As if there aren’t enough reasons to get excited for fall, Chanel is coming out with a new line of slightly less feminine, dreamy bags. Inspired by a hunting cartridge carried by Coco Chanel herself, Karl Lagerfeld designed this purse, among the others in the collection, to exude the boyish charm for which she was known.
Karl Lagerfeld illustrates his inspiration:“Chanel used men’s underwear to make dresses; she had this boyish attitude, in fact it is the very spirit of Chanel. She got it from Boy Capel, the great love of her life, which, incidentally, explains why the new bag is called the Boy Chanel.”
Break the “white” rules: If you are still holding tightly to the “no white after Labor Day” fashion rule, it’s time to let go. It has been eliminated for some time, but the ultimate confirmation stands when Chanel forsakes this style-guide oldie.
Our purchase pitch: Highlighting a timeless structured shape, a sleek chain and heavy hardware, this bag has potential to be your white and shining armor! And it’s not going out of style anytime soon. These carry-alls are suitable for any outfit. Idea for wearing: pair with a pale colored denim, neutral flats, and a structured blazer.
Buying details: Available in a palette of red, grey, and ivory, these glazed calfskin clutches, purses, and totes range from $2500 to $4300 and can be found in Chanel boutiques.
I am a mom that can’t get away with the punk/band t-shirt and maxi skirt. Can you show me how to pull off a stylish look with out looking like I am trying too hard?
As we head into fall, I suggest wearing your maxi skirt with a clean tank, structured blazer, and casual, yet classy looking sandals. Top off the look with turquoise jewelry and a big statement ring (options here).
The best time of year is here: football season! With college football and the NFL season rearing into gear, we are here to guide you to the cutest sports clothes and game time essentials on the market.
With that said, enter into the world of Gameday Cloth, a retro-inspired sports gear shop started by two SMU grads. This sports-bar inspired store in the heart of Plano’s Shops at Legacy is anything but mainstream and commercial. It is that local spot that satisfies your desire to be different as you cheer in the stands.
Store owner, Jana Mathena, tells us the story behind this treasure-of-a-find and fills us in on some of her “favorites” in the Big D! Read on sports fans.
What led you to starting your own store? Was it a long time dream or a sudden aspiration?
I’ve always wanted my own boutique. While in NYC, I studied Image Consulting and Styling at FIT and ended up with a small list of clients, and even worked backstage during Fashion Week as a dresser. It just seemed like the natural next step. However, there are a lot of women’s boutiques out there.
I was out shopping with Scott, my business partner, for something to wear to the first SMU game at The Boulevard 3 years ago and couldn’t find anything! Everything seemed too young or generic and mass-produced. Where was the cute stuff for my age? And why didn’t more people in Dallas carry SMU? Scott, being a total entrepreneur, started thinking about how to put a store together that would be somewhere we would want to shop – a fun, relaxed store with unique, stylish and modern clothes not just for the game, but to wear any weekend. That’s when Gameday Cloth was born. We created a sports bar style store with hard wood floors, a flat screen in the back, and a beer fridge. We always have the music turned up, and we receive new shipments every week. We’re a true sports boutique. Love your team. Love your clothes.
Why the focus on retro-sportswear?
Retro sports logos are the most unique. When you watch games on tv or walk around, everyone looks the same. Yet there’s such an opportunity to show personal style even in fan wear. For girls it’s about the newest body styles and trends and translating those into team logos, and for men it’s making the softest, coolest shirt with a hard-to-find vintage logo. We work really hard to separate ourselves from every other store out there.
What is the mission of Gameday Cloth? Do you wish to expand?
Our mission is to be a sports lifestyle boutique, offering an environment that makes you want to come back, even just to hang out. We don’t just carry team logos, but we stock our store with things you’d wear as the stylish fan – accessories, hats, sunglasses, etc. We currently have a store in the Shops at Legacy as well as the website, but we have definitely talked about where we would want to open next.
Anything new for the season that you are super excited about?
SMU Football! Wait – clothes – yes. I love the oversized, almost “boyfriend” look celebrities are running around in. We’ve been able to recreate that in your logo’d clothes. Everything is so comfortable; I wear it almost every day.
We know you split your time in 2 spectrums of Dallas: the city and the suburban realm of Plano. We want to hear your “favorites”!
Favorite restaurant in your work world? Coal Vines in the Shops at Legacy. Although, Whole Foods at Park Lane is my new favorite lunch spot. They have so many choices!
Favorite trend for fall? Like I said, the oversized look. But doing it up in different ways: A fitted simple white tank with skinny jeans and boots and a loose cocoon-style cardigan. Or leggings, ballet flats and a super oversized top. Comfort is stylish again.
If you could purchase one item to update your closet for the fall, what would it be? I’m on a shoe hunt. I really want a pair of Sperry’s, as my loafers have been in my closet for the better part of a decade – and Cowboys boots for The Boulevard (SMU’s tailgate).
Favorite Dallas shopping? For affordable? I run to Ella Bleu. For saving up? I go to L Bartlet. For total Lustworthy? Intermix or Barney’s. I’m also a big Bloomies.com girl.
Favorite free time activity? What’s free time? I try and work out or at least walk the Katy Trial when I can. But I really need down time, so a glass of wine with a friend is crucial.
Favorite sports team? Of course, the Mustangs. I also love the Georgia Bulldogs – grew up in Atlanta – and think the SEC is the best conference out there. Professionally I cheer for everyone in Dallas, but I also love my other “home” local teams from everywhere I’ve lived. I loved watching the Braves games at Turner Field and Yankees games at old Yankees stadium. I never got to go to a Jets game, but I cheered loudly in the bars. Since I’ve been back in Dallas, our friends get together and make chili for every Cowboys game. I really just love sports!
Be sure to check out this unbeatable store to stock up on your team’s paraphernalia for a great season ahead! Store hours: Mon.-Wed., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Thurs., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m.
This outfit is loaded with trends, yet it is hardly noticeable. Everything from the hair to the platform booties works together to create something simply chic. Things to admire: the bold-hued purse, the relaxed cape-style jacket, white, bleach blonde hair, oval sunnies. Keep it simple.
Hello Twitter world, we have a fashionable list for you! Lucky Magazine editor, John Januzzi, assembled the most thorough list of fashion Tweeters the planet has yet seen. If Follow Friday’s are not enough for you, hang out for a while with the ever-so-detailed Ultimate Twitter Fashion Directory. Hey, you may become a tad bit trendier.
September 8 is rapidly approaching, AKA Fashion Night Out is rapidly approaching! Who’s excited for this national sartorial extravaganza? We are! In accordance to this big fashion night, grab your calendars, check your city, and start scheduling. Here are our LOLO favorites in the Big Apple and Sunny Los Angeles:
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Read on for more not-to-miss events!!
MERCEDES-BENZ & DEREK LAM
“Let Me C Your Style”- Mercedes-Benz and Derek Lam are searching for this season’s “Crosby Girl” to go along with the season’s must-have accessory, the C63 AMG Coupe. This Fashion’s Night Out, they will be hosting an open casting call for an awe-inspiring, effortlessly chic, confident, contemporary, style setter at the most stylish address in the world – 10 Crosby Street.
Stop by Derek Lam’s Soho store and see if you have what it takes to be the next “Crosby Girl”. The “Style Panel” will be comprised of judges Derek Lam, Model HanneGaby Odiele and Casting Director James Scully.
A DJ will be spinning beats inside and never-ending champagne and drinks will be flowing.
10 Crosby Street (between Grand & Howard Streets)
Keep your shopping energy on high for Fashion’s Night Out by heading to ESPRIT in Soho. The feel-good retailer will debut a branded street truck outside its Broadway location, plastered with images of Gisele Bundchen and Erin Watson from their new campaign. Stop by for 40% off bounce back cards to the store and grab some Sheets™ for a much-needed energy boost.
DJ DL will be spinning tunes inside ESPRIT’s Soho store to keep the night’s celebration going.
583 Broadway (between Houston & Prince Streets)
Via Spiga will celebrate Fashion’s Night Out 2011 in their Soho boutique with the following offerings:
Gelato Bar: Provided by Pop Bar, a special Via Spiga Gelato Bar will offer a unique selection of flavors to customers shopping in-store.
Free gift with purchase: Customers who make a Via Spiga purchase during the event will receive a branded set of three custom Essie nail polishes in the Via Spiga Fall color palette (gray, raspberry and mulberry).
Tweet-Up Giveaway: Customers in-store and online will be asked to tweet why they love Via Spiga on Fashion’s Night Out for their chance to win a free pair of shoes or boots. There will be a total of five winners, with one winner announced each hour of the night.
Via Spiga Fashion’s Night Out
487 Broadway (between Broome & Grand Streets)
DANNIJO is keeping Fashion’s Night Out happy, lighthearted and cool with their very own DANNIJO Ice Cream Truck. Parked outside DANNIJO’s Meatpacking District showroom, the designers will be inside the truck selling jewelry, iPhone, iPad cases, exclusive items and giving out free ice cream to anyone who makes a DANNIJO purchase. Swing by for sweet deals and sweet snacks.
423 West 14th Street (between 9th and Washington Streets)
Hanky Panky will be customizing thongs and boy-shorts with RHINESTONES! Free with any Hanky Panky purchase!
Time TBD (Ends at 11pm)
Bloomingdale’s SOHO (504 Broadway between Broome and Spring)
Located both in and outside of the Ace Hotel, Havaianas will be bringing a captivating taste of Brazilian culture to Fashion’s Night Out’s biggest block party. Each customer will have the opportunity to customize their own flip flops with “Make Your Own Havaianas.” These FNO sandals will be sold for $25 and $2.50 per pin with proceeds going to Opening Ceremony’s charity of choice. Guests will be entranced with the authentic Brazilian market feel as a traditional Brazilian Fortune Teller will be on-site to offer color aura readings to help consumers choose their custom color combinations for “Make Your Own Havaianas” as well as giving out Brazilian Wish Bracelets and Havaianas tote bags.
20 West 29th Street (Between 5th and 6th Avenues)
VICTORIA’S SECRET PINK
Come celebrate Fashion’s Night Out 2011 at the Victoria’s Secret PINK’s SOHO store. Enjoy a DJ’s upbeat tunes from 6:00pm-11:00pm and receive a free limited edition panty with any PINK purchase while supplies last.
Victoria’s Secret PINK
565 Broadway (on the corner of Prince Streets)
Love Rachel Zoe’s picks for Piperlime? Then hurry to Piperlime.com at 6:00PM on September 8th for an exclusive online event. Witness the reveal of Piperlime’s exciting new lineup of celebrity guest editors. Be one of the first to shop the editors’ new picks and score a special treat in honor of Fashion’s Night Out while supplies last.