Wednesday, March 31, 2010


Sometimes, we pick a piece to post because the piece is the perfect example of a season's trend. Sometimes , we post a must-have staple, such as a Goyard bag or a Rick Owens leather jacket. Sometimes, we post a piece because our uber-chic staff members think our clients HAVE to know about it: such as cute clothing from up-and-coming designers.

And sometimes, we post a piece just becuase we think its pretty. Like this super sparkley necklace with black grosgrain tie at the neck. Priced at $220, it's cheap and chic. What's not to love?

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010


While Balmain may receive the majority of cred for bring back bling to the runways, they certainly aren't the only ones who can craft chic clothes that are one part Ren Fair, one part Whitesnake video and one part Mad Max. Even storied houses, known for classic prepster wear, are taking a style stance on gear made for the four horsemen of the apocalypse. Take for example this Burberry lightweight crew neck sweater with pale gold square studs. Just the thing for making you way through the urban jungle--after all, it's a battlefield.
*Burberry sweater with studs. In a size Large. Priced at $500. In mint condition.
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Monday, March 29, 2010


Hermes aka French Power house of must-have accessories, think: Birkin bags, printed silk scarves and H-buckle belts. Of course, my favorite Hermes accessory is a Hermes bracelet: be it leather wrap & strap or bingle bangle. Each bracelet is crafted with a signature French sleek style mixed with early pre-punk attitude. Rough and touch and chic. Dig It!

* Hermes brown leather cuff. Priced at $770.

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Friday, March 26, 2010


I don't know--maybe it's that award season left us with an urge to dress up and really go the distance. I'm talking bells and whistles! We're feeling feminie and flouncy and fabulous. Considering that most of us are also gearing up for wedding season, it's time to take a gander at some gowns. So, we've picked two--one a Marchesa deco dress cut a chic cocktail length and one Elia Saab confection with handmade beading and a feather trim at the hem--that will have you sitting perfectly pretty, no matter what the event.
*Marchesa cocktail dress with feathers at the bust. in a size 4. Priced at $770.
**Elia Saab pink ruched dress with beading and feather trim. in a size 44. Priced at $1620.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


Of all the fashion contributions from the good old US of A, sportswear seems to be our real areal of expertise. And none more experience than style journeywoman Donna Karan, whose fluid draping and modern sleek shapes set the sportswear standard. So, we decided to pick a piece that examplified Karan's architectural yet soft approach to modern design. And here it is. Crafted with a twisted wrap and brown leather belt at the waist, this dress is the living edge of contemporary chic. We just love it.

*Donna Karan wrap jersy dress with belt. In a size small. Priced at $770.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010


'Cuz this handbag breaks our hearts! Crafted by Roger Vivier in a textured navy blue leather, this heavenly handbag sports a sixties retro feel that reminds us a floating away on the Caspian sea with Jack Palance circa contempt. AND, considering its large and roomy size, this baby is the perfect beach-friendly bag. We'd pair it with a brightly printed boho bae hippie dress, large sunglasses and gladiator sandals. Surf's Up!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Notes From The Underground!

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Bonjour ladies or shall we say 'Hi from the friendly skies'? As we post, we're curling up beneath a cashmere blanket with a lavender face pillow, 30,000 miles above sea level, on the way back from NYC. We hit the Big Apple hard last week for our third pop-up, co-hosted with luxe lingerie & lifestyle line KiKi de Montparnasse. And, as always, the event was a smashing success. It was so great to spend a little QT with our east coast girls--some of whom cued up 2 blocks deep before the opening of our Sunday Shoe sale. We'll miss you ladies!
In other news, our latest sale on Hautelook opens tomorrow morning at 8 am PST. Christos and the decadestwo team curated a fantastic collection of dazzling dresses, heavenly handbags, stylish stilettos and sexy suiting. Don't forget to check it out!

Friday, March 19, 2010


So it seems that our second pop-up at KiKi de Montparnasse has been blogged, covered, and posted on every major fashion rag, site and blog! Read all about it! And for those of you in the greater NY area, don't forget to drop by KiKi, 79 Greene Street, on Sunday for a smashing shoe extravanganza (Louboutins, Manolos and many more at $150 a pair. Yep. True Story)!















Thursday, March 18, 2010


Black, black, and more black be damned--I heart a print. That's right. No need to look like a horsewoman of the apocalypse everyday, swathed in black fabric remnants and greasepaint. Luckily Spring 2010 is full of patterns and designs and this season's prints are a sophisticated affair, employing a random Rorshach sensibility.

*Marni printed laser paneled dress. In a size 38. Priced at $470.

*Peter Som printed pleated dress. In a size 10. Priced at $340.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010


Are we already mid-march? The advent of Spring signals a abandonment of heavy fabrics and dark colors in favor of lightweight gossamer threads woven in pretty pastels. In other words, time to get footloose, flouncy and fancyfree in floral frocks that easily go from a walk in the park to an art opening to a bicycle ride across the Brooklyn Bridge. And speaking of NYC landmarks, may I just say, I wish I was with our traveling Decadestwo counterparts, prepping for the Decadestwo Pop-up starting tomorrow at Kiki de Montparnasse. Magnolia Cupcakes for Everyone!

Chisato pink floral printed dress. In a size medium. Priced at $370.

Dries Van Noten floral printed ruffle robe over pink slip dress. In a size 40. Priced at $390.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010


Now that the sun is coming out to play, we're looking at looks that inspire a little play of their own. Tee hee. That's right: time to break out all those Dolce & Gabbana and John Galliano gathered and ruched numbers you bought circa season 3, Sex and The City. Considering that you no longer need to leave the house in a puffer and galoshes its time to show some skin. And what better way to do so than to don a dress that's got a little peek-a-boo action built right in?

*Dolce & Gabbana pale grey ruched jersey dress with gem encrusted straps. In an Italian size 44. Priced at $770.

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Monday, March 15, 2010


Spring Fling! I'm calling it: spring is officially here. At least on the west coast. The sun is shining, the sky is blue, and it's warm enough to rock a sundress (ok, ok, maybe with a cardigan and tights.) That said, it's time to abandon winter's dark romantic wear in favor of Spring's gentle luxe trends. You know, the ones we saw sashaying down the runway about oh, 6 months ago (wink).

This week, we'll focus on a few of our favorite Spring trends beginning with a look already in heavy rotation: military gear. This season numerous designers are turning to khaki tans and greens, button up jackets and chic cargo pockets for inspiration (think practically all major hitters: Prada, Chloe, Stella McCartney, Balmain etc.) but this Spring's military wear aren't your average boot camp worthy gear. Fashion fatigues are sporting feminine sexy notes with sparkle, beaded, chain, and sequin embellishmets and form-fitting cropped cuts. Aten-HUT!

*Kaufman Franco halter dress with chains, beads and wooden hardware. In a size 4 and priced at $390.

*Yohji Yamamoto Army Blanket Blazer. In a size 2 and priced at $340.

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Thursday, March 11, 2010


Ok, so they aren't identical. But they're pretty close . . . I do not understand what is going on with floofy, fluffy, flouncy frocks at this year's Oscars. I've been going over it in my mind again and again and for the life of me, I cannot figure out why this shape and style has come back in vogue. It seems to be outdated and somewhat matronly. Obviously, both of these ladies have amazing style so their choice of red carpet wear has me above all things, puzzled. Especially considering that Spring trends are sooooo fashion forward with sleek sophisticated lines and shapes--think military, architectural cuts with geometric prints and peek-a-boo lingerie. We're looking at modern silhouettes for a modern woman, so I guess I just cannot understand why stylists have encouraged their clients to go in pretty pretty princess mode. That said, the colors of these gowns are lovely--slate grey and tawny peach--flattering for any skin tone and so elegant.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


Sticks and stones may break my bones, but rocks like these excite me! I heart jewelry--costume, fine, trinket, or 5 & dime--I love a little jzudje. If you're anything like me (and I think I know you guys pretty well by now), you're going to love our latest Hautelook sale. We selected the most fabulous pieces from one of our favorite collectors. Each one of these babies deserves their own turn down the red carpet! Go check it out: But HURRY--the sale closes tomorrow at 8am!

Tuesday, March 09, 2010


We're talking serious bling for Spring ladies!

Our latest Hautelook sale showcases a collection of exquisite pieces, culled and curated by Christos, from one of our dearest clients--who is also a major jewelry collector. So, when she offered us access to her vaults, it was like the heavens themselves opened up and showered us with diamonds. Literally. Diamonds and rubies and sapphires and emeralds and tourmaline and citrine and aqua and kunzite . . . Need we say more?

Run, don't walk, to and check it out!

Monday, March 08, 2010


Hmmmmm . . . well, sadly, the fashion at the last night's Oscar's would not have won any awards. By and large, the frocks that rocked the red carpet failed to knock us out. Basically, last night was a sea of mermaid silhouettes--tight on the top and gargantuan on the bottom. You couldn't swing a Leiber baguette without getting it caught on some starlet's skirt ruffles. It was like everybody's inner child dressed them in princess fare for the ceremony. Where are the stylists?

And for that matter--when did a messy bun with a whisplet halo become the hairstyle du jour? Personally, I preferred the days of a chic chignon, but I guess that's just me.

That said, there were a few standouts. It seemed that at the 82nd Annual Academy Awrds, the dresses that dazzled were crafted in a pale silver and encrusted with beads, gems and sparkles. I guess this year, silver gets the gold!

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Saturday, March 06, 2010


OMG--OSCAR night is practically upon us and we are going nutso with anticipation. I mean, the laughter, the tears, the montages! Of course--all next week, we'll be posting treats and tidbits from the red carpet as well as frocks to inspire you and jewels to bedazzle you.

In the meatime, just to stoke your formal fires, we're posting this Chanel ribbed plum evening bag with silver metal fringe. Sometimes, it's fun to pick the bag and the image ALL the gowns you could wear with it . . .

*Chanel plum ribbed handbag with metal fringe. Priced at $1200. For further information or to purchase, please contact:

Thursday, March 04, 2010


I ask you: Does animalia really ever go out of style?

I thought not, too.

Maybe, my love of things animal stems from a fanciful facination with cartier's panther rings and a secret love of bejeweled and bedazzled Leiber mini-audieres who take their shape in the form of jungle creatures and garden dwellers. After all, sporting a fashion item that is the grown-up version of playing dress up, where you get to be Ms. Moss and Mowgli at the same time, makes a city girl the queen of the jungle.

Of course, animalia need not be contained to sparkly accessories. Oh no, animals showing up up on the clothes is an equal sign of whimsy--and, who amongst us, doesn't wish to show of their footloose and fancy-free nature?

Thought so.

*Gucci tiger printed halter dress with matching scarf. In a size 42. Priced at $1420.

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Wednesday, March 03, 2010


No one's saying it, so I'm saying it: Chanel clogs be damned!

Don't get me wrong. I love a clog, love Amsterdam, love windmills, love bicycles. But, when it comes to Chanel footwear, I'm eschewing the latest CC coup de grace--the toe patch clog--in favor of these thigh-high boucle babies with sequin detailing and straight-from-the nineties chunky heels. I plan on wearing them with something flouncy, light and lingerie-inspired. And maybe topping it with the Nouveau Riche jacket I blogged about yesterday. Shazaam!

*Chanel Boucle Thigh-High booties. In a size 39. Priced at $500.

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Tuesday, March 02, 2010


ARGH--I spoke to soon. yesterday, it looked like early shwoers were bringing flowers, but today, we're back to grey. There's a storm cloud hanging overhead and the temperature is brisk, to say the least. Oh well, we've still got winter gear hanging on our racks, and no matter the zero degree factor, we're gauranteed to have you looking refined in no time.

So, hang on to the sundress ladies and pair them with tights, military boots, a wrecked and distressed tee and a whimsical cozy & chic coat (like this Nouveau Riche fur coat with greeen snakeskin trim) and you'll be the perfect blend of winter and spring's trends du jour.

*Nouveau Riche long hair green fur jacket with black tips and green snakeskin piping and trim. In a size small and priced at $1600.

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Monday, March 01, 2010


Is is Spring yet? Is it? Is it? We are chomping at the bit, waiting Spring's official arrival. Calender-wise, I'm not sure if we're there and photos from back east seem to suggest that March may be a winter wonderland, but here in sunny California, we're two Farmer's Market trips away from officially announcing the season's change. We're ready for everything Spring has in store--especially fabulous frocks in loud prints in the seasons's signature color: yellow. I'm sure we'll be going on about a butter color palette in washed out hues, but for now, we're so psyched that winter's almost over, we just want to turn up the volume on saturation. Like with this Leonard shift in a signature geometric print with belt at the waist. We'll be garden party ready in no time.
*Leonard geometric print dres. In a size small. Priced at $500.
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