Never Judge A Look By Its Cover

by Kailey Kramer in

Particularly ones à la the Proenza Schouler FW 13 runway. If there's anything I love more than good details, it's a good backside and Jack and Laz really outdid themselves with these ones. Pleasantly unexpected open backs on all the belted and simple dress silhouettes might not be the warmest come next winter, but summon the services of a good coat and all will be more than well. You've got lots of options, remember?

Like the unexpectedly backless ensembles, the design duo turned to modern minimalism and thus gave us a new chapter in the PS story. Black, white and grey for good measure render it most elemental while expert and precise cuts yielded for nothing short of basic cum luxurious pieces -- all while the integrity of the brand's edge remained intact. Namely, with those leather trousers. Swoon and catch me?  After all, it does look a lot like we're harking back to an era of black and white cinema. 

And in much in the style of a 1950's leading lady, kitten and other bow-adorned heels also prove to be a bit of departure from the brand's previously louder footwear but works nothing short of gracefully with the rest of the collection. 

If there's any one overarching trend to take away from the NYFW runways, thus far, it's simplicity rules

Enjoy the highlights below and click images for all the up-close and personal details.

KK xx

All images via the 'round the clock employees at The Cut

Nemo Worthy Wears That We Can't Actually Wear Yet

by Kailey Kramer in

Never did we foresee the day when 'Nemo' would become synonymous with anything other than a bouncing, baby clown fish but alas, the day has indeed come and it's fucking cold.  So at this point, it seems more appropriate than ever to condemn fashion week season showings of their backwardness that's nothing short of being a complete tease. Unfair, at best.  And considering the racing pace of global warming, we might not even be able to wear the current looks walking down the runway come next winter. 

But if Mama Nature does indeed have a few cold months left up the sleeve (of what I imagine as some variation of a moo-moo), for the 2014 winter months, at least we'll have some rad outerwear to bear it with as foretold by the NYFW FW13 shows. Trends like winter whites, below the knee lengths,  super-structure, trappist elements, and sophisticated moto-vibes point to luxe as the overarching idea. Plainly put, Cruella Deville is having a moment (particularly at Jen Kao + Altuzarra). Design inspiration also appears to be indicating underlying themes of warmth and that's something I can fully get behind.  As someone with poor circulation in my extremities and little tolerance to cold by nature, I love nothing more than a good purposeful top layer. 

Starting with the bohemian-swag parkas and beanies at BCBG. 90% of body heat goes escapes through the head, y'know? Well, now ya do so keep the beanie on. Yigal Arzouel, killed it with anoraks.  What's new? Lacoste showed a few great winter white ensembles that make the top of the packing list for a vacation to the Planet Hoth -- or perhaps just Vail. If that's not purposeful layering, I'm not sure what is. And while Lacoste may have the ski gear covered, see Jason's Wu for a more sophisticated take for all your apres-ski needs. 

Something much like Downton Abbey menswear -- that is, experiments in good lapels -- walked at nearly every show since Thursday in the form of clean cut, cab coats -- many even laden with very utilitarian fur. (See: Yigal Azrouël, Timo Weiland, Edun, Rebecca Minkoff, Helmut Lang, Rag and Bone, Billy Reid, Alexander Wang).  Adversely, moto-lapels and boxey-90's inspired leather silhouettes were also ubiquitous -- notably the leather jackets at Jen Kao and another at Rag and Bone. Altuzarra leather bomber jackets simultaneously taught us a lesson in good layering while paired over a trench... or with mittens that may or may not have once been part of a mascot's costume. 

The trench also received many a modern twist including toggle-leather combos at Rebecca Minkoff, silk at Rag and Bone and bare-bones simplicity at Timo Weiland.  Military inspiration and bomber jackets at Timo Wieland and M. Patmos noteworthy as well as the intensely military-inspired wears at Prabal Gurung. How about some leather hardware for your neck to literally harness your body heat? 

Explore the slideshow above for all the aforementioned trends and roll over the images for credits. 

Stay warm, KK xx

All images via The Cut

Holiday Gift Guide: For Him

by Kailey Kramer in

A few things the men in your life might enjoy in theirs...

1. Fair Isle Sweater from APC

2 + 3. Try gifting a nice chambray instead of a plaid and leave the tartan to the scarves. 

Tellason denim shirt from local retailer (for me, anyway) Bull and Buck and the scarf can be found at APC.

4. Quirky hat for the southern foodie from Louisiana darling, BIlly Reid.

5. Garuanteed to make nearly every man happy. Also, a local find if you're on the East Coast. See list of stockists at the Berkshire Mountain Distillerssite. 

6. Jazz up shirts with these cufflinks by Paul Smith.

7. Made from sailor's whipping string and pounded sterling silver or gold, these subltle wristlets make for great details on any man's arm. Handcrafted on-location in small batches by Paul Bennett at Brooklyn's Goose Barnacle

8. Fair Isle socks from J.Crew

9. Field Notes notebooks available online and at various bookstores. 

10. From dressing to drinking, How To Be A Man is the ultimate gentleman's guide and makes a great addition to the coffee table or bar. Available onAmazon.

11. Keep track of worldly adventures and decorate with this scratch-off map by Restoration Hardware. 

12. Illesteva sunglass available at Gargyle.

13. Limited edition leatherware inspired by the sketches of Hugo Guinness. Wallet here available at Coach. (Watch the video, too.) 

14. Charcuterie knife set for all the saucisson and proscuitto he can eat. This one available at Crate & Barrel. 

15. 'Vino To-Go' wine-bike strap for the picnic times and tipsy biking from Restoration Hardware.

16. Vintage cheese board salvaged from 'turn-of-the-20th-century central European buildings" for the history buff who likes to ponder over a nice cheese plate. Available at Williams-Sonoma.

Treat yo self and yo friends and lovers,

KK xx 

All images via their respective retailer. 

Holiday Gift Guide: For Her

by Kailey Kramer in

So, I think its fair to say that the ubiquitous disappointment of unwrapping a pair of socks is a bloated myth. I, for one, am a firm believer that you can't have too many -- especially good ones. 

That being said, let's start the gift giving with the ultimate go-to....

1. You can find the ones above are Union Thread x Of A Kind. Limited editions for fancy feet in the most literal sense. 

2. Lllamas are the new cats and are totally having a moment right now. This pendant hails from graphic design artist Rebcca Raney's collaboration with Madewell.

3. For the city dweller and patron of indulgent heated transportation during the winter months, Kate Spade taxi mittens.

4. Warby Parker specs, coming in at a mere $100 a pair with Rx lenses, add instant flair to any holiday party outfit. They're also now offering gift cards in increments equivalent to a pair of glasses so your lovely lady friend can pick her own frames - or sunnies for sunny snowy days. And on top of all that, for every pair you buy, you're also buying a pair for a child in need. 

5. Keihl's fragrances for your best friend who used to own the entirely of every collection from Bath & Body Works circa 2001. Vanilla Cedarwood (the new cucumber melon, indeed) is my personal favorite but Fig and Sage Leaf comes in at a close spicy second. The gift sets are also a great bargain with fragrance, body wash and lotion. 

6. It's a fact of life that everyone deserves a cozy fair isle sweater for the winter months, or at least it should be. If you ski or board, you deserve two. This one is Isabel Marant available at Steven Alan but J.Crew,among many other retailers, offer great options. 

7. I've never met a Clare Vivier oversized clutch I didn't like -- and I've never met a gal I liked that didn't like 'em either. Basic, great quality leather, dress it up, down + all around and available in a disorienting amount of great color combos. Red for the holidays pictured here, but I'm partial to the hot pink/ orange and blue/red combos for a good pop. 

8. I love coordinating color schemes with gifts so why not throw in something to match aforementioned red clutch? For low maintenance make-up girls,NARS's 'The Multiple' is ,ironically, a one-stop-shop. Cheeks, lips, even eyes. It's got your back....or rather your face. Great holiday party make-up default for sure. Here, pictured in coral. 

9. Diptyque candles. Along with socks, there's no such thing as too many candles, and classic Baies can do no wrong. 

10. Holiday party dresses yearn for statement jewelry and nobody is doing it better and more fairly priced than J.Crew right now. This flower lattice number is sure to be a wardrobe staple for many more holidays to come. 

11. Planners are great, but who wants to be stifled by the templated page? Give the gift of liberation with blank pages. 
Moleskines are obviously a go-to, but odds are if you're buying for someone who would appreciate the gift of a notebook, odds are they've already got one or have a stash in the wing waiting to be scribbled in. Why not opt for a bold Archie Grand instead? A cover slogan for everyone on your list. 

12. Desk decor is far overlooked in my opinion and this thing is BRILLIANT. Shockingly, not a Jonathan Adler but via Etsy.

13. Most ladies love a cocktail -- simple syrup gift sets like these from Royal Rose take blah and tonic to the next level. But nothing is better to have on hand than a bottle of St. Germain liqueur for an easy and impressive cocktail available at your local liquor store or market. 

14. For the foodie friend or a friend just learning to cook, Sara Forte's, of the blog Sprouted Kitchen, new book should do the trick. Yummy recipes galore and pretty pictures to go with it. Really irresistible and definitely a cookbook that won't lie dormant on anyone's kitchen shelf. 
Available on Amazon.

15. Chopsticks, because, let's be honest -- we all take an extra 5 pairs walking out of Whole Foods, whether we've gotten sushi or not. Plus, they're one of those bucket list items for the kitchen you're always saying you're going to buy. So, why not save a friend the trouble? These are from Crate and Barrel

16. Last but certainly not least, a good throw always makes for a good gift. These's faux fur ones are from Resoration Hardware

So your friend can light up a diptique, sip on some St. Germain and champagne, wrapped in fur throw, wearing a crystal J.Crew necklace, while journaling about all the rockstars she met at the party she just returned from where she smelled of Keilh's Vanilla + Cedarwood, wore her new Warby Parker sunglasses and Clare Vivier clutch that matched her fresh coral face. 

Because she's worth it. 

Treat yo self and treat yo friends, 

KK xx 

All images courtesy of their respective retailer. 

On Jenni Kayne SS13

by Kailey Kramer in

If Malibu Barbie happened to be a cool chick she'd probably wear Jenni Kayne SS13. And I would probably befriend her, if only to borrow her kick-ass flats. But we all know Barbie walks chronically tip-toed and hence could never bear the graces of a magical Jenni Kayne slipper anyway. 

Flats aside, this collection hits all the bases in the most approachable and liveable ways: the color mint, geometric mixes, subtle navajo inspiration, functional and attractive outerwear, tailored takes on the lady-suit, and great basics, namely blouses and T's. In other notes, bra tops are here to stay, bermudas look soberly good again and easy-to-wear boxy dresses (as repeatedly seen on the SS13 runways thus far) are a solid bet for the warmer months. All this spring goodness then culminates in the dress that is the lower right hand corner. and essentially says, "I never aspired to resemble the life-sized Barbie I didn't find under the Christmas tree year after year as a child, but I'm not at all upset about it."

Don't even get me started on the accessories for this one. I'll spare you the "every things" and simply leave you this hypothetical declaration: If snow wasn't something that concerned me some 3 months every year, I would gladly abandon all other footwear (and subsequently some of my wide-leg trousers) to commit all of myself to these flats on a level not at all unlike marriage. Or perhaps just a civil union. 

In the meantime, embrace the autumn that is upon is and browse and shop FW12 Jenni flats and gear here.

KK xx

All images via the new and improved Cut

On Billy Reid SS13

by Kailey Kramer in

Ladies wearing the pants, men carrying the bags, his and her suits and thus, serious power couple sightings at BIlly Reid. 

Speaking first to the men's side of things, it's expected that Billy Reid is going to march more than a few good suits down the runway and thus rendering the more casual looks generally more interesting. Additionally, like shoes and purses for women, there's always a call to men to upgrade their suits; however, here Reid's ventures in exceedingly good informal clothing as more of an occasion to upgrade knitwear. Cue retro-cool cardigans and pull overs in the mens looks above. 

Catering to the ladies, the Alabama gent cited his muse as "the perfect hostess" and the collection certainly outfit the role of sitting at the head place setting. Despite such an overtly feminine inspiration, Reid sensibly translates men to womenswear and creates the perfect counterpart for the brand's original character. 

Admittedly, playing sartorial matchmaker with this collection was quite a fun exercise as these are some pretty rad couples here. So, just imagine that dinner party. Not only for the nonchalantly well-dressed crowd and especially stunning hosts, but also because that dinner party would most likely be held circa Cuban Missle Crisis and shit was tense. Martini bombs abound, ya feel me? While it's easy to picture a woman in the long ivory striped satin gown drawing drawing guests into her home through double doors as her supportive husband shakes cocktails somewhere near the living room bar, one can only hope she wasn't serving jello molds in it. But that was then and this is now. In summation, jello molds are out and a thing of this past while this dress, or rather tunic over pants, remains relevant. 

So chew on that and go find a reason to host a dinner party and wear a maxi dress. 
Or a pant suit. Depends of what kinda gal (or guy) you are. 


KK xx

On Abstractly Edible Moschino

by Kailey Kramer in

image via AnotherMagazine

Just when I thought I couldn't love my favorite wardrobe staple, the navy striped collard shirt, any harder, Moschino decided circa 1989 to fry an egg on it. Vice versa, just when I thought eggs couldn't get any better, they land themselves on an insanely sssizling blouse. After a season of devouring generous portions of fruit patterns à la the S/S12 runways, it's time to digest and move onto something a bit more savory. Walking back into the grocery for inspiration and taking a stroll out of the produce department over to the dairy cases might be just the move. 
Plus, winters-a-coming and watermelon won't keep anyway. 

While I have no idea where to find this blouse (if you do, I will write you a big, big, check that will bounce) I can tell you that Zara has a great pyjama, pseudo-satin version of it, sans-eggs, of course. (Although, give those people at Inditex less than a season - who knows what intellectual property rights they'll "borrow" next.) I wear it religiously and it was 20 dollars. Well, pounds, actually because I got it on London. So you can do the math and convert that because, quite frankly, I stopped while living there for the sake of....well, happiness. Anyway, so, you can take that lead and fry an egg on it. I smell DIY....and breakfast. 

Dig it, dig in, what have you. 

KK x

The Clutch Who Loved Me: Charlotte Olympia

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The lips are ready for action and the baboushka clad woman is dolled up and giving off seriously willing vibes. I've also yet to decide if she's wearing a shirt or not. 

"How sweet of her to send a wink my way," you might perceive, flattered. That is, until you realize it's all a coy move in an attempt to empty her admirers pockets for creator Charlotte Olympia. She might as well be a hooker but hey, if I'm going to empty my pockets for anyone it's her pimp, Charlie. 

While her skyscraper platforms are always to die for, in, on and all over, the new accessories espouse the same quirky details that merit all the hot and bother. 

For example, the perspex clutch above. (Slide 2)  First of all, when you buy the shell the internal clutches are interchangeable. The bag that keeps on giving, am I right? This one is clearly enthused for the London 2012 games and it wishes we were there. Where else are you going to find that kind of affirmation from a handbag? Aside from the aforementioned lady (Slide 1). And if you're into flat butts, she also happens to have a nice rump.  Ring her. What have you got to loose? 

These guys on the other hand, or rather foot, are clearly not a clutch but nonetheless express their love for respective owner in a more agressive and protective manner. (Slide 3) After all, they are tigers. If these don't say, "I dare you to step on my peeping toes," then I don't know what does.

I won't leave you on that sentiment though, but rather a softer one from a more domestic and manageable feline, who now happens to come in pink satin instead of black. (Slide 4)

Moaw. Take me home? All the love and subesequent good times ahead available via Net-a-Porter

Bye cats, 
KK xx