The New York Times Said the Upper West Side Was Stylish So It Must Be True, Right?

Models frolic in Lincoln Center during Fashion’s NIght Out

Hi everyone! I know it’s been seven months since I’ve written anything here, but I’ve been inspired by the New York Times to take up the proverbial pen again. (Plus Avi at the WestSideRag  gave me a nudge.)  On Tuesday they published this article titled “Intersection: Upper West Side Style Is Quiet But Far From Mute.”  Quiet?? I have been screaming my head off for a year that the Upper West Side has style.

So maybe I should be thankful that the NYT deigned decided to highlight our sad little ass-backwards ‘hood. Except I think they did more harm than good. Let’s analyze: Read More

Live Your Fashion Fantasy at the Aldyn

My couch is the color of a Tiffany box. Is this tacky? Who knows.

The Aldyn (60 Riverside Boulevard), one of  the fancy behemoth buildings owned by Extell, is getting a makeover. The CFDA has partnered with designers and interior decorators to create several designer show homes in the building.

According to the Editor at Large , designers Diane von Furstenberg, Elie Tahari, Nicole Miller, Jeffrey Banks, Liz Lange, and Tiffany & Co (designed by Lambertson & Truex) will turn their runway looks into home interiors. This could be really interesting. Diamond encusted door knobs? (Tiffany) Crazy prints? (DvF). And Liz Lange designs maternity so who knows what her room will look like. Read More

Surfing, Ditch Plains Style {Montauk Edition}

Post-surfing. That is me w/the yellow crunchy hair

Surf fashion is having a moment now, in places that are nowhere near a wave. The NYT recently reported about a big surf shop opening in Times Square. Cynthia Rowley, a designer from Chicago, teamed up with Roxy to design for them.  The surf aesthetic is hot now.

Apparently these people who are into so-called surf fashion have never tried on an actual wetsuit. Nothing like a half inch of rubberized material to flatter one’s shape. (More on this later.) Read More

Peer Groups Dress Alike. Shocker.

Cut off denim skirts, boxy white T's, sneakers, identical hobo bags. Creepy.

As an observer of style and fashion, I’ve noticed this phenomenon quite a bit. I’m sure it’s not a shocking revelation to all you sociologists out there, but peer groups tend to dress alike. I notice it constantly on the street. It appears in both genders and all ages.

This group really struck me because they are IDENTICAL. Two of the three were even carrying the exact same bag. I took advantage of my place behind them and shot this. (As a sidebar, I’m sure I garner some questioning looks from passersby for the weird shots I take. MILo is often embarrassed by my stealth-paparazzi methods. He is convinced I’ll be beat up one day. )

I’ve seen this happen with my friends, too, though I will never admit it. We are all unique dressers, damn it, and don’t look for the approval of our peer group.

Must go run and see what Celine is wearing out to dinner tonight….

Street Style at Lady Gaga

So the Gaga show at Madison Square Garden last night was amazing. My feet are killing me from standing all night in the center “standing room only” section, and my shoes are a bit worse for the wear thanks to the beer puddles, but we had a great view.

The people-watching was almost as good as Lady Gaga’s performance. I’m really kicking myself that I didn’t do some extreme fashion. Lots of people in the audience did. Halloween is my favorite holiday! If I can’t wear my hot pink wig to a Lady Gaga concert, where CAN I wear it?

I took a lot of street style pictures and would like to share them here. (Originally posted on Fashionista). OK, so MSG is not technically on the UWS, but Gaga is from here, right???

The best moment of the night by far was the closing number, “Bad Romance.” Damn, that girl can flat out perform trashy pop numbers.

Click through for some small grainy concert photos and some kooky concert-goers. Guess which one is my favorite. (Hint: yellow tape): Read More

Jeggings For Men: Oh, no.

First of all, I may need to provide a definition here. What is a jegging, you ask? It’s a deceptively simple equation, which as you shall see, is not always so simple to wear.  Jeans + legging = jeggings. Women have been wearing them for the last year or so. Well, some women have been wearing them. Some would rather be dipped into a vat of Axe Body Spray.

I’m in the “yes to jeggings” camp, with a few caveats: a) They must be the right size.  b)Your posterior should always be covered. Traditional jeggings are very stretchy denim usually having an elastic waistband.  Some brands just make a really stretchy jean made out of thinner denim, yet still having traditional jean styling and a zipper. It’s tricky territory, the jegging.

It’s men’s Fashion Week in Milan right now. I’m not sure many men on the UWS really know or care. And I’m fine with that. But then two things happened within days of each other, making me think that perhaps the sensibilities of Milan and uptown men are not so far apart.

Dear readers, I saw this man on the street the other day: Read More