dress: Geld Iaz, 2004 | hat: ? (Tokyo) , 2007 | shoes: Dior, 2005

 

remember when i blew the opportunity to sell this dress last winter? well, it turns out i was right all along, i met that very same client (and friends) for early drinks / dinner at The Bowery Hotel, and i sold this dress before the bottle of rosé even made it to the table.

one of the things i love best about New York is that you can sport a get-up like this all over town smack in the middle of the afternoon and nobody even bats an eyelash. by contrast, like in LA for example, everyone dresses like couch potatoes except when they’re going to an awards show.

 

top: Geld Iaz, 2006 | leggings: Forever 21, 2008 | shoes: Yves St Laurent, 2008 | shirt (men’s): Coast, Weber, & Ahaus, 2010 | jeans (men’s): Balmain, 2011 | boots (men’s): Balmain, 2011

 

although i really looove these men’s Balmain jeans and think it’s great that sweetie got them, here’s a little secret about shopping in Miami Beach: they don’t believe in sales. i’d asked a salesperson in a store about a Moncler coat (yes, in Miami) at the end of last winter, and was surprised when she’d told me it wasn’t on sale at all. she’d explained to me that in Miami Beach, they "get a lot of tourists"— and apparently, tourists are too stupid to realize that we have seasons in America (?) and that surplus retail items often get discounted at the end of those seasons. and so supposedly this is why in Miami Beach surplus retail items hardly ever get discounted, despite the item perhaps being, shall we say, démodé.

anyway, there’s this very nice store on Collins Ave called The Webster, they have some really beautiful things. and it’s true, nothing ever goes on sale there. on our previous visit i’d seen a great pair of Azzedine Alaïa shoes that seriously tempted me and had been quite relieved to hear they’d only had one pair left in a size that was way too big for me. well wouldn’t you know on this most recent visit, they still had that very same pair of size 41 Alaïa’s, and still they had not been discounted to expedite their unloading. weird, right?

in any case, my point is i’m glad these Balmain’s are so remarkable and unique, the likeliness of them sitting in a bargain bin somewhere else is really rather nil. but i’m still afraid to google and see if they could have been had elsewhere for less, cuz that might drive me a little bit crazy.

dinner at Hotel Griffou.

 

dress: Geld Iaz, 2004 | shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti, 2007 | eyewear: Gucci, 2003 | hoodie: Joe Boxer, 2006

 

"I decree that whenever something bad happens to me, there will be bunnies!"

yea, this is me all dressed up like an easter egg. what.

 

dress: Geld Iaz, 2010 | coat: Vivienne Westwood Anglomania, 2009 | eyewear: Yves St Laurent, 2010

 

as usual i was in denial about Winter when i dressed for this party at Mr Chow, i chose this piece particularly because ehee heee i knew a client of mine would be there and i was sure she would want to buy this dress on the spot (practically right off my back). then i got outside and Winter smacked me across the face. it was freezing so i went back upstairs to change but then i was so irritated, Winter had zapped all the energy out of me and one of the main reasons i’d wanted to go to this party in the first place was specifically to sell this dress. so then i felt like i didn’t want to go to the party anymore. so then that was that.

 

car coat: Geld Iaz, 2011 | skirt: Geld Iaz, 1998 | wrap: Loro Piana, 2006

 

this sweater/jacket is pretty easy to make, it’s basically a big square with two short tubes attached for sleeves. Geld Iaz gave up seasonal design long ago (it’s only swim/resort and evening now), but since this awful interminable inclemency seems determined to stick around, i finally gave in and made myself something appropriate for the nippy temperatures. generally i never do— i usually refuse to construct anything that acknowledges the existence of Winter, its mere presence in the world is horrid enough.

dinner at Asellina with Nick Rytting because his family is in town (with any luck, we may work with each other on something soon). normally the Gansevoort hotels are not my stilo at all, i like Asellina mostly because all the homies from La Esquina and Da Silvano are there. but i must admit the food is actually quite good.

 

dress: Geld Iaz, 1998 | hat: Zadig & Voltaire, 2009 | eyewear: Ray Ban, 2004 | bag: courtesy of The Raleigh, 2011

 

i love Miami. true, i grew to hate it when i lived here in the winter of 1992, but what can i say. it’s a great place to visit…

although currently my new favorite hotels are The W and The Setai, they were both entirely booked up due to the big annual boat show. so back to The Raleigh it was— ah, the memories. the poor Raleigh isn’t quite the same now as back in the golden olden Andre Balazs days, but it’s still a special little gem.

late breakfast by the pool; met friends for dinner at Prime 112 (even though i kinda can’t stand that place).

 

car coat: Rick Owens Lilies, 2007 | dress: Geld Iaz, 2003 | wrap: Geld Iaz, 1997 | boots: Dior, 2005 | briefcase: Prada, 2006 | eyewear: Yves St Laurent, 2010

 

it’s 41˚! yay!

this is intense fashion therapy for my compounding symptoms of Winter Allergy.

 

coat: Vivienne Westwood Anglomania, 2009 | pants: Stella McCartney for Adidas, 2009 | hat: Monarchy, 2009 | eyewear: Chanel, 2005 | hoodie: RLX Ralph Lauren, 2010 | shoes: Fendi, 2010

 

when i graduated from college in 1990, i gave up black. it came to me in an epiphany one day when i opened up my closet and saw nothing but typical teenage despondence. and so for decades afterward i turned my back on black, i hardly ever went near the pigment except in the Spring of 1997 when Tom Ford and Donna Karan had practically every discerning client of mine desperately begging for it. then sometime around 2009, in the midst of a seemingly pointless never-ending war, the global economic and financial-systems meltdown, and persistent corruption in the government of the most powerful nation in the world, somehow black became appealing to me again. last year, in 2010, nearly every single article of clothing i purchased was black. go figure. if this brutal winter ever lets up, it might be time to live in color again.

 

 

bag: Fendi, 2007

 

okay so i’m gradually beginning to grasp how difficult it is to take photos of the primps & clothes in the dark. which is kinda a bummer because obviously all the primping up and clothing (down? haa) mostly happens at night inside very dark places. i can’t stand flashbulbs in restaurants and bars and hotels and whatnot because it makes everything look horrendous and it’s disturbing to the guests and staff and everbody; you look like a silly tourist or something. or worse: a food blogger.

thank goodness the days are getting longer again. can’t wait for this stupid winter to be over. popped in for drinks at this new spot that just opened right in the neighborhood called Alma33. it was okay. the space looks great though, they did a nicer job than the poor prior restaurant which only lasted about a year or so.

 

 

about me :

- i was born in 1968. yea, you can do the math.

- i’m a scorpio.

- i love Tabasco®

- i have another blog (started in 2004). i think i wish i’d started this one first. or maybe even instead of.

- i love beautiful clothes, shoes, things, people, places, etc. but:

- i actually kinda hate Fashion. in my mind "Fashion" is practically synonymous with "Politics."

- i work in Fashion. (duh.)

 

My New Year’s 2011 Resolutions :

1. break out of my "uniform." wear my wardrobe.

2. more heels. definitely more heels.

3. clean out my closet. if something is not worn at least once this year, i should probably give it away or just get rid of it.

4. take more photographs.

5. have more fun.

6. oh, and: World Peace.

 

 

Abbe Diaz is a freelance commercial artist, designer/dressmaker, restaurant consultant, and the author of PX This – Diary of the "Maitre d’ to the Stars." Her second book, PX Me – How I Became a Published Author, Got Micro-Famous, and Married a Millionaire is due out in Winter 2012 April of 2013.

PX This has been lauded as “the bible of the [NYC] industry,” and its best-selling author, Abbe Diaz, has been featured in various media outlets such as The New York Daily News, The New York Post, msn.com, The Morning Show (Australia), CBS’s The Insider, The New York Observer, Blackbook, Time Out New York, Perez Hilton, Gawker, LXTV-NBC, NBC Chicago, New York magazine, Mediabistro, hamptons.com, and foodchannel.com, just to name a few.

This is her Style Blahg Blergh Blecchgg Blog. (Her other blog is at pxthis.com)

 

 

"My girlfriend and I have dined here several times… and you are definitely the best-dressed woman in Manhattan."
- Some random nice guy; June 17, 2000 – PX This

 

 

e-mail: px.this@gmail.com

 

 

 

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