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The SmARTORIALIST: September 10th, 2009

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If you’ll be in the NYC area in 10 days, MARK YOUR CALENDERS for a night of fashionable debauchery like no other! In an effort to resurrect the shopping spirit in less than enthusiastic economic times, American Vogue along with tourism group NYC & Co., the City of New York and the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) have joined forces to boost the consumer spirit in America’s fashion capital, the Big Friggin’ Apple. Starting on the evening of the first day of NY Fashion Week, your favorite designer’s stores will be open until 11PM featuring extravagant shopping events. So far, over 700 stores in all five boroughs will be participating in events that range from sewing circles and barbecues to shoe capsules and sweepstakes. The city will be lite ablaze in celebratory glory as people are encouraged to take the competition out of fashion and shop (x3) alongside music and various other festivities.

What started off as the Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour’s brainchild, has matured into an event of epic proportions. “Little did I think when the idea of Fashion’s Night Out was first dreamed up this past March during the Paris collections that we would have over 700 and counting retailers, designers, and brands joining us on the night of September 10.” The celebration kicks off at Macy’s Queen Center at 5PM. Wintour, Michael Kors and a “surprise celebrity guest” will sign t-shirts for the first 50 people (Or should I say “customers” to keep within the theme of shopping?).

This special event will bring out a host of celebrities, designers and models who will join in on the festivities. Scheduled to appear are Manolo Blahnik, Thom Browne, Tory Burch, Roberto Cavalli, Francisco Costa, Frédéric Fekkai, Alberta Ferretti, Patricia Field, Carolina Herrera, Tommy Hilfiger, Derek Lam, Nanette Lepore, Trish McEvoy, Isaac Mizrahi, Kate Mulleavy, Josie Natori, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Oscar de la Renta, Narciso Rodriguez, Lela Rose, Rachel Roy, Maria Sharapova, Elie Tahari, Diane von Furstenberg, Alexander Wang, Yeohlee, David Yurman, Lauren Bush, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Cindy Crawford, Lynda Carter, Hugh Jackman, Karolina Kurkova, Liev Schreiber, Stephanie Seymour and Ivanka Trump (just to name a few). Via WWD.

There will be limited edition FNO t-shirts being sold at participating retailers throughout NY. I’ve been thinking about copping one since I saw one at this store in Soho. Forty percent of the proceeds from the sale of these shirts go to the National September 11th Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center. There will also be a clothing drive at various retailers for the NYC AIDS Fund from September 10th to the 12th. Urban Grads and Graduettes, this will be a great start to an amazing Fashion Week.

To view a complete list of the events in NYC go here and then click on the respective designer’s name.

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September 1, 2009 at 10:19 am

Denimation 201: Bite Me

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Back for the FIFTH time, Levi’s has teamed up with designer KAWS to bring us Urban Grads a Levi’s x Original Fake mash-up. The line features the infamous “chompers” on the back pockets of the re-edition of the 1947 and 1955 Levi’s 501 models. There is also a much baggier cargo pocket jean that was inspired by the Original Fake line. If I had to have anything more on my back pockets then this would be it. The teeth don’t overpower the back of your jean. They are a nice statement piece that say “this is a pair of Levi’s“…but something more.

These limited edition Levi’s can be purchased at Colette’s…if they aren’t already sold out.

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August 31, 2009 at 10:15 am

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RecessionPrøøf 220: The Margiela S/S ’08 L[oo]k

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A personal favorite here at the Urban Takeøut studios is Maison Martin Margiela. I was really diggin’ the bandeau inspired looks of his Summer/Spring ’08 RTW line. I decided to put this post together to give you Urban Graduettes a more cost-effective way to show your appreciation for MMM.

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No, these are not the same designs but they are ridiculously close. The cheaper alternative to the right is the “Summoning The Storm” tee by Liquid Blue.

Ripped jeans by Yodamnself.

And finally, the booties…Black leather ‘Soho’ collar sandals by Ash.

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August 13, 2009 at 9:35 pm

step.youR.GAME.UP…The city of New Orleans

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I was thoroughly shocked when I went into the New Orleans’ Saks today and saw the Dior Homme Spring ’09 sneakers [in the black and white colorway] on the 50% OFF RACK. So at the risk of getting kicked out of the store, I took this picture and hit up the other chief editor of the Urban Takeøut blog. After a brief discussion we came to the agreement that in any other major city above the Bible Belt, these bad boys would have been expeditiously “scooped.” But sadly, my hometown has never been really fashion forward, or fashion stationary for that matter.

STEP IT UP!

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July 22, 2009 at 7:19 pm

Greek 2 Chic: Timepieces

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There are days when you want to show your organizational pride in a subtle manner and a pin won’t do it. Opt for a fashionable timepiece instead. Wristwatches can be an understated accessory by day and the key to your ensemble by night. Leave the utilitarian stainless steel band behind and put on a more expressive watch instead. Do remember to keep everything in proportion. Larger pieces are intended for the weekend and larger body frames, so make your acquisitions accordingly.

FROGS ::  A Bathing Ape

POODLES ::&::  CENTAURS :: Nixon

DOGS :: Vestal Zeppelin

RABBITS ::&::  DUCKS ::  Gucci ::&::  Bramford Rolex ID

APES ::  Bell & Ross

– Winston

notesfromafriendstown

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June 19, 2009 at 9:12 am

RecessionPrøøf 220: The Rick Owens L[oo]k

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The objective of our new category, RecessionProof 220, is to simply provide dependable suggestions of things/items that will contribute to your style, with out contributing to your debt. These items are virtually inelastic — they won’t fluctuate with the economy, they won’t depreciate in value over time, and they won’t need a billion-dollar bailout. “Why?” you ask….because Urban Graduates deserve it.

So here is the Rick Owens look at a WAAAY more affordable price.

Zip Bat Shoulder Dress by BLAK

Black cotton jersey square hood tank dress by Complex Geometries

WeSC Eve Jean

Buckled up wedge by We Who See

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May 13, 2009 at 11:01 am

The Urban Graduette [ankle.support]

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OK ladies it’s pretty obvious that most of the hi-profile hi-tops of the season have been for men. So here are some I found (besides the Upper Echelon hi-tops) for the young women who have a little monetary pool on the side for splurging.

Maison Martin Margiela Line 22 women’s sneaker

Maison Martin Margiela Line 22 sneaker [back]

These MMMs are my favorite. I’m not sure if it’s the construction and the fact that they show skin, or the fact that the colorway is “nude.” (Take note of the famous Margiela trademark on the underside of the tongue…fabric with the numbers 0 through 23. He did kind of Mike Jordan the fashion game though. Lol)

Y-3 Kimpu sneaker

Y-3 Kimpu sneaker

Y-3 Kimpu sneaker [back]

Essential…all white hi-top for the summer. ‘Nuff said.

Adidas Nizza Hi-top

“Icccey “…not in a sleazy voice. (It looks like they have the wrong shoe stuffer in the sneaker. It’s making it bulge up in the middle)

Free People Cinched High Top sneaker

cinchedhightopsneaker3Cinched Hi-Top sneaker [side]

I’m loving the gathering on these bad girls…right down the middle of the shoe, no laces. These are definitely statement pieces. You gotta make sure that these standout so subdue the outfit, keep the colors light.