Friday, February 17, 2012

Nurture Yourself - Shop For Fall With Moda Operandi

If you've been inspired over the last several weeks by the incredible Fall 2012 collections presented in New York (I heart Prabal Gurung), then your next stop should be Moda Operandi, the online trunk show that guarantees you'll have your favorite looks in time for fall. Offering pieces from the most sought after designers in the world, the newest collections are available on the site for 36-72 hours, giving fashionistas unparalleled access to fresh off the runway looks that previously were only available to a privileged few.  Each product description contains estimated delivery times which range from 6 weeks to 4 months, depending on the particular item.  You pay half the item cost up front and then the other half when the items arrives and is shipped to you (great for balancing my budget!). 

M.O. also has an editorial section called Magazine, which features quick and easy to read columns by various guest editors, including Nina Garcia of Marie Clarie.  They also have an incredibly comprehensive catalog of runway show images.  So if you still need a kick start for your Spring 2012 looks, head on over to M.O. and peruse 47 runway slideshows from people like Peter Som, Rodarte, Missoni, Marc Jacobs,  Rachel Roy and Narcisco Rodriguez.  Founded by ex-Gilt Groupe executive Aslaug Magnusdottir and Vogue Contributing Editor Lauren Santo Domingo, these business-savy women recently made a few high-profile hires, including Roopal Patel (former women's accessories editor at Neiman Marcus), Taylor Tomasi Hill (former style and accessories director of Marie Claire) and Ashley Bryan (former head of U.S. marketing for Net-a-Porter). I have a feeling 2012 is going to be a big year for M.O. and I'm looking forward to seeing its expansion and continued growth.  Here are some of the pieces on my fall wish-list, all available on M.O. right now. 

Everyone needs a classic and casual black boot and Rag and Bone makes some of the best. Classic Newbury Boot, $495, Rag and Bone, at 

My co-workers will tell you I wear a tie-neck blouse to work at least a couple days a week, and Rachel Zoe's emerald green Maryna blouse is pretty close to perfect. Get ahead of your to-do list by ordering her lovely and luxe peacoat with just the right amount of Fur detailing.  Maryna Side Placket Blouse, $325 and Trish Fur Collar Peacoat, $695, both by Rachel Zoe, at 

Don't think I need to wax poetic about this shoe. Gorgeous. Chic. Versatile. Sonja Pump, $525, Alexander Wang, at 

A tan suede shoulder bag says Fall to me and once again R.Z. has shown she has a talent for designing beautiful bags with price tags that don't max out your credit card.  Eve Shoulder Bag, $550, Rachel Zoe, at 

As a Rag and Bone groupie, I dream of a closet full of their wearable and comfortable clothing. This shirt has a stand-up collar and the draping on the back is expertly tailored. Give me some skinny jeans and black boots and I've got my Fall 2012 weekend uniform. Tail Shirt, $350, Rag and Bone, at 

If you haven't looked at Prabal Gurung's most recent collection, it is a must see.  Although the clothing is a bit out of my budget, I'd love to make this brooch a regular accessory in my Fall wardrobe. Fenton For Prabal Gurung Double Steer Brooch by Prabal Gurung, $395, at 


Anonymous said...

this sounds life trouble. you, however, have a great excuse to buy these great clothes for your job. i love a tie blouse. i find them hard to come across, where else do you find them?
Have a great weekend! Teri

California Chic said...

Teri - M.O. is totally trouble for me :) ! I've found my tie blouses various places - most recently DKNY. I've also got older ones I love from Banana, Zara, Nordstrom and Macy's (usually you can find a couple there near the suiting section).

Erin said...

Ugh, I could KILL you for this information. In a good way :) It's so dangerous! My love of Fashion Week has always been kept to a manageable size due to the fact that I figured nothing was actually attainable. Sure, I could find similar pieces or items that were on the same wavelength as a particular collection, but not the actual item. Thank god I'm on a spending freeze until my Europe trip in a few months, otherwise I'd be clicking that link and buying some stuff! I'm also a sucker for neck-tie blouses. xo

California Chic said...

@Erin - I hear you! But save your money for Europe! Or at least until the few weeks before you leave when you realize you have nothing to wear for yor trip :)

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