Thursday

The New York Shopping Guide Part 2-Boutiques and Chain Stores

Boutique |boōˈtēk| noun
1. A small store selling fashionable clothes or accessories
2. A business that serves a sophisticated or specialized clientele (you, my lovely and fashionable readers)

I just love that word; it evokes fond memories of wandering around the streets of Paris with my little sister, and discovering the most glorious little French shops full of beautiful trinkets and luxurious clothing.

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As you can guess, French fashion is my all-time favorite, so I probably will find ways to lead everything back to Parisian style. Elegance, sophistication, uniqueness, it is about piecing together beautiful articles of clothing and fantastic pieces of jewelry from all over the city to create a chic and put-together look that is entirely your own.
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From Style.com Street Style-Paris

I've often heard the rule, and I tend to agree, that one should NEVER wear all one designer

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Hmmm, as in ALL Chanel on Anne Hathaway in the Devil Wears Prada?

But I've found that French women would never even THINK of wearing things all from one place, they love to discover new little shops and mix and match new, vintage, generic brand, and high end clothing. We Americans, however, tend to go to J Crew, Gap, or Old Navy, buy an outfit, and call it a day. Your style should be about showing off YOU, who you are and what you believe is truly stylish.

Sadly, I will not be living in Paris until next year (studying abroad, basically due to my love of French language, culture, and most of all, fashion, so until then I will have to focus on what I have in front of me, which ain't that bad: New York City.

This city is overflowing with tiny shops with beautiful clothing as well, it just takes a little research to find the good ones that people don't really know about. As I said, mixing and matching is key. I'll shop at H&M one day, and tiny upscale designer resale boutiques the next; those are where you KNOW you're getting something unique. A luscious, eggplant colored, loose-knit, wool, Chloé blanket sweater from several seasons back perhaps? My current favorite article of clothing.

The Boutiques are divided up into Areas: East Village, Lower East Side, West Village, and Soho

Price Key
$-Cheap. Get. Over. There. NOW!
$$-Moderately priced
$$$- Quality and boutique prices
$$$$-You might end up digging into the piggybank of savings you started when you were three

~~~~SOHO and NOLITA~~~~

APC
131 Mercer at Prince
APC.fr
$$$
It's like the J Crew of France, more expensive, but with better fitting clothing. A.P.C has quickly become a hipster essentials store with its simple minidresses, suspender shorts, and striped cashmere sweaters. The whole store has a cool, laidback vibe, much like the boutiques in France (well, yes it IS French), and the clothes are very well made. I went several weeks ago when I was wandering around Soho wishing I had more spending money, so due to my lack of funds (probably because I splurged on something else earlier that week) I sadly left the store empty handed, but another visit is definitely in the books as soon as possible!

Opening Ceremony
35 Howard Street between Broadway and Crosby
212-219-2688
$$$
The idea behind this adorable boutique is to feature fashions from different countries, such as Brazil, Germany, and England, each year. The owners go to a new country, live there for a while and SHOP, buying several seasons' worth of collections from a number of local designers and bringing them back to their New York store. The top level of the store is devoted to Topshop, a British H&M type store (with fairly good prices!). The lower level clothing is more pricey but well worth the money.
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Knitted Pinafore Dress 40 pounds (UK) Topshop.com

Big Drop
174 Spring St. Between W. Broadway and Thompson
Bigdropnyc.om
$$$
A little too Trendy sometimes...Frankie B low rider's anyone? I feel a bit like I'm back in Middle School at my prep school in the valley with all the brightly colored clothes reminiscent of Juicy Sweatsuits (Aaahh!), but they do have some nice 3.1 Phillip Lim pieces (my FAVORITE!!) as well as Ya-Ya and Paige Premium Denim
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Ya-Ya Silk dot blouse $230 shopbop.com

Only Hearts
230 Mott St. at Prince
212-431-3694
onlyhearts.com
$$
Delicate lace lingerie pieces, which seem almost too pretty to wear

Kirna Zabête
96 Greene St. near Spring
212-941-9656
$$$-$$$$
The coolest of the cool. A hip, pop-arty store with all the hottest clothing, jewelry, and accessories from designers such as Balenciaga, Tuleh, Derek Lam, and B Romanek. Very expensive and a dream to stylists and personal shoppers, but to poor college students, it's just torture. Go to see the beautiful items but know that you...will...want...everything.
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kirnazabete.com

I Heart
262 Mott St.
iheartnyc.com
$$$
Great labels, like the gigantic closet of that INCREDIBLY cool girl I want to be. Labels: Development, SONIA: Sonia Rykiel, St. Tropez Leisure, Tsubi, United Bamboo, and Karen Walker
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United Bamboo Spring 2006 Ready To Wear

Blue Bag
$$-$$$
266 Elizabeth and Houston
BAG LOVERS HEAVEN, lots of bright colors and unusual styles as well, tres chic and elegant

Intermix
98 Prince St
365 Bleecker St.
901 Broadway
1003 Madison
210 Columbus Avenue
$$$-$$$$
Hello, and welcome to Nicole Richie's closet. This boutique chain is literally the epitome of the waifish fashionista socialite's wardrobe. Chloe minidresses, boots, and bags, Stella McCartney, Matthew Williamson, Catherine Malandrino, Diane Von Furstenberg, KORS by Michael Kors, Vince...all the "It" bags, "it" dresses, "it" shoes. Basically US Weekly’s entire style page.
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Ms. Richie wearing 12th Street by Cynthia Vincent

Scoop NYC
532 Broadway
430 West 14th
$$$-$$$$
Another Go-to for all the most popular designers: Kooba, Gold Hawk, Anna Corinna, Anna Sui, Alice & Olivia, 12th Street by Cynthia Vincent... you're bound to find something, just don't become Paris Hilton please.

~~~~WEST VILLAGE~~~~

Marc by Marc Jacobs
403 Bleecker Street at W. 11th
$$$
The king of modern style has a tiny boutique stuffed to the gills with all the items from his Marc by Marc line. I don't actually like a lot of his lower priced line as much as THE REST OF THE WORLD, though the normal (more expensive) line is fabulous. I find Marc by Marc clothes are too expensive for the quality you're given, and not that unique since EVERYBODY has them. He has some nice coats, and silk shirts and AMAZING shoes though (the accessories store is right down the street). Please don't kill me! Like him all you want, to each his own. Definitely check out the shoes down the street though. His are my favorite.
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MJ jewel flats SALE $208 Zappos.com

Cynthia Rowley
376 Bleecker St. at W. 11th
$$$
Beautifully made silk dresses and shirts in unusual cuts in bright blues and greens. If you haven't been introduced to this designers work, get over to her quaint little boutique IMMEDIATELY. And while you're at it, pick me up some vanilla Magnolia bakery cupcakes please? thanks.
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Trophy Dress $220 cynthiarowley.com

Girlshop
819 Washington St Between Little W. 12th and Gansevoort
Girlshop.com
$$$
It started as a small web company with cool indie designers. It became...a phenomenon. At least to those who worshipped the website, now a hip W. village boutique. Look for Lewis Cho, Rachel Essex jewelry, Tart, and Juliette Longuet

Mick Margo
19 Commerce St. between 7th Ave S and Bedford
$$$
A chic, elegant store reminiscent of the dapper British grandfather-type the store is named for. Alexander Wang sweaters, Mod dresses by Lewis Cho, vintage jewelry by Lulu Frost, Rare pieces by Karen Walker, Clu, and Shin Choi.
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Lulu Frost Chandelier Bracelet
$360 Saksfifthavenue.com

Darling
1 Horatio St at 8th Ave
www.darlingnyc.com
$$$
The ultimate girly girl/garden party dress store. Lacy, slinky, floral, lovely, enchanting, amazing. For the little Victorian girl in all of us. Great if you're going to a wedding or a tea party in the English countryside, Oh how lovely. A. Cheng, Helen Wang, Shoshanna, and Woo.

~~~~EAST VILLAGE~~~~

Sophia Roan
117 E. 7th between 1st and Avenue A
212-529-0085
$$-$$$
Edgy yet sleek jewelry, clean, simple dresses that aren't too girly, and a very hip owner who gives her honest opinion, who could ask for anything more? Designers include Ilana Moses, Nicola Fan, Ella Moss, Steven Alan, and Ong


Steven Alan
87 Franklin St New York, NY 10013 Ph 212.219.3305
Stevenalan.com
$$$
Hip downtown style with local designers mixed with hot independent but national sold labels such as Twinkle and Clu. Also features Acne jeans, Rogan jeans, Comme des Garçons, Capital Taylors, and Alan's own label
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Azaleas
Azaleasnyc.com
223 E. 10th between 1st and 2nd
$$$
Flirty and fun lingerie and comfortable clothing all hand selecting by owner Cindy Kahng. Cosabella, La Cosa, Charlotte Ronson, Viv & Ingrid jewelry, Splendid tees, Woo
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Viv & Ingrid necklace
SALE $66 Southmoonunder.com

Famous Friends
616 East 9th St. Between B and C
www.famousfriendsnyc.com
$$$
Not happy with the jeans your mom passed down to you? Wish you were born with better ones? (Terrible joke, I'm sorry) Find the best jeans in NY here, including Acne Jeans, Rogan, Levi's, Nudie Jeans, Lorenzo Merlino, Rag & Bone, Trovata, Bliss Lau, and much more. Check it.



~~~~LOWER EAST SIDE~~~~

Tory Burch
257 Elizabeth Street
212-334-3000
$$$
Bought my dream Tory Burch shoes the other day. I gave in. I've been wanting them for a few weeks, and even trekked all the way to her L.E.S. store and tried them on (whilst salivating) but didn’t have the money. Then the other day a friend and I braved the crowds at Saks and I found the black patent leather ones and FELL IN LOVE. The rest of her clothes are nice, lots of (tasteful) gold bedecked dresses and shirts, I really like a navy pullover sweater with gold buttons, but that'll have to wait.
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Reva Ballet Flats $195 plazatoo.com, toryburch.com

TG-170
170 Ludlow St. Suite 1 at Stanton St.
tg170.com
$$$
Great unknown designers and downtown essentials by Daryl K, J Brand, Grey Ant, and Built by Wendy
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Grey Ant Carpenter Overall in Navy $374 Azaleaonline.com

Plum
124 Ludlow at Rivington one street below Houston
www.plumstyle.com
$$$
Cool clothes that nobody will have. Many labels that you probably haven’t heard of: Anja Flint, Catherine Brule, Guy Baxter, Dean, and Lizzie Fortunato
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Guy Baxter Stripe Tank $76 Guybaxter.com

So now for the generic stores. Mix and match unique pieces found at the boutiques above with basics found at the stores below.

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$-$$
http://www.hm.com
If you haven't heard of it, you must have been living in a box in Antarctica these past five years. It's a large chain that was established in Sweden in 1947 that then quickly took over the rest of Europe, then America, and LAST OF ALL Los Angeles (a few weeks ago), of course after I move to NY. It's a store that sells versions of the latest trends at good prices, and I've found plenty of great, trendy pieces to work into my wardrobe here. My friends and I were OBSESSED with H&M in Europe (better than the ones in America) and went at least 5 times on our month long trip to Paris, Amsterdam, and Barcelona two years ago.

H&M is great for plain tee-shirts, sweaters, jeans (if you want to go the non-designer route since signature back pocket designs are less popular now), they even have great skinny jeans, nice jackets and coats, and lots of little frilly blouses. The trick is not to get sucked into spending hours there, because most of the NY stores are HUGE. Go in with the framework of a list in mind, like, I need a winter coat, a dress for that party, some new tights, etc. They sometimes have good jewelry and accessories (headbands, hairclips) too, and I've found a few purses I like there.
The BEST H&M is definitely the 5th Ave outpost (5th and 53rd), it has three levels and sometimes live DJ's, even live mannequins! I swear, I went there one day and did a double take because models were standing quite still where the mannequins usually are.

The newest thing in Brand name stores is High Fashion designers doing cheaper lines. Target (Isaac Mizrahi, Paul & Joe, Behnaz Sarafpour and more), even Gap (Roland Mouret for (Project)RED) and H&M. Last year Stella McCartney designed for them, but I never even got to see much of her stuff because apparently people lined up at the door at 8 AM and the place was a madhouse. Karl Lagerfield (Chanel) also made a lower-price line for H&M and most recently design team Viktor and Rolf collaborated with them. I saw their stuff the other day and it was all pretty nice, but mostly everything was $99.90 (sell tactic, makes you THINK it's not $100) and not entirely worth it.
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Viktor and Rolf at H&M

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Union Square South
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I've found that the Forever in New York is much worse than the LA stores, so I rarely even go there anymore. Their stuff is poorly made in sweatshops, not too enticing. It's hard to go there with a list in mind because their stock is pretty unpredictable too. However, I've wandered into it after class one day and found some pretty darn good things such as a short white faux fur (but REALLY soft) jacket for $30, or a flowy white button-up camisole ($15). Forever 21 is great for inexpensive leggings and the occasional jersey dress, and a friend of mine swears by their cheap yet colorful underwear, though the one pair I bought didn’t fit right.

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5th Avenue and 16th Street
Zara.com
$$
A clothing store that started as a tiny lingerie company in La Coruna, Spain, which also made the transition to America after overtaking Europe (I've also frequented the Paris store quite often.) The clothes are reinventions of the latest runway/high fashion trends as well, but the stuff is a bit pricier than Forever 21, around . Zara often has gorgeous blouses and great shoes, I got a pair of beautiful black ankle boots there a few weeks ago that I'm in love with. Sometimes I regret buying their stuff however, because some of it looks nice in the store and cheap next to the rest of my clothes, so don't buy on a whim, think it over carefully!

Uni Qlo
546 Broadway below Prince
$$
Uniqlo.com
This newly opened (and OVERLY advertised) store is kind of like the Japanese H&M, with great cashmere sweaters and scarves, and well-cut skinny jeans.

Stores like J Crew, Banana Republic, and Gap are pretty well-known so I'm not including those. Basically my favorite of the three is J Crew, whose prices have drastically risen in the past few years, but so has the quality of their clothing. Look there for great Cashmere sweaters, scarves, tweed blazers, and cotton button-ups.

If you've found a fabulous NYC boutique that you don't mind sharing, I'd love to hear about it!: fashioninsider00@aol.com

And that's all for now folks! Next up: NYC designer resale stores, vintage clothing stores, flea markets, and thrift stores!
-Arianna

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Tuesday

The New York Shopping Guide Part 1-Department Stores

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NYC baby. Love it or hate it, its the city that never sleeps. It's loud, smelly, dirty, exciting, exhilarating, and the fashion capital of America, maybe even the world. So how on earth can a poor college student afford anything in this city? I save up. And I am constantly on the lookout for new boutiques, resale stores, thrift shops, and flea markets.

Price Key
$-Cheap. Get. Over. There. NOW!
$$-Moderately priced
$$$- quality and boutique prices
$$$$-You might end up digging into the piggybank of savings you started when you were three


First off, the department stores.
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$$$$- I should probably add a fifth. Yeah. It's kind of like a museum. until SALE TIME!
754 Fifth Avenue at 59th St.
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Bergdorf's: the Jackie O of department stores. A friend once told me there were old ladies who go in there EVERY DAY, get their hair done, buy a new outfit, and get on with their day. Oh, to be rich and eighty years old in New York. But in reality, it is extremely expensive and filled with the most mouth-watering designer duds one could ever want. The classics: Chanel, Dior, Gucci, D&G, LV, Calvin Klein, Oscar de la Renta, Burberry, to the new: Zac Posen, Marc Jacobs, Moschino, Anna Sui, Stella McCartney, Rebecca Taylor, Milly, Catherine Malandrino. Yeah, it's kind of my heaven. I first discovered their AFTER CHRITMAS SUPER SALE when I got my hair cut at Ouidad on 57th and then felt I needed a new look to go with my new hair (not that I had the money.) I wandered into Bergdorf's like a kid in a candy store, mouth watering at the luscious clothing. Then at the pricetags... not too bad! Mostly everything was up to 80% off and it was late January! So remember to check it out after the holidays and tell me about your lovely purchases! (fashioninsider00@aol.com) last year I walked away with a Stella Mccartney cashmere tank top, Marc Jacobs skirt, and Rebecca Taylor silk shirt. I'm not telling you how much I spent because I know my parents read this but let me just tell you this, it was about 1/8 of what I would have spent had they been full price!

NAVIGATING THE STORE
I tend to get lost in giant department stores so here goes.

Level 1 (street)-Accessories, hats, scarves, handbags (yes that's a real Chloe), jewelry, sunglasses

Level 2-European collections, more handbags, designer shoes: the expensive ones, AKA my good friends Manolo Blahnik and Christian Louboutin.

Level 3-Designer Collections: Marni, Miu Miu, Marc Jacobs (not Marc by Marc, thats 5), Behnaz Sarafpour, Proenza Schuler... Basically my dream closet. This is where I found my Stella M shirt. But if you tempt yourself when it's not sale time, you'll cry as you pry yourself away from the $800 Prada Dress. I did.
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Behnaz Sarafpour Fall 2007

Level 4-Couture and personal shopping, and...FUR SALON?? I don't know. Basically don't go there unless you have a billion dollars and/or are one of the 80 year old millionaire women who dress themselves at Bergdorf's everyday.

Level 5- Contemporary Clothing- the (slightly) more affordable designer brands such as Catherine Malandrino, M Missoni, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Vince, Diane Von Furstenberg and the lower priced shoes. Basically the teen/young adult section, but not at all like the Juniors at your local Macy's.

And above that? Only if you want really expensive lingerie, a $500 dollar facial, or a hand-painted antique mirror.


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660 Madison Avenue at 61st St.
Barneys.com
$$$-$$$$
Barney's. Celeb Haven numero uno and indie labels galore. Classy and chic, the epitome of Sex and the City style.

"If you're a nice person and you work hard, you get to go shopping at Barney's. It's the decadent reward."
-Sarah Jessica Parker

For some reason I haven't frequented this famed designer outpost that much, I always get tired out by Bergdorf's and never get around to it. Maybe it's just far too tempting for me to handle. Anyways, this is the hipper, younger sister of Bergdorf's. It has most of the same labels, plus hipster brands like 3.1 Phillip Lim, Daryl K, Edun, Rag & Bone, Sunner, and Yumi Kim. Some names huh? If you havent seen their lines, RUN to barneys and check them out. Or just search the web. They're pretty amazing, Phillip Lim is my favorite thing since sweet cream ice cream.
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3.1 Phillip Lim Tea Dress ON SALE $349.00 barneys.om-- I know I know not much of a "sale" but it's an amazing dress nonetheless.
Barney's also has most of the unknown super-cool jean brands like Acne, Cheap Monday, J Brand, Rag & Bone, Rogan, and Superfine.
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Acne Jeans Tube Cash $250 Barneys.com. I WANT THESE SO BADLY!

So what is Barney's Co-op then? It's the even YOUNGER sister of Barney's, a HIPPER, EDGIER little store carrying many of the same brands but geared even more toward the younger generation.
CO-OP CHELSEA
236 West 18th Street
CO-OP SOHO
116 Wooster Street

BLOOMINGDALES
59th Street and Lexington
Home of the Little, Medium, and Big Brown Bag.
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$$$- Three money signs. Because there isn't much here that would cost as much as that car you're saving up for. But that doesn't mean cheap!

Bloomies is classic, and not too new to me since I'm from Los Angeles and go to the Beverly Center location as often as possible. It's my old faithful, where I know I'll find jeans I like (Seven's, Citizen's of Humanity, Paper Denims, Paige Premium Denim, Joe's), and can stock up on classic tanks and tees by C&C-- by far my favorite brand of Tees, though they need to be handwashed because the seams unravel quickly
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C&C Wranger Tee in faded black $46.00 Candccalifornia.com

or Splendid
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Jersey Babydoll Top $61.00 Shopbop.com

and cashmere sweaters for about $100. There are usually year-round sale racks. Nothing too edgy like Barney's, just the classic brands like Marc by Marc, Diane Von Furstenberg, and Juicy Couture (it DOMINATES a whole wall), but really now, can juicy sweatsuits just be banished to workout wear please?
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Madonna epitomizing 2002 fashion. But wait, where are the Uggs?

IMPORTANT: the plain flavored frozen yogurt at 40 Carrots cafe on the subway level is TO DIE FOR. A friend and I have gone here specifically to have it as our dinner. No, not anorexic, the portions are huge and you can get things like boysenberry sauce or granola on top. I'm serious, you won't be disappointed.
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mmmmm

Henri Bendel
$$$$
712 5th Avenue at 55th
The Famous little pink and brown striped bags, the decorous windows, Bendel's is like walking into a candy store full of beautiful clothes instead of sugary sweets. It's a little more snooty than Bloomies, but it has gorgeous clothes. It has many of the same labels as Barney's, but there are even more hard-to-find brands hidden in the nooks and crannies of Bendel's strange layout. The top floor is where the bargains are, so head up there near the beginning to avoid out-of-price-range cravings. The plethora of fancy cosmetic labels is pretty impressive too.

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34th Street and Broadway
$$$
This is the biggest and best Macy's I've ever been in (the ones in LA are just like JC Penny's with more of a following) but it's still not that impressive. Brands: BCBG, French Connection, some nice jeans (Sevens, Joe's) It has everything that the others have but is often crowded. I'd rather go to Bloomies.

Filenes Basement
$$-$$$
6th Ave at 18th
Union Square South (my home)
Broadway at 79th
It's a discount designer store, and I've found things such as Paper Denim Jeans for 70 bucks, Marc Jacobs tops for 40, even Missoni sweaters for about $100. Sometimes it has great stuff, sometimes not so great. I actually convinced my dad to pay for a $200 pale pink silk Chloe dress for my birthday from here
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He's a bit of a realist and takes a lot of coaxing to get him to spend lots of money on my clothes. My mother, the bargain hunter, LOVES this place and insists we schlep over here whenever she visits. It requires digging, but there is great stuff hidden everywhere. The coat, scarf, and glove selection is fabulous and they have cheap lingerie too.

Century 21
22 Cortlandt Street at Church
C21stores.com
$$-$$$$
My FAVORITE!!!!!
This too is a discount designer store, a New York must-see for fashion fiends. They've got plenty of discount MJ, Splendid, Paul and Joe, Miu Miu, Prada, Gucci, Missoni, Theory, the works. It's not exactly student budget friendly all the time but if you're looking specifically for a fancy dress and are willing to pay $200-$500 on it, heres your place. But don't be discouraged by those high numbers, there are plenty of things for under $100, you just have to dig for the buried treasure and beat the crowds. That is VERY important. Don't even TRY to go to Century 21 during the Holiday Season!


Loehmann's
$-$$
7th Ave at 14th
Me no likey. The one in LA is about 100 times better. I just included it so you would know NOT to go. I'm being harsh, but it's true, this one just sucks.

That's all folks! If you live in NYC check them out and tell me what you think, if not, drool over the luscious clothes (and descriptions) and book a ticket to the city ASAP.

Coming up next: NYC boutiques, thrift stores, and flea markets

Happy Holidays!
-Arianna

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Sunday

Factory Girl Style

My current style icon: Edie Sedgwick.
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The ultimate 60's it-girl style muse. Socialite, trendsetter, actress, model, partier, and yes, drug addict (she died of an overdose), Edie was the kind of girl everyone wanted to be seen with, she was the Nicole Richie/Paris Hilton of that era, minus the trashiness and porn.

Edie was NOT your average 60's hippie or neon flower-patterned dress wearer. You've probably already started searching for the perfect black tights, minidresses, and long layered necklaces, trends which Edie helped take off in the sixties that were replicated in many of the most recent fashion shows.

Fashion designer John Galliano said he based his entire Fall 2005 ready-to-wear runway line for Christian Dior on the socialite.
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Edie became American artist and avante-garde film maker Andy Warhol's muse in 1965, they even started to dress alike, he was gay and basically just wanted to BE her, and they attended every lavish party they possibly could together. She starred in many of his films that year and was a model for some of his now INCREDIBLY famous works of art.
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Edie could be categorized as just another American heiress charging everything to her daddy's bank account, but one thing set her apart from the rest: Edie had an INCREDIBLE sense of style--without the help of a stylist (take THAT Mischa). She never cared what was considered "fashionable". She was daring and different, going out in nothing but a white mink coat, showing up BAREFOOT at the fanciest of parties, or wearing just a leotard adorned in as many necklaces and dangling earrings as possible. *Sigh*, if I only had the guts to do that...

Edie's Essentails:
-Blonde Pixiecut (not for the faint at heart)
Inspiration for waifish fashion icon/model Kate Moss
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and Rosemary's Baby star Mia Farrow
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-Dark eyebrows and LOADS of dark eyemakeup--if you REALLY want to stand out
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-Leotards and Black Opaque tights
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http://www.americanapparelstore.com
-Skinny Jeans and Black Tanks--Remember, they're not just for stick skinny body types! Check out Scarlett below...
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Adam+Eve V tank $42.00 Shopbop.com or http://www.americanapparelstore.com/4365.html
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J Brand Jeans $159.00 Shopbop.com
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Scarlett J walking the runway at Imitation of Christ

I absolutely despise it when magazines say the popular skinny jeans are just for stick-limbed girls. Be proud of womanly curves, because with enough confidence you can pull off anything a "skinny girl" can!

-Leopard
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L.A.M.B coat, $391 Nordstroms.com
-LOOOONG dangly earrings
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Bonnie Basham Big Stuff Dangle Earrings $155.00 Shopintuition.com
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Curve Chain Earrings $125.00 Shopintuition.com
Also check: Forever 21 and H&M
-Minidresses
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Nili Lotan T Shirt Dress $280.00 Shopbop.com
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Alice+Olivia Deco Baby Doll Dress $242.00 Shopbop.com

-Stripes
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Ya-Ya Swahili Beach Marine Dress $264.00 Shopbop.com, also at H&M for cheaper
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C & C California Classic Bold Stripe Tank $49.00 Shopbop.com
-Long necklaces
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braided multi chain necklace, $159 Girlshop.com OR grandma's closet, thrift store/flea market, absolutelyvintage.net, urbanoutfitters.com, girlshop.com

Sienna Miller, actress/tabloid queen/Jude Law's gf (lucky girl) is playing Edie in the film Factory Girl coming out later this year. I can't wait to see it, not because I'm much of a Sienna fan, but the clothes I've seen in the previews and trashy mags are amazing!
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LL Bean Wrinkle-Resistant Pinpoint Oxford Shirt, Three-Quarter Sleeve $35.00 LLBean.com
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