From the “Mono” collection by designer Nancy Todd.

The “Mono” collection was developed as a study of the principle of mass conservation. The principle states that the entire mass of an isolated system cannot be created or destroyed over time, but it also implies that the mass may be rearranged into different states of matter. “Mono” seeks to demonstrate this concept through the analysis of one fiber: wool. This collection is an exploration of form and texture and embodies a variety of techniques and applications representative of the many properties one fiber may possess. 

Klimt top, tailored wool sateen, price and more information for all  upon request.

Schiele dress, hand-knit baby Merino wool, price and more information upon request.

Duchamp shawl, 100 percent wool roving, hand-knit with designer-carved knitting needles; Kandinsky side pleat pant, tailored 100 percent wool caddy, price and more information for all upon request.

Drop needle tank, hand-knit baby Merino wool; Toulouse Cigarette Pant, two-ply 100 percent wool gauze; price and more information for all  upon request.

Dalí sheath dress, 100 percent wool double face caddy column dress; price and more information for all  upon request.

Photos by Annette Navarro 

“MONO” collection by Nancy Todd 

Styling by Kelsey Wing 

Origami Accessories by Kelsey Wing 

Hair and makeup by Phil Saunders

Cozy casual is the key to staying comfortable at deliciously indulgent and hours-long holiday family dinners.

This outfit takes inspiration from oversized cardigans and chunky knits paired with pops of color and classic patterns. (And if you’re a lucky enough gal to have a bright orange Dior bag, carry that thing with you wherever you go.)

Sessun Esther Navy Dress, Rick Owens Mohair and Silk CardiganReiss Asrid Chunky Chain BraceletMadewell Sidewalk Skimmer in Green Garland, Zara Tartan Scarf, Mango Herringbone Short Coat, Dior Diorissima Bag, Essie Ballet Slippers Nail PolishChloé Eau de Parfum,  J.Crew Brown Suede iPhone CaseGap Red Moss Stich Hat, Kate Spade Tudor City Debra Large Planner.

Dress them up or dress them down, sequins are always in season … especially during the holidays. Add a touch of glitz to an outfit or go all-out with a glitter jumpsuit.

Zara Long Sequin Jumpsuit, Sequin Bordered Top,  Cara Pave Arrow Drop Earrings,  Mawi Glitter Clutch, Chainmail Peter Pan Collar, Reiss Etta Dress, Marilyn Minter Book, Touch Contrasted Glitter Belt, Glitter Leather Skinny Belt, Sephora by OPI Jewelry Top Coat Set, NYX Glitter Powder, Blue Sequin Skater Skirt, Pop Rock Diamond Ring Bottle OpenerJ.Crew Collection Etta Pumps, Moschino Cheap & Chic Angora Jumper, Diamond Glittered Icicles

Take a cue from the CAC’s current Andy Warhol exhibit and layer leather, pattern and sparkle for an night out with the girls. Pops of Pop Art make this look edgy and warm.

Marc Jacobs Pickles Dog iPhone caseMadewell Dot Top, 3.1 Phillip Lim The Break Up Pullover Sweater, Forever 21 Bib Necklace, Zara Biker Coat, Bond no.7 Perfume, Love Ring, Kimchi Blue Art Deco Jeweled Clutch, Alexander Wang Boots,Sephora for OPI It’s Real 18K Gold Top CoatNars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, J Brand Mid Rise Skinny Jeans.

Inspiration from the past is what helps lead us to a new future.

As time progresses, our celebrity icons evolve and manifest themselves in new ways. It’s easy to say that everything’s been done, but if that is the case, why do we continue to create, produce and push ourselves?

David Bowie And Lady Gaga

Androgynous Innovators

White sequined blazer, Chicken Lays an Egg, Northside, chickenlaysanegg.com, $22.

Blazer, Sloane Boutique, OTR, sloaneboutique.com, $175; Fringe ice skating dress, Chicken Lays an Egg, Northside, chickenlaysanegg.com, $30; Leather half-gloves, stylist’s own; Silver collar, H&M, $16.95.

Grace Jones And Rihanna

Strong Caribbean-born Singer/Actress/Models

Dress, Topshop, us.topshop.com, $68; Faux fur vest, Sloane Boutique, OTR, sloaneboutique.com, $114; Gold collar, H&M, $12.95; Necklace, H&M, $9.95; Cuff, Topshop, us.topshop.com, $35.

Floral bodysuit, Chicken Lays an Egg, Northside, chickenlaysanegg.com, $11; Levi’s shorts, Chicken Lays an Egg, Northside, chickenlaysanegg.com, $20; Rings, H&M, $12.50 each.

James Dean And The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Brooding Rebels

Black T-shirt, American Apparel, $20; Trousers, Topman, us.topman.com, $65. Leather jacket, Chicken Lays an Egg, Northside, chickenlaysanegg.com, $65; White T-Shirt, American Apparel, $18; Levi’s, Chicken Lays an Egg, Northside, chickenlaysanegg.com, $22.

Flannel jacket, Sloane Boutique, OTR, sloaneboutique.com, $75; Jeans, H&M, $34.95; Skull ring, H&M, $3.95; Claw ring, H&M, $6.95; Bracelet, Chicken Lays an Egg, Northside, chickenlaysanegg.com, $9; Chain harness, Topman, us.topman.com, $45.

Andy Warhol And Terry Richardson

Pop Culture Photography Icons

Andy: Jacket, tank top and pants, Atomic Number Ten, OTR, atomicnumberten.com, prices upon request; Watch, Timex, Urban Outfitters, $65; Sunglasses, Urban Outfitters, $18.

Edie Sedgewick: Fur jacket, Casablanca Vintage, Northside, casablancavintage.com, $85; Black dress, H&M, $12.95; Scarf, Alexander McQueen, alexandermcqueen.com, $295; Earrings, H&M, $9.95; Ring, H&M, $5.95; Necklace, Chicken Lays an Egg, Northside, chickenlaysanegg.com, $10; Sunglasses, Chicken Lays an Egg, Northside, chickenlaysanegg.com, $8.

Flannel, Chicken Lays an Egg, Northside, chickenlaysanegg.com, $12; Necklace, H&M, $9.95; American flag tank top, Urban Outfitters, $28; Watch, Michael Kors, michaelkors.com, $250; Bull Ring, Topshop, us.topshop.com, $38.

Photography: Annette Navarro

Stylist: Kelsey Wing

Hair and makeup: Phil Saunders

Models (in order of appearance): Brodie, Wings Models; Jess Cornetet, freelance; Angwit, Wings Models; Saquoiah, New View; Conner, Wings Models; Jamie, Wings Models; Ryan, Wings Models; Kelsey, stylist; Skinny Ricky, musician.

Trends to target for late-fall shopping.

The most prolific style mavens have always been acutely aware of one truth: It’s all in the details. This season is no exception. With every fashionista from coast to coast upping their style ante, what separates the routinely fashionable from the true icons has become increasingly esoteric. In an effort to increase your odds of style infamy, here are a few trends to target for your late-fall shopping. 

1. Victorian references were all over the runways this season. Think bows and ruffles with a twist, like these sequined cuffs. Edwardian blouse, $48, Couture Couture, OTR, 513-421-8900. 

2. Channel your inner Daisy Buchanan with some Art Deco-inspired costume jewelry. Earrings, $12, Couture Couture, OTR, 513-421-8900.

3. Need a chic way to haul your iPad around? Try an envelope clutch. Floyd clutch, $150, Sloane Boutique, OTR, sloaneboutique.com

4. What’s that you say? A practical trend? These bracelets double as hair elastics. Vanessa Mooney bracelets, $15 each, Sloane Boutique, OTR, sloaneboutique.com

5. Like I always say, “If I must wear flats, may they have much pizazz.” Beaded/colorblocked Perry Ellis flats, $16, Atomic Number Ten, OTR, atomic10.com

6. Pair an uber-glam beaded clutch with simple, casual attire for a look that’s comfortable but still fierce. Cleobella clutch, $325, Sloane Boutique, OTR, sloaneboutique.com

7. A sleek, well-made ankle boot is a must for colder temperatures — an investment that’ll literally go the distance. Wolverine 1000 Mile by Samantha Pleet collection boots, $275, Sloane Boutique, OTR, sloaneboutique.com

8. Want an easy way to stand out from the crowd? Try an artisan-made statement necklace. Modern Tibet necklace, $42, Substance, OTR.

Vintage modern fashions for the trendsetting child … and outfit inspiration for grown-ups.

On Leo: Rockabilly button-up, Knuckleheads, The Spotted Goose, Oakely, thespottedgoose.com, $44; Fedora, The Spotted Goose; Suede jacket, vintage, stylist’s own; Glasses, Urban Outfitters; Red skinny jeans, La Miniatura, The Spotted Goose, $52; Shoes, model’s own; Plaid shirt, Ciao Marco, The Spotted Goose, $38; Tie, Old Navy, $13; Jeans, The Spotted Goose,$34.

On Lucy: Head scarf, Atomic Number 10, OTR, atomic10.com, prices vary; Heart cardigan, Pink Chicken, The Spotted Goose, $84; Plaid pants, Tom and Drew, The Spotted Goose, $48; Shoes, model’s own; Colorblock jumper, Right Bank Babies, The Spotted Goose, $36; Shoes, model’s own; Sunglasses, mom’s; Leopard coat, Pink Chicken, The Spotted Goose, $122; Shoes, model’s own.

On Amelia: Head scarf, Atomic Number 10, prices vary; Star cardigan, Little Joule, The Spotted Goose, $48; Jeans, The Spotted Goose, $34; Shoes, model’s own; Peplum waffle shirt, Right Bank Babies, The Spotted Goose, $31; Jeans, The Spotted Goose, $34; Shoes, model’s own; Head scarf, stylist’s own; Jeans, The Spotted Goose, $34. Suit jacket, Appaman, The Spotted Goose, $120 (for entire suit); Shirt, model’s own.

On George: Suit, Appaman, The Spotted Goose, $120; White T-shirt, Montag, The Spotted Goose, $12; Suspenders, Urban Sunday, The Spotted Goose, $21; Shoes, model’s own; Shoes, stylist’s own; Newsboy cap, Peter Grimm, The Spotted Goose, $16; Plaid button-up, Knuckleheads, The Spotted Goose, $44.

Photography by Gina Weathersby of kiwi street studios, kiwistreetstudios.com

Stylist: Lindsay Dewald of Little One Love

Hair and makeup: Lindsay Dewald

Models: Leo B., Amelia D., Lucy D. and George G.

Location: Bacalls Café, 6118 Hamilton Ave., College Hill, bacallscafe.com

The costume and textile curator talks art and fashion.

The distinction between art and fashion has always been a bit blurred, but for Cynthia Amnéus, curator of costume and textiles at the Cincinnati Art Museum, it’s clear that the relationship between the two is symbiotic: Fashion is an art form.

A former professor at Xavier University and the University of Cincinnati, and nationally recognized textile expert, Amnéus has served as curator of the museum’s fashion arts collection for 15 years — years which she has spent researching fashion’s role and influence in society. And her perpetual talent and knowledge of the genre is evident in her extensive repertoire.

A member of multiple textile research and fashion preservation societies — including the Costume Society of America, the Textile Society of America, the Handweaver’s Guild of America, the Midwest Weaver’s Guild and the American Society of Jewelry Historians — Amnéus’ work has made its mark nationally. Her 2003 exhibition and subsequent book, A Separate Sphere: Dressmakers in Cincinnati’s Golden Age, 1877–1922, won the 2004 Victorian Society of America Publication Award and was nominated for the Costume Society of America’s publication award.

“As a fashion curator, I am particularly interested in those designers who push the envelope,” Amnéus says. “[Those] who present highly developed conceptual collections on the runway that are indeed artistic in nature. Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Rei Kawakubo, to name a few, are designers who conceive of their collections as works of art, not just clothing. … I think on the runway we see the true talent and artistic spirit of any given designer.”

Curating exhibitions both with the Cincinnati Art Museum’s eclectic permanent collection as well as traveling exhibitions for other institutions, Amnéus has explored the many facets of textile as art, from folk creations to avant-garde. Her show Quilts from the Shelburne Museum showcased the Shelburne Museum’s unparalleled collection of 18th and 19th century American quilts; Where Would You Wear That? The Mary Baskett Collection explored 20th century Japanese designers through the collection of local gallerist Mary Baskett (and was so popular that an expanded version, Contemporary Japanese Fashion: The Mary Baskett Collection, was shown at the Textile Museum in Washington D.C.); Wedded Perfection: Two Centuries of Wedding Gowns exhibited more than 50 wedding gowns from the early 18th century all the way to recent Vera Wang designs; and Nick Cave: Meet Me at the Center of the Eart displayed a colorful collection of what the musician dubbed his ‘sound suits.’

While, according to Amnéus, the strength of the Cincinnati Art Museum’s costume and textile collection is 19th century women’s clothing, it encompasses both American and European men’s, women’s and children’s couture from the late 18th century to the present day, along with historic jewelry, ethnic dress, dolls and textiles from across the globe. There are garments designed by the noted 19th-century French designer, Charles Frederick Worth; art deco textiles designed by Fauvist painter Raoul Dufy; and other lynchpin pieces from the major European couturiers such as Cardin, Courrèges, Poiret, Dior, Balenciaga, Versace as well as American greats Trigère, Blass, Galanos and Scaasi.  

Amnéus believes that there is a longstanding division in the minds of many art historians and scholars between what are considered the fine arts (drawing, painting and sculpture) and what are considered the decorative arts (ceramics, furniture, textiles, fashion, jewelry). When asked her thoughts on why fashion can be considered art, she states that while traditionally the decorative arts are considered functional objects that are also beautiful, having come from a studio arts background herself, she knows that as much creative thought and spirit go into designing a beautiful piece of clothing as they do an oil painting. 

Currently, Amnéus is excited to aid in creating In the Closet, a Cincinnati Art Museum Friends of Fashion haute couture fashion show planned to run October 12 during Cincinnati Fashion Week. “This will be a great evening of music, drink and fashion,” says Amnéus. “It’s exciting to see so much great energy and talent in this city.” The show will take place at the Bertke Electric Warehouse in Northside (1645 Blue Rock Road) and will feature vintage clothing dealer Tony Tiemeyer’s inventory of retro, edgy looks from the 1950s through the 1980s, as well as Cincinnati native John Bartlett’s 2012 JB Collection, previously only shown in New York City and Los Angeles.  

Tiemeyer developed the idea for the show and is a member of the Friends of Fashion, a museum-affiliated stewardship group for the costume and textile department. Bartlett is an award-winning fashion designer with recent awards including the 2010 Designer of the Year award issued by the American Apparel and Footwear Association, and the CFDA/Lexus Eco Fashion Award for his/the first ever eco-luxe, 100-percent cruelty-free menswear collection at February 2012 New York Fashion Week.

In the Closet starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 pre-sale and $20 at the door. Proceeds benefit the Cincinnati Art Museum’s Fashion Arts department.

Contrary to popular belief, thrifting isn’t merely for the down-and-out. When done properly, it’s one of the best ways to supplement an otherwise non-thrifted wardrobe.

Ever hear someone talk about a fashion plate and say something like, “They’re so good at mixing high and low,” referring to designer and non-designer threads? Well kids, you can’t get much “lower” than $3 polka dotted trousers! Alas, many of us are intimidated by the sheer scope of a thrift store’s inventory, and rightfully so; To put it bluntly, there’s a lot of crap to sift through before you get to those beautiful gems. So, for all you thrifting-challenged out there, I thought I’d offer a few tricks of the trade:

  1. For what you won’t be spending in money, you’ll be spending in time. If you’re new to the thrifting game, don’t expect to be in-and-out. If you arrive at 5 p.m. and are meeting friends for drinks at 6 p.m., you’ll get frustrated and the experience will be ruined. Instead, carve out a couple of hours on a day when you don’t have a ton going on. That way, meandering around Salvation Army won’t seem like squandered time.
  2. Look for trendy, modern-looking items. This may seem like a no-brainer, but I find that people seem to tailor their expectations for what they THINK a thrift store has to offer. Rather, you should look for items you’d be interested in regardless of the store—i.e. Nordstrom OR the Village Discount Outlet (may she rest in peace). For example, over the summer I found not one but TWO pairs of old Levi’s shorts at Goodwill. They fit perfectly, but I altered them a bit by shredding the bottom hem and making a few holes in the pockets. So while my friends were spending $60 on cut-offs from Urban Outfitters, I had my own $3 identical versions.
  3. You can always alter it. Building on my last point, it’s super easy to edit your thrift purchases. For the love of God, you should almost never turn down a piece you like that’s a few sizes too big—what you’re not spending on the initial purchase you can put towards alterations or simply alter it yourself. I’ve taken in waists on blouses and blazers, hemmed pants and removed ’80s-style shoulder pads all on my own (and I’m no seamstress)!  
  4. Know what you like. This point goes for any type of shopping, and is quite honestly the most difficult to achieve, but ultimately it’ll save you time and buyer’s remorse (yes, even if it’s only $5) if you go in with an idea of certain looks or items you’d like to find. Pieces I consistently wear and find a lot of in my thrifting are billowy, semi-sheer blouses. Since this is something I know I like to wear and get a lot of use out of, I spend the majority of my time looking at blouses, and it usually pays off.

Some of this will come with time and getting used to the idea of another person’s trash being your treasure, but don’t be surprised if your thrifted clothes become some of your favorites.

What to wear when dining downtown.

Oh, lucky you. You‘ve managed to land the most coveted table in town. You know the one. That cool, urban OTR restaurant that’s on everyone’s must-eat list: Abigail Street

Ever since Chef Daniel Wright won Food & Wine magazine’s “The People’s Best New Chef, Great Lakes Division” award — in fact, even before that — people have been lining up for his delectable tapas-style plates. Sharable, mouth-watering offerings such as Hanger Steak with caramelized Brussels sprouts and Sweet Pea and Ricotta Crostini have those in the know happily waiting for hours outside his Vine Street door. You have achieved the impossible. So, what’s the problem?

Your mouth has been oh-so-ready for the dichotomy of the zesty, crisp pita paired against the cool, refreshing cucumber of the Fattoush salad along with the meltingly soft Pan Roasted Cod for days. Thoughts of Chorizo Stuffed Dates occupy your brain even more than your actual human date, yet there’s this sinking sensation deep down in the pit of your stomach.  

It’s the crowd.  

Everywhere you turn in the NYC-subway-tile covered room are chic, effortlessly dressed women of all ages occupying this supremely hip space. Instantly, the feelings of culinary anticipation you’ve had all week yo-yo back and are replaced by all-too-familiar insecurities. A sudden feeling of angst washes over you as your eyes scan the room and you spy one ultimately stylish, urbane lady, casually draped over a cool cocktail at the bar, and you begin to wonder: Do I fit in? Am I dressed appropriately? Is everyone staring at me? WHY is everyone staring at me? 

There’s something about sitting down to dine in one of the most up-to-the-minute restaurants in town that just makes you want to look your best. It’s true, the attire of the crowd does add to the ambience of the establishment, as it should. It’s a sign of respect to the owners and staff of the restaurant who, after all, have spent their hard-earned money and valuable time putting together this magnificent space for your entertainment and dining enjoyment — and it’s respectful to your fellow diners. I, for one, certainly don’t want to look up from my super sexy plate of Chef Wright’s fresh roasted local beets, Grilled Octopus and delicate ricotta gnocchi to see that I’m sitting next to someone in sweatpants. This isn’t the time to forgo grooming or attire and throw on a “head for the drive-thru” get-up.  

So, if you’re going to be fed by an expert such as Chef Wright, why not dress like a fashion expert as well, for the complete downtown Cincinnati experience? Coincidentally, just a few feet from the door of Abigail Street is the door to one of the hottest — yet still affordable — OTR boutiques I know of: Sloane Boutique

Owner Duru Armagan has created a carefully cultivated collection of clothing and accessories, including pieces in all price and age ranges. The personalized service, and the fact that Sloane features lots of local designers and artisans with unique, one-of-a-kind jewelry and fashions, makes it the kind of shop you want to frequent. And the location, smack dab in the middle of all the Gateway Quarter fun, makes it perfect for the whole “ladies night out” shopping/dining experience.  

What exactly will the downtown dining divas be wearing this fall? At the fall shows this past spring, Armagan spied and snatched up elegant, traditional tweed jackets in some not-so-traditional colors, which are being paired with casual fabrics such as denim, or rich, luscious leather. Lady-like embellished collars on blouses and dresses are dainty and sweet, often showing up in unique combinations such as leather on silk. Both will be perfect for the “ladies who lunch” crowd.  

Personally, I can’t wait for the funky motorcycle jackets in racy shades like Hunter green from a line called Veda, and the furry vests coming into the shop soon. Just slip one of these on whenever you’re rolling into town on your Harley, and casually toss it over your shoulders as you nibble on your wood grilled lamb sliders. I guarantee that everyone in the room will be staring at you, but for this time, it will be for all the right reasons.

From L to R: On Gabriella: Haven Mini, $175; Tatiana Wedges, DV, $76; Stone cuff, Moss Mills, $88On Ilene: Malia Tweed Jacket, Zoe, $347; Quincy Dress, $154; Orla Wedges, Dolce Vita, $175

Photography by Gina Weathersby/Kiwi Street Studios