Reece Solomon, the design mind behind Reece Hudson, is known for both her covetable clutches and her own downtown it-girl style. Her in-demand accessories label, which she runs with business partner Max Stein, fuses luxe details with a street style sensibility (in fact, Jak & Jil lensman Tommy Ton shot her fall '10 lookbook). We asked Solomon to share some of her sartorial preferences.
Who: Reece Solomon
Occupation: Designer, Reece Hudson
From: New York
Lives: New York
If you could have one super power what would it be?
What's the last song you downloaded?
"Pumped Up Kicks" by Foster The People
What's the last thing you bought that you loved?
Vintage printed Versus Versace skirt from Resurrection
What was your first designer purchase?
A black Fendi baguette
Facebook or Twitter?
What's your rule to dress by?
Jeans are always a good idea
What trend do you hope dies?
Too many studs
What item do you wear every day?
My great grandmother's diamond ring
If you had to wear clothes from one decade only, what would it be?
What was your first job/internship?
In high school I was a closet intern at Marie Claire
Kindle or book?
What's on your summer reading list?
Just Kids by Patti Smith
Ideal summer destination?
Anywhere with a beach
What's on your nightstand?
Life by Keith Richards, Vogue, Rosebud Lip Salve, an aromatherapy spray
Charlize Theron could make any mundane activity look glamorous, with her perfectly groomed blond mane and enviably long legs. Case in point: the South African-born beauty's many red-carpet hits over the past several years, while celebrating roles in films such as Monster, for which she won an Oscar.
In honor of the Dior devotee's 36th birthday today, we've rounded up some of her most memorable looks. And expect to see plenty more of Theron on the awards show circuit: Her upcoming film Young Adult, which premieres at the Toronto Film Festival next month, has already been deemed Oscar bait by The Hollywood Reporter.
There's no question that Angry Birds can be an addiction for some. But wearing one's devotion on one's chest -- literally -- may be taking it a bit too far. This bra, found on Etsy, features two of the game's characters: a fierce red fowl and its enemy, an evil green pig. From the menacing expressions on their hand-painted faces, feathers are going to fly. We'll stick with La Perla for our lingerie needs.
Would you wear the Angry Birds bra?
Cobra Starship's fourth album, Night Shades, drops at the end of this month. In honor of the new release, keytar player Victoria Asher shares her fashion and beauty essentials for staying cool while she's on the road. And check out the band's video for the party-ready summer jam "You Make Me Feel," which features cameos from Elle's Joe Zee, DJ duo Andrew Andrew and Robin Williams with his daughter Zelda.
1. More than half of my wardrobe is filled with Vin and Omi. They're my favorite designers and I feel fantastic in all the dresses they come up with. We get to collaborate on the clothes they make, which makes it a lot of fun. Anytime I'm going somewhere nice, I wear a Vin and Omi dress.
2. I am completely obsessed with Lulu Guinness' purse collection. I have two of her lip clutch purses and they always spruce up an outfit for days when I'm just wearing all black (which I wear a lot of). Plus, I can't go anywhere without getting compliments on them.
3. I just recently got really into red lipstick. My favorite is NARS Dragongirl. It's a big lip pencil so it doesn't come off easily, nor does it end up on my teeth like most lipsticks (that's the worst!).
4. Gold bamboo earrings! The bigger, the better! I love gold bamboo earrings with a passion. I am always in search of different shaped ones. Currently on the hunt for personalized ones with my name in them. I think they add a ghetto chicness to most of my outfits, which I absolutely love.
5. House of Holland tights. This company has some of the most creative tights designs and each one blows me away. My favorite pair is one that makes me look like I have stockings and suspenders on.
The recent news that a U.K. public relations exec was banned from Soho House for wearing a suit -- in strict violation of the club's casual dress code -- got us thinking about the style rules at some of our favorite New York hotspots. We spoke to several local nightlife managers to find out their sartorial pet peeves.
Andy Kelley, General Manager at 1920 Bunker Club
Cardinal sin: "For ladies, it's definitely bad sequins (they come in so many forms these days), and those dinky 2-inch heels. For guys, it's really anything that looks like you are on Jersey Shore, which often means the brands Affliction, Ed Hardy, Christian Audigier or anything with logos, skulls and eagles.
Style advice: "In the end, it's all about how you wear it and how you look in it. You could be wearing jeans and a T-shirt. It's how you put it together and how you carry yourself. Unacceptable? Think New Jersey and that will help you determine what not to wear. You never know who is going to be walking through the door at Bunker, but the people who call to ask us if there is a dress code -- those are the ones to watch out for."
Jasper Soffer, General Manager at Mulberry Project
Cardinal sin: "I would have to say the shorts and sandals combo is a no -- regardless of the temperature."
Style advice: "We like our guests to put in some effort. Our doorman likes to see that someone has dressed up to go out, not just worn what they have been walking about in all day."
Brian Mazza, Director of Hospitality at Paige Management (The Ainsworth, Pub ONE, AXE Lounge, The Hill)
Cardinal sin: "Guys who wear a T-shirt or button-down with some form of graphic, or rhinestones. Men should never, ever wear rhinestones or shirts with graphics on them...and if you have them on your jeans then that's a whole other situation!"
Style advice: "A vest should never be worn without a jacket. If you do not know how to wear a vest you will look like Peter Pan. The vest should hit at your belt buckle and wrap snugly around your torso. If you wear a vest with a T-shirt, expect to wait in line for a long time! Also if you're going to wear a button-down with jeans, get a trim-fitted shirt, and tuck it in. Shoulder seams should hug your own shoulders. Make sure your sleeves aren't too short or long. When collars look like they are flying away, so will the girls. Invest in a great custom shirt and custom suit. And, shoes are where you cannot screw up. Invest in higher-end brands if you can, such as Ferragamo, Tods, Gucci, Paul Smith, Barker Black; but if you have the right look, it really doesn't matter what brand the shoes are. Make sure to purchase a round front, not a square toe because your outfit will be ruined for the night."
Ryan Dusheiko, General Manager at Riff Raff's
Cardinal sin: "If you're wearing flip flops with a suit, you're probably in the wrong venue. Also -- capri pants. I don't think they're technically in style anymore, but no one should be rocking capri pants...ever."
Style advice: "We live in New York City, where people come specifically because they're looking to express their individuality, so my motto is "if you wear it with confidence and you look good, then we respect it." Of course this cannot go across the board. If you show up wearing a T-shirt with Goofy in a hammock that says 'Just Goofing Around,' black Reebok high tops and white knee-high socks then you won't get in, I can assure you. Then again, that may be because it reminds me of my first day of school in America and getting beat up!"