Word on the street is that Rei Kawakubo's brilliant answer to the recession will be popping up in New York City June 22nd on 10th Avenue and 17th Street. I'm thinking the Black bridge line store will be just as awesome as that time she collaborated with H&M except slightly more spendy with way less lines out the door because a) it's more spendy, and b) it's sooo faaaarrr uptown, wah. Still, I am totally in the mood for a distressed blazer and some more harem pants, aren't you? Exciting. Let's do this.
Phoebe Philo's new Celine resort collection is clean and simple: confident, effortless, lots of khakis and blues and a smashing tuxedo jacket done up in what appears to be sweatshirt material. Sweet! These pants caught my eye because who the hell sends aquamarine pants down the runway. It's totally working here, although I suspect this might be one of those moments where it's all about the model. Still, love those black details. In my quest for green-ish blue pants I came across these teal Cheap Monday jeans, $62, and I know they're a BIG departure (read: trashy cousin) from Celine's crisp trousers but kind of fun, no?
A few of you have noticed that I've been style slacking harder than ever (and by slacking I mean not posting), and for that I apologize. I don't have a great excuse either, my only alibis being new job/(s) and traveling to more weddings than anyone should ever have to in one summer and being real busy-like in general. Meanwhile, my better half Shya Scanlon is kicking internet ass with his awesomely epic Forecast 42 project and I think he's even tweeting (twating? whatev's) and shit now. Amazing and if you like mind-blowing fiction that punches you in the teeth and makes your chest burn (in a good way), check it out.
Come to think of it, Violet has really let her blog go, too. What can I say she's been real busy as well.
Please read this Elle article in its entirety and do so immediately. Matthew McConaughey talks about horizontal vaginas, making love to Barbara Walters, "getting tribal" on his girlfriend's birth and wrestling grizzly bears with his bare hands. It's freaking genius.
I had a great talk with one of my favorite makeup artists Troy Surratt today, and when I asked him how he feels about the current yellow eyeshadow madness he goes: "While it's important to be trend aware—it keeps you hip and current—don't try every trend that comes down the runway." So tactful! He's all class that one. The actual post is here on Allure.
After reading many a swooning blog post about how AMAZING the new Topshop store is, I finally decided to brave the crowds and go scope it out for myself. It's not my first time at the rodeo--I've been to TS many times whilst in London--but obviously, wanted to visit on my own turf. Luckily, at 2:35 pm on a Wednesday, there was no one in line to get in, which seemed promising. The store, however, was certainly packed with teensy fashionistas and their unfortunate male friends maniacally racing to and from frock after jacket, and that made it a less than enjoyable shopping experience. That fact aside, my disdain actually stems from the fact that I truly didn't see anything that deviated far from your average H&M. The Kate Moss collection has some cute moments, but you'll have to pay: One of the strongest pieces (in my opinion) is the limited-edition sequined "Flame" dress which retails a cool $250. The famed shoe department was vast, but the majority of the hooker-ish vinyl shoes reminded me of the offerings you'd see in a typical Greenwich Village sex shop. (Here is an example.) Still, some of the Preen stuff was lovely, so perhaps I'll give it another chance in a few weeks when all the hullabaloo has died down a bit. Meh, I guess I'll be smelling you and your limey wares later Topshop.
On a related note, this new British "gastropub" just opened on my block. Because you know, the food in England rules! (so bitchy today i know)
UPDATE: 8:32 pm My "spies" (okay, editor Mary Clarke) tell me that style legend Lynn Yaeger was shopping there at the same exact time yesterday. And she did not purchase anything either. SO.