Thursday, August 14, 2008


Anna Wintour's an Obama supporter (or at least was until his camp spelled her name wrong), but here's a question I hope one of you has the answer to:

Anna's British. She was born in London. Is she an American citizen? Can she even vote?

Seriously, I'm wondering.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

wait wait wait

Ok, I know I just told you all I was leaving, but I just saw this and loved it:

Advice from mom?

"Not to pluck my eyebrows and that it’s O.K. to mix navy and black."
- Julia Restoin-Roitfeld

Friday, August 8, 2008

dear darlings,

C'est La Mode is on an indefinite hiatus: I just started an amazing job writing for The Daily!

Thank you guys so much for sticking with me here for the last year.

I may be back here and there, but for now, read this:

ALL DAY, EVERY DAY. Especially the articles by moi.


Sunday, August 3, 2008


Heather Mills, shopping at Intermix on Bleecker Street.

She bought a lot of clothes, including two pieces by Stella McCartney.

The irony...

Thursday, July 31, 2008

discuss amongst yourselves

A Meisel-shot image from this month's Vogue Italia. Surely we haven't all forgotten that last month's Vogue Italia was the one with all black models, and this editorial (with all white models) takes place in a graveyard with a headstone that says BLACK on it. I mean, I'm not the only one scratching my head at this. Fashionologie's got the all the photos here.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Sunday, July 27, 2008

latest love

This bracelet, by LA-based jewelry designer Gabriela Artigas:

I will be wearing it every day, and I love the way this super-girly bow looks next to my chunky gold menswear-y watch. I got mine at Plum on Ludlow, but if you're not in New York you can get yours here.

You're welcome!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

vote vena cava

This is so cute. I don't even mind (the generally terribly annoying) Arden Wohl in it.

look what i found...

It's almost definitely going to change before September 4, but it's a start (click the image for a bigger picture):

holly golightly would not chase harry winston.

"It’s a good thing that [Holly Golightly] vanishes at the end of the story like a puff of smoke. I’d hate to imagine her, today, tottering towards Manolo Blahnik."

-Cathy Horyn, in her blog on "Breakfast at Tiffany's" vs. today's plethora of chick-lit.

How true. The "Lipstick Jungle"s and "Chasing Harry Winston"s never seem to stop, but all they can do is name drop - and really, haven't we heard it all before? Holly Golightly's charm was in her indifference; she was inherently chic (and yes, i realize I'm talking about a fictional character here), and I don't think Mr. Capote once mentioned that she was wearing a Prada dress or the new Louboutins. I've read "Breakfast at Tiffany's" about three or four thousand times, and I think I might read it again tonight.

Here, read this too. And then go read "Breakfast at Tiffany's."

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

hot tranny mess

(If you were wondering: yes, every post that has something to do with Christian Siriano will always be titled "hot tranny mess.")

I sort of forgot that part of the Project Runway prize package now includes a collection to be sold on (hey advertisers!), but it does, and Christian's just went up!

There's the "Posh" (now, where do you think that name comes from?), a blouse that looks straight from his winning PR collection, which can be all yours for a mere $590, here. Love Christian's tranny fierceness but don't have $600?

I don't hate this t-shirt, actually. Buy it here for only $96.

I'm trying really hard to think of a way I can get the words fierce hot tranny mess in here one more time without hating myself too much. Nope, can't do it.

will it never stop?

Jessica Simpson's adding dresses to her designing repertoire. As though poorly made Louboutin-knockoffs sold in the Juniors department at Macy's weren't bad enough.

CFDA/vogue fashion fund finalists

Richard Chai
Jason Wu
Alexander Wang
Irene Neuwirth
Albertus Q. Swanepoel of Albertus Quartus
Alejandro Ingelmo
Juan Carlos Obando
Swaim and Christina Hutson of Obedient Sons & Daughters
John Patrick of Organic
Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock of Vena Cava

Can Vena Cava (above, resort 2009) PLEASE win it? I've been pushing for those girls for so long.

Really, I just don't want it to go to Alexander Wang.

The winner and runners-up will be announced November 17.

marc jacobs dot com


Tuesday, July 22, 2008

say it ain't so

Three’s a trend, they say, though I’m hoping that “they” might be wrong every once in a while. Otherwise, we have a real, live trend on our hands that strikes fear into at least my little heart: bike shorts.

Yes, that’s what I said. Like the ones Lance Armstrong wears, like the ones you wore with your oversized t-shirts oh, back in the 80s, these spandex charmers have shown up on more than a couple recent runways.

Top to bottom: Miu Miu fall 2008, Rag and Bone fall 2008, and Givenchy resort 2009.

If you’re on board (hey, I’m trying to be open minded!) pick up this pair from American Apparel, wonderland for ridiculous hipster fashions and great basics alike. If you’re like me, and maybe just a little less adventurous, maybe these slim-cut bermudas from J.Crew are a better bet.

Happy shorting!


Sunday, July 20, 2008

Thursday, July 17, 2008

oh, j. crew:

Not only are you too good to be knocking off Miu Miu's multi-color spectator pumps, you're several seasons too late!
Above: J. Crew, available now at

Above: Miu Miu fall 2007.


i don't want to be mean, but

Ok fine, I'll be mean:

Kitson is dropping Lauren Conrad's "line".

I'm shocked.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

liveblogging: PROJECT RUNWAY

Nina Garcia, Editor at Large of ELLE Magazine.



CLARIFICATION: I know Nina's leaving, but I was under the impression that she was leaving in September because she didn't want to be demoted to Editor at Large. I thought she was keeping her Fashion Director title until she peaced out to go to Marie Claire, so for them to announce her as Editor at Large seems like kind of a dig, no? She's still on ELLE's masthead as Fashion Director.

Monday, July 14, 2008

who's Yves Lauren?

Designer bios are up for the new season of Project Runway, which starts Wednesday (!!), and one of Joe's favorite designers is "Yves Lauren."

Now, I'm not sure if this is his mistake (oh dear god) or someone over at's, but let's just say I'm not going to put my money on Joe. Based on alone, I'm betting on Leanne (her favorite designers/houses are Rodarte, Maison Martin Margiela, and Zac Posen) and Wesley (he's cute!). Although there is one guy name Suede, and I'm totally loving that.

riccardo tisci's latest obsession


Bubble gum is sort of a departure for someone who's built his house with a dark, romantic, almost always black aesthetic, no?

Two above: Givenchy resort 2009.

Two above: Givenchy fall 2008 couture.


this is so 80s.

And yet I love it so much.

Above: Rag and Bone, resort 2009.


Wednesday, July 9, 2008

anyone else think it's weird...

That ultra-corporate Theory is teaming up with ultra-hippie Hair?

It's like that last Vogue spread with the cast of Hair, in all their 70's glory, paired with Agyness in really somber and sort of futuristic architectural black coats. I don't really get it.

Anyway, if you want to see a free live performance of some of the songs from Hair (think "Aquarius" and "Good Morning Starshine"), you can in front of the Theory flagship on Greenwich and Gansevoort tonight at 6:30.

P.S. Sorry if I've been a bit MIA lately, I've been running around like a crazy woman. Back (for real) soon!

Friday, July 4, 2008

happy fourth of july!

Go put on your spring Chanel, grill some dogs and watch the fireworks!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

valentino COUTURE

I hate to say it: you're growing on me, Alessandra. I might even be a little bit impressed by you.

Faccinetti's brought a gorgeous refinement to a brand that I thought for a long time was mostly fluff. Her first couture collection was beautiful, yes - but it was sculptural and strong at the same time, which I imagine is hard to pull off.


Wednesday, July 2, 2008

pretty as a picture

Shall we all start wearing frames around our heads, then?

Above: Chanel couture, fall 2008.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008


It's one of my favorite shows to look at, season after season. Remember this collection? And this one? The silhouettes get me every time, and though Galliano's collection this season might have been a little more pared down, color-wise, than some in the past, it was no less dramatic architecturally.

Above: I would love to be able to wear this jacket with a pencil skirt or a pair of jeans. Someday... someday.
Above: One of the more wearable looks in the collection, but no less beautiful.

Above: One time I sewed a vest for my teddy bear when I was a kid. That was my first and last foray into the production side of the fashion industry. This dress blows my mind.

Above: Pure fantasy fashion.

Above: Marchesa may be controlling the market on voluminous red carpet gowns, but only Galliano can do this.

Monday, June 30, 2008

i don't know much about menswear

But I know a babe when I see one. Happy menswear! Here are a few of my favorites:

Above: Viktor and Rolf, spring 2009.

Above: Kris van Assche, spring 2009.

Above: Givenchy, spring 2009.

Above: Yves Saint Laurent, spring 2009.

And, courtesy of our favorite fashion dreamboat, Scott "The Sartorialist" Schuman, comes this cute boy from the streets of Milan:

Be still, my heart.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

happy birthday to meeee

C'est La Mode is one year old today!!

Thanks for reading, darlings!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

lanvin resort

I know. It's very, very unsurprising and even predictable for me to fawn all over Alber Elbaz's collections. I can't help it. Just look at resort:

Elbaz used themes from his heartbreakingly chic fall collection, and lightened them up with goofy little touches, like cartoonish prints and graphics, amazing color combinations, and haphazard, Miss Havisham-esque styling. It's as though he took his seriously sophisticated fall looks and modified them for the Lanvin girl's kid sister. Somehow, it's wonderful.

Above: Everyone knows I'm a sucker for a good strapless dress. I feel like an idiot saying the word "whimsical," but there you go. It's adorable.

Above: Colors! I love it!

Above: So I just made this whole big deal about how resort moved away from fall's more somber sophistication, but this dress is incredibly sophisticated. But it's also absolutely stunning, so I'll let it slide.

Above: This dress, with all its pleating, reminds me a lot of the fall collection, but instead of fall's nearly all black and navy palette, this is perfect for spring. Er, sorry, pre-spring.

Above: Everybody also know that I never match my clothes, but after seeing this, I'm going one step further: clash. Seriously. This is genius. Reminds me a bit a Chris Benz color-scheme, which is pretty much the greatest compliment anyone could ever give Chris Benz.

photos: Don Ashby/firstVIEW

pajama party

Generally, resort collections are directed primarily toward the jet-set crowd that vacations in St. Bart's, Mustique, [insert fabulous tropical destination here] in January.

This resort season, the clothes look like they're for a woman who's going straight to bed. No, not straight to the bedroom - I'm not talking about sexy lingerie-inspired looks - but straight to bed. As in, to sleep. In decidedly un-sexy pajamas.

Above: Lanvin, resort 2009. I feel bad getting on Lanvin's case, because Elbaz's collection was my favorite resort collection yet, but I don't even think Cate Blanchett could pull this off unless she was retiring for the night.

Above: Vena Cava, resort 2009.

Above, Diane von Furstenberg, resort 2009.

Above: Ralph Lauren, resort 2009.

photos: firstVIEW

Wednesday, June 25, 2008


First of all, I'm back! I am bronzed and beautiful and relaxed and happy.

Second of all, OH MY GOD:

Heidi Montag (who, for whatever reason, still thinks that she is a singer), has just released a single called "Fashion." A prime selection of lyrical genius: "I need some new stilettos/Can't walk down the street in those/You are what you wear, it's true/A girl's just as hot as the shoes she choose."

I think I'm going to throw up. I think I need to quit the fashion industry just because of any possible association it might have with this song.

Listen to it here, if you're a sadist.

Thursday, June 19, 2008


Pages from the much-anticipated July Italian Vogue (you know, the one with only black models) have leaked!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

c'est la mode goes to hawaii!

[First of all, the only reason I am inside blogging and not outside lying on the beach is that I am a tiny tiny bit sunburned today. By tomorrow, and certainly by the time I come back to New York on Tuesday, I will be bronzed and beautiful.]

Really, I'm just popping in to say aloha, and if you miss me (as I'm sure you do), you lovelies can pass the time watching this video of my latest girl-crush, Zooey Deschanel, talking about dresses:

I'm in the middle of the treacherous process of growing out my bangs, but she makes me want to cut them again. Also, if you haven't heard She & Him (which is Miss Deschanel singing with M. Ward), please download the song "Why Do You Let Me Stay Here" and then you'll love her even more.

Back to my palm trees and mai tais! Be back Tuesday!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

christian siriano comes face to face with a hot tranny

Check it out here.

He also reveals that he'll be selling tees on his websites with all his catchphrases - so if you've want a shirt that says "Fierce Fabulous and Flawless," look no further.

I love Christian, but there's something very "cash-in-on-my-character" about that. I, for one, do not need a shirt that says "Kind of a big deal" (and um, isn't that from Anchorman first anyway?).

Friday, June 13, 2008

john galliano shot with arrows, karl multiplies, paul smith dives into tomato soup.

Confused? Read this for the explanation, plus the chance to see Christopher Bailey posing with a pig and Donatella as an angel (I know, what?).

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

i need a vacation

It has been sweltering in the city for the past few days, and I've just been sitting in my underwear in front of my air conditioner, looking at resort collections and wishing I was relaxing in, say, Hawaii, where it would be 72 and sunny with a pleasant breeze. Also, I would be wearing one of the below outfits:

Above: Brian Reyes, resort 2009.

Above: Jason Wu, resort 2009.

Above: Doo.Ri, resort 2009.

Above: Jonathan Saunders, resort 2009.

I guess this would be a good time to let you all know that I'm going to Hawaii. Seriously. I'll be back in a week and a half!