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On the Lower East Side, a New Zaftig-Friendly Boutique

The Local East Village

“Oh my God, your mannequins are real-sized!”

“Look, clothes for big girls like me!”

Those are the reactions Kathy Sanchez said she had gotten from passersby after opening Curvaceous K boutique over the weekend. Even petite women have come in to express their excitement about the healthy-sized models in the window, she said. [Full Story]

What Would Tarzan Think?

T: The New York Times Style Magazine

For those infected with jungle fever (see Prada’s chic monkey and banana frocks for spring), the good news is you can follow the trend into fall. The Marc by Marc Jacobs collection, in stores this month, features panthers and antelopes on everything from drop pants to jacquard blazers. The prints are the handiwork of Michael Roberts, who, when he’s not working for Vanity Fair as style editor at large, is illustrating childen’s pop-up books about the jungle. [Full Story]

In Her Skin | Raquel Allegra

T: The New York Times Style Magazine

Summer is all about showing skin. But for those who aren’t into baring it all, one option is dipping into early fall offerings. Pared-down basics by the Los Angeles-based designer Raquel Allegra have long been favored by stars such as Halle Berry, Hanneli Mustaparta and Agyness Deyn. Although Allegra is best known for her supersoft cotton shredding technique, for her latest collection, which hits stores in July, she began thinking about leather. “I asked myself, What do I want to wear as a second skin?”[Full Story]

Modern Mystic | Suzannah Wainhouse

T: The New York Times Style Magazine

The free-spirited jewelry designer and artist Suzannah Wainhouse makes sense of the world through her hands, linking the visual with the tactile. “So much of what we see comes from a machine-made place,” says Wainhouse, who is known for her intricately handcrafted metalwork, worn by the likes of Erin Wasson and Heidi Klum. “I think the world really needs and wants to see things that are made by hand.” [Full Story]

Black is the New Blue

T: The New York Times Style Magazine

Catherine Middleton’s elegant sapphire engagement ring may have had us all buzzing about blue jewels of late, but now that the Royals have finally tied the knot we can focus on the real trend at hand: black diamond rings. Midnight diamonds are both understated and edgy, adding a touch of subversion to an otherwise demure ensemble. The chanteuse Janelle Monáe, looking stunning in her signature tux, at last week’s Costume Institute gala, accented her look with a Chanel black diamond camellia ring studded with white diamonds. [Full Post]

Sequins in Your Step

T: The New York Times Style Magazine

Kooky attire has dug its heels in against the widespread appeal of minimalism, so why not just go for it? “These shoes are magical,” says LeAnn Nealz, the president and chief creative officer of Juicy Couture, referring to the Duchess, the brand’s new sequined sandal, available April 15 in both silver and gold. Add a pair of neon socks or Julian Louie cropped patterned pants and you’ll be fast following in the steps of such maximalists as Anna Piaggi and Catherine Baba, whose “more is more” approach keeps the fashion pack on its toes. [Full Story]

‘Vivienne Westwood, 1980-89’: FIT exhibit tracks the designer’s change from punk outsider to fashion insider

The Columbia Spectator

WESTWOOD

While few Columbia students probably know the details of Vivienne Westwood’s rise to success, surely most have heard the British designer’s name in some sort of fashion context. Now through April 2, Columbians can take a closer look at the development of Westwood’s unconventional style—and the popularization of punk—with a visit to the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (at the corner of Seventh Avenue and West 27th Street).

The retrospective on display, “Vivienne Westwood, 1980-89” is the narrowly focused, semester-long work of FIT’s graduate students in the Master of Arts program in Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, and Museum Practice. [Full Story]

Sutras Stones | DVF and H. Stern

T: The New York Times Style Magazine

Seven years after the debut of her Indian-inspired jewelry collaboration with H. Stern, Diane von Furstenberg has added eight new gem-inlaid yellow gold pieces to the Sutras collection. Rock crystals and diamonds are organically incorporated into the designs, using techniques employed by the Mughal Empire of Jaipur, India. “Gold embraces a gemstone and assumes its form,” says von Furstenberg of eye-catching pieces like the undulating teardrop crystal rings. [Full Story]

Get in Line | The Chloé Billie Bag

T: The New York Times Style Magazine

The call for clean lines and bold colors was broadcast loud and clear last week in Milan. If the new Prada collection is any indication, Mondrianesque geometry and mod color blocking are certain to have a place in every woman’s wardrobe come fall.

For those of you impatient to achieve such sartorial clarity, there is the Billie shoulder bag by Chloé. Cross-hatched in chunky neutral stripes of leather and linen and highlighted with black patent trim, the bag is a structured statement piece that plays well with solids and patterns alike. What’s more, you’ll already be squared away for the next season [Full Story]