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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Watch New York Fashion Week Live on Periscope

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Rachel Zoe NYFW 2016 Live on PeriscopeAre you on Periscope? NYFW 2016 is and I can't stop tuning in! For those who haven't heard Periscope is a brand-new live-streaming app that allows users to broadcast live video or " 'scope" live from anywhere, any time. Just download the app from the app store, sign up with your Twitter account username, choose who to follow, get online, and you're all systems go!</p>
What I love, and you will too, is the immediacy and intimacy of the app. Users and Periscopers can instantly interact through chat by typing questions and comments that appear in the window as a running commentary for all on-screen. Below are some screenshots from a live Periscope of Rachel Zoe's Spring 2016 collection. While her team did the 'scoping, Rachel popped on-camera to describe the vibe as "gypset" which, to me translates to bohemian, luxury and jetset glamour. Stevie Nicks' Gypsy and breezy tracks like Here Comes The Sun provided the soundtrack. And you'll definitely feel all those vibes from the screen grabs below, showing off ankle-grazing fringe on macramé maxis, tufted wool vests and silk tassels on exposed shoulder blouses paired with lush suede jackets and tailored blazers, her signature black and lots of white, and gypsy prints.</p>

Rachel Zoe NYFW 2016 Live on Periscope
With Periscope you can now catch all the live action of NYFW front row from anywhere. But one caveat, scopes only last 24 hours so catch them while you can! Some tech-savvy brands who've been periscope-ing shows live are Diane Von Furstenburg, Rebecca Minkoff and earlier this week Lauren Conrad launched her limited edition Runway collection for Kohl's and scoped it and users could got to Kohls.com to shop immediately following. Guilty! But more on that later. 

Thankfully, the hippest of hip to social media fashion editors and style bloggers, like Nina Garcia, Joe Zee and Stassi Schroeder, are on Periscope and got in the mix to share their scopes so we can feel like we're their sitting fashionably alongside them. Adore you!

 Next year, like you I'm sure, I still hope to be there but love to follow along in the meantime! Follow me @byChristinaK if you'd like an idea of some more cool kids to follow. See you there!

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Kelly Wearstler Resort 2013: Design Theory

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Kelly Wearstler Resort 2012 Collection

It is evident in one look that Kelly Wearstler approaches clothing design in the same way she approaches the chic interiors she designs. One can see the love for tapestry of her interior design aesthetic literally woven into the fabrics of the geometric patterns of her sweaters for instance.

For her Resort 2013 collection, prints and fabrics are paired as novel-y as she might toss the chicest of pillows onto one of her own couches. Mind you, the pairings are always unpredictable, distinctive and unmistakably luxurious.

Kelly Wearstler Interior Design from her book Hue
This season on the runway, Wearstler layered wild pairings of jungle-safari prints in bright yellows like fashionable camouflage with pinks, tweeds and more ladylike touches. One could imagine the models blending right it to the scenery of her luxe spaces filled with chic pink-foiled wallpaper and animal-print throws and rugs.

Kelly Wearstler Resort 2012 Collection
What I love most is that her obvious well-trained eye for design also delights in a wild-child side. Rock n’ roll always plays as much a part in her collections as does the more exotic bohemian influences. Here, geometrics and harem pants play nice with edgy yellows, paint splatters, brights, camouflage, denim, slashed tees, leather boots and skinny jeans, all seeming to draw from 80’s punk and modern-day rock.

Kelly Wearstler Resort 2012 Collection
All the-while the sophisticated, feminine and ladylike touches of the well mannered, well traveled and glamorous are there. In Weartsler’s vision, a woman would be just as comfortable stomping it out in the concrete jungle or politely taking tea. Either way she’s more than put together. See more of Wearstler's chic interiors in her books Hue, Modern Glamour and the soon-to-be-released, Chromatic Rhaposody. You can shop her current collection at Saks Fifth Avenue. 

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Monday, June 25, 2012

Your Personal Shopper: Sales, New Arrivals & Summer Hair Inspiration!

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J.Crew New Arrivals, BCBG summer sale & Free People Inspiration

I hope you think of The Artful Shopper as your very own personal shopper, who happens to be on her own fashion journey, always ready to share inspiration and stylish discoveries along the way. My blog aims to bring you “Carefully Curated Finds For Your Closet & Home” which means I shop it all so you don’t have to!

With each post, I gather all the latest fashion for you and wrap it up in a pretty bow, i.e. my posts with shop-able content all in one place: sale alerts, diy, fashion, home & beauty inspiration. And while on my journey to create my dream nest, complete with a carefully curated closet of my own including all the classic staples, plus of-the-moment accouterments, that means I not only scout and curate my most artful finds online, but also take to the streets and the malls to browse, hunt, dig and shop.

So, with that here’s some highlights of what the Artful Shopper discovered this weekend.


J.Crew New Arrivals

J.Crew has a new men’s store and redesign to the woman’s floor at The Mall at Short Hills that made for a fun new twist to my usual shopping trip. I discovered some new arrivals including the very nautical shorts and striped skirt and supercute Tippi heart sweater. I also swiped up a July catalog Superga where I discovered Superga's metallic lamé sneakers in the The sneakers seem to be sold-out already at J.Crew but you can find that at Bloomingdales here. 

Also, at Bloomingdales.com, a fab little lookbook from Kate Spade showcasing new summer arrivals. Need I say more?


Shop Kate Spade New ArrivalsShop Kate Spade New Arrivals at Bloomingdale's

In super sale news, I found so many sale styles to love at BCBG. I went a little crazy in the dressing room trying on dresses, see snapshop at top, but scored a few at 40% off! You can shop the sale in stores and online here.


Shop BCBG Summer Sale


Summer Braids DIY

Free People is always a source of inspiration and I couldn’t help but snap a pic of their charming store window shown at top. I picked up a cute new hair-tie to embellish my summer braids that I just had to share! Read more on summer's best braid tutorials and Lauren Conrad inspired hair, plus the cute shopping bags you score for free with your Free People purchase here! Until next time, You can shop Free People's hair & braid accessories below. Happy Shopping!


The Artful Shopper

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Sunday, June 24, 2012

The Boots of Summer

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Wear-Now Summer Boots

Coachella may be over but don't bury your boots at the back of your closet just yet! The boho vibe of casual kicks is here to stay thru summer's laid-back days. Ankle boots are an abbreviated way to don an edgier look in the summer especially when paired with skirts and shorts and are equally flattering with cropped pants. To get the most mileage out of your pair, think wedges and flat boots in neutral taupes and greys for comfort and versatility. Of course, peep-toes are best for hotter days and to flaunt that pedi! Here's a round-up of the best boots for stomping it out in the summertime.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Chanel's Little Black Jacket: The Holy Grail of Fashion?

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The Little Black Jacket Exhinit Chanel.com

The Little Black Dress is a staple every woman has on-hand for attending parties, going out on dates, or any event really. The LBD is the go-to item, like running shoes (only slightly more fashionable), getting all the wear and tear in our daily lives. The Little Black Chanel Jacket–that’s another story.

Since the 1920’s, Coco Chanel’s black-and-white designs and gold-tone logo are as identifiable as Coca-Cola, to any follower of fashion, in the U.S., Paris, Milan, Japan, worldwide. Yet selling for over $1000 today (a guess since a jacket is not sold at online retail), it is a piece not every woman can own, unless of course you are Sarah Jessica Parker or Carine Roitfeld. But while Chanel may be noticeably absent from our closet that doesn’t mean we haven’t felt its allure, or hold out hope that one-day too, it might be ours.

The Little Black Chanel Jacket is like forbidden fruit.

Carine Roitfeld in Chanel's The Little Black Jacket ExhibitionCarine Roitfeld

In a NYC exhibition last week: The Little Black Jacket: Chanel’s Classic Revisited, and now in a series of short films chronicling it's tour of some major cities happening now, with a coffee table book to follow, the illustrious wearers of Chanel: Roitfeld, Jessica Parker and over 100 others are photographed by Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld and styled by Roitfeld, wearing the same classic black tweed jacket to remind us of Chanel’s iconic status.

Unlike the LBD, that comes in varies incarnations (see my must-have LBD’s post here), the history of the Little Black Chanel Jacket’s design is largely unvaried. As Lagerfeld reminds us in a behind-the-scenes video on Chanel.com (you can watch below), that’s exactly what has elevated it to its singular iconic status. Mr. Lagerfeld says, “The Chanel Jacket is a man’s jacket which has become a typically feminine piece. It has crossed that boundary. It has become the symbol of a certain feminine elegance, nonchalant and timeless which means for all of time.” To his point he dresses many male celebrities in the jacket for the exhibition including designers Riccardo Tisci and Olivier Theyskens, shown below, and rapper Kanye West.

Olivier Theyskens in Chanel's The Little Black Jacket Olivier Theyskens

Ms. Roitfeld goes for slightly more relatable in her remarks behind-the-scenes: “It’s like a jean jacket but more elegant…A ballet dancer could wear this jacket.”

Actress Virginie Ledoyen who is styled to look like Marie Antoinette in her Chanel, points to Chanel’s timelessness, saying she is certain a contemporary of Marie Antoinette would wear this jacket.

An anticipated moment of this body of work will certainly be fashionista and Chanel disciple Sarah Jessica Parker. She calls her Chanel jacket a prized-possession. And she doesn’t disappoint--or does she? Watch the video below and tell me what you think. As you can see, Jessica Parker is fashioned in a midriff-bearing version of the jacket, pencil skirt and jeweled crown made piecemeal from the jacket’s sleeves. The whimsy of the styling is unmistakable. What's even more striking to me is how much reverence the viewer holds for Mr. Lagerfeld’s brand of magic. With Jessica Parker he styles the unimaginable: a woman wearing a jacket on her head. It’s verging on ridiculous and we go along with it–as art, as fashion, as religion even. Along with Parker, Lagerfeld pulls off a crazy fashion hat trick—pun intended. Most of us wouldn’t want to wear a jacket of shrunken tweed the size of a bralette. Yet, we do want to. Never mind, the thought of cutting up a Chanel jacket. Sacre bleu!

Sarah Jessica Parker in Chanel Little Black Jacket ExhibitionSarah Jessica Parker

Roitfeld says that a ballet dancer could wear a Chanel jacket and it’s well-paid dancers, actors, models, rock stars, socialites, tastemakers who own a Chanel in the real world, that wear Chanel for us in these photos, reminding us The Little Black Chanel Jacket is certainly a symbol of status. Roitfeld’s point on the verstality of the jacket in one's wardrobe is taken but Lagerfeld’s homily, if you will, on symbols for “…tous les temps” is the word for Chanel devotees, elevating the jacket to something outside the realm of fashion. To see how sexy, elegant, Rock n’ Roll, androgynous and sacrosanct one piece of clothing on 109 personalitites can be is remarkable. If only this blogger owned one Little Black Chanel Jacket. The infinite style possibilities! It would be an eternal life of style so to speak.

The Little Black Chanel Jacket is like style salvation.

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But for all my adoration, with the notorious snobbery of Lagerfeld's public remarks on skinny models and recent buzz that his cat gets mani/pedis and has it's own Twitter account I couldn't help being slightly annoyed by SJP's photo and the inaccessibility of it all. Yet, as a fashion blogger, I'm doting all the same. Fashion is supposed to be fun for everyone! So I can laugh and get lost in the fantasy of this very special exhibition of art and still long for a Chanel jacket. But don't get me wrong I won't be following Mr. Lagerfeld's cat on Twitter. Well, then again lil' Choupette @ChoupettesDiary might have some nail tips & tricks for me!

And I hate to think that for most of us the Little Black Chanel Jacket is locked up tight in a look-but-can’t-touch exhibit or confined to the pages of a coffee table book. But that is what aspirational fashion is all about. And again that is mysterious pull of Chanel. As inaccessible as it might be, we can't help but revel in its charms. So for the rest of us, there’s the coffee table book, and, this tiny Little Black Chanel Jacket brooch pictured below that I found on farfetch.com (even tinier than Sarah Jessica Parker’s and slightly more affordable)! Oh, but wait, it’s sold out. To own a Little Black Chanel Jacket, that would have been farfetched. I guess we have to hold out hope that in some version of a fashion heaven, Coco is there waiting at the very pearly gates to let us all in.

Little Black Chanel Jacket Brooch at Farfetch.com