The Warmest Winter Outerwear Looks to Shop Right Now

Josilyn (DNA) in Alexander Wang mesh bonded shearling parka, Fendi mesh top, and Cosabella Cortina pant.

We’re already dreaming of those dreary winter days ahead spent warming up inside with Netflix, a stack of books, and lots of tea wine. What better to wear then than the season’s best outerwear paired with our favorite cozy things?

Photographer Adeline Mai shoots Josilyn in the best outerwear looks for winter.

burberryadelinemaiBurberry alpaca wool topcoat, Marissa Webb tunic, shorts by Fendi (call 212-795-4646 for availability), Burberry cashmere print scarf, Rag Cuff arm warmers

cgadelinemaiCG raccoon-collar coat, Fendi mesh top, T by Alexander Wang Melange Fleece Sweat Pants with Stripe Rib

Derek Lam Double Face V-Neck Coat, J.Crew Colorblock Stretch Shearling Sweater and Striped Scarf

fendiadelinemaiFendi Pink Wool Coat (call 212-795-4646 for availability), Ann Yee Bettine Honeycomb Sweater (call Bene Rialto 212-246-5984 for availability), T by Alexander Wang Melange Fleece Sweat Pants with Stripe Rib. Kumi Kookoon Lattice Cashmere Throw.

maxmaraadelinemaiMax Mara Printed Patchwork Coat, Weekend Max Mara Mochi Cardigan, Kumi Kookoon Ashley PJ set and sleep mask

Photographer: Adeline Mai
Fashion Editor: Alyssa Shapiro
Model: Josilyn (DNA)
Hair/Makeup: Mariko Hirano
Fashion Assistant: Emily Ovaert

Special thanks to The Ludlow hotel, 180 Ludlow Street, NYC. For reservations, click here.

Trends Out of Pre Fall: The Big Eight from Chanel, Alexander Wang, Belstaff, and More

Only a month and a half out – cue panic – from the new and improved New York fashion week, we can’t help but wonder what designers will bestow upon us this coming season. If the pre fall collections are any indication of what’s to come, we’ll be seeing an inundation of fringe, plenty of pleats and lots of lace. Plaids and floral will be prominent pattern stories, as will the black and white pairings that we saw this past spring. Big volume will remain a big player. And Bermuda shorts will make an impressive comeback.

(Above) Lace Resort

Seen at: Burberry, Jason Wu, Rag & Bone

Dark, dramatic lace could be found all throughout the pre fall collections.  This season’s lace felt romantic, sensual and not in the least bit girly.

BermudaTriangleBermuda Triangle 

Seen at: ALC, Rag & Bone, Thakoon, Band of Outsiders

Reminiscent of a schoolboy uniform from private schools past, Bermuda shorts came back in a more tailored way. Rather than being oversized and slouchy they were grown up – a crisp, formal approach to the menswear trend.

BlackWhiteCompare and Contrast

Seen at: DKNY, Donna Karan, Alice & Olivia, Narciso Rodriguez

The back and white pairings that dominated spring runways came back bolder and even more graphic. The contrasting colors felt distinctly harder, tougher, and seemed to harken back to the 1960s.

CowgirlsIndiansCowgirls and Indians

Seen at: Chanel, Derek Lam, Alexander Wang, Nicole Miller

Cowboy hats, boots, and fringe, oh my. Epitomized by Chanel’s show in Dallas, the cowboy trend was more apparent than ever. Fringe found itself on everything from bags to the backs of dresses and broad rimmed hats and over the knee boots.

InFullBloom In Full Bloom

Seen at: Badgley Mischka, Erdem, Alice & Olivia, Temperley London

A perennial trend, flowers bloomed bold and beautiful this fall. In pastel pink and brooding black, blooms were rendered in a dozen different ways. We loved the graphic interpretations as well as the retro inspired prints.

Plaiditude A Plaiditude

Seen at: Altuzarra, Belstaff, Rachel Comey, Thakoon

Cleaning up the grungy plaids of last fall, this season’s tartans are crisp and classic with a modern twist. Interpreted in new color combinations and shapes the plaid feels reinvigorated and new.

PleatsPleasePleats and Thanks

Seen at: ALC, Gucci, Tory Burch, Missoni

Pleated skirts in delicate swingy fabrics look simultaneously classic and fresh, especially when reinterpreted in silver metallic fabric or paired with sleek, minimal accessories.

sizemattersSize Matters

Seen at: Adam Lippes, Just Cavalli, Derek Lam, Proenza Schouler

Proving more is more. Jackets and pants in particular were given an extra dose of volume. Big, boxy structural shapes reigned supreme.

#NYFW: Catching Up On the Shows from Sunday and Monday

On Sunday morning at NYFW, Victoria Beckham finally stopped sucking in her waist, and if you couldn’t exactly hear the collective release of breath, you could certainly sense it in the more relaxed lines of her creations. Despite borrowing a little tailoring from the boys, Beckham has held on to her well-earned reputation for femininity. The dresses were still present, the waist, for the most part, still accentuated. But it looked like you might be able to eat in them. 

Voluminous was one word to describe Delpozo, whose nipped in waists still flattered. Ethereal colors accentuated the confectionary nature of the clothes.


Layers, layers, layers were the thing at Theyskens’ Theory. Short skirts over long, even basketball shorts over biker. The Theyskens’ girl would be ready for any venue or change in weather once leaving the house in these looks.

Derek Lam used highly textured fabrics colored by hand dying to create elegant and simple pieces that played on proportion and elevated classic American sportswear. Basket weaves and bonded mesh made even the simplest of cuts extremely interesting while keeping everything easy to wear – the ideal clothes to throw on effortlessly and still look amazing in.


3.1 Phillip Lim played with rocks for spring, littering his runway with crunchy Himalayan sea salt, creating a new terrain for the Phillip Lim girl to wander. She navigated the topography in matching style, sporting references to geodes in embroidered sweaters and patterned skirts.


One of the dreamier shows took place at Ashley and Mary-Kate Olson’s The Row, the woman of which was a traveler – she must have been someplace hot and crawling with bugs, for the sun protective sleeves and skirt lengths and veils hanging from wide brimmed and visor-ed hats. With delicate snakeskin, superfine leathers and flowing crinkled silk georgette, who wouldn’t want to be on vacation with The Row?

We’re five days in with three more to go. Keep checking back and don’t forget to visit for fashion week news.

Shop the Winning Derek Lam + eBay Collection

The world’s largest online marketplace and an acclaimed American fashion designer have joined forces to produce Derek Lam + eBay, an exclusive collaboration that marks the first-ever crowdsourced collection. During SS11 NYFW, Lam presented a 16-piece collection at Lincoln Center. In a game-changing move, Lam also posted these looks on eBay, inviting consumers worldwide to vote for their favorite designs to be produced into an exclusive collection with the e-commerce giant. After 120,000 votes, the five selected dresses have arrived, and are now available to purchase for a limited time.

“Having a direct and immediate dialogue with the online audience is what makes fashion exciting and relevant in this moment. eBay’s technology offers me a unique and innovative opportunity to reach new and existing customers directly and to create fashion they desire,” Lam says of the collaboration. Dresses range from $175-$295 and feature looks for both day and night. In addition to photos, shoppers can view looks via a nifty 360-video that’s quite similar to Amazon’s MyHabit functionality.

This type of interactive engagement by a major fashion designer is unprecedented—even for the new social-media-happy fashion world’s standards. While industry folks use services like Twitter for their makeshift focus group needs, Lam is taking it one step further by directly asking his fans what they want, and delivering it to them at an attainable price point. And from a business standpoint, linking with eBay is as good as it gets when it comes to global reach. We’re loving how fashion and technology have become new allies, providing both designers and consumers with endless connectivity.

Derek Lam’s Lower-Priced, Crowd-Sourced Line For eBay

Here’s a trivia game any budding fashionista should try: name five designers not doing lower-priced lines. Latest to the game is Derek Lam, who’s just announced that he’s 1) putting out a lower-priced line that 2) incorporates crowd-sourcing and 3) will be sold on eBay. The new triple-threat. The move is noteworthy for a number of reasons. eBay continues to ascend into the sartorial stratosphere with a few key hires and a newly launched lookbook-based fashion site. And while Lam has premiered exclusive capsule collections with the likes of Norma Kamali and Narciso Rodriguez in the past, his use of crowd-sourcing for this particular launch sets it apart entirely. We’ve seen crowd-sourcing used in various ways to launch lines before, but never with such big names attached.

“Having a direct and immediate dialogue with the online audience is what makes fashion exciting and relevant in this moment,” Lam told Women’s Wear Daily, adding, “eBay’s technology offers me a unique and innovative opportunity to reach new and existing customers directly, and to create fashion they desire.”

The counter argument comes from Refinery 29, who aptly points out that crowd-sourcing can lead to ugly clothes. Designers should be allowed to have a point of view (there’s a reason designers are called exactly that) but consumer feedback and review is a great thing. Either way, the good news is this is a novelty endeavor. Fashionologie reports, “It sounds like the eBay collaboration is just a warm-up for Lam: he’s planning an inexpensive line for launch at the end of 2011.”

The SS11 Pant Report: Long, Loose, & Tailored

This much we know: Hemlines have dropped to the floor and footwear is being served up high, by way of a wedge, with a side of florals. But what about SS11 pants, you say? Sleep soundly, as New York Fashion Week’s catwalks have met with nary a harem pant this season. Derek Lam is championing a high-waist, while simultaneously embracing the wide cuts and flared denim calves that Phoebe Philo started resurrecting at Celine this past spring. Phillip Lim is promoting something a bit softer—slim but softly tailored pants in silks of various shades.

Diane Von Furstenberg’s tailored trousers likewise left her models with leg room. Hers were cut low at the waist but cropped just above the ankle in most cases. Over at Mulberry, the cropped effect was the same, though waists were raised to Lam’s levels. And Karen Walker’s looks were equally loose, and fashioned in cheery floral and fruit tones for spring. Unlike all of the transparency afloat on catwalks this season, trousers are welcoming room for a few extra pounds. It’s all the more to love.

New York Openings: Nanette Lepore, Derek Lam, Renaissance 57

Nanette Lepore (Upper East Side) – Bohemian-inspired brand scores New York’s best retail real estate. ● Derek Lam (Soho) – Lam’s first foray into flagships says a lot. ● Renaissance New York Hotel 57 (Midtown East) – Hotel and brand undergo boutique transformation.

Designers Board Advertising Bandwagon

Blame it on the economic downturn and the increasing push from high-fashion designers to appeal to a wider demographic: big name brands from Rodarte and Zac Posen to Derek Lam are getting into the fashion advertising game for the first time this season. According to Women’s Wear Daily, Derek Lam shot his first ad campaign in San Francisco last week — the fruits of which feature model Karmen Pedaru in Fall 09 Lam, shot by seasoned fashion photographer Solve Sundsbo. But Lam is by no means the first designer getting his feet wet with advertising this year.

As Fashionista points out, “this month we’ve seen Rodarte’s proper campaign debut in V and Zac Posen’s first ever ad, for Spring 09, shot by Ellen Von Unwerth for Spanish Indie mag Fanzine 137.” Out of the premiere fashion ads, I’d have to credit Rodarte’s as the most innovative. The Pasadena-born and based brand collaborated with music and art photographer Autumn de Wilde (who is responsible for snapping iconic album covers for the likes of Beck, Elliot Smith, and the White Stripes among others). And the ads, which feature model and Jack White wifey Karen Elson, no doubt benefit from de Wilde’s ethereal, evocative aesthetic sensibilities. Blood-spatter has never looked so chic.