When two greats join forces, we can’t get enough. Brunch, Brangelina, and chugs (Chihuahua-pug hybrids, obviously) are living proof.
Which is why we’ve teamed up with the Style Network to form our own aptly named entity: StyleCandy. Each month, we’re combining DailyCandy’s knack for finding the latest and greatest with Style’s passion for all things stylish to bring you original video content.
First up is Runway Takeaway, in which we head to New York Fashion Week and highlight one standout look per day — one we feel will inspire a trend — from our favorite designers. Included in the lineup: Whit (above), Kaelen, Erin Fetherston, Rebecca Minkoff, Chris Benz, Lela Rose, and others.
We can’t wait to get this relationship off the ground and into your computers.
Right next to all the Kimye coverage.
Get in on the action at stylecandy.com.
If you were invisible, you’d attend premieres on Clooney’s arm (unbeknownst to him), carry your dog (so onlookers think he’s flying), and lounge in rich people’s apartments.
At Fair Folks & a Goat, you can do the latter — no superpowers required.
The appointment-only boutique/tea salon/art gallery is in a beautiful, address-undisclosed UES apartment next to the park — and every single thing in it is for sale, from one-of-a-kind antique furnishings to clothes from Archive Vintage.
Cofounder/curator Aurora Stokowski, featured in today’s video, hopes it will become a place for friends to congregate, shop, learn new things, and meet cool people.
All you have to do is e-mail her to get the shop’s address.
And show up in the flesh.
You’ve been known to have cold feet, an icy stare, and a frozen heart.
But chilly hands? Never. ’Cause you cover your phalanges with beautiful gloves by Daniel Storto.
For today’s video, we visited the genius designer/artist at his studio in — get this — Gloversville, New York (the glove-making capital of the U.S. ’til about 1950), where he hand-makes all his wares.
Storto, who’s collaborated with Alexander McQueen, Dries Van Noten, Bob Mackie, and Derek Lam, generally sells his custom accessories for hundreds of dollars. But for a limited time, he’s selling a special elbow-length black pair for just $25 (!) on his site. (Check back: He’ll be putting up a new style with a similar price every few months.)
We’re kind of obsessed with the idea of wearing long, ’40s movie star-style gloves year-round.
It’s just plain hot.
Did somebody up and put a ring on it? We partnered with Crate & Barrel to give away a dream wedding — worth a whopping $100,000 — to one lucky couple. To enter, go to crateandbarrel.com/ultimatewedding.
Music: Courtesy of Follow the Train
Photos: Courtesy of Stephen Piersanti
Glitz! Glamour! Real Housewives and mini bloggers in the front row!
Fashion Week is fun, but let’s be honest — it’s a lot of hoopla for seven minutes of runway time. No wonder some designers choose to forgo the frenzy.
In today’s video, we feature five of our local faves who opted out — Gerlan Jeans, Lewis, Loeffler Randall, Jeffrey Monteiro, and Lauren Kovin — and asked ’em to dress our intrepid editor in three never-before-seen looks from their fall 2010 collections.
In less than two minutes of stop-motion photography, you’ll see a huge jacket made of yarn, a gorgeous evening gown, expertly tailored blazers, and an eyeball-print jacket.
And not a Jersey Shore kid in sight.
For more information on the designers, go to gerlanjeans.com, lewisnyc.com, loefflerrandall.com, jeffreymonteiro.com, and laurenkovin.com.
For more New York Fashion Week coverage, check out our Dossier. Two more days of madness await.
Music: Courtesy of The Soft Pack
When you turned 21 … Well, you don’t remember turning 21. (Shots of Aristocrat will do that.)
When LaQuan Smith turned 21, he was dressing Lady Gaga and Rihanna and creating a stunning, ocean-inspired collection for New York Fashion Week. No big.
The Queens-based women’s wear wunderkind in today’s video is the ultimate follow-your-dreams success story: He taught himself to sew on his grandma’s machine, made his own designs, showed up uninvited to fashion parties, introduced himself to the right people, and voila.
Maybe you’ve seen him around town. He’s the one in sequins and six-inch heels. He’s so hot Kanye once stopped him to approve, “I like your style.”
We’d have to agree.
Your spirit fingers make a cameo more than once a day. And your jazz hands? Let’s just say there had to be an intervention — and it wasn’t pretty.
Shift the focus downward (your feet are jealous of the attention!) with bright, bold shoes by NYC-based design duo Osborn.
The fair trade, jazz-inspired oxfords and booties — featured in our stop-motion video today — come in crazy patterns ranging from polka-dot floral and wool tweed to an in-your-face safari print.
The coolest part: They’re all handmade in Guatemala from old blankets and clothes, African kente cloth, and vintage handwoven fabrics, and all have comfy leather soles and cotton linings.
So let your feet do the talking.
Available online at osborndesign.com.
Nothing kills the holiday spirit like catching up with
friends biatches you knew in high school. (“So, what are you doing these days?”)
Just say you own a brewery — and no one needs to know it’s only a gallon big.
We’re talking about Brooklyn Brew Shop’s amazingly easy DIY beer kits. In today’s video, founders Stephen Valand and Erica Shea show you how it all works (seriously, it’s as simple as making oatmeal).
Choose from flavors like chocolate maple porter, gingerbread ale using Gramercy Tavern’s famous recipe, and a Belgian triple that’ll make you and your cronies crunk (it’s a whopping 9.9 percent alcohol).
Then challenge the mean girls to a game of beer pong.
Available at Brooklyn Flea’s Gifted holiday market, November 27-December 24, 20 East 4th Street, at Lafayette Street; online at brooklynbrewshop.com. (Added incentive to hit the flea: They’ll be giving out free cups of beer.)
Attention all pea heads, pumpkins, and thunder domes.
There’s really no good excuse for going hatless. Especially now that Albertus Swanepoel is offering bespoke toppers from his charming Midtown studio.
In today’s video, the South African milliner-to-the-designers gives us the rundown (in his immeasurably sexy voice), taking measurements, picking fabric, and choosing a style that best suits your face. We’re talking old-school fedoras and cloches, modern turbans, straw hats, and even headgear for weddings.
His wares start at about $300, but we bet you’ll feel inspired just being in his presence (it’s no wonder Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler, and Alexander Wang call him a fave). And you’ll field compliments as soon as you walk outside.
Just don’t get a big head about it.
Deep in the heart of Pleasantville, there’s a damsel in distress. She’s worn the same boring jewelry every day since 2007 (hold back your tears, please).
Wait what’s that? It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, it’s Super Necklace, a.k.a. the Omne by Gemma Redux.
It morphs from chunky choker to open chain necklace to bohemian hair accessory to dangly belt in the blink of an eye — all thanks to a really strong magnet. Don’t believe it? We caught it in the act in today’s video, shot in New York City, er, Gotham.
And here’s the part that really saves the day: It retails for just $98 and up.
You know, in case you wanna hire it for birthday parties.
Available online at gemmaredux.com.
As the great Dolly Parton once said, “If it’s baggin’, draggin’, or saggin’, it’s gonna get nipped, tucked, or sucked.”
But maybe Dolly just needed an appointment with Linda the Bra Lady (no, seriously), owner of NYC’s Linda’s Bra Salon, whose mission in life is to make boobs reach their full potential — no plastic surgery required.
In our latest Easy Does It video installment, Linda shows you how to find the right bra size — whether you’ve got itty bitties or humongous knockers. And, if you’re like us, you’ll be surprised what you really are (one of us thought she was a 34B and was really a 32C, woo-hoo!).
Linda’s been at this for twenty years — so she knows what she’s doing. And her online boutique carries tons of hard-to-find sizes in both undergarments and swimwear.
So your bra will work for you from nine to five (and then some).
To visit Linda’s Bra Salon e-boutique, go to lindasonline.com.
Music by Kim Lenz and the Jaguars
For us, life’s a game of do or dye. (Really, have you ever known us to resist a good pun?)
And now that we’ve met Audrey Louise Reynolds, the crafty Carolina-turned-Brooklyn girl who’s name-dropped by colorphiles far and wide, it’s mostly the latter.
In our latest video, Reynolds, who just started selling her hand-dyed shoes, dresses, and scarves at No. 6, shows you how to color your own threads using strawberries. If you’re feeling creative, you can use other fruits and veggies, too. (It’s easy! And it smells good.)
After all, it’s get busy livin’ or get busy dyein’.
Available at No. 6 Store, 6 Centre Market Place, between Broome and Grand Streets (212-226-5759). For custom orders and more information, go to alrdyeing.com.
If wearing the same outfit three — okay, five — days in a row is wrong, we don’t want to be right.
But 365 days in a row? There isn’t a European shower strong enough for that.
Fortunately, Sheena Matheiken, the genius behind The Uniform Project, has seven copies of the cotton black dress she’s wearing every single day for a year — all in an effort to raise money for Indian school children living in slums.
We recently caught up with her to find out what it’s like slipping into the same thing every day, how she lands her amazing accessories, and if things ever get, um, smelly (turns out they don’t).
Matheiken left us feeling pretty inspired, and we hope you’ll feel the same after watching the video.
Over and over and over again.
For more information or to make a donation, go to theuniformproject.com.
Music by Theresa Andersson.
Sure, you could commission a custom designer dress — and risk being homeless once you get the bill.
Or you could go to Albertine Workspace, where charming owner/genius Kyung Lee is churning out beautiful bespoke pieces at off-the-rack prices.
In our latest video, Lee takes us through the whole process — from picking out styles and fabrics to trying on (and loving) the final product.
She knows what looks good and won’t lead you astray (seriously, you’ll want her to be your best friend). Plus, she’s been known to break out prosecco from time to time.
And you won’t have to drink it from a brown paper bag.
Albertine Workspace, 19 Christopher Street, between Greenwich Avenue and Waverly Place (212-924-8515).
They’re smart; they’re talented; they’ve got refined edge. Quite honestly: They’re foxy.
Okay, that’s a lot of gushing, but we’ve got a serious double girl crush. Watch our video interview with Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs of NYC label Cushnie et Ochs, and we’re pretty sure you’ll feel the same.
Please, ladies, just try to control yourselves.
Available at Bergdorf Goodman, 754 Fifth Avenue, between 57th and 58th Streets, third floor (212-753-7300). For more information, go to cushnieetochs.com.
Video may have killed the radio star, but let’s hope it doesn’t do the same for the daily online newsletter (fingers seriously crossed).
Without further ado, we present our first DailyCandy Video: a look at one of our favorite new designers, Alison Lewis, and her adorable spring collection.