Friday, May 25, 2007

nina ricci

Ever since I layed my eyes on Reese Witherspoon's satin strapless yellow sheath dress, I have really loved Oliver Theyskens' collection for Nina Ricci. It is now available at Neiman Marcus. The whole collection is a jewel. It's really grown up, but the way that the clothing is constructed makes it look like it would sit well on someone with younger proportions. It is all in black, white and yellow. I can't repeat enough times how perfect it is. Take a look for yourselves.

Friday, May 18, 2007

marc jacobs anonymous

Searching for gainful summer employment, I realized how badly I wanted to be a cool sales girl at a Marc Jacbobs' boutique. So I thought that I would give it a try and I wrote some of their people emails. Keep your fingers crossed for me.


Hello, My name is Alisa and I am a Marc Jacobs Addict.

"Welcome, Alisa. Please, go on..."

Yes, it's true. Do you know when an aesthetic gets under your skin so much so that you cannot distinguish it from your own? Well, that is what happened to me in the summer of 2003 when I found the perfect off-white, creamy cropped Marc Jacobs jacket on discount at Century 21. Let me back track a little bit. I was finished with my Sophomore year of college at Amherst, so glad to be back in New York, and recently dumped by my boyfriend. What was a girl to do? The obvious answer is to spend her rent on a jacket. That is just what I did and I have not regretted it for a single day. The jacket has seen me through numerous joys and disappointments. It, too, has stood it's ground through all of Marc's collections; from his luxe grunge to his lady-like sportswear chic, this jacket would fit in to any of those collections without looking like the odd duck out of water. It attests to the timelessness of Marc's vision. While the overall design is young, fresh and casual, the jacket would look just as beautiful hanging on the shoulders of an 18 year-old as an 80 year-old. It hides all of my flaws. When a friend tries it on, it will hide her flaws, although they will be quite different than mine. Slowly, more of Marc's influence made me aware of my addiction. His fragrances make me giddy, his accessories make me drool and his ubber cool life and friends and muses make me jealous. A week before the New York fashion shows Marc won me over for life. He put his merchandise on sale for 90% off (as if 70% off wasn't enough). If this is not charity, than I don't know what is (give me a break, I'm a student, for christ's sake). I can go on, about the burgundy buckle boots with the 4 inch heel that changed my life (and cost $150, thank you Marc). But I won't (not at too much length). Most importantly, owning things that are so beautiful make me feel ready to take on the world.

In my off-white jacket, I designed innovative clothing for dance and theater productions in college. I drapped them with very little experience (only later learning about Poiret's techinques) to astounding results. The Marc Jacob's jacket was constructed so beautifully and so logically that I looked at its seams at night for inspiration. In my burgundy boots, I stood in lines for fashion shows, getting several standing room tickets. I began writing about my experiences in a fashion blog and have an audience from around the world. Marc's clothing and accessories inspire very interesting lives, indeed. I would love to be part of the Marc Jacobs world. Please let me know if there is any need of a sales person in any of the New York boutiques. My passion for the stuff is real and I hope that you will give me a chance to prove myself. I want to make people as happy with their Marc Jacobs purchases as my purchases have made me. If you need any additional information, please feel free to contact me.

Yours Truly


Well, as they say, "here goes nothing."

If you had your choice of boutique to work in, which one would you choose and why?

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

the fashionable himalayas

This month's American Elle features Nepal in its monthly travel section. Also, the Indian magazine, Verve, had an article about travelling through Sikkim, the small Indian state that borders Nepal and Tibet.

The beautiful Sushama Reddy, in Sikkim, wearing traditional Himalayan Dhaka fabric clothing and 24 K gold jewelry:

Thursday, May 10, 2007

extra extra

Now that the Green movement has really gained some momentum, there are some lovely clothing choices available for even the most hardcore fashionista. What does this mean? Basically that being an environmentalist doesn't mean that you have to parade around in an unshapely hemp sack. Everyone should care about leaving a lighter footprint on the earth. We know that "the simple act of growing and harvesting the one pound of cotton fiber needed to make a T-shirt takes an enormous toll on the earth’s air, water, and soil, and has significant impacts on the health of people in cotton growing areas.".
Well, I am happy to report that the pricey and chic brand Loomstate is being sold at the Filene's Basement in Chelsea at a phenomenal markdown. Jeans made from 100% organic cotton that were $150 are now $35. They have beautiful purple polka-dotted linings and really interesting recycled buttons. My favorite detail? They come with a tag made from recycled paper that has seeds in it. Just put the tag in some dirt and they seeds sprout. Definitely check out Filene's if you are anywhere in New York.

Monday, May 07, 2007

rags and riches

There are so many beautiful things in Kathmandu juxtaposed with so many destitute people. There are beautiful people, too, of course. My job as an aesthete is to highlight everything that makes me eyes widen in delight. And so, here you have it, a shopping tour of Kathmandu:

1. beads!

2. funky silver jewelry!

3. pashminas!

4. glittery stones!

5. the most vibrant colors and lively patterns your eyes have ever spied!

6. lovely Hindu and Buddhist sculptures!
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