Monday, April 30, 2007

The week in shopping
A sale that brings out the uber-fashionistas, Aeffe has Alberta Ferretti, Gaultier, Moschino, Pollini, and Basso & Brooke starting at 60% off retail. May the force be with you. 5/2-5/5; 10-6; 30 W. 56th St. (5th & 6th Aves.).

The reinvigorated line just hit stores, but you can get Helmut Lang for men and women at Clothingline's one-day-only sale. 5/3; 10-7; 261 W. 36th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 2nd fl.

What: Tevrow+Chase's work-friendly contemporary line is now $30-$150 at this sale. 5/1-5/3; 10-5; 416 W. 13th St. (9th Ave. & Washington St.), ste. 313.

Dolce & Gabbana, D&G, and D&G Junior for men, women, and children is up to 70% off at this sure-to-be-crazy sale. 5/4-5/6; 9-6 Fri., 10-6 Sat., 11-5 Sun.; 85 Sprng St. (Broadway & Crosby Sts.), 2nd fl.

Cashmere in May? Why not? TSE's knits for men, women, and children are up to 80% off. 5/6-5/10; 9-6:30; 317 W. 33rd St. (8th & 9th Aves.).

Who doesn't love LeSportsac? Nylon bags of all kinds are 50%-80% off at this promising-sounding sale. 5/3-5/6; 8-8 Fri., 9-8 Sat., 10-8 Sun.; 123 W. 18th St. (6th & 7th Aves.), 4th fl.

Fashion insiders love Lyell, whose feminine, vintage-inspired clothes are now $25-$100 at this cash-only sale. 5/3-5/6; noon-7; 102 Forsyth St. (at Grand St.).

Deliciously scented soaps, lotions, and such are $5 and up at Red Flower. 5/4-5/6; noon-8 Fri., 10-8 Sat., noon-7 Sun.; 13 Prince St. (at Elizabeth St.).

Charlotte Ronson's sweet, girly looks are on sale, mostly for $100 or less. 5/2-5/5; 10-6; 1071 6th Ave. (40th & 41st Sts.), ste. 301.

Lorelei's downtown-girl handbags are up to 70% off. 5/1-5/2; noon-8; 53 W. 36th St. (5th & 6th Aves.), ste. 1102.

Score everything from a beret to a turban at the excellent Lola, where hats of all kinds are up to 60% off. 5/1-5/3; 10-7; 535 8th Ave. (36th & 37th Sts.), 20th fl.

Luxe, drapey leather pieces and knits are $70 up at The Wrights. 5/2-5/4; 10-6:30, 10-6 Fri.; 110 W. 40th St. (6th Ave. & Broadway), ste. 2207.

Slane & Slane's sterling silver and gold jewelry is 50%-60% off at this sale. 5/3-5/4; 10-6; 48 W. 25th St. (5th & 6th Aves.), 11th fl.

Indulge your shoe fetish at Nancy Geist and Cynthia Rowley's cash-only sample sale. 5/4-5/10; 10-6:30; 307 7th Ave. (at 27th St.), ste. 2307.

4/29–5/3 For the preppy man in your life, Hickey Freeman and Bobby Jones clothing is up to 75% off. Through 5/3; 9-6:30, 9-5 Thurs.; 317 W. 33rd St. (8th & 9th Aves.).

White + Warren's fun, colorful cashmeres are $45 and up. 5/1-5/3; 8-6, 9-4 Thurs.; 80 W. 40th St. (at 6th Ave.), 3rd fl.

Save 20% on orders of $100 or more at Danskin.com when you enter code SUM47 at checkout through 5/15.

Spend $150 at Satya through 5/15 and receive a free pair of basket-weave gold earrings, while supplies last.

Save 10% on all Knoll furniture and get free shipping at Retromodern.com, 5/4-5/13.

Receive a deluxe 10-piece sample set with your $100 BeautyHabit order when you enter code MOMGIFT at checkout through 5/6.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Five semi-interesting bits of info from this week's America's Next Top Model recap episode

1. Jael is a fierce...hoola-hooper.

2. Speaking of Jael, her rivalry with Renee went further than Renee's bizarre Jael-in-straightjacket sketch and post-party argument. Still, Jael was awesome with Renee's son, which means that if Jael can't get work as a model, perhaps she'd make a good babysitter. Er, maybe not.

3. Dionne has a temper.

4. Whitney is a big ham. I mean personality-wise. Geez!

5. Natasha got her tooth pulled without painkillers. If that's not badass, I don't know what is.

Next week is the go-see episode, and it appears Brittany has another emotional breakdown. Oh joy.
Website of the week
As you know, I feature sample sales and online discount codes here every week in "the week in shopping," but I only post sales that I personally receive via email. So there are times when I find something I want on a website, but the price would be even better if I had an elusive discount code. Enter the oddly-named Reesycakes.com, which comprehensively lists online codes, in-store coupons, and sales and promotions for everything from Active Endeavors to Yoox. But Reesycakes.com is more than just coupon codes--it's an all-around shopping resource, with everything from store and designer reviews to fit guides and general fashion tips--you could spend hours browsing all the content. So I've bookmarked it, and I suggest you do the same, because if you don't find a discount code here, hey, you'll probably find one at Reesycakes.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

The week in shopping
Namaste Showroom has a very intriguing selection of Trovata, Loomstate, and Sass & Bide for men and women, for 60%-75% off. 4/26-4/28; 10-7, 11-6 Sat.; 236 W. 27th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 14th fl.

Alvin Valley. Great pants. That's all you need to know. 4/25-4/29; noon-6; 632 Broadway (Houston & Bleecker Sts.), 6th fl.

One of my personal favorites, Inhabit has cotton and cashmere sweaters for $60 and up. 4/25-4/26; 10-6:30; 1441 Broadway (40th & 41st Sts.), ste. 3101.

See why Earnest Sewn has such a rabid cult following: jeans for men and women are $60 and up. Through 4/28; 8-7 Wed., noon-8 Thurs. & Fri., 10-3 Sat.; 829 Washington St. (at Gansevoort).

This week, Clothingline has Kooba bags, as well as Milly samples and Free People stock. Through 4/27; 10-6, 10-7 Thurs.; 261 W. 36th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 2nd fl.

Replay's slightly Euro denim for men, women, and children is up to 80% off. 4/26-4/29; 1-7 Thurs., 9-7 Fri.-Sun.; 76 Greene St. (at Spring St.).

For downtowners, or those who just want to dress like them, The News showroom has men's and women's items from Rogues Gallery, Cheap Monday, and Josh Goot for 50%-75% off. 4/26-4/27; 10-6; 495 Broadway, (Spring & Broome Sts.), 5th fl.

Hit the IT USA showroom for Italian labels Just Cavalli, Malo, and Gianfranco Ferré clothes for men for $20-$260. 4/27-5/6; 11-7, 11-5 Sun.; 85 Fifth Ave., (at 16th St.), 6th fl.

Deck out your pad with fancy fabrics and home accessories from Brunschwig & Fils. Through 4/27; 9-6:30, 9-5 Fri.; 110 W. 19th St. (6th & 7th Aves.).

By Francine Collection, normally found at Intermix, Big Drop, and the like, is 20% off wholesale. 4/25-4/27; 10-6; 250 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 4th fl.

Schlep out to Red Hook to Chelsea Garden Center's new store and get 20% off pottery, furniture, and plants. Through 4/30; 9-7, 10-6 Sun.; 444 Van Brunt St. (at Reed St.), Red Hook, Brooklyn.

Get $150 off a $1,000 order at the pricey Design Within Reach when you enter code CORBU50 through 5/3.

Take 10% off your purchase at Cheryl Shops fave La Garçonne when you enter code SPRING07 at checkout through 5/6.

Spend $85 on beauty and get an awesome sample-filled gift bag at
eLuxury.com.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Spring Shopping Guide: Embellished Headbands
Another spring trend we can thank Marc Jacobs for is the embellished headband--he sent superawesome versions down the runway, many with oversized, almost cheap-looking fake jewels. Based on your glue-gun savvy, you can DIY one in your own home for about $10, or you can go with one of the fancier versions here. The nice thing about embellished headbands, though, is that you don't have to spend a lot of money on one. Here are some of my favorite options.

Then again, if you want to go straight-up Marc, Intuition has some awesome knockoffs, no glue gun required. These jeweled headbands are silk, ensuring that they won't mat or tangle your hair.


This beautiful Stacey Lapidus braided headband is a more subtle take on the trend, but up close, it's a big ol' sparkly party, complete with Swarovski crystals.


This wide feather headband makes the model look like she has a dead bird on her head, so I suggest wearing it with your hair pulled back. I love it regardless--very Alexander McQueen.
Spring Shopping Guide: Babydoll Jackets
After all, you need something to wear over all those full-shaped dresses and tops. Or, babydoll jackets are yet another way to try out the voluminous trend. You can pair them with everything from pencil skirts to miniskirts and both wide-leg or skinny pants. And, yes, the full shape disguises a multitude of flaws. But the best part about babydoll jackets is no matter what your price range, there are several supercute options.

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I love See by Chloe because the line interprets regular Chloe's awesome city-bohemian aesthetic but with a not-so-hefty price tag. This babydoll jacket is not exactly cheap, but a similar one from the full-price line would be roughly twice the price.


This Stella McCartney cropped jacket comes with a belt, but I actually prefer it without. It's taffeta too, which is a fancy fabric for such a trendy jacket, but that means it automatically dresses up anything you're wearing. (It's also nearly sold out, so if you like it, order now.)


I love the sweet look and intricate detail in this Ernestine jacket from Alice Ritter--it looks more expensive than it is.


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This dramatic Jill Stuart Manifique Olivia jacket is almost Victorian-looking; I love the bell sleeves, and the fact that this is satin makes it appropriate for day or night.


This canvas jacket from Trovata carries a nautical inspiration; and while I have trouble with white, I think the oversized buttons alone make it worth the fuss.


This pretty Rebecca Taylor embroidered hopsack jacket has just enough yellow detail to be flattering on a wide range of skin types, and for those who can't give up the girly, it's very feminine too.


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Forever 21's Candace jacket reminds me of one that Sienna Miller has been photographed in like a gazillion times. Also, I think it's nice to wear a bold color like red in the summertime--imagine how hot this would look with a turquoise tank underneath.


Urban Outfitters has a lot of great babydoll jackets, but I think this one from Lux is my favorite. It looks like a Mike & Chris style, but is way more affordable.


But my favorite option of all is this babydoll jacket--it's in terrycloth, which I think is a fun choice of fabrics. Probably not work-appropriate, but maybe you can get away with it when your boss is on vacation.
Spring Shopping Guide: T-Shirt Dresses
Much like the ubiquitous trapeze dress this spring, T-shirt dresses have a superloose shape, are incredibly comfortable, and enable you to eat whatever you want without suffering from tight waistband syndrome. But unlike trapeze dresses, I think these tee-inspired styles are more appropriate for weekend wear.

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I think much of the T-shirt dress trend can be attributed to Marc Jacobs' breezy, easygoing spring collection, which included many layered jersey beauties like this tunic dress with tank detail. Expensive, yes, but exquisitely detailed.


Another runway look that you're sure to see on many stylish ladies this season is this 3.1 Philip Lim Rosette dress--it's sold out everywhere in white, but I actually prefer the black--it's more durable (I have an impossible time keeping white clean) and you can probably get at least three seasons' worth of wear from it.


And one more runway look is this asymmetrically shirred striped dress from Peter Som. It has a bit more shape to it than many of this kind, and as long as it's not skintight, it has the potential to be incredibly flattering.


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The most affordable dress Miu Miu has made in years, this oversized T-shirt dress doesn't even look like a tee, and the drop-waist shape will last you well into fall, when the '20s flapper silhouette will really take hold.


Less fussy than the last Philip Lim dress and more affordable than the Marc Jacobs, this draped tunic dress, also from 3.1, is supershort, but long on style.


A sexier take on the trend, Bread and Butter's jersey dress has a low back and a more clingy fit.


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The funny thing is, as simple as the T-shirt dress appears, it hasn't filtered down to the lower-priced stores yet. So this MK2K jersey scoopneck dress isn't a super-bargain, but it looks comfy and the empire-waist seam gives it a nice bit of structure.


This Daftbird tunic dress is inspired by girls wearing their boyfriends' tees, which makes perfect sense to me. (Try to ignore the fact that the model looks about 13 years old.)


I feel like you can't go wrong with this jersey dress from Splendid--they make some of the softest tees, and the V-neckline gives it a universally flattering shape.
America's Next Top Model recap
I'd like to have a moment of silence for Jael, quite possibly the kookiest America's Next Top Model contestant ever (and that's saying something). Obviously doomed from the start, Jael drew the ire of both Twiggy and Nigel early on, in spite of being championed by Ms. Tyra herself. Jael didn't really photograph well, and appeared totally strung out (but endearingly so) in person, so the fact that she couldn't deliver a Cover Girl commercial was really the nail in the coffin. I mean, could you really see Jael the "anarchist" doing those weekly "My life as a Cover Girl" spots? Exactly. Although I nearly lost my shit when I saw Jael frolicking amidst the chickens on the shoot. I also nearly lost it when Renee busted out the Steve Irwin accent during her commercial, a touching yet hilarious homage (may he rest in peace). The other thing that really made me laugh was when, upon learning they'd be traveling to Australia, Jaslene said, "I've only been to the hood and around the corner." That was genius. I'm glad the girls are in Australia for their little trip; hopefully the challenge with Australian slang will be all we'll see of the annoying "cultural" bits Tyra throws in to seem worldly. Speaking of which, I love Natasha. She may be a mail-order bride, but she's a damn smart one. If she's not in the top three, I'll be shocked.

Next week is the midseason recap episode, which normally I'd be annoyed about, but they're usually filled with wonderful little chestnuts, and with the crazy gals on the show this season, I'm expecting many, many laughs.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Spring Shopping Guide: Silver Shoes
Metallics have been popular for so long now, they're hardly considered a trend. I like to think of them as a neutral--like metal jewelry, they go with nearly everything in your wardrobe. However, I feel the emphasis on metallics in recent years has been focused on gold and bronze, so it's time for a comeback from my favorite metallic, silver. This season, designers have perfected the silver shoe with leathers (and man-made materials) that look almost liquid--perfect for the futuristic undercurrent than ran throughout a lot of the spring shows in Paris and Milan. But the best part about these new silver shoes is that the selections range from comfy flats and sandals to sky-high platforms.

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Practical enough to wear every day, but totally glamorous as well, this Moschino flat has a cool textured design and a color so shiny, they're almost reflective.


When it comes to glamour, however, no one beats Christian Louboutin, and I think we can expect to see this to-die-for T-strap sandal on various Hollywood starlets this season.


Tashkent by Cheyenne makes incredibly innovative shoes (their ankle booties were featured in my fall shopping guide last year), and this Speedie wedge, a Shopbop exclusive, is no exception. The finish is more distressed than I was aiming for, but I love the versatility and the shape.


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The shoe that started my silver fixation, this Miu Miu flat is, well, surprisingly not too expensive, and having had several pairs of Miu Miu shoes for five-plus years, I can attest to their durability. Which is a good thing, because this slingback is simply a classic.


Another great flat, this ankle-strap ballet flat by Tapeet has a simple shape and appears to be made of quality leather.


Of course, when it comes to ballet flats, you can never go wrong with a classic, especially the Pirouette from London Sole.


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I tend to not be a fan of Nine West shoes, but every once in awhile they surprise me, like with this Gavin flat. Definitely not an investment, but it's a fun way to go futuristic.


I love the pointe-shoe look of this Penny Loves Kenny Copa flat, but as I learned the hard way, elastic-back shoes are not good for people like me who have narrow heels.


Not for the shy, Steven's Lollyy platform pump has an ultra-sexy look and a very high heel. I love covered-platform shoes however (they seem less trashy to me), and the peep-toe style is one that you can wear well into fall--when, hopefully, the silver-shoe trend will still be going strong.
Spring Shopping Guide: Smock Tops
Fashion is still pumping up the volume for spring with babydoll, swing, trapeze, and A-line shapes. These show up most prominently in dresses, but if you feel like changing it up a bit, I suggest smock tops. (Note: not smocked tops, like those Juicy Couture tube dresses that were everywhere four or five years ago.) Smock tops still have that relaxed full shape that's everywhere this season, but you have more versatility in what you can wear them with--anything from miniskirts to skinny jeans to shorts. Because as much as you love wearing dresses, at some point you're going to need a break.

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For most women I know, fear of looking like a blimp is the #1 reason to not wear full shapes such as smock tops. And that is not an irrational fear. But as with anything designed from Donna Karan, you can rest assured that this silk tunic is going to be impeccably cut and completely flattering (and for $1,500, it should be).


When it comes to that effortlessly chic bohemian look, no one beats Chloe. So it makes sense that their silk panel top is one of my favorites in this category.


For a more glam take on the trend, Adam + Eve's square-neck blouse has metallic trim, perfect for nighttime or just a more swanky look.


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To combat shapelessness, this airy belted tunic from Sunner has a tie at the waist and a well-cut neckline.


As loyal Cheryl Shops readers know, I loooove butterflies. And although I do like the fact that this top has a print at all, I can't resist the allure of this butterfly-print top from Paul & Joe.


Graham & Spencer is one of my new favorite labels (I have an awesome wool jersey dress from them that I got at Barneys), and I like that this silk top is sheer--because you'll be able to see the body underneath, you won't look as shapeless in it.


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For a budget version, this chiffon top is, well, very pink, but the shape is right on the mark.


For more color options, this babydoll top is a good choice, although the neckline is more of a scoop than a square (a minor detail, however).


This colorblocked metallic tunic from Urban Outfitters is a must-buy for me, though, because it has that rock-and-roll, Biba-inspired look that's going to be superhot for fall. And the only thing better than getting a trend for cheap is getting more than a season's worth of wear out of it.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Cheryl Shops might look a little weird...
Blogger has been purchased by Google, and after an hour and a half of trying to straighten out my login, I finally managed to switch over. My settings are a bit screwed up, however, so I apologize if my posts look a bit strange. I'm trying to figure it all out, so please bear with me. Thanks!

Also, since I wasted 90 minutes of my prime blogging time this evening, the remainder of the Cheryl Shops spring shopping guide will be posted later this week. Sorry again for the delay.
The Week in Shopping
Simon Showroom has a drool-worthy roster of Paul & Joe Sister, C & C California, and Elissa Coleman for 60% off. Cash only. 4/17-4/20; 11-7; 95 5th Ave. (at 17th St.), 4th fl.


Hanro's luxe cotton underwear and loungewear is a nice 75% off. 4/17-4/18; 8-6 Tues., 8:30-4 Wed.; 40 E. 34th St. (Park & Madison Aves.), ste. 207.



Cheryl Shops fave Auto has home and fashion accessories from Paul Smith, Etro, Missoni, and other must-have designers at their semiannual yard sale. 4/19-4/22; 11-8 weekdays, noon-7 Sat., noon-6 Sun.; 803-805 Washington St. (Gansevoort & Horatio Sts.).

Score sexy, well-made Italian clothing from Alessandro Dell'Acqua and Borbonese for up to 65% off. Through 4/18; 10-6 Tue., 10-4 Wed.; 30 W. 57th St. (5th & 6th Aves.), 4th fl.

This week, Clothingline has current-season Esprit and Free People for cheap cheapity cheap. Through 4/20; 10-7 Tue. & Thurs., 10-6 Wed. & Fri.; 261 W. 36th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 2nd fl.

The always excellent Manhattan Vintage Clothing & Antique Textile Show is worth hitting--go Friday and play "spot the designer." Admission is $20. 4/20-4/21; 1-8 Fri., 11-6 Sat.; Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St. (6th & 7th Aves.).

Tufi Duek's slinky dresses and knits are $45-$200 (normally $220-$950) at this sample sale. 4/18-4/20; 9:30-7; 530 Broadway (at Spring St.), 10th fl.

Reem Acra's glam eveningwear is now $150-$4,000 (was $450-$10,000). 4/22-4/23; 11:30-7:30 Sun., 8:30-7:30 Mon.; 14 E. 60th St. (5th & Madison Aves.), ste. 212.

Treat yourself to some fancy new furniture from Kreiss at 30%-50% off. 4/20-4/22; 10-6 Fri., 10-5 Sat. & Sun.; 215 E. 58th St. (3rd & 2nd Aves.).

Roberta Chiarella's fun costume jewelry is $50 and under at this one-day sale. Cash only. 4/18; 10-7; Affinia Hotel, 155 E. 50th St. (3rd & Lexington Aves.).



Hit Caravan's mobile store for Custo Barcelona, Cynthia Vincent, and Sretsis for $100 or less. 4/20-4/23; noon-8; 2 Great Jones St. (Broadway & Lafayette).



Noir
's fun costume jewelry (think cocktail rings and bangle bracelets) is now on sale. 4/18-4/20; 11-7, 11-5 Fri.; 350 W. 38th St. (8th & 9th Aves.), 5th fl.



Meet designer Mary Rambin and buy one of her Moe bags Tuesday & Wednesday on the 2nd floor at Henri Bendel.



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Built by Wendy's spring collection, sip wine, and get 20% off this Thursday. 4/19; 6-9 p.m.; 7 Centre Market Place and 46 N. 6th St., Williamsburg.


His white shirts are hitting the Gap this week, but you can meet designer Thakoon Panichgul at Bergdorf Goodman, Thursday from 1-3.


Save 20% on all non-sale items at Cheryl Shops fave
Active Endeavors when you enter code SPRING at checkout through 5/6.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Two weekend sales and other random notes
I'll be posting the rest of the Cheryl Shops Spring Shopping Guide next week, so to tide you over in the meantime, here are two kickass sales from some of my favorite websites.

At Net-a-Porter's Midseason Markdown Sale, take 20% off a selection of current items from 3.1 Philip Lim, Chloe, Paul & Joe, and other must-have labels.

In honor of Tax Day, shopbop.com is offering a Taxbreak sale: Take $20 off a $100 order, $50 off a $250 order, or $100 off a $500 order when you enter code TAXBREAK2007 at checkout Friday, April 13 through Monday, April 16th (a.k.a. Tax Day). I have my eye on several items, and I got my refund last week, so I will definitely be taking advantage of this awesome deal.

In sad news, Racked reports that another Cheryl Shops favorite, Girlshop.com, is closing down after a dinosaur-like nine years in business. No word on what's happening to the Meatpacking District Girlshop store.
America's Next Top Model recap
This season's "acting" episode of ANTM was as cringeworthy as usual, due in part to 1) the presence of Sister Sister's Tia (or was it Tamara?) Mowry, who, hey, happens to be on a new CW show, 2) the fact that the girls had to "act" with crazy hats, and 3) that the challenge was to perform in a campy sketch with Pedro from Napoleon Dynamite. Renee won the challenge and decided to start acting like Mother Theresa. The prize (which she randomly shared with Dionne) at first appeared to be a random T-shirt, but later turned out to be a visit from their families, babies included. Cue lots of crying and...Dionne complaining about how stupid her daughter's hair looks. Uh, ok. Poor Natasha, who apparently also has a child (how do I keep missing this? Are there any other babymamas I should know about?), felt left out and heartbroken. She looked a bit worse for wear at the photo shoot the next day, but perhaps inspired by the ultra-kooky premise of the photo shoot, she managed to pull it together and turn out more awesome photos. And let me tell you, while I thought the photo shoot itself was pretty friggin' silly I was sooo happy to see my past favorites--Joanie, the twins, and my favorite ANTM contestant of all, Kim. Now, Kim had to pose with Dionne, who was obviously not happy about having to pretend to be a lesbian. That is, until Kim's superpowers kicked in and Dionne started to totally dig the faux girl-on-girl action. Seriously, if we want to cure homophobia in this country, I think we should send Kim to every rodeo, evangelical church, and barbecue joint in the country. Anyway, Dionne's photo rocked, as did Natasha's, Brittany's (of course), and Renee's (sort of--during her actual shoot, Joanie was totally stealing her thunder). Not so much for Jael, who's hanging on by a thread, and Jaslene, who's totally slipping. As for Whitney, or Whitelle, as Tyra is inexplicably still calling her, the judges finally put their (or Tyra's, at least) politics aside and figured out that Whitney sucks, and thus they sent her home. Finally.

Next week, it's the publicity episode, and it looks like the girls are taking a trip (which, based on press leaks, is probably to Australia).

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Spring Shopping Guide: Trapeze Dresses
I was recently at a bridal shower for my dear friend MM, and I had worn one of my current favorite dresses, a green striped babydoll number. As I was talking to a friend, an older lady guest came up to me and asked when I was due. As in a baby. Mortified, I explained to her that I wasn't pregnant. (Was the mimosa in my hand not obvious enough?) So, this is the risk you run when you wear one of spring's full-shape dresses. On the other hand, you can eat whatever you want and no one will be the wiser.

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Donna Karan is a designer I tend not to pay much attention to, which is unfortunate, because she is a master of construction and she consistently makes flattering clothes that women want to wear. Like this pleated tent dress. (Yes, the scarf is attached.) It's an investment, but you'll probably have it for years.


All of a sudden, Philip Lim's dresses are everywhere. I think you can expect to see this floral-print number on some of the most chic women this summer. It's not as full as the typical tent dress (which is a good thing if you're afraid of all that fabric, or if you're busty), but the shape is still relaxed enough that you can order fries, not salad, with your veggie burger.


I recently saw an ad in a magazine for Thread dresses, and I was a bit shocked to learn they started out making bridesmaid dresses! But the line is now venturing into straight-up ready-to-wear, and judging by this linen mini-dress, I think we can expect great things.


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Twinkle is known for its innovative knits, and this woven dress is no exception--the awesome babydoll is actually a wrap dress--it overlaps at the front yoke and armhole. Metallic pinstripes also add a subtle shimmer throughout.


Not quite a trapeze or babydoll shape, this Lacey Parker dress actually has more of an A-line shape, and that plus its minimalist design is sure to be more flattering on a wider range of body types.


As I have lamented before, I love Rebecca Taylor's clothes, but they just don't fit me right for some reason. This smocked lace dress is so adorable, however, I might just have to try it.


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Alloy has a lot of cute, cheapie dresses and this pocket trapeze dress is no exception. I'd say this is more of a weekend option, but it would also be cute layered with a tee for work (if you work in a more lax environment, that is). It would also make a nice beach cover-up.


With its pintucking and pleating at the neckline--and the fact that it's not jersey--this babydoll dress looks a lot more expensive than it is. The neutral color means you can wear it into fall too, if you're not sick of the trend by then.


Since the model is wearing this adorable Necessary Objects babydoll dress with colored tights, I suspect it's left over from last fall. If that's the case, this one might be a bit too heavy for summer--that is, unless your heavily air-conditioned office turns into a meat locker in the summer like mine does. On second thought, keep the tights.