Old School Mood Boards

slider While the popularity of Pinterest continues to rise, my love for pinning on traditional mood boards still reigns supreme. Don’t get me wrong I’m a fan of digital pinning (just check out my digital mood boards on the home page and on Pinterest), but the tactile experience of old school mood boards is an aspect of collecting inspirational images that still gets me excited. [Continue reading]

Chloe Resort 2014

slider Easy and effortlessly cool pants were the main attraction at Chloe’s Resort 2014 collection. I loved all the variations designer Clare Waight Keller introduced for resort. The slouchy high-waisted with wide legs and the cropped  tailored versions were among my favorites. Not to be overlooked were the great looking accessories. I loved the T-strap wooden heels and the flat sandals with prominent gold fastened ankle cuffs. [Continue reading]

Clover Canyon Resort 2014

slier Get lost in Clover Canyon’s sporty and girlie lush tropical Resort 2014 collection.             [Continue reading]

Street-Style Inspirations

slider2 Love how effortlessly cool her oversized  men’s shirt looks paired with a prim and proper pencil skirt and killer heels. The over the shoulder styling trick adds a sexy touch to this look. This is the perfect easy summer look: A lovely printed kaftan and wooden platform sandals.   [Continue reading]

New In My Closet

slider I had to have these boots as soon as I spotted them. Visions of me wearing them with a number of looks from spring into summer were quickly obliterated when literally overnight my pregnant feet (yep, I’m expecting this summer!) suddenly puffed up. I was prepared for the feet swelling that accompanies pregnancy, but I had no clue it would happen so fast and that it would require me to buy shoes almost two sizes bigger! [Continue reading]

In The Mood For: White Blazer

slicer2 I’ve been on a serious hunt for a crisp white blazer to wear this spring with everything from jeans to dresses. Here are some looks that are currently inspiring my white blazer obsession. [Continue reading]

Lucy Folk Takes on Fruits With Tropicalismo

slider Sometimes it takes a visionary to help us alter our perception of things. In jewelry designer Lucy Folk’s case, it’s all about re-imagining food from edible to wearable ornaments. Her smartly designed and fantastical vision took shape when she was in kindergarten. “I always made macaroni necklaces and hung cherries from my ears. This ignited my desire to combine food and jewelry and to preserve the delicious things we love to eat and make precious jewelry we love to wear,” Folk recently shared with me. [Continue reading]

On My Radar: Abacaxi

slider2 Designer Sheena Sood (image above) has always been obsessed with fabrics, patterns and conceiving her own colorful prints. The former artist turned designer, who has lent her talents to Tracy Reese, Zac Posen and now Cole Haan, credits her Indian background with her affinity for folkloric textiles. When it came time for designing her first capsule line, abacaxi (Portuguese for pineapple), Sood was confident she wanted to conjure up her bohemian personal sense of style. [Continue reading]

Who’s That Girl: Michelle Elie

slider I’ve spotted this immaculately avant-garde striking woman on several style blogs. I’ve often wondered what her story was. Who was she? What did she do? With such an experimental wardrobe and eclectic sense of style, I just knew she had to work in fashion. Thanks to Tamu from AllThePrettyBirds she is no longer a mystery. Her name is Michelle Elie. [Continue reading]

75 Parisiennes

slider Much has been said about Parisian women. Chic, sophisticated and natural are some of the descriptions that come to mind when we think of la Parisienne. French photographer Baudouin Winckler, who has worked with Elle, Glamour, L’Oreal and Le Monde, set out to break through the stereotypes and uncover the modern women living in Paris for his book, 75 Parisiennes. [Continue reading]

Roman & Williams Interiors

slider Married designers and architects Robin Stendefer and Stephen Alesch of Roman & Williams are the creative geniuses behind some of New York’s most stunning interiors. The Standard Hotel’s Boom Boom Room,The Standard Grill, The Dutch and the Ace Hotel are some of the venues where they’ve worked their magic. Blending a vintage and tactile historic flair with a contemporary edge is what these sought-after designers do best. [Continue reading]

Zim & Zou Paper Masterpieces

slider French graphic design team Lucie Thomas and Thibault Zimmermann of Zim & Zou create the most intricate sculptures and installations all out of paper and then photograph the amazing results. Doing away with computer composed graphics, the experimental duo focus on tangible craftsmanship through the use of recycled paper. Their beautiful creations have been commissioned by the likes of IBM, The Washington Post and Hermes. [Continue reading]

Maki Oh

slider Nigerian designer Maki Osakwe’s Lagos based label Maki Oh, launched in 2010, is a seamless melange of long-established African and modern Western aesthetics. The streamlined and minimalist silhouettes radiate ethereal elegance thanks to her homeland’s traditional organic hand-dye method called adire ( natural indigo leaves and cassava plant paste) and Osakwe’s use of African prints and materials. [Continue reading]

Pretty in Thrift Breaks Down Her Jewelry M.O.

slider I’ve featured a number of ladies on Fringueuse who love to shop in vintage and thrift stores and have a great eye for picking out some incredible pieces. Theses ladies build stand-out looks that hint to the past but are also decidedly modern in the way in which they are styled and teamed with current pieces. [Continue reading]

No Shipping To The US Sucks

slider I have a funny feeling my friends in Europe are gonna start hating me and soon start dodging my emails and frantic calls, again. This will all be thanks to this place : www.Stories.com, a new store, by H&M, called & Other Stories that recently opened and doesn’t deliver to the US. The last time a store came between me and my overseas pals was back when Topshop did not deliver to the US. [Continue reading]

Vita Fede

slider I’ve been M.I.A. on the blog for a while now. I know, not cool. Between my writing gigs and a much-needed vaca in St. Lucia, I’ve haven’t had much time for blogging. Another loved pastime I’ve been slacking on these days is shopping. I’ve manage to catch up on both today with this post on Vita Fede‘s sharp collection of jewels designed by Cynthia Sakai. [Continue reading]

Street-Style Inspiration

slider2 This look on style blogger Irina Lakicevic makes me want to live in suits, especially this one! The relaxed fit of her Stella McCartney graphic printed suit paired with an oversized Celine shirt is gamine chic at its best. I love how she added a touch of bold color with her yellow bag and pumps. Easy, simple and most definitely cool! [Continue reading]

3.1 Phillip Lim For Less

slider1 Major accessory crush on these 3.1 Phillip Lim PJ Cutout Flat Booties and the “Scout” Small Drawstring Crossbody bag in that rich green hue. The quirky mix of gladiator sandal with the menswear aesthetic has me drawn to these booties. I can see these working with many looks from cuffed-up boyfriend jeans to denim shorts this spring into the summer. [Continue reading]

Statement Outerwear From Paris Fall 2013

slider Fall collections are all about the outerwear for me. I love a great coat or jacket, and they are the basis of my looks for the fall and winter season. In fact, I need two closets in my apartment to house my growing collection. Unfortunately for my husband, my motto is you can never own too many jackets or coats. [Continue reading]

In The Mood For…

slider Some cool goodies I’d love to see in my closet for spring. I’ve had these particular pieces on the brain for some time and just haven’t gotten around to getting my hands on them…or figuring out which ones are worth splurging on. The leather pants have my name written all over them. The Margiela boots are a classic covet of mine. [Continue reading]

Diversity Rules at Tom Ford Fall 2013

slider2 Tom Ford’s Fall 2013 show was a circus of full-on color, textures and prints. This was truly an over the top collection and not for the wallflower. I’m not sure I could get away with wearing these looks as styled for the runway, but there most definitely were some very hot pieces I could see toning down teamed with some more somber pieces. What really got me excited, besides the clothes, was the fresh diversity in this runway show. [Continue reading]

All Knitwear

slider All Knitwear, designed by Annie Larson, allows you to mix crazy kooky prints with the Midas touch of mix masters, like Susie Bubble. Multicolored pastiches of geometric patterns of all shapes and colors converge on knit cardigans, crewneck sweaters, skirts, leggings and hats. While I can’t believe I’m so late getting on the Larson bandwagon, I’m  grateful a lovely friend introduced me to this charming line by gifting me a comfy kaleidoscopic sweater. [Continue reading]

Home Libraries

slider Some of my favorite stylish home libraries.       [Continue reading]

Linlee Allen Takes Us Shopping In Melbourne, Australia

slider Linlee Allen is a lifestyle renaissance woman. She divides her time between trend forecasting, creative consulting for assorted brands, photojournalism and writing about fashion, art and culture for publications such as The New York Times, Vogue, Purple Diary, V, Style.com and LOVE. Oh, and let’s not forget her fabulous blog, Delinlee Delovely, that highlights “fleeting visions, comical characters and cultural influences.” It ‘s safe to say this Aussie keeps a busy schedule. [Continue reading]

NYFW Fall 2013 Trend Spotting: Bermuda Shorts

slider Since spotting Bermuda shorts on the Spring 2013 runways of DKNY and Rag and Bone, I’ve been looking forward to taking this new hemline out for a spin once the weather warms up. This tailored version is a great alternative to the same old high-waisted denim short shorts we’re so used to. I was happy to see this silhouette popping up again on the Fall 2013 runways at NYFW. [Continue reading]

NYFW Fall 2013 Highlights

slider1 3.1 Phillip Lim Where to start? This is by far one of my favorite collections so far. Phillip Lim can do no wrong in my eyes, so I expected, at the very least, to find one or two pieces to fawn over. Instead, Lim sent out 46 spectacular looks that had me feigning for every individual piece. [Continue reading]

Style DNA: Stylist & Model Ni’ma Ford

slider1 “I love getting dressed! I really do consider it an art form,” reveals stylist and model Ni’ma Ford. The name may not ring an instant bell but if you’re a fan of street-style blogs, like The Sartorialist, then you’ve seen her picture. And similar to Scott Schuman, you’ve been enamored by her style pedigree. Schuman has been such a fan of Ford that he put her on the cover of his latest book, Closer. [Continue reading]

The Hunt For Overalls

slider If you follow Fringueuse on Pinterest, then you know that overalls hold a special place in my heart. They have since I was in middle school. I couldn’t be more thrilled that for Spring’13, designers are reproducing the look for us grown ups in a myriad of fabrics (velvet, silk, leather and denim, of course) and styles. [Continue reading]

Street Artist: Phlegm

7dd848e506e82b72fe41acb6a08784ed Street artist Phlegm‘s hypnotizing illustration based murals covering buildings in England and featuring his other-worldly comic book characters are one-of-a-kind and huge in scale. His intricate work never ceases to amaze me. The self-described outsider to the art world made a name for himself with his popular comic books, but he loves to reach a broader audience with his street art, and he credits his public work with keeping his art fresh. [Continue reading]

Genesis Vallejo for Charlotte Olympia

slider2 These vintage style images of Dominican stunner Genesis Vallejo modelling these gorgeous and cheeky Charlotte Olympia heels are so beautiful. The melding of photography and art is so stunning! And let’s not forget the shoes.Yes, the shoes! I just had to share these pictures. Head over to Tooklookbook for a great round up of fabulous Charlotte Olympia shoes and bags here. [Continue reading]

Seven Wonders Vintage Boutique

slider One of my favorite vintage stores in Brooklyn is Seven Wonders in Greenpoint. What makes this boutique so special? First, it’s one of the few vintage stores in New York where you can still score great blouses, dresses , skirts, accessories and shoes at low prices ( all under $100) – a notion that’s almost unheard of in New York today. [Continue reading]

Tzipporah by Natasha Goldenberg

slider Russian Hello! fashion editor Natasha Goldenberg is a fixture on street style blogs. Her eclectic and ’70s inspired way of dressing has won her some well deserved time in front of photographer Tommy Ton‘s lens outside the shows. Goldenberg, who is also the creative director at Kova&T, has been designing her own contemporary line since 2011: Tzipporah by Natasha Goldenberg. [Continue reading]

COVET: Canada Goose

slider Looking stylish and feeling warm when the weather drops down to the single digits always proves to be a hard, if not impossible, feat to master. Sometimes no matter how much you layer under your coat, there is no substitution for a truly warm parka. Not all parkas are the same. Some are truly more equipped at keeping you toasty and fashionable…for a hefty price, of course. [Continue reading]

Picnic State of Mind

slider Escapism is the key word for the day. The freezing cold weather in New York and this stubborn cold that I just can’t seem to shake has got me yearning for sun rays, a day spent lazily lounging by a pool, a warm afternoon nap by the ocean or a summer picnic unencumbered by winter accessories. [Continue reading]

Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos

slider2 It’s not hard to tell looking at these images why Parrot Cay resort in Turks & Caicos is exactly where I wish my behind was right now! [Continue reading]

No-Fuss Dressing

slider Getting dressed has been a huge chore for me lately. Maybe it’s the gloomy weather we’ve been experiencing in New York or just pure fashion laziness, but my lack of outfit inspiration has been drawing me towards the simple and easy jumpsuit. This super versatile all-in-one number takes the guess-work out of looking cool and pulled together from day to night. [Continue reading]

New York Label To Watch: TOME

slider1 TOME‘s Australian designers Ryan Lobo and Ramon Martin have been awarded the 2013 Ecco Domani’s Fashion Foundation Awards prize of $25,000 to help them present their new collection at New York Fashion Week. The New York based TOME, launched in 2011, is following in some pretty impressive footsteps. Prior winners include Derek Lam, Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy and Alexander Wang. [Continue reading]

Prabal Gurung x Target

slider1 Just as expected the Prabal Gurung for Target collaboration  is chock-full of lovely floral and graphic prints that are in sync with the designer’s M.O. and his inspiration for the romantic 80-piece collection: love. Gurung delivers flirty dresses and feminine accessories to cover every step of your love story from the crush to the first kiss. [Continue reading]

COVET: Zara Studio Trousers

slider1 Let it be known that today, January 9th 2013, is the day my luck, my terrible luck, changed for the better. No, I did not win the lottery, find a bag full of cash in a paper bag on the subway or even win a week’s worth of free soup at my current favorite lunch spot Hale & Hearty. [Continue reading]

Chloe Pre-Fall 2013

slider1 Really cool clothes that blend boyish cuts with girlie touches and kick-ass boots. I can see myself living in these ’60s mod inspired silk shirtdresses, cropped trousers and boxy cut coats. [Continue reading]

Jason Wu Debuts Miss Wu

slider1 The wait is over! Jason Wu launched his new contemporary and much more affordable line, Miss Wu, today exclusively at Nordstrom (for the first month). The 40-piece collection, inspired by stylish icons from the ’60s like Marianne Faithfull and Jane Birkin, features a sweet and youthful take on his designs. Stripped sweaters, printed A-line and shift dresses and flirty minis are all priced between $190 and $800. [Continue reading]

IBM’s Touchy-Feely Online Shopping

slider1 Online shopping has become the fastest and most convenient way to shop. Companies are constantly thinking up new ways to improve online shopping with a big focus on how to better engage and empower customers while tailoring the shopping experience to their personal needs. Despite all the radical changes that have occurred in online retail to improve on and revolutionize the brick and mortar blueprint, the shopping in-person aspect of touching and feeling a product has been impossible to reproduce thus far, or so we thought. [Continue reading]

Priory of Ten

slider1 Nothing gets us more excited than discovering a new line to add to our existing list of favorites. Priory of Ten meets all our qualifications: cool, clean and tailored with an understatedly sexy vibe. Mei Liu, a former womenswear design assistant at 3.1 Phillip Lim who founded Priory of Ten this year, designs a sportswear collection for modern urbanites seeking easy separates with special details. [Continue reading]

Card Lust For Every Occasion

slider As much as we love the intimate and thoughtful touch of handwritten notes and letters, let’s face it, most of us have been so spoiled by the easy and instant connection social media allows that the mere thought of penning letters and notes can seem like a laborious chore. Felicity Loughrey, Elspeth Tremblay and Sara Hingle, the trio behind the ingenious Card Lust iPhone app, have made sending gorgeous notes as easy as hitting the send button. The Card Lust app, which cost only $1.99 (the cards are free), lets you choose from a collection of original and artfully designed digital greeting cards that are wayyy  cooler than anything you’ll ever find at your local drug store. [Continue reading]

The Smith’s Pastry Chef Shares 5 Creative Gift Ideas For The Cook In Your Life

slider As the pastry chef at The Smith restaurant in New York, Thea Habjanic knows a thing or two about what gifts will have amateur cooks, experienced chefs and food lovers’ hearts go pitter patter this Christmas. Habjanic took some time out from cooking up some truly savory classic American desserts, like her pineapple upside down almond cake and s’mores in a jar to assemble a list of five unique gift ideas that will satisfy any foodie’s taste buds and keep he or she well-equipped to throw down in the kitchen. [Continue reading]

We Force Designer Jesse Kamm To Do A Xmas Wish List

slider “I am easy around the holidays because the truth is I am a minimalist, and I want for nothing. Or pretty much nothing,” confesses L.A. designer and artist Jesse Kamm. The statuesque former model, who launched her easy, one-of-a-kind and organically produced line back in 2005 to rave reviews from the press and fashion pack, may come across as the easiest person to buy a gift for since her wants are few, but she does admit that her selective taste can be a concern for the gifter. [Continue reading]

Street-Style Inspiration: Accessories

slider I love the unexpected mix of accessories here! She mixes contrasting extras, like a leather cap, mirrored sunglasses, statement posh necklace and brooch, neon orange bag and feminine heels to perfection. Her slouchy bordeaux coat is the ideal no-fuss backdrop for her eye catching accessories. This is a perfect example of how finishing touches can totally make an ensemble. [Continue reading]

Shimell & Madden Geometric Jewelry

slider “Occupying the space where science and art intersect” is how Luke and Emma describe their minimalist jewelry line Shimell & Madden.The London-based duo have translated their fascination with geometric shapes and architectural aesthetics into a refreshingly clean collection that’s simultaneously edgy, simple and beautiful. Their latest metal-based collection, The Cuboid Collection, features a three-dimensional cube which the designers point out is a wearable symbol of dimension and proportion. [Continue reading]

Is Alexander Wang’s New Bag Inspired By QVC?

slider3 We’ve always thought the idea, and I’m stressing the word idea here, behind interchangeable bags, the QVC handbags that come with different covers to change the look and style of the bag, was essentially a good one. Who doesn’t want two bags for the price of one? Unfortunately when it comes to execution and style, it’s clear interchangeable and cool are two words destined to never meet in the world of handbags. [Continue reading]

Michael Kors Pre-Fall 2013

slider1 Michael Kors embraced a retro state of mind for Pre-Fall 2013 that did not disappoint. The 1950s inspired collection featured a bevy of high-waist tweed and lace pencil skirts, angora sweaters, cropped cigarette pants and strapless sheaths to feed the sartorial needs of any wannabe Hitchcock leading lady. Although extras like the cat eye glasses, fur stoles and elbow-length gloves may be obvious references to that era, Kors stayed just shy of being too literal by working in some modern edge. [Continue reading]