• Consignment
  • Fashion in the Tundra


    Last weekend, I went upstate, which may as well be Antartica to my wimpy, Miami-born blood. In Millbrook, when snow falls, it seemingly doesn’t melt until April — so you can forget those cute little leather boots. Let’s face it — sometimes, it’s just too cold for fashion. Here’s how I coped. Luckily, my hosts’ house came […]

  • Fashion Critique
  • Critique: Galliano’s Debut at Maison Martin Margiela

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    Yesterday, John Galliano finally returned the fashion world after years of industry-imposed exile. Galliano’s comeback collection, a couture “Artisanal” show for Maison Martin Margiela, was critically celebrated as a successful melding of Margiela’s anonymity-cloaked proclivity for deconstruction and Galliano’s unrestrained exuberance for all things frilly and frothy. I’ve already discussed some initial thoughts on Margiela’s design philosophy […]

  • Fashion Critique
  • The Good, the Bad & the Rest: Golden Globes 2015

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    When I watch awards shows, I never actually watch the awards. Once the millionaires start congratulating themselves, I fast-track to takeout and Netflix. But I ALWAYS tune in for fashion parade. Awards show selections tell us a lot about the personalities of the celebrities wearing them — and even a little about where prom fashion is […]

  • Catalog Police
  • Catalog Police: Free People, January 2015


    Happy Friday! In honor of the much-earned weekend, Catalog Police is back with a vengeance. In this feature, I critique the ridiculous pictures, poses and prices in mail-order catalogs. This week, we’re covering Free People — a retailer I’ve discussed several times. However, the latest Free People catalog showed remarkable improvement. Gone were the head-scratching sequined […]

  • Trends
  • My Version of the Blanket Scarf Trend


    Last weekend, between the bursts of rain, there was a miraculous afternoon of 50-degree weather. I flung off my usual coat-scarf-hat trio and walked to MoMA to check out the Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs exhibit with my husband. For this particular MoMA visit, I chose the same blanket-scarf I wore for my Frida Kahlo Halloween costume. (The other […]

  • Shopping Secrets
  • How to Navigate a Thrift Store


    When you shop in a curated boutique or an exquisitely merchandised department store, you’re guaranteed to find something you love. Thrifting is a different animal. Without the proper mindset, thrifting can break the spirit of the typical consumer. Amid the heaps of stained T-shirts and musty polyester scarves, the chances of finding a treasure is slim. Unearthing a diamond […]

  • Consignment
  • An Outfit for a Rainy Day


    It poured for most of the weekend, and my immediate inclination was to swaddle myself in all-black pajamas and binge-watch every X-Men movie ever made. Instead, I opted for a super-saturated color palette — a bright outfit seemed natural on a rainy day. (After all, a rainbow is nature’s post-storm reward.) Let’s start with the Technicolor dream coat, a […]

  • Fast Fashion
  • How to Keep Winter Outfits Interesting


    When it comes to daily dressing, winter is the cruelest season. Once January hits, the Northeast transforms into a frigid wind tunnel — and all I want to wear is whatever’s warm. (Last year, I wore the same black Tahari coat and Sorel boots for two months straight.) I’m determined to mix up my winter style rotation in 2015. And […]

  • Personal Pragmatist
  • My New Year’s Resolution


    2015 has arrived, so it’s time for some quintessential water cooler talk: New Year’s Resolutions. I know many hate the resolutions ritual. It’s easy to believe that resolutions set us up for inevitable failure or disappointment. I understand the sentiment. Plenty of my resolutions have fizzled. In 1999, I vowed to get my drivers license — but […]