From day to day, I read a book on the train entering and returning from the city. Usually I read a book set around a fictional character, although this month it is Christian Dior's autobiography: Dior by Dior. The book details the life of a humble man designing a fashion line, and without an explicit aim to do so, winning an Oscar in Dallas, Texas with his first-ever collection called The New Look, designed at the age of forty.
He at times modeled his lines after French monuments, once, the Eiffel Tower and the Cupola. He says, on designing, "I was always searching to alter the general attraction of woman and enliven her silhouette. The material ought to live on her shoulders, and her figure live beneath the material."
With Dior as our inspiration, below are a number of cold weathered shoulders found in INA Noho.
All Items located in INA Noho, from top: KittinHawk leather shoulder pads; R13 leather, fur lined and khaki vest; Torn sweatshirt with metallic shoulder; Torn cable knit sweater with fringe shoulders; Skingraft leather shirt with transparent striped shoulder; Burberry men's cream sweater with epaulette; Iro black jacket with leather shoulder; A Detacher gray dress with one exaggerated, blousing shoulder.
With a Nor'easter in our midst, what better way to prepare than to accessorize with winter layers? Ruby Andreolli, manager of INA Nolita, guides us through the best fur toppers and hats currently in store.
"Double espresso, anyone?" Spend a morning at your local cafe wearing this vintage mink, tassled shawl and a cross-body quilted fabric Chanel purse.
Bundled at the lunch counter, ordering is always more satisfying in ear muffs (fox) and a Marni belted vest with mink panels.
"Who's that girl?" Garner looks from passing shoppers while wearing an Ermanno Scervino fox-lined sweater. It even doubles as a coat.
No waiting is necessary with an Hermes Gaultier Birkin in hand. Turn up your curly lamb collar and grab a ride with a passing driver, all the while wearing an Yves Salomon fur fox hat.
All merchandise INA Nolita, from top: vintage Saks mink, tassled shawl, Chanel quilted purse with gold chain, and wide brimmed felt hat; fox ear muffs & Marni belted black vest with caramel mink; Ermanno Scervino grey fox sweater, Christian Dior maroon leather clutch, and Lack of Color grey wide brimmed hat; Miu Miu vintage black coat with curly lamb collar, Hermes white leather Gaultier Birkin, and Yves Salomon black fox hat.
Living life in the fast lane of fashion, learning the alphabet is easy. Are a baby's first words necessarily "yes", "no", "please", "thank you", or rather, could they be "muff", "scarf", "beret"? In the mind of a toddler and adult alike, furry winter accessories are the building blocks of a vocabulary in Soho style.
B is for beret. Not just any beret, but a vintage beret with a shearling pom pom.
B is also for beaver. B for the black beaver lined vest by Co.
M is for muff. Ear muffs, black and grey muffs made of fox and connected by an iridescent band.
S is for shoulder, a shoulder woven from black fox. And for scarf. S is for a wild white lamb scarf.
R, as we well know, is for rabbit. A grey rabbit Christian Dior purse, no less.
And finally, H is for helmet. Prada's black fur toy soldier helmet.
All merchandise in INA Soho: Co beaver vest, Assembly white pants, Fendi leather purse with brown and navy, vintage shearling beret; Prada black dress with black fox shoulder, Japanese fox ear muffs; vintage white lamb scarf; Chanel sequin silver blazer, Balmain marching pant with stripe, Christian Dior grey rabbit purse; Prada fur helmet.
Signing in, the one and only source into the lives of Manhattan's scandalous elite, here - or at least, the one and only source into the wardrobe of Manhattan's elite. With eyes everywhere - on Chloe angora, leather miniskirts, and leopard print booties - who am I?
Sort the racks of INA Union Square this week to find the wardrobes of New York's most infamous Queen Bee characters. In the guise of Blair Waldorf's princess chic, Serena van der Woodsen's carefree street denim, and Georgina Sparks' black leather conniving, you know you love me. XoXo, Gossip Girl.
From top, all merchandise INA Union Square: Chloe pink & white striped angora sweater, leather pleated Astrid miniskirt, Sally Bolhower heart necklace, Christian Louboutin leather clutch with spikes; Versus by Versace black checkered skirt suit; Alexander Wang black jacket with button-cinched sides, white polka-dotted cut out Love miniskirt, Bottega Veneta white thatched leather clutch, white fur hat with ear flaps; Margiela white leather jacket, BCBG chocolate ribbon banded hat, Brian Atwood pony leopard print boots.
An array of hemlines are floating through Chelsea womenswear at the moment, to be finished off with tall boots. Imagine stockings and warm socks accenting these pants, coats, skirts, dresses in the dead of winter.
From top, all INA Chelsea: Chanel wool tweed dress with tie cardigan; Chanel snap-away hunter green windbreaker pants; Chanel satin back-bow pump; Marni striped legging with black leather Marni clog; white leather lace-up NKStore pants; Manolo Blahnik black leather boot with gold chain; Proenza Schouler pleated skirt; The Row wool coat with single button closure; Acne riding boots with wool Burberry pleated skirt; Valentino black & white checked suit; Y-3 sheer long skirt with black stripe.
What can be said about patchworks - patchwork quilts, patchwork country, patchwork paneling? An anachronistic fabric stitched together with exposed seams, quilted patchwork and skin patchwork run hand in hand, in detail: dangling from the window shopper's arm, a Jil Sander clear plastic tote displays a single python pocket. And in another: the suede elbow patch decorates the elbow of a man resting against a wall. Strategically placed patches appear throughout our New York streets on shoulders, waistbands, and Louis Vuitton soccer balls.
From above, all INA MEN: Jil Sander midnight plastic tote with python exterior pocket, Antonio Marras charcoal plaid vest, Miharayasuhiro charcoal wool pant with skirt overlay, Visvium Comme Des Garcons navy & white hightop sneaker; Louis Vuitton black jacket, Junya Watanabe navy & white striped trouser, Louis Vuitton olive cashmere turtleneck with suede elbow patches, Fiorentini + Baker chocolate suede boot, Mike crackled metallic sunglasses; Thom Browne grey & white striped hat, Vivienne Westwood charcoal & white plaid button-up, Louis Vuitton gray zip-up sweater with suede elbow patches, Vivienne Westwood navy wool pant with side ties, Marni burnt orange leather lace-up loafer.