tights are the new black

Every year when fall starts rolling around I can't help but fixate on the glorious idea of getting to bring out my tights again. Solid opaque, plaid, lace, cuban heel back seem, you name it and I'll probably wear it.
So when we saw our first really cool day last week I was digging through my stash of winter tights to realize many of the ones I truly loved must have snagged at the end of the season last year and been tossed. To that I say "here I come credit card bill!" because by george I'm getting some new tights.

So far it seems the ones I covet most are non-purchasable for someone like myself. Either because of price or geography. Nonetheless, a girl can dream.

If I ruled the world I would own the new Chanel two tone tights because they remind of traditional back seam tights, but more modern, and though they're simple, they seem much more agressive to me. Maybe it's the cold stiff deliniation between the nude and the black, or the very obvious Chanel logo on the side, but they scream look at me because you'll never have me. Oh Chanel tights, perhaps one day...

My other newest lust is the also back seam reminiscent tights featured at Eley Kishimoto's Spring/Summer '09 runway show in the UK. Though I'm sure price would prevent me from owning something so luxurious, for now we'll blame it on geography and the fact that the US dollar is useless abroad. We might as well be haggling with coffee beans.

So while I dream of those, I will go ahead and get myself the super cute and inexpensive tights at Urban Outfitters

Plaid sheer - $14.00 or 2 for $20.00

Or knit tights by free people for $38.00
(more expensive, but worth it for the anti-run factor)

Other tights options from Urban Outfitters available here


Forever 21

I have no qualms about being a fan of Forever 21. Yes, some of their pieces aren't made the best, but it's not meant to be clothing you wear to the opera, or even clothing you really assume will last for the next 10 years. Sometimes you get a few seasons out of some pieces and it's all gravy.

So after SoHo walking created massive amounts of frustration within, I decided a Forever 21 shopping excursion would be the perfect retail therapy. Some nice winter clothes, but the real thing to note right now is their current jewelry collection. I'm not a fan of 60s or 70s wear and lately all jewelry coming out of places like Forever 21, Urban Outfitters and the like is all feathered and hippie dippy. This new collection is very old 20s, 30s, 40s Hollywood inspired. Numerous pearls, sparkly baubles, metal tassles, etc.

A few of my favorite finds:

The greatest thing about the jewelry line at Forever 21 is it is CHEAP. Rings and earrings range from about $2.80 to around $6.80. Necklaces hover right around $5.00. It really just can't be beat; not right now, and not at these prices.

Forever 21

Christian Siriano Spring 2009

As a woman obsessed with fashion (usually vintage, but not always) I am ok with admitting that I love Project Runway. I am fine admitting that this season's designers are a little lax, a little predictable, and a little contrived, but last season was phenomenal. I knew from the very first episode that Christian Siriano was going to take that year's crown, but I gritted my teeth until the very end waiting for the truth to be revealed.

His collection for Project Runway's Bryant Park was beautiful, as could be expected, and as was the case for many of the other designers who've come before him. However, not many maintain the steam they build up during the show and continue to produce outstanding, and innovative, clothing.

Christian is different. As I've read Tim Gunn saying, Christian is a genius. To have his talent at his age, is a rarity. One I don't think many have seen since Yves Saint Laurent took over at Christian Dior at the ripe young age of 21. So needless to say I was excited to see what he would create for his Spring 2009 runway collection, and he didn't disappoint

I loved the soft muted colors and how even the extremely over worked pieces seemed so soft and full of motion and life. Even when he chose to throw in some bright pops of chartreuse and orange, it didn't seem forced, just natural. It was quite possibly my favorite show of the season.

To see more

go to New York Magazine

New beginnings

So it's officially fall in New York. Time to drudge up last year's winter clothes, realize none of them fit anymore, and go out shopping! Enjoy the fresh air, the sounds of the New York streets and give yourself something new and fresh to present to the world.

With this feeling in mind I decided it was time to start a blog. One to talk about and display fashions I love (and loathe), art that should be seen, and news that I feel like discussing. I read blogs every day and I look forward to additional posts made on ones that I check with an insane amount of regularlity. Maybe one day I could be that for someone else. A girl can dream.

So as my intro I say hello, welcome, and in here you're safe from nothing. Enjoy.