Archive for July, 2008

Hair Did

July 29, 2008

Beauty trends have not typically been my bag. Give me a pair of mukluk booties or a skinny jean, and I’m sold. Beauty? I stick to the basics.

Until Amy Winehouse came along. Difficult as life has been for the poor lass lately, she has bequethed upon me an obsession: that bee-hive, that thick black eyeliner, that LOOK.

Certainly, the onus is on me to incorporate the rather over-the-top elements into my relatively classic attire. Its not a look for everyone, but I had a glimmer of hope that I could make it work.

The translations first started for me when I spotted Kate Moss in the August issue of Vogue. Her version of the ‘did was still a bit much, in pearls and a suit, none the less. It was really Duffy who showed me the way. Hers was a softer version: the teased bouffant subtle, the side-swept bangs more feminine.

Well, folks, with this much inspiration to work with, I gave it a go. Friday night, I picked up that comb, armed myself with hairspray and teased that mess of hair into the best damn rats nest its ever seen. Step one: smooth the rats nest. Step two: gather back and sweep to the side. Step three: black mascara. Lots of it. With wings to boot.

Viola!

Reaction from husband? He’s not too sure what to make of it.

On to the first stop of the evening – cocktails at 205 Club in the LES. More nods and stares than I have recieved in a very long time. As a married woman, this is exciting. By nights end, I look at myself in the mirror, and that hive has stayed put, mascara still thick, all-in-all everything holding up quite well.

I am a convert – the bee-hive is my new best (Friday night) friend.

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Word Up

July 28, 2008

As a young girl, I was one of the few white, Jewish honnies listening to hip hop (the affair began with Heavy D and the Boyz in 5th grade and moved toward Black Sheep, Nice N Smooth, Nas, Biggie, and so forth.) Having gone to high school in the early 90s, the genre was full-blown, if not hotter than grunge and alternative. Even those into grunge and alternative were getting into hip hop….Until it was completely mainstream. Anyway, I felt it in my heart way before it was blasting from every White Jeep Wrangler and it lingers still, today. I returned to my roots this past Saturday when we shot a T.I. “Whatever You Like” video at Presse. Now in my 30s, I am definetely a little behind on who’s-happening-now, but my good friend, Mike, an executive at Atlantic is (curiously) the man behind the TI discovery. So I was down.

From the Intern Desk at Presse…

July 24, 2008

A couple of years ago brightly colored rain boots definitely had their moment. But they were recently spotted on Kate Moss (universally accepted as the leader of the style pack, especially at Parsons, where we are students enrolled in the Fashion Department during the school year) at the Glastonbury Music Festival. Mossy, as we like to call her, looks chic as always in old school Hunter Wellies, and suddenly the traditional variety look welly cool again. In fact, almost everyone who was anyone at the festival was wearing a pair, where we learned the Glastonbury Music Festival teamed up with Hunter and WaterAid to raising money to provide clean water in Madagascar. Style + Humanitarian Aid = A+ in our books! We spotted these boots AGAIN at the Project Tradeshow in New York a few days ago, which we attended with the Presse buyers, this time in super bright and punchy colors. Hunter Wellies are lookin’ fresh as could be, and all the Presse summer interns are dying for a pair come fall when it rains non-stop in NYC. And from what we learned from our bosses (co-owners Renee Klein and Zoe Schaeffer, former retail consultants and trend forecasters), we have to snatch a pair fast before mall’s across America are bursting at the seam with copies of the originals. We’ll have to wait for them to show up at Jeffrey’s New York, who we heard will be carrying them!! Hunter Wellies, we get a kick out of you!!

High Five!

July 18, 2008

We want to congratulate our bestie, Juan Carlos Obando, for becoming a CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Finalist this week! He is in great company with some of our other loves, Vena Cava and Richard Chai, and a great friend of mine, Irene Neuwirth. JC not only designed this website, mapped out Presse Pass, our in-house magazine, created a ridiculous store window for our launch party (complete with $50,000 worth of on-loan Vera Wang gowns), but serves as both a creative and business sounding board. Whether we are ordering in Mao’s Kitchen late-night at the store, pow-wowing about web development at his Century City office (he is a Creative Director by day!) or getting a Photo Shop lesson (that would be for me), the convo always turns to ridiculous fashion-chatter like, “if you could wear only one designer for the rest of your life, who would it be?” (I had too much wine to remember anyone’s other than Renee’s, which is Stella!) BRAVO, JC, we are so proud of you and can’t wait to leech on to you for the ride!

Surprise Me

July 10, 2008

I was recently introduced to Sydney Albertini, who not only makes the most stunning one-of-a-kind serving pieces, but fabulous hand-stitched quilts and pillows for babies.  Ordering goes something like this: you find something on her site that appeals to you, she asks for your color preferences, hunts down vintage fabrics in that palette, whips together an adorable patchwork pillow, and…you kind of get-what-you-get. Luckily, she has fabulous taste and is highly creative so every individual item is a little unique keepsake. And the imperfect hand-stitched “monogram” is a sweet touch that makes it feel even more special.

Scarves A-Plenty

July 1, 2008

One of our beloved designers, Irini Arakas, made these super cool one-of-a-kind scarves in that great wrap-around “tribal” style.  Needless to say, I went bonkers for them as I’ve been wearing scarves left and right for the past year.  In fact, I actually caved and just bought this giant vintage Gucci scarf pillow at my new favorite find, Suzan Fellman.  Suzan’s showroom is around the corner from my boutique Presse and she cleverly incorporates fashion into so many of her home accents (most notably, her collaborative effort with Celia Birtwell.)  I just love the versatility and the timelessness of scarves. While they may have stronger seasons than others, they will never go out of style.