind pieces just for this space...

... "As in, you can buy a dress by someone who sells everywhere but still be the only one wearing it. And if you're lucky, one of the major stylists and personal shoppers who spend their days pulling from Showroom Seven will be around for an honest opinion."

Now I love one-of-a-kinds, especially by the kind of talent represented by Showroom Seven, but the idea of getting some free advice from professional stylists excites me quadruply. Even if you have great style, there's nothing like having a pro give you some tips. It's a privilege of the rich and famous. I've totally gotten "freebies" from celebrities' personal shoppers/stylists before. (Tip: If it's pretty quiet, you can graciously ask a stylist for their opinion while their charge is in the dressing room.) They're usually happy to give you a quick opinion. Just remember, they're working so don't interrupt them or latch on to them, and definitely, definitely don't feel like you can hang out with their client just because you've been talking to their stylist.

Beyond 7
263 11th Avenue, near 27th Street
Terminal Warehouse Building
New York, NY

Thanks for the tip, Fashionista!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Conchords Answer Your Love Qs in Bust

Just when I was saying I don't blog on guy's fashion, I remember how much I love the kiwi-meets-big apple stylings of Bret and Jemaine from Flight of the Conchords. Jemaine's big sideburns and 70's folk meets brotha-man look is made for NYC. And Bret's wayward curls and animal print shirts make all the girls gaga. If you're thinking, "you must be off your meds, only girls like Flight of the Conchords." My answer is: Exactly.

Exciting news just in from Bust Mag:

Bret and Jemaine will be answering your questions about love in BUST’s April/May issue. Send your love questions to by Sunday, January 25. The doctors are in!

With Capsule Show, LES Sales

A bunch of Lower East Side businesses are giving discounts during Capsule, the men's indie designer trade show (Jan. 19 & 20, see post below). Go there and revel in the yumminess that the LES has to offer indie shoppers. Some of the participants:

  • Valley: additional 10-15% off clothing and beauty services
  • The Cast: 10% discount on urban-inspired menswear,
  • Still Life: 10% off spring-ready hats
  • Mastihashop: additional 15% discount on anything at this Middle Eastern sweet shop/gift emporium.

Check out a full list of the latest downtown sales at Refinery29.

Thanks Refinery29!

Friday, January 16, 2009

January 19 & 20, 2009
Capsule Men's Indie Fashion

Here at Fashion Playlist, we love and support indie style, from designers to boutiques to creatives like make-up and hair stylists, and all the amazing fashion bloggers that let us know what's hip and happening around the world.

We're guilty of focusing on women's fashion, and they guys are always like, "dude, that's cool but where can I find indie guys stuff?" Enter Capsule, the fashion event that brings "the world's most directional independent menswear designs, super premium streetwear and lifestyle brands together under one roof." Giddyup.

The next event will take place in NYC this inauguration eve and day (Jan. 19 & 20 for those not politically inclined) in the amazing neo-gothic Angel Orensanz Foundation Center for the Arts on the Lower East Side.

You can see a list of the emerging designers chosen by an uber-experienced board of advisors (from owners of cool boutiques like Seven New York to GQ fashion editors). Not sure why they included Nike, maybe they have some cool capsule collection.

172 Norfolk Street, New York, NY 10002
b/t Houston and Stanton
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Tuesday, January 20