There's something resolutely American about Tom Ford. The six foot tall Texas-born designer, who became well known for heading the powerhouse Gucci, knows how to sell sexy clothes and get to the bottom line. He has his own brand, after his own name. It could be the sign of an egotist, or a supremely confident man.
He carved a niche for himself, as an actor in television commercials before he became famous for his clothes. He had the dark and brooding good looks. He had charisma in spades. Dropping out of NYU and hanging out with the "fabulous people" at Studio 54, he came to several conclusions: one about his sexuality, and two, about his passion for fashion design.
There's no doubt that sunglasses have become a lucrative mega industry. Not only do they protect our eyes from harmful UV rays, but they also 'up' our style factor. From aviators, to cat eye and Wayfarers, it's safe to say sunglasses are a staple in just about everyone's wardrobe. They're like great jeans, everyone should own a few good pairs! Check out some styles we adore and their less expensive, equally stylish counterparts.
We've taken the guesswork out of stylish sunnies so you can stop squinting and achieve serious sartorial style this summer with our favorites from this season's men's collections. This necessary accessory adds a finishing touch to any outfit, regardless of how you define personal style. Check out our top picks for your next pair.
Luxe: Most sunglasses tend to be made out of some combination of plastic and metal, but luxury designer Linda Farrow has added new exotic materials like snakeskin to her designs. Linda Farrow is a top sunglasses designer in the industry and has collaborated with brands including Alexander Wang, The Row, and Dries Van Noten. Her designs mix classic shapes with innovative materials and details. In her own designs, Linda Farrow always shows bold pieces that are perfect to wear year-round. One amazing pair is the Luxe Titanium Snakeskin Aviators in a classic aviator shape, modernized with snakeskin coated temples.
We love sunglasses. And parties. And beautiful bubbly entrepreneurs. So when we heard about the opening reception for a new one-of-a-kind eyewear boutique in the Upper East Side founded by the adorable Jaclyn Edelstein, we had to check it out. Ultimate Spectacle, located at 789 Lexington, is the new go-to spot for fashion savvy shoppers looking for high fashion, hard-to-find frames as well as specialized eye care. Not only can you find the hottest new styles, you can also get a comprehensive eye exam onsite, while eyewear experts fit you with ideal frames suited to your facial structure. And they know what they're doing! After glancing at me for a mere 5 seconds, they were able to instantly pick out two frames that fit my face perfectly.
Memorial Day weekend is almost here and with it comes parties, barbecues, beach time, and lots, and lots, of fun activities. Now we just need to figure out what to wear! Whether you're hitting the Hamptons, Cape Cod, or Miami you'll need great style. Here are a few great summery essentials we love that include trends of the season from floral prints, to white, bright, and color blocking. It’s time to start packin’!
Clutch or Bag- That is the question!
Whether it is an all weekend event, or a couple hours for the day, make your choice of handbag accordingly. We love these summery styles as the blue and white stripe clutch by Rag & Bone shows a little nautical spirit, and Club Monaco’s Goldie Moroccan Bag has that beachy feel to it with the wicker weave and the gold-dipped bottom.
Every year the Metropolitan Museum of Art hosts the annual gala filled with a-listers, fashion, and art. This year proved (as expected) to be another very fashionable evening. The museum was honoring the long-awaited opening of the Costume Institute exhibition Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations.
Visitors described the exhibit as being surreal, where The Cut even explained the video footage of Schiaparelli and Prada talking as, “…beautiful- playing in sharp resolution against the walls, almost like moving paintings.” The exhibit included classic quotes by Schiaparelli and Prada among the displays, as well as the designer duds from Prada shoes (including the latest designs), to the well-preserved antiques by Schiaparelli. As you can imagine, the exhibit itself is gasp-worthy.
FIT’s “The Future of Fashion”: BFA Graduates Fashion Show
What: The best work from FIT’s graduating bachelor of arts fashion design students will be debuted at a runway show. Apparel will include: sportswear, special occasion, knitwear, intimate apparel, and children’s wear. See the talented students who could be the next up-and-coming designers show their duds on the catwalk!
When: Wednesday, May 2nd at 4:30 PM
We might not know how to change a flat tire or what to do when our i-Phone stops working, but when it comes to our wardrobes, a true fashionista is always prepared. Glam Damn It's list of favorite wardrobe must-haves for Spring 2012 will leave you ready to take over the world! (Or, at least your own closet.) There are so many great options this season, whether you're looking to reinvent your style or just update your handbag.
The keywords for right now are girly and bright. Soft lines, versatile pieces and low-maintenance fabrics combined with a color palette encompassing nearly every shade under the rainbow make dressing for Spring 2012 a breeze no matter what your sartorial preference is.
Stella's Fabulous Fashion Fete
Quickly dubbed as the “hard to beat event of the season,” Stella McCartney’s ‘fashion spectacular’ and first London presentation in sixteen years was a true highlight of the London Fashion Week Fall 2012 season. Opting out of her usual Paris Fashion Week appearance, McCartney brought her evening wear collection ‘home’ in a celebration of nationalism that coincides with her role designing for the Great Britain Olympic team in this summer’s also London-based games. The black tie, formal dinner affair hosted an eclectic group of guests including Rihanna, Kate Moss, Kanye West, Zaha Hadid, Peter Blake, Twiggy, and Bianca Jagger. Dressed in the collection, models joined guests at each table as Ronnie Scott’s orchestra played jazz standards followed by a performance by Dutch magician Hans Klok and special assistant Alexa Chung. Even after all of this action—the party was just getting started. The multi-talented models (some professional dancers in disguise) then took markedly more conspicuous positions atop each table for a flash mob-esque performance to a Led Zeppelin soundtrack. Marble-printed silk and feminine lace appeared in bold cobalt blue and rich orange alongside stark black and white. Silhouettes ranged from full-length gowns to bubbly cocktail frocks and featured McCartney’s signature tailored suiting and color-blocked hourglass silhouettes. "I wanted to do something special to celebrate being back in London," said McCartney. "I love magic, and that was pretty magic."
Within this past decade, eyeglasses have really hit the fashion market with full force. Today, every designer has a collection of eyeglasses and every fashion savvy individual owns a pair, or two, or three! Splurging on a pair of frames has become the norm, but before you shell out the cash, make sure that the style you choose compliments your face shape.