Thursday, July 31, 2008


CC has rounded up her favorite DENIM . . . The ones that made the list are notable for different reasons, so you may have to stock up!
Jeans are a woman’s best friend, after all (right after diamonds, natch!). At left, Frankie B.

(via unless otherwise noted)

Sinhastanic drainpipes
Blumarine wide-leg
Miss Sixty baggies
Charlotte Ronson high waist
Dennis Basso fur worn with MiH dark denim, via
Diesel baggy cuffed jean
Jill Stuart high-waisted black button detail jeans - CC is loving these!
Ruffian skinny zippered denim, worn with velvet!!

For rock stars and the adventurous!

At left, Jeremy Scott Loves Ksubi checkered jeans;
photo by Dean Isidro for the New York Times
CC is really drawn to these Daang Goodman for Tripp NYC stretch twill pants, available at Trash and Vaudeville, New York

So fun!
Don’t drop two hundred bucks on them, since they may be a flash in the pan, but try a pair – they might surprise you!

CC likes these grass-hued Carson skinny stretch twills, which are a mere $32.50 at
Or try these Rich & Skinny Sleek jeans, pictured here in Raging Pink (also available in Ruby, Sapphire and Aloe), at
J. Crew overdyed matchstick jean, $88.00 at

For the brave, the few, the trendsters.
CC is not on board just yet, but everyone—from Sienna Miller to my little sister—is doing it , so channel the era of the love-in! Supposedly, high-waisted jeans are incredibly slimming . . .
CC advocates these Tibi Brighton jeans, for purchase at – how adorable are the front patch pockets?

Or try the ultra-dark Notify Azalee flare jeans pictured above.
Visit to buy.

Seasoned veterans of the wide leg trend should opt for something more adventurous, with interesting design details like the Dittos Leadville wide leg jeans pictured at right (very 70s, right?).
Also at

Not just for the genetically blessed, darlings! If you wear tights, you can do skinnies. Just layer them in the same way that you would a pair of opaques!
CC’s all time fave is pictured below (left) - J Brand 10” Ankle skinny stretch jean.

You can also try a longer inseam on your skinny, allowing them to bunch around the ankle, as with these GoldSign Misfit Super Slim jeans (below right), which have a 34 inch inseam. Both at


Every woman should have a pair of ink wash straight leg jeans. They go with everything and can double as trousers.
How perfect are these Marithe + Francois Girbaud straight-leg vintage wash jeans??

As anyone who has ever watched "What Not To Wear" will tell you, this is the most universally flattering style. Try these Earnest Sewn Keaton bootcut jeans! Visit to purchase.

CC is a tad annoyed by fashionistas who declare that women shouldn’t wear torn jeans after a certain age. Phooey on them! If you are as emotionally attached to your "Trues" as CC, rock them “religiously”, just be sure the context is appropriate (clam bakes, trips to the Cape . . . )
Jessica Simpson is a devotee of these True Religion distressed Joey flare jeans, available at The curved seam and generous back pockets of these jeans make for an extremely flattering, slimming fit.
And now, for something completely different: faded Converse by John Varvatos jeans, available at Saks Fifth Avenue (photo via - these are an acceptable alternative to acid wash, which CC strongly urges her readers to avoid!


Don’t jump on the Seven and Citizens bandwagon! CC is so over these brands. Let’s turn over a new leaf, shall we?
Btw, did anyone realize that ACNE is actually an acronym for Ambition to Create Novel Expressions? Just thought you’d want to know.
The best [some up-and-comers; others tried-and-true] on the denim scene today are as follows:
18th Amendment
Adwa Cooper-Henry; visit
All Saints - wet look skinny Puck jeans with inner zip detail pictured above and available at
Anlo - Brooke Skinny Jean with zipper detail pictured at right in Arctic, via
Cheap Monday

Diesel grey skinnies on the runway, at left
Dry Aged Denim

Evisu (Japan)
G-Star Raw
Genetic Denim
Grey Ant
Hysteric Glamour - Graphic Denim pictured at right and available at
Killah - glitter skinny crop jean at left; go to
Kuyichi (Netherlands)
LTB Premium Denim
MiH - worn with fur at Dennis Basso; buy them at Barneys New York!

People's Liberation
Radcliffe (U.K.)
Rag & Bone
Red Engine Scarlett Bootcut Sliced Jean pictured below, avail. at
Rock & Republic
Sass & Bide
Sling & Stones
Small Town – try the Camaro skinnies
William Rast (Justin T-lake's denim - fab!!)

Let me know if I’ve omitted any indispensable brands here, darlings, and I will add them!


Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Fab Feathers!

Banish visions of the Pussycat Dolls from your thoughts, darlings, and think: luxury, whimsy, and elegance. Feathers are the new fur! Just as sumptuous -- and far more humane, we might add. CC is positively tickled by all the feathers she saw on the runways for fall!
From plume-adorned hats to floor grazing dresses, there were numerous flights of fancy!

At top right: Emily Blunt featured in the March 2007 issue of Vanity Fair.

A feather in your cap?
Why, yes!

James Coviello
Runway photos courtesy Exceptions noted.
Yigal Azrouel feathered sleeve blouse
Badgley Mischka feathered vest

Pamella Roland wrap
Betsey Johnson feathered vest - proof that the trend can be edgy and youthful!

Ah, the boa! Leave it to Herve Leger . . .

Monique Lhuillier deep v gown with feathered skirt

Luca Luca floor length black strapless gown with sweetheart neckline and train - CC can totally see Cameron D or Natalie Portman rocking the red carpet in this stunner!

This photo courtesy

Carolina Herrera off-the-shoulder gown.

Just the right amount of plumage, in a rich, rusty shade.

Angel Sanchez (a fave of Sandy Bullock!) - what a unique neckline!

Dennis Basso dress - ethereal beauty!

Love how it's paired with gold sandals!

Baby Phat feathered hem satin bustier mini dress - very 20s!

Marchesa, strapless mini dress, via

Narciso Rodriguez x-strap mini dress

Aurelio Costarella red feathered blouse,


Peter Som plumed skirt


In the shops, the jewels are downright delicious!

Alex Monroe feather hoop earrings. Visit

For those with a Big Bird budget, there is this lovely H. Stern bracelet - a mere $21,000.oo at Neiman Marcus!

We may be inspired to some DIY creativity by these adorable 70s-throwback Ra Creations Lolita feather earrings, available at
How luxurious are these Shu Uemura feather lashes? Purchase at

At left:
Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent peacock feather belt. Below:
Claudia Ciutu Marika t-strap platform. Both at

At left: The ultimate in sexy boudoir bodaciousness:
Christian Louboutin Rosazissimo feather adorned ankle-wrap shoes, at
Fendi To You Feathers Pouchette, for purchase at Barneys New York - so glam!
A tad costume-y, but ever so cute: Jane Tran's Feather Symphony headband.
Elizabeth and James plume feather vest, at the Intermix, New York
Lela Rose tiered strapless dress with feather embroidery, at
A sleeveless version of the frock above is available in a delicious shade of olive at
Lela Rose feather trim belted cocktail dress.

Armani Collezioni tank dress with feather trim, at Neiman Marcus.
CC's fave:
Elizabeth and James feather James blazer.
Go to to buy.

Whether it's a feather in your cap or festive plumes trimming your jacket or skirt, you simply must get down this fall!