After debating between uptown and downtown, French shoe genius Pierre Hardy settled on an old garage in Manhattan’s West Village for the location of his first U.S. boutique. Nestled between a row of matching brick buildings on Jane Street, the smoky glass storefront disappears behind the shop’s whitewashed brick. Hardy worked with David Mann of MR Architecture + Decor to rebuild the space entirely. In the transformation, they made sure to preserve the original walls and constructed see-through partitions to feature the exposed original brick. The goal was to create a glass box inside the authentic brick structure by combining contemporary materials with the raw urban feel of New York. The cozy, intimate vibe of the store was then achieved through dark color schemes, dim lighting, velvet cushion benches, and semi-leather covered floors to protect the feet of shoppers trying on shoes.
Hardy has even created an exclusive new shoe to celebrate the brand’s Manhattan debut—the “Skyline” shoe (pictured below), which captures the architectural city backdrop of the store.
Pierre Hardy, 30 Jane Street, New York, NY; 646-449-0070.
If it’s high time to throw out your favorite jeans, the pair with holes in the knees and a missing button, think again. Look to the experts at Denim Therapy, the New York-based company which vows to bring new life to well-loved jeans. They’ve seen it all, from the slightly torn to the totally tattered. Mending frayed hems, broken zippers, and detached belt loops, their online repair service is more than just a patch—they reconstruct worn-out denim by hand for $7 per inch.
Salvage your old blue jeans by sending them off to Denim Therapy today.
It’s no secret that Gossip Girl cast members Blake Lively and Leighton Meester have proved themselves to be stylish on set and off. Now it seems that both ladies will be fronting major fashion campaigns next year. Lively is the new face of Chanel, while Meester is rumored to be Missoni’s new model, according to Elle UK. Meester, who currently appears in campaigns for Vera Wang fragrances and Herbal Essences, will be modeling for Missoni in a campaign launching in summer 2011.
If there’s one thing that’s certain, it’s that you know you’ll love them, xoxo.
World-renowned vintage shop Resurrection is making all your shopping wishes come true this year. Hosting a series of high-fashion vintage events, their NYC and LA stores will be stocked with stylish designer pieces from past decades. Get your hands on this decadent Dolce & Gabbana Jewel and Charm Bustier or Black Corset Dress with Drape Detail. May this holiday season find your closet brimming with fabulous vintage finds.
Chanel 2.55 Classic Handbag in Navy
Chanel Drop Earrings
Pucci Print Dress
Arrive in style with this oh-so-chic Audrey Hepburn necklace ($28) from Fred Flare. As if the Breakfast at Tiffany‘s photo wasn’t enough, this timepiece pendant doubles as a miniature mirror, so you can touch up your lipstick and hair while on the go. So take a tip from Miss Golightly herself and make sure you are always on time (or fashionably late), looking absolutely fabulous, and always, always remember to stay classy.
Fans of this particular Audrey flick, before you’re ready to accessorize make sure you get some shut-eye, Audrey-style. Even a party gal like Miss Golightly knew the importance of beauty sleep. Get some sleep with the Holly GoNightly sleep mask ($14) and wake up looking movie star fabulous and, of course, well rested!
Nothing says springtime like bursts of color, and J.Crew‘s 2011 ready-to-wear collection screams sunny with shades of pink, orange, and blue. For the perfect post-winter pick me up, feast your eyes on a colorful assortment of boyish button-ups tucked into high-waisted shorts and fitted shorts topped with lacy tailored blazers. Scattered throughout the lineup are pleasantly unexpected pieces, such as a chambray shirt paired with a sequined maxi skirt. In keeping with the brand’s usual hipster spin on soccer-mom cool, J.Crew continues to bring it with chic new looks and hip ways to mix ‘n match in style.
View the lookbook here.
Anna Sui’s new fashion tome, Anna Sui, was recently published, with a shimmering foil-stamped cover and 400 photographs spanning Sui’s 20-year career. In honor of the book, she is hosting a winter wonderland holiday bash tonight that includes free gifts with purchase of the book and the priceless opportunity to meet the designer herself. In keeping with Sui’s signature rock and roll style, the book is not only a visual retrospective of her career, creative process, and inspirations—it defines Sui as the design icon and global fashion influence that she is. More details after the jump.
Anna Sui’s book launch/holiday bash will take place tonight, Thursday, December 16, from 6pm to 8pm, at the Anna Sui store. 113 Greene Street, NYC; 212-941-8406.
If you loved the Peter Pan collar on the catwalk but not the designer price tags, don’t fret. You saw it on the Spring ’11 runways and now you can rock the trend for less. Check out online shop ASOS for a Cute Peter Pan Collar Dress, the Pins and Needles Peter Pan Woven Collar Blouse at Urban Outfitters, and Topshop’s Long Sleeve Peter Pan Contrast Collar Tunic.
Whether you’re going to the office, meeting up for after work drinks, or headed to holiday parties, this trend can go anywhere from sunrise to long after sunset.
The timeless nature of a classic striped shirt is captured by style icons time and time again—from the ’50s elegance of Audrey Hepburn to ’60s rebel Edie Sedgwick to present-day fashionistas like Charlotte Gainsbourg. The iconic striped shirt is not only the starting point and anchor from which clothing line Chance builds off of, but founder Julia Leach says it is “the paper clip of personal style.” With a fresh take on French classics, the nautically themed lifestyle brand offers effortless fashion for the modern-day muse. Leach, who is also the former creative director of Kate Spade, combines the spirit of travel with that of city life to create functional, artfully designed clothing, accessories, and travel-related essentials.
Whether you’re packing a suitcase or wrapping a gift this winter, make sure you check out Chance for a boatneck top, pajamas with pockets, a straw stitched fedora, or vintage Vera scarves.