Monday, March 31, 2008
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We love this Heart Cinched Bandeau One-Piece, now for $33.50 (was $38.50). It reminds us of the '50s style suits. We like that at the same time, it isn't too sweet, even with those hearts.
You can't go wrong with classic check print. Go for the Check Knot Bandeau (now $24.50, from $29.50) and the matching Skirtini (now $24.50, from $29.50).
This is quite possibly our favorite look of the three. We love the yellow piping and black and white ornate print and the side ties on the bikini bottom. The Victoria Bandeau (now $29.50, was $34.50) and the Victoria Hipster (now $29.50, was $34.50) will definitely get those looks.
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Tuesday, March 25, 2008
*photo credit from the top: Kimora Lee Simmons and mayor by Brett Steen, Kimora Lee Simmons by Courtney Strong
Friday, March 21, 2008
*pictured Jamie Wolf's yellow gold aphrodite's scroll earrings with diamonds, $2,950
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Thursday, March 20, 2008
Our friends at Nylon Magazine and Bloomingdale's sponsored an event last night that featured The Virgins in concert. The men's department Metro 59 was rockin' in the bottom floor of Bloomie's literally steps away from the 59th street metro stop in New York City. The Virgins took the stage in their streetwear chic and in an instant the midtown flagship store morphed into a cool Lower East Side vibe. While they're not into labels (which is why you won't find the 4-1-1 about them on Atlantic Records), their uber funk and musical prowess did not disappoint. While guests nibbled on sushi and enjoyed their Apple Martinis, one thing's for certain: this band which releases their self-titled album on June 3rd will be around for quite some time.
- story and photos by Vicki Salemi, NYC Correspondent
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
-Photo credit: Brian Choi
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
RunwaytoRetail.com: What gave you the idea to cross over from photographer to designer?
Monica Botkier: It was accidental. I was doing fashion photography at the time, and I had always been into photography, taking pictures as a kid and then majored in it in college. I was shooting a lot of great bags and this was during the early part of handbag craze. I remember seeing the YSL Mombasa bag on a shoot and I fell in love with it. I bought one and then later on I purchased one or two other designer handbags, but found that they didn’t always suit my lifestyle and wanted to be able to afford more bags with that same designer style and quality. So, I decided that I would design my own bag. I sketched out the bag, and used leather skins that I had leftover from having photo portfolios made. So I took this to a woman in NYC and she made it for me, but I had to source all the hardware. I took it on shoots and models and editors noticed it and gave me really great feedback. So then I started taking orders for bags from a lot of the girls in the Conde Nast building. And then I showed it to Barney’s and then they picked it up. Things happened really fast, it was in April of 2003 that I made my own bag and then by July and August of that year I was in Barneys.
RTR: You started out as a photographer, how did that help you with your accessories and handbag lines when you went to launch?
MB: I was already in the business and I felt like it was easy enough to do. Truly the response was so overwhelming that I was very encouraged.
RTR: How do you recreate the feel of the Botkier handbags in the shoe line?
MB: With the shoe line as with the bags, the price point is important. The shoes cost between $200 and $500, and boots are at about $700 or so. The average designer shoe is about $600, so ours are a bit less. Having them made in Italy is beautiful, but expensive. Also, the comfort factor of the shoes equals the functional factor of the bags.
RTR: What sets your the shoe line apart from others already in existence?
MB: I don’t think there’s anything in the market like this. I like to consider us an approachable designer. I want to do the same thing that we’ve done with bags in shoes. It’s expensive to buy good designer shoes, but our shoe line has the same feel and quality, it’s cool, sexy, interesting and yet still comfortable, and has that edge, plus it fits into your daily life but you're not paying the premium. We’re a very independent company. It’s all coming from the heart and we’re all very close to it and it shows in the product.
RTR: I know that you’ve been unwilling to compromise on functionality (which we love), how does the shoe line continue this?
MB: We do have padding in the insole, and we make sure that the heels are very sturdy. We work with technicians and a great factory of superb quality in Italy. We also have realistic heel heights and platform proportions that still look sexy but practical. And we have a very streamlined good fit.
RTR: Which is your favorite shoe to wear this spring and which bag will you pair it with?
MB: I love, love, love the Sexpot (pictured below) on my foot; it’s a high heel open toed sandal, it’s almost like a dancing shoe. It’s just a super sexy shoe.
I also love the Shera with the Lita handbag (pictured below). They have similar colors and similar hardware that you can pair together. But in general I’d say take a great basic bag and wild it out with shoes. We have so many great styles, the Stevie bag is fantastic and the Leeta is the one I am carrying right now.
RTR: Which pair is the most avant-guard in your opinion?
MB: Wildest pair is one of the ones I am in love with, as is the Kiss (pictured below) and it’s got a great custom heel with two parts- a faceted metal interior and an exterior leather. The shoe makes the foot super sexy.
RTR: Who are your style icons?
MB: I love Kate Moss; she’s incredible, and she looks amazing all of the time.
RTR: What is your favorite place to go for inspiration?
MB: I was an avid traveler and traveled a lot in South East Asia, Africa and South America. Now I am more inspired by photography because I don’t travel as much since having my daughter. I have a Tom Sacks print that I got at an art auction that I love. It’s nude and abstract.
I also collect antiques and indigenous articles from all over the world that inspire me. I’m really motivated by what I feel like seeing existing in the world at a given moment.
RTR: You’re a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Congratulations! What is that like?
MB: I just got inducted and the first meeting will be in March. What I like about it is being an independent designer, the organization gives me a network of people and a community feeling that makes you feel stronger. I’m very inspired by Diane von Furstenberg on a personal level too.
Monday, March 17, 2008
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Thursday, March 13, 2008
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Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Though it's only been open for a short time, Simone's Boutique already feels like home. "Simone's is not like a store or a boutique; it's like walking into your own dressing room," says Israel-born owner Simone Gensburg. Simone carefully picked a lineup of elegant pieces with which to stock her Winnetka-based "dressing room." Also on the menu at Simone's: fabulous accessories. For her shop's first trunk show, Gensburg has invited New York-based jewelry designer Lisa Salzer to showcase the latest pieces from her collection of Lulu Frost jewelry. Using found objects-everything from antique charms to recovered room numbers from the Plaza Hotel-in her creations, Salzer creates pieces that Simone says she "loves more than anything. They remind me of the Old World, which I love," she explains. "And there's a story - a fairy tale - behind each piece. Taking a belt buckle and making it into something so beautiful; can you imagine? Curiosity can lead people to amazing places."
Find out how to make your own Lulu-esque creation.
We took a double take at this one for a reason. It's an exact replica of Kate Winslet's Oscar dress, only hers was Valentino and yours, a look-alike that will only set you back $50 from $180! It even has that stunning back draping like Kate's!
Kate Winslet looking beautiful in her one-shoulder Valentino goddess dress at the 2007 Oscars.
This Jill Stuart emerald cocktail dress with ruffled neckline and hem is a steal at $75 from $325, the biggest sale yet.
These are all winners to us and after you snag them, you really will have the luck of the Irish. Shop these looks and more, visit eDressMe - dresses for all occasions.