Q&A: Vanessa Prager, Artist and WeSC activist

Twenty-six years ago Vanessa Prager was born in her grandmother’s back bedroom. Since then she’s evolved into a self-taught painter and risen to the level of art prowess with her signature blue and red ballpoint pens and an extensive collection of colorful oil paintings. She’s been showing in and out of galleries around LA for a few years now and I swear either you or someone you know owns a piece of hers. We caught up with her to find out about art, fashion... Read More

A Family Affair

It’s a style, based on the look of Brady . . . (sorry, too easy). While the Bradys’ wardrobe choices are often parodied and ridiculed, the truth is, the ladies often rocked some incredible threads. And you don’t have to sport Jan’s glasses or Cindy’s pigtails to pull off the look. Wide-leg pants have never been easier to wear (just stay away from the dreaded polyester), a sleeveless peter pan collar blouse is a modern take on the original, and 70′s... Read More

Style News Roundup: Lohan is back? Alexander Wang Does Swimwear, DVF for Gap, and More!

• Lindsay Lohan, art star? Why she will be seen at the Venice biennial. [HintMag] • Alexander Wang makes a splash with swim. [Refinery29] • Dita Von Teese reminds us that burlesque is not stripping. [AOL] • Zoe Kravitz and ASOS team up [ASOS] • Gap is calling in the big boys. DVF to collaborate with the GAP. [WWD] • Of course Carine Roitfeld can pull off shooting a Chanel Campaign in a photo booth. [NYMag] • Stills from the new Missoni for Target commercials featuring... Read More

Pass or Fail? Katie Holmes

We’re not sure why Mrs. Cruise insists on dressing older than she is. Or maybe she took style advice from little Suri, who Katie admits, styles her regularly. The big bad bow, the unforgiving material, the unflattering length, the atrocious color . . . we’d gladly take her regular uniform of baggy boyfriend jeans and ballet flats over this style disaster anyday. Sorry Holmes, but this looks is rather “holmely” . . . Our verdict: FAIL View This Poll Image... Read More

Pleat Insider: Q&A with Designer Pamela Love

If for some crazy reason, you haven’t heard the name Pamela Love yet, then its just a matter of time. She was a 2010 Vogue Fashion Fund nominee and recent Ecco Domani Fashion Fund winner, and come May, she’s teamed up with Topshop for an exclusive line of jewelry. (That’s a double win in our minds!). We picked her brain about shopping, life before her own line, and her iPod.   So, what were you doing before you started your jewlery line? I was doing... Read More

Guest Editor Brooke German: Get Packing!

  Memorial Day being the big kick-off to Summer 2011, you might be going somewhere this weekend. Like soon. Like, right after work. But there’s a mountain of discarded clothes all over your room, not a scrap of it folded and ready to go in your duffle bag. Uh-huh. We know this scenario. This is where we bring in the pros like Brooke German. Fashion PR whiz, lives in Manhattan, can be found on a Louboutin bender every now and again. It’s not all work and no play for this... Read More

Obsessed: Topshop Lily Print Shorts

God I need a vacation. Then I think to myself, uh last month you were in the South of France and Mexico, and next month you are heading to Cali and Europe. So . . . fine. Maybe I don’t need a vacation, but these cute tropical shorts have me dreaming about soft waves and a gentle breeze in Kauai. With an umbrella-garnished drink in one hand, a SPAM sandwich in the other–ok, technically I am a pescetarian but this is fantasy so just go with it–lounging about watching... Read More

Pleat Picks: November 2011

Just because it’s getting colder outside, doesn’t mean we need to start dressing like bag ladies. It’s never been more accepted to wear white after Labor Day… so why not keep those summer neutrals all the way into fall? topped with this killer suede maxi wrap coat and a hint of midnight velvet, we are ready to throw down and party like it’s 1999. 1. Zero + Maria Cornejo “Luma Tunic”, $585, Lagarconne.com 2. J. Crew “Resin Colorblock”... Read More

Ash NY Store Opening

Ash footwear makes a splash in America, with its first store location in NYC. This European shoe and accessory brand was founded in 2000 by Patrick Ithier and Leonello Calvani. Their objective was to create a line of leather goods that would bridge the gap between luxe and affordable. Both Calvani and Ithier draw on a deep well of experience, having worked for top brands like Charles Jourdan and Stephane Kelian. The 2300 square foot store, located in the heart of Soho at 44 Mercer... Read More

MOD: Chanel Iman

This young lady needs no introduction. (And we often forget she really is a young lady–ONLY 20-years-old!!!–even though it seems like she has been around forever.) With a name like Chanel Iman, this California creature was destined to become a model, and rightfully has the model-style to match. Feminine with a slight-edge, you too can channel Chanel with her inspired pieces below. 1. Tory Burch classic fold-over mini leather bag, $265, net-a-porter.com 2. Topshop... Read More