Anthropologie Chelsea Market Grand Opening Gala

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Last Thursday, Anthropologie’s newest NYC location at Chelsea Market opened its doors for a grand opening Gala.

The store was packed full of guests shopping and socializing. Special displays caught the eyes of many attendees, including topiary style replicas of the Brooklyn Bridge, the High Line, a water tower, and a “big apple”.

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One of my favorite parts of Anthropologie stores are the amazingly designed displays. The Chelsea Market location goes above and beyond the normal store decorations, and takes “visual merchandising” to the next level. For example: the stunning paper dress that greets guests as they come in the front door.

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I hear it took a dozen or so people about a week to roll all of the sheets of paper to form the skirt.

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Everything in this store is beautiful. From the clothes, to the jewelry, to the housewares. I wanted to run through the store sweeping items off of the shelves and into a cart like a crazed housewife on supermarket sweep.

One of the other reasons this new store is so great– it actually has an expanded jewelry section, larger than most Anthro stores. Sunglasses and hair accessories also figure prominently.

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There were more beautiful dresses on the racks than I had ever seen in one Anthropologie store, including some from West Village boutique Geminola. So many great designs, it’s nearly impossible to choose what to buy!

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Both of these lacy dresses are straight out of my dreams.

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More Decor:

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Such a beautiful chair!

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Love this parrot purse!

I got a chance to briefly talk to Alison Woodward, a jewelry designer who’s wares are sold in Anthropologie under the name Reverie.

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Also spoke to some lovely people from the home office, who had come down from Philly and were very excited about the store! Thank you to Sara for inviting me to the opening, and chatting with me about the lovely new space!

All in all, shoppers went home happy with bags of new purchases:
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I’ll be going out of my way to the Chelsea Market location next time I feel like doing some shopping at Anthropologie. The beauty and vast selection of the newest location make it worth heading to the west side.

See the entire photo set here.

The Best of What’s Going on This Week: Pre-Holiday Fun

To say there are a lot of awesome events going on this week is putting it lightly. (This whole month is actually nothing but events, family visits, and holidays for me.) Here are some of my favorite, and in my opinion, the most exciting events going on during this upcoming week:

The Hayden Harnett sample sale started this morning, but is also going on online!


Shop the online sale here.

Along with the Patrick Demarchelier book signing tonight, there is also a shopping party at the ROGAN Bowery store hosted by Liz from White Lightning:

If you’re single, and looking for someone to kiss under the mistletoe this holiday season, tomorrow night’s Brooklyn Holiday Meatup at the Bell House would be a good place to look:


(Event info screencap Via The Bell House)
Tickets are available for $10 here.

The Brooklyn Flea’s Gifted Holiday market is ongoing all month in Manhattan. Celebrate their opening, and drink free beer from 6-9pm Wednesday at the Gifted Shopping Party:

On Thursday, Brooklyn boutique ALTER is hosting a Jeffrey Campbell Trunk Show, with shoe giveaways and champagne:

Sadly not in NYC, but if you’re in Dallas Texas on Thursday, and want to meet Jane and Judy Aldridge from Sea of Shoes and Atlantis Home this event if definitely worth stopping by. It’s sponsored by GUESS and BAZAAR, and supports a children’s medical fund. Shop, support a good cause, and meet some awesome bloggers all in one place!


Tomorrow is the last day to RSVP. More info here.

If you thought the holiday craft fair bonanza of this past weekend was over, you’re wrong:

Join Brooklyn Based and Third Ward for their Handmade Holiday Craft Fair Saturday afternoon at 3rd ward in Bushwick.


195 Morgan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY RSVP and find out more info here.

And check out the Hearts and Crafts Affair on Sunday at Cafe Grumpy in Greenpoint:

View the event’s facebook page here.

If you’re doing some holiday shopping for your loved ones (or yourself) at Urban Outfitters, you might as well save money:

And finally, while not technically this week this is worth noting:
Next Tuesday, The Outnet is having a Balmain pop up sale.

Definitely worth saving your pennies for!

Knockoff Patrol

I swear I could start a second blog on just designer shoe knockoffs. But I’ll let someone else go there. : )
This is just a small sampling of knockoffs I’ve found while browsing the internet in the last week. A few pairs of shoes, and one very overpriced pair of leg warmers.

Strangely Rick Owens-esque boots at Free People:
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The new J. Aldridge by Sea of Shoes for Urban Outfitters boots:
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Urban Outfitters.

Jane’s sketch sure looks a lot like the Vivienne Westwood Pirate boots, in one of their many incarnations over the years:
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Image via Sea of Shoes.
She has the potential to be a great artist or designer, so it saddens me to see her just loosely interpreting her favorite shoes for her Urban Outfitters line.

L.A.M.B. has already done not one, but two less blatant knockoffs of the boots in the past:
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Chartres Boot.

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Belgrave Boot.

More Vivienne Westwood Inspired Pirate-ish Boots currently available:

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Free People.

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Jeffrey Campbell at ShopBop.

If you’re still looking for the Jeffrey Campbell Ann D. Inspired Corset Boots, David Z. has the suede version in stock, and on sale for $87! I saw them for sale in store as well.

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I’ve saved the best for last with these Rodarte-inspired leg warmers:

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Once again, Free People.

$128!!!!!!!!!!! I’ve seen much cheaper Rodarte inspired knit pieces available on Etsy. There are quite a few sellers with custom made spider web tights starting at around $50.

Geren Ford

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Wednesday morning, I headed downtown to the LES studio of Geren Lockhart, designer of clothing line Geren Ford. A small group of fellow bloggers had been invited to sit with Geren and discuss her spring line; her inspiration and history as a designer….and to preview the new collection.

Speaking with Geren, it’s clear she is one of those designers who has a firm grasp on both the designing and business aspects of running a line. A former ad agency creative, Geren’s extensive background in producing photo shoots and ad campaigns helps move her business forward at an enviable pace. The line that shipped its first collection to Barneys from Geren’s own apartment has gone on to be carried in multiple high end department stores and boutiques, and even recently branched out with a diffusion line- HAWKS by Geren Ford is a collaboration with Urban Outfitters. This has successfully opened up Geren’s brand to a whole new group of younger customers and increased distribution.

Geren Ford started as lounge wear with a single pair of drawstring pants, and has gone on to become a celeb favorite. Trends are eschewed in favor of clothing with “ease of wear”. Geren is proud that her clothing can be worn by any body type, with free flowing dresses or tops that can easily be cinched in with one of her new obi belts.

The Spring 2010 collection, described as “guacho, meets polo, with a twist of tango” is inspired by a recent trip to Argentina and Uruguay. The pieces are soft but constructed, with studded embellishments, wrinkled leather, and colors faded “like you’ve been on a beach all day”. With a color palette made up of earth tones, teal, gray, melon, and french blue. Focusing on bold yet organic graphic prints.

Future plans include a return of Geren Ford intimates, and the original drawstring pants for the holiday season. But right now, Geren is content to have progressed to having a show with twice as many looks, and enjoying how excited her design team gets over each step forward.

Geren Ford will be showing her Spring 2010 collection on Tuesday, September 15th, at Metropolitan Pavillion.

Urban Outfitters and Sam Edelman Take on Balenciaga, Again

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Sam Edelman Zoe, $345

I’ve been reading about the Sam Edelman/Balenciaga harness “hoof boot” knockoffs for what seems forever. I first saw them last January on Jazzi McGilbert’s blog, where they popped up again a year later. Rumors started circulating that they were going to become available again– they were so popular, Sam Edelman decided to re-release them! Now suddenly, they are everywhere! In the last week they popped up on Gala Darling.

What do I find today, while looking for the perfect pair of (flat) fall boots? Another knockoff (a knockoff of a knockoff?) version on Urban Outfitters !
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We Who See Nash Wedge Bootie, $88. Also available in grey.

According to Gala Darling, the Sam Edelman boots are comfortable. But I’m not so sure if I’d feel the same wearing them. I’ll never forget the time I was freelancing at Hearst on the same floor as Bazaar, and witnessed an editor wearing the original Balenciaga pair slowly stumbling down the hall towards the bathroom. I complimented her gorgeous shoes, but was secretly thankful for my ballet flats after witnessing her inability to walk in the Balenciagas.

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The Original: Balenciaga Harness Boot, Fall 2006

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Mary Kate Olsen, one of the original fans of the hoof boots, in Balenciaga.

The Sam Edelman Zoe boots are available at Jildor, Foot Notes, and for pre-order at one of my favorite stores, Nasty Gal Vintage. Edit: The Zoe boots are now available at Nasty Gal!

Best of What’s Going on This Weekend:

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Williamsburg Indie Designer Soiree at the Arsenal

“From high-end to handmade, the fashion experts at The Arsenal have curated a pop-up mart to represent the best in NYC style and help you turn this recession into an opportunity for exposure and sales. We will also have a showcase of fabulous Brooklyn-based DJs spinning throughout the day, and the bar will be serving up yummy 2 for 1 mimosa, DIY bloody mary and beer specials.”

Saturday July 18th – 11AM to 9PM. FREE!
The Arsenal –153 Roebling Street, 4th Floor, Studio 4B (between Hope & Metropolitan Ave. Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

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Gargyle Pop up Shop on the LES
Featuring: Alexandra Cassaniti, Karen Walker, F-Troupe, Rachel Comey, and YMC at up to 70% off.
Mention DailyCandy and save an extra 15 percent on one item or 25 percent on two (or more).
Starts Friday! Goes until Tues July 21st. Daily: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 16a Orchard St., between Hester and Canal Streets. (917-470-9367).

50% off sale items at Urban Outfitters stores, until July 19th.
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Ongoing all summer:

Brooklyn Flea:
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The Fort Greene Flea is every Saturday, 10am-5pm
The Brooklyn Bridge Flea is every Sunday, 11am-6pm

Jelly NYC Pool Parties!

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J. Aldridge by Sea of Shoes

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Laced Skimmer $58

According to Shop Diary, Jane from Sea of Shoes‘ capsule collection for Urban Outfitters is now available for pre-order! The prices are slightly lower than expected. Not really a fan of the $98 gladiator heels, but the laced skimmers are cute. The best pair in the line is definitely the black laced boot, at $158.

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“Super tall and super amazing peeptoe boot designed exclusively for UO by Jane Aldridge, the talented and adorable creator of one of our favorite blogs, Sea of Shoes. Jane loves shoes, and we love Jane (and we’re not alone – even Kanye wants to work with her)! Dramatic leather peeptoe uppers with topstitched detailing and lacing at the front; twin buckle straps; zipper at the side; wrapped platform and graceful heel; cushioned footbed. Exclusive to Urban Outfitters.”

The collection is set to ship July 23rd.