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Fashion Scout » Brook&Lyn’s West Coast Wares

December 11, 2012

Brook&Lyn Large Medallion NecklaceBrook&Lyn x Juju Made Scalloped Ceramic Ponytail Barrette
Brook&Lyn Doublestrand Ink Lavender BraceletBrook&Lyn Tumble Nude Lemon

Basic shapes, suspended at precise length
demonstrate Brook&Lyn’s mastery of both
restraint and proportion.

Ever since we laid eyes on Brook&Lyn’s bewitching “Deflected” collection, we were taken by the brand’s unexpected and original approach to jewelry design. Combining natural materials with bold shapes, their work gracefully walks the line between delicate and strong, such that we see our own femininity reflected in its construct.

Their latest “Medaled” collection, for instance, places a large plated brass circular pendant on black or natural cord. Available in a few iterations – gold yellow or rhodium plated, featuring a trio of pendants or as a bracelet – the design is marked by its dramatic simplicity, consistent with their portfolio. Basic shapes, suspended at precise length from the neck or each other, demonstrate Brook&Lyn’s mastery of both restraint and proportion. Less is indeed more… except when it comes to the number of their pieces we own!

Though established in NYC, Brook&Lyn has always conjured the expansive quality and earthen palette of the west coast. Fitting, then, that the wife and husband proprietors have recently decamped for LA. To celebrate their new city, the duo have collaborated with a series of native artisans to produce Los Angeles inspired wares, from beautiful, unfussy ceramic ponytail barrettes by JuJuMade to richly detailed wood print silk scarves by Jayne Min, the blogger behind Stop It Right Now. The brand is hitting a creative highpoint, and we look forward to their continued success in Cali.

T-Shirt Tuesdays » Shark Attack!

November 20, 2012

Givenchy Shark Tee


I am absolutely jonesing for Givenchy these days (oh Antigona…). And I can just add this painterly statement tee to the lengthy list. My closet is already a veritable shrine to the men’s tee, with my favorite look being a half-heartedly tucked-in tee, some skinny jeans, a pair of exuberant socks and my trusty Tretorn sneaks. Any more fuss than that and I’m wasting precious time. But that doesn’t mean it’s careless. With my carefully curated tee collection, I always find just the right design for any day’s mood. This toothy shark? Mondays, for sure.

Fashion Scout » Sock It to Me Sandy

October 28, 2012

Henrik Vibskov Chappy SocksHenrik Vibskov Lightness SocksHenrik Vibskov Airport Socks
Henrik Vibskov Judith SocksHenrik Vibskov Dong SocksHenrik Vibskov D Socks
Henrik Vibskov Triangle SocksHenrik Vibskov Helsinki SocksHenrik Vibskov Lightness Socks

As Sandy comes creeping towards us, threatening to shut down NYC for the better half of the week and – oh the horror – seriously screwing with every child’s Trick-or-Treating plans, I, as a responsible mother, am checking my list twice for our household hurricane preparedness. Candles? Check. Batteries? Check. Chocolate? Check. As worried as I am for those who will surely be impacted by the brunt of the storm, I can’t help but get a wee bit gleeful as I consider the possibility of a week cuddled up at home with my kid. And, beyond chocolate and good books, cosy socks are a must.

Enter a Lo’s List favorite: Henrik Vibskov. This Scandinavian powerhouse falls firmly into the zag while they zig category of designers. The nonsensical names of his defilés (ie The Eat and The Shrinkwrap Spectacular) are a joyous introduction to the wonderland presented in each collection. Along with the quirky layering and unrestrained pattern-mixing comes a real wearability: these are clothes for those just ballsy enough to step out of the fashion mainstream and be a little daring. But not everyone is ready to go strutting off to work wearing this or this. For the rest of you who need to wade in from the shallow end: snag a pair of these Vibskov socks and go from there.

Eco-Friendlies » Flipping Great!

October 26, 2012

South African Flip Flop Bracelets via Paper Source


These bright, fair trade bracelets coming out of South Africa are made using upcycled flip flops. They’re dirt cheap, eco-friendly, and the perfect lighthearted accompaniment to all that studded, metal arm swag everyone seems to be wearing this fall. No two are alike. Get a set of ten from Paper Source and rock the 80’s vibe.

Exclusive Q&A » DEERDANA

October 23, 2012

DEERDANA Pablo TeeDEERDANA Kanye Tee
DEERDANA Yves TeeDEERDANA Harry Tee
Clockwise from top left: DEERDANA Pablo, Kanye, Harry, and Yves tees

DEERDANA’s minimalist portrait tees have been on our fashion radar for some time.  But when Jay-Z broke out their Basquiat for his now-famous subway ride to Brooklyn a couple weeks ago, we knew the NYC brand had hit the tipping point. Featuring a mötley crüe of iconic characters hand-scrawled onto classic white cotton tees, DEERDANA takes a wardrobe staple and gives it the tastemaker treatment. They also have their finger firmly on the pulse. From Rick Ross to Frida Kahlo to Maggie Smith’s Countess on “Downton Abbey,” their subjects transcend pop- and sub-cultures, and can best be qualified as, quite simply, cool.

We caught up with founders Dana Veraldi and Kevin Tekinel to learn a little more about the line, including what their actual criteria is when emblazoning those tees:

What’s the criteria for showing up on a DEERDANA limited edition tee?

Sometimes we think about the selection as people we’d like to have dinner with. Martin Scorcese, Frida, Basquiat, Bieber singing…can you imagine a better dinner party?

RSVP us please! So who creates the images?
Where do the visuals come from?

I draw them with Kevin – we work together. We source from a number of different places. Some are more well known images, like the drawing of John Ford which from a Richard Avedon photograph.

Are most of your tees commissioned via collaborations (ie the kickass new Opening Ceremony line) or of your own choice?

None of our shirts are really “commissioned.” All of the shirts we do with outside people are true collaborations. From OC to Sean Sullivan to Miguel we go through a process of talking about ideas, going through images to draw from and then a number of drafts that we both are happy with. Most of our tees are our own line, but we love our collaborations!

Do you have to get the subjects’ approval or do you just go for it?

We go for it! Everyone has been very supportive, they should be flattering to the subject. We try to get them to the subject if possible.

Can you give us a heads up on a few portrait subjects we’ll be seeing soon?

New faces include Choupette Lagerfeld (Ed: Karl Lagerfeld’s beloved cat with 21,000 Twitter followers and counting), David Lynch, Hitchcock and Raf Simons.

Can’t wait! The line is so fresh and your cast of characters delight and inspire. All the best DEERDANA!

Fashion Scout » Kicks for Tough (c)Hicks

October 22, 2012

Mrs P. Hicks Mushroom Canoe Boot
Mrs P. Hicks Orange & Blue Inside Out Leather Camp MocMrs P. Hicks Maine Canary Chukka
Mrs P. Hicks Maine Chukka Original
Clockwise from top: Mrs P. Hicks Mushroom Canoe Boot, Maine Canary Chukka, Maine Chukka Original, and Orange & Blue Inside Out Leather Camp Moc

For all of us tough chicks who think that wearing heels is just foolish and keeps you from getting to where you need to go, this brand is for you. A little outdoorsy, a bit seaside, and a lot classy in that tomboy sort of way, Kat McMillan’s line of women’s shoes, named Mrs P. Hicks, are sumptuous for-her renditions of those leather Chukkas and Canoe boots that you have been coveting in your hubby’s closet.

Fashion Scout » Power Up with Lulu Frost!

October 10, 2012

Lulu Frost Power Collection
Lulu Frost Demeter Collage Necklace from the Power CollectionLulu Frost Artemis Gold Necklace from the Power Collection
Lulu Frost Demeter Collage Necklace and Artemis Gold Necklace from the Power Collection

A bold, breathtaking ode to goddesses
and ferocious female empowerment.

Lulu Frost has the power! Enough to collaborate with J.Crew four times, to turn up regularly on fashion’s favorite street style subjects, and most of all, to make Lo’s List weak in the knees. The jewelry brand was founded in New York City in 2004 by designer Lisa Salzer, and her most recent Power Collection is a bold, breathtaking ode to goddesses and ferocious female empowerment.

As such, the mix of crystal stones, glass beads and mother-of-pearl are set on ornate brass castings and chunky chains. Dramatic collar necklaces bring to mind Cleopatra, though, really, the designs would befit any glamorous ruler of the past. What makes them wearable today, though, is Salzer’s signature ability to imbue vintage jewelry elements with directional details. It’s in the blood, after all: her grandmother ran an estate jewelry business, and the pursuit of rare finds and finishing touches has influenced the Lulu Frost modus operandi.

We’re particularly taken with the Siren baubles – black resin balls with crystal inlay – and their art deco touch. The Antigone Tassel necklace is well ahead of its time (it was all about tassels on the S/S 2013 runways), and the Calypso Necklace is surely the Power collection’s pièce de résistance: a magnificent design weaving crystal stones, black velvet and mother-of-pearl among hand-painted and etched resin, all hanging from an alloy and brass chain. Considering that First Lady Michelle Obama wore a Lulu Frost necklace last week at a campaign event in Cincinnati, Ohio, we’re pretty sure the brand knows a thing or two about decorating women of power.

T-Shirt Tuesdays » David David Diptych

October 9, 2012

David David Classic T-Shirt Print BWDavid David Classic T-Shirt Print AY
David David Classic T-Shirt Print BW and Print AY

“A doodle becomes a sketch, a sketch becomes a structure and from that structure comes a geometric pattern.” — David Saunders

Artist-gone-fashion-designer David Saunders started his fashion career as an attempt to spiff up his fashion-party ensembles. From there, he quickly became known for his hand-painted geometric tees and apprenticeships, collaborations (Fred Perry, House of Holland), and a label (David David) quickly ensued. Although he did offer a few seasons worth of separates and sportswear, the David David line is now concentrating on what the designer loves most: tees (and an accessory here and there). You can snag your very own pop art piece from his shop. We particularly love these stripes and polka-dots…

Weak in the Knees for Fashion Week: The Next Frontier in Fashion

October 1, 2012

Markus Lupfer Ready-to-Wear Spring / Summer 2013Markus Lupfer Ready-to-Wear Spring / Summer 2013Markus Lupfer Ready-to-Wear Spring / Summer 2013
Markus Lupfer Ready-to-Wear Spring / Summer 2013Markus Lupfer Ready-to-Wear Spring / Summer 2013Markus Lupfer Ready-to-Wear Spring / Summer 2013
Markus Lupfer Ready-to-Wear Spring / Summer 2013Markus Lupfer Ready-to-Wear Spring / Summer 2013Markus Lupfer Ready-to-Wear Spring / Summer 2013

Markus Lupfer’s ice queens
also know how to have a little sequined fun.

If space is the next frontier in fashion, British designer Markus Lupfer is leading the way. He married his London roots with galaxies beyond, showing mod-style A-line dresses (reminiscent of swinging ’60s London Town) in shimmering fabrics. The look was confident – clean tailoring and classic shapes – but not without subtle handiwork that required closer inspection. Lupfer is known for his sequined embroidery skills and he decorated the arms of sweaters, fronts of mini dresses and sheer silk blouses.

But these ice queens also knew how to have fun. Amidst the metallic blues and silvers were his signature funny slogans and quirky graphic imagery: a closeup of lips, a trio of (sequined) lightning bolts, a big hot air balloon, and our favorite – the word “CHILL.” Which is precisely what this coolly futuristic collection accomplished.

Weak in the Knees for Fashion Week: Summer, We’ll See You On the Flipside. Wearing This.

September 26, 2012

Auria x Margot Bowman SS 2013 SwimwearAuria x Margot Bowman SS 2013 Swimwear

“What the Greek goddess Artemis would wear if she fell from the heavens and onto the set of Baywatch.”
— Diana Auria

Here in NYC, the summer already seems like a distant memory – but there’s always the chance of a final freakish weekend of Indian summer weather. So here’s a bit of swim-ready style to keep in reserve for our return to the beach or that rooftop pool. London Fashion Week was certainly bursting at the seams with colorful, exuberant patterns, and the collaboration between swimwear/lingerie designer Auria (Diana Auria Harris) and illustrator Margot Bowman was a standout favorite for the Lo’s List gang.

What we love even more than the campaign shots that initially caught our eye was a snap from Diana’s blog of some badass-looking chicks wearing the collection with fierce conviction. The suits, easily integrated into après-swim cocktail party attire, are 80’s and Baywatch and pastel-pop, but also elegantly constructed and oozing sex appeal. Oh, and the brownie points for this collection don’t stop there. Although you’d never know it, all the fabrics are ethically sourced and 100% recycled. They’re made from – somehow quite fitting – fishing nets, along with other reclaimed materials.

Weak in the Knees for Fashion Week: Absurdly Cool Amstrup

September 26, 2012

Louise Amstrup Spring/Summer 2013Louise Amstrup Spring/Summer 2013Louise Amstrup Spring/Summer 2013
Louise Amstrup Spring/Summer 2013Louise Amstrup Spring/Summer 2013Louise Amstrup Spring/Summer 2013
Louise Amstrup Spring/Summer 2013Louise Amstrup Spring/Summer 2013Louise Amstrup Spring/Summer 2013

Bathing beauties with chameleon heads and swan centaurs graced superbly constructed separates.

Imagine the cuts and artistry of today’s Balenciaga blended with a cheeky approach to print and color. That’s Louise Amstrup. The Danish-born, London-based designer just showed her best – and dare we say most imaginative – collection to date for her eponymous line. Known for striking, offbeat ready-to-wear, Amstrup advanced her work with absurdly cool anthropomorphic prints. Bathing beauties with chameleon heads and swan centaurs graced superbly constructed separates.

Her bold hues and textures were a visual feast this season, too. Amstrup punctuated her surreal prints by color blocking with kiwi green, electric pink and metallic blush tones. And she used color gradation nicely on a few select pieces. One of the best looks was a dazzling handwoven plastic skirt with a hot pink floral swath of fabric peeking from the waist and topped with a matching floral bustier midriff top. Styled with sick sunglasses by Zanzan, classic black platform pumps rimmed in copper by Camilla Skovgaard, and wide brim linen hats in collaboration with Noel Stewart… We’re thinking Nicolas Ghesquière better watch his back!

All photos by GoRunway via Vogue.co.uk

Weak in the Knees for Fashion Week: Fashygram

September 12, 2012

@psimadethis reveling in the classic style that is Oscar de la Renta
@songofstyle shows off her killer styleA quiet, in-between moment for @manrepeller from a week of weather extremes@mbfashionweek celebrates the details in craftsmanship at the Concept Korea show
@refinery29 goes in for a lacey closeup at the Catherine Malandrino presentation@glamourmag captures the paint palettes of the makeup team at Proenza Schouler@bof at the Ostwald Helgason presentation
@eholmeswsj loves Marimekko too!@mbfashionweek savors the edgy, androgynous pinks in this Clover Canyon ensemblefor @bof the front row at Lacoste just might steal the show
1. @psimadethis reveling in the classic style that is Oscar de la Renta
2. @songofstyle shows off her killer street style
3. A quiet, in-between moment for @manrepeller from a week of weather extremes
4. @mbfashionweek celebrates the details in craftsmanship at the Concept Korea show
5. @refinery29 goes in for a cutout closeup at the Catherine Malandrino presentation
6. @glamourmag captures the paint palettes of the makeup team at Proenza Schouler
7. @bof at the Ostwald Helgason presentation
8. @eholmeswsj loves Marimekko too!
9. @mbfashionweek savors the edgy, androgynous pinks in this Clover Canyon ensemble
10. for @bof the front row at Lacoste just might steal the show

I must say, it was hard to stomach day after day of unworthy, too-blurry-to-discern-a-thing Instagrams of fashion week’s runway moments. For an industry brimming with editors, where had all the editing gone? The need for a hash tag along the lines of #holdstill or #frontrowcantfocus needed to be released upon these despicable shots. Photo faux pas!

Yet, scattered throughout this NYFW refuse were some gems: true photojournalistic moments that painted a picture of the whirlwind week. I’ve gathered up my top ten to share here. #decisivemoment

Weak in the Knees for Fashion Week: Alex Wang and His Gang

September 11, 2012


As if my Rocco duffle isn’t reason enough to love Alexander Wang (it is). Now he sits the snarky duo – Yo-Landi Vi$$er and Watkin Tudor Jones aka Ninja – that are Die Antwoord front row and center at his SS 2013 show and has them headline his after party. True, they are quite the poster children for Wang’s reptilian bondage SS 2013 presentation and have previously collaborated with Wang on a video promoting the designer’s Spring 2012 T campaign. Happy to see that Wang wasn’t just riding the Zef wave.

Weak in the Knees for Fashion Week: Marimekko Store Visit

September 8, 2012

Marimekko x Converse CT HI Papajo Sneaker

Puffy navy blue jackets with warm yellow polka-dots, oversized sweaters with grey and green stripes, and those chucks. I must have those Chucks!

Thursday, as preparations for Fashion’s Night Out were underway, I had the rare opportunity (sleeping baby!) to do a little window shopping in the city; more specifically, at Marimekko’s 5th Avenue flagship store. My love for the brand runs deep and far back, to these quintessential Pikku Bo Boo children’s sheets that I’m sure many of us had. Then there was my 1967 Marimekko prom dress (more on that here) which I will be pulling out of the closet for Marimekko’s very first New York Fashion Week show on Monday… Now, looking around the house, I need more than the digits I have to count the Marimekko that has found its way into my life. It’s a good fit: the Finnish brand is an explosion of glowing colors and painterly textiles, channeled into clothing (and beyond) that need not follow seasonal trends of color ways and cuts. Each fresh collection has me counting my pennies and coming back for more: something that I cannot say for many other labels making their way into my closet.

Back to the windowshopping: nearly impossible for me to concentrate, everything in the store was catching my eye. It all started with the perfect puffy Origo jacket slowly circling overhead: dark blue with warm yellow polka-dots. Perched nearby on a log were another killer pair of Chucks from the Converse ❤’s Marimekko collaboration (seen above). Further in the store, past the floor-to-ceiling library of Marimekko fabric bolts, I drooled over a wall of striped shirts, leggings, and socks: Even our closets look alike! Nearby, the children’s section was whispering: “buy us Lo! Henri needs a bright red backpack covered in pencils.” Realizing I was in too deep, I scurried back around the other wall of the store toward YZ waiting patiently with Pip by the exit. But not so fast as to miss the wonderful, oversized grey- and zephyr green-striped Ympäripyöreä sweater waiting patiently for me to welcome it into my home. Marimekko. Lo ❤’s you. See you on Monday!

Weak in the Knees for Fashion Week: Mandula

September 6, 2012

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MandulaMandula

A little bit Middle Ages, a little bit Gypsy,
and perfectly urban.

It’s a moody, coastal day in New York, and with the end-of-summer cooler weather creeping in just in time for New York Fashion Week, we all have the chance to really switch up our wardrobes and surprise the fashion lenses out on the streets! I’m more than ready to leave behind the days of glaring colors and to plunge into a fall of deep and moody hues, punctuated by – at most – a dash of zephyr green here and there (YZ, are you listening? Zephyr Green).

Mandula, the six-year-strong fashion label of Hungarian-born Hajnalka Mandula is full of just the right rich and layer-ready garments for your shift out of summer. Hajnalka’s style is an unorthodox mix of vintage, upcycled materials and craftsman-level dyeing and construction techniques. Her attention to detail and the quality of her fabrics shine through each piece, making each of these garments more than just an addition to your overflowing closet. Dip-dyed tanks, rumpled oxfords fraying at the hem, utilitarian bucket bags, and billowing hemp pants: Mandula feels a little bit Middle Ages, a little bit Gypsy, and perfectly urban.

Our favorites include a pair of cashmere hot pants (yes, Lo would wear those), hemp drop crotch pants with a vintage leather strap, and a stunning metallic linen cap-sleeved dress.

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