No, it’s not an ominous headline for the latest threat of drought. Rather, prodigious providers of chic swimwear and accessories Everything But Water have finally made a home in the chicest beach town of all, joining the summer celeb-chasing parade that is East Hampton.
And aesthetically, they’ve gone charmingly local, with design elements including reclaimed boardwalk wood and sand-colored flax linen curtains adoring the cabana-style fitting rooms. Labels abound, from Marc by Marc Jacobs to Nanette Lepore to Betsey Johnson to Trina Turk to the retailer’s own eye-poppingly colorful new label EBW Pareos. Splish splash!
With barely a snowflake having touched down in the New York Metro area all winter, suddenly the Hamptons season is upon us. And these days even the Jitney crowd craves style at an attainable price. And so J. Christopher Burch’s C. Wonder will be–literally–popping up along Southampton’s Main Street just in time for the sound of popping beach umbrellas.
A sensation when it debuted in Soho this past October, C. Wonder’s new Hamptons summer pop-up shop will cater to more breezy concerns, with fanciful gifts, brightly-hued fashions and flip flops, roller skates, and picnic baskets–along with specialized monogramming and engraving services to make your friends jealous. The brand’s whimsical, wildly colorful aesthetic inclinations (interiors are done up with animal motifs and nautical-themed window displays) are bested only by its friendly price points–the average product costs only about $40. A corresponding pop-up will also open in Nantucket. Opens Memorial Day.
As Milan’s shows stretch the standard definition of gender-appropriate, Valet magazine has asked women what they look for in a man’s sartorial sense. Broken down into pie graphs, the investigation looks into the questions of acceptable jewelry wearing, overall style of dress, and the best denim cuts—all according to the ladies. For example, is a bow tie a pro or con? (Unfortunately, there’s no discussion of an even more questionable men’s neck wear trend: the ascot.) Some of the results, after the jump.
Man jewelry (save for a watch) earned no more than a 6% approval rating. As for the question of manbags, 38% find a messenger bag completely acceptable, while 31% say men should go sans sac and stuff everything in their pockets. Despite it being World Cup season, the biggest “fashion deal-breakers” are in fact team jerseys (“outside of sporting events”). Also making the list: polar fleeces outfitted with a company logo, flip flops when neither at the beach or poolside, and (sorry, Barack) ill-fitting jeans.
Photo of Prada SS11