Archive for October, 2008


October 30, 2008

I like to joke how in another life my job will be a “Personal Shopper for Babies.” (This is after my career in retail and my turn as a Wedding Stylist.) The press release would go something like this: “These days, there is more and more pressure for babies to look good whether it’s at Mommy and Me or at the park. But how are they to find their own style when the market is so overwhelming? That’s where I come in!” So really…..I am just obsessed with all the amazing baby clothes that are out there. Recently, my mom sent me all these sweet cardigans and tie-dyed tees that I wore in the 70s. They were all knitted by grandmas or dunked in dye by my hippie mother. But now, small boutiques are carrying unknown names who spin hand crafted knits and sweet little layering pieces. It’s insane. The baby market is bonkers. I particularly love Mor Mor Rita, Emma & Avery and Marie Chantal (who is rumored to be opening up a store in Beverly Hills!) Shopping for the little one is truly more fun than looking for myself. And in an economy like this…’s a dream to have Baby Gap close by.



Crazy Custom Prints

October 18, 2008

Renee and I see as many lines as we possibly can: those with buzz, those we find in magazines, those who come through the doors of Presse. Sometimes I’m pleasantly surprised, other times, disappointed and occasionally, ecstatic. Here is a young line called Vassilisa which blew me away. All the prints are custom….Very Hermes but with a modern-bohemian-French flair. The scarves are genious: the big ones are so big, they can be tied on like a dress and the small ones, looped around once are truly elegant. Just my scene…..


Je rêve de heels…

October 14, 2008

There are so many fashion subjects I could share with the world everyday, but I have to admit I have a tiny obsession with shoes.  While working last week at Presse Fashion Office, where our bosses regularly do wardrobe consultation and personal shopping for private clients, I was sent to the shoe department at Saks… You have to understand, it is very hard for me to walk through all these masterpieces and not dream about them being in my closet.

I came to think about the transformation from ‘sample shoe’ we see on runways, to actual ‘product shoe’.  So many stars have access to the craziest shoes that we, ordinary mortals, don’t have. Why is that?
Last season Marc Jacobs gave us the ‘reversed heel shoe’ and we (I?) loved it! I want more!!! I want Madonna in gun heels, and Victoria Beckham in boots propped up by air heels!!  Heels need to be more fun.  And after all, if the economy is going down and we cannot spend that much money anymore, then I would rather keep my old jeans, my white cotton t-shirts with holes… and be shoebulous!

Presse Interns Heart Big Necklaces…

October 14, 2008

While I am traditionally more of an ‘earring girl’, the necklaces this season are seriously making me reconsider my jewelry choices.  It all started with my obsession with Marni’s chunky and architectural pieces a year ago. They are the perfect balance of playful colors and artful sophistication. But, oh dear, the necklace craze has only intensified. I’m currently coveting Vera Wang’s hot pink multi-colored glass necklace here at Presse.  And naturally, after the necklace was featured in Vogue my fixation on these bold collar-like necklaces was solidified. Upon attending Vera Wang’s Spring/Summer 2009 fashion show, I am aching for the oversized chain-link crystalline necklaces to come to market. Pair one of these statement-making necklaces with a simple t-shirt and jeans and you strike the perfect balance of effortless chic!

A Few Things…..

October 14, 2008

My mother-in-law just bought be The Sex and the City Movie (Extended Cut, obviously). And upon re-watching (saw it with my BF with whom I spent my 20s in New York) I obsessed over many more outfits that I feel I missed the first time around. Some of my favorites are below but I CANNOT DEAL with the ivory rose bomber jacket. Word on the street is that it was once Dior but re-sewn into a Members Only jacket because it was too hardcore in it’s original state. I seriously do not know how a jacket could be any more sick…..Which leads me to my most recent obsession of a very similar piece I saw in the Koi Suwannagate showroom for Spring ’09. It’s a more wearable version of the jacket I so love but in a cardigan version. I am kind of surprising myself that I am so fixated on clothes right now when I have so much going on in my life to make me HATE them! I guess the love never dies…..

What I like to do when the sky is falling…

October 8, 2008

You know, I hate to be Debbie Downer in times like these, but I can’t help myself.  I plopped down on the couch last night with a big bowl of carbohydrates and a nice rose, and anticipated the presidential debate to send me over the edge.  And it did.

As the co-owner of a start-up business, I can’t say this shaky economy doesn’t make me weak in the knees.  I have never felt faint in my life, but the word queasy has recently been introduced into my daily language.

Which is why I was so over-the-moon this morning when I found out that there is going to be an attempt to make my all-time favorite British fashion comedy Ab Fab into an American series in 2009.  Yes, its true! The networks have successfully figured out how to re-make The Office, and Kath & Kim, if its anything like its Australian counterpart, should be a hit.  So if America can nail my Edina and Patsy, complete with Christian Lacroix and naughty fashion victims, I’ll be happy as a clam.  Even if the sky is falling…

I love this man

October 7, 2008

I am addicted to the Sartorialist. To me, it’s way more inspiring than any runway show because it displays how real people put themselves together without the help of a stylist. It’s a throwback to my days at magazines where I used to get a million “outfit ideas” by going to lunch at the Conde Nast cafeteria. And I love the style of photography: part fashion, part documentary, part snapshot. And it’s fun to see the trends in Paris (ankle boots: still solid) vs. New York (loving the Prada lace.) It’s a shame that his LA coverage never captures our finest. The true belles out here can easily step out in Europe or NY and hold their own. Maybe he’s going to the wrong part of town!

From the (Obsessed) Intern Desk at Presse…

October 3, 2008

I know most of us want leggings to be over and done with, but I have to admit that I’ve taken quite a fancy for a particular pair of leather leggings “a la Rodarte”. Although, do we really call them leggings if they are just a pair of leather panels that wrap around your legs and zip up at the back? A couple weeks ago, while working with our bosses at Presse, I got a close up look at them when we went to visit the Rodarte showroom and I just could not get enough!

Love the diamond cutouts that make them look like leather fishnets.

Love the nude and white leather.

Love the crossover look you get from biker to ballerina.

How great are those going to be for spring?! I know, wearing leather in the spring time brings sticky thoughts to my mind too, but that’s why the cutouts are so genious – style and function!

You will either love or hate these leggings, but for me, I’m head over heels.

Sign of the Times

October 3, 2008

I recently met New York designer Lizzie Fortunato and her sister, Kathryn, when they popped into Presse about a month ago. Their jewelry is amazing: frothy tulle flower necklaces with tiny studs and jumbo metallic-y rope bracelets (like that generic white one you wore as a kid!) But I flipped for these zodiac bags/clutches/waist-belts that they make on special order. They take something like 50 hours to produce, all hand sewn. One sign was cooler than the next, I literally couldn’t decide which month was coolest. Another designer came in and decided that they should be made into super totes! All in good time….