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Fashion Week 2011: Eating Out Fashion Crowd Style

, we only do about $70.€But he wasn€™t complaining. Good thing, lest fashion mavens retaliate and start”]splitting salads in thirds! He said the business has been fantastic this past week and that the fashion flamingoes tip pretty well, even if they only eat like sparrows.

Fashion Week’s best-selling combo at P.J. Clarke’s, according to one server we interviewed: the tomato cream soup, spinach salad and a diet coke, of course. Indeed, we spotted at least six tables ordering the combo one busy afternoon!

On the crowded Virgin America route of L.A. to JFK, one flight attendant said he always knows when fashion week has come around because they usually run out of seltzer and orange juice on the flight. €œThe models and fashion week people only want a splash of something sweet in their seltzer,” he said. “Nothing too sugary.€

To be sure, the public is increasingly fascinated by what celebrities and models eat. Wednesday’s New York Times article by Jeff Gordinier chronicled the public€™s more recent fixation with celebrity eating, and how the trend has shifted to starlets telling us not about what they don’t eat, but how much they do eat! And, we love to hear it. There’s even a new acronym to describe this fascination: DIPE. Coined by longtime film publicist, Jeremy Walker, DIPE stands for: Documented Instance of Public Eating.

The message: The fashion/celeb clan can wolf down a bucket of wings, or binge eat a pepperoni pizza in bed just like the rest of us. I€™m reminded of that old Pantene shampoo commercial, where a barefaced, straggly hair model would say right before her on-screen transformation: €œDon€™t hate me because I€™m beautiful; in the morning I look just like you.€ Phew.

Gordinier€™s article also addressed a pressing question I ask my husband nearly every month when he

receives his Esquire magazine: Why are the interviewers always fixated on the food that their female models/celeb subjects eat.

This month€™s issue with Brooklyn Decker, (model and wife to tennis star Andy Roddick), took it to an entirely new level. The several-page article was devoted solely to Decker€™s preparation of the one meal that she said she knew how to make well (chicken something). Funny enough, she repeatedly tells the writer that she€™s not even sure why she is being interviewed because she hasn€™t done anything interesting enough to have something to say. We’re not so sure that making a chicken dish upped her “interesting quotient” by many points.But the funniest quote in the article came from former Hollywood publicist-turned writer Bumble Ward who said: €œDon€™t you feel awfully sorry for actresses? They€™re so sure that people assume they have an eating disorder that they€™re forced to wolf down caveman-like proportions of comfort food in order to appear normal€¦And worse they have to comment on how much they are enjoying themselves. Gone are the days of the black coffee and 10 Marlboro Reds lunch.€

Not so fast. We€™re not so sure those days are gone yet. Perhaps in Hollywood, but at this New York Fashion Week, it still seemed to be a favored combo of the models whom we saw popping out the backdoors of the shows with a coffee or diet coke in one hand and a cigarette in the other.

Scratch that, it was probably a cigarette and one of the new Diet Pepsi Skinny cans that debuted (to some controversy) during Fashion Week. Now, if you don€™t mind, we€™re going to chow down on the Cadillac burger €” but we€™ll split it in thirds, of course!

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Save Steal Splurge: The Summertime Cardigan

If you’ve spent your summer nights shivering by the shore or burning up at the bon fire, we’ve got the perfect solution: a topper that’s not too thick and not too thin — summer’s cardigan is loose and crocheted or long and silky so it won’t burn you up. Try a classic such as the DKNY Cozy, beloved by fashion editors, street style bloggers and more for its versatility, or try a boho fringed and crocheted option from Free People, which looks just as good at a music festival as it does at an outdoor movie.

But for the one that does it all, try our Save option, a great clean option that works with just about everything from jeans and a t-shirt to an after-hours cocktail frock.

Save: Sabine Beach Blanket Cardigan ($34.97)

Steal: Free People Kimono Cardigan ($128)

Splurge: DKNY Long Sleeve Silk Cashmere Cozy ($195)

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Seersucker Beats the Summer Sizzle: Our Top Puckered Picks

Thom Browne London Collections: Men

When the temperatures rise, ladies shed their layers and opt for airy caftans and strappy sandals. Guys who suit up — whether for work or play — can’t exactly do the same. So when the sizzle of the summer heat becomes too much for even the most gentlemanly fellow, sartorial savvy tells guys to reach for lighter fabrics. Our favorite summertime staple is seersucker, a lightweight puckered fabric more often associated with the genteel American South than with runway shows and high fashion. But it’s been making quite a comeback the past few summer seasons, and leave it to one of American menswear’s most forward-thinking designers, Thom Browne, to bring the fabric to the forefront of men’s tailoring. During his presentation at the London Collections: Men (the British answer to the Italian’s Pitti Uomo, the mega menswear show), he sent out an army of dapper guys dressed head to toe in seersucker. While most guys won’t be sporting the full T.Browne, here are our picks to beat the heat in summer’s easiest fabric.

J. Crew Ludlow Suit in Japanese Seersucker

A full-on Thom Browne suit doesn’t just earn a guy a sartorial merit badge (and tan ankles), it’ll also burn a quadruple-digit hole in your clothing budget. Not to worry though, because J. Crew has a full seersucker suit on offer that won’t break the bank. The Ludlow suit has already gained a legion of fans thanks to its trim (but still approachable) cut — sans  the Thom Browne highwater look — and its friendly price point. For summer, the menswear mainstay is offering a riff on the traditional seersucker suit by offering it in an overdyed Japanese seersucker. Menswear fans know that the Japanese love taking American standards and giving them the small-batch meets devil-is-in-the-details treatment, so you can be sure that this suit has been produced in limited quantities with fabric woven on small looms. The deep blue color retains seersucker’s puckered texture to keep you cool, so you’ll look slick no matter how high the temps rise.

Available at J. Crew.

Seersucker Ties

An easy way to add a dose of seersucker is by opting for a tie to go with your summer staples.

Brands such as Brooks Brothers, Jack Spade, the American Necktie Company and FTD favorite the Tie Bar all have an array of options. The best part? A tie lets you go bold by opting out of the traditional blue-and-white stripes without looking like a candy-colored dandy. We love bold berries, graphic black-and-white and even the more understated ecru shades that we’ve seen on offer. Want to up your style ante? We say go for broke with a seersucker bow tie. Wear one with the right amount of attitude and nobody will be asking you where to get moonshine — they’ll all be admiring your ability to flex your fashion muscle instead.

Bonobos Seersucker Pants

Traditionalists know that blue-and-white is seersucker’s calling card. Bonobos’ Seersucker Pants, on the other hand, are anything but traditional. Cut in the brand’s signature style (curves waistband, slightly tapered leg, etc.), and these fit more like a modern pant than those on offer from heritage brands. Paired with a pair of suede bucks — another menswear staple south of the Mason Dixon — and a mint julep, you’ll be ready for everything from summer weddings to backyard barbecues in this pair of wear-everywhere pants. For an even cooler cut, Bonobos also offers their classic 9″ shorts in seersucker. We say get both.

Del Toro Loafer in Seersucker

For a more out-there way to sport the summer standby, grab a pair of Del Toro’s classic loafers in seersucker. While the Prince Albert slipper is one of the most classic shapes in menswear, offering the after-dark staple in sunny seersucker is anything but traditional. Del Toro is known for giving classics a twist and we can’t resist this pair of off the wall shoes. (Note: The Miami Heat players are often seen wearing the label’s oxfords, derbies, sneakers and loafers off the court.) While a statement-making suit or even a pair of pants might be too much for some guys this pair of shoes might just be what you need to earn your summer stripes.

Available at the Webster.



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Our Top Halloween Headbands (That Work for Holiday, Too!)

Vanessa Traina in Givenchy

It’s been a few years now, but the image of Vanessa Traina wearing a gleaming Givenchy headband is still fresh in our minds. It helps that she’s an international fashion icon, and it also helps that she can count Givenchy Creative Director Ricardo Tischi among her closest friends, but what strikes us as true fashion is that she’s wearing the headband out on normal day. Gutsy? Definitely. Glam? There’s no doubt. If you’re not one to muster the fashion chutzpah of wearing a gladiator-meets-diabolic accessory on your daily grind, Halloween is the perfect time to give your sartorial limits a little bit of a stretch.

Go big and bold — or just make a subtle nod — with our favorite picks. The best part? They lean towards costume, but they’re not costumes, meaning you can add one to your favorite LBD for an office party or with a sequined cocktail dress at a holiday get together with friends. Do it right and you might just have people talking about you long after Halloween and the holiday season and right into 2014.

Eugenia Kim Marique velvet and georgette flower crown headband

Costume suggestions: Fairy princess, fashion blogger at a music festival, haute milkmaid, hippie

Eugenia Kim is known for her statement headgear. She started with hats and then moved on to add knit millenary pieces as well as a men’s line and — the ultimate coup for a fashion brand — a Target collab. The designer has also expanded outside of hats alone to include a line of luxe headbands that are perfect for girls who frequent the garden party circuit. If you don’t happen to be part of that set, the Marique velvet and georgette flower crown headband ($155) also works for weddings, music festivals and more. It’s one way to add a huge impact with just one piece, which might be why diminutive hipster songstress Lana del Ray is often seen sporting a floral crown on stage.

Available at Net-a-Porter.

H&M headband

Costume suggestions: Cabaret mouse, burlesque bear, various glamorous critter, in-the-know fashion editor with a sense of humor

Taylor Swift, Sarah Jessica Parker, Victoria Beckham and Rihanna have all been spotted (and Instagrammed) wearing cheeky headbands with rabbit, cat and mouse ears done up in glittering rhinestones or delicate black lace.

In the case of Swift, it was for a music video, but the others were just wearing the ears out to red carpet events just to give their gowns a big dose of whimsy. While this look definitely veers into tween territory, celebs ground their animal-ear headbands by pairing them with more conservative pieces or all-black ensembles. We suggest you do the same and wear these sequined ears (just $7.95) with a simple black cocktail dress. We’re betting you’ll be the only one at the office party brave enough to have a little fun.

Available at H&M.

BCBG Wings Headband

Costume suggestions: Greek goddess, angel, Anna dello Russo

Only good girls need apply, because the BCBG Wings Headband ($48) is an angelic touch you can add to just about anything. Take your favorite draped dress and wear it with these wings to become an instant goddess, add strappy sandals and you’re basically heaven-sent. A subtle sprinkle of rhinestones adds a bit of bling, so prepare to turn heads every time you move yours.

Available at BCBG.

Henri Bendel Bond St. Headband

Costume idea: Gossip Girl extra, daughter of anarchy, punk rock princess

This is undoubtedly the most wearable, most understated and all-around versatile option, but that doesn’t mean that the Henri Bendel Bond St. Headband ($48) is boring. It’s something you can wear no matter what your look since it’s simultaneously punk, prep and delicate. Wear it with a leather moto (or vegan, if that’s more your taste) jacket for a sweet spin on Sons of Anarchy or go goody two-shoes by wearing it with a plaid skirt. It’s the easiest piece to wear off-season, too, because after the costumes get put away, it’ll still hold your hair back in high style.

Available at Henri Bendel.

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Go Graphic! Our Favorite Bold Clutches for Under $200

It’s time to think about switching from summer faves to new fall finds. So while you’ve probably been loving your straw tote or slouchy raffia clutch, it might be time to switch to a fall-ready graphic bag that’s got a lot of impact.

Fall means switching from neons and breezy whites to army greens, aubergines and black, and those deeper, warmer-weather shades are the perfect backdrop for these bold clutches. We’ve got simple, clean picks for minimalists and bolder, embellished picks for girls who just want to have fun.

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Save Steal Splurge: the Striped Sweater

There’s an old saying that horizontal stripes aren’t the most flattering pattern you can wear. And while sure, there are great ways to give yourself a sleek line and color block some optical illusions into your outfit, but we say embrace the stripe. After all, it’s a staple on the French Riviera, it’s got plenty of fans that are all shapes and sizes and when done right, stripes make a big impact with little effort on your part. Just keep the shapes simple and straightforward if you want to go with big bold stripe and you’ll be in the clear. For more complicated and complex pieces, we say stick with a pinstripe or something more subtle.

However you choose to wear your stripes, just keep the rest of your outfit simple to stay tr¨s chic.

Save: RD Style Stripe High Low Sweater ($69)

Steal: Marc by Marc Jacobs Jacquelyn Stripe Top ($198)

Splurge: Alice + Olivia Stripe Drape Front Wraparound Sweater ($2963

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Monday Muse: Norman Rockwell Inspires Gant by Michael Bastian

Gant by Michael Bastian Fall 2013

Michael Bastian made his mark on menswear by designing clothes that were so All-American that he ushered in a new menswear movement. In what seemed like a nanosecond, the blogosphere and every men’s mag had Hedi Slimane slim suits and severe European tailoring in the rear view and buffalo plaids, chambray work shirts and Ivy League staples on their radar. So leave it to the harbinger of Americana to draw from one of the country’s most beloved artists for his collection for Gant.

For Fall 2013, Bastian took iconic Norman Rockwell pieces and brought them to life — the two dimensional paintings that inspired some of the pieces hung right alongside the models during his presentation at the The Art Students League of New York, which just so happens to be Rockwell’s alma mater. Rockwell is best known for painting images of everyday life in America, from guys at a diner counter to family meals around the dining room table.

An outfit inspired by Norman Rockwell’s Freedom of Speech

But Bastian looked closer at the men that the paintings depicted and drew from their clothes to create a collection of back-to-basics staples that every guy will want for his own closet.

A blue checked shirt and moleskin varsity jacket come straight from Rockwell’s Freedom of Speech and paintings of kids playing basketball inspired a tank top emblazoned with the number 23 and a jacket that draws from a baseball jersey. Bastian credited the post-war feel of the ’40s and ’50s for the looks, which blend military influences such as cargo pockets with Ivy League sweaters and menswear basics. But modernizing the pieces was the key to the collection, which might look vintage, but fits the way modern guys like to dress. And to add one more twist to the mix, Bastian’s fashion presentation featured painters from the school illustrating each model’s Rockwell-inspired getup. Perhaps those very paintings will inspire a whole new collection of menswear in the decades to come.