Thursday, February 26, 2004

Home bits
Oriac has cool geometric rugs by Angela Adams, from $495-$1,995.

Europe by Net, one of the most comprehensive collections of furniture out there (and discounted, too!), has new arrivials, including the coolest magazine rack ever.

Because you don't eat enough Asian food, Williams-Sonoma has everything you need to make it at home.

Chef's has so many gifts with purchase, I can't list them all. Examples include free cookbooks and 6-piece bar sets. It almost makes you want to cook!

Hey, Chicago peeps! My favorite furniture store, Design Within Reach, has opened a new store at 1574 N. Kingsbury!

Cool downtown store/hangout The Apartment has launched a new website.

Bloomingdale's is having a home sale.

Loaded? Christie's is auctioning 20th Century Decorative Arts and American Paintings.

Anal-retentive? Hold Everything, the rich man's Container Store, is having a sale, including 15% off all Lexington shelving.

Crate and Barrel is having a stock-up sale. Check out these glass tumblers, $0.95-$1.50 each.

The Warhol Store, part of the Andy Warhol museum, has new throws, prints, and more.

Beauty bits
At Beauty.com, it's a gift with purchase bonanza! Offers include Peter Thomas Roth Botanical Buffing Beads, B. Kamins Bio-Maple Eye Cream, Lorac eye shadow and lip pencil, and DDF Face and Body Polish.

At Gloss.com, receive a free Chanel Glossimer sample when you enter code CHGL at checkout. Also, get free shipping on orders of $35 or more when you enter code FIVE35.

Kiehls.com finally has Abyssine Cream, their new, highly coveted wrinkle cream, in stock. Considering the Kiehl's cream I use (Anti-Oxidant cream) is $58, I might have to give this a whirl.

Beautycafe.com has new arrivals, including fun lip gloss that looks like Life Savers, the Vodka men's line of shaving products, and Ma Vie, a new fragrance from Zents.
Ford score
Tom Ford's last collection for Gucci scored him a standing ovation, teary fashionistas, and rave reviews from pretty much everyone (including Cathy Horyn, the Post, the Daily, and WWD). Basically, Ford said "to hell with daytime" and brought out a slew of evening looks, with nods to white jersey dresses, crystal-covered evening dresses, and shocking colors (chartruese, electric blue) from his previous collections. He also said "to hell with PETA" and, much like many of the collections shown so far, went crazy with the fur. More power to him. Anway, we still have the upcoming Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche show in March (in Paris), but until then, savor the Gucci show at Style.com.

Bonus: The Daily went a little crazy with the Tom Ford coverage, not that I'm complaining. They have a quote from Carine Roitfeld, coverage of Ford's going-away party, and reasons to miss him.

Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Tidbits
Bluefly is having a pre-spring sale; prices are an extra 20% off through March 3.

It's the Beauty Event at Neiman Marcus. Spend $85 on cosmetics, fragrance, and skincare and get a tote filled with samples from Kiehl's, Fresh, Darphin, and more. Through March 8.

Starting tomorrow, Loehmann's has new designer shoes from Prada, Costume National, D&G, and more for $69.99-$259.99 (originally $280-$500). Plus, today through Sunday, take an additional 20% off clearance items.

Burts Bees products are 20% off at Drugstore.com, now through March 7.
In the papers and on the web
WWD: A rave for Prada; Emporio Armani, Anna Molinari, Bottega Veneta, and more; and a roundup of lesser-known designers.

Village Voice: Liz Yaeger shops for spring fashion at vintage boutiques.

The Daily: A backstage report from today's final Gucci show and Prada's new accessories boutique in Milan.

Style.com: A cute Valentino bag and seven top trends for spring.
In the clinker
In this week's E! Fashion Police, Jennifer Aniston breaks her black-dress rut with flying colors; homewrecker Helena Bonham Carter and bf Tim Burton look like cool goth kids grown up; Scarlett Johansson steals Britney's dress; Fergie is hot like tin foil; Christina Aguilera also appears to have raided Britney's closet; Sarah Jessica Parker looks amazing in Narcisco Rodriguez; Chloe Sevigny goes '80s bombshell; and Eve is all over the place.
Yo, yo, yo, models, yo
Last night's America's Next Top Model was utterly ridiculous. First, the models had to dance and--this girl never ceases to amaze me--Shandi can actually groove something fierce! But bionic model April won the competition and picked Sara and Shandi to join her to go to dinner with...RZA, Ol' Dirty Bastard, and Kinetic from the Wu-Tang Clan. Seriously, how funny was it to see the anal-retentive April try to have a conversation with the slurring, nonsensical, missing-most-of-his-teeth ODB? Even funnier is that Shandi totally hit it off with Kinetic. I knew it from episode one--Shandi is the shit.

Still, the icing on the crazy cake was that the models had to dance in Tyra's new video, "Shake Ya Body," which sounds like a reject J.Lo song. Um, hello, blatant self-promotion. But, once again, Shandi kicked ass with the dancing.

Sadly, Sara--who is definitely the sexiest among the bunch--was asked to leave. But, never fear, I'm sure she'll turn up soon in the pages of Maxim. As for the rest of the bunch, my money's still on Shandi. I hope to god they get rid of Camille soon; and though I love Yohanna--she's definitely the most interested in fashion--I think her days might be numbered. There's been a lot of foreshadowing...

Tuesday, February 24, 2004

In the papers and on the web
NYT: Sewing is the new knitting.

WWD: Reviews for Armani, Alberta Ferretti, and Antonio Berardi; plus, designers, stylists, and retailers bemoan the end of Sex and the City.

NYP: Oscar fashion preview; Shopaholic with annoying talk-show host Ali Wentworth; and how to integrate fall 2004 fashion into your wardrobe now.

The Daily: SAG awards fashion.

Hint: A new installment of Shop Tart, featuring the new Dior Homme store, the Marc Jacobs home collection (yippee!), Diesel jewelry, and more.
The best news I've heard all week
Sigerson Morrison, one of my favorite shoe brands, has created a second, lower-priced line called Belle. The good news? The shoes are about half the price of regular Sigerson Morrisons. The bad news? That's still in the $200 range (which is what Sigerson Morrisons used to cost). Still, every little bit helps, and I'm not complaining. (New York Magazine's Best Bets and Daily Candy also feature Belle today.)

Monday, February 23, 2004

The week in shopping
It's with great sadness that I announce Language is closing. (There's no word on whether the website will still be functioning.) Boo-hoo! There is a silver lining, however: Their entire stock, including new spring arrivals from Chloe, Stella McCartney, Marc Jacobs, and more, is 30%-90% off. Through 3/12; 238 Mulberry (Prince and Spring Sts.).

Like minimalism? Misorena is having a Calvin Klein sample sale, with the designer's signature line at 50%-75% off retail. Leather jackets are $395 (were $1,800), linen pants are $75-$95 (were $525), shoes are $95 (were $525), and men's suits are $395 (were $2,200). Through 2/29; 10-7, noon-7 Sun.; 260 5th Ave, (28th and 29th Sts.), ground fl.

Elizabeth Charles has fall/winter merchandise from Australian and New Zealand designers for 50% off. Through 2/29; 12:30-7:30, 12-6:30 Sun.; 639 1/2 Hudson St.

Friday, February 20, 2004

Weekend shopping
I'm off to lovely suburban Detroit for the weekend, but first I'll provide you with a list of sales to take advantage of. Also, last night I checked out the Intermix warehouse sale. They have a lot of stuff in a lot of sizes, especially miniskirts and cargo pants. I did not, however, see any Citizens of Humanity jeans or Chloe items as advertised. My advice is to wait a few days, when stuff will most likely be marked down quite a bit. I also stopped by the Barneys Warehouse sale on the way home (honestly, it was on the way home), and already it's kind of slim pickings. And they haven't really started marking things down, so that was disappointing. So I think I'm done with that sale for now. Anyway, onto the sales...

Conceptual design store Moss is having a warehouse sale with discountinued, slightly damaged, and tired home furnishings for up to 80% off. 2/21-2/22; 10-4; Brooklyn Navy Yard, 63 Flushing Ave., Building 3, Ste. 810, Dumbo, Brooklyn.

I love Tracy Feith’s colorful, crazy dresses, but seeing as how they're usually $500 and up, I don't own any. Luckily, everything in the store (dresses included) is now $150 and under. 2/20-2/22; 11-6:30; 209 Mulberry St.

La Perla's fancy, fancy lingerie (my personal favorite) is on sale for $29. This is one of those weird perma-sample sale venues, so no promises on the quality of the merchandise, but it's worth checking out. Through 2/29; 10-7, noon-7 Sun.; 260 Fifth Ave., (at 28th St.).

Jamin Puech's funky bags are 20%-50% off. Through 2/29; 11-7, noon-6 Sun.; 247 Elizabeth St.

Melanie Dizon’s hip bags are $110-$199. 2/20-2/21; 10-6; 396 Broadway (near Walker St.), ste. 702A.

Selima Optique and Lunettes et Chocolat have designer shades from Alain Mikli, Blinde, Gucci, and others for $50 and $100. 2/21-2/29; 11-7, noon-6 Sun.; Selima Optique, 59 Wooster St., 899 Madison Ave., (at 72nd St.), 84 E. 7th St.; and Lunettes et Chocolat, 25 Prince St.

Get 25% off when you enter code "Spring Special" in the comment box at Helten, a cool Euro modern furniture wonderland.

Click here to print out an extra 15% savings pass for Lord & Taylor's First Sign of Spring Sale. (Lord & Taylor is on 5th Ave. between 38th and 39th Sts.)

Save $5 off your swimwear order when you enter code SWIMSAVE at Victoria's Secret. Plus, get $15 off a $100 order, $30 off a $150 order, or $75 off a $250 order when you enter code SPRING4U.

Thursday, February 19, 2004

Spring-a-ding-ding!
Gee, from all these e-mails I'm getting, you'd never know it's 40 degrees outside! Still, all these cute clothes make me want to move somewhere warm.

Arden B. has amazingly cute new arrivals. I like the drop-waist mini, which is a nice knockoff of the Ella Moss skirt, at half the price. They also have a lot of very feminine tiered tops like this one.

Neiman Marcus has new arrivals from Burberry and Prada. Check out these adorable D'orsay pumps.

Who knew? Kate Spade has designed a line of tableware. (I like the green ones.)

One of MW's faves Ben Sherman has new arrivals for fellas and ladies. Since I made MW throw out half of his shirts last weekend, perhaps I'll buy him this one.

Really, what girl does not love Anthropologie? They have new arrivals, including this Caribe necklace, which is gorgeous but $238. Yikes, when did their jewelry get so expensive?

For my fellow Apple-lovers out there, the iPod Mini will be in Apple stores tomorrow at 6 p.m. 103 Prince St. (at Greene St.).

I luv Girlshop, and they have some supercute new arrivals, like these Free People cropped pants. When did Free People start making such cute clothes? Not that I'm complaining!

Everyone knows how much I love Old Navy. Their latest knockoff coup? These Kitten-heel sandals are a dead ringer for the $85 Sigerson Morrison thongs and, at $12.50, nearly a seventh of the price. Now do you see why I love this store?

While we're on the topic of Gap-owned companies, Banana Republic also has new arrivals. Strangely enough, even the yellow stuff is appealing to me.

Of course, we can't forget the Gap itself. I am in love with this line of '70s-era Pucci-inspired lingerie. Much more affordable than Pucci, too.

Scoop has new arrivals. Because a girl should be able to dream, I want the Marc Jacobs Stella bag. In pink. Did I mention my birthday is in less than two weeks? Sugar daddy? Anyone?
Shop, then shop some more
Today only is Saks' lovely gift card promotion. Spend $250, get a $25 gift certificate; spend $500, get $50; spend $1,000, get $100; and so on. Enter code JUMP4C at checkout to capitalize on this deal.
In the papers and on the web
WWD: London roundups from today and yesterday.

Daily Candy: Capital Tailors, L.A.'s stab at making something other than jeans and T-shirts.

Juli B.: James Jeans, a.k.a. "the new Sevens." (You can buy them online at Scoop.)

Style.com: Spring's hottest trends (well, if you'll be spending your spring sitting on a yacht in St. Tropez); Candy Pratts Price picks some incredibly tacky shoes, soon to show up on the feet of Beyonce and the like; an offbeat sweater from socialite Tory Burch (plus W's article on her); and Vogue declares stilettos are so five minutes ago (I don't agree, by the way).
Fashion Police
In this week's installment of E! Fashion Police, Cate Blanchett looks better pregnant than I do normally; Kirsten Dunst is a little droopy; Nicky Hilton makes up for Paris' overexposure; and Daryl Hannah has a big hair day.

Wednesday, February 18, 2004

For the home
Get 15% off any purchase of $75 or more through 2/25 at Art.com when you enter code BESTPIC at checkout.

The Company Store, purveyor of linens and such (and excellent down comforters), is having a Clearance Sale. I like these butterfly jersey sheets.

Select items at West Elm are up to 40% off, such as this sequin quilt.

Design Within Reach, featured last night on Queer Eye for the Straight guy, is having a sale, with items up to 50% off. I might order this little shelf for my storage-deprived bathroom.
Buh-bye, Catie!
Finally, crybaby Catie got das boot last night on America's Next Top Model. Now they just have to get rid of Camille, and things will really get interesting. A side note: Does anyone else feel like this season has been kind of gimmicky? Granted, there are more episodes this time, which means they need more stuff for the models to do, but I felt like the whole acting class thing was very "reality TV" and not so much high-fashion model. But maybe that was just me.

Tuesday, February 17, 2004

The week in shopping
A day late, several dollars short...

Clothingline has Miss Sixty, Killah, and Energie. Prices range from $10 for tanks to $100 for leather jackets (jeans are $50). Men's and women's clothes are available, in all sizes. Through 2/20; 10-6 (10-7 Thurs.); 261 W. 36th St. (7th and 8th Aves.), 2nd fl.

Fashionista fave Intermix's warehouse sale has Citizens of Humanity jeans ($69), Catherine Malandrino dresses ($89), Miguelina tops ($59), and more at hefty discounts. 2/19-2/22; 10-8; The Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 W. 18th St. (6th and 7th Aves.), 4th fl.

Cool housewares store Mxyplyzyk has quirky home accessories for 20% off. Through 2/29; 11-7, noon-5 Sun.; 125 Greenwich Ave. (Jane and Horatio Sts.).

Hip store Lucy Barnes has vintage-inspired designs for 50% off ($50 to $200). Through 2/20; 11:30-7:30; 117 Perry St. (Hudson and Greenwich Sts.).

Showroom Seven has Jiwon Park, Orla Kiely, Charlotte, and others for at least 60% off ($40 and up). Through 2/27; 10-7; 498 7th Ave. (near 36th St.), 24th fl.

Doo.ri’s groovy tops, dresses, and pants are marked down to $50 to $150. 2/17-2/20; noon-7; 79 Sullivan St.

Boho-chic store Ghost has super-flattering clothes for 30%-70% off (from $42). Through 3/1; 11-7, noon-6 Sun.; 28 Bond St.

Accessories haven Lynn Park has Eugenia Kim, Erickson Beamon, Chan Paul, and others for $10 to $399. Through 2/29; noon–6, noon-5 Sun., closed Mon.; 51 Wooster St.

Le Creuset is on sale at Broadway Panhandler for 35%-65% off. Through 2/29; 10:30-7 weekdays, 11-7 Sat., 11-6 Sun.; 477 Broome St.

Blind? Joël Name has designer eyewear from Kata, Armani, Dior, and more for 20%-70% off. Through 2/29; 11-7 weekdays, 11-6 Sat.; 65 W. Houston St.

I haven't shopped there since high school, but Deila*s has a ton of stuff on sale, for up to 75% off. Use code SPSLE at checkout for an additional 10% off.

It's last-call sale at Oililly. All items are 50% off; buy three and get an additional 20% off. 820 Madison Ave.

Otto Tootsi Plohound's fancy designer fall shoes for women and men are 50% off. 11:30-7:30 weekdays, 11-8 Sat., noon-7 Sun.; 137 5th Ave., 38 E. 57th St., 271 Lafayette St.

Mixona has lingerie from Jean Paul Gaultier, Yael Landman, Laura Urbanati, La Perla, Dolce & Gabanna, Fifi Capucine, Kristina Ti, Eberjey, John Galliano, and more on 30%, 50%, and 70% off sale racks. 11-8 Sun.-Thurs., 11-8:30 Fri.-Sat. 262 Mott St.
New York fashion week reviews: the remainders
Sorry for the sporadic postings, kids. I've been working my booty off. But, onto the shows...

WWD: Heavy hitters Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren, and (future heavy-hitter) Zac Posen; smaller designers Richard Tyler, Daryl K (yay, she's back!), Cynthia Rowley, and more.

NYT: Young designers; Calvin Klein vs. Zac Posen; and Cathy Horyn pans Donna Karan. Plus: Sex isn't selling anymore; designers who don't have shows; and Cathy Horyn muses on the disposability of fashion.

NYP: A trend summary.

Lookonline: Praise for Ralph Lauren, not so much for Donna Karan.

The Daily: London Fashion Week, et cetera.

Friday, February 13, 2004

Thursday, February 12, 2004

America's next top...felon?
I forgot to comment on Tuesday's America's Next Top Model. Too bad Xiomara got kicked off. She has such a cool model name. Anyway, as the models had "interviews" with "the world's first supermodel" Janice Dickinson, my dear Shandi alluded to past troubles with the law. A reader sent in this link: The Smoking Gun has Shandi's mug shot and arrest report. Poor Shandi. She may be a felon, but she's still my favorite.
Tidbits
Bluefly is having a designer clearance sale; items are up to 75% off.

Get $15 off a $75 purchase at The Gap when you enter code FEB15GAP at checkout.

Today through Monday, Bloomingdale's is having a Presidents' Day sale. The sale is in stores as well as on the website.

Anthropologie is also having a sale.

Style.com's Item of the Week is this amazingly cool Helmut Lang bracelet that looks like a handcuff. At $185, it's probably the most affordable item in his store.

Did you know Crate & Barrel has an online outlet? Me neither. But items are up to 70% off.
Grammy whammy
With all the Fashion Week excitement (well, and closing an issue at work), I completely forgot about critiquing the Grammy fashions! Luckily, the folks at E! Fashion Police have taken care of business for me. Still, I think I'll throw in my few cents.
Christina Aguilera: Again, the dress is a marked improvement, but the hair and accessories are a bit much.
JC Chasez: Channeling Crockett and Tubbs, but somehow it works.
Alicia Keys: Now, clearly this girl likes to wear jeans. Which is fine. But she needs to commit to either a dress or jeans--none of this capri-jeans-under-3/4-of-a-dress business.
Gwen Stefani: Everything she wears is a total risk, and she always pulls it off like a star. I admire this woman.
Justin Timberlake, a.k.a. bodice ripper: Brown suit and pink shirt. Hmm, poop and Pepto?
Ashanti: If I had abs like this, I'd be showing them off, too.
Lil' Kim: Wow, I think that's the most fabric she's ever been wearing!
Carson Kressley: You know, for someone who's supposed to be a style guru, he looks an awful lot like Liberace.
Sarah Jessica Parker: This wouldv'e been cuter if the skirt were about three or four inches longer. Still, very Carrie Bradshaw.
Sting, Trudie Styler, and daughter Koko: While none of them are wearing footwear that actually matches the rest of their outfits (navy socks, Sting? Navy?), I really can't say anything bad here.
Mary J. Blige: Big Bird goes to the disco.
Jennifer Love Hewitt: If you must wear an ill-fitting dress, please don't pair it with lucite stripper shoes.
Billy Bob Thornton: Um, isn't that a girl's shirt? 'Cause I have one exactly like it in pink.
Queen Latifah: Love the color, don't love the outfit. It's a little too Alicia Keys for my taste. Pants or dress: Make a decision.
Guy Ritchie & Madonna: They both look amazing. I have nothing snarky to say. Really.
Paula Abdul: The dress and the jewelry are great (it takes a capable woman to pull off Herve Leger, especially in orange). The hair and the fake tan, not so much.
Beyonce: She had definitely overcome her style rut (a.k.a. jumpsuits). This dress is amazing, and it almost makes her look like a fertility goddess (I mean that in a good way).
Today's reviews
NYT: Cathy Horyn fawns over Michael Kors, Narciso Rodriguez, Vera Wang.

WWD: They concur on Kors, Rodriguez, and Wang, plus Proenza Schouler; Menichetti, J. Mendel, John Varvatos, and Chaiken; and Generra (remember them?), Nanette Lepore, and more.

NYP: Everybody in fur! (Ooh, I'm going to get some snarky e-mails about that comment!)

Lookonline: Off-the-runway trends: leopard coats and winter white.

The Daily: More reviews!
The report on Barneys
I have a two-track mind this week: Fashion Week and Barneys. So this morning I hit the Barneys Warehouse Sale. I got there at about 7:50 (it opened at 8), and the line was on the long side but moved quickly. As usual, it was pretty crowded, but not unbearable. Now, I have a very stragetic way of shopping this sale. First I check out the super-designer stuff (the special section used to be in the back, over by the knits, but this time it's closer to the shoes). They have a lot of Dolce & Gabbana and Narcisco Rodriguez, and some of last year's Balenciaga, but unfortunately no Marni or Prada. Then I hit "ready-to-wear" (mostly stuff from Co-op and private label). They have a ton of Marc by Marc Jacobs--clearly the mod look didn't sell too well. There was also a lot of Diane von Furstenberg, Joie, Seven (no jeans, though--but they did have some cute velvet cropped pants, which I almost bought then decided I didn't really need), Habitual, Ya-Ya, Rogan, Vince, Vanessa Bruno, etc. Then I hit the knits--again, a lot of Marc by Marc Jacobs. They also had quite a few really thick cashmere sweaters (at least four-ply, probably closer to six) that were originally in the $700s, marked down to like $120. Then I checked out lingerie: They have a lot of La Perla (miraculously, I found a matching set) and the supercute Marni lingerie, which, unfortunately, is still kind of pricey (like $49 for a thong). They also had some VPL, Passion Bait, Eres, and various other fancy stuff. Finally, I went to the shoe department. Now, I know a lot of girls go for the shoes first, but I prefer to go last because 1) shoes are my weakness, so if I go there first, that's where I'll blow my budget, and 2) if you get shoes first, you have to haul them around the whole store while you look at everything else. So, what do they have in the shoe department? Miu Miu, Christian Louboutin, Marc by Marc Jacobs, private label, some Prada, some Costume National, and quite a few of the Manolo Blahnik boots that kind of look like converse sneakers (they're $295--not bad for Manolos, however I think they're kind of ugly). Sorry, I didn't go to the men's department due to time constraints.

All in all, it's definitely worth checking out, although I'd suggest going at an off-time (like on a weekday afternoon, if you can). Usually after a week or so, things get marked down--plus they restock--so I'll definitely be making at least one more trip. I'll keep you posted...

Wednesday, February 11, 2004

Joy to the Upper West Side
In August, Barneys New York will open a Co-op store on Broadway, between 75th and 76th (very convenient to the 72nd St. express stop!). Read more about it here.
Today's reviews
NYT: Capturing the joie de vivre of New York City; and Cathy Horyn's rather intellectual analysis of the two Marc Jacobs collections.

WWD: More Marc; DKNY, Reem Acra, Jill Stuart, and more; and an amusing review of the much-panned Bill Blass show.

NYP: A roundup.

Lookonline: An interesting analysis of designers and commerce.

And, of course, the Daily.

Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Tidbits
In case you've been living under a rock, the new Louis Vuitton store, at 5th Avenue and 57th Street, opens tonight with a huge-ass party, sure to be chock-full of international fashionistas.

Shop your favorite brands at Gloss.com and get samples from those brands (see link for details). Plus, get free shipping on orders of $35 or more when you enter code VAL35 at checkout.

Located on one of the coolest blocks in the city, Lucy Barnes' vintage-inspired clothes are 50% off (now $50-$200). Through 2/20; 11:30-7:30; 117 Perry St. (Hudson and Greenwich Sts.).

Spend $150 at Boucher, get a pair of tiny sea chalcedony earrings (a $40 value) for free. Tragically, this supercool lariat is only $140.

Hip French store A.P.C. posted its new spring collection. Check out this cute skirt.

Maybe you can't wear your spring clothes yet, but you can definitely bust out the spring makeup. Check out Stila's new spring palettes (and look at the makeup bag at the bottom of the page--very Marc Jacobs).

At Bergdorf's this week, Natalie Chanin of Project Alabama will make an appearance tomorrow from 11-3 on the third floor. Also, former YSL muse Loulou de la Falaise will present a trunk show tomorrow through Friday from 11-4 (accompanied by the designer herself on Wednesday and Friday) on the fourth floor.
Today's reviews
WWD: Ladylike elegance from de la Renta, Herrera, Tuleh, DVF, and Monique Lhuillier; sexy Luca Luca, Catherine Malandrino, and more; and old ladies vs. rock stars at Escada, Michael H, and others.

NYT: Cathy Horyn loves de la Renta, Herrera; not so much Catherine Malandrino, Imitation of Christ.

NYP: Party frocks, party frocks, party frocks.

Lookonline: More snarkiness.

The Daily: Reviews updated hourly (too numerous to list).

Monday, February 09, 2004

The week in shopping
Basically, the only sale you need to know about is the Barneys warehouse sale. It begins Thursday at 8 a.m. and I will be there promptly at 7:45. Really, I'm not kidding. Items are 50%-80% off, and as the sale goes through the end of the month, they get marked down further. Expect a full report from yours truly Thursday morning. 2/12-2/29; 8-9 Thurs. and Fri. this week only, 10-9 weekdays, 10-7 weekends; 255 W. 17th St. (7th and 8th Aves.).
It's fashion week!
Didja notice?
WWD: Sass & Bide, Jeremy Scott, Alice Roi, and more; Tocca, Rebecca Taylor, Pierrot, and more; Alice + Olivia and a lot of people you've never heard of.

NYT: Fall Fashion section.

NYP: Review and gossip.

NYDN: General review.

Lookonline: Snarkiness! (I love it!)

The Daily: By far, this site has the most comprehensive coverage. Look for reviews in the news section.

Friday, February 06, 2004

Weekend shopping
Got dog? Fetch has cashmere sweaters, ultrasuede beds, carriers, and more--yes, for dogs--for 20%-50% off. 2/7-2/16; noon-8 weekdays; 11-7 Sat., noon-6 Sun.; 43 Greenwich Ave.

In time for Valentine's Day, Loungewear Betty's old-school sexpot lingerie, loungewear, and swimwear is 60% off. 2/6-2/11 ; noon-7:30; 219 E. 10th St.

Everything at Bluefly’s clearance store--including merchandise from Prada, Gucci, Diane von Furstenberg, and others--is $25 or less, with new arrivals every day. 2/7-2/29 11:30-7 weekdays, noon-6 weekends; 43 W. 24th St.

Need fancy modernist furniture? Cassina has iconic designs by Josep Llusca, Philippe Starck, Piero Lissoni, and others for up to 70% off. 2/6-2/8; noon-8 Fri., 10-6 Sat., 11-5 Sun.; 155 E. 56th St.

Not enough furniture for you? Check out Design Within Reach's Sale for up to 50% off.

A shout-out to the hipsters in Billysburg: Spacial Etc.’s Crazy Sale has Nanette Lepore, Anni Kuan, Brooklyn Handknit, and others for 20%-50% off. 2/7-2/8; 11-9; 199 Bedford Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Loehmann's has new arrivals from Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Ferre, and Cavalli, for up to 65% off (that's $29.99-$89.99, instead of $90-$240).

Don't forget sales at Henri Bendel, Find Outlet, and more!

Thursday, February 05, 2004

I fought the law and the law won
In (yesterday's) E! Fashion Police, Britney's stylist finally pulls through with a show-stopper; Beyonce gets back on track (no more jumpsuits!); Christina Aguilera does better with the dress, but not so much with the hair; and Madonna rocks the wait-listed Chanel spring 2004 trench (and E! makes fun of it, those ignorant bitches).
Stay young and beautiful
Beauty Cafe will no longer carry Creed fragrances, so everything they have left is 15% off when you use code BNCreed at checkout.

Get a deluxe Beyond Paradise sample duo at EsteeLauder.com when you spend $50 and enter code BPDUO at checkout.

Gloss.com has new spring colors. Plus, receive a free sample of Clarins Relaxing Body Balm and free shipping (enter code CUPID at checkout) with every order.

MAC has cool Chromezone (say that 10 times really fast) eyeshadow palettes.

At Drugstore.com, buy select Philosophy products and receive a free Falling in Love shower gel ($8 value).
Tidbits
Sometimes people need a nudge. Thankfully, you can now set up a wish list at Anthropologie.com.

Just in time to cater to all the fashionistas staying at the Maritime Hotel, Find Outlet is having a warehouse sale, through Sunday. Items include C.Ronson hoodies for $15, Habitual jeans for $39 and skirts for $35, Julia blouses for $29, Alice + Olivia pants for $27- $45, and more. The sale is at their 17th Street location only: 361 W. 17th St. (8th and 9th Aves.).

Yesterday, Daily Candy had a Valentine's Day gift guide. Yeah, I know mine was better.

Check out this incredibly cute cropped trench from the Gap.

Net-a-Porter has spring trends.

In stark contrast, Old Navy has new spring arrivals. Before you laugh at me, check out this ridiculously cute grommet tote--it's $10!

Seven has new Bernhard Willhelm, Gaspard Yurkievich, and Paper Denim & Cloth.

Neiman Marcus has new arrivals from Blumarine, Dolce & Gabbana, and more.

Hey, the Time-Warner mall opened last night. Has anyone been there yet? Post a comment!

Finally, tomorrow is the first day of Fashion Week. Huzzah!
Where is Cheryl? Where is Cheryl? Here I am! Here I am!
Don't mind me; I've gone completely mad.

Wednesday, February 04, 2004

Sorry!
I'm on deadline, so things are a bit crazy here, and I have to run to my class at 5:30, so no postings today. Sorry! I will definitely make up for it tomorrow, I promise.

But before I go, I'd like to give a shout-out to Shandi, who kicked ass on America's Next Top Model last night. Woo-hoo!

Tuesday, February 03, 2004

Be mine
Unless you're completely oblivious, you know that Valentine's Day is next Saturday. Now, you can argue that Valentine's Day is totally commercialized (ahem, MW), but, hello, this is a shopping blog. Hence, cool stuff to buy for Valentine's Day, for you, for your lovah, for both of you, and for the single gals out there.

For both of you: A li'l Piper Heidsieck bubbly goes nicely with chocolates from Chocolate Bar, my favorite chocolate store.

For him: Nothing says metrosexual love like Burberry boxer shorts. (Get free shipping on a $100 order when you enter code AMOR4 at checkout.)

For you: I don't really get this Marc by Marc Jacobs Amour Fou (Crazy Love) tank top, but it's non-traditional, and cute nonetheless.

For the single gal: You don't need a man to buy you this Louis Vuitton Alma bag.

For both of you: A feather bed will make you never want to leave the bed, which, if you ask me, is a good thing.

For him: Hey, it's not totally romantic, but if you give him this Classic Grand Phone in red, he can play "Cold War President" and pretend to call Russia!

For you: I am in love with Cacharel's Amor Amor perfume; here, you get a cute bag too!

For the single gal: Dysfunctional or Dejected? Try Bittersweets.

For both of you: He can mark his territory with these I Love…undies.

For him: You can't go wrong with a cool leather cuff watch.

For you: Likewise, a semiprecious garnet necklace is a sure thing.

For the single gal: Men hate musicals, so take advantage of this golden opportunity and watch Chicago.
In the papers (and on the web)
NYT: For fall, expect eccentricity a la Camilla Nickerson, Vogue's editor at large. Also, Ginia Bellafante delivers a hearfelt appreciation of Helmut Newton. I've always been a huge fan of Newton's--to me, his photography has always been empowering of women, not misogynistic--and it's refreshing to see after all of the "controversial" labels applied to him upon his death last week. Plus: Proenza Schouler's eBay trunk show.

WWD: Hamish Morrow is leaving Krizia and Richard Tyler will design new uniforms for Delta Airlines. Now, as some of you know, I love stewardesses--not "flight attendants," as they've been called for the past 25 years, but stewardesses, the jet-setting hip chicks from the golden era of travel, the '60s and '70s. Stewardesses were hot and worldly, and they wore uniforms designed by Pucci, Bill Blass, and other top designers. Delta's spinoff airline, Song, has uniforms designed by Kate Spade, and Air France has Christian Lacroix, so I think it's great that Delta is following suit.

The Daily: Cool girls are going pixie chic. Plus: Fashion magazines' dress codes, a rather amusing, yet informative, article.

Monday, February 02, 2004

The week in shopping
Henri Bendel’s famous biannual sale has Tocca, Peter Som, and other coveted designers for up to a whopping 80% off. 2/3-2/8; 10-7, 10-8 Thursday, noon-6 Sunday; 712 5th Ave. (at 56th St.).

Just in time for Valentine's Day, Bluesuits has designer lingerie by Lise Charmel, Natori, Le Mystere, and more, for up to 75% off. All sizes are available. Shop online or visit the showroom, but appointments are required after 2/8. 2/2-2/13; noon-7; 200 W. 70th St. (at Amsterdam), ste. 14 G.

Evil Sugar has clothing and accessories from downtown labels RAW 7, Lucky Girl, E.C. Star, and others for 50%-70% off (that's $24 to $130). Through 2/29; noon-8 Tuesday and Wednesday, noon-9 Thursday and Friday, 11-9 Saturday, noon-7 Sunday; 345 E. 12th St.

Norma Kamali has vintage clothing and accessories for under $100. Through 2/28; 10-6 (closed Sunday); 11 W. 56th St. (5th and 6th Aves.).

Issey Miyake’s Pleats Please collection is 50% off: Jackets are $147.50, skirts are $110, and purses are $57.50. 2/4-2/8; 11-7, noon-6 Sunday; 128 Wooster St.

Fancy stationery store Rebecca Moss has funky pens, leather goods, and, of course, stationery for 20%-70% off. 2/4-2/21; 10-6 (closed Sunday); 510 Madison Ave. (at 53rd St.).

Stephane Kélian's sexy but comfortable shoes are up to 50% off. Through 2/13; 11-7, noon-6 Sunday; 158 Mercer St. and 717 Madison Ave. (at 63rd St.).

Why wait for a boyfriend to buy you nice jewelry for Valentine's Day when you can do it yourself at Valerio 888's Valentine's sample sale? Amber and sterling silver earrings are $22 and up; necklaces are $15 and up. Through 2/14; 11-7 (closed Sunday); 35 W. 36th St. (5th and 6th Aves.), 3rd fl.

In the bargain of the week, Replay's vintage distressed jeans are $15--down from $178. That's more than 90% off, for those of you who don't like math. A number of styles and washes are available, in all men's and women's sizes. Through 2/8; 10-7, noon-7 Sunday; 260 5th Ave. (28th and 29th Sts.).

All clearance items at Loehmann's are 50% off, plus some new arrivals are 25% off, through 2/16. 7th Avenue at 16th Street.

Finally, I went to Century 21 on Friday and boy, are they having a sale. You have to dig through the racks, but I saw some items by Costume National, See by Chloe, Plein Sud, Versace, Helmut Lang, and others, for $25 and less. No joke. They also have a bunch of new spring arrivals (well, mostly last year's spring collections, but you know what I mean), including a big ol' rack of Marni. Unfortunately, most of the Marni is still in the $150-$250 range. (My birthday is in a month and I'm a size 42, if anyone needs gift ideas. Just kidding. Well, maybe not...) They also had some cool stuff by Gaultier and Martin Margiela.
In the papers
WWD: There's a much-criticized mall at the new Time Warner Center, opening this week. Stores include Hugo Boss, Sephora, Armani Exchange, and Coach. Plus: celeb bags and Tiffany's newest cut.

NYT: shopping on Lexington Avenue, an antidote to nearby Madison Avenue.

NYP: Spring's It bags, and an analysis of celebrities' bags. Plus: brightly colored rain boots rule.