Sunday, July 31, 2011

Meet the Muse: Carla Robertson

Girl-about-town Natalie Joos spends her days casting for shows like ADAM and Yigal AzrouĆ«l and editorials for the likes of Mario Sorrenti and Mariano Vivanco, but her passion is vintage clothing. Joos’ blog, Tales of Endearment, spotlights Joos’ “Muses,” impeccably styled girls who share her secondhand obsession. In a new partnership with, Tales of Endearment’s subjects will preview their shoots right here on Style File.

On a recent trip to Montreal, Joos was struck by Aldo campaign manager Carla Robertson’s unabashed flair for bright, outlandish vintage fashions. Her style philosophy is a little less eccentric: Just have fun with it. The two vintage clothing hounds did just that when they started digging through Robertson’s closet for their photo shoot. “She loved my vintage Versace pants,” Robertson tells “They’re a crazy combination of acid yellow, red, sky blue, and black, with Basquiat-inspired illustrations all over them.” Joos also found gems like Robertson’s chunky gold Flintstones necklace, a silk teacup blouse, and plenty of the only accessory Robertson loves more than shoes—vintage eyewear. “I started wearing them because I found contact lenses really unbearable and couldn’t deal with the idea of wearing one pair of glasses with every outfit,” she explains. Here, Robertson sounds off on these and her other vintage treasures.

How would you describe your style?
I like clothes that are fun, playful, and bright. I don’t like to take fashion too seriously. I wouldn’t say I stick to any particular era, but I do adore crazy colorful—borderline ugly—eighties patterns.
Interesting. What inspired this look?
I grew up listening to my mom’s favorite radio station in Brisbane—4BH 882. In the eighties they were all about playing easy listening from the fifties, sixties, and seventies. That’s for sure where I developed my taste in music and life aesthetic. Dolly Parton was always on high rotation so I started loving her from an early age. I love Dolly’s style. She’s sweet, sexy, and most definitely Dolly. Leather tassels, colored lace, cute gingham, rhinestones on denim, huge shoulder pads with a cinched-in waist…What’s not to love on that list?
Most people seem to have an interesting story about the origins of their passion for vintage. When and where did your interest in vintage begin?
I dabbled in vintage in my university years, but it was a trip to Amsterdam in 2003 that locked me in to the obsession. On that trip, I found two items that I still have with me now. My seventies denim jacket and a pair of fifties, cat-eye gold and crystal spectacles. I totally raided my mom’s and grandma’s closets and I still do it. There is something really special and beautiful about wearing clothes that previous generations of women in your family have worn. I have my grandmother’s kilt (which I adore) and my couch cushions are made out of her scarves. I love that she has a place in my Montreal home.
What’s your favorite piece in your closet, vintage or contemporary?
A seventies denim jacket with YAMAHA written on the back in black pen (by the previous owner). It also has an eagle patch crudely sewed on the front. When I bought it, the elbows had crazy sun-bleach wear marks, which makes me think the dude who owned it wore it on his motorbike all the time. I like the idea that items of clothing have their own tale. I bought the jacket in Amsterdam in 2003 and I still have it. It’s falling apart, but I still wear it all the time. I love it more for every rip and fray that appears.
Do you have any vintage items in particular that you collect?
I collect vintage eyeglasses. I find them in junk shops and then have my prescription put in by my optometrist. I found that buying vintage frames was a great addition to my wardrobe (and they didn’t cost an arm and a leg), so now I’ve built up quite a collection. I love being able to change my frames daily to match different outfits. It’s a really fun accessory for your face. At the moment, I’m loving my metal frames. They’re very male, slightly creepy, and that’s why I love them.
Since you work at Aldo, do you have a thing for shoes? What about vintage shoes?
I think every girl loves shoes, even if she says she doesn’t. Vintage shoes—especially heels—can be a bit of a gamble…sometimes you get lucky but usually they end up being quite uncomfortable. I have a pair of seventies leather boots that I love and a sweet pink pair of dancing shoes from the forties that never leave my side.
Where do you like to buy your vintage?
I really love the flea market in St. Michel out in the suburbs of Montreal—[it] is filled with wonderful treasures and great characters. However, my favorite shopping adventures are at yard/garage sales. Sunny weekends in the country are the best for picking up clothing, furniture, and bric-a-brac scores. I bought an amazing collection of hats for $2 a few weeks ago at a yard sale in Ontario. It’s also fun meeting the previous owner and I think it makes them happy to see their stuff going to a vintage fanatic.
Finish this thought: What’s old is new again when…
You take it to the tailor.

Written by: Style File

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Blog Party - Susie Bubble's POV

I love Susie Bubble and her blog, not to mention her style. Check out her point of view on blogging, it's sustainability and how she pays the rent with her opinion. Love it! Side note - how cute is the name Susie Bubble!?

How competitive is blogging as a business?
It's not a competition from my perspective. The normal path of bloggers is that you start off with your blog being a hobby on the side of what you do normally. I don't encounter many bloggers that start off from the get-go wanting to turn their blog into a business. Of course, that is now shifting but I normally advise that it is still very difficult to make a proper living out of fashion blogging when you've just begun. I do get a lot of emails asking me about how to make money from my blog and my thinking is that, developing a passion for blogging should be the primary motive before money even enters the equation My advice is normally that developing an original voice and content that you are happy with should be the number one drive. I do think that first nurturing your blog as a hobby that you get fulfillment out of is a good way to start rather than jumping into blogging as a business.

In the future do you see blogging being a lucrative career for many or only the elite handful?
I think depending on the blogger and depending on the readership, bloggers can use their blogs as jump-off platforms to their careers. If you're a photographer, your blog could be your platform/showcase to getting paid work and clients. If you're an illustrator, it's the same thing. If you're a writer, then the blog could again be your calling card. It really depends. I don't want to say it's an 'elite handful' - in numbers, that could mean thousands of bloggers and that isn't a 'handful'.

Do you think print media will eventually fade out?
No. I think certainly elements of it will. Newspapers and magazines may have to shift their strategy. If up to the minute news is being reported so quickly on the internet then longer features in print should be the main focus. In fashion, editorials in particular are still best represented in print and I don't see this dying out.

Of what importance do you think fashion bloggers are to the industry at present?
It's hard to say. Obviously brands, PR companies etc are trying to work with bloggers on varying levels and co-opt them into the industry as media. At the end of the day, bloggers are just part of the media landscape and right now it's just a period where brands and PR companies are trying to work out who is right to work with, in the same way that they judge the hierachy of printed magazines and newspapers. I see blogs falling into the same structure. There's been a novelty with bloggers where PR companies and brands organise special 'blogger' events or blogger-focused outreach programmes. This isn't necessarily a bad thing but I think each blogger works in their own way and it's up to the PRs and marketing teams to understand that as opposed to trying to communicate with bloggers in a blanket way.

What makes a blog as valuable as a print publication?
I don't want to say that blogs are as important as print publications. It's just a different type of media altogether and I think should be consumed in tandem with print media. By and large, bloggers (well the ones I read anyway...) offer individual points of view be it through their imagery or writing. It's a stream of consciousness and a very personal depiction of fashion that I'm attracted to as a reader. It's just another way of seeing fashion.

When it comes to bloggers having advertising / fronting campaigns / collaborating with brands, why should the reader then trust you?
From a personal perspective, I'm very open with my readers. When I left my full time job, I basically told everyone and said - 'Look you might see an ad next to what you're reading ... that's my rent payment there.' When I collaborate with brands, I'm also equally open because in a way, I'm proud of what I've done and I feel like whoever I work with, it has been a considered choice. I turn down a lot of stuff on a daily basis so I should hope that readers respect that in order to produce content for them on a daily basis (most, if not all my content isn't connected to the brand partnerships that I foster outside of the blog), something has to give and that I have to make a living somehow. I think most readers understand that and take any advertorial content that's presented to them with a pinch of salt. I'm definitely not trying to pull the wool over their eyes as I have nothing to hide.

As more and more bloggers use blogs as a springboard to launch labels / open boutiques etc, do you see these side projects as being sustainable?
It really depends on the individual. If you feel there's a level of sustainability in what you do with your blog then by all means go ahead. People like Scott Schumann and Garance Dore have set the benchmark in that beyond their blogs, they can work on projects much like any other working photographer.

For bloggers such as myself, I'm just exploring the possibilities of working as a full time blogger doing an array of projects that you may not necessarily see on the blog but are essentially earning me a living. I do think that perhaps brands' fascination with bloggers might wane and that these one-off projects may not go on and on forever. In which case then bloggers need to find their niche and work at that. Primarily I consider myself a writer so I'll plug away at that and hopefully my blog will become a standalone publishing entity. It really depends on the situation of the blogger and how far they want to take their blog.

Is the regular blogger-bashing inevitable as a sign of change?
I actually don't get a lot of blogger bashing nor do I feel like there is this negative attitude towards bloggers. If it's perceived that way from the mainstream media then that says a lot more about them than it does about bloggers! I don't really care if people in the industry hold low opinions of bloggers or not ... at the end of the day, readers are what count to me. If they suddenly all disappear then I'll start questioning what the hell I'm doing!

[Pictorial credits: polaroid by The Pet Fan-Club; black & white from Steven Chu blog]

Friday, July 29, 2011

Lady Goo Goo

Happy Friday ya'll! 

Lanvin Fall 2011 Ad Campaign

Love Lanvin's Fall advertisements. These ladies really know how to strike a pose! Side note - Karen Elson's "smize" is ferocious on the right image!  

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Curtain Call

In an unprecedented move prompted by the success of “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty,” the Metropolitan Museum of Art is extending the hours of the exhibition for the final weekend. On Aug. 6 and 7, the Costume Institute exhibition will stay open until midnight to accommodate for a final rush of visitors.

“We have created these late hours to satisfy the unprecedented interest in this landmark retrospective,” said Thomas P. Campbell, the museum’s director and chief executive officer. “Visitors from across the globe have come to see this remarkable exhibition, and we want to keep it open for as many people as possible. Indeed, these midnight hours will mark a fitting conclusion to this powerful exploration of McQueen’s work.”

Nearly 550,000 people have seen the McQueen exhibition since it opened in May. - WWD

Pedal Pushers

Getting around town during New York Fashion Week is always tricky, but this fall, showgoers will have another transportation option — designer bicycles. Diane von Furstenberg, Isaac Mizrahi, Elie Tahari, Nanette Lepore and Rebecca Taylor are among the recruits who are helping The Fashion Center BID jazz up Bowery Lane Bicycles that will be available to borrow at designated areas in the Garment Center. Users partaking in the bike-sharing program will not dash off scot-free — credit cards are needed to ensure the two-wheelers are returned unharmed. - WWD


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Sartorial Rules for Gals & Gents

Mark Maidment is the Creative Director for Ben Sherman and surely has his opinion on the sartorial rules for guys and girls. Check them out below.
Five Sartorial Rules for the Ladies
Smile. It’s the absolute best accessory. There are too many stylish women with unhappy faces.
The cut of a dress is the most important thing. Get that right for your body type before considering the fabric, pattern or styling details. Fit is everything. Don't compromise it.
A hat on a woman can be so stylish. Think Bianca Jagger when she married Mick. Be brave, try a hat.
Don't change your make up too much from day to night. I often see women looking natural and beautiful during the day and then for some reason much more unnatural and manufactured at night due to overly heavy make up.
Don't wear everything tight. A girl wearing her boyfriend’s chinos baggy off the hip and with a high cuff rolled up showing some ankle, with a slim crew neck t-shirt and some slim canvas pumps can look much sexier and cooler than skinny jeans and a slim top showing too much cleavage.
Five Sartorial Rules for the Gents
Always own some classics in your wardrobe as staples. A pair of British made brogues, a pair of Japanese selvage denim made by a true denim brand (not a fashion denim brand), a Crombie coat, a classic oxford button down shirt and a Harrington jacket.
Sunglasses are superb for completing a look. Buy a quality pair with high quality lenses. But sunglasses are for when the sun is shining, not to be worn on cloudy days or indoors, avoid looking like a pseudo rock star.
Every season there are great strong new looks for men. But don't be a slave to them, give it your own twist, use your classic wardrobe staples for this as a safe bet.
Don't wear the collar up on your polo shirt. It just says, 'look at me I think this makes me young and cool'. Understated cool is always the best.
Every man should own a great suit. Thin narrow lapel and slim leg. Where men normally go wrong is they don't think about the bag or the shoes as much as the suit. The wrong bag or wrong shoes can kill the look. Great style is normally in the detail.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Homme by David Beckham

For men, David Beckham has a new fragrance called Homme. 

For ladies, a shirtless David Beckham. . .  


Monday, July 25, 2011

New Yorkers Defend Their High Heels

Love it! This article is great.
Julia Collins does not hold a medical degree. She does not know Michele Bachmann — is he a new designer?
But Ms. Collins, a personal shopper who was interviewed while surveying the window display at the Jimmy Choo store on Madison Avenue, does know her footwear. And she may have an idea of what has been causing the Republican presidential candidate’s persistent migraines, which Ms. Bachmann has reportedly attributed to wearing high heels.
Christina Ribeiro, 27, in Rockefeller Plaza.Robert Caplin for The New York TimesChristina Ribeiro, 27, in Rockefeller Plaza.
“It hasn’t happened to me,” Ms. Collins said, looking down at her three-inch Valentinos. “But maybe she’s wearing very high heels.”
After The Daily Caller reported last week that Ms. Bachmann, a Republican congresswoman from Minnesota, had identified high-heel shoes as a source of her migraines, her son Lucas, a medical resident at the University of Connecticut, confirmed to The New York Times that his mother had noticed a “correlation” between days she wears heels and days she experiences headaches.
But across New York City, the heel capital of the country, heel-wearers of all types — from the models and actresses of the meat packing district to the pump-wearing businesswomen of Wall Street — have come to the defense of their shoes.
“Flats are for quitters,” said Lauren Giordani, 26, a business developer in Midtown. “If a woman can’t wear heels, can she really run the country?”
Dr. Athanasios G. Dousmanis, a neurologist in private practice in Bronxville and assistant clinical professor at Columbia University, said he had never seen a connection between foot problems and migraine headaches. He added, however, that it was possible that neck pain associated with the wearing of heels could exacerbate existing migraines.
Dr. Johanna S. Youner, a podiatrist in Midtown, said her patients’ high heels led to broken feet, bunions, hammertoe and inflamed nerves — but no headaches.
Dr. Youner wondered why anyone would continue to wear heels if it seemed to precipitate such pain.
“Heels can make you feel empowered,” she said. “But it’s another issue if it’s detrimental to your health.”
Tierney Model, 26, a sales associate at Sotheby’s International Realty, said she had worn heels since she was 13 without any ill effects, save for “the occasional pothole injury” and that time last year when her heel became caught in a sidewalk grate in Chelsea.
Alexandra Janvier, 39, a paralegal from Flatbush, Brooklyn, suggested that heel-wearing could be a neurological boon.
“It puts you higher up,” she said, “where the air is fresher.”
Others attributed Ms. Bachmann’s headaches to diet, lack of sleep or poor posture. Alena Alexa, 24, standing aloft in orange Dolce & Gabbana heels on Fifth Avenue, cited the unimaginable stresses of a presidential campaign.
“Maybe it’s her career,” she said. “It’s not an easy path she chose.”
Some women fear the attention paid to Ms. Bachmann’s condition undermines her standing as a viable candidate in a mostly male field. In light of the migraine revelations, Tim Pawlenty, a former Minnesota governor, appearedto take a swipe last week at Ms. Bachmann’s fitness to be commander in chief. (He seemed to backtrack later the same day.)
“It’s already not a level playing field,” said Maureen Brady, 21, who is working at Axa Equitable in Midtown this summer. “It gives male counterparts a reason to say you’re not tough.”
Some women empathized with Ms. Bachmann’s predicament.
Sweta Dholakin, a banker at Citibank, hustling to a client meeting Thursday afternoon in two-inch Aldo heels, said she understood the pressure to maintain a certain image, even at the expense of comfort.
“If your job requires you to look a certain way, that can be important,” she said. “It’s all about appearance.” - NYTimes

Written by: Matt Flegenheimer

Reaching New Heights

Adi Marom’s Marom’s robotic footwear is extended and contracted via an iPhone application, so that the wearer may become taller or shorter to fit various needs and moods—from reaching a higher supermarket shelf to smelling a flower on a tree branch. Height becomes what the designer calls an “interactive variable.” Umm, how many of you guys want this and think it could come in handy - almost everyday?

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Where Will Anna Wintour & Co Be For FNO?

Tokyoites will have to wait a few more months than New Yorkers to revel in this year’s Fashion’s Night Out but the Japanese bash is shaping up to be especially big this year. All of the Vogue editions’ top editors, including Anna Wintour, Franca Sozzani, Emmanuelle Alt and Alexandra Shulman, are traveling to the city in early November along with Jonathan Newhouse, chairman of Conde Nast International, to show their support for the country and its fashion industry after the devastating earthquake in March. Newhouse and the editors will host a gala dinner for fashion execs, celebrities and VIPS on November 4 and the following day the group will take part in Tokyo’s edition of the annual shopping event.  (New York’s FNO will take place Sept. 8.) In a nod to Japan’s efforts to conserve electricity, Tokyo’s FNO will not stretch into the late night hours and the activity-which will likely include a red carpet procession outside Omotesando Hills mall- will be shifted earlier in the day from 2pm through 10pm. - WWD


Saturday, July 23, 2011

The Front Runner Is -

With Labor Day around the corner, I'm sure many of you are planning your escape as you read this post. My suggestion? This fluorescent green Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquiere roller luggage is the perfect getaway companion and will surely get you noticed!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Moscow On The Scene

Here are some of my favorite photos shot by Tommy Ton in Paris for the couture shows. 

PS - loving the handkerchiefs! - (inspired a la Prada Resort '12?)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Isabeli Fontana for Mango by Terry Richardson Photoshoot

Check out this behind the scenes video of Isabeli Fontana x Mango photoshoot shot by Terry Richardson.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Fendi Fall 2011

When art, fashion and Karl Lagerfeld collide you get Fendi's Fall 11 advertisements. Model Anja Rubik plays muse for male model Brad Kroenig in the latest Fendi campaign. Of course, these stunning images are photographed by the one and only Karl Lagerfeld! Love the touches of bright yellow heels combined with luxurious snake!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Everything Old Is New Again

Resort '12 runways recently wrapped up with the Prada show. Miuccia really worked the Peter Pan collars, pleated skirts, lace, and prim floral dresses hard - and it paid off! The collection looked fresh and inspiring. Check out some (or basically all!) of my favorites from the show.