Warby Parker

 A couple weeks ago I went to the Warby Parker NYC headquarters to check out their newest collection of vintage-inspired eye wear.

I think the showroom has a tranformative effect - Even this gent, who I think was waiting for a friend to try on some frames, is modern-vintage looking.

 The Monroe - how about it Monroe Steele?

 The Winston


The small space is about 2/3 office and the rest was a neat little eye glass emporium. The walls are lined with shelves of eyeglasses, old books, retro flowers, and the rustic furniture topped off with vintage knick-knacks like an old typewriter. Several shoppers were trying on frames, and huge Mac desktops stood ready for orders to be placed online. (No frames are sold out of the showroom, all the shopping is done online)





The Monacle : Aptly named "The Colonel" and aptly priced at about half of what glasses cost - $50.

It was the perfect eyeglass shopping experience because it was (small) part store, part office, part modern vintage living room. No fluorescent lights, no pushy sales people. Unpretentiously minimalistic. And best part? No huge price tag. Almost all the Warby Parker frames are $95, including prescription lenses and shipping. And, as if that wasn't great enough, you can try on 5 pairs at home (for free) and they donate a pair to a person in need with each pair sold. Dude. Seriously? I just can't get over how satisfied I am with the glasses and the whole experience, from the website to the showroom.

Here are a few of my favorites:

The Colton in Tangerine

The Pierce

The Huxley - a Hipster favorite (Sidebar: Je ne suis pas un hipster, but I do like to think of myself as ironical)

I ended up ordering the Zagg frame, one of their classics, in dark tortoise. It came to my house a few days later, and I absolutely love them! I will never go back to paying $300+ for totally unoriginal frames again.




Check out Warby Parker online (www.warbyparker.com) or visit them at their NY showroom on 13 E 16th St, 6th Floor.

Burn Baby, Burn

Finally got my mitts on that Jelly bag from Furla I have been stalking. I went in last Friday to preview the collection, and "try on" a couple. Which do you think is better? I ordered the pink one, but part of me still longs for the clear one...! Apparently, Anna Wintour has all 6 colors, so if I had two, I'd be 1/3 of the way to being Anna. Makes sense.



They also had these very patriotic totes with different country flags. I would need a few, since like most modern American women, I'm a delightful mix of several nationalities. Once again, a reason to buy more than one bag. Notice a pattern? I'd be a pretty good drug dealer, if I wanted. I'd rather be a bag lady though.



Speaking of bags, check out the contents of mine after just Day 2 of NYFW. Pretty scary/chic.





And lastly, I'd like to unveil my dad's Leica camera that I inherited by way of Clause 1 of the Rule of Finder's Keepers, paragraph 2a. Film!! How truly retro! Can't wait to tackle learning to use it. (Thanks, dad - one of the original Scorpion Disco-ers <3 )

Cheerio,
Renata

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The Streets Are Paved in Gold - NYFW Street Style Faves

Here are some of my favorite photos from the NYFW street style shots I took over the weekend. There was so many amazing (and sometimes just ridiculous) people, outfits, styles, hats, hair colors to see, it was quite overwhelming!!

A lot of people were definitely dressing for attention, and there were tons of wannabe fashionistas that were standing around inside and outside the shows posing and trying to get photographed, and then acting surprised and even annoyed (like in a "omigod-I'm-so-sick-of-all-this-attention" way) when some bored blogger who was waiting for a Vogue editor or something would stroll over and ask for a photo to pass the time. Basically, there were a lot of people who used the "outrageous" move - like two old ladies dressed like 12 year old girls/Liza Minelli, or people who just layered on every piece in their wardrobe, men in skirts, etc.

Once you weeded out the phonies though, there was certainly plenty to see and photograph, and a constant flow of the most inspiring dressers this side of 5th Ave.









Hanneli Mustaparta post- ADAM show. I actually asked her at the show if I could take a picture and then accidentally took a 3 second video!! I was too embarrassed to ask again, so I will post the little video later. How cool is she though?

Cheers,
Renata

The Men of NYFW Street Style

Here are some of the stylish men at NYFW.

 He's an awesome, very dedicated blogger from Indonesia - check out his blog Luthfimentary


 
Robert Verdi! He drew quite a crowd.
Dapper Gents in purple socks. Nothing wrong with that!


This dude was probably that stoner dude in high school. I love his rugged look!!!

Mike Wallace, President of ADAM, before the ADAM show.

Johan Lindeberg, a Swedish fashion Designer.

These are the hunks that stood out the most!

Cheers,
Renata


Short Interview for Winkball.com

Here's me in a short clip from outside the Lincoln Center between shows:


Turban - Asos
Sunnies - Kenneth Cole
Scarf - gift from Florence, Italy
Coat - Gap
I am just kind of over copy-cat designers. So many companies make a LOTof money by making cheaper versions of expensive designs. I hate to name names, but --- the ones that come to mind are Jeffrey Campbell and ABS. I get the whole appeal of wanting what the stars and models wear, but I think if you can't afford the original, than you shouldn't have it at all! OR, conversely, companies like JC and ABS should be more creative and come up with these amazing designs before, not after, they hit the major runways.

Thoughts???

Cheers,
Renata

Polaroids

Recovering from an amazing weekend in NY and from some of the NYFW creziness! What a great time. Here are some photos of a little recovery brunch/Polaroid photo shoot Lexi and I did together this morning. I promise, some NYFW photos will be up shortly.

Lexi, in her mom's vintage Ray Bans


Me in the now infamous (to us) Ray Bans from the Veronica Miller Private Collection

Lastly, here is an awesome Fashion Illustration that Chelsey of Hideous Things did of me at the W Hotel in Union Square this weekend. How cool!! I look kind of evil, but maybe she saw right through me. Check out her blog and etsy shop, she's really talented and also pretty fecking cool!!



Also - I really want to get to 100 followers (and more, obvi), so please please please follow me on google friend connect, twitter, bloglovin, etc! Actually, not etc., that's all the following I deem appropriate! But please do so, and the 99th and 100th followers will receive a $50 Apartstyle.com gift certificate. Bribery, maybe. But still pretty shmawesome.

Cheerio and stay tuned for Fashion Week scoop!

Renata

NYFW Here I Come!

Fashion week plans are really shaping up!! I'm headed to NYC next Friday, to take in a couple shows, check out the Warby Parker showroom, and stop by Furla for my brand new, more-pink-than-pink Candy Bag, and do it all with my BFF Lexi Miller, of Saks 5th Ave by way of Main Line, PA. How can I wait another 3 days???

Here's what I have to look forward to:

The Adam by Adam Lippes Runway Show on Saturday




Trying on Funky Frames (and possibly a monacle) at The Warby Parker Showroom

 This is the Perish Trust, their San Fran showroom. I can't wait to see the East Coast version!



Finally getting this Furla bag (I've had a picture of it torn from Marie Claire two months ago taped to my bathroom mirror since first sight! Sidebar - sometimes I hate how magazines style pieces that aren't available for months, because I love them, check the appropriate website, and then forget about them until they are on clearance in scant sizes and colors months later. Argh!)

Photo Via Bagaholic Boy
I also plan to check out the Balenciaga Exhibit at the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute on Park Avenue

photo via elle.com

And get some great Street-Style shots!

photo via dressing up daisies

Then after NYFW, decide if I can afford to go to London Fashion Week and/or Miami Fashion Week. Help!
Will any of you fabulous bloggers and fashionistas be in town? See you there!!
Cheers,
Renata


PS - Shout out to two awesome fashion bloggers, the lovely Mexican Sandra Orther of Style and Pleasure and New Yorker Monroe Steele of Fashion Steele, who is doing a giveaway here! I love their blogs and you should too!