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Put ‘Em On a Pedestal

Is it weird to have a fashion icon? Or maybe two?

Lately when we peruse the racks at our favorite boutiques in Brooklyn and beyond we find ourselves thinking about key looks perfected by women with stellar style.

With her smoky eyes and fearless French flair, Carine Roitfeld, the iconic former editor of French Vogue (who just signed on to style Barneys New York’s fall 2011 ad campaign and the Madison Avenue flagship’s windows) is, of course, a given. But we’re also taken with the ineffably cool carriage of the character Karen Van Der Beek (British beauty Natascha McElhone) in the Showtime series Californication.

Yes, she’s a Cali girl, on screen, that is, but we believe that Karen’s trademark ensembles — rocking blazer, tough-yet-chic blouse or T-shirt, perfect-fitting slim-cut jeans — easily translate to the East Coast, most specifically, Brooklyn! Her on-again off-again romance with scoundrel Hank Moody (David Duchovny) may be complicated yet her style is anything but.

So, a nod to Showtime’s Karen, and oui, Carine from the Brooklyn Gal. We will never ever look like either of these gorgeous women, or, for that matter, ever try to mimic their look down to the letter, but damn, we do admit, they certainly inspire us.

 

Funky, Funky – Yet Chic!

Spring fever has hit! We here at the Brooklyn Gal have been busy window shopping at some of our favorite Brooklyn boutiques, searching for stylish, quasi-budget friendly finds to pine for. What have we found? Well, it looks like hippiesh cloth handbags are definitely having their fashion moment. And we want in!

Whether  you opt for a colorful beauty like the madcap patchwork leather-strapped fair-trade tote at Diana Kane, the recycled, organically dyed ikat JadeTRIBE hobo trimmed with bohemian shell-flecked fringe at Kaight or the Thomas IV canteen handbag made from ethnic materials and luscious leather at Bird, you’re certain to add a much-needed bright spot to your wardrobe.

We think they’re the perfect spring-fling addition – especially if you tend to dress in an all-black urban uniform six days out of seven (we’re just sayin’…)

 

Pockets Full of Miracles

Like many fashion lovers, we here at the Brooklyn Gal have been perusing the RTW Fall 2011 runway collections with full-on fervor, devouring the nonstop-flow of coverage from WWD and New York Magazine every spare moment we get.

Sure, we’re besotted by the glamour, the endless parade of avant-garde silhouettes and deeply inspiring color stories emerging from New York, London, Milan and now Paris. We can’t wait to slip into seriously wide-legged trousers, jackets with strong shoulders (sans fur), bulky hand-knit sweaters, metallic-kissed tunics, long vests and tuxedo shirts – at Zara prices, natch.

But what we’re most thrilled about is the preponderance of… pockets! Albino D’Amato worked the pocket angle with his metallic herringbone skirts and short-sleeved dresses for his Albino line. Daryl Kerrigan of Daryl K dropped ’em low on a long slim black skirt that truly personifies her urban-cool edge. And Felipe Oliveira Baptista piled on the layers, topping all with a gold vest-y jacket that swooped around the body, with pockets for extra swagger.

Why do we care about such trivial details? Because pockets not only spell comfort but give a garment a cool cachet, a louche attitude (pardon the use of the L word – it’s on our list of most over-used descriptors but damn, it says it all).

So don’t mind us if we don’t wave  hello or shake hands the next time we meet on the street. We’ll be too busy strutting down the road with our hands deeply entrenched in our stylish pockets.