Ippolita Fall Preview

(This last one - from the Ippolita “Glamazon” collection - was my personal favorite; it’s hollow, so it’s much lighter than it looks.)

UGG Fall 2012 Launch

Last night I co-hosted and co-styled the launch of UGG’s Fall 2012 Collection, and it was fun. Sorry: fun! With an exclamation point.

I even had one of those classic little I-am-so-lucky-to-live-in-the-best-city-in-the-world (at least for a little bit longer) moments while standing on the roof deck with two of my closest friends, drinking a Sam Adams Summer Ale and watching the sunset. Alec Baldwin was standing about three feet to my right, which helped, too.

Above center is the look I styled, flanked by looks from Brooklyn Blonde and My Style Pill: you can’t see the floral bralet top under the denim jacket from this angle, but I based it on this outfit (we added a denim jacket because, you know: fall).

I know lots of people still view UGG as the company behind your favorite wear-to-brunch-with-sweatpants boots (and yes, they still make those, of course; you will pry my well-worn-in pair from my cold, dead fingers)…but in recent years they’ve taken a much more fashion-forward approach, and the fall line is something special. We’re talking thick wooden heels, rich colored leather, studs…and a touch of cozy shearling tucked into the toe.

Here’s my NYC Style Story.

And here’s me with The Drums, who played at the event.

Please look at how cool these guys are…and then take a gander at my doppy smile. This picture is a pretty handy visual aid for the long-winded explanation of why I never felt quite comfortable at my husband’s shows back in the day.

A shot I cribbed from Jaimen (pictured above with me ‘n’ Sara).

And look: my lovely friend Andrea (from BrunchCritic) came out to say hi!

Must own these come fall. Wish-listed.

Thanks so much to UGG for a spectacular night!

Frye Fall 2012 / Favorite Picks

I have a big old crush on motorcycle boots and cowboy boots, so me and Frye? Friends 4 Eva.

Below, some favorite picks from the Fall 2012 preview.

This is what cowboy boots should look like.

But for city-wear, shorter + studded is the way to go. Oof, these are cute.

I love the wear and tear on this bag - the distressed effect can look cheesy if not done just right, but this looks exactly like a bag that you were lucky enough to spot in your local thrift shop, or a decades-old hand-me-down from Mom.

And these! Love these. Everyday easy plus just a touch of tough.

7 For All Mankind Spring 2012

The Spring 2012 collection from 7 For All Mankind, which I had the opportunity to check out in a preview down at their showroom yesterday evening, is gorgeous, and a pleasant surprise from a line known mostly for their blue five-pockets. This season, they expanded into a full ready-to-wear collection including pink-washed denim, brushed metallics, shoes (the word is that the fall styles are particularly cute - I haven’t seen them yet, but will keep an eye out), and…

these florals. Which are gorgeous.

Which is your favorite? I was slightly partial to the white pattern on the left, but the darker pair would be easier to wear year ‘round, and I love it for early spring with a loose grey tee and heels.

And this moto vest - a limited-edition piece created for the campaign - was the obvious hit of the collection. Everyone loved it - myself included.

The event also included a viewing of James Franco’s Episodes of an Untitled Film (Franco contributed significantly to the campaign surrounding the launch of the Spring 2012 collection). If you’d like to check it out for yourself, go ahead and click here.

Erickson Beamon FW 2012

I spent last night at Milk Studios covering the backstage scene at Erickson Beamon.

I was taping a segment for one of the show’s sponsors, scunci (you know, the hair accessories brand), so my focus was on the models’ fabulous 1920s-with-a-twist ‘dos (they used scunci products as the foundation for the styles, which in turn highlighted the incredible Erickson Beamon headpieces).

I managed to snag a headpiece to wear for part of the segment. I’ve never worn one of those things before; I kinda love it.

The stylists created faux bobs on the models by adding a ton of product to the hair, molding finger waves around the face, and then teasing the rest of the hair to bits and pinning up the lower half underneath. I love this. I tried it once; it worked out pretty well. I’ll have to try it again one of these days.

Hi!

My beachy waves were courtesy of Karmela at John Sahag Workshop - I got my hair done at 3:30, and they were still kicking when I got home around ten. Mini-miracle.

The presentation was staged like a 1920s cocktail party, with a band (The Citizens Band) and models dancing and hanging out all around the stage. (I didn’t actually crash the presentation; we shot the outro segment with me sitting at one of the bar tables on stage before it began.)

Good times. Also…

good morning!

Accessories Council V-Day Gift Picks

Last night I stopped into the Accessories Council (how fancy does that sound?) to check out their top Valentine’s Day gift picks. After the jump, my favorite choices of their choices, so you have more choices.

Clockwise from far leftBauble Bar Aqua Boho Drop Earrings ($28), Fresh Brown Sugar Lip Polish ($22.50), Eberjey Lady Godiva chemise ($66), Stella and Dot Zodiac Charms ($19-$49), chicBuds Fauvette Gold Edition earbuds ($29.99).

Oh, and this? Is really delicious. (Get the banana.)

Amsale Bridal Event

Last night I got the chance to talk wedding gowns and wardrobe malfunctions with bridal designer Amsale. Her number-one piece of advice (which I agree with): your wedding day is not the day to suddenly become a trendball (although I’m not sure that she used precisely that word). Think timeless, and to get started on your search consider what you wear and what you look like on a daily basis.

Then we got to talking about how while designers had been thinking that strapless styles would experience a dip in popularity, that hasn’t been the case at all; they remain hugely beloved by brides. And I told Amsale about my own strapless wedding gown and how, though (I thought) very beautiful, it required lots of yanks upwards over the course of the night. There was even a terribly unfortunate moment in which I showed more bride than I intended to show (ifyouknowwhatI’msaying), a moment that I am aware of because, you see, sometimes there are a few photos of you taken on your wedding day. A fact that is usually good; in this particular instance, maybe not so much. Amsale was sort of horror-struck by this story, and assured me that if the internal construction is done right, a strapless gown can be worn with zero tugging and wardrobe-malfunctioning. Good to know.

One trend I noticed at the salon: lots of stunning bodice detailing, like those crystal-studded flowers above, and a touch of the ballerina. (That gown, by the way, is pretty un-me - I tend to prefer simpler, more relaxed silhouettes for wedding gowns - and yet was my favorite. Go figure.)

These are french toast bites topped with champagne-pear compote and mint. I ate many.

Totally In People Mag

Well…sorta.

Hee!

Geox Holiday Event

Above, some shots from the Geox event that I co-hosted on Thursday night over at the store on 57th and Madison. Those shoes on the far left of the shot on the lower left are my new #1 favorites from the F/W 2011 collection - love that brown-and-grey combo, and I’m all about boots with laces at the moment. And right now all Geox stores are hosting sales of up to 50% off, so if you’re as into them as I am, it’s a good time to pick them up.

What I wore: An H&M maxidress that I cut into a mini, a vintage beaded bolero with a satin tie, chloe + isabel jewelry, CoverGirl Lip Perfection lipstick in Hot Passion (a great universal red), and Geox boots (retail info can be found here).

If you missed any of my Geox style posts over the past month, you can check them all out here. And click here if you’d like to sign up for the mailing list, and here to subscribe to their website (I certainly recommend staying abreast of the Spring collection; I just checked out the lookbook, and oh my goodness).

Thanks so much to Geox for inviting me to be part of such a fun night, and to the RG readers who came out to say hi - it was great to meet you!

Robert Verdi’s 2011 Holiday Gift Guide

Last night, I had the pleasure of attending celebrity stylist and all-around adorable guy Robert Verdi’s annual holiday party, where he laid out his top gift picks for everyone on your list, from the Mini Style Maven to the Do-It-All Mom.

Robert’s gift list after the jump!

(Pictured clockwise from top left)

For the Fabulous Friend: Braun Satin IONTEC Hairbrush

For the Life Of The Party: Kodak Playfull Waterproof Video Camera or Crest 3D 2-Hour Express Whitestrips and an Oral-B Professional Care 1000 toothbrush

For the Do-It-All Mom: Oil of Olay Beauty Luscious Indulgence Beauty Kit (with bonus magazine subscription) and Kumi Kookoon silk spa slippers

For the Beauty Buff: Oil of Olay Professional Pro-X Cleansing System

For the Man In Your Life: Brera Orologi Supersportivo 43mm Watch

For the Trendy echie: Native Union POP Phone

For the Stylish Trendsetter: Linea Pelle Double Wrap Triple Row Studded Bracelet

For the Mini Style Maven (I love these): VS. Mittens by Hoopla

For the Bubbly Babysitter: CoverGirl Lip Perfection Lipstick in Hot (I can personally vouch for the fact that this is the perfect red)

For the Gal On The Go: A gift set containing a whole bunch of Allure's Best of Beauty items or Monika Chiang’s Kite Hobo

For the Hip Hostess: A bottle of La Caravelle champagne

Top image via StyledOn.

Josie Natori Ready-to-Wear Boutique at Saks / First Look

Favorite elements:

slouchy, graphic reds & blacks…

oversized, woodsy jewelry…

…and this deliciously cozy knit (which is actually a separate sweater and infinity scarf).

Kenneth Cole Spring 2012 Preview

Colorblocking…

…sexy shoes for the boys…

…awesome (and affordable - ballpark $30) resin bracelets (love that neon green)…

…and one very badass clutch.

All inspired by the flowers and concrete of The Highline.

Elie Tahari Fall 2011 Event

Totally got to hang out with Elie Tahari.

!!!

He’s such a nice guy, and so clearly loved seeing all the women at the event (held at the Tahari store on West Broadway to celebrate the re-launch of Tahari’s e-commerce site) trying on his designs.

Which included…these shoes.

I mean…right?

Some more favorites from the fall collection:

Carolann PumpEdita Blouse; Winston Bootie

After our mini-styling sessions (above and in the top image, I’m wearing a Tahari peacoat with my own shirt, pants, and heels), we got to hang out in the window and pretend to be supermodels (or at least mannequins) for a moment. Anytime I can channel Kim Cattrall is good by me.

Thanks so much to Tahari for having me!