@donalddrawbertson’s Art Takes the World’s Beaches and Ski Towns

Images courtesy of Striped & Solid Donald Robertson (@donalddrawbertson to most) is busy, prolific, and shows no signs of slowing down. The colorful artist and father-of-five’s latest fashion collab drops today, a small line of vacation-inspired tee-shirts made with chic swimwear line Solid & Striped and sold exclusively via Net-a-Porter. Robertson used some of his signature materials–gaffer tape and sharpies–to create the art that became the tee-shirts. He says, “I wanted to put a fun twist on destinations that the Solid & Striped girl travels to during the holidays. We are thrilled to be launching the collection exclusively through Net-A-Porter — their customer is international, well-traveled and will really appreciate the collaboration.” If you’re headed to Aspen, Bondi Beach, Miami, Palm Beach, St. Barths, or Tulum–or you just wish you were, pick up one of these comfy tees stat. TULUM ASPEN BONDI BEACH MIAMI PALM BEACH ST. BARTHS

Our 6 Fave Moments from #NYFW Day 1: Normcore Shoes, Babies, and Food

via @zanabayne on Instagram

Today marked the official first day of NYFW (although ask industry folk and they will surely tell you it doesn’t feel that way!) Traffic is insane, heels are on (for some unknown reason), and we thought for a moment that #NYFW broke Instagram this evening, though it might have been our collective imaginations. There’s so much to be seen; it’s an overwhelming but fabulous sensory experience.

Sara: Since we’re at different shows and didn’t get to see each other all day, we’re gonna catch up right here, right now.

(P.S. you can follow us through #NYFW on Instagram at @alyssashapiro and @sarajanenyc. And of course, @blackbookmag.)

Alyssa: Forget what you said about heels. I’m sticking to flats this season. Starting off on the right foot, baby. But yes, #NYFW definitely did break Instagram for a minute.

Sara: I wore flat sandals today and while I resented feeling underdressed at times, I was also like “dudes, are you watching the runways?” because it’s allllll about flats.

Alyssa: So true. I’ve seen a few heels, but from the Chinatown sandals and normcore white sneakers at Sandy Liang to the dressed-up flat sandals at Chadwick Bell, I have no qualms about throwing on some AF1s this week. And I’m sure my chiropractor is thrilled.

Sara: Chiropractor shoutout! Okay, let’s jump right in. My fave moment of the whole day: Michael Maccari showed his first collection for Perry Ellis–a parade of strikingly beautiful #VERYPERRY guys in tailored pastels and graphic patterns “inspired by the lines and grids of the city. But the highlight was absolutely when Maccari came out to a huge round of applause, walked down the runway and gave his mum a big hug and kiss! Strangely, I’m not sure everyone else found this quite as amazing as I did and so on my way out I said “congratulations,” to this very smiley woman I do not know, and she took my hand (!) to thank me and then we chatted about how proud of her she was. Heartwarming fashion moment — check!

Alyssa: I love family moments. Today at Zana Bayne, the finale look featured a baby. Yup, the model teetered out in some big gal shoes (ok so not everyone is doing flats) carrying perhaps the chillest baby ever, given all the lights and people and that he didn’t cry once. Actually, about halfway through his turn on the catwalk, he gave a wave. And every single person at Milk Studios cooed, “awwww!” at the same time. Proof that we are all a little baby crazy.

Sara: I would have died. I have a real problem with how much I love babies. I’m that person like “ooh-ing” on the sidewalk.

Alyssa: You have no idea.

Sara: Oh, another fun surprise: I thought they only existed in myths but alas! Creatures of Comfort provided showgoers with little goody bags containing nail polish, hair spray, and much-needed granola bars. Honestly, I don’t think anyone even cared about the nail polish though. I literally nibbled on a bite sized Larabar like it was Manna from heaven. Feeding the tired and often malnourished editors as they jet from show to show is always a win!


Alyssa: I can’t tell you how much I ate at the Gareth Pugh presentation after not having a proper meal today. I actually staked out in front of where the cater waiters entered and basically stole all the food.

Sara: Food is the way to my heart. Enough of these pin-sized appetizers on toothpicks, I’m ready for a presentation with straight up sandwiches. Oh, and I wouldn’t mind foot massages!

Before we hit the hay (if that happens) will you catch me up on ALTUZARRA FOR TARGET? #FOMO

Alyssa: Haha. No sleep for the wicked. The funhouse situation was pretty cool. I haven’t had any champagne yet this week but it sure felt like I had once I stepped inside. I didn’t brave the boutique set up in the party, but I’m looking forward to shopping the collection when it hits Net-a-Porter and Target stores on September 14.

And that brings my #selfie count to 1 so far this NYFW. Until tomorrow, dear readers! And you, too, Sara.

Sara: Night <3

In Montauk Without a Bikini? Net-a-Porter and Mr Porter Can Fix That

Today, and just in time for summer’s kick-off weekend, Net-a-Porter and Mr Porter launch same day delivery service to the Hamptons, continuing through Labor Day. So in case you forgot to pack a bikini, or you receive a last minute party invite and all you packed was loungewear, you’re as covered (or uncovered) as you want to be — all summer.

Who’s included? Anyone summering in Amagansett, Bridgehampton, East Hampton, West Hampton, Montauk, Sag Harbour, Sagaponack, Southampton, Wainscott, or Watermill.

The only really important question remaining is what you’ll wear. Some of our picks, below: 

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How To Get Your Hands On Kate Moss For Topshop

Early morning, bleary-eyed and scrolling through Net-a-Porter, it took only a moment to realize that most of the be-fringed Kate Moss for Topshop pieces I’d had on my mental wishlist were basically sold out already. You can still try your luck with Net-a-Porter, or go straight to the source and shop it at Topshop online and in stores.

But! you can find out “which Kate Moss” you are! Take the quiz here.

Kate the Great at the collection’s celebration at Oxford Circus Tuesday evening.


STYLE SCOOP: Mariah Carey’s Itsy Bitsy Snow Bikini, Shopping Dover Street Market

Because she’s Mariah Carey, the singer wore a red bikini to walk her puppies in freezing cold Aspen, Colorado.

Now you can wear your mood on your sleeve. Everybody, meet the mood sweater. Say it all without saying a thing, etc. etc.

Everybody shopped New York’s new Dover Street Market. If you’re in the market for a last minute holiday gift, head to 160 Lexington Ave for mass chaos (seven floors of mass chaos).

Net-a-Porter’s sticking their print mag on newsstands. Expect to see Porter (rhymes with snorter) in the new year.

Kain Label Explores More than Just the Basics

We’ve previously sung the praises of Kain Label’s timeless luxury basics when they teamed up with Net-a-Porter on an exclusive capsule collection. While there will always be room in the fashion world for their signature simple separates, the LA brand has taken it upon themselves to challenge their aesthetic and produce a refreshing range of new shapes, textures, and prints for SS12.

During a recent trip to their showroom, I was pleased to see that Kain’s reinvented muse will live in dresses next spring – from chiffon styles with flutter sleeves, to ribbed varieties. She will also experiment with the brand’s geometric lace, an Art Deco inspired embroidery, and the pictured Gatsby-esque floral print. Instead of lightness by way of minimalistic color palettes, Kain’s new lightness comes in the form weightless textures and breezy silhouettes. Sign us up.

Photo: Courtesy of Kain Label

Here’s a Taste of Karl Lagerfeld’s Konfidential Kollection

By now, you’ve likely heard about Karl Lagerfeld’s exclusive collection for Net-a-Porter and the hype surrounded it. Although there’s still a little over a month left before the line officially drops on January 25, the blogosophere is buzzing in anticipation, thanks to the e-tailer’s clever microsite that occupies enough K’s to make a Kardashian’s head spin. To stir die-hard fans (also known as "Karl’s Kult"), the site’s news section recently reported that the new line was missing. But we can all rest easy now, because some looks have finally "leaked." 

Not surprisingly, the reveal includes tons of black and white, and is heavily inspired by menswear. We’re digging the detachable collar above, as well as the leather jacket, metallic pants, and cutout footwear previewed here. And since you’ll be on the site, make sure to get yourself, your friends, or even your dog Karlified

Karl Lagerfeld’s Collection for Net-a-Porter Pops Up Around the World

After months of anticipation, newsflashes, and collection leaks, Karl Lagerfeld’s exclusive collection for Net-a-Porter has finally arrived. To maintain the collaboration’s unique campaign, today the e-tailer has set up pop-ups in various cities across the globe to allow die-hard Lagerfeld fans to shop the new offerings first-hand. The first 50 to arrive received a free piece from the line, and one lucky winner at each location will win a $1,500 Net-a-Porter shopping spree, which is a pretty big deal.

By now you’ve already rushed to the NY pop-up, which is located at 375 Bleeker Street. Other locations include the Covent Garden Market in London, Bondi Beach in Sydney, Berlin (above is a snap of the line forming there), and Paris, where Lagerfeld made a crowd-pleasing appearance. If you can’t make it to the live events, stay glued to Net-a-Porter’s Karl hub here to shop it online.

Photo via Net-a-Porter’s blog.

Manolo Blahniks Mangled Sarah Jessica Parker’s Feet

Ten years after Sex & The City made $600 shoes an aspirational item for the average Manhattan working girl, Sarah Jessica Parker is dropping a truth bomb straight from her podiatrist’s mouth: her feet are permanently fucked up.


The actress told Net-A-Porter’s magazine The Edit that she can’t wear heels like she used to, nor can she wear cheap shoes, either:  

"For ten or so years, I literally ran in heels. I worked 18-hour days and never took them off. I wore beautiful shoes, some better made than others, and never complained. But then I did I Don’t Know How She Does It, and I was very thoughtful about my whole wardrobe and said, you know, [Kate Reddy] could not afford really good footwear. So I got [lower priced] shoes and the bottoms weren’t leather, they were plastic, so I slipped a couple times, twisted my ankle. I went to a foot doctor and he said, ‘Your foot does things it shouldn’t be able to do. That bone there… You’ve created that bone. It doesn’t belong there.’ The moral of the story is, the chickens are coming home to roost. It’s sad, because my feet took me all over the world, but eventually they were like, ‘You know what, we are really tired, can you just stop – and don’t put cheap shoes on us?’"

It certainly begs the question why upper-middle class and middle-class women aspire to hurt themselves with their footwear. There was an interesting piece on the blog Sociological Images recently about high heels as a marker of distinction among women, in particular to incidate social prominance. Yet given the luxury they are afforded of being able to wear any shoes that they like, one wonders why time and again they choose pairs that lead to permanent food damage.

Does this mean from now on SJP will be in Crocs 4eva?

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