Saturday, September 25, 2010


I used to work retail for H&M and although it was great coming right out of college, I'll admit that I was surprised by the quality of their clothes even when I was getting them practically for free. Since moving to the Bay Area, I've mostly shopped at thrift stores, online or occasionally at J.Crew. So imagine my surprise when I went into H&M for the first time in almost a year and found out that not only had the quality gone up but the new fall collection was packed with pieces that are wearable with interesting design details.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Runways: Herve Leger

At New York Fashion Week this fall, Herve Leger by Max Azaria showed an innovative take on the classic bandage dress with outfits that were form-fitting and featured cutouts and intricate detailing on a variety of fabrics. My two favorite outfits are featured below. The first is a black leather dress with lattice-like cutouts that reminds me of a Moroccan lamp (in a good way). The second is a form-fitting, metallic bandage dress which looks nearly sheer. What they lack subtly, they make up for in a demure length and cut.

Skins Style: Effy Stonem

Effy Stonem is the resident fashion maven of Skins. Even at her most bedraggled, she carries off an easy, "I-just-woke-up-looking-this-stylish" air that matches her mystery. Effy's a tortured soul whose character is articulated through her clothing. Generally, distressed or deconstructed, Effy's uniform consists of simple shift dresses, a bounty of statement necklaces and a forearm filled with bangles paired with combat boots.