Car Cool

Fashion’s history has been tied to the automobile industry for decades.  When Coco Channel launched the LBD, they called it the “Model T” of fashion.  Designers like Channel, Dior, and Burberry had their models posing in the year’s most fashionable racecars, as in the 1960s and 1970s in the United States, France, and England, having the latest and fastest car was both a status symbol and a fashion statement.Ever pay attention to the full name of fashion week in New York City?  New York Fashion Week is one of the biggest events in the fashion world and it is sponsored by Mercedes-Benz.

The fashion and automobile industries collided in full force when designers began collaborating with automakers to release limited edition vehicles.  John Varvatos patterned with Chrysler to release the 300C John Varvatos Limited Edition model.  Eddie Bauer designed special editions of the Ford Explorer, and even Victoria Beckham partnered with Range Rover to release a limited edition Range Rover Evoque.

With designers influencing the interior design of some of the world’s most popular cars, it is time for cars to influence fashion.  This season, designers have embraced the car’s image quite literally placing the car print on everything such as shoes, bags, and scarfs.  The great thing about this trend is that both men and women can easily rock the look. Designers like John Varvatos and Burberry have worked the car look into cuff links and neckties for men.  For the women, the options are endless!  Take a look at some of my favorites this season!

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DKNY Bryant Park Novelty Tote w/Taxi Print ($340)
http://www.forzieri.com/handbags/dkny/dk130314-026-00
Markus Lupfer Emma Sequined British Car Wool Sweater ($435)
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446712125&R=478506970989&P_name=Markus+Lupfer&sid=1491FB711AD5&Ntt=car&N=0&bmUID=kAvpvlk
Anna Coroneo 
Vintage Cars Printed Chiffon Scarf, Rouge ($235)
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Anna%20CoroneoVintage%20Cars%20Printed%20Chiffon%20Scarf,%20Rouge/prod172850124___/p.prod?icid=&search&rte=%2FbrSearch.jsp%3Ffrom%3DbrSearch%26request_type%3Dsearch%26search_type%3Dkeyword%26q%3Dcar&eItemId=prod172850124&cmCat=search
Kate Spade New York 
Go Taxi Pointed-Toe Flat ($278)
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/kate%20spade%20new%20yorkgo%20taxi%20pointed-toe%20flat/prod159510317___/p.prod?icid=&search&rte=%2FbrSearch.jsp%3Ffrom%3DbrSearch%26request_type%3Dsearch%26search_type%3Dkeyword%26q%3Dtaxo&eItemId=prod159510317&cmCat=search
Robert Graham NYC 3-Pack Socks, Navy/Black/Gray ($85)
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Robert%20GrahamNYC%203-Pack%20Socks,%20Navy/Black/Gray/prod171140077___/p.prod?icid=&search&rte=%2FbrSearch.jsp%3Ffrom%3DbrSearch%26request_type%3Dsearch%26search_type%3Dkeyword%26q%3Dtaxo&eItemId=prod171140077&cmCat=search
Jane & Bleecker New York Print Jersey Shorts (on sale for $18.76 from $28!)
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/jane-bleecker-new-york-print-jersey-shorts/3727080?origin=keywordsearch-personalizedsort&contextualcategoryid=60139127&fashionColor=Blue+Taxi+Cabs&resultback=334&cm_sp=personalizedsort-_-searchresults-_-1_1_B

The Kate Spade “Go Taxi Pointed-Toe” flats were actually released last season but were so popular, they brought them back.  I was fortunate to snag a pair, and wherever I go, women and men ask me where to buy them.  FYI…they run a bit big.
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Like many women, I have a serious shopping problem.  My friends used to joke that when I became an attorney, I would not have so much time to shop.  This could not be further from truth. In fact, shopping has become even more of a release (thank you online shopping).   I found the perfect quote to justify my shopping release.“You are in your car an hour each day; you are in your clothes from morning till night. Spend accordingly.” -Esquire

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