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Clicking through numerous fashion websites and blogs today I eventually found my way to a page stocked full of bright and interesting photos. These photos did not contain the latest trends or the newest fall coat, but real life people in their real life outfits. These pictures, taken from the streets of various cities such as NYC, Paris and Milano, portray people running to grab Starbucks or hailing a cab for work, all while displaying impeccable style. Scott Schuman, the writer and photographer behind the blog, envisioned his site as a place to display photos of people who, in turn, would give inspiration to his viewers.
Schuman says, “My only strategy when I began The Sartorialist was to try and shoot style in a way that I knew most designers hunted for inspiration. Rarely do they look at the whole outfit as a yes or no but they try and look for the abstract concepts of color, proportion, pattern mixing or mixed genres.”
Check out The Sartorialist to get your own inspiration!
Editor’s note: We’ve blogged about The Sartorialist before, but it’s always refreshing to hear another opinion! If you like The Sartorialist, check out Jak & Jil and Garance Doré (Scott’s girlfriend!). Don’t forget, you can buy The Sartorialist’s book – not your typical coffee-table-sized book, it’s perfect for reading on the go. It’s almost entirely pictures – some from the website, some previously unseen. It’s sold at Barnes & Noble (both Durham and Southpoint stores), and I’ve seen it at Anthropologie at Southpoint as well. Seriously, it’s totally worth the money!
Lookbook.nu understands that people draw inspiration from others. This website allows you to view pictures of edgy, cool, chic girls and guys from around the world. And if the pictures don’t catch your attention, the picture names are so unique (“You’re right behind me as before,” “And with every passing day, true colors show,” etc.).
Check it out to be inspired by global fashionistas!
Mango Leather Gloves….. $40
These snakeskin printed gloves are sure to add an edge to any simple winter ensemble. All you need is a leather bomber, and you’ll be ready to brave the winter chill in style.
Faux Fur Vest….. $60
Experience all the luxury that fur has to offer without the two extra zeros tacked on to the price tag, and with a completely clear conscious with this faux fur vest.
Knit Beret….. $20
This chunky knit beret is anything but your traditional winter cap. Protect your ears from the cold winter air and look cute while doing it.
Printed Silk Scarf….. $20
Add a touch of drama to any dress or plain tee with this fabulous silk scarf. Whether draped across your shoulders, neatly tied across your neck, or peeking out from under a black peacoat, this winter necessity is sure to make your outfit pop.
Looking insanely chic in the winter for less….Priceless!
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We’ve all seen those gorgeous celebs, designer-clad from head to toe, surrounded by people yelling, “Who are you wearing?” and “You look fabulous!” This could be you. Ok, maybe you won’t attract the paparazzi, but thanks to the recently launched website, Wear Today Gone Tomorrow, you can now RENT those designer duds for less!
Wear Today Gone Tomorrow allows shoppers to rent designer dresses (the majority of their collection) as well asa more limited selection of tops, jackets and skirts. All you have to do is sign up to be a “member” (for free!) and start shopping – or rather, renting. The rental fee is 90% off the retail price per week, plus $9.95 for shipping and $10 for dry cleaning. You can rent for as low as $20/week and the designers range from Rebecca Taylor to Diane von Furstenberg to Phillip Lim and even Zac Posen.
It’s very similar to the website Bag, Borrow, or Steal. You may remember the scene in the Sex and the City movie when Jennifer Hudson admits her Louis Vuitton Bowling Bag is rented from Bag, Borrow, or Steal, saying “It’s like Netflix for purses!”
Both websites add up to the perfect solution for fashionistas on a budget. What will they think of next?
Check out New York Magazine’s website for this innovative way to look up your favorite trends of this season and seasons from the past. By using five different categories the viewer can look up designs through sorting based on color to clothing type. This functional and easy to use collection of photos can become very addicting and distracting, especially when your are trying to study for those upcoming midterms! Sorry for this diversion, but we all need a study break from time to time, right? So check out Look Finder from nymag.com!
Creative professionals destructing adventurous and provocative scenes of innovative fashion to produce tantalizingly fresh works of art.
These words sum up just a minuscule portion of statements that could be used to describe FashionServed.com.
The site showcases both original portfolios of professional photographers as well as the fashion collections of numerous top designers.
Giuliano Bekor created prints for the Eva Culture look book capturing the elegance of the beautifully draped clothing while pushing for a strong sense of romance through the model’s poses and dramatic hair.
Humor also plays a role in some of the more editorial shoots. I could not get over the ridiculous makeup and setup of Ben Duarte’s Circus Life editorial featuring models in a strange array of prints and shapes with full on clown makeup. What exactly is remotely pretty or interesting about girls in straw with a circus tent as a background? Maybe others think differently but honestly, clowns are scary!
FashionServed.com definitely can take the viewer by surprise but its power to do so makes the up-and-coming site worthwhile to check out.
I’ll end with a quote from Lady GaGa. It goes out to all my friends with a similar fetish for beautiful clothing WAYYY above our price line.
“We live a cute life
Soundfematic, pants tigh-ter than plastic, honey
But we got no money”
Swedish model Carolina Engman and her team of tech-savvy fashion lovers have come together to create Looklet – an endless virtual closet filled with (almost) everything you’ll ever need. Real models? Designer tops, frocks, bottoms, and accessories? Even vintage finds? Check, check, and check!
The shoe selection currently offers slim pickings, but the site is being updated regularly with new additions to the closet. Try it out, it’s slightly addicting…but in a good way. It gets you thinking about how to create different silhouettes and color combinations, while honing your personal taste through trial and error.
The site just opened up to the public yesterday morning, so be one of the first to test out the newest version. Let us know what you think!
Thanks to freerice.com, you can study for that art, chemistry, or French exam while fighting world hunger! For every answer you get right, you earn 10 grains of rice. Now, it may not seem a lot to most people, or even most species of ants, but it quickly adds up! And with such a variety of categories (vocabulary, geography, mathematics, etc.) there’s something for everyone. I took ART 152 last year, and I wish someone had told me about this site earlier, because a lot of the artists and works were definitely covered!
During the day, whenever I have a spare moment, I automatically turn to my VERY long list of fashion blogs. Beyond sales and even the clothes, there’s something about the fashion world that is so addicting that it requires updates every few minutes. I’ve compiled my top 5 (it was a very long process, as I read about 500 a day).
- The Sartorialist: an impeccably dressed (and cute) former menswear director at Bergdorf’s takes beautiful pictures of stylish men and women ranging from the fashion elite to the very layered homeless man. Never critical, always interesting.
- The Cut: One of NYMag’s many blogs, this one is focused entirely on fashion. And as an established institution located in NYC, The Cut provides cutting-edge (HAHA PUN) news, inside interviews, and sarcastic recaps of The Hills. Honestly, what more could you want?
- Garance Doré: a French illustrator and photographer takes a lot of pictures of well-dressed French people. Less diversity than the Sart, but always inspirational (and jealousy-inspiring).
- Fashionista: An independent blog founded by a current Nylon editor, Fashionista is known for its fashion news and model obsessions. With fun trivia at the end of the day, their controversial “Adventures in Copyright” posts, and witty writing style, Fashionista is a must-read!
- Sea of Shoes: A high school girl has a LOT of shoes. So. Unfair. But with a super trendy mom, I guess it’s only natural for her to have all the most coveted shoes of the season – her brands range from Prada to Yohji Yamamoto. I know, it’s SO unfair. But she’s gorgeous and has very refined tastes. And shoes.
How do you get your fashion fix?