Styles on the Street

Friday, September 22, 2006

Shanel


Occupation? Online editor of vibevixen.com

Age? 29

Tell me about your outfit? Shirt from a little store on Avenue A, True Religion Jeans, Prada Bag, BCBG shoes.

What are your style inspirations? Rock, Grace Jones, gets clues from fashion magazines, but tries to be individual.

Favorite Designers? Miss Sixty

Must-haves for Fall? Huge, oversized "it" bag, chunky sweater that is versatile, cute cropped leather rock star jacket, ankle booties, fingerless gloves.

Style pet-peeves? Sick of skinny jeans now that they are "in".

9/8/06 in Bryant Park

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Thursday, September 21, 2006

Runway Mash-up



And yes, in case you were wondering, the image on the left does appear to be a man. A man walking the Chado Ralph Rucci Show. Genius.

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Seersucka!



This, my friends, is one fine looking seersucker suit. With double back vent and rocking some serious murse (man purse). Sigh.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Notes from the Jay McCarroll Show


Lets work backwards here. I actually attended Fashion Week in order to see Jay McCarroll's show. His previous show for the Project Runway finale was appealing to me because it seemed very inspired by street fashion. After some groveling, I managed an invite only to be turned away by security. Apparently Jay's show was one of the hottest tickets in town, and good for him. This seems like his chance to proove himself as more than a reality TV personality.

So here are a couple of my favorite looks. You can see the rest here, or visit his website.

It seems like Jay is inspired by Amish quilt patterns--talk about street style--he is from Amish country!

So what do you think? Send you comments on the show by using the magical comment button below.


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The Fug Girls Interview

Heather (left) and Jessica (right), co-creators of Gofugyourself.com, the wildly popular, award-winning website that skewers bad celebrity fashion share with us their thoughts on New York Fashion Week, their Fall shopping lists and leggings.

New York Magazine asked you both to be special correspondents for Fashion Week (read about it here). What were some of your favorite shows?

HEATHER: For a sense of fun, Anna Sui. Nobody's going to be wearing tri-corner hats this season, but she had fun with the music and the clothes, and the rock-and-roll environment totally had the crowd. As far as the clothes, I liked some of what Verrier showed, and a lot of Brian Reyes and Behnaz Sarafpour. All very pretty stuff that I thought did a good job of conveying their point of view on a runway while also being translatable to the bodies of normal women.

JESSICA: I actually had a lot of fun at the Baby Phat show. The clothes weren't something I would wear myself, neccessarily, but the music and the theatrics were incredibly entertaining. Kimora knows how to put on a good show. I also enjoyed Heatherette, for the same reason: it was such a spectacle. And I loved that Zac Posen went all out and showed an incredibly impractical couture-type gown at the end of his show. It was over the top in a fun way, and the audience really responded. In terms of clothing, I think I enjoyed Vena Cava the most -- they showed some really lovely, wearable dresses, and even used a plus size model, which I thought was a good way to show that their pieces will work on women of all sizes.
What were your least favorite fashion shows this season and why?

What were some of your least favorite shows?

HEATHER: Zac Posen's show was okay -- a lot of times I found myself really liking one side of a dress and then seeing the other and being suddenly less interested. But the worst show for me was probably Luella Bartley. It felt very derivative and uninspired, in addition to being so 80s-tastic it made my brain bleed a little. JESSICA: I didn't like Luella Bartley much myself, but I'm going to vote for Karen Walker. I know a lot of people love her stuff, but I simply can't sign off on a line that advocates nylon sun bonnets.

Which trends from the spring runways should we expect to see in the future on Gofugyourself?

HEATHER: Apparently, formal shorts are not only not going away, but may be paired with matching blazers. Leggings and knee-length tights are also entrenched, tragically.

JESSICA: Worse yet, the leggings are now sheer. Which is even more hideous than an opaque legging -- something I never thought possible.

Any must-haves items for Fall?

JESSICA: Boots, boots and more boots. Preferably worn with a short skirt, or a mini-dress. I'm dying to get my hands on some of Chanel's Black Satin nail polish, too.

HEATHER: Ditto on all of that. I also just got myself a sleek black pencil skirt that I will probably live in, and I'm excited to shop for coats and jackets.

Who are your style icons?

HEATHER: I don't know that I have one; I just kind of do my own thing. There are definitely certain celebs whose taste I tend to like more than others and who therefore tend not to appear on the site very much, although I wouldn't call any of them icons. Sophia Bush has been dressing her body really well lately. I used to think Reese Witherspoon did a nice job with adding a little something unexpected to a clean, classic, flattering look, but she had a rough awards season last year -- ill-fitting stuff, recycled dresses -- and I haven't seen as much of her since. And every time I see a photo of Kate Middleton (Prince William's girlfriend), I wish I ran with the polo set in the UK, because she wears all kinds of things -- she pulls off hats, suits, cocktail dresses, gowns, and even casual gear with total panache.

JESSICA: I agree with Heather: Sophia Bush has been looking amazing of late. We also saw a lot of Bee Shaffer during Fashion Week, and she always looked lovely and age-appropriate, which I enjoy. As far as my own personal style icons go, I myself prefer to wear a really classic look, so I tend to look toward icons of the past, like Jackie O.

What are your style pet-peeves ?

HEATHER: Go Fug Yourself is all about people flattering their assets. I hate seeing someone with a lovely figure dress it down into a frumpy, bulky mess; I love seeing curvy women knock our socks off with a dress that proves it's not all about being a size zero. Chandra Wilson at the Emmys is a perfect example. She glowed. Whereas Mischa Barton is into sack dresses that make her look slouchy.

JESSICA: We just want people to work what they've got, whatever it is. We're not interested in everyone looking the same, unless by "the same," you mean "attractive." I guess my real pet peeve is people adopting a trend that doesn't work for them, just because it's trendy.

Have you lightened your stance on leggings?

HEATHER: Never! It even says on our business cards that we're "crusaders against leggings." I just think that about 999 times out of 1000, the leggings aren't a necessary addition to the outfit.

JESSICA: I can't add anything to that.

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Monday, September 18, 2006

Chloe Dao at the Jay McCarroll Show


Chloe and model Danielle looking lovely at the Jay McCarroll Show. Chloe is teeny-tiny and fabulous.

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Malan Breton at New York Fashion Week


Malan Breton was at Bryant Park to attend Jay Mccarroll's show. I am besotted. Not only is he very stylish and impeccably dressed--he is ridiculously photogenic. I captured him paparazzi-style, and he always looked perfect! Afterwards, I ran around for two days singing, "Malan Breton from Taiwan," over and over--très amusant! Malan also showed at NY Fashion Week read about it here.

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Anna Wintour at the Doo.Ri Show


The Queen of fashion herself, Ms. Anna Wintour was in her usual front and center seat at Friday night's Doo.Ri show. More on that show later. Lets now discuss Ms. Wintour. Impeccable as usual. She had her eagle eye on everything that sauntered down the runway. You could tell that she could detect any rogue loose threads or pins from 10 miles away. I bet those sunglasses give her bionic vision. She would occasionally have her assistant (seated on her right) make notes by leaning over her, pushing up her bionic sunglasses and whispering to her. La Wintour is the kind of woman who will always have all eyes on her. See for yourself how she glows in the crowded dark room:

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Friday, September 15, 2006

JoJo at NY Fashion Week


Not so sure about the dress, but nice Louboutins. She is a splendidly behaved young lady as well.

9/8/06 in Bryant Park

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Lorraine Bracco at Fashion Week


Hello Dr. Melfi,

You are a beautiful women. One of the rare celebrities with impeccable manners, so I hate to be neg about you, but...you look like you are going to a funeral for your goldfish rather than attending the Baby Phat show. If you care about me at all, please call me before attending an event such as this. I will see to it that you don't look so dreary. I promise.

Your friend,

sTreeT SyLes

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Is this the Return of Bright Nails?



After a Fall season filled with vampy nails, should we expect to see bright colors like blue and green for Spring?

9/8/06 in Bryant Park

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Baby Phat Model



This is one of the Baby Phat models after the show. This was arguably the hottest ticket in town. First, a fight breaks out. Then, there were the models. Wow. All of them sported mohawk-y hair and grills. Yes, grills. Some believe the grill trend has seen its day, but this was all about the irony. Instead of being all gangsta, the models flashed pretty smiles as they strutted down the runway. Now, when was the last time you saw a model smile? Brilliant.

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Fashion Week Model Mash-up

So this is what models wear when they are not working. Its OK to hate them.

9/8/06 in Bryant Park

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Thursday, September 14, 2006

Cleft-toed Boots at Fashion Week


9/8/06 in Bryant Park

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Fashion Week Rockers



9/8/06 in Bryant Park

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Return of the Jumper


9/8/06 in Bryant Park

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Tablecloth Print Dress

This, my friends, is how you wear a tablecloth print dress. Stunning.

9/8/06 in Bryant Park

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Fashion Week Attendees



9/8/06 in Bryant Park

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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Attack of the Yarn People!

The Yarn People have descended on Fashion Week--God save us!

9/13/06 in Bryant Park

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Olivia

Occupation? Dancer

Age? 17

Tell me about your outfit? H&M top, Victoria's Secret Pants.

What are your style inspirations? Beyonce, Gwen Stefani, her Mom

Favorite Designers? Valentino, Dolce & Gabanna, Versace, Randolph Duke

Must-haves for Fall? Ankle Boots, Big purses.

Style pet-peeves? Black hose with white shoes.

9/8/06 in Bryant Park

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Nina Garcia at New York Fashion Week, sort of.



Nina Garcia and her Christian Louboutins were right in front of me. Her fabulousness saw me staring at her, and looked at me as if she expected me to say something. Instead, I lost it. Just stared at her like an oaf. She hightailed it down the street, so here is a photo of her stylish posterior.

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Galoshes at Fashion Week

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Annelise

Occupation? Designer

Age? 24.

Tell me about your outfit? Benneton Coat, Forever 21 top, Express shorts, Max Azria shoes, hose from Details store.

What are your style inspirations? Fitting her silhouette. Bright 1960's colors, old French movies.

Favorite Designers? Moschino, Viktor & Rolf, Claire McCardle

Must-haves for Fall? Legwarmers, rubber boots, elbow warmers.

Style pet-peeves? Boho, slouchy look, metallic bags and shoes

9/8/06 in Bryant Park

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