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It’s a Man’s World?

March 3, 2011

Although I already talked about my favorite Oscar fashions, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Anne Hathaway in a custom Lanvin tuxedo and Brian Atwood heels. I adored this outfit — it fit her like a dream, had perfect proportions, and still left her looking totally feminine and beautiful. The idea of women wearing menswear is nothing new (see Marlena Dietrich, Lauren Hutton and YSL’s Le Smoking jacket), and in fact, it’s a trend that’s been growing stronger in recent years.

If you want to try this look for a black tie affair, remember to add some girly touches (diamonds!) and don’t take it too far over the top. Case in point: Rihanna, below, wearing Dolce & Gabbana to the Met Costume Institute Gala in 2009. The sleeves are just too much, and the addition of black driving gloves and severe hair doesn’t help.

You can even adapt the tux look for a less formal event, like artist Olympia Scarry did this week in New York. Her leather leggins, white button-down blouse and tux jacket are dressed up with red lips and not much else.

A pair of gorgeous diamond-studded drop earrings will offset this structured look perfectly. A few of my absolute favorites are Jewel of Ocean’s triple diamond drop earrings, this fantastic pair of black rhodium, silver and diamond geometric earrings, or these Kenneth Jay Lane vintage Marie Antoinette earrings.

Zoe Debuts Ready to Wear

February 10, 2011

We’re big fans of Rachel Zoe over here at Portero–besides partnering with the stylist for our fabulous Hermes Kelly giveaway, we also can’t get enough of her personal wardrobe. So you can imagine my excitement when I heard about her first ever ready to wear line for Fall 2011, and now the pictures are finally here! Although she wasn’t able to do a full blown runway presentation in NYC (because she’s about to have a baby), she did present the collection to buyers and editors about a month ago.

I’m really loving the updated ’70s style she showed, especially the tailored wide-leg pants, blouses and ultra sexy suits à la Bianca Jagger. Plus, all of the fur she showed was faux, which is easier on the wallet and the conscience. If you’re digging the ’70s chic, make sure you check out our featured set of items inspired by the disco decade.

Friday Favorites: The Sartorialist documentary

January 7, 2011

I get tons of fashion inspiration from the man-on-the-street blog The Sartorialist, so I was excited to see a short documentary on the blogger himself, Scott Schuman. It’s really nice to hear more about his process as well as seeing him in action in New York City.

I feel so lucky to live here in NYC where there are style trailblazers everywhere you look. Not so lucky in your own hometown? The Sartorialist is a perfect way to get a fashion fix from the comfort of your own home.

Tom Ford: He’s baaaaack!

January 4, 2011

It’s hard not to love Tom Ford if  you are a fashion devotee. From his impeccable personal style (hello, gorgeous!) to his stints at Gucci and YSL, Ford has always pushed the envelope in terms of high glamour. Since 2007, gents have been lucky enough to have access to Ford’s eponymous menswear line — full of perfectly tailored suits and unusual prints — but women have been pining for his return to ready-to-wear.

Luckily, the wait is over. Back in September, Ford premiered his Spring/Summer 2011 women’s collection in a top-secret, ultra-exclusive runway show. Press were banned, but lucky attendees got to see Beyoncé, Lauren Hutton and Julianne Moore (among others) strut their stuff.

Check out the video to see what all the fuss is about. Ford debuted clothes that were totally sultry, using ’70s-esque menswear with deep decolletage, tons of sequins, and siren-red lips. Accenting it all was bold yellow gold jewelry in the form of necklaces, drop earrings and cuffs. I, for one, am thrilled to welcome him back.

Good for you Gold?

December 16, 2010

Apparently gold facials have gone mainstream. Who knew? Equinox spas are now offering signature treatments containing 24-karat gold flakes said to ‘moisturize, hydrate and reduce signs of aging’. I dug around a bit and found that the idea is far from new. Cleopatra herself was said to sleep wearing a gold mask, and ancient Chinese empresses had gold rollers for facial massage.

Gold flakes have been put in consumer products ranging from liquor to paint to desserts–mostly for aesthetic value. But it’s interesting to think about whether it can have a healing effect on the human body. (Totally reserving my judgement on this ridiculous product that might, however, make you laugh.)

I will say that certain gold accessories can automatically put me in a great mood (like this, this and this); maybe that’s enough?

 

Pantone 2011 Color of the Year?

December 9, 2010

Presenting: Honeysuckle! This is Pantone’s annual color of the year choice, just in time for your holiday sale shopping. This warm rose color is admittedly feminine, but in my opinion the pretty pink is strong enough to avoid the much-dreaded pastel label. Plus, I love a man in a pink shirt or tie!

Want to get in on the trend early? We totally endorse the gorgeous patent Chanel bag below in nearly the exact shade.

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