Thursday, October 23

staples center

Shopping for wardrobe staples isn't the most exciting kind of shopping, but for me, it's the kind that keeps on giving. Take, for example, my new J.Crew grey (heather graphite, to be exact) wool sweater, which has been on repeat for, oh, three consecutive days now. I am already considering buying another one, because it's just that good--and it's 25% off, along with a slew of other fall staples and statements through October 26 with the code here. I'd like to stockpile such pieces as this hooded bomber jacket, this white side-zip pullover, these wear-everywhere cropped pants, and these high-rise black coated jeans.

mini me

$199, gap

For me, a mod-inspired leather mini can make chilly weather a little more fun.

1. McQ Alexander sweater, $545,
2. Illesteva sunglasses, $290,
3. Elizabeth and James gold/white topaz earrings, $85,
4. Marc by Marc Jacobs striped bag, $268,
5. Topshop leather ankle boots, $150,
6. Gap leather zip pocket skirt, $199,

Wednesday, October 22

the devil wore cheetah

My anxiety started to kick in around 1pm yesterday, two hours before Vogue Magazine's 2014 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Show at the Chateau Marmont. I did not know what I was going to wear. And for this occasion I needed to get it right. The past season Rodarte dress I had selected was amazing and gorgeous, but there was just one small problem: the June & Hudson cheetah print dress I had picked up at Nordstrom for $78 kept staring at me from its hanger with that "you know I look better on you" look. Though I seriously questioned my sanity (can you really enter the den of Anna Wintour wearing a $78 dress and emerge alive?), in the end, I decided "yes," paired it with my Givenchy sandals, and off I went.

Within minutes of arriving I knew I had made the right choice. The compliments were not just flowing (and keep in mind this is quite a fabulous and discriminating crowd we are talking about), people were literally chasing me down just to find out where they could get the dress. Of course there was just one problem... I just did not really want to tell this particular crowd where they could get the dress. As you might imagine (given that I write LE CATCH), it is pretty rare that I am reluctant to reveal the provenance of my clothing regardless of how absurdly low its price might have been. But given the crowd, sponsor, venue, etc., this was just one of those times. Nonetheless, it quickly became apparent that I did not really have a choice, as people were getting impatient, so I offered that I would post it on LE CATCH today.

Relieved that I had put that day of reckoning behind me (or at least postponed it), we took our seats and the fashion show began. But as I looked down to check my watch, that is when the real fun started. There along my dress sleeve was a small tear. Strange I thought, as the dress was new and I had never worn it. Then I looked at my other sleeve. Another tear. When the show ended, I got up, and felt... a tear on my side. I walked a few steps... another tear.

So yes, there I was at a Vogue event with some of the fanciest and hard-core fashionistas living, and my dress was literally coming apart at the seams! Apparently, by forsaking Rodarte for my $78 number, I had clearly displeased the fashion gods, and no, I would not be leaving Anna's party alive or at least not with any clothes left on my body.

Of course, the cocktailing was just getting started, and I did not want to leave, so I queried a few trusted friends as to whether they could tell that my dress was disintegrating before their eyes. Though there was some concern as to where this might end, all agreed that, at least for the moment, the cheetah print hid the holes nicely and that I could continue.

Well I made it through the whole party with people still fawning over the dress, and then headed off to dinner at Soho House with a group, including several former Vogue editors. However, when I felt the dress seam split down my back and the air rush in, I knew it was time to leave. So I got up, said goodbye, and literally backed away from the table waving. Kristen Wiig should have been playing me. Seriously, it was crazy.

I am not sure what the moral of this story is. Obviously, I am and will always be a fan of good fashion, both high and low, since we are fortunate to live in world where beauty can be found at every price point (as long as you look hard enough or read LE CATCH!).  Of course, fast fashion is not usually crafted as well as designer, but I am pretty sure that (a) I have now experienced, without a doubt, the worst case scenario and (b) it's quite fitting that this all happened to me. Oh, and FYI: I am returning the dress to Nordstrom to get another one, because it is awesome and, of course, I am hoping that this was just one bad apple. You can get it here, if you dare!

Photo: Stefanie Keenan

surely shearling

$88, pixie market

This shearling striped wonder will help me stand out in the sea of winter coats.

1. Adam Lippes cashmere blend sweater, $950,
2. Pixie Market navy shearling coat, $88,
3. Current/Elliott mid-rise jeans, $200,
4. Joy Gryson wrinkled leather satchel, $495,
5. Topshop boots, $165, or

Tuesday, October 21

the penny loafer

While I was meeting with a publicist friend at her office last week, I bumped into a bigwig stylist I know, who was also there casting models for a Spring 2015 fashion show, featuring a cutting-edge New York-based designer. It was hard to focus on my meeting as potential runway models sashayed around the office. What also got my attention was the throwback Cole Haan penny loafer the stylist picked out to co-star with all the runway looks--a simple but perfect shoe that worked like magic with everything from pants to skirts to easy dresses. It got me thinking: I need a pair for my running-around life! I also like these loafers from Madewell, Sam Edelman, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Saint Laurent.

Photo: Tenuously

sky high

$40, shopbop

So much cuteness squished into these teeny mismatched studs. 

1. See by Chloe sequin-trimmed dress, $595,
2. Tai moon and star earring studs, $40,
3. Charlotte Tilbury Lip Lacquer in Unleash Me, $22,
4. Rachel Comey suede and embroidered clutch, $390,
5. Gianvito Rossi suede boots, $1230,

Monday, October 20

sugar coated

One of my biggest fall indulgences is investing in at least one coat (if not several!) for the cold weather season. But courtesy of this year's seemingly endless L.A. summer, I just could not focus my attention on this wardrobe building block. Then I came across Emerson Fry's fall coat lineup, and blammo, my coat block is no more. Chock full of supremely chic, amazingly versatile toppers such as the tailored beauty, above, rendered in the prettiest creamy oatmeal hue, there is, it seems, something for everyone (or at least my every whim!). Also fantastic: this wear-with-everything drop-shoulder coat, this slick coated tweed topper (below), and this smart indoor-outdoor wool coat (last pic). And the goodness doesn't stop there. I also adore this perfect v-neck tee, these black d'orsay heels (shown with dress, below) and these moto-inspired jeans (second to last image).   


$235, barneys

A fun lunch at Gjelina with friends last week called for big appetites and super cute outfits. One pal turned up in gorgeous ankle strap Tabitha Simmons flats, which prompted me to go out and get a similar pair, above. (They run large; I bought a half a size down).

1. Marni peplum top, $275,
2. Pixie Market faur fur sleeve puffy jacket, $69,
3. Victoria Beckham Denim jeans, $365,
4. Halston Heritage bucket bag, $325,
5. Beauty Counter Lip Sheen in Rose, $28,
6. Barney ankle-strap flats, $235, 

Friday, October 17

indigo girl

$69, gap

Weekend soccer games do not call for major fashion moments, but last week a friend of mine walked onto the field in head-to-toe denim and came out a winner. I'd like to get in the game with this cute top.

1. Gap denim puff sleeve top, $69,
2. Topshop plaid jacket, $156,
3. J.Brand mid-rise jeans, $200,
4. Nadri pave curved bar stud earrings, $38,
5. Bensimon camo tote bag, $140,
6. Alexander Wang ankle-strap pumps, $495,

Wednesday, October 15

pattern play

Speaking of parties, we're approaching that ho, ho, ho festive time of year, when fun frocks are in order. Inspired by the eye-popping prints outside the shows during Paris Fashion Week (above), I'm thinking of going all out in playful patterns, rather than ho-hum solid hues. Some party-perf options include this spotted Red Valentino, this monochromatic BCBG, this edgy Givenchy (80% off!), this geometric Topshop, this floral Alice + Olivia, this python-print Michael Kors, this checked French Connection and this graphic Stella McCartney.

Photo: Giovanna Battaglia