Saturday, January 31, 2009

CC's Personal Style - TAG!

CC has been tagged by the wonderful Chloe of Heart-Shaped Morning with the following Interview… So fun!
Describe your personal style.
My style is sophisticated and edgy. In my 20s, I was a lawyer and dressed quite conservatively. During that time, I stocked up on necessities like Donna Karan suits and durable handbags and shoes that would stand the test of time. I pride myself on luxe, timeless accessories like Pedro Garcia* satin peep toes and vintage Gucci Jackie bags. *Gray sandals at left available at net-a-porter.com.
Now, in my 30s, I am, ironically, a tad more adventurous in how I dress. I love millinery and adore throwing on a fabulous feathered cap with any old outfit. I live in skinny pants and boy blazers. For dress-up, I favor micro mini dresses and fabulous patterned or American Apparel Latex tights. I almost always don high heels, even though I’m 5’10”… I love to be super tall!

What are the staples in your wardrobe?
- Loeffler Randall flat boots - that’s CC on the left wearing said footwear; my sis is on the right.
- Amazing heels by Pierre Hardy, Jean-Michel Cazabat, Dolce & Gabbana, Moschino and Prada
- Ultra-dark rinse jeans: skinny, straight, and boot cut – currently loving Superfine!
- Backless tops & dresses by Rachel Pally (dress at right available at shopbop.com)
- Fabulous lingerie by Elle Macpherson, I.D. Sarrieri and Kiki de Montparnasse [kikidm.com image at left]
- Bags by Fendi, Sissi Rossi, Rodo, Botkier & Calvin Klein
- Extra long tanks from Old Navy
- Boyshorts and waffle tees from Forever 21
- Stockingirl tights
- Hanky Panky low-rise thongs
- Newsboy caps from Urban Outfitters and Target
- Smythe, Wyeth, Ya-Ya and LaROK blazers

What's your signature look?
Rarely am I seen in public [in cooler months, anyway] wearing something other than high-heeled boots, J Brand skinnies, a fabulous patterned tunic or T-Bags dress, and an ultra-fitted blazer. Add a handbag by Botkier or Luella, fingerless gloves and a fab fedora and I’m good to go!

What inspires you?
Art; poetry; magazine ads and editorials; my Fellow Fashionistas [at left: Nina Ricci SS09 as rendered in watercolor by Artist Emily of EmilySoEnchanted]; my niece Teagan (who is only 3 but has an amazing sense of style!); and gorgeous, well-dressed models like Natasha Poly (pictured at top of post courtesy Fellow Fashionista Fashion Moment – link below!).

Who is your fashion muse?
There are quite a few: Chloe Sevigny, Kate Moss (below, via topshop.com), Sienna Miller, and the Olsens.

Favorite purchase of all time?
Brian Atwood jeweled brown suede d’Orsay peep toe pumps... They are unique, timeless, glamorous and shockingly comfortable!

Biggest splurge?
A St. John black knit military coat with gold buttons and a self-belt. Goes with anything and has been an integral part of CC's wardrobe for 10+ years now!

What's your beauty routine?
A bit of blush and bronzer and a little mascara; I curl my lashes with a heated eyelash curler – just blast it with the blow dryer for 8-10 seconds and the curl is so much better and more lasting! When I want to get really dolled up, I do a fun shadow like this luscious periwinkle at Valentino Couture (via style.com).
What jewelry do you never take off?
My gold first-finger ring, given to me by my sister, and a heavy gold chain link bracelet from Ross-Simons.

What are you wishing for?
1) In terms of world peace and all that: for the U.S. (nay, global!) economy to get a major booster shot.
2) CC wants shopbop.com to do their EXTRA20 off sale purchases!
3) Personally, am hoping to ace my GREs and get into Columbia’s Journalism Ph.D. program!

What are your obsessions?
- Facebook; yes, CC was a myspace girl until a few days ago!
- 80% cocoa dark chocolate
- avocados
- American Apparel jersey scarves
- Elle D├ęcor magazine (house at right via pointclickhome.com)
- Tie-dye, acidwash, neon Ray-Bans and various other horrid 80s trends that I swore I’d never revisit! CC just ordered this Torn by Ronny Kobo dress, 70% off at shopbop.com.
- Crate & Barrel beds – CC is redecorating and just fell in love with this pewter canopy!
- Starbucks vanilla powder … Why don’t they sell this stuff by the jar anymore? It’s more rare than sevruga!
- Clip-in hair extensions by Hair-Do (yes, the Ken Paves and Jessica Simpson line - they are fabulous!)
- organic baby blueberries
- Anything Balmain (studded blazer at net-a-porter.com)

CC is tagging the following Fellow Fashionistas whose style, wit and intelligence are among the best in the blogosphere. Enjoy the Interview and pass it on to several Fellow Fashionistas, darlings!
Fashion Moment
Anika of African Tea Party
Frankie of Swell Vintage
Janet of Janetteria
And anyone else who is interested!

Enjoy, darlings!

xoxox,
CC

Friday, January 30, 2009

What a Mesh!

Mesh makes magic, on everything from pumps to prom dresses! The use of netting and tulle was particularly impressive at the Spring 2009 Couture!
Runway inspiration, via style.com except where noted:
Jean Paul Gaultier Couture (first five)
Valentino Couture
Christian Lacroix Couture
Givenchy Couture
Emilio Pucci, via nymag,com
CC Skye wide mesh bracelet at singer22.com.
ASOS mesh bow cuff
Gold mesh bracelet; visit anntaylorloft.com.
Fendi white mesh spalmati trim bag at bluefly.com.
Whiting & Davis metal mesh purse with bead fringe, pictured via instyle.com.
Zebra mesh purse. Go to lulus.com.
Oh Deer! Mesh Twiggy Heel
Giuseppe Zanotti mesh ballet flats, at net-a-porter.com.
Mesh cuff zip back shoes, at asos.com.
Sam Edelman Keaton bootie, at urbanoutfitters.com.
Salvatore Ferragamo wool knit chain-mail mesh skirt, pictured via elle.com.
Stella McCartney Eve Giggling satin trim mesh body suit. Visit net-a-porter.com.
Marc by Marc Jacobs mesh cover-up; this and next at shopbop.com.
Marc by Marc Jacobs silk crepe net top
Philosophy Di Alberta Ferretti contrast mesh panel dress, at net-a-porter.com.
ASOS mesh back dress


Got net, darlings?
xoxox,
CC

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Lining Up

Stripes have never been sassier!
Fashion Flashback at left: Bill Gibb dress, via U.S. Vogue
Sasha Pivovarova, courtesy Fellow Fashionista Miranda of Sparkle Dust Fantasy
At right: Miranda Kerr covers Bazaar; photo courtesy Fellow Fashionista An Australian Wintour
Picasso’s lover, Marie-Therese, at age 19, via vanityfair.com.
D&G, via nymag.com. Other runway pics courtesy style.com except where noted.
Abaete
Jean-Charles de Castelbajac; this and next via nymag.com
Julien MacDonald
Rachel Roy pre-fall
Pringle of Scotland printed t-shirt dress; this and next at net-a-porter.com.
Catherine Malandrino gown
Miu Miu drape dress
French Connection crewneck dress, $99 at usa.frenchconnection.com.
Side-zip striped skirt, at victoriassecret.com.
Chanel drawing by Fellow Fashionista Kat of Pencilfashion
Reiss silk top with cascade frill front, at reiss.co.uk.
Tory Burch Malia tee. Visit toryburch.com.
Sergio Rossi patchwork knee-high boots, at net-a-porter.com.
Irregular Choice Gino Ginelli pump
Forever 21 striped knit scarf
Puruvian fabric-covered chair from ABC Carpet & Home

Get in line, darlings!

xoxox,
CC