Snob Essentials Collection: Happy Snobiversary!

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As we kick off yet another New York Fashion Week, we celebrate 10 years of Snobbery with you. On September 6th, 2005 we put up our first post. It started off as a hobby for Kelly and me, an elaborate pen pal system, if you will, so we could share our love of bags and fashion while our newborn babies napped. People often ask me if I ever thought our career would take off as it has, and honestly, we talked of big dreams (At least I did! Kelly is the realist who keeps me in check) but never in my wildest did I think we would go this far and for this long. We owe it all to our readers and supporters in the fashion industry because frankly, without you, we are merely two women with dreams.

To celebrate properly, as Snobs do, we asked some of our favorite designers to create exclusive limited-edition items for our new e-commerce site. Think of it as a bespoke shopping experience on a larger scale. Each and every piece was created just for our readers, available here only (in some cases on the designers’ own website, as well) and in very limited quantities. This collection is for the Snob who is looking for that unique purchase, one that isn’t already ubiquitous thanks to street style coverage or massive brand-gifting by the time it hits the shelves. For the Snob who wants to treasure her luxury purchases whether it be a $195 hat or a $2,195 bag. In short, for you.

Our collections will not heed to seasons or trends. When you order a custom piece, it’s perennially chic. This is the ultimate evergreen wardrobe, which we’re kicking off with the Rag & Bone hat in a hint of pink with grey trim and the Paul Andrew for Bag Snob Bellevue shoe in your choice of exclusive Snob Pink (the exact hue of our original logo 10 years ago!) or Mercury Grey. Look forward to more to come next week, and as a special thank you (if you have read this far!) we are offering a 20% discount to our snobby readers for this month only. Enter the code Snobby20. Happy shopping!

Snob Essentials Collection

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Sophie Hunter and Sienna Miller show the shirt dress is still right-for-now at Wimbledon

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Sophie Hunter and Benedict Cumberbatch
 The humble wardrobe staple might not be about to reinvent the trend rule book, but it makes getting dressed a whole lot easier. Both breezy yet elegant, a shirt dress is a faithful friend that never fails to pull you together.

Serving up new shirting inspiration this weekend, were Sienna Miller and Sophie Hunter, who both chose beautiful riffs on the dress style to wear to Wimbledon.

First up, Hunter took her place in the royal spectator’s box wearing a white mid-length Temperley shirt dress stitched with symmetrical pretty black embroidery. (Side note: could Hunter and husband Benedict Cumberbatch be vying for a place as 2016’s best-dressed couple?)

Sophie Hunter and Benedict Cumberbatch

The theatre director left the button-down dress style fastened tightly at the collar for a preppy twist on the feminine cut and print, then threw a nattily-cut blazer on for good measure. With black accessories acting as an extension of the black embroidery, the whole look was utterly delightful for a British summer afternoon.

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Etta dress,, Temperley

If Hunter’s dress hit a high note between preppy and pretty, then Sienna Miller’s symbolised the fluid, pared-down potential of the shirt dress. The actress watched Andy Murray take the title of men’s champion in a white Ralph Lauren sablé dress, which fluttered just below-the-knee in beautifully flattering proportions. Unlike Hunter’s starched collar, Sienna’s was left open, relaxed and in keeping with the 1930s silhouette of her day dress.

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Sienna Miller in Ralph Lauren CREDIT: REX

For Miller, the ruffled neck feature, with delicate mother-of-pearl buttons stitched onto the bodice, was enough to occupy the eye. The mother-of-one kept everything else on her outfit minimal, choosing brown woven T-bar heels, tan sunglasses and a white shoulder bag as simple accompaniments.

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Eva dress,  Ralph Lauren

Don’t let these well-dressed women kid you that the shirt dress should be the reserve of formal wear. It’s actually a multiple-use item. Sure, you can wear it as a dress, but how about layering looser styles over trousers? With a roomy jumper worn over the top and the shirt tails left swinging, you’ll have a fresh take on workwear that is brilliant for combatting office air con.

Hunter and Miller’s shirt dresses might sing of ladylike fashion, but there are myriad of minimal styles out there that could be toughened up with trainers or chunky boots for the weekend. Oh and did we mention how forgiving they are on derrières?

Go forth and stockpile your own wear-anywhere stash of simple shirt dresses. You won't regret it.

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FKA TWIGS POSES FOR ELLE, TALKS DEALING WITH THE PUBLIC SPOTLIGHT

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FKA Twigs on ELLE August 2016 Cover
FKA Twigs on ELLE August 2016 Cover

FKA Twigs lands the August 2016 cover of ELLE Magazine, posing in a Prada look complete with a corset and chained bag. Inside the magazine, Paola Kudackiphotographs the R&B singer in cutting edge styles from the likes of Valentino,Salvatore Ferragamo and Calvin Klein Collection. FKA rocks her signature braids in the feature as well as some statement jewelry.

In her interview, FKA Twigs talks about being in the public eye, not using the term fan and more.


FKA Twigs stuns in Calvin Klein dress with headwrap
FKA Twigs stuns in Calvin Klein dress with headwrap

FKA Twigs on being in the public eye:
“Being in the public eye is so weird,” she says. “People want to shame you. It’s not a celebration of a talent.” She speaks wistfully about an era before social media, whenJosephine Baker could dance on tables all night, then “go out for vegetables in her T-shirt” the next day and not have it all documented.

FKA Twigs on why she refuses to use the word “fan”:
To her, it feels “derogative,” so she opts instead to call them “people who like my music” or “people interested in me as an artist.” “They don’t influence what I make,” she says, “but they have a role in us all coming together and creating something genuine.”

FKA Twigs makes a move in Salvatore Ferragamo coat and skirt
FKA Twigs makes a move in Salvatore Ferragamo coat and skirt
FKA Twigs shows off a braided hairstyle in the photo shoot
FKA Twigs shows off a braided hairstyle in the photo shoot

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WEEKEND UPDATE

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Happy Chinese New Year (for those celebrating)! I am still in Japan for the holiday (Kyoto right now, to be exact) and have eaten more on this trip than I have on any other travels this past year. I’m very happy here, and extremely well fed!

1. I saw the chicest woman checking in simultaneously with us at our hotel in Kyoto, and couldn’t help admiring her straw bag and asking where it was from. Imagine my surprise when it ended up being not from some local Japanese store, but Net-A-Porter!

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I love the vibrant colors of this tote and think it’d be the perfect shopping bag/travel tote for spring and summer. I always think a straw bag looks super chic, and this one is particularly unique because of all of the colors. Perfect with a simple top and jeans as modeled above.

2. Since I’m in Japan, I thought I’d share this interesting article from David Chang’s Lucky Peach (did you know he had a magazine? I didn’t!) about making ramen in Japan, versus America.

3. Those with some free time and an interest in the entertainment industry will enjoy this in depth article about the Sony hack, via Vanity Fair. I think it’s a shame that Amy Pascal resigned – I’d love to hear your opinions.

4. Continuing on the Japan theme…I wanted to recommend a great Japanese (translated) mystery/thriller novel I recently read, Salvation of a Saint.


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Amanda Seyfried x Lorraine Schwartz: Pendant Necklaces

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Amanda Seyfried x Lorraine Schwartz

Seeing Amanda Seyfried accessorize her gorgeous Zac Posen gown with a long Lorraine Schwartz pendant necklace was such a refreshing, interesting style choice. The Les Mis star went with a pretty minimal look, and I don’t think it would have worked without the diamond and lavender jade art deco-inspired bauble. We’re not used to seeing pendants in formal settings, and that was the genius of it! Here are some picks for you to try at out your next big event:

Eva Fehren Lapis & Diamond Cigarette Pendant Necklace: I’m not one for cigarettes, but this cigarette-slim lapis pendant – definitely. Blackened white gold is perfect up against the speckled blue. 

Finn Onyx Heart Pendant Necklace: This heart necklace is a black onyx beauty from the front, but be sure to wear your hair up, so everyone can get a peek at the adorable arrow-shaped closure, too. 

Renee Lewis Diamond-Rimmed Shake Pendant Necklace: A true conversation starter, this diamond-trimmed piece is filled with even more gems! You’ll be shaking it around like a curious tot with no shame whatsoever.

Fabrizio Riva Brown Diamond Heart Pendant Necklace: This brown diamond Fabrizio Riva is great if you want to stick with something small – you could even layer it with other necklaces. 

Stone Paris Apsara Gold and Diamonds Necklace: I saved the best for last! Obviously, all of the pieces are beautiful, but if you want mega-watt shine like Amanda had, this diamond design is it. 

Amanda Seyfried x Lorraine Schwartz

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This Is the July 5 Look You'll Repeat All Summer

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No matter what your July 4 plans are, you'll want as little fuss as possible when it comes tochoosing an outfit. After all, this is the most laid-back weekend of Summer. The answer comes in the form of a romper. From stretchy, sporty styles that veer on the side of activewear to designs with add-ons, like a bow on the shoulder, we shopped the best playsuits under.

What's more, you can opt for sleeves or decide to go strapless — either way you'll beat the heat thanks to a shorts cut. Feel free to throw these on over your swimsuit when you hit the beach or rock them with your denim jacket for an evening BBQ. With an easy look this cute, you'll no doubt be turning heads wherever you go.

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