FW Behind the Scenes

Posted on November 14, 2008
Filed Under Around Town, Only in Washington | 1,206 Comments

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The new issue of FW is out! Besides a great interview with Isaac Mizrahi and ahem, some cute photos and fashion input by yours truly, it features tons of amazingly gorgeous dresses for the charity ball and inauguration season (eee!!!), including this showstopper by Pamella Roland from Saks Jandel.

The shoot was done on location at the Corcoran, and one of my favorite shots shows the model in a short taffeta number twirling around the Corcoran's breathtaking Salon Dore, easily one of the most stunning even spaces in the city. Being a fly on the wall for a fashion shoot is so interesting: the styling, the lighting considerations, the security that goes into protecting those amazing jewels (!!)...

Hear more about it today, actually like NOW...Senior Editor Betsy Lowther is online chatting about style and the new issue.

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From the Inbox: Muleh Sale

Posted on November 12, 2008
Filed Under Shopping Events & News | 1,322 Comments

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The folks at Muleh just (as in, like, 10 minutes ago) finished marking down a lot of great clothing, with the markdowns ranging from 20%-50% off. This photo is the back of a 3.1 by Phillip Lim dress, also available in brown and navy, that was $625 and is now $500 (20% off). Still not exactly cheap of course, but it sure would be great for a holiday party. The best items from the sale will get snapped up quickly, so head on in. Thanks Muleh for the pics and heads-up.

*note: the new markdowns were all women's garments, but they do have some men's sale items right now too....

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Sole Survivors.

Posted on November 12, 2008
Filed Under Only in Washington, Women | 1,097 Comments

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Anne Marson quotes me in a story The Politico published today that addresses a key issue about working (hard) on the Hill: how to find stylish shoes that you can wear all day. For women, the idea is to still look attractive and feminine without looking like a tramp and without having to teeter around like a delicate little flower. As any woman who has suffered through a day in crippling pain from blisters knows, life is too short for uncomfortable shoes (we've all been there: once the pain starts, you'd give anything to be wearing the ugly-but-comfortable pair in the back of your closet). And really, women in Washington are too smart, too with it to deal with this sort of inconvenience. A female friend of mine from college who now works in town as a lobbyist once joked (sorta) that high heels and purses are what's hindering female progress - literally weighing and slowing us down. Wouldn't it be nice to track down shoes that are not only stylish and comfortable, but also appropriate for both work and personal life?

I make a number of suggestions in the article, but here's one that didn't get printed: get your shoes re-heeled completely! It's a good way to save cash while feeling like you're getting a completely new shoe. I once did this with a pair of tall boots that came with a ridiculous stiletto heel but an incredible sale sticker. I swapped 'em out for a stacked version at American Valet and voila, a completely wearable boot for very little money.

Some options I've been liking recently include these always-stylish Mary Janes from Clarks that have a great retro look and would look adorable with maroon, gray, or deep purple tights, these and these from Butter. And though I typically think of Ann Taylor as the Jennifer Aniston of fashion (yawwwwwn), I actually like like these little flats from Ann Taylor and these sleek tall boots. However, according to my mom, their shoes are "notoriously uncomfortable." Anyone else agree?

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Loving Right Now: Nasty Gal Vintage

Posted on November 12, 2008
Filed Under Everything Else, Women | 1,183 Comments

I got a Blackberry recently (can’t seem to part with my paper daily planner though) and have been trying to unsubscribe from some of the mailing lists I’m on so I don’t get swamped by emails. One I think I might keep is Nasty Gal Vintage. The clothes, accessories and shoes are typically $20 or more than I usually like to spend on vintage, but the clothes are so well styled and photographed that the site is more than just an online shop. I love it for great eye candy and styling inspiration, and once in a while, a gotta-have-it, unique item that’s worth the price. This high-waisted emerald skirt would be adorable for a holiday party.

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