Ina, our own Ina Bernstein, was recently photographed in a sweeping caftan for the advertisement of a Vitra lounge chair. The black and white fringed cape swung against cream leather reminded of the black and white full length hemlines in INA Soho, some replete with high necks.
Featured garments from INA Soho: Jean-Paul Gaultier black & white striped, hooded jersey dress & Pierre Hardy wedge sandal; Phillip Lim black jumpsuit with sheer neckline & YSL black suede sandal trimmed in white; Alexander Wang open-weave sweater with cropped front; Celine black & white silk blouse with neck tie, Acne striped jeans, and Carven velvet bow sling-backs.
Out on the town, in our city for the not-faint-of-heart, Soho makeup artist and Thompson Street fixture takes on New York adorned in light-heartedness.
Belle wears a ruffled tutu, an arm of feathers, and body-grazing mesh.
Belle wears all looks from INA Soho on Thompson: Hakaan tutu trimmed flesh dress & Giuseppe Zanotti white leather, studded pumps; Agent Provocateur pink-feathered loungewear & Louboutin teal, satin mule; Chanel pink & white checkered dress with pastel basket-weave Chanel slingbacks & vintage white & black quilted purse; Isabel Marant red mesh racerback coverup worn over Herve Leger bodysuit & Manolo Blahnik gold and black leather peep-toe and ankle pumps; Jean-Paul Gaultier pants with cut-away floral ruffle panel; Erdem navy and floral leather jacket with Dolce & Gabbana corset, Blumarine navy silk pencil skirt; Chanel gold lace-up gladiator sandals.
High time for a cook-out, the INA employees gathered last Thursday night around the grill behind INA, and to boot, wished Bajun an early "Happy Birthday", the manager at-large of INA Men.
Soon after blowing the candles, one of our most beloved friends and customers showed up on a chopper - here ye here ye - Meatloaf.
The staff took turns taking a whirlwind ride around Nolita, Leah first, then Sarah -
Squirrel, next, and let's not forget fashion while riding.
(A Lanvin silver leather strapped sandal on the pedal.)
Daniela waited in line with Ina for a ride, and as it turns out, both were naturals.
Ina gives the crowd a final smile, leaving us all to wonder, where's Meatloaf?
The women's pump and accessory is following direction from mens' sportswear. And in what environment better to do so than in INA's men and women Chelsea location?
Another trend: wearing a men's trench coat as a dress, letting it hang oversized in its length and shoulder, and cinching with a belt.
Never a passing fad taken from menswear - the graphic short-sleeved shirt. Worn with dice straps on a pair of Charlotte Olympia stilettos, any photographic t-shirt is a shoe-in: one of Givenchy's T's, including Bambi, Madonna and censored icons, are in Chelsea for the taking, spilling out of a Louis Vuitton striped duffle bag.
All items found in INA Chelsea: Pollini black and white patent wedge with mirrored heel; Raf Simons for Adidas men's sneaker; Burberry Prorsum men's camel-colored trench coat with knitted collar; Chanel perfume bottle earrings; Charlotte Olympia dice-strapped heels with Helmut Lang photographic dress; Givenchy men's t-shirts; Louis Vuitton wool striped duffle bag; Paul Smith men's floral button-down.
Flipping through the latest Harper's Bazaar, I asked my coworker, Jill Weinstein, who her fashion icons were, which shoots did she like? Not a fan of the girlier items with ruffles, Jill gravitated towards the longer pants and mod blazers worn by a model in deserted LAX airport.
I had Jill try this Hakaan ballerina dress on for me, though not at all her style -
"A plunging neckline!" Jill reached for the sheer, plaited Prada dress in the window, holding it up.
And a rounded toe Christian Louboutin pump. It fits, even with trousers, and as Jill mentioned, some of her favorite women wore trousers - Katherine Hepburn, Lauren Bacall.
"Powerful," said Jill, "that's what I like about the model in the airport." Though floral prints and pastels are still possible, as well as feminine silks...
...as well as gunmetal and translucent beads.
Standing with suitcases in hand, the Harper's model stood in a final outfit of contrasting textures and patterns that somehow came together as confluent, and looked like the most wanted woman: a woman not dressed by anyone but herself.
Featured above, INA Soho: Hakaan ballerina ruffle dress; Prada sheer, silk three-quarter length sleeve dress; black, leather Christian Louboutin pumps; vintage stone and metal chain necklace; Alberta Ferretti pastel, pink silk dress with linen trim; Sally Bolhower hand-designed necklace with silver beads; Balenciaga leather marbleized motorcycle tote.
To give credit where credit is due, Yves Saint Laurent first tailored the feminine tuxedo: he cut with more streamlined angles and the straightforward lines associated with menswear. Almost always seen with a masculine flair in the form of a brimmed hat and vest, one of our own smartly dressed women, Linda Pagan, the owner of The Hat Shop on Thompson Street, below wears Yves Saint Laurent as if it was hand tailored for her alongside this year's release of the new film "Yves Saint Laurent", documenting the life of the designer.
From above, all INA Soho, Linda wears: YSL black cotton dress with side arm ties & YSL leather platform mid-calf boots; Vintage YSL pencil skirt and navy suede YSL platform loafer with gold metal plates; silk, cream YSL dress with waist tucks, YSL burgundy patent leather platform sandal, and YSL olive leather Muse 2 purse; cropped, grey belted YSL trouser; black, cotton YSL apron dress & YSL black, patent Tribute pump; YSL khaki-colored tunic top and YSL straw purse with metal horn handle.