FASHIONABLE
Cozy Up in Qi's Newest Knitwear Collection

We know you don’t want to hear it, but it’s August and summer is winding down. With fall on the horizon it’s time to start thinking about the trendy ways you’ll keep warm.

Qi New York, the contemporary knitwear company that brings us high-quality pieces at an affordable price, has come out with their most luxurious collection to date. The Gallop to the Ranch collection was inspired by the ranches of Colorado. The views and rustic décor of Rocky Mountain dude ranches encouraged an assortment of cashmere sweaters that you’ll never want to take off!

FASHIONABLE
Drop the Flops: Sweet Flat Sandals for Summer

While flip flops are the ultimate summer staple, sometimes they just don’t cut it when you’re looking for the perfect summer footwear for your perfect summer wardrobe. You want to stay comfortable of course, whether you’re jet setting to exotic getaways, enjoying sunny summer weekends, or hoofing the city avenues of your daily grind. Sky-high wedges are just the ticket for party-filled nights, but keep them stowed away until after hours and enjoy these sweet flat sandals for day!

Opening Ceremony Heidi Polka Dot Sandal

THE SAMPLER
January Last Chances, February Sales, Steals, & Deals

Who: American Apparel
What: The warehouse sale is still going on! Lucky you, the brand has extended the sale once again, now through the end of the month. Get your favorite basics at up to 90% off quick!
Where: 766 Sixth Avenue (between 25th & 26th Streets)
When: Through January 31st; daily 9am—9pm

Who: Otte
What: Score an additional 40% off sale merchandise including: L’Agence, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Tucker, Mother, Tsumori Chisato, and Rag & Bone. Sale applies online as well as in store locations.
Where: otte.com for online shopping and store hours and locations
When: Through January 31st

THE SCENE
Aritzia is coming to town!

Even though the Canadien retailer Aritzia has been opening stores in the United States, it was just announced that a new store location is coming to New York City. They currently have a temporary location for now, but a permanent store will open in SoHo in May.

Aritizia is a vertically integrated multi-label retailer typically for women ages 18 to 25. There are eight brands that are produced in house, including J Brand and Rag & Bone. They are said to be completely independent from each other yet complement the other brands as well. The brands are not private label. They haven’t been sold to other stores yet, but plans are made for being wholesale eventually.

2ENLIGHT10
Get Your Glow On With 2enlight10

Regine Basha went from selling the costume jewelry and hats that she purchased in New York City at the French Quarter Market in New Orleans (where she attended Tulane University), to selling her very own photo-luminescent handbags to high-end boutiques like Intermix, Henri Bendel, and Fred Segal. Her brand, 2enlight10 by Regine Basha, was created "to give women and girls the opportunity to feel like stars," the designer says. "Besides allowing them to ‘shine,' wearing one of my creations will make sure that they stand out and feel special."

ANGELINA JOLIE
Julie K: A Local Designer Makes Her Mark With Handbags

Julie K
Price Range: Medium to High
www.juliekla.com
818.783.6680

What do Angelina Jolie, Drew Barrymore, Roselyn Sanchez and Julia-Louis Dreyfus have in common? They have all been photographed carrying Julie K's stylish, yet practical handbags. After my meeting with Julie and her beautiful handbags, I too, became a fan.

Not only are her bags tres fashionable, but they are also a third of the price of designer bags made with similar leather and hardware. In fact as I bounced around her studio admiring her work, I found myself wondering why so many of us women will spend a thousand plus dollars on a "designer" handbag. Does the LV or Prada label make the bag better? Not always. I knew this, but I didn't really know this until I spent an afternoon with Julie K in her Sherman Oaks studio.

INTERMIX
Spring Shopping Guide: Editor's Pick

What: Wool Scarves by AKA
Store: Intermix
Cost: $158 each

Find these lightweight wool scarves in various prints by AKA at Intermix. Featured here is a blue, orange, olive and ivory floral, a hot pink and ivory paisley, and a Mexican inspired rainbow of brights. Perfect as a scarf or shawl, all three are easily jazz up jeans and a T and go great with your Spring trench.

ALBERTA FERRETTI
Fashion Calendar: Friday, February 27
  • 2/27–3/7
    Participate in a makeup session with Dior’s beauty stylists and receive a Dior custom beauty case. Bloomingdale’s, 1000 Third Ave., nr. 59th St. (212-705-2888); call for an appointment.
  • Through 3/1
    The Intermix warehouse sale is back again, featuring racks of designer clothes, shoes, and accessories from labels like Stella McCartney, Chloe, and Elizabeth and James for up to 70 percent off. Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th Street., near Sixth Avenue; Th (11–8), F, S (9–8), Su (10–6)
  • Through 3/8 Mon – Sat (12–7), Sun (12–5)
    Save 40 to 60 percent on designer lingerie from La Perla, Chantelle, Lise Charmel, and more at Intimacy. 1252 Madison Ave., nr. 90th St., (212-860-8366)
BLUGIRL
Fashion Calendar: Thursday, February 26th
  • 6:00 to 8:00 PM Enjoy cocktails while you shop the spring 2009 Gucci handbag collection at Saks. 611 Fifth Avenue, near 50th Street (212-940-2443)
  • 2/26–3/1 The Intermix warehouse sale is back again, featuring racks of designer clothes, shoes, and accessories from labels like Stella McCartney, Chloe, and Elizabeth and James for up to 70 percent off. Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th Street., near Sixth Avenue; Th (11–8), F, S (9–8), Su (10–6)
  • 5:00 PM - Pink Tartan Fall/Winter 2009 Collection, 416 West 13th Street Suite 303, NYC