How To Style It: Colorful, Bold (Mostly Faux) Furs

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Now that we’ve established the firm grip that fluffy, colorful furs have on the fashion community, let’s explore how to implement this trend into our daily lives–after all not all of us count The Sartorialist as members of our fan club. And as winter marches on, our inspiration to stay chic while stomping through the slush dwindles and our ideas for how to do so are low in number. Enter the fluff. If streetstyle pix have left you lusting over this trend–you’re in luck, we’ve already done an edit on what’s available to shop right now!

Which brings us to step two: figuring out how to incorporate the things fashion people wear into your own day-to-day wardrobe can feel like a tall order. Even editors don’t dress like it’s fashion week 365 days of the year.

One thing we’re loving about the current faux fur obsession is that ultimately, this is a trend rooted in having fun with fashion–a trend that takes us back to the notion of “playing dress-up,” really. So now having added one or all of our 14 picks to your cart, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of how to wear this touchable trend.

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  • We’ll dive in to the deep end with a look at mixing faux furs: (If you know this isn’t for you, see below)–While doubling up on an already aggressive trend might sound crazy, it can work. Think printed furs (i.e. glam leopard print coats) (mis)matched with the fuzziest solid faux fur scarves in a complementary color.

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  • A camel is the perfect blank canvas for the beginner to work with. All it takes is throwing on a brightly-colored fur stole for an instant hit of glam. Et voilà!

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  • Amp up an otherwise monochromatic look with a jolt of bright fur. Case in point: this dramatic neon fur trapper hats turn an all-black outfit into a noticeable take on the trend.

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  • The peeping hoodie gives the look a perfect injection of the all-important “I woke up like this” factor

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  • If you’re thinking “oh, I have a vintage fur that belonged to my Grandmother but I only take that thing out at night,” here’s a dash of daytime glamour. Whether its a stole or a coat, sometimes looking good is the quickest route to feeling good. And if your feet start to hurt from the heels you’ll be glad to have something soft to cuddle on-the-go.

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  • When you take this route, quite frankly it doesn’t matter if all you’ve got on underneath is a paperbag, or your skivvies…or in this weather, your longjohns.

 

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  • If the idea of fur (even faux) feels a little stuffy to you, take it down a notch by reminding everyone that you are also super on top of the athleisure trend in a graphic tee. Keep it casual by wearing your bag hands-free for extra model-off-duty points.

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  • Here’s an easily borrowed style cue: if your fur is adding unwanted volume, borrow straight from the runways and nip that waist in with some cleverly tied leather

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Opening Across NYC: Four Steakhouses

It’s not exactly rigorous science, but the launching of new steakhouses must say something positive about the state of the economy. The beneficiaries are outside of downtown, in the natural habitats of expense accounts and the people who fund them. On Friday, the Arlington Club will make a big splash on a Lexington Avenue corner. The space has housed UES demographics as reliable as a Republican club and a skating rink, and this clubby steak palace fits right in with the pedigree. Arched ceilings and skylights make for dramatic overheads. Earth-toned accents and vintage black and whites amplify the “club” in the name. Fusion pros Tao have joined forces with Laurent Tourondel for the steakhouse menu. There will be red meat, of course, highlighted by a signature côte de boeuf dry-aged for four weeks. If you find yourself with a sexy cardiologist to impress, you can opt for creative sushi, like peekytoe crab with mango and curry-lemongrass.

While the original Delmonico’s dusts off from Sandy, midtown welcomes a spin-off 175 years in the making. Delmonico’s Kitchen combines the heritage of the original with up-to-date vibes. Candlelit tables, red leather banquettes, and a long marble bar anchor the scene. The menu stands ready for the 21st century, employing organic and local ingredients, and freshening up signatures like lobster Newburg and baked Alaska. Perilously large and juicy steaks justify the legends. If you’re not in the mood for beef, rest assured they know their way around a plate of eggs Benedict. They invented it.

Brasserie fare is the focus of the newest version of The Smith, holding down prime (pun intended) real estate across from Lincoln Center. Unlike its two siblings, uptown has an expanded steak program, with filet mignon, NY strip, and prime rib among the offerings. The interior is McNally-esque, crossing a French café with homegrown industrial chic. White tile, blackened steel, and a zinc bar bump the atmosphere. An elaborate drinks program breaks things down into muddlers, fancy cocktails, and long pours, ensuring you’ll never sit through Le Nozze di Figaro sober again. (Although if for some reason you want to, they also have low-alcohol pre-theater mixes.)

The latest from John DeLucie of Crown and The Lion fame is the reboot of a classic ’20s speakeasy. “Gay” and “Nineties” are gone from the name, leaving just a stripped-down Bill’s. The historical interior is likewise absent, although the look remains eclectic, littered with artwork and the odd deer head and captain’s wheel. White tablecloths are laid out for a chophouse menu. A raw bar starts things off, running from oysters and stone crab claws to California golden osetra. Racks of lamb, rib-eyes, and 35-day prime porterhouses follow. There’s even a Delmonico, in case you can’t make it across town for the original.

Steak is back. We’ll never eat bánh mì again.

Fashion Finds A Muse In Seinfeld’s Elaine

Forget Kate Moss or Courtney Love, this fall fashion is looking to another early 90s icon for its inspiration: Seinfeld. Or, more specifically, the unforgettable character of Elaine Benes. “Over the years, Elaine has stood out as a beacon of a faded era, in long floral skirts, blazers with padded shoulders and granny shoes with socks,” says The New York Times. Sound familiar? Well, it is. The look is one that’s become ubiquitous among the most trendsetting of fashion followers. “She was one of the guys. It wasn’t about trying to look sexy. It was about looking like a girl who pushes people around,” Julia Louis-Dreyfus told the paper of her on-camera counterpart.

“At the time, I thought people were wearing this look,” she adds of Elaine’s style, on which she collaborated quite heavily. Interestingly enough, this is the same response Diane Keaton has given of the style of her now iconic Woody Allen character, Annie Hall. Muses they may be, but in reality these characters were, respectively, merely a reflection of the styles of the times. And, while Chloe Sevigny and the Olsens have been donning floor length skirts and socks with sandals for months upon months now, it’s little surprise a push for female empowerment through comfortable and more conservative fashions (especially coming on the coattails of a period marked by body-con mini dresses and 8-inch skyscraper heels) is just what the doctor ordered for FW10.

2010 Hair Forecast: Wack

What’s in store for women’s ‘dos this year? See above left for Amber Valetta’s painstakingly crafted coif on the latest cover of Italian Vogue. Sadly, this is not an April Fool’s joke. In reality, a very expensive hair stylist was paid good euros to create this mess of a style. Take note: mangy helmet hair is something women everywhere can look forward to in upcoming months. That, and lots of grease.

This past fashion week everyone from Alexander Wang to Cushnie et Ochs seemed to have been in on the same joke: one that involved spotlighting hair trends best summed up as ‘haven’t showered in a week chic.’ Blame it on the abundance of homages to homeless style, but unkempt, greasy hair and helmet coifs are apparently the epitome of fashion savvy. Do yourself a favor and file this one under ‘wtf.’

Big Hair & Ankle Baring

Thom Browne, for one, would be happy with the new Barney’s Spring 2010 catalog. On half-a-dozen spreads, cropped trouser– of the variety with which Browne is synonymous– surfaced. Call them high-waters or petal pushers, but men’s fashion come springtime is definitely defined by shortened hemlines below the knee. (For reference see here, here and here.) The transition isn’t wildly surprising given that cuffed trousers have become a requirement for being featured on the Sartorialist, and mid-calf lengths merely accent more of the ankle (apparently fashion’s new favorite erogenous zone).

Also on the rise: men’s hairstyles. Like women, coifs flirting with increasingly more severe altitudes are all the rage. In the aforementioned Barney’s catalog, pompadours of which Elvis would approve were everywhere one looked. Not to mention one of the defining features of Patrik Ervell’s SS10 show, for one, were male mannequins with overgrown, curly manes. It’s a trend of which designer Henry Holland, whose ‘do has seemingly reached never before seen heights (and is pictured here), may be the perfect poster child.

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Trends Better Off Dead

Ever wish you could resurrect defunct trends like wet curls or Jnco’s? Probably not. Just because society collectively thought it cool to purposefully grease-ify hair or wear pants cut so wide they could fit four limbs in each leg, doesn’t mean it was a good idea. Hence the thinking behind Vice’s latest “Modern Day Fashion Bum-outs,” or “Today’s Trends Are Tomorrow’s Giggles.” From fake skin to good hygiene, Vice guides us through the most bizarre fashion trends taking place today that will likely disappear before next season.

That said, I’d like to take issue with a few new styles surfacing on fashion blogs around the Interweb that I believe should have been left for dead long before they made it through production. First off: the lace bell bottom. Just like no-pants, the cut is flattering for maybe 0.001% of body types. So, if you’re not Erin Wasson or Lou Doillon, there’s little chance in hell you’ll have any success pulling this look off. Also gravely disappointing, the resurgence of the cargo pant. And I’m not just talking about among frat boys. Apparently everyone from Balmain to J. Brand have embraced the 90s style for spring. But, why? Just for the sake of having more pockets? It’s right up there with socks with sandals.

Grandpa’s Socks and Sandals Are So Hot Right Now

The former editrix and late fashion icon Diana Vreeland once said “we all need a splash of bad taste.” The latest trend suggests the fashion set is taking this bon mot to heart: apparently sandals with socks are now ‘in.’ “Blame it on tourists, aging hippies, Del Boca Vista retirees or the boys of Jersey Shore, but in the great pantheon of fashion faux pas, the socks-and-sandal combo is perhaps the most egregious,” writes Karin Nelson in a New York Times story today about how this particularly dreaded combo has become so-hot-right-now. From Dior, Burberry and Rochas to Chloe Sevigny’s feet, the trend is running full-steam ahead.

J. Crew has already put its stamp of approval on the combo. As Jezebel recently noted beside one shot (pictured here) from the company’s latest catalog: “Another perfectly good outfit ruined by socks.”

The best advice: if you’re going to rock socks underneath your sandals, opt for think, scrunchable styles, or something feminine like a white sock with a bit of lace or eyelets around the ankle. Or, even better, keep things monochrome if you’re dealing with black or gray. As for the guys? No matter how much you may love the Situation, please don’t ever try this style at home.