Chic, sophisticated, bold and ready for the red carpet. With contrasting jersey and leather cut out in all the right places, this dress screams, ‘No, you shouldn’t bother approaching me.’ Or, in the words of T.S. Eliot, “And indeed there will be time to wonder, ‘Do I dare?’ and, ‘Do I dare?’ Time to turn back and descend the stair…”
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Summer, always late to her own party… is a line I used in my most recent piece for Boston Magazine, which, if you haven’t yet picked up a copy, you ought to. Added to our Accessory Showcase, Marina Park Editorial, and the upcoming Men’s Editorial (airing this coming weekend), you’ll be well equipped to take full advantage of the wild S/S 11 sales happening across the web. The sale at net-a-porter alone devoured four hours of my time yesterday afternoon as I frantically sent e-mails to private clients: BUY THIS NOW or it WILL BE GONE. And, as of 6:30 this AM, a good deal of those incredible finds are, in fact, gone.
This week we’re mixing things up a bit: a few changes to the masthead, some subtle shifting of design elements to bring you better, brighter, sometimes bolder images, and a new content schedule which will begin next week.
Which brings me to my next point: of all that’s happening this week, I’m most excited about the addition of a regular feature I’ve dubbed the ‘Moodboard.’ In short, we on the SB team look at images all day long. Somehow, we manage to get paid for this (lord knows why), and we’d say chances are good you don’t spend hours upon hours trolling the latest editorials, fabric swatches, random photography collectives, design collectives (discovered one this morning but cannot give it away just yet!) because unlike us, you have an actual life. LUCKY FOR YOU WE DON’T, and we have decided to post, twice a day, compelling images we’ve discovered (or, more likely, stumbled upon) in our virtual travels. The entire team at The StyleBoston Blog is contributing to this feature, so it should present an interesting range of perspectives.
Knowing my propensity to blather on, and to bury the joke in the lead paragraph thereby totally defeating any inclination you would otherwise have to read on (hopefully you haven’t read this far…), I’ll stop my raving here.
Until next week,
Much love –
This Matthew Williamson number will float around the floor effortlessly. Constructed of layers of easy-breezy, lightweight semi-sheer chiffon-y silk, with the perfect cut to accentuate the décolletage. Mr. Williamson, formerly of Pucci, proves he knows his way around the color wheel and then some. Pair it with a strong cognac belt (a bit more ‘worn’ than the version shown above) to highlight your waistline and you’re good to go. Dare I say you could wear this floor-sweeping number with… flats? Either way.
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As much as it pains me to admit it, I am beginning to wonder if my wardrobe will rely as heavily in the coming years on the amazing deals I have, for the past few years, been fortunate enough to find on the flash-sale sites like Gilt Groupe and Rue La La.
The economy is improving, if inordinately slowly. And should it continue to improve, how many designers will continue to peddle their overstocked or overproduced goods via the discount-driven online retailers?
Gilt, lagging behind new concept sites like Groupon and Livingsocial, is on the way to revamping its cost-centric image, courtesy of a nascent major investment of 62.5 million dollars from Japan’s Softbank. One element of the plan? A full-price menswear site. If others shift or diversify their focus in a similar fashion, we’ll end up with ten new net-a-porters. And, frankly, they’re already doing it extraordinarily well. [Their recent menswear addition, Mr. Porter, being my homepage, of late.]
With Rue La La being Boston based (and with many of my close friends and some of the city’s most creative people working there), don’t get the wrong idea: I want these sites to succeed. But as with all things, particularly in this fickle game of fashion, you can only be innovative for so long, and I’m both curious and excited to see how these merchants will reinvent themselves in the months, and for the successful some, years, to come.
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Anna Paula Goncalves
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