Mario Testino’s MFA Boston Debut

 

Last week marked the opening of not one, but two, retrospectives at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston devoted to the 30-year career of photographer Mario Testino. The event brought the likes of Anna Wintour, Olivia Palermo, Erin Wasson, Gisele Bündchen, Alessandra Ambrosio, and Karlie Kloss to Beantown – which is not at all surprising, given the diversity of Mario’s images and his unique relationship to his subjects.

The first exhibit, Mario Testino: British Royal Portraits, showcases the Peruvian-born lensman’s candid and formal portraits of England’s royal family – from an impromptu 1976 shot of the Queen Mother and her grandson Prince Edward to Mario’s gorgeous photos of Princess Diana and recent engagement portraits of Buckingham Palace’s newest glamour couple, Prince William and Kate Middleton. This is the first U.S. showing of many of these images, which Mario handpicked for the retrospective.
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November 2, 2012

Button It Up, Boys

Every man should have both a blue and a white button-down shirt in his closet, but don’t forget your collar and cuff knowledge: A button-down collar is great for any occasion, and should be paired with a simple barrel cuff (it’s the most common and easiest to style). For more formal events (yes, that includes your buddy’s wedding), opt for a spread collar coupled with special cuff links and French cuffs – it’s a guaranteed show-stealer.

Tips:

  • Look for 100% cotton for the best durability and comfort.
  • Try Oxford cloth for your day-to-day shirts – it’s a sturdier cotton weave that will stay in tip-top shape longer.
  • Not wearing a blazer? Keep your look carefree and casual (but still put-together) by tidily rolling up your sleeves.
  • Though blue and white are closet staples, make sure to mix it up with a few bright colors and patterns. Just because you’re buttoned-up doesn’t mean you have to look like a square.

 

By Christine Mitchell, Staff Writer

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October 30, 2012

Boot Blowout: The Top 5 Pairs for Every Winter Closet

No matter where you spend your winters, there’s a boot to match. From shearling-lined styles to glammed up booties (and just about everything in between), our Running of the Boots: Moto Boots, Booties, & More Boutique has chilly temps covered.

1. Taryn Rose “Kura” Leather Wedge Tall Boot
Slip into these suede and patent-capped boots to add a touch of polish and a whole new look to that tried-and-true workweek frock.

2. Alberto Fermani “FE6304″ Suede Tall Boot
Pair these Italian-made suede stunners with that favorite leggings-and-sweater combo for a cozy, laid-back vibe.

3. Alberto Fermani “JB81315″ Leather Tall Boot
Brown leather, pointed toes, and an on-trend shape make these riding boots the wear-with-everything pair we just can’t survive winter without.

4. Klub Nico “Bria ” Suede Ankle Boot
Chill-battling booties? These faux fur-trimmed numbers do exactly that. Throw on your favorite jeans or oxblood skinnies then top them off with these for a spot-on chic look.

5. Plenty by Tracy Reese “Naia” Suede Wedge Bootie
Pull these wedges on over those new leather leggings to add a splash of sparkle to a night out. The best part? The wedge heel flawlessly mixes comfort and style.

Our Running of the Boots: Moto Boots, Booties, & More Boutique opens Monday, October 29, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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October 29, 2012

A Men’s Guide to the Perfect-Fitting Jean

The key to a great-fitting jean is striking a balance between comfortably loose and appealingly hugging. But most importantly, it’s finding the best fit for your body type. Here are some easy tips for looking great (and being comfortable!) in your denim.

Tips:

  • A general rule of thumb: stick with a straight or slim cut in a dark wash, since they are easiest to dress up and down.
  • Athletic Build: Try jeans with a lower rise that will lengthen out your proportions. But steer clear from cuts that are too low – no one wants to be a victim on the list of plumber’s casualties.
  • Long and Lean Build: Experiment a bit with hues. Opt for a lighter wash (but avoid acid wash, for obvious reasons) or colored denim to add some dimension to your look. Lucky for you, your build makes colored pants look edgy and classic, all at once.
  • Shorter Build: Do yourself a favor and keep it straight, simple, and fitted. Stay away from looser cuts – you don’t want to add heft to a shorter frame with baggy jeans.
  • Avoid super-slim, tapered, or bootcut styles, as these can cause odd proportions and fit. This applies to all body types.
  • Regardless of what cut you decide to rock, make sure the hems graze the tops of your shoes, but still cover your socks. This is crucial. Too-short pants are not a good look.
  • Cuff as needed: A tidy rolled cuff is very acceptable these days and allows you to adjust your hem based on your footwear.

 

By Christine Mitchell, Staff Writer 

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October 23, 2012

Rue Recipe: Halloween Mummy Finger Cookies

They’re creepy-looking for sure – and maybe don’t even look that appetizing – but I promise, these are a must for any Halloween soiree. Add a little cinnamon and be sure to place them next to the eyeballs (peeled grapes, of course) for the most dramatic effect.

By Emily Gibbons of LuckyLittleLove.com, Staff Writer

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October 19, 2012

Go Luxe: Living Life in Cashmere

I’m a firm believer that cashmere is appropriate for almost every occasion – from Sundays on the couch (slouchy cashmere sweater, please) to Thanksgiving dinner at the in-laws (sweater dress? Check!). So you can bet I was excited to discover our Life in Cashmere Boutique. With styles for men, women, kids, and home, it’s a cashmere lover’s dream – and absolute proof that all walks of life can use a luxe, buttery soft boost.

From mini sweaters for baby to slippers so comfy they won’t be coming off, here are my picks for how to live life surrounded by this gloriously addictive fabric.

Our Life in Cashmere: Men, Women, Kids, & Home Boutique opens Friday, October 19, at 11AM ET.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor

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October 19, 2012

Gentlemen: Step Away from the Square-Toed Shoe

 

 

Let’s be honest. Not only do square-toed shoes look funny, but they’re also a bit dated (and don’t plan on them coming back anytime soon). Instead, steer clear of this type of short-lived trend and choose a couple of pairs of classic lace-ups, like an Oxford or desert boot for every day and a brogue for those occasions that call for a little something extra.

Tips:

  • Brown leather or suede is the best neutral to start off your collection.
  • Try a rich chestnut as well as a lighter brown to add variety.
  • Pair with all shades of denim and pants – these are versatile and go with almost anything.

 

By Christine Mitchell, Staff Writer 

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October 16, 2012

Take A Cue From The Gentleman: The Perfect-Fit Men’s Blazer


Guys, contrary to what you may think, you don’t need to keep up with trends or empty your wallet to look good. Rule number one? You should have at least one blazer in your closet that fits you perfectly. A classic navy is casual enough for dinner dates and smart enough for more formal occasions. And don’t rule out tweeds for fear of looking outdated – the key is a tailored fit and a subtle tweed or check.

Tips:

  • Find a blazer that speaks to you from off the rack. Stick to neutral hues, such as brown, navy, or grey.
  • Bring it to your local tailor to get it fitted. Trust me, they’ll make some small adjustments (for little cost) and you’ll walk away looking like a million bucks.
  • Pair with anything from jeans to dress pants (sans pleats… always).

 

By Christine Mitchell, Staff Writer 

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October 9, 2012

Road Test: Our Fave Things About Dell’s XPS 13 Ultrabook™

Normally, we’re not big on numbers (calories, exact change, bills – who needs them?), but after getting our hands on this show-stealing accessory we’re making an exception – and it’s not hard to see why. Here, five reasons this laptop will finally be the one to segue stylishly into our lifestyle.

Our Dell Boutique Opens Monday, October 8 at 11AM ET.

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October 5, 2012

A Touch of Whimsy

One of my favorite things about fall is the switch from lighter and brighter jewelry to more ornate and intricate pieces. Chunky knits paired with heavy metals and bold gems always help to bring an ounce of glamour to autumn’s otherwise cozy wardrobe staples. The mixed metal detailing and richly colored gemstones in our Barbara Bixby Boutique are just the things to take typical weekend sweater-and-leggings outfits to new, glamorous heights.

Barbara Bixby 18K & Silver Garnet Pave Ring
In an of-the-moment oxblood hue, this ring will become my new daily jewelry fixture.

Barbara Bixby 18K & Silver Diamond Necklace
Simple, yes. But gorgeous nonetheless. Pair this with almost anything, from workwear to weekend wear and everything in between.

Barbara Bixby 18K & Silver Quartz & Diamond Enhancer
What better way to transform your wear-with-everything chain than with this bold sparkly stone? Get extra mileage out of near and dear jewelry staples by adding just a touch of fall-related whimsy.

Our Barbara Bixby Boutique opens Monday, October 1, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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October 1, 2012