This looks like one of the best collections of the season. This stuff is mighty expensive but it's absolutely fantastic. Christopher Bailey is a genius. I don't know what I like most - the coats or the boots. It's all looking REALLY nice.
Here are some more pics:
You don't necessarily need to spend the money to buy these exact pieces, but they are inspirational.
I love to walk the streets of NYC, looking for new places to shop. When I was heavily into vintage, I used to go to this one store, La Reina, on Avenue C. The shopowner, Leana Zuniga sold the best pieces. She was also a stylist and designers would frequent her store for inspirational pieces. One time, I was there as Stefano Pilati the head designer for Yves Saint Laurent and one of his muses swept up all of the good stuff and held up the one dressing room for over an hour.
Anyhow, one day Leana told me that she was looking into starting her own clothing line and was looking into good seamstresses in Chinatown. She eventually did start the line, called Electric Feathers. Her pieces were pretty funky but I was so heavily into vintage that I didn't pay much mind to the pieces that she encouraged me to try on.
She closed the store to focus on designing about 5 years ago. I stopped by her showroom in Williamsburg to use up a store credit on one of her original pieces. I bought a black cotton dress which remains one of my favorites to this day. Now, Leana's label has blown up. I see her stuff all over the internet, from online stores (Jumelle, La Garconne) and other blogs (Vain and Vapid; style.com). There's a hard-to-find jumpsuit that I want to buy from her, but she's too busy these days to return my emails. I'm not mad at her. Here's a silk version of the exact dress I bought:
It's now on sale at Jumelle. Dammit - I wanted to be the only one who had this dress:)
I had gone to Barney's tonight to return a dress. On my way out, I could hear club music coming from the second floor. A salesperson suggested that I check it out. What a surprise awaited me when I got there.
Chloe Sevigny, Jack McCullough and Lazaro Hernandez (Proenza Schouler), Zac Posen, Rachel Roy. Tamara Mellon, the woman behind Jimmy Choo. Jamie Johnson. Cecilia Dean. Pat McGrath. Simon Doonan. Waris. Genevieve Jones was one of the first people I saw. I was trying not to stare too hard so I couldn't take in her whole outfit as much as I wanted to. I'm not quite sure how she became a socialite, but Stephanie and I agreed that she sure knows how to dress.
It was a who's who of fashion. Not people that a majority of the American public would care less about, let alone recognize. Sevigny and a couple of other socialites were hosting a book signing for Derek Blasberg's Classy, Exceptional Advice for the Extremely Modern Lady. I met an equally mesmerized shopper/party crasher named Stephanie, who knew the names of all of the big people in attendance better than me. She just graduated from Dartmouth and works in finance; yet she, like I, has a real love for fashion.
Champagne and hor d'oeuvres were a-flowing. Stephanie and I were hanging buddies for the event. It was quite a night. Nate Berkus let me walk out the door first on the way out of the store. He and McCullough were behind me, joking with each other. It felt exciting yet comfortable being there. As I told Stephanie, it was as though fate led us there. I got a natural high being in the presence of style greatness. I created this blog because I love fashion and it inspires me. Now, I'm more inspired than ever.
I just finished writing a review about this place on New York Magazine. Maleeka is my favorite place to shop in Brooklyn. Whenever I want to buy something nice - anything from a gift for my mom to a break-up pick-me-up - I go there. They sell the kind of jewelry (and clothing, for that matter) that people say, "Wow! Where did you get that?" about -- on a daily basis. I just bought the best pair of earrings today, a picture of which I'll post at some point. I've continued to tell people about the place, but they either lose the napkin that I wrote the address on or never bother coming into downtown Brooklyn. In either case, oh well. I could care less. I'll just keep on getting the best jewelry and keeping it all to myself.
The website isn't an online store, so you can't see any of the great stuff this store has to offer. But believe you me, you will NOT regret checking this place out. Get your butt on the A/C/G, get off at Hoyt/Schermerhorn and walk on over. You won't regret the effort made.