Wednesday, April 29, 2009


Are you getting all of your vitamins? If not, check out Estée Lauder's nutrient rich makeup. Enriched with plenty of multi-vitamins and extracts from the super anti-oxidant, pomegranate, Estée Lauder Nutritious Vita-Mineral Loose Powder makeup is perfect for the summer. It goes on light with a natural finish. The eco friendly powder contains SPF 15 and is available in a range of colors, from Intensity 1.0 to Intensity 6.0 (my shade).
I wore the powder for a while and was impressed with the ease of application. I highly recommend using the brush instead of the pad. My face was oil free, but certainly not ashen. The only issue was that I felt a constant need to reapply, because it felt and looked like I was barely wearing any makeup! No need to actually reapply. Enjoy wearing makeup without feeling like you are. This new product is available on Estée Lauder's website for $33.50. Get yours now and tell 'em I sent ya!
Pros: infused with plenty of nutrients--including vitamins A, C and E for free radical assaults; contains protective power of SPF 15; looks very natural and comes with a snazzy brush!
P.S. - I received a number of eco friendly products just in time for Earth Day; I'm still testing them out, so stay tuned for more reviews.
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Tuesday, April 28, 2009


Balmain's crystal-embellished canvas jacket at Net-a-porter. The jacket is 100% cotton, double breasted, high necked with angular pads. It is quite the investment piece at $11,410.00.

Willow's white military jacket at Far Fetch. 100% linen, this jacket features black stitching along the front and over the shoulders. $1,018.00

Gary Graham's Twill Military Jacket at La Garçonne. Cropped jacket with military buttons, stand-up collar and leather trim. $443.00

Check out the controversy surrounding Alice + Olivia's military jacket. Soon you will be able to purchase Alice + Olivia's Fall 2009 Balmain inspired jacket on Shopbop for approximately $400. Click on the label below for vintage Dress for Less posts!

Sunday, April 26, 2009


Name: Arlenis Sosa Peña

Nationality: Dominican

Height: 5 ft 11 in

Measurements: 32-24.5-35

Agency: Marilyn - New York City

Featured in runway shows for Bottega Veneta, Oscar de la Renta, Christian Dior, Hermes, John Galliano, Zac Posen and many others. Arlenis is the new face of Lancôme, is in the campaigns for H&M, Gap and Victoria's Secret. For more pictures of Arlenis, click here and here.
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Thursday, April 23, 2009


1- Tini's Straight Up Nail Lacquer in "Amaretto Fizz", $12.00 at Tini's; 2- Bobbi Brown "Pink Quartz" nail shimmer $8.50 at Nordstrom's; 3- Chanel's Le Vernis in "Kaleidescope", £14.50 at Chanel; 4- Essie's "Steel-ing the Scene", $8.00 at Essie; 5- Nicole by O.P.I. Nail Lacquer in "First Crush Blush", $10.00; 6- Revlon Nail Enamel in Gold Get 'Em, $6.00; 7- Sally Hansen Salon Nail Lacquer in Silver Stiletto, $7.00; 8- SpaRitual Nail Color in "Sharp", $9.00 at aveyou; 9- Zoya Nail Lacquer in Lael and Freja,$6.00 at Zoya.
Wondering what Beyonce and a host of other celebs are sporting on their nails? You too can achieve that same dipped in molten metal look. Metallic nails are the perfect compliment to this season's neutrals. See the slide above for a selection of metallic nail lacquers and where to buy.

My Pick: Sephora’s gunmetal "Gothik" and I'm crossing my fingers that a P.R. person will send me samples of Minx’s gold leaf-like appliqués, they're ridiculously fabulous.


Drumroll please! The winner of the StyleChile + Chickdowntown Tolani Scarf Giveaway is Carla D. of Chicago, Illinois! Of the all the StyleChile features which mentioned the word "scarf" or "scarves", Carla chose My So Called Scarf. Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more giveaways!


Admit it. The current state of affairs blows, but you're not really mad at the windfall: great clothes at low prices. The bad news is that you probably can't go all out, I mean, that's what got us here in the first place, right? But, the good news is that you can do much more with very little. Case in point, net-a-porter's new "outlet" shopping website, The Outnet. Check it out for up to 60% off Philip Lim, Anna Sui and Marc Jacobs. Want to go to a real live outlet in your city? See below. Happy Shopping!
Chelsea Premium Outlets
10600 Quil Ceda Blvd.
Tulalip, WA 98217
(360) 654-3000
Website here.
Upscale Outlet shopping featuring Balenciaga, Hickey Freeman, Catherine Malandrino, Tory Burch, Michael Kors, Zegna, Yves St. Laurent and the list goes on ad infinitum!
Phipps Plaza
3500 Peachtree Rd Ne
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 262-0992
Website here.
Featuring Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Versace, Bally, Theory and much more.
Birch Run
12240 South Beyer Road

Birch Run, MI 48415
(989) 624-6226
(877) 276-8853
Website here.
Featuring BCBGMAXAZRIA, Calvin Klein, J. Crew, Polo Ralph Lauren and more.
New York
Woodbury Commons
498 Red Apple Court
Central Valley, New York, 10917
(845) 928-2006
Website here.
Featuring 220 stores, including Fendi, Dolce and Gabbanna, Prada, Gucci, Burberry, Saks and the list goes on and on. Just added a Balenciaga outlet! Thanks for the tip, Renae!

Franklin Mills Mall
1455 Franklin Mills Circle
Philadelphia, PA 1915
(215) 632-1500

Website here.
Featuring Neiman Marcus Last Call, Saks, Brooks Brothers, Kenneth Cole, Levi's and more.
Los Angeles
Citadel Outlets
100 Citadel Drive, Suite 480
Los Angeles, CA 90040
(323) 888-1724

Website here.
Featuring BCBGMAXAZRIA, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Bass and more.

Wrentham Village
One Premium Outlets Boulevard

Wrentham, MA 02093
(508) 384-0600
Website here.
Featuring 170 stores including: Barneys New York, Salvatore Ferragamo, Burberry, Liz Claiborne and more.

Friday, April 17, 2009


Zandra Rhodes, whose name is often accompanied by adjectives such as kooky, funky and zany, is set to launch a capsule collection with British retail giant, Marks & Spencer.
Pieces from Zandra Rhodes' capsule collection for Marks & Spencer
Zandra's fashion sense and education was informed by her mother, a fitter in a Paris fashion house and a teacher at Medway College of Art. Known for her textile designs (and multicolored hair and technicolored makeup), Zandra launched her own retail outlet in 1969 because most British manufacturers considered her designs too outrageous. The collection is set to hit stores in the UK on May 9th and prices range from £8 - £89.
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Rachel Rachel Roy for Macy's
Scheduled to debut August 1st, Rachel Roy's diffusion line for Macy's: "Rachel Rachel Roy" will be geared towards a younger set of consumers. However, given that most people are cutting back, the prices and the styles will no doubt appeal to Ms. Roy's usual set of consumers. Rachel Roy's contemporary line will feature sportswear for $59 to $299, shoes for $79 up to $199, up to $195 for jewelry and as much as $109 for handbags. For pictures of the Rachel Rachel Roy line for Macy's, check out Nitrolicious.
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Thursday, April 16, 2009


For the David in you, me, we and us. Get into The Original David, a fresh t-shirt line created by a Nigerian designer. The young brand creates unique t-shirts primarily, but are branching out to add their charm to laptop sleeves, etc. Favored by the likes of Questlove of The Legendary Roots Crew, Q-Tip and Trey Songz, any one of these pieces are guaranteed to add a bit of flavor to your everyday. Thanks to fab StyleChile reader, Veronica, for the tip!
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Wednesday, April 15, 2009


What: MaxMara, Max&Co., Sportmax. 'S MaxMara, Marina Rinaldi and Weekend.

Why: Prices up to 70% off ready to wear pieces, swimwear, handbags, belts, scarbes and jewelry.

When: Apr. 26th 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Apr. 27th-28th 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Apr. 28th 10 a.m.– 7 p.m., Apr. 29th 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Where: Metropolitan Pavilion: 123 W. 18th St., bet. 6th and 7th Aves.

What: Fifth On Main Pop-up store holding a Fall/Winter & Resort Sample Sale + Spring Preview Sale, open to the public. Including Abaete, Alvin Valley, Brian Reyes, Badgley Mischka, TIBI, Twelfth Street, Carmen MarcValvo, Catherine Malandrino, Nicole Miller, Rebecca Taylor, Mint by Jodi Arnold, Theory, Chaiken and more!

40% - 60% off retail prices.

RSVP to and receive an additional 10% off your total purchase!

When: Apr. 17th 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Apr. 18th 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Apr. 19th 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Where: 109 Spring St., bet. Greene & Mercer
Sts., Soho

What: Ali Ro, Modo & Derek Lam Eyewear, Danielle Nicole Handbags

Why: Up to 70% off retail.

When: Apr. 16 & 17, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Where: 145 West 18th St., bet. 6th and 7th Aves.

What: Kara Janx

Why: Neon stripe tank tops, cute high-waist skirts, and other spring merch is 50-80% off.

When: Apr. 22 & 23. Wed. & Thurs., 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Where: 242 W. 36th St., bet. Seventh & Eighth Aves., 8th flr. (212) 594-4797.

What: Bindya

Why: No-brainer. Spring scarves in ikat prints and plaids starting at ten bucks (reg. $80). Plus, tunics at 65 percent off.

When: Apr. 16 & 17. Thurs. & Fri., 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Where: 49 W. 38th St., bet. Fifth & Sixth Aves., 9th flr.

What: La Perla

Why:Up to 80% off deluxe bras, panties, sleepwear, and goodies from Frette.

When: Apr. 19-24. Sun., 1-6 p.m.; Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Where: 4 W. 58th St., bet. Fifth & Sixth Aves., 4th flr.

What: Sigerson Morrison

Why: Boots for $250, shoes for $135, Belle boots for $175, and Belle sandals for $75. Plus, deals on Me & Ro baubles and select pieces from Zero + Maria Cornejo.

When: Apr. 22-24. Wed., 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Thurs., 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Fri., 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Where: Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St., bet. Sixth & Seventh Aves.

What: Mara Hoffman

Why: Resort, spring, and swim ’09. Tops and bathing suits start at $15;

dresses start at $50.

When: Apr. 23-25. Thurs. & Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Where: 120 W. 28th St., bet. Sixth & Seventh Aves., 3rd flr. (212) 505-3020.

What: Miguelina

Why: Breezy floral dresses, camisoles, and silk chiffon blouses are up to 50% off.

When: Apr. 30 & May 1. Thurs. & Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Where: 20 W. 36th St., bet. Fifth & Sixth Aves., 6th flr.

What: Ted Rossi

Why: Save up to 75% on bangles, cuffs, clutches, and more.

When: Apr. 30 & May 1. Thurs. & Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Where: 15 E. 30th St., bet. Madison & Fifth Aves., ste. 300. (212) 683-1726.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


First the bad news: when I opened the compact, the capsule with the cream almost fell out. It appears the adhesive had worn loose. However, the good news is that Iman's Second to None Cover Cream, the latest in the model's line of cosmetics, is one of the best that I've ever tried. I loved that the cream was easy to apply. I like makeup and how I look in it, but loathe the application process--as it's usually the last obstacle in my race to get out of the door on time. Iman's Second to None Cover Cream went on fast and I used my fingers; in fact, you're encouraged to use your fingers with this one! While it's meant to be a concealer, to be used to cover dark under-eye circles, blemishes and skin tone imperfections, I wore the cover cream as foundation. There's no need to apply an extra layer of makeup. The result was a smooth, even, matte finish which lasted all day (without any oily buildup). Iman's cosmetics are for women of all colors. Her line of face powders and creams are available in sand, clay and earth which are light, medium and dark, respectively. I used medium earth and it was a near perfect match to my skin tone. In sum, I highly recommend this product. Pros: It's easy to use, not oily, enriched with minerals and is sufficient on it's own--there's no need to use a foundation with this concealer. Con: Does not travel well. The item is new and is not yet available for purchase, but check out the full range of Iman cosmetics here.

Saturday, April 11, 2009


There's a pug missing! You'll know who and why when you see the movie . . .

Filmed over the course of two years, "Valentino: The Last Emperor" is really a documentary about the legendary designer and his relationships with fashion, his beloved Giancarlo Giammetti, and his dogs--6 pugs: Milton, Monty, Maude, Margot, Maggie and Molly--not necessarily in that order of importance; Valentino once declared: "I don't care about the collection. My dogs are much more important." If Valentino were not a designer, he would surely be a comedian. I didn't expect to laugh as much as I did throughout this movie.
Directed by Vanity Fair writer and editor, Matt Tyranauer, the movie gives us insight into the tension between Valentino and the new CEO, Matteo Marzotto, whose family controlled the Valentino brand since 2002. In my opinion, the most thrilling aspects of the movie centered on Valentino Garavani's last haute couture show and the spectacular 45th anniversary Valentino retrospective in Rome. Valentino: The Last Emperor is showing in selected cities. Click here for locations and ticket information.
Yours truly at Valentino Corporate Offices in Milan.
Since it doesn't quite look like I will get to a GlobeShopper Italy post, I thought I'd share these pictures, taken several years ago on a trip to Milan. In addition to being geeked about experiencing the culture and food of northern Italy and getting the opportunity to travel to (shop at Serravalle!) neighboring cities, and Switzerland (for more outlet shopping at Foxtown), my Milan experience was truly magical because my travel companions and I met with representatives from Valentino--specifically the CEO of the Marzotto Group--at the Valentino offices.

A little bit of heaven. Heading towards the Valentino friends and family room. We couldn't believe our luck! 
And, as if that was not enough, he invited us back to the friends and family showroom (depicted above), where everything was 50% off. Write-downs of 50% were not typical back then! And, then there was swag: bags made from vintage Valentino scarves. My bag is made from a scarf from the Fall Winter '69 - '70 collection. Our visit to Valentino made Milan unforgettable!

Thursday, April 09, 2009


One of my favorite online shopping destinations,, has partnered with StyleChile to giveaway one of this year's most fashionable accessories, the modern vintage scarf.
Chickdowntown doesn't just sell scarves, natch. Their selection of designer clothing and accessories includes the likes of Catherine Malandrino, Alice + Olivia, Marc Jacobs, Elizabeth James, Diane von Furstenberg and the list goes on ad infinitum. Speaking of DVF, check out these Diane von Furstenberg dresses. Chickdowntown's collection includes DVF's signature knit jersey wrap dresses and styles that are more reflective of Ms. von Furstenberg's journey from princess to an international captain of industry.
One lucky reader will be selected to win the hand-woven Lakshmi Brown Scarf by Tolani featured above. Want one? Send an e-mail to, subject line: StyleChile + Chickdowntown Giveaway, and let me know the title of any of my previous posts which include the word "scarf" or "scarves". Good luck!


The bag looks more like an oversize clutch than a laptop sleeve.  Sold for $225, it was available on and Lauren Merkin's website.  Dimensions: 10"H x 14"L x 2"D. Take a look at the other colors (plus black patent leather).  Hopefully Mrs. Merkin will bring these back soon.  Click on the link below for vintage Tech Chic posts!

Wednesday, April 08, 2009


My love affair with Brooklyn continues . . . I spent a lazy Sunday in BK this past weekend. After brunching with friends at iCi in Fort Greene, I walked with my best friend and sister-in-law to check out the oft discussed Brooklyn Flea.
Pink tiered dress from Papushka. Right: love the dress, but I neglected to get the name of the shop.
Founded in Spring of 2008, by none other than prolific Brooklyn Blogger, of fame, Jonathan Butler, and his friend Eric Demby, the Flea is an ideal weekend activity for all ages. It is more than a foodie's dream and a music lover's delight, it is also a vintage fashion lover's Shangri La!
Art Deco glass and crystal jewelry from the '20s, '30s and '40s, prices range from $5 to $300. Treasures and Pleasures Estate Jewelry, Vintage Purses and Silver (212.750.1929). Tell them I sent 'ya!
The flea market is open on weekends and is currently located in DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass for the uninitiated) until the weather picks up. Starting April 18, Brooklyn Flea returns to the outdoor space at Bishop Loughlin High School on Saturdays and will remain in DUMBO on Sundays. For more information on Brooklyn Flea, including photos, vendor lists, blog and more, click here.
My sister-in-law looks for vintage fashions . . .
The New York Times is single handedly trying to ensure that the Brooklyn Flea gets the recognition it deserves. Check out the New York Times features here and here and here and I particularly like this piece by New York Times fashion writer Guy Trebay. For more press on Brooklyn Flea, click here and here.
DUMBO Winter Pop-Up Flea
76 Front Street/81 Front Street
Brooklyn, New York
Fort Greene Outdoor Flea
Bishop Loughlin H.S.
Lafayette Ave. b/t Clermont and Vanderbilt Aves.
Brooklyn, New York

Update: Heading to the Flea? Be sure to visit Treasures and Pleasures and mention StyleChile for discounts!


Bath & Body Works has launched a few new products and, luckily, they've sent me a couple to test out. First up, the refreshing Mandarin Lime Sugar Scrub, with the ever so appropriate name: Energy. I loved this product! I'm a sucker for any product with brown sugar* and the smell was, well, orgasmic . . . the experience was kinda' like those Herbal Essences shampoo commercials. All kidding aside, after showering, the entire house smelled like sweet mandarin limeade and I smelled like it too--for a good while. I haven't been to a spa in several months, but after massaging a bit of this onto my skin, I couldn't shake that smooth, just-out-of-SpaV feeling. And, now for the bad news. In addition to sugar, this eco-friendly product is made with a blend of sunflower, safflower, sweet almond and jojoba oils. How is this bad, you ask. Well, the blend of natural oils is all good, but it leaves you super oily. The good news is that you will not have to apply a lot of lotion, as the residual oil from the scrub is sufficient to moisturize the driest of skins. But still, it's best to use the scrub before you lather up with soap. . . Buy Bath & Body Work's Mandarin Lime Energy Sugar Scrub here. It's $16 a pop, but buy 2 and pay only $20. Pros: A delicious fragrance that perfumes your body as well as your abode. If you're not a morning person, try this scrub in the a.m., it's called "Energy" for a reason! Great moisturizer and efficient exfoliator. Cons: Oily, oily and oily, but extra moisture wont hurt, especially in winter. * P.S. - I don't fancy myself a beauty expert, but I know what I like and what makes me feel and look good. This scrub reminded me of one of my favorite beauty tricks. For smooth, soft lips, mix a bit of honey with brown sugar and gently massage. It tastes and smells yummy and will leave your lips supple and pucker ready.

Sunday, April 05, 2009


Chronographs are timepieces with both timekeeping and stopwatch functions. Produced as early as the 18th century, but not gaining popularity until the 1820s, chronographs are once again enjoying a resurgence at the forefront of fashionable accessories.
1- Forever 21's jeweled watch in yellow, $8.50; 2-Fossil chronograph champagne dial, $115; 3-Swatch men's watches suiw400-ww, on Amazon $96.56; 4-Michael Kors women's chronograph at Macy's $225; 5- gold-tone chronograph watch with crystal accents, BCBG $225; 6- Vintage Omega speedmaster professional "Moonlanding" watch, £1,695 on Asos.
These watches are not for the Wallflower. The commanding size begs to be noticed. Colored chronographs will be fun for Spring and Summer, but I'm particularly keen on the Michael Kors mens chronograph in gold and have been wearing one since I had to replace my Swatch version of same.
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Friday, April 03, 2009


The latest high-low synergy is brought to us by British color connoisseur Matthew Williamson and the reasonably priced Swedish label, H&M. The Williamson for H&M women's line will hit 200 stores in the US and abroad on April 23rd.

Another line including both men's and women's fashions will become available on May 14th. Prices range from $49 for shorts to $340 for a ruffle gown. Read the H&M press release here. Williamson is quite busy these days, he has collaborated with The Rug Company to design rugs in quintessential Williamson fashion.
Fun fact: Matthew Williamson designed Kelis' green wedding dress, in which she married rapper, Nas.
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Thursday, April 02, 2009


Guess what? I'm back from Dubai early. And, at first it was a little disorienting being in New York--it seemed cold, noisy and unlike the Truman Show--but I knew I was home when I first saw the woman above in the subway. My time in Dubai was a great big adventure, and I was sure to travel before returning to the States. I'm really not great about getting some posts up, but I'll try to include pictures from, and reference my time in, Dubai, Lebanon, Qatar, Turkey, Jordan and Egypt in future posts. I'm going to miss all of my new friends, but it's really good to be back home!

Wednesday, April 01, 2009


Lucky Jason Wu and equally lucky J. Crew! Left: President Obama arrives in London for the G-20 Summit. First Lady Obama disembarks from Air Force One wearing Jason's chartreuse silk crepe sheath dress with black Michael Kors duster and her favorite belt: a black studded Azzedine Alaia. Right: Arriving at 10 Downing Street, the Prime Minister's residence, wearing J.Crew's crystal constellation cardigan and dazzling-dots jacquard pencil skirt.
Mind the gap! This is a gratuitous Michelle Obama post, because I can, because this is my blog :) Please expect to see many of these over the course of the next four, ahem, eight years. More importantly, I'm sharing these pictures because if you're anything like me, your spirits are lifted each time you catch a glimpse of the new First Couple. I positively swoon when I see these two, and the fashion lover in me is just so thrilled at Michelle's penchant for fashion.
She's not tone deaf, she gets it. She realizes that she has to dress responsibly and show emotional intelligence given the global economic crisis. Thus, despite her new role and access to high fashion, she recycles her clothes (see the Azzedine Alaia belt that is worn above right and worn here, here, and here). She consistently maintains a wardrobe that is high-low by pairing less expensive pieces with high-end designers.(see the J. Crew crystal constellation cardigan,which is already sold out, and mint colored dazzling-dots pencil skirt worn above left. She's also a fan of H&M and the Gap).
Update: Check out the pic of Michelle and Barack with the Queen!
Left: Just right! Wearing a black duchess satin coat by Jason Wu. Right: Looking prim and proper and a touch too casual in my humble opinion . . . Mrs. O is wearing a black and ivory silk crepe dress by Isabel Toledo, topped off with a cashmere cardigan by Alaia.
Another distinctive Michelle touch? Her propensity for bright colors and sparkles. This is clearly an attempt to keep our spirits lifted in "dark" times. Stay tuned for pictures of Michelle's ensemble for the Obamas' audience with the Queen! On this occasion, Michelle is wearing a black swing coat with soft curves and pearls (natch). It appears that she's wearing a black skirt and black cardigan beneath (so much for my light colors theory) which is, dare I say it, looking a bit casual. . . C'mon Michelle, everyone knows that you must wear light colors (think Easter eggs) to tea!
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Sneak peak of Topman display, which is within the new Topshop . . .
Topshop has finally come to the States and people are losing their minds. But, in more mind boggling news, Topman has arrived as well. I'm ashamed to admit that I know nothing of this brand. When did this happen? Why is everyone else acting as if they've known about Topman all along? Perhaps I'm just woefully uninformed? In any event, both stores will debut--with a Kate Moss ribbon cutting--in the US on Thursday, April 2, but the press and celebrities were given free rein today.
If Topman is the male version of Topshop, then it is no doubt fab. . . case in point: Kate Moss' collection. That sequined dress is to die for. Read more about the first ever Topshop US launch here. Check out my coverage of the launch of Kate Moss for TopShop at Barneys last year.
Topshop (and Topman)
478 Broadway
New York, NY 10013
Photo: Urban Daddy
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