Anytime I visit New York, I make sure to hit Kirna Zabete in SOHO. I love this boutique because even though they carry major heavy hitting designers like Balenciaga, Lanvin, Rick Owens and Proenza Schouler, they are, like, the nicest people ever. I was a tad intimidated to go inside my first time there, truth be told, but then I noticed the writing on the wall (literally) at the entrance that said something along the lines of: “Come in, look around, we don’t care if you don’t buy anything!” So I went in, and of course I bought something(s)! And while many of the items were out of my reach at the time, now is your chance and mine to get some of the other-worldly brands curated at this gorgeous Manhattan shop without leaving your couch and for more than half off in some cases. Here are the pieces I’m eyeing heavily! More please!
I’m in love with cutouts lately, and this 3.1 Phillip Lim sweater is making me all wanty. All the more because it’s now marked down from $425 to $298 at one of my all-time faves, Kirna Zabete. It’s (somewhat sadly) the perfect thing to have in your tote for San Francisco’s fickle summer weather. At least you could show a little skin and not freeze.
Does this hat scream ’70s chic? Does Diane Keaton favor a men’s suit? Did Farrah have the best feathered hair ever? Is David Bowie a disco glam glitter god? I think you get the picture. Alas, this lovely specimen, available at Kirna Zabete for $1,725, will set you back a good part of your monthly mortgage. And while I love both KZ and everything Lanvin, the price falls somewhat outside my monthly clothing budget. If you’re in the same boat, American Apparel has one at tiny fraction ($38) of the price. It might be made of paper instead of “brushed furfelt capeline,” but it comes in a zillion colors!
The buyers at Kirna Zabete, a high-end Manhattan boutique (and probably my favorite NYC boutique), have picked up some of Shourouk’s colorful, crystal-encrusted necklaces and clutches from her fall collection. Big ups to Shourouk! She’ll be in good company alongside the likes of Azzedine Alaia, Balenciaga, Balmain, Givenchy and Lanvin. I wrote about her earlier this year when she visited San Francisco and La Boutique threw a shindig to celebrate her whimsical pieces. Shourouk was kind enough at the time to lend me one of her amazing headpieces for a masked ball I happened to be attending while she was in town, you can check that out here.
The awesome thing for me about getting older is the confidence that comes with it. When I was younger, I was insecure and wanted to blend in. In my mind I had style but I was afraid to wear it. The problem in my youth was that I didn’t know if a double-take meant the onlooker thought I looked insane or awesome. The excellent thing about now is that, like the honey badger (Have I pushed this video enough yet? We’ve been quoting it around the house nonstop), I don’t give a you-know-what. The other thing is that despite being in my 40s, I can’t bring myself to swear on my blog because my mom reads it.
Leather jacket: Gar-de, purchased at Gilt
Skirt: Weston Wear
Boots: Seychelles purchased at Therapy
Ring: Tre, purchased at KirnaZabete
Blue Bottle coffee, olive oil fried egg sandwich from Il Cane Rosso at the Ferry Building.
Does this Rick Owens leather biker jacket not just make you gasp? It might make you gasp again when you see the $3,000 price tag at Kirna Zabete. Sigh.
Maybe it’s just us, but we think that a bright punch of yellow is having a moment. The color seems hard to pull off, but judging by the examples we’ve collected here, it can add that perfect touch that’s somehow both perky and edgy to any outfit or design. Jessica Szor wore a Suno jacket with a canary yellow chevron stripe on Nylon’s September cover. We covet this bright yellow Tre Anita bubble ring from Kirna Zabete. It’s, dare we say, bananas. Even Mother Nature seems to agree: we found this California Poppy hiking in Marin and couldn’t stop thinking about that ring from Kirna Zabete. The yellow beads in Zuba Africa’s necklace pack the perfect punch against a backdrop of earthy hues. Proceeds benefit artisans in Rwanda, plus, Zuba is the Rwandan word for sunshine! And finally, a highlighter hue assists in navigation on Refinery29′s redesign.