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Shopping Goes Social with Plurchase October 28, 2009

Filed under: Fashion,Media Commentary — tiffsiu @ 7:21 pm

Plurchase Site

By: Tiffany Siu

Shopping and social media effectively combine on Plurchase. Love to shop online, but wish you can take all of your friends with you to get their opinion? Well Plurchase is your answer. While shopping on Zappos, you can ask your friends if they think you’ll trip on that four-inch heel or if you’ll really look like your grandmother with that loafer on. When you go to the Pluchase site, it will direct you to Zappos and provide you a link that you can share with your friends. Once your friends click on that link, they will be able to log on and see that boot, heel, flat, or sneaker that you are trying to decide which credit card to put it on. Go check it out and let us know what you think!


Opening Ceremony Takes a Walk on the “Wild” Side October 4, 2009

Filed under: Fashion — NYU WIC @ 9:45 pm

By Colleen Hagerty

You’ve read the book. You’ve seen the trailers. You’ve heard the entirely tailored soundtrack. And now you can… wear the clothes?

To help tide fans over until the debut October 16, Opening Ceremony has just released a limited-edition line inspired by the beloved children’s book and upcoming film Where the Wild Things Are. The line—designed in collaboration with the film’s director, Spike Jonze—debuted in Opening Ceremony stores and online this past Monday, September 28.

I admit I was entirely skeptical when I first heard about this idea, as adorably drawn monsters do not exactly scream “fashion” to me. But I was very, very wrong. Against all odds, the line is edgy, unique, and even (for the most part) wearable. With pieces ranging from vests and jackets for women to coats for men and even a unisex version of Max’s iconic animal playsuit, there is definitely something for anyone looking to make their wardrobe a bit “wilder”.

So whether you are looking for a great, trendy piece to add to your daily wardrobe or even to find a Halloween costume early (as I’m assuming most of us wouldn’t wear that playsuit on a daily basis), Opening Ceremony is definitely the place to go to satisfy your cravings for fashion and fun.


Over-The-Knee Boot Round Up September 29, 2009

Filed under: Fashion — NYU WIC @ 10:20 pm

By Alix Turoff

Some may say leather is my middle name. My father once commented that the only thing I need is a leather bag to go over my head and my look would be complete. I romp around Washington Square park in my leather motorcycle jacket, I hit the town in strapless leather dresses and I walk the stairs to the tents of Bryant Park Fashion week in Jeffrey Campbell’s Opening Ceremony inspired leather cut-out wedges.

With the strange not-quite-summer but definitely not fall weather, I’ve had a dilemma getting dressed in the morning. I’m not ready to put away the Kain tanktops or breezy summer dresses but I can’t wait to start working some of this fall’s trends. So, I came up with an alternative: I would pair my newly purchased over-the-knee boots (Wanted’s Babel Black $99- A steal when compared with similar styles) with all the summer clothes that I’m not quite ready to part with.

Okay, so I “die’ over Taylor’s Stella McCartney thigh-highs that she pairs with everything on the Rachel Zoe Report but let’s be honest, an unpaid intern can’t really afford a pair of $1500 boots so instead I did what I do best: bargain hunted.

Here are some of my favorite picks to fit every budget:
STEAL: Babel in Black – $99

Jimmy Choo - $1,195
SPLURGE: Jimmy Choo – $1,195

Verbana - $35
STEAL: Verbana – $35

SPLURGE: Chloe - $1,295
SPLURGE: Chloe – $1,295

STEAL: Furge - $33
STEAL: Furge – $33

SPLURGE: Stella McCartney - 41,385
SPLURGE: Stella McCartney – $1,385


New York Fashion Week February 15, 2008

Filed under: Fashion — NYU WIC @ 1:00 am

New York Fashion Week is over, and the only things stopping us from running into Forever 21 to emulate all the fantastic looks that came down the runway this season are our empty wallets. The Fall 2008 ready-to-wear shows held plenty of options for everyone, with everything from Matthew Williamson’s crazy printed mini-dresses to Cynthia Rowley’s chic New York neutrals. And oh, we love love love it all.

Here are some of our favorites:

Simple, yet painfully chic, these outfits from Erin Fetherston will guarantee you’re the best dressed at school, work, and the party.

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Stay warm in the winter without looking drab: Make like DKNY (L) and Richard Chai and layer your warm-weather dresses for maximum fashion mileage.

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Lacoste mastered boarding-school preppy that is still cool, mature and city-appropriate.

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For all the NYFW shows, go to, or visit these other cool websites:

The official Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week website

The Sartorialist snaps what they’re wearing off the runway

New York Magazine’s clever guide to all things Fashion Week

–Jill Voon


When It’s Cold Outside… November 20, 2007

Filed under: Fashion — NYU WIC @ 6:34 pm

The dry wind of NYC’s bitter winters presents a tricky challenge: how to maintain our style while staying warm. You don’t need to submit to swimming in a Northface fleece and three scarves- by choosing your winter coat carefully, you will be able to stay fashion forward while bravely facing the arctic weather.







Shorter jackets are typically more fashionable than warm, but there are some that are both cute and functional. This plaid, wool coat from Delia’s has a large, faux fur- trimmed hood that will keep your face and neck insulated. Short coats also tend to be much more affordable than long coats. This one goes for $69.50—a great deal for those who are on a budget and want something cute and rustic.












A long, black coat preserves the look of the sophisticated urban trench, while protecting your body from frigid temperatures. It’s great for any outfit, especially for a dress with stockings, as it covers half of your legs. This formal look is only $98.00 at Nordstrom or











If you are looking for something less conventional, this chic houndstooth pattern from Nordstrom will definitely give you a unique appeal. Its high collar and long length will shield you from the wind. This coat is $128 at Nordstrom.




And how to stay the warmest of all? Donate your old coats to those in need. There are plenty of homeless people that desperately need protection from the cold. Your generosity would be appreciated more than you can ever know. For more information on where to drop off these coats, visit NY Cares


– Tara Andres


Shop and Never Drop November 15, 2007

Filed under: Fashion — NYU WIC @ 7:32 pm

Now that the temperature has dropped, we’re feeling less and less inclined to step outside and brave the cold. So when we’re in need of some retail therapy, we half-heartedly reach for our wool coats… and then we remember. It’s the 21st century, baby! Why suffer the chill when you can indulge that shopping addiction from the comfort of your own home? Here we reveal some of our favorite online shopping destinations that will keep you warm all winter long. 



Unique, quirky-cool, and inexpensive… what more could a girl ask for? Featuring everything from clothing and accessories to stocking stuffers, this site is great for finding that one-of-a-kind gift that doesn’t break the budget. watches-new.jpg



We love:
Improve your Japanese and never be late again! These Japanese talking watches ($20.00) tell you the time in their native tongue. Plus, they come in the coolest pops of color.





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We love:
These solid gold initial necklaces ($20.00) have a fantastic vintage vibe, but are still somehow so of-the-moment.





We hate it when we see something irresistible, but impossibly unaffordable in the 5th Avenue windows. That’s when we turn to, the website which touts itself as “the ultimate hook-up for the fashion obsessed.” Heavily discounted designer clothing, as well as reasonably priced apparel from smaller labels lure us back every time.



We love:
This Romeo & Juliet Couture geometric charmeuse bubble hem dress ($93) is sleek and chic without being winter-drab. The best part? You save more than 40% off of the original retail price of $155.





-Jill Voon


Haunting in Style October 26, 2007

Filed under: Fashion — NYU WIC @ 6:12 pm

Coppertone Sun Girl

Bring yourself back to a whimsical time when you weren’t worrying about coppertone.jpgcancer or wrinkles as you soaked up the spectacular rays of the sun. The Coppertone Sun Girl is a classic icon that’s easy and fun to imitate. There are several ways to go about the costume, but the best way is to don a blue dress with a bandeaux top. This way, you can also wear nude leggings and a turtleneck if you need some extra warmth while you freeze outside. Pull your hair into tousled pigtails and tie them with blue ribbons. Give yourself a golden flush by covering your face in bronzer and blush to create a sunburned look. Customize your costume by wearing sunglasses, clutching a bottle of Coppertone sunscreen, or toting around a black, stuffed dog. If you love the dog idea, but would rather not be carrying something in your arms, pin a felt canine silhouette to the bottom of your dress. As the Coppertone Sun Girl, you’ll be sure to turn heads as you glow with youth and summer glory— just make sure that you use this cartoon for inspiration, not an actual look.  

 – Tara Andreas