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October 02, 2008

Shopping For Dummies

Posted at 11:16:26 AM in Fashion, Lower East Side Shops, Shopping, Soho Shops, West Village Shops
by Melanie Berliet

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Roy Caires, owner of Alter, peruses the racks

It's hard to stay on top of trends in a city like New York, where a fashion must can become a fashion don't as quickly as a career on Wall Street can fall from grace. You miss the days when mom laid out your skirt and spandex onesie the night before school--when you didn't have to think too much about whether or not a fedora worked with your skinny jeans and vintage tee. Between boozing, eating and sleeping, you barely have time to shop, let alone lend precious time to planning your day-to-day get-up. So skip the needless worry, and trust our expert shop clerks to do the tough work for you this season--from selecting the perfect all-in-one tuxedo at Albertine, to sorting through the racks at Mayle for the best winter coat. Their picks for fall's must-haves are stylish and of-the-moment. And if you need help finding that perfect pair of jeans, we've got that covered too.

September 10, 2008

Fashion Week Frenzy: Philosophy by Alberta Ferretti Presentation

Posted at 12:09:21 PM in Art, Chelsea nightlife, Events, Fashion, Fashion Week
by Melanie Berliet

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Philosophy by Alberta Ferretti Spring/Summer 2009

Last week, following two painful hours watching the new "90210," I vowed only to sacrifice brain cells on Tuesday evenings for worthwhile ends. Hence my decision to attend the Spring/ Summer 2009 Philosophy by Alberta Ferretti presentation last night at Eyebeam. What, you might ask, constitutes a fashion "presentation" versus a "show"? From what I could tell, the difference is that guests were ushered into an area with standing room only, as opposed to being seated in rows. The setup was beneficial insofar as it allowed me to poach glass after glass of white margaritas, and tasty hors d'oeuvres from the wait staff, but it made it difficult to see the full-length silhouettes of the models. But being appropriately buzzed by the time the nubile nymphettes began their parade, I didn't really care. Between sips, what I did see were a lot of flowy garments in a pretty palatte of purple, olive green and muted earth tones. I was also able to identify a few of the other attendees, including Alberta and Massimo Ferretti, Teen Vogue's Amy Astley, and Zelda Williams, aspiring actress and daughter of Robin. For more fashion related news, check out our shopping guide.

September 08, 2008

Nina Freudenberger Can Cure Your Claustrophobia

Posted at 12:14:40 PM in Art, Fashion
by Melanie Berliet

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Nina Freudenberger, Haus Interior

Your last concerted effort in decorating involved an "Animal House" poster, some putty-like adhesive and a strand of Christmas tree lights. But now that you're living the post-collegiate urban dream, you feel betrayed by your old dorm room decor and your new gerbil cage of an apartment, which do nothing to reflect your potential greatness. The solution--at least the temporary fix before you make it big and move into that penthouse--is to maximize the little space you have with chic, space-saving stuff. Our expert decorator, Nina Freudenberger, can help. As president of Haus Interior, the young interior designer is committed to bringing smart, stylish designs to New Yorkers, no matter the size of their apartment. Read her recommendations on to how to capitalize on the limited spaces of New York nooks.

September 02, 2008

No Sleep 'Til Brooklyn: Fashion Week on the Brooklyn Bridge

Posted at 02:49:05 PM in Brooklyn nightlife, Current Affairs, Events, Fashion, Fashion Week, Shopping
by Melanie Berliet

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You have goals! Ideas! Ambitions! And a growing list of "Things To Do While Living in NYC," which you started with the best intentions but have since neglected in favor of a longer, more important list of Ways to Get Drunk in the City. Lucky for you, there's a fun, easy way to scratch "walk across the Brooklyn Bridge" off that dusty old list. Head over to the bridge at 6pm tonight for Fashion Indie's No Sleep 'Til Brooklyn fashion show. There you'll find a crowd of spectators eyeing the procession of models and previewing looks from labels like Love Brigade, Brooklyn Royalty, Mandate of Heaven, New York Couture, all of which will be featured during the next 8 days of Fashion Indie Week Brooklyn.

For more fashion-related news, check out our coverage of New York shops.

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