Wednesday, May 26, 2010

MasstigeWatch!


Hot off the heels of their collaboration with Costello Tagliapietra (which is still in stores now), Uniqlo is teaming up with Velvet [subscription required] for a line of knits. Called Uniqlo + Velvet, it features 14 jersey pieces retailing for a very nice $15.90 to $19.90 and hits all 950 Uniqlo stores worldwide on June 17. Expect a casual, Southern California vibe. The collaboration also includes a line of six cashmere pieces that will hit stores in September and retail for $99.90 to $129.90.

Ever since he got unceremoniously dumped from Nina Ricci, the fashion flock has been speculating as to where Olivier Theyskens would end up next. It's not Ungaro, and not Hermes but...Theory. Theyskens is designing a capsule collection for Theory [subscription required], set to hit stores for spring/summer 2011. No further details are available at this time, but as soon as I have some, I will of course share them.

Finally, Pierre Hardy's summer Design Editions shoe collection has hit Gap.com. The four styles range from $65 for the denim espadrilles to $110 for the lace-up wedge sandals, which I have my eye on. Now all Gap needs to do is send me a coupon code, and they will be mine.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Cheryl Shops Spring Shopping Guide: Chain Trim Bags

When the recession hit almost two years ago and the fashion cognoscenti heralded the death of the It Bag, chastised fashionistas not-so-discreetly started carrying classic Chanel bags--vintage for the thrifty, new for the well-heeled, the idea being only close scrutiny would yield the difference. Of course, this major shift in handbag trend ensured that countless designers now make a Chanel-inspired look, from full-on homage (I'm looking at you, Marc Jacobs), to more subtle elements, such as quilting or chain straps (nearly everyone else). And while the look is iconic, those chain straps can get mighty heavy, and the chunkier styles are hard to keep on the shoulder. Not to mention, there's something a bit fussy about the style. Thankfully, the trend has evolved into a cooler, more rocker-y place, with chains now serving a more decorative, rather than functional, role.

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Arguably the most luxurious of the pack, Stella McCartney's Fabella bag was a front-runner in the chain-trim trend. The generous size is great for everyday, and the chain trim is neither too subtle nor too over-the-top. Whether it's worth $1100 for a faux suede bag is up to you, however.


CC Skye's Janey bag has chain fringe trim along the sides, making it the perfect marriage of rocker and bohemian.


If the rocker-bohemian cross trend makes you think of Kate Moss, you're not in the wrong. In fact, Ms. Moss has been photographed carrying a Genevieve Jones bag all over London. Here's another bag by Jones, the Grace fringe bag, and while smaller than Moss's usual choice, I can definitely picture her taking this one for a night out.


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This J.J. Winters chain fringe bag is a bit more glamorous and Hollywood, with its rows of gold fringe and braided strap. This one is on sale, but here's a more subtle gray version (sadly, full-price, but not unreasonable as far as bags go).


This chain tote from MICHAEL Michael Kors is also a little glitzy, but the drawstring shape is very current, and the chain detail is more updated-classic than fashion-victim. I'd just recommend removing the unnecessary MK logo charm.


I was at the DKNY store a few weeks ago and fell head over heels for this leather crossbody bag--in fact, this is the bag that inspired this post. They actually have several variations on this theme (here's a similar style), but I like this one particularly, because in true convertible fashion, you can wear it folded as a crossbody, or you can carry it as a tote via the two thin chains along the top. Because, really, there's nothing I love more than getting two (or more) looks in one.


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For those who find BCBG not quite trendy or young enough, there's BCBGeneration, which does really fashiony items at fast-fashion prices. PVC fabrication aside, I really like their Edie hobo, which has subtle chain trim along the bottom and an easy, slouchy shape.


Apparently Mischa Barton has a line of handbags in the UK, and unlike many celebrities-turned-designers, she might actually have some talent. I think her Stella style is a really cute bag, and even considering the exchange rate, the price is not bad. Marisa Cooper might have staying power after all!


Sometimes a bag comes along, and it's everything you've been looking for. This Melie Bianco bag is almost it. The shape is versatile, and I love that you can carry it on your arm, on your shoulder, or across your body. The chain trim is subtle and well-integrated, and the size is great for big-bag addicts such myself. My only quibbles: It doesn't come in black, and it's not leather. But for $99, you might as well even try a fun color, like the blue--at these prices, you can afford to take a risk.

Monday, May 24, 2010

The week in shopping

NYC
Be&D's signature studded rocker-chic bags, footwear, and accessories are 30%-75% off. Wristlets are $50, Garbo bags are $275. 5/25–5/27; 9-7; 32 W. 36th St. (5th & 6th Aves.), 10th fl.

All stock jeans are $80 (or 2 for $150), plus find samples for $15-$50 at the James Jeans sample sale. 5/25–5/27; 9-7:30 T & Th, 10-5:30 W, 10-2 F; 500 Greenwich St. (at Spring St.).

Ali Ro's feminine separates and dresses are at least 65% off. 5/26–5/27; 8:30-6; 530 7th Ave. (at 39th St.), ste. 1402.

Spring '10 and fall '09 coats, jackets, and leathers are on sale at Mackage. Cash only. Through 5/25; noon-7; 275 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 7th fl.

Kieselstein-Cord women's & men's jewelry and accessories are up to 70% off (now $150-$1500).5/25-5/27; 9-5; 119 W. 40th St. (Broadway & 6th Ave.), 18th fl.

Le'Bulga handbags are 40%-65% off--think $250 for a Borsa, $375 for a Le'Fleur. 5/26–5/28; 9-7; 214 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.).

Score Jill Stuart's spring 2010 collection for 30% off (note, still in the mid three figures). 5/27–6/14; 11-7, noon-6 Su; 100 Greene St. (Prince & Spring Sts.).

R.J. Graziano's costume jewelry is at wholesale-and-below prices. Through 5/26; 11-5:30; 389 5th Ave. (36th & 37th Sts.).

Select merch is up to 70% off at Cynthia Rowley's Memorial Day Weekend Sale. 5/28-5/31; 376 Bleecker Street (Perry & Charles Sts.).

Barneys New York
's private sale starts Tuesday, 5/24, with select items 40% off throughout the store.

Online
Get a free gift bag filled with summer goodies (a $103 value!) with a purchase of $75 or more at blissworld.com with promo code SUMMER at checkout 5/25-6/1.

Use code MAY25 for 25% off the newly relaunched GerenFord.com through 6/4.

Save up to 30% on select styles (plus free shipping!) at Piperlime's Sweet Deal Event through 5/30.

For one day only, all full-size body butters are 3 for $30 at The Body Shop on May 25th.

Take 25% off all regular-priced items at Tobi.com with code SUNNY20 through 5/25.

Take up to 70% off denim and tees at NationalJeanCompany.com.

TheFind Guest Post: Neutral Fedoras – Try to Top Them!

May is the perfect time to lighten up: accessories, shoes, and clothes all take on a breezy lightness that’s in tune with the sunshine and warmer weather. For a saucy finishing touch, borrow from menswear with a jaunty fedora in a neutral shade. In fabric or straw, plain or embellished, the shape adds a playful bit of retro to your look.



Women’s fedoras are dashing and dainty in one, offering a short brim and a high crown for optimum angles. This one simple element adds polish to any outfit, but can also be dressed-down for more casual looks. Go head-to-toe menswear by wearing with a vest, striped shirt and jeans, or mix with a delicate summer dress for a dose of fun Cuban-inspired cool on a hot hot day.







The Wendolyn Fedora by Goorin Bros features silvery feather filigree embroidery that sprouts from a retro polka-dot band in pale blue. Be sure to bend the crown up in the back to see the silky blue fabric too!







Eugenia Kim’s woven straw fedora for Target features a stem of flowers appliquéd to the front, for a touch of texture.







Meanwhile, the Beach Detective fedora from Anthropologie offers a crisp natural straw weave and a simple grosgrain ribbon. But be sure to notice the trompe l’oeil scarab printed on the band to bring you good luck!



When donning your topper, always remember The Chairman, Frank Sinatra: “Cock your hat; angles are attitudes.”



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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Cheryl Shops Spring Shopping Guide: Army Jackets

With all the recent rain and chilly temperatures, the last two weeks have reminded us that as far as spring is concerned, we're still not out of the gate. (And, in fact, summer doesn't officially start until June 21st.) So now is a great time to invest in an army jacket, which is still the jacket of the season, and which you can wear through the summer, especially if, like me, you work in an office where the air-conditioning is cranked to a rather frigid level. Call it a cargo, utility, anorak, parka, or army jacket, but, basically, it's a fatigue-inspired look, preferably in army green, with lots of pockets and a well-worn look. Bonus points for a cinchable elastic waist, but in many cases, a belt will do. The look is probably best suited to casual days but also works in unexpected ways, with, say, a floral-print dress for a masculine-meets-feminine look. Here are my favorite styles.

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DSquared2's Polly jacket is a pretty literal interpretation of the army jacket, yet tailored with a sharp fit and finished with cool details, like the front buckle and the double-flap pockets. One would also assume that the cotton is a bit more luxe than normal.


Burberry's nylon parka is actually quite utilitarian, with a zip-out hood and lots of straps and flaps. You can almost picture Kate Moss wearing this as she dashes around her country estate in the Cotswolds. It's also lightweight, making it perfect for this time of year.


My absolute favorite, however, is Rag & Bone's Ohara jacket. It has the cinched waist I'm looking for, plus all the flaps and pockets, and it's a soft yet durable cotton-nylon blend. Plus, its low-hip length is perfect for layering. This just goes to prove that either Rag & Bone's designers can read my mind, or otherwise they instinctively know exactly what women want. (In case you want a longer style, I also like their Wikfield parka.)


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DKNY's long-sleeve anorak is a sportier, more minimalist take on the trend, with two simple zip pockets and elastic at the hem instead of the waist. This is a great option for balancing out your figure, as the jacket skims rather than hugs. Plus, Donna Karan is a master of the anorak--it's one of her signature seven easy pieces.


The bleach-splattered army jacket from Charlotte Ronson looks like something your boyfriend had for years, having spilled some bleach on it along the way, and then one day he lends it to you, but you love it so much, you have no intention of giving it back. Not that I've ever done such a thing.


Rugby's cargo jacket has a snap-off hood, a drawstring waist and a snap hem, so you can kind of customize your look with it. This is a great option for petite women, since it has a slightly boxy, cropped fit.


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This cinched anorak from BDG has a streamlined fit that reminds me of '90s-era Jil Sander or Helmut Lang. It's nylon, and presumably waterproof, which would've made it perfect for the recent humid-rainy weather we've been having.


This utility jacket from Victoria's Secret is linen, which means it will be light enough to wear all summer long. Of course, it's a bit more polished (and it comes with a belt, instead of a drawstring or elastic), but that makes it more accessible--and work-friendly--too.


Second only to the Rag & Bone style above, however, is this military jacket from Banana Republic. (And, yes, I'm as surprised as you are.) It has everything I'm after--pockets, drawstring, length--and the very light green shade, while not exactly authentic, softens it and gives it a lived-in feel. The price is right too, which helps.

Monday, May 17, 2010

The week in shopping

NYC (lots of great sales this week!)
Find true samples for men & women (plus me--this is a must-hit) at Elizabeth & James. 5/19-5/21; 10-6; 250 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), ste. 1701.

Another must-hit on my list: The News, for Boy by Band of Outsiders, Clu, Vena Cava, and more of my favorite designers. 5/20-5/22; 10-6; 495 Broadway (Spring & Broome Sts.), 5th fl.

Battle the hipsters for up to 75% off the house label, plus Gryson, Sophomore, and more at Steven Alan's sample sale. 5/20-5/23; 8:30-8 Th, noon-7 F & S, noon-5 Su; 87 Franklin St. (Broadway & Church Sts.).

At Mara Hoffman's sample sale, find resort and spring swim, separates, and dresses for up to 80% off retail. 5/21-5/23; 10-7, 11-6 Su; 60 Mercer St. (at Broome St.).

Stock up on great undies and ready-to-wear at Araks' spring sample sale. 5/20-5/21; 8:30-7:30 Th, 9:30-6:30 F; 137 Grand St. (Center & Crosby Sts.), 5th fl.

Nanette Lepore skirts and pants are under $100, dresses are $150. 5/18-5/20; 9-7; 225 W. 35th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 4th fl.

Colette Malouf's lovely and delightfully luxe hair accessories are on sale--$40 for headbands, $10 for miscellaneous accessories. 5/19-5/20; 10-8; 594 Broadway (Houston & Prince Sts.), ste. 1216.

Derek Lam's silky spring collection retailed for much more; find prices in the mid- to low three figures at his sample sale. 5/20–5/21; 10-6; 601 W. 26th St. (11th & 12th Aves.), ste. 1730.

All manner of girlie lingerie--plus swimwear too--is 50%-70% off at Eberjey's sample sale. 5/18–5/19; 8:30-7 T, 9-5 W; 231 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), ste. 1102. .

Cardigan by Lynne Hiriak, Nellie Partow, Nicholas K, and Candace Ang, among other indie designers, are up to 80% off. 5/20–5/23; 10-8 Th-F, 11-6 S, 11-4 Su.; 2 Great Jones St. (Broadway & Lafayette Sts.).

Noir's statement jewelry (including the pavé octopus ring, for $95, and a stack of pyramid rings for $40), is up to 80% off. 5/19-5/21; 10-7; 350 W. 38th St. (8th & 9th Aves.), 5th fl.

Melissa Shoes' plasic shoes are $20-$150, and that includes their designer collabs with Vivienne Westwood and Alexandre Herchcovitch. 5/19-5/22; noon-8; 520 W. 27th St. (10th & 11th Aves), ste. 601.

Tailored, work-friendly clothes are on super-sale at Carlos Campos' sample sale. 5/19–5/21; 10-7; 248 W. 35th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 9th fl.

Earthy jewelry is $5 and up (that's up to 80% off) at Pono's spring sample sale. Through 5/21; 9-6; 132 W. 36th St. (Broadway & 7th Ave.), 8th fl.

Christofle and Guy Degrenne flatware, crystal, and bric-a-brac are up to 70% off retail at Soffier Haskin. Through 5/20; 9-6:30, 9-5 Th; 317 W. 33rd St. (8th & 9th Aves.).

Bags are a mere $5-$60 at the Elliott Lucca, the Sak, and sakroots sample sale. 5/20; 9-5; 339 5th Ave. (at 33rd St.), 2nd fl.

Showroom Seven's sample sale boasts clothes and accessories from Orla Kiely, Andy & Debb, and more for up to 90% off. Through 5/21; 10-7; 263 11th Ave. (at 28th St.), 3rd fl.

Pumps and sandals are $10-$60 at Lovely People. 5/20; 5:30-8; 1385 Broadway (37th & 38th Sts.).

Hit Fred Flare for hipster-approved wares for $10. 5/23; 11-5; 131 Meserole Ave. (at Leonard St.), Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Online
Take 20% off jewelry at 80s Purple with code bejeweled through 5/19.

Designers like Alexander Wang are now 30-95% off at Forward by Revolve.

Neiman Marcus's First Call sale has started; prices are up to 40% off.

Shop new sale markdowns at Free People.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

TheFind Guest Post: Go From Day To Night With A Shirtdress



The "borrowed from the boys" menswear look is always in fashion and can be seen throughout the decades from Annie Hall to almost any street style maven you see on the blogosphere today. In my mind, the blazer, newsboy cap, or even the perfect trouser has nothing on the shirtdress! They can be found in a variety of fabrics, sleeve lengths and silhouettes so there's a shirtdress for any occasion (maybe except a wedding dress, but go ahead and prove me wrong!).

For a day at the office style your shirtdress with an appropriate jacket or trench coat and simple pumps. When you're ready for happy hour and a night out on the town, throw on a statement necklace and a pair of strappy sandals for a totally different look. In a perfect world I would keep an arsenal of different shirtdresses like the super casual Chambray western shirt dress and then also something a little dressier like the bebe Romantic shirtdress. I also suggest bringing one or two of your favorite belts while you're shopping for a shirtdress so you can see how it looks loose or form-fitting!

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Buy it: Balenciaga Paris gift with purchase


Fact: Most high fashion houses make the bulk of their profits from leather goods and cosmetics, not from clothing sales. And this totally makes sense--a woman may not be able to afford a $4,000 Chanel suit, but she might deem a classic 2.55 bag worthy of a $2,000 investment, and she--as well as many women--can certainly afford a $30 Chanel lipstick. In other words, it's easier to sell 150 $30 lipsticks than it is to sell one $4,000 suit. So it's surprising that Nicolas Ghesquiere has waited this long to launch a fragrance for Balenciaga, especially considering his Gucci Group mates Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen both have several under their belts. Granted, there are several older Balenciaga scents out there, some of which have been around since the 40s and 50s, but he hasn't introduced a new one until now. Interestingly, Balenciaga Paris isn't quite as fashion-forward as its namesake fashion label--I would've pictured something more modern and unisex--and in fact it's a pretty, slightly powdery and substantially woody scent of the kind that's pretty popular nowadays. It doesn't have any offensive notes (like patchouli), which makes it a great choice for work; overall, it's a very respectable scent.

If all of this is already appealing to you, here's something that will totally persuade you: Nordstrom is currently offering a gift with purchase: Buy the $130 2.5 eau de parfum and get a little Balenciaga zip pouch. Now, I'm sure the GWP version isn't real leather, but a similar style retails for $295 on the Balenciaga website. This could easily be used as a clutch bag; I'm tempted to order the perfume just for the bag. You might not be able to dress like a Balenciaga woman, but, hey, there's nothing wrong with faking it till you make it.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The week in shopping

Because there are so many sales this week, I'm resorting to my top 10 format. For more thorough listings, I suggest visiting my friends at Racked.

Top 10 NYC
Past collections are up to 70% off at Tibi's sample sale (one of my favorite places to stock up for the summer wedding season). 5/12-5/15; 1-6 Wed., 10-6 Thurs. & Fri., 10-4 Sat.; 409 W. 39th St. (9th & 10th Aves.). .

Battle the other hipsters for Vena Cava, Proenza Schouler, and other downtown designers for 60%-90% off at Opening Ceremony's sale. 5/13-5/16; 11-8, noon-7 Sun.; 33 Howard St. (Broadway & Crosby Sts.).

Rebecca Minkoff's sample sale is now one day only; find a Morning After bag for a mere $327 (instead of $595). 5/12; 10-7; 155 5th Ave. (21st & 22nd Sts.).

Summer clothes are now up to 90% off at the MaxMara sale at Soffier Haskin. Through May 14; 9-6:30, 9-5 Fri.; 317 W. 33rd St. (8th & 9th Aves.).

Pretty dresses, plus beauty and baby items are 60%-85% off at Tocca. 5/12-5/14; 11:30-7; 542 W. 22nd St. (10th & 11th Aves.).

Prices are more than 50% off retail at runway fave Lela Rose's sample sale. Find a sweater for $195, and dresses for $450-$595. 5/12-5/14; 9-7 W, 10-6 Th, 10-5 F; 224 W. 30th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 13th fl.

Score pieces from Twinkle by Wenlan's awesome spring-summer collection for up to 75% off (mostly under $200). 5/13-5/14; 10-7; 545 8th Ave. (37th & 38th Sts.), 17th fl.

Find pretty tops for $25-$125 and dresses for $105-$195 at Miguelina's spring 2010 sample sale. Through 5/14; 8:30-8; 20 W. 36th St. (5th & 6th Aves.), 6th fl.

Take your man to the Buckler sample sale, where prices start at just $15; sweaters are $25, blazers are $50, and shorts are $15. 5/13–5/16; 6-8 Th, 10-9 F, 11-7 S, noon-6 Su; 13 Gansevoort St. (Hudson and West 4th Sts.).

Staff USA has Maison Martin Margiela, Viktor&Rolf, and Dsquared2 spring 2010 for men and women at sample sale prices. Shirts and skirts are $100-$200, pants are $100-$300, and jackets are $200-$800. 5/13-5/15; 10-7, 11-4 S; 220 W. 19th St. (7th & 8th Aves.).

Top 10 online
For 2 days only, take an extra 10% off all sale items at Piperlime with code EXTRA10 at checkout, 5/12-5/13.

Save up to 60% at Isabella Oliver's spring sale.

Get a free Lela Rose makeup bag filled with high-end samples with your $100 Beauty.com purchase while supplies last.

Select swimsuits are 25% off at saks.com 5/13-5/17.

To prepare you for summer, take 20% off bath & body, cellulite, and waxing products at blissworld.com with promo code BODY20 through 5/16.

Spend $200 and get a free gift at WHotelstheStore.com through 5/13: REDFOX for a faux fur throw, PILLOWS for two cloud pillows, or ROBE99 for a doeskin robe.

Buy 1, get 1 50% OFF all Peppermint, Aloe & Satsuma products at The Body Shop.

Select spring styles are now up to 50% off at BCBG.com.

Wednesday only, all women's dresses are $98 and men's chinos are $35 online only at Banana Republic.

Save up to 40% at Eryn Brinie's spring sale. In store too.

Friday, May 07, 2010

TheFind Guest Post: Summer Style Essentials: Espadrille Sandals



With summer rapidly approaching my toes are eager to escape from the closed toed shoes and boots I've worn all winter and spring. And what better incentive to slough off the dead winter skin and give yourself a shiny pedicure than cute summer sandals? My favorite is the espadrille because it always reminds me of vacationing in exotic locales, but without the expensive plane ticket or missing luggage!

Espadrilles are characterized by their braided jute rope soles, but uppers can be made from anything from traditional canvas to brightly colored ribbons. I usually like to buy a platform wedge to get both height and comfort! My first pick would be the Michael Kors Juniper Espadrille with wide braided straps and 4.5 inch wedge heel. No matter what a fashionista tells you about heels and comfort, there are times where a nice flat shoe will give our tired feet a rest. The Deena & Ozzy Lace-Up Espadrille is perfect for those summer power shopping days with your girlfriends or enjoying live bands at a summer music festival.

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Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Cheryl Shops Spring Shopping Guide: Cutout Dresses

Fashion is definitely having a sexy moment. This may be because we're moving away from the colder, powerful '80s working-woman look into a more optimistic, early-'90s-inspired one. Bandage dresses were all the rage last fall, and they've evolved into cutout dresses, which were all over the spring runways. While cutout dresses come in all shapes and sizes, I think they're actually sexiest when they leave a little to the imagination. Then again, if you are fit and you know it, to paraphrase The Streets, there's no shortage of snug-fitting styles for you. And while I hadn't intended this to be an all-black story, it turns out cutouts are a current (and, yes, sexy) way to update the LBD for spring and summer.

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This Preen dress at first appears intimidating, since the cutouts are at the side, right at the waist and hip. But it has lace insets, which will help hold you in and camouflage any less-than-perfect skin. I also love the asymmetrical detail at the neckline.


This jersey cutout dress by Brit designer Aminaka Wilmont is minimalist sexy, and I love how the wraparound effect of the cutout complements the dramatic back slit.


If you want to try the trend but don't want to expose anything in the hip or waist area, this Michael Kors sheath is a great alternative--it conveys the idea but in a way that's flattering for a wider age and body-type range.


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Max Azria sent a bunch of great cutout dresses down his runway last September; this crepe dress is one of them. The asymmetrical shoulder detail and asymmetrical hem make it a little more interesting than the typical minimal dress.


Another great straight-from-the-runway look is this Alexander Wang ponte dress, which has that athletic look of Wang's spring collection, but is much less gimmicky. Skintight silhouette aside, since most of the cutout detail is in the upper back, it's a slightly more wearable style.


One of the most universally appealing dresses I'm featuring here is Theory's Jacobi dress. Its lower-back cutout is tame in the grand scheme of things, and yet that's an area that, like the shoulders, is flattering for most women. (Note: If you have a lower-back tattoo, I'd caution against this one.)


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This lace cutout dress from BCBGeneration reminds me of the Preen dress above, although its cutouts are even more subtle, and I like how the lace repeats at the hem. This is definitely a nighttime dress, but it has a more classic look that will outlast the cutout trend.


Not at all subtle is this Arden B one-shoulder dress. In fact, if I had to give this dress a name, it would be the "dress to get laid dress." Not that there's anything wrong with that--I say if you've got it, flaunt it.


This Silence & Noise dress, on the other hand, could be called "business in front, party in the back." Not recommended for those who require a bra, it is, nonetheless, quite hot and, on sale for $39.99, quite affordable.

Monday, May 03, 2010

The week in shopping

NYC
Bags and shoes are 50%-75% off at Botkier's sample sale. 5/6–5/9; noon-7 Th, 11-7 F, noon-6 S, noon-5 Su; 60 Mercer St. (at Broome St.).

Tom Binns wins the creativity prize for his aptly titled Bargain Binns megasale, where select collections are 40% off. Through 5/9; noon-7, noon-6 Su; 41 Perry St. (W. 4th & 7th Ave.).

It's time yet again for a J.Crew sample sale at Clothingline; this time spring and summer clothes are 60% off. 5/4–5/7; 10-7; 261 W. 36th St. (7th & 8th Aves.), 2nd fl.

Sexy shoes (for men too), handbags, and accessories are up to 70% off at Cesare Paciotti. 5/5–5/7; 10-6; 12 W. 57th St. (5th & 6th Aves.), ste. 901.

Takashimaya is closing, but the entire store is now 40% off. Ongoing; 10-7, noon-5 Su; 693 5th Ave. (54th & 55th Sts.).

Tuleste Market's attention-worthy costume jewelry is $10-$60. 5/6-5/7; 1-7; 112 Greene St. (Prince & Spring Sts.).

Thin jersey tees are $20 and cashmere is $85-$100 at White + Warren's sample sale. 5/4–5/6; 1-7 T, 8-7 W, 8-3 Th; 80 W. 40th St. (5th & 6th Aves.), 3rd fl.

Nancy Gonzalez's exotic-skin bags are on sale. 5/5–5/6; 10-6; 575 Madison Ave. (at 56th St.), 8th fl.

Find dresses, separates, outerwear, accessories, and more at up to 75% off at Vivienne Tam. 5/5–5/7; 9-8 W, 10-7 Th, 10-6 F; 260 W. 39th St. (7th & 8th Aves.).

Shoes from Butter, Tibi, and Something Bleu are $60 for samples, $100 for stock. Cash only. 5/7-5/13; 10-7 (closed weekends); 307 7th Ave. (27th & 28th Sts.).

Components By John McCoy men's & women's basics in cashmere, cotton, and linen are wholesale and below. Cash only. Through 5/7; 10-6; 20 W. 55th St. (5th & 6th Aves.), Penthouse.

Lafayette 148 New York is holding a spring warehouse sale with all sizes 75% off retail. Tops are $35-$40, skirts are $40, pants $45, dresses and jackets $60, leather $100. 5/5-5/7; 9-7, 9-6 F; 148 Lafayette St. (Howard & Grand Sts.).

Take 3 gently worn garments to Eryn Brinie's Broadway store and get 20% off your purchase through 5/15; 501 Broadway (Spring & Broome Sts.).

Online
Or if you prefer to shop online, use code tops30 for 30% off select tops at ErynBrinie.com.

Use code fig15usa for 15% off all private-label brands at figleaves.com through 5/31.

In honor of Mothers' Day, get 15% off orders over $75 at Karmaloop.com with code LUV15 through 5/10.

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