Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Fall-ing For Fashion

Yep, it's about that time. Fall is here! Which means several things:

1. September fashion magazine issues that weigh as much as a ten-pound dumbbell and have a page count of about 1,000.

2. Seeing the leaves change color. Wait, we only have palm trees 'round these parts.

3. Fall fashion and accessories!!!

Here are some designers, accessories, and other fun stuff to keep you busy this pumpkin season:

Delusions Eyeware: Shades of Fall (

Tired of seeing those same wide-rim Chanels on everyone? Get yourself a pair of these hand-crafted sunglasses by Doug Johnson are available in sterling silver, gold-filled, and titanium -- all made with high quality UV lenses. Make sure to check out the "Doug" and "Mass" styles out this season.

Annatarian: Fall Consciousness (

Ec0-conscious couture is perfect for SoCal fashionistas. Designer Anna Mkhitarian creates gorgeous, feminine dresses for those who want to look beautiful, while saving the environment. Her creations have been sold at Fred Segal and have seen on Friends, as well as Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Every piece is hand-dyed and detailed individually -- and each has its own story.

Erica Flaum: Fall Glam (

Hollywood is up in arms over Erica Flaum jewelry. Watermelon tourmaline and sterling silver necklaces, fuschia jade belts, and yellow turquoise dangly's no wonder Hilary Duff, Sophia Bush, and Amber Tamblin have been scooping up her masterpieces every chance they get. Fall piece to look out for: laser-cut Swarovski crystal leaf necklace in light amber.

Fortune Tee: Messages En Espanol (

Watch out world. Fortune Tee is back and more multi-cultural than ever. Their three most popular tongue-in-cheek baby tees emblazoned with sayings like "I Am The True Good Fortune Of My Family" and "A Surprise Will Appear In My Pants" now come in Spanish.

Rosy Cheeks: Back To School's Best

Even the wee ones can partake in fall style. This adorable line -- brought back to life by Renee Harrington -- features the Australian Gum Nut Babies, spritely characters (Snugglepot, Cuddlepie and their friends) created by artists May Gibbs in the early 20th century. Baby blankets, wall art, bathroom accessories, collectible dolls, and a "School Days" set (sleeping blanket, hat and pillow) are available for your -- or someone else's -- tiny tot.

Skandlz: From Beach to Ball (

Designer Patricia Wells is a definitely beach babe. Going from the surf 'n' sand to a fancy dinner is one thing girls like her need to do in an instant, and her colorful, jewelled, patterned sandals are perfect for beach-faring fashionistas doing just that. A scenic drive down the PCH takes you to the OC boutiques carrying the four-collection Skandlz line.

Vanity Cosmetics: Oh SO Pretty

Fall is definitely the time to reinvent your wardrobe, your make-up, and your goals for the second time (after New Year's, of course!). To go from working girl to cover girl, look no farther than Vanity Cosmetics. This little shop in the Valley employs artists and carries amazing beauty products to re-do your maquillage. Pretty has never been this easy.

Her Style Source by Susanna Mercedes: New Vintage (

Everyone loves vintage these days. From Decades to Jet Rag to Wasteland to American Rag to The Way We Wore to Paper Bag Princess, Angelenos storm these boutiques to find that one-of-a-kind 80s clutch or that vintage Galanos gown. Designer Susanna Mercedes -- who also has a couture line -- restores vintage with her own contemporary touch. Reese "June Carter" Witherspoon, take note. You'll never show up at the Oscars in the same vintage Chanel once worn by Kirsten Dunst again.

Joey Jr.: Hopping Into The Season (

Huge, slouchy purses have made life hell for the modern woman. Instead of taking 2 seconds to find your MAC Nymphette Lipglass, it now takes a full 5 minutes. Enter Joey Junior. These seven-pocket foldable purse organizers stand up and sit neatly at the bottom of the offending bag, holding everything from your Blackberry to your keys (on the attached hook) to your Rosebud lipsalve from Sephora. They come in mouth-watering colors like Candy Apple Red and Blue Lagoon -- oh, and Forest Camouflage, too.

Don't Use My Sweater Like A Towel (http://www.don)

With the weather turning colder (slightly), it's the right time to snuggle in a blanket with a great book in hand. Jennifer Kelton's one year personal dating experiment is chronicled in a viciously hilarious novel, spurred on by a major break-up and an unfortunately "messy" dating experience. You'll be in stitches until the winter starts rolling in.


Anonymous Stylin' with Baby blankets said...

Thanks for your "rosy cheeks" section on kids' fashions! Most fashion-conscious folks neglect the wee ones...

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