It’s Cocktail Hour

There is a dress often overlooked but so very fun to wear – the cocktail dress. More formal than a work dress and less dressy than an evening gown – the cocktail dress is somewhere in between. But every bit as elegant. A dress for an under appreciated time of day, perhaps all that is left of a bygone era – the cocktail hour. I love the idea of cocktail hour, that time for relaxing and unwinding. I don’t drink cocktails but even so, I love dressing for cocktail hour.

I love designer Rebecca Taylor for her feminine touches – ruffles, peplums, florals – and in this case, an added puffed sleeve and exposed shoulder.

Dress, Rebecca Taylor; shoes, Manolo Blahnik, tights, Wolford.

Photos by Abrina Hyatt, shot on location at Huntley Taverne, Summit NJ

 

 

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“Be a Kitten,” said the Heel.

Loving my kitten heels - Photo, Lauren Hagerstrom

Loving my kitten heels!

Kitten heels are such a perfect fashion choice. Adding height but not too much, they are more subtle than a stiletto and more stylish than a flat. This time of year, before it gets too cold, is the perfect time to add a kitten heel to your outfit – trouser, skirt, or dress. Try it for fun and feel yourself purr with satisfaction. You go, Kitten!

Shoes, vintage Manolo Blahnik, Photo by Lauren Hagerstrom

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What’s Black and White and Ghoul All Over?

IMG_8154My skull sweater! I couldn’t be happier that it’s October, and I am pulling out my skull sweater! I love my skulls, and although I wear this sweater the entire fall and winter, nothing feels better than wearing it this month. Today, I pair the sweater with black pants, and my first-ever Manolo Blahnik’s that I purchased … where else? At my favorite consignment boutique; on sale, no less. It was a good day. Are you pleased with me, Carrie Bradshaw?

Do you have a favorite October item to get you in the mood for Halloween? Do tell …

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Shoewow!

Shoe Obsession Exhibit at The Museum at FIT

Shoe Obsession Exhibit at The Museum at FIT

Meeting costume designer Alexandra reminded me that there are wonderful opportunities to be inspired by fashion – if you just look for them. The Museum at FIT, in the heart of the New York’s fashion district, is a surprising spot for exhibits, information, showcases  … and inspiration. There are only a few days left to see the exhibit, Shoe Obsession (now through April 13th), and if you have the opportunity – go! It is worth it!

Shoe Obsession features over 150 examples of shoes as showstopping art: from the outrageous to the exquisite and the sublime. The shoes are still visions in my mind long after leaving the museum. There are two that stand out: Maison Martin Margiela’s Glass Slipper (2009) that reminded me of the romance and intrigue of Cinderella, the original fairytale that started it all, and Manolo Blahnik’s silver shoe (2003) that Carrie Bradshaw wore on Sex and The City, in the episode featuring Tatum O’Neal. Carrie loses her shoe at a baby shower hosted by O’Neal and finally gets compensated with new shoes by signing herself up for her very own bridal registry. Of course Carrie wore and coveted countless Manolo Blahnik’s in her life on Sex and the City, but this particular shoe and story was memorable!

The average American woman has about twenty pairs of shoes – nearly double what she owned in the late 1990s,” according to Valerie Steele (director and chief curator) and Colleen Hill (associate curator of accessories) at The Museum at FIT.  Are we obsessed? What do you think?

Manolo Blahnik's shoe that Carrie Bradshaw wore on Sex and the City

Manolo Blahnik’s shoe that character Carrie Bradshaw wore on Sex and the City

Shoe Obsession - Nicholas Kirkwood

Shoe Obsession – Nicholas Kirkwood

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