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Try This: The Perfect First-Date Look

With Valentine’s Day approaching, we started thinking about what to wear to impress, and emanate confidence, on a first date. Leading up to the date can be daunting enough, so take stressing over what to wear out of the equation. We asked stylist Carlos-Alonso Parada for his advice. For Carlos, the foundation of the perfect outfit lies with a nice top and jacket, paired with black or blue denim. Don’t be afraid to mix in prints, he advises. Accent the ensemble with a pair of high heels, and head out the door!

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Liz is wearing Givenchy tank, a Chloé animal print coat, and Dior earrings (all Forty Five Ten), a Brandy Pham needle ring (brandypham.com), Marc Cross bag (Forty Five Ten), and Joe Fresh black jeans.

Photographed by Kristi + Scot Redman. Styled by Carlos Alonso-Parada. On Set Management, Assistant Stylist: Gabe Ortiz. On Set Management, Beauty: Carmen Williamson. On Set Management, Model: Liz Standley. For more styling inspiration, follow us on Instagram: @dstylesheet.

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Throwback Thursday: The Dallas Look

Taking a cue from our friends over at SideDish, each week we’ll bring you a glimpse back at D Magazine‘s most fashionable moments.

It’s only fitting to kick off this series within the pages of D‘s March 1979 issue. Society was on the threshold of fashion’s most colorful and–dare we suggest–bold era: the 1980s. If you turn to Page 73 of the March 1979 issue of D Magazine, you’ll find dramatic poses, mirrored backdrops, and soft-hued pastels. “Intense colors” and “body-bearing” shapes also dominate this spread; silks and linens line the pages of this late ’70s tribute.

But we didn’t stop there. Keep flipping, and you’ll run into “Fresh Starts,” a feature in which we gave four staff members makeovers. The color spectrum ranges from “rosy plum blush” to “deep plum tones” within this feature. There are also several mentions of “body waves” – a distinct departure from the Brazilian blowouts of today.

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5 Modern Takes on The Classic White Shirt

We asked our favorite celebrity stylist, Carlos Alonso-Parada, to take time off from his busy schedule and play dress-up with us. The proposition: five modern takes utilizing the classic white dress shirt. Carlos showed us several combinations that inspired us to give the old wardrobe staple a new go, and the results are anything but basic.

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Keegan wears the white shirt paired with a tweed mini skirt and preppy sequined striped sweater. Gap button-up white shirt; Dior earrings, Saint Laurent sequin sweater, and Balenciaga tweed skirt all Forty Five Ten.

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Paired easily with distressed denim and a vintage embroidered jacket for an eclectic vibe. Gap button-up white shirt, Vintage jacket, Brandy Pham earrings, Mark Cross bag at Forty Five Ten, Joe Fresh jeans.

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For a touch of cool and a little androgyny, pair with a white suit. Altuzarra jacket and pants at Forty Five Ten, Gap white button-up, Swarovski earrings and ring at Forty Five Ten.

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A fresh take on the retro 60’s silhouette. Tomas Maier white button-up at Forty Five Ten, Vintage sunglasses, Derek Lam wool dress at Forty Five Ten.

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Our personal favorite, paired with the young and modern wide-leg pants. Tomas Maier white button-up at Forty Five Ten, vintage horn rings at Vintage Martini, Rosie Assoulin pants at Forty Five Ten.

Photographed by Kristi + Scot Redman, Styled by Carlos Alonso-Parada, On Set Management, Assistant Stylist: Gabe Ortiz, On Set Management, Beauty: Carmen Williamson, On Set Management, Model: Keegan Senecal. For more styling inspiration, follow us on Instagram: @dstylesheet.

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See more from Carlos Alonso-Parada on Instagram: @wtfareuwearing or online.

The 5 Most Interesting Gifts From Neiman Marcus’ 2015 ‘Christmas Book’

Dallas-based Neiman Marcus unveiled its 89th annual “The Christmas Book” this morning, complete with a guest appearance from Keanu Reeves, who–non-ironically­–arrived on a motorcycle.

Aside from the usual Tom Ford boots, Saint Laurent bags, and Neiman’s much-loved cashmere collection, the 196-page book also features the retailer’s famous “fantasy gifts.” And this year’s selection, which range in price from $10 to $400,000, upheld the retailer’s reputation for eccentric offerings. It’ll ease that impending shopper’s guilt to know that a percentage of the proceeds from the fantasy gifts go toward The Heart of Neiman Marcus, the retailer’s non-profit organization focused on youth art education and experiences.

Explore India. The most expensive of the fantasy gifts, this 12-day, five-city trip to India includes private jets, luxury suites, a sunrise tour of the Taj Mahal, and a private dinner with a Bollywood star.

Price: $400,000

Take a ride with Keanu Reeves. No, really. This two-day, three-night motorcycle ride along the California coast features time with Reeves and custom bike maker Gard Hollinger. This is open to three lucky customers and a guest. (“Speed” references possibly welcome.)

Price: $150,000

Courtesy of Neiman Marcus' "The Christmas Book"
Courtesy of Neiman Marcus’ “The Christmas Book”

Go to the edge of the world. A high-altitude balloon will lift a luxury pressurized capsule 100,000 feet above Earth, offering 360° views of Earth. You’ll have to wait until 2017 though.

Price: $90,000

Courtesy of Neiman Marcus' "The Christmas Book"
Courtesy of Neiman Marcus’ “The Christmas Book”

Get styled by Iris Apfel. Limited to five customers, this fantasy gift comes with a 4-to-5-foot truck built to specifically house Apfel’s jewelry and accessories, which were inspired by her personal collection, and a personal styling session and lunch with the 93-year-old style icon at Neiman’s flagship store in downtown Dallas.

Price: $80,000

Courtesy of Neiman Marcus' "The Christmas Book"
Courtesy of Neiman Marcus’ “The Christmas Book”

Dress to impress. Neiman’s took a slightly different approach to the His & Her gifts this year, offering MacKenzie-Childs trunks featuring your child’s hand-painted initials and holding a selection of Chasing Fireflies Ultimate Collection costumes. The boys’ version includes five Marvel super heroes costumes, while the girls’ holds five Disney Princess-themed costumes.

Price: $5,000

 

Honorable mentions:

  • This $10,000 couture diary.
  • This $28,000 limited edition golden peacock figurine.

Also new this year is an 11th fantasy gift, which is only sold through the store’s mobile app. The gift is a Memory Mirror, an interactive device that can be installed for $40,000 and allows shoppers personalized service from their favorite stylist.

We’re still not sure how a motorcycle ride with Keanu Reeves yields more than being lifted 100,000 feet above the earth, but you’ll report back to us, right?

For a closer look at everything in this year’s edition, check out the book yourself.