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Gucci Saddles Up for Fall

Gucci reimagines its equestrian heritage in a collection worthy of the well-seasoned rider.

November 12, 2012

The Italian design house Gucci has long been inspired by its original equestrian clientele, from the 1930s collection of sportive leather goods to the omnipresent signature horsebit. Today, Creative Director Frida Giannini once again uses sport as muse by expanding on the wardrobe she created for Edwina Alexander, the world’s top female show-jumping rider. The full-fledged ready-to-wear line, which is inspired by Giannini’s creations for Alexander, is complete with traditional riding jackets, polo shirts, and pants reinvigorated with the Gucci crest and signature green-red-green stripe. As no true rider can be prepared without the proper equipment, black leather riding boots, a velvet riding cap, and a standout saddle complete the collection—all of which will undoubtedly distract your next opponent at the Riverdale Equestrian Centre and put you a step closer to the winner’s circle. 725 Fifth Ave., 212-826-2600



Collegiate-Chic by Thom Browne

Inspired by collegiate style, Thom Browne creates a winning capsule collection.

November 12, 2012

Very few menswear designers have received the devoted following experienced by Thom Browne. Since the brand’s inception in 2003, men from all around the world have embraced the cropped pants and tailored jackets unique to the brand. With that in mind, this season Browne narrowed in on one of his strongest inspirations, one that permeates every collection: university. Thom Grey is the newest capsule collection by Browne, capturing the youthful spirit of his customer who appreciates collegiate classics. Customers can find softer tailored garments as well as true American oxford shirts; a standout in the collection is the striped varsity bomber jacket ($1,180), destined to be a best seller. Barneys New York, 660 Madison Ave., 212-826-8900



Oxfords Gone Green

French shoemaker John Lobb takes a step in a new direction.

November 12, 2012

In a sea of brown and black shoes, John Lobb’s forest green lace-up oxfords ($1,585) are a colorful departure from the norm. Lobb, which is owned by parent company Hermès, uses ultraluxe leathers and clean classic detailing. Look for these striking deep-green styles to be paired with a grey or brown suit for the office or tweed for the weekend. 800 Madison Ave., 212-888-9797


Bag Lust: The Rockstud Tote

Vampy embellishments elevate Manhattan's favorite color to new heights this season.

November 08, 2012

Black all-over Rockstud tote, Valentino Garavani Noir collection ($3,595)

Color takes a back seat to texture in Valentino’Šs Garavani Noir collection, which relies on metallic studs to amp up all-black accessories. Oversize totes, of-the-moment minaudières, slingbacks, and cuffs come in rich versions of patent leather, python, pony, and crocodile, either partially or completely ornamented in the Italian houseŠ’s newly iconic Rockstud ruthenium ornaments. 746 Madison Ave., 212-772-6969


Lightweight Anti-Aging Wonders

Kiehl’s launches an anti-aging face and eye cream for oily complexions.

November 08, 2012


It’s no accident that beauty editors and cosmetic junkies swear by Kiehl’s Since 1851. The classic apothecary brand stocks tried and true products for skin, hair, and body—all made with natural ingredients, such as the rare “resurrection flower.” The hand-harvested flower is the star of the brand’s classic anti-aging moisturizer, Rosa Arctica. Recently, by popular demand, Kiehl’s launched a lighter version of the cult-favorite, Rosa Arctica Lightweight ($60), as well as supplemental eye cream, Rosa Arctica Eye ($46). Ideal for oily skin, both go on thin and work on brightening skin and smoothing wrinkles. To soothe and hydrate delicate skin around the eye, Rosa Arctica Eye contains white birch extract, squalane, shea butter, carnauba, cocoa butter, and shea butter. Launched in September, both creams work wonders on repairing summer sun damage, while simultaneously preventing winter dry-outs. 

—Emma Trotter


4 Watches to Fall Back With

The best fall watches, from sleek to chic to incognito.

November 05, 2012

Falling back for the end of daylight savings time may have thrown off your schedule, but it doesn't have to throw off your style. Why not celebrate the extra hour with a stylish new watch? These four fabulous timepieces rock fall’s hottest trends.



Reece Hudson Presents All In, Spring Bags

The luxury bag label debuted a short film featuring its spring bags.

October 26, 2012

A still from the film All In

Last night, the who’s who of NYC’s fashion set gathered at the W Hotel in Union Square to celebrate Reece Hudson’s new Spring/Summer 2013 collection of handbags. Fashion designer Charlotte Ronson, Man Repeller’s Leandra Medine, and DJ Chrissie Miller mingled with FiveStory’s Claire Distenfeld, designer Daniel Vosovic, and the CFDA’s Lisa Smilor, among other guests. While sipping on white peach margaritas and indulging in an autumnal dinner of butternut squash tortelli and wild mushroom flatbread, attendees viewed All In, a tantalizing short film by Jenna Elizabeth featuring the label’s ultra-cool spring bags, including the Bondage Minaudiere, Bowery Zip Top Oversized Clutch, and Rogue Small Clutch.

“Jenna and I really were intrigued by the proposition of a game, played by a group of people either during or after some time of party. Strip poker became the obvious choice as it's fun and stressful, as well as an opportunity to showcase a woman's bag as her most prized possession, the contents of which are so personal to her, that it's less revealing to lose her clothes than her clutch,” designer Reece Solomon commented. With the collection available at Barney’s NY this coming spring, including two styles exclusive to the retailer, we have a feeling we'll be seeing much more of these covetable carry-alls.

—Alexandria Geisler


Have to Have Finds from Filipa Fino: Porcelain Blue

Filipa Fino compiles a shoppable list of porcelain blue pieces, inspired by recent NYC events.

October 24, 2012

For those still lusting after summer days, porcelain blue is the perfect compromise between autumn's usual heavy colors and warm-weather brights. And, according to recent New York City events, it's a great shade for a soiree. Filipa Fino compiled her favorite Gotham party pictures and a shoppable list inspired by them on See her finds, and create your own list of style must-haves on



The Ultimate Rolex for Divers

The Oyster can go more than 36,000 feet below the sea and keep on ticking.

October 23, 2012

Rolex has long been in the business of perfecting the wristwatch—and this year the brand has gone even further, developing its diver’s watch for the ultimate expedition. When filmmaker James Cameron took his record-breaking voyage of 36,000 feet to the Mariana Trench in his submarine, the Trieste, Rolex’s Oyster Perpetual Deepsea Challenge watch was fastened to the front of the sub. As Cameron and the Trieste resurfaced, the Oyster was in perfect working order.

The Oyster is a reboot of Rolex’s 2008 Deepsea watch, which was built to sustain 3,900-meter dives. The new model can now withstand an incredible 12,000 meters (nearly 40,000 feet), thanks to a sapphire crystal face with a thickness of 14.3 millimeters and a patented ring-lock system. In other words, this watch is basically indestructible, and it has a cool back story to accompany it. What better gift could there be for the active man in need of a durable watch for his many adventures? Available at Torneau, 510 Madison Ave., 212-758-5830 

—Jessica Ferri


Shop the Fendi Baguette Pop-Up

The fifteenth anniversary of the iconic handbag continues with an online pop-up.

October 22, 2012

To fête the fifteenth anniversary of its Baguette bag, Fendi has launched an online pop-up shop where fans can find the newest Baguette bags, as well as a plethora of anniversary items, like a T-shirt and foulard with sketches by Karl Lagerfeld, a DIY kit to create your own custom Baguette, and more.

Released in 1997, the Baguette (designed to be tucked under the arm like a loaf of bread) is an enduring “It” bag. Its icon status was cemented in an episode of Sex and the City—the one where Samantha gets thrown out of the Playboy mansion for accusing a bunny of stealing her Baguette. And in the Fendi Baguette tome released this summer, Carrie herself (Sarah Jessica Parker) mused on the bag’s fashion footprint. You can purchase the book in the pop-up.   

Most notably honoring this momentous anniversary is designer Silvia Venturini Fendi’s limited edition Geometrica blue-and-white striped canvas Baguette. Just 100 are for sale. Venturini Fendi is also the subject of a special video, “The Art of Embroidery,” created in collaboration with artist Maurizio Anzineri for the anniversary. Get a look at some of the pop-up stock above, or visit The pop-up will be live through January 2013.

—Valeria Boucas

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